Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nerd with a capaital N, Geek with a capital G

Let me just say something right off the bat here. I’m a nerd. I’m a nerd about learning. So maybe it’s a geek? I don’t know. I just love learning.

I’ve always enjoyed learning, school and everything about it. And people truly fascinate me… (so I’m a nerd, geek, and creepy stalker… go figure). Hence the reason I’m studying psychology and sociology.

Anyway, last week I bought a GRE prep book and flashcards because I need to take the GRE here pretty soon. {Here I come graduate school!}

This prompted Mariah to look at AP U.S. History flashcards on Amazon so she can ace her AP test in a few months. I was looking with her and found the AP Psychology flash cards…

And… I bought them.

Am I taking the AP test in a few months? No, I already did that. I just wanted to look through them to see what they were like.

When they arrived I opened them and started looking through them and got ridiculously happy and excited. I’m such a geeky nerd. In the left hand corners they are labeled with more specific areas in psychology. Looking at those makes me remember all the classes I’ve taken and how cool psychology is and I just get overwhelmed with happiness and joy. Just ask Rachel… she thinks I’m nuts. Although she is on drugs (her wisdom teeth were extracted on Monday)… so maybe that’s why. :)

Anyway, i'm finding it hard to open my GRE books now... They were a lot more interesting to look at before the psychology cards came.... 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

How to Make a Giant Kit Kat Bar

This year for Christmas I needed to make a home-made gift for a family of four (with a 6 year-old and a 2 year-old) for under 10 dollars. I decided to make a humongous kit kat bar – because that’s one thing anyone of almost any age can enjoy. (I didn’t quite make it in under 10 dollars – but it was close).

Here’s what you need:

*Melting chocolate – depending on how big you want it. I used 2 packages of almond bark and a large bag of chocolate chips.
*Vanilla wafers
*A mold – I used a long, narrow cardboard box I found at the dollar store. I was hesitant to use cardboard but it worked like a charm. You could also use a garden planter, or plastic Tupperware or something like that.
*A plastic cutting board – I cut the letters out of this to put on the bottom of the mold – But I think cardboard would work too.

1.       Prepare the mold. If you’re using a cardboard box, cut off one side to pour the chocolate into.

22.   Prepare the letters. I used a plastic cutting board and cut out the letters K-I-T-K-A-T and put them down on the bottom of the mold facing backwards. I secured them will glue dots (but that isn’t necessary)
Take a special look at the letter A - it's not backwards :( That's a mistake - don't make the same one :)
   3. Melt the chocolate. I started with 6 squares of almond bark and a few cups of chocolate chips – stir every few seconds to avoid burning.

4. Pour the chocolate over the plastic letters about ¼ way up the mold. Spread evenly and put in the refrigerator for an hour to set.

5. Remove from refrigerator and top the chocolate with layers of the vanilla wafers

6. Melt the remaining chocolate and pour over the wafers – make sure you get all the sides so the wafers are completely encased with chocolate. Put it back in the refrigerator to set. 

7. Remove the chocolate and carefully remove it from the mold – the cardboard came right off for me. The plastic letters got set in the chocolate so I had to use a knife to get the sides up but then they came right off.
Blasted backwards a!
       8.  Wrap in foil

9.    Then in red wrapping paper

10.   Decorate it to look like a kit kat – I weighed mine to figure out the NET WT. I also calculated the nutrition information but decided not to add it to my candy bar – since it was a present and all :)
                                 11.   Set it back in the refrigerator until ready to give or eat 

And there you have it. It’s super easy and makes a great gift!