My Favourite Things

I have a lot of favourite things. Maybe we have things in common!

1. This is my favourite sport! Volleyball! I’ve been playing volleyball since grade 4. At that time, I didn’t know a thing about the sport. I tried out for the team anyways. It just so happened that I made the team! Our team was called “The Hurricanes”. I was 1 of the 3 grade 4s on the team. I was only nine years old on my very first team. My family is always so proud of me when I get chosen on a school team. But for this sport, I felt that my Mom was the proudest. She plays volleyball, too. She taught me most of what I know to to this very day. I remember my coaches. All of them. Ms. DeMello and Mrs. Ryan. My very first coaches. Every team in the district had to play 4 games against different schools. I remember that we won 3 out of 4 games. Since we won majority of the games, we went to the huge competition at a high school. We played schools that I didn’t even know about other than the ones we already played. I don’t remember how many games we won or lost, but I do know that I had a lot of fun for the first time on a team. The next year I was at a new school. We were called the Crusaders.  My coach was Madame Chartrand. I was the only grade 5 who made the team. The rest of the team were grade 6s. Unfortunately, we only one either 1 or 2 games out of 4. One of the teams we faced was The Hurricanes. AWKWARD! My advantage was that I knew how they played. Before the grade six volleyball team, Madame Chartrand has passed away. She was the best coach ever and No one could replace her. I made the grade 6 volleyball team. We were OK at the beginning of the season but we got better. Our coaches were Madame Gloutinez and Ms. Gabrielli. We won only 1 game out of 3. (Only 3 games because one school didn’t have a team) The first game was against the undefeated team, the second game we won, and the last game we lost. The last game was nail-biting. We lost the first set barely, won the second set barely, and lost the last set miserably. I guess it was just overwhelming. Anyways, volleyball is my favourite sport. No doubt about it. I also take Pac-man, volleyball training  sessions.

2. Music. I can’t live without it. I play a couple of instruments and I definitely want to learn more. Right now I play the guitar, recorder, piano, ukulele, and I sing. I got my guitar in October last year. It’s an acoustic, white and mini! They also have piggies on it! I’ve never taken a lesson before… I teach myself! My Godfather and Aunt play guitar, too and they teach me some tricks. I got a capo recently because I was getting tired of the same key. I also have an electric tuner but I know how to tune it by ear. I started playing the recorder in grade 3. It was part of the curriculum. Since I’m in grade 6, the songs we learn is a big change from Hot Cross Buns. My recent assessment was Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. ACED IT! Piano was the very first instrument I’ve ever learned. I started taking lessons in 2009. I don’t take lessons anymore but I print piano sheets off the Internet. Right now I’m working on If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys. Ah. The ukulele. I recently got my PINK ukulele. Yup! It’s pink! I don’t need to take lessons for this 4-stringed mini guitar. The chords are so simple! The main chords use only 1-3 fingers! This is a great instrument for kids because it’s small, light, easy to play, and cheap! Well, the one I got was cheap. Right now I’m teaching my sister and my Dad. My Dad is doing well, I guess. His strumming is coming along but he only knows one chord which is C. C is the most simplest chord ever. Lastly is singing. If you know me, then you know this is my favourite passion. My friends say that I should try out for Canada’s Got Talent but I don’t think I’m ready yet… If I like a song, then I’m almost certain I will be jamming out on all my instruments to that song. I think I was 3 when I started singing. My parents said my first favourite song was Rastaman Chant by Bob Marley. I love still love that song.  Anyways, my point is that I started singing at a young age. I also write songs! I just finished writing a song called Why. Some other songs are called Solid Revenge, Lost, and Rollercoaster.  One day I would like to start a band. Music=Life.

3. Last but certainly not least…FOOD! I like what am I saying! I LOVE EATING! I like all types of food! My family and friends all know that! In California, my family and I went to the ESPN store and restaurant. I ordered Buffalo Barbeque wings. I think there were about 10 of them and I took some of my Uncle’s mashed potatoes. I ate it all. We also went to ihop! The International House Of Pancakes. I remember exactly what I ordered. 2 pancakes, 2 hash browns, 3 eggs, toast….Oh yeah, and s T-BONE!!!!! Finished most of it! Feeling like a boss. 😉 Nation took me to Mandarin once. Mandarin is a buffet. With Crab Legs. A LOT OF CRAB LEGS. Nation’s Dad and I were eating our hearts out. When I was on my 3rd plate of Crab Legs, Nation was already full! Also in Mandarin there was creme brulee. It was very disappointing. It wasn’t in those mini servings. It was in a glass container. It was a self-serve so all the top was gone 😦 . I’m still so mad about that. Oh and at Holiday parties… Don’t even get me started! I always feel bad for not leaving extras to take home… I eat a lot. I try to gain weight but I don’t know where all the food goes!!! I gotta go now… I have a turkey to eat 🙂

Happy (really) Belated Birthday

Red velvet cake is often made as a layer cake.

On January 14  (I know soooo long ago my apologies!!) it was my close cousins 9th birthday. Happy (really) belated birthday Aby! For her birthday, the theme was a masquerade. We watched the movie ‘Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D) and our 3D glasses were our masks! We got to decorate it ourselves! It was my moms birthday, too! Her birthday was on January 30. Fun fact: Justin Timberlake’s birthday was the next day! She turned..uh..um..I’m not allowed to tell… Her cake was amazing. Maybe that’s because I picked it out. The flavor was red velvet, my favourite and the only kind of cake I like. Anyways, my apologies family members!! Too many events, not enough time!!!

Status Update: Forgetful

Strawberry Cheesecake

1.MIX graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press firmly onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

1. MIX graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press firmly onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

These are the ingredients that you will need for the actual cake; 3 Philadelphia cream cheese sticks, 3 eggs, vanilla, and 3/4 cups sugar.

These are the ingredients that you will need for the actual cake; 3 Philadelphia cream cheese sticks, 3 eggs, vanilla, and 3/4 cups sugar.

BEAT softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour mixture over crust.

BEAT softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour mixture over crust.

Pour it into your baking pan where you also put your graham crackers in.

Pour it into your baking pan where you also put your graham crackers in.

Warm up your strawberry jam and blob it onto your unbaked cake.

Warm up your strawberry jam and blob it onto your unbaked cake.

Swirl the jam with a knife for a marbled effect.

Swirl the jam with a knife for a marbled effect.

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Bake for 40 to 50 mins until middle is set.

Bake for 40 to 50 mins until middle is set.

Status update: Hungry 😛

Rice Crispy Pizza!

Rice Crispy Pizza!

This came as a give-away for my cousins birthday party. This year, they made this. When the actual pizza was there, they came in with almost 10 boxes. My thoughts were “They do know that there are only a couple of us, right?” At the end of the party, they handed each of the kids a pizza box. I asked, “We get a whole pizza to ourselves!” I look inside and i was even more amazed because it was made out of rice crispy, fruit roll up, white chocolate and icing! I don’t like sweets that much but this, was to die for. I also accidentally ate half of it and after I ate half i remembered to take a photo…Ooops!

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

coconut chocolate cookies

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes
Yield: 12-14 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375F. Whisk the flour, salt and baking powder together. Set aside.
  2. Cream the cold butter and brown sugar together by beating them until they are smooth in a stand mixer. If you don’t have a stand mixer beat vigorously by hand in a large mixing bowl or combine them in a food processor.
  3. Add the corn syrup, egg and vanilla and continue beating until well combined. Scrape down the bowl and gradually add the flour mix, beating just until combined.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips and shredded coconut with a spoon.
  5. Line cookie tray with parchment paper and using a spoon scoop out a ball of the dough and drop onto cookie tray. Flatten slightly. Repeat leaving lots of room in between the balls for the cookies to expand.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool for two minutes on a cookie sheet and then ENJOY!

You can leave out the chocolate chips and coconut for plain cookies (my personal favourite), or leave out the coconut for chocolate chip version.