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Almost There!!!!

Hey!!!! Hope you all had a great weekend! I did! Yesterday, my sister and I made mom a single serving cupcake for Mother’s Day!!!! Since we made it at breakfast time, we went with a plain cupcake, with brown sugar and cinnamon sprinkled both in the middle and on top! Like monkey bread, but in cake-y form. Mom liked it so much, and it smelled so good, that I had to make a normal-sized cake with the same flavors! Here’s the recipe I used:

Monkey Cake (original recipe found here)


  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • .
  • Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Topping. In small mixing bowl, combine topping ingredients. Blend with fork until crumbly. Set aside.

Sift 1 1/2 cups sifted flour with baking powder and salt into a bowl. In a medium bowl, beat together beaten egg and 3/4 cup sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter. Add milk and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture and mix well.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square or 9-inch layer-cake pan. I poured in half of the batter, sprinkled it with some brown sugar and cinnamon (maybe 2-3 T each?), poured in the other half and sprinkled the topping crumb mixture evenly over the cake. Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake tests done. Partially cool in pan on wire rack. Cut coffee cake into squares while still warm.

This was so, so yummy!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to “healthify” it, so that we can enjoy it more often!!!

I absolutely loved having the opportunity to go to the gym last week and therefore I just had to take some sweaty post-workout pics in the bathroom! hahaha

If you didn’t already think that I was weird, I bet you do now. :D

So, I cannot believe that I’ve only got this week and one more left of school!!!! I’ll officially be done with my sophomore year!!! whoo!

However, in order to finish my class, I actually have to study some, so I had better get goin’!

How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?

May 9, 2011 at 5:26 am 10 comments

Monday Baking Time

Heeey everyone!!! Hope you all had an amazing, relaxing weekend!!!! We didn’t do too much….yesterday we went to a new church close by and then stopped by the acai place because it was within walking distance! :D

So, I don’t know if ya’ll have noticed, but I tend to do most of my baking on Mondays. I guess its because Monday is the one day when we don’t have fresh bread (the bakery is closed on Sunday, and typically, my family will eat some bread w/ butter and jelly for breakfast), and also because my mom cooks a lot over the weekend, and tries to make special breakfasts for us. So, I bake on Monday mornings!!! Another thing you might have noticed: I’m slightly obsessed with scones. My recipe page really only has the one banana scone recipe, but I’ve made it several times. Today, I thought I’d switch it up and try out some new scones, and boy am I glad I did! Here’s the recipe for ya:

Lemon Cream Scones


  • 2 cups flour

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 1/3 teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

  • 2/3 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375oF.

  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

  3. Cut butter into mixture.

  4. Stir in cream and vanilla. Mix just until dough comes together.

  5. Roll dough to 1 inch thick, fold in half, repeat. Roll out a third time to ¾ – 1 inch thick, cut into 8 pieces.

  6. Place on pan and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Not really even remotely healthy, but so, so tasty!!! I topped them with a simple sugar glaze!

I realize that I tend to share a lot of breakfast-y baked recipes, so I’ll definitely try to post some typical brazilian-style recipes, and just some actual meals that we eat! :D What is your favorite kind of recipe to share?

As for my workouts, I’ve really not tried a new one in the longest time…..I’m loving bootcamp-style workouts and kickboxing! Today, I’ll be calling a couple of nearby gyms to see if I can join one!!!!

Well, I guess that’s about it for today….hope you all have an amazing Monday!

May 2, 2011 at 5:57 am 9 comments

The Playoff Game

Heeey!!! How are ya’ll?

All of your posts on how its getting warmer and prettier there have me jealous! Rainy season is beginning here, so while its still pretty hot, it can either rain all day, or off and on for weeks at a time!! So far, its been more the rain really hard for one entire day,be pretty-ish the rest of the week, rain really hard again. Blech. And the worst part is, its not a cleansing rain at all, the city just floods and feels dirty and muggy after it rains like that! Can’t wait until August!!!! hahahaha

Yesterday was pretty relaxed… least for me and my sister. In the morning, my parents went to help a friend of ours with a soccer program, and my sister and I stayed at home. We basically just hung out and watched TV on the computer!!! hahahaha Then, when my parents got back, we hung out some more and mom made the most AMAZING spaghetti ever for dinner!! :D

I don’t know if any of ya’ll know this, but two days ago, the Grizzlies beat the Spurs to become the fourth 8th seed team to ever beat the 1st seed team and move on in the playoffs!!! Their first game in the second round of the playoffs is today, against the Oklahoma City Thunder! Now, I’m not really that into basketball…..or really any other sport. Not really my thing. I know all of this because my dad has told me. He was practically giddy yesterday after he found out that Memphis won, and got even more excited when he found out that their game today is earlier than the past ones have been, so he’ll be able to watch it without having to stay up until midnight or 1 AM!!!

So, I’m finally finishing up this school year!!!!!! In three more weeks, I’ll no longer be in the 10th grade! hahahahaha I’m pretty excited about that! Also, we’re really going to start looking at airfare from here to Memphis, and then from Chicago here!!! I’ll keep ya’ll posted on how that goes!!!

How has your weekend been so far???

May 1, 2011 at 6:01 am 8 comments

Finally Something to Blog About!

Heeey everyone!!!! I practically disappeared this weekend! Not much went on, and I had a couple of not-so-great moments…but  I’m feelin’ better than ever today!

So glad ya’ll liked Kat’s guest post!!! It was awesome and informative as well!!! :D

Yesterday, dad took my sister and me to the mall to do some shoppin’! :D My sister bought some clothes, and I found this super awesome store that had a bunch of all-natural food and clothing and stuff!!! It was sort of like a mini Whole Foods! Soo, I bought a couple of things! Here they are:

This is the most processed thing I bought. :P But it looked really yummy! Its pasta with a mushroom sauce!!!! The thing is, we don’t get mushrooms here, so I was super excited to see this in the store!!!

Crappy pic, but its whole wheat flour! The only other package that I’ve found here cost R$12, and this cost R$3.80 so I had to snag it! :D

This is a whole fruit bar. I bought two, this one is pinapple and apple flavored. The ingredients list is super short, which I love: pinapple, apple, cashew nuts, brazil nuts, pineapple concentrate, apple juice. That’s it!!!! Neat, huh?

Here’s the other flavor: banana acai!!!!

Finally, I picked up this little gem (which has already been consumed :P)! 70% cocoa dark chocolate!!!! It was the first time that I had ever tried anything that dark, and I LOVED it!!!! I’m the only one in the family, though….my sister was brave enough to try it, but vowed never to do so again…hahaha more for me!!! :D

So, all in all, I got a nice little haul!!! I definitely have plans to revisit that store again soon! There were tons of other things in there that I wanted to try…from homemade bread to gluten free corn pasta! I need to save up some money, first though! :D

So besides shopping, I also tried a new breakfast recipe! Katie’s Oatmeal Crepe Cakes!! If you like oatmeal cookies and want to eat them for breakfast (or a snack…..) , make these now!!!! I loved them and will definitely be making them again soon!!!! :D

Well, I really probably should get started on my school work….

How was your weekend? What was your favorite thing that you did?

April 11, 2011 at 5:58 am 16 comments

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