Quick Bagel Bites

I am always on the hunt for something quick to make on those busy days where you have to work late or your just way to tired to actually make something fancy. Bagel bites are something that I have eaten since I was a kid. I would always see the bagel bites commercial on tv when I got home from school so my brother and I were so excited to eat them as a snack when my mom finally caved and bought a box from the frozen section at the grocery store. Since then I have upgraded and now make my own quick homemade version of the frozen treat. It’s not as fast as opening the freezer and placing the frozen treat on a baking tray in the oven, but it’s still quick and equally as delicious. All you need are english muffins, my favorite are from Trader Joe’s, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and all of your favorite toppings.

Ingredients:

  • English muffins
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Tomato sauce (any brand will do)
  • Black olives
  • Garlic salt
  • Red chili flakes

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut each english muffin in half (one muffin makes two bagel bites).
  3. Before I put the sauce on each half of muffin, I like to sprinkle so either garlic powder or garlic salt onto each muffin for some add flavor.
  4. Spread about a spoonful of sauce onto each muffin half.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  6. Now the fun part, toppings!! You can add whatever toppings you like. I prefer olives, a little bit on onions, and sometimes I will add pieces of pepperoni or pancetta.
  7. Once you add your desired toppings place in the oven for 10 mins or until all the cheese as melted.
  8. Enjoy!

I hope that you enjoy my quick treat for those days that you just need something simple!

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DIY Tumeric Brightening mask

Tumeric, the golden spice of life, is a natural ingredient that is used for more than just cooking. It can be used as an all-natural skincare ingredient that can be applied topically to brighten your face for glowing skin. Tumeric has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-aging properties, and it can also reduce the visibility of acne scars. This makes it a great ingredient to use as a face mask.

My mom and grandma have been using tumeric for as long as I can remember, not just for cooking, but as a face mask. Many people have their own versions of this diy mask, but this is the way that I have always learned to use it.

 

Products Used:
Tumeric
Milk
Fresh Lemon Juice
Chickpea Flower
Honey (optional)

Directions:

  • mix all the ingredients together until you get a paste. The mixture should have a texture similar to pancake batter.
  • with a brush apply all over face and let sit till it hardens. I usally leave it for about thirty minutes.
  • rinse off with a warm, wet wash cloth
  • moisturize face

– Make sure you are wearing an old shirt that you don’t really care about because tumeric can stain your clothing.

ps: The views expressed on this site are the author’s own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.

 

Homemade Blackberry Pie

I love pie.. I think that it is a dessert that can be eaten any time no matter the occasion. Last year I visited Mt. Rainier in Washington with my family and on our way home we stopped at this little mom & pop restaurant cafe and I had the most amazing pie I have ever had. Ever since then I have been craving blackberry pie. For the past few month I have been trying and tweeking pie recipes, and I finally came up with my own version of blackberry pie with a twist.

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 I have never been  a fan off making my own pie crust I find it so tedious and not very fun lol. So I bought a pie crust, but I am sure this pie would taste even better, if I didn’t decide to be lazy, if I made the crust from scratch.

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The twist to this recipe is that instead of only using blackberries I added a few raspberries to the mixture to just add some depth of berry flavor to the pie. I found when I only used blackberries I didn’t like pie as much..Just my own personal preference, but you can leave out the raspberries and just use blackberries alone.

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Cut out and a piece and serve with some vanilla bean ice cream and enjoy!!

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Filling:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 5 cups of blackberries
  • 1 cup of raspberries
  • 2 tsp of butter cut into pieces

Directions:

  1. In large bowl, mix sugar, flour, and stir in blackberries and raspberries until everything is coated.
  2. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate.
  3. Place your cut butter pieces on top of the blackberry mixture.
  4. Cover with top pastry that has slits cut in it; and seal the edges with a fork. (you can make the crust cover into any design you like I did a criss cross weave top for some extra cuteness!)
  5. Cover the crust edge with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning on the edges.
  6. Bake 45-55 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking.
  7. Cool on cooling rack at least 1 hour to allow filling to thicken.
  8. Cut into slices, serve and enjoy with some yummy ice cream!!

yummy diy homemade popcorn!

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mmm popcorn! My love for it developed at the movies (which is probably the case for most people). I used to buy bags of microwavable popcorn at the store, and over time as I change my eating habits I realized that microwavable popcorn isn’t very healthy. So I figured a good alternative for me to have my cake and eat it too is to make my own! It’s twice as yummy and so easy to make, and you get to season it however you want.

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Ingredients:
½ cup popcorn – Orville Redenbacher Original is our favorite
2 Tablespoons oil – vegetable, coconut, canola your choice (I used coconut oil)
2 Tablespoons butter – optional
seasonings – salt, garlic (whatever you like thats the fun part!)

Directions:

  1. In a large/deep pot plop your oil into your pot. If you use coconut oil you want to make sure you have enough oil  so that it melts and covers the entire bottom of the pot. (leave your pot lit to the side)
  2. Add enough popcorn kernels to cover the entire bottom of the pot, and so that the kernels are covered in the oil.
  3. Place the lid on the pot (it’s to prevent the popcorn from flying all over the place, and they can shoot pretty far) and wait for the kernels to start popping, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Once they start popping a lot, give the pot a good shake or two to make sure nothing burns and your letting the unpopped kernels sink to the bottom.
  5. When the popping slows down to a few seconds between each pop you hear, turn off your heat and let it sit on the stove or about a minute.
  6. Remove your cover and pour your toppings (butter (melted), sea salt, garlic)
  7. Pour into a large bowl and enjoy!!

p.s. This is really good alternative to bagged or store bought popcorn because the ingredients you use are less processed and nutritionally just better for you!!

Last Minute gift!! Homemade Granola

Happy Valentines Day loves!!

I have been racking my brain all week on what to give for Valentines Day gifts this year, and on a budget? I love making things, one year for Christmas I gave everyone a custom holiday cd, so I decided to make my gifts this year for Valentines Day!

Granola is one of my favorite breakfast or snack foods. It’s full of nuts and whole grains and a bunch of other healthy stuff, with a hint of coconut, vanilla, and cinnamon. And plus it’s so easy to make. Pour it into a mason jar and tie with a pretty ribbon and voila you have the perfect and cute/healthy gift for not just Valentines but for any occasion.

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Ingredients: 

  • 3 Cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup of agave nectar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of coconut chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

p.s. I bought whole walnuts and pecans and chopped them myself on a chopping board

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl stir your dry ingredients together, oats, flaxseeds, nuts, coconut chips, and cinnamon.
  4. Melt your coconut oil in a small saucepan, and add the vanilla extract.
  5. Pour over the oat mixture and stir well until everything is evenly coated.
  6. Pour onto your baking sheet making an even layer. Bake for about 15min, and stir and continue to bake at 7-10min intervals until everything is evenly golden.
  7. Allow to cool completely on your baking sheet. Break up your granola and stir in your cranberries.
  8. Store in an airtight container. I used mason jars.

p.s: once your granola cools on your baking sheet it will harden and give it a nice crunchy texture.

And voila! you have your homemade granola the perfect gift to give for any occasion, especially as a last minute Valentines Gift!

Pizza!

It’s a nice and sonny day here in Seattle, so today I am sharing a yummy recipe my mom and I made for dinner this week! Since it’s been nice weather here for a few days, and great for an outdoor jog/yoga workout, I figured it was ok to cheat a little and eat some pizza. This homemade recipe actually tastes a lot like some of the pizza I used to eat when I traveled to Italy, a couple of years ago. Everything was homemade, from the sauce to the dough, so it tastes very authentic, but I put my own twist to the dough to make it at little healthier!

So turn on your favorite movie, pop this in the oven, relax and….enjoy!!!

xoxo

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the dough:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp. instant yeast
  • 4 cups (22 oz.) bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cup water, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Measure the warm water into a measuring cup, and sprinkle the yeast over the top. In a large bowl combine and blend the bread flour and salt. Slowly pour the water yeast mixture, and the olive oil into the flour and salt mixture, and mix until a dough is formed. Knead for about 5 minutes. You can use and electric mixture to make the process easier, I don’t have one so I did this by hand.
Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise, about one hour, I let it rise longer than that but only because I make my dough in the morning.

the sauce:

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4-5 plum tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil leaves (use fresh basil, it tastes better and has an amazing smell)
  • Combine the oregano, tomatoes and garlic in a skilled and bring to a simmer over medium high heat, until the tomatoes become soft and mushy. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to the sauce. Let it cool for a while and pour the sauce into a blender. Blend until the smooth and the tomatoes are no longer chunky. Place the sauce back into the pan and mix in the chopped basil.

the pizza dough: Press down the dough to deflate it. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Form each piece of dough into a smooth, round ball. Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let the dough relax for 20 minutes.

To bake, preheat the oven to about 500F, for at least 30 minutes. Transfer the dough to your shaping surface, lightly sprinkled with flour. Shape the dough with lightly floured hands. Brush the outer edge lightly with olive oil., and bake for about 5 minutes.

Remove your pizza from the oven and evenly spread the sauce over your pizza crust. Top with mozzarella, parmesean, and any of your favorite toppings. I used spinach, bell peppers, whole slices of tomatoes, and jalapenos. Place the pizza back in the oven and bake until the crust is crisp and the cheese is melted, for about 10-15 minutes.

That’s it!! Now grab a slice, cozy up, and enjoy your yummy pizza and favorite movie!! A great way to spend a relaxed night!!

Hope you enjoy!!

xoxo

 

Green Juice

Hey guys! So last week I tried to make my very own green juice. I find that vegetables are the best food to juice, they are just as nutritious as fruit but have less sugar and fewer calories than a fruit juice. Pulpy vegetable juice is actually better because it contains a lot of fiber. Juice made with only vegetables might not be palatable to most people, so you might want to add some fruit, it will definitely mask the taste of the veggies so it’s easier to deal with. You just want to be mindful of how much fruit juice you’r drinking since fruit juice is high in sugar and contains a lot of calories. Raw green juice is used to promote glowing skin, gives you energy, helps weight loss and digestion, and alkalinity and immunity.

I enjoyed the one I made but since this was the first green juice I have ever made there is always room for improvement.

It is a great way to start your day!!! I hope you all enjoy!

xoxo

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Raw Green Juice

ingredients:

  • 5 granny smith apples
  • 5 long kale leaves
  • 1-2 inches of ginger (I used only one, I find ginger to be too strong for me)
  • Place all of the ingredients in a juicer (I will show you guys mine in another post) and juice/blend and enjoy!

Serves about 2 big glasses