Hello, ladies...

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 09:31 pm
serai: (Zeke)
Here's a nice collection of pictures of Josh, including some I hadn't seen before.



Nice wand, sugar

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 08:03 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (Hot)
So what do my Potter loving friends think of the sexy Harry Potter shoot?

I find it quite tasty, myself.

serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (Hot)
Eagerly awaiting tonight's Penny Dreadful. Looks like we'll get an Ethan-centric tale this time. *licks chops*

(WHEN is he gonna peel down again? I miss seeing that fine, fine hotness going about its business. *makes grabby hands*)


I didn't even know they'd done a new version until a few days ago. Seriously, take a look at this:

Does that not look awesome? The guy they got to play Kinte is thirty-eight kinds of dreamy, and the production values are excellent. Am loving the fact that it looks like they're emphasizing Kinte's Muslimness, which was played down in the original series. THAT should get the wingnuts in a froth! And how perfect is casting Rhys Meyers as a slave owner? I GIVE IT A TEN THAT'S HOW PERFECT. That guy always comes off as a nasty little weasel to me. This just looks fucking great.

Did I mention that Kinte is fucking gorgeous? BECAUSE HE IS.


Sunday, January 31st, 2016 01:37 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (KarlJoint)
Damn, it is RAINING out here. Windy, too. Just what we need, yay! I'm glad my BiL wanted to go to the dispensary earlier, as now I'm all cozy with my little stashbox refilled. I'll be going next door to watch 2001 with my nephew in about an hour. He likes space movies so I thought he should see a movie that takes place in real space for once. I have a new batch of cookies I baked last night, and doubtless we will do popcorn as well. Then I have a pile of mending to do, which will be nice to get to work on while I'm wrapped up on the couch watching something fun.

Now this is more like it!


Cinnamon Cookies

12½ tbsps (just over 1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup plus 2 tbsps granulated sugar, divided
1/3 cup light brown sugar
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsps plus 1 tsp cinnamon, divided
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp (4 tsps) vegetable oil
1 tsp water

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of the sugar, brown sugar and lemon zest together on medium speed until the mixture becomes pale and fluffy. Add the flour, baking powder and 1 tablespoon of the cinnamon and mix until combined. Then add the oil and water and mix until fully combined.

Place the dough on plastic wrap and roll it into logs that are 2" in diameter. (Smaller logs are easier to work with than one long one, so it may be helpful to use about a baseball-sized portion of dough to form each log.) Twist the ends of the plastic wrap as you would to wrap a candy to help you achieve an evenly round log. Freeze for about two hours or until the logs are chilled all the way through. (You can freeze the logs, well wrapped in plastic and stored in an airtight container, for up to a month. Defrost frozen logs before using, but be sure they are still chilled all the way through.)

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ¼ cup granulated sugar and the remaining 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon until well combined.

With a sharp knife, slice the logs into slices and arrange them on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, then bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies begin to pick up a little color along the bottom edges. Remove cookies from the oven and let them cool completely on the baking sheet or a cooling rack, then store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to a week.

Makes 30-60 cookies, depending on thickness

This is another of those bitchy dryish doughs. I'm thinking that instead of rolling into logs, it'd easier to just press the dough into the bottoms of a couple of muffin tin, to about 1/3" thick. (I'd line them with pieces of plastic wrap to makes sure they're easy to extract.) In the fridge for about a half hour, then pop the dough rounds out and proceed. I suspect that will be MUCH less of a headache then wrestling with rolling logs and cutting them, ARGH.


One Kiss

Thursday, December 24th, 2015 11:52 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (Yule Frodo)
A repost for the holiday.

One Kiss - Sam accompanies his Master to Brandy Hall for Yule.

This was originally written for the [livejournal.com profile] hobbit_smut community. I thought it was about time I posted it here. :)

One Kiss
by Serai

The music's gone quiet now. Just a lone voice singing gently out in the snow beyond the windows. Likely a tipsy lass singing to her smitten lad. Makes me smile to hear it, it does. Mingled in with the sweet voice is the tiny silver of bells on some departing guest's pony. It's been a wondrous day... )
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (SpockStupidComputer)
Okay, everyone, here's what I know:

The reason all this started happening is that the big email services - Microsoft and Yahoo, and maybe others - are blocking LJ emails because of the volume of emails they send. If you're using one of those two, you won't get any emails of any kind from LJ.

The only workaround at the moment is to switch to a Gmail account. LJ says they're working on getting the others to UNblock emails, but they aren't sure how long it'll take. In the meantime, switch to Gmail. You'll get your emails there.

Oh, and they'll be in the "Social" folder, not the main inbox. (Why the FUCK Gmail thinks the Inbox needs to have THREE separate areas, I don't know. I really hate that service ever since they started all that shit.)

Spread the word!

And here's a bit of pretty to lighten the mood... )
serai: Casey Connor (Casey)
Remember this?

That picture served up a lot of inspiration. But in my thinking that it's time to shift over to Casey's point of view for a while, I went looking for another pic. After a false start of about a week with a picture that did pretty much the opposite of what I wanted - it stonewalled me, basically - my desktop now looks like this:

That is a picture of the Casey in my stories, three or four years after he leaves Herrington. I've been getting some interesting stuff from it. Like Zeke, there's more to Casey than I thought.

And also, it's just fucking yummy. >;)~


Thursday, October 15th, 2015 10:49 am
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
Halle-fucking-lujah. FINALLY.

THANK YOU, Goddess.

*hugs her boy* Come here, baby. Tell me all about it. Mmmm...

*shuts the door*

(Anybody here ever been to Ohio? Or know much about it? I have a couple of questions...)
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)

For the Birthday...


"Are you shitting me?"


"You've actually read this?" Casey's holding up Zeke's ancient, water-stained copy of The Lord of the Rings.

"I was bored at camp and it was the only book around." Zeke sounds annoyed. "What's the big deal?"

"I dunno," Casey replies, thumbing the browned pages... )


Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 11:32 am
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (JoshShades)
Your Picture Queen returns, with more grabs from that MoP video...

Oh, Josh baby...yeah, just like that... )



Saturday, September 12th, 2015 04:35 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (BringPie)
Just pulled a pair of galettes from the oven. These are a mix of peach, nectarine, and strawberry. I really like the look of these pies, and they're fun to make.

I will sit down to some bean stew and bread, with galette for dessert. Now if only this fucking weather would improve, but at least it's not roasting hot anymore.
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
Here's a pretty screencap for you all...

I'll probably screencap some more off that little Marc O'Polo vid.



Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 07:02 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (JoshNeck)

Good goddess, the legs on that man.
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (JoshNeck)
What I'm looking at now...

You know that thing I have about men and jackets? In this pic you can see what that's about - being conscious of what's under the layers. That little bit of skin just makes the image, doesn't it? -unf-

P.S. You can pick the image up over here, if you want one. :)



Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 04:09 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (JoshNeck)
You know how sometimes a picture can make your whole body explode?



Picspam time...

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 10:55 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (JoshNeck)
It occurs to me it's time for me to fulfill my duties as Picture Queen. So herewith you'll find, in no particular order, a set of photos that Josh did for Marc O' Polo, which is either a scent or a designer label, take your pic. I certainly can't tell from the pictures, and who cares anyway because...

Yeah. That's what I said... )

So there you have them. A nice late night platter of Food For Thought.

You're welcome.

And sweet dreams...
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
Another guest chimes in. I guess this puts the lid on whether High Contrast is an AU or not.

FYI: There is het, but it's implied mostly, so not too squicky, I hope.

by Serai

'Are you sure you want me to do that, sweetheart?' )

Chapter 18 of High Contrast
Chapter 19

Unexpected shadow

Thursday, July 30th, 2015 09:34 am
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (OMFG)
I was just thinking about Casey and Zeke and Josh and Elijah, and a thought occurred to me that I don't think I might have mentioned in the past.

I got to meet Elijah at two of the ORC conventions, little brief line encounters. The second time we talked for a minute about a present I brought him, and that's when this hit me. It wasn't a really forceful feeling; in fact, it didn't really freak me out until later. But, man.

How fucking weird was it that Elijah Wood is taller than me?

Does that sound stupid? I imagine it does. But dig this: I'd been enjoying his performances since he was a tiny wee thing, so up until and through LOTR, he had always been smaller in my imagination, because he'd always been either a kid or a hobbit. And that impression lingered despite seeing him in other parts.

So when he slid off that tall stool and spontaneously hugged me, there was a definite thread of disorientation at the fact that he was looking down at me - the overhead lights were cut off from his face just a bit because it was leaning towards me. That is a hella strange memory, it went so much against the sensory logic of how things ought to be at that moment in time. Like some little part of me realized, Oh fuck, you're a MAN.

It was subtle. It was bizarre. It was wonderful. It was a paradigm-shifting moment, albeit a small one. It was delicious beyond words.

And I would still give every last drop of blood from every person I've ever met to fuck that guy. Yeah, and I'm only half kidding. Don't lie, so would you.


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