One Delicious Cupcake Recipe Review

Three words, cupcakes are amazing. There are so many wonderful and delicious recipes out in the world to make mouth-watering cupcakes. On the show “Cupcake Wars” on the Food Network, my sister and I found an amazing recipe called “Toodee Fruity-Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes”. Now this is one delicious cupcake recipe. This is my review for the cupcake:

One Delicious Cupcake Recipe Review
The cupcakes that my family and I made. Yummy!
  • This cupcake was so much fun to bake! Even though these cupcakes took a little over an hour to prepare, they were really fun to make. Creating the eyes with the fondant and the batters for the cupcakes was just very entertaining and it created a pretty light, happy mood for everyone helping out.
  • It had a unique and yummy taste. With the combination of blueberry cheesecake and pound cake, the cupcake had a very unique taste. It tasted unlike any other cupcake. It was mouth-watering, light, and just delicious!
  • It became pretty popular. My friends and I had a cupcake baking contest at school. This cupcake was rated most favorably. Most of the teachers really enjoyed it and so did many other kids.
  • It was moist. When a cupcake is moist, it is more easy and enjoyable to eat. A dry or heavy/thick cupcake is usually not as good, but these Toodee Fruity cupcakes were just right.
  • The cupcakes looked pretty cute. In the end, after the cupcakes were done baking and they were fully decorated, they looked adorable! Their eyes were silly but fun to look at. The cupcakes also looked like a pretty happy bunch of cupcakes.
  • One Delicious Cupcake Recipe
    VanDeraa, Kevin. Toodee Fruity-Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes. 2011. Food Network. Web. 31 Aug. 2014. <http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/toodee-fruity-blueberry-cheesecake-cupcakes-recipe.html>.

To sum it up, this “Toodee Fruity-Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes” recipe was wonderful. I highly recommend it. This recipe can be found on the Food Network website and it’s a great cupcake to make. Why don’t you give it a try?

 

Top Ten Tips for Going Back to School

School just started for most kids, including my sister and I. Going back to school is a big change from the relaxing days of summer. It can be a bit stressful, nerve racking, and even exciting. There are many good things that can be learned or used as tips to comfortably move back into school. Here are my top ten tips for going back to school.

10. About a week before school starts, start going to bed earlier and waking up earlier. This way, when the first day of school rolls around, you won’t wake up extremely tired. Going to bed at about 9 to 9:30 PM and then waking up at 6:30 AM allows for plenty of rest and then time to get ready for your first day. This is what works best for my sister and I, but go with what works best for you.

9. Get all of your school supplies before school starts or get them as soon as your teachers tell you what you need. Doing this helps you come prepared and makes you feel more comfortable, knowing that you have all of the stuff you need.

8. Don’t be afraid. This applies mostly when going to a new school. I moved to a big, new high school and going in, it was a little overwhelming. I just had to pull myself together and after that everything was okay.

7. Wear something nice on the first day. When I say this, I don’t mean that you should wear a fancy dress or a suit and tie. This just means that you should dress in something that looks cute and is comfortable to wear.

6. Make a new friend or two. Making a few friends can help ease your troubles about school. They might be able to help you around and keep you company. If you’re new to a school this can be super important because making friends can help you feel less lonely.

5. Get to know your teachers. Getting to know your teachers is important so that you aren’t strangers. This will also help you be more comfortable in their classes.

4. Get involved in your school. This could be drama club, sports, NJHS or NHS, student council, and so on. By getting involved, you can stay busy and show your school spirit.

3. Know where your classes all are. This is especially important for the first day. Knowing where your classes are eliminates time where you frantically searching for each class.

2. Create a schedule and calendar for the year. By doing this, you are preparing you and your family for days that you don’t have school, breaks, and school activities. You can plan your days, weeks, months, etc.

1. Be organized! Staying organized can mean a lot of things. It could mean creating a system for your locker, using folders, using your planner, turning your homework/projects in on time, and keeping your backpack clean. You’ll always know where you belongings are and you’ll do better in school by staying organized.

I really hope this tips help you have a good first day of school and also a great school year! You can also find your own ways to be successful in school. Do your best, stay organized, and have fun!

Top Ten Tips for Going Back to School

Why Drawing is Important

Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres said, “Drawing is the honesty of art. To draw does not mean simply to reproduce contours: drawing does not consist merely of line. Drawing is also expression, the inner form, the plane and modeling…” Drawing is something that I really enjoy to do. It can be very helpful for school projects but also for other things. Here are a few things that I believe drawing helps people with and why it is important:

  • Expressing feelings/thoughts/ideas: Drawing is a way to get thoughts and ideas out of your head. When you feel a certain way, like angry, sad, hungry, or excited, you can draw the way you feel.

    Why Drawing is Important
    One of my drawings of a sunset or sunrise.
  • Challenging: This is one of those things that can really challenge you to try your hardest. When you learn to work with different perspectives and shadowing and that kind of stuff, drawing can be difficult. You need to push yourself to get to that next level and get better.

    Why Drawing is Important
    An online drawing I did of a unicorn.
  • Development: Drawing is a great way to develop a person’s creative self. It helps them think and it is a wonderful way to create new ideas.

    Why Drawing is Important
    A drawing of a ball I did for Derwent Art Academy.
  • Helpful: Drawing can be helpful for school projects or assignments. It can make the assignment or project more eye-catching and fun to look at.

    Why Drawing is Important
    A roadrunner drawing I did.
  • Fun: I find drawing to be pretty fun. Others might disagree, but once you get good at drawing it can be a lot of fun. You can create pretty cool pieces and it’s always exciting and fun to see what the final product will be, even if it doesn’t turn out all that amazing.

    Why Drawing is Important
    One of my unfinished pieces of Anna and Elsa from Frozen.
  • Relaxing: Just like painting or doing yoga or writing a poem, drawing can be relaxing. If you get yourself in a quiet area with your sketchbook and pencil, drawing can calm you down and get you in a light, relaxed mood.

Drawing is an important thing in our world and it does a bunch of great things for people. It can help express feelings and thoughts, it is challenging, and it can help develop people’s creativity. Drawing is also helpful, fun, and relaxing. You may not be very good at first but practice makes perfect. If you want to get good, you’ll have to work for it. So what are you waiting for? Pick up a sketchbook and pencil and get drawing!

Family, Mountains, Pancakes, Oh My!

There are some things that you never forget in life, like long road trips, time with family in the mountains, and eating brunch at a restaurant where the pancakes are very big. This past weekend, my family traveled about four hundred miles to Farmington, New Mexico. We spent time with our aunt and uncle and grandpa. From our trip, I learned many things about family and traveling.

  • When you have something as big as a pair of crutches, DON’T FORGET THEM! On Sunday, about ten minutes out of Farmington, my mom got ten texts and several calls from my aunt saying that we forgot my crutches. Haha. That was an exciting beginning of our road trip home. So we found a place to turn around and met my uncle at a Dairy Queen in Aztec (which is a town very close to the state border). I got my crutches back and life was good again. Moral of the story is, before you get ready to go back home, double-check and even triple check to make sure you have everything you brought.Family, Mountains, Pancakes, Oh My!
  • When visiting family, it’s always good to go and do something fun together. All seven of us (me, my sister, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, and grandpa) went to Hesperus, Colorado to eat breakfast at the Kennebec Café. Yummy! Later on, we drove up the bumpy La Plata Mountains trail. We all did some exploring and there was a lot of picture-taking. Doing this kind of stuff is really good bonding time and you can get some really great pictures.Family, Mountains, Pancakes, Oh My!
  • I’m sick of pancakes. When we went to the Kennebec Café for breakfast, the pancakes were HUGE! They tasted amazing but I think I’m going to take a break from pancakes for a while.

    Family, Mountains, Pancakes, Oh My!
    So done with pancakes…
  • When traveling by car over a long distance, keep yourself entertained. It’s truly not that fun to just stare out the window for eight straight hours and you can only take naps so many times. My sister and I learned that staying entertained helps the ride seem shorter most of the time. You can do this by watching movies, playing on an iPad, listening to music, talking, and so on.Family, Mountains, Pancakes, Oh My!
  • Any family time is good family time. Getting the chance to make memories and have fun with your family is worth it. Even if you aren’t doing the most exciting thing ever, you are still bonding with your family.

Family, Mountains, Pancakes, Oh My!

To wrap things up, we all had so much fun this past weekend and the ride home was safe. As a family we made a bunch of great memories. Happy Birthday Dad and Jan! (Today is their birthday.) I can’t wait to go and visit again! And did I mention the pancakes were huge?!

How to Become a More Competitive Volleyball Player

This past week I attended a competitive camp for volleyball. There were so many great things I learned about being a good competitor. Here are a few of the things I learned:

  • The Four Intangibles of a Good Competitor: Confidence, Competitiveness, Commitment, and Character. Confidence means you believe in your skills and know you are a good athlete. Competitiveness is the ability to fight (with character) and want to win and succeed. Commitment is being dedicated to the sport and taking the time to play. Character is your integrity, kindness, respect, self-control, etc. on the court. These are really important and I know I need to work on my competitiveness and when I become stronger with that I will become a better competitor.
  • Play smart and aggressive. Schwarzinstein! (Albert Einstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger). You have to be able to play smart and have a purpose with each decision and shot, like Albert Einstein. You also have to be able to play aggressive and want the ball and hit it hard, like the terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. If you play just smart or just aggressive you won’t be as successful, you have to be smart and aggressive.
  • Competitiveness Like a Missile Strike: Purposeful, Powerful, Planned, Precise, and Persistent. When you compete you have to have a plan for each player and team you play. You need to have everyone on the team in with the plan and you have to execute it and finish it. Last club season, if I had used this strategy, my team could have beat teams that we didn’t. If we had focused on a mission or a battle plan, and had scouted the other teams, we could have done better. I really hope I can use this, this season and become more competitive.
  • The Eleven Obstacles that Inhibit Competitiveness were also really interesting to learn about. These include: lack of confidence, lack of commitment/interest, lack of focus/purpose, lack of pride, lack of competitive role models, accepting losing, haven’t fully recovered from an injury, seniority rules, being threatened by the alpha on the team, passive personality, and not being socially accepted to compete. When I ranked them for myself I realized what I could work on to make me a stronger competitor. I plan to correct my weaknesses quickly so they become less of a problem.

Overall, it was a very interesting camp and a great learning experience. Even though I couldn’t play, I took in a lot mentally. A lot of this information was taken from How to Develop Relentless Competitors by Jeff Janssen. It’s a great book and it has a lot of great tips and ideas that you can take with you and use in your game. How to Become a More Competitive Volleyball Player