Lemony Lemon Cake

The official name is Lemony Lemon Brownies, by Becky Charms. But I don’t really think they are brownies, but instead it’s more of a delicious cake that melts on your tongue. It’s ab-so-lutely de-li-ci-ous.

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The Lemony Lemon Cake

And how we do make this piece of heavenly cake? I changed a few things here and there in the ingredient list.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (94 grams)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 grams)
  • A bit of salt.
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened (113 grams)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2,5 tablespoons lemon juice

Icing

  • 2 or 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup icing sugar (125 grams)

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Tips

  • I used icing that you only need to warm up a little and can spread over cakes. Add only a little bit of lemon juice and zest or else it will become too thin and won’t harden.
  • This is also a great recipe for muffins. But they need longer than 24 minutes in the ovens.
  • Use a grater with not very big holes in it. Or else the zest will become too big, and you’ll find yourself chewing on lemon zest.

And Then What?

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. (176-ish Celsius degrees)
  2. Grease a baking dish (that’s not super big) with butter and set aside.
  3. Zest and juice two lemons and set aside (two lemons might not be enough, depending on the size)
  4. Put the sugar, flour, salt and butter in a bowl and beat it until combined.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, zest and juice.
  6. Pour it into the flour mixture and beat for 2 mins at medium speed until it’s smooth and creamy.
  7. Pour it into the baking dish and bake for 23-25 mins. The edges should turn golden. If you overbake it might become dry.
  8. Let the cake cool down completely before beginning with the icing.
  9. Mix the icing with the lemon juice and zest. If you use too much juice, the icing will become too thin and won’t harden enough.
  10. Spread the glaze over the cake, and let it harden up.
  11. Cut into pieces, and you’re done!

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Growing Plants (An Attempt To)

Since I few months I’ve been wanting to grow flowers and herbs. I already bought several seeds to plant. But I never had the space or the things to plant them. Until last weekend. We bought a mini green house, ground/soil, garden gloves and some more seeds. I got started right away!

The Mini Green House

In the mini green house I planted basil, parsley, violets and peppermint. Just a few simple ones, who hopefully bloom soon! I have the little green house placed in the living room. It may be too cold outside — especially at night.

Balcony

On our little balcony I did an attempt to plant dahlias and sweat peas. According to my mother dahlias are very hard to plant. So we’ll see! I had the dahlia bulbs stashed away in the bookcase for a few months. There was no mold on it, and one of them had even grown something green on in! So I’m pretty sure there will be hope for those dahlias. For the sweet peas? I don’t know. My mother planted them as well this month, and they are doing pretty good!

Cats

The only thing that might make it difficult for those plants are the kitties; Suki and Hiro. After months they finally stopped nibbling on our bonsai tree. I hope they won’t nibble on the flowers. Dahlias are one of my favourite flowers, so they better not touch it! We’ll see how it goes! They first have to start growing.

I also have some daisy, lupin and sunflower seeds to plant, but also more herb seeds and even for vegetables! Ah — if only I had a garden.

Review: Beyond: Two Souls PS3

I have been playing A LOT of games the last few months, it’s insane. I finished Beyond: Two Souls, The Last of Us, and Heavy Rain. And I already started with the new Season from the Walking Dead Game. But it’s never enough, isn’t it? I already have my eyes on a few other games. I used to hate the PS3. Now I feel guilty that I ever said that. So let’s start with Beyond. A little pearl between all the games.

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Beyond: Two Souls

The first moment Beyond started playing, my jaw dropped from the amazing graphics. I had to reply the first scene, only to be surprised by it again. But what is the game about?

You play Jodie Holmes. A girl who, since her birth, has a special gift. She is attached to an entity, who she called Aiden. It’s an entity who only Jodie can see. In the game you play 15 years of Jodies life — but the story is played in a random order. You go from little Jodie, to teenage Jodie, and back to little, and then going to an adult Jodie and back to little Jodie, etc. This creates a lot of questions with the person playing the game.

Beyond: Two Souls feels like a movie that you control. Through out the game you have to make (difficult) choices that can change parts of the story-line. But in the end, you decide the end of the game.

Jodie is played by the actress Ellen Page, and the resemblance between the two is amazing. A few other known-faces you’ll see are: Eric Winter and Willem Dafoe.

More Like A Movie?

Beyond feels more like a movie. But it will never get boring. There is action in it, drama, creepy scenes and moments where you’ll have to hold your breath because it’s so exciting. You get to fight, you get to do things. But you also get to cook dinner (Or you can order pizza), and play the guitar. But in my opinion, nothing felt useless. It adds a little bit of a fun in a game with a heavy story.

Because you get to make decisions, and choose answers, it feels like you are in the game. It pulls you in, and it’s hard to take a break from the game. I finished the game in a few days — the game isn’t super long. But if you play a few hours everyday, you can easily finish it within a week (or two?).

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 Likes

  • Pulls you in
  • Awesome graphics
  • Good story
  • You get to choose the end.
  • Has a bit of everything; Drama, horror, action and love.
  • Good music.
  • Different than you’re usual kind of game.
  • Talented Hollywood actors.

Dislikes

  • A few holes in the story here and there, but nothing drastic.
  • Annoying camera angles something.
  • Aiden’s abilities are sometimes limited, which makes you feel limited.
  • For some people it might feel like you’re only watching, and only are there to press a button or two — I didn’t feel that way.
  • Sometimes you have no choice and the game lets you shoot someone.
  • You either love it, or you hate the game.

Worth The Money?

It depends how much you pay for it. With some stores here you pay 30 and for some you pay 20. It’s an 8 hour game, so would you pay 30 bucks for a game that you can finish in a few days? But I think it’s a great game. Great graphics, great gameplay and so far I haven’t experienced any bugs in the game.

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More Than A Number On The Scale

Being big, or however you want to call it. It’s something we don’t like to talk about. It’s something I don’t like to talk about. but perhaps it’s a way for myself to respect myself the way I am.

It’s The Inside That Matters?

We have to admit, being big is not healthy. I know this, you know this. I’m sure we all know this. I eat when I’m bored and when I’m emotional. I like sweet stuff, chocolate, candy, or delicious sandwiches that are everything but healthy. I know people who eat when they are stressed, or who don’t eat when they are stressed or nervous, or even sad.

Exercise is healthy, and being big will give you a bigger chance on heart-problems and much more.

I can’t dress the way I used to dress without wondering if my tummy shows, or if it makes my butt too big. I’d love to wear dresses, but I know it would look terrible on me with my big thighs, hips and legs. I want to wear clothes thin people wear, but I can’t. It’s a reason why I hate shopping, because I know I will end up depressed and with nothing. It’s difficult if you find out that your store doesn’t have your seize, or when the seize you always wear is smaller, and you still can’t fit it, even though you haven’t gained weight. Or because our chest is too big, we don’t fit in that shirt we want.

Have you noticed that people have euphemism for being overweight? Large. Plus-sized. Full-figured. Rubenesque. And no one—not even me, especially not me—wants to say the word ‘fat’. But ‘fat’ is only pejorative when we allow people to tell us that being fat somehow makes us less of a person.”

I am working on losing weight, but if you’re insecure about yourself already, and you lack that part of self-control it’s hard. You need a goal that is not impossible to reach and I need people around me who are willing to support me. I need to sport, I need to watch what I eat and it goes so damn slow before that one 1kg or 15kg is gone.

But because I’m a bigger girl, because I wear XL or L, it doesn’t make me less of a person. People judge you, and it feels like they are constantly watching what you’re eating. Or you’re laughed at, made fun of, or anything else. I am called ugly once, or people don’t like you because you have a few sizes extra. And that’s what I’m scared of, I’m scared people don’t like me because I am bigger than them.

I try to be friendly, and to help people who are in need of an extra hand. I help my co-workers whenever they need someone to help them, even if it’s in my free time. I try not to judge people. (I try!) Does this all still make me a bad person, or a sad or pathetic person because I’m big? I don’t count in because I wear an L? You’re above me, because I’m fat? You’re better than me, because I have a double chin? I don’t think so…

I’m a woman, I’m insecure, I try to look pretty sometimes too, I want to wear nice clothes. But when I look into the mirror sometimes, I’m disgusted of myself. And yes, I should grow up and get some self-control. But it’s harder than you think. So many people and kids are being bullied because of how they look like. We should stop being so cruel and be nice to each other once in a while. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say nothing at all.

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But yes. I’m not trying to find an excuse to be fat, or saying that it’s okay to be big. We all know it’s unhealthy, but we all have our reasons. And I don’t want to know those reasons on why you’ve grown from an S to L. It’s unhealthy, and the percentage of woman who are bigger than an S or M are growing. But that shouldn’t make it okay. But big or thin, we’re more than a number on a scale. And if you’re happy with how you look, everyone will see it. Confidence is sexy. Confidence looks good on everyone, no matter how you look. (unless you’re too confident, that’s not good either)

We’re a human being, not a number on a scale. We count.

London: The Big Ben

When you’re in London, you can’t forget about the Big Ben and the house of parliament! It’s big, and you just can’t miss it! Not to mention it’s a stunning building, especially at night! It was super crowded around the Big Ben — everyone wants to take pictures of it, and of themselves with the Big Ben in the background. I looked too tired, and rather did not waste pictures of myself, haha!

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The Big Ben is the name of the clock that is at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. Officially the tower is now called the “Elizabeth Tower”. The tower was completed in 1858.

Review: The Walking Dead Telltale Game PS3

You thought the show was good? Try again. Now that the Telltale game is out, you can now play the Walking Dead game yourself. I got the game in December and finished it in two days. I got hooked within the first 30 minutes, but why? It’s not your typical game, and not your typical zombie-game at all!

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The Walking Dead Telltale Game

I got the game for the PS3, ever since I found out how much fun the PS3 really is. I never liked it, I couldn’t handle the controller well (still can’t). I’m still used to the Nintendo controller, or the Wii controller. And I still think about those buttons, Instead of the X and O on the PS3 controller. Thank god most games I play tell me which buttons to use, or else I’d fuck up (and I still do at times).

The Walking Dead TT game is not your average game. You should see it as the serie on tv, but instead of watching it, you also have to do things. The first season of the game has 6 episodes, and you can finish those episodes in 1 to 2 hours, depending on how good you are. You do get to shoot zombies so now and then, but you also follow the story, get to choose what to say or what to do and all those choices you make, and how you make your character behave have effect on the next episode.

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You play Lee Everett. Lee is convicted for murdering, and taken to a prison at the beginning of the game. He doesn’t even get to arrive there, when he meets some of the undead, but is saved by Clementine. A young girl who has been hiding from the zombies, while waiting for her parents to come home, who are in Savannah for a vacation.

That’s right, you don’t play Rick Grimes, in fact, you only get to see one or two characters that you know from the tv-show. Which is good, because that means that you never really know what is going to happen.

Do I Like It?

Yes, I do! It feels like you got control over the game — even though you haven’t. The choices you make have effect on the story and the characters in the game, but the game will follow one story, and no matter what you do, the story will go one way. Example: If you don’t kill one of the characters, he will die one way or another. But that doesn’t bother me, the game makes you feel like you’re in control. You get to choose what to do, or what to say, so you feel like you’re a big part of the game.

It will play with your feelings. I thought season 1 was horrible, but season 2 will be even worse (episode 1 is out already). Clementine is a young girl, so you’re often thinking to yourself when making a choice: be nice, or tell her the harsh truth? I was often tearing up or cursing at the tv. Expect the game to be depressing, horrifying and sad — a roller-coaster of emotions! The conversations feel real, the characters react like ‘normal’ people would. That’s a good thing! It means the game is good.

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But…

If you’re looking for action, then this game might not be what you’re looking for. Tho, I know someone who plays Call Of Duty and whatever and still enjoyed the game. Yes, there is some action and shooting in it, but don’t compare it to Call of Duty. It’s a different game, different methods, different style. But that doesn’t make it a bad game.

The game feels short. You get hooked and you end up finishing it within 2 days. Maybe the episodes feel short, but once you get the hang of it, you go through those episodes so fast, because you want to know what will happen next.

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