little summer things…

Summertime. Everything’s better in the summer – the days get longer, the air gets warmer, people are more relaxed, and you get more food posts from me! I have neglected to post to say the least. The last post was in September….of last year. It’s been a hectic senior year between applying to colleges, applying for scholarships, long hours of studying, working, compiling a yearbook, and other fun stuff. Now it’s time to relax and do my two favorite things, cook and write!

A little update on me…
I will be graduating in three days! How exciting is that?! I will be attending Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Here’s where you’re going to ask me “What are you majoring in?”. Oh well that’s a funny question, because you see, I have ABSOLUTELY no idea and it scares me. I’m going to just go with the flow, take some classes, like everyone says and figure it out somehow. All the jobs I want are undependable and with today’s economy, I can’t afford to do that, well my parents won’t allow it. Honestly, I’ve thought about being a screen writer for movies, an author, a psychiatrist, a criminal profiler (not quite like you see in Criminal Minds) and anything else I find interesting. I don’t know, I guess I’ll know when I know, but for now I don’t know.

Thanks for putting up with my random tangents and a post with no picture. I promise next time I post, it will be something yummy that you’ll want to make! See ya next time and don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already!

a chef in thyme


A Hobby not a Career

I have always had a passion for food and photography. I recently discovered that cooking and baking will just be a hobby for me and not a career. Those of you who have been following me for awhile know that I was pretty set on going to Johnson and Wales for a baking and pastry degree.

I have always been interested in pyschology and the way the mind works but I don’t exactly want to be someone’s “shrink”. I really like being in the action of things and using critical thinking. I also like figuring out why people do things that they do. So I researched some pyschology related jobs and came up with an FBI profiler. I know, WAY different than making cupcakes. Have you ever seen the X-Files? It was in season back in the early 90’s. I obviously didn’t watch it because I wasn’t even born yet, but back in tenth grade I got hooked on the show. I love it and it has always been my favorite show since. (I am actually watching the shows a second time recently) Anyways, I have always dreamed about working for the FBI because the X-Files glorified it and made it look like they had a new case out of the office everyday. But I definitely could see myself studying the minds of criminals and the crime committed to try and figure out who the criminal is.

Back to the original topic, I’ve thought about it a lot in the past month and what the future would hold for me and it isn’t what I would like to do day in and day out. On the positive side, I will continue my blog and facebook page because I do love to cook and bake. You can follow me to see me experiment with new recipes or post on my old favorites. If you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share and have me post on, leave a comment below or email me at: I would love to hear your feedback (including constructive criticism) so I can improve. Thank you to all of my followers and if you are just visiting to see what my blog is about, I would love to have you along on my culinary adventure!

Johnson and Wales Application

I have been so busy lately creating The Danielle Fund and keeping up with promoting it that I forgot to tell you all my good news! I have submitted my first college application to Johnson and Wales: The Charlotte Campus. I am so excited because I absolutely love everything about the school! I love the size because it is only about 3000 students. It is small for a college but not so small that you will know every single person. The class size for labs is about 30 students, labs meaning the kitchen. And the class size for my academic classes are about 60 students, I believe. I love the location, it is in the Uptown Charlotte. I have never lived in a city so this is kind of exciting for me! The baking and pastry classes have big windows so passerbys can look through the window to see what we are making. Just talking about the campus makes me so excited to go there in one year!

There is so much to do at Johnson and Wales and in Charlotte. Johnson and Wales offers lots of clubs and sports. They also offer some dance classes like Zumba and yoga. And we all know that Charlotte is a top spot for concerts! I can hardly wait until I get my acceptance letter!

Continued: Cupcakes for a Cure

Danielle was a very lucky girl today. The surgeons were able to locate her tumor and remove it without shaving her head. As you all can imagine, brain surgery is not a cheap task. The approximate cost of removing a tumor from a child’s brain is $200,000 without health insurance. With health insurance, it is still about $18,000.

Most people these days can’t whip out $18,000, much less $200,000. With all the stress in my friend’s family’s lives, this is one thing I may be able to help with. I am will be looking into setting up a fund by selling cupcakes as you all already know. I will be going around to local bakeries to see if they can help bake and sell the cupcakes to help raise money to pay for the cost of this pricey surgery.

Leave me a comment if you are local and would like to purchase a cupcake or two to help my friend and her family or you own a bakery and would like to help.

Cupcakes for a Cure

My day was stirred by some suprising and tragic news and as a result I came up with an idea. Here’s the news first.

I get on facebook like any other day. I see my best friend’s status which had me concerned. My best friend’s sister posted “Hospital” and that was it. I had no clue what was going on and me being close to them, I was freaking out. The news was later told through my friend’s trembling voice that her sister was in the hospital and she may have cancer. A girl who just turned 14, in the hospital, with a possible cancer diagnosis. Brain cancer, the tumor the size of a tangerine.

Why would something like this happen to someone so young? Why should anyone have to deal with that the summer before their first year of highschool? Why my best friend’s sister? Questions flood my mind.

I’ve been talking off and on with my best friend and her sister. Her sister has to have her head shaved for surgery, so my friend is shaving hers too. Before senior year, before homecoming, before winter formal, before prom. People will ask why, and she will respond “Because I did it for my sister.”

Her sister fears people will make fun of her when she starts up school again. I don’t think so, not if they know what she’s been through. I think they’ll admire her. I told my friend if her sister was worried about the teasing to get a wig. So here comes my idea, it’s pretty rough still. I mean I just came up with it before I started writing the blog.

But I thought, “Hey I sell cupcakes, so why don’t I sell some to raise money to buy my best friend’s sister a wig?” If you have any ideas on how I can go about this, that would be terrific. Just leave a comment below.

College Visit #1: Johnson and Wales University

Hi everyone! This Tuesday, I will be going on my very first college visit! I am so excited to see the culinary school I’ve only dreamed of going to. I will be visiting Johnson and Wales, the Charlotte campus! I plan on getting my degree in Culinary Arts and Foodservice Management. I will post pictures and more details on Tuesday. Thanks for following me and watching as I take one of the bigger steps of my culinary journey!

Thanks to the following website for their picture:
Campus Explorer

Versatile Blogger Award

Yay! Thanks to A Dollop and A Pinch I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! Please check out her website and cookbook! And as a part of this nomination I have a few rules to follow through with.

7 things about myself:

1. I am a 16 year old aspiring chef.

2. I just got my first job in a kitchen recently, March 16th to be exact.

3. I am the creative type, I love to cook and write.

4. I have a twin sister.

5. I hope to own a cafe in Downtown Charleston one day.

6. I love animals; I have a cat, Duncan, and a dog named Murphy.

7. My favorite food is probably melted brie on bread and a slice of machintosh apple. Now you’re going to try it, aren’t you?

9 bloggers I admire:

Iron Whisk

Your Cup of Cake

When A Moment Becomes A Memory

Perfectly Peared

Creative Noshing

Sparkling and Sweet

Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

A Sweeter Thing

Hey Suga! Cupcake