Sunday, March 22, 2015

Chocolate Pecan Granola Bars (no-bake)

Sunday, March 22, 2015
It's like pie...but healthier!


I love granola bars. Well then again, as my sister says, what don't I love when it comes to food? My friend and I were answering "best friend" tag questions just for fun at a dinner party and when she had to answer what my favorite food was, she answered "All of them!" I had a hard time disagreeing with her (although I will say I have a greater affinity towards sweets than other types of food, but if you've taken a look at my recipe index that shouldn't come as a surprise).

Anyways, I'm here to tell  you these granola bars are your new best friend! Slept in and now you're rushing to school/work/super-important-interview/dropping your kid off and no time for a wholesome, nutritious breakfast to power your busy morning??!!!! Or you're stuck in the office during your lunch break or you're sitting in class and all of a sudden a baby whale starts moaning from within the depths of your stomach? Well, no longer my friend! No longer do you have to fish out 6 freaking whole dollars for a measly box of 5 "healthy" granola bars (honestly, the few times I have picked up a box of those at the grocery store I was internally wincing that I was forking out so much money for a box of granola bars that wouldn't even last in my house for  2 days, let alone 2 weeks!) I don't know about you but I don't think any single granola bar is worth $1.20. Or maybe I just like a little bang with my buck. Or maybe I'm just Desi. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

On Writing (+ a little poem)

Monday, March 16, 2015
Today, I would like to share something different. My blog is, for all intents and purposes, a food blog... but my vision for it is so much more. I want to try different kinds of posts: lifestyle/reflections/etc and so I would like to share a little piece I wrote. So here's the thing- ever since I was little I was an avid reader- I DEVOURED books and fell completely in love with characters and stories and it all inspired to me one day write my own novel. I just don't know if that will ever happen, haha. And I don't say that to be a debbie-downer or rain on anyone's dreams. I just don't think *I* personally have the time and patience to write an entire novel. I do write. Sometimes instead of working on an essay I'll pull up a Word doc and start writing...usually if I get a random burst of inspiration (and of course it happens right before an exam when I should be studying). But it's so difficult for me to come up with an entire plot! So I kind of have turned to poetry.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"Cheater" Pain au Chocolat (Easy!)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pain au Chocolat (pronounced "pa oh shoh/koh/lah" according to this) is a French pastry filled with chocolate. Now there's probably a more traditional way to make this...but I like quick, easy recipes. And I'm sure you guys like quick, easy recipes, too. So I'm giving you guys a quick, easy "cheater" version of pain au chocolat.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Currently Under Construction

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Hey! I'm fiddling around with my blog theme and layout so you may see a mess right now, but I promise I'm working on it!

You should still be able to see my posts and navigate through the blog :)

xoxo,

Aspiring Foodie

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Snow Day!

Saturday, March 7, 2015
One more week until Spring Break (!!) and it's super hectic around these parts. I had three exams last week and after my second midterm on Wednesday I was so zapped I barely studied for my Social Psych exam the next day...so I told myself I would wake up early that morning to study for my 1 o'clock exam. I ended up snoozing my alarm but then received a notification from my university: Classes & events canceled all day for Thursday, March 5th due to inclement weather. 

I was so excited and I went back to sleep until 10 am. My youngest brother, Z, (whose obsessed with weather- like weirdly so) came into my room announcing we had real, substantial snow! And sure enough by then I had a bunch of friends snap-chatting me their front yards with the caption "Winter Wonderland!!!!!". So cliche but hey I can understand the excitement, since snow is not super regular around here.



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Brownie Taste-Testing

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


This blog is really for me, as an amateur baker, to document the things I bake (or cook) at home. Kind of like an online recipe book, but for the world to see. (I also have a cute blue recipe book with white polka dots my sister-in-law gave me because I love physically writing things down!). I'm not a recipe developer or anything. I'm more of a recipe follower, so I always make sure to give credit where credit's due :)

Anyways, one of the things I want to get down pat is baking brownies! For years and years I have used box mixes, and can you blame me? They're super simple, take minimal effort, and  you're guaranteed a tasty treat at the end all for a few dollars?  I'll take that. But as I've begun making things from scratch it's just  a whole different ball game- in a good way! Baking is truly a labor of love. And while I can say I'm content with the chocolate cupcake and chocolate chip cookie recipe I  have right now on the blog, one thing I don't have is a surefire brownie recipe! I've tried a few different ones. They were mediocre and one just turned out bad.

This particular recipe is by Tessa Arias on her blog called the "Ultimate Brownies".  I'm not totally taken with these brownies but I have to say they are pretty great! The problem I had was with the flavor...it was a little off, but perhaps this was through some fault of my own. Also I felt my brownies were a little too underbaked- we all know you should never overbake brownies but even though I left mine in for the directed time they were still pretty wet even after I let them cool. It wasn't until the next day did they set up more firmly.

If you're looking for a brownie recipe to try, I would say go for it!

Recipe at Handle the Heat blog!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DIY 2 Ingredient Face Mask: Great for Acne and Dry Skin!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The bipolar weather my city has been experiencing for the past- well forever, has been wreaking havoc on my face as of late and it had really been starting to get on my nerves. I tend to have oily skin, but because of the drastic changes in temperature my face has been quite dry (it almost makes me miss my oily skin).

Anyways, I love easy home remedies. Home remedies are kind of fun, because you're making use of things you probably already have around the house- convenient and cheap! And the DIY mask I'm about to show you that has really helped with my dry, itchy face is ridiculously easy with only 2 ingredients! Whaaat!

So while I'm not sharing a recipe with you guys today, there's still food involved in today's post...just not for consumption purposes!

So what are the two magical ingredients?
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