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    Cinnamon Heart Cookies

    In Germany, Christmastime is the time of the year when you bake and eat a lot of cookies. One of my favorite Christmas foods is cinnamon heart cookies. They are very tasty and delicious! Ingredients: 150g (~⅔ cup) lukewarm unsalted Butter 1 egg yolk 20g (~2 tbsp) vanilla sugar 40g (~⅓ cup) icing sugar 20g marzipan/almond paste 165g (~1 cup)…

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    Gluten-Free Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I have always loved to bake, and I find it to be a very relaxing activity. However, earlier this year my dad was placed on a strict FODMAP-free diet, and what used to be a calming hobby quickly became a frustrating merry-go-round of failed attempts at recreating our old favourites. It took me a while, but I finally tampered enough…

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    5 Favorite Halloween Treats

    5. Strawberry Ghosts This recipe was cute and simple to make. The mix of the hard outer shell of the white chocolate and the sweet, juicy flavor of the strawberry made a very nice treat. This recipe, like most of the ones I tried, is also very kid-friendly. Decorating the strawberries gives everyone the opportunity to express themselves through the faces! Find the…

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    How to Publish Your Writing

    I have wanted to see my writing published since I was in middle school, writing a story in my notebook when I should have been working on the math problems in front of me. I would hear about undiscovered writers shooting to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list and about brave journalists uncovering schemes and stories, and…

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    End-of-Summer Date Ideas

    Dating and summer go hand in hand. It’s warm out, you can enjoy yourself, and you can get to know your potential suitor all at once. Whether you love the outdoors or prefer a more cool, ventilated space for a get-to-know-you kind of dating experience, look on below for some practical summer date ideas: Have a picnic on the beach…

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    How to Stay Sane During Testing Season

    As you’ve probably noticed, we’re nearing the end of AP and IB testing season. Maybe it was your teachers reminding you to study incessantly, the fact that you’ve had it marked on your calendar for months, or the telltale sign of countless students hauling around their Barron’s or Princeton Review books constantly that tipped you off to the fact. But…

  • The hardest part about this recipe is waiting for it to be ready in the freezer. The pain is real.
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    Heart-Shaped Banana Chocolate Chip Cheezecake

    The title of this recipe may be slightly confusing for you. No, there is no spelling error in the word “cheezecake.” I intentionally chose the letter “Z” rather than “S” because there is actually no cheese in this cheezecake recipe! I know, shocking. What’s the secret ingredient? Cashews! Don’t fret, for cashews are one of the most versatile ingredients, particularly…

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    How to Achieve Self-Acceptance

    Self-acceptance is essentially a state where you are satisfied or happy with yourself. It plays an important role in our mental health. Being content with our personality can boost our self-confidence and our self-esteem greatly and can aid us in carrying ourselves with surety. Everyone has insecurities. Some people are blessed with an indifferent attitude toward public opinion and attention, but,…