The Death of Summer

Who knew this would happen so soon?

I knew I would miss it eventually, but the idea seemed so distant.

Am I the only one that feels it’s absence?

Am I the only one of my-aged peers that doesn’t have one?

My friends, I am talking about summer.

Gone are the days of having up to 3 months without a care in the world. There are bills to pay, work to be done, and seemingly no time to spare. Continue reading

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Jolly Lollies

So today was just another summer day spent home with my younger brother, Alex. That is, until I decided that I had spent enough time repinning delicious-looking things on Pinterest and needed to actually try something. So, lo and behold, Jolly Rancher lollipops :)

First step, obtain your items! You will need: a cookie sheet, aluminum foil, parchment paper, jolly ranchers, and lollipop sticks.

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Now, at first I wasn’t sure about where to find lollipop sitcks, but I found these at Hobby Lobby in the baking section easy enough. Only problem was that they were a bit too long for what I wanted, so I simply cut them in half and it worked out fine. :)

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Now, WARNING!! Do not make the same mistake I did! We all know that wax paper and parchment paper can kinda look similar when you’re not really paying attention, so… pay attention! The first batch I made (pictured below) have wax paper beneath them. Not only did the lollipop stick to the wax paper, but the wax paper itself melted a bit and got stuck to the foil. *sigh* Such a rookie mistake. Luckily I had enough Jolly Ranchers left to actually do it right the second time around.

Anyways, what you’ll want to do is set your oven to 225°F and line up your jolly ranchers in threes. Pop these in the oven for about 4-6 minutes (just watch them carefully) and take them out once they start to melt enough to stick together. Once you take them out, take your lollipop sticks and put them in. I tried just pressing them in, but found that kind of rolling the stick side to side within the jollies was more effective. Now, you’ve gotta do all this before they cool, so be careful because these things are HOT! Also learned that the hard way, what fun!

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And now you’ve got fun jolly rancher lollipops! See, wasn’t that easy? I let these cool about 25 minutes before eating, and while they were cool enough to eat, I think I would let them cool longer next time just to let them get more brittle. Enjoy!!