8 Sweets to Remember Those Lost in 2016

8 Sweets to Remember Those Lost in 2016

Bring in the New Year with remembrance!

2016 has taken a number of celebrities that we hold close to our heart. Why not throw a party that gives a nod to such great people! These sweets are the perfect way to pay respect for those who made you laugh, dream, or want to become a better person.

1) Elie Wiesel


Eli Wiesel was a spectacular individual who survived the Holocaust and won the Noble Peace Prize for his work on speaking out against the forgetfulness and violence.

The rugelach is the best way to honor him. The cookie is heavy in Jewish culture and Wiesel's love for his heritage will shine at your party.

2) Gwen Ifill

Political Cupcakes

To celebrate the first woman to anchor a network news program you need something that is sweet but has a sparkle to it. These cupcakes honor Gwen Ifill as being the first African-American woman to host a presidential debate.

3) John Glenn

Earth Cake Pop

What better way to celebrate the first American to orbit Earth than with earth cake pops! John Glenn was a hero and decorating the cake pops as Earth will have your guests orbiting space as they gobble them up!

4) Debbie Reynolds

Pumpkin Cookies

This amazing actress was said to light a room with her smile. There is no surprise that her light would help to save Halloweentown. Give a smile to Debbie Reynolds at your party with these pumpkin cookies!

5) Craig Sager

Basketball Dip

Craig Sager was known for wearing colorful suits while reporting on American sports. He mainly reported on the sidelines for the National Basketball Association. This peanut butter basketball dip will leave a colorfully yummy taste on your taste buds.

6) Anton Yelchin

Star Trek Cookies

A young man taken from the silver screen too soon. His acting in the new Star Trek reboot was phenomenal. Remember Anton Yelchin as you munch on Star Trek cookies. Maybe you'll be teleported aboard the ship to explore new galaxies.

7) Ron Glass

Chocolate Covered Bananas

Ron Glass is best known for his role on the TV sitcom Barney Miller. The show was about life in Greenwich Village's 12th Precinct.

Try your hand at chocolate covered bananas to hint at the show's comedy. To showcase the officer side, make some cute police badges to place on the bananas.

8) Garry Marshall

Chocolate Malt Shake

Garry Marshall is the American writer, producer, voice artist, actor, comedian, and director who created Happy Days. Take your guests back to another era with this chocolate malt recipe. Imagine you're sitting in the diner with the gang sipping on sweet yumminess!

This year has been a tough one and you deserve some delicious sweets! Take this one night to splurge on sugary heaven...because 2016 should end with as much sweetness as you can muster!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...


In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

I thought I'd love the air fryer if it could dry fry food with little to no oil, and it does just that. I'm also in love with the air fryer, because I could simply put the food in it, set the timer and live my life for a few minutes until the food is done. I don't have to stand over it and watch the food cook. That makes the air fryer a winner! Did I mention that it really does work?! Yes, it does work. Now, you could buy foods that are already breaded and throw them in the air fryer, but if you want to go the healthier route, you can use bread crumbs, flour, and eggs to make your own crispy coatings for your foods. Dipping your food in your own homemade batter cuts out some of the salt and added chemicals in the frozen pre-fried foods.

You can also fry foods that do not even need a homemade batter. Without using the batter, I've made sweet potato French fries and burritos in it. The tortilla for the burrito turned out nicely crispy, but I didn't leave it in the air fryer long enough for it to be crunchy. The sweet potato fries came out nice. I've tried making crispy chickpeas with Italian seasoning, but they weren't to my liking. However, I have loved everything else that I've made in the air fryer. Sometimes I just put a quick meal in it, just to re-heat it, since I don't use a microwave. I just think that using the air fryer is healthier than using microwaves, and I love that I don't need to put my food in a special box or anything for it to be really crispy. If you love fried chicken or fried fish, you'd love this little machine as much as I do!

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