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I’m Back At It!(:

Dear Readers,

I’m doing it again!(: I’ve cooked two meals this week!!! [and it’s only Wednesday morning!]

Monday night was a fun night. I made my Ham Tortellini!(: Yumm! It was delicious, and there was NO left overs!  I love it when that happens!

So, last night was an… amazingly fun night! And I am going to tell you all about it!…

So I started off making Garlic & Butter mashed potatoes. Can’t get any better than that right? I pretty much made them just like an other mashed potato. Boil the potatoes, with a little garlic unitl fork tender, add some milk & butter, and mash it together. They were a little runny, but that was because I put a little too much milk. Before they were served, I put a little bit of dried basil leaves in it, to give it some more flavor.

Well, while these were cooking, I was preparing my Stuffed Chicken with Bacon, Provolone Cheese, & Spinach. I butterflied (or attempted to butterfly) my chicken tenderloins [which were supposed to be breast, but ahemm… mom got the wrong kind!…]. So, as I got all the chicken prepared, and cut, I realized that the sauce I needed to use for this dish was in my moms car… & she was gone. So I stuffed all my chicken, then just waited. And finally she got home, so then I could move on. So with my bacon, cheese & spinach stuffed chicken, and I put a little Slap Ya Momma seasoning sauce on them. Now this Slap Ya Momma stuff is really hot, so you only need a little but. There is a season powder & a sauce. I used the sauce since that was all we had. It still worked out though!(: So once those were covered with sauce, I put then in a pan with a little hot oil, & sauted them for a few minutes. Once they were brown on both sides, I added 2 and a half cups of vegetable broth (should be chicken, but I didn’t have any), & 2 tablespoons of heavy cream to the chicken in the pan. I stirred it around, then put a lid on it & cooked that for 10 minutes on a low heat. After the ten minutes were done, those stuffed chickens looked & smelled divine! I put them on a plate & left the liquid in there, added a little heatt & flour & let it stay at a rapid boil for a few minutes & made a delicious sauce to go with the potatoes, veggies & chicken. It was amazing! So there ya have it! I’m a Junior Chef again!(: Yay!

So, this might be like the 2 & only meals I’ll be cooking this week, because as of Friday & Saturday I will be busy with Senior Regionals Orchestra! Oh yeah! I actually auditioned for it a few months ago, but that was only to determine it I would make it into the orchestra. On Friday are seating auditions, & I’m really hoping to get first chair, so wish me luck!(:

Thanks for reading… (If I even have readers! lol!)

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2 Hours!

Well, I’m back at it! I’m officially a Junior Chef again! after a long couple…( ptshh couple? more like LOT….) mounths! Today, I started my journey through some great recipes from a great lady I met at a womens health conference a few weeks ago. She was all into family cooking, and making food important around the dinner table. She had some great recipes. So I started cooking through some of them. Tonight, I started with the Chili Con Carne! Fancy right?! It’s a mexican chili, that’s really delicious. I started with sauteing some ground beef, onions, red and green peppers, and garlic. Those are the main ingredients. The ones that bring out all the different flavors! Then, I put tomatoes, beans, and other spices in it. (as in, garlic powder, allspice, and others that I can’t quite remember. Pathetic right? i can’t even remember what ingredients I used!) Then that simmered for about an hour and a half. So when that was simmering, I started on my jalepeno poppers. (which are not out of the recipes from the lady I met) Just a recipe from a friend! I took maybe 15 jalepenos, and cut them down the center and cleaned them out. Then I put cream cheese in the middle, and wrapped them in bacon. And to finish it off, put some shredded cheddar cheese on top. Then cooked them for about 20 minutes on 350. I did find though, that I need to cook them a little longer. The peppers were still kind of crunchy.  So while the chili was simmering and the poppers were in the oven, I got to work on my chocolate mouse! I kind of cheated on this one though! I used a mix from the Dove Chocolate company, and just added some whipping cream, and dark chocolate to it, and it was delicious!(:  I stuck that in the fridge, then got to work on my last recipe! (yeah, just one more guys!) I made corn bread. Which I also cheated on. I used a Jiffy mix, and added two eggs, and a can of creamed corn. Not the normal recipe on the back of the box… that’s why I call it my own recipe (well, my moms recipe!).  So I put that in the oven on 400, for about 25 minutes, and it was also very scrumpcious! So once everything was done, I finished up my chili. When it was done simmer, I added 12 ounces of beer to it, and let it simmer for another 30 minutes. Once it was done, it was quite good!(: Set back: too many beans. It would have been fine with just one can I think. I don’t like a lot of beans in my chili, but I felt it would be best to follow the recipe!

So all of this cooking turned into over 2 hours of cooking tonight! Which I am very happy about.  I feel like a chef again!(: So please, start reading my blog again, if you haven’t already. I will start doing it more, and I hope I haven’t let you down with out doing anything for a while. But I had lots of fun tonight, and I’m super happy I’ve got back to it!

Drama Week part 2!

Hello again! Now, I wanted to share with you about what happened through out the week. Things more… spiritual you could say! Hehe!

So, on Friday morning, the big day. The day where we put on the show we’ve been memorizing lines for and working so hard on for months. The day when everything should be going great. Well, when I walk into school, every one is just so tired, and no body feels good. Then I come to learn that our two main characters are sick! Like seriously. Of any day, it’s gotta be on Friday! All of us are walking around scared out of our minds that the play wouldn’t go that well. We all got really worried, and had no idea what to do. One of the academy people comes into the make up room as I’m doing my friends hair, and says that our main character is going home for the day… yeah, we all were pretty much freaked out by then! But then she moves on to say this: “Just pray for today. That’s all you need to do. No matter what you’re doing, just pray” So obviously, since we had nothing else better to do with our lives at that point… we prayed… and prayed, and prayed and prayed! As hard as we could. I had to leave the make up room and go do a scene, and once I was done, I sat down with a couple of friends as they were readin their Bibles and praying. I got my Bible and joined. We were reading chapters out of Pslams. You know, if you ever need encouraging words, just find a random chapter in Pslams, and you will be encouraged. We read probably like 10 of them, and all of them were saying that God is in control, and that if we trust Him, He will gives us rest. How simple is that? To just trust God. So right then, sitting right there, I decided along with several other friends, that I wouldn’t worry about anything that day. That I would let God, and God alone take care of it. Once we were done with that, we went straight to chapel. Where the head director continued to say that we just need to trust God. And right after that chapel time… things started going great!(: And I mean GREAT! Our other main character came back to the play to rehearse more, then the one who had to go home, came back too! We got all the technical stuff figured out, and almost magically, everyone started getting more strength and not feeling sick anymore! Can I get an Amen!?! I’m serious, I had no idea God was so powerful, and loving that if we just decided to trust Him, He’d actually fix everything! The play went fantastic… althought some of our cast was still sick during it, they were still strong, and did everythingn they needed too! The end of the night was great. Being with friends. Enjoying the last few hours together before I had to go back to normal homeschool life. I love my friends. I love the drama team. I love my school… but most importantly, I love my God. Who has a plan for everyone. Who loves everyone. The God who does exactly what you need, if you just trust Him.(: I am so thankful I had to opportunity to go to Drama week this week! I’m so thankful that God gave me my church and school! Because with out my church and school, I’d probably die! Thanks for reading my post! And I hope maybe you’ll realize you need to trust God too!(:

Drama Week part 1!

I’m back! And I am determined to STAY back! I got on my blog today as a school assignment/project. So that maybe if I blog today, I will want to everyday!(: We’ll see how this goes!

So anyways. Last week, my school had Drama week. We had The Academy of The Arts team come to our school for one week, to help us put on a play for the school. It was called April Morning.  It was really cool for me, because I got to go to school every day, for the whole school day! Which is special for a person who homeschools!(;  April Morning is a play that’s set during the time period of the Civil War. Some of the girls had southern belle dresses, and all the boys had some cool war out fits and such. But as for me… I played a nurse, so I got to wear a crenoline (defonition-really big skirt thingys that go under your skirt to make them look poofy… which no one should have been allowed to wear.. geez those things were hot!), a blue skirt, and white button up top. And here’s the fun part!… I got an apron with blood ALL over it! Yeah… it was pretty sweet! [I probably won’t mention the crazy head piece thing I had to wear too!] In one of the scenes (my main scene actually) was right after the Battle Scene. It was the Hospital Scene where all the soldiers went once they were hurt and stuff, and I got to put blood all over all the soldiers. That was pretty cool too! We made it out of chocolate syrup, corn syrup and red food dye! It was awesome.  So, now you know what the whole nurse thing is about… I also played a towns woman. I didn’t have any lines, but I did have a costume change. Which pretty much what I did was switch the blue skirt with a yellow flower skirt, and the apron for a shawl! It was really pretty actually!

So… that’s out of the way now. Lets move on to the make up! Now, since I didn’t have any lines, and didn’t need to rehearse so much this week, I got to play in the make up room a lot! It was so cool! All the stage make up and stuff. Now for those who don’t know, I am really into make up, so this was really cool for me to be able to learn how to do stage make up.  Let me just tell you the steps so you can kind of get a visual- First we started with Pancake. Which goes all over your face to kind of flatten it out. And it’s really tan so it gives you some color too! Next we did Clown White. Which we used on the eye lids, and nose. We put it on the eye lids to to make them pop a little, so people could actually see your eyes! And for the nose, we did it straight down the nose to make that high light on your nose a  little more visable. Then we did Brown Pencil for eye liner, eye brows, and to high light the creases of your nose. Then was blush for girls, and sun burn for guys. And lastly, lip stick for the girls!(: So there you have it! And another super cool thing was that it was actually pretty easy! But it took practice to get everything just right!

Now, that’s mainly all we needed for appearence and stuff. Costumes, blood, and make up! I might be able to get some pictures up on this post later on tonight, so you can kind of see for your self what the make up looked like!

So this post is all about the play and stuff. The next one, I’ll get little more into what happened this week and stuff!