Hello internet! Stosh here. I realize I haven’t posted anything in over six months, so I thought I’d drop by and say hello. My life has been incredibly hectic and stressful this year, so I haven’t had much time to post all of the waffles I’ve made. But in honor of St. Patty’s Day, I’ve decided to postpone my stress inducing work and make a beautiful new waffle instead. I present, the Shamrock Waffle:
As you can see, I got a new waffle iron. I got this adorable little waffle iron for my birthday that makes five heart shaped pieces. I cut one of the pieces to be the stem of the four leaf clover, and the others make the leaves. I also added green food coloring. And let’s not forget the potatoes. You can’t have St. Patrick’s Day without potatoes, right? (Actually, you probably shouldn’t have any day without potatoes.)
Of course, no waffle is complete without whipped cream…
Next time on the Weekly Waffle:
The Valentine’s Day waffle I didn’t have time to post from last month!
Until next time,
Hey everyone! I know my “Weekly Waffle” segment hasn’t been so weekly. Maybe I should call it the “Bi-Monthly Waffle,” but that’s not nearly as catchy. Don’t you hate it when life gets in the way of your blogging?
Anyways, even though I haven’t exactly been keeping up with blogging, I have been making waffles pretty regularly. So hopefully within the next few days I’ll be able to share my newest creations with you. The first one is the S’Mores Waffle, as promised. I made this one in early August. At this point, I basically stopped trying to make a healthy waffle. So this is a waffle for anyone with a sweet tooth.
I used the basic Whole Foods waffle mix that I’ve been using with the same recipe. I put chocolate chips in the batter and topped it with several different ingredients: marshmallows, powdered sugar, chocolate whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and more chocolate chips (I really like chocolate). The marshmallows were the first toppings I used , and I actually put the waffle in the microwave for about 15 seconds with the marshmallows so that they would get all warm and puffy. I would have loved to put some marshmallow sauce on it as well, but unfortunately, I didn’t have any.
The marshmallows were from Whole Foods as well. They are called Dandies and they’re entirely vegan! I hadn’t eaten marshmallows ever since I found out they had gelatin in them, so I was ecstatic to find these. And they taste just as delicious as regular marshmallows, so I definitely recommend them. The rest of the waffle isn’t vegan, though. It contains eggs and dairy products (I’m not actually vegan, I’m just one of those vegetarians who doesn’t eat gelatin).
Thanks for reading. I hope to be back soon with more waffles. I’d love to see all your waffle recipes/creations!
Hi everyone, Stosh here. I’ve decided to expand upon my earlier post about my new-found love for waffles because of Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope. I’m starting this new segment – The Weekly Waffle – to document my waffle-making journey. This week, I decided to try my hand at the ever popular blueberry waffle:
(There is also a very unflattering picture of me devouring the waffle, but I decided to leave that one out of the montage.) For the recipe, I used the same ingredients as last time – 365 brand Whole Wheat Organic Pancake/Waffle Mix, organic milk, Smart Balance oil, eggs, and organic brown sugar. But this time I added some blueberries to the batter. After I took the waffle out of the waffle iron, I topped it with powdered sugar, fresh blueberries, blueberry syrup, and whipped cream.
The waffle was delicious, as waffles normally are. The blueberries inside of the waffle were warm and gooey and tasted significantly sweeter than the blueberries sprinkled on top of the waffle. However, I did like the combined taste of the sweet, baked blueberries and the more sour fresh blueberries. The syrup was probably the most unhealthy ingredient. It was extremely sweet, probably much sweeter than it needed to be. If you’re someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, I would suggest making your own blueberry compote according to your own personal preferences.
I did find a way to combat my whipped cream dilemma. I absolutely love whipped cream, but I hate it when it melts on top of my waffle or pancake. So this time, I only put whipped cream on the piece of the waffle that I intended to eat first (to avoid the melting). Then, I added more whipped cream to the waffle as I continued to eat it. Since it was fat free and low calorie whipped cream, I felt much less guilty about it.
The final verdict:
The waffle was good, very good. But I still prefer the taste of the chocolate chip waffle I had last week. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every last bite and I do recommend making it, especially if you are a fruit person. I guess I’m just more of a chocolate girl:)
If anyone has a healthier recipe I could try out, or just another recipe you feel the need to share with a fellow waffle lover, I would love to hear it! It doesn’t have to be a blueberry waffle; I just need to find a way to get rid of some of the extra calories in my recipe.
For some waffle flavors, healthy is really difficult to do. Speaking of unhealthy waffle varieties, be sure to check out next week’s flavor: The S’mores Waffle
Last night at 11:59 pm, I logged onto Facebook and saw something J.Coco had posted on my wall. It said, “A year ago today we all met up to witness the end of an era. We were preparing to watch the end of Harry Potter. I was never ready then and I still am not.”
I hadn’t even realized it had been one whole year since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two was released. Yesterday was already an awful day, and this realization made it one hundred times worse. It was now 12:00 am on July 15th. I remember precisely where I was and what I was doing exactly one year earlier. I was sitting in a movie theater with my friends, all dressed up in crazy Harry Potter themed costumes of course, watching the beginning of the end. It was one of the happiest and saddest days of my life.
***Just a warning, this entire post is going to be extremely cheesy and melodramatic. I tend to get overly emotional when I talk about Harry Potter. Anyways…
To be honest, I haven’t been a Potterhead for very long, at least not as long as most other Potterheads. In fact, I used to hate Harry Potter when I was in elementary school. I remember in first or second grade, everyone was reading the books and for some reason, it made me really angry. I thought it was some sort of crazy, annoying fad. Being a young, first grade hipster, I claimed that books like Guardians of Ga’Hoole and Deltora Quest were far superior, but you’ve probably never heard of them. Actually, the real reason I hated Harry Potter was because my disgusting grade school nemesis loved them. Even now, I can’t look back at my nemesis without cringing. I wont’ mention any names, but even as a first grader, he was an arrogant, know-it-all smart alec and I hated him for it. He loved Harry Potter, and he even looked like Harry a little bit. Nonetheless, I saw the first movie when it came out in theaters. Now, not only did I hate the books, I hated Harry himself. I thought that Harry was arrogant and full of it just like my nemesis was. I was so blinded by their similarities that I wouldn’t even give myself a chance to like the books.
This all changed when I moved away from my hometown. By that point, I had watched the first three movies and I did rather enjoy them, even though I still disliked Harry. A family friend had bought me a copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which had just been released, as a present. Being an avid reader, I decided to just go ahead and read them all. Obviously, I couldn’t let a perfectly good book go to waste. So by the time I was ready to start a new year at a new school, I was ready to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was in the fifth grade, and life at my new school was rough, like really rough. I hated going to school. It was too big and I couldn’t make any new friends until very late in the year. I spent most of recess sitting by myself and reading — reading Harry Potter that is. I couldn’t help relating to Harry. I knew what it was like to be in a place you knew you didn’t belong. I didn’t even realize how much Harry meant to me until it was all over.
Eventually I found myself in a place I knew I belonged in. I met a group of crazy, weird people who liked me for my crazy, weird self. And on July 15th, 2011, I hosted a crazy, weird midnight showing party and bawled my eyes out through the entire movie. It was epic, to the say the least. I dressed up as Fawkes, with a homemade mask and a foam Sword of Gryffindor. J.Coco was Harry Potter and K-Tosh was a Ravenclaw student. In our group, we also had a Bellatrix, Lavender Brown, Snape, and Batman. Yes, I said Batman. Batman was my non-Potterhead friend who had a sign that said “I’m only here for the trailer”. She got hated on….hard. Anyways, July 15th was the first time I had publicly outed myself as a Potterhead. I mean, everyone knew I like Harry Potter, but not even I knew how much until that movie ended. The two hours and ten minutes I was in the movie theater were an emotional roller coaster, but now that it’s all over, I know I will never forget all the beautiful memories Harry Potter has given me.
So last night at 12:00 am, I decided to pay tribute to those memories (something I plan to do every year on July 15th), and to the movie that ended it all (who am I kidding? Harry Potter will never end!). I spent two hours and ten minutes doing only Harry Potter related things. First I watched the epilogue on YouTube and sat in a corner of my room and cried…really hard. It was kind of embarrassing. I’m glad no one else was there. I’m also glad this blog is anonymous. Then, after my eyes couldn’t produce any more tears, I decided that instead of crying about the end, I wanted to smile at the beginning. So I pulled out my copy of The Sorcerer’s Stone and read until I felt like I was going to fall asleep. I did, however, read enough to catch some early Drarry moments. At some point, I put on my Fawkes mask, so once again, I’m glad I was the only one who was there.
When I was starting to get sleepy, I watched the beginning of A Very Potter Sequel, because it makes me laugh and not think about sad things, like the end of Harry Potter. My two hours and ten minutes happened to end exactly at the end of To Have a Home sung by Darren Criss. And in my drowsy, borderline hysterical emotional state, I thought to myself “Wow, this is what it’s like to have a home. To know that millions of people all over the world are feeling the same things you are. To simultaneously cry at certain scenes and at the deaths of certain characters. To laugh when you think of the Weasley twins and smile when you see the Golden Trio conquering evil. To feel motivated whenever Dumbledore says anything at all and to be able to crack open a book and feel these things whenever you want. And most of all, to know that no matter how much has changed, no matter what year it is or where I am living, Harry Potter will always be there for me, and so will its fans.” Yeah, I told you it was going to be cheesy. Anyways, I just wanted to share this with whoever is reading and share my personal experience with Harry Potter and help everyone remember that we will always be there for each other, especially on days like July 15th. So here’s the video of the music and lyrics for To Have a Home from AVPS and also some things I found on Tumblr last night from fellow Potterheads:
Oh, I love Potterheads 🙂
I’m not one to say that certain music is good and certain music is bad. Music is music, and it affects each person in a different way. For example, K-Tosh listens to Nickelback and John Mayer – two musicians J. Coco and I don’t particularly care for. The two of us listen to a lot of Indie music, but even then our tastes differ. J.Coco likes Coldplay and F.U.N while I prefer Regina Spektor and Amanda Palmer (while K-Tosh dislikes listening to female singers altogether). All this aside, Hollywood by Chet Haze is something we can all agree on. With its insightful lyrics accompanied by a uniquely themed music video, the three of us are certain that Hollywoodis something special.
Chet Haze, a.k.a. Chester Hanks, is an up-and-coming rapper who has gotten attention for his remake of Black and Yellow by Wiz Khalifa. Haze cleverly substitutes the words “black and yellow” with “white and purple” – the colors of Northwestern University, the college he attends.
Coincidentally, Haze is also the son of legendary actor, Tom Hanks. Hanks has starred in several top-notch, award winning films including Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, and Apollo 13. He is, and forever will be, my favorite actor and I can honestly say that every project he has been a part of has inspired me completely. Judging by Chet Haze’s immense talent in the rapping field and his ability to touch the soul with his intelligent and meaningful lyrics, it is evident that the apple does not fall too far from the tree.
What I find to be most impressive about Hollywood is the original music video that gives a visual representation of the song’s meaning. The video opens with the image of a beautiful, classy woman smiling. It soon becomes clear that this woman is the object of a photo shoot, of which Chet Haze is the photographer. Haze soon begins serenading her, promising her fame if she allows him to be her manager. Perhaps the lighting in the studio is insufficient, or there is a need for a change in scenery, because the rest of the photo shoot occurs in a hotel bedroom instead of the studio. Obviously out of conscientiousness, Haze does not require his two assistants to take time out of their busy schedules to finish the photo shoot at the hotel. It appears he was gracious enough to do it alone. Then, it would seem like the model has accepted Haze’s promise for fame, because the two of them are seen gallivanting through Hollywood in a shiny black convertible. Haze must have upheld his end of the bargain because the paparazzi are simply unwilling to get out of their faces. To reinforce the more serious, hardworking side of Chet, the video ends with him continuing the photo shoot in the hotel room. All in all, I thought this video was representative of Chet Haze’s sincerity and kindness, never resting in his quest to help the pretty blonde achieve her dreams.
Hollywood features brilliant and original lyrics such as…
“I ain’t never seen a swagger like yours”
“Mama do your thang”
“You can be my calendar, let’s go on a date”
“Let me be your manager, I can give you fame”
“I can see the star in you, let me be your agent”
“I can make you famous, flyer than a spaceship, beauty is amazing”
“I’ll be the director, you can be the main actress” and many, many more
Who could say no to that???
In all seriousness, Hollywood is an extremely catchy song and it is one of Chet Haze’s first music videos. The video on YouTube has over 750 likes and a lot of positive feedback as well. Despite being the son of Tom Hanks, Chet Haze is trying to launch his career by himself without relying on his father’s fame, which is admirable. Yes, the video is cliche. Yes, the song is kind of creepy. But it’s also very catchy, fun to watch, and a change from the other crap on the radio. So enjoy yourself, smile, and sing along.