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Rhubarb and Apple Cupcake

I haven’t spent much time inventing recipes. Actually, this recipe will only be my second attempt, and first successful one. It started when I wanted to make cupcakes my sister requested a rhubarb and apple. I couldn’t find a recipe I liked. I could find muffins, and full sized cakes, but nothing small and fluffy.

So, I made my own recipe.IMG_20170904_1507402_rewind

So, here’s the recipe:

Rhubarb and Apple Cupcakes

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cloves

3 tsp. allspice

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup rhubarb (diced)

1 cup Apple (peeled and diced)

 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Fill muffin tin with cupcake wrappers. (This recipe makes about a dozen and a half cupcakes)

Mix together butter, flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and the spices. In a separate bowl mix together eggs and buttermilk. Mix together both mixtures and fold in apples and rhubarb.

Fill muffin tins about 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for about 12-16 minutes.

 

Suggestions:

I haven’t tried any variations yet, but from my family’s feedback, I think these might improve the recipe.

1. Add another half cup of Apple’s

2. Increase the amount of spices, particularly of the cinnamon.

3. Add gingerIMG_20170904_1507568_rewind

Why Satire?

My boyfriend, brother, and most of my friends and acquaintances really love satire. I, while I do find it sometimes amusing, am rather less fond of it. But I do find it fascinating that people write it. I’m not a psychologist,  but I have gathered a few reasons why I think people write satire.

First of all, it’s fun. It is fun to ramble, and it often requires less research than a lot of more scientific analysis, because it’s not supposed to be grounded in reality. It’s make belief, but its make belief that shocks people. And shocking people is great fun for many writers. In fact, some write for the sole purpose of shocking people. Therefore it doesn’t matter if there are logical fallacies everywhere. They are supposed to be there, for the purpose of showing all the logical fallacies of people’s thought process.

And while it is fun to write, it also makes people do what the writer wants. It gets the emotions involved, and emotions are a powerful force for action. Often more powerful than logical, after all, usually the most logical thing to do is self-preservation. Which is all fine and dandy, except that it doesn’t exactly spur the most utopian society when everyone is out for themselves.

The final reason I’ve seen for satire is that it is so ridiculous that it is hard to come up with a good comeback. Most post online have some sort of angry response to certain political views, but when something is so exaggerated as satire, there just simply isn’t a good response. Except maybe more satire.

 

 

Anyway, as stated earlier I’m not a psychologist, and I haven’t done any research into the subject. It’s simply just my observations that I’ve seen while both reading satire, and listening to others talk about it.

A Link Between Worlds Review

I recently completed a Legend of Zelda game for the 3DS called A Link Between Worlds. It is a sequel to one of the franchise’s older games A Link to the Past. I have never played A Link to the Past, but I did enjoy A Link Between Worlds.

One of the most noticeable things I found about A Link Between Worlds is the dungeons tend to be shorter. This may because Link’s items such as the boomerang, bookshop, etc are rented from a shop instead of found in a dungeon. This was unusual for a Zelda game, but it fit in very well, though it did get frustrating trying to raise funds to rent/buy the items. Although, most subsequent were money oriented due to this need. That said, most sidequest earned money, so it wasn’t too hard to come buy, if slightly annoying at times.

Also notable about this game was that it shared a world map with A Link to the Past, giving many players who played the original a sense of sentimentality, but it is also a game for players who are new to the franchise. The reason I say that is that as well as being shorter, the dungeons are not as hard as as a few other games. They are not easy by any means, but if they were easy, they would not being giving a real taste of the franchise.

Also, A Link Between Worlds has an interesting mimic no other game has, or at least no other that I know about. In A Link Between Worlds Link gets the ability to merge into walls. This allows for some very interesting puzzles, though at the beginning before one gets used to it, it is easy to forget, and therefore becomes a frustration, but as soon as one gets used to it, it is a delightful mimic, and very fun to play around on.

All and all, the game was quite enjoyable, and fun, and I really would recommend it.

The Counsel

It has been nearly a month since Sprinkles and Cupcake met up with Magenta, Gigi, and the penguin, but they’ve been getting alone decently. Magenta has been complaining about missing her boyfriend Red, but so far it hasn’t been too bad. They all sleep in my room, and during the day they play around and talk about my strange habit of naming my stuffed animals after food.

But today,the penguin decided to hold a counsel on who was going to be his stead. Magenta pointed out she could only move fast in water. Gigli pointed out that he didn’t want to, but since Magenta also had that reason, he got appointed stead. He decided to instantly resign from his job.

Shocking I know.

The penguin stated that it would take two weeks to process the papers of his resignation, and until then he was his stead. Weirdly enough though I didn’t see any papers on him getting the job.

Anyway, I expect a lot of complaining throughout these next two weeks, but no so much I can’t stand.IMG_20170115_1326230_rewind

 

Beautiful

I am beautiful. Not because I have perfect make-up, because I don’t (I don’t even know how to apply make-up) and not because I have the cutest, most fashionable clothes, because I don’t. It’s not because I’m super skinny or have clear skin, because I’m don’t. Not because my hair is never out of place because it always is (I love it anyway). These aren’t the things that make people beautiful.

I’m beautiful because I’ve tried my best. I’m beautiful because I try to help others. I’m beautiful because I smile. I’m beautiful because it’s hard, and I do it anyway. I’m beautiful for times I haven’t received recognition, and I’m beautiful for every time I proved I deserved it anyway.

I’m beautiful because I try my hardest to make others beautiful as well.
Even if sometimes I fail.

Sparkles and Cupcake

This is Sparkles and Cupcake.IMG_20151226_132425
Sparkles is the cat, Cupcake the dinosaur. I got them for Christmas last year. They planned to spend Christmas together, but Cupcake got his nose stuck and couldn’t get out, so they had to replan. Sparkles was very annoyed.
Still they went for a walk today.IMG_20151226_132549
Just as they were getting more comfortable, a pink penguine showed up and interuppted them. Sparkles left in disgust.IMG_20151226_132626

Final Day

This is the final day of my month long challenge.
Probably a good thing since I’ve been scraping bottom of the barrel for a while now.
Today’s Tip: If you want to fix a relation with someone try serving them. And keep serving them.

It’s going to be an interesting day. First day of seminary, freshmen orientation, and, of course, marching band.

Tedious

Tip: If your doing something long, tedious, and not very brain consuming, try listening to music in the background.