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“[The Internet] is back ALRIGHT!”

Ok

I know I have this tendency to disapear for chuncks of time, and I truly do appologize for that, it hasn’t been super long this time, so we’re good still right? This time it legitimately was not my fault. My internet was not working for some odd reason (lots of phone calls and service calls later) and its back up, then this past week I’ve been insanely busy with finishing up on school assignments (some of which are late because I refused to stay extra long at school when my internet was out). So, now that I finally have a bit of downtime today (I get to watch my TV shows tonight too that I’m behind on) I figured I better get these posts up and running again!

On a very positive and uplifting note however, I now have almost two full weeks of daily posts planned out for y’all! Yay! I have some fitness things to discuss, some monthly goals to go over, some to create…And the baking!

OH the baking! My oh my! I’ve made THREE things this week already, cookies and strawberry cheesecake bites, I plan on baking again Friday, I have a tea party to go to on Tuesday I’ll need to bake for, and then the following weekend is my work Christmas party (haha I know… don’t ask) and I plan on baking TWO things for that… so… yea. Prepare yourselves!

So I’m going to TRY and go in order of how things happened, how my posts would have turned out had I been able to get on the internet from home, or enough time to focus on my blog instead of the copius amounts of homework… But alas, it catches up. I will do my best. And I promise it will be epic though. Especially the baking.

Gotta love the baking.

I promise I will post again tonight, my first recipe for the week, but unfortunately, I do not have the recipe on me at the moment as I’m in class and supposed to be paying attention to my professor.

I love y’all for hanging around while I went on a temporary hiatus, and I promise it won’t happen again (at least not until finals come around in April :P)

Hearts all around! ❤

 

“I’m Like a Brand New Chick…”

Hey y’all!

So, like I promised, here’s your official New Year’s Day post… Including my January Challenge – Not to be confused with the list you’ll get tomorrow of my New Year Resolutions… Yes, I will write one.

So after looking back at last months challenges, I realized they really were just to general, and there were a lot. I think I got excited about my blog and just kept spitting out more and more goals! So this month I’m going to be more specific, and more realistic. Let’s face it, I forgot my goals a few times last month because I had so many set out.

I thought about focusing on a certain topic each month, say food, or esthetics, or recreation…. but I don’t quite think that’ll work how I’d want it to. So I’m going to look at what I find most important right now, and start there. Seems logical to me.

Before I give my list, I’d just like to thank everyone who was so supportive of last months challenges and overall blog posts… y’all made my day each time I logged on and found a new comment or someone who ‘liked’ my post, and those who gave me encouragement to follow through with my challenges… I really appreciated it! It was so reassuring to know I had people following what I wrote, and it really encouraged me to keep writing, and to keep trying new things. You guys are all so great, and I truly hope I can entertain you all in the coming year.

So without further ado;

January Challenges:

1. Save the Tim Horton’s money: Ok, I know this is revisiting last month’s challenges… but I’ve been taking a harder look at how often I’ve spent money at Tim Horton’s, and why I do. Leading cause, my grandmother. Bless her, but in order to convince her to come over at night, since my mom’s nervous to leave her home alone overnight, I usually need to tell her I’m running to Tim Hoton’s, getting her a coffee, and picking her up on my way home. The Fix: I need to remind myself this month, just because I go for her does not mean I need to buy myself a tea or hot chocolate as well (even if the guys behind the counter start making mine the moment they see me pull into the parking lot). Just. Say. No. And take that $1.60, and drop it into the jar that I will place in the kitchen, beside my car keys to remind myself each time I reach for them, not to make a detour. This month, I know I’ll also be faced with the problem of the six Tim Horton’s on campus: The Fix: Don’t take change to school. Tim Horton’s doesn’t accept debit on campus. I also need to keep an eye on work. The Fix: Stop offering to do the coffee runs!

2. Portion Control: I am one of the worst eaters this time of year, and as you saw last month, I really struggle with the sugar and salt cravings. I’ve noticed however that my biggest downfall has nothing to do with the food itself (ok maybe a little), but more so with the activity I’m doing as I’m eating the food. That’s right, I blame the TV! I have a huge problem with curling up on the couch, laptop beside me, tv on, bag of chips in hand… and I just go to town! One show, two shows, and before I know, chips are gone! I went to the laundry mat the other day, and took the half bag of salt and vinegar chips I had left over from work with me. They had a tv playing some singing competition show for kids – Star something – and while I was waiting for my washer to finish, I pulled out my chips and zoned out. In the 15 minutes it took for the washer to finish… my bag was empty. I don’t even know what the show was called! The Fix: Pay attention! A snack here and there is alright, but I really need to start taking out the ‘recommended serving’ and putting it in a seperate bowl… no more eating straight from the source. Better yet! When I get that urge to chow down in front of the tv, I got to get moving. I know it’s going to be a tough habit to break at first, but with a little will power I think I can do it. I just need to find a way to distract myself better. I mean in all honesty, half the shows I watch, I don’t even like that much…

3. Write at Least One Chapter of my Book: I know this month is going to be busy since school will be starting back up, and I’ll have my own readings and essays to do, but I truly enjoy creating my own stories. Usually I get so fed up with my essays though, I don’t want to write anything else because of it. But I noticed at the end of November, when I was in essay overload, I would use my blog post as a sort of, break. So, The Fix: Use my future novel as a reward. If I start my essays earlier, and I don’t leave them for the last two days, I’ll have time to write them, and time to finish them, and when I finish, I can sit down and get lost in a story from some far off place that doesn’t revolve around victorian poets or colonization. I’ve always loved writing, as long as I like my topic, so if I can use it as a reward, not only will I get that chapter done by the end of the month, I might get my essays done on time as well!

So, I think three challenges for the month are a good start. They’re specific, and I’ve got some sort of strategy mapped out to help me get started at least. I’m also going to dedicate one post a week to updates on my challenges! That will give me more of a drive to focus on them and get things done!

Thank you again to everyone who has been reading and following my blog. I hope you all have a fantastic 2012, and I can’t wait to continue writing for you, and hearing your comments!

“We Gonna Party Like, Like it’s 2012…”

Happy 2012 everyone!

This is officially going to be my New Years Eve post, as I was in no state to write a blog last night… and I plan on writing another one tonight. So… Happy New Year!

I hope all you lovely people have a fantastic year ahead of you, full of health and happiness and good reading! 🙂

Today I’m going to go over my December Self Challenges (*cringe*) and see what I did with my first official challenge month… I think I need to focus more on the challenge aspects daily… or even just bring them up once a week so I can remember them and keep them in focus.

December Challenges, Recap!

Cook Healthier: Yea, the beginning of the month ruined me. I was in exam mode for the first week and had the largest sweet tooth I have ever had. And the more sugar I ate, the more I wanted. The more chips I inhaled, the more I bought. It was horrible. Then the Christmas rush came at the end of the month, and… well… This was a nice epic failure this month, but I don’t want to give up. I’m more determined now to get back on track, I didn’t really realize how bad I had actually gotten until I look back at this month. The amount of  junk I ate was ridiculous.

Tone up for Christmas: Alright, again, the not eating right kind of threw this one off. But I still managed a little to keep it up. Just not as well as I had hoped. The problem with this challenge I think was that it was too generic. I’m going to have to get more specific.

Save Tim Horton’s Money: Hahahaha…. Fail. Enough said.

Write Some Stories: I haven’t failed this one!! I got some of my rewriting done! Yay! I still have more writing I want to do though…

Try at Least Three New Recipes: Check, check, check! Hot Chocolate Truffle Balls, White Chocolate Truffle Balls, Shortbread, Cinnamon Rolls, Funnel Cakes… CHECKMATE!

Read Some Good Books: Umm….

Try Some New Hair Styles: I did this too! Another check! I did pigtail half braids, fancy little updo for Christmas… CHECK!

 Take Some Winter Photography: So, I did attempt this. I got some nice shots of the Christmas trees… but we haven’t gotten any snow, so outside winter pictures just aren’t happening yet. But I did get a few seasonal shots… so Check?

Well, I guess it was a sort of win-lose month. Not a complete failure, but I could do better.

 

“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!

“Blame it on the Mistletoe, What Happened There Nobody Knows…”

HAPPY HUMP DAY

Soooo it’s Wednesday, middle of the week, another day closer to Christmas (10 more days!)

To mark today, let’s do a Challenge update:

1) Cook Healthier: Ok, I’ll admit, not doing the greatest on this one, I have been EATING healthier, more fruits and veggies, less chips and pop…. but cooking, well…. not really. I did make macaroni and cheese the other day though from scratch, and a chicken and vegetable pie… that was pretty healthy I guess.

2) Tone up fro Christmas: I got another great workout in today, so that’s good, slow and steady.

3) Save Time Hortons Money: Haha…ha… yeaaaaaa…. About that….

4) Stories: I haven’t written any new stories, but I have been editing/re-aquainting myself with my fanfiction trilogy so I can finish it this month… so, kind of getting in more writing. But to be fair, I took a mini break after the week and a half of straight essays I had. Lol

5) Try at least three new recipes: Well I did the hot chocolate truffles… and the whie hot chocolate truffles? But I guess we’ll count that as one. Then the shortbread cookies I made are two…. and the other shortbread cookies? Well, We’re going to say two, I’m sure I’ll fit something else in before New Years!

6) Read Some Good Books: Yea, no. I’m sorry. I’ve been too busy consuming my free time with baking and Christmas movies.

7) Try Some New Hair Styles: I’ve done this a bit… crunched my hair the other day because it was raining, and when ever I walk home in the rain my hair curls a bit, but by the time I got to school it had stopped raining and it kinda looked pathetic (my hair)… planning on a different type of braid tomorrow though 🙂

8) Photography: I’ve done this! What I can at least… still waiting for some snow…. Check it out!

9) Daily Christmas Movies: I’m on top of this one and y’all know it! Today’s Daily Christmas Movie: Holiday Engagement! It’s about a girl who hires a ‘fake fiancee’ after hers breaks up with her to advance his career. The break up comes a week before Thanksgiving, where her entire family is anxiously waiting to meet the long awaited fiancee. Her mother is very adamant about all three of her daughters being in relationships, and naturally, all hilarity breaks out when David is hired to pretend to be her fiancee Jason. It’s an incredible movie! One of my new favourites! Go check it out y’all!

On a side note, I also got to watch Glee’s Christmas special/midseason finale. That was really enjoyable as well.

“Love is More Than Just a Game for Two…”

Alright, so, first off – let me apologize in advance for any grammar errors, spelling errors, repetitiveness or sentences that don’t make sense – I’ve been in essay writing mode all day, and I can almost guarantee on days that I have essays or exams, I can’t speak or form proper sentences for anything other than the essay or test I’m focussing on… so I’m sorry if something doesn’t exactly make sense. Also, on that note, today’s blog post song title, is also the title of my essay that is killing me I am working on right now. Lucky me got to do love poems! -.-

Now that that’s out of the way – as promised, December Challenges are here! This is my December Challlenges to myself of things I hope will conquer before the month is through. These, like my bucket list, are in no particular order, although I’m sure I will be more eager to follow some through first.

December Challenges:

Cook Healthier: I have this great little recipe book I found, and I got some great suggestion recipes from my TurboJam workout book, so many yummy and healthy things. I used to be a great eater, but then life kicked in and once I started slacking and grabbing more take-out, I got my sweet and salty tooth back… and well, bags of chips started to be inhaled. But lately I’ve really noticed the lack of energy I’ve had (and sure I can blame school and work for a lot of it) but I also know I’m the laziest when I have an empty bottle of sprite sitting on the counter.

Tone up for Christmas: I found this really cute dress last month when I was looking for a few last minute Halloween costume things, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I actually bought it in two colours… I decided right away though that I would wear the red one for Christmas, but I do feel like I need to tone up a bit beforehand, or I’m gonna be tugging at the hem the whole night. But this should help with my energy level too though, as I always get a rush right after a workout.

Save Tim Horton’s Money: Hello, my name is Kim and I’m a Tim Horton’s Addict. [Hi Kim!] It used
to be just their tea’s – That Large double double with milk – so comforting, but then they introduced Strawberry Banana smoothies! And just when I thought I kicked that habit and started making my own smoothies, they introduced white hot chocolate! My mom actually challenged me on this one – “Save whatever change you would have spent at Tim Horton’s for one month, put it in a jar, and see how much you save up”. So. I punched a hole in the top of a mason jar, and each time I get the craving, I’m going to put whatever money I would spend, in the mason jar! Challenge. Accepted.

Write Some Stories: I used to write a lot on my fanfiction.net account…. then I stopped. This is not ok. I also have a few plans for my own writing that I would really like to attempt to get down on some form of paper before the end of this year (which coincidentally is the end of this month, so, yea)

Try at Least Three New Recipes: It’s Christmas time, and I know this kind of goes against my whole ‘cook healthy and get fit’ ideas slightly, but not all recipes are sugar loaded… I can try some nice alternatives. Or, I can just bake for someone else… Hello Christmas dinner with the fam jam! My friend also gave me a recipe for cream cheese filled pumpkin muffins…they look yummy!

Read Some Good Books: I have a few I should read for school, Moby Dick, The Colour Purple, Midnight’s Children, but there are a couple I have that I want to read for fun, I just haven’t had the time yet; The Scarlet Letter, My Booky Wook (Yay for Russel Brand), Kiss of the Highlander… the list goes on…

Try Some New Hair Styles: For the amount of magazines I have, I really should have a different hair do everyday… Seriously. But alas, I’ve lost the battle with the curling iron too many times and my spirits have been crushed… but this month, it’s on.ut just haven’t gotten around to. Hopefully I’ll get that in.

 Take Some Winter Photography: I’ve got my summer staples in my album, time for some frosty pics.

So anywho, there’s December for you… Wish me luck! And remember, if you have anything you want me to try doing challenge me! Leave a comment, let’s see how I do. 🙂