47. Have a tea party

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And that, Katherine and I did! Katherine and I have been best friends since forever. The age of 2, to be exact. Inseparable! (And oh, do I love her!) Today, Katherine, Christine, and I ventured to Bruegger’s with free-bagel-coupons in hand. We enjoyed our lunch, and Tucker also stopped by to quickly eat (then rush off to work.) Then, we went to the park with Katherine’s dog, Libby. Libby is a real dog, not like my own. She fetches and swims and doesn’t weigh 16 pounds. In fact, my dog, Buddy, had a seizure this morning! He’s epileptic and has them every so often– still kind of alarming, though. Anyways. After that, Christine had to work so she headed home. Katherine and I struggled with what to do.

THEN, we took a look at the list! We used to have tea parties all the time when we were little, so clearly it was necessary. We started by finding the tea set and making Toll House chocolate chip cookies.

Yum!

Cookie dough is usually better than actual cookies.

After the cookies were done, we had to dress up just like we used to! We found a box of old Halloween costumes in her basement closet– and we enjoyed it!

Poodleskirts, ftw.

So yes, we looked ridiculous. BUT, we had fun and that’s what matters! Neither of us like actual tea, so our teapot was filled with water and we used the mini “sugar” bowl as the Crystal Light bowl to make lemonade (in painfully small proportions). We spilled a lot, but we always had our pinkies in the air! The important part is to remain proper. We used napkin holders and a fake candle, and it was all excellent. I love days like this with Katherine. <3

That's all, folks.

Love always, Amelia

15. Walk to the Ice Cream Shop & 42. Take Photobooth Pictures

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I’m getting really bad at posting when I actually do things. Mostly just because the computer in my room doesn’t work currently, so it’s a lot more work haha. Anyways, a few days ago I ventured over to Tucker’s house after volunteering, we had dinner and decided to adventure to the ice cream shop down the road, called Scoops. It’s only a few minutes away, so it wasn’t a big deal. We order cones, and I end up with FANTASTIC oatmeal chocolate chip cookie ice cream. So delicious! Strong recommendation. It has actual pieces of cookie in it, and the ice cream has chocolate chips in it and a little bit of cinnamon– excellent. Tucker didn’t have quite as good luck. He ordered something called Nicollet Pot Hole, which had fudge, toffee, and sea salt in it. Now, most people know that salt is used to melt thing… well it did the same thing. Not even a block down the road he is DRIPPING in chocolate ice cream, napkins soaked, and has it all over his hands and face. I was smart to catch a picture!

Oh haii.

Super struggle.

Ohh Tucker. (Good thing this is super attractive……) I apologize for the turrrible quality, it’s off of my phone.

Then yesterday, the ABCDD club went shopping! Oh what fun, haha. Gaby, Grace, Vanessa, and I were at the Mall of America for like 5 hours, which was excellent. It was a very productive day. After shopping, we dropped Gaby off and headed to Grace’s house. We ate dinner and chatted for a while, and ended up taking a bunch of ridiculous Photobooth pictures with Ruth. Enjoy!

Good times, mostly.

Quality.

Love always, Amelia

6. Bake cookies without a recipe & 30. Go to the library & 35. Surprise someone with flowers

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This one will actually be good, I promise. I actually have something to work with now, finally! Today has been a very busy day. Except not really. I didn’t really do anything this weekend, so I really had to make up for it today… and I think I did? I hope so. Anyways, I woke up this morning and read Catching Fire for like 3 hours… then finally got up. Tucker came over and we… went to the library and played computer games. I’m going to Kansas this weekend to visit my cousin and her daughter, so I needed something to do in the horribly long drive… and so I got books! (GASP. More reading.) That was fun, I guess? Then we played games. Civilization 4 and Railroad Tycoon 3, in fact. Yeah, on separate laptops at the same time. We’re super cool, okay? He left and then at about 7, Grace, Vanessa, and Maddi showed up. Thank god! Came to save the day.

First, we started with baking cookies without a recipe– a struggle, kind of. We knew the basics, flour, sugar, butter, eggs, etc. and then we just kind of threw in some random things. 2 eggs and an egg white, chocolate chips, a lot of vanilla extract, and some baking soda or powder… I don’t know which haha. And I mean, they turned out pretty good? I’d say they were decent. Not great– but not terrible.

Without a recipe.

Decent.

After the cookies were done, we were rather bored. We thought about a movie or something, but I didn’t really have anything we wanted to see– so we set out to Cub for an adventure. We bought two bouquets of flowers, a balloon, and set on our way! Our first stop– McDonald’s. We surprised a girl waiting to order with a carnation, and it was kind of awkward, but fun. Walgreens, next. We totally made the cashiers day! Of course, it was just past 10, so nothing was really open, so we gave 2 more at Pizza Hut and a nail salon. We had 4 left, so we went over to Kelsey’s house! She wasn’t home, but her mom sure enjoyed it! Then we went to Christine’s house. Her family seemed to be hosting some kind of a party… which was kind of awkward, but I went in and found her and gave her a few. It was cute! Also, she was wearing a romper, which, although I could never pull off, looked adorable. Anyways, our last stop was Sam’s house. We gave him a full bouquet of flowers and a balloon. It was awkward, but fun. It was kind of a spontaneous and random thing to do, but I hope we made someone feel good! It was fun, and that’s really what matters.

Surprise!

Adventure time, yo.

Love always, Amelia

 

2. Read a book & 83. Take the dog to the dog park

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Good books.

Hello!

Yes, I did it! Amelia — the girl who does not read books –has, in fact, read a book! I’m actually almost done with my second for the summer, ALREADY! Wow. It was Sophie’s idea for the book I read, as it is one of her favorites. I read “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins… and it was FANTASTIC. It was that perfect mixture of action, sci-fi, adventure, and even a small amount of romance to make an excellent story. It’s about a dystopian society and these terrible traditions they have that force 2 kids from each “district” (essentially cities) to fight to the death. The winner is the person who survives. I strongly recommend it! I am now about halfway through the second book in the trilogy called “Catching Fire.” It’s still super good! Which usually doesn’t happen in sequels, but I’m still enjoying it, so Miss Collins did something right!

Also, I hope everyone notice my new skills of word wrap on images. Please enjoy.

Anyways, Tucker and I also happened to bring my dog, Buddy, to the dog park a few days ago. It was rather enjoyable. My dog is a Jack Russel Terrier, which are known to be kind of… nutty. And apparently has to capitalized according to spell check. Anyways, he doesn’t like other dogs. So we avoided them as much as possible, and it went pretty well. I went again with my family on father’s day, and he wasn’t so great. Buddy is rather… vocal. He kind of “talks”? I guess that’s the right word. Anyways, most dogs don’t care, but their owners usually think he’s like biting them or something, but he never does! He just plays. And even if he does bite, he can’t break skin. Pathetic dog.

My doggyyy.

I like dogs.

The first one is Tucker and ze puppy running. Kind of a funny sight. The rest are kind of obvious. Umm, yeah.

Love always, Amelia

PS: Sorry for the kind of lacking and short post, there really isn’t much to say… I went to a park and read a book. Oooooh.

 

 

3. Have a Picnic

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I found myself in quite surprise to find that all of a sudden my blog had more than 8 views! Apparently I accidentally posted on Facebook about it… or something, I still don’t really know. But anyways, I had a large number of views, and also some joyous comments. Very exciting. I’m not sure how I feel about that… pretty awkward, to be honest. It’s kind of odd. I don’t know. Anyways.

YESTERDAY, I had a day full of adventure. I began my day with Grace and Christine. We gathered assorted food items and made our way Target– yeah, that’s right. If you know anything about where I live, you know what by Target. Roundabouts! We had a lovely picnic sitting in the middle of one, actually.

Roundabout adventures.

It's a picnic, yo.

Grace loves to take pictures of herself, and I particularly enjoy her facial expression/sunglasses. Anyways, we ate in the beating sun (did I get tan?! No, of course not. Why would I ask such a ridiculous question?) and enjoyed weird looks and people avoiding eye contact. The best part was probably Christine’s cookies she brought… warmed by the sun and chocolate all melty-and-delicious. It was great. Of course, the company was quite great too. Good idea, Christine! Super fun. I enjoyed it.

Anyways, Christine had to go to her Grandma’s, so we dropped her off and Grace and I made our way to Sophie’s house.

Rocking out.

Safe driving.

Sophie had a fantastical idea to get on the light rail and adventure to Minnehaha Falls. It was so lovely! We waded a little bit in the water, and just kind of enjoyed the outside. It was so pretty too! Yay nature?

Prettiness.

Ignore how ugly I am in the picture... Ohh, pretty waterfall!

After a couple hows, we loaded back on the train and made our way back to Sophie’s. Funny fact, Sophie lives right by the beloved Tucker, so of course we had to venture to his… mostly just to eat the popsicles we made at his house. (just kidding!) So we took a walk up the hill, ate popsicles, and then the 4 of us went back to Sophie’s to enjoy a few episode of Community. Fantastic show. Watch it.

http://www.videobb.com/video/MQDfwR5SesHc

Enjoy.

Love always, Amelia

PS: Photo cred to GRACE because frankly, I’m not a photographer.

71. Make Homemade Pizza

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Hello, once again today!

I spent the evening at Tucker’s house… making pizza! So, of course, I’m posting a recipe because I have nothing more than a recipe to say other than the fact that it was delicious. SO… we began with dough his mother purchased. We rolled it out… well, actually, Tucker did it his own way.

Doing it his own way.

Tucker likes to throw things in the air.

Magic, really. I could never do that! Anyways, meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. After the dough is all happy, put a little olive oil on it, or EVOO as Rachel Ray would say.

EVOO

Rachel Ray and Tucker = The same person.

After that we made the sauce! Basically you put ripe tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds, and then put them in ice water. This makes the skin start to peel off. Then, peel them, cut them up, put ’em in a food processor, viola! Put that in a saucepan with some garlic, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, and you’ll probably end up with something good. Just a little bit of everything! I would also suggest putting in either browned hamburger, or browned onions… or both! It would all be good. Simmer in the saucepan for 30 minutes (or until it seems good enough haha.)

Yummy.

This is what it's supposed to look like... we think.

THEN put the sauce on the pizza, duh. C’mon guys, keep up. After that, it’s pretty much up to you. Put whatever you want on it! We did pepperoni, canadian bacon, a browned onion/mushroom mix of deliciousness, and a lot of cheese. We used a variety of cheeses too, which was very good. Here’s what it looked like before we cooked it.

Maximum deliciousity.

Looks good... but will it be!?

Yes, it was good. Cook the pizza (at 425!) for 12-15 minutes. Maybe a little longer, depending on how thick the crust is. Whenever the cheese is lightly browned and the crust is all the way cooked.

Finished.

Let's eat!

Ours turned out fantastic. How did yours?

We had some extra dough, so we also made a desert pizza… which was DELICIOUS. Tucker had made these as a kid… and I can understand why! Yum yum yum.

Same dough, roll it out… except roll it out more. And a little more. Almost paper thin! Thinner than a slice of pepperoni. Ridiculous, yet very good.  I promise! Also, all the same keep the oven at 425 degrees. THEN, use chocolate sauce as the “pizza sauce.” His mom made some homemade!

Chuong's Pie and Chocolate Sauce

Homemade is the best. Yay moms.

Don’t judge the weird shape of the pizza. We’re not good at rolling it out. Shhh.

Then, cover it with caramel. Finally, cut marshmallows for “pepperoni.” I suggest using scissors, it worked the best for us. Put these on the pizza!

The best combo.

I love chocolate. And caramel. And marshmallows. This really can't go wrong.

Cook the concoction for about 12 minutes, maybe a little longer. The crust should be cooked all the way through and the marshmallows should be lightly toasted brown.

Delicious!

I want some now.

This was so absolutely delicious. Serve with a mini scoop of ice cream and perhaps some whipped cream. I rolled mine into a kind of taco. Desert taco-pizza? Yuss. Anyways, it was very good. I would suggest these for everyone.

PIZZA FOR EVERYONE.

That is all, goodnight then!

Love always, Amelia

38. Rearrange my Bedroom

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38: check. It was a rather spur-of-the-moment thing, but it was fun! A few days ago Christine, Maddi, and I were bored, so we took a look at the list and decided to do this.

The adventure began with a trip to Target, as all sufficient adventures do. We needed storage! We found some basic blue bins for my closet… and on sale! Fantastic.

Every good adventure starts here.

I lost my keys, too.

(Top Right: Maddi, Christine, Top Left: Maddi, Christine, Bottom Right: Maddi, Christine, Myself, Bottom Left: Maddi, Christine. I don’t know why I label all of the pics because 1. No one looks at them and 2. If someone has read this, they would recognize the people by now.) Don’t worry, Christine found my keys.

We ended up rearranging all of my ridiculous furniture. I have a surprising large amount in a semi-small space. But it works! I got the task of organizing my closet, which wasn’t as daunting as I thought it would be. It was actually all fairly fun. But then again, what isn’t when it’s in good company. Anyways.

The finished product.

My brother's legs. Hi Alex!

THE BEST.

The part I'm most proud of.

Yay closets. They are pretty great, don’t lie. I mean, they hold your crap. It’s an impressive job.

So yep! I’m done now. I’ll probably post again tonight. Mmm bye.

Love always, Amelia

PS: Did you find it? :)