There's no perfect English translation for "Jia You" -a Chinese phrase that literally means to "add oil". People use it to encourage others to keep going, most publicly at the Beijing Olympics, Jiayou was used to cheer on athletes. A kind of "GO you! You can do it!", hearing this phrase can give someone that extra push to keep at whatever they are doing.
It's a little difficult when there is no English phrase that entirely encapsulates the encouragement and the strength behind 加油.
"Go you!!" doesn't really seem to have the same effect...
But a little encouragement goes a long way.
Whether it's a challenging trip to Ghana (加油 L!!!), playing a solo in front of your school, or studying for an endless string of exams, we all could use some words to boost our efforts. Make sure let people know that you believe in them and their work!
Okay, enough of that! And more of these Funfetti Cookies!
My roommate and I only just started making these cookies a year ago when a friend convinced us that the cookies were a million times tastier than the actual cupcakes from the box.
In disbelief, we made these cookies by following the recipe on the side of the box and we were proved entirely wrong! These are now an apartment favorite -both for the yummy and easiness of the recipe. We should have started making these ages ago!!
Since then, we've made these many times, but the funniest moment was after my roommate had an incredibly difficult exam. Her brain was fried -obviously cookies would remedy that! She started following the recipe on the side of the box...but then ended up using the recipe on the back.
Cupcake batter. Ish. We tried to fix the batter as she craved cookies (and not cupcakes) by adding more flour. Fail!
We ended up with cupcake tops...or "cuppies" as my roommate affectionately named her creation.
Since she didn't get her Funfetti cookie fix, I gave her another box for her birthday! When we made the cookies, we made sure to cross out the cupcake recipe and use the right recipe.
Funfetti cookies -a perfect easy recipe -to counter the more complicated Red Velvet Cake.
Recipe (from Pillsbury box)
1 package of Funfetti cake mix (18.9 oz)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Preheat to 375 degrees.
Combine cake mix, oil, and eggs together.
Roll dough into 1 in. balls and flatten.
Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 6-8 minutes.
Life's better with sprinkles!