Since I last posted…..

I had a birthday….

My oldest sister and me

I got lucky that my birthday was on the day of our Junior ring mass so we got out of school at 10:30 am. Afterwards, we of course had to go out for a birthday brunch with friends which involved cake #1

Later Lemon Basil Strawberry Mouse was enjoyed (like I mentioned in this post)

The desert was light, fresh and tasty. Unfortunately, the lemon and basil flavors didn’t come through as strongly as I would have liked. It was still yummy and very spring/summer-y. The gingerbread snap crust we served it in was great, too :)

A few days later, I got a new camera….

Which I didn’t allow myself to use much for a few days because

I studied and then took several finals :/…

Then, Thursday I rejoiced because my summer break officially started!!

I then spent the weekend at the lake…

And now I sit here before you, excited about the fact that I will be blogging much more frequently and not nearly this many things will occur before I talk to you again.

What have you been up to lately?

Fudge and Finals

Hey There.

Sorry for the absence, school and sleep have been priorities recently. I absolutely cannot wait for Christmas break. Thursday at 9:45 A.M. I will be a very happy and relieved foodie. Of course before break starts, I have 5 midterms looming in front of me. At my school there’s not getting exempt until senior year, regardless of how high your grades are. Of course, to be a bit more optimistic, the stress of finals make Christmas even sweeter. I have been working on doing other things besides just typical studying in order to perform optimally on my exams. Some things I have been working on:

1) getting plenty of sleep

2) eating good healthy, filling food at all meals.

Such as this lovely salad I took for lunch yesterday, featuring plenty of leafy greens, carrots, avocado and pecans.

3) focusing on being efficient while studying and not being distracted (Which includes things such as signing off Facebook)

4) being organized

5) studying in different ways; aloud, notecards, draw pictures, whatever I can possible do to remember a lot of information

6) taking study breaks that include making yummy Christmas-y desserts :)

Such as almost vegan fudge, based on this recipe

1 cup extra dark chocolate chips*

1/3 cup plus a splash of coconut milk (full fat)

a shy 1/4 cup peanut butter (about 1/6th a cup)

1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue to to microwave and stir for 15-30 second intervals until everything if fully melted. Pour in a small foil lined pan. Put in the fridge to harden for about an hour. Cut into squares and enjoy!

*because of the chocolate I used my fudge was not completely dairy free, however use different chocolate and it could be totally dairy free and vegan. Also, the ingredients could easily be doubled and it would probably fit nicely into an 8×8 pan.

Rich, Chocolately, and Delectable

Any other study tips?

Enjoy your Saturday!

~Ann Claire