Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Craft to the Top!

Friendships are defined by their major milestones, which can include moments of unfiltered honesty and activities that require major damage control aka crafting.

Taylor kicked off our evening by reminding everyone that our bags must be packed and cars must be loaded by Saturday morning, less than a week away. We had the brief emotional "What will we do without each other??" moment, then moved on!! We started our evening of honesty by sharing our feelings on the evenings agenda. Taylor didn't want to plan and Olive didn't want to bake. The fact of the matter is that every time we bake, a huge pile of yummilicious brownies/cookies/etc. sits at Olive's house, waiting to be consumed. Taylor gets to skip home in the sunset while Olive decides how to dispose of cupcakes that look delicious...hmmm...

So, we decided crafting was the way to go. It was actually our first time crafting together, you could say we lost our crafting virginity..and it wasn't pretty. We were doing ok, until the purple paint accidentally got knocked over (not naming names) and a large purple spot was on the cream carpet. Luckily, the Oxy Clean stain remover worked well! Remember that in case you ever have an accident! 2-3 episodes of Grey's Anatomy later (Burke left Cristina and Lexie finally arrived!!) we had two pretty  awful crafts sitting in front of us. We will go ahead and say it, we are not pinterest worthy crafters. But we are faking it until we make it.

We have only included pictures to give you a little giggle! We tried though! And we had great intentions. And it led to some great conversation! We hit that moment in our friendship where we tell each other the things that we could improve. It went quite well, we thought! We are always up for some constructive criticism :)



 As we prepare to leave back for college and departing our separate ways, we decided to craft all of our emotions out. It is important to realize that sometimes honesty is the best policy... so in all honesty, our crafts were far from extraordinary.

    Despite being taught to broaden our horizons and test our artistic capabilities, we think we should stick with what we know..maybe. We're always up for an adventure, but our product just wasn't what we expected, better luck next time!


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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Getting Cheesy!!

As you all know, cooking isn't our specialty. Baking is our kind of party, but we decided we should branch out a bit. You know, adventure and step outside of our comfort zone, they say it's important. We threw on our aprons, and basically could have filmed an episode of Emeril in the kitchen.

We decided that enchiladas would be a great option for our adventure into Julia Child's world, and found a great recipe from Six Sisters' Stuff.
Avocado Chicken Enchiladas

Here's the link:  http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/06/avocado-chicken-enchiladas-recipe.html
 
The recipe is for Avocado Chicken Enchiladas and they were delicious!
Olive hates cheese and is slightly lactose intolerant, so did not get to enjoy these lovely enchilada's, but she had fun cooking them!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

College Essentials & Lessons Learned

BACK--And Better Than Ever!!

Oh, where to begin.. It's been a year, blogging world. Taylor has a new nose (some sort of sinus repair) and Olivia ventured to Europe.

Tonight, we used brownies to bury the memories of the past and look forward to the phat future as juniors. This year, one of us turns the big 2-1. Unfortunately, Olive was TOO smart for first grade and so therefore is a year younger. Taylor will be left to her own devices come October. So Taylor is moving up in the world, becoming a true adult, and Olive will laugh when she also turns 50 first.

Strutting into Sophomore year, we thought we were big shots, lets face it, we were (in a slightly alternate universe). But, we are coming to realize, we are just now becoming even bigger shots. We are going to pull on those Miley booty shorts (aka Old Navy khakis) and our newest Frocket additions and strut our stuff on the quad--Taylor has perfected her twerk and is so looking forward to sharing at school.



Heading into our third year, we are definitely older and wiser. Did you know:

1. It's always better to take classes you're actually good at. Don't expand your horizons, its not worth the GPA hit. DO NOT CHALLENGE YOURSELF, especially in the 101 class variety. College is hard enough, don't stress yourself out. Pick a major and stick to it--and make sure you're good at it.

2. Never leave your laundry unattended--underwear may be stolen. We're not quite sure where it is, or who may be wearing (or not) it, but its gone. Those $14 Victoria Secret undergarments may disappear if you choose to leave your laundry without a babysitter.

3. Leadership Schmedership. That was what high school was for. Blend in, suck up, do an internship on the side. Make sure to express interest in each and every professor's field of study, its key to success. Work towards that career you're dreaming of, and leave those time consuming extras to the children.

4. TEARS are a plus. Professors love them, throw in your life story. The..fighting young child from the country with no financial means and a graduating class of 13 story...it goes well.

5. Stick with Hannah Montana style, none of that twerking Miley. Keep it classy ladies and gentlemen.

6. When in doubt, call Mom. We promise, she still has all the answers, even if it annoys you.

Lastly, 7. Flip Flops are necessary to avoid any kind of foot fungus in the moldy shower stalls. But, as you get older, private bathrooms RETURN! There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

On a more serious note, start those savings accounts and hunt down your trust fund baby. Next year 300 level classes and above are in store. Time to learn more about student teaching and international studies. As Taylor always says, "Stay Calm, Classy, and Cute," but when you can't do all three, bake some brownies, which can sometimes solve our problems faster than a mom. Time for some chocolate.

We found a great recipe at: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/cocoa-brownies



Of course we doubled the recipe, gotta share with the fam of course!

PS. Dressing up is almost always overrated. And, the insides of the textbooks really do matter these days-crank out those highlighters and get going!

                                                    (our miley rock the sweatshirt face)



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Thursday, July 19, 2012

When Life Gives you Lemons, Vow to Double the Recipe

Tonight, we got back into the swing of things. We packed up and headed to Kroger for some ingredients. We found a lovely recipe on Pinterest, (our new favorite thing) which transformed a box cake mix into a wedding favorite.
DISCLAIMER: we are not claiming that either of us are either engaged or married to the men of our dreams.
We bought the necessary items and sped home (Taylor's version of course, which means getting passed on the shoulder by less than agressive drivers) with high hopes. We quickly realized we forgot to watch this week's Keeping Up With the Kardashians (another favorite). After a humorous episode, we realized that nothing motivates baking like Kris's unruly behavior towards Bruce Jenner--our personal fave--
After setting the oven to 325, we strictly followed the recipe we found (which we have posted below along with the website it came from)

When the cupcakes were done, we set them out to cool and our icing adventure began. Whats a cupcake party without a disaster, right?

Our icing was off to a good start, after all, we had been working on it while the cupcakes were baking. A few taste tests into our icing shenanigans, we decided a hint of lemon would complete the flavor. However, Beverly Hills Nanny was playing in the background, and a particularly appalling moment caused Olivia to "slightly" overestimate the amount of lemon extract needed. What was intended to be a nice hint of flavor led to 3 more cups of powdered sugar, 2 more sticks of butter, and 2 more tablespoons of heavy whipping cream--as well as half the bottle of vanilla extract.


Tay and Olive's Original Cupcake Creation

But, in the long run, these cupcakes cost around 12 cents each, so a strong stench of lemon may not have actually been so bad.

Pinterest Cupcake
We deemed our reinvented icing acceptable, and began to frost. Approximately 2 hours later, we were still frosting. We think our efforts were worth it, in fact, we may have outdone Pinterest. What do you think? Lets be real! Rate these cupcakes below, in the comment section. Remember to rate as you would have others rate you :)

Gotta go, Oprah's calling!

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Recipe:

http://www.recipegirl.com/2007/03/16/white-wedding-cake-cupcakes/

Ingredients:

1 (18.25 ounce) box white cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated white sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups water
2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
4 large egg whites

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans (you'll need approx. 36).
2. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, flour, sugar and salt. Add remaining ingredients and beat with hand mixer for 2 minutes, or until well blended.
3. Use ice cream scoop to fill prepared cupcake tins- fill about 3/4 full. Bake about 18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Tips:

*Recommend: Duncan Hines has reduced the size of their boxed cake mix now... so I'd use Pillsbury or Betty Crocker instead (look for 18.25 ounces)
*You can use either regular or light sour cream for this recipe, but heck... since it's a wedding cupcake and you want it to be as delicious and moist as possible, I recommend going for the full-fat kind.
*Add 1 teaspoon of almond extract (in addition to the vanilla) if you wish to have a different flavor.
*Using an ice cream scoop is perfect for getting the batter into the cupcake tins without spilling.
*You can also use this mix to make cake. Pour into greased and floured cake pans. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lights, Trucks, and Bashers... Oh My!!!


The other day started out like any other day. We nanny our days away with our separate families. It was a good day in the neighborhood, in fact, a very good day in the neighborhood. Mr. Rogers anybody? So, after our usual duties as babysitters we ended our day on a good note and then headed to Olive's house.

The fun began. We started by removing all articles of clothing, boxes, and other paraphernalia out of Olive's closet. A good start to a dramatic evening...

After two hours of rough organization... we both began to desire a yummy glazed warm doughnut, along with some diet coke.. you know, to balance it out!! We head out to Kroger (they were having a sale on Diet Coke). We arrive around 10:30 pm. As soon as we put our four legs on the ground we heard a siren/ bell (not like a tornado warning). We quickly sprint into the sketchy Kroger as if it be safer inside. After grabbing our diet coke and doing the self checkout we walk out the doors... the bell is still ringing. We then again sprint to the car, lock the doors, and begin to ponder the origin of the horrendous noise.

After scoping out the scene, we discover that the noise is coming from a hearing center or the restaurant right next to it. We then contemplate our civic duty to the United States of America and of course, Barack Obama.
After serious deliberation, it was decided that 911 should be notified. Taylor whips out her phone from her purse and carefully dials 911. WARNING: do not attempt this at home, because they don't answer in a timely manner... call your mom instead. 
After fourteen seconds of ringing the call is finally answered. A small male voice says, "This is 911, what is your emergency."

- "Well, we are at the Kroger on Whitlock and here a noise that sounds like an alarm going off/"
- "What is your cross address ma'am?"
- Well, I am not sure. We are next to the Marietta Hearing Center.
- "Until I am given a crossroad I am not able to locate you."
- Olive in the background, "Oh, its Burnt Hickory..."
- the officer responds with, " would you like an officer to meet you there?"
- No, we are fine, just trying to let you know of the bell like sound.
- officer: "Wait, there is a bell going off?"
- YES, sir. This is why we called.
- Thank you!
- After the conversation was over we gave ourselves a nice pat on the back and headed to our next favorite place, Krispy Kreme. I mean, after all, we deserved a warm doughnut!! Right?!

So we pull to the Krispy Kreme and order a glazed doughnut and a creme filled one. We are on our way to happiness. However, the doughnuts were cold, but we did not have time to be upset because we had to go back to the crime scene.

Arriving back at the Kroger/ hearing center. We see the lights of an emergency service vehicle. Upon approach we see the firetruck. We stakeout in the parking lot, as well as see a few other Kroger-goers scoping it out too.

Once the car was in park we strategically lowered our seats, and turned off the car lights as not to look suspicious... (yeah, right?!) As the firefighters emerge out of the vehicle and suit up with their fire protective gear, they begin to look around the building. Peering in windows, doors, as well as inspecting points of entry. After much deliberation from the firefighters the basher was taken out of the truck. They then slam it into the restaurant door. In amazement we watch, our mouths were probably hanging open, but not necessarily because of the broken door, but because of the drug deal going on before our very eyes in the corner. Taylor likes to call it a drug deal, but the cop that was parked did not seem to think so.
Sorry about the blurr, it was raining and thundering!!



While we thought of possible endings to our anecdote, a storm was moving in at a rapid pace. Carts were flying through the parking lot. The firefighters were catching them and saving the many vehicles that were threatened. While the carts distracted us, the firefighters closed up the building. No dramatic ending was to be found. They loaded up the truck and went on their way.

However, the lone police car remained. We sat in our civic worried that the police man thought we were the culprits. We worked out our alibis and waited to be approached by the officer. However, this was all unnecessary. In a few short minutes, we headed home. At this point, the torrential downpour had begun. Taylor, scoping out the road, seemed to miss the deer ahead. And Olivia ran into it... Just kidding!! 

We made it home safely and are off to our usual nanny jobs tomorrow. after a few episodes of Desperate Housewives and a 2 liter of Diet Coke.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

yet another day in the life...

video



This video is a snip it of videos we made while being beyond tired, at the beach, or during commercial breaks of our favorite shows.
So to continue on for the reasons we need and desire a tv show are endless, but we will name a few.
1. We are cool, duh!
2. We have the most embarrassing moments, which we want to share with the rest of the human race.
3. Our lives appear to be average but when you really spend a day with one of us, you realize this is far from the truth (for instance: bobbing apples out of the toilet, scooping poop out of a pool in the dark, and adventures in kroger).
4. We know we would be more interesting than Khloe and Lamar ( we do not worry about if we are adopted or not).
5. We like to publicly make stupid choices and see the responses.


We would also like to take a moment to pay our respects to the late Desperate Housewives. We will miss spending our Sunday evenings wishing we lived their lives. We are of course thrilled that all of the housewives ended up happy. Lets hope Renee stays married this time, because we love men with accents.
We don't know about you, but the last appearance of Mike made us think we were going to cry, for about 30 seconds. And, of course the show ends with Mary Alice, the housewife that started it all.

If we could choose, Taylor would choose to live Lynette's life..with all the lovely children. Whereas Olive would choose to live a life of luxury as Gabby. Both of us would of course choose to have some Bree like tendencies. We all wish we could be so skilled in the kitchen, right? We definitely wish those petit fours turned out a little better...

Oh..and we thought we should tell you..
Sadly, today, we made some very yummy cookies, FROM A BOX!!!!
We consider this a failure on our part..so we did not share the whole experience with you. One day soon we will try something adventurous again..with a big bottle of diet coke to help us along.


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Kiss My Doughnut

Top 10 2011-2012 School Year:

1. Those days when spandex seem to be the way to go..later to find out that multiple people seemed to think you were blonde enough to forget pants.
2. Those awkward moments in the gym when you're bending over stretching to later realize your oversized v-neck was showing off your C cups to the boy on the treadmill...plus the lovely eye contact that follows.
3. It's great when you get the lowest test grade you've ever gotten (37) in the lowest level math class offered at school.
4. Being asked by a work study supervisor whether or not I find my boss attractive..and accidentally laughing out loud before realizing the boss was listening..whoops
5. Great moments when your roommate thinks the car you're riding in is going to run her over. So, instead of getting out of the way she accidentally trips and ruins her jeans :(
6. Those days when your  body tries to tell your English teacher that his lectures are boring..by passing out in the middle of class. It's even worse when he responds by saying, "I'm not trying to be inconsiderate..but I must continue."
7. When you go to Holy (the celebration of colors for another religion) and you're so undiverse that the colors won't come out of your hair or skin.
8. Walking in on lovely lesbian make out sessions in the community showers.
9. The times your roommate lets boys into the room while you are in lacy undies and braless in oversized t-shirts.
10. The awkward moment when the doctor tells you that you have TMJ and you must wear a bright blue mouthguard.

To fill you in on our first little adventure together (this summer)... this is what we did-
1. Desperate Housewives Finale ( 2 hours)
2. Gossip Girl
3. Bethenny Ever After
4. Late night Krispy Kreme run (yes, we are phat girls)
5. Filled up the gas tank at kroger with a sketch man behind us with a kidnap ready van.
- The night is still young at 2:05 am- suggestions welcome!

Let us know if you have any great school year stories... we will reminisce high school later!

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Friday, April 20, 2012

To Do's

Welcome (to ourselves) we have been gone due to college mania....
We have decided that a summer to do list/ bucket list is necessary in order to make it a productive summer.
So, by productive we do not mean "helpful to society" but rather helpful to our own self growth or entertainment...
So our ideas:

1. late night/ early morning waffle house
2. go to target and spend less than 3 dollars
3. bake a wedding cake and deliver it to a random house
4. make birthday cake cupcakes
5. go to opera --- the club, and actually make it inside
6.  have starbucks 3 a- day's (And see how much we pee) 
7. Desperate Housewives Marathon (roughly 200 hours)
8. get our noses pierced
9. Spend 8 hours at chick fil a
10. Become vegan for 2 hours.... (okay, a day!)
11. Pretend to get hit by a car in a parking lot
12. When hiking Kennessaw Mountain play Marco- Polo 
13. go to karaoke night... and taylor will sing
14.get on the interstate and drive 100 mph-- unlikely but its a good idea
15. road trip... destination ideas?

IDEAS?

Now that we have exhausted are not so fun list of summer activities, please throw out some ideas... not too adventurous as we will both be embarrassed. 

 Eat more Chicken
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Saturday, December 10, 2011

We are Back!





We know you've missed us phat girls so we decided to update everybody. At this point Taylor is finished with her first semester of college and Olivia has two exams before she is done. Survived is the correct word to describe it. Neither of us know where the rumor that college was easy came from because college is kicking our butts..anyway..a story for another day.

We decided that making some red velvet cake pops was the correct way to celebrate the almost- done- with- first- semester- of- college holiday. Now, everybody knows that we are amazing bakers, but cake pops proved to be a bigger project than we anticipated. It was almost as disastrous as the petit-fours.

So..yes Olivia should be studying for her two exams..but whatevs. We are phat girl right?

Back to the cake pops..they were pretty easy for a while. We just had to mix up some red velvet cake batter, bake it, and then crumble it into some cream cheese frosting. We then rolled the cake/frosting into little balls and froze them. We had some Bakers dipping chocolate and it was enough chocolate to cover about half of a half of our cake balls. So here we sit, writing a post, with about 10 finished cake balls.

Of course, because we are who we are..we had a few adventures.

We decided around 9, when our cakes were baking, that Chick-fil-A would be a great addition to our daily food intake. Before we left, chocolate was added to our list of things to do, so Target got added to the agenda. We didn't quite know what kind of chocolate we were supposed to get, so we grabbed a variety. When we to the checkout, the checkerouter, who was obviously not so great with the ladies, asked if one of us had been broken up. Really?? Great question. Yes. I got broken up with 20 minutes ago, drove to get my friend, and came to target to get a bunch of chocolate. I really want to talk about it with the boy ringing me up for all the chocolate I am buying. And yes, you did make me feel fat, with an fa not a ph. Haha, of course neither of us had been broken up with 20 minutes before our adventure in target..but hypothetically speaking..we both would have been rather upset.

So, as we made our way out to the parking lot, falling over laughing, we got a few looks. And we got more when we climbed into a red mini van. To top of our evening, we made a quick stop and Chick-fil-A. We went in, still laughing, and ordered a kids meal and fries. Because the drink you get with a kids meal is extremely small, we kind of sort of drank it while paying so that we could get a refill before we left. The guy who was working the counter was not quite appreciative and probably thought we were on something. We asked him to top off the drink, and that probably didn't help our case. Before we left he asked if we wanted another and we both looked at eachother. Apparently, the man picked up on the "yes" that was running through both of our minds and quickly said..uhh I was kidding. Thanks Chick-fil-A. Quick recommendation, you should provide 2 drinks to those that obviously love diet drinks and are not dining in.

Anyone have any target check out stories? We would love to hear them :)

Please forgive our conceited words and absence... but we are back, at least, for this month.
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