Monthly Archives: June 2014

Good Things Happen to Good People

I have some awesome plans for Operation Bright! 🙂 I’m currently working on a few July 4th events so hopefully they all happen. I was at the VA hospital yesterday and had a nice chat with one of the vets. He’s the same vet that had open heart surgery and I’m relieved to say he made it okay. I was telling him about Project Give since the subject of giving back came up. I was telling him about Operation Bright and what I want to do for July 4th. So he nonchalantly chats it up and then sticks something small in my hand. When he did it, he said,”to help with your project.” He gave me two folded up 50 dollar bills. That is why veterans are freakin awesome. I tried to give it back to him but it was like trying to do that with my dad, never works. Then he told me that good things happen to good people. He also said it was for all the goodies I bake for the vets there and he knows how the recipients will truly enjoy them. I had brought him a goodie bag full of my famous chocolate chip cookies. I make the best chocolate chip cookies btw. Just had to throw that in there. His generous donation will go to some delicious cookies for a few well-deserving recipients.

The big bro keeps telling me I should turn Project Give into a non-profit since it’s what I love to do the most. I’ve had a few other people tell me that as well but I never like asking for donations whether it be money or actual items. I feel that it’s a lot more meaningful (for me) and personal when I work hard for the money and I use it to help others instead of asking for donations. Sure, people have donated to my project and I’m grateful to them but running a non-profit would be asking for a lot of donations. I have all these ideas but I’m just not sure they’ll turn out right. That and running a non-profit takes so much dedication. Right now, it’s kind of my stress reliever. We’ll see what happens! 🙂

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

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Good Things Happen to Good People

I have some awesome plans for Operation Bright! 🙂 I’m currently working on a few July 4th events so hopefully they all happen. I was at the VA hospital yesterday and had a nice chat with one of the vets. He’s the same vet that had open heart surgery and I’m relieved to say he made it okay. I was telling him about Project Give since the subject of giving back came up. I was telling him about Operation Bright and what I want to do for July 4th. So he nonchalantly chats it up and then sticks something small in my hand. When he did it, he said,”to help with your project.” He gave me two folded up 50 dollar bills. That is why veterans are freakin awesome. I tried to give it back to him but it was like trying to do that with my dad, never works. Then he told me that good things happen to good people. He also said it was for all the goodies I bake for the vets there and he knows how the recipients will truly enjoy them. I had brought him a goodie bag full of my famous chocolate chip cookies. I make the best chocolate chip cookies btw. Just had to throw that in there. His generous donation will go to some delicious cookies for a few well-deserving recipients.

The big bro keeps telling me I should turn Project Give into a non-profit since it’s what I love to do the most. I’ve had a few other people tell me that as well but I never like asking for donations whether it be money or actual items. I feel that it’s a lot more meaningful (for me) and personal when I work hard for the money and I use it to help others instead of asking for donations. Sure, people have donated to my project and I’m grateful to them but running a non-profit would be asking for a lot of donations. I have all these ideas but I’m just not sure they’ll turn out right. That and running a non-profit takes so much dedication. Right now, it’s kind of my stress reliever. We’ll see what happens! 🙂

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

summer sweet bucket list!

All I have been thinking about is ice cream. I want to try more ice cream shops and three are on the bucket list this summer.
#1: Ice Cream Lab in Beverly Hills – ice cream made of liquid nitrogen? I’m game 🙂 The ice cream looks so darn delicious. It’s a must try this summer. Blue velvet anyone?
#2: Mother Moos Creamery in Sierra Madre – this little gem is pretty close to work so hopefully I’ll get a chance to go. It’s a cute little shop and they sell all sorts of goodies from ice cream to popcorn to homemade jams.
#3: Carmela’s Ice Cream Parlor in Pasadena – for some reason this has made the list twice. I had it on last summer but never made it there. It is pretty out of the way but I’m hoping I’ll get to it this summer.

Other awesome places include Fosselman’s in Alhambra and Bulgarinis in Altadena. Fosselman’s is the closet to me and one of my favorites. Simple delicious ice cream for good prices. The two things I hate is the parking sucks and they’re cash only. I’m not a fan of cash only places. I never seem to carry cash with me!

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

Dessert Decorating at Work

I’ve been decorating a lot of desserts at work. It’s pretty much my calling. I made an angel food cake with blueberries mixed into the cake batter and frosted it with whipped cream. I piped rosettes on the top border and shells on the bottom border. I put a blueberry on top of each rosette for decoration. Then I wrote Happy Birthday in caramel sauce. It still looked a little plain to me so I did caramel swirls on the top border. My resident loved it and asked for seconds.
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I also made ice cream sundaes with my residents. I put a scoop of vanilla ice cream at the bottom of the cup. I topped the ice cream with sliced bananas, whipped cream, and a cherry. I also drizzled on some blackberry sauce. They were delish! 🙂
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One my residents had an anniversary today. He’s been married to his wife for 56 years. I didn’t know it was their anniversary today so I couldn’t make them a cake in time. My work place has frozen mini chocolate lava cakes on hand so I used one of those. I nuked it in the fridge for about 35 seconds and decorated it like no ones business. The writing as well as the drizzles are chocolate. I melted about 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and made a paper cone to put it in. It worked like a charm. I piped stars around the lava cake with whipped cream and then drizzled strawberry sauce on top of the whipped cream. I also piped stars on the sides of the plate and attempted to draw a heart on each. My coworker said I should add some strawberries so I piped two more stars (bigger ones) and placed two strawberries on each star. Then I put a scoop of ice cream on top of the lava cake and drizzled more chocolate on top. I also drizzled some chocolate on the whipped cream/strawberry sauce decoration.
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Someone told me I should go to pastry school because I make all these desserts. I mean, I have to make it pretty right? 🙂

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

The Donut Man (Glendora, CA)

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I work 10 minutes from The Donut Man! How awesome is that? Well…maybe not too awesome because they contribute to my pudge but it’s still delicious. I used to go to school right by this beloved donut shop so it’s like my hidden gem. The Donut Man is known for their strawberry and peach donuts. They’re not really known for their tiger tails but they should be! Those babies are dangerous. A foot long twisted donut with chocolate glazed with icing. I was surprised that it’s just right, not too overwhelmingly sweet.
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I got two strawberry donuts, two chocolate bavarian creme donuts, and six tiger tails. I LOVE their strawberry donuts. There’s a reason why The Donut Man is one of LA’s top five donut joints. It’s so delicious! The donut is super fluffy, the strawberries are fresh, and it’s not too sweet. Everything just blends together really well. I haven’t tried the peach donuts yet because I always seem to miss it. The strawberry and peach donuts are seasonal so plan accordingly. I was told by the cashier that they’ll have the peach donuts at the end of July and all throughout August. Yum! The tiger tails are amazing! It’s the longest donut I’ve ever seen. I think their maple bars are also a foot long but I haven’t tried them yet.

There’s usually a line when I go but it goes by really fast. It is cash only so bring cash! If you do forget to bring cash, no worries. There’s a atm machine on the side where you can withdraw some mula for delicious donuts. Parking is kinda eh so I would suggest parking on the street. People don’t really care where they park and they end up blocking someone elses car so watch out for that. It’s not really a shop where you can go in and order donuts. They have two windows where you can order from. The workers are always friendly.

I got my loot for $21. I know, I know, who the heck spends $21 on donuts? ME! 🙂 All because I know how good they are. The tiger tails go for $1.75 each. The chocolate bavarian creme donuts are $2 each. The strawberry donuts are the most expensive at $3.25 each. The prices went up a lot since my college days but whatevs. I’m willing to pay if the results are amazing, which they are. I give them 4.5 stars overall. I seriously wish they took credit card since I’m a cc junkie and never carry cash with me.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

The Donut Man (Glendora, CA)

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I work 10 minutes from The Donut Man! How awesome is that? Well…maybe not too awesome because they contribute to my pudge but it’s still delicious. I used to go to school right by this beloved donut shop so it’s like my hidden gem. The Donut Man is known for their strawberry and peach donuts. They’re not really known for their tiger tails but they should be! Those babies are dangerous. A foot long twisted donut with chocolate glazed with icing. I was surprised that it’s just right, not too overwhelmingly sweet.
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I got two strawberry donuts, two chocolate bavarian creme donuts, and six tiger tails. I LOVE their strawberry donuts. There’s a reason why The Donut Man is one of LA’s top five donut joints. It’s so delicious! The donut is super fluffy, the strawberries are fresh, and it’s not too sweet. Everything just blends together really well. I haven’t tried the peach donuts yet because I always seem to miss it. The strawberry and peach donuts are seasonal so plan accordingly. I was told by the cashier that they’ll have the peach donuts at the end of July and all throughout August. Yum! The tiger tails are amazing! It’s the longest donut I’ve ever seen. I think their maple bars are also a foot long but I haven’t tried them yet.

There’s usually a line when I go but it goes by really fast. It is cash only so bring cash! If you do forget to bring cash, no worries. There’s a atm machine on the side where you can withdraw some mula for delicious donuts. Parking is kinda eh so I would suggest parking on the street. People don’t really care where they park and they end up blocking someone elses car so watch out for that. It’s not really a shop where you can go in and order donuts. They have two windows where you can order from. The workers are always friendly.

I got my loot for $21. I know, I know, who the heck spends $21 on donuts? ME! 🙂 All because I know how good they are. The tiger tails go for $1.75 each. The chocolate bavarian creme donuts are $2 each. The strawberry donuts are the most expensive at $3.25 each. The prices went up a lot since my college days but whatevs. I’m willing to pay if the results are amazing, which they are. I give them 4.5 stars overall. I seriously wish they took credit card since I’m a cc junkie and never carry cash with me.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

Cake Decorating

I work as an activities assistant in a senior living home. We do all sorts of neat stuff. I think my favorite would have to be the residents birthdays. Usually for their birthday we either have the kitchen thaw out a small cake or we can make one ourselves. Since I’ve been there, we’ve made them. I get to use my cake decorating skills and make pretty masterpieces. One of my residents had her birthday today so my coworker made her a cake and I got to decorate the cake. She loved her cake and we kept getting compliments on how pretty it was. YAY! 🙂 As long as she loves it then I’m happy. There’s been a few birthdays here and there so this post is for the pictures.
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My coworker decorated this cake. It’s an apple cake with cream cheese frosting. It’s decorated with whipped cream and a sweet strawberry sauce on top.
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This is the cake I decorated. It’s the same as the above. This is the before picture.
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This is the after picture. Excuse the ugly writing. I cut two holes in the bag on accident and frosting kept trying to come out when I didn’t want it to.
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This is the cake I decorated today. It’s devil’s food cake with chocolate whipped cream. It’s decorated with chopped pecans on the side, chocolate rosettes piped on top, and cherries. I put red dye into the chocolate whipped cream frosting and piped Happy Birthday Jill! on the cake. It was served with chocolate ice cream which was delicious! 🙂

More cake decorating to come! 😀

Fail Sweetly,
Justina