Friday, June 27, 2014

The Hundred



The other day I was doing my daily routine reading of all my favorite bloggers when I came across The Hundred Event. It is a blogger convention being held in Dallas (hooray) and on my birthday (double hooray) and it just so happens that 2 of the hosts are my all time favorite bloggers (triple hooray!).  I mean really, could this be more perfect? I swear I shed tears.

Before I had even finished reading all of the details I was already planning out my outfits and business cards in my head. My body was just filled with excitement as I registered for the event (I am telling you I was probably the first to register). But I have to admit as soon as I hit the register button I panicked. 

I later told my mom that right after I registered was like a movie scene...picture this: I had just climbed in to the shower, there I am standing underneath the water with my hands covering my face like Macaulay Culkin on the cover of Home Alone. My mind started racing. What am I going to say to these people? This means I have to make friends at the convention. What if they just stare at me wondering why a person as young as I am was at their convention? In the words of the Bluthe's, I had made a huge mistake.*

Just as I had begun devising a plan to get out of going, I realized this needed to happen. I needed to get out of my comfort zone and honestly this is a perfect way to do it. Even though I know come August 8th I will have a pit in my stomach and may be on the verge of a panic attack, this will be worth it. 

Though I will most likely feel uncomfortable and awkward at first, this convention is a once in a lifetime opportunity and an adventure I will never forget. 
 I encourage you to go out and do something that scares you today. 
Simply, 
Kendall Rose
*After I wrote this sentence I spent 10 minutes watching Arrested Development best quotes on Youtube... guilty as charged.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Father's Day

Sorry this is over a week late.. this has been my busiest week yet. Between tests and projects and looking for a job, I have barely had anytime to myself!








Father's day weekend was very adventurous to say the least. Saturday morning we woke up bright and early to rush to Fort Worth to watch my brother show a longhorn and the Autobahn show. It was a long yet fun day...the whole time we were sitting in a barn surrounded by animals, all I could think about was getting a huge frozen yogurt in a cone covered in sprinkles. After I attempted to google "frozen yogurt surrounded with sprinkles" place and failed miserably...I settled for pizza. Actually my dad picked the place and really how could I say no.

You know those times when it feels like nothing is going right for you? Well Saturday was one of those nights…we went on a search for a big card like we got my mom...fail. When searching for streamers, all I could find were Christmas colors...fail. I didn't buy any balloons because I knew we had some at home from Mother's Day…but then I couldn't find them so fail again.

Father's Day was actually quite wonderful! We slept in some (finally) and had a slow start to the day. My dad's only request was an omelet with spinach and some blueberries for breakfast…easy enough! After breakfast we lounged around just soaking up the down time which we all rarely seem to get now-a-days. My Grampa came over in the afternoon and we sat outside and grilled as we chatted about the weekend and life in general. At the last minute we decided to see 22 Jump Street...although it was hilarious I'm not so sure it was the best movie to see with your grandfather... I think it is safe to say we may have scared him just a bit.

Dad - thank you for all that you do for me. You continuously show your love and support for me and the family through your hard work and dedication. We are all so proud of everything you have accomplished in your personal and work life in the past several years. Although the past couple of months have been hard on us, especially for you, I admire your perseverance and strength. I know that Grams is with you each and every day and she is so proud of you. Thank you for being my dad and thank you for always making sure I know that I am loved. I love you!







Simply,

Kendall Rose
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sweet Summertime

Even though my summer officially lasted 3 weeks I woke up today feeling like celebrating summer, and well there's just something about lemon that screams summer.. so I only felt it was appropriate to make a lemon bundt cake. 




Let me just start off by saying I thought this was going to be a disaster.. I (very courageously) decided that I would in fact be using my own recipe  no recipe to make this bundt cake... 
Now before you get too excited, I used box cake and box pudding mix, so not really homemade but to each its own.

I was sure that it something would go wrong... I may or may not have been holding my breath and crossing my fingers when I turned the bundt pan over. I was picturing the cake crumbling to pieces and a melt down from me. Thankfully I was able to get the bundt onto the cake stand, perfectly I might add. 

Okay but seriously, it was super easy to make and tasted wonderful... and it totally satisfied my need to celebrate summer. 









Ingredients: 

1 box of yellow cake 
1 box of lemon pudding (instant) 
4 eggs
2/3 cup of oil (i always use coconut oil)
1/3 cup of seedless raspberry spreadable fruit/preserves 
2 lemons
8 oz of cream cheese
1 cup of confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla 
2 tablespoons of milk

Directions:

Batter-
Mix box cake, instant pudding, eggs, and oil in a large bowl 
Add juice from one lemon
Take about 1 cup of batter and mix in a small bowl with raspberry preserves
Pour half the batter into a nonstick or greased bundt pan 
Evenly spread the raspberry batter on top off the cake batter
Pour the rest of the batter in the pan
Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees
Allow cake to cool before inverting it 

Icing-
Mix cream cheese, confectioners sugar, vanilla and milk in a large bowl
Blend until smooth (should be a yogurt like consistency)
Drizzle on top of bundt cake 
Enjoy!

Simply,

Kendall Rose


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