A Based Holiday

@liviemomo Happy holidays!! I was your secret santa for the voltron gift exchange! (@voltron-ss) I hope you like it!!

I chose to go with the steven universe au, which I took more as a gem au? You gave me so many good prompts though pokemon and pacific rim aus are my jam. Keith is a star ruby, lance is aquamarine, and their fusion is kunzite!

Here’s a question that occurred to me just now - does the ocean have seasons like we have on land?

Because I want to know, if mermaids had a culture, and different holidays, they’d have holidays based on different seasons of the year. Except, what would their seasons be like?

I know there are more oceanic storms in the summer, and obviously it’s colder in the winter (in the northern hemisphere, anyway), so how would they celebrate those times? Do they have a big spring festival with aquatic flowers, do they have a ceremony for the coming storms, maybe a harvest right before the big freeze?

Witchcraft: Some Basic Terms to Know

ENERGY MANIPULATION:

GROUNDING— To ground is an exercise that is used to clear and release excess energy, as well as to renew the energies within oneself and clear out the old. Traditionally done by envisioning roots stretching out from oneself into the ground, like a tree, and connecting through them to the earth. However, it can be done with simple visualization, and does not need to include nature, as long as the cycling of energy is completed. Various techniques will be mentioned later.

CENTERING— Usually done after grounding. To center oneself is to organize and become aware of the energies within you, and overall be magically aware. 

CLEANSE— To remove negative or unwanted energies, spirits, and imprints from an object or a space. There are a number of simple rituals and actions that are done to cleanse. This is often done to rid an object of past memories or uses, to make it spiritually new.

CHARGE— To infuse an object with personal or external power/energies/intent. There are vast many methods that can be used to charge an object, water, or crystal.

VISUALIZE— Similar to imagining, the intended conjuring of images in one’s mind that are accompanied by energy, and used to help conduct one’s intent.

 INTENT— Your goal, or purpose behind casting a spell. The emotions and power within you that power the spell and bring about the effect of the spell.  

BEWITCHED OBJECTS

CHARM— Any object that is worn or used that is meant to have magical effects on the holder/user.

AMULET— Usually a natural object, worn to ward off illness, evil, and possession. Often crystal-based, for protection.

TALISMAN— Typically gives power to the wearer, often a crafted object that has gone through a consecration ceremony.

MISC.

SABBAT—Witch festivals/holidays, based off the changing of the seasons and equinoxes. Wiccan influenced, celebration is not mandatory.

ESBAT— Full moon celebrations.

Something I wanted to finish for the holidays, based on one of JKeaton’s tweets, but that didn’t end up happening. I figured I might as well upload what I finished, ‘cause there’s (sadly) not a lot of Keith/Hunk content. 

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It’s Star Wars Day.

Vegan Earl Grey Cupcakes with Tea & Lavender "Cream Cheese” Frosting

I’ve always been a big lover of tea, but especially recently I’ve been obsessed with Earl Grey. I often find myself getting a nice London Fog instead of a coffee. These cupcakes were only bound to happen. I was struggling to find what to bake for a Christmas party when these suddenly popped into my head.

They were a little bit tricky to nail! I knew that to make these I was going to start out with a vanilla base recipe then add the tea, but HOW is the question. I started out by steeping some extra strong tea and allowing it to cool. I then added some of it to vanilla batter but it then became too runny, so I added a little bit more flour but then the mixture became to glutinous and the flavour wasn’t very strong. They ended up baking okay, they achieved nice domes and the texture wasn’t awful, it was just too dense for my liking and it tasted a little bland. Instead of steeping the tea, I decided to just add the leaves directly into the batter. I used my vanilla cupcake recipe and emptied 4 teabags into the mixture. Once the batter was mixed I was concerned with how they’d come out because I didn’t taste a strong earl grey flavour but the batter consistency was right so I stuck them in anyway. 10 minutes into baking, the most wonderful tea aroma filled my house and I immediately knew they were going to work. The tea just needed some heat to activate the flavour and they turned out so good. I served them at my Christmas party and everyone raved about them. Whenever I bake something, my plan is to make it “not taste vegan”, and these were just that. I also made a vegan cream cheese frosting and infused with with more tea and lavender.

The texture on these is amazing. I used my go to vanilla cupcake recipe and the flavour of the earl grey tea just sank so well into them. They are light, fluffy, and moist. Heres what you’ll need to make them:

CUPCAKES: (makes 12)

1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
1 cup cane sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
4 Earl Grey tea bags
Mix the sugar, almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla, tea and vinegar together until smooth. Then add the flour, baking powder and baking soda and mix until just combined. Bake at 350 C for minutes and you’re set!

FROSTING:

¾ tub vegan butter (Earth Balance)
½ tub Daiya cream cheese
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups icing sugar
Strong brewed tea infused with lavender petals
Whip the butter and cream cheese together until fluffy and well combined. Then add the icing sugar 1 cup at a time until the frosting is fluffy and smooth. Then add your vanilla and tea to taste. This will make enough frosting for 12 cupcakes if you pipe a swirl on them like in the picture, but you can half the recipe if you want to spread them on. I sprinkled mine with some dried lavender, but get creative!

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I’ve seen a couple negative posts about the upcoming Pixar movie Coco based around the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos and how Lee Unkrich shouldn’t have made this film because he doesn’t have Mexican roots.

No one ever complained about two white Jewish guys writing the music for a musical about black people facing racism in America (Hairspray). Lee is a gifted storyteller who has had an entire team (with many Latinos) doing immense amounts of research and work on this film and even the director of The Book of Life has said he is excited for the film.

Be supportive of a production that will showcase Mexican culture in a MOTHERFUCKING PIXAR FILM that will reach millions of people and have a main character (Miguel) who will definitely resonate with little Mexican kids and their families.

Little Sour Hearts

this would be the Holster/Esther Shapiro 6k Valentine’s Fic literally no one asked for. enjoy <3


Valentine’s Day 2013 – Freshman Year

Holster doesn’t believe in Valentine’s Day. It’s some Hallmark Holiday based on a Christian saint of some sort, and it’s an excuse to be sickeningly sweet with someone you love, and a good day to have just dumped your significant other the night before so you can go to the single’s bars and get wasted. For Holster, it’s always been a day to gorge on chocolate. It always was in Juniors and he doesn’t see any reason to change now that he’s in college.

“What are you doing for Valentine’s Day, bro?” Ransom asks, buttoning one of his nice shirts and holding up a couple different ties to judge their relative colour.

“Being bitter,” Holster says. “What are you doing?”

“Girl from my bio class,” Ransom replies.

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The “Tell it to the Marines/Flight of the Albatross” Crossover nobody asked for...

[Struggling with Chapter 3 so I felt it prudent to write something funny to take my mind off the frustration. This is set in @tsume-yuki ‘s One Piece universe of “Tell it to the Marines”

And of course, Leith belongs to me. Hope you guys enjoy~]


Leith scowled, glaring into the middle distance as she contemplated her predicament.

She’d been minding her own business on the Moby Dick, intent on taking a nap somewhere, preferably one of the crow’s nests so she could take off her shirt without any gawkers. (Not that she minded too much, but she liked having quiet time to herself every now and again) When suddenly her vision had gone… weird.

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Forgotten British Memes

Everybody is so obsessed with their cheeky Nandos, their fork handles, and the ever rising price of Freddos they forget some other key British memes.

  • Chicken shops with red, blue and white signage and suspicious names- Chicken Base, Perfect Fried Chicken, Chicken Cottage. Only ever found in the scummy areas of towns and cities. Nobody ever goes there. Getting hepatitis is certainly not top banter.
  • Despite it being on every day you do not know a single person who has ever followed Doctors on TV.
  • Although, you probably know a lot of people who’s summer holidays are based almost entirely around watching Bargain Hunt, Homes Under The Hammer, and Wanted Down Under.
  • The tragic death of Woolies. You don’t even remember what it sold, you just know it was tragic.
  • The retail parks that consist solely of PC World, Hobbycraft, Carpet Right and a random nondescript- but expensive- sofa shop
  • When E4 stopped showing Friends.
  • Lizo from Newsround.
  • That’s Asda price !
  • The warm earthy tones of the legend that is Brian Cox. Sadly, he is neither your teacher or your lover.
  • Calling anywhere furhter north than Oxford “the north”.
  • The facebook group that revealed the fact Pippin from Come Outside had died.
  • Saturday Kitchen. Who is that guy? Why is Craig Revel-Hallwood eating the fish his friend has prepared?
  • SEVEN !
  • Knowing a friend of a friend of a friend who somehow got a Blue Peter badge
  • Sitting in your pyjamas on a Saturday watching some historical celebration or marathon you didn’t realise was going on that day.
  • Knowing that Terry Wogan should have stepped down from Eurovision long before he did.
  • Having that emphasised by Graham Norton.
  • Being confused as to why the rest of the world cares more about Royal Babies than anybody here does.
  • Umbro trackies.
Christmas Time Headcanon

~Merry Christmas, sinners!! 

Reaper: 

  • He’s got a cup of eggnog, a santa hat, and a scowl for the whole season. 
  • Regardless of his sour mood, he’s the one that stuffed the stockings for everyone. No one knows but S76.
  • Watches the Grinch Who Stole Christmas every year in the lounge. If you come to sit with him, he won’t stop you. (He prefers the company. But he’ll never say it.)
  • This time of year is the most civil he’ll get with S76.

Soldier 76: 

  • He’s the one that snuck all of the gifts downstairs before everyone woke up. 
  • Volunteers at orphanages and helps set up soup kitchen events. It’s not much but it’s what he can do to help others.
  • On Christmas day, he wears a robe and watches everyone unwrap their presents. He’s a proud parent. 

Hanzo: 

  • Got all of his shopping done ages ago. 
  • He’s got fuzzy christmas socks/slippers he walks around in. 
  • Christmas is one of the times during the year Hanzo can really forgive himself. Maybe it’s something in the air but he feels better. He visits Genji. He speaks more frequently. He sits by a fireplace and just relaxes. 
  • He’s traded his tea in for hot cocoa.

Genji: 

  • Also got his shopping done ages ago. 
  • Christmas is a time for forgiveness and happiness. He lets all of the year’s anger and grudges float away (With Zenyatta’s guidance through it) and just lives. 
  • Participates in group activities more. 
  • Made a Christmas cake. He’s very proud of it. 

McCree:

  • He’s drunk for the half of the season. 
  • He puts together the artifical christmas trees in the base. Tracer times him to see how fast he can put them together. He gets quicker every year.
  • He’s trying to catch Hanzo under the mistletoe. He’ll get him eventually. it’s only a matter of time. 

Zenyatta: 

  • has an advent calendar that he opens every morning. 
  • loves sitting out in the snow. The gentle fall is soothing and the stillness of the outside world helps with his meditation. 
  • Loves going on sleigh rides with Genji. 

Pharah: 

  • Spends the holiday season as close to her mother as she can. 
  • Christmas reminds her of the old days at the base when she was small. The holiday is the same, her family is just bigger now. It’s a happy time of year for her. 
  • Used to paint pinecones to hang on the trees as ornaments. Still does it to this day. 

Reinhardt: 

  • Puts the star on the tree every year. It’s his job. Don’t take it away from him.
  • has a collection of ugly christmas sweaters, one for every day the week before Christmas. 
  • A lot more emotional. Having so many people around to love means twice the bear hugs. He always has a candy cane to give you when you see him during the day.

Mei: 

  • Went Christmas caroling through the base with D.Va, Reinhardt, and Lucio. Threatened to ice anyone who tried to close the door in their faces. (Reaper.)
  • Has a cannon in her arm when it comes to snowball fights. 
  • Makes the best hot cocoa on the base. (The secret is nutmeg.)

Mercy: 

  • She makes the most detailed gingerbread house every year. The woman should have been an architect. 
  • Loves to go see the tree lighting and look at window displays. 
  • Volunteers at orphanages with Soldier 76 and does all kinds of other charity work. She thinks of the season as a time to give back. 

Tracer:

  • Can’t wrap a present to save her life. 
  • Decorated the rest of the base in half the time as everyone else. 
  • Volunteers to be an elf for Santa’s village every year. She’s the happiest elf there. All the children love her. 
  • makes sugar cookies for everyone on the base.
  • Walks around the base in a red nose and antlers. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is her favorite song/Christmas movie. 

Winston: 

  • Put light up reindeer on the front lawn of the base.
  • Always ends up with tape stuck to his fur after he finishes wrapping presents.
  • Hand knits everyone’s gifts every year. Some people get mittens. Some people get sweaters. Every year is different.
  • Likes to string popcorn but always ends up eating half of it.

Ana: 

  • Watches The Charlie Brown Christmas special every year. 
  • Reads the others The Night Before Christmas every year. 
  • Huge traditionalist when it comes to the above. 
  • Changes the ornaments on the tree because they’re too close together. 
  • Loves to tell stories to the younger members. During this time of year, she gets the most reminiscent. 

Lucio: 

  • Went ice skating with Mei. 
  • Made a Christmas mixtape for the base called “Holiday Hollah.” 
  • He put it on over the loud speakers. 
  • No one knows how to turn it off. 
  • Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree is his favorite christmas song. 
  • Gets dragged along on shopping trips by just about everyone on the base. He’s seen the hells of shopping during Christmas time but he loves walking around with his friends (his family). He always manages to have a good time with them nearby and Christmas jingles in his ears. 

D.Va

  • She’s taking advantage of the Starbucks Christmas drinks. 
  • Orders all of her presents online. 
  • Camped outside of electronic stores for Black Friday. She’s in the front of the line. Don’t cut her.

JunkRat: 

  • Eats way too much sugar during the holiday season.
  • Nearly set the oven on fire trying to cook the gingerbread faster. 
  • loves seeing all of the open fires during this time of year. 
  • The cold goes right through him. He gets extra cuddly this time of year. (Roadhog likes it)
  • Loves going sledding. Tries to find the biggest hill he can. his biggest jump was twenty feet in the air. 

Roadhog: 

  • Just tries to keep Junkrat alive. 
  • It’s a holiday of comfort to Roadhog. He just sits around in thick sweaters and enjoys himself with the others. 
  • Loves the snow. Loves it. It doesn’t snow in Hawaii so snow is the best thing to him. He loves making snow men and there is an army of them outside of the base every year. 

Symmetra: 

  • She makes the best paper snowflakes.
  • Always gets the scissors to glide over the wrapping paper. Her present’s wrapping look straight out of a magazine. 
  • She gets cold/sick easily during this time of year. She won't leaves the house without ten thousand layers, her gloves, her boots, and earmuffs. 

Torbjorn: 

  • Added vodka to the eggnog without telling anyone. 
  • Makes everyone Christmas cards. He’s a gifted artist. 
  • Always offers his scarf when he’s outside with someone. Won’t take no for an answer. You will be warm.

Zarya: 

  • Dresses as Santa every Christmas Day. She’s wears a beard and everything.
  • The cold doesn’t bother her at all. She’ll walk outside in a tank top. (Symmetra is horrified)
  • She is the only person in existence to actually like fruit cake. She’ll eat it every day of the season. (Everyone is horrified)

Widow Maker: 

  • Allergic to poinsettias. It’s a rough time of year for her. 
  • Has a Christmas village that she takes out and arranges every year. It has a working train. She starts the train up every Christmas Day and lets it run all morning.
  • She always gets a card from Reaper. It makes her smile. (She won’t admit it though)
  • Lets Tracer drag her out on Christmas Eve. Every year’s activity is different and some have ended with the two nearly getting arrested. She has pictures.
  • Spends the actual holiday with her cat watching old christmas movies and reading. It makes her happy. 

Bastion: 

  • Takes pictures and videos of everyone during the holiday season. 
  • Eventually puts them all in a single movie reel so that everyone can crowd around the couch on Christmas Night and watch how the Christmas season flew by. 
  • has years of these kinds of videos all in a disc album in the lounge of the base. They cherishes them. 
Let Your Heart Be Light

Dec. 21 – Christmas cookies


Jack comes home to practice to find the kitchen counters covered in flour and cookies and his boyfriend sitting on the floor with his back against the oven crying.

He drops his bag by the door and hits his knees as soon as he’s by Bitty’s side.

The tile is hard and cold on his knees which are already a little sore from practice but he pushes away the discomfort to focus on figuring out what’s wrong.

He gathers Bitty’s face in his hands, apologizes for how cold they are, and tilts his chin up.

It’s clear he’s been crying for awhile. His face is red and splotchy and he leans into the cool touch so Jack fans his fingers out and covers his forehead with his palm.

“Bits, what’s the matter?” Jack asks gently. “C’mon, bud, talk to me.”

Bitty sniffles while Sinatra sings about Santa Claus coming to town in the background.

“Nothing is working,” Bitty says. He sounds exhausted and Jack’s chest aches. He pulls Bitty closer to him like that’s going to soothe it. “I’ve been working on these cookies all day and I just-.”

“The cookies.” Jack’s hands still on Bitty’s back and he pulls him back enough to look at him. “This is about cookies?”

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