Trial and Error

I haven’t abandoned you.

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I haven’t posted in a million years. Sorry!! But here’s the deal.

I’ve been approximately everywhere except for my own home in the past month. I went down to Santa Cruz to work a couple long weekends in a row, I’ve gone to New York, and then BACK down to Santa Cruz to work, and then to some family get-togethers.

Being home feels soooooo good. You don’t even know. Although next week I’m packing up and going, where else? DISNEYLAND!!!!

Uuuuugh SO excited!!

Anywho, I figured I’d do a life update to fill you guys in until I can get another post up, which SHOULD be soon.

Like I said, I’ve been on planes, trains, and automobiles (buses, blarg) for the past month. I’m still doing all my great new healthy stuff, and I’m happy to say I’ve lost about 25 pounds! Cool, right?

And, as we all know, the best part of it all (besides the losing weight part or whatever) are the cheat days.

Normally I start to feel ill around 11 am, and I just work through the pain for the rest of the day. Cheat days require dedication. And I am very dedicated to them.

Two weeks ago on a cheat day I discovered one of my new favorite places on earth. It’s called Max Brenner, it’s in New York in Union Square, and it’s pretty much Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory.

The boyfriend and I split bacon macaroni and cheese for dinner and then shared a dessert. And are you guys ready for this? It was a churro fondue.

Churro. Fondue.

One more time. Churro fondue. Oh muh lawd. They give you six fairly large churros along with pots of melted chocolate and toffee, and a bowl of raspberry preserves. I so gracefully pretty much made-out with four of the churros. I kindly allowed the boyfriend to enjoy two.

Have I mentioned I lost 25 pounds?

Then last Sunday was Easter, or Feaster as it’s known among my group of friends.

I’m not sure how I surrounded myself with Catholics, but it happened, and we celebrate Feaster in the holiest of ways by shoveling food in our pie-holes.

It was a group cooking effort and at the end of the day we had all consumed- muffins, bailey’s scones, cinnamon rolls, banana bread and caramel sauce, eggs benedict, many cookies, ham, rabbit, casserole, and pulled pork sliders. Also we all pretty much swam in mimosas.

All in all a successful feaster.

And now after that novel of a post, I’ll leave with promises of a recipe soon to come.

Cheers!

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

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Hooray! Another video post!!

Once again- this is NOT my recipe. Maybe one day I’ll concoct my own recipes for the videos, but at the moment I’m having a ton of fun making other people’s recipes for these videos so that’s what I’m sticking with for now.

This is one I’ve seen a billion and a half times on Pinterest. They looked so easy and I loved the clever factor, plus y’all know by now how much I love stuffing food things in other food things. Clearly this was a winner in my book.

I used this recipe from Nutmeg Nanny. You should stop by and check out the rest of her recipes, because they all look fantastic.

Hope you enjoy!

Music: “Introducing The Explosive Bolts” by My Teenage Stride (CC)
Recipe from nutmegnanny.com
Shot by Mark Cersosimo

Chicken Gyros

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I’ll admit it. It’s not my most complex recipe.

But good thing you don’t care about that since this is tasty delicious anyway. And healthy for you! I’m sure y’all were concerned about that.

Now that I’ve started working-out hardcore, I could spend approximately 99 percent of my time stuffing my face. Out of that stuffing-face-time, if left to my own devices, I could probably stuff my face with gyros 73 percent of the time.

If I were Julie Andrews, I would add ‘gyros’ to a melody I’d sing to frightened children during a thunderstorm.

If I were Oprah, I’d give them to manic audience members for Christmas.

They’re good, yo. I’m not lying.

Also…before we start, a pro tip. They’re pronounced ‘yee-rohs’.

Now you know everything I know. Let’s do this party people.

OH!!! And THIS is what you’re going to want to bust out the mint and lemon garlic tzatziki for! DO IT.

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Mint and Lemon Garlic Tzatziki

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I’m sure you can all guess what the follow up post to this will be!

First of all, as usual, making your own is way cheaper beyond cheap. PLUS it’s fresh which makes it that much better. I used some lemon infused garlic I had in the freezer that the awesome neighbors gave us a while back, but if you don’t happen to have neighbors as wonderful, some minced garlic with a squeeze of lemon will do just fine.

Let’s goooooo!!!

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New Happenings.

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A warning- there’s going to be a flood of posts today. And by flood, I mean probably two. Maybe three. There’s no stopping me.

So, as y’all can see, I haven’t been too consistant with posting. I’ve read a bazillion different bloggers write about hitting walls in writing and posting. I was always like “Who cares? Just suck it up and post.” Well, I get it now.

I’m pretty sure I just got bored. I’ve been doing the same thing now since I started in September. One post and recipe a week. Blahblahblah. After a while, even my incredibly witty and hilarious banter doesn’t cut it if it’s the same old thing week after week.

So I’m gonna revamp. I’m drawing inspiration from a make-up blog I follow (make fun all you want), where she does different series.

First, the Key Lime Pie video post will not be the last! I’m hoping to do a video post once a month. Along with a meal challenge my friend Richard and I have done in the past that was a ton’o'fun. Basically he goes nutso in the grocery store buying a bunch of random ingredients and I have to use all of them to create a cohesive and edible meal.

So there’s just a couple series ideas I have, but I’d love your input. What series would want to see? Video or otherwise. If you have any awesome series idea (the more ridiculous the better) you can email me, tweet me (just click the twitter icon below) comment down below or send smoke signals.

Cheers!

Green Smoothies

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See, I told you I’m eating healthier.

Except on Valentines Day. I pretty much ate my way through Valentines Day (it landed on a cheat day). My boyfriend looked on with a mixture of pride and disgust.

However, a green smoothie is one of the best things ever to detox from Valentines Day AND Mardi Gras which is coming up on Tuesday (February 21st) AND anything else you do on your Saturday night that you try to hush up.

Seeing as they pack a ton of veggies into one impressive drink, green smoothies are crazy good for you. And since they’re so fabulous, there are about a bazillion recipes out there for green smoothies and they’re all wonderful. It’s just really about tuning in on what you want in yours. The one below is packed with all of my favorite things, including a green tea base which puts a nice pep in my step. Yeah, I said it.

Another thing y’all should know about the green smoothie, is even though it looks mildly disgusting, the flavor of the pear overpowers everything else. I promise.

Onward!

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Red Velvet Cupcakes Stuffed With Chocolate Chip Cookies

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So here’s the deal, party people, and I have a feeling you might not completely believe me when I tell you this due to the title of this post BUT I’ve pretty much eliminated junk food from my diet.

Seriously, though.

No junk food, no sweets, lots of veggies and pure eating.

I’m even exercising on a daily basis, switching between running and yoga.

I even ran a 5K yesterday!! My first ever! Here I am with my friend Justine. Her outfit was clearly way superior to my get-up.

Justine looks so fancy because it was the first (to San Francisco) Love Em or Leave Em Valentines Dash and it was so much fun. I’ve already signed up for my next 5K with my boyfriend taking place in March in NYC.

Now with all that said, you might be wondering what the eff is up with this post. If I’m riding away so fast and awesome on my high-horse, what’s with this crazy ass recipe?

I believe in cheat days. For those of you who aren’t familiar with a cheat day, cheat days are the one day a week you can eat pretty much whatever you want (you know, in moderation or whatever). And since Kat and I both swore off junk food, we decided to coordinate our cheat days. Specifically to blog cooking/shooting days.

We both didn’t have any junk food for the month of January and just recently started incorporating cheat days into the weekly schedule. And don’t worry- I have some of my favorite healthy recipes backlogged who knows where on my computer to post, but since it’s almost Valentine’s day, I thought I’d do something a little more themed.

The main concept for this recipe was born out of a need to save time. We get one cheat day a week to eat treats. One. I don’t have time to eat a cookie AND a cupcake. BOOM. COMBINED. You’re welcome.

Let’s get to this ridiculously lengthy but well worth-it recipe.

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Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie

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Welcome to the very first video post!!!

This was something my boyfriend had been pushing me to do for a while but I was hesitant because I’m not entirely too eager to see and/or hear myself talk on video. Hearing one’s own voice on recording is always traumatizing and I wanted to spare my poor readers from that sure-to-be-horror.

You’re welcome, by the way.

But, he convinced me we could do it in a way where the most anyone would see are my slightly frightening hands.

So we took one of our favorite recipes, and decided to shoot it! And I totally fell in love with it, so don’t fret, this will not be the last of the video recipe!

Just to clarify- this is not my recipe. This is the recipe from Steve Tarpin, the owner of Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies, a shop found in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

ALSO: Since the eggs in the recipe are never cooked, make sure to buy pasteurized eggs. You can also pasteurize your own eggs, google will show you the way on that one.


Video Credit Mark Cersosimo

Visit here for the recipe.

Stuffed Shells

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Remember that one time a week or so ago where I gushed about how lucky you were because you got TWO posts that week?

Remember?

Turns out I lied. My bad.

I was having a grand ole time in The Big Apple, and since I happen to completely lack any discipline, the follow up never happened until now.

But I was being productive I swear. My boyfriend and I filmed a ton of stuff, a few things for this very blog and something we’re hoping to submit to a few film festivals around New York. I’ll make sure to keep you updated. In the meantime, make sure to check back in on Thursday for the very first recipe video.

That’s right. Video. I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it.

For now, as promised a really long time ago, I have a perfect way for you to put that homemade pesto to good use.

I love this recipe. It’s so flavorful, and since each shell is packed full, it only takes a couple to be satisfied which also makes it a perfect recipe to share with a big group of friends.

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Pesto

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It’s your lucky day.

Well, lucky week to be exact because y’all get TWO posts this week.

I know what you’re thinking. This is some straight up Oprah stuff happening right now. But instead of giving everyone cars, you all receive two FREE recipes!

You’re welcome.

As it goes, I’m still in New York having an amazing time. ¬†And good thing I surround myself with talented and creative people all across the US, because while I miss my dearly beloved Win Twin Kat, my boyfriend also happens to be quite incredible with a camera and we’ve been cooking and shooting along with filming a bit over here in NY.

Last week he shot me cooking one of our favorite recipes. And here, ladies and gentlemen, is a component of that recipe. Sure, you could always go out and buy some ready made pesto, but it’s beyond easy and fast to make, so might as well bust out your blender and do it yourself.

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