Phone Photo Diary: Kittens and September

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September’s been pretty nice so far. Besides math class and really long subway rides, school is fine. My family rescued this kitten from the side of the road during the last few days of summer. It’s gotten healthy again and living in a new home. It’s been raining a lot! I’ve developed a love for taking photos rain, it looks great in photos. On a less serious subject I finally went to Chipotle and bought a $10 burrito. It was definitively good but I couldn’t finish it!

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Chocolate Oranges

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I tried to make chocolate truffles. It didn’t really turn out but I ended up making these delicious chocolate covered oranges. Well technically they’re clementines. I simply melted about 1/4 a cup of 50% chocolate . I use a microwave for about 1 minute stirring every 15 seconds. I dipped half of the orange slice in the chocolate. I sprinkled some with a bit of salt and some with coco. They tasted really good and were super simple to prepare. It’s also definitely healthier than those Terry Chocolate Oranges.

Mothers Day Menu

 My parents decided to organize a mothers day get together with some family. There was quite a lot of food so here are some Mother’s Day brunch ideas or just brunch ideas in general.

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Scones! I made blueberry scones for the first time yesterday as well as chocolate ones and they turned out very well! They’re very simple to make but taste great and adds an element of sophistication if served with tea!

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 Apple crumble makes your house smell really good!

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There were also bagels, home-fries, banana bread, date balls, chips, and salsa.

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Finally it wouldn’t be one of our family parties without an excessive amount of fruit

Happy Mother’s Day!

Homemade Hummus

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You know how a lot of people say things like “I remember my mom used to make the best chocolate chip cookies”  or ” birthday cake” or “cup cakes”, well when I look back on things I’ll say “My mom made the best hummus”.  This is the recipe she uses to make “the best” hummus.

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1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 tin of chickpeas
4 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp water
1/2 tbsp salt

Simmer minced garlic in oil until fragrant (fragrant is such a fancy word). While this is going on drain and rinse the chickpeas in strainer. When the garlic is done add it to the chickpeas along with the rest of the ingredients. Then mix until smooth with a handheld mixer. Fini! I enjoy stuffing pitas with this and dipping vegetables in it. Enjoy!

2013 Favourites

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  Here are some of my favourite things from this past year.

Fashion:
Store: Target
Clothing Item: Mendocino knit sweater
Accessory: Floral scarf

Beauty:
Eye Makeup: L’Oreal liquid eyeliner and Maybelline Mascara
Face Makeup: Maybeline concealer
Lips: Maybelinne Baby Lips and EOS lip balm in Summer Fruit
Nail Polish: Nicole by O.P.I Kissed at Midnight
Hair: Giovanni Shampoo

Entertainment:
TV Show: Friends
App: Afterlight
Song: Better Left Unsaid by Ariana Grande

Food:
Snack: Nachos and salsa
Dessert: Chocolate chip cookies and red velvet cake (not red velvet cupcakes though cause I have issues eating cupcakes and not making a mess)
Beverage: Tazo’s mint tea

Happy New Year!

Salted, Caramel, Chocolate, and Cookies

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I’ve tried several things that are salted and caramel so I thought I’d give it a try by making salted caramel chocolate chip cookies. They turned out well but I would have put more salt on them and maybe instead of covering the caramel just leave the it on top. Definitively a step closer to making the perfect salted caramel cookies though. This is what I did.

1. Follow this recipe for the cookie dough.

2. When the dough is prepared use about half the dough to make 12 cookies and flatten them a lot.

3. Heat 2 tablespoon of milk in the microwave (any type will do).

4. Add 4 caramels (like the kind you buy at a convenience store). Then put back in the micro wave string often until the caramels are melted.

5. Drizzle the caramel onto the flattened cookies, top them with the remaining dough, and salt with a few shakes of salt. Then bake!