My First Week Blogging

Hello Stars!
This concludes my First week of blogging! How did you like my week of Cinderella? Clothes play such a huge role in Cinderella; what better way to look at it then through clothes? In an older version of Cinderella the stepsisters are described as beautiful but vain and cruel, and the famous shoe might have been made of fur. This is because fur and glass are very similar in French. The oldest recorded version (arguably) of Cinderella is actually an Egyptian story from the first century, and it’s centered on a slave girl, Rhodopis, a Greek girl that wins the Pharaoh’s hand in marriage with her tiny feet. The oldest European version is Italian by Basile in 1635; this is the version that inspired Grimm’s and Perrault’s versions we know today. My current interest in Cinderella was inspired by the fantastic book I’m reading (it’s a version of Cinderella), but this one has a bit of a twist to it. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire and I will be sure to share my thoughts on it when I finish it. If you’re not a big reader then just look at all the movie versions. My favorite is Ever After: A Cinderella Story, starring Drew Barrymore as Danielle. Danielle is just such a phenomenal character; she quotes Sir Thomas More’s Utopia and can fence! But tell me what your favorite version of Cinderella is. I would love to check it out!
Unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of time for reading. My weeks schedule proceeded to be full of paperwork and appointments during the day and limited me time in the evening. During this me-time I learned to make origami paper stars in the hopes of filling a jar. Every star will eventually have a message on it, so on a bad day I can have a kind star to look forward to. Origami is a lot harder than I thought it would be! So far I have made 30 decent ones and a lot of failures, but I’m not willing to give up quite yet. The other craft I worked on is a game of sorts. I am going to fill a container with Disney quotes and then it is a guessing game on who can identify the most quotes. I haven’t completed either, yet, but once I do I will be sure to post pictures!

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Cupcakes With Jess

Hello Stars!
So this week was fun, but low-key. It began on Sunday when my friend, Jess, came over to bake cupcakes. Jess has a dessert of the week on Instagram, under #jessinthekitchen. Definitely follow her for more details on the cupcakes. She started baking as a way to de-stress and have some fun during her hectic summer. Right now she has 11 desserts up, and more are sure to be on the way! For the record, I am a terrible in the kitchen, so homemade chocolate frosting is a stretch for me, but to Jess it was a breeze. She used boxed cupcake mix (any yellow cupcake mix will do). A good tip if you use a heavy bowl to mix ingredients is when it came time to pour it use a measuring cup or small bowl so that you have more control. The focus was on the homemade frosting, a chocolate butterscotch frosting, her favorite. The key to good frosting is making sure that the butter is thawed and slowly (we’re talking iceberg slow) adding the powder ingredients to it.
The fun part came when we started decorating the cupcakes; we used frosting tips for the first time! The star frosting tip was the easiest to use, which is what the majority of the cupcakes were decorated with. We also tried to use the petal tip, it is a hard tip to use. Those did not turn out as pretty, but were delicious to eat. We need a bit more practice with tips. We also wanted to use decorative chocolate words, but we hit a snag when the chocolate refused to harden! I even left the chocolate in the fridge overnight to try to get it to harden, and the chocolate refused to cooperate. Even with the mixed results of our baking, it was the perfect way to start my week. What is better than hanging out with a good friend?