Recently, I turned 25 years old. A quarter of a century old. Father Time is just playing with me. Oddly enough, I feel my life has been a combination of slow and fast moments but life is changing pretty rapidly. I graduated with a Master’s in HR management (whoohoo!), I’m getting married in a couple of years to the love of my life (double whoohoo!), I found an amazing job at a non-profit organization in the city (the exclamation would just sound too redundant at this point), and so on. Dare I say it? Life is pretty good.
Life has also been too busy. But NO EXCUSES!! I am an epic failure when it comes to keeping up this blog. I still love cooking and baking! Laziness should not be my downfall (although, it frequently is and the downfall of my many social plans). Therefore…in an weirdly euphoric night with a dear friend of mine at a pub (NO, mom and dad, I was not drinking. We went for the odd choice of characters there because they thought we were foreigners and we quite enjoyed the presumptions), my friend and I sat down to make ourself the “30 Things to Do Before I Hit 30”.
My best friend, Terra (who is amazing because SHE keeps up her blog and has been doing so for a while now and is now my source of inspiration) gave me the idea to link this foodie amateur blog to another blog, which will (hopefully) highlight my achieved goals among the 30.
There have been a few things that I have made in the past year that I find I am quite proud of:
Banana-Cashew Muffins – adapted from this recipe: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_nut_muffins/
Except I didn’t use walnuts. We had an excess of cashew nuts and I wanted to use up some of them so I wouldn’t squirrel them away for some midnight snacking. It’s wreaking havoc on my thighs and my hips. The muffins were pretty moist! I enjoyed them. As did my fellow friends and my family and all who worship me (ahem).
Molten Chocolate Lava Cake – I honestly don’t even know if I can find the recipe but it’s basically butter, baker’s chocolate, flour, and sugar. Pretty simple. I made it for Thanksgiving because SOME people do not like the traditional Thanksgiving dessert! That’s okay, I was happy with the substitute.
Lime Coconut Ricotta Cookies – http://www.cookingclassy.com/2012/05/coconut-lime-ricotta-cookies/
I made this for Christmas – Oh my GOD! I normally am not a big fan of cookies unless they are chewy, chocolate chip (straight out of the oven of course) but I couldn’t stop snacking on them!
Meatless Quiche – I just made up this recipe on my own! And no, I do not remember the ingredients (besides the obvious, tons of eggs!) nor do I remember the quantities. I know, I suck.
I’ve been such a huge fan of quiches ever since I gained about 20 pounds on them at Marist College. This was good…just a bit too salty.
Meatless Eggs Benedict Sans English Muffin with Sundried Tomatoes – Again made up the recipe after dreaming about this for a long time.
It was good – just wasn’t perfect. I think it tasted too lemony.
Sweet Potato Pie – adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-pie-i/
I didn’t use any of those fancy nuts. I mainly made this because mom loves sweet potato pie and I love sweet potatoes in general. It was surprisingly not as sweet as I thought it was going to be. What a deceitful name.
I don’t know if you noticed but I have a penchant for baking more than cooking these days. I find it more challenging, more exciting, more thrilling, more, more, more!!
I might be making Lemon Crinkle Cookies soon. Stay tuned!