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Easy, Breezy…

8 Jun

Two weeks ago, I took a quick trip back to California. Despite the ridiculous flight delay that had me grounded at JFK for 6 hours (on the runway! 6 hours!), I am so glad I went. A little dose of sunshine and a whole lot of love welcomed me and I spent my 5-day vacation catching up with family + friends.

Being away from my loves for 5 months really took its toll on me. Once home, I started questioning my decision to live in New York.

California is so easy. No subway, no evil characters. All my loved ones here. People who I have known for decades live here. How can I be away from them?

It didn’t help that once I got back to the city, I had to deal with a possible bug problem that left me in a hotel, depleting my impending vacation savings for Australia. Suffice to say, I was NOT a happy camper.

But these past few days I made sure to catch up with my friends here who matter most. Just talking with them and hearing their own troubles makes me feel like what I am going through is normal.

Let me be frank: New York is hard. Crazy hard. It’s dirty, rude, gritty, and challenging. But it can also be magical, rewarding, astounding, and exciting.

You could say I am in a love/hate relationship with NYC. Like a typical girl, I keep coming back for me ;)

Anyways, while home, I made this simply Strawberry Cake. Can I tell you a secret? I cheated and used Trader Joes Vanilla Bean Cake Mix. I often hesitate to buy cake mix because the flavors are muted and it tastes like cardboard. However, this mix was steller. Moist and natural, I would gladly use it again. For the frosting, I used this one that I love so much. Since you are using real strawberry preserves, you can actually taste the real bits of strawberry in the frosting.  I can’t wait to buy this mix again and pair it with other frostings and flavors. Anybody up for a funfetti cake?!

 

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Art & waffles

20 Jan

It’s been almost a year since I’ve moved out on my own. I look at my little place and smile. This small home has become something of mine. Does that make sense? I look around and it is a true reflection of me. From the black and white photos of Paris to the band posters hung in the hallway, my home represents every facet of me.

I remember those first couple of months living in my new home. I hated the lack of natural light and the non-existent dining room. I preferred to hide in my room because my living room felt so cold and sparse. With a little love and care, I’ve created a space that I treasure. And I did it all on my own.

To honor my anniversary, I did two things.
1. Bought a customized piece of art that is utterly gorgeous. Thanks to Megan Weeden for her wonderful work! I can’t wait to snap a photo of it.
2. Made myself some homemade waffles with my new waffle iron.

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Looking for inspiration

15 Oct

By now, you all know that October is my favorite month. Yes, I know technically December should be my favorite month since my birthday and Christmas both fall in that 5-week period but October overpowers them. Sadly, during the past four years in college, October was my most hated month due to midterms, papers, projects, etc. But haha suckers! I’m done with that…

Sorry, didn’t mean to rub it in to you college students but I couldn’t help it. Anyways, since this blog will be somewhat silent during my beloved October since I’m working my tail off at two jobs, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite recipes featured here. Also, I decided to share some link-love with the recipes I can’t wait to get my hands on. Hope you all are having a splendid October so far!

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nostalgia and strawberries

24 Aug

When the kiddies head back to school, I breathe a sigh of relief. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate kids. Hate is too strong of a word. But I strongly dislike how they loiter around the city in the dead days of August. With firmly planted grimaces on their faces, they run around the malls or bookstores, attempting to amuse themselves by distracting everyone else. I don’t know about you, but I’d like a little quiet as I am trying to absorb all that highly important celebrity gossip in the magazine section of my bookstore.

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to bundt, or not to bundt

22 Jun

The minute I opened the “Baked” book, I knew I wanted attempt the infamous Sweet & Salty Cake. I even spoke to Sassy who offered some tips and advice about making the cake, which was so sweet of her. I went out and spent big bucks on heavy cream, butter, fleur de del, and good chocolate.

But, I got lazy. I could make up numerous excuses, pretending that I got super busy and blah blah blah. I procrastinated, and procrastinated, and lo and behold, the cream expired without even being open. What a waste of $2.99! I think my reluctance to attempt this recipe coincided with my overall burned-out attitude toward most ktichen adventures, so it was nothing against the book or the recipe. In fact, it still looks allluring and delicious and I will probably try my hand at that cake in a cople of months once I conjure up enough mojo to do it right. I didn’t want to shame the Baked boys and their glorious cake.  

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