GH Update

Haddie and I have just started putting our cook book together. We are gonna have 6 recipes each category, and we have breakfast, lunch, dinner, sides, snacks, smoothies,  drinks, and desserts. We are almost done with the dessert category, the breakfast cateogory and the smoothie category! Those are the easiest to put together because everyone loves desserts and smoothies! Well at least I do.

We are using a white binder and put colorful paper in the clear part to make it more colorful. Then we put in dividers for each category. Now we are working on filling it with lots of recipes! We are taking colorful paper and putting glue on the back of the recipe cards and sticking it on the colorful paper.  We are organizing the colorful paper so each category will have different colored paper. It sounds weird but it looks really good and im really excited to see the final product.

We are going to bring  gluten free chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and sprinkles…from scratch, and possibly gluten free smores cookies. If you want the recipe it will be in our cook book, and on our website! Bree and Haddie’s Creative Cooking Cook Book

I haven’t got a lot done because I’ve been really busy with sports, but my tumbling season just ended (which makes me sad) so I will have a little more time now…but I might start privates soon 🙂 Hopefully now I will get a little more done, but I will keep you updated

Photo: Sheri Castle

Genius Hour

Haddie and I have been looking up gluten free recipes on pinterest and have found a lot of interesting things. Last night I started writing down recipes and I have a really good idea in mind of how to put the book together. We have found most of our recipes and now we just have to write them down and put a book together, it is actually a lot more work than it seems.

Once we pick out the recipes that sound the best we are going to make them and bring one of them for our class at school. We are going to section the book off by desserts, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, maybe even smoothies. Then label them un-healthy, somewhat healthy, and healthy. We are doing that so people can pick what kind of recipe they want.

I really want to put a smoothie category in because, I love smoothies, and I have them for breakfast almost everyday. I know like a million smoothie recipes by heart. My favorite one is a peanut butter banana  that I think a lot of people would like. Its healthy and gluten free which fits our topic so why not do it?

A few recipes we have picked out is: Gluten Free Smores Cookies, Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies, Gluten Free Fluff Cake, Gluten Free Banana Bread, Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, and Gluten Free Sugar Cookies, Gluten Free Fruit Parfait. We mainly have desserts so we have to even it out a little bit, but its coming along!

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Picture: Ashley Logan

College

I’ve been to a few different colleges like, Iowa Central, Simpson, Iowa State and a few others. I go to Iowa State a lot because that is  where my brother goes.

I love going to Iowa State its really fun there, and they have really good cookies. When I go there I love going to all the shops in campus town because you can get cute Iowa State clothes.   I really like campus town and there is a lot of cute boys that are walking around, especially the frat boys… Almost every time I go there to see my brother we take him out to eat then we go shopping at there mall. I love the mall in Ames because they have a Victoria Secret and American Eagle, and those are some of my favorite stores. Then we go get Nick some groceries for the week.

I want to go to Iowa State for college, but I want to be a Geriatric Psychiatrist, so I don’t know if thats  a good school for what i want to do.I just love Iowa States campus and its a really fun school so that where I wanted to go. I think college will be fun, but mainly stressful. I am a perfectionist when it comes to school and if I don’t get an A I’m not happy.

I honestly cant wait for college, because you start to branch out on your own and start to become independent, and meet new people, so I’m just really excited for that. I still don’t know where I want to go for sure but i have a few years to figure that out.

Genius Hour Project

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Haddie and I are making a cook book with gluten free recipes. We want to make gluten free recipes, because a lot of people have problems with gluten and we want them to be able to enjoy food just as much.

My step dad has Celiac Disease which is an allergic reaction to gluten.  Its not life threatening unless you still eat gluten after your diagnosed, and its not an air born.  Now because my stepdad has Celiac Disease my mom makes gluten free everything, and a lot of it is actually really good, especially the brownies. Another fact is a lot of things that are gluten free are way healthy and better for your body, and yes even the sweets are healthier, yet you still can’t even taste a difference (sometimes). When most people hear the word gluten they think it will be all healthy and gross, but your wrong. There is somethings you can taste a difference in for example, bread you can taste a big difference between gluten and gluten free bread. Now another example, pasta you cant taste the difference at all and its better for you than regular pasta, and even the price is the same, so why not get it?

I think it will be fun for Haddie and I to cook together and try new things. We both love cooking and baking so creating a cook book with be a lot of fun. Are plan is to get some recipes then put our own twist to it. We are going to have about 25 different recipes that includes, snacks, desserts, entrees, and a lot more. After we put the book together we are going to pick out our favorites and make them. Then we will take pictures of what we made in put them in the book. We don’t really have a lot planned right now , but we have a lot in mind. One thing we know we are going to make is smores cookies, and they are really really good.

I highly recommend trying something gluten free because you might really enjoy it! Just because its gluten free doesn’t mean it taste gross!

Summer 2016!

I’m super excited for this summer because I have a lot of things planned. I made a bucket list with my friend Ellie that has a ton of things like: going to Okoboji, go on a shopping spree, go camping, get really tan, go to the pool, go penny boarding and lots of other things. A few of my favorite things to do in the summer is go penny boarding and listen to music, and I also love taking pictures, especially with Polaroids. My birthday is July 9th and this year I have cheer camp on my birthday, which will be a lot of fun to spend it with my team! Before I leave for cheer camp, instead of having a birthday party or anything like that I want to redo my room beach themed, I’ve already bought some of the stuff I need, but I might even re-paint my room.  On July 31st I’m going to another 5 seconds of summer  concert with my friend Haley, and we have VIP tickets. My brother also will be home from college, so I will get to see him more often, although he got an internship. I normally travel somewhere out of state, like last year I went to Minnesota and Missouri, and the year before that I went to 11 different states, (My favorite  was California.)  but this this year I don’t have anything planned.

Penguins

Penguins

When I went to Sea World in 2014 I thought the penguins were so cool. I even bought an overpriced stuffed animal penguin, that I named Pickles.

Penguins are flightless birds that are highly adapted to life in the water. Their tuxedo looking appearance is called a countershading, which is a form a camouflage that keeps them safe in the water. Penguins have wings bones yet they are still unable to fly.

You can find penguins in a lot of places! Some penguins live in cold habitats like Antarctica and others live in warm places like South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and The Galapagos Islands. Penguins eat krill, fish and squid. If they live closer to the equator they eat more fish and if they live around antarctica the eat moe krill, and squid. They catch there food in their beaks and swallow them whole as they swim.

There are about 17 different types of penguins and some of them are the Adelie Penguin, the African Penguin, the Chinstrap Penguin, the Fiordland Penguin, the Galapagos Penguin, the Gentoo Penguin, the King Penguin, and the Macaroni Penguin. The Macaroni Penguin has the weird hair on it’s head.  Their weight can vary, it depends on what kind of Penguin they are for example the smallest can weigh about 2 pounds and the biggest can weigh up to 90 pounds!

Penguins are very social birds. Lots of them swim and hunt with each other in groups. There groups are called “rookeries”. In a group or “rookeries” there are about 1,000 or more penguins.

Here are some other random facts about penguins! Penguins can live to be 20 years old.

Penguins can spend around 75% of their lives in water, which is where they do a lot of there hunting. The Galapagos penguin is an endangered animal.

 

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Week 6

The first blog I went to Rylans’s Blog. Rylan is 13, and likes YouTube and hanging out with friends.

The second blog I went to was Sara’s Blog. Sara is 13 and plays volleyball and is a cheerleader. 

Then  I went to Nicks’s Blog. Nick is in 3rd grade and he loves soccer and Pokemon cards.

Next I went to Chloe’s Blog. Chloe likes cheerleading and the Dallas Cowboys like me!

The 5th blog I went to was Ava’s Blog. Ava is 8 years old and she likes soccer and reading.

Then I went to Andrew’s Blog. Andrew is 10 years old and likes football and basketball. 

Next I went to Noah’s Blog. Noah is 12 years old and likes wrestling and soccer.

The 8th blog I went to was Adam’s Blog. Adam is 14 years old and he likes soccer and skateboarding. 

Then I went to Matthew’s Blog.  Matthew is 14 years old and he likes football and track.

The last blog I went to was Brandon’s Blog. Brandon is 15 years old and he likes running and eating. 

Secret Family Recipe

Chocolate Rolls

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* this is a cinnamon roll not a chocolate roll I didn’t have any pictures of them so this is what I found *

My great great grandma made up a recipe for chocolate rolls and they are so amazing! She made the recipe when her 12 kids were young. They didn’t have a lot of money back then so she would make them with the ingredients she had. She made everything from scratch, the biscuits, the chocolate sauce, and all that stuff. I can’t tell you everything about chocolate rolls because they are a “secret family recipe” but, chocolate rolls kind of look like a cinnamon roll, but they are so much better. My grandma doesn’t make them a lot because they are a lot of work, but when she does make them they are so good.

The last time I had one was when I was visiting my some o f my family in California. My cousin Megan and I were in the hot tub when they made them, then after that we watched a movie and fell asleep. The next morning we got Starbucks and ate chocolate rolls for breakfast. I went to California, almost two years ago!  My other cousin Trent makes chocolate rolls all the time but he lives in Kansas, so I never get to eat them. I don’t know one person in my giant family who doesn’t like them!

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Information: My Grandma

Picture: http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/2010/12/15/homemade-cinna-minis/

 

My 5sos Concert

5 seconds of summer is my favorite band and this summer I got to see them live. I was lucky enough to get row 14 tickets, which was row 4 because general admission was the first 10 rows.

It was July 31st; I woke up at 5:30 am and left. I was so excited and forced my mom to listen to 5sos for the 3 and ½ hour  drive. We got to Mall of America around 10 am, and did some shopping. After the mall we checked into our hotel that was across the street from the arena. I got ready for the concert then my mom and I went to a cafe.

After that we walked around the arena a few times, and then I opened one of the doors because I was curious, and it opened which took me to the lobby. My mom and I were in the line so I could get some merchandise and then I heard lots of screaming, so I told my mom where I was going then I ran as fast as I could to the gate. I didn’t see them, but I was first in line. I stood there and listened to whole sound check. I stood in that line for 2 and ½ hours. The doors finally opened at 6:30pm, one more hour till it started.

At 7:30pm, Hey Violet came on stage I never really listened to any of their music before, but I liked all of their stuff.  They got off around 8pm then there was a playlist on the speakers and everyone was singing and dancing, especially when drag me down by One Direction came on, it was the first day it came out but we all knew the words.

About 5 minutes before the show the final countdown played by Europe. Then the lights darkened and 5sos had a 2 minutes timer on the screens.

5sos was on around 8:30pm  till a few minutes after 10. They sounded amazing and were absolutely incredible. The whole experience was so absolutely amazing. I can’t wait till I see them again…which is next year July 31st 2016 🙂IMG_0757

photo by Bree ( me )

Alzheimer’s

In 2015 about 5.3 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and anyone and everyone is at risk for getting the horrible disease. Alzheimer’s is a very severe type of dementia that kills brain cells, and memories that kills more people than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined.  “A progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions” Most people over the age of 60 get the disease, but there is a very small chance you could get it early than that. There are seven stages of Alzheimer’s Stage 1: Normal Outward Behavior, Stage 2: Mild Changes, Stage 3: Mild Decline, Stage 4: Moderate Decline, Stage 5: Moderately Severe Decline, Stage 6: Severe Decline, and the last stage 7: Very Severe Decline. In stage 7 a person with Alzheimer’s needs high levels of assistants with the everyday basic such as, eating, drinking, going to the bathroom, taking a shower/bath, talking, so they basically have a mind of a small child. Sadly in this stage they are in the process of dying. Every person that gets Alzheimer’s ends up dying; there has been zero survivors. There  is medicines you can take to help with symptoms but no cure, yet.

My grandpa had Alzheimer’s and was diagnosed about 12 years ago. In 2013 he had to go to a nursing home in Jefferson, Iowa because his Alzheimer’s was getting worse and worse, and no nursing home in Fort Dodge could take him in. It was really hard watching the disease progress more and more. I think the thing that hurt the most was him forgetting who I was. Two years later in March of 2015 my grandpa died with Stage 7 Alzheimer’s.  As hard as it was to loose him I’m thankful that he is no longer suffering. Hopefully some day there will be a cure for the horrible disease, so others don’t have to go through this.

sources:  http://www.alz.org/

 

 

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