NOM NOM NOM!

Hi Peoples,

I LOVE to bake! I feel that baking gives me a happy safe place. I would rather sleep in the kitchen than in my own room. I am calm and focused and comfortable when I bake, and I like that feeling.  A new thing to be learned about me…I do not like having nothing to do. I always need to be doing something (just ask my mom), so when I am bored I like to bake. It keeps both my mind and hands busy, plus its such a great feeling of accomplishment when it comes out right. My signature bake is a pineapple upside-down cake. #YUM! I love to make this recipe. I’ve made it for B-days, my teachers, and also just for my family to nibble on. The original recipe I use is from Sally’s Baking Addiction, I suggest you check out her website for more delicious recipes. I’m a big fan.

Here is the recipe:

Topping

  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
  • sliced pineapple (6-8 canned slices or use fresh)
  • 15-20 maraschino cherries

Cake

  • 1 and 2/3 cups (210g) sifted all-purpose flour, careful not to overmeasure 1
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar  (I use dark brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature preferred
  • 1/4 cup (60g) yogurt (I use strawberry yogurt) 
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk3
  • 1/4 (60ml) cup pineapple juice (reserved from the canned pineapple or use fresh) (I use a mix of cherry and pineapple juice)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) vanilla extract (sometimes I add a little extra)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 177 degrees Celsius

Prep the topping in your baking dish, place the pineapple slices and cherries in your own pattern then set the dish aside.

Mix all of your ingredients into a large bowl and mix well (it is ok if there are a few lumps in the batter).

Pour the batter into your dish and level. Bake for about 45 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and invert cake on stand or plate.

Feel free to use the alternative ingredients I have next to the recipe! It’s super easy and wicked YUMMY!!

Enjoy!

Clio 😉

 

World Of Wearableart = WOW!

Hi Peoples,

Today a friend of mine took me to the Peabody Essex Museum to see the WOW exhibit. WOW stands for World Of Wearableart, which is exactly what it was. The original competition is in New Zealand and it gives people with all skills and trades a chance to create fashion that seems like it was taken straight off of the wall and put on a body. The exhibit is there until June 11th so I suggest you go and take a look. (and take your kids! They will LOVE it, esp. the tweens.)

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Me and my friend Courtney in front of “American Dream.”

If you need another reason or two to go (I don’t see why you would but here they are anyways), there are plenty of other cool exhibits and any kids under the age of 16 are free! The outfits were  AMAZING! Every one of them were completely original and unique. The different materials that were used are insane. There was: wood, metal, plaster, plastic and even taxidermy (AKA: Gross and sad…there were taxidermy porcupines and birds! And yes, tweens care about animals…If any tweens are in that exhibit steer them away from the taxidermy bras because ew.) I think tweens would really like this exhibit because we haven’t completely gotten to the point yet where we care too much about fitting in. Well yeah, we do care about looking cool and nice, but we don’t care about what others think that much…yet. Back to the point, all of these styles are unique and they would definitely be liked by tweens, especially girls into art and fashion.

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The WINNER of WOW – “Lady of the Wood.”
One of my favorite outfits was the wooden ball gown, be sure to check that out. It had such a cool look; it looked like fabric draping but you could still tell that it was wood. I think that the designer designed and created this dress really well and it looked exactly like a 17th century ball gown should. It kind of reminded me of Pinocchio’s daughter Cedar Wood, in Ever After High (which I’ve slightly outgrown…I think…but loved it.) Seriously, there is so much at PEM and I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the museum next time!

 

Make sure to check out the hyperlinks I hid in today’s blog to the PEM (I just learned how to add them)!

Clio 😉

Binges…

Hi Peoples,

Today I will be writing (or typing) about binge watching and what it does for us tweens. Now I’m no TV junkie and we don’t have cable so we watch apple TV through our internet and use Amazon Prime and Netflix mostly because no commercials are the way to go. Binge watching shows and movies kinda sounds like we’re over-doing the TV time, but it actually can give us tweens an escape from life. It helps us relax from a long day’s work at school, homework, activities etc. Yes, watching TV for too long is bad if you do it all the time, but every once in a while it is good to sit down on the couch with a favorite food (I suggest a comfort food like soup) and catch up on a TV series or a movie or two. Binge watching also gives tweens quality time with our parents because sometimes talking is just weird cause neither of you have anything to say and it helps us start talking about topics we wouldn’t have thought of. I mean, you can only talk about your day at school for so long.

Some of my favorite shows and movies right now are: Charmed (my mom makes me watch this with her for content), The Great British Baking Show and the new Beauty and the Beast movie. I like each of these shows or movies for different reasons. Charmed is about three sisters who become good witches, this gives me a feeling of magic and excitement. There’s a lot of really REAL stuff happening in the world right now and its nice to see good win sometimes. The Great British Baking Show is about twelve British home bakers that are competing for the title of “best home baker”. I love this show because I get to see all of these new recipes that I can try. Plus, it always makes me REALLY hungry. If anyone who is reading this blog has not seen the New Beauty and the Beast movie, I suggest you to stop reading and go see it because it is Awesome! What I loved about it was the special effects and how they brought the old movie that came out in 1991 to life. Plus, Emma Watson is THE COOLEST. When you were watching the movie you felt like you were actually there and experiencing the whole thing for yourself.

Please movie maker people make more live action movies like that! It’s a great way to get the attention of kids my age who are a little too old for the cartoons now.

Don’t forget to leave a like if you liked this post and comment if there are any movies or shows that you love to watch. I’ll be updating my favorites periodically. A couple more you should check out: Gilmore Girls (Netflix), Just Add Magic (Amazon Prime) and Brain Games (Netflix).

Clio 😉

Top Ten…

For all the parents who wonder what we think about when the teacher is lecturing, here is my top ten list of things tweens mull over when they are supposed to be paying attention to the teacher (teehee!):

  1. “Wait, what was the homework?”
  2. “I don’t like this subject. At. All.”
  3. “When is lunch?”
  4. “No, I do not get what you are talking about. Please explain further with fewer big words but no, I don’t want to raise my hand and ask you to!”
  5. “I wonder what my (insert pet here) is doing?”
  6.  “What is this useful for again?”
  7. “What! How has it only been two minutes!”
  8. “When is lunch again?”
  9. “Huh, this is actually interesting for once, I should probably pay attention”
  10.  Contrary to popular belief, middle school kids actually do pay attention sometimes and think about the topic.

Am I right tweens? If I missed anything please put it in the comments.

Clio 😉

Media & Macaroons

Hi Peoples,

This blog site is going to be about what tweens in this era think and what they think about when they are supposed to be doing something (something I do often myself). As you can see above I LOVE French pastries. That is why I chose to have little macaroons and mini cupcakes as my birthday desert.

Tweens right now just want to fit in and do all of the cool stuff their friends do. Like go to see the newest movie that came out, or keep up with all of the new cool trends. Tweens also want independence, they want their “alone time” with their friends or just by themselves. Parents sometimes don’t realize that we get stressed out just like they do. Just growing up in general is hard, sometimes parents either feel stressed out and all of the pressure is put down on us or we just  have so many activities that a minute of quiet alone is needed. Fellow tweens, if you want to get your own little vacation away from life just cuddle up in bed with a computer, iPad or any other portable device and binge watch a favorite TV series of yours or cuddle up with a good book. It always works for me (I suggest watching or reading something that makes you happy ;-).

I’m just here to offer a general perspective of what tweens are thinking these days. Viewers, if you have any questions about the blog or just in general feel free to put them right in the comments below.

-Clio 😉