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Crystals to Cleanse the Home

A list of Crystals that make great energy cleansers for your home.

♢♦ Smokey Quartz: A great cleansing Crystal, Smokey Quartz will remove dense energy & replace that with a clear, clean & uplifting energy. 

♢♦ Black Obsidian: An excellent protective stone. Black Obsidian works by absorbing negative energy. Keep two pieces on either side of your front door to prevent any unwanted, negative energies from intruding into your home. 

♢♦ Black Tourmaline: Works to diffuse negativity & transmute that energy into loving kindness. Place a piece in each corner of the room in which your front door is situated to repel negativity, & maintain balance & tranquility within your home. 

♢♦ Rose Quartz: Rose Quartz is a love stone. Keep a large piece of Rose Quartz in the bedroom, lounge, or any other room in which you spend a lot of time to help promote love of a nurturing kind, & to maintain happiness within your home. 

♢♦ Amethyst: This Crystal absorbs & transmutes negativity, helping to promote peace, & tranquility. Place an Amethyst Cluster in a room in which you commonly frequent to help maintain peace & happiness within your home. Amethyst is also a good creativity stone, keep a piece in your Kitchen to encourage creativity in your culinary skills. 

MTL: Shining Diamonds Cafe


DK: He’s a sunshine boy who can bring a smile to anyone’s faces and brighten their mornings. He is why the morning crowd in the cafe is full of old aunties wanting to feel young again, and of young girls trying to hit him up.

Joshua: He is the perfect specimen for retail. Trust this retail-working admin when she says that customers love a seller who looks fantastic and is a gentleman. He will rob you without lifting a finger. Also, have you seen his face?

Hoshi: He’s the literal star of the cafe. His swift and sleek movements around the space behind the counters have made customers swoon. Once, when he caught, with his quick reflexes, a coffee cup that Mingyu knocked into, a pregnant woman shouted, “Please marry me!” Her husband next to her said, “I said I was sorry for breaking the mug! What more do you want?”

Jun: Again, have you seen his face? He brings in the crowds. The cafe always makes three times their LY when he’s on shift. (LY is a business term meaning the profit made that same day the previous year. The goal is to beat it.)

S.Coups: The well-build manager. He makes sure the cafe is running properly. Also brings in the old aunties in the early mornings. Has a lot of anxiety because his employees are children.

Mingyu: His culinary creativity has helped the cafe create drinks that keep bringing customers back. His agility on the other hand, is not… good. But at least little old ladies love him and his cooking and want him to marry their granddaughters. He isn’t sure how he feels about this.

The8: Minghao would be the part-timer who’s just there to make money. He’ll work and make a lot of profit because his face, but he can’t help and criticize the customers’ style choices. It’s in his blood. Once in a while, he’ll just b-boy in the middle of the cafe. Brings in the crowd and gives Coups a mild heart attack.

Jeonghan: He is an absolute angel. His hair brings in a lot of cash, which doesn’t make sense. The only downside to him is the fact that he falls asleep everywhere. Coups once found him asleep while washing dishes. He had dish soap in his hair, so Joshua put some cocoa on it. “It looks like whip,” he defended.

Vernon: He tries to be “cool” and “hip” and raps the orders his customers give him. It definitely impresses the customers, but when Seungkwan doesn’t understand whether he said “coffee” or “toffee,” a rap battle ensues and Coups is in the background rubbing his face.

Seungkwan: While he makes the coffee, he sings and it’s really nice! But he’s also very sarcastic, which isn’t great at 7am. Complains a lot. Hates the cafe’s Halloween tradition of dressing up, because his coworkers are extremely creative and he is a giant scaredy cat.

Dino: Oh, bless him! He tries so hard to be the perfect seller by combining all of the good things his coworkers do! He’s just… not good at it. Everyone tries to help him, but he doesn’t want to be the baby of the cafe. Unfortunately, according to Jeonghan, he already is.

Wonwoo: He intimidates the customers. He’s very nice, don’t get the soft sap wrong, but his face is just… stoic. He attracts the emo “My Immortal” (both the troll fic and the song) crowd and doesn’t understand why.

Woozi: 8am and people? Yikes.



Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed By Bryant Terry

Product Description:

“African, Caribbean, and southern food are all known and loved as vibrant and flavor-packed cuisines. In Afro-Vegan, renowned chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry reworks and remixes the favorite staples, ingredients, and classic dishes of the African Diaspora to present wholly new, creative culinary combinations that will amaze vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.

 With more than 100 modern and delicious dishes that draw on Terry’s personal memories as well as the history of food that has traveled from the African continent, Afro-Vegan takes you on an international food journey. Accompanying the recipes are Terry’s insights about building community around food, along with suggested music tracks from around the world and book recommendations. For anyone interested in improving their well-being, Afro-Vegan’s groundbreaking recipes offer innovative, plant-based global cuisine that is fresh, healthy, and forges a new direction in vegan cooking.

Blending these colorful cuisines results in delicious recipes like Smashed Potatoes, Peas, and Corn with Chile-Garlic Oil, a recipe inspired by the Kenyan dish irio, and Cinnamon-Soaked Wheat Berry Salad with dried apricots, carrots, and almonds, which is based on a Moroccan tagine. Creamy Coconut-Cashew Soup with Okra, Corn, and Tomatoes pays homage to a popular Brazilian dish while incorporating classic Southern ingredients, and Crispy Teff and Grit Cakes with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Peanuts combines the Ethiopian grain teff with stone-ground corn grits from the Deep South and North African zalook dip. There’s perfect potluck fare, such as the simple, warming, and intensely flavored Collard Greens and Cabbage with Lots of Garlic, and the Caribbean-inspired Cocoa Spice  Cake with Crystallized Ginger and Coconut-Chocolate Ganache, plus a refreshing Roselle-Rooibos Drink that will satisfy any sweet tooth.”

Eric Cartman Headcanons

So the awesome shawtymanex42 has been posting their personal headcanons for characters, and it looked like fun, so inspired me to do so too. And so, in no particular pattern or order, here we go (by the way, pretty much all of these apply to his high school years).

  • He has brown eyes, a flat, squashed-looking button nose, sharp canines, and round cheeks and ears.
  • He is six feet and four inches in height.
  • He grows into his weight a little around late middle school and early high school, but always stays “big-boned.”
  • He is homosexual, and he made a big show of announcing this during a school assembly, in which a ten-minute musical number with piano accompaniment he had written called ‘Suck My Balls and I’ll Suck Yours’ may or may not have been performed.
  • When he grows up, he wants to either be a photographer, a police officer, a pilot, an actor, or an interpreter.
  • His favourite YouTube channel is Epic Meal Time, and he has a hoodie that has “bacon strips & bacon strips & bacon strips & bacon strips & bacon strips” on it.
  • He experimented with kissing and light petting with Butters when he was thirteen, but that only lasted a few months.
  • He’s a cat person – he loves any and all cats, even the freaky naked ones. And so, it is no surprise that his favourite Disney film is ‘The Aristocats’.
  • His favourite foods are savoury.
  • He’s a kissaholic – he loves how kissing feels, and how it’s an easy way to express his feelings without words, so, when dating someone, he does it as much as he can at any given opportunity.
  • His relationship with his mom gets better when he matures, so that he actually helps her with chores around the house, and they watch (and sob at) chick-flicks together.
  • He absolutely will not stand anybody talking bad about his mom. If anyone dares call her a crack whore to his face, they risk ending up in hospital.
  • His mom made him go through lots of therapy growing up. They gave up after he had made several therapists cry and one of them quit.
  • He’s very linguistically talented, able to pick up any language really quickly, so that by the time he graduates high school he’s fluent in German, Spanish and Russian, and basic in French, Japanese and Mandarin.
  • He’s very musically talented, so that by the time he graduates high school he can play the piano, the violin, the guitar, the ukulele, and the harmonica.
  • He develops a pretty decent singing voice, and he sings loudly in the bathtub and shower, and, if he’s alone (or thinks he is), when he’s doing housework as well, during which he mostly tends to sing ‘Whistle While You Work’ from ‘Snow White’.
  • His favourite music genres are a strange mix – rap and classical.
  • He adores David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.
  • He’s very into acting and takes his Drama elective seriously. He’s especially into performing morbid Shakespeare, and rapturous Broadway-esque musicals.
  • He’s quite intelligent – he’s actually smarter than even Kyle and Wendy in some respects – but he’s also really unmotivated, so he never really applies himself in class unless he’s trying to be competitive.
  • He dug up Clyde Frog after the events of ‘1%’, and even in high school he still sleeps with him, and talks to him about his problems.
  • He’s a very good cook, what with being a food fanatic and having a mother that’s always making something or other in the kitchen, so he’s creative in the culinary sense.
  • He can quote pretty much every line word-for-word from ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘The Most Popular Girls in School’.
  • He loves ‘Attack on Titan’ and has been known to spontaneously shout “SEID IHR DAS ESSEN? NEIN, WIR SIND DIE JÄGER!”
  • He likes to paint his nails sometimes, and if anyone says anything about it, then he will try to gouge their eyes out with his pretty nails.
  • He considers his best friends to be Kenny and Butters, and confides in them about a lot of things. He rarely trusts them with secrets though, and never huge ones – only his mom, because she hasn’t any friends to tell them to anyway. He’s a distrusting person in general.
  • He smokes cigarettes when he’s feeling stressed or frustrated, to calm himself down. He refuses to smoke weed though – or, as he calls it, “that damned hippie shit.”
  • From his fourth birthday to his ninth birthday, whenever he was supposed to make a wish before blowing out his cake candles, he wished for his dad. He doesn’t anymore (no point, seeing as his dad’s dead), but he still looks upon his friends and their dads with envy.
  • In his earlier years, he hated Fathers’ Day and would point-blank refuse to go to school if it was that accursed day. He felt like it was rubbing salt in the wound.
  • He cuddles things in his sleep, from plush toys to pillows to people. His friends know not to fall asleep too close to him at a sleepover, lest they want to wake up in his arms.
  • He’s good at ballroom dancing, and can do a mean foxtrot. He doesn’t have many friends who like dancing as much as him though, so most days he just has to make do with the mop as his dance partner and the kitchen as his ballroom.
  • He often sends obscure links to Kyle, telling him that he has to “Check out this cool thing! It’s not a Rick Roll, I swear!”…It’s a Rick Roll. Every time.
  • When he really cries real tears, he does so quietly whilst hiding his face. He’s secretive about his real emotions.
  • He’s shipper trash, and he likes to write fanfictions about his favourite ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Hannibal’ pairings, which are mainly smut, angst, or a mixture of the two.
  • He worked at MFC for a while, so that he could get discounts on the chicken. He got fired when, during what was meant to be his shift, his manager found him hidden behind some boxes in the back of the break room, eating six buckets of original chicken by himself.
  • He gives it his all on the karaoke machine at parties, when he’s not eating all the food.
  • He graduates high school with better grades than he should have got, merely because he approached the school board and told them that a courthouse would be very interested in hearing about how he was thrown under a bus when he was ten.
  • He actually has a pretty regular bedtime, often making it to sleep at around ten or eleven at night. However, he gets crazy cravings that wake him up at weird times, so it’s not unusual to find him up making pancakes at four in the morning.
  • He is the first of his four friends to get a driving licence, and his uncle in Nebraska gifts him his first set of wheels as congratulations: an old, hand-me-down pick-up truck. He thinks it’s lame at first and hunches low in the seat so as not to be seen when driving it to and from school, but over time he grows fond of it and affectionately names it Bessie.
  • He sucks at sports and regularly skips gym class in favour of napping in the library, or smoking or playing harmonica on the bleachers.