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“You’re my Cuppy-Cake, Gum Drop, Snoogums, Boogums, You’re… the Apple of my Eye…”

Oh my Gosh guys!

I have officially made it a full week without buying any Tim Horton’s! I am beyond impressed with myself…. I didn’t even really need to think twice today when I walked past the Tim Horton’s on campus! One week! I feel like I deserve a badge or something to commemorate the moment or something… I haven’t even been drinking that much homemade tea to make up for it…

I’ve also decided to add something else to my bucket list. “Take a Cake Decorating Class”. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much I actually enjoy baking… and then when I was watching Two Broke Girls today (love the show) they took a decorating class for their cupcake business. Now, I was joking around with my 12 year old cousin last week when she showed me the 40 cupcakes she decorated in 15 minutes, these are them…

Anywho, I was joking around with her that I should drop out of school, open a bakery, and hire her on to do the decorating…. but then I remembered she’s 12 and I should probably encourage her to stay in school so her mom and dad don’t get mad at me.

But the point is,  it did get me thinking. I could never do something that cool, unless maybe if I took a class. Maybe I’ll see if she wants to go with me. I’m looking into classes though around the city and hopefully I’ll find a good decorating class (for a good student affordable price) that I can go to. It’d be nice to have someone go with me though, so I’ll have to look into that too. Scheduling multiple people is so frustrating though.

Anywho, I hope you enjoy the mouth watering picture of cupcakes, and I’d like to thank everyone who liked yesterdays blog. I had a record breaking number of views yesterday, and my friend was ecstatic that so many people ‘liked’ the post her drawing was featured in. I don’t see why, it’s an amazing sketch.

Ta-ta for now!

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“My Game is Really Slick, I’m Unstoppable, Unstoppable…”

So I have great news!

Everyone loved the leftover chocolate tarts from yesterday. They were a great hit… and I was talked into having half. Half a tart I think is acceptable… I skipped my pre workout snack because of it though… so that was a little tiring tonight, but the chicken I had for dinner was still kicking around come 9pm. Yes, that’s right, I did my TurboJam at 9:00 at night… I did it. That’s what counts. I make sure I get it in, even if it’s a little late. I also need to wait for my mom to go to bed so I can use the kitchen space. Haha.

Anywho, back to the chocolate tarts. I have I think four left (I saved them at home) so I’ll take those to work tomorrow and continue seeing everyone’s reactions. They’re officially really good though. Just saying.

So I’m not to sure what else I can talk about today, I found a new website that may help me stick to my fitness goal, but I’m still feeling my way around the site to see if I like it, so we shall see if it makes an appearance in a future blog.

On a side note however, while killing time at school today with my friend on ‘Pinterest’, I discovered about five new recipes I want to try… so we shall see how those turn out over the next couple weeks. I’m telling you, y’all will love them. Sneak peak, one of them involves marshmallows and chocolate! But I’m going to save that one for February so I can enjoy it too without breaking my ‘no junk food’ rule.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these motivation posters/phrases I found (mostly) on pinterest…

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“I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can…”

So, I’m still considering a few resolutions for this year, but these are the main ones I have right now.

1. Weight Loss: The biggest cliche resolution out there I know, the gyms are packed for the majority of January with people who have resolved to lose weight and tone up, and come February you hardly see half of them anymore. That’s why I’m waiting a bit to get my gym membership… I’ll work with my Turbo Jam till then. (On that note, I did a 40 minute TJ today! Cardio Party! So. Much. Fun.) How do I plan on losing weight you ask? For starters, I’ve made a schedule out for myself for TurboJam, and for the gym. I’ve made my mom a copy of said schedule (which also includes my class times since she always wants to to know what time I leave for school and when to expect me home for supper) and have hung it on the fridge as a constant reminder to stick to it! I also want to stay in touch with things that motivate me. I’ve made a new background for my laptop that will remind me why I want to get healthier and slim down; I’m following blogs, twitter accounts, and facebook groups that I find inspirational, and I’ve narrowed down specifics. By the end of January, I hope to lose 10 pounds, and by my work party at the end of February, I’m hoping for 20. To reward myself if I accomplish that, I plan on finally getting my belly button pierced (something I’ve wanted to do for a while now) and since it needs about 4 months to fully heal (I’ve done my research) February will be a good time to do that so I’ll be all set for summer.

2. Healthy Eating: Along with exercise and motivation, this will help with losing weight, but in order to maintain a healthy weight, I’ll need to change my eating habits and develop an overall healthier lifestyle. How will I accomplish this? I’ve found a ton of new recipes (that actually sound good) to try out, and I’ve been paying closer attention to serving size. When eating out with friends or family, I found that as long as I do my research first, I can still find a healthy option (for instance, this Thursday, I’m going for dinner with my best friends, and I’ve already looked up the nutrition information on the restaurant’s website and found three low calorie options that I can choose from when I get there) For January, I plan on cutting out all ‘junk food’ and fast food… and towards the end of February I will allow myself the occasional treat, as long as I pay attention to the portion control.

3. Cross three things off my Bucket List: I definitely want to achieve more things on my bucket list, and I’m going to look into a few options this year. I think if I focus on some of the ones that can be done at the same time, like camping and sleeping under the stars, I’ll be able to get more done… then make more too!

4. Write a novel. Those of you who read my January goals know I hope to have a whole chapter written by the end of the month, and I think if I can get into the swing of things by then, I’ll be able to finish the novel I’ve been dreaming about for the last five years. So for January, I hope to finish the first chapter, and then write two chapters in February.

These are my four main focuses for the year as of right now, today was a bit of a crazy day so I didn’t have as much time to focus on them as I originally intended. However, this is a start… I still have my monthly challenges to look forward to to make new resolutions, because afterall, who said a resolution needs to be made at the end of a year only? Someone on the news said it nicely the other day ‘sometimes you need to hit rock bottom to realize something needs to change, and there’s no reason to wait for the new year to start making those changes!”

“Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…”

I’m ba-a-a-ack!

Hey y’all!

Before I start, I just want to let y’all know, I say Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays, and I respect that you might not celebrate Christmas, and in that case I hope you had a great holiday, whatever it was…. but I celebrated Christmas, so I’m not going to call it ‘the holiday’ throughout my post. It was Christmas for me. And Christmas it shall stay. I really have no intention of offending anyone – there’s just been so much hoopla on facebook lately though about Happy Holidays VS Merry Christmas, I wanted to make that clear that I don’t mean to offend anyone by saying it…. and on that note:

Merry (Belated) Christmas everyone!

So I know it’s been a while since my last post, but Christmas this year got a lot more hectic than I thought it would, and well, these things happen. I honestly thought I’d have time to update more often, and planned out titles and everything for the days leading up to Christmas… but alas, I was overruled. (I even stopped watching Christmas movies in full – I fell asleep watching the claymation ‘Santa Clause is Coming to Town’ on Christmas Eve!)  Hopefully I can make it up to you with this delicious cinnamon bun recipe I tried out today. Y’all are gonna love it. I’ll get to that in a little bit though.

First off! How was everyone’s Christmas/Holiday season?? Like I said ours was hectic and busy, I worked, I had three dinners to go to (bless my family with all the food we enjoy – there are too many of us to all show up at once, but being right around the corner from my grandma, my mom and I are always there for all three) I think I’m still pretty stuffed from the dinners… deep fried turkey, baked ham, cabbage rolls, perogies, stuffing, mashed potatoes, kielbasa, vegetables, meatballs, lasagna…. and let’s not even start on the desserts! I did get a nice recipe however I’ll need to try. 😉 Then there was the pancake breakfast I had with my ‘sisters’ on the Friday…. So much food, such a short week.

Also, guess what!? On December 27, 2011, we got our first snowfall of the season! And it was gone by this morning. But it was beautiful yesterday – even while I helped bring in the shopping carts from the parking lot at work… I wanted to have a snowball fight with someone, but nobody was around…. Maybe I’ll get to put out a new Ice Wreath soon though! It’s definitely getting cold enough 🙂 I’m excited to get more…. though not too much. Humans are so picky aren’t we? In winter, it’s too cold, we can’t wait for summer, then summer comes, and it’s too hot, then we want snow, but when it comes, we don’t want to shovel it so we hate it…. Mother Nature really is just in a lose-lose-lose situation….

Anywho, New Year’s is coming up (I promise I won’t leave my blog unattended that long again) so I’m starting to think about some good new year goals and resolutions, any ideas? I’m going to go over my December goal list again this week and see what I accomplished, but not tonight, I’m still way too tired (does anyone else get this tired after Christmas? Like, no matter how much I sleep, I can’t seem to catch up, this is worst than exams – granted I didn’t work during exams either) I’ll get my New Years list up shortly though… first I want to plan out some schedules to maybe help me stick to it better.

Now however, as promised, here is the recipe I found for:

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls:

Dough

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup milk

Filling

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400F

2. For the filling, in a small bowl combine softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon to form a crumbly mixture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Sprinkle 1/2 of the mixture over the bottom of a 9×9 pan (I only did a bit at first, then after I put the filling on the dough, I sprinkled what I had left into the pan)

4. In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

5. Cut in softened butter (sometimes your hands are the best tools – sometimes 15 seconds in the microwave works too).

6. Stir in milk to form a soft dough. (Your hands can come in handy here… I found it easier to kneed the dough as I added the milk…)

7. Roll out dough on a lightly floured into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.

8. Spread the remaining filling on the rolled out dough.

9. Roll up the rectangle, with a sharp knife slice into 18 small rolls (12 if you want them a little bigger) (I found that my dough was a little soft to cut nicely, (or my knife was a little dull maybe) but it was easier if I wrapped the rolled up dough in seran wrap and stuck it in the freezer for a few minutes – just until I did the dishes and tidied up the rest of the mess)

10. Bake for 20-25 min.

11. For glaze, combine powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl and stir until smooth. (I do this by eye, but typically it’s two parts icing sugar/powdered sugar per every one part milk… but you can add more or less of each as needed)

Once rolls are finished, drizzle on glaze and serve warm.

And there ya have it! It was quite easy, and no waiting for yeast to rise or anything! The only thing I might try differently next time is the icing… this icing is good, but it’s more of a sugar cookie base icing, I feel like cinnamon rolls need a different type of icing… maybe one with cream cheese in it next time. 🙂 Until then though, I’m quite proud how these turned out… I guess my dog kicking me out of my bed at 8:30 in the morning so that she could take it over payed off afterall!

Enjoy!

“Giddy On Up and Giddy On Out…”

So guess who gets to cross something off her bucket list!? This girl right here, that’s who!

I had an incredible time last night, and, I got to ride a mechanical bull! One of my best friends, Emily, took me out to a bar in town that has a mechanical bull, Dirty Dogs. It was a total blast! The stairs at work today, which happen to be quite steep already, were so painful to climb though! But other than that no harm done. It really was just a lot of awesomeness, and I can’t wait to go back. I need to out-do my personal record of… drum roll please…………12.7 seconds! Hahaha

Riding the Bull

Anywho, I had an awesome time, with great friends, and got home late and got up early for work and it was all just so great. McMaster University’s football team also won the Vanier Cup last night, and the Toronto Maple Leafs won the hockey game…. it was just an overall great night. In case you haven’t gotten that yet.

Today was less exciting (I honestly had butterflies in my stomach all day yesterday), but it will be a more exciting day then tomorrow, as all I have to work on tomorrow is homework, essays, and readings. One more week of school….one more week of school…. anywho, I’ll appreciate work today as I won’t like all the stuff I need to work on tomorrow. I should probably organize my room better too…

Anywho, I wanted to update you all on my bucket list accomplishment, and I honestly recommend you get out there and try a mechanical bull (just do a google search for mechanical bull bars in your city). It’s just the right amount of adrenaline rush you need to get those bucket list accomplishments started!