Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ode To The Maybe!

While on a shopping trip to Kohl's yesterday, I overheard this conversation between 2 guys who seemed to be stocking up some picture frames and candles.

*this song playing in the background*

"Duuuude, we totally need new music, I literally have heard this song like 27 times today, no joke."
"Seriously? Man that sucks, no wonder you know all the words"
"It's like, there are a million other songs out there!"
"You know what song I can't seem to get out my head, that Carly song, Call You Baby"
"Dude, it's Call Me Maybe"
"-_-, either way my girlfriend keeps playing it over and over. It's driving me nuts!"
"You got to admit, it's pretty catchy"
"Yeah, I guess you're right, so call me maybe!"

LOL

Nonetheless, made me crack up so loud that they turned around and looked at me. They smiled and laughed, all in good fun right?

It seems like we can't escape the Carly Rae Jepson affect. One hit wonder? Maybe. Catchy & annoying at the same time? Definitely. I mean, all day yesterday I heard that song 3 times on my way to work. That may not seem like a lot to you, however, consider that I was only in my car for a total of 16 minutes. I log into blogger later that day and I couldn't help but laugh once I read Tara's post. There it was again...referenced in all it's glory! LOL! So in honor of this earworm that seems to be in EVERYBODY'S head, here are some things to make you laugh at the whole thing.

Clever?  Maybe!
Not even the Prez escaped this one
 
 In honor of my Seinfeld obsession
Gotta love her!

Will Ferrell and Starbucks Cup
Totally did the whole Hagrid accent in my head!
Best one!
 

That last video had me rolling! Haven't heard someone say "PSYCH!" since my middle schools days!
So what earworms have you had lately? Any songs that you can't seem to get out of your head?
 
Great now I have THIS song in my head.
 
Happy PLL/Harry Potter Birthday Tuesday Everyone!! Maybe? JK!
 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy Monday!


Candies straight from Toluca, Mexico!

Happy Monday everyone! It's been a while since I actually did a "Happy Monday" post and figured why not? My weekend was pretty low key in terms of what I did. Which was not much. Let's see...Friday, I came home from the day job and fell asleep. Why? Cause the night before me and Fran stayed up till 3 am pretending to do our own commentaries on the music video channels. Who knew critiquing Katy Perry while eating dried mangos could be so fun? So with that said Friday was pretty much a bust. Saturday I woke up to my 4 year old brother watching "Wipeout" on my iPhone. He has somehow managed to remember my lock code, find the HULU app, and type in WIP into the search bar. He seems to love crawling into my bed early in the morning...& i secretly love that! I wake up to a smiling face telling me "Hola Fany!" <--which is what he calls me, you know...short for Esthefany LOL.

I managed to also give my room a well deserved cleaning as I had tons of uneccesary knick knacks lying around. I find that in the summer i love when my room can look simple, white, and minimal. I usually only sleep with a white sheet at night since it tends to be a boiling 102 degrees outside. One of these days I shall do a room tour as I always love to meander on how other(realistic)people decorate and set up their dwellings. I also got into the weird trend of hanging some of my scarves and pieces of random fabric over my windows to create some more "oomph" within all the white walls. Sometimes I have one or two or even three if im feeling like hanging them up. Either way, I dig it.


BTW

As you might have noticed from the amazing picture above, my aunt brought back some authentic Mexican candies! There is seriously nothing more amazing than handmade sweet goodness. They all have a different taste, texture, and consistency. My favorite of course are the soft dulce the leche candies with the pecan on their swirled top. So good! I am so excited to be leaving to the homeland of my culture in 2 weeks! I haven't gone since 2005 so it's been a while, but most of all my mom hasn't been back since 1999, so you can imagine how nervous she is! Nothing beats being in Mexico amidst all the authenticity, culture, and people. (Swapmeets can only do so much you know... LOL). We'll be heading to Toluca where most of our family is, but will most definitely be stopping by other places too!



Alright so enough rambling, lets get onto the wandering!


This Filipino way of making ice cream has got me curious! Looks so delicious!

Funny to think how different it would have been if these celebs wouldn't have turned down these roles.

I shall do this at least ONCE in my lifetime. If not more. How cool to have an impromptu dinner at The Strip?!

Gosh, these pictures really made me want to go to the beach.

Tina Fey, I love you.

I want this....NOW!

Who says you can't grow food in the City?

My favorite new blogger this week.


Have an amazing week, don't forget to smile, drink water, and think happy thoughts! :)

<3 Stef

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Go Green!



I know what you're thinking. "Green. Don't think so." How do i know? Cause I had the same thoughts. Green triggers thoughts of nasty flavors. At least in my book. They really tried to convert me with the whole "Green Apple" flavor and color in candy when I was little, but I never bought into it. I heard alot about "green smoothies" (which were packed with lots of vegetables, leafy greens, and seeds, yet tasted like fruity heaven) so I started to really research these guys a lot  more. I realized that the key to an awesome green smoothie was to try to get as much "healthy stuff" as you could while masking the bitter or odd flavor by adding some fruit . [Yeay for nature's candy!] Seemed like a good deal right? You're drinking something which does good for your body, without tasting all that "healthiness", which seem to turn a lot of people off. So I obliged, bought what I thought would make a good smoothie, and blended away. I would drink and they would satisfy. Nothing outstanding, nothing amazing. "Ehh" was my reaction, quickly getting over the "hype" I made up for it. The texture was also odd not really realizing that certain components are needed to create a great green smoothie.

Sooooo...

As I was internet awandering, I somehow came across "Oh She Glows "Classic Green Monster Smoothie Recipe" and its story. I made a skeptical face, thinking "how different is this to anything i've made before." However, decided to give it a go since I was in need of dinner and already had the ingredients on hand. I grabbed everything, placed it in the blender and watched as the spinach and banana goodness pureed into a bright green color. *skeptical face continued* I stopped blending and poured the green awesomeness  into my beloved Mason glass. Sipped & literally fell in love. I don't believe there is such thing as love at first sip, but i assure you, after trying this "monster" you too will fall in love! I was surprised at how similar it tasted to my childhood "Licuados de Platano". I was so surprised. I was so overjoyed that I had to make my sister one when she came home. She too fell in love.

Now I have these babies around 3-4 times a week in the morning on a semi empty stomach *after i take my tea of course* so i can let my body suck up all the nutrients. They're also amazing as a post workout treat, especially in the summer when all you want is a cold treat. So what do you say? Joining the "Green Monster Movement" anytime soon?

Have an amazing Thursday!



<3 Stef

PS: Don't forget about "Coffee Friday" tomorrow at "The Coffee Shop"! Paloma assured we'll be in for a special treat!! :) So stop on by, bring some coffee (or a green smoothie!) and link up!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"We are like the moon, not having a light of our own but rather reflecting the light of the sun.  The sun and light being Jesus."

Have an amazing Tuesday.

<3 Stef

Monday, July 23, 2012

Raw Vegan Date Squares!


"Dates? What the heck are those?" those were my first thoughts when I stumbled upon this recipe. I honestly had no idea what dates even looked like. However, I went on the hunt for them and found some organic medjool dates at a local health store for a reasonable price. As soon as placed one in my mouth, I was hooked! Sweet but not to overbearing and a chewy texture that kept me coming back for more! I did some more research on them and realized that they tend to be really high in sugar, so eating too many of them is not recommended. Either way, one usually keeps away my craving for something sugary or sweet. If you haven't tried one, go and get some as they are amazing!

I haven't really dabbled too much in the world of raw desserts, but the little that I have tasted, has proven to me that there is no need to sacrifice taste or texture to achieve a delectable confection. This one uses only 5 ingredients, my kind of recipe! :) I reduced the measurements as I only made a small amount (enough for 6 squares) However, the linked recipe probably makes about 20 (not sure). I also omitted the salt, as I did not have any on hand (crazy right? I know!)

These are the perfect pairing to a cold tall glass of almond milk for breakfast or to bring as dessert to a potluck dinner. Either way, I'm sure they won't last too long!


Raw Vegan Date Squares
*adapted from "Oh She Glows"*

Crust
1/2 cup of raw almonds
1/2 cup regular oats
4 Medjool Dates (roughly chopped)
3 tablespoons of coconut oil

Filling
8 Medjool Dates (roughly chopped)
3 tablespoons of water

Directions:

Take a pan, cooking sheet, or other container and line with parchment or wax paper. Set aside. Take your oats, almonds, and dates and placed them in the food processor until it is of a fine crumbly texture. Add in your melted coconut oil and process again until its sticky and crumbly. Take 3/4 of your mixture and form into a firm square onto your container lined with wax paper. Place in the fridge while you make your filling. Take the rest of your mixture and set aside.

For your filling, simply take your dates and water and process until you have a jam like consistency. This might take some patience as you will probably have to stop and scrape the sides every now and then. Once you've got the paste form, take a wet spoon or spatula and spread on top of the formed square you had placed in the fridge. When evenly coated, take the remainder of crumbly awesomeness you set aside earlier and coat the top of the squares. Press firmly and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Once firm, cut into squares and serve. If there are any leftovers (which i highly doubt!) store in the fridge or freezer! :)



I used the same recipe but swapped the dates for cranberries. Same measurements, different dried fruit. They tasted delicious! Tart and sweet, perfect after a lunch as dessert! & besides that color is just gorgeous!


Have an amazing Monday! (:

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Learn To Love Kale!


Kale. Oh so lovely Kale. How I used to hate you, but now love to dwell in your amazing nutrient dense leaves that somehow released all that stored energy within me. I wouldn't change you, except that bitter taste that seems to come from your stems, however that's not a deal breaker, I can fix you right up. So if YOU my dear, the reader that's here, have not had some of my good ole' pal Kale (cause according to Spice Girls, "you gotta get with my friends") you're missing out!
So on a more serious (and less rhymey note)

If you my friend are a kale virgin or don't have ANY intentions on adding it to your daily diet, keep on reading as I have the perfect salad that will make you question how you lived so long without it. If you're like me and had a traumatizing kale experience in which after you swore you would never let it to your mouth again, this salad will also restore your hope in this beautiful and amazing leafy green that does so much good for you, your body, and mind!

Kale is KING

It one of your best sources of beta-carotene, one of the antioxidants believed by many nutrition experts to be a major player in the battle against cancer, heart disease, and certain age-related chronic diseases. In addition to beta-carotene, kale posses other important carotenoids: lutein and zeaxathin. These carotenoids help keep UV rays from damaging the eyes and causing cataracts. (which are no good!) According to recent research results, kale is an incredible source of well-absorbed calcium, which is one of the many factors that may help prevent osteoporosis. It also provides decent amounts of vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B6, manganese, and potassium. Kale also is anti-inflammatory due to all the awesome Omega-3 fatty acids in it.  [source]





 & after reading all of that who WOULDN'T want to eat Mr. Kale? So whatcha waiting for? Break yourself in with a recipe I made below which converted me into a kale believer! (:


Virgin Kale Salad

*i decided to call it that ^ because it's the perfect salad to give to all you kale virgins out there!
Salad Base:
1 cup of Kale (washed and de-stemmed**)
1 cup of a lettuce of your choosing (I had an "Italian Blend" bag on hand, so I used that. You can use whatever!)
1/2 of an organic english cucumber
5 organic cherry tomatoes
few cubes of avocado
A few slivers of red onion
Tablespoon of quinoa (or hemp seed)

Dressing:
1/2 of a lemon
tablespoon of olive oil
dash of ground sea salt
pinch of ground pepper
pinch of Mrs. Dash seasoning

**When you buy your kale bunch, take a few leaves and simply take off the "curly leaf" part separating it from the stem. This will make sure that your kale tastes a lot less bitter, which is the reason a lot of people get turned off  from kale in the first place. Make sure you rinse thoroughly and shake dry.

To prepare your salad base, place your kale and lettuce in a bowl. Cut your cucumber into slices then cut those slices in half again. Slice your cherry tomatoes in half, place them in the bowl along with your cucumbers, avocado, and onion. Set aside. For your dressing, squeeze half of your lemon into a small dish and add the tablespoon of olive oil. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and drizzle on top of salad. Mix away adding the quinoa (or hemp seeds) and place in the refrigerator for 15- 20 minutes (or overnight, even better!). This will ensure that the dressing marinates the kale, infusing it with the lemony dressing!

See how easy that was? It tastes super delicious and the kale (since it was marinated by the dressing) tastes very mild! Try it and tell me what you think! :)


What is your "never again" food? Leave me a comment! & don't forget to have an amazing Thursday!


<3 Stef

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What I Ate As [A Kid]

Cause everyone deserves to reminisce on all those foods you loved as a kid but won't dare eat now. Most of these things, I haven't had in years, however, must admit to indulging in the occasional late night Eggo waffle craving. Yum! I was inspired to do my own little doodle below from reading this post. I had forgotten about the days where I didn't give a care about what I ate. Totally was able to get away with it too!



What did you eat as a kid? Do you still indulge every once in a while? (:
<3 Stef

Friday, July 13, 2012

iRamble


It's 3:05 in the morning...conversation got boring. jk. No Lily Allen quoting tonight..."no eating here tonight, I'm on a diet"...in the words of Dory which is not my case since I just finished eating 3 fresh baked cookies. Nope, not homemade but still delicious. Was scrounging the freezer and forgot we had a tub of Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough. Oatmeal Cranberry, yum. I hadn't gone on here and had a late night ramble in a while so I decided to do so considering that when I look back sometimes, I like to see what I was thinking at that moment. Right now, I won't lie, I'm a bit tired, delusional? It's hot in my house, and a cooler compared to outside. Guess turning on the oven to make those cookies didn't really help. Oh well. So considering it's Friday, how was your week? Awesome I hope! So speaking of awesome, the amazing Tara from No Where to Go But Crazy nominated me for a blog award! (If you haven't checked her out already, do so! She has amazing photography skills!) I don't really know too much about Internet blog awards or how they work, but thought it was a cool idea.



 
Nomination Rules:
1. Post the award image to your blog.
2. Link the person who awarded you.
3. Post 7 random things about you.
4. Nominate other 8 relatively new blogs.

7 Random Things about Me:
1. I  put Jalapenos in my popcorn when I go to the movies.
2. I ALWAYS wash my face before I got sleep. ALWAYS.
3.. I love murder/crime solving shows and can never watch too many of them.
4. I can pull an all nighter easily. Waking up in the morning? That's another story.
5. I've always had this weird secret crush (borderline obsession) on Ryan Gosling's voice. 
6. I really want to die my hair and ombre style.
7. Anything Rachel McAdams or Anne Hathaway do is golden in my book.
So since most of the blogs that I follow aren't really new, I made sure I ventured out and found new blogs for me to read. So they might not be new, but THEY are new to me (:  I will also include blogs that I just find incredibly awesome.

Here they are! Check them out!


In Other News:

i love this guy. we have so much fun together. i couldn't ask for a better last (almost) 6 years (:


I love looking through old pics of us while listening to "Brighter Than Sunshine" by Aqualung. Which I'm convinced will totally be our song when we get married.


which reminds me.


I locked my keys in my car.....again. jeez. Good thing Isaac let me borrow his car cause if not I would be in some serious trouble. So now that its about 4:30 in the am and after a LOT of internet wandering, i am really wondering if I should even go to sleep. I mean i have to wake up around 8:30 tomorrow so I probably should get SOME sleep...or maybe I should make coffee and stay up and do that video for that one event for that one person that requested it. I'll probably just go to sleep on the couch since that's where I'm at anyways. Which brings me to my next point...you know how in movies whenever someone is researching, studying, or doing some major discovering they always are in a DARK room with 1 little light illuminating whatever their doing?  that's totally me right now. which is ironic because I was convinced that NOBODY did that. guess i was wrong.

Alright folks, that's enough rambling for today. Don't forget about Coffee Friday over at Paloma's blog The Coffee Shop today! Link up and leave some comments ova thurr.

yup I said thuurrr....like Chingy in that one song.

Deuces!

<3 Stef

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Little Mexico in Vegas? Yessir!



Hey y'all! So although I know it's Wednesday I wanted to show guys a couple of pictures from my weekend since I actually left my cave and ventured out in this heat. (kidding, not really this heat is infernal). I decided to show you some of my favorite "Mexican Hot Spots" that I can't seem to live without and like to often visit.
 People forget that Vegas is full of diversity and is an amazing melting pot of people.
So let me show you my culture and what my people love, which is good food, antojos, and ambiance that reminds us of our tierra. Although I wasn't born in Mexico, I come from proud Mexican parents who instilled in me the importance of being proud of where my roots are from. Can't wait till August, when I'll see the real thing!! :)

Enjoy!


Broadacres Swapmeet: Once you set foot into the cultural beauty you forget your standing amidst North Las Vegas. From handmade Mexican knick knacks to fresh roasted peanuts you can get the South of the Border (just a gringo term LOL) experience without having to take out a Visa. No but seriously, this place has been in my heart since my childhood days. Being a frequent host to our weekend family outings, were I longed to get to the coconut stand. There you pick your coconut, they drain the water (give it to you in a cup) and cut it up into pieces right in front of you. I would then drench it in lime, salt, and Valentina. Yum! I haven't met anyone who doesn't like coming here, although I do know the 103 degree summer weather can make it difficult to walk around. All in all, I love this place, and hope I can give you a little taste of it through these few pictures!


"Limones" candied limes stuffed with sweetened shredded coconut. My mom's favorite.

 






La Flor De Michoacan: LOVE this place. The closest to authentic homemade Mexican ice cream and sorbet you'll get. From the traditional flavors of Limon, Strawberry, and Pistachio. To the more bold Avocado and Rose Petal (my fave!) flavors. This place just screams awesomeness. It's located in a rougher area in Vegas and is hidden in a pretty old shopping center, however is a true hidden gem. If you're not in the mood for ice cream, don't fret. They have every other little antojito that you can think of. From Tostilocos (below) to aguas frescas, chamangos, and even weekend tacos, this place definitely hits the spot on a hot summer Vegas day.



 Tostilocos: Like nachos in a bag, they're topped with cueritos, cabbage, hot sauce, pico de gallo, avocado and cheese. Definitely not for the faint of heart. My sister's favorite.


Pitaya (Dragonfruit) Sorbet with Rainbow Sprinkles


Jicaletas: Jicama on a stick topped with chamoy and Tajin.


In other news:

My bro and sis during a visit to my sister's new apartment


Me and my sister had the urge to ride on a roller coaster, so we bought a ticket and went on the Canyon Blaster inside Circus Circus Adventuredome. An indoor amusement park encased in a hot pink dome. It was packed, but I guess that was expected since school's out and EVERYONE and their mama comes here.


We had lunch at Johnny Rockets in the Fashion Show Mall and walked around after that. We snagged some pretty good deals on some hoodies at Victoria Secret and picked up some jewelry at Forever 21.

Sister's burger below, I got a Chicken Philly. We split a milkshake (:


The three of us (Sis, Isaac, and I) also saw Spiderman this weekend. Pretty awesome. Not gunna lie, totally LOVED it more than the original. Think it was the amazing chemistry between Emma and Andrew!


Loved my weekend. For once I didn't stay home and do laundry all day or bummed out in my pj's till 2 pm.
Although, right now, I could totally go for the 2 pm PJ's.

Have an awesome Wednesday!

<3 Stef

Monday, July 9, 2012

My Take On [Toxic Friends]

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Happy Monday Beautiful People! Hope you are having a wonderful start to another amazing week! So considering that I took pictures of my weekend adventures I wanted today's post to be just about that. However, I didn't get a chance to upload the pics and I really wanted to put something up today. So today shall be like a little chat of things that have been running through my mind lately. You know, situations that this crazy life throws at you. Lately, that situation has been dealing and getting rid of a particular toxic friend. So brace yourself, cause this seems more like a diary post LOL.


Adj.toxic - of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison; "suffering from exposure to toxic substances"
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"
unhealthful - detrimental to good health; "unhealthful air pollution"; "unhealthful conditions in old apartments with peeling lead-based paint"
noxious - injurious to physical or mental health; "noxious chemical wastes"; "noxious ideas"
 
 
Thankfully, I've had very few friendships that can be considered "detrimental",to say the least. However, with that said, they are never fun to deal with. Realizing when you're in one of these relationships is really the first step one needs to take when trying to solve the problem. This can be pretty hard at first, considering that you most likely have good reasons as to why you friends with this person in the first place.

For example; I had a friend (who I will call TF [toxic friend]) who I genuinely considered someone important to me at one point, who I grew up with in my early teens through middle school. We became apart, going our own ways as she started to get involved in other things, however, reunited a couple of years later. We started to cultivate a friendship, but for some reason stopped talking and never really ever heard from her again. A few years later after that we met again through Facebook and started to pick up the pieces. She let me know she was deeply hurt by how I left her and our friendship, and never made an effort to help her out. This unfortunately always lingered with me. However, I was excited to once again rebuild our friendship, considering we were both adults who have somehow matured. She was funny, caring, and laughed at the same stupid stuff that I would laugh at. She was a great friend. HOWEVER, I found that all these great qualities that she had, seemed to be overruled  by a massive wave of self pity, unnecessary drama, and negativity. All we ever seemed to talk about was her lack of happiness, her lost dreams,  unstable marriage, and gossip about everyone else. She would constantly let me know how unhappy she was with her life and how she went about things. I could tell she had a desperately low self esteem and found comfort in my way of "consoling her" in her dire needs. I would give her advice, try to show her God's word and tell her about His grace. I tried to motivate her, would try to make her realize how blessed she was. She however would always refuse this, bringing up another excuse to not change her situation  I felt as If she LIKED living in this horrible state of self pity, like she liked the attention she got from it. I also sensed that she expected me to be this kind of super woman best friend that would ALWAYS be there for her no matter what. Someone who would find the time to feel sorry for her and her "unfair life" as I often took it as. Of course, at the time, I kept convincing myself that all she needed was a good friend.

So I kept at it... I kept going merely because I felt guilty. I felt guilty at the fact that I had left her before and had stopped talking to her in the past. She threw this in my face once and ever since, subconsciously always lingered within me. I felt guilty  that I had come back into her life full force becoming some kind of crutch for her to hold onto so she could "get through" her difficult life and I couldn't just end the friendship like that. However, I set this feeling aside, and kept our friendship at bay. Things started to happen with me, good changes in my life that prevented me to see her as often. This is when things started to come to light. As I was spending less time with her I started to realize how GREAT I felt without her in my life. I didn't carry all that negative sludge that I would feel after I would see her. I felt happy, at ease, and peaceful! I started to spend time with friends who had were excited about life and God's amazing plan for them. We would talk about life but wouldn't let that be the center of our friendship. We would have a great time without talking about other people. I started to hang around people who made ME BETTER. That's when I realized that I didn't need someone like her (the toxic friend) in my life. I had done all I could to make her realize that life is BEAUTIFUL and you can't mope around it feeling sorry for yourself. One can only do so much, and it's ultimately up to them to realize that they are the only ones that can change their situation.


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So how do you deal with these kinds of people?

One of two ways.You let them know or you just slowly cut them off your life. I tend to the latter as I hate confrontation. However, considering the circumstances above, I feel compelled to write a letter. At least so she knows why I made the decisions I made. One thing for sure (at least for me) is, I don't think talking or meeting TF in person is a good idea. Why? Because I know that she will pull the victim card out and make me feel horrible for the decision I made. She will throw in my face all that she once said to me, about me abandoning her. & Frankly I can't let myself be in that position. However, everyone is different.
Don't put up with negative and dramatic people. They will SUCK the life out you. I promise. You will be exhausted, always trying to find a way to console their lives. I realized that those kind of people, bring that unto themselves. I, if I chose to, can also have a negative drama filled life, but I don't. I rise above that and immerse myself in God's amazing grace and all the beautiful things he has created. I know that everyone has problems, and as a friend it's sometimes necessary to help one through it, however you'll be able to feel it when it is something chronic and everyday and how it will bring you slowly down.

With all that being said, this doesn't mean I wish TF the worst in life nor does it mean I no longer care for her. No, on the contrary, she is someone I thank for showing me the importance of surrounding yourself with good people. I hope that she can one day realize all the beauty around her. That she would grow from her hardships and learn from them to better herself and her future. I really wish her all the best in whatever she might decide to do going forward. Hoping that she can one day she can set aside all her emotional baggage and embrace all the good in her life. Most of all, I hope that one day she can forgive me and understand my decision and why I made it.


Thanks for listening, have you had a Toxic Friend experience? If so, how did you deal with it?


<3 Stef

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Strawberry Jam Delights!


I've been in this baking mood lately (yes, once a week is a HUGE accomplishment for me LOL) so when I saw this easy recipe on TV by the lovely Ingrid Hoffman, I decided to give it a go. It's not super homemade since I did use premade dough, but hey, I'm trying! It's SUPER easy and only took me about 30 minutes. It's the perfect dessert idea for those last minute house guests and are ideal during BBQ season! Considering that the link to the recipe is in Spanish here is my spin on it. Enjoy!

You need:
1 packet of thin crust pizza dough
strawberry preserves (or cherry preserves, I used strawberries)
1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix together the preserves, walnuts, and cinnamon and set aside. Spread out the dough on a lightly floured surface, cut in half horizontally. Place the preserve mixture along the middle of the dough making sure not to put too much as it can overflow. *think cinnamon rolls* Roll up and cut into 1 inch (or whatever size you desire) pieces. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet that is lined with wax paper. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and enjoy! :)


See how easy that was? I served these for my mom and I for a small coffee break. They were perfect alongside some fresh strawberries and coffee. Speaking of coffee, don't forget to join us at my good friend Paloma's blog, The Coffee Shop! I'll have a guest post, where I'll be showing you how easy it is to make your own mug design! :) So make some cookies, and bring your coffee so we can have a good time!

So here's my question; What's your go to easy recipe you always have on hand?

Have a wonderful Thursday! :)

<3 Stef