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  2. Okay. There's no, ZERO reason for me to buy dressing for salad anymore. Here's a recipe to build your own salad dressings using the flavors you enjoy the most. You need one component of each of the below. Pick stuff you like. Dump this stuff into a mason jar with a tight fitting lid. Oil: 1/4 cup Olive Oil OR Avocado Oil ( I VASTLY prefer olive oil because I like the flavor) Acid: 2 tablespoons of lemon juice OR your favorite vinegar (apple cider vinegar is great) Savory: 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, stone-ground mustard, or regular yellow mustard OR 1 tablespoon of mashed capers OR 1 tablespoon of sun-dried tomatoes diced suuuuuper small Sweet: 1 tablespoon of honey OR brown sugar OR an equivalent amount of non-calorie sweetener. In addition to the more concentrated sweet stuff, I also add a few (2-4) tablespoons of fruit juice of some sort to add interest and volume to the dressing A hint of heat: 1 teaspoon of black pepper OR 1 teaspoon of red pepper flake (At LEAST put in the black pepper. You'll be fine. For real.) Oddballs: Various seasonings you enjoy. I put a teaspoon of lemon pepper in mine. Minced garlic is good if you like the flavor of it. Go wild. Salt: If you didn't use capers, or something with a lot of salt in it then you need a 1/4 teaspoon of salt There you go. You add this stuff to your jar, close it up tight, and shake the hell out of it. In seconds you've got a great dressing that you KNOW you'll like, because you're using ingredients you like. Use one thing from each underlined category, or mix and match after you get confident with it. It's pretty forgiving. Give it a shot! Oh, you can also use this for a marinade. 🙂
  3. He drank her floral fragrance, as their kiss became a dance, She drank his musky scent, When lust became romance, Yet if they'd traded bodies, If their scents and lips were switched. Would the kiss be any different? Or they be any less bewitched? If she were kissing she, Would it change a single thing? If he were kissing he, Would their hearts no longer sing? A kiss, a scent, loves strong allure, Cares not one whit of 'him' or 'her'. Or 'they' or 'them', if preference be, It need not be a 'he' or 'she'. Love concerns what lies within, It cares but for beneath the skin.
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  5. kbois

    Chapter 2

    Thanks! The story is coming along pretty well. I think? 🤔
  6. Dodger


    Probably best that Koi stays at home. I'm interested to see how the brothers interact twenty years on.
  7. Dodger


    Sounds like Robbie has the better life and he's alive. The first part caught me again, quite creepy.
  8. Dodger


    Okay, I'm in too. The first bit got me interested. Good start.
  9. Geemeedee

    Chapter 34

    When in doubt, add a plot twist, sex scene, character from the first story or all of the above at once. 😃
  10. Okiegrad

    Chapter 16

    Oh, wow. Not what I expected. Loved the story, but....why? I really want to know how it all turned out. Where did he go? Who were the friends he went to see? Was it actually some inpatient treatment program? So many questions. Thanks for a great story!
  11. Jdonley75

    Chapter 24

    My thinking about how it came about was to do it in a way to keep the other boys wondering what David and Andy were talking about until the reveal where both the readers and the rest of the boys could understand the profound impact of Andy's time in the service and feel that initial shock of the revelation of what his time away really did to him. That even if he came back looking, acting and sounding like the same person who left, he had definitely changed and been through something none of the others will ever be able to understand.
  12. centexhairysub

    Chapter 18

    Oh happy day, Granger is back in action. I have missed him and his adventures so. I do believe that the winter this year would be one of the worst in recent history. Plenty of time for mischief if they can get to Russia and the capital there. A visit with another King, George just can't seem to stop making friends in high places, even if this one will have to be keep more under wraps for now. Glad they had someone to help them with the lay of the land, fancy that, the right person just appearing at the right time. Do wonder why Daventry was so cool to Brookstone, hope we find out.
  13. centexhairysub

    Chapter 62

    OMFG, I leave for one week with no internet access and the dam breaks... So very excited to see you back and posting, excited about both equally. I had to go back and read the last couple of chapters to make sure I was up on what was going on; God, I did miss this so much. This chapter flowed as if no time had passed since the last post. A telling point to your talent. I do think that Julian is way to much trouble, he would have to be hellacious at his job to put up with all of that. Will was right that he would need Stef to smooth and calm JJ, although I agree with JJ; if someone had done that to the right one of Will's past amours then Will would have equally gone ballistic. I do think that JJ doesn't really understand how to handle Carullo; but I think part of that is that Carullo doesn't know what he wants and doesn't seem to be doing anything to try and get past losing his love on 9/11. Or if he is trying to work on it; it is behind the scene and we just aren't getting to see it. Can't wait to see where you decide to take this story, Mark...
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  15. Katya Dee

    Chapter 34

    There is 1 more chapter to this (an epilogue, really). The next story was flying smoothly but then hit a wall for no reason It's been in stasis for a bit now & hopefully, it'll come live again soon.
  16. Cris L

    Chapter 16

    About damn time! I waited a long time. Actually I just am really happy that we have an ending. Not the one I would have liked, but there is always hope... Thank you, TZ!
  17. drpaladin

    Chapter 34

    You've left me with the Cole Porter tune "Anything Goes" playing in my head. Power like that could be addictive. And yes, it was funny and also not funny. This was a fun ride and I hope it's not the last we see of these characters. I've even grown fond of Julian. I never saw that coming.
  18. This is excellent AC. What a wonderful read. You have done a brilliant job translating this piece. Thank you so much. I am looking forward to more!
  19. mfa607

    Chapter 22.3

    Love this story and these two!! Finding out more info! Thank you!
  20. chris191070

    Chapter 22.3

    Awesome chapter. Tristan has more friends than he realises, they have all warned Carl he will suffer harm if he hurts Tristan.
  21. chris191070

    Chapter 16

    Awesome story, I really enjoyed reading this. I feel sorry for both Justin and Rob.
  22. Carl managed to Tristan to give him the rest of the numbers that needed to be called. He pulled the ‘mate’ card and insisted that after the last few days, the use of magic, the claiming, and finally the argument with the older Nirthfell and the resulting fallout. He tucked Tristan in with a pile of research books and told him if he looked up other ways Cheryl could use the powerful beings she was blackmailing then Carl would deal with all the notifications. Carl returned to his office and began the job of calling Tristan’s friends. To say they were surprised to hear from Tristan’s claimed mate was an understatement. Carl spent more time answering their questions about, his intentions, who he was, how he had better treat Tristan right or else, than he did warning them of the dangers from Cheryl. Carl wondered if Tristan realized how much his friends—or acquaintances as Tristan insisted they were—really valued him and worried about him. They said he was selfless, always thinking of others before himself. Carl fell more in love with his mate with each call and each person telling him how wonderful Tristan was. He dialed the last number on the list with a sigh of relief, he still had his calls to make and it was only a few hours until dawn. He tapped his pen on the desk as he waited. “Do you realize what time it is? Who the hell is ringing me at this time of the morning?” Carl bit his lip to stop the chuckle that tried to escape as the female voice finished ranting. “Miss Mills? This is Elder Carl of the Jade Coven.” “I prefer Milly and I don’t care who you are. I only got to bed a few hours ago and I need to be up again in a few hours more.” “I’m sorry to interrupt your rest, but Tristan Nirthfell asked me to call you to warn you about a danger to you and your mate.” He ran through the warnings. Milly sighed. “Thank you for calling. My mate is currently on duty in the healing center with our eldest daughter. I will call them immediately. Thank Tristan for thinking of us. Although I’m not surprised he always thinks of everyone else first.” Carl grinned at the once again repeated compliment. “I will be sure to tell my mate you are thankful.” He counted to ten before he had to pull the phone away from his ear at her shriek. “MATE! When, how, and if you hurt him you’ll find out just why no one wants to get on a healer's bad side. We may know how to cure mt diseases, but we also know what and how to cause hem too.” This made Carl freeze. Healers could cause diseases, as well as cure them? Why had none of them thought of that? They knew Cheryl had at least one healer captive. Did she have others? He needed to speak to Tristan. “I assure you, I have no intention of hurting Tristan in any way, shape or form. Thank you for your time, I’m afraid I need to go and deal with something. Either Tristan or I will check in with you again, but don’t hesitate to call if you need us for any reason.” Carl hung up and moved as fast as he dared to where he’d left Tristan. “What do you know about how healers work and how they can affect people they aren’t healing?” he asked as soon as he walked in.
  23. More mobility, less pain: my Physical Therapist says I’m making progress...

    1. jamessavik


      My dear 91 year old mom is recovering from a broken hip and has had a lot of physical therapy. She's not used to strong pain pills and was on them at the rehabilitation clinic she stayed at for six weeks before she came home. She said, under the influence, "If my physical terrorist didn't have such a cute ass, I'd of shot him three weeks ago." I hide her bullets now.

  24. Parker Owens

    Chapter 16

    I’m impressed that this story have a saccharine finish, but came to a natural rest. I enjoyed reading this.
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