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🌸 Edible Flowers & Witchery 🌸

As a chef-in-training I love to use flowers in my cooking so why not witchcraft too! Flowers add a splash of colour, taste, and a little bit of whimsy. People have been using flowers in cooking all the way back to the Romans and ancient Greeks. Many cultures today still use them too; Indians use roses and Italians use artichoke flowers. The tastes also vary! Some add spice and others a sweetness.

Eating Flowers Safely

  1. Eat flowers you know are definitely edible - if you’re uncertain look in a reference book.
  2. Eat flowers you have grown your self or are consumption grade. Nurseries and florists commonly use pesticides on the flowers.
  3. Do not use flowers you have found at a park or near the edge of a road as they may be contaminated by car pollution and pesticides.
  4. Only eat the petals and remove the pistols and stamens before eating.
  5. To keep the flowers fresh place them on a wet paper towel and keep them in the fridge for up to 10 days.
  6. If your flowers wilt put in some ice water.

Flowers and Their Properties

  • Allium - Depends on which variety but means the same as the herb- All the flowers in the allium family (leeks, chives, garlic, garlic chives) are edible. Flavours go from leek to garlic. All parts of these plants are edible.
  • Angelica - Inspiration/protection - The colours of the flowers range from lavender all the way to a deep rose and have a licorice flavour.
  • Bachelor’s button -  Love - Grassy flavour. Dont eat calyx as it is very bitter.
  • Basil - Success/banishing - Very similar in taste to the basil leaf but milder in taste.
  • Borage - Courage - flowers are a lovely blue colour and they taste like cucumber.
  • Calendula - Love/joy - They taste spicy and have a vibrant golden colour.
  • Carnations - depends on colour but usually healing - Petals taste sweet but the base is very bitter.
  • Chamomile -  Peace - They have a sweet flavour much like the tea.
  • Chervil - Joy - The flowers are very delicate and have a slight anise flavour.
  • Chicory - Success - Slightly bitter and good for pickling.
  • Chrysanthemum - Relaxation - Come in a variety of colours and flavours which range from peppery to pungent. Use fresh.
  • Citrus - Depends which type of citrus but generally joy - Some of the flowers in the citrus family are edible (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat). They have a sweet flavour and have a very strong taste.
  • Clove - Protection/Manifestation - They are sweet with a touch of licorice.
  • Dill - Protection -  The lovely yellow flowers taste like the leaves.
  • English daisy - Luck - They are very bitter.
  • Fennel - Confidence/Protection - Beautiful yellow flowers with a licorice taste much like the herb.
  • Fuchsia - Love - They have a lovely tangy taste.
  • Gladiolus -  Strength/Beauty - Quite bland actually.
  • Hibiscus - Beauty -  Tastes like the tea with an interesting tart cranberry flavour.
  • Hollyhock - Ambition - Bland but are very pretty.
  • Impatiens - Motherly love - Dont have much flavour but are nice for decoration.
  • Jasmine - Romance - Have a nice sweet taste so they’re nice in sweet dishes.
  • Lavender - Relaxation - They are sweet and spicy and are great for both sweet and savoury dishes.
  • Lemon verbena - Beauty - The small white flowers taste like lemon.
  • Lilac - Beauty - They have a strong citrus flavour.
  • Mint - Protection - They taste minty.
  • Nasturtium - Victory - Very popular in cusine. They have a sweet, floral flavour and are also spicy.
  • Oregano - Protection - Same taste as the leaves but more subtle.
  • Pansy - Joy - Bland.
  • Radish - Protection - Very peppery.
  • Rose - Love - Very floral in taste which gets stronger the darker the flower is.
  • Rosemary - Memory - Milder rosemary taste.
  • Sage - Clearing - Taste similar to leaves.
  • Sunflower - Happiness - Dont really have a taste.
  • Violets - Happiness/Love - Floral taste.

As I am a baby witch all the correspondences might be wrong so please tell me if you would change anything.

I use flowers in salads, on cakes, in cakes, and I sometimes pickle them too so the options are endless!

Game of Thrones Ice and Fire Cupcakes


Yields 12 Ice (Vanilla Mint) and 18 Fire (Cinnamon)

The things you’ll need

Ice Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Light blue frosting in a decorating bag fitted with #809 tip
  • Blue and clear rock candy
Equipment
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Whisk
  • Hand mixer with attachments
  • Cupcake tray with liners
  • Blue cupcake wrappers
  • Small offset spatula
  • Plastic zipper bags

Fire Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon candies (Red Hots)
  • Orange and red frosting in a decorating bag fitted with #2D tip
Equipment
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Whisk
  • Hand mixer with attachments
  • Cupcake tray with liners
  • Red cupcake wrappers
  • Spoon

Ice Cupcakes

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix in vanilla bean and peppermint extract.
  5. On low speed, alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  6. Scoop the batter into a cupcake tray and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Time to decorate!

  1. Assemble blue cupcake wrappers and then place each cupcake into a wrapper.
  2. Place rock candy into a plastic zipper bag and then use a rolling pin to crush the candy off its stick.
  3. Use a #809 tip to pipe a bulb of light blue frosting on top of each cupcake.
  4. Use an offset spatula to create a dam for the rock candy and then place crushed rock candy into the dam.

Fire Cupcakes

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix in cinnamon extract.
  5. On low speed, alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Fold in cinnamon candies.
  6. Scoop the batter into a cupcake tray and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Time to decorate!

  1. Assemble red cupcake wrappers and then place each cupcake into a wrapper.
  2. Use a spoon to spread a layer of orange frsoting into a decorating bag fitted with a #2D tip. Add red frosting to the rest of the bag so that orange is just an accent.
  3. Once cupcakes have cooled completely, pipe “flames” onto the tops of each.
  4. TaDa! These Ice and Fire Cupcakes make an epic treat for a Game of Thrones party!
Alien/Human Interactions

-Aliens seeing how many times humans declare war on each other throughout history and thinking that humans enjoy war as some sort of sport or spectacle

-Aliens coming into possession of human sci-fi horror films and being worried that their human companions are afraid of them

-Aliens coming into possession of positive human representations of aliens and forming huge crushes on Mr. Spock and ET

-Aliens first discovering humans through stray TV broadcasts of the Brady Bunch, Grease, and other vintage tv shows. Intergalactic fashion suddenly shifts to favor clothing similar to 50s greaser jackets and sweaters

-Aliens falling in love with human fashion and parading around in poorly applied makeup (the said aliens watched dozens of tutorials on YouTube), bonus points if the alien is traditionally masculine looking. “I look like your human goddess Beyonce and you cannot convince me otherwise, human Steve.”

-Aliens falling in love with human languages and printing human words all over their clothing like Americans do with French words. However, they often mix up the languages by picking and choosing which words they like the best, so the phrases turn out like “C'est good, nyet?”

-Aliens relating more to neurodivergent people because of how their brains work, bonding with humans over different strengths and weaknesses

-Aliens seeing all the ways humans go thrill-seeking (rollercoasters, skydiving, bungee-jumping, water slides) and scolding their humans for putting themselves in danger oN PURPOSE

-Aliens tasting spicy foods for the first time and and scolding their humans for eating FIRE

-Aliens being worried that their human love interests find them unattractive and trying different things to look more human

-Aliens being confused by human daydreaming and infant “pretending”. Why would humans want to be anything else? They are already perfect.

-Aliens having the same weird fantasy of being “abducted” and “probed” by humans that we have of them

-Aliens having weird 70s style videos on “Human Etiquette”, with incredibly inaccurate info on how humans actually act

-Aliens first coming into contact with dogs and animals because we sent those into space first, assuming that humans are the same and attempting to placate them with tummy rubs and rubs behind the ears

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When the weather is getting chilly like now, there’s nothing better than this dish with a shot of soju for dinner. It warms you right up! This dish is full of everything tasty, big chunky juicy dark meat chicken, soft potatoes and deep, rich and spicy juice that tastes so yummy when eaten with rice. Soju is a korean liquor made with mainly potatos. It tastes somewhere between japanese sake and vodka. It’s used in Korean cooking a lot, especially in cooking meat. When heated with meat, the alcohol evaporates and takes away the gamey smell of the meat with it. So even if you are not into drinking this liquor, it’s good to keep a bottle for cooking purposes. And they are super cheap at Korean grocery shops, usually less then $7 a bottle.  It is the most popular drink in Korea and there are many different brands but most of them come in green bottles. You can use any brand for cooking. If you can’t find soju near you, no worries. You can substitute soju with sake or vodka. You can use many different types of chicken as long as it’s dark meat: bone-in chicken thighs, wings, and drumsticks…etc. Just make sure they are not too big, and you might need to cook them a bit longer in order for the chicken to cook through. I like to use boneless chicken thighs the best because they take less time to cook and also less messy to eat. 

Sugar Baby Education 101: Wine & Food Pairing

When you are an SB, it is important for you to play the part in your SD’s life, meaning be well educated about things and have proper etiquette and KNOW your wine… or have at least an idea about wine and food paring.

 So here, my hoes a little basic overview (if want to learn more about wine, just google that shit out!)


Just like adding milk into coffee will change its texture and taste; food when interacting with wine will affect its flavor. Different ingredients and preparation methods will bring out different taste sensations with the same bottle of wine.

There are a lot of pairing guidelines, but only one universal pairing principle –

A good pairing is when the food and wine do not overshadow each other. Wine and food can complement or contrast each other, as long as they do not mask each other’s unique flavor and characteristics.

Factors to Consider when Pairing

When pairing food, you are really complementing or contrasting four elements. The way the dish is prepared and cooked will affect these elements:

Body/ weight: heavy, medium, or light-body?
Flavor intensity: weak, moderate, strong?
Aroma: earthy, fruity, grassy, or herbal?
Taste: sweet, spicy, acidic, sour, bitter?

Example 1: Most people prefer pairing Cabernet Sauvignon with steaks because they are both full-bodied, strong flavor, and the protein in the meat will soften the tannin in the wine. A venturing wine lover may pair a red steak with a full-bodied white Roussanne.

Example 2: With spicy, strong flavor Thai dishes, the classic gourmets would go for a Riesling. Its neutrality will complement Thai cuisine’s spices. Its acidity and med bodied will match the weight of the food. A venturing wine lover may pair with Gewurztraminer or Marsanne.

Our Favorite Wine and Food Pairings:

It is not always white wine with white meat… Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Chianti are few handful reds that pair well with chicken. Below we have listed our favorite pairings as a good starting point:

Western Dishes:

Chicken – Full-bodied whites (Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc) or light reds (Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Rioja, Chianti)
Foie Gras / Pate - Sweet whites (Sauternes, Riesling Spatlese, Tokaji)
Green Salad – Herby whites (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume, Vinho Verde)
Grilled Fish – Light to medium bodied whites (Sauvignon Blanc, Vinho Verde, Chablis)
Pasta (red sauce) – acidic reds (Barbera, Chianti, Zinfandel / Primitivo, Valpolicella)
Pasta (white sauce) – fuller bodied whites (Chardonnay, Viognier, Gavi, Pinot Gris)
Pizza - Sparkling or a fruity red (Prosecco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Valpolicella)
Raw or steamed shellfish – Crisp, acidic wines (Champagne, Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis)
Steak – Full-bodied red (Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Barolo)

Asian Cuisines:

Chinese – Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir
Japanese Sushi – Beaujolais, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
Spicy Thai / Indian Curry – Viognier, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Rousanne

Cheese:

Creamy soft brie or camembert – Champagne, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, dry Riesling
Strong goat cheese – Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Pouilly-Fume
Hard / Aged cheese – Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Brunello, Dolcetto, Merlot, white Burgundy
Semi-hard cheese – Semillon, Rioja
Smoked cheese – Gewurztraminer, Sauternes, Shiraz
Blue cheese – Sauternes, Banyuls, Port, Late harvest wines, Madeira, Amarone;

Last but not least, some PAIRING TIPS:

Acidic wines go well with many dishes. Sauvignon Blanc, dry Riesling, Chianti are great examples. In addition, acidic wines make salty dishes appear less salty.
For fatty food such as foie gras, try Sauternes (an equally rich and intense wine).
For spicy food, try fruity, low-alcohol wines such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
Sweet food goes well with a bottle that is slightly sweeter.

Pair complex food with a simple wine. And pair simple food with a complex wine.

fibbonocci  asked:

okay so hear me out... ronan making the most disgusting smoothie ever made, like, meatballs basil yogurt banana cocoa powder etc. and giving it to gansey without telling him what it is, but bc gansey is so focused on his work he drinks it no question and actually enjoys it, when he finishes it he asks ronan for the recipe so he can make it again. ronan throws up a little in his mouth.

IM SCREAMING. This content is exactly why I come on this hecking site.

But imagine this turns into a game with the Gangsey. 

Ronan grabs Noah and returns to the kitchen and they get to work. They take crackers and put them on a plate and cover them in ketchup. They add cumin, chocolate syrup, and salsa. When Ronan goes back out to the main room, Gansey is sitting so close to his computer that his nose is almost touching the screen. Ronan doesn’t say anything and puts the crackers down. Gansey mumbles a simple “thank you” before eating it while Noah and Ronan watch him. 

Gansey doesn’t even fucking flinch.

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Foodstuffs in Morrowind and What They Taste Like

Ash Yams:  “Ash yam is a tough tuberous root vegetable…”

  These taste like sweet potatoes, although very grainy and with a tough outer skin that outlanders peel off before eating because it is both tough and bitter.  A true Dunmer would never dream of peeling off this skin.  They like it.

Bread:  

   Very common food, very basic.  Generally cooked in a wood-burning oven, the texture is baguette-like and extremely crusty.  The flavor itself is bland but palatable.  The amount of salt added to the dough depends on the region; water-rich areas tend to eat saltier bread.

Comberry:  "The comberry is a bush that produces a bitter berry, best known as the basis of the native comberry brandy, a rough but potent alcoholic beverage of Morrowind…”

   Similar in flavor to an unripe mulberry.  Except incredibly bitter, like you-just-licked-the-spout-of-a-well-used-Keurig bitter.  It sweetens during the fermentation process, however not by much.

Crab Meat"The mudcrab native to Vvardenfell is prized for its sweet crab meat…”

   Because mudcrabs are, at their smallest, the size of a large chihuahua, they usually produce enough meat to feed a modest family of three (elves don’t have many children).  Though all mudcrap meat is tough and chewy, the younger the crab the more tender the meat.

Hackle-Lo Leaf:  "Hackle-lo leaf is a tasty edible succulent leaf…”

   One of the most common vegetables eaten on Vvardenfell.  Though its shape and texture are similar to a fat kale leaf, its properties are more similar to a squash.  When left uncooked, it has a crispness and flavor like a cucumber.  Cooked, it tastes like sauteed zucchini.  Its versatility with spice and other foods is why it is preferred over other vegetables.

Hound Meat:  "Hound meat is the flesh of the nix-hound. The meat is sweet and tender…”

   Most similar to beef.  Nix-Hounds are much, MUCH leaner than cows, however, and so the meat they produce has a very low fat content.  Maybe that’s why all the Dunmer are so thin?  Or maybe they are constantly burning calories by scowling all the time?  Nirn may never know.

Kwama Eggs:  "Kwama eggs are a rich, nutritious foodstuff…”

  Large kwama eggs are the size of ostrich eggs, and small kwama eggs are the size of bigger-than-average-jumbo chicken eggs.  Whatever the case they’re bigger than a chicken egg, and if you wanted to scramble them for breakfast you’d just have to crack one open for a heaping plate.  The taste is yolky, but the yolk-to-albumen ratio is pretty even.  A waxier texture, it squeaks on your teeth when eaten.

Marshmerrow"The sweet pulp of marshmerrow reeds is a delectable foodstuff…”

   Fruity and sweet, it is served both raw and cooked.  The taste is honestly kinda like a marshmallow (believe it or not), but with an almost peachy undertone.  The raw, watery pulp is eaten with a spoon, but when cooked, it’s eaten with a fork.  To use the wrong utensil is a grave social mistake, as is every other action done by outlanders.  Like existing.

Rat Meat:  "Rat meat is tough and greasy, with an unpleasant odor and taste. Nonetheless, it is cheap, abundant, and nutritious, and palatable when cooked in a stew and masked by strong strong spices.”

   Texture is most like pork.  Eating rat meat in a stew is like eating the little meatballs in Spaghetti-O’s; you can eat it just fine when you don’t think about it.  It has high tryptophan content, so it makes you sleepy, just like eating turkey does.

Saltrice:  “Saltrice is another of the tasty and nutritious foodstuffs…”

   Though fibrous, it becomes easier to chew the longer you cook it, often by boiling (Dunmer need their colons cleansed, too).  Similar in flavor to cabbage, it is eaten both raw and cooked, usually as an additive to stews.

Scrib Jelly:   “…Crushed scribs produce a nutritious but sour-tasting gelatin… that the natives eat with gusto.”

   This is nothing like sweet pectin fruit jellies.  It’s like pork-bone-yellow-nasty-meat-gelatin.  But the coagulative properties come from the chitin (pronounced KITE-in) shell of scribs.  They don’t have bones.  It’s definitely an acquired taste, and it does grow on you with each successive mouthful.  The texture is like that of thick refried beans, and the flavor is that of mild buttermilk.

Scrib Jerky:  “Scribs cut into strips and dried in the sun are called scrib jerky… tastes scarcely worse when spoiled than when fresh, and are a practical foodstuff for the hardy native traveler.”

   Very chewy, very dry.  But all around not bad.  One of the most versatile foods in terms of flavors, it ranges from sweet to savory.  Scrib jerky produced in traditional dry-rub methods is incredibly salty and rather spicy, and is eaten regularly among the ashlanders.  In modern cities, the meat is marinated first in a usually sweet sauce, and it produces a more tender jerky, but it doesn’t last as long.

Scuttle:  “Scuttle is Vvardenfell’s favorite local dish. This cheese-like, greasy substance made from the flesh of local beetles is remarkably tasty…”

      Eaten with a knife and fork, it is generally reserved for those in the upper class, though all but the poorest Dunmer will find a way to eat it at least twice a year on special occasions.  A robust dish, it is comparable in texture to paneer.  The flavor is spicy, and it tastes like a Masala dish. 

Trama Root:  "A calming tea with modest magical properties is brewed from the thick, bitter-tasting root of the trama shrub…”

   Most similar in taste to Oolong tea.  Almost a smokey flavor, but definitely a woody undertone.  Perhaps more like an overtone.  No one eats the trama root itself, except for confused and inferior outlanders.  But the tea is good and is drank throughout the day, especially in the evening.

Vacation Romance Bill Skarsgård x Reader

Requester: Anonymous

Prompt: Reader and Bill go on their first vacation. Mexico maybe?

Warning: None

Note: Unexpected ending! Be prepared. Yes it’s happy don’t worry.

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Originally posted by stonerflixxx

After a several hour long drive you had made it past the border of the US and into Mexico. Home of tacos and sombreros and chihuahuas. They may or many not be you really didn’t know.

Well anyways a while ago you and Bill decided you both needed to go on a vacation after you had finished getting your college degree and he finished a highly successful movie which really brought him into the spot light.

Which also has caused major stressing and issues that you both decided to get away from it all for a 3 day vacation in Mexico. You were staying at a nice resort that had waterslides and pools and martinis but after what you heard about the college students drowning from how much alcohol they put in the drinks you weren’t planning on having any.

When you arrived to the resort everything was so beautiful with crystal clear water and palm trees and huts. After being guided to your room you couldn’t help but go out into the balcony to look at the beautiful scenery.

“You know what will be more beautiful than this scenery?” Bill asked.

“What?” You replied.

“You in a swimsuit.”

You blushed and punched him in the arm making him laugh.

“Shut up!”

“Sorry babe I can’t help it.” Your boyfriend chuckled.

You walked over to your suitcase and pulled out everything that you had gotten which wasn’t a lot compared to how much Bill brought. You were pretty sure he had grabbed everything from a drawer in an armful and just threw it in the bag and sat on it to zip it all up.

You finally found your swimsuit and pulled it out before heading towards the bathroom noticing Bill staring at you.

“Which one did you bring?” He asked.

You simply replied back with a “F u.”

You stepped out feeling a bit insecure since you didn’t have society’s “perfect body” but in your eyes Bill thought you were beautiful. He looked you up and down and smiled walking over to kiss you.

“You look beautiful babe.” He replied, “I might have to have some competition to keep you.”

You laughed and wrapped your arms around his neck pressing your body against his, “I’m all yours babe.”

You suddenly slapped him with his own swim trunks and said, “But not right now. Get your big boy swim trunks on and let’s go.”

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Masterpost: Stimming

Stimming is an important part of most autistic people’s life, and as such, something you’ll probably want to include in your narrative to make your autistic character(s) more realistic. Which is why we’re now going to tell you all about it!

First of all, what is it? The word “stimming” is short for “self-stimulating”. Almost everyone uses it preferentially because it’s easier to use and sounds less… weird. It has a lot of derivations: the verb “to stim”, the noun “a stim”, the adjective “stimmy”… Isn’t the English language wonderful.

Self-stimulating, or stimming as I’ll call it for the rest of this masterpost (and of the blog), consists of doing something with the specific goal of stimulating one’s senses.

If you haven’t done it already, we advise you to read our masterpost about sensory differences, since we’ll refer to many concepts we have explained there in this post, and we won’t re-define them here.

Now that all of this is sorted, let’s get into the heart of the matter. First I’ll explain what stimming looks like, and then I’ll try to outline the main reasons why someone might stim.


Here is a non-exhaustive list of stims, sorted by the sense they stimulate. Every sense can be stimulated by stimming, except maybe the interoceptive ones. Your character stimming can look like:

  • Sight: moving their fingers in front of their eyes, pressing on their eyes until geometric patterns appear, watching a screensaver for hours, looking at things with pretty colors, looking at bright lights or blinking lights, looking at glittery or shimmery things, sorting objects by colors or shape, watching moving things such as a spinning top or a pendulum…

  • Hearing: Listening to music (for example listening to the same song on repeat for hours), rubbing fingers/hair/ cloth next to their ears, tapping on their ears, eating crunchy food, walking on dry autumn leaves, making noises, repeating a word or words with a fun sonority, humming, singing, clicking a button repeatedly, zipping and unzipping a sweater, listening to the sound of rain/waves, opening and closing scissors…

  • Smell: Sniffing things with a pleasant smell, wearing perfume, smelling flowers, smelling a favorite blanket/object/pet/person, making food, taking a walk after it’s rained, sniffing dirty clothing…

  • Taste: Eating things with a strong taste (spicy/very sweet/sour/salty…), chewing gum, chewing non-edible objects, kissing someone, licking stuff…

  • Touch: Rubbing soft fabric, rubbing things with pleasant textures, chewing on things, rubbing their fingers together, touching/playing with their hair, biting their nails, picking at their skin, sitting/lying under heavy things, pressing themselves in tiny confined spaces, pressing parts of their body, hitting themselves, playing with dough or baking, touching water, walking on tiptoes, walking on textured ground, clenching their jaw…

  • Thermoception: eating ice-cream, drinking hot drinks, touching snow, touching a radiator, staying under the AC, taking a very hot or very cold shower/bath, eating ice cubes…

  • Nociception : doing anything that inflicts pain, this includes all self-harming stims (hitting, biting, scratching themselves for instance)

  • Kinesthesic sense: Flapping their hands, twirling their fingers, playing with fidget toys, bouncing on their toes, playing sports, knitting, doodling, pacing, tapping their fingers, chewing, bouncing their leg, twisting their hands and fingers, playing an instrument…

  • Vestibular sense: rocking, spinning around, riding a roller coaster, sailing, horse riding, being upside down, doing cartwheels, shaking their head, playing on swings, slides or merry-go-rounds…

But really, the possibilities are endless! We recommend the #stimfreely tag for gifs of people stimming (it’s so cute tbh) and general stimming positivity!


Now that we’ve seen what stimming is, let’s get into some of the common reasons a character might stim, and the benefits they can get from it.

  • It helps regulate their sensory system. If one of their senses is under-stimulated (possibly because they are hyposensitive to it, possibly because there just isn’t enough stimulation), stimming can help put the level of stimulation back to a normal state, and thus alleviate feelings of restlessness, discomfort, craving or even pain.

  • It is soothing. When an autistic person is upset, anxious or overwhelmed, stimming, by its regularity and predictability, can help them calm down.

  • It is a coping method. When overstimulated or overwhelmed for another reason, focusing on another sense can help take the focus away from the pain and confusion. For example, someone might focus on the feel of rubbing cloth to avoid being overwhelmed by loud noises. It can also be easier to deal with a stimulation that comes from oneself than from the outside world, because it’s more predictable and less chaotic, and it is not illogical that sometimes, when confronted by for example loud noise, a person might start tapping their ears to cover the sound: it’s even louder, but easier to deal with.

  • It can help concentration.

  • It is a part of our natural body language and we use it to express emotions. If you know an autistic person well, you’ll often be able to tell how they feel by watching what stims they do. One common example is flapping one’s hands when happy!

  • It can be very pleasant and enjoyable. Overall, we’d say this is one of the most important reasons for stimming: having fun and feeling good!

As an additional note, I’d like to add that everybody stims, neurodivergent or not. Even if you’re allistic, you must have caught yourself bouncing your leg when anxious or humming absentmindedly. Especially in moments of extreme grief, sadness, or fear, allistic people often rock back and forth or hit themselves in exactly the same way autistic people do. Autistic people just need it more because they have different sensory systems, which are more demanding and need more regulation.

So please, have your autistic characters stim! Have them rock to calm themselves down and flap their hands when they’re happy and spend hours repeating the same word! Stimming is most often a very positive experience and one of the reasons many autistic people enjoy being autistic and wouldn’t change it for the world. This is who we are, and stimming is a really cool part of who we are, and we’d say it’s an essential part of positive representation of autistic people.

I think we covered the basics, but of course we’re here to answer any specific question about this topic or another. Happy writing!

Omegaling’s Halloween Reading List

Autumn is, without question, my favorite time of year.  The weather finally begins to cool, the air is perfumed by the scent of crisping leaves and wood smoke, stick-to-your-ribs dinners simmer on stove tops, the spicy-sweet taste of pumpkin tickles our palates, and, of course, it marks the coming of Halloween.  And what better way than to spend those darkening nights, where the shadows begin to move as though they’ve taken on a life of their own and leaves scatter in the wind as though fleeing some unseen threat, than curled up under a warm blanket with a hot drink, reading a good horror story?

Here is a list of my favorite Halloween reads compiled from over a number of years.  Hopefully you’ll be able to find some favorites among them as well.

Books of Halloweens Past

My 2017 Reading List

For Halloweens to Come

finals moments: a comprehensive list

just gonna keep this going until my finals end on may 10th

  • bought chocolate milk, tried to put it away in the bathroom instead of the kitchen
  • oatmeal has tasted spicy for the last ten minutes straight

If I ever cook for any of you, be forewarned that I have 0 impulse control when it comes to preparing food.
I just put a ton of cayenne pepper in my apple cinnamon oatmeal, just because I could.

Okay and also because I was thinking about the old Redwall books and the weird food the otters ate, but mostly just because I could.

Coffee taste (m)

Characters: Min Yoongi & You

Genre: fluff, smut (just a prolonged foreplay though)

Summary:  As in what happens when you disturb your boyfriend late at night in his studio uninvited and try to lure him home.

Warnings: mild dirty talk and light sexual content

Words: 2963

I blame my late night conversation with @taetaeby about sweets, coffee and Yoongi.

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Don't Mess With English Seagulls

Don’t do it, yo.
Okay, so my friend Nat got shat on by a seagull - this happens often, he’s a shitty target.
We were putting bread sort of behind us to lure the seagulls close so we could hit them - none got whacked though.
We once put wasabi on bread and threw it for the seagulls. We were sad to discover that they can’t really taste spicy things.
I was calling the seagulls our overlords.
The seagulls attacked the popular people in our school.
Seagull beef (as in fights) went down.
They come in swarms.
They’re always watching.
They’re plotting.
Save us.

Red whine

Prompt: Late night, you and Draco crash Malfoy’s aphotecary. But there is more than just wine in there, with some exciting colateral effects.

Genre: Smut

Warnings: Use of drugs (alcohol)

It was a deep silence of the night of the Malfoy manor, where you used to spend most of your summers since ever. Their heir was your best friend and your crush, and lately you’ve been exploring your sexuality toghether. It was bedtime, since a couple years ago you and Draco hasn’t sleep in the same room, that’s why you used to sneak out everynight to talk, or to make out. But you had nothing scheduled today, so you were getting ready to bed, undressing the robe and gown. You lied down with your bare body on the sumptous silk sheets, until you felt a pair of cold hands on you.

“Boo!”
“Draco! What fucking hell are you doing here?”

In a fright, you tried to cover yourself, like Draco never saw you naked before. In the dark, you saw that usual smirk forming on his pale face.

“Came for a visit.”
“Are you insane? Your parents will kill us! Also, we had nothing scheduled for tonight.”
“I know, that’s why I had this terrific idea.

Oh my. Whatever it was, you knew it was trouble. Still, you decided to give him a chance to explain his plan, rolling your eyes.

“What idea?”
“Let’s crash the cellar!”
“What? Have you lost your mind?”

The Malfoy’s had an apothecary, and wine was their main product, therefore there was a lot of beverage in the property. You have never drank alcohol before and you knew neither has him. It was risky to do more than one forbidden thing at once, but it was also exciting. You bit your inner lip, still thinking.

“Come on! Let’s go!”

Malfoy insisted, tickling you under the sheets.

“Alright, alright let’s go. Look away, I’ll get dressed.”
“Really? You act like I haven’t just popped your cherry this week.”
“Shut up! What are you talking about? You were a virgin too!”

You both laughed, throwing pillows at each other. The blonde boy was shirtless, only in satin shorts and probably no underwear, because you felt something growing when you climbed on top of him to hit his head with a pillow. Maybe he got embarrassed, so he tried to hurry so you could head to the wine house as soon as possible.

“Alright, let’s go babe.”
“Just a second, let me just get dressed.”
“Personally I’d rather you go like this, but, if you insist…”
“Shut up!”

And another pillow flew in his direction, but this time you missed for only a few. It was a little distant because you already had dressed your gown then your robe, and whispered:

“Let’s go!”

Right after you, Draco Malfoy followed to the wine house, placed outside the manor, but not too far.


It was a warm night due the summer, so you really didn’t need a robe. Cautiously, you opened the front door and sneaked out, both teenagers running on grass outside, giggling towards the wine house.

Panting, you arrived in a second. Luckily no house elf has seen you, so you opened the big wood door and entered. It was a giant winery, with every kind of beverage available. In the middle, there was a fancy table with chairs matching, maybe for clients to savour the products. The heir walked in and sat on the main seat, probably the one which belonged to his father, and you placed your robe on it'a headboard.

“So babe, what are you drinking tonight?”

In fact you were still astonished with the amount of different colours, formats and positions of the bottles. There were so many variants you thought each one of them was unique. You couldn’t leave no trace of your presence there, so you saw a interesting one written “Septimus - 1781”, it was already open, so it wouldn’t make a big difference.

“That one.”

You pointed. It was a green bottle, and the content was a deep purple with a velvet appearance, you noticed, when Draco served it in one glass.

“Here it goes.”

Then he passed it to you, and you sat on his lap before actually tasting it. He placed his hand on your bare thigh, waiting for you to try. When you got the first sip on your mouth, you felt like spitting. It tastes bitter, dry and sour. The heir noticed, laughing.

“What, don’t you like it?”

He took the glass off of your hand and tried himself, and the reaction was the same, except for the fact he actually spat the content of so bad it tasted. Maybe it was fancy, maybe your palate wasn’t developed enough yet to understand it. Indeed, adults were weird.

“Pick the next one. I hope you don’t make a choice as bad as mine.”

You joked, making him laugh. He placed the other hand on his chin, pretending to study all the choices available, until one got his attention: it was round, transparent and short. It’s content was a shiny, glittery pink, with a tag apparently very old, written with a elaborated calligraphy it was almost impossible to understand what it was, you could only identify it was two words beginning with L. You took the bottle and served in two glasses, one for you and another for him, then sat again on his lap, with crossed legs and an arm on his shoulder, then offered your glass to a toast.

“Cheers!”

And clinck! The scent was sweet and somehow spicy, like cinnamon. The taste was exactly how it scented, but also refreshing and invigorating. When you notice, both of your glasses were already empty.

“Good choice.”

You complimented your partner in crime, getting lost in his eyes. Suddenly, you got hypnotised by him, completely dizzy staring at his mouth. It look so desperately kissable you haven’t time to think: before you realised, your lips were attached, your hand running through his hair and his caressing your bare thighs. In a second, the kiss got eager and eager you were almost devouring each other.

But just kissing wasn’t enough, you needed more. So without even unglue your lips to his, you got up to sit now with his torso between your legs, your groins brushing on his, now hard with the situation. And an uncontrollable desire fulfilled you and the only thing you needed was there, with his hands grabbing your bare bum under the short gown. You didn’t want to stay behind, shaking your hips for some goddamn friction on his bulge as now his hands were on your boobs, almost undressing you.

“Dray, what is going on?”
“I have no idea.”

It was a brief moment of sanity, before you attacked his neck with kisses and love bites, that would definitely leave hickeys on the other day. Malfoy groaned and moaned, squeezing your bum and guiding it to rub on him. It was too much to bear, you were insanely desperate for him and all you could think about now is him filling the tiny hole he has just deflowered this week.

“I want it… For fuck’s sake Draco I need it!”

It was instinctive, wild and animalistic. He lifted you, still attached to him and placed your body on the table, removing your gown in a flash. One of your hand was on his hard on, stroking him trough the satin and extracting groans from the blonde boy, as his mouth attached to one of your nipples, sucking and biting then as one hand directed to your core. When it finally arrived, you realised how wet you were, probably had stained his shorts. Quickly, he inserted one finger inside of you and started to pump it.

“More, I want more!”

Even with two, it wasn’t enough. You wanted what you were stroking with your hand, now with his shorts on his knees. Promptly, he understood the message, positioning himself against your entrance. You felt the tip of his cock tingling on it, and his eyes asking for permission. But your legs answered him, pulling him so he slammed inside of you at once. From the depths of your desire, you groaned and you moaned, aching for more. Malfoy wasn’t far behind, each time getting rougher and deeper. And you were loving it.

“Yes, yes! Just like that, Draco, just like that…”

Your boobs bounced at each thrust, delighting the heir. You could see it on his eyes and his grin the amount of pleasure you were receiving. Not hesitating, he held you by the neck, choking you lightly. It felt so good you were about to explode, even though you’ve done it a few times, tonight was the first he acted so… instinctive like that. And at each thrust he drove you close to the edge, screaming for him.

“Draco! Draco! My love, I’m so close…”
“Don’t hold it love, I must come anytime… Oh fuck!

You both got hit by a strong wave of pleasure, running through the whole body, finding release in each other, with Malfoy shooting his seed onside of you. You screamed and moaned each other’s name, so loud it was a surprise no one has heard. His body fell beside yours on the table and you caressed his hair, making him look at you.

“I love you.”

It was an unison, before you both blacked out on the wine table.


How many time has passed? An hour or two? A day? Weeks? You couldn’t know when you woke up with the youngest Malfoy naked beside you.

“Dray! Draco! Wake up!”

You shook him in an attempt of awake him. What if his parents walked by? Or worse, what if they thought you were missing?

“Uh, what?”

The heir rose, lazily and dizzy. He rubbed his eyes, trying to understand what happened, if it was real or just a dream, then he noticed you were both undressed and a light shone, realising the situation.

“Wow… For how long have we slept?”
“No idea. Let’s clean everything up and get back to the manor.”
“Right. Take the glasses and I’ll replace the bottles.”
“Deal.”

Quickly, you dried the glasses and placed them back where they belonged, waiting for your accomplice, who was analysing the last bottle.

Love and lust. That explains very much.”
“Let’s go!”

And you took his hand, the other holding your robe, rushing him. He left the bottle at it’s previous place, both running in a fright to the manor.


“Do you think they’re still asleep?”
“Shhh!”

He silenced you, because he knew his mother had a very light sleep. You hurried upstairs, trying to make the less sound as possible towards your room. You opened it carefully before saying goodnight to him.

“Do you think my parents would kill me if we sleep together tonight?”
“Probably…”

It was hard to admit, even the only thing you wanted was to sleep in his arms, cuddling all night. But it was too risky and Narcisa was way strict to allow it. Also, you’d have to sleep in clothes for obvious reasons and it was almost impossible for you. You frowned, disappointed.

“Alright… Hum, Can I kiss you goodnight, then?”
“Sure.”

In fact, he didn’t even had to ask, but you knew he blushed when he did. He got closer as you held the door open and embraced you waist, softly placing your lips on yours. You corresponded the kiss, your tongue slowly playing with his, until it was time to split up, or you’d continue until sunrise.

“Well, goodnight, then.”
“Goodnight, my love.”

And his last words made you blush as he walked back to his room. Then you remembered the last scene of the sex you just had, and smiled, because you knew it was reciprocal.