365 days. 24 goals. One changed lady.
I can’t believe it’s finally here: my Big 25! Today, May 22, 2013, I am 25 years old, thus ending my Big 24 experiment, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
Did I finish all of my Goals? No. In fact, I didn’t finish about half. Some I amended, some I had to abandon altogether and some I did to an extent. But I don’t feel like I failed at anything. In fact, I feel very content with what I did accomplish.
When I look back at the Goals, I realize that some of them just lost the level of importance I placed upon them and others grew more and more prominent in my life. And some just dropped off my radar, simply because others overshadowed them. Like I said, I don’t think this is a failure; I think this is what happens during one year in the life of a twentysomething: Some things fall by the wayside because other things consume your time.
So which Goals did I complete in their entirety?
- I got a job
- I ran a 5K
- I learned to change a tire
- I visited the southernmost point in the U.S. — Key West
- I donated my hair to Locks of Love
- I ate a bowl of Ben’s Chili in front of the White House
- I attended the opening night of an opera
- I baked 52 cupcakes in one year
- I kept a piggy bank for a year
- I shot a gun
THIS IS IT, everyone: the LAST Big 24 cupcake recipe!
Yes, I understand it’s confusing because it’s “Week 35,” but I doubled up a lot of weeks, so it actually does work out. I made 52 different cupcakes this year, and this is No. 52: Martha Stewart’s s’mores cupcakes!
This recipe was so perfect to end my Big 24 on a high note. The cupcakes were fairly simple, yet required a bit of technique, and they taste unbelievable. I know I say this every time, but I urge you to try them yourself!
These are not the easiest cupcakes to make, mostly because you must make the cakes, the chocolate ganache and the marshmallow frosting. But none of the elements are very difficult — mostly time-consuming, if anything. Do not let that deter you from trying these out! THEY ARE WORTH IT!
Let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need for the cakes: flour, graham flour (I crushed graham crackers using my food processor because I couldn’t find any graham flour at Publix), butter, honey, baking powder, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar and eggs.