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I Trained Crows To Bring Me Quarters

By reddit user LeoDuhVinci

In college, I struggled to make ends meet.  Most of my meals consisted nearly entirely of ramen noodles, garnished with a scrambled egg if my finances were stronger than usual, combined with the weekly splurge of a candy bar and soda each Friday.  I worked a part time job, but city rent was expensive, my classes were too tough to work more than twenty hours a week, and my parents had cut me off the year before.

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Foodie Friday: Josh’s Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

Note: I was taught to cook by feel as I grew up. As a result, many of my own recipes lack measurements. Adjust the recipe as you see fit in order to match your own preferences and tastes!

Ingredients:
-Mushrooms (I used baby portobellos, but any hearty, stuffable mushroom should do)
-Olive Oil
-Finely diced onion
-thinly sliced garlic
-chopped walnuts
-chopped sundried tomatoes (omitted from the pictured dish - my boyfriend isn’t a fan of tomato)
-chopped parsley
-vegan parmesan cheese
-brown jasmine rice
-star anise
-cinnamon stick
-salt
-pepper

1) Heat up a dry saute pan over medium heat and add the star anise and cinnamon. Toast until aromatic, then remove from heat.

2) Add washed rice and water to a pot or rice cooker, add the star anise and cinnamon, and cook until done and fluffy.

3) Preheat oven to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit).

4) Remove the stems from the mushrooms and reserve them. Brush the mushroom caps on both sides with olive oil, sprinkle the insides with salt and pepper, and then place them bottom-up in a baking dish. Dice up the stems and reserve for the filling.

5) Over medium heat, heat up some olive oil until it shimmers. Add the onion and saute until soft and translucent, then add the garlic and cook until it goes soft and fragrant (keep an eye on it… nobody likes burnt garlic!)

6) Add the diced mushroom stems and cook until browned. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley, walnuts, tomatoes, parmesan, and rice (remove the cinnamon stick and star anise). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

7) Fill each mushroom cap with stuffing and bake for about 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are brown and soft. Cover the pan with foil if the stuffing begins to burn.

Garnish with a little more vegan parmesan and serve hot! These are great as an appetizer, light entree, or even as a little snack. To give them a little extra acidity, serve them with a red wine vinaigrette!

Magical Ingredient!

I don’t often cook vegan. My family’s culinary traditions are very much so meat based, and as a result, nearly every dish I make has at least one meat item. However, my boyfriend and I have a friend of ours who periodically stays with us, who is vegan. Though he doesn’t mind cooking his own food, I do like to cook some sort of meal for the three of us when he comes into town as a sort of celebration. As such, I get the pleasant challenge of cooking vegan!

One would think that my choice for a magical ingredient in this dish would be the rice, mushrooms, or the nuts (which lend a very nice texture, so if you’re balking at adding it to the stuffing, give it a try… I promise you that the mouthfeel is very interesting). However, it’s none of these. Instead, it’s the star anise that was added to season the rice.

Not everyone has this spice sitting in their kitchen. In fact, many people are unfamiliar with the benefits star anise has when it comes to both cooking and magic. However, between its delicate licorice flavor and its ability to comfort the stomach and aid in digestion has earned it quite a reputation in Asian cuisine, and its beautiful shape has allowed it to become a gorgeous garnish in many cuisines.

Star anise comes from an evergreen tree native to Vietnam and southwest China, called Illicium verum. The seeds are harvested and dried just prior to ripening, kept in their star shaped pod. They’re a primary ingredient in Five Spice blend, and the oils are frequently extracted for their strong licorice scent. 

In medicine, star anise is used for a variety of ailments, including stomach upset, flu, bronchitis, and rheumatism. Traditionally it’s burned as an incense or added to food, but the presence of shikimic acid in the pods allowed star anise to become of importance to the modern medicine industry. As a result, the acid is extracted from the seed pods for the use in modern flu treatments.

The culinary uses for star anise are varied, but the most common use is adding it to broth or stock for its flavor (those of you who’ve been following me for a while may remember my recipe for mushroom chicken ramen a while back… I’ve since taken to adding star anise to the broth anytime I make it both because of the flavor and because it makes the ramen a bit easier on the stomach). However, its uses aren’t limited to broths and stocks. 

Star anise is used in mulled wine, as well as in coffee (trust me… allow a pod to steep in your coffee - the flavors combine beautifully, and do so more fully each time you reuse the pod). Though one of the ways in which we indulge in this spice most often is in the form of masala chai.

This beautiful little spice continues to be used in other products ranging from mouthwash and toothpaste to massage oils and skin creams. It seems there’s very little that it can’t do!

In magick, anise most definitely has its uses! The most frequent one I’ve seen is carrying it whole or wearing it as a necklace for luck. However, in Hoodoo, the pod can also be placed under the pillow to allow one to dream of another person far away. It’s added to mojo bags, hands, poppets, and witch bags and jars for luck as well. When a person sleeps with it under his or her pillow, it’s said to stave off nightmares, as well.

When powdered and burned as an incense, star anise helps to heighten psychic awareness and clairvoyance, and can be of great help during meditations.

In my practice, star anise is used for luck and dreams as above, but I also use it for healing and encouraging deeper spirituality. Its star shape reminds me of tarot as well, so I also enjoy keeping it on hand for divination.

Consider the different ways star anise can add its flavors, aromas, and magic to your craft. Though it seems an odd little spice, it packs quite a punch - a punch that any witch or cook can definitely make use of!

May all your meals be blessed! )O(

The Cold Calls For Cuddles

who?: Wanna One’s Lee Daehwi
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• warm cuddles on a cold autumn day with Daehwi

bring on the Fall scenarios 👏🏼 i have never experienced Fall or Winter for a prolonged period so I’m not the best at these
also, IF I open up our request box for flower boy AU again….we might get Fall-Winter, Christmas flower boys but we have to see ;)
thank you for requesting this anon, super cute and refreshing to write!!

- Admin L


• grey clouds fog the skies and icy winds are pressing against the glass of your bedroom window with a vengeance
• you sink into your bed and groan, all plans of walking your dog in the nice Fall weather are scrapped
• Autumn? More like Winter? And it isn’t even Halloween yet
• your doggo tucks his tail in between his legs and lets out an upset whine
• you cradle your doggo and lounge on your bed, sighing
• the horrid weather also ruined your plans with your boyfriend, Lee Daehwi
• it was supposed to be chill afternoon, you, Daehwi and the dog, strolling in the nearby park
• looks like Mother Nature took ‘chill’ too literally
• the winds are already chilling you to your spine
• hoping Daehwi hadn’t left his house, you whip out your phone and dial his number
*ring ring*
• c'mon please pick up
• you’d hate if he was stuck out in the cold awaiting your arrival
“hello, babe! I’m-”
“hi, it looks like we have to cancel…”
• “it’s okay! could you please-”
“i’m so sorry Daehwi. I know how much you were looking forward to this.”
• you blabber on a lot without realising
• until you’re cut off by Daehwi huffing
• “y/n! I’m outside your door! Let me in!”
• what?
• there’s sudden pounding on your front door and you shriek
• “oh my god!”
• you toss your phone mindlessly and dash to the door, the floof yelps at your sudden actions
• thankfully, your phone landed safely on your bed
• also Daehwi was just 2 seconds from being frostbitten but never fear, Y/N is here!
• he shoots you an unamused look, teeth chattering and all
• you grin sheepishly and apologise
• Daehwi just smirks
“I guess we need to cuddle now to warm me up”  
• you playfully punch his bicep and take his coat from him to hang up
• he pouts sulkily in response but enters your living room
• Daehwi starts to play with your dog
“did you miss me? i missed you so much! who’s a good boy? you!”
• sometimes, you think he loves the dog more than you
• but it’s fine because you love your pet and dogs will stay by your side even when humans don’t
• you rush upstairs to grab your phone and let out a sigh of relief when the screen isn’t smashed beyond recognition
“y/n, can we cuddle?” Daehwi yells at which you roll your eyes at but you know you want to cuddle
• it’s freezing
• Daehwi is very good for cuddling
• just saying you know
• for scientific research purposes
“just a second!”
• yanking out a trunk from under your bed, you pull out throw blankets that you know will come in handy this time of the year
• one is patterned with cartoon ghosts and the other has steaming mugs of hot chocolate
“Y/N!”
• you throw a blanket at him to shut up
“too late! I’m cuddling the floof! I don’t need you!”
• your dog has stolen your man
• how do you feel about that
• but Daehwi arranges the blanket neatly and waits for you to emerge from the kitchen
“Y/N!!! Do you want to cuddle or not?”
“giVE ME LIKE UHH 3 minuTES”
• Daehwi scrolls through his phone and sighs when you haven’t come to join him so he drags himself out of the comfort of the blankets to the kitchen
• “…..y/n?”
• “yes?”
• “what…what are you doing?”
• a couple of boxes of snacks tumble from the shelf and you nearly lose balance on the kitchen counter
• one leg propped up on a chair
• Daehwi crosses his arms over his chest, “hey! that’s dangerous! come down!”
• he doesn’t mean to yell he just wants you to observe basic kitchen safety
• a sigh leaves his pink, plump lips
“you could have asked for my help, you know?”
• you smile sheepishly as thunder claps just outside your kitchen window
• causing you to shriek and wobble, losing grip on the shelf and you fall off your stand
• of course, Daehwi is two steps ahead of you and catches you in his arms
• Fall is the time for romance am I right?
“wow, you just Fall for me” déjà vu :“)
• puns puns puns
• grammatically incorrect puns
• his arms are wrapped around your waist and the blush on his cheeks are apparent as he steadies you
"now, what were you trying to do?”
• you point up to the top shelf where cartons of hot chocolate powder and pumpkin spice latte packs are stored
“i know you like pumpkin spice!”
“…so you nearly died because of…hot cocoa and pumpkin spice lattes.”
“…some people are worth melting for”
• reevaluates life
• puffing out his chest, Daehwi attempts the dangerous climb
• Daehwi thinks he’s tall
• he tries to reach the top shelf without leaning on the counter but he’s forced to in the end
“hah, watch me. i grew taller you know.”
• …..sure otter, sure
• you know I love Daehwi
“see,” he says, juggling the packets of chocolate and pumpkin spice, “I can do it”
• offers to make the drinks with you
“which one would you like?”
“uh…both”
• you decide on two mugs each of the different drinks
• EXXTRRAAA
“oh? babe, how do you like your hot chocolate? with or without marshmallows?” Daehwi says as he digs out a packet of marshmallows from a cabinet you didn’t even know your kitchen held
• it seemed like your boyfriend knew your house better than you did
• Daehwi tells you to set up the fireplace to battle against the bone-chilling weather
• he makes the drinks like a professional
• skills
• what a barista
• just as the fireplace is crackling to life, Daehwi sets the steaming mugs on the coffee table
• he hands your dog a treat, ruffling his fur
“i can’t forget about you.” he chimes
• your dog loves him more than he loves you
“oh!”
• realisation hits Daehwi and he rushes over to his backpack, unzipping it frantically. He pulls out a familiar package and smiles
“my mother made you apple pie!”
• it’s the famous Lee 'mixed apple pie with hazelnut crust and maple cream’
I literally googled 'autumn pies’ w o w
• your eyes light up and in a flash, plates, cutlery and a knife are placed on the table and you remove the pie from its precious packaging
• you cut a piece for yourself and Dae
• stabbing a smaller cut of the original piece, you lift the fork to Daehwi’s mouth
• he whines but obliges without complaint
• you love Fall partially because of all the food Mrs Lee makes for you
• because she dotes on you a lot
“please thank your mother for me”
• you two down the drinks and pie, all done wrapped up in the blankets on the couch and watching some movie
• Daehwi loves skinship okay
• lowkey he’s the big spoon
• okay sometimes he’s the small one
• no matter what, your skin is in contact with each other
• like somehow
• he can’t keep his hands from entwining with yours as your head rests on his chest
• he’s already cradling you in his arms though and your legs are spread out on the chaise lounge, crossing over each other
• you can’t see but his eyes are fixated on you, brimming with love and admiration
• the day drags on and the weather does get gloomier by the seconds
• as the cold increases, the more you and Daehwi bury yourselves into the blankets and of course, your hold on each other tightens
• eventually, you start to doze off and fall asleep in his arms
• even if his arms are cramping, Daehwi refuses to move and wake you up
• tries to turn off the television without waking you
• he smiles and presses a soft kiss to your forehead
• plays with your hair, wondering what kind of sweet smelling shampoo you use
• very!! happy!! you have slept
• because you deserve to sleep and
• it’s reassuring that you trust him enough to just fall asleep like that
• he nearly starts crying when he discovers how much you trust him
• honoured
• with autumn fragrances wafting throughout the house due to the candles you lit
• and the fireplace fizzling away
• it’s the perfect atmosphere to have a good cuddle nap
• even your dog is fast into a nap at the very edge of the lounge
• under the blankets, it’s warm, cosy and comforting, especially with the added body warmth
• Daehwi can’t resist
• he’s lulled into a deep sleep with you in his arms and burying into his chest
• the Fall was made for romance

Observations about white people cooking stuff by a white American

Okay guys. I’m bored and haven’t made an original post in a while so listen up.

I’ve been a white person for a long time now. My whole life, in fact. And as nice as that is, I’ve gotta say, our cooking kinda sucks sometimes. So, I’ve decided to compile a random list of observations I’ve made while being a white person in a white family in a place where a lot if people aren’t white and cook better than us. If you have any more observations add on, do it please. I’d like to hear. Or, read rather.

Keep in mind that I’m Californian with a lil bit of German and Swedish in me culturally left over from the fatherland my family left who knows how long ago and I’m just writing this list because at the moment I’m bored and want to make fun of myself and a bunch of people that kinda look like me and probably have similar eating patterns.

-potato
-We eat rice, but we can’t just eat it plain
-We’ve gotta put butter in the water or something even if we do eat it plain
-We pretend that we can make sticky rice, but we can’t. We really can’t.
-For some reason we really like to pickle things
-And boil them
-Boiled potatoes
-Pickled cabbage, pickled eggs, pickled beets, pickled herring(ewwwwwwew), pickles, pickled red cabbage(don’t ask what the difference is. It’s just red), pickled onions…
-potatoes
-We either eat spicy food or we don’t, and the white people that don’t eat spicy food will cry and complain about something any normal person would swear has no spice at all
-dairy
-Just put milk in everything
-Milk and potatoes
-Milk and rice
-Put cheese on your pie. Put cheese on your goddamned apple pie. Do it. Appease the cheese gods. Cheese on pie.
-Potatoes
-Put cheese on the potato
-Now put sour cream on the potato
-And milk based gravy
-Now smother that damn potato with melted butter and dump out your damn salt shaker on it.
-Congratulations. You’re gonna have heart surgery in your forties. Now eat the salty dairy potato.
-Eat a spoonful of horseradish. Prove your superiority. No? Just me? Okay.
-Vinegar. In chips, in potatoes, in milk, in eggs. Heck, just down a cup of the stuff. It’s good for you, right? That’s how that works.
-Organic and greasy have a similar appeal. They are delicious buzz words that will get us to buy things.
-For some reason some of us put canned vegetables in green jello?
-Yeah I think we do a lot with jello.
-Put fruit in it. That’s probably healthy, right?
-Put hot dogs in everything
-Cook the dogs into your mac ‘n cheese
-Bake it into bread, I dunno.
-Just find a way to put hot dogs in something and we’ve done it
-We put it on our damn pizzas for crying out loud
-PUT FOOD ON A STICK WE WILL FIND A WAY
-Deep fry it Deep fry it Deep fry it Deep fry it Deep fry it Deep fry it
-Asparagus.
-Potato
-Red potato
-Golden potato
-Deep fry the potato
-You can cut potatoes like 135885428934 different ways trust me I’ve done it
-Bake the potato
-Boil the potato
-Burn the potato
-Roast the potato
-Grill the potato
-BE THE POTATO
-Scalloped potatoes
-Cheeseburger pie
-It’s time to get your gluten on my friends. Let’s bake some stuff.
-Have I mentioned deep frying yet?
-Awww. Look. It’s a cutesy sugar cookie grandma spent all day decorating. Let’s spread it all over the house.
-Deep fry the dough. Put raisins in it probably. Put sugar on it. There ya go. You have diabetes now.
-The heck is a tamale pie? It has nothing to do with tamales. Oh well. It’s a tasty mush full of meat and corn and that’s all that matters
-Wait that’s not dessert. I’m getting distracted.
-We call them Mexican wedding cakes or Russian tea cakes, but they probably have nothing to do with either Mexico or Russia
-Fudge time ya sissies.
-Eat the fudge.
-Ambrosia. Full of marshmallows and fruit. I’m sure this is what the Greek gods would have wanted
-Put walnuts in it.
-You can probably grate any kind of squash and bake it into bread with pretty good results
-Why do we use so much powdered sugar?
-I’m moving on to meat
-Bake the meat
-Eat POTATOES with it
-Store bought spice packs because apparently we’re too lazy or untalented to mix or grind the spices ourselves
-Don’t forget the bacon
-Wrap your damn chocolate bacon we don’t give a damn. Put it in your ice cream. Wrap it around a jalapeño. Just get the bacon in there somehow
-Meatloaf and ketchup with POTATOES
-You want lemonade with that? Trick question. Of course you do. Drink the lemonade, Sharon.
-Drink the tea, Katie. Drink the iced tea. I don’t care if you don’t like it. You will. Feed the tea to the children. Give them coffee. They will be consumers. Make them drink it.

That’s all I can think of right now. Please add some more. In the meantime, remember potato.

lillyko  asked:

Shadowhunters AU: All is the same but Luke still did the Old Spice Commercials. And of course they figure it out. Alec is a timber guy, Magnus likes swagger and Simon wants to meet Terry Crews. They all tease Luke about it. The whole pack starts using it. Jace calls them spice pack. Luke hates his life.

omg i love this idea haha

luke being like ‘just let it die guys it’s been years’ and they’re like nope and they just start quoting those commercials lmao i’d watch that

College Cooking Necessities

I’m quickly approaching my last few days of dorm living, so I thought I would go through some of the most vital tools that I use to cook in my dorm room.  I rarely buy food at the dining hall because the food is typically disgusting and unhealthy.  By cooking food myself, I am able to have a more customized diet and I also save a lot of money on my dining account!

You can find plenty of lists online that will tell you that a microwave or a tea kettle are important for college, and I agree! These appliances have really helped me out.  But I also think that I have some unique tools that have really impacted my ability to easily cook meals in my room.

1. Electric Skillet

By far what I use most to cook dinner each night is my electric skillet.  These babies are so versatile.  You can bake casseroles, “grill” steaks, and scramble eggs! Pretty much anything you can make in a pan (and more) is possible in an electric skillet.  They’re pretty easy to clean in the sink, and can easily be stored in your closet or a cabinet.

This skillet costs less that $20 on amazon, and there are plenty on the market between $20 and $40.  

2. Spices

College cooking tends to be pretty bland at times.  The best way to liven up your meals is by having a few important spices on hand.  I recommend checking out the bulk section of your local grocery store, you may even have one on campus.  The spices I used most often are paprika, oregano, cumin and garlic salt.  It really depends on what flavor profiles you prefer, but having just a few can go a long way.

If you’re looking for a simple way to grab a few spices that won’t take up a ton of space, this multi-spice pack is a great option.  It is around $8 on amazon, but you can also find them at several stores such as target or Walmart. 

3. Mason Jars

Mason jars aren’t just trendy, they’re SUPER versatile.  Mason jars can be used to store ingredients, make mason jar salads, mix ingredients together (shake it up!) and so much more.  If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, check out pinterest.

You can obviously pick these up at any grocery store, but you can also get these colored ones on Amazon for about $11.

4. Measuring Cup

Sometimes easier to just throw in a little and hope for the best than measure out everything exactly.  This has actually been a lifesaver.  Its really simple to measure a bunch of things, takes up minimal space, and is super easy to clean.  It is also microwave safe!  If you’re on any sort of diet, measuring your food is important! In addition, it’ll help you stay closer to the taste of the original recipe.

You can buy Pyrex in tons of different stores, but you can also find this measuring cup for a pretty great price on Amazon for about $8.  If you’re buying a non-pyrex cup, make sure to check if it is microwave safe or not!

5. Large Microwave safe Bowls

Last, but definitely not least are these bowls that are super essential for cooking.  Being able to cook things in the microwave is very important.  I throw some cauliflower and water in, and it steams in 5 minutes.  You can also heat up soups, and even scramble eggs.

These bowls are especially college-friendly.  They are collapsable! When you’re not using them to microwave your delicious meals, you can store them in your small dorm room drawers.  You can find this set of 3 for under $15 on amazon.

I hope that this list was helpful!  Cooking in a dorm room is not impossible, and can be healthy, quick, and delicious.  Do you cook in your dorm room? What do you use to make the process simpler?

It can be argued that the pumpkin is Tamriel’s most versatile fruit, that makes for a tasty addition to any dish, sweet or savoury. While pumpkin pie is a favourite dessert in homes and taverns from Hammerfell to Morrowind, today we’ll be taking a twist on the classic dessert and making a delicious pumpkin cheesecake. This dessert is rich, creamy, and decadent, and the spices are a treat for the senses. Let’s get cooking!

You will need:
Crust
1 ½ cups smashed graham cracker crumbs (place in plastic bag and use rolling pin to make these)
100g butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

Filling
2 blocks cream cheese
1 can pumpkin puree
¼ cup sour cream
2 tbsp flour
3 large eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp nutmeg
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:
Preheat oven to 175C/350F.

Firstly, prepare the crust. In a mixing bowl, soften butter, then combine the crumbs, sugar, and spices. Pack the mixture firmly into the base of a 9" cake tin.

For the filling, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin puree until smooth. Add the sour cream, eggs, sugar, spices, flour, and vanilla extract, and continue beating until the mixture is completely smooth.

Pour the filling over the crust and bake for 1 hour, or until the cake is golden brown. Remove from the oven to cool for 20 minutes, then refrigerate for 4-6 hours before serving.

Unlocking Ice & Tropical Country

Just like in any other game - this new title of the Harvest Moon franchise series has “The Big Boss(es)”, and they are called Ice Country and Tropical Country. If you decided to take ‘em down, I admire your determination! I hope this post can help you plan in advance and slowly but surely work on these two last vendors :)

Firstly, let’s talk about the benefits!


What do you get by unlocking them?

ICE COUNTRY

Philosophers Tools :: blueprints for the last tool upgrades.
Ice! :: Tons of ice! for big fridge, smoothies, and safari expansion.
Black Stone! :: You’ll never have a hard time again finding them. She is generous with the request rewards. 
Storm protection combo! :: 15 guardrails + 2 maiden with spears statue + 2 maiden with shears statue = 80% storm protection. 
Minerals :: her request rewards gives out silver, gold, orichalcum… and she sells orichalcum, mithril, and philosophers’ stone. No more savescumming the mine!
Exotic fishes :: Tuna, Anglerfish, Sturgeon etc etc as request rewards.
Rare items :: Ancient fish fossil, elli leaves…
Blueprints & Patterns & Recipes :: Her patterns include the accessory combo for slowing down time. The blueprints include white, silver, retro themes.
Safari animals :: Polar Bear & Penguin to complete your Safari.
Safari expansion :: the third and final one, the Iceberg.
Vehicle :: a cute Mechanical Penguin!


TROPICAL COUNTRY

Sacred Rod :: the only way to upgrade your fishing rod, which will increase your chance to win the Fishing Contest, and enable you to catch the Kingfishes. (There’s another way, but you need to befriend Maurice and get birthday gifts from him for 6 years)
Tools upgrade :: orichalcum hoe and watering can.
Exotic seeds & items :: pineapple, watermelon, lily, hibiscus, sugar cane, banana, mango, cacao… also aloe and coconuts.
Rare items :: corals, downy tufts, venus comb murex, triton’s trumpet. Also SEA URCHINS.
Blueprints & Patterns & Recipes :: blue, tropical, jungle themes.
Safari Animals :: a white Parrot and a white Sifaka. Befriend the parrot to get its cute friend to come to your Safari!
Vehicle :: a cute Mechanical Duck. It’s the cutest vehicle imo xD

Sounds interesting? Well, these two last vendors surely will complete your farming experience in SoS! Plus, you got a really special event and a credit roll after you got them :) 

But when we’re talking about the requirements, most people (including me, at first!) will go “NO WAY THEY’RE IMPOSSIBLE TO DO”… Well, I tell you what - those requirements are certainly possible to accomplish, even as fast as in three in-game seasons! Keep reading to find out some advices to tackle them!


How to unlock them?

Besides reaching the total shipment of 3,000,000 G, you also need to ship certain number of items in certain categories to unlock Ice and Tropical. Original & Seedling Mode differs on the number of items needed: 

++ Original Mode:
> Ice:
100 fences, 200 decorations, 200 gardening objects, 100 paths, 100 furnitures/house items, and 100 wallpaper/flooring.
> Tropical: 100 tools, 500 seeds, 15,000 vestures, 15,000 cooked recipes, 10,000 products, and 600 clothing items.

++ Seedling Mode:
> Ice:
70 fences, 140 decorations, 140 gardening objects, 70 paths, 70 furnitures/house items, and 70 wallpaper/flooring.
> Tropical: 70 tools, 350 seeds, 10,500 vestures, 10,500 cooked recipes, 7,000 products, and 420 clothing items.

If you have gotten access to 5* flax seeds, the seed maker, and the sewing shed, money shouldn’t be a problem :-) Having lots of money is very helpful for buying out materials and products from the shops/vendors, which helps to craft more items and reach the shipment requirements faster. You can also grow lots of softwood & hardwood trees in your own farm.

In Seedling mode, it is possible to fulfill these requirements on Year 1 (I completed Ice requirements in Y1 Fall and Tropical in Y1 Winter. I’ve met two other players who did this too). You can get Tropical Country as early as in Year 1 Winter :D However, Ice Country won’t come before Year 2. These two vendors have a slightly different schedule from the others - they come to town for 2 days, then take a break for 4 days. (The other vendors have 2 days on & 3 days off schedule.)

@storiesofskyler​ has put together an awesome spreadsheet to help you keep track of these requirements. Thank you Skyler! 

Keep reading to find the list of requirements plus some tips on easy items to ship for each category. I hope this will be helpful! Happy farming ^__^

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Simple, Low-Budget Pad Thai

Okay, so I was really in the mood for Pad Thai a little bit ago but I don’t have all of the proper ingredients at the moment. I actually got this idea from Chopped (which is amazing if you don’t know of anything you can make with random things in your kitchen because that’s literally the whole show), and the main ingredients are Ramen, peanut butter, and curry powder.

This is really versatile mainly since you can add as much or as little as you want in Pad Thai and it will always be delicious.

P.S. This is only about one serving.

Ingredients

  • 1 package Top Ramen (I used shrimp, but oriental or chicken would probably be great too!)
  • 2.5 Tbs of creamy peanut butter (I like mine really peanutty so if you don’t, I would use about 2 Tbs) (you can also sub for sugar-free pb if you needed to)
  • 2 tsp soy sauce (teriyaki or Worcestershire sauce would work too)
  • 1 tsp curry powder (red curry paste is preferable but I don’t have it)
  • Water
  • Microwave / Stovetop / Something you would cook soup on
  • (optional) Canned or fresh vegetables
  • Powdered ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, turmeric, onion, mustard, or basil leaves to taste.
  • You could also add hot sauce, red/cayanne pepper or chili powder for extra kick

Directions

  1. (optional) Chop up vegetables, if necessary. Add to Ramen for cooking.
  2. Cook Ramen as you usually would, but without the spice packet added.
  3. Drain the water from the Ramen and rinse. 
  4. Add peanut butter, soy sauce, HALF of the provided spice pack (they’re always way too salty for my taste) and spices, plus 2 Tbs water.
  5. (optional) By the time I was about to mix everything up (because I didn’t know how to season it) it had cooled off a lot, so I stuck it in the microwave for about a minute to get the peanut butter all melty and mixable. You could also do this in a pot.
  6. Mix it all together. taste, and add any other spices as needed.
  7. Enjoy your simple Ramen Pad Thai!
First Impressions!

 It’s been 24 hours since I’ve brought Tumblr back into my life and before I start posting, reblogging, and asking for followers I thought it would be good idea to re-introduce myself! My name is Briana, but I’ll respond to Bri; I’m 23, going on 24 Christmas Eve, and just graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In case your might be wondering, yes, I am black, both of my parents are black, and despite insecurities about my skin color I am proud to be a black woman. Hobbies include, reading, writing poetry, drinking, cooking, fishing, watching football, anime, shopping, and the list goes onward. I’m a bit of a southern belle, but don’t get it twisted this sugar packs some spice. Mental health is incredibly important to me, in 2005 I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, anorexia in 2009, depression multiple times, and most recently generalized anxiety in 2017. Personality wise, I’m more of an ambivert, but lean closer to introvert, specifically INFP/INTJ according to Myers-Briggs. Music, laughter, faith, and love give me strength when I’m down. Last but not least if you haven’t noticed, I can be incredibly awkward so bear with me! If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading, here’s to new adventures, new friends, and a brand new Tumblr!

ten - party/celebration

about: i’ve been writing to a different prompt each day of the month. none of these stories are connected (unless stated otherwise), and they’re either au’s, headcannons, or something else that i thought sounded good :) i struggled with finishing the end of this, so i’m just going to post it before i stress out over it anymore! anyways, enjoy ~

sasusaku - december tenth - T (language)


The bar was packed full tonight, and Sasuke had noticed that there were more new faces than ones he had ever recognized.

Fucking Christmas parties, he thought to himself.

As usual, he found his way to the regular table that both he and Naruto sat at and got their drinks. This is how they spent their Friday nights after a long week at work and began the unwinding process.

Just as he finished his first drink and set the glass back down on the table, he caught a glimpse of some unusual looking hair. The color was rather vivid and cut short, resting comfortably on the woman’s shoulders. As hard as he tried to pry his eyes away from the color, curiosity got the best of him, and he continued to stare; until she looked his way, and he was now staring into jade pools.

Her lips were parted slightly, red and plump, and the small amount of eyeliner that rimmed her eyes complimented the mascara that encased her eyelashes. Although the lighting was dim, he could make out the highlights of her facial structure, and he could tell that she was stunning.

The loud music filled the building that was now crowded from wall to wall, and Sasuke could barely hear his own thoughts now, let alone Naruto’s constant chatter about nothing in particular.

“Hey, are you listening?”

Again, Sasuke toned Naruto out as he continued looking into this mysterious woman’s eyes. He had enough, though, as he pushed away from his seat and made his way through the crowd. She hadn’t been located too far away, but by the time he reached her, she now wore a small smile and batted her eyelashes at him, smooth and delicate-like.

“Can I help you?” The way her lips moved as she asked him made shivers run down his spine. As closed off to the world that Sasuke was, he found the need to talk to this woman, whoever she be.

“I just came for another drink was all,” he lied.

The pinkette rolled her emerald eyes before raising an eyebrow, a smile still on her face.

“What’s your poison? I’ll buy us a round.”

Sasuke chuckled at the offer, trying the play his whole act off with ease, but was failing miserably. She had more balls than him. She seemed like a genuinely nice person, and the vibe she gave off was a more comfortable and soothing one than he’s ever picked up from another person. Her eyes stared into his before she lowed one eyebrow and looked away. She ordered something that he didn’t quite hear, and they were now being poured a shot each.

Once the bartender finished pouring their drinks, she scooted the class towards his hand and picked hers up with her slender fingers, raising it towards him. He mimicked her move, and they clinked their glasses before turning the bottoms up and downing the liquid.

It felt rather warm as it traveled down the back of his throat and against his tongue, burning the inside of his mouth with the taste of cinnamon. Sasuke hadn’t cared enough to know what she ordered for the two of them, but it was delicious; filled with spice and packed a punch. He hadn’t flinched once as the liquid finally came to rest in the pit of his stomach, but Sakura clenched her eyes shut and let out a sigh before giggling.

“This stuff always hits the spot. Anyways, gotta run!”

With that, he watched as she made her way through the crowd. Sasuke set the small glass back on the counter before turning his head toward the bartender. The older woman offered him a smile before leaning in and giving him another glass of his usual drink. Before he could leave and return to his table, the bartender was talking to him in a low voice, “she seemed into you. She normally doesn’t give just any guy the time of day.”

Sasuke scoffed before smirking and grabbing his drink, “I don’t think so.”

He made his way back to Naruto in time to see that his friend was now on his fourth drink and passed the stage of being buzzed.

“Where’d you go, dude?” Naruto’s words were long and drawn out, but Sasuke answered him anyways.

“I was gone for ten minutes and you managed to down three drinks, and you’re-” Sasuke had been cut off by a booming voice, and his attention was directed towards the crowd that was now cheering and clapping. He honed in on what the speaker was saying.

“And if it hadn’t been for Sakura and her breakthrough in the many different kinds of medicines that she’s discovered, alongside performing many successful surgeries, our hospital wouldn’t have the reputation that it has now! Let’s have a warm welcome for our top doctor in all the land, Sakura Haruno!”

Sasuke shook his head before taking a large drink of his beer until he saw the familiar cherry blossom hair. His eyes were rather wide as he watched the woman he had taken a shot with march her way to the front of the crowd, all smiles and blowing kisses to her co-workers. Sasuke’s heart was now racing as he thought back to what the bartender had said.

“Cheers to our very own Miss Haruno!” The booming voice hollered once more before the crowd, including the entire bar at this point, raised their glasses to Sakura. Naruto threw his hand in the air with a loud holler before Sasuke looked back to him with an irritated glance.

“Do that again, and I’ll throw you out in the snow, idiot,” Sasuke growled before looking back towards Sakura. Her emerald orbs were now resting on his onyx eyes, sparkling with life. Sasuke finally raised his glass to her and watched as she raised hers in unison with his, winking and flashing him a beautiful smile.

He felt his heart pace increased as he lifted his glass to his lips and took another drink.

Sakura Haruno, eh?

+ + + FROM NOVEMBER 2 TO NOVEMBER 8 + + +

We don’t think we necessarily need to explain the concept of an appreciation week but just in case anyone needs a reminder: it’s basically a week where all of us femlock fans can celebrate (even more than we normally do!) and make a ton of edits, fan art or videos, write fanfics, headcanons etc. about our favorite AU together! (It’s also a nice thing to do to before the special finally hits us!)

Everyone can participate, this event is not only for femlockpals members!

Use the tags #FEMLOCKPALS and/or #FEMLOCK APPRECIATION WEEK so everybody gets the chance to appreciate your posts! And please spread the word by reblogging this post! :-)

Schedule

Day 1 Victorian Femlock (11/02)
What’s better than femlock you ask? Oh, only femlock in the Victorian age! We can only assume that Doyle would have loved to see a gender swapped version of his Watson and Sherlock, so let’s celebrate the upcoming Victorian special our way!

Day 2 AU!Femlock (11/03)
Yeah, we get it. Generally speaking, femlock already is an AU. But why not talk about femlock in Harry Potter’s magical world, Teen!femlock in college or Retirement!Femlock living in a cute, old cottage in Sussex?
Let your imagination run wild, we’re sure you’ll come up with something!

Day 3 Femlock Smut (11/04)
Roll up your sleeves and show us what you’ve got in terms of femlock smut! The more nsfw, the better ;-) (but please don’t forget to tag your posts, not everybody wants to shock their parents with some explicit drawings at 8 in the morning!)*

Day 4 Femlock Angst (11/05)
Let’s spice things up and pack out your most angsty headcanons! Let’s put each other into femlock hell and burn together! :-)

Day 5 Femlock Fluff (11/06)
After all this nsfw and angsty stuff, we’re all in need of some really fluffy femlock fluff! Put our babes in some warm blankets and assure them that everything is going to be a-okay!

Day 6 Fem!All (11/07)
A day to appreciate all Sherlock characters and gender-swap them! A Fem!Mycroft who is struggling with her diet? Hell yeah! A Fem!Moriarty, brilliant mastermind, with wonderful long dark hair? Absolutely!
Show your love for all the other characters of BBC’s Sherlock!

Day 7 Fem!freestyle! (11/08) Surprise us :)

*this also doesn’t imply that you can only post sfw stuff on all the other days! This is just a day where we explicitly want all the smut!

SNACKS ON-THE-GO: Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

This addictively crunchy travel snack has high protein and fiber content to keep you full and nourished while you’re in flight. Bonus: Cayenne pepper provides a metabolism boost with a touch of spice. Pack this snack in Ziploc bags and you’re ready to go!

To Make: Heat the oven to 400F and place a can of chickpeas, drained, in a bowl. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt, until well coated. Spread the chickpeas onto a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 30 minutes.

https://www.yahoo.com/food/7-healthy-diy-airplane-snacks-114777658291.html