Make your very own Japanese Raindrop Cake 【Video】 — RocketNews24

Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, is once again on our doorstep and now with this “how to” video you can make your very own Raindrop Cake to celebrate! This “How to make Star Festival Raindrop Cake” video comes with English subtitles and easy step-by-step instructions, so you’ll be swallowing down delicious raindrops in…

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Totoro runs, does aerobics, and holds an impressive yoga pose in series of cute illustrated GIFs — RocketNews24

The rotund character from Studio Ghibli inspires us all with his adorable “Totorobics” workout. Out of all the loveable characters created by animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli, it’s the large forest-dwelling grey-and-white Totoro from the film My Neighbour Totoro that continues to be one of the most beloved. Charming audiences with his cat-like face and plump white belly, Totoro has…

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Memento Mori

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In Death Parade, an excellent anime that I highly recommend, the bartender and arbiter of the afterlife, Decim,  mixed a drink called a “Memento Mori.” As you can see from the picture, he says that “memento mori” means “remember that you must die.” A memento mori is a reminder that you must die, but it is also a reminder of the sweetness of life. It is a reminder of the ephemeral nature of life; a reminder to value what is before you because it is not forever.

I was enchanted with the beautiful drink, unfortunately, it isn’t a real drink, until now… Inspired by Death Parade, here is my version of the Memento Mori.

2 parts Gin

1 part Elderflower Liqeuer

1 part Creme de Violette

1 part White Cranberry Juice

Shake with ice. Pour and garnish with a Maraschino Cherry.

If you’re worried that it is a bit too purple, half the Creme de Violette. My Memento Mori is pictured below. Please forgive the poor photographic skill and the use of a coup glass instead of a martini glass. I tend to use them interchangeably.

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Red Rock National Park

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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Today I was thinking about our visit to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. I am so thankful that Paul’s parents took us there. It was stunning. Happy Independence Day!!!!

Great Japanese Food Blog

Justonecookbook.com has great recipes covering everything from how to make the perfect rice to how to make the perfect dango for spring. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to follow her blog with the wordpress reader. 😦 Despite that, it is a super blog and I cannot suggest it strongly enough.