Month: February 2015

People Wear Masks in Different Ways

People may mask themselves with a plastic face, or people may mask what they’re really feeling on the inside with an opposite facial expression on the outside. People wear masks in many different ways.

When people put on a literal mask, it’s to disguise themselves from others. During Halloween, people pretend to be people they are not with costumes and masks. One year for Halloween, I wore a gorilla mask to hide my face and be something I’m not. When wearing a real mask, it can be entertaining to disguise yourself for a while.

Although certain masks are fun and joyful to wear, other masks come with a deeper meaning. Sometimes, masks can be figurative. People will put a fake emotion in their face to hide what they’re really feeling. For example, when someone is angry, or feeling down, they might try to conceal those feelings from others by putting on a smile or acting calm. Sometimes, I start feeling sad and try to hide that feeling from my friends by laughing and making jokes. Hiding what you feel on the inside form others is more difficult and harder to take off compared to disguising yourself behind a costume mask.

People wear masks in many different ways and everyone has worn their own at some point. Even though there are masks that are put on for fun, don’t be afraid to talk with people and share who you truly are or what your actually feeling.

Almond Fruit Bars

On Thursday, after school, I felt the sudden urge to bake, so I went online and searched for some new dessert recipes to try out. While searching, I came across some Almond Fruit Bars. They looked so delicious and I decided to try them out.

I wrote down all of the ingredients I needed, set them out, and began to mix them together. After I finished mixing the flour mixture, I started mixing the butter and sugars. This part was a little more difficult since the butter kept sticking to the electric mixer. I added the egg yolk and, eventually, the flour mix. I started to worry if I messed the recipe up as I gradually mixed the flour in because of how dry and separated they became. It started to look like big chunks of sand in a bowl. I continued to mix everything in and hoped for the best.

Once the dough was done, I got out the jam and started to whisk it. Then, I took the crumbled dough and started pressing half of it into the bottom of the pan. After that was done, I spread the jam on top of it, avoiding the edges. As I was spreading the jam onto the dough, it kept sticking to the crumbles and made it look like a mess. I proceeded to attempt to fix it by just finishing the recipe and try to figure out what I did wrong.

I sprinkled the rest of the sandy dough on the jam layer and, once the dough was thick enough, the recipe said to push it down into the pan. I felt to gooey jam slowly break through the top layer of dough and reach my fingers. Gross.

At this point of baking, I had almost given up. I placed the baking pan into the oven and waited 25 minutes for them to cook.

I could smell the amazing cinnamon aroma fill the kitchen. I opened the oven and peaked inside. They looked so perfect! I took them out and waited for them to cool.

The fruit bars tasted amazing and I was so happy I didn’t toss them out while making them. I was so proud of myself and what I had made!

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