Sep. 16th, 2016

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I love cooking hearty dishes, and warm treats in the Fall and Winter, which is why I also love slow cooker recipes. So here is massive list of recipes that are great for this time of year!

Soups, Stews, and Entrées

Creamy Wild Rice and Turkey Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika

Parmesan and Tomato Soup with Gnocchi and Chicken

Meatball Stew

Simplest Chicken and Dumplings

French Onion Soup

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

So Easy Coq au Vin

Sugar-Spiced Pork with Squash and Potatoes

Pasta with Eggplant Sauce

Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

Meatball Sandwiches

Chunky Pot Roast-Portobello Soup

Garlic & Herb Cheesy Chicken Dumplings

Creamy Tortellini Soup

Macaroni and Cheese

Swedish Meatballs

Chicken Fajitas 

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Creamy Portobella Mushroom Chicken

Spinach Lasagna 

Cabbage Rolls

Butter Chicken

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

Pizza Stew and Biscuits 

German Potato Soup

Creamed Chicken and Corn Soup

Pot Roast Stew

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Fall Harvest Chowder

Chicken Cacciatore 

Beef Tenderloin

Tomato Basil Ravioli Soup

Apple Cider Pork Roast


Creamy Italian Chicken and Rice

Apple Sage Pork Tenderloin 

Green Beans, Sausage, Potatoes

French Dip Sandwiches

Minestrone Soup

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken

Baked Spaghetti 

Zuppa Toscana

Beer Mac and Cheese

Sweet Potato Casserole 

Italian Red Wine Roast Beef

Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Desserts and Sweet Treats

Gingerbread Pudding Cake

Pumpkin Pudding

Chocolate Lava Cake

Rocky Road Cake

Apple Dumplings

Turtle Monkey Bread

Rice Pudding

Almond Bark

Cinnamon Fudge

Pecan Pie Cobbler

Caramel Apple Pie Dip

Pumpkin Angel Food Cake with Caramel Sauce

Apple and Date Crunch

Tequila Pears

Candied Almonds

Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Spiced Applesauce

Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread

Cherry Dump Cake

Berry Cobbler

Turtle Brownie

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

Carrot Cake

Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

Caramel Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Cake


Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Coffee

Vanilla Crème Brulee Latte

Caramel Apple Spice

Pumpkin Chai Tea

Autumn Brew

Spiced Pomegranate Tea

Hot Mint Malt 

Buttered Apple Cider

Snow White Cocoa

Pumpkin Latte

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Hot Cranberry Apple Punch

Aztec Hot Chocolate

Bourbon Citrus Sipper

Horchata Latte

Chamomile Toddies

Cranberry Apple Cider

Spiced White Hot Chocolate

Gingerbread Latte

Mulled Wine


Spinach and Cheese Frittata 

Breakfast Stuffed Peppers

Creamy Banana French Toast

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Hot Cocoa Oatmeal

Cheesy Breakfast Souffle 

Breakfast Casserole

Blueberry Breakfast Casserole

German Pancakes

Sausage White Gravy

Cheesy Hash Browns

Cream of Wheat

Egg and Broccoli Casserole

Eggnog Cranberry Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Ham and Egg Casserole 

Pumpkin Oatmeal

Pumpkin Bread

Cinnamon Rolls

French Toast

Pecan Pie Oatmeal

Bacon, Egg, and Hash Brown Casserole

Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Collection of lachrymatorys (or lachrymosas), these tear catchers or tear vials - sometimes worn on a necklace, sometimes merely held - were used to gather the tears wept by mourners at funerals, to hold the tears of people mourning the passing of loved ones. One type of lachrymosa had a special top which allowed the tears to evaporate (signifying the time to stop mourning), others had a sealed top to allow the tears to last for a year, at which point they would be poured on the grave of the person whom the tears were wept for, Victorian era, 19th Century.

On one hand these are beautiful and this is a really interesting and unique form of death ritual. On the other hand Victorians are sooooo fucking extra. Like wow could you make things any more dramatic if you tried.
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Illustrator Gabriel Picolo’s Magical Art Book Of Potions And Spells Inspired by Harry Potter

Who wouldn’t want a real illustrated spellbook taken from Harry Potter’s magical world? Illustrator Gabriel Picolo creates an enchanting potions and spell manual sketchbook filled with the most memorable moments of one of the most touching stories ever written - Harry Potter. The freelancing artist from Brazil has created a series which features Harry Potter inspired artwork drawing in elements of calligraphy, watercolor, illustration and anime art.

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They said you might come.

#This scene makes me so sad#because above all else#above UNIT and Torchwood#and even the Doctor#SHE was a doctor#Martha Jones helped people - her passion was to heal#and save lives#and now she might be the only one who can save the universe#but at the cost of the entire planet#she’ll kill them all#and it’s the last thing that she wants to do#but it’s the only option now#so when this woman pulls the gun on her and threatens to kill her#Martha sadly nods her head and tells her to do it#because then she wouldn’t have to make this choice#and it kills me

(via riveralwaysknew)

oh my god martha nearly did to the earth what the doctor did to gallifrey

oh my god

This is the exact reason why I maintain my position that Martha was not, under any circumstances, the companion.

She was the doctor.

Now I know that he’s always the same man at the core after regenerations  so on and so forth, but when it really boils down, the doctor isn’t a timelord, the doctor is an idea. At least in the RTD era, every companion at one point or another, has had to make the choice to become the doctor.

Rose Became the Doctor when she accepted her fate as the bad wolf.

Mickey became the doctor when he stayed in the parallel universe.

Donna became the doctor during the meta-crisis.

Jack became the doctor when he ‘died’  for the first time trying to save everyone before Rose destroyed the Daleks.

But Martha? Martha was different, Martha was special. Martha never chose to become the doctor, because that was who she always was in her heart; and substantially she was the only companion of the RTD era who didn’t need to be saved by either the timelord doctor or TARDIS intervention (in the case of Jack, seeing as it was the badwolf, who brought him back).




people who don’t like martha are wrong.
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waking up and my window is cold to the touch

foggy mornings

the forest is filled with 1000 different shades of colors

that smell you can’t describe as anything other than autumn

pumpkin spice lattes 


wearing sweaters and boots and beanies

the crunch of leaves under my shoes

breathing in the cold air

stargazing on crisp nights

the feeling of coziness paired with adventure

drinking hot tea while reading a book outside

I will gladly become a pumpkin spice basic bitch. Summer has been EVIL to me. 
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You’re welcome.

(ps. ratings and tags are from the authors, so don’t blame me if there isn’t sex in Adult rated fic)

…And A Bottle of Rum by Cynthia (1984)

Adult (NC-17), Established relationship, Bondage

A Change of Season by Charlotte Frost (1988)

 All Audiences, Established Relationship

A Light in the Darkness by Debbie C (late 80’s)

Adult (NC-17), Action/Plot

A Matter of Seduction by Sharon Pillsbury  (1989)

Adult (NC-17), First Time, Dubious consent

A Place of Red by Dovya Blacque (1987)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

A Private Obsession by CatalenaMara (1987)

Mature content (Teen)

A Shot in the Dark by Dana Austin Marsh (1994)

Adult (NC-17), Established relatioship, Humor

About Time by J S Cavalcante (1993)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

All That We Shall Be by Anna S Greener (2000)

Adult (NC-17), Angst, Established Relationship

All This Time by M E Carter (1999)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

And Our Tomorrows by Cynthia (1994)

 Adult (NC-17), Angst, First Time

Babes in the Woods by Dana Austin Marsh (1998)

Adult (NC-17), Action/Plot, Established Relationship

Belial by Mary Kay (1987)

Adult (NC-17), Action/PLot

Beyond Setarcos by GayleF (1978)

Adult (NC-17)

Bitter Glass by Killa (1996)

Mature Content (Teen), Angst, Character Study, Major character death

Brief Encounter by Amanda Warrington (1992)

Adult (NC-17), AU-ish, First Time

By The Book by Dana Austin Marsh (1994)

Adult (NC-17), Established relationship, Humor

Certainties of Being by M E Carter (1995)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

Contemplations by Charlotte Frost (1988)

ADULT (NC-17), Established Relationship

Convalescing by Charlotte Frost (1987)

ADULT (NC-17), Established Relationship, Hurt/Comfort, Hurt!Spock

Cover of Night by Killa (1998)

ADULT (NC-17), Angst, Erotica, First Time, Romance

Cries of the Children by Debbie C (1988)

All audiences, Pre-slash, Action/Plot

Desert Heat by Gayle F (1976)

Adult (NC-17), Angst, First Time

Echoes by Dovya Blacque (1985)

All audiences, First Time

Enterprising Tours by Dana Austin Marsh (1994)

Adult (NC-17), Humor

Fairy Tale Dreams by Dana Austin Marsh (1994)

Adult (NC-17), Pon farr, Humor

From Rags To Riches by Dana Austin Marsh (1998)

All audiences, First Time, Humor

From The Fields by Dovya Blacque (1984)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

Full Circle by Killa (1997) sequel to Turning Point by Killa (1995)

(TP) Adult (NC-17), Angst

(FC) Adilt (NC-17), Angst, Established relationship

Gentleness by Charlotte Frost (1986)

Mature content (Teen), Established relationship

Getting What You Wished For by Dana Austin Marsh (1998)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

Green Eyed Monster by Mary Kay (1987)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

Have Another Good Night! by KS TLan (1980)

Adult (NC-17), First Time, Dubious Consent

He Who Waits by Mara Lyn Cade (1987)

Adult (NC-17), Bottom!Spock, Bondage

Joyboy by Syn Ferguson (1988)

 Adult (NC-17), AU, Action/Plot, Angst, Character Study, First Time, Hurt/Comfort, Underage sexuality

Little Sorrows by Dovya Blacque

Adult (NC-17), Angst, First Time

Lotions And Potions, Etc. by Dana Austin Marsh (1996)

Mature content (Teen), Crack, Established relationship, Sex toys

Meat Dreams by J S Cavalcante (1994)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

Memories by Debbie C (1988)

Adult (NC-17), Angst, Major Character Death

Never and Always Lovers: A Ni-Var for Two Apart by Carolyn Spencer (1997)

Poetry, All audiences, Pre-Slash, Character study

Night of the Dragon by Gayle F (1978)

Adult (NC-17), Angst, Established relationship

Nightvisions by Carol A Frisbie, Susan K James (1979)

Adult (NC-17), Angst, First Time

Nothing To Sneeze At by Dana Austin Marsh (1993)

All audiences, Humor

Of Dark Places by Mary Kay (1987)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

Of Peacefulness, Happiness and Forgiveness by Charlotte Frost (1986)

Adult (NC-17), Established relationship

Out of the Big Black (series) by Rae Trail (1999-2004)

Adult (NC-17), Crossover TNG/TOS, Established relationship. Action/Plot

Parted From Me by Dana Austin Marsh (1992)

 Adult (NC-17), Major Character death, Action/Plot, Angst, Established Relationship

Permutations by Dana Austin Marsh (1993)

Mature content (Teen), Humor, Established relationship

Portraits by Charlotte Frost (1990)

Adult (NC-17), Action/Plot, Angst, First Time, Hurt/Comfort

Poses (1977) by Leslie Fish sequel to Shelter (1976)by Leslie Fish

(Shelter) Adult (NC-17), Non-con, First Time

(Poses) Adult (NC-17), Angst

Prisoners by KS TLan (1982)

Adult (NC-17), Dubious consent, First Time

Private Moments by Charlotte Frost (1987)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

Proximity Breeds Contretemps by Dana Austin Marsh (1995)

Adult (NC-17), Humor

Re-Emergence by CatalenaMara (1983)

Poetry, All audiences, Character Study, Pre-Slash

Ritual Cleansing by KS TLan (1980)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

Rumour Has It by Dana Austin Marsh (1994)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

Shared Spaces by Dana Austin Marsh (1990)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

Sharing the Risk by Killa (1998)

Adult (NC-17), Angst, First Time

Sharing the Sunlight (Series) by Jenna Sinclair (1991-2005)

Adult (NC-17), First Time, Established relationship, Angst, Humor

Strong Medicine by Killa (1998)

Adult (NC-17), PWP, Established relationship

Surrender by Killa (1997)

Adult (NC_17), Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Bondage, Dominance/submission, Dubious consent, Non-consensual sex

Technical Hitch by KS TLan (late 90’s)

Adult (NC-17), PWP

Tenants of the Heart by Carleen (1992)

Adult (NC-17), Pon Farr, First Time

The Birthday Two-Step by Dana Austin Marsh (1994)

Adult (NC-17), Humor

The Blending of Two by Charlotte Frost (1989)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

The Deep End of Emotion by Dana Austin Marsh (1999)

Adult (NC-17), Pon Farr, First Time

The Diver by Carolyn Spencer (1995)

Adult (NC-17), Angst, Character Study, First Time

The Faces of Love by Charlotte Frost (1988)

All audiences, Angst, Character Study, Established relationship

The Hustler by Courtney Gray (1981)

Adult (NC-17), AU-ish, Prostitution, First Time

The Image of Perfection by Debbie C (1991)

Adult (NC-17), Action/Plot

The Kiss by Amanda Warrington (1994)

Adult (NC-17), Action/Plot, Angst, First Time

The Misunderstanding by Debbie C (1988)

Adult (NC-17), First Time, Action/Plot

The Need For Stars by Carolyn Spencer (1993)

Adult (NC-17), Angst, Established relationship

The Omni by Dana Austin Marsh (1989)

Adult (NC-17), Established relationship

The Only Way by KS TLan (1982)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

The Power of Suggestion by Dana Austin Marsh (1997)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

The Price (1981) by Syn Ferguson prequel to Courts of Honor by Syn Ferguson

(The Price) Adult (NC-17), Action/Plot, Angst, First Time, Hurt/Comfort, Hurt!Spock, Pon Farr, Explicit violence, Rape

(Courts of Honor) Adult (NC-17), Action/Plot, Angst, Established Relationship, Hurt/Comfort

The Tie That Binds by Dana Austin Marsh (1999)

Adult (NC-17), Angst, Established Relationship, Kolinahr, Pon Farr

The Tribble With Troubles by Dana Austin Marsh (1999)

Adult (NC-17), Established relationship, Crack

The Vacation by Rae Trail (1999)

Adult (NC-17), Established relationship

The Vigil by Debbie C (1991)

All audiences, Pre-slash

The Word Withheld by J S Cavalcante (2000)

Adult (NC-17), First Time

Unto Harvest in Fullness of Time by M E Carter (1999)

Mature content (Teen), Established relationship

Vigil by CatalenaMara (1985)

Poetry, All audiences

When the Cat’s Away by Dana Austin Marsh (1994)

Adult (NC-17), Established relationship

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Dreamy Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park

Bangkok-based artist  Sunga Park has gained recognition for her stunning architectural studies, which seem to ethereally fade in a haze of paint. The dream-like nature of the Gothic and Renaissance buildings create an abstract and delicate composition. Park transforms the concrete buildings into softer and surreal memories, which seem to melt in time.
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We usually see “elephants”—or “wolves” or “killer whales” or “chimps” or “ravens” and so on—as interchangeable representatives of their kind. But the instant we focus on individuals, we see an elephant named Echo with exceptional leadership qualities; we see wolf 755 struggling to survive the death of his mate and exile from his family; we see a lost and lonely killer whale named Luna who is humorous and stunningly gentle. We see individuality. It’s a fact of life. And it runs deep. Very deep.

Individuality is the frontier of understanding non-human animals. But for decades, the idea was forbidden territory. Scientists who stepped out of bounds faced withering scorn from colleagues. Jane Goodall experienced just that. After her first studies of chimpanzees, she enrolled as a doctoral student at Cambridge. There, as she later recalled in National Geographic, “It was a bit shocking to be told I’d done everything wrong. Everything. I shouldn’t have given them names. I couldn’t talk about their personalities, their minds or their feelings.” The orthodoxy was: those qualities are unique to humans.

But these decades later we are realizing that Goodall was right; humans are not unique in having personalities, minds and feelings. And if she’d given the chimpanzees numbers instead of names?—their individual personalities would still have shined.

“If ever there was a perfect wolf,” says Yellowstone biologist Rick McIntyre, “It was Twenty-one. He was like a fictional character. But real.” McIntyre has watched free-living wolves for more hours than anyone, ever.

Even from a distance Twenty-one’s big-shouldered profile was recognizable. Utterly fearless in defense of his family, Twenty-one had the size, strength, and agility to win against overwhelming odds. “On two occasions, I saw Twenty-one take on six attacking wolves—and rout them all,” Rick says. “Watching him felt like seeing something that looked supernatural. Like watching a Bruce Lee movie. I’d be thinking, ‘A wolf can’t do what I am watching this wolf do.’” Watching Twenty-one, Rick elaborates, “was like watching Muhammad Ali or Michael Jordan—a one-of-a-kind talent outside of ‘normal.’”

Twenty-one was a superwolf. Uniquely, he never lost a fight and he never killed any defeated opponent. And yet Twenty-one was “remarkably gentle” with the members of his pack. Immediately after making a kill he would often walk away and nap, allowing family members who’d had nothing to do with the hunt eat their fill.

One of Twenty-one’s favorite things was to wrestle little pups. “And what he really loved to do,” Rick adds, “was pretend to lose. He just got a huge kick out of it.” Here was this great big male wolf. And he’d let some little wolf jump on him and bite his fur. “He’d just fall on his back with his paws in the air,” Rick half-mimes. “And the triumphant-looking little one would be standing over him with his tail wagging.

“The ability to pretend,” Rick adds, “shows that you understand how your actions are perceived by others. I’m sure the pups knew what was going on, but it was a way for them to learn how it feels to conquer something much bigger than you. And that kind of confidence is what wolves need every day of their hunting lives.”

In Twenty-one’s life, there was a particular male, a sort of roving Casanova, a continual annoyance. He was strikingly good-looking, had a big personality, and was always doing something interesting. “The best single word is ‘charisma,’” says Rick. “Female wolves were happy to mate with him. People absolutely loved him. Women would take one look at him—they didn’t want you to say anything bad about him. His irresponsibility and infidelity; it didn’t matter.”

One day, Twenty-one discovered this Casanova among his daughters. Twenty-one ran in, caught him, biting and pinning him to the ground. Other pack members piled in, beating Casanova up. “Casanova was also big,” Rick says, “but he was a bad fighter.” Now he was totally overwhelmed; the pack was finally killing him.

“Suddenly Twenty-one steps back. Everything stops. The pack members are looking at Twenty-one as if saying, ‘Why has Dad stopped?’” The Casanova wolf jumped up and—as always—ran away.

After Twenty-one’s death, Casanova briefly became the Druid pack’s alpha male. But, Rick recalled: “He doesn’t know what to do, just not a leader personality.” And although it’s very rare, his year-younger brother deposed him. “His brother had a much more natural alpha personality.” Casanova didn’t mind; it meant he was free to wander and meet other females. Eventually Casanova and several young Druid males met some females and they all formed the Blacktail pack. “With them,” Rick remembers, “he finally became the model of a responsible alpha male and a great father.”

The personality of a wolf ‘matriarch’ also helps shape the whole pack. Wolf Seven was the dominant female in her pack. But you could watch Seven for days and say, ‘I think she’s in charge,’ because she led subtly, by example. Wolf Forty, totally different; she led with an iron fist. Exceptionally aggressive, Forty had done something unheard of: actually deposed her own mother.

For three years, Forty ruled the Druid pack tyrannically. A pack member who stared a moment too long would find herself slammed to the ground, Forty’s bared canines poised above her neck. Yellowstone research director Doug Smith recalls, “Throughout her life she was fiercely committed to always having the upper hand, far more so than any other wolf we’ve observed.”
Forty heaped her worst abuse on her same-age sister. Because this sister lived under Forty’s brutal oppression, she earned the name Cinderella.

One year Cinderella split from the main pack and dug a den to give birth. Shortly after she finished the den, her sister arrived and delivered one of her infamous beatings. Cinderella just took it, as always. No one ever saw any pups at that den.

The next year, Cinderella, Forty, and a low-ranking sister all gave birth in dens dug several miles apart. New wolf mothers nurse and guard constantly; they rely on pack members for food. That year, few pack members visited the bad-tempered alpha. Cinderella, though, found herself well assisted at her den by several sisters.

Six weeks after giving birth, Cinderella and several attending pack members headed out, away from her den—and stumbled into the queen herself. Forty immediately attacked Cinderella with was, even for her, exceptional ferocity. She then turned her fury onto another of her sisters who’d been accompanying Cinderella, giving her a beating too. Then as dusk settled in, Forty headed toward Cinderella’s den. Only the wolves saw what happened next, but Doug Smith and Rick McIntyre pieced together what went down.

Unlike the previous year, this time Cinderella wasn’t about to remain passive or let her sister reach her den and her six-week-old pups. Near the den a fight erupted. There were at least four wolves, and Forty had earned no allies among them.

At dawn, Forty was down by the road covered in blood, and her wounds included a neck bite so bad that her spine was visible. Her long-suffering sisters had, in effect, cut her throat. She died. It was the only time researchers have ever known a pack to kill its own alpha. Forty was an extraordinarily abusive individual. The sisters’ decision, outside the box of wolf norms, was: mutiny. Remarkable.

But Cinderella was just getting started. She adopted her dead sister’s entire brood. And she also welcomed her low-ranking sister and her pups. And so that was the summer that the Druid Peak pack raised an unheard-of twenty-one wolf pups together in a single den.

Out from under Forty’s brutal reign, Cinderella developed into the pack’s finest hunter. She later went on to become the benevolent matriarch of the Geode Creek pack. Goes to show: a wolf, as many a human, may have talents and abilities that wither or flower depending on which way their luck breaks.

“Cinderella was the finest kind of alpha female,” Rick McIntyre says. “Cooperative, returning favors by sharing with the other adult females, inviting her sister to bring her pups together with her own while also raising her vanquished sister’s pups—. She set a policy of acceptance and cohesion.” She was, Rick says, “perfect for helping everyone get along really well.”

(This piece is adapted from Carl Safina’s most recent book, Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel, which will is newly out in paperback)


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