Monthly Archives: April 2013

fettucine alfredo w/chicken & broccoli

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I love fettucine alfredo but I believe my version is such a cheat sheet. As I’ve said many times before, college students make due with the ingredients they have. I was also a carbs lover and lazy butt in college..still am actually 🙂

Fettucine Alfredo w/Chicken & Broccoli
1 14oz jar of alfredo sauce (I used the Bertolli kind)
4 chicken breasts
2 cups broccoli (You can use the frozen kind if you like. Just make sure to thaw it first. I used fresh)
3/4 cup water
1 lb fettucine cooked
salt & pepper to taste

1. In a medium bowl, season chicken with salt and pepper. You could also add additional seasoning if you like. Cook chicken breast for about 2-3 minutes per side. I pounded mine to uniform so if yours are slightly uneven than your cook time will vary.
2. Cut chicken into strips and set aside.
3. Pour broccoli into a medium pan and add just enough water to cover the entire bottom. About 3/4 cup. Put the lid on and steam for about 3 minutes.
4. Add cooked fettucine to a large pan and pour sauce on top.
5. Once it’s thoroughly mixed, add chicken and broccoli and stir to combine.

It’s a pretty simple recipe. Like most of my college recipes, I kind of winged it and used jarred sauce because I knew it would taste good. If you like homemade sauce than feel free to make it. I’m way to lazy for that 😀 lol Thanks for reading!

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flower fields at carlsbad ranch

This post will mainly be a picture post because I got some great shots of the flower fields today! 🙂 There were so many people!! The drive down there was pretty therapeutic for me but it also made me want to fall asleep.
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The entrance to the fields
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After getting lost in the sweet pea maze! -_-
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The coolest lemon stand ever 🙂
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Big sis and I had to get our kettlecorn fix
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The azaleas we bought our mama 😀

Hope you enjoy the pictures! Please do not take any of my photography and claim them as your own. Thanks!
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individual cheesecakes

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My coworkers birthday was a few weeks back and I promised I’d make her cheesecake. I finally got around to doing so and made these delicious individual cheesecakes. She was super picky about them and requested them to be left plain but you could add any kind of toppings. I usually top mine with strawberry because I can’t stand plain cheesecake. I also do it because cheesecake is a hit or miss dessert when I make it. I have no clue why but sometimes it comes out perfect and other times it has huge cracks in it. The ones I made had some cracks on top but they weren’t too ugly. Definitely not my worse.
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Individual Cheesecakes (yields 24)
2 8oz packages of cream cheese at room temp
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (you can substitute with vanilla wafers if you’d like)
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup sugar
a pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a food processor, mix graham crackers (about 1 1/2 individual packages), melted butter, and two tablespoons sugar. Pulse until completely combine and the crumbs are moist.
3. Line a cupcake pan with liners and spoon about 1 tablespoon of the graham cracker mixture into each liner. Press down and make smooth. If you want a hard crust, bake the crust at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes. If you prefer a soft crust (I made mine with soft crust) don’t bake the crust.
4. Using a kitchen aid mixer, mix the cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until thoroughly combined.
5. Mix in the eggs one at a time.
6. Add vanilla extract and salt, than mix again. Be carefully not to over mix as it will cause the cracks in your cheesecake when it deflats.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 16-17 minutes.
8. Let cool completely before putting in the refrigerator. The cheesecakes will fall. Don’t be alarmed.
9. Chill for at least 3-4 hours. I chilled my overnight. I find that cheesecake is better after 24 hours.

I hope you try the recipe 🙂 It’s super easy and they’re pretty delicious for plain cheesecake. I plan on making a margarita cheesecake for the Cinco de Mayo potluck that my work is having. Let’s hope they turn out good 🙂

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flowers galore

My parents love planting flowers in our front yard. We have birds of paradise flowers, roses, what I believe are lilies, and this other flower I can’t name. I was practicing my photography again with this years flower bloom.
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Aren’t they gorgeous? 🙂 I can’t wait till this weekend. Another trip to the Carlsbad Flower Fields to get some flowers for my mama. This time my sister’s coming with me so we’re probably going to make a trip of it and head to the outlet for some much needed shopping after the fields. I’m having my camera ready this time! 🙂 Thanks for reading
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Reasons why I miss Irvine

I love Orange County. I used to live five minutes from Newport Beach. It was my sanctuary. Then I graduated college and it was time to move back home. Only, I didn’t want to move back home. I don’t think I ever shared pictures of my first apartment in Irvine on this blog so I’m doing that now. My first apartment in Irvine was expensive as heck. I shared a room with another person and my rent was over $500 plus utlities and insurance. Although it was expensive, I loved it there. The architecture is absolutely beautiful and it’s probably one of the nicest places I’ve lived. It was right by the 405 fwy and about 5 minutes from campus. There were food plazas down the street in every direction. If it weren’t so expensive, I’d be there now! 😦
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This is a picture in the pool area. It’s the clubhouse and offices of the complex.
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The famous bellagio pool right smack center of the apartment complex. It was also the closest pool from my apartment.
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Outdoor grills right next to the jacuzzis!
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The awesome jacuzzi 🙂 The picture doesn’t do it any justice but there’s actually steam coming from the water.
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The deck area, bellagio pool, restrooms, and some apartments.

For anyone who’s wondering, the apartment complex is called Villa Siena. They’re owned by the Irvine Company (as most buildings are in Irvine). It’s an upscale apartment complex. I believe they had a bellagio pool, a junior olympic size pool, and several wading pools for kids. The staff there are super helpful and friendly. My move in process and move out process was easy. The only complaint I have is the parking. It freaking sucks. They need to have more spaces available. It’s also a gated community and the people living there usually say hi or wave when they see you. It’s super safe. Not a lot of crazy stuff happens here. The craziest thing I saw was when someone living on the premises tried to cut herself and her roommate called the police. Literally there were five squad cars and the S.W.A.T team. I want to go back! 😦

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bolsa chica wetlands

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Today my class got to take a field trip to Cherry Beach (Long Beach) as part of a beach clean-up in honor of Earth Day. I was so bummed that I didn’t bring my camera because the beach was beautiful. I would definitely have gotten some great shots 😦 After Cherry Beach and lunch, we headed to the Bolsa Chica Conservancy also known as Bolsa Chica Wetlands/Ecological Reserve. They have a nature walk there and it’s sort of like a hiking trail. I honestly did not realize how out of shape I was until I was walking that trail. I don’t remember walking that much since my college days of running from the shuttle stop all the way to the other side of campus in five minutes. I really loved it though because it was sunny and windy. It was a great day for the field trip. As I was walking back to the parking lot, I suddenly found myself missing Orange County more and more now that I live in the valley. I’m determined to find enough money to move back to Irvine again. The wetlands is in a pretty cool location. Across the street on one side is Huntington Beach and on the other side is the Huntington yacht club. The kids really had fun on the trail and it was great to see them in their natural environment. The wetlands itself has a bunch of wildlife. I saw lizards, cranes, ducks, and etc. It was also a great spot for photos but being the forgetful dummy that I am…I didn’t bring my camera. I’m totally kicking myself for that. I got a great tan today 🙂 If you’re in the area or would like to volunteer to clean up stuff, it’s the perfect place. I went there a few years ago to do a clean up (weed pulling) with my honor society. The nature walk is great. Since it’s by the beach, it’s super breezy and cool. It felt great just taking that walk and having time to myself. I seriously miss the OC 😦 Until next time!

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5 favorite places

Sorry for not blogging! I feel like life is kicking my butt right now. I’m constantly drained at work and it’s been so hectic I haven’t found time to blog. I made mini cheesecakes last week that I will have to blog about because they’re delicious 🙂 I wanted to shine some light on some of my favorite places in California. It really has no particular order.

1. Westwood Village
2. Carlsbad Flower Fields
3. Laguna Beach
4. Tanaka Farms
5. Oldtown Pasadena

It’s funny how my sister calls me a traitor because I went to UCI but I love Westwood. My sister is a UCLA alum and while I was still in high school, I always came to visit her. At first I was sad that she left and I didn’t have anyone to bug or chat with. Then I was mad because she had all this freedom and well, I didn’t have much. I always had to make a trip to Westwood Village for Pinkberrys and Diddy Riese. Diddy Riese makes the best darn chocolate chip cookies EVER. They also sell it super cheap which is a win win situation when you’re a college student. There’s tons of great restaurants and shops in the area. I always walk because parking over there is kinda insane.

I love scenery. I’ve gotten pretty good at taking still life photos. I love taking pictures of flowers. It’s probably one of my favorite things to photograph. The Carlsbad Flower Fields is one of the most beautiful sights I’ve laid my eyes on. It’s gorgeous fields of colorful flowers. It’s the perfect spot for photography lessons or a photoshoot.

Laguna Beach is my favorite beach in California. It even truimphs Malibu. My heart belongs to Orange County. It’s by far the cleanest beach I’ve been to. It’s absolutely gorgeous on a summer day. The sand and waves over there mesh together so perfectly. It’s my sanctuary.

Because I went to UCI, I have a soft spot for Tanaka Farms. I’m a big farmers market fanatic so I was pumped to find a farm so close to my apartment when I was in college. They have really fresh vegetables and they make bomb banana bread. They sell a variety of vegetables, fruits, and baked goodies. Their farm has a corn maze, pumpkin match, and strawberry field. The tour itself is a bit pricy but I’ve only been on it once. They have excellent CSA shares.

Oldtown Pasadena is one of my favorite spots. The parking is a little crazy but there’s literally streets and streets of restaurants. There are a ton of froyo places which is awesome because I love the stuff. There’s also a ton of stores to shop at. My favorite two places in Oldtown would be the huge Forever21 and Dots Cupcakes. Dots makes the best chocolate cupcake.

That’s it for now 🙂 Hopefully I’ll have time to update my blog. By now I probably sound like a broken record. I feel as if I say that every time I blog but I genuinely mean it. Thanks for reading!

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