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If Not for a Mom

Hey, y’all! Hi! 🙂

If you live in America (the United States), you’ve probably been bombarded with the fact that tomorrow is Mother’s Day. If you have managed to avoid this information, you might be able to find a rose petal left in your local stores to get for the moms in your life. Because, yes, let’s be honest we ALL have more than one mom.

That isn’t the point of Mother’s Day, though. It’s to honor our amazing mothers (by blood or fate). So we wanted to share with y’all the a few things that our moms have taught us. Alternately, All The Things That Would Not Get Done if Not for a Mom.

  1. The wisdom in organizing a closet. When I was younger my mom had my closet completely color coded, and it helped everyone find things when they were lost. Today, it reminds me that I should probably do a better job of it if I wanted to find my favorite shirt quickly.
  2. How to have fun for very little cost with obscure household items. Potatoes? Both candy and jewelry! Paper bags or mateless socks? A little hot glue, some construction paper, and a marker–literally a five act play.
  3. Being raised by a nurse has some fallbacks (literally the only one I can think of is not being allowed to have a trampoline), but it does come with some nice perks. I’ve learned that a Bandaid, ice pack, and time can heal anything that isn’t falling off your body.
  4. And how would we possibly ever know the first thing about resumes, cards, cover letters, or thank you notes if not for loving mothers (or teachers, I guess 😉 which when female are kind of, basically school moms). Without my mom, I would not know how to remotely be an adult human being.
  5. Just add water! A few nights ago, AJA, our friend K, and I were trying to make pie crust together for the first time by ourselves. When my Mom walked into the room to check on us, she dumped in the rest of the water we had sitting there (already over the recipe amount), beat it a bit, and then got us back on track. It was amazing.
  6. Of course…one of the most important things I know both of our moms have taught us is patience. They both know how to love unconditionally and how to love even when their children are being difficult, even when situations are difficult or scary. And…this patience and strength may be the most practical thing that our moms are still teaching us.

There are many more things that our moms teach us, but we have to stop somewhere. 😉 We all want to sleep sometime, but I am–me too! ;P #)–so grateful for a day that lets us spend some time focusing on the most important women in our lives. Seriously, so grateful for my mom (ditto, I love her mom) and for ACG’s mom as well and just all the mothers that are truly moms and all the women that step up to be moms to children that aren’t their blood.

Drive safely! (Your mom is watching you, you know… 😉 )
Keep your friends close and your moms closer! ❤ 🙂 ;P 😉 😀 O.o

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Chocolate Quick Fix

 

Hello, humans who enjoy chocolate! Hey, y’all! (You don’t have to like chocolate, but this post may be weird if you don’t. Just keep that in mind. ;P Eh, only as weird as last week’s post without a uterus…)

So, we’re pretty busy college students. Similarly, we like sugar. These two things put together mean that we need fast sugar to satisfy our cravings. Could we hit up the closest store and get cookies and cakes every time? Sure. (Cakes? Whole cakes? GROSS.) However, we also like to cook, and that would be a LOT of cookies and cakes. (This makes us sound vaguely like we have no concerns for our health or risk for diabetes, which… is not true. We balance our meals pretty well. We do; I really meant if you factor in how long we have hung out and the fact that I think we plan to keep hanging out.) Either way, when we’re looking for a sweet snack that we can make while we study, we like to make brownies.

Tonight, we wanted to give y’all a list of some reasons that brownies are literally the best sweet snack out there (except maybe white chocolate puff corn (true but it’s too special for an all the time thing), but that’s a whole other category and post).

  1. Brownies contain chocolate, which as aforementioned in last week’s post is indeed an actual pain reliever thanks to your opioid receptors! Brownies keep you off drugs…….. that’s a real reason.
  2. THE CORNERS–enough said. Actually, it’s the fact that there are both edges and middle pieces, so it can bring a room together. Our group is actually split about half (as half as we can get since K left us D: ) as to who likes edges versus middles.
  3. So, likewise I must argue for both my original opinion (although I’m quickly becoming a corner girl) and C’s sakes–THE MIDDLES–that ooey, gooey deliciousness that cannot be matched.
  4. Their size is completely customizable, and they’re portable! You don’t have to have a plate, somewhere to throw the wrapper, or even a plate. Just cut a piece the size of your choice (using a template brownie if you must to make it even with your friends’) and go.
  5. Do you really need a 5th reason to justify brownies? Seriously, though… For our friend group, they’re pretty agreeable on. They’re a good compromise between a cookie and cake. And honestly, I think it’s that opioid thing…. Who am I kidding? Brownies don’t keep you off drugs; they ARE drugs.

Thankfully it’s a legal drug for all ages. I would be really, really sad otherwise. Anyway, hopefully this convinced you to drop everything and go get a box of brownies. (Not really, it may be late where you are. Eh, there’s always a Walmart run 😉 ❤ We don’t judge).

Keep your brownies close and your batter closer. 😉 😀 🙂 ;P O.o ❤
Drive safely ❤

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We Survived! Now, Our Break Agenda…

Good evening, all, and to all: a HAPPY SEMESTER BREAK! Hey, y’all! We’re back!!! Finals and such a crazy schedule are behind us. We hope you all survived to see this post as well.

However, what all this really means is it’s time for another ~break agenda~! 😀 This break is even more involved and including more friends and people than ever. I can’t wait.

 

  1. We’ve already started this one technically but it’s a HUGE goal for me: finish all the Harry Potter movies! O.O
  2. We’re going to both try and finish the stories that we’re working on before we start our next semester.
  3. SLEEP. No, seriously. Get back into some healthy habits: getting 7 hours or so of sleep, being more active, etc.
  4. There’s a day trip planned with a couple of our really close friends to go to a science activity center and an art museum! 😀
  5. Survive the holidays 😉 as per usual. ❤
  6. Making a gingerbread house from scratch! We just want to be able to say we’ve done it. Who knows, it might could be our Christmas post this year. 😉 (maybe O.O)
  7. Lastly, a star gazing party for us and some of our friends since ACG and I both will have had an astronomy class now. 😉 Although, mine was a bit more useful than hers. 😉

 

Whatever you decide to do this holiday season, just drive safely. ❤

Keep your trees bright and your wands raised! 😀 😉 😛 ❤ 🙂 O.o

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Thankful

Hey, y’all! HELLO! So, as you know (or may not, no judging) this past Thursday was Thanksgiving for Americans everywhere. 😉 YAY TOO MUCH FOOD AND WEIRDNESS!

As a result of that (both being Americans and having had this day to celebrate) we wanted to share ten things we’re thankful for.  Soooo onward, we go…

 

  1. NEW EXPERIENCES (like a strange bean’s family)
  2. Family and friends (that eat your experimental thanksgiving pizza happily)
  3. STUFFING/DRESSING/SEASONED BREAD PRODUCT SOAKED IN FAT
  4. Cookies!!!!!!!!
  5. LEFTOVERS
  6. Time off school and work to contemplate the deeper things of life
  7. MORE NEW EXPERIENCES (like disc golf and bird watching)
  8. Realizing that some experiences are meant to be shared and some are best individually
  9. Naps #) because they make everyone’s mood better when done right
  10. Sister queens (platonic soulmates) to have ridiculous conversations, video chat seven minutes apart, and go on some crazy (donut) adventures with.

 

Keep your turkey in the ball pit and your seasoned bread in the churn! ❤ 🙂 😛 😉 😀 O.o

Drive safely! ❤

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Awakened

Hey, y’all! HI! 

Although this is a previously referenced topic, I’m not sure if we have ever TRULY expressed the sincerity and relevance of it. Brownies. Must I say more? Like, really, that itself had to have just given you shivers (yikes… shall we keep this PG?). Unless you dislike chocolate or have never had a brownie.

Yesterday afternoon ACG and I made brownies at her home where I declared that I was pretty sure my brownie sexuality had been awakened. I mean, honestly. This is just the biggest appreciation post ever for brownies. That’s true.

Anyway, if you’ve never had a brownie, PLEASE do us–but mainly yourself–a favor and get brownie mix. You don’t even have to bake them (says us, we are not doctors or responsible for any food poisoning cases –eat safely 😉) and eat them with a spoon!!! Or bake them and eat the edge pieces. Your choice. JUST EAT BROWNIES! ❤

Oh, and drive safely. ❤ 

Keep your batter in the bowl and your pitcher in the cabinet 😉 O.O 🙂 😀 ❤ 😛

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Balls, Galaxy Cake

Hey, y’all! Heyyyy #) 

We have had quite the wild ride this week–everything from doctor appointments to classical music to learning to embrace gym sweat and how to cope with Friday the 13th curses–but we wanted to share with you all the sweetest part. 😉

So, there’s a post here from the end of May about the “Great Teascape,” and in it, we mention that we baked cake balls together. Well, they didn’t actually turn out all that great for a multitude of reasons.  Those reasons being: we were inexperienced, reckless, and didn’t freeze them for 20-30 minutes before trying to dip them in the melting chocolate. @) BUT since we have LEARNED. We have GROWN. We successfully made the most (well, okay, they still weren’t perfect but we liked them) BEAUTIFUL cake balls! 😀 Be quiet. They’re beautiful, perfect babies, and the colored white chocolate was probably the best part!

Cake Balls

As you can see, they aren’t perfectly smooth and decorated like Starbucks’ or anything, but I am very proud of us. Me too! They are so, so delicious and were so, so much fun to make! 🙂 

 

Keep your chocolate melted and your icing purple! ❤ 🙂 ;P 😀 😉 O.O

Drive safely by bearing in mind your sugar high before getting behind the wheel. ❤

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Check the Wondertasks – January 7, 2017

Hey, y’all! Hello! (First thing first, I’d like to congratulate you for making it a full week into the new year. Amen. I hope it’s going well for you. Now…)

 

At the beginning of winter, we made a list of things that we planned to accomplish before winter (or at least our winter semester break) ended. We have the list, and were going to analyze which ones we did or didn’t complete. (Spoiler alert: things got done.)

 

Below is our original list of things we intended to do. To the right of each item, in all caps we will inform you of which things were done.

  1. Decorate a tiny Christmas tree that may or may not be alive. (DONE – and if you haven’t seen it, check out our December 24, 2016 post 😉 )
  2. Bake all the things! (seasonal and unseasonal) (DONE, though we don’t quite have cookies out our ears, we discovered cookie butter AKA MAGIC IN A JAR)
  3. Meet up with old friends, and eat lunch, and get all the coffees!!! (DONE – we even did this three times over #) )
  4. Make a million and two words. (Okay, not quite literally, but either or both of us writing large chunks on our current writing projects over our winter break is definitely a goal!) (DONE, I wish it wasn’t too much work to add up the actual amount because it was a lot (a grand total of: 51,265 to be specific))
  5. Ice skating with my younger brother who will probably make us look like baby giraffes because he is naturally that balanced and coordinated sometimes. (DONE – this was a TON of fun, even if ACG had to be a responsible driver and not break her ankle and I may or may not have accidentally danced circles with said little brother. (Good news: no injuries occurred.))
  6. See the anthropomorphic movie Sing at some point between now and January 8. Yesssss!!! (sorry to cut into her point but YES (It’s actually ACG’s idea, but I’m on board… We saw Moana this past Thursday, so it’s her turn) (DONE, The movie was actually more sad than it looked in previews, but it was great along with Moana)
  7. Wear flip flops as many days of December as possible, because why not? (DONE – Ha! ACG did wear flip flops. Granted, this is the first weekend it’s been below freezing here, I think @) Sighs @ Alabama. )
  8. Wear sweaters as many days of southern December as possible, because why don’t we have normal seasons? (DONE, Even I wore a sweater at least two times, so I consider this a huge success)
  9. Spend as many days as possible with your Best Friend before the c-word rears itself again. (DONE – even if it was not as much time as I wish we could have, the time we got to spend together was amazing and I feel so, so lucky. Same, it was wonderful.)

If you were keeping track, there should be one teeny tiny detail that is standing out to you. WE DID ALL THE THINGS! We did, and I am a little proud of that fact.

 

There you have it. Until next time, keep your lists on the inside of the bucket and your chicken fingers in the cage. 😉 😀 🙂 😛 O.o ❤ 😉 😀

 

It’s bitter out there (and also cold! ha…haha) so don’t forget to drive safely during the potential icy season and be kind! ❤

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The Great Teascape

Hey, y’all! ‘Ello!

So, we graduated about a year ago. That makes most of the classmates approximately nineteen. That being said, week before last we attended a double wedding shower tea for two of them (which is ridiculous! they are children! and they shouldn’t be allowed to be getting married! BUT, hopefully it will work out well, despite my opinion on their age).The interaction was a little stilted (she’s under exaggerating), but my favorite part had to be making the cake balls I took. ;D

The only super enjoyable part of this event was getting to shop and bake together honestly (true). Hats were involved (ew). Food was awkward (and random + there was too much of it). Conversation was more awkward (definitely).  Life was the most awkward (agreed).  Which is to say, while we care about these girls and wish them the best, and a dear friend hosted the event… It was not A Good Time.

No, it really wasn’t. But we went, we ate, we talked, and we were two of three that gave cards (is that weird? I thought you did that with presents?). Then, we left. I have never been so grateful to get in ACG’s truck. I have never been so grateful to have a pending errand to help my dad with that got us a reason to leave.

 

So, next time you find yourself in this sort of situation, we bid you a safe drive away from it. 😉 ❤

Keep your puns in the cabinet and your scones in the kettle. 😉 😀 ❤ 🙂 O.o

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An Interesting Concept to Bake at a Later Date

 

Hello! Hey, y’all!

So, if you didn’t know, we like to bake. Our baking is sort of a tradition. Today, AJA discovered a thing we want to bake soon. They were brownie and cinnamon pot stickers. WITH CREAM CHEESE ICING!!! Ahem. They look very yummy, and this is all thanks to Tastemade on Snapchat. I am mega hype, if you can’t tell. They look delicious, and we will hopefully be trying to do that very soon.

Well, maybe not very very soon. The home stretch of this semester is coming up, and most baking gets done in the summer. However, once they do get made, we’re pretty sure they are going to taste AMAZING! We can certainly hope, and maybe if they’re aesthetic enough we can even share them on this blog ;). 

So, keep your pots in the trunk and your keys in the fridge! ❤ 🙂 😛 😉 😀 O.o

And as always drive safely. ❤

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Cookie Dough

Hey, y’all!!! Hi. So, the all famous question about cookie dough is the topic of the night: Pillsbury or Toll House brand? As if that’s a question… We both agree it’s Pillsbury.

 

We do! We also have about three tried and true ways to eat said Pillsbury cookie dough (whether it’s in the tube or the precut squares).

 

 

  1. A cookie dough milkshake is the absolute best. I am not talking about a vanilla milkshake with cookie dough chunks, but blended cookie dough with a vanilla base. It is amazing.
  2. Take a glob of cookie dough. Put it in the microwave for around 45 seconds (or until gooey). We’ve used it as a dip before with chips for the salty sweet combination, but by itself is also perfectly fine for the melted method.
  3. This list would not be complete without the classic: straight cookie dough in a spoon. Of course we love this option.

 

 

 

 

Drive safely, which is done most easily  while drinking a cookie dough milkshake. ❤

Keep your dough in the shower and your loofas in the dryer! 🙂 ;P 😀 😉 O.o ❤ 🙂