beauty from scratch

Sleeping Beauty Birthday Cake


Yields one 8-inch cake

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 10 egg whites
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • Yellow, blue, white frosting
  • Yellow fondant
  • Pan spray
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Decorating bags
  • Tips (small star and small round)
  • Small offset spatula
  • Rubber spatula
  • 15 small cake pans lined with parchment
  • Pink candles
  • Rolling pin
  • Star cutter
  • Styrofoam cake board
  • Wooden dowel

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, mix butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy with an electric mixer.
  4. Beat in egg whites one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add extracts and beat until well combined.
  5. On low speed, alternate adding the four mixture and milk to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  6. Spray each of your 15 pans and divide batter evenly between the prepared pans.
  7. Bake the cakes all together for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool.

Time to decorate!

  1. Roll out yellow fondant and cut out little stars. Set aside.
  2. Squeeze a few dollops of frosting onto a small round cake board and then stick the first cake onto the board.
  3. Spread buttercream frosting on top of the first cake and then place another cake on top. Do this one more time and then frost the top and sides of the 3 cakes.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 three more times so that you have 4 frosted stacks on cake boards.
  5. Use 2 of the 3 remaining cakes to make a small frosted stack on a cake board.
  6. Stick the last cake to a small cake board and then frost it with blue frosting.
  7. Press a dowel into a round Styrofoam base to create a foundation for the cakes.
  8. 8. Position a cake stack so that the hole in the middle of the cake board is lined up with the dowel and then guide the cake down to the base. Place 4 large straws into the cake to create more support. Make sure to cut the straws so they are not sticking out from the tops of the cakes.
  9. Continue stacking cakes, stacking small stack and the blue cake last.
  10. Use blue frosting in a decorating bag fitted with a #10 tip to pipe thick wavy lines onto the stacks, resembling the filling between each of the 15 layers on the Sleeping Beauty cake.
  11. Place fondant stars evenly onto the sides of the top cake layer (the blue cake).
  12. Use yellow frosting in a decorating bag fitted with a star tip to pipe draping “U” shapes in between each fondant star to connect them.
  13. Pipe 15 small yellow dollops evenly around the outer-top of the blue cake and then stick a candle into each dollop.
  14. TaDa! 15 layers of birthday magic!

Honestly writing is so fucking amazing like. Its people making entire complex worlds and characters come to life, bringing the thoughts and ideas into reality through words. It takes so much skill and its creating something wonderful and detailed and lively from nothing. Ive read books with beautiful fantasy worlds created from scratch, with their own rules and laws and beliefs that differ greatly from reality.

Even FANFICTION!!! Fanfic writers always are said to have it easier than original novel writers and as a fic writer and reader imma say thats bullshit. Fanfiction is an Art in itself. Taking pre-existing characters and writing them into new situations is hard! Expanding on their personality and character while keeping it believable to the original content is a challenge! Not to mention fanfiction writers write in a general way that differs greatly from famous novels, that geel more emotional and breath taking.

Authors, if theyre writing fanfiction or original novels, are Damn FUCKING amazing. Writing is a skill that takes years of practice to develop and deserve so much respect.

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1212; the most beautiful book

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Laura has a noticeable reaction to the lightning and thunder strikes that happen in 2x01. And I have a wonderfully angsty headcanon to propose for it.

There’s been a lot of speculation over the absence or lack of mention of Laura’s mother. One popular theory is that she died prior to the events of our main story, which could suggest why Laura’s dad seems so overly protective of his daughter, what with the bear spray, krav maga lessons and low-res flip phone. 

In 1x12 Laura compares the clarity of her nightmare with “the moment right before a car crash”. This is an oddly specific example and begs the question of whether she’s experienced such a trauma in the past. And whether this could be related to her mother’s whereabouts.

So here we go: I think that Laura was involved in a car crash earlier in her life. This crash claimed the life of her mother. And she jumps every time lightning strikes because the last thing she saw before their car crashed were the glaring headlights of the oncoming vehicle. And her body still hasn’t been able to shake the jump reflex that developed as a result of that trauma. 

Ugh. Lucky she has Carmilla to take care of her now…

sometimesangryblackwoman  asked:

OQ 5. "Wait a minute. Are you jealous?"

Okay, I used this more as a theme than I did a dialogue prompt (sorry!) BUT I did set it in the Hot for Teacher verse so I hope that makes up for it! 

Angsty fluffy…

He loves when she visits him during work hours – loves it even more when his shift is soon to end and he can whisk her away from the bar to a secluded booth or upstairs and into his bedroom to shower her with the kind of affections she won’t allow in public – loves looking over to find her chatting with one of his regulars – most he considers friends in all honesty – or smirking almost shyly at him having been caught staring. He loves that he can finish serving his customers and snag a few moments flirting with her over the dark mahogany bar top before having to leave to serve again because, though they’ve been dating for a while now – she’s slept over only once in that time and nothing more than a little heavy petting had happened. Sex was reserved for her house in which there were no brothers, roommates or children present – he still gets that thrill, the fluttering of his stomach, whenever he looks at her. It’s something he thinks will never fade.

Looking at her now, however, he feels a pang of anger.

It’s not towards her, never towards her because, even though she’s joining in with the conversation, he knows her intentions are as pure as her wonderful heart – the creep hitting on her on the other hand, Robin can tell exactly what his intentions are.

He scowls over at him as he pulls down the ale pump before returning it to its original position and repeating the motion, tilting the glass accordingly as he goes. This man is new – it could just be that Robin’s never noticed him before – and reeks of good education. His hair is long, about chin-length, and slicked back from his youthful face. He’s clean shaven and dressed in a tailored suit that screams lawyer and he’s charming if Regina’s laughter is anything to go by. The bastard.

 

He’s supposed to be heading back over there, had left his girlfriend only to serve the last regular standing with promises that he’d call it a day the moment the last pint had been poured – it’s nearing eleven already and though it’s not a school night (it’s Autumn half-term, both Roland and Regina are free of school for the week), he knows she’s used to being in bed at this time – because she was sleeping over tonight for the second time and he was more than just a little excited knowing that she was giving him the gift of holding her through the night and waking up to the feel of her so close to him.

As it stands though, he’s a little hesitant to break up their little chat. He’s not possessive and he trusts her more than anything – she’s not flirting, she wouldn’t do that to him – but he knows what he’ll look like because there is no way he’s going to be able to stand and smile at this man. Instead, he exchanges the pint for money and cashes off his customer’s order before casting Regina one last look and moving out from the bar into the back to do an unnecessary stock take.


“Knock, knock.”

He looks up from the cellar floor to find her standing in the doorway, smiling softly at him. She’s removed her jacket – it’s folded at the end of the bar no doubt, it usually is come this time – and he can see that she’s wearing his favourite off-the-shoulder khaki green top over her dark wash jeans with tan boots that have her legs looking deliciously toned. She looks absolutely gorgeous, as per usual. He tries a smile in response but he knows it’s a piss-poor attempt. Coming down into a dark room with only his thoughts for company as he swapped the empty barrels for the full barrels was not a good idea.

“You okay in here?” she asks, slowly meandering over to him with arms folded across her chest and that smile still in place. She looks concerned and he hates that because he’s being an ass – it’s currently only in his head but still. “You’ve been gone a while.”

His palms lift from his lap to curve around her jean-clad thighs as he opens his legs enough to guide her closer between them. She goes willingly and laughs softly when those hands slide up the outside of her thighs, over her hips and around to the small of her back before he wraps his arms around her fully and rests his head just below her breasts.

She rests one hand on his shoulder before moving the other to thread fingers through his hair and stroke across his scalp soothingly. “I cleaned and locked up,” she whispers gently, her thumb tickling across his neck, “you just need to cash up and then we can go up to bed, okay?” Her brow furrows when he only nods against her stomach and keeps a tight hold on her. “Babe,” she scratches her nails through his hair before tugging very gently, unable to stop the curve of her lips when he lifts his head only to rest his chin on her sternum as he looks up at her, “what’s wrong?”

“You’re so beautiful.”

She blinks at that, his gorgeous girl, taken completely by surprise by his statement, the fingers in his hair stilling as she replied with a bemused “thank you.”

It isn’t enough though because “seriously,” he whispers, “you are the most beautiful woman I have ever known and I don’t just mean your looks.” He lowers his head enough to press his lips to the fabric covering her stomach and tells her “you are the kindest, most loyal soul I have ever known and I thank God for knowing you every single day.” His throat is growing thick with his emotions but he has to get through it, has to do what’s right.

She seems to sense his distress however as she begins “Robin, what’s-“

“You deserve more than me,” he lowers his face once more and presses his forehead to her stomach even as he holds her tighter, almost desperately, “you deserve far more than a barman.”

“Hey,” Regina soothes nervously before she attempts to tease with an affectionate “I rather like my barman, thank you very much.” When he does nothing more than press his forehead even harder against her, she asks “what’s brought all of this on?”

He sighs heavily, shaking his head against her as he tries to quell the urge to cry. He can’t bear the thought of losing her. “I’m not an intellectual, Regina.” He pulls back to look at her, to find her frowning down at him as her hands fall to rest upon his shoulders, “if I were to apply for Mastermind, my specialist subject would be ‘Beer and Food pairing’. I have no prospects, no ambition-“

“Let me stop you right there,” she interrupts, shaking her head at him, “did you or did you not just break your own record for takings this weekend alone?” she doesn’t wait for a response because they both know that he did, they’d shared a bottle of Rioja in celebration of that very fact, “and did you or did you not create this beautiful place from scratch, upgrading and improving every little wonderful thing whilst also raising the most gorgeous and polite little boy I have ever met?”

He moves to argue but she cuts him off again.

“Robin,” she laughs on a puff of breath through her nose before lifting her palms to his cheeks, “you are the most wonderful man I have ever known and it is I that is lucky to know you.” She shakes her head, “you came into my life at the very moment that it almost fell apart. I don’t know how I would’ve coped with my father’s death without you,” the mention of it still has her tearing up, her bottom lip quivering, “you kept me going and you kept me strong and I will never be able to thank you enough for that.” She lowers her head down to press her forehead to his as she whispers, “you are it for me, barman,” glad when he finally chuckles at her teasing, “and don’t you ever think otherwise.”

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Hey guys, you might’ve seen the Starbomb music video I worked on finally came out!  I boarded and keyed it!  The lovely folks at Studio Yotta did inbetweens, colours, backgrounds and even additional animation (turning scribbly boards into beautiful animation from scratch).

Figured I should share some of my favorite shots that I keyed!

If you haven’t seen the video you can watch it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVIxe3YLNs8

I feel like I belong in a deep dense forest, by a huge cliff face meeting the ocean. I’d go cliff diving and swim in the deep blue water for hours, lounge on the shore and just be free and away. I’d have a huge treehouse up in the canopy, with sky light windows and a huge deck metres off the ground where all kinds of animals would come by and I’d feed them and talk to them. I’d smoke weed, write a whole lot, make beautiful food from scratch and just live. 

As he passes people walking down the side-street, Bill notices vivid colors in their faces. He saw intricate details in the brick walls and the weeds that he must have passed many times but never noticed. The air smells different. The world seems brighter somehow. Everything is strangely vivid. The sun is warming his face. The whole world is clumsy and beautiful and new. It’s like he’s been sleepwalking for god knows how long, and something has violently shaken him awake. He’s never really apreciated these things; all this detail he’s never noticed. He’s alive. He’s alive. The stars rattle something deep within him. He’s alive. He wants to stop people in the street and tell them ‘Isn’t this amazing? Isn’t everything amazing?’ He’s alive.
—  It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Don Hertzfeldt)

Ladies and gentleman, may I present you Blair McKenzie? 

Imagine baking Dean a pie for his birthday...

For the WONDERFUL, INCREDIBLE, AND AWESOME descentofthesassbutt. Hope you love it, darling.

Warning: SMUT        

 I put the apple pie in the oven and did a quick celebratory dance in the kitchen. I was not a cook, but I had managed to get this pie right. It was going to be beautiful, made from scratch with just the right amount of cinnamon. It just needed to bake.

           Now it was time to clean up. I had made an enormous mess. I gathered all the apple peelings and threw them in the garbage, piled the mixing bowls and utensils into the sink to be washed, and turned to the small kitchen island.

           When I rolled the dough, I had gotten flour everywhere. There were huge piles of it on either end of the workspace, with a thick dusting covering the entire counter. I was standing there, contemplating the best way to clean it up, when Dean walked in.

           “Um, Y/N? What happened here?” His voice made me jump, and as I whirled around, I grabbed the island and accidentally stuck my hand in one of the flour piles.

Slightly frustrated, I walked over to Dean and smeared some of the flour onto his freckled nose. “I was trying to surprise you. There’s a homemade apple pie in the oven. Happy birthday, babe!” I leaned up to give him a quick peck on the cheek.

Dean grinned with excitement, looking much younger and more innocent than he was. “Really?” He sounded as excited as he looked.

I couldn’t help myself. I raised my flour covered hand again and smeared more flour, this time across his whole cheek. He looked surprised at first, but his eyes narrowed at me as I giggled.

Slowly, he inched toward me, his muscles tensed and a dangerous gleam in his green eyes. I stood still for a moment, trying to decide the best course of action, before turning and sprinting toward the kitchen door. In no time, a strong arm wrapped around my waist from behind, lifting me up and pulling me back into the kitchen. Dean’s chest was warm and solid against my back.

“Oh, I don’t think you’re going anywhere,” he growled. I felt his other arm move, and suddenly he smashed his hand into my face, a fist full of flour exploding everywhere. I squealed and laughed, struggling against Dean as he held me even tighter.

Dean set me down and turned me to face him. “You’re kind of adorable all covered in flour.”

“So are you,” I replied. I bit my lip and stared at him with what I hoped were “please kiss me” eyes. As he leaned in, I quickly grabbed the last big handful of flour on the counter and ran my hand through his hair, showering flour all down his face and shoulders. I couldn’t contain my laughter at how silly my strong hunter looked at the moment.

Dean froze, then looked down at his covered t-shirt and shrugged. “I guess I’ll just have to take this off.” His voice was gruff, with a sexy tone that I felt in the pit of my stomach. Suddenly, I didn’t feel like laughing anymore. He pulled at the hem of his t-shirt and tugged it over his head. I watched with an open mouth as his muscles rolled with the movement, hard and strong beneath his smooth skin.

Dean knew what he was doing to me. Luckily, he didn’t make me wait. He hooked a finger through one of my belt loops and pulled me into his arms. Within seconds, he had tugged off my shirt and jeans. He grabbed my hips and lifted me onto the clean kitchen table, leaning down over me to claim my mouth with his. His kiss tasted sweet, despite the flour covering his full lips.

The kiss was deep and passionate, leaving us panting and clawing at each other. I pulled his jeans down a little more roughly than necessary and let out a deep sigh at the perfectly sculpted man standing before me.

Dean pushed me down to my back and trailed his tongue down my neck, between my breasts, down my stomach, then grazed his teeth on the skin above my underwear. He grabbed my panties between his teeth and tugged them down, running his hands up my legs to remove them completely. Kissing his way up my inner thigh, he licked up the very heat of me to my clit, just once, then leaned back.

“Dean…” I whispered in a needy voice. “Don’t tease.” I reached out for him as he positioned himself between my legs and slid into me.

God, I would never get used to how good he felt. Neither of us was in the mood to go slow, and I wrapped my legs around him as I rolled my hips up to meet each deep thrust. All the muscles in my body tensed up as Dean continued to push me closer, and I dug my fingers into his shoulder blades. “Yes…please, Dean…” I was practically begging.

Dean’s hand slid over my breasts, then down past my stomach, lower and lower until he was drawing circles on my clit. Jolts of pleasure coursed through me, and I called his name as I came around him, trembling, my skin covered in a thin layer of sweat. I could feel Dean gently biting my shoulder as he came, too.

Eventually, Dean raised his head to look at me. I smiled through my happy haze at him, covered in flour, his hair mussed and his green eyes sparkling.

He kissed me softly, whispered “I love you” against my lips, and my heart fluttered.

The oven timer rang out, and I smiled. “Happy birthday, Dean.”

I have a story to tell

*WARNING, a long rant with a multitude of swear words approaching*

So I started watching my first anime, Fullmetal Alchemist ‘03, about 2.5 years ago. Right after I finished that I watched FMA:Brotherhood. After that I watched it all again…I love this show to death and it will forever be my favorite. 

I didn’t really know much about Tumblr back then except it that was a blogging site so I mainly browsed on Pinterest. 

One day about a year ago I was going through some FMA/FMAB boards that I followed and I saw this beautiful piece of art drawn by @fennethianell  I could not stop staring at it’s sheer beauty. After that I made myself a Tumblr.

From just following amazing beautiful artists like @edenerys @pahndah @m7angela @persnickety-doodles @llusoire @zeldarockbell @glitchy-pixel   I have started to pick up drawing again, something I had completely given up on because of my lack of improvement.

These people are sunshine children and are made of fairy-dust and rainbows.

So why the FUCK are people being so mean and rude to them?

@zeldarockbell  is the one who inspired me to follow through with designing my own OC. I saw all of her gorgeous pictures of Zelda and I thought, “Wow, this artist is amazing and she is ~5 years younger than me! If she can do it so can I!”

Why are people saying horrible things to her and making her sad? Seriously what do you gain by making someone else sad? Really I want to know what you gain from pulling this shit?

These artist do NOT deserve to be treated this way. They are making these beautiful pieces of art from scratch with their bare hands. This takes time and effort and a lot of practice. Then they post it on here for all of us to ogle at (well at least I do) and they don’t ask for anything in return.

If you don’t like what they are drawing, DON’T FUCKING LOOK AT IT!!! There is absolutely no reason for you to send them a message about how much you hate their stuff.

I’m not really mutuals with any of these people and it still breaks my heart to watch them go through this. Like seriously I was about to cry when I saw @zeldarockbell ‘s art about what people are saying to her.

Sorry this got longer than I thought. I really just wanted to tell you artists that you are amazing, keep doing what you are doing, and ignore the losers comments.