Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture:

Second! Recipe:

Recipe and photo from here.

Picture of 'Oreo' Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Prepare the dough: Sift together the cocoa powder, flour and salt in a large bowl.

Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla, incorporating each ingredient before adding the next. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Divide the dough into 2 pieces; place one piece between 2 lightly floured sheets of parchment paper and roll into a 1/4-inch-thick rectangle. Repeat with the other piece of dough. Refrigerate both rectangles, covered with the parchment sheets, until firm, at least 1 hour or up to several days.

Using a 2-inch round cutter, cut the dough into 64 circles. (You can reroll the scraps once.) Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets and chill for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Bake the cookies until they are set and slightly darker around the edges, about 20 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling: Using a mixer, cream the butter and shortening until fluffy. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla.

Flip half of the cookies upside down and top each with 1 level tablespoon of filling. Press the remaining cookies on top to make sandwiches.

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Third! Personal Update:

I’m sorry again I haven’t been posting! I am trying! 🙂 I have a few things to cover! Hauls, work, Sims and music.

I am hoping to be doing a lot more hauls in the future.  Not too often, but maybe one or two a month.  I really want to fill up my nail collection.  I’ve been buying a couple and I’m getting quite addicted! I have also really been wanting a nail rack for my wall.  Like one from here. I have told myself I’m not allowed to get one until I get at least 25 polishes though. 🙂 Hopefully that will help me to get a better collection quicker and also have something substantial to put on a nail polish rack when I do purchase one. I’m also in need of some new makeup.  I love makeup and obsess over it, but don’t actually buy hardly anything for myself.  I bought a few lip products recently that I’m happy with, but I need more! Always more! I really need to repurchase my Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation and some liquid eyeliner very, very soon though.  I am desperately low on those two.  However the foundation will probably be for the start of next school year since I am thinking of not wearing any face makeup this summer.  I’ve already been doing that for a few weeks since my skin’s been nice to me, and it’s been working out lovely.  Anyhooooo! Hauls soon!

Work is great.  I officially work at Baskin-Robbins.  I love it!  I have amazing coworkers and though it is still work, it’s relatively enjoyable work.  Scooping ice cream and cleaning up ice cream from the entire store isn’t actually that hard when you’re laughing along with your coworkers and being surrounded by happy customers.  So I just had to say I am quite, quite, quite thankful for the job that I have.  I know it might get a bit less tolerable in the future when the newness of this job wears off, but I could be off so much worse.

Sims! Sims! Yay! Sims! I grew up playing Sims.  I used to have it on my regular Play Station when I was quite younger and it progressed from there into owning Sims 2 and all of the stuff and expansion packs into now owning Sims 3 with 3 expansion packs and 2 stuff packs.  I need to get all of the newer expansion packs for Sims 3 still, but that’s not my current goal at all.  Anyways, I always get addicted to it all over again.  I stopped playing for a few months and recently I got back into it with the crave to do some interior design.  Besides it being the most awesome game ever, it actually is really incredible for those who dream of architecture and interior design.  If you use the cheat for money (ctrl+shft+c) (type in: motherlode) (Which gives $50,000 to the household funds and can be repeated endless times.  I usually go to about $300,000 before building an entire house and then if more is needed, I add it as I need it.) it is easy to build any house you can dream of, with the limit of furniture available depending on if you’ve purchased any from thesims3.com.

Anyways, I have a new goal!  I saw some YouTube videos on the 100 baby challenge.  What it is is in the Sims 3, you have to give birth to 100 babies using the same Sim as a mother for them all, and raise them each to young adults at the least.  A lot of people actually create blogs for their specific Sim used in this challenge, but I thought I could just update my challenge in the Personal Update section of each of my Friday Posts.  Popular rules for this 100 baby challenge are typically followed, but not required.  I will have my own specific rules because I am quite nervous for it!  Then, after I complete it, maybe one day I’ll try doing it the popular way.  Each Friday I will post photos of any Sims that have turned into the age of a Young Adult. (Because each child that does that is counted as 1 out of 100.  You can’t count them as they are born because they might not survive.)  Right now, my mother is Annie Fall and the father is Evan Anderson.  They haven’t gotten married yet. 😛  They will be married soon.  They just barely had twin boys named Calvin and Roland.  Anyways! I hope I can make it to 100! I will keep you posted! This will be a definite challenge.

Now, music. 🙂 I have been getting into so much music again.  I like literally every genre and don’t discriminate against any artists or genres.  Music is different to everyone, and I think since I’ve always believed that so deeply, it’s easy for me to appreciate every genre of music.  I prefer some artists over others, but I don’t actually hate any music.  None of it is unpleasing to my ears.  Lately I’ve been obsessed over Atmosphere and Selena Gomez.

Atmosphere is a hip hop group composed of a rapper named Slug and a DJ/Producer named Ant.  Their real names are not important. 😉 Anyways, I know quite a few people that base their entire lives around music discriminate against rap and hip hop because of the generalization that it’s all crap lyrics about sex and drugs.  That’s not true in Atmosphere.  Although some songs consist of such things, it’s not disgusting or displeasing.  Atmosphere is incredibly original with mind blowing lyrics and an elaborate story in each song.  If you just like music for a background or things like that, I wouldn’t recommend Atmosphere for your everyday listen.  I would still recommend you give a few songs by them a listen, though.  The key to atmosphere and thoroughly enjoying it is to actually listen to the lyrics, it’s seriously like hearing a greatly emotional story with a fresh perspective.  Atmosphere makes me feel more than any other artist (with one or two exceptional songs by others) and that’s why I love them.  I will show you two of my favorite songs by Atmosphere.  Although I also really recommend The Waitress, The Best Day, She’s Enough, Yesterday and every other song by Atmosphere. 😉

Selena Gomez is probably a name you’ve heard a few times.  When the good Disney shows were on a couple of years ago, I used to watch them.  Don’t hate.  Disney shows used to be like diluted Soap Operas, which we all know are addicting.  Anyways, after I got over my Hannah Montana phase, I fell in love with Selena Gomez.  3 or 4 years later, I’m still obsessed and I’m riding on adulthood.  I think she is a thoroughly good person.  She’s never been too much of a fame-addict (to put it appropriately), she just seems to enjoy it a healthy amount.  Obviously, someone as successful as her isn’t going to just be unappreciative about what she has and can do, she enjoys her success, but doesn’t take advantage of it either.  She’s also one of the most gorgeous people I’ve ever seen in the most unique way.  I love her music.  It’s pop, which also quite a few people dislike, but it can just cheer me up or make me sad.  When music makes you feel anything, that means it’s good.  That’s what music is meant to do.  I love her music videos as well.  I’ll show you three of my favorite songs by her explaining why they’re my favorite because there are specific reasons for each, not just loving the story line or lyrics.  It’s a combination of things.

I love this song and music video combined so, so much. It’s incredibly easy to relate to and also, she is just plain gorgeous in this one.  I know it’s quite girly and a little cheesy, but I just can’t help but watch this and drool over adoring Selena so much.  I love her look in this, and also she has such the grace of a dancer, you can tell in everything she does.

This song and music video combined make me cry.  I know there are a lot of songs similar to this one out there, but this one seems to have every single lyric down to a T.  It’s so incredibly special to me, because I have been through such insecure times and this song just has the ability to make me feel that something inside that says I’m beautiful, no matter what anyone says.  She is also very, very pretty in this one too.  She’s a great girl to look at, she herself just looks like a piece of art.  Which obviously with her personality, musical and theatrical talents, she is literally a definition of art.

This song doesn’t mean as much to me as the others, but I really like the unique looks in this music video too.  Plus the meaning of it does really cheer me up, putting me in that careless mood for a bit to just forget what hurts for a while.

Alright! Well! That was a long post! I hope you all enjoyed and I definitely feel better after purging all of my blogging ideas that have been stirring in my mind for the past few days.   🙂 See you Monday for Personal Post.

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A Little Review

In my previous post, I informed you of my purchases at Sephora.  I got a plum lip liner and a rouge lipstick from their store brand and also got the Bare Escentuals SPF 15 Matte foundation.  Today I used all three items along with a little blush, bronzer, eyeliner and mascara.

First, the lip liner.  I purchased Pleasant Plum lip liner by Sephora.  I absolutely loved this product!  It went on very smoothly and made it easy to create a precise line.  It was also a nice color to outline red lips, as it blended in a bit but also gave a bit of depth to the look.

Second, the lipstick.  I purchased Sephora Rouge by Sephora.  This is my favorite lip stick/color ever.  It’s such a buildable product and can go from a tinted gloss look to a deep, formal matte look.

Third, the foundation.  I purchased Bare Escentuals SPF 15 Matte foundation from Sephora.   I adore this foundation.  Although I will have to continue use with it before I decide if it’s going to be in my everyday routine, I love it so far.  It didn’t cover up my freckles or blemishes, but I wasn’t wearing concealar today and that’s not a foundation’s job.  It did however smooth out my coloring and create a slightly flawless look.  It didn’t settle into my face lines and make me look ten years older than I am like my old cheap Cover Girl liquid foundation did.  It just sat on top of my skin in a light and smooth layer without actually looking like it was on top of my skin.  It simply made me look like I wasn’t wearing any foundation at all and had marvelously healthy, glowing, natural skin.  It was quite wonderful!  Some reviews on Bare Minerals did say that it broke them out.  Most reviews actually said that Bare Minerals helped clear many breakouts.  So, I really need to wait a couple of weeks to see what my overall opinion on it is because you never know, I could be one of the people negatively effected by it.  After all, I do have very sensitive skin.

So anyways!  Here is two pictures I took today with the look.  The pictures do show a pretty good idea of the lip color.  It is a bit more wine-red than that, but the flash on the camera brought out orange tones.   Also, I did edit these photos, but the only thing I edited was my skin because I’m having quite a few breakout spots right now.  My eye color and the lipstick are 100% un-edited.

Click on the photos for enlargement and better clarity.

See you next time!