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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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā¬†

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


A quick update

Oh has life been busy..? Why yes, yes it has…and I hate it. School started two weeks earlier than I had originally¬†planned/thought so I didn’t exactly finish my summer to-do list but I AM still working on it. I am almost done reading Lord of the Rings, I did end up making a new pie (that post will be written soon hopefully) and I just gave up on the flower bulbs so now they are completely¬†dead¬†in my backyard and honestly I could care less because they were annoying little things. I adopted a new outside cat (my mom has to keep reminding me that he is in fact an outside cat) named Baloo after the bear from the Jungle Book. He is absolutely darling! If I could have one pet for the rest of my life I would choose him. I recently went on an interesting trip to Vegas…learned a lot on that trip (hopefully I will also be able to write about that as well soon). Other than all that it’s just been school, visiting with a cat, and somehow losing my mind in the process. My life sounds very simple right now but it really isn’t haha.

I miss my blog, I feel like I have been neglecting a friend or a good book that I started and never finished and its bothering me. I hope to get in the groove of things and finally have a bit of an organized life so that I can start blogging again because it is truly missed!

That is all for now. I hope to be back on soon writing about Vegas and the outlet store finds and also Baloo¬†and the pie. Thank you for reading and I hope everyone has an amazing week!!! ūüôā (It felt weird not having a picture so here ya go…:] )


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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā .

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


Swallows in the yard

Every year a group of Swallows returns to our home and creates nests under our roof. The only downside of this is the fact that their..how should I word this…their residue gets all over the mail box and sometimes falls on the chairs in the front yard. Other than that, the Swallows are a complete joy to have and they are the sign that Summer has once again started. Everyone gets excited at their return except for my cat Hunter, the swallows don’t like Hunter because he always torments them and is basically a little brat.

On warm summer evenings when the window is open to let in the breeze we can hear them in the front, talking to each other and feeding their little babies. It’s amazing to hear them “talk” and see them fly, their little forked tails. They are just the cutest birds and the most¬† beautiful in Southern California. The babies are now grown and recently learned how to fly but a while back I took some pictures of them and that is the point of this post, I wanted to share them since the birds are such beautiful creatures. I had to take the pictures from inside because when I went outside the birds got a little scared to some of them are outside but most are from inside.

I hope you all enjoy the pictures! thank you for reading an have an awesome rest of your weekend!!! ūüôā


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 ūüôā thanks for reading ūüôā