Blue Exorcist: Nature or Nurture?

It is a question of humanity if we are determined by our nature or by those who nurture us. If you ask a room full of people this question, you will get a variety of different answers. So how are we suppose to know? An anime series (that was originally a manga) called Blue Exorcist brings this question into focus as the lead, Rin, and his brother discover that they are the sons of Satan.

Nail Polish Investment: O.P.I

I hate nail polish that is so weak that it chips in a day and doesn’t look good once dried. I would rather spend my money on another book than crappy nail polish. So with little patience, there is only one or two brands of polish that I will invest in. One of those brands is O.P.I. Nail Polishes. It is a well known brand that comes in a variety of formulas and colors. I personally love the regular polish formula and the clarity of colors that it comes in. It takes some prep and time to get the desired shiny coat, but it is well worth it. This is my process for the best results with their colored polish.

Raisin-Pecan Rye Bread: Nutty Sweet Slice

I love my bagel in the morning with cream cheese, but even I need to change up my morning routine sometimes. I did this by trying a new bread recipe for my morning treat that I discovered while flipping through old magazines that I had saved. The photos looked scrumptious and made me hungry for a slice. With my stomach’s agreement, I picked up the Raisin-Pecan Rye Bread recipe (which you can find here) and gave it a try. Just look at the photo on the left to see how my attempt went!

Purin: Carmel Japanese Pudding

I was recently looking for a sweet treat that was familiar yet unusual enough to impress family and friends. I also wanted to do something a little unusual than the standard American dessert. I was flipping through all of my saved recipes to come across a little gem called Purin. Purin is a Japanese custard pudding with caramel. It is not dissimilar from Japanese Milk Pudding, but slightly different. So with a plan in place, I used the Purin Recipe from Contemplating Sweets. Want to know how it went?

Langues de Chat: French Biscuits From British TV

If you are a fan of the Great British Baking Show like I am, then you have you and awed at all the technical recipes that are dropped onto the bakers. Recipes that you may have never seen or tried. One of these recipes, I decided to recreate as I wait for the latest release date from the newest season of Great British Baking Show. I decided to make Langues de Chat or Cat’s Tongues using the recipe from BBC that was on the show!

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: Undiscovered Cuisine Discovered

So in theme with the heat wave that has recently hit, I decided to check out The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen in order to learn about the vibrant food that matched the summer sun. I personally picked this book as my first step toward learning about Mediterranean cuisine, because America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks provide vibrant photos of the food along with detailed instructions even a novice cook could follow. I also love the variety of recipes included within pages for it truly teaches you about the cuisine from A to Z without leaving anything out. With that, I was able to start my journey with Mediterranean cuisine. My next step after selecting The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen was to select my recipes I was going to test.

Poetry 101: History of the Written Art

I will readily admit that it took me a long time to fall in love with the written art. By written arts, I mean the literary masterpieces that my English Professors raved about. It wasn’t until I became invested in poetry that my love affair with writing began. Though, I will admit to my lack of knowledge on the finer points of poetry. So in a mission to improve my writing, I decided to invest in my education on the subject of poetry.

Complete Guide to Being a Writer: Guide to the Writing Profession

What does it take to write? That is question that many prospective writers think about before diving into writing as a career. The many questions for those looking into the career of a writer can be overwhelming. So how are they suppose to answer these questions? I have the answer in a book I recently discovered.

Writing Down the Bones: Starting Your Creative Journey

Sometimes all we need is a bit of encouragement to pick up the pen and write our tales. I recently joined a local writing group to get support and discover new resources to help with my writing. The group introduce me to Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. They were in love with it. We did several writing prompts out of it, and it really got the creative juices going. I was encouraged by our sessions with this book to check out the book on my own time and read it from front to back.