I do believe I owe all of you an apology. The past two months since I last posted have been nothing short of chaotic, and in the madness, I was too exhausted to post faithfully like I had set out to do. Continue reading “An (Extended) Writing Break”
Let’s rewind 228 years. It’s 1789 and you and I are looking at the founders of America. The leaders of this brand-new country decide they need to make changes- amendments, if you will- to their precious Constitution. These amendments will be ratified two years later in 1791 and will forever be known as the Bill of Rights. Continue reading “On Censorship”
Upon getting the news that the march was taking place in Cleveland, I dropped everything and raced north as fast as I (safely) could. I was disappointed to have arrived shortly after the primary event ended, but I was fortunate to get to meet and talk with dozens of the 15,000 men and women who had marched in sister marches (current estimates are at two million protestors who marched today in all the sister marches!). Continue reading “The Women’s March: Perspectives”
To aid with my brainstorming, I recently purchased a tablet so I could store my notes digitally. I always brainstorm better when I’m writing instead of typing, so naturally, a stylus was a necessity. Over the holiday, my dad made a (brilliant) passing comment about how I need a quill stylus to really delve into my work. Continue reading “How to Make a Stylus Quill”
A few words of advice- This recipe is a tad touchy; it is NOT a quick and easy one. It is a very light pastry; lighter than any of the kolaczki I’ve found at grocery stores and bakeries. As a result, the dough can be temperamental (but 100% totally worth it once you get the hang of it). If you work with pie dough, you’ll have a better time working with this dough than most.
For best results, this cookie is a two-day process. It also goes best if your work area is relatively cool. Mom always turned the heat off. I just bought a marble slab to refrigerate- it should work how I want it to, though I haven’t tried it yet. Warm dough is sticky dough. Sticky dough leads to sad times baking. Work fast.
What you need:
1 lb butter, softened
4 C flour
4 egg yolks, beaten
½ pt (1 cup, or 8 oz) sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
powdered sugar (for tossing the cookies with and for dusting your rolling area)
- Blend butter and flour, then add egg yolks, sour cream, and vanilla.
- Knead until hands come clean.
- Separate into 8 balls and refrigerate at least two hours. It’s best if they refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- One ball at a time, roll very thin. Use the powdered sugar to keep dough from sticking. The dough should be fairly translucent when it’s thin enough. If you have patterning on your work area, you’ll be able to make out the dark patches.
- Cut into squares- we make the rows and columns the width of our hands. Dot each square with preserves. Do NOT over fill- these kolaczki are not open faced. Overfilling them will cause the jam to leak, resulting in burned jam and a sad baker.
- Wrap them by pulling opposing corners over the jam. Then, roll the cookie starting at an alternate corner.
- Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until light brown.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
Break time from my novel writing! Nothing beats my frustration with writer’s block better than a plate full of still-warm cookies and a tall glass of ice cold milk. Continue reading “Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies”
Stressed out? Me too. This time of year becomes a whirlwind of caffeine intake, rushing from location to location, and an endless stream of tasks to complete before the end of the year. Continue reading “Overwhelmed? Quick and Easy Stress Relief”
Providing ourselves with regular doses of the magical world is a must for us Potterheads. If you are looking for the perfect gift for a Wizarding World fanatic (which may or may not be someone other than yourself), investigate the possibilities below. The list is broken down into 15 types, but there are multiple gift possibilities per type; that means you actually are getting 29 gifts ideas! Score! Continue reading “15 Gift Ideas for the Harry Potter-Obsessed”
The spooky and macabre entertain me so much that limiting myself to just October to play with such crafts and creations is hardly possible.
Yes, I still have Lovecraftian Halloween decorations up. Yes, it is December 6th. Bite me (if you ransack my Halloween storage, you could use one of my 144 pairs of Dracula fangs to do so).
No, I wasn’t kidding: Continue reading “How to Make a Krampus Stocking”
My experiences the past eight years in teaching have demonstrated to me just how entertaining kids can be. But it also taught me just how dang CREEPY they are, too. Like the semester I had a student who legitimately argued for cannibalism as a viable solution to nearly every problem-solving essay prompt I offered. I definitely kept both eyes on that kid at all times. Continue reading “Calling All Creepy Children”