Archive | May, 2010

Rain, Rain… Go Away

31 May

It’s a very rainy day…

which pretty much forces me to stay inside and study for finals.  Thankfully I only have 4 tests this semester instead of 5! 🙂

For breakfast I enjoyed a Good Grains bagel from Einstein’s.

(Shout-out to Court and Whit– which bagels do you recommend?)

 

Yesterday’s Workout:

30 minutes elliptical / level 6 resistance / cross ramp 10

1 mile run outside

2 x 12 reps adductor (or abductor?  I’m not sure… it was the one that works your inner thighs though!)

 

When I exercise, I like to keep it simple.  I’m not one for aerobics classes / jazzercising. :)  I want to zone out!

 

And another recipe courtesy of Miss Peanut Butter Fingers.  I halved the recipe and added some vanilla extract.

 

FLOURLESS PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

1. In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup softened peanut butter (microwave it for 15 seconds), 1 egg white, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 cup sugar.

2. Drop spoonfuls of the dough onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.  My cookies took a little longer, but I made them big. 😀

 

Enjoy your Memorial Day!

Sticky Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

30 May

I really like this cake.  It looks like a bakery cake (you know, super dark?) and tastes very chocolate-y even though its made with regular old ingredients.  Enjoy.

 

STICKY CHOCOLATE CAKE

1. Melt 1 stick of butter with 1 cup of granulated sugarAdd 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup Hershey’s chocolate syrup.

2. Mix 1/2 cup of hot water with 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder.  Let it sit for 5 minutes, then add to the batter.

3. Stir in 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Mix it all together.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9-inch cake pan with foil.  Liberally spray the pan with cooking spray.  It’s called “sticky cake” for a reason, kiddos.  Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 30 minutes.

5. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes, then let it cool on a rack completely.  This should take at least 1 hour.

 

PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING

This recipe is so easy, it doesn’t even need instructions.  In a big bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the following:

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Use it to frost the cake.  It will be a delicious combination that you’ll be sure to love. 🙂

Shopping Day!

30 May

Hello, my name is Courtney.  I’m addicted to Target.  I’ve been clean for… oh, 6 hours?

😉

When I hit up the Target (ou Targét si tu es français) I usually end up spending way too much money on way more than I was supposed to buy.  Case in point:

 

Mom’s Target List

1. Brillo pads

2. Tide detergent

3. Toilet paper

 

I bought all of the above, plus a few extra… necessities. 😀

1. A folder + notebook for the summer class I’m taking… very cute, btw.  I have this thing against binders… don’t like ‘em.  Too clunky.

2. Smartfoods white cheddar popcorn.  It was on sale, though!

3. My new hair savior.  If you have thick hair, go out and buy this product now.  I saw it on the shelves and nearly jumped for joy.  An entire set of products for people with thick hair!  Pantene also has a line for fine, curly, and colored hair. 

Product Image Pantene Crème Medium-Thick Hair Style Straighten & Smooth

4. My new love.  I was so excited that Target had this- I’ve been looking for it everywhere with no luck.  Let’s just say… it lived up to my expectations.  This chocolate was ridiculously good.  Don’t let the salt scare you; it makes the chocolate taste incredible- not salty at all.

 

After that productive shopping trip, I moved onto Forever 21, toting my friend K along.  Another one of my store loves. :)  I got this jewelry stand…

for $11.  Yea, I love Forever 21.  They have the cutest stuff at super-low prices!

 

Then I went out to a fancy steakhouse with my family and grandparents- I didn’t snap any pictures because the restaurant was kind of dark and I wouldn’t want to draw attention.  Okay maybe I did… but I still didn’t take pictures.  Since you’re all just dying to know what I ordered, I’ll tell you.  I had a little chunk of warm bread, then some caesar salad, then a petite filet, then some smashed potatoes, then a yummy ice cream dessert.  I’m stuffed but it was all tasty.  Have a lovely night!

❤ C

Sad Yogurt?

24 May

Nothing says “Good morning!” like a sad yogurt.

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See?  Wow.  I could sell that on eBay.  Too bad I already ate it. 😀

Prom!

24 May

I went to prom!

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And it was very fun. :)  I could tell all the details, but you probably only care about the food, right?  Our prom was at a hotel in the city, and the theme was “Midnight Masquerade”.  My date and I were seated at a table with 4 other couples- we got to organize the tables ourselves, so I was with my friends!  First we got a bread basket, and I was happy when they had pretzel rolls.  I had about half a pretzel roll with a smidge of butter.  Then came soup.  It was neat- the soup had a pastry baked on top; almost like a chicken pot pie!  It was tomato cream soup, and it was okay.  Next we had a caesar salad, and then we all got a choice of chicken, steak or ravioli.  I ordered the chicken, and it was really yummy.  I wish I knew how they cookies it.  I ate about half of each course- I didn’t want to be too full to dance!  It was a great time, no drama, and I was able to stay awake the whole time.  (I’m NOT a night owl!)  I got home at 2:00 am, and promptly fell asleep. 🙂

 

On Sunday, I woke up at 10:30!  I rarely sleep in, but this was a definite necessity!  I’m still tired.  I had some Cheerios Crunch to give me some carby energy.

Then I bummed around for a bit, uploaded some pictures, and watched TV (note the lack of homework) before going to see my sister’s dance show.  After the show we went to Kona Grill.  I’d never been there, but I was impressed.  I ordered the chicken and shrimp lettuce wraps, which were on the appetizer menu, but perfectly sized for a meal.  The chicken mixture was a bit spicy, but not too bad, and that’s coming from someone who thinks taco seasoning is spicy!  It was perfectly seasoned and fun to eat.

For dessert, my mom and I split a brownie.  We ordered the individual-sized portion, which was easily enough for 2 people.  I liked Kona Grill and would happily go again. 😀

 

Now I’m just sitting here trying to stay awake.  It’s been a busy weekend!

Makin’ Banana Cake

20 May

Get the Jack Johnson referemce??  If you didn’t, go to your favorite legal music provider and download “Banana Pancakes”.  You won’t regret it.

Anyway…

Due to the fact that I (a) don’t have a job and (b) will be gone for three weeks this summer, I’m going to sell cakes in order to pay for my car.  Sure, cake profits won’t pay for all of it, but it’ll at least bring in some extra $$$.  This recipe is a cross between banana bread and cake – it’s really good and only takes about 10 minutes to make!

Easy Banana Cake

1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 2 9-inch round cake pans with aluminum foil and liberally spray the foil with cooking spray.

2.       Melt 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) of unsalted butter in the microwave.  Stir in ¼ cup vegetable oil and 1 cup granulated sugar.

3.       Add 2 mashed, ripe bananas and 3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping.  Don’t leave this out – it really does bring out the banana flavor.

4.       Now stir in 1 large egg, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons baking soda and ¼ teaspoon salt.  At this point I guess you could add some yellow food coloring to make the cake look more banana-y, but I didn’t.  On second thought… please don’t.

5.       Stir in 3 cups all-purpose flour and ½ cup milk.  I used skim because that was all we had in the CR kitchen, but you could use whatever variety you have on hand.  If you like, you can stir in some chocolate chips (I sure did) or chopped nuts (I’d recommend walnuts).

6.       Divide the batter equally between the 2 pans and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Mine took 23 minutes to bake, and they came out perfectly golden brown.  This is a sturdier cake, so it’s a good one for all you cake virgins. =O

7.       THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP!!!  Cool the cakes on a wire rack, then wrap them in plastic wrap and leave them out overnight.  The next day, they will be soft, moist, and really yummy. J

Of course, some people like their cakes with frosting.  I use this frosting for all my cakes – it’s foolproof and tastes just as good as every other buttercream frosting in the world, which as you know, is amazing.

Easy Vanilla Frosting

1.       Combine 1 stick of butter, 3 cups of powdered sugar, ¼ cup milk, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract in a bowl.  Use an electric mixer… please?  If you don’t, your frosting won’t come together properly.  If it looks too watery, and more sugar.  If it looks too dry, add a splash of milk.

2.       Frost your cake.  It doesn’t have to look pretty.  Decorate as desired. 🙂

Chocolate Chip Scookies

15 May

It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, so of course I mad a batch.  These are a little different- they’re a combination of a scone and a cookie.  They’re dense and crumbly like a scone, but sweet and sturdy like a cookie.  And you can eat them for breakfast.

[But honestly, who doesn’t eat cookies for breakfast every once in a while?  I know you do…]

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How To Make Them:

1. Cream 1/2 a stick of softened butter (salted is fine, just use what you have on hand) with 2 oz. of cream cheese.  2 oz. = 1/4 of a block of Philadelphia

2. Add 1/4 cup each of brown and regular sugar, and one egg.  Stir until the batter looks like vanilla pudding.

3. Add 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon each salt, baking soda, and vanilla.  How easy to remember!

4. Now dump in 1/2 cup dry oatmeal and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.  Stir it all together and pour the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap.  Wrap the dough up and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.  Or freeze it if you’re impatient.

5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Break the dough into 16 equal pieces and roll them into balls.  Place the balls on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.  They don’t spread much, so don’t worry if your cookie sheet seems a little crowded.  Enjoy!

Goals for Summer

11 May

Hello there 🙂

I’m done with AP tests!  After 2 tests, 6 hours, and countless times looking at the clock, it’s finally over!  I took AP chemistry and AP US history, neither of which were very difficult, but definitely not easy.  At least I can forget all the information :)  Goodbye precipitation reactions, Jacksonian democracy, and kinetic molecular theory!  I can’t say I’ll miss you.

I’m a goal-oriented person.  Since summer is right around the corner, I made a list of goals I want to accomplish.  I did this last year on my old blog, and it worked pretty well.  Here goes…

1. Earn $500.  In my town, babysitting pays really well, so that’s my “job”, per se.  If I get $500, I could pay for the lease on my car for 4 months!

2. Take a spinning class.  They offer them during the day at my new gym, but since the classes are during school, I can only take them in summer.  The studio is black light-lit and has some cool speakers.  It looks like a fun and good workout!

3. Make a fondant cake.  You know, those cool ones?  I’ll probably make one for my sister’s birthday.  And it sure won’t look like the one below.

Lace cake!

4. Go for a run with friends.  I used to run with my 2 friends every Sunday, but I haven’t for a while.  I want to get back in running shape!  That’s me from cross-country sophomore year.  And yes, wearing those shorts [aka “buns”] is an honor.  They really make you go faster… partially due to the fact that you want to put on sweatpants as fast as possible.

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5. Write my college essay.  I want to apply early to my schools, so I KNOW where I’m going as soon as possible.  If I could apply as a junior, I probably would have!

6.  Get a puppy.  Easy enough.

Female Malshi

Mother’s Day!

9 May

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

I went out to brunch with my mommy. 🙂

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I had a made-to-order omelet with mushrooms, bell peppers and cheddar cheese.  Also I had 1/2 of an everything bagel with a thin layer of cream cheese.  Yum!

 

Workout:

Run 1 mile [on the gym’s track… I hate treadmills!]

Swim 55 laps [freestyle]

 

This was a good workout- I always like to swim after I run because it cools me off quickly.

My dad’s birthday is Friday, and I volunteered to bake him a carrot cake.  Here’s the recipe, which I adapted from so many recipes that there’s no point in giving the sources…

For the Cake:::

3 cups shredded carrots
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 stick butter, melted

1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

 

1. Combine butter, milk, and brown sugar in a large bowl.  Add the eggs and stir until they are all broken up and foamy.

2. Add the carrots and vanilla extract.  Stir to coat the carrots with the mixture.

3. Add flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Stir it all together.

4. Pour into 2 greased and floured round cake pans.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.

Frosting:::

1 pkg plain cream cheese

1/2 cup softened butter

1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt [shout-out to Teens Eat for this idea!]

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

1. Mix all ingredients together.

2. Spread onto cooled cake.  Make it look as pretty as you want. 🙂

 

I’ll have pictures of this up on Friday! 😀

Bubble, Bubble Toil and Trouble

8 May

Hey there, lovelies.  Sorry I’ve been very MIA the past few weeks… school has been so stressful.  Yikes!  I only have one more AP test though, so it’s almost over!  I did, however…

 

Look at cars- this is the Honda Fit and it looks like this is going to be my car.  I absolutely love the color, and it’s safe but not too expensive.  Most importantly, it’s not a giant SUV!  I am physically incapable of driving those.

Making donut cakes.

Taking countless bubble tests.

Planning more prom stuff… I got my shoes and purse last weekend! 🙂

 

Hopefully I should resume normal blogging again soon, so don’t give up on me just yet!  Enjoy your Saturdays!