Why Vanilla Is Actually Way Better Than Chocolate

Why Vanilla Is Actually Way Better Than Chocolate

It's the best flavor in the world.
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Whenever I hear the phrase, “It’s just so vanilla!”, I get rather annoyed. People use this phrase whenever they’re trying to call something decent, but boring. I personally really love vanilla as a flavor and I think that it is far from boring; I even think that it is better than chocolate! Okay, cue the gasps of astonishment and the comments of, “You don’t like chocolate?? Chocolate is the best flavor in the world!” Sorry, but I beg to differ.

For one, vanilla is a universal flavor. If you pull out any number of recipes, you will probably find that it calls for vanilla. Vanilla is used to flavor almost anything, including cookies, fountain drinks, tea, and even breakfast cereals. All of these items use vanilla as a flavoring because it enhances the taste and makes it more enjoyable, while at the same time retaining the taste of all of the other ingredients. If you were to add cocoa to any of these items, it will all just taste like chocolate. You would lose all of the other delectable flavors to the overpowering chocolate.

The next great thing about vanilla is that it is very refreshing on hot summer days. When it’s hot outside, most people don’t want to have something really rich or heavy; they’d rather have something light and refreshing. Well vanilla meets those requirements! A scoop or two of vanilla ice cream is the perfect treat to cool you off in the summer. Chocolate is much too rich and overpowering to be enjoyed in the summer. You can also more easily enjoy vanilla at other times of the year, no matter if it is hot or cold; with chocolate, it’s only the most enjoyable in the colder months.

Lastly, let’s talk some more about that vanilla ice cream. Vanilla ice cream is a great standalone treat; it’s perfect enjoyed as it is, with no add ins or toppings. But, vanilla ice cream also serves as a perfect base to add toppings to. You could add fruit or nuts or crushed up candy or caramel syrup or even little bits of cookie dough or cake. And the best part? You can add all these things to vanilla ice cream, and it will still taste good! Since vanilla is such a light base, you can pair almost anything with it. Now imagine if you added all of these things to chocolate ice cream. You would very quickly end up with a rich, disgusting, sickening mess that no one would want to eat.

So I think it’s safe to say that vanilla really is the best flavor out there! After all, have you ever had a big bowl of homemade vanilla ice cream? Or had apple pie a la mode? Can you just imagine a scoop of that homemade ice cream slowly melting and trickling down into the flaky crust and into the warm, oozing, cinnamon-y apple filling? Mmmmm…

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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Homemade Pop-Tarts Are To Die For

Make some home goodies with recipes straight from the pros.

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Inspiration hit me in the form of food today.

Long story short, I woke up determined to make some cute/fun munchies just for the sake of the photos, hoping a might taste good. Following a model from an old friend of mine, I choose to start my munchie journey with the classic homemade pop-tarts.

Liz and Zan have both tried their hands at this, along with more dinner foods and desserts like Apple Pie, so I thought I would give it a try. Having seen it done before, I wasn't too shaken u about the idea of baking something like this.

Not only did I do it, but I have a "What Worked and What Didn't" list building up in my head. There were a few things that didn't go as planned, and a few shockers for me, but overall, this was a pretty good process. So, here's my list, my comments, a few snide remarks, and a (small) list of "Here's What I Could Change Next Time."

What Worked: Ingredients

The ingredients were all things I naturally had laying around, like apples, sugar, salt, and flour. I went to the store to buy brown sugar, only because we were out. Nothing on the ingredients list was out of the ordinary.

What Didn't Work: Ingredients

What the recipe calls for left me with quite a bit of excess food. I had almost the entire bowl of filling left when I ran out of dough.

What Worked: Prep

Once I got in the flow of prepping the different parts of the tarts (dough, filling, glaze) it was pretty easy to follow and didn't require a TON of consistent concentration. I am a newbie for sure when it comes to baking, so I needed some

leg room for this part if bad things happened. (for example, if I step away from something steaming on the stove is it gonna explode?)

What Didn't Work: Prep

Timing was all off. I was naive enough to not read through the entire recipe before I started prep, and it really caught me off guard. The dough alone takes 4 hours to cool, and the filling takes about an hour and a half to cool, in different increments. I wasn't aware of this, and not only did it change how I baked, it changed my plans for the whole day (rolls eyes).

What Worked: Baking

After I finished prepping everything I really did just slap it on a pan and threw it in the oven. Turning the oven to 350 was the easiest part of the process. Just stuck those bad boys into the oven for 45 minutes until golden brown then THEY WERE READYYYYYY!

What Didn't Work: Baking

This was the last of the extended moments of time where I just had to wait, and I was a little tired by this point.

They turned out great though! I put a sugar coat on the top to add to the flavor, not that it really needed it though. Everyone liked them! It's a great breakfast, snack or dessert treat! Top these babies with some ice cream, and your in business!

Recipe I used! https://www.bunsinmyoven.com/homemade-apple-pie-po...

Next time! If you want to follow this recipe like I did, hear are sone suggestions I have! #1! Be ready to plan an activity or two while your waiting for the dough to chill, timing is everything. #2. Its okay to use more flour when kneading the dough than the recipe calls for, it doesn't do anything but help you out. #3. You can totally make them bigger than what the recipe says. Its your cut, so make it how you want it! #4. Melt the glaze for the top, it will taste better hot

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