Raspberry Cream Pops……. YUMMY!


INGREDIENTS:

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  2. 1 pint raspberries            
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 1- 1/4 cups sugar
  5. 1/2 cup light or heavy cream
  6. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  7. 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  8. 8 waxy paper cups
  9. 8 popsicle sticks

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Puree raspberries, sugar and water in blender; Strain seeds
  • Move 2/3 cup of the purée into a separate container and whisk in the cream
  • Add the lemon juice into the rest of the raspberry purée
  • Chill both of the raspberry purée mixtures
  • In a separate bowl stir in the yogurt to the remaining raspberries
  • Fill the cups about half-way full with the raspberries and yogurt
  • Cover the cups with foil and stick popsicle sticks in each; freeze for 2 hours
  • Uncover and pour a layer of the raspberry purée and lemon juice mixture on all 8
  • Let freeze for 2 hours
  • Pour raspberry purée and cream mixture on top of all 8
  • Freeze for 2 hours

I know what you guys are thinking…………. This will take forever……and it will…. BUT IT’S WORTH IT!!!!!!

These are a perfect spring time desert and are good on a hot day!!!! I urge you to take some time and make these!!!!

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Lemon Chicken


Lately, being inspired by the coming of Spring and by some unseasonably hot weather we’ve been having, I have been trying to incorporate fresh fruit into the food I’ve been preparing; it seems like such a fresh change to my diet after having been sick for a couple of weeks. While this task may seem simple, it gets a little tricky when it comes to savory items such as chicken. That is when one of my favorite fruits of all time comes in: the lemon! I adore lemons; their tartness brightens up any dish, sweet or savory, and they are absolutely marvelous with chicken!!!

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I used this recipe with the addition of a bit of lemon zest, dried parsley and thyme, and ,one of my favorite spice blends, Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute. Also, I cooked the chicken inside of a skillet instead of a grill, and only marinated it for about a half hour. Despite all the alterations I made to the recipe, it was AMAZING!!!!!!! I cannot even imagine how good this recipe would taste if it were marinated overnight as the recipe says to do!!!! The chicken was moist, tart, tangy and flavorful. Also, it had a bit of a kick from the pepper which was  a pleasant surprise and cut through the tartness quite nicely. This chicken is definitely a new favorite recipe that I will be making often!

What do you think of this recipe? Have you ever made lemon chicken before? What’s your favorite warm weather recipe? Tell me in the comments!!!!

Dance Forever,

Rachel

How To: Newspaper Giftwrap!!!


I’ve been wrapping quite a lot of gifts lately, with Valentine’s day, my friend Margaret’s birthday party tomorrow, my friend Madie’s birthday on Friday, and my Mom’s birthday coming up next weekend. I don’t mind all of the work, though; I LOVE wrapping gifts. Especially with the new gift wrapping kit my AWESOME cousin got me for Christmas:

 

Anyways, when you have that many presents to wrap, you tend to have to get a little creative in the way that you wrap them! Well today as I was wrapping my friend Margaret’s present, I realized I was out of wrapping paper!!!!!! I ran frantically around my house trying to find a single roll, but failed in the task. Finally, I fell back to Pinterest, where I saw a photo of an adorably wrapped gift using the comics page of a newspaper. I thought that the idea was soooo cute, so I got to work.

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How to do it:

1. Remove the comics page from your newspaper (or any page, if you want)

2. Use to wrap a present like you would with wrapping paper, but be gentle! Newspaper is more fragile than regular wrapping paper and can tear easily!

3. Tie off with a ribbon and a gift tag!

It is that easy!!!! In three simple steps you will have a perfectly wrapped gift ready to give to anyone!!!!!

Have you ever tried this before? Do you have any tips or tricks of your own for gift wrapping? Do you have any questions? Tell me all of those things in the COMMENTS!!!!!!

Dance Forever,

Rachel

 

Rainbow Competition!!!!


Last weekend, Katrina and I competed at the Rainbow National Dance Competition. We preformed both our lyrical small group and our pointe duet together and had a BLAST!!!!!

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I took this pic backstage… So glamourous! JK

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Here we are about to go onstage!!!! (this is taken from the Rainbow Competition Instagram page)

This competition was our second time preforming those two numbers. Though our duet scored a bit lower than last time (last time we got first place overall), we scored much higher than expected with our small group, winning first place overall for the category of small groups. This occurrence completely caught us by surprise; we thought we didn’t do as well as the time before, because though you can barely tell in the video, one of the girls in our small group was kicked in the hand while doing a second turn. It was pretty ugly once we got offstage. For me, this competition was short of a miracle; I was dancing with a sprained muscle in my left thigh, pointe shoes that were many sizes too small, and to add to that, I was sick and extremely tired!!! Nevertheless, we succeeded and had a great time while doing so!

Here is a video showing both of our numbers (the small group is first, and our duet is second)

What do you think of the results of our competition? Have you ever competed before? How did you do? Did you love it (or hate it)? Tell us in the comments!!!

Dance Forever,

Rachel

Orange Julius!!


And now continuing with my unintentional series  of recipes I made when I was sick: Orange Julius!!!

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Katrina’s mom was actually the one who introduced me to this AMAZING explosion of orangeness in a cup (otherwise known as orange julius). Ever since then, I’ve been trying to figure out how to make it without much success. Well, as many of you readers may already know, I have been sick for TWO WEEKS now (ya, I know), and as I was thinking of things to make that used oranges (which are high in vitamin C), and I immediately thought, ORANGE JULIUS. Although the sugar in this drink most likely cancels out most of its nutritious value, It still tasted amazing and made me feel a little bit better. I made this drink by using a recipe similar to this one, and it turned out pretty good, although not perfect. It was a bit thinner than I aspired, but that didn’t affect the taste at all. It was sweet and orangey, all while being frothy and ice cold: the perfect drink to liven up a rather dreary day filled with nose-blowing and coughing non-stop.

IMG_0624[1]Juicy blood oranges ready to be juiced…

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Freshly squeezed orange juice using my new-found juicer I mentioned here

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Ready to blend with my new hand held stick blender… I AM IN LOVE WITH THAT THING!!!!!!!

That is all you need to do to have this perfectly creamy and orangey drink. One thing I might change next time is that I might swap out the milk in the recipe for heavy cream to make it a bit more frothier, or perhaps the addition of baking soda might help ( I’m thinking because of the orange juice, it might froth up like how it does with lemon juice). Do you have any ideas? Have you tried making this drink before? How did it turn out? Tell me in the comments!!!!

Dance Forever,

Rachel

 

Crescent Roll Dough Chicken Puffs!!!!


As I informed you guys back when I posted this, being sick SUCKS!!!! You may be thinking around now, “Wow, seriously!!! She’s still sick!!! She posted that like two weeks ago!!” and you are absolutely CORRECT!! I have been sick now for TWO WEEKS, plus a couple extra days here and there, and there is only one word to describe it: it SUCKS. Well that’s actually two words, but WHATEVER! I am officially sick of being sick: of blowing my nose like a vuvuzela nonstop, of coughing until my stomach hurts so much that I am convinced I have a full-blown six pack, and most of all, not doing ANYTHING!!! Despite being able to sleep for about five hours longer than I usually would, I HATE being a couch potato for longer than about a day. I can’t even dance!!! Rachel not being able to dance= saddness, and eventually, insanity (though one may argue I’m already insane in the first place…). Well, enough with my raging; Let’s get to the point of today’s post: chicken puffs!!!

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A couple of days ago, I was beginning to become sick of eating microwaved meals and was bored out of my mind, so I decided to cook. I wanted to make something easy, something that would only take about a half hourish. That was when I came across this brilliant recipe using one of the quickest and easiest ingredients ever: crescent dough!! Ya, the stuff in tube. And it was DELICIOUS!!! The chicken was cooked perfectly, and the creamy filling was mouthwatering!!! I am DEFINITELY going to make this recipe again! A little tip that I want to mention is that you shouldn’t worry if your dough isn’t perfectly triangle when you unravel it; My dough ended up kinda morphed once I opened it, and I just stretched them into as triangle of pieces as I could, and they turned out just fine. One thing that I might try next time is adding a bit of bacon, and brushing the tops of the dough with an egg wash, which is recommended in the video at the bottom.

Cut up chicken bites!!!

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MMMM!!!! Filling!!!!!

IMG_0631[1]My favorite part: cooking the chicken!!!

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Ready to go in the oven!

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Ready to eat!!!!

There you have it: easy but delicous chicken puffs!!!! Still have questions? Here is a video that allrecipes made to go along with this delicious recipe:

So, I wanna know: what do you think? Have you tried this recipe yet? Do you have any other easy crescent roll dough recipes that you love? Tell me in the comments!!!!

Dance Forever,

Rachel

 

Two Ways to Fry: Onion Rings and Garlic Potatoes


Recently, my family and I went through our kitchen and COMPLETELY reorganized it. During the process we found many interesting things: a juicer, a couple funnels, and, most importantly, a small fryer. I had completely forgotten about that thing, and I decided that I needed to make up for lost time. How you ask? By frying the heck out of pretty much everything I cooked for about a week. I made beer-battered onion rings and garlic potatoes. First of all: the onion rings.

IMG_0452[1]These onion rings were hands down some of the best I’ve ever had. Even more, they were SO easy to make! I just used this recipe, and fried away. Beer battered onion rings are my favorite type of onion rings; NOT because I like beer (I am WAY too young to drink :-)) but because of the light, fluffy, tempura-like consistency it gives the breading. It makes them crispy, but not overly crunchy. Also, this batter solved one of my pet peeves: breading that falls off the onion, leaving you with just an oily, floppy sliver of onion. This breading stuck to the onion so you got a bite of the  oh-so-glorious breading along with the crisp onion.


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Here are the ingredients lined up on my counter…

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Assembly line…

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Fry-time!!!!!!

Next, I’ll show you the second recipe I made: garlic potatoes. This recipe was inspired by the AMAZING potatoes at one of my favorite restaurants, La Creperie. I sorta winged the recipe, but I did use these sets of guidelines for how to fry them.

Here’s how I did it:

1. I cut up three potatoes into bite sized squares

2. I spread them between two paper plates

3. I heated them in the microwave for about five minutes, but if your potatoes aren’t able to be easily stabbed with a fork, put them in for longer (this ensures a soft middle, but crispy outside)

4. I preheated my oil in my fryer to about 360ish degrees

5. I fried them for about ten minutes for each batch of about eightish (depending on the size of your fryer, add more or less in a batch)

6. I cut up about five cloves of garlic , and put it in a couple tablespoons of butter in a skillet over low-meduim; DON’T SAUTE, JUST HEAT THE GARLIC AND MELT THE BUTTER!!!!!! (sauteing garlic causes it to lose its bite and slightly spicy flavor)

7. I mixed in the garlic and butter into the potatoes, and finished it off with a bit of sea salt and parsley

That is it!!!! Here are some pictures I took as I made them:

IMG_0528[1]Here they are cut up…

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Inside the fryer…

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Ready to eat!!!

And there you have it: two ways to use your fryer. Now, will you excuse me as I go sign up for a couple more dance classes to burn off all of the weight this new frying habit is going to have me gain!!!!!

Dance Forever,

Rachel

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes!!!!!!


Cupcakes; the perfect little circle, filled with moist, cakey goodness and topped off with rich, creamy frosting. The one thing that can make that amazing dish better, is when it tastes like pink lemonade; now THAT is pure heaven. Today, Katrina prepared this awesome delicacy together at her house. They turned out PERFECT; The insides of the cupcakes were spongey and flavorful, while the frosting was an excellent combination of creamy and tart. We made this using this recipe, from one of our favorite blogs (besides our own), abeautifulmess.com.

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The cupcakes turned out absolutely marvelous; the cake was moist and lemony (but not in an overpowering fashion), while the frosting (which looked adorable in its pink color) was creamy and flavorful. The one tip that I have is to LET THE CUPCAKES COOL BEFORE FROSTING THEM!!!!!! The frosting is a butter cream frosting (its made of 2 sticks of butter!) and WILL MELT if exposed to heat… even if you think your cupcakes are cool, let them cool even more. Anyways, if you are looking for a perfect spring-themed cupcake recipe, here at eatpraydance.com, we definitely recommend this one!!!

IMG_0547[1]Here they are in Katrina’s oven…

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Here they are cooling (with the deformed one on the bottom,  second to the left :-))…
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Here is Katrina frosting one… (P.S. no, she is not married, she is just wearing a ring!!! :-))

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Tried frosting ideas (we went with the one on the far right)….

And finally…

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Voila! Cupcake!!!!

Drooling? Then, GO MAKE SOME CUPCAKES!!!!! NOW!!!!!

Are You Making Cupcakes Yet?

Rachel

 

Check This Out: YouKnowYoureADancerWhen.Tumblr.com


I hate being sick. Not only do you miss school assignments, but you also miss dance classes, you feel like poop, and your head feels like it is about to pop out of your skull. Well, that is what I am suffering from right now, and there is pretty much only one way to describe it: it SUCKS!!!! There is, however, an upside to all of this madness; it is giving me quite a lot of time to do stuff that I never have time to do. For example, I finally got around to reorganizing my closet, and putting up a small bulletin board on my wall that I had bought during the summer. But most of all, I had time to sit and do brain-numbing random stuff on my computer. And while doing that task, I came across this absolutely awesome and relate able website: YouKnowYoureADancerWhen.Tumblr.com. Here are a couple of the funny posts that this site is providing:

Ha, this is EXTREMELY relate able if you are a fellow dancer. Have you been to YouKnowYoureADancerWhen.Tumblr.com? What is your favorite out of these posts? As always tell me in the comments!!!!

Dance Forever,

Rachel

Your (Soon To Be) Favorite Show: Bunheads!!!!!


About a week ago, I found myself in a predicament. I had just come home from my ballet class, and thankfully, was finished with all of my homework. I plopped myself onto the couch and picked up the remote for the TV. I scrolled through our playlist impatiently, looking for a show to watch. “I’ll watch Revolution!!!” I thought excitedly to myself. “Oh, yeah.” I remembered, “Revolution is on a break until March.” I sighed, and continued on my search. “I know!!! I’ll watch a cooking show!!!” I decided, but my hopes were crushed when I noticed that I had watched all of the shows that had been recorded. And then, I remembered. What did I remember? That one of my fave shows Bunheads had its season premiere that very night. I was elated as I clicked play on the remote.

If you’ve seen the show, you know the story line; it features a Michelle, a dancer who gets married and moves to a sleepy coastal town called Paradise. Michelle soon discovers that Paradise isn’t really a paradise; her cranky mother-in-law, Fanny, lives with her and her husband, and owns a dance studio in the town. At the dance studio, Fanny teaches numerous students ballet, including four of the main characters: Boo, Sasha, Melanie, and Ginny. The story basically follows the lives of Michelle, Fanny, Boo, Sasha, Melanie, and Ginny, filled with dance and tons of drama. My love affair with this show all started last year when my ballet teacher announced that her daughter, Kaitlin,(who occasionally was a substitute teacher in some of my classes) was going to be in a new TV show on ABC Family. Each week, she revealed new details about it; she told us that Kaitlin was going to play Boo on the show, and finally, she told us to watch the pilot of the show! I obeyed, and since then, I’ve been hooked! And, naturally, Boo is my absolute favorite character on the show.

That’s her :-)

What do you think of Bunheads? Have you seen it before? Do you like it? Who’s your favorite character? As always, tell me in the comments!