“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”
– Winnie The Pooh
Whenever I sit down to write a blog post, it’s normally after a lot of contemplating about a certain thing. I’ve always loved to write and put things on paper since I was young. Writing in journals every other night always made me feel at ease. The act of acknowledging my thoughts and ideas, bringing them into the world in the form of words has always seemed to help and declutter my brain. So this post isn’t going to be a recount of my adventures of Disney World but simply my thoughts as I venture by myself for another time.
It’s interesting being away from home again. It’s no longer a foreign feeling to enjoy doing things by myself. Learning the things I truly love and learning things I do out of social norms. Seeing the way which others approach living away from home, the way they spend their free time, the way they cope with the ache of homesickness.
I personally, have to talk it out and try keep myself distracted, plan what’s next. There are others that don’t feel homesick at all, then there’s the people that are constantly talking to their loved ones. Going into Disney World and seeing friends and families making magical memories, really makes me miss and appreciate everyone I have back home. When I’m at home, I overlook how blessed I am to have such amazing people around me, I forget to appreciate them.
I often take it all for granted, having such a loving family and an amazing group of friends. I just want to take this time to say thank you. Thank you for being such amazing supports, as I go through life. Thank you for listening to me as I think out loud. Thank you for being there through the hard times and the amazing times. I know you were probably expecting a post about the magic of Disney and all my experiences so far. But I think that the true magic is sharing it with those you love. So remember the people around you, remember what they mean to you, and don’t forget to thank them for everything. And maybe feed them a little cake. That often works!
I baked this one awhile ago, just never got around to posting it. Thought this would be the perfect time! Not to leave it in my archives, to be forgotten. I remember needing to finish up some cream cheese that was in the fridge, so I found this recipe from Food Network. I was happily surprised but the results. The creaminess of the cheesecake and the denser texture of the red velvet, support each other to make this amazing slice. Bitter from the chocolate, salty from the cheese, sweetness all around; this slice is wonderfully balanced! The two elements supporting each other to create something unique and amazing!
Red Velvet Cheesecake Slice
110 g unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp red food colouring
1 tsp vinegar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
225 g cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 180 degree C. Prepare square 20 cm x 20 cm baking tin.
- Over medium heat, melt butter.
- Once melted, transfer to another bowl. Add sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, red food colour and vinegar, mixing between additions.
- In a separate bowl, whisk eggs. Then add to the cocoa mixture.
- Fold in flour until lightly combined. Stir in walnuts.
- Pour 3/4 of mixture into prepared tin.
- Blend all ingredients together.
- Carefully spread cheesecake batter on top of the red velvet.
- Dollop remaining red velvet mixture on top, and using the tip of a knife or skewer, swirl mixtures together.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Flip out slice and let cool completely before serving.
– Recipe from ‘Food Network’