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There are lots of things that I am passionate about. Baking has always been one of them. I love to bake cookies, brownies, rice krispy treats, lemon bars, cakes and cupacakes. I especially love to decorate cakes and cupcakes. I own many decorating idea books and recipes. My favorite recipe is butterfly and catapillar cupcakes. They are made with peanut M&Ms and mini vanilla wafers. I usually make them during Easter. For my parents 25th wedding anniversary, I made them a sand castle cake. I covered a yellow cake with graham cracker crumbs and put waffle cones on top. I even added teddy grams and lifesavers for tubes. Unfortunately, since I moved on campus, I haven’t gotten to do any baking. I plan on making cupcakes for Easter!

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What are your plans over winter break? Anything fun? My plans are quite simple. I’m staying home and spending some time with family and friends. I haven’t seen many of friends since summer because we are all at different schools, so the long break gives us time to catch up and hang out with one another. I can’t wait to see them!

Along with catching up with family and friends, I plan to relax at home doing some of my favorite things which include: watching the classic Christmas movies, baking delicious treats and drinking an abundance of hot chocolate! (You can’t end winter break without doing at least one of those!)

I’m also going to try and catch up on some sleep too because I don’t think I’ll be sleeping much during the spring semester since I’ll be working. I’ll be working at an accounting firm during tax season which is when accounting firms are their busiest.

I hope everyone has a good winter break!

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This past fall weekend, I decided to spend some time at home. Usually when I go home, I love to bake! I wanted to bake something that was “fallish” so that obviously involved pumpkin being a main ingredient in the recipe!

I searched on Pinterest for things to bake and came across so many great recipes! I pinned tons of them but decided to try just one. I chose to try a pumpkin cookie recipe that looked appealing! My baking trial turned out to be a success and the cookies I made were delicious!

If the thought of some pumpkin cookies are making your taste buds water, the link below takes you to the website I got the recipe from. Go check it out and try making them yourself! Good luck!

http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2014/10/melt-in-your-mouth-pumpkin-cookies.html

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Each year my family gathers for a cookie making day.  Now, for some reason we bake at the beginning of the month and somehow think that the cookies will make it to Christmas Eve, which they never do.  The cookies we make are Brookies, Red Hots and Smuckers.

A Brookie is basically brownie batter, topped with cookie batter baked in a cupcake wrapper.  The brownies are best prepared “fudge” style and the cookies are best prepared as chocolate chip cookies.

Red Hots are simply sugar cookies topped with red hot candies.  My grandmother loved red hot candies so her cookies were basically 80% red hot candies and 20% cookie whereas mine are usually the opposite.

Smuckers are a wonderful cookie!  They are like mini pies!  And so delicious!  This is something that my family has been making each year since long before I was even thought of.  The cookie is more of a cream cheese based cookie, I guess it could be a sugar cookie but the cream cheese gives it a nice tart base to the sweet Smucker’s preservatives inside.  There is one base cookie where you dollop a small amount of Smucker’s preserves (we prefer Strawberry) then an egg sealer and top it will another cookie.  This creates a wonderful little pie.

These are our family cookies, what types of baking traditions does your family have?

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And You Say I’m Not Competitive

by Alumni Posts December 2, 2013

I’m not athletic. I don’t relish in the idea of a trophy room. I’d rather see everyone who sincerely tries succeed instead of seeing the same few people being successful all of the time. However, all of that being said, I’m definitely excited to have taken home first place from my microbiology lab’s first Thanksgiving […]

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Not Too Busy for Muffins

by Alumni Posts June 12, 2013

While I am not as busy during the summer as I am during the school year, I still find myself not having much free time. Between babysitting, my little brother’s baseball games, and other odd jobs I do, I’m never really that bored. Since I got back from my summer vacation, I feel as though […]

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Foodology?!

by Alumni Posts September 21, 2012

As a senior, this is my first time actually participating in a Dedicated Semester course! I mean, I should have participated more over the years becasue it was at my disposal, but I didn’t. Over the course of four D.S., I went to the events offered and even picked up a few t-shirts, but never […]

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Take a Chance, Make a Choice.

by Alumni Posts April 2, 2012

The other night I finally had the opportunity to use one of my awesome new cookbooks I got for Christmas (counting the one I got for my birthday a few weeks after the holidays, I got a total of six, I believe, and they tempt me every time I go home). Yes, I decided to […]

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