How to Ace a Test, Part Deux

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How to Get an A-Plus

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Poppy again, with some more test taking tips.  So you practiced my study tips and you’re totally ready to ace the test, right?  Here are a few test day tips that will make sure you don’t feel any of the test day panic – ok so, maybe you will, but you’ll be able to beat and get a good grade:

  1. Relax- We’re not just saying chill-lax here.  Try a relaxation exercise – like closing your eyes and taking a few slow, deep breaths as you tell imagine yourself getting the test paper back with a big fat A on it.
  2. Warm up – Every test has easy questions on it and hard ones. Go through and answer the questions you know. Stumped – just circle that question and go back to it later – but don’t try to sweat through it on the first go around
  3. Trust yourself – studies show that our first answer is usually the right one – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check your work.  If you have time, go through your answers, but don’t second guess yourself.  Your first instinct was probably the right one.
  4. Read the directions – trust me, we’ve all done it – forgotten to answer the last page of the test, or answered questions wrong because we didn’t bother to read the directions.  So don’t risk points off because you think you know it all – take a second to read the directions – all of them!

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Summer Fun – How to Make Your Own Ice Cream

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Hey GirlMoguls – it’s Poppy here with some great ideas on how you can make ice cream this summer.  You might need a little help from a parental unit for this way, but it’s totally easy peasy!  So who needs the ice cream truck (or spending all of your allowance on choco-tacos)

You may have heard, or even said the phrase, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” With warmer weather it’s time for summer fun. Learn how to make your own ice cream by following one of these recipes for home-made ice cream.

Custard-based recipe

There are two basic recipes to make an ice cream base. If you don’t mind cooking the base ingredients before freezing, you may want to try this custard-based recipe:

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1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
Pinch of salt

Begin by beating the first three ingredients until they are pale and yellow, then set them aside. Combine the rest of the ingredients, minus 1/2 cup milk, in a medium saucepan. Cook this over medium until it begins to simmer, about 5 minutes. Let the mixture almost boil but do not let it boil. Remove it from the heat and set it aside.

Put two handfuls of ice into a large bowl and fill it with water to cover. Gradually pour the warm milk into the eggs, whisking constantly and then pour it back into the saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat and stir constantly until it has thickened, about 5-10 minuhttp://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-ice-cream-image19553372tes. Remove it from the heat and then pour in the remaining milk.

Pour the mixture into a medium bowl and put it in the ice bath. Continue stirring until the mixture is chilled. For the best results, let the mixture chill for 4 hours, or you can pour the chilled mixture into the ice cream maker and let the machine do the rest of the work.

No-cook version

For people who prefer not to wait the amount of time it takes for the custard-base, you may want to try the no-cook version:

2 cups heavy cream, well chilled
1 cup whole milk, well chilled
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Pour it all into an ice cream maker and follow the instructions given by the manufacturer. Before long you’ll have ice cream the whole family can enjoy. The ice cream will be soft-set, but you can firm it up by putting it in the freezer for two hours before eating.

Add-ins

Starting with either of these base recipes you can create nearly any ice cream you might want. Here are five ideas your family may enjoy:

* 1 cup finely diced overripe strawberries or peaches
* 1 cup crushed peppermint candy
* Chocolate chips
* Chopped peppermint patties
* Chunks of cookie dough

You’ll want to add fruit ingredients during the last 5 to 10 minutes of the freezing process. The chips, peppermint patties, and cookie dough would be added after the freezing process so they can be evenly dispersed.

Decorate the ice cream with additional fresh fruit, chocolate syrup, or slivered almonds. You can also place some of the ice cream between two cookies to make your own version of an ice cream cookie. The options are endless and every one is sure to be a taste sensation!

Summer is the perfect time to make your own ice cream. Summer fun, in fact, wouldn’t be the same without ice cream. Use one of the recipes, put in some add-ins, and then enjoy a taste of summer.

St. Patrick’s Day Lime Sherbert Punch – Yum

Lime Sherbet Punch for St. Patrick's Day
Lime Sherbet Punch for St. Patrick's Day

Hey GirlMoguls – I don’t know if you’re planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s at all – maybe you’re going to attend a local parade and see pipers and drummers in their kilts, or perhaps you’re parents are planning a feast of corned beef, but if you’re looking for a yummy and fun project ot make your St. Pat’s day fun then try this super yummy Lime Sherbet punch  – perhaps you can use it to catch a leprechaun.

Ingredients:

  • ½ gallon lime sherbet, softened in fridge before using
  • 2 liters Sprite or 7-up

Instructions:
With a hand mixer, blend softened sherbet and soda in a big punch bowl. Serve immediately or chill in the fridge until party time.  Top of the mornin’ to you!

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