Zodiac Gift Guide: Scorpio

Zodiac Gift Guide: Scorpio

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Looking for a gift for the Scorpio in your life? Here is a couple of gift ideas for you. Scorpios are born between October 23 and November 21.

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Scorpios are an intense and mysterious group which makes the scorpion the perfect animal to represent them.

Fossil Women’s Cateye Sunglasses

Scorpios love to be incognito so a classic pair of sunglasses can help them keep a low profile.

IL Caldo Black Sun Hat

A wide brim, black hat can also appeal to mysterious side of the Scorpio woman in your life.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

A great mystery thriller is prime reading for Scorpios. They love digging into a good who-dun-it and aren’t afraid of the darker side of life.

The Rider Tarot Deck

Many Scorpios are interested in the metaphysical and a tarot deck may help them explore tarotology.

The Power of Myth

Scorpios love learning new things, an interesting documentary by a world renowned mythologist may pique their interest.

Armani Genuine Leather Wallet

Scorpios love quality items and a fine leather wallet for your Scorpio man appeals to his masculinity.

Calvin Klein Moto Jacket

A fine leather jacket like this is an excellent choice for a Scorpio man or woman. Not only is it sleek, but it will last her a lifetime due to its high quality.

T Tahari Tulia Dress

A simple black dress is an excellent choice for the Scorpio woman in your life: elegant, classy, and slightly enigmatic.

Luminarc Nuance 10.5-Ounce Goblet

A nice set of wine glasses would be great for the wine-loving Scorpio. Pair with a nice Pinot Noir, because like Scorpio, it is known for its “dark and intense flavoring.” Get more zodiac-wine pairings at Spoon University here.

Spy Gear – Micro Spy Kit

For the little Scorpio, a spy kit is a perfect gift for them to be a sleuth and solve mysteries. We hope you enjoyed this gift guide! Next month, we’ll be back with Sagittarius gift ideas (Mac’s sign!).

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Good, Evil, and J.K. Rowling, Post-Harry Potter

Good, Evil, and J.K. Rowling, Post-Harry Potter

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After Harry Potter, the theme of good versus evil remains a key focus for J.K. Rowling, however post-HP, she has ventured much further into the evil side of things.

The Cormoran Strike series is set in London and features a cast of celebrities and models in the first book and a cast of prominent writers, literary agents, and editors in the second. I have just begun reading the third book of the Strike series, Career of Evil, and therefore have limited commentary on the book. Depraved behavior can happen anywhere, but it may be easier for some to observe it in the harsh conditions of London in the Strike series, rather than the purportedly idyllic setting of The Casual Vacancy.


In my 10th grade history class, we studied various Enlightenment thinkers, including Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. Namely, Hobbes said, “The condition of man… is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.” This seems to be a guiding philosophy certainly for The Casual Vacancy, and to perhaps a milder extent, the Cormoran Strike series.

In all of Rowling’s post-Harry Potter work, it feels as though you are being forced to stare unblinkingly at the more unseemly side of humanity. It can be quite uncomfortable to read, and maybe that is her goal. There seems to be a keen desire to look at people’s imperfections, all the parts most people keep concealed due to social niceties.

Rowling pokes and prods mercilessly at her character’s vulnerabilities, creating a sense of brutal honesty. The bright jewel of hope that was a constant reassuring presence in Harry Potter is nearly entirely snuffed out in her work since. The brightest point of the Strike series is his assistant, Robin Ellacott, but even she may have a dark secret lingering in her past.

The Strike series so far is definitely engaging and thought-provoking; the storytelling and suspense, top-notch. However, and I realize J.K. Rowling doesn’t answer to me, I would love if she could write something a little lighter in this post-Harry Potter world.

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All Time Favorite Mini M&M Cookies

All Time Favorite Mini M&M Cookies

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There is something magical about baking. Not only the magic of chemistry but also the magic of soothing the soul. Baking has a way of decreasing the stress of everyday life.

All Time Favorite Mini M&M Cookies

As you can tell from previous recipes, we love baked goods. We have shared our recipes for Banana Oatmeal Muffins and Peach Muffins. Last week, we also shared a recipe for Blueberry Crumble. Today, we wanted to share our favorite cookie recipe.

To us, a cookie should be sweet, soft, and include some form of chocolate. Our favorite form of chocolate for these cookies is mini M&Ms but you can use any kind, semi-sweet, milk, or dark. Whatever suits your fancy.

Another important characteristic for the perfect cookie is to not be over-baked. The cookie should be slightly brown on the bottom and just barely cooked in the middle. This yields a soft, moist cookie instead of a hard crumbly kind.

This recipe is quite fast. From beginning to end, it only takes 45 minutes to make 3 dozen cookies!

ALL TIME FAVORITE MINI M&M COOKIES

Combine dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder) in a bowl and set aside.

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Place softened butter, granulated sugar, and packed brown sugar into electric mixer.

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Cream together until fluffy.
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Prepare vanilla and 1 large egg.

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Here is the batter after all wet ingredients have been combined.

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Add the previously mixed dry ingredients into the batter.

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Mmm cookie dough!

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Get those Mini M&M’s ready!

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Use a spatula or wooden spoon to mix in the M&M’s.

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Scoop ’em out with a small ice cream scoop. Pop them into a preheated 350°F oven. Farewell, dear cookies. We shall meet again.

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So much waiting!

 
10 minutes later…

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Sweet Perfection!

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All Time Favorite Mini M&M cookies

Yield: 36 cookies

All Time Favorite Mini M&M cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 6 ounces mini M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. Cream butter and both sugars together.
  5. Mix in egg and vanilla.
  6. Carefully mix in dry ingredients.
  7. Using spatula, fold in mini M&Ms.
  8. Scoop dough onto prepared pan, about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake 9-10 minutes, until bottom is lightly brown.
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