Thursday, April 16, 2020

TGIT. Since we don’t have interactive learning on Friday, TGIF became irrelevant. Today, I feel like I did nothing. I got up, then fell back asleep (kind of). Then I “went” to Mr. Broeckel’s class. His doc chat (which he used instead of zoom) was very interesting. Andrew and Zuzu’s quarrel lives on to this day. Then I read most of chapter 11. Then I “went” to Ms. Stitt’s class. Then I sat on our deck and had lunch. Then the rest of the day I just kind of lazed around the house. Because I am supposed to use some vocabulary words, I formulated the following sentence. Michael is a nefarious demon-architect from the bad place who tricks four negligent humans into thinking they are in the good place. Once there was a very large ominous sinkhole.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

While I was walking today, I couldn’t help but notice the pollen on the Timothy Grass. That brought me back a few years. You see, I realized that if I wanted my brother to do something all I had to do was take the pollen in my hand and show it to him. He was so afraid that I would use it on him that he would do anything I wanted to do. Eventually, my parents found out and I got into trouble. I think I had to “give up” technology for a few weeks. I don’t do that anymore because obviously that is mean. But, I do kind of miss being able to make my brother my slave. I have like three episodes of The Good Place left. Zuzu recommended Black Mirror so I will probably check that out. 18 days until my brother’s birthday, I still haven’t gotten him anything. But, then again, I haven’t been out of the house in like a month so… If I could study one subject in school that is not currently offered it would probably be creative writing. That is technically offered in ELA, but you know. In ELA we also have to read cring-y stories that no one has ever heard of before, and answer questions about them. And we have to do this type of writing where we write about something that you could get better information about by using a search engine, and you have to have a bibliography ☹️.

Lemon Sugar Baked Donuts

These are amazing. Light fluffy and lemony!!!

Lemon Sugar Baked Donuts
Lemon Sugar Baked Donuts are soft, tender, and bursting with lemon flavor!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time9 minutes
Total Time19 minutes
Servings12 donuts
AuthorAshlyn Edwards | Belle of the Kitchen
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
4 to 5 tablespoons butter, melted
Adjust oven racks to center position and preheat oven to 425°F. Spray two 6-cavity donut pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, sift together flour and cornstarch. Whisk in sugar, baking powder, and salt until well blended. Stir in buttermilk, eggs, butter, lemon juice, vanilla, and lemon zest until batter is smooth and combined, but do not over-mix. Evenly divide the batter between the prepared donut pans.
Bake for 7 to 9 minutes until the edges of the donuts begin to turn a light golden brown and the tops of the donuts spring back when lightly touched. Allow donuts to cool for 5 minutes in pans before turning them out onto a cooling rack.
In a mini food processor, combine the sugar and lemon zest and pulse until finely ground (you may simply stir together the sugar and zest if you don’t have a food processor). Place the melted butter in a shallow bowl. Dip one side of each donut in the butter, and then press into the sugar/zest mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Monday, April 13, 2020

It feels like summer. I swear, if we didn’t have to do things like science I wouldn’t think that this is april. I can actually wear shorts and not get cold. Leaving the house without sunglasses is not a wise decision. Take it from someone who knows. Today, I made Lemon Baked Donuts. They are awesomely delicious. I included the link if you want to try them. I don’t know you well enough to know whether you like to cook. Is it bad that I’ve eaten two already? I don’t think so. Honestly, I hope that I don;t get fat in life. Have you ever realized how nice it is to take a shower? To just stay there for like a long time? It is so relaxing to just feel the water and it gives you time where you aren’t distracted by anything so you can just think. I’ve started watching The Good Place. It really puts you into a good place. Honestly I didn’t see the ending of the first season coming. A slight twist.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

By the looks of things, this journal is going to be updated every other day. *I know how interesting my life is and how much you look forward to reading about me* (sarcastic). However, I just can not seem to remember to write things on mondays, wednesdays, and fridays. Maybe I should teach myself how to set a reminder on my phone. I typically remember to write my journal while I’m trying to fall asleep. But (after my bout with horror stories) I can’t go downstairs without turning all the lights in the house on. My family appreciates that I don’t do that. Hopefully this feeling fades, because it is really annoying. During the day, I can remember being afraid. But I can’t remember what that feeling felt like. I mean even thinking about the same things just makes me feel funny. My brother said something the other day along the lines of, “You should read scary books a lot. Then you don’t have to go to sleep.” I do not think he understands how that works. Because you are too scared to do anything that sleep would be a blessing, but nothing can bring it. Your body is clamped up, yet on the inside your heart is running a marathon and your brain is fighting. Trying to get control over what you are feeling. Every little tiny noise sends you into an even deeper sense of terror. Until you just fall into sleep. And then you wake up and you’re all good. But the cycle repeats itself. I guess eventually the whole thing will just dissipate. In fact, I know it will. Last year I read Lockwood & Co. They were really good books, but they were horror. Somehow I learned how to live like that, but I guess that not going to school leads to more emotional energy and so you feel less drained. And more likely to be able to stay up all night (which I don’t know why some people want to do) and less likely to be able to go to sleep quickly.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

I typically wait until later in the day to do this, so this may get updated. However, if I wait, then I forget to do it. So… I don’t know why I decided to read Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and then proceed to watch the first couple episodes of the Netflix show with the same title (note: same title, different story). I can’t handle horror and I know that. It does a better job at keeping me awake than caffeine. The reason I can’t remember why I started reading it is from the lack of sleep. In other news, everyone is doing well and isn’t sick with the coronavirus. My dad does have allergies, so he gets a lot of space in the grocery store. A cousin that I don’t really know came down with the coronavirus, but he’s better now. He was locked in his university, so that must have been fun. I have made a lot of cookies over our quarantine. I make about a batch every 2 days. Though if the batch is smaller (less than 15 cookies) then I have to make more the next day. Last night for dinner we had caprese chicken. I am crazy about pesto so it was pretty yummy.
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