Looking back on my eighth grade year, I think of lots of good memories and friends. Last summer I was so excited to finally be in eighth grade. I had been going to Holy Cross ever since kindergarten and I felt like I was finally ready to leave this place and move on. Throughout the school year I realized that I don’t want to leave Holy Cross. I have so many memories of this place starting from when I was five. I have friends that I’m not going to the same school as and that’s really hard for me to think of.

This year was the only year that all my brothers and I would be going to the same school. My youngest brother had just started kindergarten and my other brother was just starting junior high. We were all looking forward to this year.

Every year at Holy Cross the eighth graders get kindergarteners as younger buddies. The first day I met my younger buddy, I remember him being very talkative. He is such a creative little kindergartener. He told me that I was the best buddy ever. I will always remember him saying that.

This year our class went on a “retreat” to camp St. Francis for a day. At the retreat were two other schools. Everyone was put into a group with people from your class and from other schools. One of the activities that you had to do as a group was make a human pyramid. My group attempted this so many times and failed. We always fell down every single time. It was very painful. When my group finally got it we were so happy but then we ended falling again. That’s something that I will probably always look back at and laugh.

This year we had many dances. You always had to have a “perfect outfit” so considering that, two of my friends and I went shopping together. We all picked out super cute outfits to wear. When we were done looking for outfits we just looked around the mall. My friend is obsessed with mustaches and we found a pack of stick on mustaches. We bought a pack of them and wore mustaches for the rest of the day. People stared and thought we were crazy but they all laughed. Seeing the faces of people staring at us is something I will never forget.

I  cry just thinking of leaving all of my friends. I have been in the same class with most of these people since kindergarten. I don’t want to see us all go seperate ways. It feels like this year has gone by way too fast. To all seventh graders going into eighth, I would like to tell you to make the best of your eighth grade year. Live it up, its your last year in middle school. Tear up the world! Do your best! Treasure your eighth grade year with all of your friends.

Graduation is going to be super hard for me handle. There are so many things that I’m going to miss. Like walking into school and saying good morning to Ms. Kelly, singing songs by One Direction with my friends at break, and the list could go on forever. I might have thought that I wanted to leave at the beginning of this school, but that thought has changed. If I could stay another year at Holy Cross I would. There are so many good memories that I will carry into high school. As much as I will miss all of my friends that I have made throughout the years at Holy Cross and everything about this school, I’m ready for a change. I would like to thank all who have helped me throughout my journey to get me where I am today, thank you for everything you have done! I LOVE HOLY CROSS!!!

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I know that this topic doesn’t have anything to do with cupcakes but it’s a topic that I would like to talk about. With all the social websites these days more people are posting pictures of themselves and personal information out on the internet. Once you put something on the internet it’s permanent. Everyone, everywhere can see it. Isn’t that kind of weird to think that someone you don’t even know may be looking at your own personal information and pictures out on the internet? If you ask me, I think that is creepy.

Many teens are the people who are doing this. We are young teenagers who make stupid mistakes. Posting our personal information and pictures are one of these stupid mistakes. When we post these things we are just opening ourselves out to EVERYBODY.Do you really want everyone to see your personal information? If you have your personal information on the internet like: Where you live? What your full name is? Where you go to school? What you look like? It just allows other people to find out more information about you and they could maybe find you.

If you have a Facebook or a Myspace or Twitter etc. you should make sure you set your information to where only your friends can see it. That way only people you know can see your information and your pictures. Then you don’t have some creeper looking at all of your stuff on the internet. I really recommend this. I have a Facebook and I have all my information and pictures set to where my friends could only see my stuff, it makes me feel a little more safe knowing that someone out in the world isn’t able to look through all my stuff.

 

cupcakes

This website makes this pic of cupcakes look awesome!

okay so I know this isn’t a pic of cupcakes but its still pretty awesome

Ninja Turtles

My favorite type of cupcake is a strawberry cupcake. They are so sweet and yummy. I’ll give you guys the best recipe for this type of cupcake.

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup(s) cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 tablespoon(s) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 8 ounce(s) (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cup(s) sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 cup(s) whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cup(s) finely chopped strawberries
  • Small strawberries, for garnish

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.
  • Reduce speed to low. Mix milk and vanilla in a bowl. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk mixture and ending with dry ingredients. Stir chopped strawberries into batter. Scrape sides of bowl. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
  • Bake cupcakes until testers inserted into centers come out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks. After cupcakes are cooled, frost them with whatever frosting you want. After cupcakes are frosted you want to refrigerate them for up to 2 days. Just before serving these cupcakes you could add a fresh slice of strawberry on top.

 

 

 

 

This is a really simple frosting recipe. I hope you like it.

Ingrdients

  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 pound of powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of milk or light cream

Directions

  • Cream butter, salt, and vanilla until light and fluffy
  • Add powdered sugar gradually, beating after each addition
  • Add 3 tablespoons of milk or light cream until smooth. If needed add 1 more tablespoon of milk or light cream
  • Beat until the frosting is spreadable

This recipe makes enough frosting for 1 dozen cupcakes. YAY! You can add sprinkles if you want.

Here is a link to my computer teacher’s blog. Feel free to check it out. Now I know that its not about cupcakes, but its still pretty cool.

ImageIt’s Christmas time!!!!!! Time to start making all those little Christmas treats. This is one Christmas treat that I LOVE, and i hope you will love too.

Ingredients for Cupcakes

  • 1 cup of sweet butter, softened
  • 1 cup of superfine sugar
  • 2 cups of self-rising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups of raisins (optional)

Ingredients for Frosting

  • 2 oz of rolled white fondant frosting
  • 2 oz of rolled green fondant frosting
  • colored candies or sprinkles

Directions for making Cupcake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Place 18 paper mini baking cups in muffin pans
  • Dust 2 cookie sheets with confectioners sugar
  • Combine all cupcake ingredients into large bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until smooth and pale. About 2 to 3 minutes
  • If you are using raisins, fold them into the batter
  • Spoon batter into cups
  • Bake for 20 minutes
  • Remove pans from oven and let them cool for about 5 minutes

Directions for making frosting

  • Roll white fondant until it is 1/8 in. thick
  • Cut 18 circles using a 1 3/4 in cookie cutter
  • Roll green fondant until 1/8 in. thick
  • Using a Christmas tree cookie cutter, cut out little Christmas trees
  • Place on white fondant
  • Then put on Christmas tree
  • Decorate the rest of your cupcake with whatever candies you want