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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!

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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