Grilled Chicken Salad with Seasonal Fruit Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Recipe proportions are sort of weird (better would be 1 C fruit & 3/4 lb chicken for 3) but dressing is delicious
recipes  recipes:salads 
may 2016
Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet - Budget Bytes
Made with fresh kale & sausage, makes 4 generous servings
recipes  recipes:dinner  recipes:dinner:pasta 
march 2016
Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe | Epicurious.com
Great served with homemade whipped cream & bourbon cherries, probably great with other fruit, too.
recipes  recipes:dessert  recipes:dessert:cakes&cupcakes 
january 2016
Recipe: Make-Ahead "Ham & Cheese" Breakfast Casserole — Brunch Recipes from The Kitchn | The Kitchn
This was great. Subbed 1/2 lb bacon for the pancetta, and used the same pan to cook bacon & caramelize the onions. Wouldn't serve 8 without generous side dishes.
recipes  recipes:breakfast 
december 2015
Swedish Saffron Buns
These are delicious! The recipe doesn't list yield, but I found it made ~24 buns. If you're using saffron, remember to mix the saffron sugar in when you add the rest of the sugar; I've read some other recipes that have it added to the warm milk, which I think would work fine too.
recipes  recipes:bread 
december 2015
The Fisher Queen by Alyssa Wong
"MY MOTHER WAS A FISH. That’s why I can swim so well, according to my father, who is a plain fisherman with a fisherman’s plain logic, but uncanny flair for the dramatic. And while it’s true that I can cut through the water like a minnow, or a hand dipped over the edge of a speedboat, I personally think it’s because no one can grow up along the Mekong without learning two things: how to swim, and how to avoid the mermaids."
shortstories  rec  cw:rape 
september 2015
That's What You Get (For Waking Up in Vegas) by The Feels Whale
"On the day after his thirty-third birthday Bilbo Baggins wakes up hung over, covered in glitter, and alone in a hotel room in the casino-riddled city of Bree. Seventeen years later a group of dwarrow insurgents break into his kitchen and kidnap him.

It’s not readily apparent, but these two events are not entirely unrelated."

Another great (and *hilarious*) modern AU set in Middle Earth.
fandom:TheHobbit  pairing:Bilbo/Thorin  rating:Teen  length:1k-5k  content:accidentalmarriage  content:humor 
february 2015
From One Age to Another by determamfidd
"Upon their return to Eryn Lasgalen and Erebor respectively, Legolas and Gimli each have a new adornment. Their fathers would like an explanation.

(They're not going to like it.)"

Gloin and Thranduil react to Gimli/Legolas. I love Gimli in this story.
fandom:TheHobbit  pairing:Gimli/Legolas  length:10k-15k  rating:General  content:tattoos  fandom:LOTR 
february 2015
greetings from hobbiton by screamlet
"'Was our quest the only quest you ever intended to take? You returned, safe and sound, never to leave again?'


Bilbo takes a trip."

This is so great, SO GREAT. It's a funny, lighthearted story set some time after Bilbo's return to the Shire.
fandom:TheHobbit  pairing:Bilbo/Bofur  length:5k-10k  rating:Mature  content:humor 
february 2015
too late for you and your white horse by waldorph
"Bilbo has been many things, but something to be kept has never been one of them."

This story is what I imagine a punch to the stomach is like; it aches (oh, does it ache) and it left me feeling like I couldn't quite catch my breath.
fandom:TheHobbit  pairing:Bilbo/Thorin  length:1k-5k  rating:General  content:kidfic  content:rule63  content:breakup 
february 2015
The Kitchn - Pico de Gallo (Salsa Fresca)
I really like this recipe. Try marinating the jalapeño along with the onion and garlic; I also used a full lime's worth of juice rather than just half a lime.
recipes  recipes:snacks 
february 2015
The Hands of the King by Wealhtheow21
"Kili is reckless and accident-prone. Luckily, Fili has a peculiar gift for catching him when he falls."

So APPARENTLY Wealhtheow21's specialty is making me cry endless tears over Fíli & Kíli. This story, like To Find Our Long Forgotten Gold, is just...gah. Their Middle Earth feels right, to me, and their writing backs everything up.
fandom:TheHobbit  character:Fíli  character:Kíli  rating:General  length:15k-20k  content:magic  content:hurt/comfort 
january 2015
Home Behind and Home Ahead
"For as long as Frodo could remember, his beloved Uncle Bilbo was known around the Shire for his shocking habit of disappearing for long periods of time. Bilbo never told anybody where he was going or when he expected to be back, and didn't seem to care what other people thought of such disrespectable inconstancy."


fandom:TheHobbit  pairing:Bilbo/Thorin  rating:General  length:5k-10k  content:found.family  content:kidfic 
january 2015
Gardening by The_Feels_Whale (miscellea)
"Bilbo Baggins arrived home late one afternoon in the middle of the week and the entire west Farthing is still talking about it.

Poor Mister Baggins. He was doomed to be a nine-days wonder no matter what and is it any wonder after a year-long adventure? Even the Tooks haven’t the influence to hush that up, but Mad Baggins seems to have managed to silence every tongue in the Shire on that subject which would be awe-inspiring ...if not for the way he decided to go about it.

OR: That one where Middle Earth seems to be unclear about where baby Hobbits come from."


This is a great example of when a cracky premise leads to a hardly-cracky-at-all story. Dís has some great lines in this.
fandom:TheHobbit  pairing:Bilbo/Thorin  rating:Teen  length:15k-20k  content:kidfic 
january 2015
I Heard That Clan's All Trouble by Tawabids
"The curse of Thror took everything from Thorin; his home, his people's love, and finally his family and his sword arm. Then an old wizard in a pub brings him a key and the first good news he has heard in a long time - his nephews are alive and well in the Shire, the most unlikeliest of places.

Bilba Baggins had been quite happy living quietly on her own, but Bag End has not been quiet ever since two orphaned dwarves snuck into her life and made themselves at home. However, she will be damned if she lets a one-armed dwarf prince storm in and take them away after all these years.

She'll follow her boys to the ends of Middle Earth if she has to. And maybe, if he proves himself, she might even stand beside their king."


Found family with fem!Bilbo, two things I love a lot. Thorin is terrible at the beginning of the story, so, y'know, true to canon!
fandom:TheHobbit  pairing:Bilbo/Thorin  rating:Explicit  length:20k-50k  content:rule63  content:kidfic  content:found.family 
january 2015
Something Blue by Lapin
"Thorin marries Bilbo after the Battle of Five Armies, a marriage of convenience, not love. Slowly, they must come to make the best of it, Bilbo resolves. After all, he's a Hobbit. They make the best of things."


This is all fake relationships, pining, misunderstandings, and politics. Lapin is great at writing stories with relationships that ache; all of the characters are very human, with attendant flaws. Something Blue is the first of several stories and the only one that's been completed. While the others don't have endings, I think they stand well as they are.
fandom:TheHobbit  pairing:Bilbo/Thorin  pairing:Fili/Ori  rating:Mature  length:20k-50k  content:pining  content:fakedating  content:gardening 
january 2015
A Shelter On Saturday by Tawabids
"A family of dwarves have just moved into the hobbitish street where Bilbo Baggins has lived all his life. Desperate for a change of scene, he sets out to learn everything there is to know about Thorin Oakenshield in twenty-four hours.

He can’t pretend he’s just being neighbourly."


This is a lovely story. I also really like that it's a Middle Earth modern AU rather than one set in our own world; Bilbo is still a hobbit and Thorin is still a dwarf.
fandom:TheHobbit  pairing:Bilbo/Thorin  rating:General  length:5k-10k  content:modernAU  content:kidfic 
january 2015
Clothes on Film | Screen style & identity
"The aim of Clothes on Film is to examine costume and identity in movies, featuring detailed articles on outfits, reviews, news and exclusive interviews."
fashion  fashion:costume  crafting:costuming 
december 2014
"Welcome to FrockTalk, the web’s only costume-based movie review site. The goal of Frocktalk is to shed light on the magnificent artistry of costume design in motion pictures. Reviews on this site are written by working costume designers in the entertainment industry – people who know, better than anyone, what it takes to make it all happen. The focus of FrockTalk is not to comment on the big flashy costume dramas, but to call attention to the seemingly ordinary costume design work in film that silently and persuasively moves the audience toward understanding the characters. Costume design for motion pictures is an art form that deserves more recognition than it usually gets. Fancy, pretty costumes do not always equal effective, appropriate costumes. The art of the costume is in letting the audience know who the character is, before the actor even has a chance to open his mouth. Read on, and enjoy."
fashion  fashion:costume  crafting:costuming 
december 2014
Dan Dan Noodles - The Woks of Life
In case my constant bookmarking of The Woks of Life isn't immediately telling, you guys should all be reading this food blog if you're at all into Chinese food. This is authentic, delightful stuff in an ocean of infuriating milquetoast "Chinese" food. Also dan dan noodles are fucking delicious and I want these in my belly RIGHT NOW.
(via pru)
recipes  recipes:dinner  recipes:dinner:noodles 
november 2014
Never the Same, by Polenth Blake
Everyone thinks my brother is nice. He set up a rescue centre for birds, after the terraforming accident poisoned the lake. That's always the image of him, holding a bird covered in sludge. The birds are never the same after they're cleaned, but the gossips never talk about that.

Cleaning birds is a safe way to make people notice you, and my brother likes safe. I jumped off a cliff once. He was all, "You'll die if you jump." I broke most of my bones, but I made it. It's worth trying for the feel of it. Not the bones part, but the rush of something new. It should have been something, falling and surviving. But the gossips only cared about how much it upset my brother.


via thatspotonthe_t
september 2014
The 5 Best Questions a Job Candidate Can Ask | LinkedIn
Here are five questions great job candidates ask:

“What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60 to 90 days?”

Great candidates want to hit the ground running. They don't want to spend weeks or months "getting to know the organization." They want to make a difference right away.

Plus they want to know how they’ll be evaluated – so they definitely want to understand objectives and expectations.

“What are the common attributes of your top performers?”

Great candidates also want to be great long-term employees. Every organization is different, and so are the key qualities of top performers in those organizations.

Maybe your top performers work longer hours. Or maybe flexibility and creativity is more important than following rigid processes. Or maybe landing new customers in new markets is more important than building long-term customer relationships. Or maybe spending the same amount of time educating an entry-level customer is as important as helping an enthusiast who wants high-end solutions.

Whatever the answer may be, great candidates want to know because 1) they want to know if they fit, and 2) if they do, they definitely want to be a top performer.

“What are the one or two things that really drive results for the company?”

Employees are investments, and every employee should generate a positive return on his or her salary. (Otherwise why are they on the payroll?)

In every job some activities make a bigger difference than others. You want your HR staff to fill job openings... but what you really need is for HR to find the right candidates because that results in higher retention rates, lower training costs, and better overall productivity.

You want your service techs to perform effective repairs... but what you really need is for those techs to identify ways to solve problems and provide further benefits -- in short, to generate additional sales.

Great candidates want to know what truly makes a difference for your company... because they know helping the company succeed means they will also succeed, on multiple levels.


via thatspotonthe_t
lifeskills  lifeskills:jobsearch 
june 2014
Curio Books
lovely, scanned vintage picture books
art  art:illustration 
june 2014
Cookstr - Rosemary Foccacia Sheet
This intriguing dough presents an apparent contradiction: it is incredibly light yet moist and satisfyingly chewy. Consider the percentage of water in this dough! In relation to the flour, it has 113.5 percent water, making it the highest percentage of any dough in this book. Who would have thought it even possible to make a dough this wet and still produce bread? And that is the secret of its incredible texture. The exceptionally high amount of water keep the gluten in the flour from breaking down during the very long beating process. This enables the dough to develop into long stretch strands that hold the air and give a chewy texture. It will remain a soupy batter until toward the very end of the twenty-minute beating, when it suddenly metamorphoses into a shiny, smooth, incredibly elastic dough.
via puckling
recipes  recipes:bread 
june 2014
UFYH: Tip for duvet covers
Sewing ribbons to duvet & cover corners so you can tie them in place
lifeskills  lifeskills:cleaning 
june 2014
Quinoa Salad with Lime and Mint
wow bodyshaming. Recipe looks good, though
recipes  recipes:lunch 
may 2014
The Six Piles of Closet Editing
I really need to do this. Don't have time to do it pre-move, but should make it a priority post-move.
lifeskills  lifeskills:organization 
may 2014
siegeofangels | Closet edit!
Using a spreadsheet to catalogue your wardrobe & easily see where the holes are
lifeskills  lifeskills:organization 
may 2014
How Do You Mend a Broken Heart by mahaliem
"In order to keep custody of his children, Draco needs to find a spouse that will shore up the Malfoy family's tattered reputation. But what starts off as a means to an end gets more complicated when Draco's target reawakens feelings in him that he hasn't had in a long while, and Draco starts to feel alive for the first time since his wife's death."
fandom:HarryPotter  pairing:Draco/Harry  length:20k-50k  rating:Mature 
may 2014
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