DOBBY THE ELF IN FONDANT (HARRY POTTER)




Okay so, this is a quick post about a fondant I made today. It is Dobby the Elf from the infamous Harry Potter series! It was the first time I did a character out of fondant, so this is far from perfect. I just wanted to share the final result! This took about 4 hours to make. The eyes were the hardest part because it had so much element in it from the eyelids to the irises. Disclaimer: this is not an original design, I followed a Youtube tutorial to make the character.

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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith: Review + mini cake!





🌟🌟🌟🌟 rating for Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
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“How many times can a life be split into a before and an after?”

Windfall, just as I expected, was a really cute story. The facade may seem cliche. How many books have you read about childhood friends turned lovers? But this one really surprised me. First of all, I really liked the concept of the story. Winning the Powerball grand prize. I mean, everyone must have dreamt on how they’ll spend that amount of money, right?

Alice, our protagonist, bought the tickets as a means of a joke for her best friends 18th birthday, Teddy. She doesn’t believe in the so-called luck. Having both of her parents dead wasn’t screaming “I’m a lucky girl!”. But one thing was clear to her, she was very much in love with her best friend. So when the winning numbers came on screen, Alice knew that it was a beginning, but also an end. 

There were times when Teddy annoyed me. He wasn’t a very fortunate guy. So winning the powerball was instant fame and fortune. Money is not a subject people can easily small talk about. And I thought this book was going to be a money-centered one, and I’m so glad I was wrong.

Finishing it, I felt really happy. It wasn’t just about the money after all. It’s about the biggest love possible— family. And finding yourself. Defining who you are without what you had in the past, but what you are willing to become in the future. 

I’ve read other books that this author wrote, so I pretty much knew what I was going for. Windfall is clearly my favorite by author Jennifer E. Smith. I’d use a bunch of adjectives to describe it but I figured to just put it in cake. Yes, cake! A mini 4” vanilla cake with surprise chocolate chip frosting inside, and accents of edible gold (Yes, real gold). Windfall is sweet, surprising, and oh-so lucky!





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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: Review + Meringue Lollies



🌟🌟🌟🌟 heartwarming stars for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
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“Although it’s good to try new things and to keep an open mind, it’s also extremely important to stay true to who you really are.” 

Eleanor Oliphant might be completely fine, but I’m not! After finishing such exhilarating story, it left me wondering about life long after reading the last pages.

The characters are what really shined for me in this novel. Eleanor Oliphant was a bit out of place in the world. She had issues from the past that she wasn’t ready to confront, so she carries on with life living a ‘normal’ routine. She goes to her 8-hour office job every 5 days of the week, and spends her weekend in her apartment with tv, books and vodka. But an incident with an old man in the streets made her life turn a complete 360. 

Now another star of this book was Raymond. He was the new IT guy from Eleanor’s office. Soon after saving the old man from the streets, the three of them became friends. Eleanor, the socially awkward girl, had friends! And good ones for that matter. Raymond became such a big part of Eleanor’s mental and emotional healing. And I couldn’t ask for a better supporting character in a book. For me, he resembled warmth and honesty. 

This book tackled mental illness, which was so important, and did it flawlessly. It was about life and survival and believing that better days are attainable. Hands down, a must-read for everyone!

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The Hate U Give Review + Sugar Cookies



🌟🌟🌟🌟 Rating for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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This book was a breath of fresh air. It was a work of fiction slapped with reality all over it!

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” 

The protagonist, Starr, was admirable to read about. At such a young age, she witnessed 2 of her best friends murdered. Both innocent, Starr had a lot of emotions festered towards equality. Now, all she had to do was speak up, stand up, and fight. For her people, for her best friends, for basic human rights.

And boy, did she do it! This book involved a lot of activism and emotional growth. That was something I really enjoyed. I haven’t read a lot of YA that portrayed such intense, realistic outtakes on peoples right to live. The race was such a big barrier in the book. The alternate worlds between suburbs and ghetto in the modern world was perfectly describe. And in the beginning we witness a girl struggling to balance her life between two so-called worlds. But then she finds her voice and somehow, even if it's the smallest form of unity, she rises.

Kudos to author Angie Thomas for such a marvelous debut YA novel! Highly recommended! 


Now a little something sweet to go with this novel, I've hooked up a simple sugar cookie with royal icing to compliment the book cover. The first one spells out the book title, emphasizing on the THUG, which was the essence of the story. And of course the golden hood trio, Starr, Khalil and Natasha.

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