Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Hello! Today I will be blogging about making tuna salad sandwiches. These are really easy and tasty sandwiches, and are great for a quick lunch.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes
  • Yields: 3-4 sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 170 g can of tuna
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tsp. mustard
  • 1 stalk celery
  • A few drops hot sauce (to taste)

Step 1: Drain the tuna and place in a medium glass bowl. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, and hot sauce.

Step 2: Chop the celery and add it to the bowl. Stir with a fork until well mixed.

Step 3: On slices of bread, divide the tuna salad equally between sandwiches. Spread and press with a fork, and add the top slice of bread. And that’s it! Enjoy your lunch!

If you want a downloadable copy of this recipe, CLICK HERE.

Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

Food Around The World

Hello! Today I will be blogging about food. This seems like a bland topic, but I just think food is kind of curious.

I would also like to mention that this blog is inspired by my friend Gayoung’s blog post from March 26. Her discussing Korean food make me think about food in general, so here goes.

I think food is kind of fascinating in the sense that it has such variety. If you think about it, food is simply a way of supplying our body with essential nutrients to help us survive. We don’t actually need more than bread, vegetables, and water. If this is the case, why do we have so much of it? I believe that food can be a way of distinguishing yourself from others. Oriental countries are known for their rice, and Mexico their spices, and America (sort of, if you think about all the fast food) their grease. Perhaps just as cultures developed around the world, so did their food.

Food was also a means of learning for early humans. Once fire was discovered, we found we could cook meat, and that led to baking. Once we farmed wheat and barley, that led to a wider variety of baking. Once we found out how to crush plants and create spices, we toyed with combinations to make different tastes. If you think about it, food stretched humans’ creativity and made them think in new ways and matters of comsequence.

Some people dedicate their life to food. They may spend their entire adulthood running a restaurant. When you do this, you discover new recipes and widen your boundaries. Some people simply can’t get enough of food, and pay the consequences by gaining weight. I suppose this shows that food falls into the category of “too much a good thing isn’t good anymore.”

Really, we don’t need potato chips, or cake, or soda. These are extras we developed. We would be perfectly fine, perhaps even better off, without them. But we like their tastes, so we eat them.

Perhaps you think that food is just food, and that’s fine. I am just at a stage where I question the meaning of everything around me.

To read the post that inspired this one, CLICK HERE.

Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

Harry Potter Characters – Ranked

Hello! Today I am going to be blogging about my favourite Harry Potter characters. Please note that this list is based on my opinion alone. Please also note that this note contains SPOILERS from throughout the series, so if you are planning to read it, do not read this post!

  1. Albus Dumbledore. I love Dumbledore. One of the reasons the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is my favourite. And YES, I said book! The movies are fine, but they just aren’t the same. One of the things I love about Dumbledore is that he isn’t perfect, as you discover in the Deathly Hallows. But while he sinned greatly, he recognised it and felt remorse. The fact that he built up upon his mistakes in a positive way is wonderful. Remember, the one thing that breaks a Horcrux is remorse, which shows how impossible it is for Dumbledore to truly be evil. He is so full of compassion and sympathy and quirkiness, which makes him adorable, in a way. “‘Nitwit! Oddment! Blubber! Tweak!'”
  2. Hermoine Granger. I really like Hermoine because she is so like me. We both get top grades, and obsess about books. One of my favourite parts of Hermoine in the books is her exam on Defence Against the Dark Arts in the Prisoner of Azkaban, when the Boggart turns into McGonagall and tells her she’s failed everything. I think that is a lot like me, although I doubt anyone’s fears are truly that shallow. I also like that Hermoine has sympathy and stubborness. Her stand for elf rights sounds like something I would do, though on a smaller scale.
  3. Minerva McGonagall. I really appreciate Professor McGonagall because even though she’s strict, she knows what is right and wrong and has good intentions. I like that even though Harry’s her student, she has faith in his independent abilities when the time comes. Her strength in magic is also wondrous, and the fact that she can turn into a cat just tops it off!
  4. Hagrid. I love Hagrid because he’s sort of like a teddy bear. He reminds me a lot of the BFG in Roald Dahl’s book. Even though his cooking is terrible and he has an out-of-control affection for monsters, his heart’s in the right place, and his faithfulness is something to marvel at. I like how he is aware of Dumbledore’s kindess and the ‘pay it forward’ idea, and how even though he’s made mistakes in the past, he’s always ready to make up for them.
  5. Molly Weasley. Mrs. Weasley is, in my mind, a wonderful, strong, and utterly mother sort of woman. One of my favourite Mrs. Weasley scenes in the entire series is when she’s yelling her head off at her sons, and turns to Harru with a sweet, kind, tone, because he’s done nothing wrong. (In my opinion, neither did Ron, Fred, or George.) I love how much she cares for her family and how that reflects in her Boggart, and her talents not only as a witch but as a housewife make me smile.

These are only a few of my favourite characters (you can’t forget Ron, Harry, George, Sirius, or even Snape), and I’m not sure if their order is entirely correct. But all the same, I hope this post has brought some things into perspective for you, and I plan on posting more Potter things in the future.

If you want some more information and thoughts on Harry Potter, CLICK HERE.

Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

 

Altering Patterns to Different Sizes

Hello! Today I will be blogging about how to alter sewing patterns to fit different dolls. It’s really an easy process.

I have a collection of patterns that fit different dolls: WellieWishers, American Girls, Journey Girls, etc. But I had to print out a new pattern from a different website each time I wanted to sew something in a different size. Now I’ve realised that there is a much easier way to create identical patterns in different sizes.

In the above picture, the leggings the dolls are wearing are actually the same pattern, but printed at a different size. I really like leggings, and found an American Girl pattern, but it only fit one type of doll. I wanted all of my dolls to wear leggings! So I printed the pattern again, but at a different size.

To change the size of the pattern, you must know the height of each of your dolls. In this example, I am altering the 18″ leggings pattern to fit a 15″ doll. To change the size of the pattern, divide the new doll’s height by the other’s (in this case, 15 ÷ 18). The decimal you get will be the percent to print the pattern (in this case, 0.83). In the settings before you print the picture, select ‘More Settings’, and under the Scale (%) control, write the decimal you got as a percent (remember that when you change decimals to percents you end at the hundredths, so this percent would be 83).

 

The pattern will then change to the right size for your doll. Print and enjoy!

This works for making patterns bigger, as well. If you have a small pattern and want to alter it to fit a larger doll, you would divide the larger doll’s height by the small one. In this case, you won’t get a decimal, but something over one. This means you would print it to a percent over 100. As an example, let’s take the 18″ and 15″ dolls again. 18 ÷ 15 equals 1.2, so you would print the pattern at a scale of 120.

I hope this post was helpful and easy to understand. If you would like to access the leggings pattern I used, CLICK HERE.

Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan