Exclusion and Enchantment

March 29, 2014 — 4 Comments

You need a cup of tea or hot cocoa if it’s cold enough (spike it if you’re a Thracian) and something beautiful to read that doesn’t involve someone’s sexual crimes.

So.  Read Alley Valkyrie’s latest piece in The Wild Hunt.  It’s fucking gorgeous.

As I stood in the middle of the Willamette, thigh-high in rushing water, my feet grasping for the next river stone in front of me as I tried desperately not to fall, a message came through to me loud and clear, a message that came straight from the river itself:

Do not focus on exclusion so much that you miss the enchantment.

 

 

As I stood in the middle of the Willamette, thigh-high in rushing water, my feet grasping for the next river stone in front of me as I tried desperately not to fall, a message came through to me loud and clear, a message that came straight from the river itself:

Do not focus on exclusion so much that you miss the enchantment.

– See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2014/03/a-confluence-of-outsiders.html#sthash.iLkPJy30.dpuf

As I stood in the middle of the Willamette, thigh-high in rushing water, my feet grasping for the next river stone in front of me as I tried desperately not to fall, a message came through to me loud and clear, a message that came straight from the river itself:

Do not focus on exclusion so much that you miss the enchantment.

– See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2014/03/a-confluence-of-outsiders.html#sthash.iLkPJy30.dpuf

4 responses to Exclusion and Enchantment

  1. 

    Good enough to read again. (I wonder if the last drops of Baileys would be wasted in Swiss Miss hot chocolate.)

    • 

      : )
      Do you ever make your own hot chocolate? Once I started, I’ve not been able to drink the stuff in packets ever again.

      • 

        Ooh, homemade hot chocolate! What do you use to make it?

        It has been a long time since I tasted Swiss Miss; it might be too sweet for me, but I got a free packet in December and I’ve been saving it.

      • 

        Ah!

        So, I like my hot cocoa a bit bitter too. Buy unsweetened cocoa powder (if you’re fortunate enough to have a Trader Joe’s nearby, this can be like 3 dollars for a quart). Mix it with sugar in a separate container (about 1/4 cup to start of cocoa, a tablespoon or two of sugar) until it tastes how you’d prefer it. Add a tiny pinch of salt to balance the flavor (oddly important…in fact, instant cocoas are usually high in salt).

        Then, simmer milk (non-dairy versions also work, though coconut milk will be so extremely rich you might regret it! half-and-half, though, is wonderful) until it’s too warm to dip a finger in but not boiling. Whisk in the cocoa mix slowly (because you mixed it separately the cocoa will dissolve better) until you’ve got it as strong as you want.

        Once you’ve got your own version down, it will be nigh impossible to drink instant again. : ) Let me know how it goes!!!

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