Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Quote of the Day
“You can’t enjoy your life if you don’t enjoy it with others”
I was browsing one of my favorite sites Kevinandamanda the other day and I came across a post. It was about a Scentsy Candle Giveaway Contest, and I was super excited. There is this brand of scents called Scentsy and they look absolutely amazing! If only I win the contest. My dreams would come true. I'm dying to try Sticky Cinnamon Bun, "Cinnamon and sweet icing with warm, nutty nuances". I heart bakery scents! And I love cinnamon buns! I really, really love them! 

Also I think Hazelnut Latte would be really good. "Frothy steamed milk, toasted hazelnuts, espresso, and vanilla with a dusting of cinnamon". Ahh. Sounds like heaven. 
Oh, and I think Scentsy products would be a really good idea for Christmas presents. I love Christmas. Happy Early Holidays! :) 

Baking & Cookie Tips

Who doesn't like chocolate chip cookies? Okay, if you're answering yes, please tell me and I'd be happy to give you a taste of my favorite recipe.

And if you don't like cookies, why not cookie dough? You have to like cookie dough. Smooth, sugary, vanilly cookie dough. You have to like it. It's so amazing. 

Well if you like cookies (the real thing or dough), you should like baking. Why not make cookies or any dessert the way you wanna make it?

I'm here to give you some tips on baking, since I love to bake and I know the ways that work best for myself. 

Okay, to start you off, I'm going to give you tips on...

Vanilla: What a delicious ingredient to add to cookies. You can tell a good cookie when you taste the vanilla on your tongue. Tip #1- I enjoy vanilla, so when I make desserts, especially cookies, I always add extra vanilla. There is definitely a difference when you add more. Believe me.  

Dry Ingredients: When you're dealing with dry ingredients, it's tough to measure the exact amount. Right? Wrong! In fact, it's very simple if you do it the right way. Tip #2- For me, that means scooping the ingredient up, making sure it's a little over the top, taking a knife, and slicing the access ingredient off. That's right! Oh, and Tip #3- Make sure you swipe all access ingredients off over a small bowl. That way, it will make it much easier for you to clean up! 

Baking Soda: This is a very simple tip, and it usually says it on the Baking Soda containers. Tip #4- Get a new box of Baking Soda every month. This makes fresher-tasting food, and you know we all love fresh food!

Eggs: Cracking eggs is kind of tough. Sometimes you mess up so badly you need to crack a completely new one! But this trick will help when it comes to making mistakes. Tip #5- Crack your eggs in a small, seperate bowl. This way, in case you do mess up (for example, dropping egg shells), you can just dump the egg and start over. You won't have to make the whole recipe over again!  

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thanksgiving Box

Quote of the Day
“Giving up is an F at life”
Thanksgiving- how do we show our appreciation? How do we say thank you for everything we have? Here's a fun idea. Make a Thanks Box for the people you want to thank, such as your parents or grandparents.

Make a Thanksgiving Box for someone important to you. First you will need a box. It can be cardboard or a shoebox. Decorate the box with pictures and your favorite colored construction paper. For example: if you were making this box for your grandma, you could cover the box with cute patterned paper and paste pictures of you and her on it. You could even add buttons and stickers to get more creative.

Okay, here's the fun part. It'll take some thinking skills... so get ready. Think of what you want to thank your (Example: grandma) for. Is it the present she gave you last Christmas? Is it her sweet smile? Is it her warm, chewy cookies she bakes for you every time you come to her house? You should probably make a list of this ideas so you don't forget them.

Now you're going to symbolize the things your thanking them for. If you're thanking them for love, put a stuffed heart in the box. Symbolize all your other things and place them in the box. 

Thirdly, you are going to include special things in the box. It could be pictures, or a poem she wrote you, or a painting you made together. Whatever it is, make sure it's something valuable between you two. You can even put a scrapbook in the box. 

Make sure the insides and outsides are completely decorated and give your box to the person you're thanking on Thanksgiving Day. It will be so special for the person to see how much you care about them and how you're truly thankful for the things they do!