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SO. As previously stated, tried to do Peeta's cheese buns yesterday. Actually I also tried my hand at dip-able bread rolls... only I haven't quite perfected the art of working with yeast and so it never activated, so the bread didn't rise, so instead of puffy bread rolls I have itty bitty dense ones. Which is a pity, because the recipe was SO GOOD and the bread tastes really good, but it's just a little tough and small and not at all dinner roll-y. This also makes me hesitant about trying to do the District 11 bread because, well, that'll need to rise twice too.

But anyway. I did the cheese buns yesterday, and it was SUPER EASY TO DO. I highly recommend it. I think the biggest problem I had was that the dough didn't really hold all that much, and then it got sticky as I was trying to set it up later, but I just floured up my hands and that made it easier to handle. I wish our broiler worked so I could have added the cheese on top too but I do think it's good as it is.

One thing I wish I'd changed was the glaze-- it was a LOT saltier than I would have liked, so I think next time I'll either cut back on the amounts of garlic powder, Old Bay, and salt that I added, or not glaze it four times which I thought I should do because it looked too pale otherwise. :| After letting the buns sit for a night, though, the saltiness seems to have gone.

It did also make for a lot of salty buns jokes last night, so that worked out. :|

Also, [ profile] madlybewildered and [ profile] acidpop25 told me fondant can be bought ready-made, so I'm kind of looking forward to playing with it sometime soon. I'm not sure how much I trust my fondant sculpting skills because these things always look a lot easier on video but hey, worth a try. :P
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Someone alerted me to the existence of these series of videos where a group of girls try to recreate the food in The Hunger Games, and I am DETERMINED to make Peeta's Cheese Buns for Saturday when we do our watch party for the Hawks. DETERMINED. Also then I can say I've eaten Peeta's cheese buns because I am twelve years old and very easily amused.

Then I want to try doing the District 11 bread because the ingredients for that look superawesome: poppy seeds, oatmeal, milk, sugar, honey, flax seeds, sunflower seeds... WANT.

I was also talking to someone about food from Game of Thrones and there's a blog/LJ/SOMETHING out there that has recipes from the book too, but those sound like they're better for autumn cooking anyway, and I want to try those too.


ETA: My coworker just gave me the bestest idea ever: A Capitol-themed Halloween party!

Things wot I want to try with it:

Lunch with Cinna
Cupcakes on Fire - trolololol how the fuck do I make fondant?
Goose liver and puffy bread
Pasta in Green Sauce
Capitol pumpkin soup
This or this version of the lamb stew with dried plums dish.

Well. Maybe not all at once. I definitely want to do the cupcakes, the pasta, the goose liver and puffy bread, but it probably should be more cocktail-y if it's a Halloween party and not as much meal-y. There's gotta be more colored drinks and shit too. ALSO. Capitol Couture, that'll be FUN. If people don't want to dress up like Effie Trinket we can tell people to dress up in suits and slick back their hair and then we'll hand out a cutout of Seneca Crane's beard SO THERE.
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Only just realized, while finally watching Thor at [ profile] musicksempire's, that Magneto and Loki are played by different actors. All this time I thought they were both Michael Fassbender, and that it was cool he played both. I DON'T KNOW OKAY. D:
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Someone to mash this up with The Hunger Games:

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Title: One Good Turn (Deserves Another)
Pairings: Ron/Draco
Word Count: ~1800
Rating: R
Summary: Ron thought he was doing Harry a favor.
Warnings: None
A/N: Written as a pinch hit for [ profile] ellensmithee at the recently concluded [ profile] hpvalensmut fic exchange and originally posted here.

Ron thought he was doing Harry a favor. )
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I'm very staunchly a Harry Potter writer, or so I thought until lately, when more and more crossover-y things have been bleeding into my writing. It's difficult to take crossovers seriously, though, so I have decided not to. Thus, cracky crossover fics. :|

Anyway, just posting these here for posterity's sake.

Title: The Attack of the Venusian Cupidae
Summary: In which Mrs Zabini's multiple husbands are explained, and Blaise Zabini copes with being a wizarding timelord.
Characters/Pairings: Blaise Zabini, Mr and Mrs Zabini
Genre: Crack, Doctor Who Crossover
Rating/Warnings: PG-13
Word Count: 1778
Notes: From this post, mixed in with the [ profile] hh_sugarquill prompt Cupid. So. This happened.

Blaise was five years old the first time his father died. )

Title: Martin Crieff, Ravenclaw
Summary: See title. :| Written for Isa.
Characters/Pairings: Martin Crieff
Genre: Crossover with Cabin Pressure, a radio play that's got Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the character of one Martin Crieff, pilot.
Rating/Warnings: none
Word Count: 2044

And Martin had gotten red, his cheeks burning bright and the nerves that often came to plague him in high-stress situations returning to fluster him so that he could barely get a word in edge-wise whilst Douglas then went on, in brilliant Holmesian deduction style, to all but nail Martin in his lies. )

Title: Iris Makes Love to a Kiwi
Summary: ....or: shenanigans that happen when Iris and Sas move into a London flat.
Characters/Pairings: Iris, Sas, surprise guests from HP! and other fandoms! Sort of!
Genre: Crack
Beta: I would never subject anyone to this
Rating/Warnings: I BLAME IRIS, SAS, AND ISA.
Word Count: 1575

'Character', as far as Iris was concerned, was an English word that meant, among other things: appearance, attribute, aspect, caliber, trait, type, ethos, personality. It did not, as far as she knew, mean 'a look of utter mess and dirt that must be cleaned up at once.' )
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Title: In Which Sherlock Gets a Kitten (Literally), and John has Kittens (Figuratively)
Fandom: Sherlock BBC, LOL
Rating: G
Word Count: ~1350
Summary: Er. See title?
Additional Notes: Written for [ profile] peyton07 on the occasion of [ profile] ravenclaw_house's Secret Admirers thing. Idea blatantly-- blatantly-- stolen from [ profile] renrenren3, who wrote Charles and Erik and kittens. (Also at Peyton's urging, I believe. Sensing a pattern here...) I have never written Sherlock fic before. :|

Sherlock brings home a kitten. )
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My thoughts are the first few minutes of this ep.
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but Netflix has Doctor Who and I just got Netflix and so I decided to rewatch Blink. Except I did that by starting with Human Nature and Family of Blood and I think I'm going to go straight to the Master episodes next, and this is what I have discovered:

Blink is still as bloody brilliant as I remember it being.

I am massively in love with this story. MASSIVELY. The unraveling of the plot is crazy awesome (all the best bits of time travel stories) and Sally Shipton is probably only second to Amelia Pond (the kid, not Legs) in being the best companion that never was and the Weeping Angels are creepy. as. FUCK. (Didn't like the episode when they returned though, but ah well. Some things just don't work as well once the basic premise is known. Curse of the sequel.)
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Urgh, you guys, this makes my heart swell ten-fold. ♥

For those new to my flist, I've written about the LGBT movement in hockey before. It's not anything grandiose, and it isn't really league-led, but considering this is one of the four big sports, it's definitely something. (I don't follow the other three so I'm not aware of how the developments in hockey compare to those.)

Anyway, an update to that is the You Can Play project, spearheaded by Patrick Burke (Brendan's brother), and their first step involves filming a PSA from some of the biggest names in the league. They may not look like it, but those are All-Stars, top players in the league. And Burke says they have filmed 30 players in total out of the 35 who are committed to joining this.

This is a really good recap of everything too.

You Can Play is Burke's bold new initiative that enlists NHL players — the count is up to around 30 as the campaign kicked off Sunday — to "change the sometimes homophobic culture of locker rooms with a message that athletes should be judged on athletic skill and ability, not sexual orientation or other discriminatory factors," according to the organization.

"Through You Can Play, we want to let guys know why that [casual homophobia] is hard for gay athletes to hear. Even if you don't mean it in that sense, there's probably a guy in the locker room that can't take it in any way but in that sense," said Burke.

It's just a really awesome thing to have happen, and like I said last year, I just hope we continue to move in this direction.
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A grocery run is turning into an impromptu trip to Ikea, lmao. I shouldn't br this excited but I am. :l my life.
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Last Wednesday Isa mentioned having a hard time finding fic for a small fandom. I asked her which, she said Cabin Pressure, a 4-man radio play in between its 3rd and 4th seasons. All the episodes were on YouTube so I thought, well, it had Benedict Cumberbatch in it, and it's Isa-approved, so I thought, why not.

I popped it in to listen to during work Thursday morning. Last Saturday I listened to the last ep of season 3. Today I have gone through a re-listen of s1.

Yep. This is a thing now.
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Derp. I didn't miss the [ profile] smutty_claus reveals but I kind of failed on doing anything after it. Like posting, or thanking the people who reviewed. Ooooops, so off to do that now. ANYWAY. This was my submission. I'd intended there to be more Kingsley/Narcissa and less Draco/Astoria, but that didn't quite work according to plan.

Title: Long Overdue
Pairing: Draco/Astoria, Kingsley/Narcissa
Summary: In which Draco is in denial about many things.
Rating: NC-17
Length: 3555
Warnings: none
Author's notes: [ profile] torino10154, I hope you enjoy this! I certainly had fun writing it. :) Much thanks to my beta, [ profile] ccharlotte, without whom I would not have felt confident letting this see the light of day. Any errors are due to my post-beta meddling. Written for [ profile] smutty_claus and originally posted here.

Long Overdue )



jfc not on. >:(

omg Tazer D:
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GetYourWordsOut: Back for a 4th Year!
Pledges & Requirements |

I know I have some writerly friends here, so if you're interested, signups end tonight. Basically you just pledge to write a minimum 150k words a year. Even if you think you can't make it, you'll likely write more words than if you never tried, right? So go go go and sign up!

PS: Happy New Year's!
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Title: Dead Men Walking
Characters: Harry, Luna, Theodore, Zacharias
Rating: PG-13 for violence
Word Count: 4521
Summary: Of all the things that she believes in, Luna Lovegood wants this on record: she is very sorry it's the zombies that turn out to be real.
Additional Notes: SO. MUCH. FUN. Written for [ profile] hp_zombiefest and originally posted here. Thanks to C & S for their feedback, and A for the eagle-eyed beta job. ♥ Hope you enjoy reading!

It is in Harry Potter's humble opinion that he’s spent an inordinate amount of his life waking up in hospitals. )


Oct. 18th, 2011 10:02 am
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Run for Your Lives
A Zombie Infested 5K Obstacle Course Race

When I first heard about it, they were only going to be in Baltimore this Saturday, BUT just found out that they're going to be in Indianapolis next year now too!

I am signed up like five minutes ago. :D
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Title: Hallowed Halls
Rating/Warnings: G
Characters/Pairing: Minerva McGonagall, Eleven, Amelia
Summary: The Doctor promised Amelia an adventure.
Word Count: 1234
Author's Notes: Originally posted for [ profile] hh_writersblock here for the prompt Fandom Crossover. Wrote this in 30min, have only edited to add sorting information. This was one of the most fun to write out of all the [ profile] hh_writersblock challenges I've done.

There is something strange going on at Hogwarts. )


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