Baking with Candy for Valentine’s Day

I have been really MIA lately, and I apologize. Apparently this term I have multiple “midterms” every week until the week before finals week at the end of the term. And the week of no midterms so happens to be the week every class decides to drop projects/reports/quizzes on me.

So what do I do to destress? Bake as usual. For my loves this Valentine’s day I baked with candy! Both were per request of Aniket, though my lovely Naomi & Megan were also able to devour these bites as well. The ideas for both cookies were also from the cookie cook book that John gave me for Christmas, but I found equivalent recipes online and posted the links below.

Crappy pictures, but its so difficult for me to aim a Mac at the proper angle to capture an image of cookies on a counter.

This first set of cookies are Hershey Kiss Cookies. The only difference between the link posted and the recipe I used is that my variation uses oatmeal in it. Also I experimented and used white chocolate kisses and caramel filled kisses. Here is another photo.

Link to recipe equivalent: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1710,145187-252194,00.html

These are peanut butter cup mini cookies.  Everyone liked these best. It’s a soft peanut butter cookie with a gooey mini Reeses in the center! In order to get the right results, it’s best to use a mini muffin tin, though I was able to use a regular sized muffin baking pan.

Recipe link: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/peanut-butter-cup-cookies/

And of course my parents sent me flowers & chocolates! They have been my Valentine’s since freshmen year of college, and I am so happy they never forget about me 🙂

They bloomed quite a bit when I changed their water and food today (though some flower casualties dried out, sadly).

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2011!!!

Writing this a bit head of time so it can be posted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Hope you are all with your loved ones, warm and safe, with good food and happy music 🙂

Don’t forget to leave some goodies for old Santa before going to bed!

I leave you with my father’s favorite holiday song, “Happy Christmas, the War is Over” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Drexel U: Improv Everywhere’s MP3 Experiment Tour

Earlier this month, I got a Facebook invite by school’s activity board for an event called “Improv Everywhere MP3 Experiment.” Immediately, I knew I had to tell Megan, she was a huge fan of the group. Intrigued? The article quotes her here in the Philadelphia Inquirer. I’m said friend in the article haha.

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20111110_Acting_silly_to_a_disembodied_voice__A_mass_social_game_comes_to_Drexel.html

Improv Everywhere is a improv group from New York. They so happened to have their first social event in Philly at Drexel University. Participants were asked a few things.

Participant To Do List:

1) Wear a Red, Blue, Green, or Yellow Shirt
2) Bring an deflated balloon
3) Sync watch to master watch on website
4) Download an mp3 file

http://upphilly.com/2011/10/improv-everywheres-mp3-experiment-coming-to-drexel-nov-9/

At a specified public location at exactly 5pm, all participants had to play the mp3. It starts off with music, then you realize that an ominous voice in sky named “Steve” was going to give directions to all the participants for the duration of the 45minute mp3. Oh, and Steve’s brother, “Mark” was the DJ for the event.

The things they asked us to do were pretty crazy. I mean imagine walking around your campus, and a group of 50 some people wearing only primary colors doing the same actions at the same time were surrounding you. Would it freak you out?

Some examples:

  • Taking a nap on the grass spontaneously
  • Following you around in a single file
  • High fiving
  • Intense thumb wars
  • Dancing the same dance to NO external music
  • Human twister
  • Freeze tag
  • Square dancing
  • Epic Balloon Battling
  • Epic Balloon Battling deaths
  • Slow-motion victory dancing/hugs
  • And more!

Really, the list could go on. If I wasn’t with Naomi or Megan, I probably wouldn’t have done it.

The reporter who interviewed Megan said that it was the most overly exaggerated and silly thing he had ever seen done. Looking back at the video, I totally agree. Things do seem a lot sillier when you realize not everyone can hear Steve in the magical mp3. You can actually see me in one of the balloon still shots wearing a green shirt and blowing a tiny yellow balloon.

Happy November 11, 2011, (11.11.11!) Here is are the butterscotch white chocolate oatmeal cookies I made today!

Make Cookies With Candy!

This is probably a great idea for leftover Halloween candy, but I actually went to the grocery store with the purpose of making these:

Snicker candy bar cookies! The recipe yielded great results, though upon taste-testing were missing something. It is basically mini Snickers melted and gooey forged within a soft & chewy peanut butter cookie dough. Topped with semi-sweet baking chocolate drizzled on top, they were simply yum.

No photos in progress or of results of my own as usual. I need to learn how to take out my camera faster.

Souce: http://grandmasdesserts.blogspot.com/2009/11/snicker-cookies.html