Countdown to Christmas

Christmas is in 9 days.  It’s SO CLOSE, but some people still aren’t fully in the holiday spirit!  So for the next 9 days, I’ll be frequently posting things informing you on fun ways to be Christmasy!:)  Hope you enjoy!

Who’s Tube do YouTube?

As I said in a recent post, I’ve recently become obsessed with YouTubers. There are sooo many people (some with over 5 million subscribers!) that are absolutely perfect, but there’s a few I wanted to recommend to you today.

1. Zoella (aka Zoe Sugg)
Zoe has been on YouTube for a looong time now, but she’s absolutely amazing! She’s all about beauty and fashion, along with a big sense of humor! She currently lives in Brighton and is a role model to so many people. From teaching us how to do a Halo Braid to doing her brother’s makeup to talking about her personal story with anxiety, there’s no wonder she’s got six million subscribers! So if you’re looking for some beauty tips or just a wonderful collaboration, check her out!

2. ThatcherJoe (aka Joe Sugg)
Joe Sugg is overall hysterical. His channel is the one that constantly makes you cry from laughing so hard. He’s the brother of Zoe, and he currently lives in London with his good friend Caspar Lee (also a YouTuber). From spot on impressions of movie characters to his clever challenges (like the YouTuber whispers), he’s absolutely amazing!

3. Miranda Sings/PsychoSoprano (aka Coleen Ballinger).
Colleen Ballinger not only has her own channel, but has a separate channel for her awkward, annoying, hilarious character Miranda Sings. Miranda may wear the red lipstick and haters back off sweats, but Colleen’s got all the comedy! She’s an amazing singer and an inspiration to all. She’s got great vlogs, funny challenges/collabs, hysterical Q&As, and some crazy music videos on both channels. You should definitely watch her!

There are soooo many more people that would be great for you to watch, but those are just a few to get you started. If you’ve got some free time on your hands, just hop on to YouTube and check them out! Who are your favorite YouTubers? Let me know in the comments below!IMG_2044.JPG

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Change!

So, this little tab section-thing of the blog was all about my baking fails! However, I’m thinking that now it won’t just be about baking, but about truly ecstatic experiences that I’ve had! Whether it’s a cool trip or just a fun day out with friends, it’ll all be here! Get ready!:)

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Catching Up…

I know, I know. I haven’t exactly blogged in a while…but I figured I’d start it up again!

To start off, I’ve moved schools, and I LOVE IT! Of course there are SO MANY friends that I miss, but we all keep in touch. Everyone at this school is so nice and despite the high stress, I like all my classes!

Dance wise, Nutcracker Rehearsals are in full swing. This year I’m Fritz (Clara’s Brother), a Rat in the battle scene, an Angel, Side Arabian, and Side Spanish. The first and last parts are SO GOOD! Fritz is a solo part, which is insane, and Side Spanish is normally only given to the higher level, so I’m so lucky for this opportunity. Rat, Angel, and Side Arabian are just super fun! My goal for next year? Clara!!

Baking wise? Let’s just say there will be several more recipes posted!

I also have some new obsessions…starting with YouTube! Well, YouTubers to be exact:). I recently discovered the large world of YouTubers, and I love watching their videos (I know, sounds like I have no life, but I promise I do sort of:D). I’ll recommend some for you guys to go watch later on:)!
Another obsession is Glee. I know it’s been out for a while, but I recently watched it on Netflix and I love it! The drama, the comedy, and ESPECIALLY the music! Their voices are INSANE.

There’s just some stuff to catch you all up! I promise I’ll be posting a lot more! What have you guys been up to? Let me know in the comments below!:)

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Cupcakes…Kind of…

ImageThis is the part of the blog where you get to hear about some little mistakes that have happened in the past.  I was making cupcakes with a friend of mine.  We decided to make chocolate cupcakes.  Our plan was to use a chocolate cake mix with a chocolate ganache frosting (like a chocolate ganache, but thicker) with a vanilla glaze and little fondant decorations.  It sounds delicious, right?  Well, things didn’t go so well.  The chocolate cupcakes were fine, but the ganache was a little struggle.  It was melting, but blooming (blooming is when the chocolate turns a little white and powdery).  It got slightly too hot, so it started clumping together.  Wedecided to stick it in the freezer for a little to cool it down and let it form properly.  Of course, then it hardened and became like a brick.  Eventually we got it to soften slightly, and we dipped our cupcakes in it instead.  Then, it came time to make the glaze.  Everything went smoothly.  That is, until the vanilla glaze hardened and we could no longer use it on our cupcakes.  So we decided that with our luck, it was best to skip the fondant decorations.  Although the decoration and frostings didn’t work out as planned, it did taste good in the end.  It gave us a new experience, though!  Feel free to leave a comment about an experience that hasn’t work out too well when baking, or any suggestions that couldfix some of the problems we had!:)

Lemon Bars!

My grandparents recently gave my family a big bag of lemons.  To me, this was a perfect opportunity for lemon bars.  I often use a great recipe in a book called Sweet Treats, 25 Delicious Recipes that Kids can Cook from Williams-Sonoma.  I took step by step pictures on how to make these delicious, lemony goodness!

Ingredients and materials:

CRUST

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter

FILLING

  • 1 scrubbed lemon
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • powdered sugar for decoration

Materials:

  • measuring cups & spoons
  • 8-inch square baking pan
  • smal bowl
  • medium bowl
  • large bowl
  • whisk
  • parchment paper
  • cutting board
  • sharp knife
  • pastry blender
  • hand grater
  • citrus juicer
  • hand mixer
  • rubber spatula
  • fine-mesh sieve
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Butter an 8-inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper so that two sides are hanging off the edge.
  3. In a medium size bowl, whisk together your flour, salt, and sugar until evenly blended.
  4. Using your knife, cut the butter on the cutting board into cubes.  Place it into your flour mixture.
  5. Take your pastry blender and firmly chop the butter and combine it with the flour mixture until it’s mostly even crumbs. (You can have a few pea sized chunks in there, though).
  6. Take your flour and butter mixture and pat it down into your pan, making it as even as possible.  Guess what, you made your crust!
  7. Pop the crust in the oven until it is slightly golden, which is about 15-20 minutes.
  8. While the crust is cooking, you can start your filling.  Put your lemon on the cutting board and rub your hand grater against the lemon.  Turn the lemon after you grate off the zest, or yellow part of the peel.  Keep grating until you have 1 teaspoon of lemon zest.  Once you have enough, put it in your large bowl.
  9. Cut your lemon in half and using your juicer, collect 2 tablespoons of juice and add it to your zest.
  10. Add the granulated sugar and two eggs to your lemon mixture.  Turn your hand mixer on to low speed and mix until its well blended.  Then increase your speed to high and beat for about 1-2 minutes.  It should be pale and foamy.
  11. Put your flower and baking powder into the small bowl and mix it together.  Then add it to your lemon mixture and blend until evenly mixed.
  12. Remove your crust and pour in your filling, scraping the bowl clean with a rubber spatula.
  13. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the filling is lightly golden on top.
  14. Remove the bars from the oven and cut into about 12 even pieces
  15. Put the powdered sugar in the sieve and sprinkle over the bars.  Depending on how big of a powdered sugar fan you are, you can put more or less over the bars.  I put about a medium amount onto mine.
  16. Enjoy!

Welcome to my Blog!

Thank you for choosing to read my blog!  To get started, let me explain what this blog is all about.  This blog will give you all the details about several things, from trips all around the world to making a batch of pancakes in my kitchen!  Although I’ll be writing all sorts of things, the two main things I will be writing about are dance and baking.  I’ve been dancing ever since I was two, and I am still doing it today.  I absolutely love it!!!  I also love to bake.  I always used to help my mom make chocolate chip cookies when I was little, and now I cook and bake almost everything in the world.  Feel free to explore and enter my world through this one-of-a-kind blog!