Thursday, March 31, 2011

Classic Cinnamon Rolls

There’s nothing in this world quite like waking up on a lazy Saturday morning to the smell of cinnamon rolls. The scent of the baking sweet bread mingled with the distinct aroma of cinnamon fills the entire house and beckons you to the kitchen. Yeah, my cinnamon rolls can do that.

Late Saturday morning, my younger brother Kyle wandered down to the kitchen. “Cinnamon rolls?” he asked hopefully. I resisted the urge to roll my eyes. The first thing he smelled when he woke up was warm cinnamon rolls. When had I ever woken up to the scent of cinnamon rolls wafting up to my room? Never—because I was always the one making them.

Regardless, I nodded and directed Kyle to the plate of warm cinnamon rolls I had just finished glazing. I was feeling happy (probably a sugar high), and nothing was going to ruin my good mood.

Click below for a photo-tutorial.

Friday, March 25, 2011

In the Name of Science...

It’s summative season in high school, with science beginning the long list of upcoming projects and assignments. My partner Christina and I had initially decided to test the levels of glucose in everyday foods, which might actually be useful to know. According to the website where we’d gotten the idea from, all the materials would be available at our local pharmacy. What lies!

When we went to Shoppers Drug Mart and asked the pharmacist where the glucose test strips were located, he replied that there was no such thing. The closest thing he could suggest to what we described was something only diabetics with a prescription and $90.00 could acquire.

After a long discussion and a trip to the science store, Christina and I finally decided to observe how different containers affect the rate of decomposition among different fruits. It sounded like an easy project which could be backed with some pictures and research. Of which the research notes for our project were due today. I stayed up until 3:30 A.M. researching and taking pictures last night. I figured that you can fake written observations, but faking a picture of mouldy strawberries would be more difficult. 


Even in the face of the sight of brown bananas and the smell of black apples, my stomach growled. I’m a teenager; I get hungry, all the time. I went to get myself a snack of cheese and crackers. Had it not been 3 A.M. at the time, I would have had more energy to actually spread the brie on to some crackers. But it was 3 A.M. so in my exhausted state, I cut myself a wedge of brie and ate it with some flatbread. 

Midnight 3 A.M. snack.

Topped with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and pieces of roasted, dried garlic, the flatbread tastes crispier than potato chips, but without all the grease and oil. It’s my go-to snack, whenever I’m craving something crunchy.

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