Valentines day: love yourself 

To all my singles or coupled people out there just wanted to wish a lovely valentines day. May it be filled with love & joy! And to all also always keep in mind to love yourself and take care of you! That is very important because if we do not love ourselves how can we expect someone else to love us? 

It is a very important question. 

One thing that has helped me a lot to love myself has been meditation, exercise, and letting go of things that no longer serve a purpose. 

Currently in my headspace app I am at the stage where I can pick the packages I want to focus on. I am currently on level 2 of the self esteem one. I can attest that it has been very helpful. I do not know if you can relate but sometimes I have an inner voice that wakes up some doubt in me. This package has helped me to let go of the voice, not quiet it nor leave it behind, but rather to identify it as just a thought or a feeling and move on. Not trying to understand why is there or what does it mean rather just identify it as either a feeling or a thought and continue on! Which has been key! So to all of you out there I highly recommend taking the time and starting on meditation. 

Another aspect to improve your self esteem is the acceptance of who you are. Respect of who you are. And valorization of who you are. With that in mind you will always value yourself and let go of things that do not appreciate you or respect you! Therefore letting go of anything that does not bring you peace or leaves you drained or doubtful of your worth or who you are! 

Working out has also helped me a lot! Just the release of any tension or conflict you may be going through can be let go by a good work out! I love doing yoga, pilates, & weight lifting. I miss my cardio ( I used to run a lot but always ended up with back & knee pain so it no longer served a purpose) instead I am trying to walk more to get that cardio take but with those 3 I swear if I am grumpy in the morning, which I tend to be, post work out I have a clear mind and I’m more at peace plus less grumpy! Follow it with 10 minutes of meditation and a wonderful shower and you are off to a good start! 
So on this day not only love others but most importantly love YOU, as that love will flourish to others! 

Anyway my rant is up! Hope you have a wonderful V-Day! 💋💜💋💜

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Sundaze Homemade Pizzaaa 🍕 

Happy Sunday to you all!! For today’s post I am sharing my pizza recipe 

What you’ll need 

Dough 

2 tsp yeast 

1 tsp sugar 

4 cups AP flour 

2 T sugar 

1 T salt 

1 1/2 cups of warm water

3 T olive oil 

First prepare your yeast by adding the 2 tsp and 1 tsp sugar with a little bit of water, set it aside and let it rise. In a mixer place your dry ingredients, mix them. Then to your yeast mixture add the water and olive oil. Put the dough paddle and in slow speed start adding the water mixture. Once added completely mix at medium speed for 5 minutes. Remove it from bowl and on a floured surface kneat for 2 or 3 minutes. Make a ball and cover a bowl with olive oil and set it inside. Let it rise for at least 3 hours cut it in half and let it rise for about 20 minutes or until double the size. You can save your dough or use it all. I usually use just one half. 

Filling 

3 tomatoes finely chopped in squares 

1 T olive oil 

1 tsp balsamic vinegar 

Salt and pepper to taste 

100 grs. of mozzarella 

And any toppings you may like 

Place the tomatoes on a bowl and add the olive oil, salt & balsamic vinegar. I use that as my tomatoe base. Place all the toppings you wany 

Turn on your oven to 420 F or 225 C. Place a rock plate (you can get those at Bed Bath & Beyond and they make the bottom of your pizza crispy) 

On a floured surface place your dough and flatten it out and trying to keep it as circular as possible, add your tomatoe, then shredded cheese, and place any toppings you want. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Enjoy! 🍕🤤 







Keeping Up With My Goals 

Hi guys! Hope you are all having a great Tuesday! Today’s post is on how I am trying to maintain my goals. 

In this year of making things happen and keeping a positive healthy mind, one thing that has reminded me of what I wish to attain has been my uncle’s bracelet. 

I gave it to him about 15 years ago or even more! Anyway we lost him 13 years ago this year, it was a very sad and probably one of the worst if not the worst days of my life. Will tell his story in time but given that I have lost him and he could not grow older and accomplish his goals. I keep this bracelet on everyday to remind me of what he was not able to accomplish but that I can. 

A couple of years I almost lost it and got so scared that I did not wear it for over 3 years, needless to say those were the toughest years I have experienced. I think he even protects me! So for now on he is here with me helping me through this journey and reminding me of what I have an opportunity to do that he does not.

To any of you out there who want to “Make this year your year” and accomplish things you have set, I would advice you to wear something dear to you to have as a reminder of what you wish to do!  




Have a great Tuesday! And see you tomorrow! 😘💋✌️💜

Learning To Let Go

Today’s post is an important one. I was hesitant on sharing it but given that today is my birthday and that this year I wanted to make some changes, I decided to go for it and share it sooner than I anticipated.

When I decided to start this journey, I wanted to make it as open and real as possible. With this openness I also wanted to share some “lessons” that I have learned so far.

A key one has been learning to let go. Though it is very hard, it is important. What I mean by learning to let go is to know when to stop certain situations and just let them be.

An important experience I have had in the past years has been on friendships. As you go from being a “kid” to kinda being an adult, there are certain people you lose along the way.

Though it is very hard to accept this, some people were part of your life at one moment for who knows the reason. When that “treasured” friendship changes and is no longer healthy, you have to learn to let it go. Be thankful for the time you have spent and just accept that there is no longer a space for them in your life.

This goes for friendships that, I do not know if you have experienced this, but it is when you meet up with someone that you valued a lot in your life but suddenly you do not have anything in common, and not only that, but the person does not have the best interest of you at heart. Or every time you meet up with them you are left with the feelings of dread, anguish, tiredness, and dissapointment.

What I have learned is that there is no friendship that has more value than your own sanity. For your health and peace of mind is better to look back appreciate the moments you had with this person or people and just let them go. At the end you will be happier. It does not mean that you wont be able to see them ever again, it just means that the close bond you shared is no longer there. Though you may occasionally see them, just know that things have changed and is best to walk your own way.

Just wanted to share this thoughts and hope it gives an insight and help through this moment to anyone out there!

Now off to watch the game!! 😋💋💋

White Sangria Mood

Happy weekend to everyone!! There is nothing better than a sunny Saturday barbecue by the pool! Of course we must have alcohol, so here is a recipe I found of white sangria. It is my favorite! It is very simple to make, you barely taste the alcohol, and is the best alcoholic beverage for a hot summer day.

What you will need:

1 cup of sugar

1 1/2 cups of water

2 cinnamon sticks

5 mint leaves

2 green apples

1 pear

1 peach

1 cup of peach juice

3 limes (thinly sliced)

2 bottles of white wine (whatever you prefer, I use Sauvignon Blanc)

1 bottle of apple cider

Preparation

Put in a pot the sugar, water, cinnamon sticks, and mint. Place it on the stove at medium heat/temperature. Stir it once, bring it to boil and immediately remove it. Set aside to cool. Chop your fruit thinly (look at image below) except for your lime place it in a serving bowl. With a strainer place the syrup you did with the sugar etc. in your bowl. Add the wine, then the pear juice. For serving put ice, then your sangria, put a slice of lime and a splash of your apple cider. Enjoy! 🙃 (always drink carefully)!!

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Baked Buns 

For today’s baking post dish I wanted to share my recipe for burger buns. I was able to find this recipe at http://www.aseasyasapplepie.com I loved her take at this traditional bread but I have done my own twerks to the recipe.

Hope you guys enjoy & happy Saturday! 😊

You will need:

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup hot water

2 7/8 T butter (I use salted & room temperature)

7 T sugar * I like my bread sweet, if you don’t you can put whatever amount you want (ex: 2T)

1 tsp salt * If you do not put 7T of sugar you can skip this step

4 cups AP Flour

3/4 tsp yeast and less than 1/2 tsp sugar *

*for the yeast you put the dry yeast with the tsp of sugar and add a little bit of water so it covers the yeast and sugar. Set it aside and let it rise while you prep the rest of your ingredients. (See image below)

On a mixer with the hook tool you first put the flour, sugar, and salt. Mix it a little on slow and add the room temperature butter. Mix it for a moment and slowly add your yeast with the milk and water. Mix it at medium speed for 5 minutes. If your dough looks dry it is okay let it mix and everything will incorporate (see image below). When ready remove the hook and just knead it for a moment. Remove it from mixing bowl, make it round and place it on a round container. Cover it until it has doubled in size. Once it has reached the desired size (see image below) make small balls or the size you want your buns to be. Place on a sheet pan with parchment paper and brush them with milk. Let them rise for 1 hour and once ready (when you put your finger and the dough comes back) brush once more with milk and bake at 350 F or 175 C for 10 minutes or until golden.112345678910111223456789101112

 

 

 

 

And so it begins 

One of my goals for 2017 was to be more relaxed and react to challenges with a more “balanced” manner. For this I had to start meditating and doing yoga. For the meditating part there is a very cool app I read on an article on http://www.theverge.com; I will share it on a different post.

For the yoga part I started one on one lessons, as I had no idea about Yoga, and wanted to get more personalized ones.

This week was my first week of Yoga and I am completely hooked! If you can I highly recommend you to do it! As it allows you to relax and be on the road to more inner peace

Below are some pics of the outfit and my post workout faces I guess 😳 🙃

 

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Monday Soulful Baking

Hello everyone! For today’s post I am sharing a special recipe. It is a typical savory pastry from where I am from. We call it “Rollo de Queso” or “Cheese roll up” though it is not so much of a roll up as it is the dough flipped to the center. This recipe is very special as it was my great grandmas but my mother did some twerks to make it better!

Hope you guys enjoy! 👅

You will need:

Dry Ingredients

3 cups AP Flour

3 tsp baking powder

Wet Ingredients

100 gr of butter

3/4 cup of sugar

3 egg replacement* or 4 egg yolks

1/2 Kilo of white cheese* or any other cheese you prefer

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp milk

Milk to what your dough needs (maybe 1/4 cup)

*for the egg replacement we use for each egg

1 tsp baking powder

1 T olive oil

1 T water

*For the white cheese, the one we use back home is very salty so for the one you find in the U.S. you can add 1T kosher salt

*For the white cheese if you are not using the eggs you add 1tsp olive oil and 1 tsp of milk. If you are using eggs, you add the egg whites to the cheese leaving some behind for the paint brush of the roll up

Preparation

Sift the dry ingredients and set aside. On a mixer soften the butter (see image below), add the sugar and once everything mixed together start adding the dry ingredients. You add some milk whenever your mixture is too dry. Once everything is mixed together you divide the dough in fours. With a roller you extend the dough and add the cheese in the center (see image below) you fold it and brush it with milk or egg whites. Bake it at 350 F or 175 C for 15 minutes or more. Enjoy!

PS: they don’t look too beautiful but I swear the taste is 👌

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First Food Post: Eggless Vanilla CupCakes:p

I have always loved baking as a hobby, ever since I was a little girl. I have specially enjoyed baking for my family. Recently my mother developed food allergies to chicken, eggs, and some more. As she always enjoyed pastries I decided to be “creative” in the kitchen and create baked goods she could enjoy! The result were good! I always wanted to share these recipes. If you can consume eggs all my recipes can be changed for that.

Today’s food post is one of my mother’s favorites “Vanilla Cupcakes”

The recipe is very simple you need:

Wet Ingredients 

1/2 package of butter

3/4 cups of sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 egg replacements or eggs*

1 cup of milk (if you use eggs it may be less)

Dry Ingredients

2 cups of AP Flour

2 tsp baking powder

*For the egg replacement you use:

1 tsp of baking powder

1 T of olive oil

1 T of water

Side note: You can replace up to 3 eggs no more.

Preparation

Turn on your oven at 350° Fahrenheit, 170° Celsius. Sift the dry ingredients then set them aside. On a mixer soften the butter until is almost liquid (see image below). Then add the sugar. Mix some more. Add the vanilla extract.  Slowly add the egg replacement you prepared ahead. If you use eggs add one by one. Mix it until unified (see image below) Set your speed to low and slowly mix between adding the dried ingredients and the milk. Once everything has been added and mixed (see image below) place it on any type of mold you would like. Bake for 15 minutes or more.

If you are vegan you can replace the milk with any vegan alternative, a good option I have tried has been coconut milk. Also you can replace the sugar with any alternative you want.

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