Casadetti..casadedi..potstickers..or whatever


Cooking for me has been quite the journey. Sometimes all I want to do is cook, and sometimes the thought of it ticks me off because let’s be honest..cooking a good homemade meal can be extremely time consuming. I am so inconsistent I swear! My poor husband probably doesn’t understand why sometimes he comes home to seven course meal and other times I am like can I just make you a really good salad? The days I am crafting a ton or doing a lot of activities with my girls I actually resent that I have to feed my clan multiple times a day. They always want something!!
Anywho..what I like to cook also changes periodically ( mostly because my taste buds are all over the place ) ..earlier this year all I wanted to do was cook Asian dishes. Sesame Chicken was my favorite..with Mongolian Beef coming in at a close second.. if you search my cooking posts I am sure you will find the links to both of those!
Last week I was into the middle eastern food, if you read my previous post about Mother’s Day you will see all of the fun things I made! I am still on a tabouli kick. I also love making the homemade naan. I even bought a ton of garlic yesterday because I want to try to make that garlic sauce that they dip the naan in to. I have had it at restaurants and they make it so delicious I really hope I can master this one at home to! These past couple weeks I have also been into making the homemade pasta. I needed some practice at making homemade pasta dough, so I figured why not do it since I have the time! I ended up making potsticker-like pasta. I have to be honest I didn’t even know what potstickers were until I made them and had a friend try them and she said that’s what they tasted like! I had to Google it just to see what these are all about ha!! I usually boil the homemade ravioli like noodles but I was scared that the dough was too thin this time so I ended up frying them and it ended up being the most amazing thing I have ever tasted! I topped him with melted butter mixed with parmesan but they were good even without that topping. They were so good that I had to make more dough today and make a bunch to freeze! That way whenever I crave them I can throw a few on the pan. Making homemade pasta is very time consuming but for me it is therapeutic. You just need patience and a few hours of free time. I use: 4 cups flour, 2-3 eggs, 1 tsp olive oil, and I add (slowly) as much water as it takes to get a nice firm dough. For the filling I fried a little over 1 lb of pork with garlic and salt in a pan. After that was fully cooked I drained it and added it to a bowl with one egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, thyme, and rosemary. After this I rolled the pasta out to the right thickness and used a plastic cup to make circles in the dough and stuffed them with a pork mixture and closed them by hand. I learned from my Mom and Grandma how to do this to fancy way, but if you want a simple way to close them you can just fold the circle and half and pinch them closed, or you can use one of those pastry cutters to close it. The way I sid it is called Cassadeti..or Casadedi..the spelling is up in the air for these! It has been a delicious couple of weeks that is for sure. We made noodles with the leftover dough, my daughter was so excited to help make linguine. She did a great job with the pasta machine too. I think it’s important to involve our kids in stuff like this, although it did make the process last a lot longer, she felt like she was really involved and helping. And probably learned a thing or two! I may not be the best pasta teacher, but I’m all shes got 😀

Sugar and Spice


So I am not your usual blogger..I am not trying to portray any kind of image, and I am also pretty painfully honest most of the time. I think seeming to put-together is….boring. So time to be bluntly honest. This whole blogging thing is a bit confusing for me. I see people’s Instagram pages and they mostly portray one type of image. It is either strictly about fitness, cooking, fashion, you fill in the blank. And I just don’t feel there is one thing that defines me, so I look at my Instagram compared to others and it does look a bit scatterbrained. But maybe that’s what I am! And what’s wrong with portraying what I really am, right? Maybe everybody is a little bit all over the place when they first start blogging and eventually I will figure out the things I am most passionate about and talk more about those rather than be all over the place. As for now though..one day all I want to do is talk about my favorite workout, and the next day I may want to blab about fashion! I like reaching a broad spectrum of people. I have always loved talking to all kinds of people. I am very open to all kinds of personalities . And that is what made me a great hair stylist , I feel like I can get on anybody’s level and feel their energy and what they are talking about and really connect with them. Hash-tagging my pictures on Instagram has really helped me reach other people that are interested in the same things as me! I love seeing other people’s craft pages, fashion pages, cooking pages, etc. I feel so inspired by other people. But it also makes me sad because I feel like I’m running out of time everyday to fulfill any of my passions.
I have definitely learned after being a mom for 5 years that you have to squeeze in things that you care about. I had to work out twice today to get one full workout in. But I finished it..and that felt good! It’s important to do these things for yourself! As I have said before, the eating super clean is a struggle for me because I just like to eat what I want when I want. I am sure I will find a way to adjust that as time goes by. There are so many things to work on. I have learned that whether I eat perfect or not it is still important for me to get my exercise in and that even took me a very long time to learn! I used to eat one bad meal and think what what is the point of working out. But my toning exercises do still seem to be working without counting calories or macros. So I’m definitely not one to follow when it comes to fitness! But I do have some great short workouts for people that have kids and are very busy. And they are all by Fitnessblender. I already posted a fitness post with most of my favorites so I won’t link to those again. But I will say my trusty favorites that I do multiple times a week are “Get Madonna arms with this 10-minute workout” by popsugarliving on YouTube. And I love the lower body pilates workouts by FitnessBlender, and also their 5,8, and 10 minute ab workouts. They have some great quick arm workouts with light weights that are great as well.

I just kind of went in circles (per usual aghh!!) but I guess the point of this was to say that it’s okay to be a little bit all over the place sometimes! When I first started this I thought I was going to just make a Blog about fashion, hair, and makeup. But that is not all of me. And it is just not me to hide any version of myself. I want to be able to talk about whatever is inspiring me at that moment. And I think I’m going to do that more often in the future here.

Be unapologetically YOU. Good night 🙂

Monday banter


Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a great day..and those of you that had a case of the Mondays..stop being pessimistic. Monday is a chance to start anew! (sarcasm does not come across well in blogging I noticed..are emojis allowed!? My dry humor needs some emoji assistance.) Nothing felt new about my day..except the new dust particles all over my house..how the heck am I supposed to keep up with all of this dust! The light shines just so in the morning where you can literally see EVERY spec of dust. It drives me insane..and the OCD in me grabs a microfiber cloth and chases after them like they are pokemon…GOTTA CATCH EM ALL!!

It was a gorgeous day outside..I took the girls to the park and realized it is now time to get the sunscreen out. My girls have pink sunkissed skin and as cute as they look with rosy cheeks..mom guilt set in. Time for sunscreen and the dreaded daily showers. They came home sweaty and full of sand. It has been so nice not to be so cooped up inside!! I was getting sooo sick of my Fall clothes too..like was ready to throw them all away. I wish I could totally revamp my wardrobe every season..just throw every piece away and start over. I bet I just described every girls dream.

So as you all know I started my Etsy page..and it’s doing horrible. I don’t really mind because I know these things don’t become successful overnight..but I still have this urge to create things. I have been practicing paper flowers to make a pretty backdrop for behind my daughter’s beds. That should keep me very busy!! Those things are harder than they look! I also decorated more vases for my master bathroom. I tried using spray paint for the first time..and loved it!! Much easier than hand painting. I will do a little bit of both. This project was 5 large vases..so spraying was necessary!! I would have been hand painting those suckers all night! I spray painted my bathroom vanity vases too..they were too light of a gray before. Do you guys like!?!?  Next project with be a bath tray with some cute candles and/or bath salts in it.

Middle Eastern Mother’s Day


To start off: I love food. I have always loved food. Even as a little girl I love trying new things. I was constantly thinking of what to put in my belly next! I ate everything that my mom cooked as a child as well. My broad taste buds have really made cooking fun for me as an adult. I love to try new things and new flavors! And although I am Italian, that does not limit what I like to cook. And my fast metabolism has helped me to enjoy all of these different foods without packing on the pounds. All in moderation. I basically like to pick at things all day rather than sitting down and stuffing my face with a huge meal.

I’m hosting Mother’s Day this Sunday and I’m going to do a middle eastern themed dinner. The last Mother’s Day I hosted, I made Italian. The time before that, I made Mexican! Basically I like to mix it up. I also like feeding my family things they aren’t used to eating. I am sure my mom has never made hummus and tabbouleh and naan bread! I have actually never made fresh tabbouleh either, but I’m excited to try. Here is the homemade naan recipe. I’m going to give chicken shawarma a try as well!

This all started last weekend when I had a friend over for dinner. I wanted to make hummus because I had randomly bought pita bread that day at the market! I realized I had no chick peas so I had to search online what the heck else we could dip our pita bread into..that’s when I came across this amazing white bean dip recipe. It has intense flavors of basil, garlic, lemon, and cumin. And blending the feta cheese with the white beans really gave it a nice kick as well! I liked it so much I made it again last night so it would be perfect to eat today. The flavors really blend nicely in the fridge overnight. Plus it tastes way better cold than room temperature. Since I plan on making naan bread for Mother’s Day I figured I would give it a try this morning. It’s good to practice these things first! I don’t need my husband running out to buy pita bread last minute because I messed up in the kitchen! I found a yummy recipe for naan and really had time to let it rise properly. They came out great, but I always regret not rolling the dough out thinner because they really do puff up a bit in the frying pan! The next time I will probably add a smidge of garlic powder to the butter I brushed on them after they were done to give a kick of flavor. If you don’t have time to make naan you can also buy naan pita chips or regular pita chips at your local grocery store! Regular tortilla chips were also great with this white bean dip. Here is the white bean dip recipe.

Wish me luck on my Mother’s Day Extravaganza! I will be making a few things I never have before. I might even try to make lamb koftas with yogurt dressing. There a lot of fun Middle Eastern recipes online try. I hope everyone has a great Mother’s Day! I know I will enjoy it seeing the odd looks on my family’s faces when they see a middle eastern spread in my kitchen! If anybody else will enjoy it my Dad will, because he loves testing his taste buds as well!

 

Tulle dress-up


Hey all! Did everyone have a good weekend!? I got to get all dolled up for a wedding which is always super fun for a girl! If you followed my previous blog post about how to dress down a fancy dress..well last night I got to wear the tulle dress in all it’s dressy glory! I almost changed before we left because I almost felt like I looked too young..or silly. But then I remembered that I don’t care what people think of what I wear! It made me feel sassy and girly and fun!! I paired it with rose gold accessories from Charming Charlie and my BCBGeneration heels. The shoes were a perfect fit and gave it the perfect kick the dress needed. I think this dress would eveb be appropriate for a less dressy occasion paired with ballet flats. The flats give it a more casual appeal. I got some snapshots at the hall by this beautiful chandelier..I felt like a princess.
And bonus..my hair was working with me! It’s getting longer and it makes me so happy! I want it to grow another 6 inches…I just love love long hair and all of the styling possibilities that come with it. I always curl each section in opposite directions, it helps give a more textured look. If you curl each section away from your face..or each section towards your face, the curls all kind of turn into one big curl by the end of the night.
I can’t wait to get all dressed up again for the next occasion! It sure beat lounging around in yoga pants. Although I am rocking yogas right now..suuuuper comfy.