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Lembas Bread (Lord of the Rings “authentic” Elvish bread)


 2 ½ cups of flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
¼ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of butter
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon honey
2/3 cup of heavy whipping cream
½ teaspoon of vanilla


Preheat oven to 425F. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add the butter and mix with a well till fine granules (easiest way is with an electric mixer). Then add the sugar and cinnamon, and mix them thoroughly.

Finally add the cream, honey, and vanilla and stir them in with a fork until a nice, thick dough forms.

Roll the dough out about 1/2 in thickness. Cut out 3-inch squares and transfer the dough to a cookie sheet.Criss-cross each square from corner-to-corner with a knife, lightly (not cutting through the dough).

Bake for about 12 minutes or more (depending on the thickness of the bread) until it is set and lightly golden.

***Let cool completely before eating, this bread tastes better room temperature and dry. Also for more flavor you can add more cinnamon or other spices***

Nicely timed!

We were watching RotK-xtd with friends this weekend, Diane had just made cheddar & chili scones to go with the wine, and during the Smeagol frames Sam with Lembas Crumbs scene, we all looked at her and said as one “you could make that stuff!” And now we’ve got a recipe!

Typically I’m mentally tweaking it already: leave out the cream so they keep better, add Horlicks & maybe rolled oats to enhance the travel nutrition authenticity (Horlicks Tablets were part of British military survival rations; Tolkien would have known this) and maybe some instant espresso granules to keep you going as far as Morgul Vale.


basic tutorial // sidebraid // milkbraid


2. 4-strand braid

basic tutorial // with a scarf

3. Rope braid

basic tutorial // french rope // bun // twisted rope braid wrap-around

4. French braid

basic tutorial // upside down // to the side // bangs


5. Fishtail braid

basic tutorial // french fishtail

6. 5-strand braid

basic tutorial // braid in braid 

7. Dutch braid

basic tutorial // bangs // wrap-around // up-do

8. Waterfall braid

basic tutorial // waterfall braid + how to finish it off

Unusual Words


sylph - a graceful and slender young woman.
euphony - a bearable or agreeable sound.
quixotic - extremely romantic and chivalrous.
pareidolia - a psychological phenomenon, wherein a person has the notion of seeing faces of people in clouds, hearing hidden messages and other such unusual feelings.
phalerate - decorated; made beautiful.
betwixt - between.
crepuscule - twilight; dusk.
epicaricacy - taking pleasure in other’s misfortune; schadenfreud.
nepenthe - something, such as a drink or a drug, capable of making one forget suffering.
exosculate - to kiss fervently or heartily.
lacuna - a blank space or missing part.
euonym - a pleasing or beautiful name.
quarender - a dark red apple.
halcyon - calm and peaceful; tranquil. Prosperous; gold.
ubiquitous - being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent.
soigné - showing sophisticated elegance; fashionable. Well-groomed; polished.

I’m attracted to all these words





Reddit Threads:

SRS  (Spaced Repetition flashcards)


Chinese (Mostly/All Mandarin):






  • Tumblr tags: #learning _________ 
  • Can I become Fluent in ______ in ______ months/weeks/days?
    No. You can’t. 
  • Can I learn Japanese from just watching Anime/Korean from Kpop/Chinese from Wuxia films?
    Not on your life. Do you only speak the english you know from Spongebob? N’SYNC? The 300? Didn’t think so.
  • What about Rosetta Stone?
    For $180-$399 dollars? Are you insane? The program is built to teach you the Romantic languages.  If you buy Rosetta stone for $400, and pass up every free resource on this list, I doubt your desire to actually learn anything. Don’t do it to yourself. That is a lot of money you probably won’t get back.
  • But I heard that Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Arabic/etc is really difficult:
    Well if over a billion Chinese people can speak Chinese, why can’t you? No really, don’t let something like this bother you. No, this is not the ease of moving from a English to a Romance language or German, but hey, if you wanted to learn German (and all those ridiculous cases) you’d be doing that. 

But… like… South Asia is Asia too.

Why is there literally no coverage of South Asia at all?

Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali are not difficult to find language resources on.

Because when you take classes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean those are the languages you have resources for. I focused mainly on those three because those are the general offerings at universities (Based on mine, for the sole reason that we’re the largest University in America). If you wanted to submit something, you can - and in fact I tagged it as such. But when I searched for the top 100 languages blogs, no Hindi/Tamil/Urdu/Gujarati/etc. Don’t assume that I don’t think those languages are Asian. Figure that I spent four days focusing on master lists of resources from languages I’ve personally studied or have friends who have studied. 

This blog has always been the effort of one, and believe me it’s frustrating to have people disparage me for the things I can’t possibly know from experience when they could submit what they themselves know. :/ I even stated ahead of time this would be mostly a Chi/Jpn/Kor list, at which point someone could have said: “Hey, but I have some good stuff for…” 

I don’t mean to come off caustically, but I do have about ten other things to be doing, so I go with what I already know.

A Bunch of Tutorials



Instead of whispered, consider:

  • murmured
  • mumbled
  • muttered
  • breathed
  • sighed
  • hissed
  • mouthed
  • uttered
  • intoned
  • susurrated
  • purred
  • said in an undertone
  • gasped
  • hinted
  • said low
  • said into someone’s ear
  • said softly
  • said under one’s breath
  • said in hushed tones
  • insinuated


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