Experimenting With Baking And Pastries Has Improved My Life

Experimenting With Baking And Pastries Has Improved My Life

Baking is one of the most relaxing and invigorating activities that I love to do.

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The running accomplishment of my life so far has been that I have kept alive the recipe for Coca-Cola cake since middle school. I took the recipe from my best friend who took baking as a school elective. Since then, I have been obsessed with extreme and experimental baking. My Coca-Cola cake has been perfected and shared to the point that I have caused a ripple effect in its production amongst my friends.

Teaching the recipe to one of my close friends was one of the most encouraging experiences. To teach this most-unique recipe and for the cake to be made so often even after that one baking session, was exciting. Baking has, and always will remain, one of the most rewarding pastimes that I have taken on.

I always enjoyed reaping the benefits of baking good and, especially, baking for others. The first true memory that I have of experimenting beyond the usual batches of cookies and brownies was my first attempt at peppermint bark. I decided, rather steadfastly, that I needed to provide a home-made treat for the class holiday party in the sixth grade, rather than buying. The result was an entire class of middle schoolers requesting orders from me the rest of the winter season.

The science behind the baking is what excites me the most. Understanding the changes in the ratios of dry and wet goods, along with the delicate balance of oven temperature and cooling periods. The control that I exert over my delicious creations has a meditative effect, especially if I go on baking for hours on end. I particularly enjoy the freedoms that I allow myself to take compared to regular food preparation. Since the baked goods tend to be less impactful on the overall nutrition of the day, I get to make mistakes that would otherwise end in a rather hungry me.

Most people enjoy baking or experimenting with culinary recipes, and I am definitely one of them. With the positive, creative effects that baking has had on my life, it makes sense that I would recommend to those who do not bake, to try it out!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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To My Best Friend At A Rival University

No amount of school rivalry could ever change our friendship.

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In high school, we were practically inseparable- you and I and all of our friends. Even though we saw each other every day during the week (when both of us decided to actually go to school, at least; senioritis was real and it was rough), we usually saw each other at least once over the weekend, whether it be a coffee date at Starbucks, a sleepover, or a trip to the movies.

We would go on spontaneous trips to the local ice cream shop (for us, it was Twistee Treat) far too often for our own good. We spent so many summer days at theme parks, followed by sleepovers that consisted of painting each other's nails, baking break-and-bake cookies, and falling asleep in the middle of 'Men in Black.'

Now, we attend rival universities. The stories we share involve names and places foreign to the other. We each have friends that know us apart from one another. Some days, we hardly get a moment to talk, other than sending funny memes back and forth through Instagram.

Though it may seem like being away at rival schools would hurt our friendship, I think it's only made us closer.

When I come to visit you (or you visit me), we always make the most of our time, knowing that it's limited. We often do the same things we would've done at home, but in new locations, which makes it even more fun. Sometimes, I wish we would've chosen the same school- because having your best friend with you, sharing new experiences is always better than not- but I know we're each happy where we are. We're making new friends and new memories, which makes for new stories to share with one another.

I know that I can share anything with you without fear of judgment, and I think you know the same.

Even though we can't just stop by unannounced anymore, planning weekend trips to visit one another is still really fun.

Sure, we go to rival universities and we will never agree on whose school is superior, but in the grand scheme, it doesn't even matter. Your school is extremely lucky to have you and in my eyes, you are what makes it great.

No matter the distance, no matter how strong the rivalry between our schools, you will always be my best friend and the memories we've cultivated throughout our friendship will never be forgotten. I can't promise I'll wear your school colors again (that was a one-time thing and does not diminish my love and respect for my school!), but I can promise that you'll always have a friend in me.

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