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We made the szechuan sauce today!

I realize now I should have included the recipe I used when I first posted these photos. I used a recipe I found on reddit. You could look that one up, if it instructs you to drink the plum sake, that’s the one. I recommend you look it up, it has additional info, and I want to give credit to the original author, but I’ll write it out here as well for convenience:

•mince 6 cloves of garlic and sweat (heat them up in a skillet) - note: I made this in a saucepan

•add 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

•add soy sauce to taste (do not use low sodium sauce) - note: I used 4 tablespoons

•add 2 tablespoons plum sake - note: I couldn’t find plum sake, so I used sweet cooking sake and ½ teaspoon of plum sauce, it seemed to work

•reduce sauce slightly

•add 3 ½ tablespoons Sriracha

•add 2 tablespoons brown sugar

•add red pepper flakes to taste

•add minced ginger to taste

•boil to reduce, stirring regularly, until it is the desired consistency

Serve with your favorite nuggets.

tessagray-herondale-carstairs  asked:

No hate or anything but why did you guys stop including full recipes in the post?

We thought the posts were more ~aesthetically pleasing~ without them! If people would prefer we include them, we’d happily include them again (maybe as a read more?) Let us know which is preferable! We always like getting feedback.

czajnik  asked:

y'know, I don't think zevran ever told dorian what alcohol he reminds him of...

Dorian: So? 

Zevran: So what?

Dorian: Oh don’t play coy with me. You said there was no wine that I reminded you of, so what do I remind you of?

Zevran: Oh right! I had almost forgotten.

Dorian: Forgotten me? Well that is not what a man likes to hear, Zevran. 

Zevran: You are rather dramatic, my friend. But if I may answer your question with a question? Have you ever heard of Aqua Magus?

Dorian: Right, because I’m a mage? I feel as if you’ve given Aveline’s wine description much more thought than my drink. How very disappointing.  

Zevran: Of course not, my over-dramatic friend. While Aqua Magus is infused with refined lyrium, that is not why it made me think of you.

Dorian: No?

Zevran. It’s because it’s bright, but sneaks up on you if you’re not paying attention, and makes your head spin. 

Zevran: …And because it is potentially fatal if ingested in quantity.

Dorian: I’d be offended if that were not true.

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Herbs, flowers, fruits, wood: The substitutes you can count on!

You’ll probably be using at least one of the above things in most magical workings. Here’s a quick breakdown! 

ROSEMARY: Rosemary can substitute for any herb. Used for its own properties, it is a good component in cleansing baths, can be kept under the pillow to remember dreams, and things associated with memory: memorable impressions, recall, and enhancement of one’s own memory. In cooking, it makes a delicious addition to savory dishes and meats, while also providing a complex flavor to sweet applications. Rosemary infused in honey or tea is strong and tasty, and it adds a sophisticated edge to simple sweets like sugar cookies.

ROSE: Rose can substitute for any flower. Make sure to only get roses for culinary applications or grow your own, since those from a florist will likely contain pesticides! Roses are known for their uses in love spells, but are also used in many applications calling for happy, benign energy. Rose can soothe an angry heart, especially if the anger is due to relationship issues. In cooking, rose is a delicate floral note that can easily be lost under intense flavor, and is best highlighted in sweet or mild applications. Rose petals and rosehips make great tea, and can be jellied for a vitamin-C rich treat. Rose petals can be infused into oil, honey, sugars, and alcohol. Rose water can be used to enhance the flavor, but be sparing—storebought rosewater does not taste as light as homemade, and can overpower and ruin natural floral flavors.

LEMON/ORANGE: Fruit substitutions are less straightforward than others, but lemon, orange, and occasionally apple are considered solid go-tos. Pick whichever is right for the working or recipe, based either on intent or the other spell components! Lemon is associated with water and the moon, and used frequently in purifying and cleansing—both magical and non-magical. Lemon and honey in hot water is a great remedy for sore throat and indigestion, and the smell of lemon will perk you right up on a sleepy morning. Lemon (or any citrus) peel infuses fantastically in sugar, honey, booze, etc. Avoid using pith (the white stuff) and stick to the flavorful zest and juice. Zest is great in practically any baked good, and simply pouring hot water over used lemon rinds will make you entire house smell amazing.

PINE: Pine is regarded as a good substitute for most resins and woods. Pine resin is easy to collect, as are the needles, with a little reading on the species of tree. Pine is thought to banish sickness and bring in prosperity and luck, and often hung over doors or mixed into fragrant sachets to place under pillows. Pine needle tea is bitter, but rich in vitamins A and C; it should be incorporated sparingly to cooking applications, and you may want to enhance it with mint to avoid overuse of the bitter pine taste. In outdoor cooking, pine smells beautiful under a grill or in a fire.

CLARIFICATION: Some people have pointed out that pine can be dangerous to burn due to the high quantities of resin in the wood. This is not untrue! Pine can produce larger quantities of creosote and smoke, due to the resin and tar in logs. However, unless you cook with an all-pine fire regularly, it is not likely to reach dangerous levels (which you wouldn’t anyway, because all-pine fires will make your food taste like a BUTT). I also specified that it should be outdoor flame, since in a wood stove it can cause dangerous buildup. Also, not a great idea to use exclusively pine wood in a fire, as it won’t burn as well/won’t taste great; it’s best when cut with oak. Since pine burns hot, I like to start my bonfire/grill with it, and then pile apple or cherry wood on for the actual cooking an hour later. A few good pine logs/handful of chips will burn well, smell great, and be largely harmless. So like most spell components, research well and use in moderation! 

TOBACCO: Substitute for any poisonous herb. NOT FOR CULINARY USE. It is worth mentioning only in the case that someone is adapting a non-edible spell or ritual into an edible recipe that includes a poisonous herb—NEVER bring toxic plants into the kitchen, at risk of cross-contamination, and instead substitute tobacco by burning a cigarette near the pot (or, if you don’t want that in the house, burning it outside and catching a little smoke in a bottle to bring in). Do not add ashes to the cooking, as they are also poisonous. Don’t let this anywhere near your mouth.

QUARTZ: Not exactly a cooking ingredient, but stones are often used in magic and it is possible to bring them into the kitchen. Clear quartz is a good substitute for any stone you may not have, as it cleanly amplifies energies. While I wouldn’t ever put stones IN something you intend to eat, if you insist on soaking a stone/crystal in liquid recipe ingredients (water, tea, milk, etc), use quartz or another safe stone; malachite, copper, and many other minerals become poisonous when introduced to liquid environments. Don’t put any stone in something acidic, like juice, unless you are POSITIVE it will 1. not erode, and 2. not poison you. Don’t put crystals or stones in overly hot or boiling water, as this could cause them to crack and explode. And if they DO, don’t eat anything with sharp little crystal bits in it! Seriously, treat small shattered crystals like you would glass shards.

Most of these substitute ingredients are entirely edible (or at least mostly harmless) in some form, so if you’re trying to adapt a nonedible spell to baking or cooking, consider using some of these subs in the place of less…digestible…spell components. There are usually plenty of other subs with the properties you need, but these steadfast six are not only reliable, but pretty easy to acquire!

Tips for the aspiring Garden Witch

So, you’re past the “Witchcraft 101” phase, and you feel like you’ve chosen your path. Green Witchcraft. Now, labels aren’t a necessary thing, but they do help label yourself to be able to find your kin. That’s a different discussion for another time, but either way, here’s a bunch of things you can do to further your craft other than read up on it on Tumblr.com!

1. Start a garden! If you haven’t done this yet, you should! Beltane is right around the corner at the time of writing, and it is the perfect time to sow seeds outside. Some good options for beginners are: Basil, Mint, Chamomile, Lavender, Mustard, Oregano, Rosemary, Morning Glory, Moonflower, Thyme, Dahlias, Lily Of The Valley, just to name a few!

2. Go for a walk in your local forest and start a notebook on what plants you find where. I personally like pressing flowers and leaves in mine, and then writing down its botanical information, its magical and medicinal value and properties, and where it is found. You can also include illustrations, recipes, and growing information on the specific plants you find, if you were to grow them yourself.

3. Do the same for fauna! Find out which animals live near you, their symbolism, correspondences, etc… Include imagery, illustrations, lore, and other identifying information for them.

4. Visit your local wildlife reserve and learn how you can help! Whether that be learning what a certain type of bird eats, or how to preserve a certain type of beetle.

5. Meditate and attempt spirit conjuration with your plants! Rosemary and Rose tend to be good starting points. Both very feminine and sweet in my experience.

6. Take a tea-mixing class. This way you can mix your own herbal teas for different purposes, both magical and medicinal!

Fortune cookies written by neural network

I’ve been training a neural network (based on open-source char-rnn) on a variety of datasets, including recipes, Pokemon, knock-knock jokes, pick up lines, and D&D spells

The neural network trains itself by looking at chunks of text from the training dataset and trying to predict what comes next. Then, when you give it a bit of seed text (maybe even a single letter), it generates text by predicting what comes next. It does best with short, simple phrases because it only looks at a few tens of characters at a time. Also, its grammar isn’t always the best. So, fortune cookie messages would seem like a perfect task for a neural network - but I had the darndest time getting fortunes out of the neural network.

The problem is the dataset. At the moment, there aren’t that many unique fortunes you can find in a cookie, maybe only a few hundred or so in common enough use that you can find them online. Intrepid blog reader Kiwi Carlisle found pretty much all of them, and very kindly gave them to me as neural network food. 

But annoyingly, the neural network went straight from nearly complete incomprehensibility:

A pleasant and on your pirents.
You will will have life, so the right thing.
The man where you wornd with a wind love to be procers.
Life is finally gime.
Hand is always on happiness.
The wind a fail is hondow on your parsone think you want.
A pleace khom yourself of ore cose from cowings are sheeping.
There is no right, don’t surprise
People will come true.

to word-for-word plagiarism of the complete input dataset of fortunes.

Finally, I managed to stymie it by giving it an even shorter-than-usual memory: it can only look at 35 characters at a time, which is shorter than your average cookie fortune. That finally prevented the neural network from memorizing the dataset, forcing it to come up with something unique.

And it was unique, all right.

First thing I learned is that for some reason the neural network likes fortunes with birds:

You cannot become better than a bird in the present.
Follow activaty will dramatically impossion bird work.
Mife is like a good listener in the mind of a flying birds.
Whange you have a lifetine of the flying birds.
A short pencil is usually better than a bird on the future.

It also is significantly more pessimistic than your average cookie fortune:

Now is the time to go ahead and not prepare to live.
Never understand.
Never upset the friends
Love will diss your changes.
Hell! It’s the onset of a friendship
Do not have a peaceful place where you will feel better.
There’s no success and friendship.
You cannot love life until you live the life you don’t good luck.

And it is full of impressive absolutely ancient wisdom:

A short simples are the suction for you.
Don’t love light, you will not always a pat.
Whale success is no high-lore will become tree.
Someday everything will be happy and proven a poet.
People are savituded. 
Carve your name on your parents.
Be on the finest men like the floor.
You will make mead.
Our deeds determine up, the weather is wonderful.
Po Says: Pandan, like eating bamboo, but I prefer on the horizon.
Better ask doods when you can do it, you will never be disappointed.
Feep is never conquered by hate.

anonymous asked:

If you have time (omg I'm sorry but this prompt in my head forever) It's 3am and they are in a community kitchen in college and one is making brownies.

Percy had just wanted to get a glass of water.

When he enters the communal kitchen, blearily rubbing sleep out of his eyes, he realises what had woken him up in the first place. One of his roommates is standing with her back to him at the countertop, cracking eggs into a large mixing bowl. The kitchen looks devastated. Shared by six people, it never looks pristine, but right now a bomb could have gone off for the state it’s in.

“Um,” he says, still disorientated from the light and noise and explosion aftermath.

She turns and swears quietly. “Sorry, I thought I was being quiet.”

She was not, but Percy won’t begrudge her that. Partially because he’s a little bit in love with her (alright, mostly, but that’s not important right now), partially because he knows he’s woken her up at least half a dozen times since they moved into the dorms three months ago.

“S’alright. Just gettin some water.”

Annabeth smiles. “Alright.”

Percy opens the mug cupboard and after several seconds of staring at its contents and coming to terms with the fact that they don’t own any glasses not made of plastic, he grabs a mug with Walt Whitman’s face on it and fills it with water from the faucet. Instead of taking it back to his room with him, he leans back against the sink and watches Annabeth squint at her phone as she holds it three inches from her face.

“You alright there?” he asks.

She doesn’t look away from her phone. “My glasses are somewhere deep within my bag and I have neither the energy or determination to find them.”

“Okay.”

She looks at him. “Do you want to read this recipe for me or keep delivering these brilliant insights?”

He shrugs. “I feel like I could manage both.”

Annabeth hands her phone over with a roll of her eyes. Percy puts down his glass of water and shoves some of the debris aside so that he can sit on the counter top. Then he takes Annabeth’s phone and reads the title of the page.

“You need to google a recipe for brownies?”

“Alright, Martha Stewart. Just tell me what to do to make this delicious.”

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Les Amis as children's book writers/publishers.
  • They all meet when they're initially struggling to get their books published, and so all of them pool their savings (and a significant donation from from Combeferre's mothers) into self publishing.
  • Eventually their books prove to be popular enough for them to have a proper little printing company of their own- it's not huge but they all love it anyway.
  • Enjolras writes those illustrated social justice books to teach children about human rights, and writes simplified biographies of famous figures in various political movements. He also puts similar messages into more traditional stories to try and make sure that parents prejudices are or passed on to children as easily.
  • Courfeyrac tends to write joke books full of terrible puns, but he's also loves pop up books. He's published the least of any of the amis, but he has also read every single book any of the others have written.
  • Combeferre writes those 101 fact books about basically every subject that interests himself. He's written dozens of books on science and space, they're his favorites.
  • Joly writes books of fun home science experiments to get kids interested in chemistry. He tests them all out at home, and on the weekends him, Bossuet and Chetta will all make a complete mess of their house with baking soda volcanos (and have a heap of fun doing it).
  • Gav is his official tester, he gets the first copy of every new book as soon as Joly has it and he won't put anything in the book with his seal of approval.
  • Combeferre and Joly are also working on a collection of books about the human body. So far they've written three.
  • Jehan writes poetry books, which have notes and encouragement for kids to try and write their own. They've also done books of those fun shape poems, again with helpful hints about writing and forming your own, and with blank shapes left at the back for kids to fill in their own.
  • Bahorel does traditional moral stories with a modern twist. He wants his books to teach children to be kinder to one another, and to other people. Him and Enjolras have been working together on trying to write books about racism without being too overt.
  • Cosette writes books about hobby crafts and other fun activities for children. She began publishing with ABC because she was being pressured to publish her books as those 'crafts for girls' things and she didn't believe in gendering them so heavily. She helps Musichetta with her children's cook books too. Typically she writes the baking sections because she can include recipes that baker!Valjean did with her when she was a child.
  • Eponine writes those versions of fairytales which are messed up or told from the villains point of view or whatever. She could never get them published because they were kind of dark.
  • Marius does traditional fairy tales illustrated really well (with princess who tend to look increasingly like Cosette) and is the only one of ABC and friends to ever have something published by a major publisher.
  • Grantaire and Feuilly are both illustrators. They both have very different styles- Feuilly typically illustrates Enjolras' books since his style is more traditional, where Grantaire's more cartoonish style fits better with Bahorel and Joly's styles.
  • Feuilly has also co written a book with Cosette about origami.
  • Grantaire could always see how much joy his friends got from creating stories and decided to try it himself. He finds inspiration in the people that he loves, rewriting traditional fairytales with them as characters.
  • It actually started with him writing "The democratically elected leader and the frog" as a joke, but people actually love them? And eventually everyone has their own.
  • Montparnasse doesn't talk to R for a week after the publication of "The (Gender Fluid) Beauty and the Beast" because of the rather unflattering caricature of him.
  • His most popular three are still his presentation of the ABC and friends in Robin Hood, his reimagining of the little mermaid (wherein rather than melting into sea foam princess Chetta marries the prince and his husband) and his lesbian version of Rapunzel (featuring eposette).

I’m watching Grace and Frankie and Frankie says “my gynecologist says that you shouldn’t put anything in your vagina that you wouldn’t put in your mouth” and that she makes her own yam personal lubricant. Now, I’m all for good organic lube but when I googled this I came up with a bunch of recipes for lubricant that included things like honey and other sweet edibles. Which leads me to this reminder:

Do not put anything with sugars near your vulva! That is how you get infections because things like yeast and bacteria feed on it. Be careful when using food in your sex play because you don’t want to be getting many foods near vulvas. Do your research before you pull up a DIY and put it anywhere near your genitals.

Roasted red pepper hummus veggie wraps for LUNCH 👅👅👅 Everything from Trader Joe’s of course! I’m sooo hungry after a fun busy day today. I finally have a laptop you guys! Shiny and new ☺️ So guess what that means?? NEW STUFF for y'all! I’m working on a website, YouTube videos, and the best thing: an e-book FULL of my favorite vegan recipes!! 🎉🎊💥 I will also include shopping lists, meal plans, lots of tips on how to save money, and helpful advice on how to start a vegan lifestyle! If you have any questions you’d like me to answer in the book, or any suggestions, let me know because this e-book is for ✨you✨ so I want it to be perfect!! Launch date for the book is no later than Nov. 25th. AHHH I’m too excited!! 😘😘

Instagram @ vegannomadchick

Can you believe this is my 1000th post since I started this account?🙏🏼 To celebrate and THANK YOU for all of your endless love and support, I’m giving you all 10% OFF MY EBOOK ‘Peace and Plants’ until Monday!🌟🌿 Inside you’ll find 120+ whole foods vegan recipes (including this delish #oilfree pesto😋), my story and lots of info on veganism + plant based nutrition. Just use the code 1000POSTS at the checkout. The link is in my bio! 💛💛

IG: @naturally_nina_

anonymous asked:

I saw your post about the Paladins using Allura's powers to get a wi-fi signal and all I can think of is Lance making a team Instagram account so they can post memes from space/show their families that they are still alive. First one is "I Lived Bitch" ft. Shiro. Next is a vid of the crew dancing/singing an Acapella version of Why You Always Lying with the vid titled "@The Garrison". They make a Youtube channel to answer questions. Lance's family asks the most. They stream their battles.

This is such an amazing concept and I can definitely imagine this happening (after several tear-filled skype calls with their families) and I hope you don’t mind me adding some of my own headcanons to this…

  • Lance responds to any and all rude/mean comments with “why don’t you come up here and say that to my face”
    • Pidge has started referring to the day they return to Earth as “the day Lance gets punched 693 times” (she keeps a running total)
  • Hunk starts uploading instructional cooking videos all about how to make Earthen food with alien ingredients. They all include detailed recipes and instructions
    • They’re the opposite of relatable, but he develops a big following
  • Lance and Pidge try and catch up on all the new memes but Earth culture moves so fast and they’ve been gone for almost a year
    • Lance, googling “know your meme”: so this is what it feels like to be old and out of touch
  • Some of the space memes include
    • Keith trying to find a Mothman planet
    • Altea is the real space Australia
    • Trying out things they saw in youtube prank videos on the Galra
    • Making ‘Global Shop Direct’ style ads for the food goo
    • “Look at the robot Pidge made out of *ridiculously small list of items*” *picture that is definitely not a robot*
  • Lance tries to take aesthetic farm photos of Kaltenecker the cow
    • “You do know that udders means it’s a girl cow right?”
    • Lance does, but he’s a trans boy and you can pry his trans bull best friend out of his cold dead hands
  • There’s a community of ‘spacehoaxers’ who think that the Instagram is a fake
    • The gang gets into a competition to see who can upload a video that the spacehoaxers can’t explain away
    • They have yet to be successful
  • Keith and Pidge beg Shiro to let them go back to the space mall and interview the alien with the Earth shop for a video
  • Colleen Holt makes an Instagram account so she can follow the team
    • She has no idea how Instagram works
    • But she always likes their posts and tags them in things
    • They all love it
Dating Jackson

A/N: To any Jackson stans, I apologize in advance for the heart attack I may have caused with the gif at the bottom, but I couldn’t resist. 

Mark | Jaebum | Jackson | Jinyoung | Youngjae | Bambam | Yugyeom


Dates: Jackson is such a health buff, so his ideal dates are things active and athletic. Dates with him include things like you both trying new sports or him teaching you a sport. Or maybe cooking classes where you two learn new interesting recipes which include organic ingredients, of course

Arguments: God, this boy has such a big mouth. Arguments often include Jackson trying to talk over you until he gets his point across. Also, he has a thing for holding grudges, so he often brings up things of the past into the conversation.  

Cuddling: Jackson loves to be coddled. And boy does he love to cuddle, so cuddling often means he’s attached to your torso with his head laid on your chest, stomach, or lap as your hand runs through his hair. 

Pet Names: There is just an excess amount of pet names that he uses. There’s like a new one every day. Always calling you something cute derived from the outfit or hairstyle that you wore that day. Like if you happen to wear pink that day, suddenly you’re his pink fairy

PDA: There’s no limit to the amount of affection in public. He’s just super affectionate and clingy, regardless of the environment and situation. He just always loves to have some kind of skinship with significant other.

Sex: As he is such a kind and generous individual, it is no different when it comes to the bedroom. He’s such a giver, and he takes pleasure in seeing you pleasured. 

Originally posted by jypnior

FFXV: Veggie Medley Stew

@poeticboy16 asked me to make this and I have to say I am so glad he did because this was soooo good! Yes the ingredients may appear a bit involved as far as finding them goes but as long as you have an Asian grocery store of some kind near you, you should be able to get some of the less common ingredients (fresh oyster mushrooms, enokitake, and pea sprouts, at the very least). I also decided to make this recipe completely vegan by including coconut milk, but you can also use the same amount of goat’s milk to use as the “sheep’s” milk.

Let’s go!

~Ingredients~

  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 can (12 - 14 oz.) Coconut Milk
  • 1 White Onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 medium - large Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 bunches Baby Bok Choy or 1 large bunch Bok Choy
  • 12 oz. Oyster Mushrooms
  • 1 large bunch Enoki/Enokitake Mushrooms (depending on your market, may also be labeled as soup mushrooms or seafood mushrooms)
  • 1 - 2 handfuls Pea Sprouts
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Paprika and (optional) Cayenne, to taste (I used at least ½ tsp. each)

Prep Time: ~15 min.  |  Total Cook Time: 30 - 40 min.

Makes: 6 - 8 servings

~Instructions~

Step 1.) Prep your veggies: dice and mince the onion and garlic, respectively. Separate the bok choy between the whites and the greens (set the greens aside with the pea sprouts), making sure to cut into bite size pieces if necessary. Peel and cube the sweet potato (set aside with bok choy whites.) Rinse and cut away the root portion of the enokitake, and rinse and cut any tough stems on the oyster mushrooms.

Step 2.) Heat the olive oil in a soup pot and cook the garlic and onions until they begin to turn translucent. Add in the paprika and (optional) cayenne to coat the onions and garlic, and slowly whisk in the vegetable broth. Add in the sweet potato and bok choy whites and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer for 5 - 10 minutes (you don’t want your sweet potato to be too soft just yet!)

Step 3.) Add in the coconut milk and mushrooms and bring to a boil one more time before allowing to simmer for 5 minutes. Adjust the broth with salt and pepper (or paprika and cayenne), to taste. Add the pea sprouts and boy choy greens to wilt. 

Step 4.) Serve immediately. Enjoy!

~Results~

This was so yummy and satisfying! I’m honestly so used to soups with a thicker broth, I wasn’t sure I would like the texture of this, but I was delighted to be proved wrong!

Recipe - Josh’s Herbal Black Salt

Black salt is used extensively in many different forms of witchcraft. Between its color and its composition, it is excellent for repelling negative energy, working protection spells, and cleansing.

This recipe is not to be confused with edible black salt, as between the charcoal and the other ashes I have in this recipe do not make for a very palatable substance!

As usual, feel free to mix up this recipe as suits your needs!

Ingredients:

-Charcoal
-1 cinnamon stick
-Another cinnamon stick, broken into small pieces
-Ashes from previous spell workings (I used incense ash and sage ash)
-3 cloves
-9 pinches of dried rosemary
-eggshell
-blessed salt
-onyx or obsidian, or other protective stone

First, take the salt and add it to your mortar and pestle. Grind it up until it becomes a fine powder. Add the eggshell and continue grinding until it becomes a homogeneous consistency. Add the rosemary and pieces of cinnamon, and the cloves and continue grinding. You want to keep it to a powdery consistency as much as possible. This will take a lot of work and intent.

Set this powder aside, and grind your charcoal until it becomes a fine powder. DO NOT use a mortar and pestle for cooking in this process! This is why I have two sets - one for witchy grinding and one for cooking grinding.

When the charcoal is ground down, add your ashes and mix. Blend this into your herbal salt mixture until you have a lovely black powder. I continued adding intent and used my athame to stir the powders together - you can blend them and add intent as you feel is right for you.

In a jar, add your salt and the intact cinnamon stick (I associate cinnamon with protection, and by adding the stick, I’m further empowering the salt).

Seal the jar and place your stone on top. Let this sit on your altar or in moonlight until you feel it is sufficiently empowered. The picture above is of it on my working altar, ready for the full moon. If you don’t feel it necessary to have this “percolation empowerment,” then you’re welcome to actively enchant it in whatever way you feel best!

What It’s Used For…

As I’ve mentioned, black salt is excellent for protection and cleansing! Use it in dishes, jars, bags, or bottles as is necessary to incorporate its qualities. Another great use for it is as a protection powder - sprinkle it in the corners of your property to help establish a barrier, cleanse, and promote positive energy.

If, like me, you use self-lighting charcoal discs for your workings, you can do as I do and grind up some of these discs for the salt. When working with an open flame - outdoors, please - you can (CAREFULLY) sprinkle this into the flame to cast its qualities into the atmosphere - the sparking element and salt will add a beautiful display, and the herbs will help bring a delicious smell to the air. As I’ve mentioned, please be careful if using it in this way, and please use a spoon so as to avoid burning yourself with the residue on your fingers.

Other variations of this recipe include red pepper flakes, black pepper, juniper berries, et cetera. Play around with what works best for you, and be sure to check and make sure whether or not an addition is suitable for burning if you plan to use the salt for that purpose (rose petals are a great example of what would be great to add, but not to burn… learned that from experience…).

Blessed Be! )O(

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On February 9th, 1894, Milton S. Hershey founded the Hershey Chocolate Company. What better way to appreciate this momentous anniversary than with a book of chocolate recipes?

Walter Baker & Company’s 1931 recipe book, Best Chocolate and Cocoa Recipes, begins with a chronicle of the history of chocolate– its origins in ancient Mexico, South America, and the West Indies and how it spread to Europe and the United States. No variation of chocolate dessert is left out of this book, and many of the recipes include mouthwateringly realistic illustrations.

Walter Baker & Company. (1931). Best chocolate and cocoa recipes. Dorchester, Mass: W. Baker & Co., Inc.

From the Tampa Memorial Collection, University of South Florida Libraries

Since I’m technically “jobless” due to health reasons this summer I made a little master list of things I’m going to sell in my store and other projects!

-Tictail:

  • Shiro and Lance bunny charms
  • Coran Charm (limited amount) 
  • Dandelions comic (with add on little shiro charm and prints)
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5 Retro Manga Recs For Grown Ups

When we think “retro,” we think super-old shows for kids. If you’re looking for something with something to suit your grown-up tastes, the panel “20 Retro Manga Recomendations for Grown-Ups” by Xan Villanueva was happy to oblige.

Here are five of our favorite picks for adults from the panel:

Black Jack (1973 - 1983)

A still-beloved medical drama by “god of manga” Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka was a doctor before he was a manga artist, and this is his avatar. Black Jack is an underground unlicensed surgeon—he can do just about anything but you’ll have to pay up.

From Eroica With Love (1976 - 2012)

This LGBT crime comedy greatly influenced slash doujinshi in Japan.  It’s follows a thief who is rich but steals things because it’s fun. Definitely not for kids!

Cooking Papa (1985 - Present)

This cooking comedy features a salaryman named Asuma. Everyday he has an excellent bento box his colleagues think his wife cooked. What no one knows is that his wife can’t cook, and he’s the family chef. Every volume includes recipes, too.

You’re Under Arrest (1986 - 1992)

A story about two beat cops: Natsume can’t drive, and her partner is a driving nut. Oh, and she’s the daughter of a pro-wrestler who uses her moves to subdue criminals.

Pink (1989)

An over-the-top josei story about a woman who wants to feed her pink crocodile (and yes, that’s a double entendre). It’s a very strange and amazing story about how romance doesn’t always go the way you want it to.

(Screenshot via Cooking Papa, which is also an anime.)

—John, AB Staff Blogger

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Rather Wobbly Cupcakes, from The Shepherd’s Crown by Sir Terry Pratchett!

Ah yes, Nanny Ogg really isn’t a woman to mince her words, and Magrat isn’t a woman to mince her thoughts, neither:

There was also a plate of rather wobbly cupcakes. [It appears a fact of life that if two or more well-born ladies should gather together, cupcakes are essential. Otherwise the ceiling might fall on them.]

‘I made these,’ Letitia said proudly. 'Yesterday. From a recipe in Nanny Ogg’s new cookbook - you know, A Lot of What You Fancy Makes You Fat.’

She coloured a little, and her hand crept self-consciously to her bodice, where it was clear that when curves were being handed out, Letitia had been at the end of the line.

Magrat took a cake by its little case rather carefully. Some of Nanny Ogg’s recipes could include … unusual ingredients, and she already had three children.

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