A Time to Celebrate

 

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It’s been a very good week for me. One of the main reasons is the fact that I finally have my very own Summer House. It’s like a teal colour with a veranda at the front. I’m really happy with it, so happy that I decided to have a celebratory gathering with my family.

 

I always wanted to have a nice little cabin or summer house to write in and to draw in. If Roald Dahl can have a cabin, then surely I could, and that’s why I got one. It took quite a bit of time but it was worth the wait.

 

I also spent some time baking brownies for my sister as it was her birthday recently. I intended to make it like a cake and spell out her name in the form of smarties. However, it didn’t come out as I had planned. The tray was too big so I think it ended up too thin. I couldn’t really spell out her name in smarties as well as they were breaking up the brownies. Whoops! Still, she thought it tasted good and she appreciated it and that was the main thing.

 

I completed the second run through of the Atelier Shallie game. All I need now is to earn 6 trophies overall and when I do it will be the first ever time that I earn a platinum trophy on the PlayStation. =D

 

The Mario Maker game came today and the whole family had a go at playing some of the custom made levels online. We are all very impressed with the system and I think it’s really brilliant of Nintendo to allow fans to create their own Mario-esque levels. I’m going to really enjoy creating plenty of levels.

 

To top it all off I had a humongous epiphany for my main fantasy story. I figured out its setting for the overall story as well as the settings for the first book. I’ve been spending literally day after day brainstorming all ideas big and small.

 

This week has been a very good week and I intend to keep up this trend. =)

 

Ryan.^^/

 

Ps, the brownies picture is the same brownies that I baked and prepared for my sister’s birthday.

Happy Mother’s Day

Victoria Sponge Cake

Today has been a good day. I bought Mum the cutting mat that you use for sewing. Just like the thing they use for Great British Sewing Bee. I also moon-pigged her a card and drew Renge from Non Non Biyori as she finds her really cute.

On the spur of the moment I decided to bake a Victoria Sponge Cake for Mum since it’s her favourite kind of cake, with reliable help from my Brother.

We had no margarine so me and my brother went to Tescos to pick up the rest of the ingredients that we didn’t already have. I also bought the blue food colouring. Why did I do that? I’ll tell you in a second. 😉

I wanted to do a Victoria sponge cake but I was wondering if I could spice things up a little bit and make it a bit different. I had an epiphany. What if, I coloured the sponge cake blue? Blue is Mum’s favourite colour so perhaps she would appreciate it more if it was coloured blue. So, through sensible discussion with my brother we deduced together that this would be a good idea. =D

We filmed three parts of it. We called it ‘Baking with Ryan.’ During the second clip I added the blue food colouring whilst whisking. We discovered that we didn’t really know what we were doing so we looked at the label. We found out that you should only use one tea spoon, you should shake it well and, most importantly, it doesn’t mix well with baking… You can probably guess by now that we didn’t bear any of this in mind! Haha!

It proved to be a potential problem when we put it in the oven. Usually, you can tell when a Victoria sponge cake is done when it turns a healthy brown. But, because we added a lot of blue to the flavour it was difficult to gauge. So, we had to use our nose to know when the cake was ready… before it got burned! Haha.

Right at the end it turned out to be pretty good! I was very proud of it. I think we both did a really good job with the experiment baking. It tasted really nice, and my Mum approved, which was the most important thing. The picture you see right at the top is the cake that we baked together. I’m not going to lie though… I wish it was more blue! Haha!

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone.^^/

Ryan