My Favorite Food Blogs

I really love baking. It’s so much fun and works out perfectly since I love eating baked goods. This summer I am planning on learning how to cook! I’ve never really cooked much before…unless pasta and sandwiches count. But I am definitely excited to get some experience with making “real food” as well as continuing baking. In order to get recipes and inspiration, visit this site I visit a lot of really awesome food blogs. In case you are like me and love drooling over what other people are cooking, drug you should check them out :)

My absolute favorite blogs I visit are Sugar Plum and the Pioneer Woman. The first has fantastic baking recipes! I’ve made a lot of them (like the chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cake, and chocolate cheesecake cupcakes) and they’ve all turned out amazing! The blog is also really fun to read. The second website has more than just baking. “Pioneer Woman” Ree writes about photography, home and garden, daily life, and cooking! A lot of the recipes I want to try this summer come from her website. My mom makes a lot of her recipes for dinner and they’re always so delicious. My favorite recipe of hers has to be her chocolate sheet cake. I make this cake whenever I have a serious chocolate craving- it always turns out perfect (well except for that time that I forgot the baking soda hem hem). I also use this cake batter for when I make chocolate cupcakes. It’s super easy and the frosting is delicious!

I’ve been looking at more blogs lately and here are the links to the new ones I’ve discovered. They all have some amazing looking recipes and I’m excited to try them out :)

The Sugar Crafter

Recipes from Kevin and Amanda

La Fuji Mama

Love and Olive Oil

Recipe Girl

Check these out and have fun baking/cooking!

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Blueberry Muffins

I absolutely adore muffins. Tomorrow we’re having a little morning party at school with a teacher who’s leaving. I decided to bring muffins to the little shingdig and decided on blueberry! The best blueberry muffins I have ever had are actually from a box mix- Betty Crocker Wild Blueberry mix (with real blueberries!)

This mix is superior to all other mixes (in my opinion) probably because of the real blueberries. They come in a little can! They taste much better than the little dry shriveled blueberries that a lot of mixes have. So I decided to make these muffins and needed muffin tin liners. So my mom got some for me! One problem I always have when I make muffins or cupcakes is that I often make 24 of them and I only have one muffin tin. Just as I was saying “we need another muffin tin” I read that the muffin tin liners I had could apparently just be placed on a cookie sheet and the muffin batter placed inside! I decided to give this a try.

Here are the cute little liners. Apparently these are pretty high-tec. Not only can you use them without a muffin tin but the colors won’t fade when you bake them! It’s all very exciting. Well I mixed up the batter and put half the batter in the muffin liners in the tin and half of the batter in the free-standing tins. This made a lot of batter by the way. These aren’t skimpy muffins! I was worried that the muffins would overflow but they did fine when they baked.

I was a little skeptical about how this would turn out…but I really didn’t want to sit around and do the muffins in two batches (I was making a double batch of the muffins, prescription one box only makes 12). They baked for 18 minutes and turned golden brown and smelled so delicious.

Here is the final result. The muffin on the left, women’s health the more attractive and perfect one, pathopsychology was from the muffin tin. The free-standing ones turned out a little more lopsided and deformed. But that’s not really a problem because it’s still golden brown and delicious. I still want a second muffin tin but this is a good option for if you only have one. Mmm I can’t wait to eat these tomorrow morning :)

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SAT, Snow, and Six Pack Abs

It’s been storming in Middle Tennessee! We had a snow day this past Friday and the week before we had 3 snow days in a row. Ahhh that’s the life! School has been crazy, no rx working on registering for classes next year. I’m not sure how to reach the balance of challenging myself senior year and absolutely going insane with a massive work load. Hopefully I find the perfect equilibrium!

Today I took the SAT this morning. It definitely wasn’t as bad as I thought…but I doubt I did stellar. I’ll find out on February the 12th! Then I came home and lay down on my bed and watched part of season one of Grey’s Anatomy! I love Grey’s Anatomy…it’s a guilty pleasure up there with the Bachelor and Private Practice. Hehe..dont judge me.

I’ve been doing Jillian Michael’s Six Pack Abs workout. Man is that tough! Everytime I do it I feel like I’m going to die…but I don’t! And I know it really is making a big difference. It’s not just an ab workout, it has high intensity cardio worked into it. Which makes it crazy difficult! But I’m gonna stick with it and hopefully not die and stuff…

I’ve been looking up healthy recipes…and there are some good ones I think I’m gonna try! Mmm I’m in a muffin mood. I think I’m gonna make Pumpkin Muffins tomorrow. Haha my recipe for pumpkin muffins is not necessarily healthy..but it’s yuuummmyy! I have to make a dessert for a competition. It’s a crazy intense competition. It’ll take lots of training. Or it’s a contest at my church’s Chili Cook-off between the jr. and sr. high. It’ll be fun! But I don’t know what to make…maybe those cupcakes I made before? What do youuu think? (I say this as though I have people who regularly read this blog and will comment on this post. ha. ha.)

Tomorrow I have church. I need to clean my room…and vacuum. And clean the bathroom. And finish my homework. It should be a FUN day! Haha :) Hope all my avid readers are having a wonderful weekend :D

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Tic Toc

Maybe I am not supposed to get the recommended amount of sleep for a normal human being. Maybe my body wasn’t designed for it. Or maybe my independent mind simply doesn’t want to conform to the 8 hour nuh night time society sets. Whatever the reason, healing I am not sleeping. It’s 1:22 in the morning. Last night I was up with a horrific migraine and got an extremely small amount of sleep. Yet I wasn’t tired. And now I still can’t sleep. Maybe I should start blogging more…I might as well be productive in my spare time. I’ve heard that you’re not supposed to lie in bed for hours, malady trying to sleep. Maybe I should move around, do my work-outs at night. Or I could watch countless random Netflix Instant Watch movies. What would you do if you had all night open? Maybe I could write people letters. Perhaps some more knitting projects. I’ll start with the blogging thing. Obviously.

So I might as well talk about stuff…I suppose that’s what a blog is. My Christmas was pretty amazing :) For me Christmas is all about family time and being together. And happy. This year I got a new lens for my camera- a Canon fixed 50mm 1.8 aperture lens. I’m veeerrry excited to try it out on the many photoshoots I hope to have this year. My boyfriend is visiting tomorrow, spending several days here. I am so happy to get to see him in just a few hours! (Maybe time would pass faster if I could sleep…grrr). We are going to see Harry Potter 7 tomorrow night. He hasn’t seen it yet (gasp!) and i’m super pumped to see it again! I hope I hold it together better than I did last time! I’m bringing tissues just in case.

I can’t believe how fast 2010 has flown by. It’s been a pretty incredible year. Some parts have been really tough and some parts have been very joyful. I’m hoping to have fewer of the really tough times in 2011 but I’ve definitely seen myself grow this past year and I think I’ll (hopefully) be better equipped to handle life this next year.

I never really set New Years Resolutions. I think they’re pretty pointless. If you didn’t [lose weight, stop ___, spend more time with loved ones, exercise more, quit smoking, get out of debt, help others, get perfect hair, have alone time, get enough sleep, play with fluffy animals, have a relationship]  alllll this past year, why are you gonna do it just cause it’s your resolution? While resolutions have mostly good intentions, don’t fool yourself into thinking that “this will be the year I keep mine!” Take everything day by day. Start changing your life now, don’t wait for the 1st. And don’t stop after the first week of 2011. Change can be good…if you allow yourself and give yourself the chance to change. But that’s just one sleep-deprived teenager’s opinion ;)

This coming year is going to be supercrazyhecticbusy. I’m finishing the last semester of my junior year which will have bunches of testing, exams, AP exams, college crap, workworkwork. Then hopefully a wooonnderful summer with friends and family :) My family is going to Maine this summer! I haven’t been since I was like…11. I’m sooo looking forward to going! Then I have my first semester of senior year which will be applying for colleges….gaaah! I am so not ready to think about that just yet. Even though some parts of this year are not exactly…wonderful and super fun! i think it’ll be a really good year. At least that’s what I hope…maybe it will be my New Year’s Resolution to have a happy year ;)

So whatever you’re doing, I hope the rest of 2010 plays out nicely for you. And, as cheesy as this sounds, I hope that you meet 2011 with bright hopes and confidence for the future :)

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Identity

It’s funny how things like your hair not cooperating can totally set the mood for your whole day. If you wake up and you don’t like your hair or can’t find something you wanna wear, cost your day is doomed. I think all girls could agree with me on this, remedy at least to some degree. And how sad is that? It’s really sad that we define ourselves by what we look like, what other people think of us…I know I do this a lot. I can be really judgmental towards myself. A lot of the time I’ll be unconfident of my self. It’s funny because some of the girls that I think are the most beautiful are the ones who have confidence. This whole week I haven’t like what I’ve worn, how my hair looks, and that makes me feel insecure. Why is it that we let these things define us? I don’t really have an answer to this one. But I hope some day this won’t be true for me.

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