French Toast 

I have a love-hate relationship with french toast. Sometimes it comes out too eggy, and other times it’s too dry. This recipe is amazing because it finds a good medium between the two. The flour added to the batter gives it a nice crust on the outside as well. Ingredients  

  • 4 large Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • 
1/3 cup Flour
  • 
1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 8 slices Texas toast bread
  • 2 tablespoons Butter

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir well to combine.
  2. Now add in the remaining ingredients: eggs, milk, and vanilla. Whisk until incorporated and the eggs are beaten. 
  3. Either with a frying pan or on an electric flat top griddle on medium heat, add the butter to the surface so it can melt. 
  4. Dunk the bread into the mixture on both sides, then place them down on the hot surface. 
  5. Allow them to cook for about 2 – 3 minutes on each side or until slightly browned and cooked.  

19 thoughts I had while watching Hot Fuzz for the first time

Hot Fuzz is the second film of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy by director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Each film parodies other films within its designated genre. This time around, Hot Fuzz pokes fun at action and buddy cop films. Though the film is categorized as a comedy, I personally believe that the script and cast play it off so seriously, which is why I would consider it an action movie with comedic moments. 

  1. This police station is really nice compared to the ones in the US
  2. As expected, Wright uses a montage to card stack Angle’s qualifications
  3. Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Steve Coogan, Cate Blanchett cameos
  4. Once again Edgar Wright proves he’s the king of visual comedy 
  5. When you arrest your boss’s son
  6. I like how the town’s biggest issues are swans and a street performer 
  7. Pegg and Frost are gold 
  8. Why is it every time I see someone in a black cloak I think of a cult?
  9. The English countryside and the Midwest are more similar than you think
  10. How do you get a naval mine?
  11. Now that’s a movie collection!
  12. No human can actually break a concrete church spire
  13. So I guess the Neighbourhood Watch is a cult now
  14. They killed them because they lost the Village of the Year award
  15. Where did he get a horse?
  16. Wouldn’t it be easier to just call the London police instead of just killing the whole watch himself?
  17. Hot Fuzz is clearly satirizing cops films, but I need more substance than car chases and gunfights
  18. Dead by castle life-size model
  19. I like how they just have that mine laying around for someone to trip over

To be honest, Hot Fuzz is my least favorite of the Cornetto trilogy with Shaun of the Dead being the best. I found some of the jokes fall flat, and after a while, I got tired of seeing the whole police force believing the murders were just accidents. It does pick up about 20 minutes into it after the first two people are killed. After watching this, I’m probably going to rewatch Shaun and At World’s End, but this does get me excited for Wright’s new film Baby Driver.

Cornbread Waffles with Chili 

Though it’s getting warmer outside, that doesn’t mean you can’t still make your favorite comfort food. 
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 can Kidney Beans
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes 
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1/2 Packet Chili Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Onions, diced 
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 box Cornbread Mix + whatever it calls for 

Directions 

  1. Begin by cooking up your ground beef on a medium heat in a skillet. Once that is cooked, drain any grease. 
  2. In a separate pot, combine the diced tomatoes, beans, onions, seasoning, and water. While cooking the beef, let this simmer on a low heat. 
  3. Once the beef is cooked, add it into the chili pot. Stir this and allow it to set on a medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  4. According to the box mix, make up the cornbread batter. When I made this, I added extra liquid (about 1/3 cup of water or milk) to thin out the batter more. In a greased preheated waffle iron, pour in the batter. Personally, my waffle maker has a timer on it, but if you don’t have one, just check every two minutes.
  5. Remove the chili from the heat, and serve with the cornbread

13 Reasons Why You Should Watch 13 Reasons Why

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week and a half, you’ve most likely heard about Netflix’s new series 13 Reasons Why by now. Based on the novel of the same name, the show follows a high schooler named Clay who receives 13 audio tapes after a classmate’s death. Whoever receives the tapes is one of the 13 reasons why Hannah Baker took her own life. In no way shape or form is this a fun show to watch, but it is informative on the effects of bullying and features great overall performances from its cast.
1.) It doesn’t sugarcoat the life and death of Hannah Baker

2.) The extremely talented young & diverse cast

3.) Amazing editing and cinematography that seamlessly transitions between the present, the past, and Clay’s imagination

4.) Shows what high school really looks like today 

5.) The characters that aren’t all one note or follow stereotypes

6.) There isn’t really a clear villain of the show until the end of the tapes 

7.) Tony’s mixtapes are BOMB

8.) Clay is played by one of my favorite up and coming actors: Dylan Minnette

9. )It’s a cautionary tale that I think will start up conversations about bullying between viewers

10.) Also, it’s kind of a mystery because we slowly discover why Hannah did what she did  

11.) It brings awareness to the signs of suicide

12.) Due to it’s format and having all the episodes released on the same day, you can choose to binge-watch it or take your time. This is a really smart idea because in the show the teens have to decide if they are going to listen to the tapes in one sitting or over a longer span of time.

13.) More than likely you will just end up hating yourself afterwards, but 13 Reasons Why brings to life the reality that some teens are facing today.

Cinnamon Rolls

I’ve always been intimidated by making Cinnamon Rolls, and this is because I’m not totally comfortable baking with yeast and proofing the bread. To my surprise, these rolls came out pretty nice. This recipe is very basic and can be altered due to personal preference, such as adding nuts and fruit to the filling.

Ingredients

DOUGH

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2 cups Warm Milk
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 pack Active Dry Yeast
  • 5 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Cinnamon

FILLING

  • 3/4 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Cinnamon

FROSTING

  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar

Directions 

  1. In a standing mixer with a bread paddle attachment, mix together melted butter, warm milk, and sugar. Your milk should be warm to the touch, not burning. If it’s too hot, let it cool.
  2. Pour in the yeast evenly over the mixture so that it doesn’t clump up. Let it sit for 3 minutes.
  3. Add in 4 of the 5 cups of flour into the bowl, and mix on a low setting for 2 minutes. To tell if it’s done, the flour should be mixed in and very sticky. Cover this with a towel or plastic wrap, and set aside to proof for an hour.
  4. After this is complete, it should be double its size. Uncover it and add the cup of flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir this until everything is mixed in, and put this on a heavily floured surface. Knead the dough lightly, and roll it out into a large rectangle with a thickness of ½ inches.  
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the softened butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to make the filling. Spread this paste into the dough evenly.
  6. Roll up the dough into a log and pinch the seam closed. Cut this into 14 even pieces.
  7. Grease two 8 inch cake pans, and place the rolls into the pans. Again, cover them, and let them rise for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F. Put the rolls in the oven and let them bake for 25 minutes or until they are golden on top.
  9. While they are cooking, make the cream cheese frosting. Combine the room temperature cream cheese, butter, milk, and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, and keep stirring until the sugar is integrated in.
  10. After the rolls are baked, allow them to cool for five minutes and top them off with the frosting.

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History of My Hair

So far in my short life, there have been four distinct eras of my hair. I have dyed, fried, and dried my hair almost to the point where I wanted to shave it all off.
Let’s start at the very beginning. Leading up to fourth grade, my hair more resembled a bush than actual hair. I’ve always had very thick and coarse hair, but it was getting out of control. During that summer, I got the famous wannabe pixie cut.

I admit, it could’ve been worse… like a lot worse. For some reason, I kept cutting my hair like this even in middle school. I thought I could make it look better by wearing headbands and dying my hair really dark, but it only made it worse.
By the end of seventh grade, I knew I’d grown out of the short hair and started growing it out. This is when the next stage of my hair began, and I like to call it the Gene Simmons look.
Now with my hair to my shoulders, I wanted a dramatic change. For me, I thought I wanted to look like a dark, edgy, and rebellious teenager, so what’s more dramatic than dyeing your hair black? About a month later before a Color Guard contest, I wanted to switch it up again. At the same time, home ombre kits were just released, and with my freshman mentality, this was going to upgrade my look. You might think a 14-year-old girl with brown roots, black hair, and blonde split-ends would be the worse that it could get, but then I got a perm.
You may think after the first time after perming my hair I would learn my lesson. Nope. Later, I redid it again and tried to dye my hair blonde. For some odd reason, my box bleaching kit didn’t work and only dyed my roots. So that very same night I bought black hair dye and went full on KISS. When you are as pale as me, having big curly black hair will wash you out.
Entering my junior year, my hair was dry as bone and multiple shades of brown and black. I found a way out through starting to get quarterly keratin treatments. Though I was just adding more chemicals, my hair looked healthy and literally as straight as an arrow. I had to use special shampoo and conditioner that helped keep it this way, but it was terribly hard to rinse it out. The downside of this whole process was the split-ends that I got from straightening it, and it was terribly time consuming and expensive.
Now since I’ve stopped the treatments, I really think my hair has become better than ever. Sure, it’s not as shiny or soft as it once was, but it’s easier to take care of. In the last three months, I’ve switched to a gel based shampoo, and I find that it rinses out really nicely while still getting all the gunk out. Currently, I’m using Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine and L’Oréal Ever Cream shampoo. Though with the L’Oréal, I like to dilute it with water before use. For conditioner, I use the one from the Ever Cream line. Once a week, I do a rinse of lemon juice and vinegar to clear up any build up. As of right now, I get a haircut every few months because I’m trying to keep the same length.

Mixed Fruit Slushie

This simple drink is the most refreshing way to kick off the spring season. For my slushie, I used a pre-made frozen fruit package that included mangos, strawberries, and bananas. Before starting the recipe, I allowed the fruit to thaw for a few hours.

Ingredients 

  • 2 cup Fruit of choice, chopped
  • ½ cup of Fruit Juice or a Lemon Lime Soda
  • ½ of a Lime
  • 2 cups Ice
  • 2 tablespoons Honey

Directions 

  1. Began by adding your fruit, juice, and the juice of half a lime into a food processor. On a medium setting, blend this into a thin paste. 
  2. Toss in the ice, and blend this again. Depending on preference, add more ice for a thicker texture.
  3. This step is optional, but add in honey for extra sweetness.

March Favorites

Just when you think it’s spring, mother nature continues to give you winter weather. Surprisingly, this month wasn’t as busy as I expected which has allowed me to go out and find new things.

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California Map Scarf- Old Navy

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=507936022&vid=1&locale=en_US&kwid=1&sem=false&sdkw=printed-linear-scarf-P507936&brandCvoSid=Z2SCCJFPAD23&sdReferer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oldnavy.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-scarves.jsp

Hands down my favorite store is Old Navy, but recently they only restock new clothes like every three months. On a limb, I ran in there and found a few new pieces for spring. Though paired with the right outfit it’s cute, this scarf works better as a tapestry.

 

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Lemon Bag- Forever 21

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspxbr=F21&category=ACC&productid=1000056077
I actually bought this bag to save back for the summer, but I couldn’t resist using it right now. It’s clearly inspired by the infamous grapefruit bag that all of the beauty YouTubers had a few years ago. For the price, the bag is really well made and the vinyl outside is easy to wipe off.


Logan

One of my goals of 2017 was to go see more movies in theaters. I’m kind of proud of myself because I’ve seen at least one new movie each week this past month. Logan is a masterpiece that I hope will rejuvenate the X-Men franchise. The series has been using Wolverine as their safeguard for years and have been shoehorning him into every film. This isn’t a fun film to watch at all, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear at the end.


Riverdale

Based on the Archie comics, Riverdale has quickly become my guilty pleasure. The first season is similar to other CW shows of the past, as it follows a group of teens during their day to day lives in a small town. The show pulls viewers in with its constant plot twists and a murder mystery storyline.

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Stacked iPhone Case

https://www.amazon.com/iPhone-Stack-Pack-Black-Removeable/dp/B018VK9IOO

My phone is always dead. Sure, I could carry around my charger and portable chargers, but they take up too much space in my bag. This case includes a battery pack that attaches to it and comes with a charging base that makes my phone charge wirelessly. Originally I bought this case from Forever 21, but my mom ended up falling in love with it and took it. So I reordered another case for myself from Amazon.

 

Crock-pot French Dip

The deli style French dip is a classic American sandwich that usually takes a lot of prep. This recipe is perfect for the weekday as it only takes 20 minutes of preparation.
Ingredients

  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 cup Beef Broth
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Basil
  • 3 lb Beef Shoulder Roast
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • One loaf French Bread
  • Stick of butter, softened
  • 12 slices Provolone Cheese

Directions

  1. At the bottom of your slow cooker, add the chopped garlic and onion. On top, place your roast that has been seasoned with salt and pepper.
  2. In a bowl, combine broth, soy sauce, mustard, basil, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour this over the roast, and cook on low for 7 hours.
  3. If after 7 hours your roast hasn’t fallen apart, slice it into 1-inch thick pieces and cut off any extra fat.
  4. Slice the french loaf into 12 slices. Butter one side of each slice. Then assemble the sandwiches by putting down one slice of buttered bread followed by the roast. After that, put on two slices of provolone. Top it off with another slice of bread, but this time with the butter side up. Put them on a hot skillet or panini press until the outside is golden.
  5. Serve with the au jus that’s left over from the crock-pot.

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DIY Embroidered Hat

Spring has sprung in the Midwest. One trend I’m obsessed with is embroidered hats. I thought I would try to recreate a floppy straw hat inspired by Eugenia Kim. This tutorial will be easier if you have a basic understanding of sewing.
First, gather all of the materials. Whatever you decide to embroider will determine what kind of needle you use. For me, a regular point needle worked since the hat was soft enough to easily weave the needle in and out. Thicker materials, such as baseball hats, might require a stronger needle that is specifically made for embroidery. Beginners should try using a self-threading needle or one with a larger eye.

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Now it’s time to decide on the design. My design was drawn on with a marker so that I had a pattern to follow. Another way is to trace one on by using the method used in the painted pumpkin DIY, tracing over the pencil outline with a marker. Just keep in mind that whatever you decide on will take longer than expected. Personally, my design took two bundles of thread, and the whole process took over 5 hours.

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After beginning by cutting a two-foot piece of thread, thread your needle and knot the other end. I find that if you use too much thread at once, it may cause it to bunch up and become a mess.
First, pull the needle in through the backside or whatever side no one is going to see. For this project, I used a satin style stitch, which goes back and forth between two points in order to fill in a line. I’m probably not describing that well, so I’m linking a post by Sublime Stitching that describes this a lot better.

How to Satin Stitch

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When you begin to run out of thread, find a stopping point and pull the thread through the front so that the thread is now on the backside. Remove the needle and make a knot that’s close to the fabric. Cut off any extra thread, and repeat the process again.
After I finished my design, I went back through the stitches and made a few of my lines thicker. Also, I filled in any spots where you could still see the fabric underneath. If you’re looking for a cleaner look, go around the outline of the design and make a border.

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