Tag: Holidays

Simple Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs || DIY Holiday Crafts || 2017

Oh look, a blogpost that I shot a whole year ago! *pats self on shoulder* LOOK, EVIDENCE OF PLANNING.


*incoherent babbling that was meant to sound like an intro*

Some materials that you will need arP1040056e-

  • Eggs (duh!)
  • White Tempera paint
  • Sharpies, black and other colors
  • A container to hold raw eggs

The first step is to determine what sort of eggs you plan on making. This usually involves Pinterest or the internet. For instance, I used these websites for inspiration (because I’m so not artsy, amiright?)

The raw eggs need to be blown out. (If you don’t know how to do that, google it. It’s essentially poking holes in both ends of the eggs and blowing through one hole to get all the slimy stuff out)

If you want to have colored eggs, prime the eggs with white [acrylic] paint. (However, learn from my mistakes, and don’t use tempera paint because sharpie doesn’t stick to tempera paint).

Because the sharpie thing just didn’t work, I ended up drawing on the (unprimed) eggs with sharpie and white paint, and they turned out fairly decently.

 

So there you have it, a blogpost that was in the works for a full year! (Also published only because I took aesthetic pictures that I wanted to publish XDD)

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies ||2016 Holiday Recipe ||Blogmas Day 4

Every year around Christmastime, I try to make a holiday recipe, generally containing peppermint. Holiday recipes make great presents for teachers, friends, and family. They also work very well in Christmas parties as well as just to enjoy at home, with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. this is so cheesy but I’m too lazy to write another intro…deal with it XD

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recipe creds

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  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or vegetable oil (I used butter)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

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  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cocoa, granulated sugar, and oil on medium speed.
  2. Reduce the speed to low and add 1 egg at a time until combined.
  3. Mix in the remaining ingredients in the order listed, with the exception of the powdered sugar. (I also added about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips)
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours. (I chilled it overnight maybe because I didn’t read the recipe right and started making the cookies at 8pm)chocolatecrinkle.jpg
  5. Preheat the oven to 350degrees F.
  6. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and coat with powdered sugar.
  8. Place on the prepared baking sheet at least 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Allow the cookies to rest on the hot cookie sheet for one minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

These cookies are rather small: about 2 1/2 inches wide or so. However, they are SO. GOOD. They taste really strongly of cocoa powder, and they’re quite firm. As I don’t think I’ve ever had chocolate crinkle cookies before, I couldn’t really tell you how they compare, but they’re just really good. BUT ALSO THEY’RE COOKIES SO I MAY BE BIASED.

I ended up 3/2ing the recipe (as in, I halved the recipe and then made the half and the whole, to make a whole and a half…yeah, I don’t quite get it myself either) (thus the six eggs in the shot with the mixer), and made 7 1/2 dozen, making 8 gift bags of between 7 to 9 cookies each.

(Also because I’m so nice to my readers like this (what even), here’s an unedited behind-the-scenes photo of how I was shooting. #probloggerskillz #youre welcome)

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Thankfulness Thursday ||Thanksgiving 2016

Happy Thanksgiving, readers!

So last year for Thanksgiving, I had a huge conglomeration of Thanksgiving posts that  I wrote…and I’m hoping this year’s doesn’t turn out the same way, haha!

But anyways, this Thanksgiving, I’m participating in Thankfulness Thursday, as hosted by  Grace Anne at Totally Graced. (If you haven’t read her blog yet, what are you waiting for? Her blog is AMAZING!)

The rules to Thankfulness Thursday are simple: share a few things that you’re thankful for.

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I’m thankful for…

my family
a warm home
thanksgiving
my blog and my blog readers
music, especially christmas music
friends
staying up late reading
journaling
bullet journaling
no school for a week
warm sweaters
writing
my teachers
coaches, band teachers
awesome people I look up to
church retreats
science olympiad
warm drinks
homeschooling
nano…because I only have 73% left to go
christmas
doing things I love
cooking
cute photos
instagram
waking up early
2017
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What are some things you are thankful for?

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Sauce||Holiday Recipe 2016

Cranberry Sauce||Holiday Recipe 2016

For Thanksgiving, my signature dish is always cranberry sauce. It’s a very simple recipe that I simply got off of AllRecipes.

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  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions-

  1. PlacP1010265e the sugars, orange juice, water, and cinnamon in a heavy saucepan, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the cranberries and bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. Cook over medium heat until the berries pop, about 10 minutes. Mash the mixture with a spoon to pop any unpopped berries and help thicken the sauce, if desired, and reduce heat to low and simmer P1010271until the sauce is the desired thickness, up to 10 more minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat, pour the sauce into a bowl, and chill until serving time. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

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Since we were going to a Thanksgiving potluck, I decided to double the recipe, which resulted in-

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The sauce is pretty sweet, to the point where I don’t especially enjoy it much. I ended up using 3/4 cup sugar, instead of 1 cup of sugar, because it was just too sweet for me to enjoy, although it wasn’t unbearably sweet. It gels very well, and it is quite firm.

One thing that I dislike about this recipe, though, is its use of orange juice. This lends to an acid-y, sour, citrus-y flavored cranberry sauce, which is something I don’t appreciate in my cranberry sauce. The odd mix of tart and overly sweet made for an unpleasant jolt to the taste, and I doubt that I’ll try this recipe again in the future.

I’ve made cranberry sauce (not this recipe) every year for the past three or four years, and it’s always very well received. I recommend this recipe if you like orange-y tasting cranberry sauce, although if you don’t like very sweet cranberry sauce, then use about 3/4 cup sugar instead of 1 cup.

RockandMinerals4Him rating- 7/10

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Addictive Double Chocolate Mint Cookies|2015 holiday recipe|2015 Bucket List- #3.5

Addictive Double Chocolate Mint Cookies|2015 holiday recipe|2015 Bucket List- #3.5

Every year around Christmastime, RockandMinerals4Him tries to make a holiday recipe, generally containing peppermint. Holiday recipes make great presents for teachers, friends, and family. They also work very well in Christmas parties as well as just to enjoy at home, with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book.

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  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Beat butter, white sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. Stir egg, vanilla extract, and mint into the mixture until thoroughly combined. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into wet ingredients to make a smooth dough. Gently fold chocolate chips into the dough. Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are set, 10 to 12 minutes.

These cookies are great! I found this recipe on Allrecipes with a high rating while I was looking for a suitable Christmas recipe. It’s an incredibly simple recipe, it smells heavenly, and the texture is also great!

I gave these cookies to teachers and friends, and they all enjoyed. I’m pretty sure I’ll do it again next year for friend/teacher gifts as well.

RockandMinerals4Him rating- 10/10

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Thanksgiving 2015

The reason for the ambiguous title is…it’s too long to fit AND look nice in the title box….so…here’s the title!

KBR Give Thanks x7 Challenge 2015 + 12 Days of Thanksgiving Tag (with pictures!) + Thanksgiving by Yours Truly + Achievement!

Now you see why I didn’t put the title in the title box, right?

Also, before I officially start, I want to say how excited I am for this post. I’ve already talked about it with several of my friends and have edited it into a million pieces…I’m just really excited…and I hope you are too!

~KBR Give Thanks x7 Challenge 2015~

Well…so this year I participated in King’s Blooming Rose’s annual Give Thanks x7 Challenge, as mentioned in my post at the beginning of November. The rules are simple- write down (or post) each day seven things that you are grateful for.

I enjoyed this challenge…at the beginning of the month I didn’t know much what to write, but then, as the month wore on, I started to realize that I could be (and was!) thankful about pretty much everything, even little things!

Here are some of the things I was thankful for this month-

  • Productivity
  • Food (there were many, many days when I mentioned “food” or types of food, such as “ice cream” or “apples” or “pizza”…yeah…I kinda like food. A. Lot.)
  • Health (this was after a bout with the stomach flu…ugh!)
  • A home
  • Band (so, SO thankful for band…and the people who run it!)
  • School (Yes, I’m thankful for that, too)
  • Fuzzy stuff (yes, that was legitly on the list)
  • Library
  • and the list goes on.

This next half of the post shows you some more of the things that I’m thankful for!

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I was also nominated for the 12 Days of Thanksgiving (er…ahem…that is, I saw the tag and decided to tag along) by S.F at On Solid Ground. Here goes!

~Rules~

  1. List 12 things you are grateful for (pictures are not necessary)
  2. Tag as many bloggers as you can and want to.

Here goes!

#1. Jesus Christ

Matthew 28:18 (1611 KJV !!!!)  " And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."   If Jesus has ALL POWER that means HE can move any thing and everything !!!!

#2. Ice Cream

I'll eat ice cream in the winter even after I complained to my parents that I was cold like 5min. earlier.:

#3. Sweaters and Scarves

don't forget to smile:

#4. Family

Family-is-a-Gift -Rose & Blue-Printables- click on the download links for each color and save as!:

#5. Music

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#6. Blogging

which is why blogging can be so therapeutic, and why I write emails/letters to my bf when I want to discuss something:

#7. Nature

The outdoors is like medicine to my soul.:

#8. Food…of course

Story of my Life. Especially at 2am every morning. Thank you midnight shift

#9. Reading

"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are." #edquote #teacher #ELA:

#10. Knitting

wall art All you knit is love wall decor by PrintableWallStory, $5.00

#11. Friends (don’t you just LOVE Winnie the Pooh quotes?)

its seem they had always been, and would always be friends, time could change much but not that ~ winnie the pooh:

#12. Science, and Science Olympiad in particular

Science is simply the word we use to describe the method of organizing our curiosity. #STEM #quotes

Oh, and I’m also thankful for Pinterest (psst…my Pinterest link is at the top right of the page!)…my source for these wonderful pictures. 🙂

~Bloggers~

Hm…I think I’ll just make these suggestions, instead of tags, so that people who want to do them can, but don’t have to.

What are you thankful for this month?

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P.S.

Here’s an odd Thanksgiving poem that I wrote.


Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a season of gratitude
It’s also more than that
It’s a season of messed up routines
Of stomach flu
Of so much sleep
Of turkey
And of oversized idiots tackling each other
Why can’t they each get their own ball?

Thanksgiving is an awkward holiday
Stuck between the start of school and Christmas
Gives people a false happiness of a break
But pulls away, with a teasing tone
“Too bad, you still have three more weeks before break!”
It symbolizes the start of Christmas
Goodbye turkey, hello Santa

Black Friday is also odd
People trying to get best deals
Buying things that will be useless in two months
A day to be greedy
And to get more things
After the day of being thankful for what you have

In all, Thanksgiving is a nice holiday
But it’s also an odd holiday
It’s a trailer for Christmas
An excuse for overeating
And for overspending
Goodbye Thanksgiving
Come back and be awkward again next year.

PPS. I finished my 1st “official” NaNoWriMo!! (It wasn’t the full version, I only had 10K words as my goal…but it counts, all the same.) Now I have 20K of NaNoWriMo under my belt!

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Peppermint Bark (2014 holiday recipe)

A few weeks ago, a couple of my friends were making peppermint bark. Because I still hadn’t decided on my 2014 holiday recipe yet, I decided that I’d like to try making peppermint bark too!

Here is the recipe that I used:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 30 crushed peppermint hard candies, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds milk chocolate candy, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oil-based peppermint flavoring, or to taste
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Spread 1/3 of the peppermint candy over a 9×13-inch baking pan lined with wax paper.
  2. Melt the milk chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, just until melted. Pour the melted chocolate over peppermint candy in the prepared pan. Sprinkle another 1/3 of the candy on top of the milk chocolate. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, about 30 minutes.
  3. Melt the white chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. Stir in the oil-based peppermint flavoring. Pour the white chocolate over the milk chocolate, then spread the remaining 1/3 peppermint candy on top.
  4. Refrigerate until the white chocolate hardens, about 30 minutes. Cut or break into pieces to serve.

Being the impatient person that I am, I didn’t bother to find a pan quite big enough- as a result, my peppermint bark was wayyyy too thick. I ended up with a pan of peppermint bark about 1 1/2 inches thick. My mom decided that that much chocolate wasn’t good for me, and so now I have this bag of chocolate sitting in my freezer…..