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The article is okay that goes with this.
Will say that I didn't see this when it aired, nor have I watched much more than a few opening minutes of the movie IT, the older version piggybacking on the release of the remake. Stephen King movies are not something I watch. BUT the skit is horrifyingly hilarious.
Also my son had to absent himself from the room while I watch the skit on Youtube.

Kellyanne Conway is a terrifyingly quotable Pennywise the Clown in SNL’s biting sketch

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Minestone Soup

Olive Garden Minestone Soup

Fresh vegetables, beans and pasta in a light tomato broth a vegetarian classic.

1 cup each: finely minced celery, onion, and carrot
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup each: garbanzo beans, kidney beans, whole dried peas, white pea beans
3/4 cup carrots sliced
3/4 cup onion coarsely chopped
3/4 cup celery sliced
3/4 cup bell pepper chopped
1/2 cup rice or barley
1 cup shell macaroni
2 tablespoons minced parsley
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
Parmesan cheese

Slowly saute finely minced onion, celery and carrot in butter until very brown. Add peas and beans and about 3 quarts of water. Cook slowly until beans are almost done (check garbanzos - they take longest) about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Add the remaining vegetables, rice and spices and more water if necessary and cook another hour. About 20 minutes before serving time add the macaroni and more water if needed. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Pepper to taste.
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Old Bay Seasoning

2 tablespoons bay leaf powder
2 tablespoons celery salt (or 1 tbls. ground celery seed and 1 tbls. salt)
1 tablespoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons sweet paprika (smoked paprika is even better if you can find it!)
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1⁄2 teaspoon ground mace
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in an airtight jar, mix thoroughly.
Keep sealed until ready to use.
To give as a gift, place in a pretty jar, along with some recipes. This would look nice in a basket, maybe with some measuring spoons, and ingredients for one of the recipes you give. Enjoy!

Homemade Old Bay Seasoning Recipe
Homemade Old Bay Seasoning Recipe

Old bay seasoning substitute
Old bay seasoning substitute. seasonings, old bay substitute, emerils essence seasoning

Longhorn Steakhouse Beer cheese dip
Longhorn Steakhouse Beer cheese dip seasoning

Texas Roadhouse steak seasoning

2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper

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The Texas Roadhouse "Gold" Sirloin seasoning can be purchased at restaurant locations, or online on their website at a value-based price around $4. The seasoning is a standard rub-type seasoning that can be put on almost any meat, fish or chicken. The seasoning is best combined with grilling to enhance the flavor of meats. The rub can also be used to enhance soups, stews and even country fried steak. It is a versatile, yet simple seasoning, but it does contain a high salt concentration. For those on a salt restrictive diet, consider opting for low-salt versions of ingredients.

A simple Texas Roadhouse steak seasoning copy cat recipe can also be made by combining Lawry's seasoning salt, garlic salt, onion powder and black pepper. Combine spice mix with some Worcestershire sauce, some Dijon mustard and minced garlic to create a thick paste that can be rubbed liberally onto each side of a quality steak. This paste offers a heartier, more intense flavor that especially helps enhance lower-quality meats.

For a spicier kick, add 1 teaspoon of Cayenne pepper to the mixture.
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Black Eyed Peas - slow cooker


12-24 ounces Dried Beans of your choice

Ham for seasoning (a ham bone or ham hocks from grocery store), optional but great

1 tablespoon salt

Optional? Onions - diced, Ortega chiles

6-quart slow cooker


Place ham in slow cooker. Sort beans and pour on top of ham.
Add salt.
Completely cover with water and fill slow cooker to within one inch of the top.
Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Quick Tip: Add a few shakes of Old Bay* seasoning tasted pretty good in these black-eyed peas.

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68" X 86" of 18" squares make 12 squares

1 pkg 2 1/2" strips
1 3/4 yds Black Background fabric (includes inner border)
1 1/4 yds Outer Border Fabric (5 1/2" wide)
5 1/4 yds Backing Fabric

3 strips sewn together (should be 6 1/2" wide)-
square of background fabric same size as the width of sewn 3 strip set-

From 3 strip sets cut 2 of 6 1/2" long and 2 of 12 1/2" long

Sew 2 -- black square to the end of a 12 1/2" strip

Sew 6 1/2" square strip to either side of a black square *make sure that the same color of the strip is the same color as the other square strip where it connects to the black square.

Also sew so that same color in the strips are on the inner seam where they are sewn to center 6 1/2" strip- black square- 6 1/2" strip
This results with around center black square the same color is the same
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Hurricane Ophelia 2017

Will Hurricane Ophelia hit Britain?

Hurricane Ophelia is predicted to hit Britain early next week.

The storm was upgraded to a category one hurricane on the night of Wednesday October 11 – making it the tenth hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season.

It was then upgraded again to a category two storm on the following night as it continued to strengthen.

It is currently just over 600 miles south-west of the Portuguese Azore islands, whipping up 105mph winds as it trundles eastwards, according to the US National Hurricane Centre.

The storm is moving along at a speed of seven miles an hour but it is forecast to significantly pick up pace.

But Ophelia will not be at hurricane status by the time it reaches the UK, as our waters are not warm enough to sustain it at that strength.

It is expected to weaken somewhat Friday night but remain a hurricane for the next couple of days.

Met Office forecaster Alex Burkhill said on Thursday: "Ophelia became a hurricane overnight and the forecast track takes it eastwards towards Iberia for the weekend.

"After that, indications are that by that point it will then have weakened and be no longer a hurricane or tropical storm – it will be extratropical.

"But then it will continue its way towards the British Isles, probably reaching us very early next week."

Ophelia’s arrival will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England overnight on October 15.Read more... )
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time crystals

Physicists Just Created The World's First Time Crystal
These things actually exist!

Just last month, physicists made the best case yet for why time crystals - hypothetical structures that have movement without energy - could technically exist as physical objects.

And now, four years after they were first proposed, scientists have managed to add a fourth dimension - the movement of time - to a crystal for the first time, giving it the ability to act as a kind of perpetual 'time-keeper'.

First proposed by Nobel-Prize winning theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek back in 2012, time crystals are hypothetical structures that appear to have movement even at their lowest energy state, known as a ground state.

What’s been puzzling physicists for decades is that strange things happen when certain objects such as crystals and magnets enter their ground state - they appear to violate a fundamental law in physics called time-translation symmetry, and end up with what’s referred to as asymmetrical ground states.Read more... )
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Chanterelle Circle home destroyed by the Tubbs fire

A wall stands at a Chanterelle Circle home destroyed by the Tubbs fire in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.
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Mashed sweet potato, fragrant spices, and rich sour cream make this Sweet Potato Cornbread to die for. Serve with butter or a drizzle of honey.

Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8


1 medium sweet potato (about 1 lb.)
1.5 cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1/2 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil for the skillet Read more... )

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1-800-273-8255 is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for those who don't know.

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Goosebumps Books are a series of horror books written by R.L. Stine. One was made into a movie.

Goosebumps Return Mummy

An Egyptian superstition. A secret chant that is supposed to bring mummies back to life.
Gabe's uncle says it's just a hoax, but it sounds like something's moving in the mummy's tomb.

A few words can't wake the dead. Can they?

Rhetorical question much?
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Get to Know Your Japanese Bathroom Ghosts

japanese ghosts
Illustrations of the 12 different types of Kappa, a water spirit who is sometimes known to haunt outhouses, from the 19th century. PUBLIC DOMAIN

AS ANY HORROR FILM FAN can attest, the bathroom can be a scary place. From Janet Leigh’s infamous shower scene in Psycho to the blood-spewing drain pipes of Stephen King’s It, there’s no shortage of genuinely startling imagery connected to lavatories. But when it comes to conjuring up the most terrifying possible interruptions to our most private moments, no one beats Japan.

In Japanese folklore, there are a number of spirits rumored to appear in bathrooms. Some reach out from the insides of toilets; others whisper through the stall walls. Each one has its own grim story and particular behavior, but they all share a connection to the bathroom.

“The bathroom is a somewhat unusual space in a household or school or wherever it exists,” says Michael Dylan Foster, author of The Book of Yôkai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore. Foster describes bathrooms as liminal spaces in that they connect the normal, everyday world to a whole different realm, namely the sewer. Read more... )
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Left-handed Oath

A left-handed oath is a statement or promise that not considered to be binding. In courtrooms, before witnesses take the stand to offer testimony, they are asked to "Please raise your right hand to take the oath." Left-handed people have to use this ritual otherwise their oath would be considered left-handed or illegitimate.
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So I was re-reading an old arc because I was trying to find the links for The Herb Shop and got distracted. Why did this author not write more chapters after this.... oh, it's me. As Poof would say, "Poopies".

btw onecrazycanuck your chapter is waiting at
Herb Shop part 5--
And yes Meri there's more but Poof and Arath still haven't met back up yet after that tomhussy was poaching on Poof's territory, Arath.

Need to find the rest of this and maybe write more.
Taking Steps: Date by Appointment

You know, my ideal job is in a bookstore or library but writing....
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Arath/Poof, Malakishel/ Kish, Elert/ Kormier (Squeeky), Familiar Studies 101

Title: The Herb Shop (Part 5)
All in the Familiar Animal Shelter series - "On the Streets"
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 599

“I’ve had a call from a someone named Kish, who said he’s Arath’s Dad. He asked if everything was alright, that Arath is worried, not having seen you in class.”

Poof groomed a stray bit of fur better into place before answering Elert, the wizard half of his familiar-wizard family. “The ‘From Demon Concealment’ tonic you helped me with has been working. He never knew I was even in the area.” More smuggly, “Not that he didn’t look around.”

Elert nodded, “So it’s effective administered in a spray. Good to know.” He smiled, “Will let it be known on a need to know level. It’s handy to be undetectable to demon in some situations.”

“What’d you tell him?”

“The truth, of course.” As Poof’s eyes rounded, “Squeeky’s been fractious lately and you were staying home more with your Papa in case it might be infectious. Always best to mix the truth in with an evasion and that doesn’t work against parents,” was added severely, “just in case you thought to try it with us.”

“Me?” Poof innocently said.

“I was once young too, you know,” was grinned back. “Showing teeth in a wide yawn is only impressive if the individual it’s being done in front of to impress isn’t onto that person’s tricks.”

“Hmmm,” Poof hummed and was rewarded by Elert’s laugh.

Kormier wandered in with Squeeky dangling from his mouth, mumbling around kitten, “Wha yu tethin tha kittan?”

“Lying effectively without lying,” brought Kormier to a pause to look at his mate before his leaping up onto Poof’s bed and arranging himself and Squeeky.

“It’s not good lying to a demon. Gives them too much leverage if they catch you in it,” he reminded Elert and Poof. “So be careful and when in doubt, don’t. You will need to face him again though, soon. No sense pushing your young demon-wizard into doing something rash you’ll both regret.”

Poof sighed and nodded. “I don’t know how.”

Shrugging Kormier said, “Bump into him before class on your terms. Since you’ve been wearing the tonic, I suggest you don’t spray it on in the morning. No sense alerting him that you’ve been hiding in plain sight from him. Be clear with him about what you expect from him but let him try to explain himself first.”

Elert had winced during Kormier’s advice but he’d nodded, “Listen to your Dad. It works real well.”

Kormier laughed, “You didn’t require all that much training. Difficult to improve upon perfection.”

“You’re going to leave Squeeky here for me to mind while you two have couple’s time.” Poof observed; he knew the signs.
“He’s played and been fed and washed. He should be about ready to fall asleep soon. You could read your text book to him.”

“It’s the part about comparing courtship between the various cultures and how it affects cross-cultural interactions,” Poof informed his Dad askance.

“Well,” Kormier paused and took a breath, “that will be good practice and information for a certain difficult conversation tomorrow.”

“Ooooo-kay,” was responded doubtfully and earned a laugh from both his parents.

It did help though, Poof found. He could comment to Squeeky, an obviously impartial listener, on each point he thought was important and would be useful. Almost he was sorry when Squeeky fell asleep and he had to give up his monologue for fear of waking him. So he went back to the beginning and took notes on what he’d read and continued through the rest of the material. He could use them as an ice breaker when he talked to Arath tomorrow before class.


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