Girl Scout Cookies!!

Who doesn’t love Girl Scout cookies?! O_O Is it bad that I already finished the entire bag of Thanks-A-Lot (I got them on Monday)? They are just so good. Thin Mints… they’re okay. Oddly, I remember them being better. =/ I really liked this one kind they had, Pinata cookies, but they don’t make them anymore around here. =(

Anyway, I was looking for cookies for a while, because I knew it was the season, and then my labmate’s boyfriend’s coworker was selling them for his daughter, so I was able to get them! I don’t usually support organizations, but I will probably always support Girl Scouts.

Next year, I might be able to just skip the Thin Mints altogether and just go for lots of Thanks-A-Lots.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout cookie?

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Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Recently, WordPress had a featured blog, and they had some pretty interesting recipes. I tried their Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes!

YUMMY CUPCAKES NOM NOM NOM

This recipe uses:

I didn’t make the actual cake like their recipe. I just bought some regular chocolate cake mix from the supermarket, and instead of using water, I used Guinness. I figured it’d be the same, because the alcohol goes away after baking and it’d taste like a chocolate cake anyway.

Then I cut holes in them and filled them with the Jameson chocolate ganache!

Doesn’t that look yummy?

Finally, I made some Bailey’s frosting!

Never made frosting before. It was really cool!

You should definitely try these! They’re great!

Christmas Cookies!

My friends and I had a girl’s night, and we decorated cookies!

Gingerstar!

A mitten and an ornament

Dead gingerman and very white stocking.

In order to draw the mitten and the ornament, they make these food coloring markers, which sound weird, but they work really well.

The dead gingerman had an accident when we were trying to get him off the tray. One of his legs was about the break too, so that’s why there’s a “cast.”

By Hijinks Crochet Posted in food

F-Words: Finals and Food

It’s finals. I thought that last semester might be the last time I stressed about finals, but I was wrong. Graduate school is just as stressful. Usually during finals, although, I don’t like to admit it, but I forget to eat and drink. =/

It’s just that, instead of my usual class schedule, I have a new studying/finals schedule. This change, plus the stress, causes me to not feel hungry or thirsty, so I just forget to eat and drink.

Hopefully, it’ll be okay after this.

Speaking of food, I helped to proctor an exam today and the professor bought me a muffin. It was a carrot-mango muffin. It’s a strange combo actually. I wonder who decided that these two things should go together. It was a very tasty muffin, but who would have thought, right?

The only thing that would make me ever want to group them is because they’re both yellow/orange in color. That’s it. Regardless, I have no idea where he bought this strange mixture of a muffin, but I should have asked. Maybe I was just hungry, because I haven’t been eating properly, or maybe it was really just that good. =)

Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!

This year I’ll actually be doing something that doesn’t involve getting free things. 😉

My friends and I are going to bake cupcakes! Bat cupcakes for Halloween! Although, if we can’t make the bats work out, chocolate cupcakes are just fine also.

I love cupcakes so much!

By Hijinks Crochet Posted in food

Hot & Spicy with my sunglasses on

It seems that every two years or so, I break my sunglasses. The plastic just snaps in half for no reason. It’s always around the end of summer, every two years. I should just expect it now.

So, yesterday, I decided to go hunt for some new sunglasses since the sun is really blinding when you’re driving during sunrise and sunset hours. I guess, I do drive during these times often and often in the direction of the sun. It’s dangerous! Really dangerous!

I got these:

They’re black, as always. Interestingly, I like black sunglasses, and I like big sunglasses. I like the cute jewel design on the sides, which all my past sunglasses seem to have also. Wow, it seems I just buy the same pair every time.

Well, now I won’t be blinded by the sun… as much.

Also, while on my quest for sunglasses, these were on sale, so I bought them.

It’s not lying when it says Hot n Spicy. It’s damn spicy. Usually when snacks like this say “spicy” or something similar, they’re really not. With these, I just end up coughing and chugging water. Amazing! You should try it out. They were definitely worth the $1 I spent on them! =) These go in my top favorite snacks.

Some talk about food

This weekend I met up with one of my best friends and some of her friends. We went to eat at this really yummy cafe where they name their sandwiches things like, “Rubic Cuban,” “Three’s Company,” “He-man,” “She-ra,” etc. It was very good and very filling. I love food! Anyway, the best part of the whole thing was that they sold cupcakes.

So, it was a $3 cupcake, but it was the best cupcake I’ve every had.

 

Best cupcake I ever had.

 

It’s okay if you’re not a cupcake person, but this was definitely great. It’s a red velvet cupcake. The frosting was amazing, super creamy. The cake was delicious. It was the best $3 I ever spent on cupcakes. My goodness!

Speaking of baked goods, for my mother’s birthday she wanted cheesecake, so I made her some.

 

Say Cheeese!! (cake)

 

My mom really likes fruit in things. She thinks it makes them healthier, even though, it’s not completely true. So, I had to adjust my usual cheesecake recipe to accommodate the fruit she wanted. It worked out well. I’m glad I didn’t add the usual amount of sugar. It didn’t turn out sour or too sweet.

For the cheesecake, I made a graham cracker crust, added a layer of mixed fruit (strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries), and then put the actual cheesecake part on top. For some reason, the recipe always tells me to bake it for 1 hour, but I usually go for 50 mins. It doesn’t burn and turns out really well. I’ve gotten pretty good at making cheesecakes since my mom loves them so much. (laugh)

Losing Weight

During my freshman/sophomore year of college, I gained weight. My boyfriend at the time was happy about this, because in high school, I was really skinny. It wasn’t like I was unhealthy skinny, but more like I was pretty much flat chested. (I should have taken as the first sign that he was no good.) It wasn’t like I gained a lot of weight, but everyone was telling me that I gained weight. So, it was noticeable. Even though, a lot of people who knew me before said that I looked good with my gained weight, because I actually had some curves so I looked healthier, I started to dislike my body more and more.

What girl these days doesn’t have a problem with their body image? I started to feel really self-conscious. I tried to watch my eating habits. I skipped meals regularly. I went for runs late at night, even when there was snow on the ground.

It didn’t help that I was constantly being reminded about my body. Some of my clothes didn’t fit me anymore. People kept talking to me about my body weight. My mother in particular, being a mother, would point out something like, “Your tummy is getting too round, loose weight, people might start to think your pregnant” or “Your legs are getting a little chubby, aren’t they?”

Anyway, after I stopped eating at the dining hall and started cooking my own meals, I began to lose weight.

I’m sure it’s because the dining hall’s food was really buttery and fat, and I was stressed, and that is just bound to equal weight gain.

When I started cooking dinner for myself, at first I didn’t really know what to cook for 1 person. I’d cook a week’s worth of food. I still do that to this day. Awesome.

Then I’d get sick of eating what I cooked, and basically thought, “I don’t want to eat that again. Let’s just skip the meal.” My habits of skipping meals stayed with me.

I also didn’t have a lot of money, so I couldn’t eat out or order in every night. So, because of this behavior I lost weight. I began to think when my stomach grumbled and I didn’t cave in, then I would be happy. It was a victory. I was consuming less food.

My old clothes fit me again, and you could tell I lost weight. Nobody said anything this time. Even my mother stopped making comments. I began to think that maybe I wasn’t losing weight, and maybe my old clothes were just stretching out. I continued to skip meals, and would just drink water or shakes when I felt I’d eaten too much. I wasn’t losing anymore weight, but I also wasn’t getting the nutrients I needed.

I’m not really sure what happened, but one day I just fell down. I was getting more and more tired everyday and just fell. For some reason, I realized I was hungry. Lately, I haven’t been skipping meals much anymore and eating 3 meals a day. My mother said to me lately, “It’s good your bone density is higher. My bones are so weak.”

Did I have an eating disorder? I don’t know, but I realized that thinking about your weight all the time is a bit stupid. Some times you just have to eat, and enjoy every meal. Just make sure to eat right and exercise and everything should be balanced.

You really have to just start to like yourself, or things won’t get better. It was really difficult with people mentioning my weight or my body. Even now, when someone makes comments about my body, whether it’s good or bad, I start to feel really self-conscious. I still skip a meal when people mention stuff about my body. I can’t help it, but I’m trying really hard to just like myself. It’s really difficult to like yourself, but I’m fighting everyday to live the best I can, and I’m not going to give up.

Birthday Cake, Anyone?

Okay, so this weekend was way busier than I expected. (Completely didn’t get those translations done!)

In fact, it took my cousin and I an entire day (10+ hours) just to bake my grandma’s birthday cake. -.- It was such a long process. We only had certain size pans and only two of them and… well, in the end, we baked 6 cakes and stacked them so that it became a 3 layer cake of white-chocolate-white. Let’s see the step by step shall we? =)

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