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Monday, January 27, 2014

Brothers Forever:)


I just bought this cool game called Funglish. You have to guess the word by looking at the other words the player uses to describe it.

Do you think that you can play the game? Well here are some puzzles of your own to figure out. Please comment and guess-i'll be posting the answers soon!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

My Birthday Cake (Recipe)

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe {Ever}
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Chocolate Cake with decadent Chocolate Frosting that will quickly become your favorite!
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • 1½ cups butter (3 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.
  2. For the cake:
  3. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well.
  4. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter.
  5. Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.
  7. Frost cake with Chocolate Frosting.
  8. For the Chocolate Frosting:
  9. Add cocoa to a large bowl or bowl of stand mixer. Whisk through to remove any lumps.
  10. Cream together butter and cocoa powder until well-combined.
  11. Add sugar and milk to cocoa mixture by adding 1 cup of sugar followed by about a tablespoon of milk. After each addition has been combined, turn mixer onto a high speed for about a minute. Repeat until all sugar and milk have been added.
  12. Add vanilla extract and espresso powder and combine well.
  13. If frosting appears too dry, add more milk, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency. If it appears to wet and does not hold its form, add more confectioner’s sugar, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency.

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Sorry, it's only a short video!

My Birthday Cake

                                         Mmmmmmm! Chocolate!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

One...or two?

Interview: Abby Grace

Our first blog interview is with my good friend Abby from my overflowing journal. Let's learn a bit about her!
(all of the pictures are hers, by the way)

When did you start blogging and why?
 I started reading blogs back in 2011.  A couple of my friends had blogs and I started to get really interested in them.  They looked like fun, and it seemed like a good way to show my photography.  I begged and begged for a looooong time and finally my parents gave the ok! :-)

Tell us about some of your interests
I have so many hobbies and interests right now.  My favorite thing to do right now is photography.  My love for it has grown in the past few years and I really enjoy it.  I started getting into skateboarding summer of 2k13 and I really enjoy.  Not to say i am a pro though.  All I can do is casual skateboarding but I hope to go to the skateboard park when summer finally comes and try it out!  Surfing is in there too and I hope to learn more about it in summer 2k14.  For a while now I have felt drawn to snowboarding, and since I got one for Christmas, I have really been enjoying it!  I am hoping to start going down bigger hills real soon. ;-)  I also love pinning on Pinterest, posting on Instagram (abby_1300), writing, and reading.

What is one really deep passion you have?
That's actually a hard question, and I had to ponder it for a while until i could answer.  Photography, but snowboarding has really become a passion to me.  I'm pretty sad right now that the snow is melting, cuz most of my thoughts are centered around snowboarding and going down bigger and steeper hills.  So yeah…my passions are photography and snowboarding.

What do you talk about on your blog and what are some of your favorite posts?
I mostly write (short stories and about different things), post pictures, and show how to's on different things.  but I really hope to start adding more topics into it, such as makeup (as i learn more about it) fashion, and DIY projects.  My favorite posts so far would have to be Ways To Stay Warm This winter, and 20 Things To Do When You're Bored.

What are 2 of your favorite quotes?
"Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid, courage means you don't let fear stop you." - Bethany Hamilton 
"The trick is to enjoy life, don't wish away your days waiting for better ones ahead." - Unknown

Would you rather watch a good movie or read a good book?
 Oh man…that one is kinda hard too.  I love snuggling down with a good book, but i still can't say no to a good movie.  hmm…i guess it depends on what the movie is or what books I have to read.

Can you tell me about your ideal reader?
Probably someone who is interested in the same things I am.  For instance, snowboarding or surfing.  Maybe they like photography.

Coffee or tea?
Coffee.  Definitely coffee.  Dark roast with caramel creamer.

What do you most like to photograph?
I really love to photograph nature, people, and events.

Give us a three sentence introduction to yourself
I've watched the movie Soul Surfer to many times to count and I could read all day if I was allowed to.  I only like to knit in the fall for some odd reason, i hate being cold, and i am not a sporty person at all except for snowboarding and skateboarding (and hopefully surfing).  I have tons of best friends, someday I want to travel to Paris and London, and one time i almost fell on my face while skateboarding.

What are 5 words that most describe you?
Christian, snowboarder, photographer, kind, & funny.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hartman Theater Presents...

...The Princess and the Pea!
There was once a prince, and he wanted a princess, but then she must be a real Princess. He traveled right around the world to find one, but there was always something wrong. There were plenty of princesses, but whether they were real princesses he had great difficulty in discovering; there was always something which was not quite right about them. So at last he had come home again, and he was very sad because he wanted a real princess so badly.

One evening there was a terrible storm; it thundered and lightninged and the rain poured down in torrents; indeed it was a fearful night.In the middle of the storm somebody knocked at the town gate, and the old King himself sent to open it.

It was a princess who stood outside, but she was in a terrible state from the rain and the storm. The water streamed out of her hair and her clothes; it ran in at the top of her shoes and out at the heel, but she said that she was a real princess.

"Well we shall soon see if that is true," thought the old Queen, but she said nothing.

She went into the bedroom, took all the bed clothes off and laid a pea on the bedstead: then she took twenty mattresses and piled them on top of the pea, and then twenty feather beds on top of the mattresses. This was where the princess was to sleep that night.

In the morning they asked her how she slept."Oh terribly bad!" said the princess. "I have hardly closed my eyes the whole night! Heaven knows what was in the bed. I seemed to be lying upon some hard thing, and my whole body is black and blue this morning. It is terrible!"

They saw at once that she must be a real princess when she had felt the pea through twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds. Nobody but a real princess could have such a delicate skin.

So the prince took her to be his wife, for now he was sure that he had found a real princess, and the pea was put into the Museum, where it may still be seen if no one has stolen it.

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