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Best of 2014

After all the hits of 2013, 2014 was a little slow on Pale Yellow.  However, after checking my stats from WordPress, I’m actually up 9,000 views from last year.  So after all, not a bad year.  There was a lot of quinoa salads and overnight oats; not as many cupcakes.  It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for three years and this past one was the most stressful.  Going back to school has cut into my free time drastically.  Imagine that, lol!  I hope 2015 allows me to focus on quality or quantity because I still enjoy this hobby very much!

Here are the top 1o posts from 2014 (all made it 2013, whoops!):

  1. Vanilla Pudding Shotsvanilla pudding shots // pale yellow
  2. DIY Blue Print Juice Cleansejuice cleanse {blue print} // pale yellow
  3. Lemon Loaf CakeLemon Loaf Cake // Pale Yellow
  4. Chewy M &  M CookiesChewy M & M Cookies | Pale Yellow
  5. Mudslide Pudding Shotsmudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}
  6. Almond Pulp Breakfast Barsalmond pulp breakfast bars // pale yellow
  7. Strawberry Cupcakesstrawberry cupcakes | pale yellow {a vanilla cake with fresh strawberries, a fresh strawberry filling, & strawberry swiss meringue buttercream}
  8. Green Apple Juice {Blue Print Green}green apple juice // pale yellow
  9. Peanut Butter Cup CheesecakesPeanut Butter Cup Cheesecakes | Pale Yellow
  10. Sumbitches Cookiessumbitches cookies | pale yellow { Peanut butter, caramel, and chocolate chip cookies inspired by HIMYM}

And here are my favorite 10 posts in reverse chronological order (all from 2014, lol):

  1. Eggnog Cheesecake BarsEggnog Cheesecake Bars | Pale Yellow
  2. Cranberry Brie Bitescranberry brie bites | pale yellow
  3. Pumpkin Bread PuddingPumpkin Bread Pudding | Pale Yellow
  4. Smoke Paprika Kale ChipsSmoked Paprika Kale Chips | Pale Yellow
  5. Pumpkin RollPumpkin Roll | Pale Yellow
  6. Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Garlic MayoZucchini Fries with Chipotle Garlic Mayo | Pale Yellow
  7. Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Saladbuffalo chicken quinoa salad | pale yellow
  8. Onion Jam Pizzaonion jam pizza | pale yellow
  9. Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Barsbrown butter chocolate chip cookie bars | pale yellow
  10. Bourbon Butterscotch PuddingBourbon Butterscotch Pudding | Pale Yellow

Here is to more baking, cooking, and blogging in 2015!  It’s going to be a great year!

Two Years Ago – Sugar Cookie Santas

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Holiday Cookie Time

I have yet to make my plan for holiday baking, but here is some inspiration for you!  There are so many flavors and ideas, it’s hard to narrow it down.  Maybe things will be easier for you!

Holiday Cookies 2014 | Pale YellowClockwise from top left:

  1. Boozy Eggnog
  2. Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Peppermint Buttercream
  3. Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles
  4. Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes
  5. Peppermint Marshmallows
  6. Candy Cane Cheesecakes
  7. Candy Cake Truffles
  8. Chocolate Sugar Cookie Santas

Holiday Cookies 2014 | Pale YellowClockwise from top left:

  1. Chocolate Peppermint Roll
  2. Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Mini Cupcakes
  3. Peppermint Bark Cookies
  4. Red Velvet Blossoms
  5. Sugar Cookie Wreaths
  6. Eggnog Chocolate Chip Cookies
  7. Easy Pretzel Turtles
  8. Mini Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Happy Holiday Baking!

Two Years Ago – Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes

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What I Learned This Week #46

Road Trippin' | Pale YellowWhat I Learned This Week:

  • Sat. 8/30 – Drinking a frozen creamsicle with a floater after a bottle of wine does not result in a good morning.
  • Sun. 8/31 -An ecotone is is the area between ecosystems often creating it’s own ecosystem.
  • Mon. 9/1 – There few breweries open on a Monday afternoon in NYC.
  • Tues. 9/2 – Straw is the stalks or stems of grains like wheat, barley, or oats after the grain has been harvested. Hay is grass or legumes that have been cut and dried and is generally used as animal feed.
  • Wed. 9/3 – Biome may be a antiquated word soon with effects of human population and land usage.
  • Thurs. 9/4 – Thirty dollars is well worth the price of someone doing your laundry and folding it perfectly.
  • Fri. 9/5 – The power of suggestion is a powerful thing when it comes to food and beer!

Around the Internets:

    • I was too chicken to order one at Taco Bell, maybe I’ll make one myself!
    • All of them should be framed and hung on my wall.
    • Gorgeous!
    • This needs to be on the dinner table soon, maybe I’ll get more eggplant in my CSA.
    • I wish I could this.
    • Ranch on everything!Aquinas College Memories | Pale Yellow

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What I Learned This Week #45

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What I Learned This Week:

  • Sat. 8/9 – Two Broadway shows – one day!  Once was beautiful and touching and the cast was so talented.  They play all their own instruments and sing & dance. Les Misérables was an amazingly wonderful show.  The production, the voices, and the talent were almost too much to handle!  Seeing two Broadway shows on the same day was a bucket-list item I didn’t know I had, but glad it’s complete!
  • Sun. 8/10 – You blanch green beans by trimming the edges and dropping them in a pot of boiling, salted water for 2-3 minutes and then dunk in ice water.  Wrap in paper towels and freeze until you think of a purpose.
  • Mon. 8/11 – Although delicious, cheeseballs are a poor choice for road-trip snacking.
  • Tues. 8/12 – No one prepares you for what dying looks and feels like; books, movies, tv, second hand stories aren’t reality.
  • Wed. 8/13 – To cook corn (yes, it’s embarrassing that I had to look it up) add shucked corn to a pot of boiling, unsalted water and cook for 4-5 minutes, room and enjoy.
  • Thurs. 8/14 -At the end, all you need is love from family and friends.
  • Fri. 8/15 – Last Rites are no longer referred to as such; it’s called Anointing of the Sick.  My Catholic education has not served me well.
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Around the Internets:

  • Goodbye or ghost?  Ghost for life!
  • Always in need of a good laugh, people are so funny & creative.
  • Butterscotch pudding in a chocolate chip cookie crust, sounds tasty.
  • It’s tough being a lady.
  • Quite possibly my new favorite site!
  • New goal – learn to be properly polite all the time.
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What I Learned This Week #44

All the dishes | Pale YellowMichigan, here I come! I didn’t mean to not blog this week, it just happened.  There will be more posts next week.

What I Learned This Week:

  • Fri. 8/1Her is a beautiful movie, but slightly terrifying in how believable that reality could become in a few years.
  • Sat. 8/2 – I’m at the point in my life where I have an established career and am making moves to improve upon said career.  Long term planning!
  • Sun. 8/3 – Going for daily beach walks refreshes my soul; I forget how important exercise is to my mental health.
  • Mon. 8/4 – Some days are just rough.
  • Tues. 8/5 – Filipino food is tasty.
  • Wed. 8/6 – There are not enough hours in the day.
  • Thurs. 8/7 – There are only about 12 species of life reliant on humans, but about 20,000 reliant on ants
  • Fri. 8/8 – Racoons will dig underground to get in a chicken coop and just eat the heads of chickens

Around the Internets:

  • Current students are in the “Selfie Generation,” God, help us all!
  • Banana Cream Pie Blizzards – no words needed.
  • I wish I liked popsicles.
  • Peanut. Butter. Pie.  Love.

Cuteness Overload | Pale YellowOne Years Ago – Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding in Jars

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What I Learned This Week #43

Specimen collection | Pale YellowAnimal facts done, DNA camp beginning – being a science educator is the best!

What I Learned This Week:

  • Fri. 7/25 – Racoons can live up to 15 years, but rarely make it past 5 years because of human interactions, i.e. cars.
  • Sat. 7/26 – Two year-olds have energy!!  Where did the energy to run around and be silly go?
  • Sun. 7/27 – Men have fears about dying alone in their apartment and being eaten by their pet too!
  • Mon. 7/28 – DNA barcoding can be completed on fungi using the ITS region of the DNA, awesome.
  • Tues. 7/29 – The entire staff is exhausted this summer and everyone is prone to after work naps.
  • Wed. 7/30 – Ingrid Michaelson is AMAZING live, her talent is pure and she gives a fantastic performance.
  • Thurs. 7/31 – Sometimes, no matter how closely you follow the protocol, your DNA extraction just doesn’t work out.

Around the Internets:

  • It’s been along time since I’ve made an actual cheesecake, the problem is finding people to eat it…
  • I want a bourbon slush right now.
  • Our words impact children, an important reminder for parents and teachers.
  • Comfort food.
  • Baking has given me several marriage proposals, maybe I need to make these cookies!

CSA Dinner | Pale YellowTwo Years Ag0 – M & M Cookies

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What I Learned This Week #42

CSA goodies | Pale YellowFinished last week’s WILTW!

What I Learned This Week:

  • Fri. 7/18 – To live and work in Aruba you need to be Arubian.  If you’re not already Arubian, you need to marry one.  Even jobs like taxi driving are controlled by the government.
  • Sat. 7/19 – Do not, DO NOT, take pictures while waiting to go through customs at the airport.  Trust me!
  • Sun. 7/20 – The Starbucks in Howard Beach is filled with interesting people, very interesting people.
  • Mon. 7/21 – Do not go down the deep, dark rabbit hole that is the internet, it’s a bad place.  My paper writing procrastination has no bounds.
  • Tues. 7/22 – Totally should have take this week off work…
  • Wed. 7/23 – Chickens are a threatened species in the wild.
  • Thurs. 7/24 – I’m not quite sure what I got in my CSA box, but the red and white beans are tasty!

Around the Internets:

  • Nothing wrong here.
  • I used to not like coconut or pineapple, but now I do and I’m ready for my pina colada.
  • Love this Instagram comparison!
  • A friend from college wrote these beautiful words about learning how to love yourself.
  • Yummy dinner idea.
  • Good to remember!
  • Sounds like the right way to visit all the states – I’ve been to a few like Juniors and Cafe du Monde and Ben & Jerry’s.

Fresh Flowers | Pale YellowTwo Years Ago – Crack Pie

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