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.


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


  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!


DIY fall pumpkin decoration



Cute table top DIY with wine corks

p.s. you can buy wine corks at Michael’s arts and crafts if you don’t have any corks 🙂

What you need:

  • 34 corks or 33 corks and 1 champaign cork
  • orange arylic paint
  • green craft paper
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
  • paper plate
  • newspaper


  1. Lay out your newspaper so you don’t make too much of a mess
  2. On your paper plate pour out some orange paint, dip one end of your cork into the the paint (if you think your cork has too much paint on it you can dab it on the plate a couple of times to wipe away the excess)
  3. Repeat till all of your corks are painted, and lay your corks out on your newspaper till they are dry.
  4. While your corks dry cut out some leave shapes from your green craft paper.
  5. Once your corks are all dry, you can start assembling your pumpkin with your hot glue. Start out with a row of 5 corks, then a row of 6, followed by a row of 7, row of 6, row of 5, finishing with a row of 4.
  6. Then I took my leave and glued one end of each leaf to the top of my pumpkin shape.
  7. Finally I took my last cork and glued it to the center of the top row.

And Voila a super cute and easy decoration to add to any home to make it more festive!!

xoxo I hope you have fun creating this!!


How to make Spaghetti Squash!

I have been wanted to make spaghetti squash as a much lighter pasta option for a while now, but I have always been a little bit scared to try and make it. Let’s face it the squash is a little intimidating, it’s heavy, big, and lets face it really difficult to cut!

I was at the grocery store and I saw this and I decided to get over my fear, and get over my not so huge love of squash, and buy it. But as scary as this thing looks, it’s actually really easy to cook. Just place it in a baking pan and pierce a few hole in it with a sharp knife, and put it in the oven.

You can also microwave it for a few minutes and then place it in the oven, for a little bit less baking time. (which is what I did). I also have read that you can microwave the whole thing, but I have not tried that yet, but honestly I prefer to bake it.


Bake 375F for about an hour. Just until you can pierce it easily without resistance with a knife.

Let it cool and then scoop out the seeds.

Then take a fork and scrape away the inside of the squash, and voila you have pretty strands of spaghetti! If it’s still a little hard for you to scrape out the squash, than put it back in the oven for about 10 minutes or so. But don’t let the squash get mushy, taste it, the spaghetti should still have a little bit of a crunch to it.



Once you scrape out all of the spaghetti it should look a little something like this!


And should have a nice big place of spaghetti. One average sized spaghetti squash can make enough spaghetti for about 4-5 people.


I decided to cook mine very simply with a little bit of olive oil, garlic, basil, pepper flakes, parmesan cheese, and a little bit of salt and pepper to taste. I severed it with some chicken breast and an arugula salad.





Full Directions:

Baking time really depends on how big your squash is, if your feeding only a couple of people try getting the smallest one. One squash makes lots of spaghetti!

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Pierce squash a few times with sharp paring knife (to let steam escape). Bake spaghetti squash for 60 minutes, or until a knife pierces easily through skin with little resistance, and cut in half. Let squash cool for 10 minutes. (I microwaved my squash for about 3-4 minutes and than pierced holed and placed in the oven and baked it for about 45 minutes) You don’t have to do this part I just was experimenting and thought it would be a little faster cooking time.

2. Once cooked cut squash in half (lengthwise). Use a spoon to remove and discard the seeds. Take a for and use it to scrape the squash to get long spaghetti noodle strands. If the squash is a little difficult to scrape, return the squash to bake for an additional 10 minutes or so, but don’t let it get mushy. Their should be a slight crunch to your noodles.

3. Cook just like pasta. I cooked it by sautéing some garlic, pepper flakes, and olive oil in a large sauté pan. Then tossed in the spaghetti, basil, salt and pepper. If the spaghetti is too crunchy for you, cover your pan and cook it covered for your about  2-3 minutes.

Books and wine

Sometimes you need to unwind after a long day. I find that the best way is to curl up on the couch with an nice glass of wine or tea, and a good book.
I just started Game of Thrones, there is a HBO series based off the book. I have never watched the show but from what I have heard it’s good.
This is book one of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

Book Review: I haven’t finished the book yet, but what I’ve read so far is brilliant. It’s complex, multi-layered characters and never-dull plot make this book a hard read to put down!!!
I will give another review when I have finished the book!!


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Back of Book Summary: Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.


Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and a glass of wine

Fancy strawberries just scream a delicious desert . That’s what you get when you dip the berries in white chocolate and in dark chocolate. There is something about strawberries dipped in chocolate that says fancy. At least that’s what I think whenever I see them. You might want to test the theory. But if you’re going to give someone special a box of chocolate dipped berries, you might want to make some for yourself as well! It’s simple and can be made in advance. Also, it won’t weigh you down if you still have to make a special and romantic dinner, and goes great with a bottle of wine, or even better champagne!

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  • white chocolate
  • dark chocolate
  • strawberries


  1. Rinse your strawberries and lay them on a paper towel to dry. Line a dish or baking tray with wax paper (used to prevent the chocolate from sticking to your tray).
  2. Melt your white chocolate: pour your chocolate in a pot and heat on med-high, stir until all your chocolate is melted and immediately remove from heat to prevent your chocolate from burning.
  3. Make sure your strawberries are dry (otherwise it will difficult for the chocolate to stick) and dip into your chocolate
  4. Lay on the wax paper to dry
  5. Repeat steps 2-3 for the Dark chocolate
  6. Once all your strawberries are dipped place in the fridge for at least one hour before serving
  7. Enjoy!!

Tip: if you have a hard time melting your chocolate you might want to try to melt it by using a double boiler. I find that this is the easier way to prevent your chocolate from burning.

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I love wine so I decided to try a new one! This wine is an Italian Blend, it tastes more like a Merlot than a Cab, but without tasting very dry. Overall I liked it! I’m not an official wine taster, I just now started to try different types of wines, other than my favorite Menage a Trois. So I hope that this is a little helpful, but I suggest you try it for yourself. I don’t drink very often but when I do I prefer Cabernet, so I will let you know when I try a different one.


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Girl’s guide to her twenties

Your twenties are a huge milestone in your life, your on the cusp of adulthood, and it’s a time of joy and experimentation, mixed with dark/confusing all-round uncertainty. But it really is an exciting time in your life! It’s where you are allowed to make mistakes and try to establish yourself in this world. There is also a tremendous amount of pressure to figure everything out, and you’re constantly asked questions like “What do you want to do with your life?” We are constantly searching for these answers, and sometimes you feel like everyone around you has figured out all the answers, except you. You start to think that something is wrong with you…but here is the thing…nothing is wrong with you!! Chances are they are just as confused as you are. So, if you feel confused you’r simply going through a normal rite of passage, i guess you can call it your “quarter-life” crisis.

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Now I’m not saying I’m and expert of your twenties, I mean I am only twenty three, but me and some of the people I know are probably feeling, or have felt, the same way as the rest of you twenty-something year olds out there. So I wanted to share some of the advice my friends or family have shared with me, to help you get through your twenties with just a little more ease, to inspire you, and remind you that you are not alone.

  1. Allow yourself to make mistakes, it’s ok to fail, and you will learn and gain so much from those mistakes, but don’t make the same mistake twice. Don’t try to be perfect, it’s not possible, and can be very exhausting. Don’t try to do it all…being burned out is no fun.
  2. Your parents may want or try to get you to do things the way they did them, or the way they think you should do them. But follow your own path even if they don’t agree, which they probably won’t, and that’s ok… don’t worry they love you, they’ll get over it. 
  3. Live your life according to your deepest values and goals, it’s the only way to stay true to who you are.
  4. Being young doesn’t make you invincible, but it does create and opportunity to create good habits for a healthy living, so that you don’t have as many health problems when your older….my favorite healthy treat/habbit are Suja juices!! 
  5. Stop trying to compare yourself to others, and start being nice to yourself. It’s hard when your young to not constantly criticize and judge yourself and the way you look, but enjoy your body, and no dieting!!! Which I know is something we have all done at least once in our lives… jus breathe, relax, and exercise…try yoga…I love it!! 
  6. Friendships matter and not all of your friends will stay with you. It might me a gradual process and your social circle will shrink down to the friends you quite simply can’t live without, and probably also the people you either work, or like me, go to school with. Try to weed out any toxic friendships, and put the effort into friends who inspire and support who you are and where you are headed. 
  7. Break-ups happen so let them go. Move forward and do not close your heart, getting hurt in love is something that everyone experiences. Every relationship teaches us more about ourselves and allows us to grow, and even if they end, the relationship wasn’t wasted if you are willing to look at all the things you learned about yourself. Just remember that the only person who can complete you is you!!!…But incase you do need a good wallow, remember to keep a pint of your favorite ice cream, and a bottle of wine, and curl up to some Netflix!!…but limit that to a day…because chances are he wasn’t good enough for you and doesn’t deserve your tears.
  8. People you went to high school with will go off get married and have babies. I still find this a little strange because I’m twenty three and no way near ready to be married or a mom. I just remind myself that I am still in school and now is the time to focus on that. There is no time or age limit to marriage or to starting a family, and you have to be ready, because those two things in itself are huge life altering/changing decisions. There is no rush…enjoy where your life is now!
  9. Overnight success is not possible and you don’t have to love your job, in fact most don’t, but have patience because opportunity and success will come with hard work. You will be overworked and most likely underpaid for probably a really long time, but work hard and be the best you can be, and it will pay off….I hope!!
  10. You’re trying to be a grown up, and the only way to achieve that is to cut the umbilical cord with your parents and try to fix or solve your problems by yourself, but it’s ok to ask for help if you really need it.
  11. I think that the most important “battle” you’ll go through in your twenties, and maybe even well into your thirties is the battle with yourself, and how to learn to love yourself. Without even really knowing it, your life will always have some sort of chaos or terrible thing happen. You might be dating the wrong person or stuck in a dead end job, and that can effect every aspect of your life. Just remember to make yourself a priority, and that in order for someone to love you, you have to love and respect yourself.

You grow up a lot in your 20’s so I hope that maybe some of this will help you relax, and knowing that you don’t have to figure everything out today. Now I’m not saying that you don’t have to figure out everything, because you should figure out some things. Don’t hold back on the opportunities that these years will bring, they will be some of the best times of your life and you will end up having so many memories to cherish and love. Stay strong but remember in order to figure out your life, you have to go out and live it!!

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My pencil recreation of a painting I saw on pinterest by Jessica Rae Sommer