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Cinco de Mayo Essentials

Between last minute quizzes, projects and prepping for final papers, my school life has been pretty hectic. I am trying to fit in as many Southern California memories that I can, over the next 28 days. As a result, my blogging life has suffered recently…… so I apologize! I will be back with some fun new features including more videos and “how-to” posts once things start to slow down.

Living in San Diego there is a little taco shop on every corner in town. While I do have my favorites, they are all pretty superb. The one thing that I will miss when I move home to the Bay Area is delicious Mexican food but I will bring the Taco Tuesday Tradition home with me and forcibly make my family adapt to the fact that every Tuesday we will have tacos. Mexican food (and Italian) are the two types of food I never get tired of. This weekend will be overflowing with fun festivities. Between watermelon coolers on the beach, chips, guacamole and salsa for lunch and delicious tacos + casseroles for dinner, my mouth is already watering. As finals quickly approach, I will thoroughly enjoy my last (free) weekend and without a doubt, I will make sure it is one that I will always remember. Let’s just hope the weather stays gorgeous. Here are some of my favorite Mexican foods that I will serve at our dinner party on Friday. My personal favorite is the Chicken Tortilla Casserole. I love to make this casserole, primarily because you can prepare it in advance. If you know that your week will be busy then you can prepare the casserole early in the week and then pop it in the oven to cook when you’re ready to chow. You can also plan ahead and slice, dice and chop all of the condiments and toppings in advance so you can enjoy your guests when they arrive. Believe me…..It will knock peoples socks off!

Margarita’s

Tortilla Casserole

Shrimp Tacos

Guacamole

Power Smoothie

After traveling I always crave something healthy. The first meal I usually eat after getting off a plane is generally a big salad or fruit filled smoothie. I decided to make a smoothie yesterday after my early morning flight but added something I don’t normally reach for when making my daily smoothie. I have become a huge fan of homemade juice and am thinking about purchasing a juicer. I love the Evolution juices and all the healthy ingredients they have in them. Yesterday, I added rhubarb to my mixed berry smoothie. Rhubarb is an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is important to help support a healthy immune system.  It is high in dietary fiber which helps to maintain regularity within the digestive system. It is also a good source of calcium which is essential for strong bones.  Rhubarb is low in sodium and saturated fat which makes it a very good food to help prevent heart related diseases.  It is also high in Vitamin K, which is thought to help prevent diabetes. I always love a good smoothie, especially when I am in a rush in the morning or afternoon which is why I can’t wait to share more of my favorite smoothie recipes. I can’t wait to try a super green smoothie and share it with you.

Blueberry Scones

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. Since I am always in a hurry after my workouts, I usually take a quick shower and then I blend a protein shake or a smoothie to take with me to school. During my stay in New York, I became accustomed to a new morning routine. I looked forward to a quick, chilly walk down the street to the Food Emporium for a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin or scone. This weekend instead of heading to a local bakery to continue the tradition, I decided to make homemade blueberry scones. Scones are the perfect, simple breakfast to take to the beach and enjoy with a cup of coffee. I used this recipe.

Ombré Red Cake

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On Super Bowl Sunday, I decided to make a five layer cake. I went with red for the color because I was rooting for the 49?ers of course. I have never been a huge baker because I primarily enjoy creating and cooking any type of meal. Recently, I have become more of baker. I am determined to learn how to frost a cake, perfectly. Although I made this Ombré cake for the Super Bowl, I thought it would be a fun cake to recreate for Valentine’s Day. It may look difficult but it is really quite easy (just time consuming). I cheated and purchased classic white cake in a box to save time and money. You make the cake mix as it says on the box and split each box into to bowls……. from there, keep one layer white, then add a drop of red dye (for the light pink), two drops for the light-dark layer etc. Increase the amount of drops of food coloring for each bowl and each layer. Not only does this cake look festive and scrumptious, it is also deliciously yummy!! You can also recreate for other holiday’s or special events by using different colors.


Jalapeño Bacon Mac n Cheese

I have been wanting to make homemade mac – n – cheese for a while now, but just haven’t had the time. This past weekend I decided to go for it, but instead of making the original mac I threw in a few surprises such as jalapeños and bacon (recipe here). The combination of the two ingredients together, are irresistible!!! However, in the future, I will add a bit more liquid to make it a little creamier. Jalapeños, cheese, and bacon are a dynamic, flavorful combination. The next time I attempt to make this dish I plan to somehow incorporate blue cheese. Check out my creamy gouda mac-n-cheese recipe here.