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Posted at 10:50am.

Kate Makkai, “Pretty” 

Posted at 10:50am.

This, this is about my own some-day daughter. When you approach me, already stung-stayed with insecurity, begging, “Mom, will I be pretty? Will I be pretty?” I will wipe that question from your mouth like cheap lipstick and answer, “No! The word pretty is unworthy of everything you will be, and no child of mine will be contained in five letters.

“You will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing. But you, will never be merely ‘pretty’.

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Posted at 10:57am.

Maybe our old wounds teach us something. They remind us where we’ve been and what we’ve overcome. They teach us lessons about what to avoid in the future. That’s what we like to think. But that’s not the way it is, is it? Some things we just have to learn over and over again.

I don’t know about you guys, but when I think of Fall, what comes to mind are coloured leaves, faux fur, wine-coloured lipstick, and furry little squirrels on the peanut butter jar. Haha! Actually, LET’S BE REAL… I just needed an excuse to make a blog post/video on one of my favourite cookies - the peanut butter cookie. 

Growing up, these delicious rounds of joy were a staple throughout my childhood. At a young age, I fell in love with the kitchen, as my mother let me help her make those distinct fork marks. But the best part about baking  with my mother was the warm, home-y smell that came wafting from the oven, just as the cookies were about done. 

I had promised my dad that I’d make him some cookies after my Statistics final was over, so keeping my word, I searched for the perfect peanut butter cookie. Of course, my mother had her own recipe tucked away in her magical drawer full of recipes I will one day inherit (crossed fingers), but I really wanted to try something new. The cookies I grew up with were rather dense, and kept their form as they baked. They were delicious, but I wanted to try making a cookie that spread out a little further on the pan (which later back-fired… and then turned into a great idea!).

And so I searched, and came across this recipe. I did make a few minor changes to the recipe, but all in all, they turned out AMAZING. I know my boyfriend is going to laugh at me while reading this because I get really descriptive and passionate about my food, but what’s wrong with food descriptions being treated like poetry? Haha. Am I right? I mean, how else could you explain the soft and ever so light, melt-in-your-mouth cookie? There’s a slight saltiness coming from the butter, but it’s balanced out by the sweetness of the cookie, and rounded out completely by the nutty welcoming flavour of the peanut butter. Clearly, you’re reading the thoughts of a serious foodie. 

Anyway, no more ramble. Let’s get to the recipe.

BITES | Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup butter (shortening/margarine also works), softened
1cup peanut butter (I prefer using the crunchy PB)
1/4 cup sugar (originally 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup brown sugar (originally 1/2 cup)
1 egg
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cream together both butters.
3. Add sugars, and continue to beat.
4. Add egg, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
5. Slowly incorporate flour, until it’s all mixed in completely.
6. Shape into little golf ball-sized rounds, and flatten. A mini ice cream scooper works well to make sure the cookies are all even. 
7. Make your marking. As seen in my first picture, I decided to try out something I had seen on interest. Instead of making the same old fork marks that everyone’s used to seeing, I used a meat tenderizer. Of course, make sure to wash it well before using, or buy another one just for making cute little waffle-like marks on your cookies (not that I totally would do something like that…*shifty eyes*). 
8. Place them onto your cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper, and make sure they are about 2 inches apart, as they will spread out.

*Side note:
Because I didn’t want to go through the trouble of popping in another batch into the oven, I had to learn the hard way and found some of my cookies baking into each other. Although majority of my first batch turned into these conjoined twin-like cookies, a light-bulb went off and I decided to purposely shape them into peanuts by cutting my portioned dough into two, and making a butt shape. I know, I know… real mature, Kirsten. But, come on… how else do you expect me to describe it? Besides, once you add the markings, they don’t look much like butts or boobs anymore (take your pick). Once baked, you’ll get these cute little peanuts! I’m actually really thinking about making some this coming Valentine’s Day, and package them into little baggies with the label “I’m nuts about you!” Cute, right? 

Anyway, I will be posting my first ever baking tutorial on my new channel soon, so stay tuned!

If you haven’t checked out my channel yet, come on by :)

Made with love,

Posted at 10:19am.

One of my friends I keep closest to my heart just flew to Dublin, Ireland this morning. I’m already having withdrawals.

It’s okay. I just gotta keep telling myself that by the time I graduate and come back home from Alberta in the end of April/beginning of May, we’ll be reunited :)

Miss you, V! Take care and wish you all the best!

Posted at 5:45pm and tagged with: DIY, homemade cards, friends, moving away, work experience, Ireland, Dublin, Vancouver, see you later, valenofficial,.

Whenever there’s a celebration, we start the greeting with “Happy _____”, right? Whether it be a birthday, or a national holiday, or even an anniversary… in our case, monthsary, because God knows we haven’t loved long enough to reach 34 years yet! …though I pray we do, plus forever and a day. Cheese.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking how everyone wishes each other happiness, especially on that day. But why wish for happiness if it’s already right in front of you? Why wish for happiness on a mere day that only stands out due to the fact that it reminds you of how long it’s been since your relationship status changed on Facebook? Haha, I’m only kidding. But really, that’s all anniversaries are. Besides, I would hope you’d already have happiness, if you’re still together. So why do I still need to wish you all this happiness you already have? 

Love, we’ve made it to 
34 months. 
1035 days.
24,840 hours.
1,490,400 minutes.
…and a bajillion seconds, I simply have no patience to calculate.

Though I admit, it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight, your most sincere feelings were manifested through your persistence, consistency, and undeniable ability to touch my heart. In the beginning, I hated so much that you knew just how to pull my heart strings. This time around, I wanted to stay my ground and keep myself from faltering so easily for a few words and a couple smiles. My heart harboured deep, healing scars and refused to be made a fool once again. But every time I looked into your eyes, I got weak in the knees and could not help myself but fall deeper in love with you. I thought was stubborn, but I guess I met my match.

Maybe I loved you from the very first message, but simply didn’t know it yet.

Thank you for being stubborn. Who knew two stubborn people could love each other so well? Thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for never leaving me alone, despite countless times I’ve tried to lock you out. Literally. I was born a stubborn child, and my parents worried I’d ever find love. Well, please thank your mother for bringing you into the world, because I don’t think there’s anyone else, more stubborn, and who could put up with me the way you do. In two months, we’ll make it to 3 years. One day, I hope to look back on this on our anniversary of 3 decades, with a lot more life ahead of us. I hope you can still put up with me by then.

Stanley, my love, my bestest friend, my sweets, I know it’s been a while since I’ve written for you. I’ve been slacking, occupied with life, but know that regardless of our ever-changing lives, one thing has remained - my love for you. No matter what happens, I am your home, as you are mine. Though life may throw hardballs at us, know that I will always stand beside you, supporting you in everything you do. I will laugh with you through all the happiness, and hold you close through the difficulties. As you’ve always been my rock, know that I am yours. Instead of happiness, I wish you strength and love. I wish for many more days, hours, minutes, and seconds I will all lose count of, because without you, my heart is nothing but merely a beating organ. I wish you all the best, and I hope happiness is something you already have, because you bring me so much happiness.

Forever and always,
I’ve got chu, bae.

Posted at 10:00am.

Mahatma Gandhi 

Posted at 8:20am.

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

sweater weather.

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Posted at 10:30am.

Happy first day of fall! 🍁🍂🌰

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