I’ve debated creating this post for a while, thinking that it could come across as self-indulgent. But then I realized…whenever I see people “getting real” on social media, I applaud them for not painting some false perfect picture of their lives.
This week something very rare happened: we ran out of sandwich bread. I know, I know, this sounds unbelievable coming from a bread-a-holic. I’ve been busy working on my latest A&E story for the Weekly, and I needed a fairly easy homemade white bread recipe that not only tasted better than store-bought bread, but could be made with my KitchenAid stand mixer with very little hands-on time. I adapted this recipe from Fun Cheap or Free:
French macarons are delightfully crispy-yet-chewy almond meringue sandwich cookies, not to be confused with coconut macaroons. Anyone who is fond of macarons knows that these little delectable cookies can cost up to $5 per cookie. WHY?! Because they can. And they’re adorable.
It has taken me THREE YEARS to fine-tune the process of making my own. I am now boldly calling my vanilla French macaron recipe foolproof, because every single cookie in this batch was perfect. I’ve decided to share this batch with one of my very best friends when we get together today to swap gifts. Read on for the recipe!
Have you ever read a brownie recipe and rolled your eyes upon reading, “Wait one hour before cutting?”
I’m sorry, but when I crave brownies, I want them now. (Cue Veruca Salt voice.)
Generally speaking, muffins cool much faster than brownies, so I decided to make three-bite brownies baked in muffin cups. More specifically, I baked them using a six-cup muffin tin and silicone baking cups.
In 2000 — when I was 14 years old — I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer. Make-A-Wish granted my wish, which was to meet ‘NSYNC. My mother and I were flown from San Jose, CA to Pittsburgh, PA to meet the band at one of their shows.
We not only met the band and watched the concert from a close distance…I received a hug from band member, Joey Fatone.
We were treated like royalty. During the trip, we enjoyed limo rides, plenty of ‘NSYNC-themed gifts and a shopping spree…all courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Make-A-Wish gave me so much joy during the most difficult time of my life. I have been cancer-free since 2003, and want to help Make-A-Wish continue to grant wishes for brave wish children.
Wishes can increase the physical and emotional well-being of wish kids, and create happy, lifelong memories. In fact, wish experiences are as much about the days that follow, as they are about the wish itself – because the impact of a wish can last forever.
The funds I raise will support the Make-A-Wish® mission to grant the wish of every eligible child who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.
A wish experience can truly change a child’s life, and so can you. Please support me and donate to my page today at Walk For Wishes.