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Summer to-do list: 2012

I have been on Summer break for two weeks and have had my to do list written out for about a month and a half. This summer will be different from all the others because I got an internship with a company called “Delicious Gourmet Cupcakes”, when the internship is over I will get hired on to help with orders and I am so excited to start this new adventure! Hopefully I will still have time to complete the items on the list 🙂

The list:

  • Make home-made pasta and sauce
  • read The Hobbit
  • Have a band of brothers marathon
  • make rainbow cupcakes
  • make a Lord of The Rings cupcake
  • make home-made cheese
  • bake a batch of pretzels
  • bake pumpkin ginger cupcakes

I have made home-made pasta sauce before but never pasta so that will be a lot of fun and hopefully tasty. My dad read The Hobbit to me when I was younger but I don’t remember it and since the movie is coming out in December, I thought it would be fun to read the book first and I also thought it would be fun to start a tradition of reading a JRR Tolkien book each Summer (last year I read Lord of The Rings). I love Band of brothers and have since I was a kid, I had a marathon a few months back but I have been wanting another one. I found a picture of really cool rainbow cupcakes online that I have been dying to make for months and ever since I started the cake decorating I have wanted to make a Lord of The Rings cake. Home made pretzels are like the best thing in the world, fresh from the oven with a little musterd….perfection! I used to make them all the time but then school took over so its time to make a batch. I have a recipe for pumpkin cookies that everyone (including myself…they are my favorite cookies) loves, I found a recipe for pumpkin ginger cupcakes that has 5 out of 5 stars and that is with over 2,000 reviews so I have a feeling these things are good..I need to try them! Heres the link if you want to try them with me! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pumpkin-ginger-cupcakes/detail.aspx

 

The Lord of The Rings cake I want to make, the tree of Gondor is on the top and the script from the ring is around the sides

 

As I finish things on the list I will blog about the experience! I hope I get everything done, Im gonna be busy in the kitchen this summer, I cant wait 🙂 

the rainbow cupcakes I want to make, they look like such fun!


The new year

I’m a bit behind in everything already and its only the 11th day of  2012, this year is not looking good for me! The last week and a half I was sick with an awful cold, all I did was lay in bed and watch the Lord of The Rings. It was a nice break from reality until I finished the Lord of The Rings and couldn’t figure out what to watch next. My new years resolution last year was to go on an adventure, did I go on an adventure? hmm technically no. I didn’t travel to any special destination but I did do an excellent job of finding myself last year. I found my real personality again that I had lost for a few years, I found a few new amazing friends, I found a new healthier life style, I started taking a cake decorating class (my first step towards my future career) and on december 28th I got my nose pierced 🙂 . I had been thinking about getting it done for a while and kept changing my mind and it was annoying so I decided to just get it over with and done so I could move on. Im glad I got my nose pierced, I love it, I faced my fear which helped me feel stronger and more powerful. This year my new years resolution is to get to my goal weight and get in good enough shape to run for about an hour. 2011 was such an amazing year for me, so much happened and so much changed for the better I honestly hope 2012 is the same.

I hope you all had an amazing holiday with your family!! thank you for reading and I hope 2012 is a year that works in your favor!! 🙂


Quick hello

I am currently sitting on my kitchen floor with my boxer Daisy. Yesterday I finished my Christmas shopping and wrapped presents (lots of fun! i absolutely adore giving presents!!) today me and my father are heading to the grocery store in the beautiful rain to procure some ingredients for my holiday baking. I get three weeks off of school this year and trust me they will be spent well and in the kitchen! I plan on baking cinnamon rolls(christmas-cinnamon-rolls) for christmas morning (tradition that I carried on for my dad because his mom used to do it, and i luckily found a recipe that I can start the day before other wise it wouldn’t happen!) the swedish cookies pepparkakor that are rolled in cinnamon and sugar YUM!(pepparkakor-mmmmm) peanut butter cookies(peanut-butter-cookies) that I am handing out to my brothers friends for presents, peanut butter cake (peanut-butter-cake), brioche bread, spiced slice and bake cookies, chocolate cookies rolled in powdered sugar then baked, gingerbread, and maybe sugar cookies for my brother since they are his favorite. Clearly my family and I plan on gaining some holiday weight haha :). I hope to get recipes, pictures and stories up soon! I already have the pictures for the spiced slice and bake cookies and chocolate biscotti done so soon *fingers crossed*. I truly hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a beautiful Christmas with your family!! God Bless you all!! 🙂

quick note 🙂 some of the recipes i mentioned I have already posted, so the links are included they are just in super light blue but right next to the name.


Pictures of my work and song of the week

I’ve been keeping up with cake decorating class, every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30. I’m so tired and stressed at the moment from school…i’m not used to feeling this dead. Anyways here are some pics and also im happy to finally post a song of the week again! 🙂 I really have missed doing this! This weeks song of the week is Blackberry Stone by Laura Marling. I absolutely adore Laura Marling! I do believe she is the cutest little british person ever with the most amazing voice (besides Marcus Mumford, of course!)  the way she sings this song just amazes me time and time again. Her music is so beautifully calming, if Enya was folk music..this is what she would sound like.

 

 

 

 

Thank you for looking, reading and listening. I know this post was two posts kind of mushed together but I’m at the point where im just happy I got the pictures up and I can’t wait for tomorrow because I know its going to be so much better! God bless you all and I hope you all have an amazing rest of the week and a lovely weekend!


Keeping up with summer promises..

i was lucky enough to see the sky like this one night

At the beginning of Summer I was very optimistic that I would be able to keep up with my Summer to-do list. At the beginning it was quite easy, I do online school so I got out 2 weeks earlier than my friends. I had tons of free time on my hands and I used it. However, when public school was let out, I found myself falling behind. I was gone for days at a time at my best friends house forgetting about the bulbs I planted in the backyard, and the recipes I wanted to try and the lord of the rings..the HUGE book I wanted to complete this Summer. When I finally remembered the promises I made to myself at the beginning of Summer I snapped out of just going with the flow and started fighting the current to get things completed. So far, I am 130 pages into the second book of The Lord of the Rings, I have about 230 pages left.. then the last book “The Return of the King” and then I am done! I feel very confident in saying this will happen! In the recipes department, I am doing just okay, I wanted to make a pie that seemed difficult to do, try two new cookie recipes that I thought up and make a cake that I saw on T.V., so far I have only made one of the cookies…I know..dissapointing BUT I have also created a new pasta dish which I posted just the other day and I have also baked two different kinds of bread. I will get the baking done. I will.

the summer pasta creation

In the gardening department…some things are flourishing while others are browning and dying. Only two bulbs have made it. But im still pretty proud of myself, my first time with bulbs and I managed to keep two alive out of five….yes, if it was a test I would have failed but it’s not so I rocked it.

Last summer was a summer full of new adventures. I tried sushi for the first time, I learned how to dive (at the age of 16, its sad I know), I got over my fear of wearing sandals in public (another sad statement haha), I got over wearing cardigans and vests with every outfit and finally found a way to be comfortable enough with myself so that I would no longer have to cover up everyday.

huntington beach 🙂

I was hoping this Summer I would somehow continue to grow..and I did. I now go to the beach every Thursday with my family and have an amazing time, last year I wouldn’t have been caught dead at the beach. I recently got in to working out and this Summer I tried tennis, which was a lot of fun! I have become more open to ideas and more open to change. I have never liked Summer time, winter is my favorite time of year. But it seems that I grow the most in Summer, during Summer I have more time and more chances to be pushed to do new things, more time to really think about nothing important and realize that the things that I once thought were a huge deal are now nothing at all. If it weren’t for the last two Summers I would still be stuck as a shy, awkward,  weird and unproud of it teenager. Today I am well aware of the fact that I am nothing like other teenagers and what is considered “normal” and I am so proud of that fact. I’m glad im weird and geeky and have weird friends because we’re awesome 🙂 .

Me and my fellow bestest weirdo..i am sporting a fish hat and she is playing with a eta-5 interceptor


The summer to-do list

Well summer is finally arriving and this means its time to create my summer to-do list..a list I make every summer. Last year the goal was to read nine books that I had purchased but never read, this of course was not completed (I read one). This summer I have put together a list that will be completed, because its possible it’s not work its fun. Spending the summer reading is fun but trying to read 9 books in two and a half months is just stress.

When I first started thinking of how I wanted to spend my summer, I got a bit nervous. I had no goals, nothing that I had wanted to do during the school year but had no time…but then I looked around my room and saw a copy of “Lord of The Rings”..LOVE the movies but I have never read the books so my list was finally getting started with LOTR :). Then I was on a roll, I remembered that months before I learned of a new cake..a victorian sandwich cake mmm added to the list along with making a pie but im not sure what kind yet. I thought my list was completed but after a visit to my Grandma’s house I found something new to add…planting flower bulbs and recording their growth over summer (if I manage to keep them alive..fingers crossed).

I started my summer to-do list last friday in the backyard with the company of my dogs of course! My mom bought me new soil for the bulbs and got out pots for me to use..I then got to work. It was so much fun to plant the bulbs and cover them up with soil (I felt like I was in the movie “The Secret Garden”). Hopefully I don’t mess up on my first summer to-do. I’ll post pictures IF the bulbs start growing flowers but in the meantime here are some pictures of last friday.

the bulbs...aren't they scary looking??

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

the soil..which my dog tootsie tried to eat..

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

now I wait.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I hope you all have an awesome week and amazing weekend 🙂 thanks for reading 🙂

My Bucket List…at the moment

On February 11th I randomly decided I wanted a bucket list. I grabbed a piece of paper from my printer, a pen and started jotting down everything I needed to complete before dying even though..at the moment..I am only 16 :). I had been wanting to make a list for the longest time though, the reason being: I watch travel shows and documentaries and I’m always learning about awesome new stuff that I one day would like to try but then I forget exactly what it was…but those days are over! Now I just started this list so it is short, I am adding to it when I think of something new and I keep a copy with me now just in case I complete something :). I’m really quite proud of my little list, some things on it are odd but its my list. So here it is…my bucket list at the moment.

  1. See Some Like it Hot in theaters. (this got completed last night!!! 🙂 ) 
  2. Sneak in to a concert (I heard one of the dj’s on KROQ talking about sneaking in to a Foo Fighters concert and I thought that would be fun)
  3. Visit New Zealand (Even if I don’t get my dream of  living there..I at least want to visit)
  4. Go in those office buildings that are across the street from the highschool (Yes..I know very random but I have lived near these office buildings for 15 years now and I have never been inside and its killing me! So im going in 🙂 )
  5. Meet my future husband Marcus Mumford (Lead singer of Mumford and sons) and give him a copy of my favorite book..leotas Garden..(this one would be odd…but it isn’t because Mr. Mumford loves books)
  6. Meet Batman and get a picture with him. (Yes..this one may be difficult to complete..I am hoping that at Grauman’s chinese theater they have a batman..I know they have a Spiderman..but Spiderman sucks)
  7. Go on a treasure hunt. (I love the movie Goonies..and I don’t care what anyone thinks..I am going on a treasure hunt!)
  8. Swim with dolphins. (it just seems like something you should do)
  9. Interview Nathan..wait for it…Willet (lead singer of my favorite band The Cold War Kids)
  10. Drink wine in Italy. (from the pictures I’ve seen Italy is gorgeous and it just seems like that while your there you should grab a glass)
  11. Have a baguette sword fight in front of the Eiffel Tower. (this is something I have wanted to do since I was little and it will happen 🙂 )
  12. Live in a cottage for any amount of time. (Cottages are awesome)
  13. Open a bakery. (it NEEDS to happen)
  14. Go sky diving…oh yes. (I’m terrified of heights..but this seems like something that would be totally liberating)
  15. Sled in the Swiss alps. (I’m not sure why but it has to happen)

So at the moment my list has 15 items, one of which has already been completed..by the way it was amazing seeing my favorite film on the big screen!

Look at it...in all its glory!!

Keep havin an awesome week and make your self a bucket list..its awesome!


An adventure in making Challah (bread)

Yesterday I had the entire day free so I decided I would try making a new bread…simple enough right? noooo! Challah bread was a challenge! Not making the dough but braiding the dough. I have made pretzels a million times and bread with twisted tops but never something like this.

Now I’m pretty sure I didn’t get the braiding quite right but I’m okay with that, it was my first time and learning how to braid the bread was sorta frustrating (I had a little breakdown haha) so I’m just glad it came out looking that good.  When the bread was finally done I grabbed a giant slice, this was the best bread I had ever made!! Everyone needs to make this bread at least once because it is gorgeous! So here is the recipe  🙂

I got the recipe from my Grandma’s cookbook “Essentials of Baking”

for this recipe you will need:

  • 2 packages of active dry yeast (5 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup warm water (around 110-115)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs and 1 for the glaze
  • 5 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • poppy seeds if you want

Start by dissolving the yeast in warm water and let stand for about 5 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the sugar, 3 eggs, 4 1/2 cups of flour, salt, and the butter  until the dough comes together. Turn the dough on to a lightly floured surface and knead, working in the remaining flour as necessary to keep the dough from being too sticky, until the dough is smooth and elastic (you can pull the dough without it breaking off and everything’s worked in) around 7 minutes. Do not add to much flour. The dough should stay soft and will become less sticky with kneading.

Form the dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let the dough rise in a warm spot for 2 hours until its doubled in size (I always let my dough rise in the microwave).

at the beginning

2 hours later

 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, punch down the dough and roll out on to a clean work surface (don’t flour the surface, you’ll want to but it’s not needed trust me 🙂 )

To make the 4 strand braid’s, cut the dough into 4 equal pieces with a sharp knife

 and using your palms start in the center and working outward, elongate 1 piece by rolling it gently against the work surface with even pressure until you have formed a rope as long as the prepared pan. Repeat with the remaining pieces. And this is where it gets difficult..

Line up the 4 strands in front of you horizontally, Cross the strand farthest from you across the other 3 strands so that it is now nearest you. Then cross the strand that is now next to it across the other 2 strands away from you. Position the outside strands so that they are away from the center ones and position the center 2 strands perfectly horizontal. Bring the strand nearest you down between the 2 horizontal strands. Bring the strand farthest from you up and across the opposite side. Again, bring the strand farthest from you down between the 2 straight strands. Bring the strand nearest you up and across to the opposite side. Starting from the strand nearest you, repeat the braiding until you reach the ends of the ropes. Pinch them together and at the bottom and tuck the strands under at the ends.

Place the braided loaf on the prepared pan and cover and let rise again for about an hour until it doubles in size, and is spongy to touch.

Preheat the oven to 350 and brush the bread with the beaten egg and sprinkle with the seeds,

ready for the oven

bake the braid until it is nicely brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. After 30-35 minutes take out let cool on a wire rack..wait about 15 minutes before cutting in so your bread doesnt dry up.

Before I tucked the strands under the loaf I cut off some excess and used it to make some knots that came out beautifully after 25 minutes in a 350 oven.

If your bread does start to brown and get dark too early just cover it loosely with aluminum foil and continue baking…I had to do  this with mine.

🙂 I hope you all continue to have an awesome week!!


My dog has a dream

I have two dogs, Daisy..a boxer and Tootsie a shih-tzu. Tootsie’s the oddest dog we’ve had so far, we got her after our other shih-tzu, whose name was Moses passed away..anyways when we got her she was this crazy little ball of fur who immediately became best friends with Daisy.

one loves the sun the other adores the shade

The two were inseparable! And this remained true for about a year and a half and then everything changed…Tootsie was introduced to Drama (my little kitten) and they became buddies too. Toot’s soon realized she had a dream…to one day become a cat. This is what makes Tootsie very odd, she climbs the couch and lies on the top like our cats Hunter and Drama, she tries to eat their food (constantly) and finally whenever im in the backyard watering the plants and playing with my pups Tootsie runs up to our tree and waits for me to place her in the tree. I believe she wants in the tree because at night Drama hides in the tree and sometimes Toot’s see’s her.

Tootsie will never give up on her dream to become a cat, I cant help but love her for it.

I hope you all have an awesome monday and an amazing week!! 🙂


At the moment

Today for a snack I decided to have a blueberry parfait..nothing special just vanilla yogurt with a handful of blueberries on top. I wanted something refreshing and this was perfect…especially because it was in a Betty Boop coffee cup.

mmm... 🙂

I hope everyone keeps having an awesome Thursday!!