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Summer 2012

Summer 2012

Remember when I painted pottery? Well here it is! I finally got around to picking it up.

May the summer be ever in your favor,

#114 Make a batch of homemade cupcakes

What is one suppose to do with a book containing 500 cupcake recipes? Use it obviously! Yesterday, while grocery shopping with my momma, I decided to pick up some ingredients and bake my family some homemade treats. Suffice to say they were delicious. #114 you have been completed!

Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try:

1/2 cup softened sweet butter

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1 cup self-rising flour

2 eggs

3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

3/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 small, thinly sliced red apple

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C). Place the butter, sugar, flour, and eggs in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and pale, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the applesauce and cinnamon. Spoon the batter into cups and lay the apple slices on top. Then sprinkle with the granulated sugar. Bake for 25 minutes. Enjoy!

May the summer be ever in your favor,



#25 Have everyone I meet for a day sign my shirt

I’ll admit I sort of cheated on this bucket list item. I know this one sounds slightly daring, asking complete strangers to sign my shirt, but it’s completely normal at the camp I have been going to for the past ten years. Allow me to explain; at this week-long summer camp my sister and I have attended for the past years, everyone receives a camp t-shirt the very first day. On the last day everyone wears that year’s camp shirt and we all bring Sharpies and sign each others shirt’s. So when I noticed this particular idea on someone else’s bucket list, I decided to put it on mine, knowing that even if I failed to complete any other list items, I would for sure complete this one. So there you have it, I have successfully completed #25.

As you can sort of see in the left photo (sorry about the shoddy photography), I managed to get a ton of signatures this year. You can also see that the signatures are mainly composed of some sort of food, character, or object, instead of actual names. This is because at camp you go by your “camp name”, which is basically a completely random name of your choosing. Mine is Finnick, after the most fantastic book character that is. 😉  Because of this, the signatures range everywhere from “Cupcake” to “Werewolf” to “Pickle.” This year I got more signatures than ever before, most likely because this was my first year as a helper, meaning I worked with the campers instead of being a camper, and all the kids love, love, love you when you are a helper. My ego got a major boast this week after the way the kids adored and admired me. Anyway the picture on the right is of a few of my past camp t-shirts. I actually have ten in total, but as you can see this picture only shows four.

Well that’s all for now. I’m sorry that this was the only list item I completed in the past week, but camp kept me completely busy. More to come soon!

May the summer be ever in your favor,


#42 Carve my name into a tree + Two!

Let me begin this post by saying happy father’s day to all of those dads out there, including my own. Also I would like to warn everyone that this post may become a little lengthy, due to the fact that I completed three bucket list items, on three separate days, yet I couldn’t find the time to write three separate blog posts. So sorry about that!

On Thursday afternoon I found myself with an hour to spare before I had to be someplace. With only an hour and no mode of transportation, I decided to look over my bucket list and see what I could accomplish. #42 Carve my name into a tree, jumped out at me, so I grabbed my handy-dandy carving knife and set out in pursuit for the smoothest tree I could find. After a little searching I decided to etch my name into the bark of a holly tree near my yard. Despite what I have seen in movies, carving ones name into a tree is tough work. I ended up mauling the poor tree’s trunk and the carving is barely legible. Also I think I may have scared my elderly neighbor when he came out to collect this mail and saw me wielding a knife while hacking at a tree. Although I encountered some complications with this bucket list item, it was actually pretty fun and a great exercise for my arms!

#3 Have fun in a photo booth happened completely by accident. My friend and I were at the movie theaters on Friday to see the movie Madagascar 3 (side note: if you like light-hearted comedy, corny jokes, and bright animation, you should definitely go see this movie.) We arrived extra early, since we weren’t sure how crowded it was going to be, and had time to waste before we could find seats.  Noticing a photo booth in the corner of the lobby, I suggested we try it out. Amanda (my friend) eagerly agreed and we hopped inside and proceeded to have fun in the photo booth. It wasn’t till after our photos had printed did I remember that “have fun in a photo booth” was part of my bucket list. I guess its true when they say – the best things in life aren’t planned.

The city near my home hosts a farmers market every Sunday morning. The last time I went was about a year ago with my father. I remember I was in a rotten mood and therefore the memory was tainted, which is why I decided to add this item to my bucket list. So imagine my delight when my father said he wanted to go to the farmers market downtown for father’s day! Immediately after arriving my senses were assaulted with the bustling activity of the different food vendors. The smells of Asian, European, African, and Caribbean cuisine drifted throughout the market, mingling with the smells of the fresh produce and flowers. Street performers added a festive feeling to the air and all about people mingled through the different stalls. Feeling adventuresome, I decided to try something new and settled on a Caribbean vegan samosa. Delicious is the only way I can describe it. After washing it down with a cup of fresh-squeezed lemonade, my family meandered throughout, stopping at different stands to marvel the crafts or purchase fresh fruits, veggies, and flowers. It was a total blast and I’m glad I can replace my ruined memory with such a good new one!

In a nutshell my weekend was filled to the brim with new, fun, and exciting experiences. The summer is finally starting to kick into high gear, so look for more posts soon!

May the summer be ever in your favor,


#11 Participate in a charity walk/run/event and more!

This weekend I was able to participate in a charity walk for Crohn’s and Colitis. If you missed the previous memo I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease this past April. To be entirely honest, when I added this list item I was thinking I would participate in something for cancer or AIDS research, not for my own disease since it’s not life-threatening. The opportunity was too perfect to pass up though, being that the walk was taking place relatively near my home and at a time I was available. However it was only a meer 2.5 mile walk, a cinch for me and really I feel like I didn’t get the full effect on this one. So while technically yes, I did complete this item, I’m hoping I will be able to participate in another charity event before the end of summer. Anyway if your interested in finding out more about Crohn’s and Colitis walks near you check out this website:

Another accomplishment I made over the weekend was to complete #24 Pick an offical summer song. What song did I pick as my anthem for summer? Titanium by David Guetta feat. Sia. Normally I try to stay away from any of Guetta’s cookie cutter pop music, but Sia’s voice is truly something magical. And I haven’t been able to get the song out of my head since yesterday, it’s just that addicting. I also think the lyric’s have a good message behind them, staying strong even when people are criticizing you. Yes, it’s not the deepest song out there, but at least she’s singing about something other than sex, drugs, and partying, which seems to be the norm of songs nowadays.

So overall I’d say this weekend was a complete and utter success, not only did I complete some list items, I also got to just splash around in the pool with friends and soak up the sun. Basically it was the perfect summer weekend. And once again I would like to say thanks to all of you who have read, commented, and supported my blog so far, you guys are so fantastically fabulous!

May the summer be ever in your favor,


#69 Get manicures and pedicures with friends.

Hold on – give me a moment to giggle like a kid at #69. This is what the internet has done, polluted my young, impressionable mind with inappropriate thoughts about numbers! Ok I’m done giggling.

Do you guys remember Micky? If not you should really think about remembering her, because I can assure you she will be mentioned many more times as summer progresses, and I shouldn’t have to describe her every time, because describing someone as unique and cool as Micky takes a lot of effort! Anyway like I said before, Micky is a pretty fly girl and you should check out her blog –

Now on with the bucket listing! Micky and I made plans for her to come over and walk down to this little nail place in my neighborhood. After a quick 20 minute walk we made it to the “village center”. But alas the nail place was busy and we had to make an appointment for a later time. So then we just chilled at the bakery next door where we  got us some marble cupcakes. They were pretty good, but there was way to much frosting and they sort of fell apart. Then we went to this little grocery store place… some interesting stuff happened there that I’m not going to discuss online… After that it was time for our manicure. We then had to make the very difficult decision of – what color nail polish? Answer: teal for Micky and blue glitter for me. The lady doing our nails was sort of rude and kept speaking in some undetermined Asian language. Then things got awkward when this older man came in and all the nail ladies were like “Hi Bob!” “How are you Bob?” “Nice to see you again Bob!” When he sat down and started getting a manicure and a pedicure, Micky and I freaked! I’m sorry, call us crazy, but men should not get manicures or pedicures . It’s just plain wrong! Then this lady came up to us and was like “Don’t I look nice?” It was just strange and awkward, but at least our nails look good! Anyway that’s how our manicure adventure went…I suppose I would call it a “unique” experience.

May the summer be ever in your favor,


#41 Buy a goldfish.

Meet Frederico Alvarez, beta fish extraordinaire.  Oh how I feel like such a child, picking out my little fishy. I swear it took me an hour just to look at and examine all the fish PetSmart had to offer, before deciding this red-finned glory was right for me. Do you realize there are over fifteen different kinds of betta fish? You have the crown tail, the butterfly, the comb tail, the half-moon, the delta tail, the double tail, the veil tail, the round tail, the plakat…you could write a five hundred page novel just on betta fish. Frederico, however, is a red veil tail betta and he is fantastically entertaining…don’t judge me on that last statement. I had forgotten how exciting it was to have a pet fish, since the last fish I had was over a year ago and ended in suicide (He decided to test the laws of nature and see if he could breathe air. Spoiler alert: he couldn’t.) And the last betta fish I had was years ago…I’m pretty sure she exploded. Surely Frederico’s life will not come to such a terrible demise as his fellow fish friends. There you have it #41 is done, done, and done!

May the summer be ever in you favor,


AUTHOR’S NOTE: I know it says buy a goldfish, but I had to get Frederico! No goldfish could compare to the grace and elegance I saw in him!

#17 Make monkey bread.

Right now I’m extremely hyper, probably due to the fact that I have consumed an obscene amount of sugar today and just finished a run around the neighborhood. I can literally feel the adrenaline shooting through my veins. I’m just waiting for the moment I crash after my sugar high…

Ok, I know this list item is sort of random, but after failing at making monkey bread way back when I was seven, I have promised myself that I would someday conquer this supposedly simple recipe. Which, if you didn’t guess, is what I did today. You should know that not only did I conquer the recipe, I dominated it.  My senses are tingling from the heavenly aroma wafting from the kitchen and my taste buds are crying at the mere thought of tasting a bite of the warm gooey treat waiting for them. This is a once every five years kind of dessert, it’s that rich and tempting. But every bite is worth the calories, especially when it’s so simple and easy to make. My seven-year old self remembers it being much harder, but I suppose my culinary experience has broadened since then. Anyway if your interested in tasting a bit of heaven I have supplied the recipe I used to make this tantalizing treat. I’m sure you could make it completely homemade, but I cheated and used already made dough.


1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cans Pillsbury® Grands refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if desired
Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube pan with shortening or cooking spray. In large storage plastic food bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon. Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces. In small bowl, mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit pieces. Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm
Well there you have it, my cooking adventure for the day. Actually now that I think about it, today was pretty fantastic. Not only did I complete a very fun list item and got to indulge, I also crushed my mother in an intense game of checkers. 🙂 Anyway just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has stopped by my little blog and get ready for more exciting adventures as summer really gets started!
May the summer be ever in your favor,

#91 When it’s someone’s birthday- for example, if they’re turning 14, get them 14 presents

Let me introduce you to my partner in crime – Micky! She’s also a blogger, a certified damsel in distress, and an over all cool girl. Today was her 14 birthday! She’s getting so old! And being the great friend that she is, she helped me cross off a bucket list item, without even knowing it. So here’s to you Micky – happy birthday girl!

I love, love, love the feeling of giving someone the perfect gift. It’s just a great feeling, you know? So, of course I loved the idea of getting someone the same number of gifts as their age and just had to do it. Knowing that her birthday was coming up, I went on a little shopping trip to find those 14 little present’s I knew Micky would love.  They included: 6 Hershey Chocolate Bars, a Mini Emergency Kit, a head massager, a mustache ring, a BFF book, lip gloss, a manicure set, a duckie scrub brush, a rubber chicken, a kitten pin, glow sticks, a bookmark, a notepad, and perfume. Technically that’s actually 19 present’s, but I’m counting the chocolate as one gift! It was so great watching her open all her present’s, tears of joy sprang to my eyes! 🙂 I will definitely be doing this for every birthday in the future- that’s right, Mom, 50 presents are a-coming your way!

Let’s just say it was a fun day. Hanging with my buds, chilling and listening to music, while eating some chocolate fondue. Mhmmmmm, chocolate strawberries are like heaven on Earth! Being with my friends is always a great way to spend a summer day, especially when it includes gift giving and virgin cocktails! So before I end this post, I want to once again say a happy birthday to my girl, Micky, and send all you people reading this to her blog – Check it out!

May the summer be ever in your favor,