Best Book So Far? #NationalBookMonth

 

It’s National Book Month so it’s only fitting to share what the best book I’ve read in 2018 is!

 

I’m actually reading it right now and I plan to post a book review about in November since I will be doing this in October so stay tuned for it!

 

But if we’re going to ignore that book in order to make this a significantly longer post, then it would probably be a book that Dylan let me borrow a couple of months back. It had all of these fairy tales and told multiple versions of each story which has always been something that has fascinated me.

 

How stories are told and how different they can be based off the culture of the world and what that country may emphasize or even the time in which the story is told. In my critical reading class, we have been reading books about food such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chocolat, and The Goblin Market.

 

Those stories alone, while not the same have a lot of similarities and differences. They tell you how the world views food and views women in connection. In The Goblin Market, women are considered weak and vulnerable and unable to control their desires when tempted with the most basic temptations.

 

Meanwhile, in Chocolat, the same thing is happening. There is a fight of whether or not women are evil and should be trusted around food. They’re considered to be the temptations and are evil if they tempt you with such desires. However, the women (or woman) is not villainous but rather the priest is. He’s villainous for believing such things and assuming the worst. It’s a matter of a couple decades but the differences are clear.

 

Okay, so clearly I’ve been thinking about my Critical Reading class. But I think you get the point.

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My Vegan Breakfast Staple Foods

Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese

 

Most bagels are actually vegan, even though you do have to be careful with most breads as they often put milk or eggs in it. However, most bagels don’t fit the same equation, but it would still be a good idea to read the ingredients just in case!

 

As for the cream cheese, I will admit that I have not found many vegan cream cheese’s but it was one of my biggest goals when I first became vegan because I LOVED cream cheese. It especially became a goal after I visited New York City and fell in love with vegan cream cheese.

 

While the vegan cream cheese that I found is not the same from New York, it’s still really good and tastes remarkably like vegan cream cheese. I highly suggest the Kite Hill Original Cream Cheese however there are a few other flavors of theirs that you could always try out!

 

Kite Hill Cream Cheese

 

Panda Puffs Cereal with Almond Milk

 

I will admit that when I went vegan, I had no idea that the cereal itself is almost ALWAYS made with milk. I was super disappointed to find out that I would never get to have fruity pebbles but after a trip to Earth Fare (A Vegan’s Food Heaven), then I found Envirokidz which has many flavors of cereal.

 

I have tried Choco Chimps, Lemurs Cereal, Koala Crisp, and Panda Puffs. I am definitely planning on trying more and even exploring other companies at some point but right now, I am obsessed with the Panda Puffs Cereal!

 

The almond milk is definitely not required, I’m sure soy milk, rice milk, or whatever else would be absolutely fine. I just prefer SWEETENED almond milk with my panda puffs cereal.

 

Envirokidz Cereal

 

Bacon and Provolone Cheese Sandwich

 

This isn’t exactly the most breakfast- style foods but it’s definitely one of my favorite foods to eat for breakfast. This was actually one of the first foods that I found that I ate constantly when I first became vegan.

 

The Lightlife Smart Bacon is my favorite bacon brand, though I will admit that it’s the only brand that I have ever had but it’s really good and paired with Follow Your Heart Provolone Cheese (the BEST vegan- cheese brand), it’s unbeatable.

 

Make sure to check your bread so that it doesn’t have any milk or eggs, I personally prefer the French bread that can be found in the deli department of most grocery stores.

 

Lightlife Smart Bacon

Follow Your Heart Provolone Cheese

 

Raspberry and Peach Oatmeal

 

Great Value Raspberry Peach Oatmeal is my favorite oatmeal which can only be found at Walmart. Most oatmeals are vegan so any oatmeal or flavors that you prefer are perfectly fine, this is just my preference.

Why Did I Go Vegan?

 

This is the most common question that I’ve heard since the moment that I became vegan. “Why did you do it?” Like it’s some unimaginable concept that somebody could become vegan, that somebody could make the decision to change their eating habits to this degree.

 

I’ll admit that I changed a lot, it wasn’t even one of those things that I slowly began to cut things out, all of it was simply gone one day. I had one last day where I ate tuna sandwiches and cereal and almost had half a thing of nutella as my parting goodbye. It was a decision, something that came about from a moment of curiosity.

 

I was struggling with food, something that has been an on-going battle which will definitely be something that I discuss more in the future. At the time, I was 200 pounds and felt absolutely disgusting and I was binge eating all of the time. I was not in a good place.

 

And then one day, I was on YouTube and I found all of these vegan YouTubers. I started watching vegan videos, like foods and recipes. I watched videos on why people became vegan and why people were not vegan and I became curious.

 

I started watching documentaries and videos of how animals are treated and it was during “Cowspiracy” that I had this epiphany. Or rather this general disgust. I was watching how cows were treated and I just couldn’t stomach the idea of eating meat ever again. I couldn’t stomach the idea of being the reason why these animals were being mistreated.

 

But it wasn’t just that, I was going through some things. I was unhappy and sad and I hated my body and I hated my diet. I didn’t think Veganism would fix it but I wanted to try.

 

Alongside all of these reasons, I have chronic stomach pain where I randomly get stabbing pains in my stomach which came after Gallbladder surgery back in November of 2015. I wanted a way to make this better and I knew that there was a possibility that changing my diet would positively impact this problem.

 


 

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White Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes


Ingredients / What You Need


 

  • 2 Eggs, Large.
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour.
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder.
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp Peppermint extract

  • 2 3/4 cup Powdered sugar

  • 1/4 tsp Salt

  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

  • 4 oz White chocolate

  • 1/2 cup Butter, unsalted

  • 4 oz Cream cheese

  • 1/4 cup Sour cream or plain yogurt

  • Candy Canes.
  • A Cupcake Pan (If you don’t have a cupcake pan, substituting for baking cups works as well. If they are the foil baking cups, you only have to use one and if they are the paper baking cups then you have to double it up and put it on a pan but otherwise, it should work fine (my cupcake fan didn’t fit in my toaster oven))

 


The Batter


 

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened.

1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar.

2 Large Egg Whites.

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract.

2oz White Chocolate, Melted.

1 Cup All Purpose Flour.

1/4 Cup Sour Cream (Alternative: Plain Yogurt)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your Oven to 350.
  2. Grab a large bowl.
  3. Put the 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter into the bowl. 
  4. Put the 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar into the bowl.
  5. Put the 2 Large Egg Whites into the bowl. (MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT PUT THE ENTIRE EGG INSIDE, When you crack the eggs, do not let the yellow part into the bowl and instead slowly move the yellow piece slowly from one side of the broken egg to the other until all of the gooey stuff stops pouring.)
  6. Put the 1 tsp Vanilla Extract.
  7. Melt the 2 oz. White Chocolate in the microwave (I suggest putting it into the microwave for only a minute and then take it out and stir it, it should be done at this point but you could put it in for another 30 seconds. If you put it in too long however, it will burn and become completely unusable.)
  8. Pour the melted white chocolate into the bowl.
  9. Pour 1/4 cup Sour Cream (or Alternative) into the bowl.
  10. Stir all of this together if you have not been doing so.
  11. Pour 1/2 Cup Flour into the Batter and then Stir.
  12. Pour 1/2 Cup Flour into the Batter and then Stir. (If you did not do this in 1/2 segments, that is okay, it just makes things slightly easier.)
  13. Bake for 20 Minutes (Or until the toothpick can come out clean!)

The Batter will be a little think but should otherwise be fine

(and please, enjoy the smell because it is heavenly!)

 


Frosting


Ingredients:

2 oz. White Chocolate, Melted.

4 Oz. Cream Cheese, Softened.

1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened.

1 Tsp. Peppermint Extract.

2 3/4 Powdered Sugar, Sifted.

 


Finished Product


 


My Thoughts


 

I really wish the cupcake ultimately made a lot more and I’m sure you could easily double the batter. The cupcake itself tastes great but I really wish that the peppermint had been incorporated into the batter rather than just the icing as my initial attraction to this cupcake was the peppermint. I did over cook some of the cupcakes a little bit but I was using a toaster oven and I think that was more trial and error than anything else.

Upon watching other’s reactions and trying them myself (I brought them to a kitchen dinner), I have a concern that the batter was way too dry though the icing was quite possibly the saving grace. I don’t know the exact cause of this problem so if anybody has any suggestions or tips, I would love to hear your suggestions!


 

Recipe Came From : White Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes by BakedbyRachel.

If you want more cupcake recipes that I have tried (along with pictures), please make sure to let me know! And if you happen to make any, make sure to send me some cupcakes (or maybe just a picture)

17 Things I Love

 

Hey guys! So I wrote this a little bit in advance but today is December 7th, 2016 meaning that I have been alive for 17 years! So in honor of this, I wanted to tell about 17 things that I love. These things rang from television shows, book series, hobbies, foods, and absolutely whatever else that I can think of.

This list is in no particular order.

 

  1.  Writing!

I have been obsessed with writing for as long as I can remember! With my dyslexia, you would think it started after but that is actually not the case. I have always really liked the idea of storytelling and when I was struggling through dyslexia and all of that, I have a vivid memory of writing this story about two girls from very different worlds finding out they are sisters. Like a celebrity and a normal person, a princess and a commoner. I have no idea what I was wanting to do with the story but I had written out they met more than 30 times and I was constantly drawing pictures for this story (even though I sucked at drawing!)

However truly writing didn’t come to me until much later and my love for writing and my interest in the pursuit of writing was a long process. However, I began writing poetry in the fourth grade (so like 2009-2010) when we had this class in the library about what poetry was and what haiku’s were and so much more and I just fell in love.

I dedicate my love for poetry to Mrs. Wilson who worked in the library at my middle school.

During the summer of going into 6th grade, I was taken into the world of fan fiction (which will be delved into deeper in another spot!) and I began to read it obsessively on this website that was called Quizazz but later changed to Quotev.

On this website, I wrote two stories that were original. My story about Dyslexia (published on February 3rd, 2014) and another story about a train that is no longer published. During this time, beyond these stories, I also obsessively wrote my own fanfiction that would later be published on Wattpad (via thinking that Quotev was officially too childish and I had ran out of fan fiction!)

Many, many, many attempted stories later would result in the Social Butterfly which is still my pride and joy for the fan fiction part of my life however I ultimately gave it up when I began pursuing The White Butterfly which I began writing in 2015 and on Christmas Eve of that same year,  I finished it.

Before The Social Butterfly, however, I knew that I wanted to be a writer and my biggest problem was honestly just getting my story out there and being motivated enough to write it.

In the seventh grade ( so like 2012-2013), I met two people. A girl that I called Rainbow and who would become my favorite teacher of all time, Mrs. Thompson.

These two encouraged me in ways that I never believed and to this day, I thank them for thinking of writing as a profession rather than just an interest. They also convinced me to submit my first poem into a poetry contest at my local library’s poetry contest (that I lost but I still loved the experience and continued!)

2. Harry Potter

Literally if you ask anybody that I know personally, they will tell you that I have an obsession with this series. Which is one hundred percent true because while I hate the character with a passion, I love the world and other characters. I love that there is so much to debate about the series and it isn’t even the magical portion of this series that I love, what I love is that she put so much thought into this series that I could write history books about these various topics that have nothing to do with stupid Harry James Potter.

I had always kinda loved Harry Potter, as a child my brother was never home a lot and he was really important to me as a kid and I began to love the series because I associated him with the series.

However, it was not until I got hurt (I don’t remember how) and I had a lightning bolt cut on my forehead, similar to the character itself which caused me to research the series more which introduced me to Harry Potter fan fiction.

Of course, my interest in the series has changed a lot varying from Harry himself to Draco Malfoy (marry me?) to the teachers to the Marauder Era, light versus dark, the parallels to the real world and the series, and so much more.

3. Coffee

Okay so ever since I was little, coffee was like heaven from above. My mom would only let me have one cup of coffee every couple of months in these super tiny tea cup with teddy bears on them.

As I grew older and my mom stopped caring how much coffee I have had, the magical powers that I associated with a kid continued.

4. Gilmore Girls.

This is a show that I have watched like 6 times, I even stayed until 3 a’clock in the morning (stupid Eastern time) in the attempt to watch A Year in the Life which I did manage to do (finishing at almost 11 a’clock!)

But beyond my obsessive habits with this show, I have become entranced with the mother- daughter relationships between Lorelai and Emily as well as Lorelai and Rory.

I have had my opinions of Paris Geller and I have rooted for Sookie and Jackson, I have screamed at Luke Danes for being an ass, and I have even created an all out shipping war. Team Logan, by the way though I am partial to Jess. Not Dean though, Dean sucks.

5. My Aunt’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.

No matter how many times I have attempted to recreate these little pieces of love that are my Aunt’s chocolate chip cookies, I have failed epically. I am convinced that my Aunt has some sort of magical amazing powers that ensures that I must get down on my knees to beg for another one of the amazing cookies.

6. Corn Beef and Cabbage.

This has been a food that my mom has made on rare occasions from the day I was born. Unfortunately, the meal is not exactly cheap and more so, half my family hated the food until the divorce.

Regardless, this is an amazing food that I would kill somebody for (Not really..)

7. Disney / Pixar Movies.

These movies have always reminded me of childhood, of a time where I dreamed of a one true love and of a marriage so sweet and so pure. I dreamed of the life of Ariel as a child, I grew up to admire Belle for her individuality and love for books, and gradually became invested in the mechanics of the series.

The Pixar Theory by Jon Negroni that introduced me to my favorite YouTuber, SuperCarlinBrothers, where we analyzed the movies way too much to find connections and I have fallen in love with the movies all over again.

8. Wifi.

Oh wow, a teenager who loves wifi, how original.

Yes, I am seventeen years old and I love wifi so sue me! I love being able to talk to my friends at the drop of a hat, I love having access to the world at the tip of my fingers. I am oh so sorry that I am enjoying the world that is around me.

This is not something to judge teenagers for enjoying as I am ensure that when you were a teenager, you loved something that the adults hated. It’s how the world works, something new comes out that we love and those who lived in a world before it tend to hate it.

So yes, I love wifi.

9. Animals.

As a child, I grew up with this dog. I got her when I was three years old and I named her Fluffy though my mom claims that she told me that, at least apparently I said that but unless we live in the world, Life of Pets, I highly doubt that.

As a child, she was my favorite person in the world. She walked with me when we walked around the neighborhood, she stayed the night with me when I was scared of the dark, she listened to me rant about friend drama, and she even protected me when she didn’t like somebody.

She was my best friend and because of her, I had a love for animals that never really stopped. Unfortunately, she passed away over the summer.

As time went on, I found a love for sharks where I earned the nickname Sharky because I knew a lot of weird facts about them (which never really went away with some of my middle school friends) and it continued on even further to Llamas and Cows and Goats, Cats, and Fish.

Currently I have 8 fish : Zaniello, Casiopa, Lyra, Ursa, Oblegine, Denubla, Nunki, Altair.

2 Snails : Leafy and Sheldon.

I love them all deeply. ❤

10. Friends.

Friends have always been an important factor in my life and it is my friends who I believe have slowly molded me into who I am today. They supported me in my choices, relationships, and so much more that they all became so very important to me.

I even dedicated my last book, The White Butterfly, to my best friend but we are currently struggling but that doesn’t mean how much she meant to me has changed and I will forever appreciate her for that books existence because I wouldn’t have finished it without her.

11. Family.

Family has always been a weird topic for me because my family is weird but for this one, my family includes the people that have stuck with me through thick and thin because I don’t believe blood is what creates family and I definitely don’t think they are family just because they are blood.

Family, in my opinion, is someone who supports you in what you do and loves you for who you are regardless of your choices and opinions and life. That family, that is the family I love and I am so lucky that I have them in my life.

12. Blankets.

As much as I love the cold, blankets are amazing. The reason behind liking the cold is because you can always get warm by putting on thicker clothes and blankets but with being hot, your only option is getting naked and that isn’t exactly sociably acceptable and plus, it probably wouldn’t work anyways.

But anyways, back to blankets, they ensure warmth and security. They are soft and they are amazing and I just really love blankets.

13. The Smell of Cherries.

There is this hand soap and hand sanitizer at Bath and Body Works with the smell of Black Cherry Merlot which honestly just smells like cherries and it is amazing.

This has been a recent interest but literally anything cherry like has been absolutely amazing for me.

14. Music.

As a teenager, I have used music as getting people to not talk to me, I have jammed out to Insane Clown Posse, Theory of a Deadman, Blink-182, and even Smashing Pumpkins. I have hummed the music of Queen, Iron and Wine, and the Beatles. I have sang at the top of my lungs to Bob Marley, Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, and Elvis Presley.

I have listened to music during sadness and anger as well as love and happiness.

15. Books.

I have over 300 books.

Clearly, I have a thing for books. They make me feel like it is a getaway from everything going on and it is amazing. I love living from another person’s life.

16. Peppermint.

When I was in the seventh grade, I was absolutely and one hundred percent obsessed with peppermint, I had like 60 peppermints that year and everyone got them for me on my birthday and on Christmas.

Of course, I eventually got weaned off the peppermint, apparently 60 of them does that to you. But I have always remembered that year, that so many people remembered and noticed how much I love peppermint and they got it for me.

Peppermint means more than just the food or the amazing smell, it reminds me of caring and acknowledgment of me, myself, and I. That so many people noticed and cared.

17. Supporters / Fans

You guys, you guys are something that I absolutely love.

You guys have supported me, you have appreciated my work and I love you guys for it, thank you so much.