My monthly book review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And other concerns)

Gutten Morgen everybody!!! Today is my last chance to share with you the book I read this month: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And other concerns) by Mindy Kaling. Mindy is a comedian, actress, writer and producer, I can’t tell you how much I love her work. She plays Dr. Mindy Lahiri in the sitcom “The Mindy Project”, one of my favorite shows right now. She also worked at “The Office”, where she wrote, produced, directed and portrayed Kelly Kapoor, the customer service chatterbox, obsessed with pop culture, getting married and having babies. If you’re familiar with her work you know I’m not exaggerating when I say she is one of the best the business.

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As soon as I found out Mindy had written a memoir I knew I had to read it. After last month’s romantic book, The Best of Me, I needed something funny and light. The book describes her life from childhood to adulthood, with lots of funny references and anecdotes in-between. Her writing is so fresh and honest, I felt I was chatting with my best friend the whole time I was reading it, maybe it’s because I dream of being BF’s with Mindy (girl crush alert).

I thought it would be nice to share some quotes from her book just so you get an idea of what to expect from it, I promise they are not spoilers:

*Warning: do not read the following quotes or the book while drinking liquids; you may end up spitting them from laughing so hard (personal experience)

“You should know I disagree with a lot of traditional advice. For instance, they say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face—who will love them now?”

“It wasn’t even one of those stoic pimples that goes quietly when you pop it; this one was cystic and painful and had roots that seemed to extend into my brain.”…“So, with my zit throbbing like a nightclub, I went to the interview.”

“We clung to each other with blind loyalty, like Lord Voldemort and his snake, Nagini. I, of course, was Nagini. If you messed with one of us, you knew you messed with both of us, and Voldemort was going to cast a murder spell on you, or Nagini was going to chomp on your jugular.”

I loved this book as much as I love Nutella, and that is as serious as it gets. It’s important to read something light and funny every once in a while, it’s ok if you want to read “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” for leisure, but give yourself a break to have a laugh, your endorphins will thank you.

I hope you read this book, I absolutely recommend it!! Today my husband and I are going back to the gym and I’m mentally preparing for it (I’m not ready). Have a nice day my friends!!

Dreaming Birthday Girl

I hope you’re having a great week (even if snow refuses to leave us alone) I’m beyond excited because tomorrow is my birthday!!! Yayy!! I’m turning 26 and I feel so blessed for all the good things I have in my life: a loving husband, a wonferful family, great friends, and this blog. I’m happy that I started this journey a few months ago, I wasn’t sure if I could write a blog, and I was afraid that people wouldn’t like it, but I thought it was time to take a chance and do this for me and nobody else. I’m glad I did it, this blog has given me a voice and you seem to be enjoying my recipes and crazy thoughts, thanks for all your support!! Since it’s going to be my birthday I thought I could share with you some of the things I dream to have, who knows maybe I end up getting a couple of these!!

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KitchenAid 5-Qt. Artisan Series with Pouring Shield – Pink
I’m obsessed with having one of these in PINK!! (I have a hand mixer that works pretty okay) I haven’t bought one because they’re kind of expensive and a little big for my teeny-tiny kitchen, but dreaming is free and I like to think that one day I’ll have a normal kitchen with a pink KitchenAid stand mixer on the countertop #lifegoals

kitchenaid-stand-mixer-pinkVegetable Spiral Slicer
I’ve been using my vegetable peeler to make zucchini noodles but you don’t get a perfect noodle shape with it and I’m all about making my cooking easier and quicker. This little gadget seems to be easy to use and much quicker than the peeler; whoever invented this is a genius!

vegetable-slicerConverse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Ox
I’ve never had a pair of Converse (shame on me!!) and I’ve been considering getting a pair since Christmas, they look so cool and cute!! Maybe it’s time to make this dream come true (psst honey if you’re reading this you know my shoe size, love you!!)

converse-chuck-taylorTeChef – Art Pan 12″ Wok 
I don’t have a wok and I cook chinese food every other week, how crazy is that? When I make my Easy Fried Rice I have to be extra careful not to drop everything from the pan. I found this TeChef 12″ Wok on Amazon and it has amazing reviews but if you have a recommendation, please give it to me!! I want to equip my kitchen with the best stuff!!

TeChef-WokCollarless Quilted Moto Jacket from Forever 21
A few weeks ago I tried on this jacket while I was window shopping on Forever 21 and I fell in love with it!! I thought I wasn’t cool enought to wear one of these but since the moment I tried it on I couldn’t stop thinking of it. Why didn’t I buy it if I loved it so much? Spring was here was supposed to be here and I didn’t want to buy and store it right away, but I underestimated Wisconsin’s weather and now I don’t know what to do, what do you think?

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Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker
I’ve never had a crock pot, slow cooker or anything like it but I’ve read a lot about them and watched tons of infomercials to know that they are amazing and that I want one. So I did some research and found the Instant Pot 7-in-1 programmable pressure cooker, it’s a number #1 seller in Amazon and has great reviews. If you have a big family and not enough time to cook, you should consider getting one too!!

817Om0cdRLLLodge Cast-Iron 10″ skillet
I’ve wanted to get this for a long time, but I have no experience with cast iron and I was nervous that I would ruin my skillet the first time I use it. You must be thinking how I’ve been cooking this whole time since I don’t have some basic kitchen stuff?? It has been a struggle but I’ve managed; now I’m ready to take my cooking game to next level.

lodge-cast-iron-skylletOXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop
I love making cookies but between not having a stand mixer and a cookie scoop, it has been kind of tired. I’ve been using my ice cream scoop to make my cookies but they don’t turn out the same size or shape, which affects the cooking process and I’m a perfectionist, if I can do anything to make my cookies perfect, I will!!

OXO-cookie-scoopArtisan Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat
I bake a lot!!! From desserts to meat pies, and I use LOTS of parchment paper which it’s not so cheap. This baking mat is reusable and nonstick, a baker’s dream!! (and a wallet’s dream too)

artisan-baking-matDinair Personal Basic Airbrush makeup kit
Last but not least I have this airbrush kit from Dinair. Airbrushing sprays a fine mist so the makeup blends evenly on the skin, meaning flawless and long lasting make up. I don’t like to wear makeup but lately I’ve been having breakouts and I need to cover them. Airbrushing is hygienic which is a huge help when you suffer from acne. Dinair seems to be a great brand, affordable and with good reviews.

Dinair-Basic-setThese are a few of my favorite thiiiiiings!!! –> (for The Sound of Music fans) I’ve read tons of reviews to put this list together trying to find the best brands and maybe help my friends and family choose a birthday gift for me (wink, wink). Perhaps you’ll consider some of these items for you too. Have a wonderful weekend!!

I forgot what it feels like…

… to be sick (flu), and these past few days were a “kindly” reminder of how much I hate it!! I’m so lucky I got sick when we finally had a warm, nice and sunny weekend, bad luck Adriana! On the bright side my husband pampered me with pizza and cake (yayyy) and we watched “10 things I hate about you” I can’t express how much I love this movie!! I hope you’re having a great weekend!! Xoxo

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s day!! I’m hoping you’re having a great day, we are freezing here but that won’t stop us from celebrating!! We started our day with an avocado toast, smoked sausage and fruit, of course the toast had a heart-shaped over easy egg in the middle, I’ve been seeing these heart-shaped toasts on Pinterest for a while and thought today was a good day to try them.

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My hubby surprised me with Godiva chocolate truffles and flowers, two of my favorite things in the whole world!! Godiva chocolate truffles may be a little pricey but they are totally worth it. I gave him his present yesterday, it was impossible to make it a surprise since our apartment smelled like chocolate heaven, I baked him English toffee and sea salt brownies, we’re having a sugar overload this weekend but it’s ok, it’s Valentine’s!!

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If you’re still looking for a dessert recipe to make today, these brownies are the answer, not only they’re delicious but they’re really easy to make and most of the ingredients might already be in your pantry.

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You’ll need 1/2 cup of butter, 1 cup of white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of baking powder, 3/4 cup of Heath bits and 1 tsp of sea salt.

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The secret for chewy brownies is mixing everything by hand, that way you won’t overmix the eggs and the batter won’t get too much air. Let’s start! Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan, I like to use the remaining butter stuck to the paper wrap to grease my pans, that way you don’t waste anything!!

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a pan or a dutch oven melt the butter over medium high. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp of vanilla extract,1 cup of sugar.

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Add 2 eggs and stir quickly before the eggs start to cook. Follow with 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and blend.

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Then add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of baking powder and gently fold. Finally add 3/4 cup of Heath bits.

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Pour batter into prepared pan and tap it against the counter a couple of times to spread evenly the batter. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of sea salt.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool for 10 minutes, cut and enjoy!!!

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These brownies turned out SO good, I’m having one as I’m writing this post, you know for inspiration, lol!! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s, we had dinner plans to go out for sushi but tonight’s forecast is -20 degrees F, we’re having second thoughts about it. Have a great weekend!!

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English Toffee and Sea Salt Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of Heath bits
  • 1 tsp of sea salt

Directions

  1. Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a pan or a dutch oven melt the butter over medium high. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp of vanilla extract,1 cup of sugar.
  3. Add 2 eggs and stir quickly before the eggs start to cook. Follow with 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and blend.
  4. Then add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of baking powder and gently fold. Finally add 3/4 cup of Heath bits.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and tap it against the counter a couple of times to spread evenly the batter. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of sea salt.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool for 10 minutes, cut and enjoy!!!

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My monthly book review: The Best of Me

One of my new year’s resolutions was to read a book every month…. I’ve failed. I just finished my book from January and haven’t even started one for February but I still hope I can catch up.

The book I read was “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks, please don’t think that I took too long to finish this book because it was bad, that’s not the case. It was really good, I’m just a procrastinator, shame on me!! I haven’t watch the movie yet but I hope it does justice to the book. Spoiler alert!! Below I wrote a brief synopsis of the book, I don’t think it gives out any major plot points but you never know.

The book is about the love story between Amanda, the daughter of a privileged family, and Dawson, a boy from a very troubled family. Of course they fall crazy in love, opposites attract and it wouldn’t be such an intense relationship if the parents were ok with them being together, we like forbidden love!! I know this sounds a lot like “The Notebook” which makes sense since it’s from the same writer, but despite their similarities and wouldn’t say it’s the same story.

The book also explores the lives of other people in the town of Oriental, North Carolina, somewhere in the middle you may ask why do I need to know all these stories but at the end everything makes sense. I believe it was a perfect ending, I was bursting into tears while a read it. I didn’t even think that I would end the book last night, but I was so caught in the drama I fall asleep at 12:45am, that’s really late for me.

If you haven’t read this book and you like this type of love story, then I recommend you to buy it, on the other hand it could be a little cheesy for some people, not for me, I’m a hopeless romantic. Now I’m looking for a new book to read before February is over, do you have any suggestions?