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Snickerdoodle Screw-Up

From snowy Denver, Colorado, family friends of our’s came over for a visit to sunny California. During their week here, they decided to tour around and go to Legoland. Coming back knowing I like to bake and cook, they gave me a Lego Rolling Cooking Cutter. Because of this, I decided to bake them my favorite cookie for the first time… Snickerdoodles! At first I rolled the dough out and imprinted rows of legos. When it was time to cut the legos out, I found it was difficult to have it uniform size and have a lego on each cookie without making it melt and get all sticky. I then decided to just make it in balls, and just roll the cookie cutter over it. This was the day of their leaving back to Denver, so I was in such a rush, that  I did not have time to use a cookie scooper to make each cookie uniform size. Right out of the oven, I saw that the cookies were pretty big, it grew so much that some of the cookies collided with each other. The taste was exactly like a plain ole’ sugar cookie; I did not taste much of the cinnamon. Texture was actually the way I wanted it; firm and cake-like. There was many goods and bads, but at the end I realize this was just one of those dry-runs, and there’s always a way to improve this “real tough cookie”.



Babysitting my Bros!!!

I had the responsibility to take care of my little brothers, while my parents were out  – although grandma and grandpa were there just in case. It was the hardest thing you could do, especially with parents out, and taking care of  3 little wild boys. It was soon getting late, and our parents were still not here, so I had to make dinner on my own, beside watching my brothers. More hard work on top of more hard work!!! For dinner I steamed a fillet of tilapia fish, topped with lemon juice, capers, salt, and Mrs.Dash Seasoning (Onion, Black Pepper, Parsley, Celery Seed, Basil, Bay, Marjoram, Coriander, Oregano, Savory, Thyme, Cayenne Pepper, Cumin, Mustard, Rosemary, Garlic, Orange Peel, Tomato, Lemon Juice Powder, Citric Acid, Oil of Lemon) served on a bed of  mixed greens, seasoned with salt and pepper. As soon as mom and dad came, the tilapia was perfectly done.  We then all enjoyed the meal, together, as a family!



Happy Father’s Day!!!

My Father’s Day was the best! I spent it at my grandparents house, with my loving family as well as my cousins and their family. I decided to make a D-A-D cake which I got in I tweaked so that I made it my version all by scratch. Instead of making it a chocolate cake a made it a plain vanilla cake.  Since the website’s batter was too small to fit the father’s huge appetites and the other guests’, I had to double it. Instead of chocolate icing I replaced it with homemade vanilla whip cream, and I made it a bit more healthy by adding assorted fruits and slivered almonds. Every one enjoyed the cake, especially the event, where the whole family gets together and celebrates our loving father, or to me fathers. This picture is with my dad (left), grandpa (right), and I (middle) holding the cake.

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Hope all you fathers enjoyed your special day, Happy Father’s Day!!!