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Hey guys!
Today my mom is going over her friend Esperenza's house for a book club. She has a daughter my age named Marisol, so guess who has to go too? I guess it'll be cool to have a friend my age right up the block from me, but she is super shy. like, the kind of shy that means I-don't-want-to-speak-to-anyone-for-the-rest-of-my-life. Yep, she'll be a pain. Oops! I forgot, my mom told me to be careful what I say on my blog. Let me tell you the story:
I was just sitting in my room, watching React to That! when I heard mom mention something about my blog. So, of course, I had to pause the show and run in to see what was going on. Turns out, mom was on the phone. "I'm sorry Mrs. Deparoza, I'll hate to talk to her. she means no harm to Sal!" Sal read my entry about our argument and how much I hate him! Yikes! I heard faint yelling coming from the phone, so I guess Mrs. Deparoza is a worry-wart. Sal, if you are reading this, I WILL GET YOU FOR THIS! Yeah, I torment people when I'm angry, back off!
Anyways, about the book club; I'm making an elegant cheese and fruit platter for the women at the club. They're going to love it! I'll put the full recipe I used down below if you want to try it for your book club! Enjoy!

Ingredients:
- 1 block (8 oz) white Cheddar cheese
- 1 wedge (8 oz) blue cheese (such as Stilton or Gorgonzola)
- 1 round (8 oz) Brie cheese
- 1 large crisp red eating apple, sliced
- 1 medium pear, sliced
- 1 pint (2 cups) strawberries, halved
- 3/4 lb seedless green grapes, cut into small clusters
- 3/4 lb seedless red grapes, cut into small clusters
- 1 package (7 oz) dried apricots
- 1/4 cup dried cherries or sweetened dried cranberries
- Fresh rosemary sprigs, if desired

Directions:
Step 1. on large serving platter, arrange cheese in center. cover; let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes.
Step 2. Arrange fresh fruit in groups around cheeses. Sprinkle dried apricots and cherries over cheeses and fruit. tuck rosemary sprigs among fruit.
Step 3. To serve, provide cheese planes for harder cheeses and cheese spreaders for soft cheeses. If desired, serve cheeses and fruit with crackers.

- Annie <3
YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!
My collection of the My Little Pony: Eraseez! Figurines (I like to be specific) if finally COMPLETE! I only have one duplicate of Rainbow Dash that I have to give away. :-( I have no choice because there is an odd number of ponies, and each bag comes with two. I can't trade or else I'll get a duplicate back. My little cousin Mara (the one that likes to bang on the keys) collects everything I collect except for Trash Packs. They are a boy toy, so she thinks they're gross. It's the circle of life you dummy, you throw 'em out, they rot!
When we see Mara Sunday, I'm going to give it to her. She'll be so excited! We always see Mara and her family on Sundays because that's the day we are all off. Even when it's Christmas week, we go over there that Sunday to exchange gifts. If you can't make it for whatever reason, we spend double the amount of usual time there the next Sunday. We are really deep into our Sundays.
I brought my homemade buttermilk ranch dressing, the one that every salad at the shoppe gets drizzled over with. It's perfection, I'm telling you! i don't ned to brag, but this ranch dressing put us on the map, man! okay, let me tell you how to make it.

HOW TO MAKE ANNIE'S BUTTERMILK RANCH DRESSING

The things you will need are:
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon instant minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- dash of freshly ground pepper
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and put in fridge for at least 2 hours to blend the flavor. Store covered in fridge.

- Annie <3
Hello there!

Today has been a busy day, my friends. So, I finally got a comment from someone I am not related to (it sounds like I don't have a social life, but i do, I promise.) And my friend just kissed someone. On the lips. Like, make-out kiss. And we are in sixth grade, aren't we? So, anyways, she is now non-single, and dating a boy named Salvatore (he likes to be called "Sal."). She says he's really cute. She even sent me a picture - and he's really cute! Ummm . . . I am not a dater this early. I'm waiting 'till I'm in high school to go into a love life!
Okay, hope you guys enjoy this trail mix recipe. I sure did! I'll probably give it to Chelsie after she breaks up with Sal. LOL!

Ingredients:
- 3 cups small pretzel twists
- 1 cup honey-roasted peanuts
- 1 cup Frosted Cheerios cereal
- 1 cup dried banana chips
- 1 cup candy-coated chocolate candies (M&M's)

Directions:
Step 1. Stir together all ingredients.
Step 2. Store in airtight container.
Hello, there!
This is a great recipe that you can serve on the side of any possible meal, like steak! Homemade apple-spiced dressing gives a boost to coleslaw. Mix it up in 15 minutes!

Ingredients:
Salad -
- 4 cups coleslaw mix (from 16-oz bag)
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions (4 medium)
- 2 medium Granny Smith apples, cubed
Dressing -
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions:

Step 1. In large bowl, toss salad ingredients to mix.
Step 2. In small bowl, mix dressing ingredients until well blended, Pour dressing over salad; toss gently to coat. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until serving time.

- Annie <3
Hello there!
My cousin AJ is in Florida! It's pretty hot over there - 79 degrees! Over here it's 30 degrees - I'm wearing a winter jacket inside my house! He wrote me a postcard (surprisingly - writing is his worst subject!) explaining that he is staying in a hotel that is freezing - that turn the air conditioning all the way up so the people are "happy" but about 50 people complained. Ha! AJ said he is going there for his birthday, but he wants to be home and make s'mores. They don't like where their vacation is going, because the temperature is going to get lower by the end of the week, so they are leaving tonight. They were supposed to stay for 2 weeks, but AJ doesn't wanna stay. I kind of feel bad - the only family that is staying at the ice cold hotel is a family that came from Alaska.
We are texting each other, and AJ just texted me this: they r giving out free sherberts!!! XD Why?! It is 20 degrees in that place and instead of giving cocoa, they give out ice-cream?!
Here is how you can make your own sherbert platter at home for your friends and family. Sherbert is kind of like an icy-er ice-cream. You can probably taste the difference when you try it!
QOTD: What is the temperature where you live? AOTD: 30 degrees! Brrr....


Ingredients:
- 1 medium honeydew melon
- 1 pint (2 cups) lemon sherbert
- 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries

Directions:
Step 1: Cut melon lengthwise in half; remove seeds. Cut melon into 1/4 inch slices; cut away rind. Cut slices in half.
Step 2: For each serving, arrange 5 half-slices melon in fan shape on serving plat. Place 1 scoop sherbert at base of slices. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup raspberries. Enjoy with friends!

- Annie <3
Hey guys!
Today Chrissa was busy at her karate class. She (unexpectedly) brought her 5 karate friends home so they could have a sleepover! I hate it when Chrissa has sleepovers. She usually isn't allowed to have sleepovers, so my mom made a deal: she didn't want to sound like a fussy mom, so she let them stay, but Chrissa will have to be grounded for the rest of the month and no more sleepovers until she is 16.
Anyways, all of her friends were weirdly sweaty, even though it's 30 degrees out, so me and my mom looked up a recipe for a healthy blueberry grape smoothie - but in ice pop form so they'll get cooled down while they're at it!
Seems like the ice pops are hit! Chrissa came in to thank me (surprisingly - she has the class of a pig!) for the yummy ice pops and that her team wants some extra to bring to class next week (and there you have it. More work for me to do!) So, after I type this, I have to make 52 pops for all of her teammates (2 per person), yet my ice pop maker makes only 2 ice pops at a time! Better start now! ;-)
If you want to make this delicious and nutritious ice-pop recipe, follow the directions below. This isn't the exact recipe I follwed, since I used an ice-pop machine, but you can use the materials provided in the recipe. These ice-pops are a great POP of energy! Get it? No? Okay. Let's just get started.

Ingredients:
- 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 1/2 cup cold Concord grape juice
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 containers (6 oz each) Yoplait 99% Fat Free French vanilla yogurt
- 3/4 cup Concord grape juice, heated to boiling.

Directions:
Step 1: Lightly spray 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray, then blot with paper towel; set aside. In large bowl, sprinkle gelatin on 12 cup cold grape juice to soften; let stand 1 minute.
Step 2: Meanwhile, in blender, place blueberries and yogurt. Cover; blend on high speed until smooth. Add hot grape juice to gelatin mixture, and stir about 2 minutes or until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in yogurt mixture. Pour into loaf pan.
Step 3: Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours. Cut into cubes and serve, or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days before serving.

Enjoy!
- Annie <3
Hello!
So, today hasn't been a busy day. I've been texting my sister Chrissa wishing her luck. She's going to Virginia for a field hockey tournament! And, Max needs luck, too - she's going to back to school to continue her Scholastic Decathlon Competition. Who wants to go to school on a Saturday!? Anyways, me and my mom spent the day baking bread while they were away. We had all the ingredients, and we didn't feel like going to the store. :-) Some days are like that!
Here is the recipe we used:


Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seed
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1 package regular active or fast-acting dry yeast
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups Gold Medal whole wheat flour
- 1 egg white, beaten
- 1 teaspoon poppy seed
- 1 teaspoon sesame seed
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed

Directions:
Step 1) In a large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups of the all-purpose flour, the sugar, salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seed, 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seed, 1 teaspoon fennel seed and the yeast. In 1-quart saucepan, heat water and butter over medium heat, stirring frequently, until very warm (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F), stir into flour mixture until blended. Stir in remaining all-purpose flour and enough of the whole wheat flour to make dough easy to handle.
Step 2) Place dough on lightly floured surface; gently roll in flour to coat.
Knead about 8 minutes or until smooth and springy. Grease large bowl with shortening or cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover; let rise in warm place about 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size. (If using fast-acting yeast, do not let rise 1 hour; cover and let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.)
Step 3) Grease large cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray. roll dough into rope, about 20 inches long. Place on cookie sheet. Curl each end of rope in the opposite direction to form a coiled "S" shape. Cover; let rise in warm place 30 to 40 minutes or until almost double.
Step 4) Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Brush egg white over dough; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon each poppy seed, sesame seed and fennel seed. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow with tapped. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool.

- Annie <3
Hey guys!
My sister Chrissa just got accepted to join the Tailong Karate Class! I am so happy for her! If you don't know what Tailong Karate is, it's a really-hard-to-get-in-to karate class that you have to try out for! She has been trying to get in for the past 3 years! Even though my mom is a little aggravated that it is $100 dollars a month - eh, she's just aggravated.
My sister told me that every day that she gets home from karate, she wants a healthy snack, Like, for instance, an energy bar. And that is when my idea popped into my mind and then on the baking sheet. I'll make a different energy bar ever Friday for the cafe! Energy Bar Friday, because Fridays are when Chrissa will be going to karate. she can just come straight to the shop and have a yummy and nutricious energy bar! XD
The recipe down there is the first energy I'll be selling at the shop. I can't wait till Friday!



Ingredients:
Cooking spray
1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup pitted dried dates
1/2 cup powdered nonfat dry milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 large eggs

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

Place all ingredients except the syrup and eggs in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped. Add the syrup and eggs and pulse until the mixture is well combined. It will resemble a coarse paste.

Transfer to the baking pan and spread evenly. Bake until just done, about 20 minutes. Cut into 20 squares.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/energy-bars-recipe.html?oc=linkback

Annie <3
Bonjour!
My older sister Max is in Paris, France for her cultural field trip. She gets to stay their for 1 week, then she has to write a 5 page essay on how their country is different than ours. She is so so so lucky to be there!
Max texted me the other day saying how her and her friend Kelli went to a fancy Paris restaurant, and that before every meal, she gets a baguette, which is a long loaf of bread. Mom and I thought we should try eating the Paris way by making our own baguettes! We made about 3 big ones and 5 smaller ones. I am not exactly sure how much this recipe makes, but that is how much me and my mom made. You don't have to make a baguette, though, you can create any shape possible! Let's get started!


Ingredients:
To make the dough:
- 1 packet (7 g) easy blend yeast
- 1 1/2 lb unbleached flour
- 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons sunflower oil
To decorate the dough (optional):
- 1 beaten egg
- sunflower seeds
- poppy seeds
- raisins

Directions:
1. Put the yeast, flour, warm water, salt, and oil into a bowl and mix them together.
2. Sprinkle the worktop with flour, and take the mixture out of the bowl.
3. To knead, press your fist hard into the dough, then turn the dough and do it again.
4. Knead for about 10 minutes. The dough should be stretchy, not sticky.
5. Divide the dough into smaller pieces or pull off chunks to play with.
6. Choose a design - try making faces. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
7. Place the shapes on a greased baking sheet, but make sure you place the shapes far apart from one another.
8. Cover the dough on the tray loosely with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes until it doubles in size.
9. Brush the bread with beaten egg and decorate with seeds or raisins.
11. Bake for 10-15 minutes. the small shapes will cook faster, so take them out sooner.

- Annie <3
Hello!
I have been really active on my blog recently! I hope you guys enjoy my recipes! Ooh, I forgot to mention, the forum is open to anyone who has something to say to me! ;-)
Snacks and Appetizers are very important to a big party full of food. You can serve these before you serve the "Big Meal." We have family over all the time for dinner parties. You can too! Use the recipes that I post for inspiration on what to serve! We always serve stuffed turkey no matter what happens! But, we always invite my little cousins. They are always hungry. You can serve these trail mix recipes for those hard-to-please kids!


Teddy Bear Snack Toss

- 2 cups teddy bear-shaped graham snacks
- 2 cups Honey Nut Cheerios cereal
- 1 cup honey-roasted peanuts or 2 cups chocolate-covered peanuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
In large bowl, mix all ingredients. Store in tightly covered container up to 2 weeks.


Christmas Snack Mix {CONTAINS PEANUTS}
- 1 jar (1 lb.) dry-roasted peanuts
- 2 bags (14 oz each) red and green M&M's
- 2 bags (14 oz each) red and green peanut M&M's
- 1 bag (14 oz) chocolate-covered peanuts
- 1 jar (7 oz.) wheat germ nuts snack
In large container, mix all ingredients. Store in covered container up to 1 month.


Muddy Buddies {CONTAINS PEANUT BUTTER}
- 9 cups Chex cereal (any variety)
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Measure cereal into large bowl; set aside. In 1-quart, microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on high 1 minute; stir. microwave 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour into 2-gallon food-storage plastic bag; add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

- Annie <3



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