Prom {with pictures}

Wow, wow, wow!

That’s really all I can say. This year has flown by, and I’m in shock. I graduate on Saturday, go to college orientation in June, and then I start my freshman year in August. AHH.

Anyway this weekend I went to my high school prom. At the beginning of the school year, I was one of those “anti-prom” people who thought prom was dumb, worthless, and a waste of time. After attending, I still feel like it wasn’t anything incredibly special. I mean, if I did end up staying home I would be fine. However, because I did go, I did get to see all my classmates look AMAZING– seriously everyone looked totally flawless.

I wanted to share some pictures with you guys because this is probably the only time in my life I will be so dressed. I wore a traditional South Asian outfit, which is definitely one of my favorite things to wear! 🙂

Side note: my favorite pose is the Charlie’s Angles one; it cracks me up . 😉

Thanks for stopping by, and I promise I will be posting a recipe SOON!

❤ ,

Hira

My Country


My family, friends, and memories are in my country. My beliefs, aspirations, and motivation are in my country. My past, present, and future are in my country.

My country is a place where everyone should be able to live a life with choice; a life with freedom; a life with individual value.

My country is my teacher. I have learned from past and present events– lessons of sadness, optimism, and resilience.

My country is my connection with people, ideas, and cultures.

My country is my home filled with opportunities, dreams, and a better life.

My country will never be perfect, but I will try to embrace the imperfections. I will condemn injustice. I will work hard to change misconceptions. I will continue to be a member, friend, and citizen.

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College Decision (!!!)

I’ve been so excited to finally write and publish this post. Something about reading/hearing my friend’s college announcements makes me so happy.  

It’s finally my turn. Everyone who lives close to me already knows where I’ll be for the next 4 years, but I’ve always considered my readers (you) friends– even though we’ve never met. 

So *drum roll please* I will be attending The University of Texas at Austin. 

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I love everything about this place. The city. The opportunities. The people. 

I’m a government/political science major.

People continuously ask me, “what do you plan to do after college?” This question has been very confusing because I honestly have no idea. I love government. I love politics. And I’m excited for the future, so once I figure out my life I will definitely let you know. 

If you have any questions or are interested in this university, feel free to reach out! 

Hook ’em Horns

❤ ,

Hira

The Election Through the Eyes of the Future 

Happiness. Sadness. Frustration. These may be some feeling you are experiencing as an American today.

This election has been a roller coaster. There have been ups and downs and twists and turns. It has been overwhelming to say the least.

As the daughter of Muslim immigrants, this election has been especially eventful. Living in a world where Islam and terrorism are wrongfully associated– it has been interesting to see how my brothers and sisters are perceived by numerous presidential hopefuls.

As the election has progressed, the American people have spoken. They have spoken for Donald J. Trump.

This choice was not my first. Not my second. And probably not my third. But it has been decided through the American electoral system.

We can complain about this decision. We can be angry, furious, and upset. It’s ok. We all feel that way at some point.

But just because our favorite presidential candidate didn’t win doesn’t mean the world is no longer capable of creating the change we desire.

The president is a leader who is elected. He (or she) cannot, and will not, be capable of removing the goodness we can create. A united front is a strong front. We can work together to elicit change.

I am sad. However, sadness won’t bring the change I desire. Working together, discussing local problems, and being an active American will make this county truly strong.

While I am not satisfied with this election– I hope that the future will be bright. Even though Trump will never be the ideal, by giving him a chance, we may surprise ourselves.

Then, again, we might be utterly disappointed– but if we remain static we will never know.

Let’s keep an open mind.

What are your thoughts? ❤️

My Second Blogiversary

People always say senior year is the easiest out of the four years of high school.

They lied.

Maybe I disagree with this statement because I am taking to many classes or applying to too many colleges… but from my perspective it is the hardest.

I have no time to do what I truly enjoy.

The blog turned 2 years old a month ago, but I didn’t have time to bake and celebrate. I was devastated when I had to study for calculus or read 100 pages of Spanish instead of celebrate my blog’s birthday. I planned on making lava cakes and blowing out candles, but instead I was taking notes on the constitution (I mean, that was fun, but nothing can replace eating a cake).

I want to thank all of my readers for sticking with my blog even when I’m not here. I love blogging. It is one of my most treasured hobbies (I wrote a college essay all about baking, so you know I am totally obsessed).

Thank you for your comments, likes, and views. The smallest things give me the biggest smile.

This second year of blogging has been amazing. I have started to incorporate more of my annoying and talkative personality. I love including stories behind the recipes I share.

Thank you for being here and taking the time to watch my blog grow up, and helping it overcome the terrible-twos. Seriously, I was worried its teeth would never come in. 😉

Let’s hope that year three means more recipes, more post, and a lot more chocolate.

Thank you again for always giving me a reason to smile (yes, I am being cheesy 😉 ). I truly appreciate all of your support. I love all of you.

❤ ,

Hira

 

Where have I been? 

Hello!

How are you?

Wow, you look so much older!

What’s your name again? 

These are the questions and statements I hate to say because, well, that means I haven’t blogged in a while. 

Hi, my lovely friends. I have missed rambling, sharing recipes, and taking an obscene amount of food pictures. 

I haven’t posted in ages, so I thought it would be appropriate to give you an update on my my life. 

As you know, school has started… which means I have been inundated with homework. Every waking minute is write this and calculate that. I haven’t gotten time to do my favorite activity: baking. 

I am currently a senior, which is exciting and scary. I have been writing essays, creating resumes, filling out applications,  going to school, completing homework, and keeping time for extracurricular activities. And let me tell you it is exhausting; but I keep telling myself it will be worth it.  

I miss wearing my apron. I miss eating too many chocolate chips. I miss reading your kind comments. I miss posting. 

I promise to post soon. 

❤ ,

Hira 

Cooking Confessions

Hi, friends!

Today’s post is something that is more personal and fun! I love to cook (as you already know), so I wanted to confess some rules I break. I am also going to include baking confessions in this post; I just loved the alliteration of “Cooking Confessions.”

Confessions

1. When a recipe calls for “Fresh Lemon Juice” I sometimes use the bottled stuff. I know, it is not the same, I just don’t usually carry lemons. So, if I list lemon juice as an ingredient on a recipe I don’t always use the fresh stuff. (I’m a rebel 🙂 )

2. Let’s cut to the chase. I am lazy, I like to find the easy way out of things. Not to say that I don’t work hard. I just don’t like recipes that have a million steps, so when a recipe sometimes says sift all ingredients I cross my finger and don’t to it. I only do this when I am in a serious time crunch, but it has happened often enough to confess.

3. Everyone knows I am a huge chocolate lover, so when a recipe calls for 1 cup of chocolate, I sometimes add 1/2 a cup more. Obviously, this isn’t a good habit but chocolate is my ultimate weakness. Don’t worry I analyze the recipe before I decide to up the chocolate. 😀

4. I have been baking for a long time, but I am by no means an expert. I mean, I just burned a batch of cookies. Anyway, sometimes when I am confident with a recipe I don’t measure the ingredients. Yes, I am well aware of the ramifications, I’m just a rebel in the kitchen.

5. I love to eat raw batter. I know that most of the time it contains eggs, so there is always a chance of salmonella but it’s so rare I take the chance. It is a terrible habit and I am working on it, please don’t tell me I am the only one.

After typing this out I realized this list is all baking, but I decided to keep the title because it just flowed. I’m sorry for the dearth of posts this month, don’t worry though I have typed up some great recipes (for this summer!).

Do you guys (& gals) do any of these things, or have another confession? If so, comment down below I’d love to connect with you!

Love always,

Hira