Goodbye crappy old PC, Hello Macbook Pro

When my mom asked what I wanted for christmas, I told her the only thing I really wanted and needed was a contribution for saving up for a new computer, as my old one was dying a slow and annoying death by deleting my files and constantly showing me its blue screens of death. She knew I`d always wanted a Macbook, but I didn`t mention it because it had never been something that I could afford. I was thinking about one of those cheap computers that lasts 2 years, tops. But one day she had one of those funny smiles on her face, when she has some good news she wants to share. And that`s when she told me she wanted to give me a Macbook, seeing I needed something more solid for my schoolwork.

Only downside was that I had to keep it a secret from my siblings. My brother would probably have been happy for me, but my sister. Oh my. If she had known that I got something as expensive as that, all hell would break loose. I guess you`re all probably imagining my sister being younger than me, but that`s where you`re wrong. She`s 37 years. But acts as an immature and selfish 14 year old spoiled brat sometimes.

But enough about family. I`m just so happy for this incredible gift, and I`m definetely going to make the most of it, and it`ll hopefully last for many years! Have to say it`s a relief not having to worry if mandatory essays suddenly goes missing, or losing some research because the computer says adieu. I`m already feeling much more inspired to write my bachelor thesis. Though ask me again about that in a couple of months when I`m all swamped with schoolworks and obligatory essays.

ImageThat`s right, been watching some Downton Abbey. Ever seen it? It`s superb!

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Heavenly Homemade Bounty bars

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These tasty Bounty bars are a lot healthier than the store-bought bounty; by the fact that its homemade, there is no unnecessary additives such as salt, glucose syrup, glycerol, emulsifiers, nor whey powder in it, as there are in store-bought bounty, and a lot less sugar. By using dark chocolate, it gets a very rich flavor and combined with pure ingredients; you won’t be able to eat more than a couple of bites. So you won’t eat as much, and it’s a much better alternative than store-bought. I made these yesterday, and I have to be honest with you. It was the best bounty bar I have ever tasted!

Ingredients

50 g /1.7 oz coconut oil

3 oz demerara sugar (raw sugar)

3.4 oz whipping cream

3.4 oz light coconut milk

200 g / 7 oz dried shredded unsweetened coconut

200-400 g / 7-14 oz dark chocolate (depends on the size of the bar)

Instructions

Heat the coconut oil on low heat. Add sugar and whipping cream. Let the sugar melt. Then add coconut milk and the dried coconut.  Mix well. Put it in the fridge or freezer to cool off until it got a firm texture. Image

This is when it gets messy. Use a tablespoon and take big portions in your palms and squish it tightly. Try to shape it into long bars. When you`re done, put it into the freezer over night.

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Next day: use a sharp chopping knife and cut the big bars into smaller pieces. Put back into the freezer. Melt chocolate and get everything ready.

ImageTake the coconut pieces out of the freezer and dip one by one into the melted chocolate. Since the coconut is frozen, the chocolate will cool off quickly. When you`re done, put them into the fridge for a couple of hours. Enjoy!

ImageNote: depending on how big the sizes are, how much chocolate you need vary. I wanted small portion sizes so I used more chocolate. If you want bigger bars, then you won`t need as much to cover the bites.

Question: I`m used to the metric scale, so I use dl and grams mostly, but I try the best I can to convert the ingredients into other units of measurement. However, I`m not sure when to use oz and when to use cups, because sometimes it seems a bit unprecise to use cups when the ingredient measures requires more precision. When should I use the different measurement units?

Beautiful Gift

As I mentioned earlier, I received a delayed birthday gift yesterday, from my BF`s sister. A beautiful candle tin-house holder, with a violet candle and cute matching napkins.

And I got to use the napkins today already, for a little snack; homemade chocolate chip & fudge cookies drizzled with sea salt. Dangerously good!