Friday, October 15, 2010

Long time!

Almost a whole week!

I apologize, I have lost my camera battery! :( Today I am going to buy a new one, becauseI have looked everywhere for it and it's simply gone. I have also been so busy between work and school... and this weekend I'm going to be busy as well, it's crazy.

Simply wanted to check in and say, I'v tried a few new (for m anyways!) Products this week. :) Arctic Zero Ice Cream, Gnu Bars, SugarFree Da Vinci Syrups, and a few others! I will be writing my honest reviews on them this upcoming Monday. It should be a bigg post! So please, look forward to it. :D

I hope you are all doing well, bloggers and lurkers! ;)


Friday, October 8, 2010

Una pizza, per favore!

Today for lunch, I was craving some pizza. Well, I rummaged through my kitchen and gathered some ingredients. Might I say, the results were quite yummy!

::"Origano Pizze"::
Oregano Pizza
Makes 2 Pizze

2 whole wheat La "Tortilla Factory" wraps
Half large red onion (chopped into cubes)
1/4 medium Zuchhini (shredded)
1/2 cup spinach
2/3 cup marinara or (in this case, homemade sauce recipe later?)
1 cup mozzarella shreds (or Vegan substitute; like Daiya)
Salt; Pepper;Garlic powder; Dried Oregano
2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olve Oil

Bring pan to medium-high heat, add 1 TBSP olive oil. Once oil is heated and coated pan, saute onions (with a few dashs of salt, it helps them sweat) until translucent and edges brown slightly. Put aside. Repeat with Zuchhini. Set aside.

\Set oven to broil at 550F.
Brush single side of wraps with the 1 TBSP remaining olive oil. Sprinkle crust with salt, pepper, and garlic to preference.

Place the two wraps on the oven rack (should be centered) and allow to slightly toast. (don' let brown!!!!!) flip and repeat the same to the "bottom" of your "pizza" crust. Allowa little longer time for the bottom, once removed from the oven wraps should still be somewhat pliable, not stiff.

Add sauce and spinke cheese on your crusts. Return to oven until cheese starts to melt. Remove once again, and layer vegetables. Spinach; Onions; Shredded Zuchhini and sprinkle once again with salt; pepper; and Oregano to taste. Add more cheese (if desired, I like to so everything sort of melds together) and return to oven. Allow to cook until cheese melts, and edges of wrap start to toast. Serve sliced into fours, enjoy!

Q: What are your favorite toppings for Pizza?
I love spinach and mushroom, with caramalized onions... (drool)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Butternut Squash Madness

  I say madness now, because.... Have you ever tried to cut into a butternut squash?

Yeah, it's not easy.

I bought a few butternut squash(es?) at the supermarket this week, they were on sale and I told myself; I must be able to make something with these. So like the abnormal person I am, I bought five. The cashier gave me funny looks. That's okay, I'm used to cashiers questioning my purchases.

Excited with my new buy I rushed home, and went ahead with the slicing of the squash. I tried to cut it in half. I have some very high-quality knives, and I had to hammer my knife through the squash. Yes, hammer. Once that was done, and the beautiful snapping sounds of a succesfully cut squash, I preheated my oven and knew what I was going to make. Instantly.

::Butternut Squash Soup::

Food Processor
Baking dish 

1 large Butternut Squash
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Breeze (measurements of Almond Milk will vary from person to person, whether you like a thicker or thinner soup)
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 Teaspoon Oregano

Preheat oven to 350F.
Wash squash and then cut lengthwise down the middle.
Scoop out the seeds.
Lightly coat the exposed parts of the squash with olive oil.
Salt and pepper to taste

Place flesh side down in a (lightly coated with olive oil) baking pan
Cook until knife tender; usually about 50 minutes to an hour.
Once tender, remove squash from the oven and let cool.

Scoop out the flesh inside the shell of the squash, into your Food Processor. Add Nutmeg, oregano, butter and blend
Slowly add Almond milk, until reached to desired consistency. Salt to taste, Serve warm garnished with pepper

Enjoy! ♥

I may have eaten this for breakfast. (weird?) The weather is so nice, and it's really cooling down... I was craving some warm soup. The flavors are rich, but the soup itself is very light and has a slight peppery bite. (with how much pepper I added) which I love. You can faintly taste the Oregano that is added in there, it added depth to an otherwise plain dish, and really compliments the mild sweetness of the squash. It was delicious!

Q: What is your favorite fall soup?
I love this soup. ♥

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


This post won't have foodie photos, but rather sharing my goals for the next few weeks. There has been so much happening, between work and family, I feel like sometimes I have lost a bit of control!

I have been running 3-4 miles consistently, Monday-Friday for the past three weeks. I have lost about 2lbs, and an inch off my waist (yeah!) Though weight loss isn't my goal, it was nice to see. On the other hand... since I am more of a weight lifter (*flex* *fail*) I fear that the 2lbs lost was of muscle. Last night I did some lifting before my cardio for the day, and I have found that my lifts have been affected. I cannot lift the 15lb weights for as many reps as I used to, and it's a bit of a bummer. But that's okay! I just have to focus a little more on weights, and create a healthy balance with my Running. :)

My measurements this month:

Current Weight: 109-110lbs

Chest: 33"
Waist: 24 1/2"
Hips: 35"
Thighs: 18"
Neck: 11"

I notice my abs are showing a bit more defined now, from the running. Also my (muscular thighs D:) legs have slimmed down about 1/2 inch. Again though... it may be muscle loss.

Regardless, I am going to continue my running, and once I become slightly more cut, I will incorporate more weights back into my schedule.

Right now it goes something like this:

40 minute PM Jog/sprint, approx. 4-5 miles (depending on how fast my pace is that day and my energy levels)
Abs every: Mon. Wed. Fri.
Legs: Tues. Thurs. (on these days I take the cardio lightly)

This schedule really works for me, and I find the motivation comes easy as long as I put on my running shoes! :)

I have certain goals I want to reach by the end of the year, both physical and work-wise. Also things I want to do before the year is over!

  • Buy my own car!
  • Work a lot, save a lot
  • Exercise consistently
  • Don't eat too many pumpkin pies (but steal a slice whenever there is one around)
  • Go to New York with the boyfriend and Parents (still up in the air)
  • Visit my grandparents
  • Focus on enrolling into Culinary School
  • Spend Time with Family on the Holidays
So, quite a few little things, then some more important ones.... I am ready for it! ♥

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The summer wind...

...Summer is slowly fading... Miami is getting cooler! No heat or humidity today (a first) So it seems like we're moving, (finally!) towards winter! ;)

Today's breakfast (which is being eaten right now)

Blueberries, Strawberries, 2 TBSP oats, Homemade pumpkin syrup, crushed almonds all settled into a pool of almond milk
Yummm. ♥ I love fruit cereals.

This weather, I must admit, has me excited for the upcoming holidays. I'm already thinking about Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! October is my favorite month of the year. It's lovely... the time where stores start changing their displays from Sun-kissed blondes frolicking in the beach, to pumpkins and Fall decorations. Candy already being sold for Halloween, Starbucks getting into the mix with Pumpkin Spice Lattes, canned pumpkin back in season. (You know how I love this.) Pumpkin pies, fresh baked goods with an Autummn twist (i.e.: Jack 'O Lantern shaped cookies)

I'm all giddy!

Q: What is your favorite holiday?

Mine would have to be Thanksgiving and Christmas... One for the food, the other because its so magical! Lights adorning every corner, the little excitement that still builds on the 24th... and the wait for New Year's only a few days after.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Eggs and Peaches

Title sounds kinda yucky, huh? Well, I found these beautiful white peaches at Publix today and knew I had to buy a few, just to try them out.

Sliced White Peach, Egg white scramble w/ Mushrooms & Spinach
This white peach was absolutely amazing. I had never had white peaches before (crazy, I thought so too) And I think the are my new favorite fruit. Peaches, Plums, Strawberries and Blueberries. Heaven!

Oh, and I also bought these tiny little cuties. They are a mere 1 1/2 inches tall! ♥

Left one = consumed. Right one... just wait 'till tonight....

Q: What are your favorite fruit?
I. love. Peaches. of course. ;)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Birthday Boy ♥

Yesterday, Octorber 1st, was my nephew's Birthday! He turned two, and he is growing extremely fast.

It was lovely to see family again, My grandparents, Sister, and her husband as well as the little munchkin. :) Don't you love family get togethers? Brings back good memories, I am very happy we attended!

My mom, sister and I! LOL! we were purposely pulling ugly faces ;)

Why, hello gorgeous!
Dora cake :) he loves Dora!
Croquetes and pastries...

No thank you!! That's your croquete. I'll have a pastry ;)
I was taking so many photos, everyone was laughing, dancing and partying it up! :) The bf and my sister's husband were lost.... I wonder What they were doing?

Ohhh boyfriend.... that's too cute.
Yeah, my grandpa took a photo of me taking photos. LOL
MOM lol.
The boyfriend ~
Myself.... and......
LOL the boyfriend's creativity. Dora came to the party!!! ;)

After we all ate, spoke, hung out and danced to Yaz (yes, 80's music. I ♥ 80's music) More family came, from my sister's Husband's side. We intoduced ourselves, there were a few piture taking wars, some sexy dance lessons (courtesy of the grandma) LOL and some intense re-inactions of battle scenes from the movie 300.

Candleswere blown, and everyone dug into the cake. It was delicious! Chocolate and Vanilla... I also had a slice of pizza (with cheese removed... thank you boyfriend! ♥ ;) And a few pastries. Not so healthy choices but, hey, it was a PARTY!

and I love cake. (shhh... don't tell anyone)

Q: What's your favorite part of family get togethers?
For me, I love the time everyone gets to spend together. Taking a break from work, and everything to relax with the ones you love most.