Marbled Brownie/Blondie Cookies

April 26, 2015 in Cookies , Snacks , Uncategorized | 2 comments

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Do I ever make anything typical??? Well, these were going to be chocolate chip cookies… But um… How do I say this… I didn’t want to make chocolate chip cookies.

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For one, there’s like 2 million recipes of them on the internet so why add to them?
Also, I find chocolate chip cookies only good with enough (and good) chocolate. I didn’t feel like going out and buying a baking bar.
Oh and I didn’t feel like making chocolate chip cookies.

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At my school we have orchestra preformances termed “cookie concerts,” meaning you really should bring cookies and then stuff your face full of other cookies that people brought because you didn’t eat dinner. There’s always 2 dozen selections of chocolate cookies. I don’t want to be normal. Instead, I’m bringing these interesting, swirly, marbley cookies. Oh and did I mention that they’re made of brownie/blondie batter??

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Cinnamon Roll Pretzel Blobs + Scallion Pancake Pretzel Blobs

April 19, 2015 in Breads , Snacks , Uncategorized | 10 comments

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Blobs. I feel like a headless blob (is a blob with a head even possible?) wandering heedlessly through life, gradually being eaten by stress.

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This week went by so fast, especially since one teacher decided to point out that there’s only about 25 (school) days left until finals, or 28 days left until summer. TWENTY FIVE DAYS. This is way too surreal and scary…

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Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Popcorn

April 12, 2015 in Snacks , Uncategorized | 18 comments

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This recipe has a lot of adjectives. Let’s break it down shall we?

Peanut butter caramel: You thought that was two components? Well, kind of. It’s more like caramel with peanut butter stirred in.
Chocolate: because chocolate makes everything in life improve (I think I’ve already told you this x2000)
Popcorn: I don’t mean the kind that you microwave ewww. Freshly popped in fragrant coconut oil

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And I thought peanut butter cups were good.

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Pistachio + Pepper Brownie Muffins

April 5, 2015 in Other sweets , Uncategorized | 22 comments

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The chocolate supply in my house dwindles down very, very, very fast during times with huge amounts of projects and FINALS. Though it’s not quite time for finals yet (yay!), projects have been piling on like water on the foot of a waterfall, except this pool doesn’t empty its water quite fast enough. Obviously, this would lead to a breakdown (figuratively and emotionally), but we don’t need to get into that today.

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Chai Hot Cross Buns {a step by step tutorial with .gifs}

March 29, 2015 in Breads , Uncategorized | 16 comments

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For some reason or another, every time somebody mentions hot cross buns, I think of the song we had to memorize in third grade. I believe it was part of a new music teaching system to get us to learn how to play an instrument well instead of staring off cluelessly into space. So, everyone had to learn how to play the recorder. The way they did it was with books and little strips of cloth modeled after the martial arts system. The highest one was, of course, a black belt, and the song that you had to be able to play was called “hot cross buns.”

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I didn’t realize until this year that “hot cross buns” was the name of a roll commonly eaten during Good Friday.

A few days ago, titles involving ‘easter’ started appearing. It totally took me by shock since Easter is usually in April, but there’s still snow falling outside my window. It descends as easily as it does in January, yet it’s the end of March.
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So, I guess it’s absolutely understandable I want something warm and toasty to eat as a snack after I arrive at home from school. These have been my rolls of choice so far… They’re so soft and tender, yet wonderfully filling and pleasant because of all the spices! (Plus I get to say that I baked something seasonal/themed)!

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Mochi + Red Bean Popsicles

March 19, 2015 in Other sweets | 18 comments

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Last week Pi Day and also my 1 year blog-averary!!! (Yes, I started my blog on Pi day… It’s nothing strange!) I can’t believe it’s already been a year, since when I didn’t have this blog! Though I can’t say I’ve been posting much the last few weeks (I’m sorry!), but it’s really been fun!!

Anywho, onto the food now shall we? Yes, they’re popsicles. But they’re not any popsicles! They have red beans in them and mochi!

So, beans are healthy, mochi is basically rice, and popsicles are frozen and since I have a sore throat right now, these are perfectly acceptable as breakfast, non? Oh and they have (condensed) milk!!! They’re perfectly healthy, trust me.

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Chewy Coconut Granola Bars {vegan, gluten free}

February 27, 2015 in Breakfast , Other sweets | 8 comments

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You know that thing that schools seem to love to do? Make lunch after a morning of fun, but amazingly difficult classes!

Fun classes? Yes, definitely!
Difficult classes? Of course!

But then the problem comes when you’re trying to solve a difficult geometry problems and you can’t think.

Grumble says your stomach.
Area of triangle ABC plus the area of triangle ABF should equal… Nope that doesn’t work. When’s lunch?
Stares hungrily at the clock. Oh, only an hour away!
Grumble, complains your stomach for the hundredth time.

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Waffles with Blueberry Compote

February 1, 2015 in Breakfast | 4 comments

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After my recipe for the BEST WAFFLES EVER, you wouldn’t expect a high school girl to need another waffle recipe, especially a high school girl who is having the most stressful semester in her life right now and doesn’t have time to do anything. But that is precisely why I need another waffle recipe.
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You see, the other one requires so much preparation and time that I don’t have right now that I am practically a nervous wreck trying to make waffles (aka have a life), finish homework, and do projects.
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I wanted to make waffles that tasted just as perfect and delicious as the other waffles.
Um, yeah impossible feat. Baking powder will never be able to create the complex flavor of yeast. Oil (my attempt to make these kinda healthy), will never taste as good as a whole two sticks of butter. And of course time is the best remedy, but that is also what I am in most need of right now.
So I made these waffles. No planning ahead, no preparation, basically all you have to do is throw all the ingredients in a bowl, whisk, and cook. And I happen to think these waffles are THE BOMB.
Ever so slightly crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. Oh and don’t get me started on the blueberry compote.

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Banana Pancakes

January 25, 2015 in Breakfast | 4 comments

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The stress of second semester is really starting to kick in. I figuratively fall over the piles of books and papers for projects and homework and when the reality of high school starts to dawn on me, I want to crawl into a hole and hide.
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I feel like I’m on the edge of a cliff, tottering and faltering, and hanging to the last strand keeping me upright.
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