You may recall in the recent past, I talked about a caramel dobos torte we made. While we didn’t end up being particularly thrilled with this cake, we did learn how to make caramel in the process. With this newfound skill, we decided it was time to put it to good use and make some homemade, caramel-y treats. But first, we needed to replicate our caramel. This proved to be more difficult than we expected, as caramel is still a rather tricky process despite having done it before. After three attempts, we finally had a brand new batch of caramel. Continue reading Bonus: The Duck’s Caramel Popping Corn
From time to time, Mother Duck and I enjoy baking new things. Well, to be more accurate, we don’t always enjoy the process of baking, but we certainly enjoy the results. One recent recipe we decided to try was a caramel dobos torte, a twelve-layered cake with caramel buttercream, the recipe for which came from British baker Mary Berry. Now there’s a nice name if there ever was one.
First of all, I’ll just tell you guys now that we had no intention of actually making twelve layers. That’s a bit too fancy for us. Though we had actually halved the recipe, no, we did not plan on making six layers, either. Rather, we were perfectly content with two layers because cake is cake, no matter how many layers it has. And yet, even now, we were getting ahead of ourselves because the first step of the recipe was creating homemade caramel. This is something we had never done before, and it felt like a monumental task indeed! Continue reading Fun and Confusion with Caramel
Greetings and welcome to another bonus post. The Duck’s Youtube channel has certainly been increasing in variety these past weeks, and today, I have published my very first video recorded using my dad’s Canon camera. It’s a pretty complex camera to use, and I’m still getting used to how it works, but I’m sure it’ll get easier with practice. For now, I think this first venture into the outside world went well enough despite any technical issues I might have had. Continue reading Bonus Post: Piggies, Fountains, and Star Gazing
It occurred to me recently that, as fond as my memories are of practically anything Disney-related, the Disney Parks are not wholly without unhappiness. No, quite the contrary. It was at one of these so-called “happiest places on Earth” that the Duck was subject to something very unpleasant indeed…traumatic even. But how could this be? How could a place filled with Disney characters and parades and fireworks, a place where even murderous pirates sing jaunty tunes, ever have a sinister side to it? Heck, even the 999 resident ghosts are specifically described as “happy haunts”, proving that Disney is indeed a joyous place for the living and the dead!
But nay, my friends, I speak the truth. There was a time when the Disney Parks were a very unhappy place for this particular Duck. Well then, where did this sad tale of woe take place, you must be asking with barely hidden disbelief? Why, dear readers, the culprit responsible is none other than…Disney World’s Tomorrowland. Continue reading Encountering an Alien at Disney World
Hey there, everybodies, we’re back for part 2 of my video game collection tour! In the previous episode, I showed off my PlayStation-related figurines from Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Ratchet & Clank. If you haven’t checked it out, please do. This video, on the other hand, covers all the random things I couldn’t fit into the last video, which mainly includes Nintendo and PC items. Behold the Duck’s plushie collection, including my harmless plush versions of the Five Nights at Freddy’s characters. Watch in awe as you witness one of the largest figurines known to mankind (probably not, but it sounds cooler that way), Scervo from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. And let’s not forget some iconic items from the Zelda series, like Link’s Master Sword and Hylian Shield! Continue reading The Duck’s Gaming Hoard Part 2
Thanks to my discovery of the wonderful thing that is a comic convention (a misleading name indeed when it covers gaming, movies, and TV in addition to comic books), I have been able to amass a semi-respectable collection of video game items, including figurines, plushies, and replica weapons and the like. It also fueled my obsession to the point that I have felt compelled to purchase these things even when I’m not visiting the comicon. I just can’t get enough gaming goodness! Wherever these wondrous items came from, the point is, my collection is pretty sweet. I guess. Continue reading The Duck’s Gaming Hoard Part 1
By now, I have been blogging for nearly seven years, and it is indeed in the written word where I excel. Due to my recent return to Youtube, however, I decided I might try my hand at a little side endeavor. Vlogging. For those of you not familiar with the term, it simply refers to the act of blogging in a video format. This is in no way a replacement for this here blog, but rather, a supplemental thing where a simple typed blog post is not terribly interesting or where my spiel is better accompanied with a few props to illustrate what I’m talking about. Continue reading Bonus Post: What is the Sporadic Quack?
It is probably safe to say that The Legend of Zelda series is one of the most beloved in video game history. With a history of 30 years and counting, it is only natural, then, that such a series would need to change, either to keep up with improving technology or to prevent itself from becoming stale. For these reasons, the series has indeed undergone many changes in its long history, with varying levels of success.
Ocarina of Time was revolutionary for the series just as Super Mario 64 was for the Super Mario Bros. franchise, for the Nintendo 64 characterized the grand change from the 2D games of the Super Nintendo era to brilliant, albeit rather polygonal, 3D. With the GameCube, we started seeing larger worlds with Wind Waker’s Great Sea and Twilight Princess’s expanded version of Hyrule. Twilight Princess also remains, to my knowledge, the only T-rated game in the franchise (probably because of Thelma’s…upper body), as this was apparently the series’ attempt to become darker and more adult. Skyward Sword for the Wii tried to mix things up further by placing some of the game’s challenges outside the dungeons and incorporating advanced motion controls. Continue reading Breath of the Wild: A Review
Yep, another video is here. I’ve been video-crazy lately, but I need to start filling up my Youtube channel with all sorts of ducky goodness. It’s rather tiny at the moment. So, my mom and I are not exactly big into scrapbooking. We only put together one other scrapbook in the past, as an anniversary present for my dad. But after our return from a truly memorable trip at Disneyland, we thought we’d try our hands at another scrapbook to try and immortalize the Disney magic. Continue reading The Duck’s Disneyland Dapper Scrapper-book 2017
I realize that after all these many posts discussing different aspects of our trip to Disneyland, not once have I really just talked about how our trip went. Yes, I talked about rides and food and delightful Disney merchandise. But do you know what hotel we stayed at? Furthermore, did you know that we went on Dapper Day? No, there is a pretty good chance you did not. You may very well not even know what Dapper Day is to begin with! You see how neglectful I’ve been? Continue reading The Duck’s Dapper Disneyland Slideshow 2017