Saturday, March 31, 2012

Curly Girl Update: Week #...I can't remember

Here it is, my new shorter, curlier haircut.

As you can see, it curls a lot nicer. I'm glad that I started the Curly Girl Method before I got my hair cut, because otherwise this would have been a gigantic, frizzy mess. The only thing that's a little bit hard with my hair so short now is drying it with my cotton t-shirt. I don't really have any hair to squeeze the water out of. Basically I just have to hold the cloth on my head for a little bit and hope it soaks up the moisture. Also, I'm not going through conditioner as fast. That will save me a lot of money.

For those of you thinking about doing the Curly Girl Method, I definitely recommend it. My hair has never looked better, and it's never been healthier. Seriously, when I straightened it the other day, I couldn't help but keep touching it because it felt so smooth and it was shiny. It's a definite upgrade from my usual dry frizz.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Why I don't like spring

Usually I love spring:

1. My birthday is the first day of spring (depending on the year)
2. It's the prelude to summer

However, on days where I straighten my hair, walk outside and the sun is shining, so I wear a jacket without a hood, and then after my first class it is pouring rain, I absolutely HATE spring. Why? Just take a look below.

 I had to go the rest of the day with my hair making me look like a hobo. Blast you spring weather!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Got a new do

Guess who finally got a new haircut! That's right me. I went to a local beauty college to get my hair done. My roommate's sister is graduating from the beauty college in a few weeks, so I trusted that she would do a good job, (especially since she has curly hair herself and knows how to cut and style curly hair. As you'll see from my picture, my hair is straight, because she had to blow dry my hair to make sure the layers were cut right. But I absolutely love the cut, and I'm excited to see how it looks curly!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Curly Culinary Corner: Dang Delicious Brownies!

Sorry I haven't updated in a while. School has been busy, but I've also been substituting for the teacher I T.A. for. I absolutely love teaching and I love that my job gives me that opportunity.

My hair hasn't really changed since my last update. Still using the curly girl method, still haven't gotten it cut. Hopefully soon though!

This post is a little different. I made some really good brownies last night and I thought I would share the recipe.There were much needed for my roommates and I; we had a single girls' night where we got in our pajamas, ate brownies and watched the last two Twilight movies (one of my roommates hadn't seen them. We thought she would enjoy watching something extremely cheesy and easy to make fun of). I used one recipe from one site for the brownies, and another recipe from another for the frosting. So here is the combined recipe. It's kind of weird because you mix it all together in a saucepan, but I'm telling you, these were probably the best brownies I have ever eaten.

Dang Delicious Brownies with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

3/4 cup butter (the recipe called for shortening, but I didn't have any)
3/4 cup cocoa 
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan (I didn't have a 9x13, so I used an 8x11). Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the cocoa powder and stir until well incorporated, then remove from heat. Mix in the sugar and vanilla. Stir in one egg at a time. Add the flour, baking powder and salt until well mixed. Pour into pan and bake for 30 minutes.


1/4 cup butter, room temperature
4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 - 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

Beat together butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Sift in cocoa powder and beat until smooth. Add in milk and vanilla, along with about 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar. Mix at medium speed until very smooth. Add additional confectioners’ sugar as needed until frosting is thick, smooth and spreadable. If it becomes too thick, just add a little more milk.

These brownies aren't the healthiest things ever, but let's be honest, if you're eating a brownie, you're not doing it to be healthy. : )