~ Apple Butterscotch Cookies ~
For the past two weeks, my schedule has been subjected to unpredictable changes of plans due to snowstorms followed by cancelled classes/activities. I don’t think I’ve ever modified and re-modified my calendar this often before!
In spite of a few inconveniences, I really enjoyed getting 2 days off and numerous delays. I also loved how beautiful the college campus looked under the white blanket of snow. I was completely spellbound one night as I was walking around while it was snowing and even forgot how cold I was!
This is the College of William and Mary covered in snow! ❤
One of the clubs I recently joined this year called UAID (United Against Inequities in Disease) was organizing a Valentine’s Benefit Concert the week after Valentine’s Day featuring lots of performances by talented students and lots of Valentine’s Day themed desserts. The goal of the event was to raise money to donate to Fan Free Clinic. However, because of the snow storm and the 7 inches of snow that accumulated on the day of the concert, we had to postpone it to later in the semester. Prior to its cancellation, I made two types of desserts in order to help out with the preparations. I chose chocolate desserts in honor of the Valentine’s Day theme and tried to highlight flavors that were most likely going to be crowd-pleasers. (such as cream cheese and Oreo cookies). Continue reading
Finals are done! My first semester of college is over! Finally, it’s winter break!!! I was even more excited than usual about the holiday season this year because in middle/high school, I never really got much of a break (unless there were snow days). This year, I’m home for almost a month and I can spend so much more time having fun with my family and friends!! (And naturally I also plan to bake a lot and binge watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix)
I was meeting up with my friends again for a birthday + an end of the semester celebration and made a tray of cupcakes for the occasion. Since it’s the holiday period, I tend to put a lot more spices into desserts. I used to incorporate a mix of spices solely in pumpkin or carrot flavored baked goods in the past, but this time I wanted to experiment and use them in my chocolate cupcakes as well. I was a bit nervous but I have to say, they turned out a lot better than I expected. I didn’t think chocolate and spices other than cinnamon (such as cloves/nutmeg) could complement each other this well! They did not only provide this familiar feeling of warmth that you usually find in Starbucks holiday drinks but they even brought out the intensity of the dark chocolate flavor.