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Cooking
How to make cupcakes
Ingredients:
* 110 grams of butter
* 110 grams of caster sugar
* 110 grams of self-raising flour
* 1 tsp of vanilla extract
* 1-2 tbsp of milk
* 2 eggs (lightly beaten)


Method:
1.Preheat the oven to 180C.
2.Cream together the sugar and butter.
3.Add the egg a little at a time.
4.Stir in the vanilla extract.
5.Fold in the flour and add the milk.
6.Pour the mixture into cupcake cases.
7.Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Insert a knife into the middle and if it comes out clean they are done.
8.Cool on a cooling rack for 5-10 minutes, then ice and enjoy!
How to make shortbread
Ingredients:
* 200 grams of butter
* 300 grams of plain flour
* 100 grams of sugar
* 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 160C.
2. Mix together the butter and sugar. For better, quicker results use a whisk.
3. Add the vanilla extract.
4. Gently mix in the flour.
5. Using your hands, make the mixture into a ball of dough.
6. Roll out the dough until about 5mm thick and cut into shapes.
7. Sprinkle the top with sugar.
8. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
9. Remove from the oven when they are a pale golden-brown colour.
10. Cool on a cooling rack for 5-10 minutes, then enjoy!
My New Puppy
Getting a puppy is a big responsibility. I have been wanting one my whole life and I finally got one. He is an 11 week old male Labrador called Buddy. He is hard work but a lot of fun. I am an inexperienced dog owner and am learning about how to look after him first-hand. But this is my guide to preparing for a puppy.

First: a checklist of what you need
* A crate (or cage). This makes a puppy feel secure in a place it isn't used to.
* A bed and blankets.
* Lots of chewy puppy toys to help with teething.
* Food and water bowls.
* Food (ask the breeder or previous owner what the puppy has been eating before and try to keep it the same as a sudden change in diet can give them an upset stomach).
* Lots of poop bags (always be prepared)
* A collar and lead (even if they are too young to go out for walks yet it is good to get them used to the feeling of their collar. Most dogs will find them irritating at first, so don't worry if, like Buddy did, they try to get it off.
* Treats and a clicker (for training)
* Some people use 'puppy pads' to help with toilet training. We didn't need to use these with Buddy but apparently they are helpful :)

Training
A trained dog is a happy dog. They know the rules and boundaries and are usually more willing to be obedient. You can start teaching the basics as soon as you get your puppy settled in. It is good to let them know who is in charge right from the start.
How to teach sit:
Fill the dog's food bowl right in front of him (while standing up so that the food bowl is higher than his head. Move the bowl forwards slightly so that it is above his head (try to keep it at least 40cm above him) He will look up at it and as he does so, he will sit down. Immediately say 'sit!' and then 'good boy/girl!' and reward them by giving them the food. This should take only days to master and you will soon have your dog sitting on command!
Photography
I love taking photos. These are some of my best.

How I take these photos:
My camera is a Nikon L820. Firstly, you want to find a good thing to take a photo of. Once you have found something (flower, bird, pet etc.), you need to make sure the lighting is right. Try to focus light on the right part of the object. If it is too dark, use the flash on the camera. Then choose the appropriate setting on your camera. There are usually a big range of settings. For example, for a flower you could use the 'close-up' setting. For an animal you could use the 'pet' setting. If you can find something to balance your camera on (like a Tripod), this would help to decrease the risk of blurriness. Sometimes, you have to take lots of photos from different angles until you get one you are happy with. The photos I have included in this are of: water, a bird in my garden, my puppy, an insect on a leaf and a bee.
Our Floods
This year we were flooded quite a few times. The worst time was on valentines' day. There was a big storm and it was too dangerous to go outside and put down the flood sacks. This is my guide to protecting your home during a flood.
Step one: Catch it early. It will be easier to manage if you can prepare yourself. Between noticing the road filling up and being knee-deep in water, I'd say we had about 30 minutes. So you have to act fast.
Step two: upon noticing the start of a possible flood, the best thing to do is make a barrier around your gate and doors using flood sacks to stop damage being done to your property. Always have flood sacks ready to use if your area is prone to flooding.
Step three: If the flood gets worse, contact the environment agency or whoever can help you. You can find the numbers for these people easily by looking online :)



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