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Hi guys, it’s me again, Adorabeezle Winterpop! Today I want to talk about one of my hobbies: baking!
I’m not very good at cooking, but I love to bake. It’s how I dealt with stress during my senior year of college. And of course you need music while baking, so here is my (dessert specific) baking playlist!
Cookies are made for one of two reasons: either you are super happy, and yeah cookies! or you need to eat your feelings. But we’re not going to focus on those, because let’s face it, if you’re like me that dough is skipping the oven and going straight to your mouth.
For good mood cookies, try:
“Best Day of My Life” – American Authors
“Put Your Records On” – Corrine Bailey Rae
“Love on Top” – Beyonce
“Thrift Shop” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
“Shake It Off” -Taylor Swift
Brownies are indulgent, chocolate-ly goodness. They are fudge-y and sometimes they have frosting and they’re everything that’s good in the world. This is where your guilty pleasure jam comes in, whatever it may be.
So for me and Liz, it’s these gems:
“Buy You a Drank” – T-Pain
“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
“What Would You Do?” – City High
Literally anything by N*SYNC
Pies are a wholesome and all-American dessert. Do you know what else is a wholesome and all-American dessert? Taylor Swift. My girl is (*Chris Traeger voice*) literally the best choice when baking a pie.
Are you baking a pie for your Grandma? Or for the aesthetic of putting it on your windowsill to cool like a 1950s lady? That’s an “Our Song” pie.
But maybe it’s an angry, revenge pie a la Sweeny Todd (side note: I’ve never seen Sweeny Todd because I’m scared). That’s a “Bad Blood” pie. If you can’t make up your mind whether your pie is sweet as sugar or just sugar covering up poison, play “Blank Space” and you’ll be fine.
Going into the unknown requires courage! Especially when the unknown is a new dessert, and for that you need music that inspires confidence. For this list we’re going straight to the Mouse.
“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” – Mulan
This one has a proven track record! I made cookie brownies for the first time listening to this and not only did they turn out great, but I felt like a badass the entire time.
The Pirates of the Caribbean theme
Literally nothing is impossible when this plays in the background. I just because the ruler of a small European nation using only chocolate mouse.
“Go the Distance” – Hercules
Can you feel it? This song wants you to succeed! It says, “I believe in you and your frosting skills!”
What about you guys? Do you like to listen to music when you bake?
*** A note from Liz: Doesn’t Adorabeezle makes the BEST playlists?! The playlist she made me for finals last fall was basically responsible for me getting an A in Calc III. Also, I’m gonna be making this girl bake WAY MORE PIES from here on out!
Surprise, Internet! It’s Adorabeezle Winterpop! Liz asked me to do a guest spot on her blog, so here I am! In my blogging days I was a fashion and beauty writer, but I don’t do that anymore. It was quite exhausting to be honest. So I’ll be here from time to time talking about… stuff? I don’t know yet. We’ll figure that out. I’d thought I start with Liz’s (In)Frequently Asked Questions. Here we go!
Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Would I be really boring if I said flurries? I like candy all up in my ice cream.
Q: If you were a tree what kind of tree would you be?
A: Sugar Maple. You probably didn’t know this, but I come from a line of maple syrup producers and I eat waffles at least twice a week.
Q: What is your favorite show to marathon?
A: I think it’s a tie between Law & Order: SVU and Criminal Minds
Q: What is your guilty pleasure jam?
A: This is hard because “guilty pleasure” implies that there’s a certain amount of embarrassment implied, and I am not ashamed of my music. However, this one requires more explanation:
Q: What is your favorite jam in terms of preserves?
A: Grape. There is only grape.
Q: Are you pro-daylight-savings-time?
A: I like the one where you get more sleep.
Q: What IS it with Michelle Pfeiffer?
A: I DON’T KNOW! I REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND IT. WHY ARE THEY SO OBSESSED WITH HER??
Q: What are your top three crafting activities?
A: Um, planning to craft, never actually crafting, waiting for Liz to craft something for me.
Q: If you were a baked good, what would you be?
A: Cookies are wonderful. I am wonderful. Therefore I am a cookie.
So that’s my extremely brief introduction. See you soon, Internet!
***A note from Liz: Hey Internet aren’t you SO EXCITED to meet Adorabeezle. Fun fact: she actually wrote most of these questions in the first place.***
Hello, Internet! Today’s post is coming to you from the beautiful state of Colorado. I’m Megan, and I’ve been fortunate to know Liz since we were in high school. Since she is such a dear friend of mine, I agreed to provide you all with a great story while she is recuperating from oral surgery and having a crazy-busy life.
Now Liz and I have had some great times together, which meant it was going to be difficult for me to pick the best story to tell on the blog. And while this story doesn’t necessarily feature Liz,it is certainly a story that neither one of us will ever forget.
It was summer and I decided to host a little party for a bunch of my friends. If you know Liz or me, you know that our definition of party is to hang out at the house, eat some food, probably play some games, possibly watch “childish” movies, and basically just enjoy hanging out and not having to do homework. This time a few of my friends kicked things up a notch by walking to the nearby grocery store and purchasing some bubbles. No, that’s not code for anything. It was a beautiful day, and they wanted to blow some bubbles outside.
When I decided to join them outside, they mentioned that they were hearing some strange noises coming from the garden in my back yard. Even though I lived in suburbia, we did get a variety of animals wandering through the yard on occasion, so I was not terribly concerned. We headed towards the garden to see if we could figure out what was making the noise. Not finding anything in the garden, we instead turned our attention to my neighbor’s yard.
A few things to set the scene: my back yard backed up against their back yard, with a chain-link fence separating the two yards. Also, these particular neighbors had a love of plant-life. When I say love, I mean that their backyard was so dense with trees and bushes it was basically a jungle. So the task of looking for small animals in their yard was not an easy one. I was about to give up when we started hearing more rustling noises.
And then I saw a head.
It looked almost like a baby deer. It was too tall to be anything else. And we definitely had deer in the area.
And then it jumped.
“HOLY CRAP IT’S A KANGAROO!!”
That’s right, internet. As it hopped closer there was no denying this was a kangaroo. In my neighbor’s back yard. In suburban Illinois.
While my friends got closer to the fence, I ran back to the house to alert the rest of the party-goers that there was a kangaroo in the yard (effectively). Imagine one of those scenes in a cartoon where everyone rushes out of a building as a single mass and almost tramples the main character. That’s about what happened after the initial shock of “KANGAROO IN THE BACK YARD!” Thankfully I avoided being trampled and instead ran upstairs to inform my parents that our neighbors were harboring an exotic animal.
By the time I made it back outside, the kangaroo was nowhere to be seen, and my friends were all heading back towards the house. Apparently my neighbor had heard the commotion and come outside, informed everyone that the animal was, in fact, a wallaby, and then carried the poor creature inside away from all the ogling teenagers.
And yes, apparently it is legal to own a wallaby in the US. We checked. Sadly, I never saw the wallaby again. I hope it lived a long and happy life in suburbia.