Raspberry Tart Recipe 😋

Recipe by:

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/raspberry-tart-5201627

Welcome back! This raspberry tart recipe is personally my favorite, so I thought I would share it with you: Enjoy!

(also, look at the very bottom for a cookbook recommendation)

Ingredients

Tart Shell:

pinch of salt

Filling:

1 cup raspberry preserves

Directions

Special equipment:

a 10-inch-round or 9-inch-square false-bottom tart pan

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar together until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Press the dough into a 10-inch-round or 9-inch-square false-bottom tart pan, making sure that the finished edge is flat. Chill until firm.
  3. Butter one side of a square of aluminum foil to fit inside the tart and place it, buttered side down, on the pastry. Fill with beans or rice. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and beans, prick the tart all over with the tines of a fork, and bake again for 20 to 25 minutes more, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. Spread the tart with raspberry preserves and place the raspberries, stem end down, in concentric circles. If you are making a square tart, place the raspberries in rows. Serve immediately.

 

If you are a friends TV show fan, and like to cook, here is a cookbook I would recommend:

Window or Mirror: A Tale of Magic ⭐️

Earlier in the year, I read A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer. A Tale of Magic is about a girl who works to change the unfair world she lives in. And yes, it includes magic. The introduction (as told from the actual book) is down below if you’re interested in reading it. Also, fans of The Land of Stories will love this book. In fact, it is written by the same author!

A mirror book is a book that reflects some aspect of your life. That similarity can range from something small to something big. A window book is a book that doesn’t reflect your own life, but instead shows you a different perspective. A Tale of Magic is a window book for me. I feel like I am looking through a window at the many different perspectives throughout the book.

Introduction ( 🚨 Warning: may contain some spoilers 🚨 ):

Fourteen-year-old Brystal Evergreen has always known she was destined for great things–that is, if she can survive the oppressive Southern Kingdom. Her only escape are books, but since it’s illegal for women to read in her country, she has to find creative ways of acquiring them. Working as a maid at her local library gives her the perfect excuse to be near them and allows her to sneak a few titles home when no one is looking. But one day Brystal uncovers a secret section of the library and finds a book about magic that changes her life forever.

Magic is despised and outlawed throughout the world–Brystal is well aware of the severe consequences the book may bring—but her curiosity gets the best of her. By reading some of the text aloud, strange phenomena begin to occur and Brystal discovers she is capable of magic! And the more she practices it, the harder it becomes to hide.

After being caught and convicted, Brystal is saved by a mysterious woman named Madame Weatherberry. The woman takes Brystal to her Academy of Magic and teaches her to become a fairy. While Brystal studies magic and befriends the other students, Madame Weatherberry is suddenly called away on suspicious matters. When she doesn’t return, Brystal and her friends work together to find and save their instructor. Along the way, the students discover Madame Weatherberry’s true intentions for the academy are not what they seem, and they come face to face with a sinister plot that puts the fate of the world, and the fate of magic itself, in grave danger…

https://thelandofstories.com/ataleofmagic

 

January Habit: Stretching

My daily habit for the month of January was stretching. I created a routine of different stretches and each week I would add a few more to it. I chose this daily habit because it was always something I wanted to accomplish and the monthly goal created an opportunity for me to pursue that goal. 🏆

At first, a goal of stretching might sound weird. Trust me, it did for me. However, there are tons of benefits that I was totally unaware of. Stretching is really important for preventing injury, getting stronger, and flexibility. 🧘‍♀️

One of the hardest challenges about a daily habit is keeping a routine. However, I learned that creating and improving a routine (for anything, not just stretching) is actually easier than it seems. You can compare it to something like homework, for example. The hardest thing about doing homework is simply just starting it. Well, that’s the same for a routine. I noticed that once I got into the habit of stretching, it became easier to maintain it. 🗓 

I felt incredibly proud of myself at the end of January. Maintaining a routine and taking a specific time out of the day to stretch was a challenge, but I continued to improve my routine and stay on track. I realized that throughout the month I got increasingly more flexible and my muscles hurt less after doing some type of exercise. One of the most good-feeling related things one can do is accomplish a goal, especially if it is one that takes a while to accomplish and requires determination. 🎉

What Punctuation Am I?

I feel like I am a comma because even when bad things happen to me, I am able to move on from them and continue looking on the bright side, just like a comma moves on to another part of the sentence. The comma also is able to see both sides of the story and never leaves out any part of it. For example, “I like dogs, but I also like cats”. If the comma was never a part of that sentence, the sentence wouldn’t have included the other side of the story, which in this case is liking cats as well as dogs. The comma is calm, unlike exclamation marks who are excited, question marks who are always asking questions, and parentheses who are always whispering. Man those parentheses get on my nerves. Anyway, those are the reasons why I am a comma.

Habits

From November to December the LA class started with a 30 second plank and gradually added on 10 seconds every two days or so. I thought this was a fun experience and it challenged me to have the determination to be able to stick to a daily habit. Having this daily habit got increasingly harder as we increased the time, but I am proud that I never gave up on it. At the beginning, I had no idea how I was ever going to do a plank longer than 2 minutes. Even so, I managed to overcome that and plank for 5 minutes at the end. 

 

My daily habit that I am working on currently is stretching. It might sound weird at first, but stretching every day has a ton of benefits including injury prevention, increased flexibility, and more. Especially for an athlete like me, it’s important to stretch. So, I created a daily habit of stretching. This particular daily habit isn’t as hard as the planking, but I challenge myself to add a stretch about every 3 days.

Wisdom Tale Comic: Antlers

I chose to make a comic for the wisdom tale Antlers. Antlers sends a message to say that everything serves a purpose. I chose Antlers because I like how the story interprets the moral and puts it into the eyes of a deer and a hunter. Even though the tale is very short, it goes through the same process of having a character with a series of events that changes their perspective, which is how the moral came to be. I also just like the fact that it has animals instead of humans as the main character. I guess it is just more interesting that way to me 🦌 🌲.

I made it by (1) using Comic Life to make the layout and (2) using Sketchbook to make the illustrations. Here are the steps of how I made the comic:

  1. download Comic Life
  2. make a new comic design
  3. choose your layout for your comic
  4. add text to it (speech bubbles, thought bubbles, etc.)
  5. go to Sketchbook and create multiple images depicting the events in your story. I drew with a black marker to make the outline of what I wanted to draw and then filled it in with color.
  6. take screenshots of those pictures for your story
  7. add the screenshots to Comic Life in the image bubbles with each blank space.
  8. That’s it 💭 📖

 

Art!

I have recently started Art as a new fine art. I am enjoying all the fun activities we have done so far, so I thought I might share some of the things with you 🎨:

 

The first activity we did was making a picture of a face. Just a typical face, with a nose, mouth, eyes, you get it. This sounds pretty simple, right? Well, there was a twist. We could not use markers or any other drawing supplies, and only make the picture with things out of our backpack. I used paper to create my face 🗒 🙂.

 

The second activity we did was take pictures of all the art supplies we have at home and then draw that picture. I used a plain piece of paper and a pencil to recreate the image on a drawing  ✂️ ✍️.

 

That’s all we have done so far! I am really excited to do more fun activities 🖼

 

Accomplishments for the Remote Week

During the remote week, I felt the workload was more balanced than with hybrid learning. I approached my learning in a manner to make it simply just easier for me. Here are the things I did / tips to help you make learning remotely/ hybrid easier:

1. Organize 👍: Write down your assignments and plan out your day. Trust me, it makes it a lot easier.

2. Spread out the workload 📚📝:Don’t complete every assignment you have for the week in one day. If you spread it out, you’ll have more of a balanced schedule every day

3. Take your time ⏰: Take your time completing assignments and be flexible with the time you finish them at. It is better to finish at 4:00 with your best work done than at 12:00 when you’ve rushed through it.

When your at home, there are no specific time slots for classes, so it is really up to you to make the schedule balanced and efficient as it can be. 🗓

Some of my favorite activities in the classes were completing projects. I had projects in Science, Spanish, Math, and PE. Having projects (especially when they have flexible timing) was fun to do over the remote week because I got to choose even more of my work load. I also just like doing projects more than regular assignments, but maybe that’s just me 😊. Another activity that was fun to do was the meeting with my Art class. We had a Teams call where we talked about our favorite types of art and played games 🖼.

I am currently reading The Tale of Witchcraft. It is the sequel to The Tale of Magic (read about it in one of my posts below 📖).

One of the many outside activities I did during the remote week was bake. Baking has always been one of my favorite hobbies, and, especially during the pandemic, it has been something calming for me to do. During the pandemic, I have baked 6 birthday cakes (one of which was mine 🎉), 4 pies, 9 batches of cupcakes, and about a dozen batches of cookies! 

Another outside activity I enjoyed was swimming. I competitively swim, so I had many swim practices during the remote week, and even a meet!  🌊 🏊🏻‍♀️

Anyway, those are some of my achievements during the remote week. Thanks! 😊 👍