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58 days have passed, 943 to go, and this is what I've accomplished so far: 

Try a new recipe once a month for one year
Apparently my most successful goal so far:

August 3: No-bake citrus cheesecake
Pretty good, except I had to keep it in the freezer, since the mix never set the way the recipe said it would.  It probably needed more gelatin. Frosted fruit isn't very attractive :/ 

August 4: Okonomiyaki
Japanese pizza. It turned out okay! I'd made them at my Japanese teacher's house before, but this was my first time doing it on my own.

August 17: Almond mocha muffins
Eh, moderate success. They're pretty, and they didn't taste horrible, but I could have knocked someone out by throwing one of those at them. Hard as rock on the outside.
Almond Mocha Muffins

August 24: Apple cheesecake bars
These were AWESOME. Everyone who tried them loved them. I was proud of myself.
Barritas de Manzana

Write a letter to myself to open on April 8, 2013, or when I've finished


Take pictures whenever I complete my goals
(See above)

Blog at least once a week for three months straight
Moderate success. If I combine LJ and my other one, I've been blogging at least once a week since the 1001 days began.

Floss at least once a week for three months
I was doing great, but then I'm pretty sure I forgot two weeks ago, so I started over.

Eh, I guess I need to work a little harder?

Date: 2010-09-08 02:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hiddenstarlight.livejournal.com
Love the pics of all the food! It made me hungry and craving sweets! Is there anyway you could give me the directions for the cheesecake apple bars...they sound amazing!

Date: 2010-09-08 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karasumaa.livejournal.com
Oh, they are, you'll love them!

This is the original recipe (http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/apple-streusel-cheesecake-bars/8cf62013-0676-4102-8d75-0f1ee6d3fa8f), which I got from a Betty Crocker recipe mini-mag. You need oatmeal cookie mix and apple pie filling, though, and you can't find any of that in Mexico, so I made everything from scratch:

2/3 cup quick-cooking oats
2/3 cup flour
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt

Cream cheese filling:
12 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tbsp flour

Apple filling:
1/2 stick of butter
4-6 baking apples (I used Gala and Granny Smith), peeled and sliced or cubed.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp flour

Heat oven to 350°. Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl; cut in butter using two table knives (or a pastry blender, if you have one) until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs; add the oats. Spread half of this mix on a lightly greased 13"x9" pan, and bake it for 10 minutes.

Beat cream cheese filling ingredients until smooth, then spread the mixture evenly over baked crust.

In a large pan, melt the butter; add the apples, and after a minute or so, add the brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix well for about a minute. If the caramel is too dry to cover all of the apples, add 1/2 cup of water, then add the flour. Keep mixing for about one more minute. Spoon the apple filling evenly over the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over top.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until light golden brown.

Good luck :D

Date: 2010-09-08 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karasumaa.livejournal.com
Haha, I just realized I seem to love the word ADD.

Date: 2010-09-08 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelnova.livejournal.com
Wow, all of those recipes look so yummy!!

Date: 2010-09-13 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karasumaa.livejournal.com
Some where more than others, haha ;)

Date: 2010-09-14 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loved.livejournal.com
Those fruit bits look delish! What is Japanese pizza? Like ingredients wise. Yay for the letting. :) Flossing definitely took me a while to get a hang of. I've since fallen out of it since completing.

Date: 2010-09-17 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karasumaa.livejournal.com
Japanese pizza... Cabbage, onion, eggs, bacon, pancake mix... and dried shrimp, haha. Then you decorate with the mysterious "okonomi" sauce, which everyone asks about, yet the only answer you get is "'okonomi' means you'll like it" and some herbs. You're also supposed to put mayo on it, but I don't love mayo, so I just skip it.

Image (http://www.flickr.com/photos/atnavarrete/4903821618/)

Date: 2010-09-28 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loved.livejournal.com
Interesting. I definitely wouldn't be able to make this for Dave and I (he hates shrimp), but it sounds different.



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