Monthly Archives: August 2013

Morning Treasures

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Sorry for neglecting my blog! I’ve started a new job recently and I’ve been in training for almost 8 hours a day so it’s been tough to actually find time to blog. That and I have no idea what to blog about because I haven’t made anything. So I’m going to blog about my Etsy purchase. I was looking for bracelets on Etsy and came across this beautiful infinity one. I love the message, the anchor, and the love writing. It looks perfect with just about anything. I’ve worn it to work almost every day. I bought it from a vendor based in Upland, CA called Morning Treasures.

I received my Cherish Every Moment bracelets which was awesome. I can’t wait to start including them in my giveaways. I hope it will bring awareness to others about childhood cancers. Dax is such an inspiration. I feel like the giveaways, trying to help raise $1.6 million for St. Jude’s, and my new job have really put my life into perspective. Before, I was working at a job that I didn’t like because management was bad and I felt torn between leaving for new opportunities or staying to be there for the kids. Have you ever felt that way? Working with kids who have ED is really difficult. So many people come and go in their life that it’s hard to find stability. Most of them don’t expect you to stay because so many workers have left just a month after starting. I didn’t want to let them down so I stayed. I was happy I got to know them but at the end of the school year, I was still looking for new opportunities. That’s when I got the job for my new workplace. It’s a non-profit which is really exciting for me. I’ll have so much to learn and I can’t wait to start helping out.

I’ve recently purchased two necklaces. I’m totally swooning over one of the designs because it’s so gorgeous and very me. I’m thinking about giving the other one away on here but I can’t decide. Isn’t that just hilarious? I can’t decide what I should give away in my giveaways. I’ll have to brainstorm on that one! Please don’t forget my first giveaway for Project Give will be posted this Sunday! 🙂

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

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belgian style waffles with chorizo scrambled eggs

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I went a little crazy at Williams Sonoma yesterday and of all the items I bought, I got pure maple syrup from Vermont. The ultimate good stuff. I wanted to try it out so I made waffles for breakfast today while the big sis made chorizo scrambled eggs. I’ve never had chorizo and eggs together but surprisingly it’s really good.
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I used Emeril Lagasse’s recipe minus the pecan butter and bacon. You can buy chorizo in ground form (like ground beef) or in sausage form (like a sausage link). We couldn’t find the ground kind so we bought the sausage kind and took it out of the casing.

Chorizo Scrambled Eggs
6-7 eggs beaten
4oz of pork chorizo sausage taken out of the casing
1-2 teaspoons milk

– in a medium frying pan, add oil to coat the pan
– while the pan is getting hot, add milk to beaten eggs and mix
– pour egg mixture onto pan while it’s on medium low to low heat
– once the bottom looks like it’s coming together, add the chorizo sausage and stir
– it takes about 2-3 minutes to cook depending on how you like your eggs

You could add salt if you like salty food but taste it first. The sausage already has plenty of salt so I didn’t add any. You could always add more but you can’t take it out once you add it! It’s super delish with the waffles.
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I got these gorgeous napkins on sale. I love the green color and gold designs. It’s simple but beautiful at the same time.
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I also got corn dog mix and expresso powder. I’ve been trying to find good expresso powder for awhile now. It goes great in brownies and chocolate cake or cupcakes. It really brings out the flavor of the chocolate. I will be trying the corn dog mix soon! 🙂 The maple syrup was delicious. Since it’s pure maple syrup, you don’t need a lot of it. I would say I used about half of the amount of this as I would have regular pancake syrup. It’s sweeter than regular syrup too. I also bought something for my first giveaway with Project Give but I won’t post it until September 1st. I hope you give it a try. It’s super easy 🙂 Happy eating!

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

brownie pudding sundae

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I’ve been on a Food Network kick lately. Which really means religiously watching the PW. I saw the episode where she made mocha brownies and immediately wanted to make some. Sooooo I ended up making brownies and chocolate pudding. I was craving ice cream but didn’t have any so the next best thing was chocolate pudding! 🙂 I didn’t have the ingredients for the icing in her recipe so there’s no mocha icing.

PW Mocha Brownies:
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4oz chocolate melted
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

– preheat oven to 325 degrees
– mix together butter and sugar in a mixer
– add in eggs one at a time (I usually crack them all in a bowl to make it easier)
– add vanilla and chocolate
– scrape down the sides to get everything mixed together
– add flour last, it should be a thick batter (kind of like frosting)
– bake at 325 degrees for about 40-50 minutes
– let cool completely and set it in the fridge for about 2 hrs

You can make the chocolate pudding with the instant pudding mix and 2 cups of cold milk. Just whisk until it resembles pudding. Set the brownies and pudding in the fridge. Cut up the brownies and place 2 or 3 in a bowl, depending on how much you want. Scoop two or three spoonfuls of pudding onto the brownies and voila! 🙂 It was delicious!

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

cinnamon french toast

One of the things I’m addicted to is this Japanese white bread my parents keep buying from Mitsuwa. It’s a Japanese market with locations in Torrance and San Gabriel. The bread itself is thick but it’s also donut like. It’s sturdy but light. When I first tried some, I thought it would great french toast. I’ve made french toast with french bread, regular bread, sourdough, and etc. This version by far the best I’ve had.
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Cinnamon French Toast
3 pieces of Japanese white bread
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
a pinch of salt
syrup for serving
oil for frying
powdered sugar, optional

– in a shallow dish, beat egg
– add milk and vanilla to egg and mix
– add cinnamon and salt and mix again
– soak the first piece of bread in the dish for 30 secs on each side (NO MORE AND NO LESS)
– after the minute is up, transfer to a pan where oil is heating and it’s ready for frying
– cook for about 2 minutes on each side (I used medium to medium low heat so it doesn’t burn before it’s cooked)
– once the first piece is cooked, transfer to a plate and repeat with the other two pieces
– when the last piece is done, you can opt to sprinkle powdered sugar on top or not
– drizzle with syrup and enjoy 🙂

I would probably add more cinnamon the next time I make this. I’ll have to add some nutmeg too. They smelled like cinnamon but the taste wasn’t as strong as I would have liked. It was so good though! 🙂 I washed it down with a cup of watermelon agua frescas. It was a great breakfast. Happy reading!
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Fail Sweetly,
Justina

watermelon agua frescas

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My daddy bought a delicious watermelon today so I made watermelon agua frescas. I was eating watermelon cubes but I wasn’t satisfied. I began browsing for drink recipes and stumbled upon Southern Livings agua frescas. It’s delish 🙂 Perfect for a summer day since it’s been really hot in the house at night. Yes, at night…it really makes no sense to me.

Watermelon Agua Frescas
3 cups watermelon cubed
2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1 1/2-2 cups cold water
1 key lime for garnishing, optional

– puree watermelon and sugar in a blender
– add water and mix
– pour into mason jars or cute cups
– garnish with lime if desired

This drink is soooo good when it’s cold. There’s just something about the watermelon juice. I’ll have to try this recipe with ginger ale instead of water. Happy drinking 🙂

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

my favorite fried rice

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I hope you can see the picture. My photobucket account is killing me. I can’t see my own pictures but I only used up like 2.3% of the bandwidth on my account. ANYWAY, this is my all time favorite fried rice dish. It’s called haam yu gai lup chow fan in Chinese. I believe this dish is a hidden gem because if you translate the name into English, most people wouldn’t buy it. It translates into salty fish fried rice with diced chicken. It doesn’t sound too appetizing does it? I’ve always hated translating the Chinese names into English names because it just kills it. I LOVE this fried rice. If it’s available on the dinner menu, you best believe I’ll order it. It’s also available for take out at most Chinese take out places. I love it so much because it’s truly authentic fried rice. It’s so hidden because most people order fried rice with Chinese sausage, eggs, and shrimp. I find that very Americanized. How ironic, right? My mom always tells me I’m very “Americanized” but there are certain dishes that I love that most people will never order. Those are the great ones! 🙂 I got an order of fried rice and a regular boba milk tea at Sam Woo’s BBQ for about $11. The dish itself contains salty fish, diced chicken, egg, lettuce, and rice. The egg is scrambled into the rice which makes it taste oh so delicious. I don’t know why they put the lettuce in there BUT that’s how I’ve always had it so I’ll be suspicious if there’s no lettuce. Some places mix it into the rice for you but Sam Woo BBQ sprinkled it on top of the rice and I mixed it in myself. For about $8.50, the order is huge. It definitely feeds two people. I’m a happy fat kid right now! I had to treat myself because I got a Hep B shot today. It hurt like no other. I don’t think I’ve ever bled so much after having a shot. Seeing the blood was unreal. Anyway, happy eating! Make sure you order this dish the next time you’re at a Chinese take-out place.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

the habit burger grill

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I finally got my onion ring fix at Habit Burger Grill. I got the charburger, onion rings, side caesar salad, and a mocha malt. The burger and onion rings were delicious. I mean it’s not In & Out but it’s pretty decent. The onion rings were so awesome! The coating was seasoned and crunchy just the way I like it. The ranch dip was legit too 🙂
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The side caesar was fresh and the croutons were still crunchy. The only thing I didn’t like was that they put the dressing on for you. I prefer to put on my own dressing so it’s not overkill. There was way too much dressing towards the bottom which made it kinda gross.
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I love this shake. BUT if I order a mocha malt shake I expect a mocha malt shake. The shake taste like an ordinary chocolate shake which was disappointing. I got a little hint of mocha which wasn’t what I was looking for. I didn’t taste the malt at all. I kind of felt bad for ordering it because none of the girls working seemed like they knew how to make the shake. Having worked in the food business selling candy, I know what it feels like to be completely clueless on your first couple of days but there was like 4 workers. If it was a chocolate shake than it would have been awesome.

Overall the customer service was excellent. The workers were friendly and smiled a lot which made the experience better. I took my food to go so I don’t know what it’s like eating there. Happy reading! 🙂

Fail Sweetly,
Justina