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Friday, December 23rd, 2016 06:26 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (KillerKitty)
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GODDAMMIT, 2016!!!


That was NOT funny!!!


Jesus fucking CHRIST, what the hell is WRONG with you???

Saddle

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 11:15 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
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For [livejournal.com profile] gabi_fics, on the occasion of her birthday.


Saddle


With a grin, Zeke reaches out to his boy. "Need a hand?"

Casey snorts. "I think I've got it." Setting his grip, he pulls himself up and over.

"Whoa," Zeke laughs, grabbing Casey's wrist as he nearly overbalances. "Watch out."

A soft laugh. "Kinda frisky," Casey murmurs.

"Stallions are like that," Zeke answers, and licks his lips.

"Yeah?" Casey says. He leans down, pressing with his knees to keep in place, feeling strong hot muscles twitching beneath them, and kisses Zeke. "Never ridden another one, you know."

"I better not hear otherwise," Zeke answers softly. "Okay, come on." Casey straightens up. "Got your balance?" Casey nods. Looking up at him, Zeke feels the urge to sigh. "You are so fucking sexy right now," he almost groans.

"If I am, it's 'cause of you," Casey tells him, his eyes intent and eager.

"Babe," Zeke whispers, and then slaps him on the thigh. "Come on, let's see what you've got."

In response he gets a wicked grin as Casey leans forward and, grabbing a fistful of mane, bears down and slams into the saddle. Zeke throws his head back, bucking up into the air at the sense of tight, gripping heat, and with a shudder and a cry, they take off.


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Fic prompt fun!

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 01:03 pm
serai: (Zeke)
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This headline leaped out at me on Yahoo, and I thought it would make a great fanfic prompt:


Zeke's celebration dumbfounded Salvation Army executives: "When he jumped in it we were so excited!"


I have no idea what one would do with that, but I thought I'd toss it out there in case it sparks something, LOL!
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (StonerBunny)
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I know some of you are big Sherlock fans, so I thought you'd get a kick out of this (if you haven't seen it already)...




Martin Freeman is not turned off by RACY FAN ART



Isn't that a yummy thought? Okay, you RPS girls. One, two, three... GO!!!

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serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (Coexist)
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Get the tissues ready, this one's a waterfall.




Karim Sulayman - I trust you
Meredith Kaufman Younger



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serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (BringPie)
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So, remember those mashed potatoes I mentioned making for Thanksgiving? I'ma give you all the recipe, because they came out SO UNBELIEVABLY GOOD that I had a hard time believing I had made them. And it's not even a difficult recipe, at all. It just involves a paradigm shift in how you cook the potatoes. It's simple, really:

GET RID OF THE WATER.

Tyler Florence (who seems to be the TV Cook du Jour these days) came up with a recipe that has you cook the potatoes directly in a mixture of milk and cream, instead of cooking them in water and then mixing in the dairy later. This does a couple of things. First, it captures all the flavor (and nutrition) that gets stripped away in the boiling process, and second, it intensifies the creaminess of the potatoes. The only thing that changes in the act of cooking is that the temperature has to be low (only gently simmering), and you have to keep an eye on it to prevent scalding.

The result is a revelation, seriously. I'd made mashed taters before, of course, but they were nothing like this. Creamy and rich and amazing. I served them with a garnish of cherry tomatoes and fried sage. (YES. This is too yummy for words. Heat some butter until it browns, then fry the leaves until crispy. They make a great garnish and are just yummy on their own as little chips.)

This recipe mixes in mustard, but you can make them any flavor you like, or just go with the taters and dairy. The recipe has some elasticity, too - I didn't have any salted butter thawed, so I put in cream cheese instead, and of course it was fine. (I'm sure sour cream or creme fraiche would work just as well.) Potatoes seem to be endlessly forgiving. :)

So I'm putting the recipe here for you guys to enjoy. It's changed the way I'll make taters from now on, you betcha!

Amd remember - these are MASHED potatoes. No food processor! No, no, NO! BAD DOG!



Tyler Florence's Mustard Mashed Potatoes... )




Oh, one more thing: You will have a LOT of that milk and cream mixture left over. Put it in the fridge and use it to make a wonderful warming soup. I sauteed some onion, poured in the milk mixture, added some broth and spices, then a chopped up Russet potato (they fall apart nicely), several cloves of garlic, and a garni of rosemary, sage, and bay. Cooked that (GENTLY) until the potato was softened, then threw in most of a pound of spinach and a grated carrot, and a couple of handfuls of rice. (I used basmati because it's very tender and cooks fast.) Once the rice was soft, I removed the herbs, whirred the whole thing with my stick blender, and ended up with a rich winter soup. I've been enjoying it over the last few days. OMG YUM.
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
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Staircase
by Serai


Zeke's laugh is low and hungry as he catches Casey by the waist when he slumps against the door. "Whoa there," he murmurs, smiling into the damp of Casey's hair. He runs his lips over along overheated skin. Casey's gasping, and Zeke sees him wince with a strangled little noise. "You okay?" he whispers.

Casey nods. "Just gimme a sec." Zeke nuzzles him and waits until he's got his breath back. Casey opens his eyes and turns to him, and Zeke feels his blood throbbing. Because now that he's come, Casey's apprehensive again... )





Chapter 41 of High Contrast


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Saturday, November 26th, 2016 02:48 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
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RIP, Ron Glass

He knew the brownies were hash, because "I can tell by the way I feel."

Here's a story from the 80's reboot of The Twilight Zone, in which Glass plays... well, watch for yourself. You won't regret it.



I of Newton - The Twilight Zone, 1980's version

Yum

Friday, November 25th, 2016 06:51 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (YouKnowYouWantItKaga)
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Here's some pics of the dishes I made for Thanksgiving:

Tomato pie:

pie

Italian Cream Cake:



which was served with Sugar-Sprinkled Starfruit:

starfruit

I didn't get a pic of the potatoes, but they just looked like mashed potatoes. :)

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Thursday, November 24th, 2016 09:45 am
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (BringPie)
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So last night I stayed up late preparing a Southern Tomato Pie for today. It's in the fridge chilling. Got up early this morning to set out butter and cream cheese to soften, and feed the cats. Taking a little break here before I set to making the buttercream frosting for the Italian Cream Cake I'm making for dessert. I'm also bringing a batch of Tyler Florence's Mustard Mashed Potatoes. These are all new recipes for me, so I'm a little nervous about how they'll turn out.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 21st, 2016 12:27 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
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Pumpkin spent some time here this morning while my parents went out to the market (they babysit her when her mom's working and she's not in school). While she was here, she spun a great story off the image of a dragon painted on a Chinese fan I have, all about a nice witch named Luna who thought she should be a bad witch because her friends were. This witch made potions to turn people into dragons, good and bad, but the potions were all the same color (purple). And because she wasn't very good at being a witch, she never labelled her potions, so she kept giving the wrong ones and never got the results she wanted.

It was a very cool story, and I asked her to continue it the next times she comes over. Pumpkin always has trouble jump-starting her imagination, because she's in the habit of trying to think everything out before she speaks. So I'm encouraging her to just speak, and making up stories seems to be a good way to learn that.

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serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (Aphrodite)
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It's a lovely gray rainy day in L.A. Frodo is curled up in my lap and Casey is stretched out on the rug. I have a window open to listen to the sound of the rain. Perhaps if we're lucky we'll get some thunder. Gotta go bring in my herbs in a bit here, as they've been out getting a good soak but need to rest now.

I went out this morning to Trader Joe's and the farmer's market. There's a great oyster stand there, and I stopped by as I always do for a single glimmering gem. Cold and sweet, with just a wash of seawater. I thanked it for its little life and then downed it with a (very small) passion, its watery essence swimming in my mouth, a swirl of surf and sea coursing down my throat, wavelets of reaction reaching outwards to the tips of my limbs. Ah, Mama dear - you really should be called "Ocean."

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Saturday, November 19th, 2016 10:50 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CatScan)
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Casey and Frodo are curled around each other on my lap, vigorously bathing each other. It is very cute. And smelly. Very smelly.

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Words

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 09:03 am
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
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We do not live in the world we are working to make. That world does not exist. That is why we work to make it. The world we are working to make will never be made. It will always be out of reach. That is why we must keep working to make it. It is an unreachable goal, as perfection is always unreachable. But it's the effort to reach it, to make that world we will never make, that will improve the world we do live in, the world here and now.

We will never make that world, the world we are working to make, but we will make this world better.

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Thursday, November 10th, 2016 04:16 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (NastyWoman)
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Dashed this off for a comment thread at Wonkette today. Thought you all might enjoy it.


There was a man ill-favored and profane
Who saw no reason to restrain his spleen.
Though vulgar and most possibly insane,
He nonetheless did capture votes unseen.
Despite the efforts of his worthy foe,
And all the sweat and tears shed by her folk,
This tasteless clown did trumpet bile and woe,
Thus making of the race a rancid joke.
And now we all must tremble in our beds
To see our wondrous country so imperiled
By shameless hacks who'll trample more than dead
The work achieved by those whom Hope did herald.

For though the nation weeps, he'll worry not,
But sit upon his throne and bellow, "ROT!!"


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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 04:30 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (NastyWoman)
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Love Train - The O'Jays



HUGS.

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serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (NastyWoman)
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Here's a beautiful thing:


Day-long livestream coverage from the site of Susan B. Anthony's grave


...where hundreds of people have been lining up all day to place their "I Voted" stickers on her grave, and take a picture. The host just said there's been over 10,000 people so far. People are waiting over an hour just to place their stickers and get a picture.


SO MANY PEOPLE. SO MANY WOMEN. SO MANY LITTLE GIRLS.


Such an amazing day.

*sigh*


(I would embed, but it's a Facebook feed, which I have no access to, so you'll have to follow the linky. If FB tries to keep you from viewing it, open a private or incognito window.)
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