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Breathe.

Hey! Hope you all have been having a wonderful weekend! What have you been up to? My sister and I hung out at home all morning, and then went with my dad to a Saturday night service at the church in the community! Today, we’re going to hang out some more and go to church later on.

Well, I have officially finished my sophomore year of high school! I honestly can’t believe how fast this year has flown by! In a little over a month, I’ll be heading to Chicago, and by the time I get back, I’ll be starting school again, and our family will receive another mission team from our church in the States!

This weekend, I have really had a great chance to just relax a little bit. This past week I’ve run around like a crazy person trying to get things accomplished, and I believe that I needed to just breathe and relax this weekend. It has been good for me and already I feel re-energized! πŸ˜€

I also wanted to share one of my new favorite snacks…..that no one else in the family will eat! πŸ˜› I looove avocados, and in an effort to get some healthy fats in my diet, my mom purchased one for me. I made a spread by combining the avocado, 3/4 c milk (a little bit less, actually), some garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste. I then blended everything together and created a yummy, easy avocado spread/dip! πŸ˜€

Yummy Green Food! πŸ˜›

All for me!

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the weekend!!!

See ya’ tomorrow!

 

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June 5, 2011 at 5:58 am 7 comments

Wrong Test

Hello!!!! So glad everyone liked the microwave pizzert recipe!!!! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!!!!!!!

Mine was a little stressful, actually…..I still have my algebra and chemistry challenge exams left. I was going to try to take the Algebra one over the weekend, and when my mom printed it out, I had 57 pages of a test, half of which I had never seen in my life. I was worried that maybe I had just forgotten a lot, but apparently, this test was based off of last year’s Algebra II book, and we just changed books this year. So I spent my weekend taking a test that was written according to the wrong book!! UGH!

Other than that, we had fun! Some friends came over on Saturday, and we went to the acai place. I didn’t get any, but I did get some fresh cherry juice! So, so good!!!! It really didn’t need any sugar at all, because they used the actual fruit to make the juice right after I ordered it! I’ll definitely be getting that again! πŸ˜€ There were a bunch of different juices that I wanted to try: pineapple, watermelon, pineapple/cherry, and even some green juices!!!!!! If you could choose any fruit juice to try, what would it be? I’d have to say that cherry is my favorite so far, but I’d looove to try some watermelon juice out too!!! πŸ˜€

Aaand, because today is Monday, my sister and I baked!!!! We basically used my Lemon Cream Scone recipe, but took out the zest and added 1/3 C cocoa powder to make chocolate cream scones!!! Then, we topped them with a strawberry glaze!!!! Yum! πŸ˜€

Well, I had better get studying!!!!! See ya’ll later!

How was your weekend?

 

May 30, 2011 at 6:05 am 9 comments

(Hopefully) The Last Week!

Hey!!!!! So I completely fell off the face of the planet this weekend…….I was relaxing with my family before another test-packed school week. If everything goes as planned, I should be done with everything by Friday! Yay!!! So, anyway, this weekend, we hung out and watched a few movies. Wall Street (the newer one), The Young Victoria (really, good), and another one whose name I cannot remember! hahaha How was your weekend?

I was originally going to take a chemistry test on saturday, but my mom decided to let me off the hook for the weekend! πŸ˜€ So now, I’m studying 18 weeks worth of chem work. Fun stuff. If anyone out there is a chem whiz and would like to take my test for me, you are welcome to do so….just kidding…maybe. πŸ˜›

My sister and I have made a habit of baking a little somethin’ somethin’ on Monday mornings! Last week we made some yummy lemon cream scones, and this week, we tried our hands at homemade pop-tarts!! We made wild berry and strawberry flavored pastries!!!!! So good and it was fun to bake something together!!!! Here’s our recipe:

Pop-Tarts

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 T sugar

1/2 c butter

2 T milk

1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients inΒ  a medium sized bowl. Cut in butter. Add milk and vanilla, and knead dough until it all sticks together. At first it’ll look really crumbly, but it will work and if you add any more liquid, the dough will be too sticky (personal experience speaking here…hehehe). Roll out dough and cut into 14-16 rectangles. Spread half of your rectangles with your filling of choice and use the other half to cover them. Then, place on a baking sheet and bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Top with a simple sugar glaze and sprinkles!!!!!

These were so fun and easy to make!!!! Everyone loved them!! I’m definitely going to try “healthifying” this one so that we can make them ALL the time!!! hahahaha

Well, I really should study some…..see ya’ll tomorrow!!

May 23, 2011 at 6:00 am 10 comments

So Many Tests!

Heey!!!! So, I disappeared over the weekend…..mostly because I slept in and was too lazy to turn on the computer….:P We didn’t do too much though, I think I only left the apartment twice…hahahaha! My sister and I hung out at home on Saturday and yesterday, the whole family was here. Not a lot of activity, but definitely relaxing. Which is a good thing, considering the fact that the next 2-3 weeks will be packed with tests for me. This week, I have finals, and then after that, I’ll take “challenge exams” which will basically prove that I actually took the course, and will give me the credit on my high school diploma. The thing about challenge exams is that they are pass/fail, so no do-overs!!!!! Sorta stressful…hahaha! How was your weekend????

As you all know, I recently joined a gym. One part of their program is to provide a personal trainer for each member. Over a period of 45 days, this trainer will design an initial workout program and a nutrition program for the new member. After that period, you still work with your trainer, its just not quite as intense. The past two weeks have been devoted to designing my workout program, and this week I have my first meeting devoted to nutrition. I’ve been asked to keep a food diary, and on Wednesday, my trainer, a nutritionist and I will talk about what I need to change in order to gain some weight. I’m sort of nervous but also pretty excited about this! I’ve been doing a lot better emotionally, but its just been really hard to put on any weight.

On a lighter note, we still haven’t fixed our coffee pot, but this has not stopped us from making coffee every day!!! hahahahaha Dad has been looking for a tube or something that he says will fix it, but hasn’t had any luck so far…..oh well! πŸ˜€

This morning, I made Emily’s microwave baked oats for one!!!! So, so good!!! You should definitely try this out!! In my microwave, the whole cooking process took about a minute, and then I had a bowl of yummy baked oats for me brekkie!!! Quick, filling, and nutritious! Gotta love it!!!! πŸ˜€

That’s about it for today…..I’ll see ya’ll later!!!

Questions:

What’s your favorite way to study for a lot of tests????

What did you do over the weekend??

Have you ever met with a nutritionist? What was it like????


May 16, 2011 at 5:47 am 19 comments

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)

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation:

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 375Β° 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. πŸ˜€

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! πŸ˜€

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

Β Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour

  • ΒΌ cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 1/3 teaspoon salt

  • Β½ cup butter

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

  • 2/3 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  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 ΒΎ – 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! πŸ˜€ 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…..at 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!! πŸ˜€

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

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