Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Time to Give Up

Late night surfing on my iPhone has gotten to the best of me the past few nights. I swear that's when the productivity happens. In high school, it was my prime creative outlet thinking period. College, it became my prime studying time. Summer break, it's brain melting and phone surfing.

 The other night, I came across this blog post, 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy. After reading the list, I was reminded about how anal picky organized controlling critical I am on myself. It's our mind set that holds us back from doing more for ourselves, others, and to simply live life.

1. Give up your need to always be right
2. Give up your need for control
3. give up on blame
4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk
5. Give up on limiting your beliefs
6. Give up complaining
7. Give up the luxury of criticism
8. Give up your need to impress others
9. Give up your resistance to change
10. Give up labels
11. Give up on your fears
12. Give up your excuses
13. Give up the past
14. Give up attachment
15. Give up living your life to other people's expectations

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lamingtons Demanded by Class

I took a Food and Culture class this semester. Overall I enjoy the class. It was chill, informative, and inspiring. This is the first class where I was served food! For the final, the professor assigned a country to each student. The final consisted of a presentation, term paper, and of course a famous dish in the assigned country. I was assigned to Australia. Since majority of the class made salty dishes, I chose to make a sweet dish.

The paper went by well and icing the rectangles was a pain, but so totally worth it the next day. However, the presentation didn't go as I hoped. I spoke for ten minutes, the requirement, but the rest of the class would take 15-20 minutes! I was terrified since the professor said something like this, "Wow, it's not even 2  o' clock." Well, I can't get them all.

The Lamingtons didn't turn out perfect. One side of the rectangle was not iced (because I got lazy).

If you want to give it a shot, follow the recipe below.

Sponge Cake**
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)
3/4 cups granulated white sugar
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 milk 
**use a box of yellow cake mix and a box of vanillar pudding**

Chocolate Icing
4 cups confectioner's powedered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk

sprinkle as much shredded coconut
How to:
Sponge Cake
preheat oven to 350
in a large bowl (#1) mix together: flour, baking poweder, and salt
in another bowl (#2) mix together: butter, sguar, eggs, and vanilla extract
slowly mix bowl#1 into bowl#2 slowly
bake for about 30 minutes
let the cake cool over night (or speed things up with the fridge)
slice up the cake as you please

Chocolate Icing
in a large bowl combined confectioners' sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter (melted) and mix. 

ice each piece, place on a rack, let the icing harden, and enjoy!

**I am not Australian, thus this recipe can just be a wanna-be Lamington, which in my case, probably is.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Day Time Shimmer

 Gap Kids Cardigan, Talbot's tank, F21 shorts, Old Navy sandals, LV bag, Bulova watch

Last week the weather permitted me to wear shorts. I tried on about five cardigans before I settled for my childhood Gap Kids cardigan. I love finding old clothes that I still fit. Last week had some of the best day of the year thus far considering it was the week before finals. The weather does wonders to moods! Oh, did I mention, I completed my Spring semester? Well, I am done for the semester. For the next two weeks I am going to clean, organize, and relax (living away from the planner) until summer school picks up in June.

I wasn't sure if I was going to enroll in summer school this year, but I seriously do not know what I would do with myself when I am not in school. I haven't ever lived a life without school. I'm not sure if I know how...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Weather Teaser (Possibly)

Do you see that, all those 70's and high 60's? Many of you probably think, "Psh, that's not even warm." But let me tell you, San Francisco is usually covered with fog and even two days of consecutive nice weather is something to be excited for. But a whole week? I am so excited! I could use a little more vitamin D. I hope the sunshine will stick around until finals are over, but it's highly doubtful. I'll take what I can get. Crazy how fast the semester went by so quickly.