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.

Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture (I have two and they were taken this week by my best friend, not today):

Second! Recipe:

Recipe and photo from here.

Grasshopper Pudding Pie!

Ingredients:

  • 4 FAMOUS Chocolate Wafers, divided
  • 1 pkg. (1 oz.) JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding
  • 1-1/2 cups cold fat-free milk
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Sugar Free Whipped Topping
  • 1 square BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped

Directions:

CRUSH 2 wafers; sprinkle onto bottom of 9-inch pie plate sprayed with cooking spray.

BEAT pudding mix, milk and extract with whisk 2 min.  Stir in COOL WHIP and chopped chocolate; spread onto bottom of pie plate.  Top with remaining wafers, cut into quarters.

FREEZE 6 hours or until firm.  Remove pie from freezer 10 min. before serving; let stand at room temperature to soften slightly before cutting to serve.

Third! Personal Update:

Not much is going on.  I’ve had a good week!  I am going to work tomorrow.  That’s going to be fun hopefully.  I will get my parking pass, ID card and uniform! Life is good.  That’s all I have to say this week!

Fourth! Favorite song of the week (makeup for not posting Wednesday):

Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture:

Second! Recipe:

Picture and recipe from here.  I am actually drinking this right now.  I am also eating the other half of the avocado that was left over from the recipe with some salt.  I’m alternating, a drink of the smoothie, a bite of the avocado, and it’s so divine, I never thought an avocado could taste so rich and sweet!

I think this smoothie would be amazing along side of the other half of the avocado every morning for breakfast or a healthy (and filling) snack.  It’s very yummy.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a hass avocado
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1/2-1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon condensed milk
Directions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add more sugar or milk until you get the desired consistency/taste.

I, Kate, left out the condensed milk because I didn’t have any and it still turned out wonderful!

Third! Personal Update!

First of all- Happy birthday to my Nana!!! She’s the best Nana in the world. ♥

Not much has happened this week.  School was great as usual.  There’s a kid, Kris who is in literally half of my classes (we have two classes together every day and lunch together every day) and he’s becoming my best friend, pretty much.  He’s way awesome.  It’s nice to have a good friend already.  🙂

I’m also (hopefully) going to have a fashion photoshoot with my friend Logan this Sunday!  I’m not sure if I posted about it Monday, but it was originally planned for Thursday (yesterday) and got rescheduled.  I really hope it goes well on Sunday!  I have to say this is the most excited I’ve been for a shoot before!

If the shoot happens, I’ll probably upload a few pictures on Monday on here and give a link to the complete album on my Facebook page.

That’s all for now.  🙂 I’ll see you Sunday!

Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture:

Second! Recipe:

Pictures and recipe from here.  I would love to try these!  French dip sandwiches when made correctly are awesome.

French Dip Sandwiches
1 2.5-3 lb. beef roast (you can use a frozen roast if you want)

2 Tbsp. olive oil

salt and pepper

2 1-ounce packages dry onion soup mix

2 c. water

2 cans beef broth

6-8 large buns (or more…6 would be VERY generous servings!)

Swiss, provolone, or mozzarella cheese, shredded or sliced.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and rub roast with salt and pepper.
When very hot, carefully place roast in pan and sear on all sides. You’re not cooking the meat, you’re just browning it quickly on all sides to add flavor and seal in the juices.
Place in crockpot and sprinkle with onion soup mixes. Pour water and beef broth over roast.
Cook 8-10 hours on low or cook 4-5 hours on high and another 3-4 hours on low. It’s hard to screw this part up; basically, the longer it cooks, the more tender it will be. But you know it’s done when you pop a fork in it and the meat just falls apart. When meat is ready, shred with a fork.
Place meat in crusty rolls. Top with cheese and broil open-faced in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes, until bread is golden and cheese is melty.
Ladle juices into small cups for dipping and enjoy!

Third! Personal Update:

This week was absolutely wonderful.  It feels good to have a life again.

Guitar and photography have been going the best.

In guitar, we’ve learned Am, Em, C and G7.  The chords for the song that goes “The ants go marching one by one, hoorah, hoorah…” Etc.  Haven’t actually learned the song yet, but we’ve learned the chords.  I’m pretty sure Em is my favorite sound ever.  It reminds me of a Mexican Fiesta guitar song.  It’s lovely!  I am able to now go from Am to Em without looking, but I still struggle with C to G7.  I can do both on their own (even though G7 kills me, it’s so difficult to stretch my hand that far!) but I’m not too good at going from one to the other yet.  It usually still takes me a few seconds with those two to transition.  Hey, I’m learning something, though!  I’m so in love with guitar right now, even though my hands are very un-coordinated, I’m doing pretty well so far. Also, I had to rent a guitar from class so that I can play it in class everyday and not have to haul my guitar from home back and forth from school.  That would be a pain.  The one I rented from class is a Spanish guitar, closer to a classic than a steel, but kind of in between I guess.  It’s really nice, it’s also pretty small which is good since I’m very petite.  The guitar I own at home is pretty big.

In photography we haven’t learned much yet, but my teacher talks forever.  Most students would look at this as a great way to get out of doing work, but I really enjoy his stories, not just the fact he forgets about giving us work.  We actually don’t have any work yet, technically and I think we’re going to start our first project next week.  I’m very excited for that.  Anyways, he’s a really cool person and every day at lunch I sit in his classroom and eat talking to him.  He’s becoming like my best friend!  Is that appropriate for students and teachers to be friends?  I hope so.  It’s awesome though because we always talk about photography and cameras of course, so it’s like I’m getting an extra photography class every day.

Well, that’s all for now.  I don’t really have much news for other classes, as they’ve been a bit slow starting on the work just as photography has.

Oh!  I do have a bit more to talk about.

Tomorrow I don’t have much to do… probably just jam to guitar with my baby sister.  On Sunday though, it’s my daddy’s birthday!!!  I’m making his cake this year (yay) and I’m going to try to make it fancy!  No fondant… but just nicely and neatly decorated.  I won’t tell you how old he’s turning because he’d probably personally kill me, but I’m very excited.  We’re going over to his friend Jimmy and Jenna’s house, (they’re like our family’s best friend besides Justin) and having a gaming party.  We’re going to eat pizza, eat cake and play Arkham Horror all night I think.  (I pray to God that I spelled the game right.)  It’s hopefully going to be a blast.

Other than that, nothing much is going on.  I’m quite sick with a rough cold at the moment, I have just a tiny bit of sniffles, burning eyes and a very sore throat.  I don’t have a cough, though… That’s weird.  Well, I kind of do… Anyways… Yeah, I’ll hopefully see you Sunday for a movie review on “Dandelion.” 🙂  Have a great day/night/morning, everyone.

Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture:

 Apologies for lack of (mark all that apply):

[x] caring

[x] quality

[x] editing to make the photo upright

(Feeling extremely lazy tonight and that’s okay.)

Second! Recipe:

Pictures and recipe from here.  These look so death-fully delicious, oh my word.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus 1-4 tablespoons
  • 2 cups cinnamon baking chips
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process with six 1-second pulses.
  3. Remove cover of food processor and sprinkle the butter evenly over the dry ingredients. Cover and process with 12 1-second pulses. Transfer contents to a large bowl.
  4. Stir heavy cream into the flour mixture, adding up to 2 additional tablespoons of heavy cream just until moistened. Fold in cinnamon chips and knead the dough by hand 6 to 8 times  (do not overprocess or scones will be tough) then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide dough in half. With lightly floured hands press each half of dough into a 7-inch round. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 6 wedges. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Place wedges on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the scones with 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and sprinkle lightly with turbinado sugar.
  6. Bake in preheated oven 10 to 13 minutes or until tops of scones are a lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before glazing.
  7. While the scones are cooling, make glaze. Combine 1 tablespoon heavy cream, and confectioners’ sugar until you achieve a thick, opaque icing. Drizzle over scones and serve.

Yields: 12 scones Prep Time: 20 minutes Bake Time: 13 minutes

Third! Personal Update:

Today was my last day of homeschool.  I mean, not technically since I’ll still be doing homeschool on top of public school this year, but you get what I mean!  Yesterday my dad and I went around doing some stuff, set up my classes, and today I took a trip down to my school and picked up my official schedule!  I’m so happy, it’s most electives and that’s going to make everything so fun! 😀 Here’s a rough idea of my schedule (I can’t give some classes away because it will reveal my age/grade and that’s not appropriate for the interwebs n’ shtuff.)

A day:

Math

A fun writing class

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B day:

Photography! (so glad this school provides a photography class!)

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Aerobics

Guitar! 😀 (I have a guitar and don’t know how to play it.  At one time I taught myself a song or two, but I have forgotten and I’m taking a real class now to play/learn the right way!)

So, yeah! I also went shopping today with my brother and we went out to lunch as well.  I had a lot of fun, my brother is a really awesome person!  Oh!  He got me this backpack today from Urban Outfitters (favorite store EVER.) and I am SO in love with it!  I honestly can’t get enough of it.  It’s sitting right next to me right now!  I’m obsessed with it, it’s the cutest backpack I’ve ever owned!  I tried to look for it online, because the pictures I took of it aren’t the best (it’s nighttime, no good lighting, and I’m too lazy to go get my camera from down stairs) but they don’t have it online! Which is stupid because they have alllllll the ones on the shelf/aisle/hanging thing that were beside/below/above the backpack I got.  Ugh, whatever.  So anyways!  Here are some pictures!

It’s much brighter in person. I cannot stop drooling over it!

It has a pocket inside and that pocket you see on the front, which opens with a zipper.

Anyways, that’s pretty much all for now… I don’t have many plans this weekend, except for I need to get my room clean and organized so it can stay that way and not make me feel anxious when I go back to school, since I’ll already be loaded with tons of work to do.

See you Sunday for two movie reviews!

Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture:

Second! Recipe:

Pictures and recipe from here.  I honestly hope I never make these.  Because I know I would eat each and every one of them the day they were made.

Chocolate Cheesecake Turtle Cupcake Recipe

Chocolate Cheesecake Turtle Cupcakes (makes 18 cupcakes)

For the cake:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 cup water 1 Tbsp vinegar 1 tsp vanilla

For the cheesecake:

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In large bowl combine dry cake ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda. Mix until well combined.
  3. In small bowl combine wet cake ingredients: vegetable oil, water, vinegar and vanilla.
  4. Make a well in the bowl of dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir mixture until combined.
  5. Fill cupcake liners 1/3 full with chocolate batter.
  6. In a small bowl combine cheesecake ingredients: cream cheese, sugar and egg. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  7. Use a small cookie scoop to evenly distribute the cream cheese mixture on top of the chocolate batter.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until cream cheese center is firm.
  9. Let cupcakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.
  10. Once cupcakes are completely cool add the turtle toppings.

For the Turtle Topping:

14 caramels 6 Tbsp half & half, divided 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  1. Unwrap caramels and place in microwave safe bowl with 3 Tbsp half & half. Microwave for 1 1/2 -2 minutes until melted. Stir until smooth and let cool for a few minutes.
  2. Place chocolate chips and 3 Tbsp half & half in microwave safe. Microwave for 1 1/2-2 minutes until melted. Stir until smooth.
  3. Use a spoon and drizzle caramel and chocolate on top of each cupcake.
  4. Sprinkle cupcakes with pecans.

Third! Personal Update:

Since I didn’t post last Monday, I’ll tell you about last weekend.  Last weekend I did go to that jewelry party, but I was the only guest… and then the host ignored me a bit, which wasn’t too fun, but it was still something to do!  Everyone flunked out on the party at the last minute so I ended up just sitting and talking with the host’s family the whole time since she was busy sitting on the couch reading the jewelry magazine.  I didn’t do the photoshoot because my friend’s grandmother ended up in the hospital somehow so she had to go visit her.  I still haven’t heard what happened there, but I hope she’s okay. ♥

I made plans for this weekend to go stay with my own grandmother and do a photoshoot for my aunt, but then I failed a class final and I canceled so I could stay home and study to take it again.  It turns out the teacher messed up and had me take the final for the next quarter of the class, though… *grrrrr* 😡 So, I’m pretty sure the failing wasn’t my fault at all and I ended up canceling on this weekend for nothing.  Hmph!  Oh well though, I am perfectly happy staying home all weekend and having a Gossip Girl marathon!  Next weekend, the 21st and 22nd, will be my last weekend before I go back to public school!  I am SO VERY EXCITED!

I actually went to the school I’m going to be attending today.  I’m going to go to a high school that is near me for the rest of this year, I’m not going back to my regular performing school this year.  It’s such a huge school, oh my gosh… Even the councilor was saying that the school was incredibly big!  However, the faculty (from who I met today at least) seems pretty good and the school looks like a normal high school!  I’m so excited to be back in a building with people my age and teachers to help me.  It’s such a relief!  I cannot even express how much I’ve despised home school.  It has been nice being able to spend more time with my family and see my baby sister grow up, but I’m ready to get my butt OUTTA HERE!  I also get to drop the horrid math class I’ve been doing online because we figured out an alternative today with the councilor.  That’s probably just as much a relief as going back to public school is!

I’m hoping I can take a photography class at school.  I have 2, maybe 3 real classes that I need to take… but the rest are probably going to be electives just to fill up my schedule.  Ah, I’m so happy.

So, on that note, I decided that since I’m in quite the cheerful mood today, (Don’t we all love Friday the 13th?  It’s a good luck day for me.  It’s all about perception, people.) I thought I’d do a little fact thing for you guys!  It seems like wordpress is quite a friendly place unlike blogspot, many other bloggers have already commented on a few of my posts and the people on wordpress are very nice.  So, to get to know me a bit better, here are a few facts about me!

5 Obsessions

  1. Lip balms/chapsticks- I sort of hord them.
  2. Netflix.  I don’t watch regular TV.  I just watch my dramas and comedies on Netflix every moment that I can.
  3. Victoria’s Secret.  Not the lingerie.  The sweats, bags, and accessories, mostly the PINK collection.  So cute.  I want all of it.
  4. Snapple.  I recently remembered how much I love Snapples.  Each and every flavor.  Snapple is the best thing in the world.
  5. Books.  I love to read, and I don’t own enough books.  I want collections by all of my favorite authors.  Number one priority right now… Nicholas Sparks.

5 Odd Facts

  1. I have a problem with collecting things.  I try to collect everything… it’s very odd.
  2. I love change.  Most people are the opposite, but I almost can’t live without it.  I need new friends often, I rearrange my room often, I’ve never had a set routine last more than a month.  I guess this might be a weird version of commitment issues?
  3. I have a girl crush on Mila Kunis.  She’s just ridiculously beautiful!
  4. I’m extremely paranoid.  I’m not scared of the dark, but I’m always certain that there’s somebody hiding in the dark, getting ready to attack.
  5. I can knit and crochet, I don’t do it often because I’m too impatient to finish projects, but I have the skills.

5 Pet Peeves

  1. When people ask me to explain things.  I know it’s completely normal and it’s really weird for this to be a pet peeve, but I hate explaining things.
  2. When people laugh at their own jokes too much.
  3. When people chew loudly.
  4. Little girls (like toddler to preteen ages) who act like they’re 18 and better than adults. (Sounds odd… I know.)
  5. When people have masks (meaning they didn’t blend their foundation into their neck and so their face is a different shade than the rest of them…)

That’s all for today!  I will see you on Sunday with a movie review on Never Been Kissed!  Have a nice weekend.

Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture:

Second! Recipe:

Pictures and recipe from here.  She used winter themed Oreos (red filling), but I would personally use regular ones if you’re doing this for the holidays… because I don’t associate red with winter.  I know it has to do with Christmas, but not winter.  If red and green are together, I think of Christmas.  Winter’s color to me is blue because of blue snowflake jewelry and just… lots of winter things are blue!  I’m odd.  Anyways.

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Ingredients

  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup dutch processed cocoa
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped Oreo cookies

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. Gradually stir in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder until just blended.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and oreo pieces.
  5. Drop cookie dough by 2 tablespoons (or larger if you want bigger cookies) and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. When out of the oven, let sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.

Third! Personal Update:

This weekend should be great!  Tomorrow I am going to the knit meeting with my mom (as per usual) and then heading off to a Jewelry Party!  I love jewelry.  I don’t wear it a lot, but I LOVE it.  This jewelry party is going to be hosted by one of my friends from public school, too, so that’s exciting!  I’ll hopefully get to see a lot of people there that I’ve been missing!  (In case I haven’t mentioned it yet or you weren’t a follower of Kranberrie’s Juicies, I am currently being homeschooled and then I’m going back to public school on January 23rd if everything works out!)

Then, on Sunday, I might be doing a fashion shoot for somebody!  It’s also a friend from public school.  🙂 Since I am branching out further in photography this year, I put out a request for models on my Facebook page and Siobhan (pronounced Shuh-bawn) came to me saying she’d love the job!  So if everything works out on this shoot, she might be one of my permanent models for Espoir Photography.  This means I will work with her quite often, so if it happens, you’ll see a lot of posts about her!  I’m most excited for this because if the shoot happens, it’s going to be so much fun!!!

That’s all of my plans for this weekend, but I am very excited!  Oh, and of course I have to watch a movie and write a review for you guys. 😉

Anyways, hope everyone has a great weekend and I’ll see you on Sunday!