Friday, May 24, 2013

Getting Close to the End...

Hi everyone! I hope that you have a fantastic weekend planned out. As I approach the end of Freshman year, I would like to thank all of the amazing people that I have met this year. This will be my last time ever posting, so I wanted to make something special but I just couldn't think of what to make. So, instead of doing some regular dessert I wanted to reflect on this year and how much I have changed as a person. I put down some of the people that I have met this year that have really changed my life and become really close to me.

Let's start off with my best friend, Lilly. I have known Lilly since the beginning of this year but we only recently became close. I love this girl more than words can explain and she's been with me through thick and thin. Whether it's spending late nights talking about nothing or tie-dying old shirts, we always have the best times together.

The Lillers and I

This is what happens when we try to take a normal picture

We're cuter than most

Next up, I'd like to mention the girl that is more like a sister to me than a best friend. I've been friends with Reilly ever since birth and even though sometimes it may not seem like it, I do love her. Reilly and I are exactly like sisters. We fight like sisters. We laugh like sisters. And we love each other like sisters. Reilly and I have been together for fifteen years and even though this year has had its ups and downs, we have changed a lot and become closer! I love you girl.

The beginning of this year, such babies.

Next, I would like to take a minute to mention one of my best friends, Lindsay. Lindsay is probably one of the funniest people that I know and she is also one of the most caring. Lindsay is probably the best at giving advice about everything and she is the most fun person to be around. I love her to the moon and back.
Beginning of the year, Lindsay and I in Geography

Aww my favorite! At Sundance.

Nobody can write essays as sexy as her

She's a blonde; B-L-O-N-D!


The next person that I would like to mention is Marta. Marta and I have only become close this year but she has been the person who has probably helped me through the most. I know that I can tell her anything and she will never judge me. I can have the longest, deepest talks with her but then five minutes later just act totally crazy around her. I absolutely love this girl!

Beginning of the year, such babies.
Rocking out in English

Marta, Lindsay and I looking hot as always

Aww I love this (Lindsay is creeping)

Hahaha I am in love with this picture

Next I would like to mention one of my best friends, Reeve. Reevie is the closest thing that I have ever had to a little sister and I love her to bits and pieces. She is only in sixth grade, but you would think that she would be much older. Reeve is absolutely beautiful and so mature, but yet hilarious. I know that I can talk to Reeve about anything and she is always here for me.

My beautiful baby!
We occasionally model with pumpkins

Matching shirts

Riding fun

Frogging with Gambit, Reilly's horse


I would like to mention one of the funniest girls in this world, Jackie. Have one conversation with her, and you will remember it for the rest of your life. Guaranteed. She's the only girl that I know that can actually make me pee my pants for laughing so hard. I love this girl to the moon and back.
Beginning of the year :)
Lastly, I would like to mention my nonhuman best friend. My Melody. I love Melody more than words can describe. She's my best friend, my baby and I can't imagine life without her. I tell her absolutely everything and she doesn't judge me for any of it. Melody got me through some of the hardest times this year and I can't imagine what it would be like without her.
First Christmas together

Spring

Christmas

My beautiful girl and I doing cross country
Goodbyes are hard. But once one door closes another opens. I am going to miss all of the memories that were made this year, but I am so excited to make some more next year. I love everyone who has made my wonderful Freshman year journey possible. <3

Friday, May 17, 2013

DIY Tie Dye Crop Tops

Hi everyone! We all know that summer is coming quickly, and I need some cute shirts! I decided that it would be a fun idea to make a shirt of my own. So, today, my best friend, Lilly, and I decided to have a little D.I.Y. day! We made tie dye crop tops with fringe and beads! After school, we got on the bus (along with the rest of the school, seriously it was like a mosh pit in there) and headed over to Michael's. We got there and walked into the store. We picked the Rasta colors, and got the white t-shirts. We paid and went home. We went in the garage and picked out what pattern we wanted to do; spiral, ombre, striped, checkered, etc. We decided to do spiral. To do the spiral, you pinch the t-shirt, twist it, bind it with rubber bands, and dye it.
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We let it soak for four hours, after that you put it in the washer and then dry it. We had our tie dye t-shirts all done and they looked so cute! But, we wanted them a little cuter than just that, so, we cut the sleeves off and cut fringe into the bottom. After that, we tied black beads onto the fringe.

I hope that you all get to try this with a friend! It was so fun and now we both have really cute shirts for summer! Only 20 days left until school is out! Have a great weekend everyone :)

I hope you all appreciate our looks







Friday, May 10, 2013

Avocado Ice Pops

Hi everyone! I hope that you are all enjoying your week because I am sure not enjoying mine. If you read my last blog post, you would see that I said that I would be competing in my first horse show of the season, great right? Wrong. On the way down to the show, my horse, Melody, kicked through the back window of the trailer and beat the hell out of her leg. With time, Melody will be alright, but if you are a horse person, you know how expensive those vet bills are. Like are you kidding me?! If I were to have open heart surgery and brain surgery it wouldn't cost half as much as my horse getting two stitches. Obviously I'm being sarcastic here, but I am genuinely pissed off.

This would be me right about now
Anyway, the only thing that has been keeping me sane for the past week has been the thought of summer. I love summer more than anything and especially the summer treats. Like, popsicles. I absolutely adore popsicles. If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be popsicles. Hands down. For this blog post, I wanted to try something interesting and hopefully good, so I chose to make avocado ice pops! They sound weird, I know, but I think that the sweet and savory will play off nicely of each other.

Original Recipe Courtesy of Allrecipes


Here is what you'll need:
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 avocados, cubed
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup of chopped fresh mint

Directions:

1. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir your sugar into the boiling water until completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

2.  Mash up the avocados with lime juice and the sugar-water in a large bowl with the lime juice and sugar mixture, until smooth. Stir mint through the mixture

3. Pour the mixture into the ice pop molds.



4. Store in the freezer until completely frozen.

Image Courtesy of Allrecipes

Enjoy! Have a great weekend everyone :)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Muddy Buddies


Hi everyone! Tomorrow I have my first horse show of the season and I am so excited! It is always a tradition for us coming back from the show to stop at the 7-11 and get Muddy Buddies. Muddy Buddies are Chex Mix that are covered in peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar, and they are more addicting than crack! Tonight I decided to try and make them myself and let me say that they were absolutely delicious, but they didn’t look too pretty... Oh well! They still tasted great and all of my barn friends loved them :)

Here is What You’ll Need:
  • 9 cups of Chex Mix
  • 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

First, into a large bowl, measure out the chex mix and set aside.

Next, in a microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter.

Microwave on high for one minute. Take out and stir, then put into microwave for another 30 seconds.

Stir into vanilla and pour over cereal evenly, stirring until evenly coated.

Next, place the mix into a gallon bag and add the powdered sugar.

Seal the bag and shake until evenly coated.

Spread onto waxed paper to cool.

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Store in airtight container in refrigerator. 
I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I did and have a great weekend!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Homemade Granola Bars

Hi everyone! I hope that you're as excited for spring break as I am! To kick off spring break, tomorrow I'm going cross country schooling with all of my barn girls. I really wanted to make a delicious and healthy snack for them to enjoy after schooling, so I decided to make homemade granola bars! This recipe was super easy to follow and it was delicious! I might even stop buying Quaker Oat bars after making this! I got the original recipe from Cooks but I was able to add my own spin on it. I replaced the dates and cloves for chocolate chips and coconut and it actually turned out really well. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Preheat oven to 350*

Here is what you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cups of shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 cup of brown sugar


First, you are going to mix together the flour, oatmeal, baking soda, cinnamon, coconut and the chocolate chips.

Mix well
Then, you are going to mix together the oil, eggs and brown sugar.

Mix well
Slowly add your wet mixture to your dry mixture.


 Mix well.



Sprinkle some shredded coconut on top.



Lightly grease your 9x13 inch pan and bake for about 17 to 22 minutes or until lightly brown.

Enjoy!! Have a fun spring break everyone!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Bake Sale for a Cause

Hi everyone! This weekend I made over 400 cookies to sell at a bake sale for the American Cancer Association. I made homemade Rice Krispie Treats, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and dark chocolate chip with cashew cookies with coconut butter. For the chocolate chip cookies I have included this easy recipe that is certain to please any crowd :)

Original Recipe Courtesy of Nestle


Here is What You'll Need:


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Preheat oven to 375 ° F.

Combine your flour, baking soda and salt in a small mixing bowl.

 Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
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Put these in a bag and top with a cute ribbon! Now you have an award winning pack of cookies and a killer bake sale :) Enjoy!
Image Courtesy of Made by Michelle

Friday, April 5, 2013

Caramel Creme Cinnamon Puffles

Let's go to Oklahoma. Where the state fairs have so many sweet cinnamon rolls that there would be more than enough for an army. Cinnamon has to be one of my favorite spices ever and I was so turned off of it after the 'cinnamon challenge' that I stayed away from it for almost half a year. Anyway, I'm hooked on cinnamon again, and ready to try a delicious recipe with it! When I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I was so excited to try to make it! It looked like a dessert straight out of a fancy bakery in Paris.

Original Recipe Courtesy of Pin Cookie

Here is what you will need for the Cinnamon Puffles:

  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups of vegetable oil

First, you are going to combine the sugar and cinnamon in a baking tray.
Image courtesy of Whole New Mom
Next, you are going to put your milk and butter in a medium pan and cook over low heat until the butter has melted. Make sure not to boil.

Add the flour and stir until mixture forms a ball shape. Transfer this into a large bowl and add your eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg until completely combined.
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Put mixture into a large piping bag (or a large ziplock baggie). Heat the oil over a high heat and cook for two to three minutes or until the balls of dough are golden brown and float to the top.
Image courtesy of Playing With Flour

Immediately transfer the puffles with a pair of tongs or a slotted spoon onto the cinnamon sugar and roll well :)

Yum! Tune in next week for the recipe for the creme!