Saturday, February 5, 2011

Happy Nutella Day!

If you're like most people, you love nutella. The chocolately, hazelnutty, creamy goodness is enough to bring even the strongest of giants to their knees. And if you haven't tried it, I highly recommend you go out IMMEDIATELY and buy a jar! As you can see, I'm a nutella fan, so naturally I highly anticipated World Nutella Day, which was celebrated around the world today by all those who share a love of nutella. It was started a few years back by food bloggers Ms Adventures in Italy and Bleeding Espresso (check 'em out!), to "celebrate, to get creative with, and most importantly, to EAT Nutella."
How did I celebrate, you ask?
I baked a few batches of nutella-stuffed cream cheese cookies (get a recipe here), had a "nutella quesadilla" for breakfast, and spread nutella on some toast as a snack. It was quite delicious! Can't wait for next year!

My New Mixer!!!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH I'M SO EXCITED!!! Do you know why? Because I just bought one of THESE bad boys! :D

And yes, mine IS green! It was the last one they had, too! Ever since I started getting into cooking and baking, I dreamed of having one of these. How AWESOME would it be to mix with ease? Add ingredients AS YOU MIX with precision? Be able to make fresh bread because you have a DOUGH HOOK?? Okay, okay, enough of the cheesy foodie-excitement :) I begged and begged but it was never in the cards because they were so expensive. But when I was at Macy's a few weeks ago and say this funk-tastic green mixer, I knew I had to have it! And it was on sale!!! I busted my butt over at Cold Stone (that's where I work) to save up the cash. Plus, stuff like this is a million times better when you know you bought it with the hard-earned fruits of your own labor! So now it's sitting in my kitchen, sparkling with its brand-spankin' new majestic-ness. I can't wait to use it! I'll be sure to take pictures :)

Stay Hungry!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

And so it begins...

Well hello there, and welcome!
I'm sure you can see, this is they very first post of my brand-spankin-new blog!
I love to cook. You could say it's my passion! The feeling I have when I'm in the kitchen is indescribable--all of my stress disappears, and it just feels...right. I've always loved to help my mom in the kitchen as a tiny tot, whether it was weeknight meals or holiday feasts. As I got older, I took on my own styles and started to cook on my own. Now, I cook dinner for my family almost every night, and I love to bake for my friends! (I'm always bringing treats to school, and I've earned quite a reputation, haha!) I hope you stick around to follow my wild ride as I create, indulge, learn, and heat things up :)
See you soon!