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Chiles Rellenos Casserole

chiles rellenos no tomatoes https://www.thespruce.com/chiles-rellenos-casserole-3057402

This comforting chiles rellenos casserole recipe is made with eggs, green chiles, and ground beef. It's a tasty one-dish meal, perfect with a salad any night of the week. I used 3 cans of diced green chile peppers in the dish pictured.

Total time: 65 mins Prep: 15 mins, Cook: 50 mins
Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients
1 pound lean ground beef\_________ substitute Monterey Jack cheese to stuff seeded peppers;or chicken or tuna
1/2 cup chopped onion /

1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

2 to 3 cans (4 ounces each) whole green chiles, cut in half lengthwise, seeded
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese or Mexican blend of cheeses
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
dash hot pepper sauce, or to taste

Directions
Heat the oven to 350° F. Lightly grease an 11-by-7-inch baking dish or a shallow 2-quart baking dish.

In a heavy skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef and onion until the beef is browned and no longer pink and the onion is translucent. Drain well. Sprinkle beef with half of the salt and pepper.

Place half of the drained and halved (or diced) chile peppers in the prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle the cheese over the chile peppers and then top with the ground beef mixture.

Arrange the remaining chiles over the ground beef mixture.

In a mixing bowl combine the milk, flour, salt, pepper, eggs, and several dashes of hot pepper sauce. Beat until smooth.

Pour the egg mixture over meat and chile mixture.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Let the casserole cool for 5 minutes before serving.



Egg Equivalents for This Recipe

Most recipes are based on large eggs. If you have to substitute with medium eggs, use 4. For extra large eggs, use 4, and if you have Jumbo eggs, use 3.
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Supplies needed:

1 Layer Cake (Pre-cut 10 inch squres)

40- 10 inch squares cut from a coordinating background fabric

BSK (basic sewing kit)

Sewing Machine

Iron

Pair the layer cake (pre-cut 10 inch squares) with 10 inch muslin squares.

Put a layer cake piece with a muslin piece, right sides together and stitch 1/4 inch around all 4 sides of the square. Then cut them on both diagonals. This creates 4- half square triangles. (They are on the bias, so press carefully so as to not distort the shape.)

Making the Disappearing Hourglass Block:

blue green quilt



broken dishes

To make the block just position the 1/2 square triangles into an hourglass block and then cut them into 9ths.
For a layer cake. Cut them into 4 1/4 inch squares.
Then reposition the pieces as shown below:
broken dishes2

https://ruthiequilts.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/disappearing-pinwheels-and-hourglass-blocks/
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Disappearing Pinwheel versions 3 & 4 Friendship Star 4 X 5 blocks ~ 55" X 65"

Layer Cake - print
Layer Cake - solid
Layer Cake - background

2 yds - outer border
2 yds - inner border

layer 2 - 10" squares print & solid
sew around outside, then cut diagonally
arrange in pinwheel and sew together

measure square and divide that amount by 3
cut across square so it is in 3rds horizontally and vertically on all 4 sides.
disappearing pinwheel basic 1/3 cut

take out 2 strip squares

Friendship Square
leave small pinwheel
pivot '1/2 square' squares so one side of the triangle - print side is against the center small pinwheel square
1/2 squares in center against small pinwheel square.


illinois road
Version 3 - Illinois Road Block - pattern
take 2 strip squares
arrange so background strip is against other print side of '1/2 square' square
so the 2 strip squares go around vertical, horizontal, vertical, horizontal
or so opposite corners are oriented the same.
star points are distinct and star stands clear
when assembled with other large blocks the strips come together 2 strip side to one strip side


whirligig
Version 4 - Whirligig Block
take 2 strip squares
arrange so background strip is against other background side of '1/2 square' square
so print strip forms legs out from
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Sew
each row of 3 small blocks together
then sew these 3 rows together

Other options:
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illinois road 2

whirligig 4
whirligig 2
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Banh Mi Rolls


Banh Mi Rollshttps://food52.com/blog/11580-how-to-make-banh-mi-rolls-and-build-a-banh-mi-sandwich

Crisp exteriors and fluffy, chewy-tender interiors..

To make banh mi rolls, many Vietnamese bakers prepare fast-rising dough with wheat flour that contains a moderate protein level... The loftiness usually comes from dough improvers such as ascorbic acid and enzymes. Substitute for professional-grade dough improver a combination of vital wheat gluten (VWG) and vitamin C, mixed with unbleached all-purpose flour and instant (fast acting/rapid rise) yeast. A bit of salt and vegetable shortening further help the bread to be light and airy.

In this recipe, be precise and weigh the ingredients. For the vitamin C, empty a capsule or crush a tablet into a powder using a knife or mortar and pestle. After you’ve made these torpedo-shaped rolls and feel comfortable with the dough, make other shapes like in the photo above.


Banh Mi Rolls

This recipe was slightly adapted from the book, The Banh Mi Handbook (Ten Speed Press, 2014).

Makes 6 rollsRead more... )
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vital wheat glutenhttps://www.walmart.com/ip/Bob-s-Red-Mill-Vital-Wheat-Gluten-Flour-22-oz/10453213

Bob's Red Mill Vital Wheat Gluten is made from the natural protein found in the endosperm of the wheat berry. When combined with water it becomes highly elastic and taffy-like. Added to bread dough, it helps retain the gas and steam from baking and gives more volume to the baked bread. It can be especially helpful for baking breads made with coarse, whole grain flours and cereals.

Comments

1 tablespoon makes my homemade bread great
I add 1 tablespoon of gluten to my bread recipes that I make in the bread machine and the texture of the bread is amazing. My family loves my homemade bread and this product makes it even better. If you haven't experienced a little extra gluten in your breads yet wait until You give it a try. I have not tried many different brands, but I have been very pleased with this one.

Vegan "meat"
Without vital wheat gluten we would have no seitan (meat substitute, lacks lysine*). Add some water and some spices and you have a product (after steaming, roasting etc) that resembles meat.
*Lysine sources: black beans (Just ½ cup serving contains about 8 grams of protein, and 624 mg of lysine., lentils (Just ½ cup serving contains about 8 grams of protein, and 624 mg of lysine.), quinoa (just one cup of cooked quinoa provides 8 grams of protein and 442 mg lysine, as well as other important vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Swap it with rice in everyday cooking...don’t forget to rinse your quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer prior to cooking!). https://wellseek.co/2017/01/31/vegan-diet-eat-8-lysine-rich-foods/

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identity chip

Free Microchip Implants, the New Employee Perk?
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/07/24/microchip-implants-employees/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=News0_DSC_170727_000000_Final%20remainder&utm_content=&spMailingID=29950140&spUserID=MTE2MDc4NjI0MjEyS0&spJobID=1083401264&spReportId=MTA4MzQwMTI2NAS2#.WXp1i4jyvIU

A Wisconsin company will be the first in the United States to implant microchips beneath the skin of its employees.

Three Squared Market (32M), a break-room kiosk company, has offered to give its workers subdermal RFID tags, tiny rice-grain-sized pellets that can hold information like credit card numbers and passwords. With their “handy” chips, they’ll be able to unlock doors, log in to computers, and, of course, buy snacks from the company vending machines—all with a wave of their hand.

A Chip in the Hand…

The chips, which the company emphasizes are completely voluntary, get injected just beneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger. The procedure is quick and simple, requiring little more than a needle. Once securely in place, all employees need to do is hold a hand near a chip reader for it to work, much like a key fob or credit card chip scanner. They say they expect roughly 50 people to take part.

“We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals. Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc,” said 32M CEO Todd Westby in a statement.

The company will cover the roughly $300 in costs associated with the procedure, which is being done in conjunction with Biohax, a Swedish biohacking company. Biohax has performed similar operations for the employees of Epicenter, a start-up hub in Sweden, where employees have even begun throwing parties for newly initiated implantees, according to the Telegraph. On Aug. 1, 32M plans to hold its own party for chipped employees.

…Is Worth What Exactly?

The chips will not track employees’ movements or gather other personal information, as they rely on near field communication (NFC) technology, which requires a nearby transponder to generate the power necessary to exchange information. Still, this hasn’t stemmed worries about hackers’ ability to steal information from our chip-enabled credit cards, however. One company even sells wallets, purses and other accessories specifically designed to block the transmission of any information. Such fears may be overblown, however, at least for the moment. So few people have RFID tags, or even contact-less credit cards, that it’s not worth most hackers’ time to attempt to steal them. And even if they tried, they would have to get uncomfortably close to do so.

And though they make life easier inside 32M’s walls, the chips will have little use in the rest of the world. The technology to pay for things with a swipe of the chip-enabled hand isn’t in place in most establishments, as one Buzzfeed writer found out when he tried to go cashless and credit card-less for a month. He did finally succeed in buying a meal with his chip, but only after some custom coding and a whole lot of patience.
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Cucumber Salad
Cucumber Salad

INGREDIENTS
5 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 large bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

PREPARATION
In a medium bowl or a half gallon mason jar, toss together cucumbers, onions, peppers, and salt and set aside.

Combine vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, celery seed, and pepper flakes in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, remove from heat and add 2 handfuls of ice.

Once ice has melted, pour vinegar mixture over cucumbers. Cover and store in refrigerator. Will keep for 2 months.

http://12tomatoes.com/refrigerator-cucumber-salad/?utm_source=glp-&utm_medium=social-fb&utm_content=video&utm_term=&utm_campaign=refrigerator-cucumber-salad
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Potatoes Dauphinoise

potatoes Dauphinoise http://www.recipetineats.com/julia-childs-potato-dauphinois-gratin-potato-bake/

Of all the ways to cook potato, this is my absolute favourite. Potato + cream + cheese with a hint of garlic and thyme created by the French = pure heaven. This recipe is based on Julia Child's recipe, the queen of French Cooking. The original recipe calls for gruyere cheese which is quite expensive here in Australia so I usually substitute with tasty or cheddar, or any other great melting cheese.

Serves: 4 - 6 (15 min prep, 45 min baking, reheats very well)

INGREDIENTS
2 lb /1 kg starchy potatoes (Note 1)
½ clove unpeeled garlic
4 tablespoons butter, chopped into small cubes (Note 3)
1 teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon pepper
1½ cups grated gruyere cheese (or tasty or cheddar)
1½ cups cream
2 tsp thyme leaves (optional - but highly recommended)

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

Rub a baking dish or round skillet (square 21 x 21 cm / 8 x 8" or round 23 cm / 9" diameter) with the cut garlic, then smear with 1 tbsp of butter.

Peel the potatoes and slice them ⅛"/3 mm thick. Or use a slicer - makes the job much faster!

Spread ⅓ of the potatoes in the dish, then scatter over ⅓ of the cream, salt, pepper, cheese, thyme and butter (Note 3).

Repeat for the 2nd and third layer, finishing with the cheese.

Cover with lid or foil, and bake for 1 hour to 1 hr 15 min or until the potatoes is soft (use a knife to test), then remove the foil and bake for a further 10 until the top is bubbly and golden. Rest for 10 minutes before serving.

NOTES
1. You need to use starchy potatoes as they breakdown when cooked, becoming nice and fluffy on the inside and golden and crunchy on the top. The best to use are Russet (common in the US), Dutch creams, King Edwards or red delight. However, great all rounders like golden delight, coliban, red rascal and Sebago (popular in Australia) still works great.


2. To make ahead: After trying various ways during the course of 2016, I have found that the best way to make ahead is to assemble it all EXCEPT for the final layer of cheese. Cover with foil and bake until potato is soft. Let cool then drizzle with a bit of extra cream, top with cheese, refrigerate until required. Reheat covered in foil in a 180C/350F oven for 20 - 35 min or until hot, then remove foil and bake until cheese is golden. To speed things up you can microwave it then pop it in the oven (this is dense so takes quite a while to reheat in the oven, depends on depth of baking dish you use).

3. You could just melt the butter and drizzle. I've written the recipe the way it is traditionally made.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving size: 110g Calories: 167 cal Fat: 10g Saturated fat: 6.0g Unsaturated fat: 4.0g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 14.2g Sugar: 1.6g Sodium: 281mg Fiber: 2.1g Protein: 5.7g Cholesterol: 31mg
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Cheesy Baked Potatoeshttp://tasteerecipe.com/2017/07/23/taters-back-popular-demand/2/


Cheesy Baked Potatoes

You can pretty much add any seasoning to these cheesy potatoes. Sometimes I go with smoked paprika, sometimes I prefer herbs. That’s the great thing about this recipe – you can really turn these into the perfect side dish for any entree, just by tweaking the seasonings a little.


Ingredients

4-5 baking potatoes, washed and scrubbed, cut into thick strips as for French fries or slice in rounds. (Don’t peel to get full nutrients.)

½ cup milk
2 Tbsp. butter
2 cups cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, grated
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp. salt-free herb or spice blend

Paprika & fresh rosemary for garnish


Instructions:

Please potato strips into oiled casserole.
Dot with butter, pour milk over potatoes, season and sprinkle cheese over potatoes.
Sprinkle paprika atop cheese.

Cover casserole and bake at 425 degrees for 40 minutes. Uncover for last 5-10 minutes.
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5 ingredient salsa
http://tasteerecipe.com/2017/07/21/no-chop-lazy-cook-5-ingredient-salsa/2/

5 Ingredient Salsa

Ingredients

1 (28 oz) can Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes
1/2 yellow sweet onion, roughly chopped
Cilantro to taste
1 jalapeno, seeded & roughly chopped
1 tsp. salt

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into your blender. Blend on high for approx. 30 seconds or until pureed to desired consistency. Serve with nachos or homemade tortilla chips.
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Enchilada Casserolehttp://tasteerecipe.com/2017/06/01/this-enchilada-casserole-is-a-lifesaver-middle-of-the-week-meal/2/

Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients

1 tablespoon corn oil

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup chopped white onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
2 cloves garlic finely chopped

1 cup fresh whole kernel corn

16 ounce can stewed tomatoes
15 ounce can tomato sauce
4 ounce can chopped mild green chilies
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin

16 corn tortillas

1 pound monterey jack cheese shredded (Cheddar or Mexican-blend cheeses work well in here as well.)
8 ounce jar prepared salsa
2 tablespoons chopped green onion


Instructions

In large skillet heat oil over high heat.

Add beef, onion, pepper and garlic then sauté stirring constantly until meat is browned.
Drain off fat.
Stir in corn and remove mixture to large bowl.

In small skillet heat stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, chilies, chili powder and cumin to boiling stirring to break up pieces of tomato.

Heat oven to 400.

Spoon 1/2 cup sauce into bottom of shallow baking dish .

Stir 1/2 cup sauce into hamburger mixture.

Working on waxed paper dip a tortilla in sauce then fill with 1/4 cup meat mixture and 2 tablespoons cheese.
Roll up and place in baking pan.

Repeat to make 2 layers of 8 enchiladas then stir any remaining meat mixture into sauce and pour over enchiladas.

Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Spoon salsa over top and bake 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with chopped onions and serve immediately.
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Cheesy Creamy Ham & Potato Soup http://tasteerecipe.com/2016/12/27/whats-soup-just-cheesy-creamy-ham-potato-soup/2/

Cheesy Creamy Ham & Potato Soup

Ingredients

4 cups water
1 large Thorn Apple Valley ham bone

2 medium potatoes, halved

2 1⁄4 cups potatoes, diced
2 1⁄4 cups ham, cubed
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper

5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons flour
2 1⁄2 cups milk

1 3⁄4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

salt and pepper



Instructions

Boil ham bone in 4 cups of water in large COVERED stock pot for approx 1 hour. (If omitting this step use 4 chicken bouillon or 4 cups chicken broth instead).
Remove ham bone and strain stock to remove any debris.

Boil the 2 med potatoes halved in stock until softened, remove to separate bowl.

Combine 2 1/4 cups diced potatoes, 1 med onion, DICED HAM, and 3 minced garlic cloves and add to stock. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until potatoes are tender.

Mash 2 halved potatoes with small amount of milk and add to stock (helps to thicken).

In separate pan, melt butter. Add in flour a tablespoon at a time to make a roux or paste. Add milk and blend well to make a cream sauce.

Simmer cream sauce for 2 minutes. Add cheese and blend well. Mixture will be very gooey.

Add cheese blend to soup and gently mix to combine.
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Splitpea soup
http://tasteerecipe.com/2016/05/23/learn-put-together-cozy-hearty-bowl-split-pea-soup-four-hours/2/

You can set this recipe on high to have it done in less than four hours or set it on low and let it simmer for around 8 hours while you’re away at work. It will be the best smell you’ve ever walked into. My husband loves walking into the home when split pea soup is for dinner.



Ingredients

1 (16 ounce bag) green split peas, rinsed well and drained
2 carrots, peeled and chopped small
1 small finely chopped white or yellow onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt, plus additional as needed
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 cup chopped Thorn Apple Valley ham
4-6 cups low-sodium Swanson chicken broth (or more, as needed), divided



Directions

Layer the ingredients in the order listed in a slow cooker. Add about 4 cups of chicken broth, or just enough to cover ingredients. Reserve remaining chicken broth for later if needed to make it creamier. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours.

Stir occasionally during cooking time. Use a spoon to stir the soup and lightly mash some of the peas against the side of the slow cooker. Stir until creamy, adding more broth, if needed, to reach desired consistency. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, as needed.
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Oxford - checka 3

Title: Trust – Part 8
Part 7 – Conferring - http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1310597.html
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 758

“So after due consideration, we recommend you take Demonology 601. Ezz has indicated that he will cover the tuition for you.”

The Liaison, the demon liaison, sat in the chair with his mate, the human Liaison whose name turned out to be Lovell, standing behind him. Xand was discretely seated behind the desk, she noticed and Lovell seemed to be hiding behind him. She could imagine what both of them were hiding, the room had a heated sexual scent to it.

“I’m not here to take classes, I’ve special status to do research,” she argued. “I’m a writer.”

“We’re aware of this. Also of the genre of the books you write and the research you are doing. Consider this, your taking this class will possibly mesh well with your writing, if not the book you are currently working on then the next. It will help you understand the relationship between demons and their mates.”

She barely restrained herself from snorting. “Demonology 601 is listed as Demonology Relationships. I looked up the class and read the class description but can’t find its location. I think Ezzy is trying to derail my current writing project’s theme.”

Xand seemed to grin, but all he did was nod his head, “that is of course possible. It is not un-understandable that he would like you focused on him as his mate and your future together. This is just a suggestion, a strong suggestion, that you talk with him about your concerns.”

She sighed and glanced at her new watch, Ezz had called it a chronometer, that was a gift from him. The dial color was turning pink.

“Ah, I see that you have an engagement,” there was a definite grin this time. Love and I are available to answer any of your questions if there’s any need. The Liaison’s Office’s website, and email address is listed on the card you were given. Even if Love and I are on the Demon Plane those contacts will reach us.”

“Wait. You’re telling me that the internet connects to the Demon Plane also?” She was astonished and an idea occurred to her.

“Yes?” Love was the one to answer her.

An evil grin spread across her lips. Oh the possibilities. “Okay. The Demonology class is on the Demon Plane, isn’t it.”

Xand nodded.

“Great,” she rose. Her, “Thank You,” was uttered as she hurriedly left.

“Think we did a good thing telling her that?”

Xand grinned up at him and pulled him down and there was the sound of cloth tearing, settling him and himself right where he wanted them. His Love would complain later and he’d explain once again that he’d heard how the Inuit had a useful idea in pants which allowed them to squat to defecate without removing their pants.
~~~~

“So,” she entered the courtyard to find Ezz seated waiting for her and reading something on his computer tablet. “I learned something just now. The Demon Plane has internet access.”

Ezz smiled and turned his tablet so she could see the screen. Whatever it was, looked official.

“Work?”

“Yes. What evil thought have you had that has you grinning at me?”

“Well, they suggested a class that they said you’d be willing to pay for me to take. Surprisingly I couldn’t locate where that class is supposed to be held. There’s no building like that on this campus. My what an innocent face you have right now.”

“It’s only held on Wednesdays and Fridays,” Ezz shrugged. “You could stay over with me on those days and maybe if you just happened to be interested, the weekends too. I could bring you back on Mondays before I go to work and pick you up late Tuesday afternoons. We could go out to eat and then to my place.”

“Ah, but I read the class description and there’s a section that’s available online. I might have to take the exams on campus but otherwise I could stay right here on this plane and take the class.”

A low growl of annoyance caused her to smile. “I want to try that kissing thing again. It was quite enjoyable,” and laughed when he moved her so swiftly onto his lap with her legs straddling his lap.

Sometime later, “Tease. You’re not wearing panties under your dress.”

“Oh, I’m so sorry. Should we stop?”

“You a virgin?”

“Of course.”

She grinned and smothered his pained growl with her lips knowing that he’d not try to enter ‘that’ portal and cause their first time together to be painful.

Firefly

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:29 am
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Pisces + Dragon = Firefly

firefly
PRIMAL ZODIAC SIGN OF FIREFLY
http://www.primalastrology.com/primal-zodiac-by-combination.html

An intriguing combination of the sensitive and docile Pisces and the proud, powerful Dragon, one would expect those born under the sign of the Firefly to be more of a contradiction. In most cases, however, these two very different sets of personality traits work quite well together.

Firefly is the sign of the idealist. Creative, intuitive, and mysterious, Fireflies are passionate about what they believe in. They try hard to be optimists who want to see the world as a happy place where good things are supposed to happen to good people. They are warm and loyal friends, and will do anything to help a friend or family member in need. At the same time, they expect this loyalty to be returned and have little problem demanding it. Above all things, Fireflies want to be loved and admired.Read more... )
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frosted door

Title: Chapter 7 - Conferring
Part 6 – Liaison - http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1310597.html
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 952


“Drat!” She followed up with a hand cradling her forehead, “He called me his mate while he was poked up out of the summoning circle trap.”

The Liaison twisted his chair around with a smile. “Oh that does make things easier. If Ezz is willing to claim you as his mate then that’s one problem we don’t have to deal with. It won’t be a case of just seduce and release,” he coughed into his fist. “Sorry. That one was too good to not share,” he grinned. “Release. Get it. Don’t worry you will and love it, speaking from experience.”

Carefully she set the bottle of Starbucks Coffee Mocha down so as not to spill it on the book she was reading. The Liaison had warned her about taking extreme care with any of his books she decided to peruse while she waited for him to research her case. She didn’t want to think about what Associating with Demons and their Magic hyped up on coffee and chocolate might be capable of doing. Placing the book even more carefully on the chair she had just left, she set her hands more carefully still on the Liaison’s desk that didn’t have any computer equipment on it.

“Now look,” she calmly spoke through clenched teeth. “Regardless of his intentions, they aren’t my intentions. I don’t know him, anything about who he is other than his being a demon. Is he a good person that in 5 years, 20 years, 50 years, 150 years, I will still be able to say ‘this is my mate, it was the best day of my life when he claimed me’? Or, in 2 days will I be looking for sharp pointed objects to kill him with?”

The Liaison’s eyes had rounded slightly at the last part. “Maybe I should be more concerned for the welfare of the demon.” He made a hunt through one of the desk drawers and pulled out what looked like a dull black stone plaque. “Here, put your hand on this and hold it there ‘til it changes color.”

“What if it doesn’t change color and why am I doing this?”

“It will change color and you’ll just have to keep your hand on it until it does,” his smile had teeth in it. “It won’t release your hand until it does,” he shrugged Read more... )

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Oxford - checka


Title: Liaison – Part 6
Part 5 - Perilous Path – http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1306027.html
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 1048


‘Oo-kay,’ she mentally drew out the word, they’d told them in her intro to Demonology class that the Demon Liaison Office was located in an open double entranced hall. She dithered outside the ornately decorated stone archway to that passage. The Demon Liaison Office door was so close she could practically touch the door. It was right there on the left, maybe 5 steps past the archway. There was a chip out of the stone entrance, about knee level and she wondered, guessed what could have made it. Something substantial to make that big of a chip, she didn’t want to know considering its proximity to the Liaison Office. All the wizard scenes from Harry Potter, were not real … were they?, flashed before her eyes and she did a quick compare and contrast. Nah, couldn’t be. The movie wasn’t real life… but then again most people didn’t think demons and other magical beings were either.

Taking out a handful of pebbles she tossed them one after another into the corridor tracing out her path. Before she got there the door opened and an annoyed man stuck his head out to frown at her.

“I do wish you would stop doing that. I understand why but the Liaison’s Office is protected so gather up your,” he regarded the small rocks, “protective pebbles and come in.” He glanced out the door behind her and his frown grew.

His growled, “You too,” to that someone had her practically jump up from her gathering to stand and turn toward the doorway. There was nothing there and she quickly turned to look at the man who had an amused grin on his face.

“Gotcha. Come on in and tell me about it.”

She barely kept her own growl sub-audible, well maybe not sub-audible because the man’s grin grew. Demons and their liaison, made of the same cloth.

“I heard that.”

“I didn’t say anything.”

“You thought it really loud then. Come on.Read more... )
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sleeping sperm whales sleeping

https://www.livescience.com/59910-sleeping-sperm-whales.html?utm_source=notification

Whales in quantity all sleeping vertically. It's eerie seeing them.

"The animals were inactive and unresponsive, even when the scientists approached them in a boat, but all the whales awakened quickly and swam away when the boat brushed against one of them and woke it up, the study authors reported.

Further observations revealed that the sperm whales entered these sleeping states by first descending head-down to a depth several times that of their bodies, then passively turning head-up and drifting closer to the surface. The findings showed that sperm whales around the world practice this vertical sleeping posture — but infrequently, spending only about 7 percent of their time asleep, ..."


Whales shifters with their pod?

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