Hey my Scrumptious Chocolate Chips!
Thanks for all of your comments on my last post. I’ve really been having fun trying out my new watch and seeing if it will work for the AP test. So far so good!
Tonight is the Fundraiser for the Girl’s Camp I’m going to in June. We’ve been planning out the dinner, bake sell, and auction for months, and today is the day that it’s happening!
So, what am I bringing? I’m bringing:
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
I made about 45 and bagged 42 of them.
Some of them I dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with pink sprinkles, other ones I dipped in milk chocolate, sprinkled with green sprinkles, and drizzled in white chocolate, …
…And other ones I dipped in milk chocolate and rolled in pecans/almonds and drizzled in both milk chocolate and white chocolate.
(And as it was National Pretzel Day yesterday, I’ll show you how I made these in my next post.)
Red Velvet Cookies with White Chocolate
This batch made a TON of cookies! I even have some that are not picture (there are at least 38 cookies in the picture; the batch made even more than what’s shown!).
I decided to do an alphabet theme since there would be a lot of families with little children there tonight. I know my little Sunbeams (3-year-olds) would like it.
And Swiss Chocolate Cupcakes frosted with a Homemade Chocolate Frosting.
I made about 31 of these – 24 for the auction and then a few I can give away.
My right knee has been bothering me for the past couple weeks. It started a few weeks ago, when I remember feeling some pain after riding the bike (not during — afterwards). And to tell you the truth, I pretty much ignored it. I just thought it was something that would go away if given time.
But it didn’t.
And then, a few days ago, I noticed that my right knee was swollen. It’s two times the size of my left knee and very stiff (I can’t raise my leg higher than hip-level, and neither can I raise my leg in the back (as if doing a butt kick) higher than 90 degrees). I can still walk around, but I can’t walk around too much, as it can get painful by the end of the day. We asked my friend’s dad, who’s a Rheumatoid Arthritis doctor, if he could take a look at my knee and see what he thought. After he explained how the swelling occurs and stuff like that, he strongly advised me to not exercise for an entire week. He also suggested I take 600mg of Motrin (ibuprofen) 3 times a day to help with the pain and swelling.
About 5-6 years ago, I had some problems with my right knee, and they diagnosed me with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). After sticking a needle in my knee twice (to remove the excess fluid), I really don’t want to have that happen again (as I don’t do too well with needles…). So I hope that the Motrin and rest does it, but I’ve been taking the Motrin since Tuesday and the swelling hasn’t really gone down; I think my parents will end up taking me to the hospital this next week. If they do, I’ll keep you posted!
I knew I wouldn’t be sane not working out at ALL, so I put together this is the workout that works the Abs and Arms. I made sure that the exercises wouldn’t put any strain on my knee, and I have been doing for the past couple day and have really enjoyed it.
It takes me about 30 minutes, and my arms and abs feel SO good afterwards. It has been keeping me sane while I wait for my knee to heal.
(I’ve also put together a full body workout that I would do if I COULD use my knee — I’ll share it as soon as my knee gets better and I can try it out.)
I’ve got to go (my parents are getting loaded up in the car with all the goodies my sister and I are bringing), so I’ll talk to you soon!
Out of curiosity, do you consider white chocolate as chocolate? I don’t know, since there’s no actual cocoa/cacao powder in it….
Do you prefer to work your arms, abs, or legs? I really like working my arms.