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Spiced Apple Mug Cake

Yields 1 mug cake

The things you’ll need

  • ¼ cup self rising flower
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1 apple
  • 2 small mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Rubber spatula
  • 1 microwaveable mug
  • Cutting board & knife
  • Peeler
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon sticks

Let’s get started!

  1. Cut apple into cubes and measure out 2 tablespoons.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, spices, and salt.
  3. Whisk in milk and applesauce until smooth.
  4. Stir in cubed apples.
  5. Pour into mug and microwave on high for about 1 minute. If cake is not set, microwave in intervals of 10 seconds until fully cooked.

Time to decorate!

  1. Allow mug cakes to cool slightly then sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top and place a cinnamon stick inside.

New video! Made 3 DIY mug cakes! 

Gruvia Week - Prompt 2: Sunrise


The first thing Gray Fullbuster realized upon waking up was that he was alone.

Of course, he was used to being alone for the most part, but knew that when he went to bed last night, he wasn’t alone. He was sharing the bed with someone last night, but now that person was gone, leaving behind chilled blankets.

Still, he could tell that he wasn’t truly alone. Strewn about the bedroom was the clothes his bedmate wore the night before, along with a few other necessities, so he knew that they were still somewhere in the apartment they shared. With a yawn and a scratch of his head, Gray stepped out of the bed, slipping on a pair of jeans he kept on the side, then walked out the room and towards the kitchen.

He picked up the scent of tea, as faint as it was. Light puffs of steam came from the kettle’s spout, indicating it was freshly made. Not one for wanting tea in the early morning, Gray yawned again and grabbed an apple from the fruit basket that was set on the table. He looked into the living room, not seeing any signs of his roommate, and his brow raised in confusion as to where they could be.

As he raised the apple to his lips to take a bite, Gray caught sight of a faint shadow on the curtains of the big, sliding door window that led out to the balcony. He walked towards it, sliding the curtains back and revealing the figure on the other side.

“Oh! Good morning, Gray-sama.”

“Morning… you’re up rather early today, Juvia.”

The blunette water mage smiled, the twinges of sleepiness still in her eyes, “Juvia woke up a bit early, and decided she wanted to see the sunrise today. She’s sorry if she woke you up though.”

“You didn’t,” Gray said, taking another bite of the fruit, “I was just confused when I woke up and you weren’t there.”

“Juvia’s sorry. But Gray-sama woke up just in time to watch the sunrise too,” she commented, turning back towards the horizon.

Gray’s gaze lingered on her for a few moments longer before he turned his eyes towards the horizon as well. He thought back on the last year, since he confessed his feelings towards the blunette and opened his heart and home to her. He never expected to fall for her, but he also didn’t know when it was that he realized he was as madly in love with her as she was with him. Waking up every morning to her sweet face, being able to train and eat with her every day, spending each night with her wrapped up into his arms and being able to greet and end each day with a kiss… it was more than Gray ever wished for in his life. His eyes looked back over at Juvia, watching as she took another sip of her tea, and he smiled at how her face was lit up in the colors of the early morning.

His left hand went down to his pocket, feeling the outline of a ring buried in the corner of it. He had been giving the thought of proposing to Juvia a lot of thought in the last few months, but nothing ever seemed right. He kept it in his pocket at all times, waiting for the right moment to finally show itself, to finally be able to ask the water mage to be his forever more. Gray’s eyes gazed back over at the sun, then back at Juvia once again. There was a sense of calm about him, and a thought telling him that this moment may be the right time. In the illumination of a new day, with the beauty of the dawn lighting them up, there was a feeling of something perfect forming.

Juvia’s blue eyes turned towards him, and she smiled as she noticed that he was looking at her. “Gray-sama looks even more handsome in the morning sunshine,” she complimented, “Juvia is glad that she could watch the sunrise with you today. Isn’t it beautiful?”

“Sure is,” Gray commented, but it wasn’t towards the act of nature, “Hey, Juvia?”

“Yes, Gray-sama?”

“I want to ask you something.”

Juvia arched a brow, placing her tea cup on the railing and turning completely towards her beloved, “What is it?”

Gray sighed, putting the apple down on the railing, wiping his fingers off on his pants of what little juice was on them. One hand in his pocket, his fingers wrapping around the ring, he took one of Juvia’s hands into the other.

“Gray-sama?” Juvia whispered, her face beginning to heat up with a bit of blush.

“I know I hadn’t always been the best man. I had my demons, and I used them to constantly push you and others away because I didn’t want them to take any of you away. You know the many times I thought if I just disappeared… if I sacrificed myself, then not only would the demons leave me, they wouldn’t haunt the ones I grew to care about,” Gray explained, rubbing his thumb over Juvia’s knuckle.

The blunette nodded her head, remembering those times she had witnessed and heard of, feeling a pain in her chest growing in response. “Yes, Juvia remembers,” she replied, “And she sacrificed herself for you too, Gray-sama.”

“I know you did,” he acknowledged, “It was through that and the sacrifices of others that helped to make me realize that my life was worth living, and by hell or high water I was going to make sure I did live for them. But especially for you. That day, when we both tried to kill ourselves because we didn’t want to hurt each other, that made me realized that, if I couldn’t live for myself, I needed to live for you. I realized then how much I loved you, how much I needed you, and how much I wanted to make sure I never saw you like that again.”

Gray began to kneel down, and Juvia’s free hand went to her mouth as she gasped. “G-gray-sama, what are you…?” she squealed out, her heart beginning to race and her face turning the brightest shade of red.

“We’ve been through so much together, and even though we’ve technically only been together for the last year or so, I feel like I’ve been with you for my entire life. Maybe because for a lot of the time, you clung to me like a lost puppy,” Gray said with a bit of a chuckle, earning one in response, “But even then, I know that I want to make sure that you are with me for the rest of it. So… Juvia Lockser…”

He pulled out the ring – a simple gold band with a small diamond embedded into it – and held it out to Juvia. She began to cry at the sight of it, releasing another gasp in revelation. “Will you marry me?” he asked at last.

Juvia’s eyes welled up with tears, her lips were parted, and her heart felt like it was about to pop out of her chest. Gray waited for her answer, growing increasingly more nervous as the seconds ticked by without a response. He began to doubt himself: maybe Juvia loved him, but didn’t want to marry him. Now what can be done? What will happen to their relationship–


That excited scream was more than enough to put Gray at ease, and he smirked as he slid the ring onto Juvia’s left ring finger, albeit with a bit of struggle due to her excited movements. He stood up and attempted to grab her into a hug, but found himself tackled and falling back towards the end of the veranda. He quickly steadied them, making sure they didn’t accidentally fall over, although he couldn’t say the same for the apple and mug that fell instead, landing on the ground with a strong crash.

“Whoa! Guessing you forgot we weren’t necessarily on the ground,” Gray joked, his hands on Juvia’s upper arms.

“I guess so. But Juvia is just so happy! She’s going to be Gray-sama’s wife!” Juvia added, her hands on Gray’s chest, “Juvia loves you, Gray-sama, so much.”

“I love you too, Juvia. So very much,” he replied, smiling as they leaned in towards each other.

Their lips touched in the sweetest of kisses, their arms moving to wrap around each other and bringing themselves closer to each other. Gray could taste the salt of Juvia’s tears, but knew it was from happiness. He had tasted those tears before, mixed with her blood, and he knew he didn’t want to ever had that touched his lips again. By gods, he would make sure of that.

The two parted, smiling at each other as bright as can be, as they turned back towards the horizon. The sun was up a little further, the colors of the land becoming much more prominent than the dusky twilight sky. Gray felt a wave of relief and happiness wash over him; he was used to being alone, but he knew he never wanted to be alone ever again. He had his nakama, his guild home, and now more importantly, a wife that will always be by his side, for the good and the bad and everything in between. He was at peace… at long last, he was at peace.

“We should go and clean up the mess we made before people start to come out and start the day,” Juvia commented, “And then make something for breakfast before we head to the guild?”

“Yeah, we should. But I think there’s something else I’d like to do before then,” Gray remarked, a sly smirk on his face as he looked down at his fiancee.

“What’s that?” Juvia asked, a bit of a squeak in her voice.

He chuckled and tilted Juvia’s head slightly to align his lips up with her ear. He whispered something into it, and Juvia’s face became as red as a ripened cherry in response to his words.


like jsut heartbroken pioneer dennis burying mandy after she dies of fever n’ ague after eating some bad watermelon and his neighbour poorly educated dirt farmer mac comes by to help look after the child and tend to the homestead and one night a few weeks later dennis is out sitting by the campfire looking up at the stars and mac comes out with a mug of apple cider and he passes it to dennis and their fingers brush and mac’s hand is calloused from churning butter all day and they kiss and then they go inside the little cabin and lie down on the trundle bed on a mattress stuffed with prairie grass and buffalo hair and they invent spooning. it’s 3 am folsk

How to Keep Practicing Over Break

This post is as much for me as it is for all of you. Break saps all motivation to practice, especially since so many people go back to their parents house and lose access to the practice rooms we take for granted. However, if your goal is to keep improving, then practicing during break is essential!

  • Give yourself a routine. Seriously, knowing that you’re going to wake up at 8 am and practice at 9 am or whenever is hugely helpful. Part of the reason I practice so much less than I do during the semester is because I don’t HAVE to squeeze practice in somewhere - I have so much free time, I can do it later! And then I never do it. Setting up a defined schedule makes the process much easier.
  • Get rid of obstacles to BEGINNING practice. Have a phone call to make? Do it now, or decide it’s going to Wait until After Practice. Dishes need doing? Ditto! Want to get through four more pages of Tumblr/one more episode/two more chapters of that book? Sorry, those aren’t productive procrastination, they Will Wait. If you have little things hanging over your head, either do them or practice. Saying you’ll practice ‘after I do that chore’ and then never doing the chore is Procrastination2. Don’t do that!
  • Have goals for when you go back to school. Do you want to wow your teacher with the polish on a piece? Have two new pieces decently learned? Improve your trill speed by 15 bpm? Know what you want, and practice it. Otherwise you’re just noodling around, not seeing Progress because you don’t have anything you’re aiming for. HOWEVER, do not beat yourself up if you don’t achieve them - by practicing you still made progress somewhere!
  • Think about your favorite pieces. I want to sing Carmen one day. I might be adding an aria from Carmen to my rep by learning it this semester. Choose a piece that makes your heart sing and try it!
  • Motivate yourself with little gifts. Give yourself a nice bath for every 5 hours of practice. A hot mug of apple cider for every one. A new movie for a complete run-through of the piece at x bpm. It helps! I just got a 40 pack of teabags, with each being a different flavor, and I’m gonna give myself one every time I practice.
  • Have fun with it - juries are as far away as they can be! Hey! This is about as low stress as practicing can be! Having goals but no real deadline should let you have fun with your instrument. Play that flute piece you enjoy on your tuba. Practice operatic technique with Ella Fitzgerald songs. Practice double-tonguing while beat-boxing. (I don’t know how either of those things work I’m sorry if that isn’t something you can do.) Don’t stress, try to remember why you play your instrument in the first place.
  • Remember that practicing does in fact help. This is related to what I said above - even if you don’t reach whatever goal you had in mind, practicing is helping you improve. You’re getting in part of your 10,000 hours. The more you pay attention to what you’re doing, the more useful it is for you in the long term, even if it doesn’t feel like it. You Are IMPROVING.

Practicing can be hard, and I know I’m going to struggle with it this break, but I believe in you all! Message me when you practice and maybe that will help everyone (especially meeee) to practice more!

zac-baegans  asked:

How would the RFA members react to their s/o's being extremely short? Like 4'11 or something~.

OHOHO A SMOL BEAN… since I think headcanons are easier I’ll just write some HC’s if that is fine for you! And I’ll just add some reactions I got by myself because people say I’m small too! - Lizz 

|| Just wanted to add that I’m shorter than 4′11 and this absolutely adorable and precious. -Ellis ||


  • he isn’t the tallest one of the group but when he finds out that his s/o is smaller than him
  • boi…. the teasing begins
  • whenever he has the opportunity he just puts his ellbow or rests his chin on your head 
  • and whenever his s/o can’t reach a thing he laughs saying things like “aw u r so cute my small bae” but can’t reach it by himself.…..
  • SOMETIMES WHEN YOU’RE NEXT TO EACH OTHER HE’S JUST LIKE “wait.. WAIT… WHERE’S S/O? oh nevermind i didn’t see you”
  • or he’s putting things on your head (an apple, a cat, a mug…) just because he can
  • at the end he just loves you being smol and always picking you up to kiss you 


  • he thinks you’re so adorable??? like the first time he sees you he’s like… wow… so precious..
  • so adorable…
  • needs to be protected at all costs…
  • he feels so good when he stands next to u.. he feels so tall and he has the need to protect you (but you beat him in arm wrestling so a plus for u)
  • whenever you ask him if he can’t grab something for you he’s like “SURE HAHA” but has problems by himself.… 
  • he loves hugging you when he’s sitting 
  • you guys always hold hands when you’re in a big crowd because he’s afraid to lose you


  • he thinks this is too cute.. he clenched his heart and had to rest on a chair
  • he loves patting you on your head when you’re happy 
  • when you’re taking a selfie the first time he forgot about ur height and on the photo u guys couldn’t see ur face…
  • after this horrible experience for u he just goes on his knees whenever you take a photo together
  • whenever you can’t see something bc you’re too small he loves just holding you so you can see it


  • at the beginning she kinda felt anxious because she thought she was too tall for you
  • but now she’s used to it and she feels like the one who needs to protect you
  • (even though you’re the one who protects her most of the time)
  • she loves picking up things from a higher place from you 
  • and always watches you when you have to go on the tip toes… 
  • too cute…
  • one day she almost dropped her mug because you were too adorable
  • and then there was this moment.. 
  • she was too busy with work and her head was full with thoughts and she just crashed into u because she didn’t see you and…. 
  • she’s still sorry.. to this very day………..


  • the first time u guys met he didn’t even see you
  • you waved from down there (boi jumin is like the tallest one in the group what do u expect) and then he saw you
  • he was embarrassed…… 
  • big bean and smol bean
  • since he’s afraid this will happen again… he loves to take your hand every time he can… 
  • and whenever he has the urge to give you a kiss… he just picks you up 
  • but sometimes he’s also bending down to give you a kiss (it looks really funny but also super cute!!)
  • “S/O.. do you think I should hire an assistant for you too? So he can pick up things for you that are too high-” “no…” “you are right.. this is my job”

21.5.16 I’m losing my mind over this model! It’s all pretty messy right now cause I’m painting and gluing and trimming layers of Cork, but I’m so proud of these little models! I’m hoping to add little lights in so they glow! I’ll post the final product next week when it’s all done. Breakfast was toast, half covered in cashew butter and the other half Nutella with sliced apple, and a big mug of my favourite cinnamon coffee. I have cuts all over my hands from making this model and it’s really weirdly satisfying cause I’ve been working really hard. Xxx emily

Pick Me Up Potion

So I was feeling pretty crappy - one of those days where you’re just sad, feeling kind of icky because of it, with zero motivation for anything - so I decided to have a rummage in the cupboards and see if I could knock something up to make me feel better, and this is what I came up with:

1 Mug Apple Juice (love and healing properties)

Cinnamon, a good sprinkling (not only very tasty but healing, protection and love properties)

Mint, a few leaves (happen to have this fresh) (good for healing and strength)

A pinch each of basil (love and protection) and thyme (health, healing, sleep, love and courage) (these were dried from the shops not fresh)

Put all of them in a pan and simmer until the juice is hot and all the herbs have had a chance to infuse (it will smell great), stirring clockwise with hopes/the intent to feel better.

Strain into a mug and enjoy!