Pet peeves and sugary-crack!

Hey y’all!

As promised, I have some yummy recipes to share with you! They are super simple: one is a cinnamon-sugar pecan snack and the second is a recipe to make your own creme fraiche. Followed by my usual grinding gears rant.

First recipe is one perfect for beers with friends, a hot cup of tea or just as a delicious snack while watching your favorite flick. My friends call this sugared-crack, because they are so addicting! Make lots–they will go fast!

Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans:

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

1/2 cup butter, melted
3 large egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups raw pecan halves
1/4 teaspoon finely granulated salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a large baking sheet with sides with aluminum foil.

Pour the butter onto the lined sheet. In a large bowl, mix the egg whites, salt, sugar and cinnamon.

Add the pecan halves and toss until they are fully coated with the sugary goodness. Spread the pecans onto the baking sheet.

Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring the pecans every 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

*If you aren’t serving/eating the nuts right away, put them in an air-tight container and store in a cool dry place*

I love making desserts that use creme fraiche; but, honestly…it’s almost impossible to find and when I do, it’s quite pricey! A few months ago, my mom found a way to make this delicious cream herself. I tried it, loved it, and am now passing it off to you guys.

Creme Fraiche:

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1 cup pasturized whipping cream
2 tablespoons buttermilk

Combine 1 cup whipping cream and 2 tablespoons buttermilk in a glass container.

Cover and let stand at room temperature (about 70¬įF) from 8 to 24 hours, or until very thick.

Stir well before covering and refrigerate for up to 10 days.

Now, on to a rant of things that tick me off!

What really grinds my gears:

People who stare with a very slight smirk on their face. I get it, sometimes you sort of drift off into your own world and don’t realize it…but there are people out there that just stare with this almost sadistic looking smirk. It’s frickin eerie! I can’t tell if you are hiding bodies in your basement or just finished a taxidermy project. Either way I am creeped the F out.

People that interrupt. You see…it’s not like people are unaware of this, most people are, and when they do interrupt (due to excitement or grand idea..etc) they apologize. But then you have people who just assume its their right to talk and pretend they don’t notice you were in the middle of a sentence. Same goes for those wonderful individuals who talk endlessly and forget you also have something to say…then as soon as you open your mouth they’re on to another story. Makes me want to scream.

Not cleaning up after yourself. We aren’t 5, no one is forcing us to clean up our toys; but, please clean up after yourself when you come to my house! I hate when someone doesn’t even bother to ask “do you need a hand” after a dinner party (I will usually say I don’t but still, just be polite) or if you have someone over and they know you well enough to be able to simply get up and bring their cup to the kitchen when they finish their coffee or to put their plate in the sink…or fuck, even just clean up the crumbs on the side of the table they were sitting on. I don’t want to clean up your tissues either, we’re friends but…c’mon!

Showing up empty handed. I don’t expect expensive wine and a bundle of roses. However, I believe it’s common courtesy to bring something when you are invited to someone’s house for a gathering. It’s not polite to show up empty handed when the host has put so much effort into making a wonderful meal, setting up the house and later cleaning up after everyone. It’s just thoughtful to bring some sort of dessert, a bottle of something, a small bunch of field flowers, or perhaps even a gag gift. As long as you show you aren’t just there to eat the food and leave. I would never show up to someone’s place completely empty handed unless I am coming straight from school/work…even then I rather be 15 minutes late, but bring at least something to the table.

People who habitually need favors. I am in no shape or form refusing to help friends in need…but not when the person is your friend because they need something and they know you are nice enough to always come through. I had a friend like this once; she would always contact me for a favor and in between she would be gone doing her own thing. Then on a random day expect me to be available to “do her a favor” and if I wasn’t available at her whim she would get mad at me and call me a terrible friend.

People who act like they’re in their own living room. Hey, I’m all for feeling comfortable..but if you take your shoes off, lean back and start burping with your hand down your pants while at a ballet performance I automatically label you as an uncultured prick. Or if that is too extreme for you, how about those people who attend events and act totally out of whack with the atmosphere:¬†stuffing their faces, talking loudly, getting too drunk…etc. I sure we’ve all seen one example of living-room-John and living-room-Nancy.

People who think that they are the only one with correct background for understanding an issue. God is this one ever irritating! I don’t know how to explain this one, but I think everyone can tell what I mean. I am almost certain that each person has had the pleasure of knowing someone like this.

The “yes but” people.

When people refuse to be the decision maker about something trivial (place to eat, which movie to see, where to go for a walk…etc). If I asked you what you would like to do, don’t say “up to you” because, clearly I haven’t make a decision…otherwise I would of asked “do you want to accompany me to…” instead of asking what you want to do. Gr!

When people ask for advice but then don’t bother to follow through or do the exact opposite of the suggestion. Why in the fuck did you ask me then!?

People who no matter what relate to something you have done and try to “one up” you. And in the same group, the people who always have to be right and have the last word. Why…just why!?

People who once were nobody and then became someone and forgot you exist. I absolutely despise when someone does this. It’s so awful! I have had this happen with several people I knew. Someone is bored, doesn’t have many friends, is just starting to find their way in life and acts as though you are their very best friend. Then after a while you hear form them less and less and less, until one day you call to invite them to your birthday and they are “busy” that night and every other night you ask about.

People who talk down to you. This one really gets my blood boiling. I loathe when someone you were friends with starts feeling like they are better than you because of whatever reason they conjure up for themselves and after a few weeks of not seeing them, the next time you hang out, their tone is as if you are talking to your aunt Margaret who lives in a gated community in the heart of LA with a gold toilet and diamond studded cutlery. So completely terrible. I had someone I know give me a gift and say “here, it’s a gift card so you can now go buy some clothes you’ve wanted!”. I was shocked! I was even about to leave that card on the table and leave. Who are you to say that to me?! Just because I mentioned some items and didn’t buy them, doesn’t mean I can’t. I dress very well, thank you — at high end stores…without your help.

I could go on! But there needs to be some left for other posts hehe!

Have a good weekend/week everyone! See you next Thursday/Friday!

Leave me a comment with some of your pet peeves or any feedback in general! I would love to hear from my wonderful readers!

A bit of this and that

Hey y’all! To start things off, I’m going to include a really delicious French dessert that I love. It’s not normally a summer dessert but, I believe that if it tastes good it can be served anytime! Right?

Cherry Clafoutis
A dessert which is super rustic and pretty simple to make. Perfect for a night in, anytime of the time of year.

Ingredients:
Thick (double/heavy) cream 200 ml
Vanilla Bean 1
Milk 100 ml
Eggs 3
Caster Sugar 50 g
Plain (all-purpose) flour 70 g
Kirsch (fruit brandy) 1 tablespoon
Black Cherries 450 g
Icing Sugar for dusting

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Put the cream in a small saucepan. Split the vanilla bean in two, scrape out the seeds and add the scraped seeds and bean to the cream. Heat gently for a few minutes, then remove from the heat, add the milk and cool. Strain the mixture, discarding the vanilla bean.

2. Whisk the eggs with the sugar and flour, then stir into the cream mixture. Add the kirsch and cherries and stir well.

3. Pour into a 23 cm (9 inch) round baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden on top.

4. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

***Make sure you pit the cherries or buy pitted ones already!! Otherwise your friends or you might get a really unpleasant surprise. ***

*even though this recipe is best made with fresh cherries in the summer time when they are truly luscious, I sometimes make it with frozen cherries, still turns out pretty amazing ūüôā *

Moving on!

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I have some tips for any of y’all planning to start anything (exercise, healthy habits, good study habits…etc.).

So, to start of I will start by saying the first thing you must do for anything you are trying to achieve — be it good grades, a fitness goal, or forming a positive habit — is you must set out a specific short term goal. Long term goals are lovely and a great help in keeping your eye on the prize; however, they are not at all useful in day-to-day aspects of achieving that goal. We mostly taper off after the first couple weeks; first week you are super energized and excited about something- you have it all figured out and then it slowly tapers off from there. It isn’t easy to keep on track with a goal so far away (such as wanting a GPA of 4.0 at the end of the semester). It’s misleading and a false sense of realism to think that you can just set your goals so far in advance and actually get to them and not taper off or lose motivation as time goes by. I am well aware that there are people who maybe can easily say “I want to run a marathon” and 6 months later…there they are, running. Those people are rare. Most of us need some sort of constant jolt and push until we get into a rhythm and build a good habit or learn to motivate ourselves without those little nudges. A simple example of this would be for me…I want to get an A in all of my courses this semester. If that is my only aim for the entire semester, heck I doubt I would even make it to half the classes on a crappy day, but it isn’t. I make¬†daily¬†goals for myself. This may seems a little excessive but trust me, when you are working from 3% good study habits…daily min-goals are perfect. Today my tasks were to write a short outline of my essay and email my prof, then finish chapter 2 of my math textbook exercises. I did all of those things and still had time for myself. Planning is a wonderful thing! It also helps keep yourself organized because if you aren’t setting daily milestones then your bigger ambitions will fade out due to distractions and laziness (hey, it’s human nature, no shame there) and consequently never be realized. How can someone jump from nothing to having it all? They can’t. So, in order to keep yourself motivated and your passion for the aim fired up at all times, without flickering out, just give yourself daily pushes. Reward yourself for a job well done with something pleasant. I personally like to reward all my good exams with my favorite fro-yo. It’s not hard, just takes perseverance.

Once you have this all figured out and get into a grove, you’re golden. What happens after you learn to set daily tasks for yourself to check off, you’ll feel accomplished and happy. Next step is to wake up and do it all over again! There is nothing else to ¬†start on the road to successfully accomplishing an aspiration. So, really there are two steps in the beginning process: plan/set short term goals, rinse and repeat. That is all!

Along we move!

What grinds my gears- part 2:

1. When someone called you and you missed their call by a second, you call back and they don’t answer. How!? You JUST called me….what, did you drop the phone and run away once I didn’t pick up? Honestly…annoying!

2. People who park crooked. Can you please explain why you took up 1.5 parking spots with a tiny car?! I understand if someone with a big truck or trailer does this, they simply can’t do it any other way. But if you are driving a Toyota Corolla and end up taking up almost 2 spaces or parking crooked (so that when I park next to you I can’t open my door) I think you are a moron or a jackass. Only two options there.

3. Stopping in the middle of the speed-up lane entering a highway. OMG. I have been so frickin close to crashing because of those idiots! Just the other week I was driving to the US with my dad and this imbecile stops right smack in the middle and there are 5 cars behind him (including me) going at 80 km/h. NOT a good call, bud. Why in the fuck would you need to do that?! If it’s an emergency pull the F over and don’t cause a 10 car pile-up. Unless you died behind your wheel, you are fully capable of pulling to the side of the road or waiting until you hit a turn off point in order to stop. Frick on a stick, this one really pissed me off.

4. ¬†The use of the word “dear”. It’s fine when it’s in context of an e-mail, or an ancient grandmother says it…but not when it’s someone my age or actually any age that isn’t past 80 who says that to me. I just wanna smack ’em in the face with a glove. Seriously, it sounds so¬†douchey/bitchy. “Can you be a dear and…”/ “No, dear…”. Maybe most people don’t mean to sound like they are talking down to me, but it really does feel like it.

5. Talking loudly about “important” stuff. I hate when people try to look all important and purposely talk loud or just above normal voice levels to seem like a big shot. Especially when they are talking normally then all of a sudden their voice level goes up and you hear “yeah, that meeting really went well. Thank you for bringing me the paperwork, I will look over that guy’s resume….” and then tapers off to normal levels. I can almost hear the second part of that being “yes, boss I will organize it according to alphabetical order…yes of course I will have it done by Monday, thank you.” Haha. Just pathetic.

Well, my lovely readers and loyal followers, that is all for me tonight! Have a good weekend and I will be back sometime next weekend; not quite sure which day since Thursday is my birthday and I am not certain what will be going on during the weekend. So, to be safe, check back on Sunday, a new post should be up!

21 going on 100

Hey y’all.

So…my birthday is coming up in less than 2 weeks and I realized that I am 21 going on 100 (not 22).¬†Seriously! My best friend is a pipe smoking, elbow-patched tweed and fedora wearing 24 year old, so that doesn’t help. I don’t smoke, but I do have a cat. I mean just the other day my shopping list included: Sensodine toothpaste, fresh baked bread for my afternoon tea, a small liver pate for the said bread, cat food and some oatmeal. All I was missing from really being 100 is some denture cleaning tablets and protective pads in-case I pee myself a little when I struggle to get up off my couch. Honestly…it’s slightly depressing! If you throw in my slippers, the fact that I always complain about people/society, listen to audio-books at times, need a portable heater because I get cold easily, warm my feet in hot water baths, and drink hot tea constantly…then I am one sad sounding 20-something year old. Oh, lets not forget the crazy amounts of recipes I’ve collected (and still collecting more), several tomes of classic French cooking, and that I am always complaining about drafts and breezes. Yikes not even my two tattoos will save me from being geezer-esque! No wonder I’m single…

Onward!

I realized that a show can really reach you deep down after I finished Scrubs a few months ago…yeah I know, gross squishy content. But it really can! Scrubs was quite a special show it had it all comedy, love, it had hate…it had life wrapped up in 8 fantastic seasons. After watching it…all i could think about is how well it eventually played out for the characters. I only wish life was that way…and in many cases it is, but we are too busy drowning out the good by listening too closely to all the bad.

We really do underestimate the power we have on people around us. Words, actions, even looks we give people can either help someone or hurt them. That’s a big deal. Most of us never realize that every act of kindness or cruelty comes back to us in ways we never expected it to. We all worry about what other people think…that’s normal…but sometimes the right thing to do is to not give a damn about what anyone but you thinks. Believe it or not, there are situations that are better dealt with using your own discretion. Do what makes you happy, to hell with everyone else.

No matter how much I wish things in my life went the way I wanted and heck even prayed to the lions down in Africa for them to end up a certain way…and they didn’t. I was left with a bitter sadness and I always knew that no matter how much you want something to be different, sometimes there just isn’t a thing on this green earth that can shift it for the better. The truth is, that most times we don’t really get any good with the bad…but the good normally follows soon after that bad, we just don’t realize it most of the time.

I am not a super cheerful person, heck I’m a downright pessimistic lump some days (it’s not an act to gain a “tough” rep or something either, it’s real). Most of that comes from being a realist…I don’t believe that just because I wished on a penny and threw it into a fountain I am bound to have a chance with that wish, no. Life isn’t a movie. But life is special. We all get chances, make choices, and heck sometimes we even shoot ourselves in the foot (figuratively speaking, or for some crazies, literally)…however even with all the wrong choices, bad decisions, and self sabotage…each day when we wake up we have the chance to fix it all and then go ahead and start making new choices/decisions and learning all over again. That never changes.
When it comes down to it, everyone goes through life their own way…but at the end of the day all that matters is that you have the select few people who give enough of a damn to stick around the entire bumpy ride.

*gag* Sorry that was too emotional for me…but that doesn’t make it untrue. In fact it makes it so true that it made me gag.

Now, go be filled with little warm fuzzies of happiness and have a great week!

I’m off to have my cup of tea and do a tad of cleaning before I head out to the night market here in my town, it’s my second time going there…my last visit when I was too young to remember much, so I’m excited!

 

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Clothing Rant

Hey y’all!

Schools beginning in 4 days (not counting today) and frankly I am psyched! However…I went by the school just to check things out before I head there on Monday and the problem I saw was ….people wearing heels and miniskirts to class…what the F?! Full make-up too!? Holy¬†inappropriateness!! I¬†come in sweats and a T-shirt with some sneakers or yoga pants and a sweater with runners. How do these women have the time and will to do all that in the mornings. I get that most people meet their other half in college/university but…dressing like an escort won’t land you any¬†eligible¬†men. Although…there are guys at school that dress like they rolled out of bed and pulled on their dad’s pants and little brother’s shirt. Tight shirts and baggy jeans…what is that!? Or my favorite, pants that look like you stole them from your little sister. Honestly do any of the guys who show their boxers know where that tradition of showing your boxers came from!? It came from prisons!! Ya, that’s right. And no, it does not mean you are a tough guy…it means you are ready to¬†receive¬†it up your butt. Yep. That’s why they show their ass half out in boxers…or nude..whatever. But honestly, that is where the baggy/low pants “style” came from, so all of you wearing that crap…haha congratulations. Just don’t walk into a prison.

I wish men dressed like the¬†1950’s/1960’s. Or better yet the 1920’s…so dapper and charming! And women like the 1950’s/1960’s…such lady-like clothing. Ah well..that’s not at all possible haha…but you know at least clean up your look a little! I walk down the street and any man I see wearing normal clothing i.e. clothing that fits them well and looks well put together, I automatically find them more¬†appealing. Same goes to women, dressing like a club girl to everyday occasions is so awful. If you think that makes you more¬†desirable…then that’s a¬†misconception..well, kind of. Women who dress like that are desirable for a night or two of fun but not for anything that is meaningful…so hey, if that’s your goal to be a disposable sex doll then by all means keep that style going. But from¬†research (not mine) men usually prefer women who show enough skin to¬†intrigue¬†them but also cover up enough to make them not look easy. For example, in the summer when it’s hot out I could wear cow-boy boots and “short” shorts (not so short that you can see my ass) because it’s comfortable and keeps me cool but up-top I wear a plain white shirt or a¬†tank top. Which sure, to some that might mean I “slut it up” in the hot months but then again how can I avoid over heating?! I consider that¬†okay;¬†what I don’t find okay is when girls do then when it’s clearly too cold outside for such clothing…or wear that to school where you are supposed to be focused on your grades and future-how can you achieve anything if your main concern is looking like a floozy. I guess what tickles my pickle is when people dress a certain way because it’s considered “in fashion” or “everyone is doing it”. What are you in elementary school? Fuck, just be original, show some¬†creativity! Think about your figure and what looks good on you. Taking inspiration from people is good, but run with it, damn it, don’t just wear what you hear rappers rap about (or what they themselves wear)! Or if you can’t fucking generate an outfit that isn’t worthy of incinerating then take¬†inspiration¬†from someone like Emma Watson or Emma Stone or Kate Middleton…those ladies dress really elegantly; granted¬†Kate is more conservative but the two Emmas manage to look fabulous without dressing like trash bags…men adore both of them! Why not take good¬†examples instead of bad ones. And men…look at guys who dress well and are still¬†among¬†the most desirable men, to name a few: Josphen-Gordon-Levitt,¬†Ryan¬†Gosling, James Franco. Take those names,¬†Google¬†them, and use them as inspiration if you can’t figure out what well dressed men wear.

Anyways, that’s my little rant for today haha! Main point being…just…use your own¬†digression¬†and if yours is malfunctioning…¬†Google¬†the names I told you and check out those people’s styles.

It’s ¬†cold and windy outside. ūüė¶