Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2009: The year I began growing up.

I always get a little nostalgic and pensive at the end of the year.  Sorry...because, as you can tell this little series of blogs reflect that.

As I look back on the year I realize it has been one of my favorites.  Although there were definitely some rough spots, I had many more smooth ones.  I learned SO much about myself, just by simply being honest. I believe that this year I have started growing up...I have started to come into my own.

Seasons of Lessons:

Winter - Compromising is never good when you compromise who you are and how you feel.

Spring- Be happy with your choices.  We make mistakes, but what we learn from them defines us.  Don't Settle.

Summer - Dancing = joy in motion.  Being a good friend isn't being a passive friend.

Fall - Working hard pays off.  I am not a baker, but a good "cook".  We all need breaks every once in awhile - and they don't have to be big.  I LOVE speech pathology.  It's ok that I don't want to work for the church, I am pretty sure God still loves me.

So goodbye 2009.  It was nice knowin' ya.  Hello 2010, I hope we can be friends.

Monday, December 28, 2009

2009: my year in books

This past year I rekindled my love of reading.  I have always loved reading, but I seemed to only indulge myself during breaks from school.  This year I decided to keep a book journal, and as I look back on this year, I was able to keep the habit going even when studying.

This year I wasn't able to physically travel the world, but my reading took me to many different countries, time periods, perspectives, and worlds.  This is my year in books.

January - Catcher in the Rye (loved it)
February - This Boy's Life, a memoir
                 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Loved it! Can you believe I had never read it?!?)
                1984  (thoroughly enjoyed)
March - The Genesis Code (hated it)
              Prince Caspian
              Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight  (tragic, yet beautiful)
May - Uncle Tom's Cabin (Adored it!)
          Hands of My Father (memoir of a boy growing up with deaf parents - recommended if interested)
June - The Three Musketeers (Possibly favorite book of the year - fun summer read)
July - Slaughter-House Five
August - The Count of Monte Cristo (enjoyed it, but not as much as musketeers)
September - The Kite Runner (Loved it!)
                    A Thousand Splendid Suns
                   Catch-22 (I would recommend it)
                  The Poisonwood Bible  (another good one)
December - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  (murder mysteries aren't my thang- but it was well written)
                   The Painter from Shanghai

I read so many good ones this year, it's hard to pick a favorite....

I looked through the list of 1001 books you should read before you die, and I had only read 23 of them.  My only "New Years Resolution" is to up that number, if only by 1 in this next year.

Does anyone have any suggestions for reading this next year?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

cupcake truffles

A wedding I went to back in March served these as their wedding cake.  They were so much fun because they had about 8 different flavors to choose from and ample amount of each, so you could eat to your heart's delight.  About 2 weeks ago, I passed a chic cupcake shop and thought I should try to make those truffles.  I did a little bit of internet research and came up with my own recipe...And here it is:

Cupcake Truffles

-1 Homemade Cake  (can make it from scratch - or from a box)
-1 can of frosting (can also make this homemade)
-Candy melts or Almond bark

While the cake is still warm, crumble it in a Kitchenaid and mix in the frosting to taste, until it's all mixed up.

Chill for about an hour

"Melon Ball" them unto wax paper and freeze for about 6 hours.

Melt the candy melts or almond bark, and dip your cupcake balls into it, and set out until dry

The flavors I made:

Chocolate cake & home made espresso buttercream frosting

Red velvet cake & cream cheese frosting

chocolate cake & homemade mint frosting

funfetti cake & funfetti frosting

*Don't use extracts to flavor the bark - it will lose it's ability to harden/stick to the truffle
*Use Wilton's food coloring to color the almond bark for decorating, or else it will cause it to not stick/harden

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Holiday

Dear Christmas Holiday,

Please come quickly.  Much fun is to be had.  There are cookie dough/cake truffles to be made, Christmas presents to embroider, delectable food to be eaten, family and friends to be seen, decorations and lights to enjoy, music to be listened to, holiday movies to be watched, good books to be read, and naps to be taken....We will be busy together, so really, you must hurry.



P.S. Until then, thoughts of sugar plums will dance through my head.