Posts tagged ‘weekend’

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!!! 😀

Yesterday, dad took my sister and me to the mall to do some shoppin’! 😀 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. 😛 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! 😀

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!!! 😀

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! 😀

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!!!! 😀

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

National Student Leadership Conference

Hey everyone!!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I sure did! We stayed in pretty much all day yesterday….which was great. We watched You Again (this time with the whole family), I made a chicken soup (really simple: chicken broth, diced chicken, carrots, onions sauteed in garlic, bell pepper, penne pasta, red pepper, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and a dash of chili powder), we ordered acai and fruit salad to eat with the movie, and just relaxed! How was your weekend?

One serious thing that we talked about was the NSLC. A couple of weeks ago, the first group that was here brought some mail for me. I’ve been invited to attend a summer program at Stanford, and also the NSLC. I’ve decided that if I go to one, it’ll be the NSLC. Basically, the National Student Leadership Conference is held at several different colleges across the country (in San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, and St. Louis). There are lots of different topics to choose from (I’m thinking about either culinary arts or business and entrepreneurship). Each session lasts from 6 to 13 days. I’d really love to go this summer, but my parents are worried about my stress levels, and consequently my eating disorder, if I’m basically on my own for a week and a half. So today, I’m going to call a doctor that I saw while we were in the States to get her opinion. The only thing is, in order to go, I’d need a scholarship, and the deadline for scholarship applications is tomorrow! So I really hope that my doctor can talk today! Have you ever done a college summer program? If so, would you say it was a positive experience?

Oh! On a completely random side note, I found this great total body strength routine the other day:

Aaand, I’ve been lovin’ on some tabata intervals for warm-ups!!! Here is my fav:

Gotta love a workout that calls itself “The World’s Fastest”!! hahaha

Hope you have a great day! 😀

March 28, 2011 at 5:59 am 8 comments

Pre-Birthday Bash

Ok, so it wasn’t really a “birthday bash” per se, but my sister and I had a super fun time last night having a little mini birthday celebration because a group will be here on her birthday, and her party with friends will be afterward.

There were two parts to the surprise:

Part 1- Baking

I told you all that I was going to bake a little somethin’ simple for my sister. Sooo I made sugar cookies based on this recipe from cooking light. I just omitted the icing. Of course, the cookies were lightened which gave me the perfect excuse to whip up some ganache and make sandwich cookies!!! =D Here are both of the recipes:

Sugar Cookies

  • 2 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour (about 11 1/4 ounces)
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  cup  granulated sugar
  • 10  tablespoon  butter, softened
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
  • 2  large egg whites


To prepare cookies, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and egg whites. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until combined. Divide dough in half. Shape each dough half into a ball; wrap each dough half in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.

Unwrap 1 dough ball. Press dough into a 4-inch circle on heavy-duty plastic wrap. Cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll dough, still covered, to a 1/4-inch thickness. Repeat procedure with remaining dough ball. Chill dough 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Remove one dough portion from refrigerator. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap; turn dough over. Remove remaining plastic wrap. Using a 2 1/2-inch cutter, cut dough into 18 cookies. Place cookies 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks. Repeat procedure with remaining dough half.

The only thing about these cookies is that I definitely baked them longer than 10 minutes, but that may just have been our oven.  They tasted wonderful!!!!!

Ganache-ish (I used a couple of different recipes and made up my own…its not true ganache, but it tasted good)

About 1 cup heavy cream

9 T cocoa powder

2 T oil

1/4 C brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

So basically, I combined the heavy cream and sugar and heated until simmering. Then, I stirred in the cocoa powder, oil and extract. And let thicken. It was pretty tasty. I was originally going to make a whipped icing (hence the brown sugar), that required no heating, but when it did not “whip”, I researched some ganache recipes, and because I didn’t have any actual baking chocolate, just sort of made up the recipe as I went along. This filling was pretty dark and bitter, but it went perfectly with the sweet cookies!

And now, for the pics:

Yes, I drizzled caramel on one of them. Yes, I have issues.


Part 2- Movie and Popcorn

I let my sister pick out a movie (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) to watch and made us some popcorn! Salty for me, spicy for her!

All in all, we had a bunch of fun last night and I really think that she was surprised!

As ya’ll know, we have a group getting here later on today. We’re basically running around like crazy trying to get everything ready, and we’re all super excited!

I had better go….this was an uber long post!

Hope ya’ll have a great Friday!

What are your weekend plans?

March 11, 2011 at 5:40 am 16 comments

New Stuff to Try


I just want to thank you all for your super-sweet comments on Saturday’s post!!!! =D You guys are great! I really love being here and seeing what God has in store for us in Recife!

So I didn’t gain any weight this past week, but I also didn’t lose any, so that’s progress. I had increased my intake by about 500 calories last week, so this week I’ll add another 400-500. I didn’t want to go ahead and add 1000 calories last week for fear of making myself feel ill, and therefore decrease my determination to eat more. I figured that if I tried to add in too much too soon it might actually have a negative effect on my weight-gain efforts. Over the weekend, we bought some new snacks for me to try out so that I don’t get bored eating the same things every day. One of them was a vitamin shake mix, which I would add to milk, and get a significant amount of calories without feeling like I stuffed myself after drinking it. Here’s a pic:

VitaminaShake de Maçã, Banana e Mamão

I tried that one, its banana, apple and papaya flavored, and it was pretty decent. A little sweet for me, but you could taste the individual fruits and it didn’t have a funny aftertaste or grittiness like the protein powder that I tried did. Also, its pretty low in sodium (only 21 mg) and has 15 percent of 7 different vitamins before I add the milk. Not too shabby. =D We also bought a peach-flavored shake to try out!

So today I have a massive amount of school to do, which is precisely why I’m blogging. =P Too tired to think US History or Algebra. Which brings me to another question, I’ve been sleeping early and not waking up at all in the night, but I’m still tired all of the time and want to go to sleep earlier than anyone else in the family, why is that? Just curious….it may have something to do with stress……or something else…I really don’t know. =P

How was your weekend?

Mine was pretty good. We spent most of yesterday at home, relaxing, and then went to church and dinner last night. Saturday, I was alone at home most of the day, but then we once again had some hang-out time in the evening.

Well, I had better get going…..hope you all of a good Monday! =D

February 28, 2011 at 5:50 am 12 comments

Why We’re Here

First of all, I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start!!!!

We bought a new printer yesterday, and look who decided he like the box that it came in:


So yesterday, Alex asked me why me family’s in Brasil. So, I thought I’d dedicate today’s post to what we do here.

Since 2004, we’ve lived in Recife, Brasil,population of about 4 million, located on the northeaster coast of the country, about 9 degrees south of the equator. My parents are missionaries here, and originally came to help out with a children home located in one of the poorer areas of our city. While there, they made visits to families in the surrounding community and felt called by God to start work there. About 3 and a half years ago we went to the States on furlough, and when we came back, we began working in this community, called Dois Unidos.

Here’s some pictures:

Food Bank

Soccer Project

Before/After of a house

Building a Church

Over the past 3 years, God has helped us build 25 houses, a church, operate a food bank and soup kitchen along with another church nearby, open a music studio, have activities for children in the community, and start a soccer project. We work with Brazilians, and have a couple of US work teams come every year to complete special projects. God is good and everything we do is because of Him. We’re missionaries with South America Mission and have been for about 3 years.

I love living here! Its home to me! =D If any of ya’ll have any more questions about us being here, feel free to ask them!!!! =D

Hope you have an awesome weekend!

God bless!!!!!

February 26, 2011 at 8:16 am 22 comments


Sorry for the pessimistic post yesterday! I was feeling super frustrated with everything going on and used my blog to rant and vent a little bit.

Today is a new day, and even though yesterday wasn’t so good, I’m determined to turn everything around and get back on track!!!! I started today off with a huuuge bowl of oatmeal that I made with water, let sit in the fridge overnight, and added milk and microwaved this morning. Soooo creamy and good! =D I also added some honey for sweetness!!!!!

I’m actually taking PE through my homeschool program, so I’ve been doing strength training 3 days a week and cardio 2 days. This might be one of the reasons that I ended up losing some weight, so now I have to up my intake of food during the day! I’m trying to look for calorie-dense foods to eat instead of making a huuuuuuge plate of low-cal items. I find that if I consume smaller amounts of high-cal foods, I don’t feel as bloated the next day, which in turn makes it a whole lot easier to eat the amount that I should be eating. What are some good, high-calorie, nutrient-dense foods????

I hope everyone had a great weekend!!!!! After our crazy morning, we stayed in last night and had some major relaxation time!! It was awesome! We watched Extraordinary Measures with Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford! Its about a father who has two kids with Pompe, which is a genetic disease that kills kids before they reach 10 years of age. In order to find a cure for them, he teams up with a grumpy scientist who has done extensive research on Pompe. It was seriously good!!!! I almost cried a couple of times! =D

What is your faaavorite movie of all time??

I really liked this one, and Casablanca is definitely another favorite!

Well, I had better get going on my schoolwork!

Hope you all have an awesome Monday!

February 21, 2011 at 6:37 am 8 comments

Super Bowl Buddies

Today’s post is super late and will be super short. =P

We’re hanging out today, and Dad’s going to plug up the projector later on to watch the Super Bowl!

We started the day off right with french toast with lemon juice and sugar on it. Are we the only family that eats their french toast like that???? I honestly didn’t know that you could eat french toast any other way until I was at least 12!!!!

Anyway, in preparation for the Super Bowl my dad and cat are watching a soccer match. Yes, my cat is watching it! Here’s some proof:

Hope you all have a great day!!!!

Oh and tomorrow be on the look out for a super special guest post!!!!! =D

February 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm 5 comments

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