Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes

Thoughts Before Cooking:

This recipe comes from my sister blog, MysteriousEats.wordpress.com. I like to include ay recipes that go well with tea and books.

Even though Christmas is eight months away, I don’t care. I’m making them anyway.

Truth be told I don’t

Background on the Cookie:

“These delicious tea cakes were made by an Aunt Cornelia (“Neal) on special occasions and holidays, using hand-churned butter and eggs she gathered from the hen-house. This southern Georgia version dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. “

**Dough has to be chilled**

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup of Granulated (White) Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg, Lightly Beaten
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • White Sparkling Sugar

Directions:

  1. Beat the butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  2. Add one cup of sugar, beating well.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla; beat well.
  4. In a separate bowl: combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add the flour mixture and the milk to butter mixture, alternating between the two. Begin with adding half the flour mixture, then add the milk, and finish with adding the flour mixture.
  6. Mix at a low speed after each addition, until just blended.
  7. Shape dough into two discs.
  8. Wrap the discs in wax paper and chill for at least one hour.
  9. After having chilled, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  10. Roll each disc to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface.
  11. Cut with a 3.5 inch round cookie cutter; and place one inch apart on lightly greased baking sheets.
  12. Sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
  13. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned.
  14. Cool for one minute and then remove to wore racks to cool.
  15. Makes about two dozen.

Thoughts After Baking:

When I took it out of the fridge it was super hard and I was unsure if it would come out okay.

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But after being in my hands it quickly became super sticky, so make sure you flour the rolling pin and the cutting board.

But after all that this cookies were super good. Not too sweet and perfect for tea time.

For more recipes, go to Cherry-Pistachio Tea Cakes

For more on cookies, go to A Baker’s Four Dozen

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Somebody Help Me Please

It’s that time of the year again. You know what I’m talking about, the time of the year when all willpower goes out the window. The time of the year when it is impossible to stop, the addicting qualities are just too high. You know what I’m talking about…

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Yep. Usually it can be bit of a trouble, trying to trek down a girl scout to purchase my faves from.

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This year one of the kids that comes to my work was selling them. When I saw the list I wanted to buy like every one of them.

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I could only buy two as they are exorbitantly expensive. $5 a box?

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But of course that’s not the real issue, now is it? Nope the real problem is not completely devouring every single cookies after you open the box.

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I tell myself not to, that I should resist; but I just can’t seem to stop.

No, stop! Alright.

No, stop! Alright.

Cookie after cookie just seem to be ending up in my mouth.

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If only there was an easier way to work off fat. Then I could eat whatever I want.

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But that’s not going to happen. As all my willpower goes out the window I am in desperate need of someone keeping me on track, of stopping me from constantly eating.

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But then I think of their deliciousness and I realize something:

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So you know what, forget serving sizes! I’m going to eat what I want!

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 I eat what I want!

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I think I’m going to eat one right now in fact!

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For more on Girl Scout Cookies, go to It’s That Time of the Year Again

For more on eating, go to Always There for You

A Baker’s Four Dozen

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So today I spent the day baking, baking Christmas Cookies!

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The first were called Sand Tarts, which I got from my sister blog Mysterious Eats. They’re posting the recipe next Friday, but gave me a sneak peak. They look good, and seem tasty. You see I could only eat a little bit of each cookie as I’m still recovering from having my wisdom teeth extracted.

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I was making a dozen for one of my jobs, as this Sunday is their annual Christmas Children’s Program.

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After I made those I moved on to bake the Regency Ginger Cookies, also from mysteriouseats.wordpress.comfor a Christmas Cookie Party that I am planning on going to. Not only did I want to do them because I’m all about Jane Austen, but figured no one else will do that type of cookie.

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So this morning as I prepared to make four dozen cookies (one for the kids and three for the Christmas Cookie party) I decided, hey I should bake in my pajamas, so I can be comfy.

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And then I thought I shouldn’t put on any makeup or do my hair either.

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I mean after all I was going to get ingredients all over me, was probably going to make a huge mess I’d have to clean up anyway, etc. I mean why bother?

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But it seems like no one else got the memo. I had people stopping by all day.

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No one ever visits me without calling first, except on the day that I am a super mess.

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It was kind of funny as they looked at me with surprise and shock and how messy and grossly I was dressed.

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But that’s how it goes. And now that I am done cooking, all I want to do is lay down.

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I also sampled way too many cookies.

No, stop! Alright.

But hey, Christmas comes but once a year, so live it up!

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For more Christmas traditions, go to O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

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So I never believed in Santa Claus when I was a kid.

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It’s not like I hate him or anything or want him gone forever. My parents told me that he lived years ago and died, so the Santa that exists today is more of a feeling than an actual person. But even though I wasn’t a Santa person, I still like a few Christmas Carols that involve him.

One of my favorites is Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane). I first sang it back when I was in Girl Scouts and we went into the nursing homes to carol.

It was written in the 1940s by Gene Autry, who got the idea after he was Santa Claus in a parade. Since then it has been covered by numerous artists; like Elvis Presley, Doris Day, and Bing Crosby to name a few.

My favorite version? The one from The Year Without a Santa Claus

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For more Christmas Carols, go to Hark the Herald Angels Sing

For more on The Year Without a Santa Claus, go to 25 More Films of Christmas

A Real Life Saver

So if you have been reading my blog, you know I know a little about fashion:

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But I’m not perfect.

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Yep, I don’t always follow what is in or what I should wear, because I like doing my own thing. For instance, my most important accessory is a book.

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And I don’t always follow the rules. For example, one of the first rules of fashion, “always wear something that fits you”. Well I like wearing oversize clothing every now and then.

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Comfy and slim feeling. But you know what? Oversize clothing once saved my life!

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For Reals!

So one of my good friends is a Supernatural fan like me.

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And of course like any fan, we began to do marathons together.

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Now while this was all fine and good, there is just one problem. Her dog hates me. And I mean really hates me. Every time I come he barks at me or advances at me. And I don’t know why, animals (except guinea pigs and birds) love me.

Why is this happening?!!

Why is this happening?!!

And this isn’t any ordinary dog. This is a giant great dane who is bigger than me.

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AAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, Taurean (the dog) is one scary creature.

So far we had had three very successful marathons, and we had some great treats. Popcorn of course

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Cupcakes, brownies, and then one time my friend Michelle made these really amazing cookies, mamafuku or something like that.

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I’m going to have to get my sister blog, MysteriousEats.wordpress.com to make me some. Anyways as you might have noticed everything was on the snacky side, nothing quite a full meal. So this latest time I thought I would take a pizza.

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When I got to her house and rang the doorbell, the dogs barked at me as usual. However, this time Taurean pushed past Michelle and came running toward me.

AAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I tried to back away, but he was too fast and bit my side.

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Yep, I would have been seriously injured if it wasn’t for the fact I had an oversized sweater on. Taurean grabbed that instead of my body, and Michelle was able to grab him and wrestle him to the backyard.

I’m lucky that I choose comfort that day, and am making that a life long choice if I’m to be around any more dangerous company.

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For today’s Christmas Carol, I choose the song The First Noel. The song is about the anunciation to the shepherds and the announcement of Jesus’ birth (Luke chapter 2). Noel is an Early Modern Europe term equivalent to Christmas.

No one knows when the poem was first written, but the version we sing today was published in 1823.

It’s short and sweet, and I absolutely love it. Take it away Bing!

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For more Bing Crosby, go to Inner Beauty

For more Christmas carols, go to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

 

It’s a Jolly Holiday

14) Your Favorite Holiday

Your favorite holiday? Oooh that is a hard one to answer. Choose one?

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In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a big holiday person. I love all holidays, even those that aren’t “real” (November 5th or May 4th?). What can I say?

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So if I had to pick my three favorite holidays? Here we go!

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3) Thanksgiving

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I love Thanksgiving as I love everything it stands for. I know a lot of people want to say how “the first Thanksgiving shouldn’t count” as “it opened a door to genocide” or whatever, but that’s not true. Not all relationships between the Native Americans and pilgrims (pilgrims not Puritans. Huge difference) was bad. In this case, the Native Americans helped those early settlers. If it weren’t for that goodwill, I wouldn’t be born as my family most likely never would have immigrated and met.

I also love how Abraham Lincoln recognized that in all the stress, bumble, and grind of everyday life; time should be given so that all can stop and be thankful for all they have.

“I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

I also love gathering with family and enjoying each other’s company. And of course, I love to eat until I explode.

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For more on Thanksgiving, go to I Before E, Especially After P

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2) Halloween

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I know you had to see this coming. What with my Horrorfest I do every year (going on my fourth year and it is going to be good. I promise!), you had to know that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

What can I say about this holiday? I love that it is fall and there are dry leaves and pumpkins everywhere. I love the chill in the air and that it is usually the start of rain. I love the candy. I love dressing up in a costume, I only wish I could do that more. And most of all I love the horror films that are showing everywhere and on sale to buy. I just love Halloween.

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For more on Halloween, go to Beast or Man: The Wolfman (2010)

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1) Christmas

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I LOVE Christmas! Words cannot describe how much I enjoy when it comes around. I love how almost everyone is trying to be nice and kind, goodwill abounding; people actually going out of their way for others.

Plus I love picking out the perfect gift and wrapping it up and placing it under the tree, just waiting to see their face when they open it!

Going to church, cookie baking, carols, Christmas movies! And the tree, we go every year to chop one down and then decorate with the same decorations we’ve had every year. Pulling out our nativity and retelling the Christmas story again!

I love it, and can’t wait for it to come around!

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For more on Christmas, go to 25 More Films of Christmas

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For more holidays, go to Every Heart Beats True for the Red, White, & Blue

Make My Day

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Day 3) Bullet Your Whole Day

So I didn’t do too many interesting things today, but here we go:

  • I woke up at five in the morning and let the cat outside.

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  • After that I went back to sleep as I was tired and it was too early to get up.

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3) I ate Apple Jacks for breakfast.

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  • 4) I finished reading The Disappearance of Edwin Drood, by Peter Rowland, a retelling of Charles Dickens’s novel The Mystery of Edwin DroodThe Mystery of Edwin Drood was Dicken’s last novel and declared unsolvable as it is unfinished. In this version, Sherlock Holmes is on the case in order to find out what happened to Edwin Drood.

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  • 5) I took a shower, did my makeup, and straightened my hair: while watching Bones. 

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  • 6) After I was ready for the day I got a book ready for mailing, And then I wrote a letter to Kirk Douglas. I had previously printed a picture and was going to send it to be autographed. 🙂 Love him!

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  • 7) Afterwards I went to the post office in which I had to wait in a super long line to mail my packages. They had a million people, but only two workers. Horrible!

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  • 8) After the post office I went to Staples to buy school supplies. The supplies aren’t for me, but for a backpack I was donating to children who are in need. Let me tell you, Staples advertises that they have cheap supplies, but they hide them so deeply in the store so that you have to sift through the more expensive things to find them.

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  • 9) From there I went to a thrift store to buy a cheap dress. I am doing a secret project that I cannot talk about as I am on strict orders. Sorry! But I needed something I didn’t care about to mess with.

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  • 10) After the thrift store I went to the Dollar Tree to pick up some more school supplies and some fake flowers.

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  • 11) After that I headed home to have dinner.

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  • 12) After dinner I went to work. We did an art project with the kids today, painting shirts.

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  • 13) After the kids finished that we worked on a mural together all on kindness and happiness.

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  • 14) I returned home in which I spent time on twitter and facebook

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  • 15) After hanging out on the internet I then attempted to make dinosaur marshmallow filled cookies. (Which were AWESOME!)

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  • 16) I watched An Amish Murder, a Lifetime movie, but it wasn’t that good. It didn’t focus on the mystery as much as Neve Campbell’s character having left the faith and her strained relations. It was nice seeing her still as tough as she was in Scream.

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  • 17) After cookies + film, I then moved on to WordPress, in order to finish this post for you all.

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For the previous post, go to Going on a Treasure Hunt

Food, Food, Food!

Let’s talk about food.

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It’s like I’m a hobbit or something

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And of course after I eat I feel like a fatty

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Like every time

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But how can I when food is so good!???!

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Yeah…so

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But you know what? Food is always there for you:

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So you know what, I’ve decided to give up the fight.

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I’m gonna just enjoy those fatty foods

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How could I live without fries? You can’t

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And Nachos:

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Pizza:

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I love Pizza

Cheese:

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Pie:

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Cookies?

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Yep:

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But you know what:

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I agree

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Thank you Julia for approving of my life choices. After all

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And BTW:

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I want to end this post honoring those who died on 9/11. Thank you to those who helped out in the aftermath, and an even greater thank you to those who gave their lives. We owe a debt to you and your families that we can never repay.

“That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.”

-God Bless the U.S.A.

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For more on Lord of the Rings, go to Lord of the Cats

For more on Lydia Bennet, go to How to Catch a Man

For more on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, go to Pizza Power

For more on Mean Girls, go to Just Can’t Get a Break

For more on Jim Davis, go to For All the Men Who Wonder What It’s Like

For more on Friends (TV Show), go to I Will Survive

For more on Joey Tribbiani, go to I Don’t Wanna Be in Love (Dance Floor Anthem)

For more of my favorite quotes, go to Here I Go

Viva La Révolution

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So I decided to do this post in honor of Bastille Day! Yay! You know I find the French Revolution so fascinating on how things got so ugly, so quickly. Also the complete irony on how they tried to change everything about France and erase all shreds they were ever ruled by a monarchy, but yet at the same time, find themselves being ruled by a king in about 10 years. By the way this is Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix (1830) about the July Revolution of 1830 (the 26-29), which ousted King Charles X of France. For those of you wondering, this took place two years before the June Uprising depicted in Les Miserables. So in this image we have liberty, represented as a woman (as usual) leading the people onward. This painting helped end the Enlightenment period and made way for Romanticism, the style that revolved around political events and current issues to try and evoke emotion out of the viewer. The people in the image following liberty and the French flag, are a wide range of people from different classes. To the far left is a poor peasant, and next to him a member of the bourgeois in a top hat, and to the right of liberty a member of the military.

Anyways, this post is also a response to Girl on Firemy post on The Hunger Games quiz result I got. I mentioned how I would start a revolution as I have tried before at an Oxfam  banquet.

So at my school we do an Oxfam banquet every year that raised awareness of hunger and homelessness in the world, U.S. and city that we live in. Each person who visits picks a name/occupation out of a bowl and it determines where you will be placed, and what your economic status is. Those who are lower class are the majority, sit on the floor, are treated rudely, have to drink water with coffee grounds in it, share a thing of rice, and eat last. Those who are middle class are seated at tables and get clean water, beans, and rice. Those who are upper class get bread rolls, salad, clean water in glasses, eat off glass plates instead of paper, cookies, and some kind of meat dish. They get the most attention and there are only like five of them, but yet they have more tables set out with food that remain empty. Throughout the night they have speakers and do a discussion of how we felt about the activity.

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Now the first year I worked the bowl, holding it and making sure no one cheated, and all went to their right place. At the end of the shift, I pulled out a name and ended up getting upper class. Unfortunately, the waitstaff forgot to serve us the main dish so we only had salad and bread.

The next year they didn’t need volunteers so I just went with my friends. This year I got middle class (pooh) and in order to eat we had to do “chores”. They gave us a bag with holes in it and we had to clean up the newspaper pieces they had ripped and thrown about. The poorer class had it worse as they didn’t have a bag and the people get throwing more and more paper at them.

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So I came up with the idea to tie the holes up as otherwise, we were going nowhere. After we finished we got our nasty food (it was horribly done as our caf sucks). Then we sat there. Now we had plenty of food left over, and I tried to give it to the other group but they just wouldn’t take it. They felt that it was their role so they were going to accept that. Well I wasn’t. I saw all those tables with empty people and I was hungry. So I told my friends, let’s start a revolution! Look at all the uneaten food that is going to be thrown away afterwards. Let’s go get it. Come on, there is plenty for us. We won’t have to take anybody’s stuff, we won’t force them to do anything. We’ll just rise up and take the stuff we need. I was very much Maria from Metropolis.

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Maria, leader of the Rebellion

 

Come on everyone! Let’s do this!

But sadly, none of my friends wanted to as they “thought they would get in trouble”.

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But I was like images

And went and took the food.

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A few people followed my lead, but mostly everyone was too complacent to stand up for their rights or scared they would get kicked out. So what if we do? Then we do. That’s the problem with revolutions or fighting for a cause. You need others to fight with you, but sometimes you just can’t convince them to take that chance. 😦

According to Buzzfeed I’m a real revolutionary and belong during this time period

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Go here to see what time period you belong in

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For more of my favorite art, go to You’re Just So Pretty to Look At

For more on the French Revolution, go to Sucky Sequels

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For more on rebels, go to A True Princess

For more on Revolutions, go to Being Friends is Good Enough

It’s That Time of the Year Again

So it’s that time of the year again.

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Seriously, when the girl scout cookies come out its over. Don’t even try to hold back as you just know:

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No, stop! Alright.

No, stop! Alright.

I always tell myself that I will buy one box of Thin Mints, but usually end up with the Mints and Tagalongs, or Samoas, or Savannah Smiles, or…. Even though they’ve hiked up the prices to be being $5

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I know, right? And you know the only reason they get away with it is that they aren’t sold all year round. Those jerks.

And you know once you start eating, it doesn’t just stop. Nope, you eat and eat and eat and eat, etc.

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And as you eat and eat and eat, etc. It gets to the point where you start telling yourself this so that you feel better.

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You know those people who are always trying to prove who’s the stronger one? Well:

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Writing this so makes me want to eat some. I mean seriously, I need someone to watch me with those things.

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I sometimes think I need someone to keep me on track.

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But then I think screw it!

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For more scenes from my everyday life, check out Final Destination: Bike Edition

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year 

Merry Christmas!

I don’t know about you all, but I’m excited for Christmas! If you couldn’t guess already I LOVE holidays and am so excited!!!!!!! EXCITED 😀

As you know I talked about doing an everyday movie post of my favorite Christmas films like I did for Halloween, but I won’t be able to do that until the 13th as I am in crunch time :0 for finals. I haven’t decided what exactly to call it, but thinking around the lines of the Merrymaking and Joy: The 12 Posts of Christmas, but that’s just a tentative title; I’m not fully in love with it and thinking of altering it.

Since I can’t give you a full length post just yet, I thought I’d leave you with a taste!

Even though I can’t stand Mr. Elton, I think he says a true fact about Christmas:

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It’s so true. We’ve been having all kinds of storms where I live and yet I had a Christmas party and everyone came out to enjoy it; even braving these stormy elements.

One of the best things about Christmas is that fact that there is such joy and unity in the world. Everyone wants to hang out and spend time together; the parties, caroling, white elephanting, family gatherings, christmas cookies baking, christmas movie watching, etc!

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So I hope you are preparing yourself and getting ready to countdown to one of the best holidays throughout the whole entire year.

I will be posting soon!

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To start the 12 Posts of Christmas, go to On the 12th Day ‘Til Christmas

For a previous holiday post, go to Thanks-A-Lot

For more on Emma, go to Let’s Hear It for the Boys

For more of my favorite songs, go to CANDY TIME!

For more of my favorite quotes, go to Resort Getaway