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Apr 27, 2012

Meiji Hello Panda Cookies



 I don't know about you, but I used to love these cookies as a kid. I thought it would be a good time to reflect on being a kid, especially since my focus lately is on the future. The future seems quite dull and unexciting for now. Perhaps something will change that, but right now it looks like work, work, and more work. Bleh. Looking back on childhood is something fun and gets my mind off of the stressful exam week that is ahead.

Next week = exam week. I had my last class of my undergraduate career today. It's strange and I don't think it will sink in till I am completely done with exams/school stuff. It's been a crazy time with all of the projects, papers, and various other homework assignments, but I keep carrying on. I've also been dealing transferring my role as president to an underclassmen, as well as replace the other officers. The officers are all seniors, which meant more work for me. Luckily, I had people interested and wanting to fill the positions. Having that in place pushes some stress off of my plate.






And, let's transition back to the cookies... I love these cookies. They come in three flavors: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Each cookie has their own little image. These specific ones have pandas doing certain sports.








This close-up image shows sailing, lifting weights, canoeing, and karate. I think they are so cute!


I found these specific cookies in the dollar section at the local Target store. Have you ever had these deliciously crunchy and chocolate-y cookies before? Let me know with a comment below! 

As always...
Bon appétit!
                                   

Apr 15, 2012

Whirlwind return: Sundae review

Oh my! The past 2 weeks have officially been nuts! Florida and then returning to school. Florida was really fun and we got to go to Typhoon Lagoon, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Quest, and Hollywood Studios. We also got to see both sets of grandparents for a day. It kind of sucked driving back on Easter, but the roads weren't bad, which made the drive much better than the way down. The way down was torturous with traffic like a parking lot on the highway because of construction and an accident. Yucky. That stop and congestion (as the GPS calls it) made our trip down about 3 hours longer than it should have been. Nasty.
However, ourFlorida vacation was fun and we even took the kitchen sink challenge at Beaches and Cream. Even with 5 people, we weren't able to finish it. We were close though! If you don't know what the kitchen sink is, here is a video about it:


Even though the video can describe it pretty well, I wanted to share my review of this colossal sundae. :)

Before


After
Ok, so in case you didn't catch it in the video, this sundae is huge! 8 scoops of ice cream, all the toppings in the house, brownie, bundt cake, multiple kinds of sauces, a whole banana, and a whole can of whipped cream. It is meant for 4-6 people, but I honestly think it depends if all the people are adults with huge appetites or kids. 4-6 kids will not finish this...





Well, that is the amount left in the kitchen sink bowl. It is slightly shameful what we left in the small bowls...

Overall, I think everyone should give this sundae a try. Definitely bring some friends and family to help you finish it. :)






Definitely something I will not forget! I must say that this week back was a bit nuts. It was difficult to get my mind back into school mode. I have sent out so many e-mails recently that I feel like an e-mail zombie. Crazy stuff! Projects galore and plenty to do before graduation. I am just hoping I can do it all!

Let me know if you have ever eaten the kitchen sink with a comment below! If you think it looks tasty, also feel free to comment! I love hearing from my readers! :)

As always...
Bon appétit!