The Tale of Magic

I am reading The Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer. The Tale of Magic is a great book if you like tons of unexpected twists and turns. It is a fantasy book, which is easy told from the cover. It doesn’t have many illustrations, except for the start of every chapter. What’s cool is the illustration that is at the beginning of a new chapter shows you something big that’s going to happen. The Tale of Magic is the start of a new series by Chris Colfer. The Tale of Witchcraft is the second book in the series. I chose to read The Tale of Magic because The Land of Stories series, also by Chris Colfer, was my favorite series of all time, so I figured it might be worth reading 😊 📚.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have used this chocolate chip cookie recipe many times and it always comes out perfect. Enjoy!  🍪

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:

 

Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/4 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, melted & slightly cooled*
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (225g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the egg, then the egg yolk. Finally, whisk in the vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or up to 3-4 days.
  3. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and allow to slightly soften at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  5. Roll the dough into balls, about 3 Tablespoons of dough each. The dough will be crumbly, but the warmth of your hands will help the balls stay together. Roll the cookie dough balls to be taller rather than wide, to ensure the cookies will bake up to be thick. Place 8 balls of dough onto each cookie sheet. Press a few more chocolate chips on top of the dough balls for looks, if desired.
  6. Bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes. The cookies will look very soft and underbaked. They will continue to bake on the cookie sheet. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Notes

Good luck! 👍

https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies/

 

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

This recipe is really simple and works every time. I followed this recipe and made pumpkin decorated cupcakes. Basically, I made cupcakes that looked
like pumpkins. I have put how to make pumpkin cupcakes below the recipe 🙂

 

 

VANILLA CUPCAKES

  • 2 1/2 cups(325g) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (414g) sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (240ml) water

VANILLA FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup (112g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (95g) shortening
  • 4 cups (460g) powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 23 tbsp (30-45ml) water or milk

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare a cupcake pan with liners.
2. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixer bowl and combine. Set aside.
3. Add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.
5. Slowly add the water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined. Please note that the batter will be very thin.
6. Fill the cupcake liners about half way and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
7. Remove the cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
8. To make the frosting, combine the butter and shortening in a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth.
9. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
10. Add the vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of water or milk and mix until smooth.
11. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
12. Add remaining water or milk as needed and mix until smooth.

Pumpkin Cupcakes:

1. Follow the recipe above until you get to step #6.

2. Before step #6, mix orange food coloring into the batter.

3. Continue on with the recipe and add green food coloring to about 1/5 of the of the frosting. Add orange food coloring to 4/5 of the frosting and decorate as shown in the picture. If you have piping bags, use them! It’ll make the cupcakes look more like pumpkins. 🎃

Tips:

If you don’t have shortening for the frosting, you can substitute it for 1/2 cup (a stick) of butter

 

Start with 1 tablespoon of water or milk for the frosting. I ended up only using 1 tablespoon last time I followed this recipe. Of course, the consistency of your frosting is up to you!

 

I hope you enjoyed 👍

 

 

What I Notice

I notice masks. Especially during the pandemic, the design of your mask tells a little bit about you. It´s like the clothes you wear in a non-pandemic time, the first thing people notice. Masks are necessary during the pandemic, so I notice them. Even if I already know someone, their mask still tells a lot about them. One thing that I always notice is the color of people´s masks. In some way, the mask someone wears is a reflection of themselves.

What My Pets Do In A Day

I have one dog and three guinea pigs. My guinea pigs’ names are Luna, Sol (babies), and Olaf (father of Luna and Sol). Luna and Sol are both girls, and Olaf is a boy. Their favorite thing to do is eat. My dog’s name is Paddy and he is a boy. His favorite thing to do is sleep (and be lazy). My pets are definitely…interesting, so here is a day in the Life of my pets:

Luna, Sol, and Olaf:

6:00 AM-9:00 AM: sleep

9:00 AM-10:00 AM: chase each other around the cage

10:00 AM-1:00 PM: eat

1:00 PM-2:00 PM: hide in the pile of hay for no reason

2:00 PM-4:00 PM: eat (again)

4:00 PM- 5:00 PM: afternoon nap

5:00 PM- 7:00 PM: eat (yet again)

7:00 PM-6:00 AM: sleep

 

Paddy:

11:00 AM-11:20 AM: eat

11:20 AM- 11:50 AM: go for a walk

11:50 AM- 5:00 PM: sleep

5:00 PM-5:20 PM: eat

5:20 PM- 5:30 PM: watch the guinea pigs

5:30 PM-11:00 AM: sleep