Tuesday, April 27, 2010

make a difference.

So I'm sure that everyone is aware what TOMS shoes are, but if you aren't... you should visit their website and check it out. For every pair you buy, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. I just recently heard of them, even though they have been around for some time now, I'm sure. Anyway, I think the whole idea of them is really cool! I'll definitely be purchasing myself a pair of those bad boys :) It's an easy way to play a little part in doing something good! Go here for a little preview to see what they're all about:


TOMS official website: http://www.toms.com/

Reading about this reminded me a little about the (RED) products that multiple companies had carried a couple years back. They were everywhere! I love buying products that somehow benefit someone else. I don't know, I just think the whole concept of it all is really neat. People don't realize how much they can help by doing something so simple and small. Many people feel that they can never make a difference.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

keepin' busy!

Hello again

Okay so as of right now, I am currently stuck at home and on the couch because I caught some stupid cold. On the bright side though, reading blogs and creating my own has been an amazing distraction! :) Today has been pretty uneventful so far, given the circumstances... but it's given me a chance to start planning for summer time! I don't know about you, but i am READY for some of that warm weather and gorgeous sunshine.

Something about being out in the sun with nothing but blue skies above me gives me a sense of complete relaxation. I've been thinking about summer and all the things I want to do or all the things that I could do! I've come up with lists of things, considering the fact that once the summer is over, it's goodbye sunshine and hello umbrellas! (For anyone that doesn't already know, I'll be moving up to Oregon at the end of August for school) Anyway! Moving on. Because I've had a bunch of free time to myself, I've also been cruising the web and finding new desserts that I'd like to try and make sometime. For instance...


From: Martha Stewart's Pastry Recipes

Makes 30


  • Pate a Choux
  • Pastry Cream for Eclairs
  • Vegetable oil, for plastic wrap
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.with a rack in the center. Line two unrimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats (French nonstick baking mats).

2. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch (Ateco No. 806) tip with pate a choux batter; pipe out oblong shapes, about 3 1/2 inches long and 1 inch wide, onto prepared baking sheets at 2-inch intervals. Gently run a fork dipped in water along each top, making straight lines to ensure even rising.

3. Cover one baking sheet with lightly oiled plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator. Transfer the second sheet to the oven. Bake 10 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes more. Turn off oven; prop door open slightly to let steam escape. Allow eclairs to dry in oven until centers are damp but no wet dough remain (test by cutting into the center of one), about 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Raise heat back to 425 degrees and repeat process with remaining batch. If serving immediately, fill eclairs while still warm so they can take more cream; if filling at a later time, insert a skewer into one end, and move it around to expand opening for cream; set aside.

4. Transfer pastry cream to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until smooth and softened. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a coupler and filling tip (Ateco No. 230) with pastry cream. Insert tip into one end of each eclair; fill.

5. To make the glaze, heat cream in a small saucepan. Pour over chocolate in a small bowl. Let stand until chocolate is melted, stir until smooth. Dip top of each eclair into glaze; let excess drip off before turning over. Transfer to a wire rack to allow glaze to set. Serve, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 day.

Sweet Zucchini Cupcakes

From: Martha Stewart's Cupcakes


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 zucchini (10 ounces), coarsely grated (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cups of a standard (12-cup) muffin tin with paper or foil liners. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix in nuts.

3. In another bowl, combine zucchini, oil, eggs, and vanilla; add to flour mixture, and mix just until combined (do not overmix).

4. Divide batter evenly among cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.

5. Cool in tin on a wire rack for 10 minutes; turn cupcakes out, right side up, and cool completely. Meanwhile, make frosting. Using an offset spatula or butter knife, spread frosting on cupcakes. The frosted cupcakes are best eaten within 1 day.

Clearly, I must have a sweet tooth going on right now.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

a new beginning.

Hi there!

This is day one, the very beginning of my blogs! I've been interested in starting something like this for a while, and now that I have found the time to do so... I am going to take full advantage of it. I'll be posting about lots of things that just so happen to tickle my fancy.

Such as:
Make Up

Many of which will reflect on my mood of the day, my daily inspirations, personal experiences, and hopeful possibilities.

Photo By: Stephen James