please watch.


A video that will change your life.
Please watch.

sing us the song of the piano man


Music is what feeling sounds like

a black and white story


Can you tell which one's been in a cast for 6 weeks?

I have been scooting, crutching, and wheeling around for the past 4 weeks and 5 days.

I only have 9 days until I can walk.

I'm nervous.

I'm scared.

But I'm excited.

Cause, once I can walk, I am having 1298472049 photoshoots.

Just kidding, it's really only 4.

I have 3 senior shoots lined up, and a Morp group wanting my photo taking skillz.

So therefore, I am excited.

Peace out, hipsters.

{PS. a new donut recipe is coming your way soon....stay tuned!}

double chocolate cookies!

Since yesterday was MLK day, I decided to make some more cookies. You can never have too many cookies!
They make quite a lot. But that doesn't mean that they will last a long time! When I got home from school this afternoon, they were all gone. I suppose they are in the stomachs of some very happy people. :)


Chocolate Chocolate Cookies
recipe cred

{Makes 30 2 inch cookies}

Ingredients:
1 cup soft unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cups cocoa powder
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In an electric mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time.
3. Mix in cocoa powder until well blended. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder and beat until just incorporated.
4. Fold in chocolate chips, and transfer dough to wax paper to make sure everything is well incorporated.
5. Divide dough into 16 equal pieces, and then divide those in half. Bake for 14 minutes, and let cool on parchment paper 5 minutes, and transfer to wire rack.

Banana Cinnamon Roll Cookies!

The truth is, the only reason why these are banana is because I didn't have applesauce. I read online that you could substitute half a banana for applesauce, so I was like "what the heck, why not?". I didn't think it was going to make a difference, but now it tastes like bananas. Yay for fruit!


{Banana} Cinnamon Roll Cookies
recipe cred
{makes 2-3 dozen}

Ingredients:

Cookies:
2 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamon, plus 1 tablespoon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup softened butter, plus 3 tbs melted
1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 cup
1 egg yolk
1/2 of a banana
1 tbs. light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla

Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
appx. 2 tbs. milk


Instructions:
1. Sift flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2. Beat 1/2 cup butter, granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup brown sugar in a stand mixer. Add in egg yolk, banana, light corn syrup, and vanilla.
3. Using a study spatula, fold in flour mixture until combined. Do not overmix (it may have flour streaking). Divide dough in half, wrap, and chill for 30 minutes.
4. Combine 1 tbs. cinnamon and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Divide into two parts, and set aside.
5. Remove one of the wrapped doughs. Place it inbetween 2 pieces of wax paper and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Brush 1 1/2 tbs. of melted butter on the dough and sprinkle with half of the cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough, starting with the long side and place back into the fridge. Repeat this again with the remaining dough, butter, and cinnamon mixture. Chill in fridge for 30-45 minutes.
6. Remove rolls and cut into 1/2 inch slices.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Let it cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet, and then move it to a wire rack.
8. Make glaze by sifting the powdered sugar and adding 1 tbsp. of milk at a time until you have the right drizzling assembly.
9. Drizzle the cookies with the glaze and let them cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.

Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Today I have an absolutely delightful recipe for you to feast your eyes on. They take practically no time to prepare, and the longest time is when it's chillin' in the fridge. Basically, this recipe is a piece of cake. And it tastes delicious too!



Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies
recipe cred

{will make approximately 12 cookies}

Ingredients:
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
pinch of salt
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
3/4 c powdered sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
1. In a small bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk to blend and set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together. Blend in the egg and vanilla.
3. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and beat until just incorporated and no streaks remain. Form the dough into a disk, wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm (1 hour)
4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
5. On a floured surface, roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes and place them on the baking sheet.
6. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until set. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
7. Frost and enjoy!



Sunday Social--

Top 3 Favorite Kinds of Food: sushi, pizza, and desserts!

First 3 Things you do in the morning: Check email, twitter, facebook, etc then I eat breakfast and get ready for school.

Last 3 Things you do at night: Brush teeth, read scriptures, tweet.

3 TV shows you NEVER miss: Gilmore Girls, Leverage, and Big Band Theorgy

3 Places you want to visit: Japan, Europe, and the beach!

3 People you can always count on: My family.

Elephant Ear Bread!

Earlier this week I showed Polka Dots and Lemonade readers how to make this delicious pull-apart bread!

I'll be showing you how to make Elephant Ear Bread, which is pretty much pull-apart bread. It is a perfect mix of cinnamon-sugary goodness. There are many layers that peel apart and taste absolutely delicious!


Elephant Ear Bread
Recipe cred: Recipe Snobs

Ingredients:
Dough:
2 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (one package)
1/2 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. butter
1/3 cup milk (any kind - I used skim)
1/4 cup water
2 eggs (whisked)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Filling:
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
4 Tbsp. butter, melting

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Set aside.
2. In the microwave, melt the butter and milk. Once the butter is melted completely, add the water and vanilla. Let cool for 5 minutes.
3. Pour the milk mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the whisked eggs to the batter, and keep mixing.
4. Add 3/4 cup of flour and mix well. (It will be very sticky, which is great!)
5. Place the dough in a greased bowl. Cover and set it in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes. Once the dough has doubled in size, knead in 2 tablespoons of flour. Cover again for 10 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, start the filling. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside, and then melt the 4 Tbsp. butter.
7. Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a floured surface. Brush the melted butter over the surface, and sprinkle the sugar mixture over the surface.
8. Using a pie cutter, cut 2 inch squares. Stack the squares into 4 piles, and place them in the bread pan. Take the excess sugar and sprinkle it on top of the dough. Cover the dough again for 15 minutes to rise.
9. While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put a cookie sheet under the bread pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until the outside of bread is golden brown.
10. Let it cool, and then enjoy!

I'm Guest Posting!


Today I'm guest posting over at Polka Dots and Lemonade!
I'm going to be sharing a new recipe for Elephant Ear Pull Apart Bread!!
So check it out :)

new year, new design.

To kickstart the new year, I decided to have Britt give me another blog design! She designed my last one as well, but I just wanted something new. I decided for a nice, clean white and pink look because I love the colors!

I hope you like my new design as much as I do! And if you do, go and show Britt some love! :)

And now for sunday social.

1. What is the name of your blog? How long have you been blogging?
My blog is Kiana Bates and I have been blogging 2 years, 2 days.

2. Why do you blog?
I love sharing things (recipes, photography) and writing! And I love meeting new people.

3. What is the first blog you ever followed?
Cheri at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.

4. What is your favorite post you wrote in 2012?
The post where I show my favorite photos of the year!

5. What are your blogging goals for 2013?
Get to 600 followers, and to just overall make it better!

6. Top 3 favorite blogs to follow?
CaLea's {I'm} Perfect
Haley's Ink and Anchor
Shelby's Chasing Birdies


Sunday Social

new theme





"Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come; for behold, it cometh quickly, saith the Lord. Amen" - D&C 87:8

Every year, the youth in my church have a mutual theme, which is for all the kids 12-18. This year, it is about standing in holy places. Last year was, arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nation.

Every week in our mutual activities, we recite the theme. It is so great to have scriptures like this memorized.

I'm so excited for this year!

{ps. I hope you liked the photo! I took it myself :) }

Sick, Sick, Sick



Day 5, 6, and 7. Still sick.


Hacked


Day four of the 365 project. It was accompanied with extreme soreness in my arms and my email being hacked. So if you got an email from me saying that I needed money cause I was stuck in Manila, please disregard it. I have lost all my emails and contacts, which kind of blows.

I could only cure my sadness with a good ole episode of Gilmore Girls.

a shoutout


I have homework on the first day back from break. Figures.

It was a pain crutching around the school today. But everyone instantly turned into the nicest person ever. "Can I hold something for you?" "Can I help you with anything?" "Here, I can grab that for you." "Here, let me open the door for you."
So here's to you guys. I appreciate it. And I love y'all :)

a hoard of thoughts smashed into one post


I'm still hobbling around the house when I'm not in my wheelie.

Today is the last day before school begins again. // I'm dreading the fact that I have to crutch around school all day. // My arms and legs will be so tired. // I'm also dreading the whole waking up early aspect of school. // I slept in until 8:00 this morning and I have gotten sufficiently used to it. // It will be a hard habit to break. // My toes will be cold when sticking out of the cast. // I feel like I will have the flu forever. // I used to like sneezing but now I don't. // I hope I finish this 365 challenge, cause then I will feel accomplished. // I took a shower today and it feels great to be clean. // I'm planning some new blogging things in the future, so be ready. // I love twitter and while I was recovering from my surgery I was on it 24/7. // I love taking pictures, even if they are of my feet. // I should really end this post because it's not very organized. //  Bye. //


a new year and a challenge

2013, a new year.
A clean slate, per say.

And so I am joining a challenge.
The 365 project, to be exact.

If you aren't familiar with the 365 project, it's where you take a photo a day. Its focus is really enjoying the little moments, because sometimes we feel like we have no idea what to photograph. I hope that with this project I'll have a better memory of what happened in 2013

And to kick it off, here's day one.



Hello new year. Glad you managed to come. But it's too bad, really, because I have the flu and a bum leg. It's okay though, because my golf magazine came in the mail.