Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Author: Andrew

As you may know, a while back I reviewed all of the Star Wars movies as one of my articles.  If you were able to read that article, you may know that Return of the Jedi is one of my favorite movies of all time.  However, The Force Awakens has officially replaced it as my favorite movie.  It was truly amazing.  All of the old characters from the 70s and 80s are back, along with some new characters.  These new characters include Rey, FN2187 (Finn), BB-8, and Poe Damarin.  One of my only critiques was that I felt the villain, Kylo Ren, was a bit underrated.  Next to Darth Vadar, he was my favorite villain of all time.  This is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I give it 10/10!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Delicious Recipe - Author: Brandi


For the holidays I will be bring dessert to my Grandma’s house on Christmas and to my Aunt’s house on Christmas Eve. As I was scouting the internet for recipes I stumbled upon a rather delicious one: Ravishing Red Velvet Cake. The cake tasted great when I made a trial one. Therefore, I will be preparing two for the holidays. This cake has a red inside and a perfect recipe for white icing. I’ll topped mine off with a few cute store bought plastic reindeer and tada! Here is the recipe:
Ingredients
  • Cake:
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavored extract
  • 4 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans.
  2. Beat shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Stir in butter flavoring. Make a paste with food coloring and cocoa and add to the shortening mixture.
  3. Mix buttermilk, salt, baking soda and vinegar; add to batter alternating with the flour mixture.
  4. Divide batter into prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven until cake springs back when touched lightly with a finger or tester comes out clean, 20 to 30 minutes. Cook completely on wire rack.
  5. To Make Cream Cheese Frosting: beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until well blended.



Christmas Red Velvet Cake


For the holidays I will be bring dessert to my Grandma’s house on Christmas and to my Aunt’s house on Christmas Eve. As I was scouting the internet for recipes I stumbled upon a rather delicious one: Ravishing Red Velvet Cake. The cake tasted great when I made a trial one. Therefore, I will be preparing two for the holidays. This cake has a red inside and a perfect recipe for white icing. I’ll topped mine off with a few cute store bought plastic reindeer and tada! Here is the recipe:
Ingredients
  • Cake:
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavored extract
  • 4 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans.
  2. Beat shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Stir in butter flavoring. Make a paste with food coloring and cocoa and add to the shortening mixture.
  3. Mix buttermilk, salt, baking soda and vinegar; add to batter alternating with the flour mixture.
  4. Divide batter into prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven until cake springs back when touched lightly with a finger or tester comes out clean, 20 to 30 minutes. Cook completely on wire rack.
  5. To Make Cream Cheese Frosting: beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until well blended.



Adventure Time - Author: Brad

Adventure Time is back, and you should tell your friends. Finally, Adventure time is back after months of anticipation from the fans. The last episode, "The Comet," came out on June 5th, and the newest episode, "Stakes Part 2," came out on November 17. That is such a long time to wait! The creator, Pendleton Ward, did at least have a good reason for the break. He said the the show was getting boring and frustrating to work on, so he stopped finding enjoyment in the episodes. Therefore, he decided to take a break. Now that he is rested up, he is now releasing episodes every night at eight pm until November 20. So here's to the new season of Adventure Time and hopefully many more!


Amiibo - Author: Andrew


Amiibo is a product that was produced by Nintendo, originally just for Super Smash Bros for Wii U in 2014.  However, later in 2015, they became so popular that they released them to so many other Nintendo games like Super Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Wooly World, Mario Kart 8, and more.  Also another reason why they’re so popular is because they can be rare.  Some of the rare ones include Gold Mario, Shulk, Wii Fit Trainer, Ness and more.  Finally, they are kind of similar to Disney Infinity, but you can scan them directly on the game pad.  I love Amiibos and I can’t wait to find them all.

Walt Disney World - Author: Andrew


If you can think of a paradise vacation, what do you think of? I think of Walt Disney World. It's not just a theme park; its much more than that! You get a very special attachment to the place after you leave, almost like it's your second home. Walt Disney World has the best theme park rides of all time and my favorite is Splash Mountain. This is a ride where you get to experience the big drop, and it's the most fun you will ever have on a thrill park ride. My stay at Wilderness Lodge Resort hotel was amazing. The restaurants there were great. Inn addition, my room had the most comfortable bed, next to my own. Some of the delicious food I experienced at Disney was the Chef Mickey Breakfast Buffet, Artist Point, and California Grill (which actually had buffalo steak, which was really good.) My favorite of the four theme parks from best to worst is Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney, Hollywood Studios. My first visit was just over this summer and I say Disney is the best place in the world.

Wood the Novel - Author: Gwen


I’ve recently decided to try my hand at writing part time. Now I’m writing my first official book, Wood. It is about a 15 year old girl living in Michigan next to Lake Erie in a town called Wilson. Wilson is fictional, and a blooming suburban town. The girl is named Cheryl and she lives in a lakeside home. When her rich father teaches her about 17th and 18th century sailing ships, she develops a fondness for them. Her father tells her that people make replicas of wonderful ships; galleons, frigates, sloops, etc. Cheryl, having a special love for sloops, wants to make a replica, the Odyssey. And that’s where it begins.