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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lake Chelan 2014


Read 4 books

Got sunburned 

Ate tiramisu flavored gelato

Rode an aqua blue cruiser bike 


via 


Drove a jet ski up to 51 mph on the lake

Inhaled a lot of smores and toasty marshmallows

Re-watched a few old favorite movies ( Princess Diaries 2Seven Brides for Seven Brothers , & Safe Haven ) 

Walked out on a sandbar in the lake

Guzzled way too much iced tea 

Spent some amazing quality time with my family

Went tubing on the lake

Chillaxed in the hot tub (that really wasn't that hot... :( ) 

Had some delicious BBQ 

Enjoyed amazing weather 

Had a fun, fun time with some family friends of ours, and celebrated the 2nd birthday of my adorable little god sister!

Let summer begin!!! 

Kisses, 
Violet


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Springtime Sephora Haul!



So. If you sign up for Sephora's Beauty Insider program, you get a free gift on your birthday. Among other benefits. The only irritating thing is that I didn't have a chance to actually go into the store during the month of April. So it is the last day of the month and I'm like "I NEED TO GET MY FREE GIFT!!!!!!". And, I just figured, i'll get it online.

But. You have to make a purchase to get the free gift.

And, ok. To be honest, I wasn't complaining. I mean, oh yeah, darn it. I have to spend money at Sephora. I'm crying. Haha, not.

First of all, I scored on this gorgeous limited edition palette/collection that Sephora did, inspired by the Divergent movie (which I still have yet to see...).


It is packaged in a cool silvery-holographic metal case....


And comes with a lip gloss, three eye shadows, a blush, and a bronzer. (you can see me in the mirror! :) )


So purty.



The lip gloss is so beautiful; it is the perfect color for me. And it is minty tasting!!!

The birthday gift was an adorable little Makeup Forever lipstick and mascara duo.


So adorable.




And then to top it all off; when you order online, you get to pick out three free samples.

I chose a Dolce & Gabbana perfume sample...



a Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder sample...


and a Dior Addict Fluid Lipstick sample!


PLUS, they threw in a whole bunch of perfume sample cards!!


I'm starting to think that ordering online is the way to go!!

Kisses,
Violet

*Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Sephora in any way (haha, i wish...) nor am I being compensated in any form for this post. Everything was purchased by me, and all thoughts and opinions are my own!  



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"The Senior Project" -- Final Update!!!

This post is a bit late in coming...as I finished school on May 16th. Oops. 

BUT GUYS!!!!!! I'M DONEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this is me just moments after finishing my last project. you may notice the slightly crazed look in my eyes. 



and let us take a moment to talk about how accurate this meme is.


But, yeah. I am officially a high school graduate.

I don't think it has quite sunk in yet. 

It hasn't sunk in that in August I will be leaving to go to college 1,533 miles away from home. 

It hasn't sunk in that I am 18 years old and legally considered an adult. 

It hasn't sunk in yet that my life is about to change in lots of big and amazing ways. 

But that is ok. Because I have some time. I have time to bake cookies, and go shopping, and lay around and do nothing. 

I have time to just let it all sink in. 


Kisses, 
Violet 
Sacred Heart Homeschool, Class of 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day, 2014



Facing It 

~Yusef Komunyakaa


My black face fades,   
hiding inside the black granite.   
I said I wouldn't  
dammit: No tears.   
I'm stone. I'm flesh.   
My clouded reflection eyes me   
like a bird of prey, the profile of night   
slanted against morning. I turn   
this way—the stone lets me go.   
I turn that way—I'm inside   
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
again, depending on the light   
to make a difference.   
I go down the 58,022 names,   
half-expecting to find   
my own in letters like smoke.   
I touch the name Andrew Johnson;   
I see the booby trap's white flash.   
Names shimmer on a woman's blouse   
but when she walks away   
the names stay on the wall.   
Brushstrokes flash, a red bird's   
wings cutting across my stare.   
The sky. A plane in the sky.   
A white vet's image floats   
closer to me, then his pale eyes   
look through mine. I'm a window.   
He's lost his right arm   
inside the stone. In the black mirror   
a woman’s trying to erase names:   
No, she's brushing a boy's hair.   

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May God Bless not only our Veterans, but all those currently serving our country, and those 
who will give any service to this country in the future. Thank you for your service. 

God Bless America! 




Sunday, May 25, 2014

Pinterest Food Lately #1

It's Sunday fun-day. Lets talk food. 

Avocado Bacon Toast


Um, yeah, HI?!?!



Loaded Baked Potato Salad - www.countrycleaver.com


This will be a part of dinner sometime this week. 


Apple Raisin & Walnut Baked Oatmeal


I just have this obsession with the apple-cinnamon-raisin-walnut combo pack. JUST SO GOOD. 


One-Hour Cinnamon Rolls via The Domestic Rebel


Made these on Friday. Will be making them again. 


Eat Cake For Dinner: Meatball Gyros


These look reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally delicious. And like much less work than authentic gyros. 


Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie Bars


YUM. 





Buffalo Chicken Taquitos from chef-in-training.com


This looks like sumthin my dear brothers would love!



What have ya'll been loving?? Let me know so I can have more deliciousness to pin. ;)

Kisses, 
Violet

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Crumble Coffeecake




First of all, can we discuss the somewhat obscene amount of crumble on this coffeecake?



It is as thick as the cake itself. The crumble almost IS the cake. But did anyone ever say that was a bad thing??? I'm not complaining. And if you are looking for a way to make Monday feel more like Sunday, I got you right here.

I got you.

Secondly, I have a "nice" (note the sarcasm) story to tell you alls. So, this morning, I was baking up this glorious cake, and, per habit, I set the timer on my oven to a little over half the recommended baking time. I always do this, because the oven is a little temperamental, and also tends to bake quite hotter than other ovens. So, the thirty minutes are up, and I go in with my paring knife to check the center and see how much longer the cake needs. The knife came out with some wet looking bits, so I left it in for about 15 more minutes, periodically re-checking the center. Finally, the knife came out looking beautifully clean, and I was like WOOOOT, time to chow!!! I took the cake out of the oven and let it cool for about ten minutes before removing the outer rim of the spring-form pan. I grabbed my knife (that sounds really sketchy) and a stack of plates and began to slice into the coffeecake, preparing to be met with rounds of applause from my hungry family members. Haha. That was before the center portion of crumble collapsed to reveal a completely raw center. Not as in, Oh, it's a little under cooked honey...NO. This was full on Niagara falls raw batter oozing out. I shoved everything back together, slammed the rim of the pan back on, and stuck it back in the oven on 350 degrees convection bake for 20 more minutes. And then I sulked around until it was done, muttering in irritation to myself. To the amusement of my family.

When I took it out of the oven, I expected it to have turned into a giant rock (ya know all the science behind the baking soda and the whole you can't put it back in the oven thing...). Well. I proved myself wrong. Because it was perfect. And delicious. And there was no mention of rocks. Or raw batter.



So, yes. You should make this cake. But please make sure that it is actually cooked through before you take it out.

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The Crumble Coffeecake 

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 Tablespoons butter (lightly softened and cut into small cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (or 3/4 cup milk with a splash of vinegar) 
  • 1 egg (at room temp)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla 
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 in. round spring-form pan. 

Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and use your fingers or a whisk to combine it with the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Measure out 1 cup of the butter-flour mixture and set aside for later. To the large bowl, whisk in the baking powder and soda, and then the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla. Stir until fully combined, thick, and smooth. Spread into the prepared pan. Now, take the set aside butter-flour mixture and add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts. Smooth the copious amount of crumble over the batter in the pan. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool a bit before serving. 

*recipe slightly adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction 



Enjoy.

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Kisses, 
Violet





Thursday, May 15, 2014

Easter Bunny Chow



The answer is yes, people. Yes, it really is still Easter. Fifty days of Easter, my friends. So, you still have 25 days left of Paschal celebration. Embrace it.



Embrace it by making this deliciousness. But if it really bothers you to keep bringing up bunnies (hey, we all reach our limit), feel free to call it "Springtime Snack Mix". Or "Flower Chow". There is no judgement here. But I personally prefer "Bunny Chow". It just works. (and maybe also because I tried to think of a really cute, catchy name. but failed. so yeah. Bunny Chow it is. )



Also, just in case you can't tell by the pictures, I warn you that this snack mix is guaranteed to not only be extremely addicting, but to put you on a sugar high. Guaranteed.

Just to warn you. But that should not stop you from making it. ;)

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Easter Bunny Chow 

Ingredients:

  • Trader Joe's Kettle Corn (aka the best thing EVER.)
  • Krispy Rice Cereal (used the TJ's version) 
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Crispix cereal (ummm, I love...rice crispy & chex combined.) 
  • white chocolate chips (melts would be better)
  • 1-2 T. butter
  • Spring colored M&M's or other cute, springy chocolate candies
  • cute, springy sprinkles
*Note: I did not measure anything in this recipe. And, there were several substitutions. But, you know what, that is the best thing about snack mixes; just have fun with it and do whatever. I mean, you're basically just combining a bunch of different forms of sugar...

Get a huge bowl and combine your preferred amounts of kettle corn, rice cereal, marshmallows, Crispex, and M&M's. Melt your white chocolate in the microwave. And, if like me, you only had about 1/3 cup of white chocolate, improvise and melt some marshmallows and butter together. Pour the white chocolate and marshmallow mixture over your bowl of snacky goodness. You'll probably need to get in with your hands to completely combine everything. Grease your hands with cooking spray and work quickly, as the marshmallow tends to harden quickly. Spread everything out on a parchment lined baking sheet and stick in the hot oven for a few minutes to just melt everything together. Sprinkle some sprinkles over the warm mix and let cool. Break into pieces that will actually fit in your mouth and store in an airtight container. Or, don't even bother putting them away, because they'll be gone in less than 12 hours anyways. 




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Kisses, 
Violet


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"The Senior Project" -- Update #2

It has been over a month since my last update. But boy, have I been getting stuff done! I'm almost completely finished with my senior year.

It still hasn't really registered that I'm actually going to be done with high school, and that I'll be leaving home to go to college in three months. I'll probably start freaking out soon...

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AP English Composition & Literature:
SO CLOSE. I am 1/3 of the way through the final book, with about 5 more classes. Hoping to finish this week!!!

American Government:
FINISHED

Economics:
FINISHED

Pre-Calculus:
FINISHED

Catholic Doctrine:
FINISHED

World Geography & Cultures:
Hopefully I will have a few posts up soon sharing some delicious food I've been whipping up; both self-created recipes and some Pinterest finds!!

I'm always looking for new ideas and recipes to try, so leave me a comment below with some good recipe/food suggestions...

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I'll hopefully be posting my final Senior Project update early next week, if not the end of this week! Wish me luck in finishing, and I'll keep you all in my prayers for finishing up your own school for the year!!! Stay motivated and eat lots of chocolate. ;)

Also, let me know if any of you would be interested in hearing a little more about my college application/decision process...I was finally able to make a choice on what college I will be attending at the beginning of the month -- and let me just say, that it was a huge weight off my shoulders. Now I can get excited about the future instead of stressing about it!

Kisses,
Violet

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mango Smoothie Bowl



Mango Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

  • frozen mango
  • unsweetened almond milk
  • sliced strawberries (or other fruit of choice)
  • granola

Blend frozen mango and almond milk until reached desired consistency; for a smoothie bowl I like to keep it pretty thick, almost like a sorbet. Pour into a bowl and arrange sliced strawberries and granola on top. Enjoy the perfect snack!!! 




Kisses, 
Violet

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Eye On Books: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta



*Note: When I review books, I personally do not like to give a summary of the story, as I feel it is redundant. So many other people have already summed up the plot line, etc. on goodreads, so I direct your attention there if that is what you are looking for! :) I prefer to take the "quick-look" approach and talk about my favorite parts, general thoughts, etc. ) 

Rating: 4 (out of 5) cupcakes
Date Read: 4-7-2014
Genre: "Realistic" Fiction/Mystery
Recommended Audience: 16+

Thoughts:

You know those books with characters who are imperfectly perfect? The ones who have their faults, and who are real human beings, and yet they are just so perfect. When you are reading a book, and your only thought is: YES. Because everything just clicks. Is it just me?

This book was full of imperfectly perfect characters, and I loved it.

On the Jellicoe Road reminded me quite a bit of The Fault in Our Stars, both  in the way it was written, and in the development of the characters. The story is set in the Australian bush, which actually isn't made very apparent in the novel. I didn't realize until one of the characters started talking about Melbourne, AU, and how close it was to them. It was kind of funny, because I was trying to read the character's lines in an Australian accent, and it just sounded wrong...

I really enjoyed the romantic element of this book; it didn't take over and dominate the plot line, but wove itself into the pages and made the story richer and fuller. That being said, the novel was a bit longer than I thought necessary and was starting to drag a little about two-thirds of the way through. But the ending totally made up for any slowness; I haven't been so satisfied with a book ending in quite a while. Loved it!

Favorite Phrases/Quotes:

"Hold my hand," she said, sobbing against him. "Hold my hand because I might disappear."

"It's funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that's why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It's not the pain they're getting over, it's the love."



Follow me on goodreads to stay updated with what I'm reading, and leave a comment below telling me what books you have been enjoying lately!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Kisses,
Violet

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