CINNAMON FILLING: 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, just melted (not boiling) 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
CREAM CHEESE GLAZE: 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 2-ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 3/4 cup powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
PANCAKES: 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
Prepare the cinnamon filling: In a medium bowl, stir together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Scoop the filling into a quart-sized heavy zip baggie and set it aside (see *Tips below).
Prepare the glaze: In a small pan, heat the butter over low heat until melted. Turn off the heat and whisk in the cream cheese until it is almost smooth. Sift the powdered sugar into the pan, stir and add in vanilla extract. Set the pan aside while you make the pancakes.
Prepare the pancake batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in the milk, egg and oil, just until the batter is moistened (a few small lumps are fine).
Cook the pancakes: Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-heat and spray with nonstick spray. Use an ice cream scoop (or 1/3 cup measuring cup) to add the batter to the pan. Use the bottom of the scoop or cup to spread the batter into a circle (about 4-inches in diameter). Reduce the heat to medium low. Snip the corner of your baggie of cinnamon filling and squeeze the filling into the open corner. When your pancake begins to form bubbles, add the filling. Starting at the center of the pancake, squeeze the filling on top of the pancake batter in a swirl (just as you see in a regular cinnamon roll). Cook the pancake 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bubbles begin popping on top of the pancake and it’s golden brown on the bottom. Slide a thin, wide metal spatula underneath the pancake and gently but quickly flip it over. Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, until the other side is golden as well. When you flip the pancake onto a plate, you will see that the cinnamon filling has created a crater-swirl of cinnamon. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel, and repeat with the remaining pancake batter and cinnamon filling. Re-warm the glaze briefly, if needed. Serve pancakes topped with a drizzle of glaze.
Brendon Urie broke his ankle on the stairs to the stage and played the rest of the set hopping, and got bottled in the eye with a glass bottle, went unconsious, got up and continued the set.
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Real men forever proving that Justin Bieber is a little bitch.
HOW ABOUT WHEN PETE WENTZ BROKE HIS LEG AFTER JUMPING OFF THE STAGE SPEAKER AND LANDING ON IT.
I was directly in front of David from Breathe Carolina when he fell on stage and hit his chest on an amp causing him to get the wind knocked out of him. And he still got up and sang the last song. Turns out he had a broken rib and fractures sternum, but he didn’t wanna let us down. What a trooper.
Christopher Drew jumping off a speaker at warped tour hurting his foot and finishing the set and then continued to play at warped tour for the rest of the summer.
Luke Kilpatrick performing shows with his broken leg
Let’s not forget that Freddie Mercury was dying of AIDS and instead of wallowing in self pity he threw the best damn tour of his life.
Being sixteen is already a job on its own, but to be sixteen and expected to fight for the ideals of others is quite another. Notwithstanding the potential or impact of PTSD, the prospect of combat is probably less worrisome with a sharingan or the energy reserve of a behemoth demon fox in your arsenal; the struggles of various teenage identity crises takes a step back behind more important ninja goals like avenging a clan massacre or becoming Hokage. Perhaps this is why Haruno Sakura is hated by so many, because in a story involving exponential human power, she reminds us of how fragile people truly are and how hard it is to grow up.
Thein medias resintroduction of the Naruto series’ eponymous hero does disservice to Sakura’s character because of her extraordinary ordinariness. Here is a place of incredible abilities, the Village Hidden in the Leaves, where a twelve-year-old hyperactive orphan is clever enough to outsmart a handful of soldiers—soldiers who leap in bounds over rooftops and disappear in the blink of an eye. Immediately the stage is set for characters performing supernatural feats, continuously outdoing each other in contrasts of strengths and weaknesses. Naruto the hero eventually meets his rival, and as per shounen rule of thumb the escalating tension between them later on becomes the highlight of the protagonist’s story. The fact that Naruto is just like any other boy with unrequited affections reflects in his relationship with Haruno Sakura, a civilian bred slip of a girl who is introduced to be sophomoric, overly emotional, insecure and quite useless in ninja combat (never mind that she actually has mental and physical potential strengths already hinted on before Shippuden).
Sakura is painfully average compared to the rest of Team Seven, living a stable supported lifestyle with both her parents alive. There is little room for any immediate political consequence to take impact on her family, and thus her personality develops around what is considered to be the normal girl pre-teen problems: friends, looks, boys. As a little girl, Sakura may have thought the worst thing that could happen to a person is to have a huge forehead and be bullied about it—this changes when she meets the rest of her genin teammates. Uchiha Sasuke suffered his worst nightmare as a child when he witnessed his brother’s supposed betrayal, while Uzumaki Naruto’s childhood was already compromised just after his birth when a demon entity was sealed inside him. Sakura grew up with a normal childhood (or as normal as it can be inside a feudalist military village), so it is no surprise that her struggles with maturity are familiarly mundane, especially when it concerns personal insecurities. Yet because she is precisely a reminder of real problems and real phases of teenagers most people regret and wish to deny, she is the easiest to despise.
The hardest people to accept and understand are those who resemble us too much. No one wants to admit that like Sakura in Road to Ninja, we have fought with our parents out of foolishness, and in the heat of emotions consider them the worst and wished they didn’t exist. We do embarrassing things and disregard our true identities to please idols and crushes; we are unfair to “idiots” and “loudmouths” and “perverts” because these prejudices are so easy and conform to other people’s opinions. Naruto on the other hand is easiest to love because his past is tragic and lonely, but despite this, he has a caring personality and protects Sakura even if she verbally (and even physically) abuses him. Shippuden shows how Sakura later on becomes quite attached to Naruto and overcomes her superficial dislike of him, yet she still is the ire of many because the manga and anime series builds from and maintains the foundation of her character: being average, being not-at-par, being left behind.
Sakura is a bit too similar to what we deal with in the real world, which is why we would rather pretend we care about humanity by abstracting it in the form of a boy orphaned by the demons crafted by obscure political upheavals. It’s easier to feel sympathy even for Sasuke, mad and unpredictable as he is, because his suffering is superfluously unimaginable and bordering absolute fictitious that it puts us at great distance to the problems in our own home. When we see Sakura scold Naruto like a nagging sister, we don’t like being reminded of how cruel we can be to our own brothers and sisters. When Sakura cries because she is heartbroken or happy, we don’t like acknowledging the fact that our own rejections or overwhelming excitements render us just as vulnerable. We find it hard to respect Sakura’s medical contributions to war because it lacks the romanticized aggression in most male character leads, making us forget that people can create as much as they can destroy.
Had the story of Konoha begun with Haruno Sakura, it might have felt less like being among heroes than suddenly being thrown into a cruel world of brute survival. Sakura would learn about ninjas and techniques fervently, gaining some initial wonder and excitement about this new environment, but she would later on realize the stark difference between theories and the reality they refer to. In many ways this is similar to how we all grow up. We have perceptions of the world and our place in it that later on get disturbed and remade; we are average people constantly getting thrown into situations we think we’re prepared for but aren’t even close. In order to forget our troubles, we sometimes turn to Naruto, Sasuke and Kakashi because their inherent talents inspire us, and when they fight we feel like we are one of them. When we see our reflections in Sakura, however, we are disgusted by what we see and adopt her habit of denying her true self by saying, “she doesn’t deserve Naruto or Sasuke” or “she should just die”. We attempt to kill our true humanity in Sakura, constantly wondering why on earth Naruto would ever protect someone so useless like her. Perhaps this is another reason why we love Naruto, because he endlessly believes that people like us, like Sakura, who are weak against our own selves and the prejudice of others, have the potential to be strong and are quite beautiful and worth loving when we show our true persons, even when he’s the only one looking.
One of the main reasons Sakura became my favorite character was for these very reasons. Bless this post.
I made this long Twilight summary a while back but I never shared the whole thing with you tumblr. I should probably point out that I’ve only seen 2 of the movies and not read any of the books so there might be 1 or 2 teensy errors….