How to Make "Chocolate Frogs"

Hello all! A while ago, I was thinking about making fandom inspired healthy treats. I have some others planned, but the first one I made were "chocolate frogs" inspired by Harry Potter. This one is probably the least healthiest, as I just used regular chocolate, but it's better than solid chocolate because it has something inside right? No? Well, I was going to use peanuts for the inside, but we didn't have any, so instead I'm using bits of graham cracker, and it's very good actually.

I know they don't exactly like this, but you can use a mold if you so desire.

You will need;
-Two bowls (one must be microwavable)
-A plate
-Graham crackers
-A spoon
-Parchment paper

1) Break off pieces of graham cracker however big you want.

2) Melt some chocolate until it's all nice and melty.
3) Place a graham cracker piece in the chocolate and use the spoon to cover it all.

4) Place parchment paper on your plate and set your chocolates on it once they are covered in chocolate.

Pretty simple, right?
5) But before you eat them (well I mean, you could if you wanted to), put them in the fridge for a bit so the chocolate hardens again.

And you're done!

(I got the Chocolate Frog box and card at Universal Studios)

So there you have an easy snack/dessert that anyone can do. :)

Don't trust Peter Pan, don't blink, and don't worry (you're just as sane as I am),
-Lady Claire


Book Review- Curses and Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Hello all! Today I'm going to do a book review on Curses and Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter.
I got it for $1.99 at my school's book fair.

I don't know about you, but I like to judge a book by it's cover (don't we all? Maybe?) and this one really caught by eye. I mean, flower crowns, volcanoes, fire and smoke? It looks like quite a dramatic book.

But in reality, I wasn't very excited when reading this. It took me more than a month to read and it felt like it kept getting longer and longer. I mean, two of the main characters die, but it's not even because of the volcano that's erupting a few miles away! The overall idea is pretty good though I must say. Let's take a look at the book...

Description (from Booklist): In ancient Pompeii shortly before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, inquisitive and carefree Lucia, the teenage daughter of the owner of a gladiator school, wants to be independent. Her debt-ridden father, however, intends to marry her off to one of his wealthy patrons. More complications arise once Tag, her childhood playmate, returns after a stint as a medical slave at another gladiator school. Will Tag escape his enslavement? Will Lucia escape her impending marriage to the highest bidder? Will either of them survive the curse of Pompeii? This plot-driven historical novel is a quick read, with enough Latin vocabulary and accurate descriptions of ancient Roman culture to keep readers interested, enlightened, and entertained. A fairly lengthy, detailed author’s note lays out the history of the eruption, including differing theories about when it actually occurred; facts about Roman culture and practices; and information about gladiators. Fans of Shecter’s Cleopatra’s Moon (2011) or any one of the many movies and TV shows about ancient Roman or Greek culture, such as Gladiator, should find plenty to like.

Plot: Basically, Lucia (one of the main characters) wants to get out of marrying an old man, falls in love with someone else (Tag, another main character), and then the volcano erupts. Most of the time it was just a lot of moaning and groaning about their horrible lives, so that got kind of boring. A lot of it just felt unneeded and wasn't very interesting, although the author did a good job researching all of the little details. I also like how it went back and forth between Lucia and Tag's point of view.

Characters: The characters are all right. I feel like even though it was a long book, I didn't connect with the characters very well. I hate when the author doesn't describe what they look like, because then I can't picture them. The author didn't really talk about their personalities either. Lucia is one of the main characters, and she's kind of an oblivious la-dee-da type of girl, while Tag, another main character always sulks and doesn't really do much. Because it went back and forth between them, you got to kind of see what each of the thought of each other.

Pros: Although this wasn't my favorite book, I really like the history in this and all the research that went into getting everything right. It is a very creative idea, I just would have done it differently.

Cons: Like I've mentioned, I found it boring and kind of randomly. I didn't like how we couldn't learn more about the characters and I didn't connect with them.

But, if you like historical romance-y type books, then I think you would enjoy this book! It isn't one of my favorites, but I liked it.

Overall rating: 3/5 stars


Did I do okay for my first book review? I hope so. 
Until next time, peasants!

~Lady Claire

P.S.- don't trust Peter Pan, don't blink, and don't worry (you're just as sane as I am)!


July Recap // Currently

Hey lovely people of the Internet! Since today is the first day of August (*gasp!*), I'm going to tell you all what I've been doing this month.

Reading- I finally finished Curses and Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter, as well as rereading the third Harry Potter book, and I am currently reading The Heir by Kiera Cass.

Isn't the cover just gorgeous?

Watching- Well I've been watching quite a lot of things recently, some of them being...

1) Seventh season of Doctor Who. The 11th Doctor is my favorite by far, and this season is so good!

2) Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. I love this episode SO MUCH! I have literally watched it 3 times in the last 2 days.
(can we just take a moment and admire how cute/sad it is that 11's still wearing Amy's glasses?)

3) Season four of Once Upon A Time. Let me just say that it is AMAZING and I can not wait for season 5!!

4) Harry Potter movies 1-3. The other day, my brother and I attempted to do a "Potter-Thon", but we had to stop to go to our cousin's house, so we're finishing it on Wednesday!

5) Jurassic World. I didn't really want to see this movie, but I went along anyways. I was pretty bored for the majority of it. xD

6) Minions. I don't know why everyone loves them, but they are pretty funny!

Planning- Lots of fun posts/crafts for you guys!

Buying- Lots of Doctor Who and Harry Potter stuff from Hot Topic!

Teaching- I'm teaching my brother all about photography.

Writing- A Sleeping Beauty retelling for a contest!

Loving- My room that I'm currently painting (so lots of decor posts coming soon!), DOCTOR WHO, Oreo Thins, and this video:

So yeah, that's it! Do something awesome today guys! :)

Don't trust Peter Pan, don't blink, and don't worry (you're just as sane as I am :D),

~Lady Claire