Popular Mythical Creatures

Throughout history mankind has believed and told stories about magical creatures. These creatures have been both heroes and villains. There is a wide variety of types of varmints. These range from humanoids to complete beasts. Even though there are thousands of mythological creatures there are a few creatures that are thought of first. These very popular varmints can be distributed into two main categories, Humanoid and Beast.


The term creature could basically be used to describe all mythical beasts, though in this it is being used to describe those beasts most like animals, which are not hybrids.


The dragon is a flying creature that breaths fire and is known to be very greedy. Though popular culture, movies and books depict dragons as much different then that of those in Greek mythology. In historical records and such tales of dragons were more like those describing serpents and types of snakes.


Picture of a white unicorn with a rainbow in the background

One majorly known and commercialized creature is the majestic and very beautiful Unicorn. Today unicorns are commercialized to the extreme and known by basically all. It begs to ask the question where did this beautiful being come from? And the answer is… EVERYWHERE! The origin of the unicorn is pretty much unknown. There are several places and stories that the unicorn could have come from though there is no solid answer for this majestic beast.


This creature, though is not well known by it’s name, is well known for it’s story and image. Hydra is the multi headed beast that can multiply and regrow its heads when they are chopped off. It is most widely known because of the Disney movie Hercules. In this popular movie Hercules has his first public battle with a Hydra, and he winds up chopping off its heads to the point it regrows them and has hundreds. Even though this is a more common way people know of the Hydra it also has a real history. In Greek mythology the Hydra was the offspring of Typhoon and Echidna, which were the root of most mythological beasts.


Picture of a orange and red, burning phoenix

The phoenix is a mythological creature that comes back from the dead constantly. It technically can live forever since it can become reborn from its previous selves corpse or ashes. There is a controversy on the phoenix in the way that some believe that a phoenix dies and decomposes and then is reborn, while others believe they combust when their old and quickly revive from the ashes.


These creatures are based off of humans or have somewhat human likeness to them. A few of these are a centaur, Minotaur, and sirens or otherwise known as evil mermaids.


The centaur is a half human half horse being. This creature was said in Greek mythology to have come into existence because the Greek God Centaurus mated with the Magnesian Mares. This creature has been noted and told in stories throughout history. Even though there are many examples two modern stories that have centaurs are the books Fablehaven, and Percy Jackson.


Creatures: Cartoon Minotaur

Like the centaur a Minotaur is half human though instead of half horse it is half bull. Also the creature has the head of bull and the body of a man which is also different than that of a centaur. In movies, books, and various stories the Minotaur is a beast that dwells in the center of a hidden underground labyrinth, and was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus.


The siren is a half women half bird. Sirens are beautiful women with the body of a bird that have soothing and memorizing voices to lure sailors to the island they live on and drown in the sea on the way. Many think that sirens are just evil mermaids but those legends or beliefs are incorrect according to Homer.


Cartoon Cyclopes Creature

Cyclopes are giants with one large eyeball in the center of their forehead. These creatures resemble humans precisely, except for their eyeball, and overall size. Cyclopes are descendants from the Greek god Poseidon. Cyclopes are said to be the workmen for Hephaestus, in the volcanic mountain Etna.

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A Mug Cake as a Gift

So Simple yet so Great

One super simple gift to pull together in a pinch is a homemade mug cake. After procrastinating for the holidays or even for birthdays, a wonderful gift to put together is a sweet mug cake everyone will love!(well unless they have a super strange grudge against mugs… or cake)

What You’ll Need For the Mug Cake:

  • Mug
  • Mini pull string sack
  • Cellophane Wrap
  • Ribbon

These things are part of the gift but are mostly just as a wrapping. So next you will need to decide on a cake type. In my personal experience you can almost make any cake into a mug cake just by dividing the amounts WAY DOWN. For those indecisive or confused people here are some basic recipes you can make for your friends and family.

Confetti/ Vanilla Cake:
  • 5 Tbl. Flour
  • 3 Tbl. White Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tbl. Whole or Almond Milk
  • 3 Tbl. Mixed Sprinkles (Optional)
Chocolate Cake
  • 5 Tbl. Flour
  • 3 Tbl. White Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tbl. Whole or Almond milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbl. Cocoa
  • 2 Tbl. Chocolate chips or chunks
Pumpkin Pie Cake
  • 5 Tbl. Flour
  • 4 Tbl. White Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tbl. Whole or Almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Tbl. Canned Pumpkin

These are a few very basic mug cake recipes so feel free to go off recipe a bit and change it to how you feel would be best. Know that because this is for a gift you will not want to add the milk or pumpkin, and you won’t want to cook it before you deliver. Because of this it would be best to write up a little recipe sheet and instructions so they can finish making the cake or make another one later.

To Make the Cake:
  1. Add all dry ingredients together and mix in the mug
  2. Add wet ingredients into the dry stirring constantly
  3. Put in microwave and cook for 1 1/2 min or until it’s no longer liquidy
  4. Let cool slightly so you don’t burn your mouth off, and Enjoy!

These simple instructions make a quick and simple cake that helps with that sweet tooth that just won’t stop sometimes! Now that we now how to make the cake we need to now how to make it into a perfectly pretty gift. There are 2 major ideas of how to wow your friends with how well you can craft a sweet treat.

Instruction Mug

One cute way to gift a mug cake is to get a solid color or white mug, and write the recipe and instructions on the mug and bake it on.

Picture of a white mug with Mug Cake instructions and recipe written on it.To do this first wash your mug and dry it. You then write the instructions on with a sharpie marker. Once you have it to your liking bake it in the oven at 350* for 20 minutes. Just remember to be careful because you could get burned.

This way the recipient of the gift will always be able to have the recipe to be able to make the cake. Though this way takes some prep and time to do, a simpler and still adorable way to go is to write the recipe and instructions on some cute paper and tie it onto the mug with some ribbon.

Putting it all Together
  1. In a bowl add the dry cake ingredients together
  2. Either draw and bake or write on paper the recipe and instructions for the cake
  3. Put the cake “mix” you made into a mini drawstring bag
  4. Add cellophane into the mug long enough to come out and tie off
  5. Put the mini bag in the mug in the cellophane
  6. Tie off top with a ribbon (if needed add recipe papers to the ribbon at this point)

After following these steps you should have a well crafted gift ready to be delivered and soon to be eaten by a grateful friend or family member.

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