How To Post (Fruit Tart)

Fruit Tart

First off, you’re going to want to see if you have the correct pan for this.   You’re going to want a 12-inch tart/quiche pan with a removable bottom.

Now that you are sure you have the pan for the job, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and begin working on the crust!

CRUST

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened and sliced

In a medium sized bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, flour, and butter, mixing with a Pastry Cutter until combined thoroughly. You should be able to mold the dough into a ball and just as easily break it back up into the tiny crumbs you had before.   Take the dough and transfer it into the 12-inch tart pan with the removable bottom. Press the dough into the pan, forming it to the indented sides as well. Bake it for 10 to 12 minutes or until very lightly browned. Set aside to cool on a cooling rack.

FILLING

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1-1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon lemon extract (Optional)

Mean while, as the crust is cooling, start the filling. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and lemon extract together until smooth. Spread over the cooled crust. Now it is time for the fruit! You can really pick any fruit you want and arrange it in anyway you please. I however used Strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, blackberries, and mango. However you want to arrange them is your choice! Below there is a picture of how I did mine!

GLAZE

1 (6-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/4 cup granulated sugar

After you have cut and arranged all your fruit how you please, it is time to make the glaze. Combine the limeade, cornstarch, lime juice, and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until clear and thick, about 2 minutes. It will be very sticky so watch out what you get it on! After it was cooled a bit, take a pastry brush and cover the whole tart with it. You will not use the entire glaze.

Refrigerate the tart until you want to devour it! Store any leftovers in the fridge.

Serves 8!

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February 20, 2015 at 8:08 pm Leave a comment

Story Idea From Twitter

When I began attending UNC Charlotte some odd years ago, there was a man I met in front of Belk Tower. He was always nicely dressed in a suit, with a bottle of water in his pocket, and a bible under his arm. Everyday he would stand atop the platform for the Belk Tower, or a bench, and proceed to preach the word of the bible. He was very passionate and stern in his readings and teachings. He generally would attract a crowd of 10-20 people, and became commonly referred to as UNCC’s “Preacher Man”. I was caught off gaurd when a twitter post showed a screenshot of “Preacher Man’s” mugshot on the news. The caption simply stated, ” Man arrested for inciting riot.”

I would began researching the topic by gathering whatever information I could. I would begin by finding out where this riot took place. Where it took place might give me more information like what it was about, what caused it, and how it happened. All these things are important pieces of information to know on the subject. Speaking with people who work in places near or surrounding the area where it took place can be a hit or miss. Some people may have witnessed what happened, and others might claim to witness what happened which can cause a variety of details about the encounter.

After gaining general information on the subject I would attempt to speak with “Preacher Man” directly. “Preacher Man” is hardly ever camera shy so he would provide a full detail of the events. To further my research I would try to get in contact with the arresting officers and get their side of the story. Whether “Preacher Man” was cooperative or not and how they perceived the events. I would end the article with the results of “Preacher Man’s” arrest.

February 20, 2015 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

How To Post

Any great writing, whether it be an article, a book, or a how-to-post, should be clear and understandable, contain valuable information, and be direct to the point. With that being said, here is a useful how-to-post about one of my favorite days of the year. Superbowl Sunday.

How to throw the Perfect Superbowl Party

1. The first step to throwing a Superbowl party is setting the date and planning. You must make sure the Superbowl party starts a little before the Superbowl so everyone can get settled in and comfortable before the game. Do not forget to invite the guest! They are the life of the party.

2. The next step is gathering the proper decoration items for you party. If your team is in the Superbowl I would suggest getting themed party favors such as hats, plates, etc. A banner or streamer adds a nice touch to the room.

3. No party is complete without food. Food for a Superbowl party should not be anything to extravagant. Finger foods are ideal, such as sandwhiches, chicken wings, fries, and other easy to make delicates.

4.Make sure you have a big TV to watch the game on. If you have a room full of guests trying to watch the biggest game of the year on a TV  the size of a laptop screen, you might have a problem.

5. Last but certainly not least, enjoy the game!

February 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment

How To Post

Journalists must be clear and concise in order for the reader to understand the content and take the writer seriously. How-to writing is good practice because it’s direct, easy, and is in a logical order.

How to make French Toast:

Ingredients:

-6 thick slices of bread

-2 eggs

-2/3 cup of milk

-1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

-salt to taste

Directions:

1) Beat together egg, milk, salt, vanilla, desired spices.

2) Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium-high flame

3) Dunk each slice of bread into egg mixture, soaking both sides. Place in pan and cook on both sides until golden. Serve hot.

February 18, 2015 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

How-to: Card Game Edition

A journalist must clear and concise in their writing. That said, here’s a fun prank to play on someone.

Not just a classic Elmore Leonard novel, 52 Pickup is also an entertaining prank card game. Here’s a quick how-to:

  1. Acquire a standard deck of playing cards.
  2. Find a prospective player. Preferably, someone younger, like a sibling or cousin. I would, however, strongly recommend that you do not choose someone known to have anger issues (you can never be too careful these days). You will also likely have trouble convincing someone you have played the game with before to play it again.
  3. Begin shuffling the deck of cards as to give the appearance of doing something different from what you are about to do. Small talk would be good here, talking about the weather, new movies etc.
  4. When ready, throw the deck of cards in the air so that they land scattered across the floor.
  5. As the cards land on the floor, say something to the effect of “52 pickup!” and walk off, leaving the player to collect the cards. Or, feel free to revel in their frustration if you’re really that petty. Then again, you are playing 52 pickup.

February 18, 2015 at 12:41 am Leave a comment

How To Make Deviled Eggs

In order for a journalist to write a good news story they must follow a certain process to create a good enough story to put out into the world.  A process that a journalist must go through to create a news story is similar to the steps involved in cooking and following a recipe.

How To Make Deviled Eggs:

Materials: Eggs, mayonnaise, yellow mustard, salt, pepper, paprika for garnishing, and cooking utensils

Step 1:  Hard boil the eggs

Step 2:  Crack the shell

Step 3:  Cut the eggs in half

Step 4:  Remove yolk

Step 5:  Mix in mayonnaise and the mustard

Step 6: Season with the salt and pepper

Step 7:  Pipe the filling into the egg whites

Step 8:  Sprinkle the paprika on top

Step 9: Enjoy!

A journalist must go through a certain number of things before finalizing a news story, just like following a recipe!

February 17, 2015 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

how to post

Journalists have to grab the readers attention pretty much immediately. They Also have to be very clear and concise about what they are talking about. Grabbing a readers attention is the hardest part of writing an article. If a journalist is able to pull of a great first sentence its pretty much smooth sailing afterwards.

How to wash your car efificiantly and leaving you clean car spot free and shiny in 10 steps!

1) I usually start my car washing process out by getting all my materials that I will need first so that I am not searching as I go. You will need a bucket, dishing washing soap, tire scrub, a sponge, tire bleach for the white words on tour tire (if there are any on your tires), a dry towel made specifically for a car so that there won’t be any scratches left on the paint, windex for the windows, a hose, a vacuum for the carpets inside, and wipes to wipe down the inside of the car.

2) Wet one single side at a time. Which ever side you decide to start with wet it with a hose.

3) Fill bucket up with warm water and gradually add dishwashing soap.

4) Grab your sponge and work your sponge into circular motions all over that side of the car that you chose. Make sure you don’t miss a spot!

5) After you finish scrubbing that side of the car take the hose and rinse it off.

6) IMMEDIATELY take you absorbing car towel and dry in off. We do this immediately because it prevents water marks and spots!

7) Continue doing the same thing for the rest of the sides of the vehicle.

8) After scrubbing the entire car spray your tires with the bleach and let sit until the end of the process.

9) vacuum inside of the car, and wipe down dashboard, steering wheel, and windex all of the windows. Wiping windows with a paper towel is fine just do it one window at a time and immediately after spraying! DO NOT LET WINDEX SIT FOR TOO LONG.

10) Finally scrub bleach off tires, and you’ve got a very clean and sparkling car!

February 17, 2015 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

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