• Pasta Fagioli

    Pasta Fagioli

    I remember the first time I had pasta fagioli. I was in grade school and out at an Italian restaurant with my family and I thought it was the best thing ever. Since that day (a very long time ago) my mom has made her own version of pasta fagioli. A while ago I took photos as I made a batch with her so I thought I’d share in a post today. So here’s what we use: 1/2 lb of macaroni 1 stalk of celery 1 small onion or 1/2 of a medium onion 2 slice of ham or 2 slice of bacon 1 can of white beans 1 can…

  • Kale Salad + Cranberry & Almond Vinaigrette

    Kale Salad

    Do you like kale? I feel like people either love it or hate it. I love getting the kale salads at Wegman’s because they’re so good and I rarely buy kale. But I found some photos on my camera of a recipe I tried out and liked but forgot to post on here. It’s a kale salad with a cranberry and almond vinaigrette. I used baby kale instead of regular kale and I may have made some other minor adjustments to this recipe, but I don’t remember since I last made it so long ago! I always make notes of recipes I try out – whether I substituted ingredients and…

  • Cocoa Crinkle Cookies

    Cocoa Crinkle Cookies

    Who doesn’t love chocolate? I’m not a big sweets person, but chocolate I can do as long as it’s not super rich. Thankfully these scrumptious cocoa crinkle cookies aren’t too rich. My mom and I have been making these for a year or two now and they’re so good! We follow the Hershey’s recipe (here) but just cut down on the sugar – instead of 2 cups we use 1 1/2. While this recipe is pretty easy to follow and the cookies aren’t hard to make, it’s important to note that they are not quick cookies. The batter has to be refrigerated for at least 6 hours. It’s a good…

  • Moules Frites

    Air Fryer French Fries

    Hi all – a quick food post before my concert recap post goes up this afternoon. So my parents have an air fryer and if you know anyone with an air fryer or you yourself have one then you know people who have them swear by them/love them. They’re easy to use and healthier in the sense that you’re frying food with like a tablespoon of oil instead of inches of it. One thing my family regularly makes in the air fryer is french fries. They’re so easy to make. I wash and peel a potato (or more depending on how many you want to make), cut them into strips…

  • White Castle Impossible Burger

    White Castle – Impossible Slider

    I’ve recently gotten in to veggie burgers. My favorites to make at home so far have been black bean burgers. They are a great weeknight meal because they’re so quick to make and so tasty as well. Not to mention healthy! So when White Castle reached out to me and asked if I’d like to try out their new plant-based burgers I was all for it. White Castle recently launched the Impossible Slider. Impossible Burgers make the patties and since White Castle is known for their sliders it has become the Impossible Slider there. It’s made to look and smell like beef, but is all plant based. White Castle was also…

  • Star Wars pancakes

    Star Wars Pancakes

    I need to preface this post by saying the pancakes did not turn out too hot. In the end, they looked okay, but not great. About a month ago when I was having a browse on the Williams Sonoma website, I saw they had Star Wars pancake molds. They looked so fun and who wouldn’t want to eat a pancake in the shape of Yoda or a storm trooper? So I bought the kid and it came with a storm trooper, yoda, R2D2, and Darth Vader. I used my trusty Aunt Jemima pancake mix and started making them. So like I said they didn’t end up that great looking so…

  • Manhattan Clam Chowder

    Manhattan Clam Chowder

    Are you a soup person? One of my favorite soups is manhattan clam chowder. I don’t drink it that often, but when I do I usually get the Campbell’s version. However, a while ago I made it myself and it was pretty easy! I believe the recipe I used was from the Food Network, with a few minor changes. The recipe calls for 5 cups of clam juice or five 8 ounce bottles and 7 cloves of garlic. I cut down on the garlic to 5 cloves and I substituted 2 of the clam juice bottles for chicken broth. Other than that I followed the recipe so click above if you’re…

  • Japan & Hong Kong Starbucks Mugs
    Culture,  Food,  Travel

    Japan & Hong Kong Vacation Recap

    I changed the theme on my blog last night. What do you think of the new layout and look? I’m really liking the change! I do have some little kinks to work out, but other than that I’m loving it. Now that I’ve been back from my Asian vacation for 2 weeks, I thought I’d do a quick recap, highlight some of my favorite things, and share what I didn’t get to do that I want to do in the future. Japan My flight to Japan was a smooth 12-13 hour flight from Newark, NJ to Tokyo, Japan. Japan was amazing! The people are super nice, polite, and helpful. It’s…

  • Teva Flatform Sandal
    Entertainment,  Fashion,  Food,  Life,  Travel

    August 2018 Favorites

    Can you believe it’s already September? I can’t! Even yesterday when it was the last day of August, it didn’t really hit me that it was the end of August. I have just a few favorites to share this month. I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot lately, but I think when you’re busy you just have less time to think about what you’re really loving lately. First up, if you follow my blog and/or my social media accounts regularly then you know I spent the first half of August in Japan and Hong Kong. While in Japan we had pretty great weather, despite sweating to death in…

  • Hummus Flatbread Sandwich

    Hummus & Flatbread Sandwich

    Okay, so this isn’t really a sandwich, but I didn’t know what else to call it. Last summer (I think it was last summer), I was at my friends’ house for dinner. They grilled some dinner for the 2 or 3 of us that came over. One of the things my friend made was a  little hummus filled flatbread with onions and diced tomato. He spread hummus on the flatbread, added some onions and tomato, put another piece of flatbread on top, wrapped it in foil, and put on the grill. It was really good! So I had to recreate it at home. These photos are from the last time I…