Monday, December 24, 2012

Easy Oreo Truffles


Hello there! It's Christmas Eve and guess what? My mind is blown by how fast this year has gone by. This year literally flew past me, treating me well on the way. I am so happy to be starting a new year. With Christmas Eve today, I wonder (almost bet) that you'll be heading to a dinner/party/get together tonight and completely forgot you have to take something with you. Cheese and cracker platters are alright, but what if I told you those fancy schmancy beauties up there took me less than an hour and no oven or stove was required? Too good to be true? Well let me tell you how this recipe has gotten me out of a jiffy more than once. They are super easy, delicious, no bake Oreo Truffles.
 
So you might have heard of them, you might have not. Either way, they are to die for! I first tried these at my little sister's choir bake sale and was mind boggled at the fact that anyone could MAKE these delicious treats. So i got home, researched varies recipes and with a few tweaks concluded with this one. This recipe is super fun to make with kids with clean hands!
 
 
Oreo Truffles
*I haven't tried any generic brands for this recipe*
 
Ingredients
1 package of Oreo Cookies
1 8 oz. package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese *room temperature, cut into cubes*
Almond Bark
Milk Chocolate Chips *optional*
 
Instructions
Take your Oreos, separating them from each other (to make it easier to process) and place them in a food processor or Ziploc bag. Grind them till you have very fine granules and place them aside in a bowl. Take your softened cream cheese and little by little start incorporating it into the cookie crumbs. This might be a little time consuming, but I much prefer this method instead of putting it in the food processor. Make sure you blend knead everything well together until no visible white lumps are showing. You should have a sticky dough like mixture. From this you will start forming your small quarter size truffles that will go on a cookie sheet. Place them in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes to harden a bit. During this time take your almond bark & chocolate chips and microwave it according to instructions. *Usually I take about 4 chunks and microwave it for 2-3 minutes; stopping every once in a while to mix it* Dip your truffle balls into the mixture and set on the cookie sheet again. Once you are done dipping them; drizzle some of the chocolate on top or sprinkle extra Oreo cookie crumbs on top. Refrigerate for 25 minutes to harden the coating.
 
 
& you're done! See how easy that was? I am probably going to make these as soon as I get home to take to our family dinner tonight!
 
Happy Christmas Eve to everyone. May you all have an amazing holiday with your loved ones remembering the true reason to celebrate!
 
<3 Stef

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thoughts

A picture I took of a favorite sign of mine on Charleston Blvd. Cause remember, I have this thing with signs. 
 
 
I haven't updated this blog in 15 days. That's half a month. Eeeek.
 
Besides the fact that I've been super busy with life, I have no internet access at home. STILL.
 
It's cool though. No biggie. I actually find myself rediscovering the beauty of reading and doing things other than browsing the internet. Granted, I have it on my phone. But I don't even find myself on Facebook or Twitter that often anymore.
 
I take that as a good thing.
 
Well It's been a good year.
 
I keep thinking of that. Of how good this year has been to me. Of the places I've seen, the people I have reconnected with, and the breath of fresh air God has blown upon me.

The breath that makes you realize you really are nothing without him. The breath that makes you awe in his majesty and greatness! The one that makes you re-evaluate your priorities and once again put him first. Appreciating the first love you once had and keeping it alive by the reading of his word.
 
It's awesome.
 
 So i go back once again, to my shell of no desktop internet. I'll be back soon though, since I actually have a tutorial on something I want to show you all, involving only a few things. (You know, my kind of tutorials!)

Also, I've been addicted to Pinterest (Follow me here). That, is something I can easily spend hours on in my phone.
 
But enough about me.
 
How have you been? How has life been treating you lately? Have you also been freaking out at how fast the time is going? I mean it's December! December, and I'm still wearing light fall weather in the night time and shorts during the day. Seriously, who says "It's too hot!" in the beginning of December?
 
I guess people in Vegas do!
 
Ah, Las Vegas.
 
 
<3 Stef

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Missing

 
Hello Beautiful People! I have re emerged from the bottomless pit of "no internet at home" (which in reality isn't THAT bad, more on that later) and bring to you this question. Is it just me, or does fall and winter days make you want to curl up in a ball and forget that there are other things that need to be done, besides laying at home and doing nothing?! I don't why, but when the seasons have its major change (which is from summer to fall) I really have trouble finding that inspiration and motivation in me to do things. I get off work around the average time of 5 to 6 PM, and by then the sun is no longer shining, it's cold (if you call 70 degrees cold), and I feel like my day is pretty much over with.

So what does this have to do with the San Francisco Farmer's Market you ask? I miss the sunny, colorful, fresh, and warm feeling it brought me that Saturday Morning that we went to visit! I was looking through the pictures and it really made me reminisce of the beauty the market was! Colorful and full of life; with fresh produce, flowers, and scenery. Now, don't get me wrong, I la la LOVE winter and all it has to bring, but I was meant for the sun and the heat, so looking back to these pictures bring some sort of comfort during these long cold days. I wish we had a market like this one here in Vegas. It would sure make eating vegetarian a lot more enjoyable with all those fresh fruits and vegetables!

Me and Isaac got up early and parked at the designated Ferry Parking (7.00$ for the whole day that Saturday) We did have to walk a bit, but being the scenery lovers that we are, we didn't mind. We grabbed hot chocolate and fresh pastries since it was a bit chilly (for us Las Vegans) and perused all the market had to offer. I stocked up on fresh fruits for our Pacific Coast road trip the next day, and bought a delicious slab of herb bread from Acme Bread. Which I must add has been the most amazing bread I've EVER had in my life. Seriously. We walked around watching the boats and the people around us, surprised by the many vegan & raw selections that were available!

 

 


 
 

If you are ever in San Francisco, make it out to the Farmer's Market, you won't regret it!

<3 Stef

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Symphony Park


Ever since I saw the animated diagram for Symphony Park and saw this beauty on it, I fell in love. The colors and different sizes of the pipes that together constructed this metal rainbow seemed like a dream! I knew that once I had the chance too, this place would be perfect for a photo shoot. I made add it to my 21 by 21 list, making it a priority to go and visit.

I like to take pictures during the day for obvious reasons, and since I am usually working I don't always have a chance to. However, today was perfect since we had a cloudy sky & there was no harsh sun to squint for. Me and my sis headed Downtown to the Smith Center and had a blast taking these pictures. We were expecting an empty park (since it was pretty early) but were instead surprised with busloads of kids who were apparently on a school trip to the museum. They were all sitting on the lawn eating their lunches while we they watched us jump and make funny poses. So far, this has been my favorite place to photograph. Seriously, how can you NOT fall in love with this sculpture? It's color perfection, and just makes me so happy!








Is there a place you go to or know of that just makes you undescribably happy? What's YOUR "metal rainbow?" (:

Happy Thursday!
<3 Stef

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Random Facts Vol. 1



1. I'm deathly horrifically immensely TERRIFIED of sharks.
Ever since I can remember, sharks have always been my greatest fear. Their scary faces and beady eyes never fail to make me quiver when I see them. I don't exactly know what sparked this phobia, but I do know it made my childhood pretty difficult when it came to baths and pools. I would never go into a pool at night and would often refuse to take bubble baths simply because I could not "see" the bottom of the tub. Our "Coral Reef" shower curtains and towels only were up for a few hours since I remember screaming at the top of my lungs when I walked into the bathroom & seeing them for the first time. I begged my mom to take them down and she made sure to never again get anything "ocean" related.

2. I don't care for shoes too much.
This is one of the things that I really wish I wasn't. I never have and probably never will have a thing for shoes. As long as they're comfortable, cute, and not expensive, I'm good. I don't care too much about brands or having a pair to match each outfit. You can find me wearing the  same ones constantly day to day since I really don't have a huge selection. However I must admit, I have a soft spot for oxfords. They're my fave!

3. I was always the teacher's pet growing up.
I don't know why or how but I almost always ended up being the teacher's pet. How do I know this? Besides the fact that as a student you "just know" I would constantly be told by my peers that I was. I was never bullied about it (at least not to my face) which really surprised me. I never did it to get ahead on my grades, but always enjoyed having an awesome relationship with my teachers.

4. I hate confrontation. I really do.
So with that said, if you really disappoint me, make me angry, or are just plain annoying I will immediately ignore you and stop all contact. I tend to take a backseat when it comes to arguments (unless you're a good friend or my sister) since I have a fear of hurting people's feelings (don't know why). However, I am learning to decipher the fine line between aggressive pointless confrontation and needed confrontation.

5. I'm allergic to mayonnaise.
I remember eating it when I was little and breaking into hives, so ever since then I would always have my sandwiches dry and mayo free. My mom was always so good about making sure my plate didn't have any of the smelly white stuff and I also have certain friends who were always considerate of my "weird" allergy. Biggest pet peeve? When I go to a sandwich place and they forget that I said "No Mayo". Ugh!

6. I used to be super emotional. Now, not so much.
If you knew me a few years back, I used to be the most emotional person ever. I would cry over the smallest things, and would really take things to heart when it wasn't even personal. However, over time and as I matured, I can say that I have learned to detach myself from my emotions and certain feelings (to an extent). I mean, I am not some kind of robot who never cries, but I have learned that if I need to cry, there is no need for me to do it in front of someone else. I take this as a good thing, making my emotions a part of my private life, that I spill onto my journal writing every once a while.
 
7. I know every single line of Mean Girls & "Empire State Of Mind".
Mostly because I've seen Mean Girls like 300 times & was obsessed with JayZ's and Alicia Keys' NYC anthem, but I can literally recite every word from both of them. Mean Girls never gets old and the jokes always make me laugh. My favorite line? "She doesn't even go here!"

8. When I'm sad I like to be alone and go for a drive.
You know how certain people like to talk to other people. I don't. I just feel better after a long drive listening to a mix CD that I made. I can think and clear my head all without ever having to speak.

9. I superglued my eyes shut when I was 3.
I guess thats self explanatory...and painful. Long story short, I thought the nail glue bottle was eye drops and since putting eye drops was sooo cool looking to a 3 year old, I thought I was looking cool by putting drops in my eyes. Come to find out that the drops weren't EYE drops but instead drops from quick dry nail glue. This landed me in a bed for 3 hours while my mom put hot warm wash cloths to "soften" the glue and a trip to the ER. Even though I was only 3, I remember it so clearly, not the most "fun" but definitely a great conversation starter.

10. I LA LA LOVE Shakira.
Her "Fijacion Oral Album Vol. 1" in Spanish is just brilliant and ever since I heard her second album I was all over her music. I love all her Spanish work (except all her recent stuff, not too much into the She Wolf phase she's going through) which always seems to showcase how good she is with words.


10 random facts. Not because I'm narcissistic or cause I think people actually want to know about me, but rather to keep a record of all these things about me. I often find myself looking back at these posts comparing to see how much I've changed or haven't.

What are some random facts about you? Anything that the average person wouldn't know? (:

<3 Stef

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Gilcrease Orchards






 

Going to the orchard used to be something that we did every summer when I was little. My mom and would get us ready in our overalls and hats and my dad would get our lunch packs ready with ice cold waters and snacks. Spending the whole day picking apricots and figs was definitely one of the most treasured memories I have. This weekend I finally went back after almost 10 years of not going. (10 years! Can you believe that?!) This time however, I was the one getting my little cousins ready and preparing their lunch bags for the trip. (Goodness, I feel old) We went apple picking, sweet potato hunting, and pumpkin searching the weekend before Halloween making it our first time EVER picking out our own pumpkins!
 
 Las Vegas isn't exactly the best place to grow things considering we are a desert in the middle of nowhere, however Gilcrease Orchards always seems to bring some agricultural hope to us Las Vegans who usually never see any kind of edible thing grow from the earth. They had some delicious apple cider donuts right when you came in, and could take some pictures on haystacks and pumpkins for the yearly harvest family photo. I've never been to the orchard during this time of year, so it was definitely a different experience. Next time however, we'll make sure to come in earlier in the month to score the freshest batch of pumpkins and apples. :) They'll be closed for the winter season (starting next week i believe) but will open again sometime in March for the next set of vegetables and fruits. Yay for asparagus! So if you're in town and the season is right, stop by for an experience outside the Las Vegas Strip, I promise it won't disappoint! Especially in the summer when the peaches and apricots are in full bloom!
 
 
8103 Racel Street
Las Vegas, NV 89131
(702) 409-0655
 
 
<3 Stef

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Driving the Pacific Coast


Driving the Coast in an awesome sports car when the skies are clear and and the weather is just right is just about on every one's bucket list that I know of. & Let me tell you, it's sooooo worth it. There is nothing more beautiful than driving right next to the vast and precious ocean listening to a play list you conjured specifically for this trip. Driving the 101 was mostly Isaac's idea, wanting to dedicate a whole day to make sure we had enough time for stops, pictures, and sightseeing along the way. We started in Monterey and headed all the way down to Los Angeles. Big Sur was definitely my favorite, with its gradient of blues and light fog banks that strolled through. I was so used to seeing the overpopulated ocean water in Santa Monica, that I had no idea how beautiful the Pacific Ocean really was. We made lots of stops here and there to stretch our feet and inhale the fresh ocean breeze, including one at Ragged Point where we enjoyed some scones and hot chocolate (since it was getting chilly as the day went on.) They had an amazing ocean view spot which I really recommend checking out. We also stopped at the Elephant Seal Rookery to look at the ADORABLE seals who would every once in a while get up and worm along, and then drove by Hearst Castle, which we didn't get to tour but did see from afar. We stopped and watched the sunset at a random spot and watched as the ocean turned into a black abyss.


 
 







 
 
 
 
It was perfect.
 
I recommend bringing along:
 
1. The perfect play list or variety of CD's; which will totally make the experience even better.
2. A Gorilla Pod; will make pictures A LOT easier if it's only 2 of you.
3. Snacks; duh!
4. A blanket.
5. A book! As much as I loved looking out; I did have my moments of wanting to tackle down a chapter or two of Catching Fire.
 
Also, keep in mind that with all the stopping you will need to add a couple of hours to your road time, but you already knew that, right?
 
Driving the coast will definitely be something to remember. (:
 
 <3 Stef


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Road Trip Pt 2




 If there is a place where the water is so blue that it needs no photo shopping when a picture is taken, it's Monterey, California. The sea breeze, the fog in the air, and the smell of fresh kettle corn penetrate every single smell when you breath in the the ocean air. This was my favorite stop during our road trip & was so happy that the weather was absolutely perfect. Clear skies with a slight breeze, sunny enough to enjoy some frozen yogurt. If you're nearby, stop by. You won't regret it, I promise!

<3 Stef