On days when I can actually go home right after school ends, I'm so exhausted, that I just collapse on the couch (with a bag of light butter popcorn and a diet coke, my "healthy" snack of choice) and do absolutely nothing productive.
I know I should do homework or write to y'all, but, more often than not, my energy level is a -45 on a scale of 1 to 10.
So here's a collection of pictures I've taken through this last month and a half and stories to go along with them since I've been such a negligent blog-parent.
I actually ate blackberries for the first time. My paw has a blackberry bush at his house, so I've always picked them but I've never eaten them since they're so sour! A few weekends ago, Paw told me that when he was little, he'd mash up the berries and add spoonfuls of sugar to them!
I tried that and it was insanely delicious! It's probably the only way you could make fruit unhealthy, but it's a great treat! I couldn't stop thinking of everything you could make with these! Blackberry preserves, pie, popsicles, juice -- the possibilities are endless!
I had my first snowball of the season! I'm not sure if snowballs are common everywhere, but I was always under the impression that they were a Louisiana thing. It's sort of like shave ice, or Italian ice except softer (like snow, imagine that!) So you've got a nice styrofoam cup of snow and then flavored syrup on top. Not too much, but not too little either. I'm convinced that there's an art to pouring snowball syrup. The one in the picture is my favorite kind: Nectar, also known as Pink Lady. It's sweet, creamy, and pink (is pink a flavor?), and even better with sweetened condensed milk poured over the top! Yum!
I went to prom with one of my best friends and had a blast. He got me the prettiest flowers. That picture on the bottom right is my dress on prom day being worked on. Let me give y'all the backstory:
We bought the dress right before we left for New York and it was a tad bit too long. I thought, "Oh, it can't be that hard to hem a dress, and we'll have a whole week to do it when we get back." We got back on the Monday of spring break and prom was the Saturday. Plenty of time, right? Well one thing led to another and it was Saturday already! Long story short, my mom tried to sew it, but we ended up pinning it on the inside since sewing was sew complicated! (did you see what I did there? Sew. So. Punny right? I'll stop now.)
I baked some perfect chocolate chip cookies. Before y'all start asking for the recipe though, I better add that they were just break and bake cookies. When I say that I fail at baking cookies, I mean, I almost messed these up. I thought I did at first, but I just hadn't had them in the oven long enough. I hate that you have to wait for them to cool to know whether they're good or not, though. With cupcakes, you can just poke them with a toothpick and if it's clean, you're good! With cookies, you have to let them cool to see if they firm up, and if you leave them on the pan too long, they get stuck!
I need a cookie mentor, asap!
I got this sparkly hot pink iPad case!! (And check out that lovely background!) My school is going all futuristic on us and switching from textbooks to iBooks next year, and they're letting us bring iPads to school now! I love it! I type faster than I write anyway, and I'm so much more organized!
Every year, the junior band class hosts the band dance at my school! The theme is always top secret and it's a very over the top event. This year's theme was A Night at the Oscars and we had an awesome time planning it! I was on the backdrop committee and I was so proud of our picture (we actually painted it!), that I had to show y'all! I went with my same friend from prom and we dressed for the theme! Would you believe I got my dress from a thrift store for $14??
The after party was super fun too! I hosted it at my uncle's skating rink and it was a blast!
I baked some delicious chocolate macarons! They weren't even that hard (the second time!). Word to the wise, when making macarons, use parchment paper or a silpat mat. Don't use wax paper, because even if the box says nonstick, you will end up with macarons that look like this:
And now, I'm in my final stretch of junior year! With just one week of school left, I won't be blogging for a while. When exam week is over, I'll try to do a macaron step by step post! Until then, I'll be busy hitting the books and being distracted by other beautiful blogs.
Also, if anyone reading has gotten Ms. Heather Baird's (of the blog Sprinkle Bakes) new book SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist, let me know if it's just as amazing in real life! I want to get my hands on it so bad!