WIZARDING CRIMES : MAY MYSTERIES
MAY 2017, ENGLAND - The month of May is often associated with little white flowers blossoming and bulbs sprouting into beautiful flowers. It's a season of light-hearted fun and joy. A time when kids scribble on coloured papers to make cards for their mothers.
By Desiree Snow
But what happens when the kids start disappearing? Or how would you react if you found your pet dangling by its tail - petrified and tied to a tree branch?
What should have been a happy month has turned out to be quite a jaw-dropping and eerily mysterious one as the Magical Law Enforcement Patrol's office has been getting increasingly related cases over the past few days. Details of each of these cases are kept private as they are all still ongoing investigations, but sources say that they usually involve children or pets.
The Daily Prophet has managed to track down some of the family members of the victims and have conducted brief interviews with each:
Mr. and Mrss Loud, parents of Lincoln Loud, blame themselves for the disappearance of their only son. Mr. Loud says, "We've never had any problems leaving the children to play outdoors -- all eleven of our kids have been able to play outside -- and they all know the rules. Don't stray too far and come back in as soon as it gets dark." To which Mrs. Lincoln adds, "Yes, and Lincoln is such a mild-mannered boy. He might be quite reserved compared to other boys, but what would you expect from being the only boy and having 10 sisters?"
Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez, parents of twins Isabelle and Guillermo, share the same sentiments. "I really don't understand how this could have happened. Our kids always come home safely to us. Their older sister would go on these crazy adventures all the time when she was just a little girl, and she always got home fine too."
It would appear as though the only similarity between the families is that their kids could play outdoors. This is a fairly common practice for all families, magical and Muggle alike. Due to the differences in ethnicity, age, and background, there doesn't seem to be a pattern when it comes to the type of victim that gets kidnapped. Forensic psychologist Matthew Stone commented, "When the unsub lacks a pattern in terms of targeting victims, this is usually considered a crime of opportunity. Given how his victims are kids and pets, we can infer that the unsub is the type of person who isn't necessarily strong. He may appear as physically thin and gangly. The outward appearance would usually be shy, soft-spoken, or timid. He feeds off the thrill that he gets from 'overpowering' his victims."
When asked if the unsub is prone to violence, Mr Stone answered, "It is highly unlikely that he would harm or kill the kids, as shown my how he merely petrified or stupefied the pets, his intention is to show his dominance. I predict that he would merely leave the kids somewhere, make them even more helpless, and then move on to his next 'conquest' or target."
ECONOMY : THE AFTERMATH
As we all know, dear readers, last month was Easter. A time for celebration, family and, of course, chocolate. Chocolate is a part of everyday life for some people. However, one must not forget that behind all good chocolates are the people who sell them.
By Seza Silverwolf
Since Easter means a high demand for chocolate, you can imagine the impact this has on the economy. Chocolate makers and chocolate sellers around the world were working hard making ridiculous amounts of chocolate to meet the demand of consumers. In the weeks leading up to Easter, I managed to view the impact on the Muggle community. Almost everywhere I went food stores were selling chocolate eggs as well as other chocolate items from blocks to bars. It was chocolate heaven. I, of course, couldn't stop myself from buying a block ... or five.
My main focus for this article, however, is the British wizarding community's favourite candy store, Honeydukes. In last month's issue of the Daily Prophet, our wonderful Desiree Snow wrote about Honeydukes' promotional efforts and the boom in chocolate sales. I went back to ask owner Ambrosius Flume about the outcome.
"It went spectacularly," Mr. Flume told me. "I didn't have a single gold egg left by Easter Monday. Not only that, but we sold out on almost every chocolate item we have in stock. Customers were even buying their favourite non-chocolate products while they were here." I didn't find this the least bit surprising despite the wide range of chocolate products they sell, from the classic Chocolate Frogs to Honeydukes' Best Chocolate and everything in between. I myself came away with a few Pumpkin Pasties, Sugar Quills and Ice Mice because I truly couldn't control myself.
Mr. Flume, with the help of Kaboon Choco Ltd, amassed a record breaking amount of chocolate goodies. This caused both parties to fear a high surplus and worried some products would go to waste. "We'd never had such a large stock supply before," Mr. Flume elaborated. "Although we always do well with sales on a regular day, this was something we had yet to attempt. It turned out we had no reason for concern; in fact, we're rather relieved that so much had been produced or we would never have met the demand."
This just further proves how crazy some people can go over chocolate. I'm always saying that chocolate will rule the world, and it seems my fears are becoming a reality. I had wished it would happen long after my time, but alas, it was wishful thinking. The whopping amount of chocolate that gets sold every year at Easter time could probably feed an army for a year; they'd have to work it off every day, but at least they wouldn't go hungry.
That being said, I hope all chocolate consumers around the world appreciate how far their suppliers will go to meet the chocolate demand. Think about how much chocolate you eat and don't forget to be thankful for its existence, for what would we do without chocolate? Besides not put on weight, I mean; think a little outside the box.
On that note, I leave you with this last message for our international readers; don't forget to buy those Mother's Day gifts, I'm sure chocolate will do nicely.
Hello again, gentle readers! It's your girl Mandi here with some information that will hopefully restore your faith in humanity and magical kind alike. For the entire time I've been trying to plan this article, I have been wondering what to write for you all. As I'm living in America currently, information from England, Northern Ireland, Wales, or Scotland isn't easy for me to acquire. Luckily for me (and for you!), I heard this lovely tale about a group of teenage witches and wizards over in England.
ALL IT TAKES IS A LITTLE BIT OF KINDNESS
By Cassandra Lovegood
The Young Witches and Wizards for Kindness Society, which is quite a long name in this girl's opinion, is made up of roughly 70 teenage witches and wizards spread throughout Britain, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland that devotes themselves to making the world a better place for all involved. They do this by volunteering at wizarding hospitals, helping elderly witches and wizards, providing babysitting services for young witches and wizards (and even Squibs), and whatever else they can do to help. The society doesn't allow for members to use their magic in their volunteer work for frivolous purposes, but only if it could aid another person.
Witches and wizards in the society must meet several requirements to be allowed entry to become a new Kindness Society member. The applicant must be either a witch or wizard. Allowed ages range from fifteen to twenty-one, but Kindness Society members are members for life and are allowed leadership roles. They must prove themselves to be kind and caring individuals.
Violet Hendrickson, the 29 year old supervisor at the Young Witches and Wizards for Kindness Society, founded the society at the tender age of 13. A Slytherin at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, she found herself detesting the stereotypes surrounding her house, which she has admitted wryly, had some basis in fact. In an interview with Witch Weekly, she explained, "It was more than just Slytherin stereotypes. My mum's a Muggle-born and she always made sure that my sister and I knew how much our magic was a gift. And it seems like a lot of witches and wizards don't really know how amazing magic is! So that got me thinking."
She's thrilled at how much her work has benefited the world, and can be found in the main building just off Diagon Alley. We here at the Daily Prophet would like to thank all of these amazing young witches and wizards who donate so much of their time and energy to help others. It's truly a worthy cause and be sure to check out the Society!
INTERNATIONAL : EUROVISION
May is here again, and it means only one thing: Eurovision! A Muggle celebration which promotes crazy music, crazier outfits, and a night guaranteed to give the entire family a laugh! For those in the magical world who don't know what Eurovision is, Eurovision is a yearly singing competition between the European countries (with the additions of Israel and Australia). Eurovision has become a popular cultural experience for Muggles from all over the world. Even in America and Asia, people stay up to the early hours of the morning to watch it. It's a worldwide phenomenon that has no end in sight and garners millions of viewers.
The first Eurovision competition was held in 1956 and had seven competing countries: Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Netherlands. The first competition was held in Switzerland, and Switzerland won the competition as well. Over the years, the competition has gained 52 countries. This year, 42 countries were signed up to vote for the winner. The way the voting works is very Muggle-ish. The votes are counted using a phone and text message system which counts each vote that a viewer sends. There is now an app that can be used to vote as well as voting online. The votes are counted and then a representative from each country is video-called and the points are distributed to each country on a 1-12 basis. The country with the most points at the end of the night wins the competition and then hosts the competition the next year.
Over the years, there have been some big names that have come out of Eurovision, such as ABBA, who won the competition in 1974 with Waterloo and are still popular decades later. In 1988, Celine Dion won the competition for Switzerland and went on to have a fantastic career. Ireland has had the most success at the competition, winning a staggering seven times! Sweden has won six times, and the United Kingdom, France and Luxembourg have won five times each! On the other end of the board, Norway has won three times in the competition but have been at the bottom of the leader board eleven times!
There have been many controversies over the years with the Eurovision. The main reason is the voting system as many viewers feel like the countries vote for their neighbours and it's based more on politics than the quality of the show. Another seems to be where the acts are placed in the running of the show, not a single act has won if they have performed second in the show, whereas the most wins have come from the acts in the seventeenth place.
Whether you love it, or you hate it, the Eurovision is an event that many people love. And who knows, the magical world might just borrow the concept and we'll have our own version!
POLITICS : UPROAR AT THE MINISTRY OF MAGIC
A leaked manifesto from the Ministry of Magic has caused turmoil both within and outside its walls. With the upcoming election for the new Minster of Magic, the candidates have both denied that the leaks are from their side, although intelligence from the Ministry itself appears to accuse the Minister's running partner, Alaric McCone. If these rumours turn out to be true, the campaign for Aethelwulf Shrewsbury could be over before it has even begun. What we know so far is that last night, just before the evening editions of the Daily Prophet were printed, we received an anonymous owl, which we are still trying to trace back to its owner. Inside the letter was a copy of the manifesto and the policies that Shrewsbury would employ if he were to get into office. Normally, this would not be such a big of a deal. It has happened before where laws and new policies have been shared before their official reveal, but what is interesting in this case is how different the manifesto is to the pledges Shrewsbury has made in his campaign.
To break it down, the main issue comes down to this: has Shrewsbury been ying to the public to garner votes all along? Is the manifesto a red herring or a fictional piece created by his enemies or rivals? We don't know, but we're certainly doing our own investigation into it, as are the campaign managers for both sides. So, what about the policies? Shrewsbury has explained countless times in his speeches, he is adamant that the Statute of Secrecy must remain in place. The manifesto we received reflects this, but takes it to a whole new level. In the manifesto, it clearly states that anyone of wizard-kind who has a relationship with a muggle would be forbidden to tell them of their magical abilities and of the world they are from. Just when we thought out world had moved on substantially from the stifling era of the early eighteenth century -- nineteenth for the Americans. How these changes would affect families already in this situation, the manifesto does not explain, but what it does give us is a look at other new policies that would come into effect, if this is the genuine manifesto of Aethelwulf Shrewsbury. We've created a list of just some of them:
- Anyone known to be keeping a creature of any sort (even a non-magical pet) must register it at the Ministry of Magic in order for them to keep track of the growing number of creature attacks on Muggles (We'd like to see the facts behind this, as with our own research we've determined that the statistics have fallen each year.)
- All those who want to join the Ministry of Magic in an occupation would have to go through numerous tests and interviews, making the job application process at least five times longer (and ten times more ridiculous) than it already is. This includes filling in a form which asks whether you've ever had thoughts on becoming the next He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. It even goes as far as interviewing your neighbours.
Both sides have spoken out about this leaked manifesto, but until we can find out the source of the leak, the validity of the manifesto remains up in the air. We'll keep you up to date on this story as it unfolds.
SPORTS : QUICK SHOTS WITH QUODPOT
You would not believe the fun I had last weekend. I got to go home to America and watch a real sport, Quodpot. Now, I know all you Brits here adore Quidditch and think it's a fun game, but it's so boring, and there are probably only 76 injuries a season. So, where is the on-the-edge-of-your-seat fun? Across the pond in Quodpot, that's where!
I was fortunate enough to watch the greatest Quodpot team, too; the Saltwater All-Stars. That's Texas' team, and they are the most fearless team ever. They are what every team wants to be, even if they don't always win. In fact, they are like the status of the Texas American football team's cheerleaders. Those girls sure can groove, and these flyers sure can dive and throw!
The match was the All-Stars versus the Soaring Eagles of Washington. The teams were pretty evenly matched, too. Those are the most exhilarating games to watch, of course; all eleven starts for the Saltwaters' said so. Now I know what you're thinking. Eleven starters!? Yep, you Quidditch-loving folk, Quodpot has eleven players on each team. I must say if I were to play a sport, I'd rather have ten teammates with me rather than just six others.
The first Quod in play exploded, as they should. I think the best games always have the first Quod explode (even when my team, the Mardi Gras Shakers, is playing). For all you Brits, Quods are kind of like a Quaffle. It is the only ball in play in Quodpot. They explode. The aim is to throw the Quod into your team's pot before the Quod explodes or the other team scores their pot. The Quods will explode if the teams take too long.
As I was saying, the first Quod exploded, so I knew it'd be a good match. The next two Quods went into the Eagles' basket and the crowd was not going wild. You see, although it was on their home field, the Eagles' fans are some of the most reserved. If the game was played at the Texas field, the crowd would be going wild regardless of the score because those fans would either be celebrating or getting ready for mayhem. The next Quod exploded again. The next three Quods went to the Saltwaters'.
Next was halftime. I enjoyed a fabulous funnel cake. See, wizards in America can recognize non-magical foods that are delicious. That is probably because they have more chance due to everything being deep fried.
After halftime, the next FIVE Quods exploded! The flyers were getting vicious, and nobody was allowing scores in. The next half was a back-and-forth, nail-biter of a game, with the exploding Quods winning most of the balls. In the end, the Saltwater All-Stars won 14-12. That was only because of the foul in the last quarter.
So farewell! I'll see you around Britain. You'll know it's me because I'll either be moping due to the lack of explosions or creating my own.
HEX REPORT : MAY
This has been an exciting month, with everything from house staff elections to a mysterious visit from a shadowed stranger. Holidays have been celebrated and some new items have hit the shelves of a new store. HEX has been just as busy as always, and here is some of what is going on.
Not Over Yet
Earlier this month, we received the information that the events aren't over yet. What, you may ask, isn't over yet? Well, that's just the problem. Nobody's entirely certain of what exactly isn't over yet. It does seem, however, that a Time Turner has fallen into the wrong hands. Again. What will happen this time? How will this end? Will good be able to prevail over evil, or will the light succumb to the darkness? Will the hooded stranger come out victorious or will the Order be able to stop him before things get out of hand? With any luck, our suspense will be ended as more of this mystery-shrouded event comes to light. More information is sure to surface so be on your guard, Hexians.
Bursting with Love for Mum
There certainly is much ado about mothers to be had in the RPC this month! May is different from the rest of the months in that it puts on a lovely celebration of all the motherly figures who surround us. In honour of Mother's Day this year, the events in the RPC this month are devoted to mothers. Hurry on down there
to join in on some fun activities that combine the wonderful world of role-playing with some fantastic canon mothers!
May the Fourth be With You
Another holiday that many of us know and love is being celebrated in the A&G Forum
this month. All of it is dedicated to May 4th, the special day that has become known as Star Wars Day to a large number of extremely dedicated fans who reside in countries across the world. May the fourth be with you as you jump into Star Wars to complete both the graphics challenge
and the writing challenge
Some Schmancy New Cards and Hogsmeade's New Shop
I'm sure that the majority of you have seen the "thank you" cards floating around HEX in the past. Now, these cards are being joined by "get well" cards, "thinking of you" cards, and "happy birthday" cards. These new cards are very lovely with excellent designs and can even be sent to your fellow users! They can be purchased at the recently opened Post Office
. It is rather exciting to get new items and a whole new store for them at the same time!
Over the past month or so, the process of electing the house staff for next term has been taking place. It began with a speech by each of those running for a position along with nominations for who should hold each position. The nominations helped to narrow the group down to a few prospective candidates who got to participate in a question and answer session with the members of their house. Once this closed, voting was opened and the users in the house were able to vote for who they thought would be best. This process was certainly very rigorous, and we would like to extend our congratulations to the new staff members. Good luck with your work in the upcoming term!
Daily Prophet May Contest: Unnumbered
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone that participated in this month's contest. These contests would not be as great as they are without your participation. A huge congratulations to the winners of the Daily Prophets May Contest: Unnumbered. They are: CauldronWolf4796
, and SeethingPyro
Once again, thank you all for participating. We look forward to seeing you again next month!
"Hello. I'm going to be entering Hogwarts next year and I'm very nervous. I know rationally that everything will be fine, but I'm still worried? What if I fail my classes? What if I don't make any friends? What if I get a Howler on my first day?"
~ Nervous Kid
Dear Nervous Kid,
I am a Hogwarts graduate myself, and I definitely remember feeling that way before I started. It's intimidating, for sure. But the moment I got there, suddenly all my fears went away. You can feel that you belong. I don't know how or why, but it's a very special place. Most importantly, you're not alone. Almost everyone in your position right now feels the exact same way. Everyone is going to be nervous and worried about just the same things you are. Everyone gets a Howler at some point. Everyone makes an embarrassing mistake in one of their classes. But everyone loves Hogwarts, and everyone I've met who went there has had nothing but compliments for it. You're going to have a great seven years, Nervous Kid. I can tell.
"I work at the Ministry of Magic and have for many years. I'm always on time, and I get my work done. Recently, there was a promotion opportunity in my department, and it was between me and one other person, who I know doesn't work as hard as I do. But they got the promotion, which I don't think they deserved. It doesn't feel right or fair, and I'm pretty upset about it. What should I do?"
~ Disappointed Employee
Dear Disappointed Employee,
This sounds like a very frustrating situation. It sounds like you feel ready to take the next step in your career, and now you feel as though you didn't get the opportunity you deserved. This is something many people have been through. Before I offer you advice for yourself, though, I want to remind you not to resent the other person in this situation. I understand that this is frustrating, but they did nothing to affect this outcome, and you can't blame it on them. Now that we have that over with, I want you to think about this situation. What do you want? Why are you upset? If you're looking to move forward with your career, I suggest you mention that to your boss and discuss possible options for you going forward. But if you just are jealous because you didn't get the promotion, then you need to relax and move on. Good luck!
"I'm a seventh-year Hogwarts student, and my N.E.W.T.s are fast approaching. Just recently it felt like I had all the time in the world, but I'm starting to get really stressed! I've been trying to study, but I just don't know what to do! I really need to get a high score on these tests! They could affect my entire future! Can you help me?"
~ Desperate Student
Dear Desperate Student,
I remember when I was in your shoes. I was really stressed! But if you're anything like I was, your first step should be to calm down. You're not going to get anything done in a panic. Then, make a plan. First, figure out what you need to know for every N.E.W.T you're taking. If you're not sure, ask your professors. That way, at least you'll know what you need to know. Still, that's an intimidating amount of information. What you can do is break down the information into bite-sized chunks that feel more manageable. Then, go chunk by chunk and learn everything. It'll go faster than you think, and it's an easy way to study what seems like an impossible amount of material. And don't forget to contact your professors if you ever need help!
STARBUST : CELEBRITY BIG BOGGART RETURNS
We have some exciting news to share with you this month, readers! As of last night, the majority of the lineup for this year's "Celebrity Big Boggart," the hit reality show first broadcast on Wizarding television fifteen years ago, has been released for public consumption – and my, does it contain some shockers!
First of all, we can breathe a sigh of relief because many of our fan favourites have indeed been confirmed as housemates for this year. Viktor Krum, the world-famous Bulgarian Quidditch player, has reportedly signed himself up, along with one of his bitter rivals: Oliver Wood, a member of the Puddlemere United Quidditch team and Keeper for England during the last Quidditch World Cup. We're certain that Bludgers will be flying between these two in the house!
The rumours of the Carrow siblings making a return this year have also proven true. Alecto and Amycus Carrow, ex-Death Eaters and ex-professors at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, have been granted temporary release from Azkaban to take part in the show. How terribly dangerous and exciting – let's hope that security has been tightened this year.
Speaking of Death Eaters, two of our favourite Slytherins, Pansy Parkinson, writer of a popular advice column, and Rita Skeeter, journalist and author of the highly-controversial "The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore," are being thrown into the mix. What will happen when these two fiery reporters go head-to-head? We can't wait to see!
To round off our predictions, the infamous Ludo Bagman is rejoining the house for the fifth year running. We have to say that, by this point, we're not overly surprised. We wish the best of luck to the lovely Bagman as he continues his journey to regain his lost youth through television.
What has come as a surprise to most avid "Celebrity Big Boggart" fans, however, is the number of unexpected housemates listed for this year's series. Gabrielle Delacour, a French singer and actress, and famous for her beautiful appearance (we could swear that she's part-veela!), has already been named as one of the favourites to win the competition. Add this to the fact that Luna Lovegood, a writer for The Quibbler, has eagerly signed herself up – but only under the condition that, "the house is thoroughly cleaned of any Nargle presence beforehand" – you can colour us more surprised than a banshee opening their Christmas presents!
Gilderoy Lockhart, internationally-accredited author and receiver of the Order of Merlin, First Class, seems to have recovered enough from his time in St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries to make a short stint on the show. Hopefully, he can reveal to us why exactly it is that he's been spending so much time hidden away in the wards...
Finally, what would "Celebrity Big Boggart" be without your stereotypical mad wizards? This year, our screens will display Aberforth Dumbledore, younger brother of Albus Dumbledore and barman at the Hog's Head, grumbling his way through the house, accompanied by Cornelius Fudge, ex-Minister of Magic, well-known for his denial of the return of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named during the Second Wizarding War. We'll just have to keep an eye out for any stray goats or Dementors that may drift their way to the house – they could cause this crazy pair to snap!
"Celebrity Big Boggart" also wanted to quash several other rumours dashing about. Draco Malfoy has officially declined the offer to join the show and warns that "any further reporters camping on his lawn will find themselves suspended from their ankles in the cellar of Malfoy Manor." Along with this, it has been confirmed that no centaurs will be entering the competition. After last year's disaster with the Acromantula, it has been decided that this year will be entirely beast-free.
There you have it, then, readers - make sure to keep your eyes peeled for any juicier tidbits of information that may come our way over the next few days, and start placing your bets on who you think is in for a good chance of winning this year! As a writer, I am required to remain impartial, but, just between you and me … my Galleons are on Aberforth.
AUNT EDNA'S : WORKING FROM HOME
Hello, dearies! Since there isn't a theme this month, I thought I'd talk to you about something that people have asked me about for years. I figured it was about time this question was addressed, given how popular it is becoming. "What do you do when you work from home?"
Normally, if someone were to ask me this, I'd tell them that article-writing is a longer process than people realise, and it takes up quite a bit of my day. When you're as old as I am, everything takes a little longer! This is normally enough for them, and the conversation moves on. However, it got me thinking. What about people who have different jobs? How do they spend their day?
To try and answer this, I sent an owl to my fellow writers at the Daily Prophet. Unfortunately, none of them replied. When I questioned them afterwards, they all claimed to have been "too busy" or gave excuses such as "Your owl ate the letter," and "I was washing my robes and didn't see the owl." So, here is my daily routine for you lovely readers to look at instead, to see exactly what I do when I work from home:
9:00 - Wake up and use the bathroom.
9:30 - After showering, have some breakfast.
10:00 - Sit down at my desk and review previous work, editing, and improving.
11:30 - Tea break!
12:00 - Plan what I want to write today, and do any necessary research. This includes going out of the house if needed.
14:00 - Lunch!
15:00 - Writing and drafting, ready to be improved the next day.
18:00 - Dinner!
19:00 - Relaxing and enjoying some time to myself.
23:00 - Retire to the bedroom, most likely to read until I fall asleep.
So, there you have it: an average day in the life of Aunt Edna! As you can see, around 6-7 hours of the day is spent working, which for someone my age is all I can manage. My bones aren't what they used to be, you know! I hope this gave you an insight into what it is like to work from home. Recently, many witches and wizards are opting to work from home. Some because they have children; others do it because it suits their jobs best. Whether you work from home or not, I'm sure you do a wonderful job!
FROM THE KITCHEN : SUGAR COOKIES IN SPRINGTIME
Now that spring is here, many are in dire need of recipes to fit the season. Well, no need to fear, GinnyQuaffle1 is here -- with the perfect recipe to blow anyone and everyone away. These are some of my favourite cookies to make, and a very easy recipe to follow. They're the perfect addition to a birthday meal, anniversary feast, or just as a snack.
You will need two bowls, eight common ingredients, and measuring spoons.
The list of ingredients is as follows:
- 1 cup of butter (softened)
- 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 1/4 cups of flour (all purpose)
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar (separate from the first)
If you would like, you can add things such as sprinkles or frosting to make them special. However, I like to stick to the plain old recipe, which, as I've said, is superb.
First off, you should preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and if you would like you can spread cooking spray on some pans. I personally wait till after I'm done with the recipe. Second, you have to cream the sugar and butter together in a bowl. When they are nice and fluffy, add in the egg and mix the ingredients well.
The next step is to add the vanilla, salt, flour and baking powder to the mixture. Make sure everything is in before you move on to the next step. Usually, at this point, there will be chunks of dough all around your bowl, so the next step is to mix it all very well until everything is smooth. Finally, it's time for the sixth and final step.
While with the other steps you have to be more careful, there is some leniency allowed with this one. Your first act will be to put the sugar in the second bowl. Then, you have to take chunks of the dough -- usually about the size of your spoon, but you can choose your sizes -- and roll them into balls. Then you have to roll the balls around in the sugar, however much you like, and plop them down on the baking pans (which should be sprayed by now). Flatten the balls down gently, and your cookies are finished! All that's left to do is put them in the oven for nine minutes, and you will have some delicious cookies on your hands.
Now that your cookies are golden brown, it's time to enjoy! Believe me, your family and friends are going to be very grateful that you read this article! That's all for now!
(This recipe is from Add A Pinch.)
ON THE STREETS : HUNGRY (AND THIRSTY!) HEXIANS
Hello, everybody! It's me again, Char! For this month's On the Streets, I decided to ask you guys about food! I mean, what better way to spend the remaining days of your school year than by thinking of it, right? Nothing but food, glorious food! I, for one, love anything about the topic! What better way to share my love of food than to ask other people what their favourites are, right?
To be precise, this was my question: "What's your favourite food? What's your favourite drink? (Please keep it PG-13 appropriate, though!)"
The following are all the responses I received. We have a lot of responses this month, so get ready!
“Hey! My favourite food is rice in any form, though I've a soft spot for rice with buttermilk. My favourite drink would be a vanilla milkshake.”
~ Alexrider2011, Ravenclaw
“Favourite food is probably lasagna. Favourite drink is definitely horchata.”
~ Lovemegone, Slytherin
“Ooooh, that one is really hard to decide ... Do I have to pick just one? There is a tie on my favourite food and that is a nice smoked filet mignon steak on a smoker and Greek Salad. My favourite drink is once again a tie and that is between Mountain Dew and Wild Cherry Pepsi. I just love both drinks and switch back and forth between them each day.”
~ Angel N Darkness, Slytherin
“My favourite food is Domino's Pizza; whether the pizza's hot, cold, or reheated, it always tastes good to me, compared to other foods. My favourite drink I guess is tea (with sugar, of course) and the least amount of lemon. Hope this answers your question(s).”
~ Shadowmoon88, Hufflepuff
“I love spaghetti especially the cheesy one with mushrooms. Drink? Coffee, of course. I won't last a day without it. I prefer brewed with sugar only.”
~ Blueche9, Ravenclaw
“My favourite food is poutine. You can blame Canada for that one. My favourite drink is Mug rootbeer. You can blame my mum for that one.”
~ Avalon_Swiftwind, Gryffindor
“Well, at the moment, I'd have to say that my favourite food is Spam Musubi, and my favourite drink is POG (Passionfruit/Orange/Guava juice) with Perrier (over ice, of course)!”
~ DreamMagic23123, Hufflepuff
“Hi, my favourite food is spaghetti and my favourite drink is Cherry Coca-Cola.”
~ Midnightpurple90, Gryffindor
“Fave food: pasta. Fave drink: hot chocolate.”
~ Charmedeema, Ravenclaw
“I honestly don't have a favourite food; I'm fine with anything. If I have to choose, I would say spaghetti or just any type of pasta in general. I've always been quite attracted to Italian foods. Just as long as it isn't spicy, spicy stuff always kills me. Drinks ... I like them all, but I like fruit juice the most. Partly because that's one of the only things my mum lets me drink a lot - she doesn't like me drinking fizzy drinks - and partly because I really like fruits, and juice (in my opinion) is more portable. I can fill my water bottle with it and drink it in class - oh wait for what? I said nothing.”
~ SarahTheAirplane, Ravenclaw
“My favourite food is chocolate(does that count as food?) and my favourite drink is either coffee or boba tea.”
~ France0120, Gryffindor
“Anything for vegetarians, like Morning Star. Favourite drink: Mountain Dew or coffee.”
~ Cici6, Gryffindor
“Favourite food too hard. Uhhh ... ribs! And I do like hot chocolate.”
~ The Novice, Slytherin
And, there you go! Looks like the Hexians I asked all have a variety of food and drinks that they like, and this makes it even more interesting! You can really tell how everyone has a taste of their own, and how the food you like may or may not be something that everyone else likes. The same could be said about drinks -- it may not be something that people generally like, but it's something you absolutely like!
There's also that possibility that people like it in general too, though, so there's that. How about you, dear reader? What food is your favourite? How about drinks? Is your favourite food something savoury or something sweet? Are your favourite drinks fizzy or something normal? I'd love to know!
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