Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Holiday Season

December is one of my favorite months in the year. It has everything, good food, beautiful snow, decorations, and songs. My birthday is also in  December. December is usually the first month to have snow. Snow is marvelous. It glides down to the ground and if there is enough, eventually a layer of snow collects, just big enough to make snowballs.  This delicate snow also can form on trees. Trees were dreary because they had lost all of their leaves,but when the soft white blanket of snow covers all the plants, it is transformed into a wonderland. December is the holiday season. It has Hanukkah and Christmas. In my neighborhood, there are extravagant lights on most of the houses. I find these lights entertaining and awesome. December is the most wonderful time of the year


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I never understood why some people couldn't bake anything even with  a recipe until the day I tried making cinnamon muffins. A friend and I decided to bake and I really wanted cinnamon muffins so we took a recipe from online and started to cut the apples. I should have known that this wasn't going to work from the very start. We didn't have all the ingredients for the recipe so we had to call her house and we didn't have all the utensils needed to prepare those items. it wasn't working for us from the beginning. On the website it said that these were the amounts for a dozen muffins so we doubled everything. We put the chopped up apples into the mixer and realized that there was more apple than batter. Besides all of these hurdles we still tried to put the batter in the muffin cups, but there was too much so we filled it to the top. This was an AWFUL idea. We left the kitchen for a little bit to listen to some music, but when we came back, the oven was smoking and it smelled awful. We quickly took the muffins out and discovered what was burning. Some of the batter had overflowed and started to burn on the bottom and there was a layer of burnt muffin on the pan. Fortunately, the muffins still tasted pretty good. Unfortunately, the oven was ruined.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Bumpy Ride

This Thanksgiving my family and I went to sunny California to spend time with our cousins and uncles and aunts. This is amazing because I live in the Midwest which is cold and rainy this time of the year. We left for the airport in our car and realized too late that  that was not a good idea. Traffic was horrible. It was bumper to bumper traffic as far as the eye could see. It was taking us 15 minutes to get onto the freeway itself so my sister decided she wanted to cut across the no-man's land between the entrance ramp and the freeway. we assimilated into the stationary traffic and prayed that we could get to the airport on time. The car started to bump around as we slowly made our way to our destination. A woman in the car next to us tried to get our attention and point at our wheel. My dad opened the door to find that there was a flat tire. We had to pull over and change the tire in the freezing cold. The only solace I found was that we still made our flight.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Books You Can Remember

Writing is one of the most diverse things in the world. Not only are there different alphabets for different cultures, but there are also different sentence structures, words and punctuation that can fit together or collapse under its own weight. People can write because they love it or because it is mandatory, but the rules are never the same. Breaking the rules is either revolutionary or taboo, but once in a while there comes a quote that doesn't need rules. These quotes build people up from dark places and can beautifully connect to anybody in any situation. Books strive to entice readers with fancy covers and ridiculous plot lines, but the most meaningful quotes and style can come from simple books about loss, happiness or a little fish that swam too far from home and who's father chases him around the world. These are the quotes that should always be kept close, whether they be depressingly deep or simply funny. Quotes connect worlds, time and, most importantly, people. All you need to do is start noticing them.