Fall Dessert Recipes

Explore some diverse flavors of autumn with these easy-to-follow dessert recipes!

Feel the nice little chill in the air?  See the street gradually turning colorful?  Sense an overwhelming feeling of loneliness?  Well, it’s autumn.  And what does that mean?  Time to explore  some diverse flavors of autumn—and with that, Blueprint introduces you to some of the most flavorful yet simple fall dessert recipes.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

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Gimme Some Oven

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups of flour1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup of softened butter

1 1/2 cup of white sugar

1 cup of canned pumpkin puree

1 egg

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 cups of confectioners’ sugar

3 tablespoons of milk

1 tablespoon of melted butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

How to:

  1. Heat the oven to 175 degrees celsius beforehand.  Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt.
  2. In a new bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of white sugar and butter.  To this, add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy.  Drop this dough on cookie sheets by tablespoonfuls; make sure to slightly flatten them out.
  3. Put into the preheated oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Cool the cookies.
  5. Mix confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon of melted butter, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.  And drizzle this glaze on the cooled cookies with a fork.

 

Apple and Pomegranate Crisp

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Capitol Market

Ingredients:

4 medium apples — peeled, cored and sliced

1/2 pomegranate — skin and light-colored membrane removed

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

1/2 cup of rolled oats

1/2 cup of flour

1/2 cup of white sugar

1/2 cup of unsalted, melted butter

 

How to:

  1. Heat the oven to 190 degrees celsius.  Butter a 9 by 13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, put the apples, pomegranate seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Spread them all evenly into the pan.  In the same bowl, stir together the oats, flour and sugar.  Sprinkle them over the top of the fruit.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes in the heated oven until the apples are soft.  Cool for 10 minutes afterwards.

 

Pumpkin Pie S’mores

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Gimme Some Oven

Ingredients:

16 ginger nut biscuit

8 marshmallow

8 tablespoon of canned pumpkin purée

1/4 tablespoon of cinnamon

 

How to:

  1. Heat the grill and line a baking sheet with parchment.  Put 8 ginger nuts on the tray and top with a marshmallow.  Grill the marshmallow until it is brown and melty.
  2. Mix the pumpkin puree with the cinnamon and put a tablespoon of the mixture on each of the remaining ginger nuts.
  3. Sandwich both together until oozing.

 

 

They say fall is the season of loneliness.  Well, then why not put an end to this unrelenting feeling of loneliness with the sweetest desserts here?

What to Do the Day Before the SAT

Just in a week… the long-awaited October SAT presents itself to students. Are you afraid? Well, fear not. Blueprint’s got you covered with some best tips that will boost up your scores last minute.

September is coming to an end. Two months into school, right when we finally seem to be adjusting to school, the deathly of the deathly is approaching. Yes, you guessed it right. The October SAT. Every year, the three letter haunts students down. Are YOU the victim of this doom? Well, fear not. Although last minute studying will DEFINITELY not help you out (don’t even try), here are some suggestions as to what you could do the day before the SAT to boost up the score with the little hope you have.

  1. Dress comfortably.

As soon as you come back from school, get comfy. The last thing you’re worried about at the moment is how you look. Get into the most comfortable position, comfortable outfit, and comfortable state. Who cares if you look like a zombie. Now is the time for you to pull off that score you so desperately wanted.

  1. Eat dinner.

Well, you might think now. Why does dinner even matter? Don’t I just have to eat my breakfast on the day of the SAT? No. Eating dinner now will not only keep you at a healthful state, but your brain will also be kept alert from the nutrition you take in the night before. Make sure to eat healthy, too.  It is important that you keep a good balance of vegetables, carbohydrates, and protein.  An idea dinner would perhaps look like broccoli, carrots, potatoes, and beef. After all, nutritious food is where your brain and body will get their power source from!

  1. Review.

Yes, review. Don’t even bother learning the new stuff now. Trust me; by the time you enter the testing center, your mind will go blank with the materials you learned afresh. Let’s stick with what we know, and make the best out of it. Believe it or not, reviewing is the key to success. As long as you are able to correctly answer the materials you learned so far, you will be fine.

  1. Don’t panic.

Okay, I know. It’s hard not to panic, especially if this is your first SAT. Well, if you panic, things are going to get worse. Panicking now will get you nowhere. It will only keep you going in a deathly circle of cries and worries. We have a lot to review. There’s no time for panic.

  1. Sleep early.

This is perhaps the most important out of the five tips. No caffeine allowed the night before the SAT. Maybe in the morning, but definitely not the night before. It doesn’t matter if you’re a nocturnal person. Too bad. The College Board decided to have test on the morning, so as of now, you will have to adjust your body system according to what the College Board scheduled for you. At the latest, get to bed by 10 PM and make sure you get a healthy 8 hours of sleep. This way, you will not feel sleep-deprived, sick, or tired.

Juniors, seniors, and to whomever this may concern:

SAT does not define you as a person, nor does it define your whole high school career. Great, if you manage to pull out the perfect score you aimed for. But, don’t worry if you aren’t able to. Let’s at least get the best out of it. We are now a week into the SAT, and that means doomsday for all of you. Let’s not panic, and try to stick to these amazing tips that will give you the best score you could get!

– Eunica Na (’17)

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Feel the Last Bit of Summer

Before we say our temporary goodbyes to Summer, let’s feel the season one last time through some of the hottest songs of 2016 Summer.

In case you haven’t noticed already, the traces of summer are slowly disappearing.  The cool winds are starting to smear into your skin, and with that your body feels the exotic chill… the sweater weather is coming.  Gone are the days of rolling around the grass under the warm sun.  Gone are the days of indulging fully in laziness.  
So before we say our temporary goodbyes to Summer, let’s feel the season one last time before we let go.  Here are the seven hottest songs from the 2016 Summer.

1. The Chainsmokers – Closer (ft. Halsey)

How can you not know this song.  With the “hey,” you find yourself immediately singing along to the lyrics “So baby pull me closer…” This song has it all: the catchy and varied tune, the easy-to-sing along, and the unique voices of the artists.  No wonder it was the biggest hit this summer.

2. DJ Snake – Let Me Love You (ft. Justin Beiber)

This song doesn’t seem to meet up to the expectations that people usually have for DJ Snake and Justin Beiber.  The chorus is pretty catchy, and good to follow along.  Maybe with a little variation in the tune could have made this song a greater hit than it is now.

3. Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha – In The Name Of Love

This song just seems to describe the peak of the summer.  The slow, steady build-up till the EDM tune makes the anticipated chorus more exciting and engaging.  The chorus part, though repetitive, has such great tune to it that you will immediately find yourself singing along to a lyric-less melody.

4. Jonas Blue – Perfect Strangers (ft. JP Cooper)

The unique beat will slowly start you moving in the beginning.  As these beats build up to the chorus, the song becomes more sprightly and energetic.  Jonas Blue, the renown UK singer, seems to meet up to his high reputation as an artist.

5. Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For (ft. Rihanna)

This song as much as it belongs to a house EDM genre, stays loyal to keeping the listeners at an euphoric mood.  Certainly, a one time song.  The choppy, but easy-to-sing-along tune immediately engages the audience at once.

6. Hailee Steinfeld & Grey – STARVING (ft. ZEDD)

Hailee Steinfeld’s voice does it all.  The rhythmic beat puts your body into dancing mode before you even realize it.  The two artists convey an intriguing yearning for love by incorporating fresh, playful tunes with the EDM beats on the chorus.

7. Charlie Puth – We Don’t Talk Anymore (ft. Selena Gomez)

It’s strange how a sad story can turn into cheery beats.  Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez’s voice seems to blend in so well and in such a unique way.  The two singers sing with little energy in their voice but the tune itself is so addictive and catchy.  Ironic, but well done.

Before we let our moods get droopy from the nostalgic season, autumn, let’s celebrate the last remaining days of summer to the fullest with these songs.

– Eunice Na (’17)

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KISTIVAL 2015 Review

The holly jolliest KIS event of the year.

With the jolly spirit of the holiday season in the air, students’ laughter fills the whole conference hall. T’is a joyful day, for today is KISTIVAL! Wednesday, November 25, 2015 was KIS’s 8th annual KISTIVAL, an event in which dozens of clubs put together a day of festivities to celebrate the holiday season.  KISTIVAL is open to all KIS students and staff to relax and enjoy the array of food and games prepared by the clubs.

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(NHSTV)

At 3 pm, chaos ensued at the ticket booth. Student organizers were running around with gigantic posters and were preoccupied with cooking utensils as a mass of bodies gathered in the conference hall. By 3:30 pm, most club leaders had entered and were busy decorating their club booths. At 3:50pm, the hall was brimming with students trying to buy their raffle tickets and enjoying the delicacies provided by different clubs.

(Justin Kwon)
(Justin Kwon)
(Justin Kwon)
(Justin Kwon)

There were around forty different club booths with forty different activities and goodies laid out for everyone to enjoy. They ranged from beautiful bookmarks adorned with calligraphy and a game of throwing trash balls to delicious Oreo milkshakes. Students scoured the rows of booths as sellers and as customers, the hectic atmosphere adding to the Christmas spirit that had already filled the conference hall. At 5:26 pm, students were given an extra treat when the KIS’s advanced dance team took to the stage and gave a tremendous dance performance. Under the dazzling spotlight, the dance team garnered a chorus of oohs and aahs with their moves, culminating in a thunderous applause and whistles. The visual feast continued after the dance performance ended as the long-awaited highlight of the day, KISTIVAL’s Next Top Model, began.

(Yunji Chung)
(Yunji Chung)

There were five teams with two models on each team with a total of five guys and five girls. Models were given twenty-five minutes to decorate and dress themselves in the most appealing manner to the audience.  There were three teacher judges: Mr. Persaud, Ms. Chang, and Mr. Selbo.  Both teachers and students were amazed by the confidence and poise with which the top models walked down the runway. Students even had the chance to enjoy photo time with the models in their special Christmas outfit.

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(NHSTV)

As the intense excitement of the KISTIVAL’s Next Top Model ended, KISTIVAL’s closing event, the raffle prizes, began. The prizes this year for the raffles were iPad mini and Bluetooth headphones.  Unlike previous year’s random selection, however, students were provided with a special hint for the number codes this year. When the raffle numbers were announced, there were screams of joy and groans of disappointment. Two very fortunate students jumped up and down with joy as they claimed their prizes.

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(NHSTV)

T’was another merry KISTIVAL and a sincerely needed diversion for students who have been under four months of academic duress. Though the fun has ended, the students’ spirits remained high as Thanksgiving break was just around the corner. Thank you students and staff for successfully continuing the KISTIVAL tradition once again!

 

– Eunice Na (’17)

The Anonymous Group

Anonymous vs. ISIS?

The tragic evening of November, Friday the thirteenth, 2015 shocked the world. A series of violent terrorist attacks in Paris has taken away the lives of 129 people and 200 people injured.  The ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) claimed responsibility for suicide bombings, mass shootings, and hostage-takings.  ISIS is renowned for its random, violent attacks around the world, however, it has been a rare case for this terrorist organization to attack such a major city.

Because of the volatile nature of ISIS, hardly any country or organization stood to confront the ISIS directly.  A few days after the attack, however, the Anonymous announced its intention to retaliate for the attacks.

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(Glitch News)

The Anonymous, otherwise known as the “Anons,” is a decentralized group of hackers and activists. The group is an international network, and mostly just an “internet gathering” that has no specific structure or principle on which it is run.  Anyone can join the group, and for the most part, the group just operates with each individual’s’ intent.  The group first came to being in 2003 and ever since then, this online community has widely served a purpose of both entertainment and activism to raise awareness.  There have been notably successful cases, and in fact, they often accuse the government or huge corporates of their wrongdoings and leave it open for the public to judge.  The public’s opinion vary very much regarding this group.  While some call the Anonymous cyber terrorists, others call them the “freedom fighters” or digital Robin Hoods.  Nevertheless, the general public seems to stand on a common argument that the group has been significantly influential.

(CKNW)
(CKNW)

Thus, when the Anonymous uploaded a video and a twitter post about its intoleration of further ISIS attacks, its words carry more meaning than mere words can. In fact, its attacks against the ISIS have begun since January and it has been successful in shutting down 149 of its websites, flagging more than 100,000 Twitter accounts, and reporting more than 5000 propaganda videos.

Well, then what can Anonymous do to ISIS?  For one thing, they have already taken down 5500 plus Twitter accounts, but what the group is truly aiming for is to disrupt the organization’s recruiting mechanisms.  It has been known that ISIS mainly communicates through emails, Web chat, Skype calls, and YouTube videos, and even Telegram. The Anons have already shut down many of their recruiters’ accounts and have started publicizing the information about the recruiters and leaders of ISIS.

The Anonymous’ announcement that they “will launch the biggest ever operation” now holds much credibility and support. Whether this will mark the end of ISIS, currently the largest terrorist organization, or not is still doubtful but it is for sure that the world is more and more gearing towards the destruction of ISIS.  And when this does happen, we shall never forget the Anonymous group, which has played a significant role in attacking ISIS.

 

– Eunice Na (’17)

Why We Shouldn’t Neglect Posture

We all know that it’s important to sit straight, but do we really know the harms of having bad posture?

Your eyes blur and you fight off a pounding headache as you reread the passage.  Your fingers cramp as you attempt to read the answer choices.  Your brain foggy, you give up, guess, and move on to the next question as the pain in your lower back forces you to twist about in your chair.

You’ve all experienced (or will experience) the discomfort of taking standardized tests.  Yet the culprit may not be just the pressure or the stress level of the tests you’re taking.

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(Transformative Health)

See the picture above?  Looks familiar?  Here is a typical posture of any motivated student (or possibly a slacker wasting time on the Internet), one that causes so many problems in our health.  Such posture results in one’s backbone to grow asymmetrical, causing any muscle tissues in the near region to either stretch or shorten.  

Pain in the shoulders, neck, low back, elbows, and wrists are all possible side-effects of poor posture.  Frequent headaches can also result from excessive tensions in the muscles.  Studies have found that it may even worsen depression and stress levels.  And if these symptoms don’t scare you enough to make some changes in your habit, consider this: bad posture immediately reduces oxygen levels in brain cells, interfering your ability to think and focus.  To put it simply, it makes you slightly dumber.  As a student, there can’t be a worse side-effect.

So take a moment and see if you have a bad posture.  Chances are, you do.  To avoid releasing the aforementioned symptoms onto your body, here are some guidelines to improving poor postures.

  1. Make sure your back is fully supported by the back of the chair.
  2. Your spine should maintain a vertical or slightly angled position.
  3. The distance between your knee and the desk should have sufficient room so that you can scoot in closer to the desk.
  4. If you’re using a laptop, place the monitor within the range of your eye level (slightly above or slightly below).
  5. Take regular eye breaks by looking at objects far in distance.
  6. Take study breaks either by standing or walking around.
  7. Take regular stretch breaks to relieve any muscle strains.

 

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(Comprehensive Pain Management Center)

Below are some simple stretching exercises that will help you relieve muscle strains.  Try them.  It may ACTUALLY make you smarter!

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(DesignTAXI)

As much as it’s comfortable to slouch at your desk, make sure to take a break once in a while! Stand up, take a stretch, etc. Better now than never!

 

– Eunice Na (’17)

North Korea’s Provocation

Tensions rise as North and South Korea face off once again in minor conflict.

The first week of school in KIS was widespread with panic and fear. The tensions between North Korea and South Korea had been built up to the point where war seemed to be the only answer.  

 

The result?  

 

Fortunately, and as we all may already be aware, war had not broken out, but there is more to be said about this topic than just the mere result.

 

(Huffington Post)

 

On August 4th, the eight South Korean soldiers guarding the border near the city of Paju were struck by a land mine explosion.  Due to this, two young soldiers lost their legs. Sergeant Kim, age 23, lost one of his legs, while Sergeant Ha, age 21, had both of his legs severed.  While many citizens sympathized with the awful loss of the two soldiers, much speculations were made about the cause of the sudden landmine explosion.  After a series of investigations, the South Korean government had officially reached a conclusion that the explosion was set by North Korean soldiers.  In response, the South Korean government turned on the loudspeaker that has been lying on the border for future wars.  The loudspeaker can be heard within 23 to 25km from its border.  North Korea saw this loudspeaker as having a great threat potential because the suppressed North Korean citizens will be informed about the wealth and freedom the South offers to its citizens.

 

On August 11th, the United Nations has officially called for a meeting with the North Korea, insisting the North to apologize for the provocation it has caused.  However, on the 13th of August, North Korea sent a public warning to the South Korean government, urging the South to turn off its loudspeaker.  As South Korea showed no intentions of giving in to North Korea’s demand, the North launched several missiles to the Yeonpyeong Island a week later, posing a severe threat that the South turn off the loudspeaker within 48 hours.

 

(Huffington Post)
(Huffington Post)

Luckily, the North ended up offering a hand first by arranging a conference in Panmunjom, South Korea.  There, the North “expressed regret over the recent mine explosion,” and in return for the apology, the South agreed to stop any announcements from the loudspeaker.

 

When all seemed to be settled, North Korea once again angered the citizens of South Korea with its dreadful statement.  On September 2nd, in the North Korea’s National Defence Commission (NDC), the North had denied any involvement with the mine explosion and merely “expressed sympathy, not an apology.”  Not wanting to trigger another series of conflicts, the South Korean government responded to this by saying that both sides should execute the agreement.
With the continuous threat and provocation by North Korea, the root of hatred between the two countries that were once a united nation, seems to deepen.  Perhaps, it is time that we confront these  issues instead of avoiding them as we have done so in the past.

 

Eunice Na (’17)

Chuseok Food

Excited about the week-off from school?

Students get to enjoy the week to celebrate the Chuseok, or the major harvest festival held in Korea annually on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar.  Chuseok can be compared to the American Thanksgiving in that it brings together the whole family for an evening of delicious feasting. If you’re a little unfamiliar with the food aspect of Chuseok, not to worry! Go ahead and take a close look at some of the traditional foods we see (but mostly eat) during Chuseok.

 

1. Songpyeon

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(Sam Sam Story)

Songpyeon is a sweet, traditional Korean rice cake with special fillings containing sesame seeds, black beans, mung beans, cinnamon, pine nut, walnut, and honey.  But songpyeon is not your average rice cake. These delectable treats are steamed over a layer of pine-needles, creating songpyeon’s special aroma.

 

2. Japchae

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(Menupan)

Japchae is a Korean noodle stir fried with sesame oils and vegetables. Served mostly as a side-dish nicely paired with a bowl of rice, a variety of healthy vegetables such as carrots, onions, spinach, and mushrooms are added to the dish to make it a little more special.

 

3. Hangwa

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Hangwa is a sweet, traditional Korean cracker made of rice flour, honey, fruit and roots.  Natural ingredients are used to decorate the food with various colors, flavours, and tastes.  Hangwa is typically paired with tea for the best taste. 

 

4. Galbijjim

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(Hansalim)

Galbijjim is a Korean steamed dish made of beef or galbi.  Various ingredients such as soy sauce, sesame oil, scallions, minced garlic, pepper, ground sesame with salt, ginger juice, and sugar are mixed to create a delicious sauce to go on top of the galbi. Have you had enough of the standard “K-BBQ” as a passer for eating a Korean dish? Then give this bowl a go!

 

5. Jeon

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(Etorrent)

Jeon is a Korean traditional pancake.  Usually eaten as an appetizer, there are various types of jeon depending on which ingredients are added.  Some famous jeons eaten during Chuseok are yukjeon, saewoojeon (shrimp-flavored), and hobakjeon (pumpkin-flavored).

 

– Eunice Na (’17)

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