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DROPPING A LINE WITH PIZZA AND I’M FINE

Hello, all of you, I know it’s been like two weeks.  In a very gradual, slightly reluctant way I decided to take a break from blogging not because something happened or anything like that but because real life concerns were at hand.  I just had to take a break from all of it and get me pretty bum back on some work.  On this end, all the online media was just overtaking my brain, pressure to keep up with all this “influencing” and even some “insincerely influential” stuff was rising in a not so healthy way inside me.  It was affecting how I planned to produce posts, and take photos…some of you who blog know this feeling.  Today everyone wants something from talking about something or showing off something.  That’s real life and you need to ride the wave to stay in this.  It wasn’t like that for me when I began this blog before so I just managed to paddle back up to the surface for a quick breath.  Blogging burnout is a bummer, but I just needed to take a lengthy refresh…and perhaps have some pizza from Caruso on hand-painted Italian crockery.

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There was also a highly unpleasant situation where due to unfortunate circumstances we didn’t have power in our rented apartment for two weeks.  Lately, I have been living though without wondering what products I just needed to slap on my face because of some important things that needed my attention…and while it was completely important to get back to loving all that good stuff  it was beginning to feel redundant.  I just hit the reset button for all of it to feel new again.  So here, peace and pizza to you and yes, you still got me!  The blog’s here to stay.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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MY BASIC BANANA BREAKFAST SHAKE

It’s Monday and just when I thought I’d be staying home to finally get some beauty posts and video editing in I suddenly remembered I have to leave for another important lunch commitment.  I slept in this morning and before I knew it had absolutely next to no time to have breakfast.  Rather than leave you with no post to read I threw this one together quickly and thought it might start you of on some shakes or smoothies if you’ve never had the guts to try them.  Don’t be overwhelmed by too many ingredients when you’re starting.  Toss it in the blender but not for too long or it will turn into juice, perhaps about 1 minute in check in with a spoon to see if it’s thick enough for you, if it isn’t blend a bit more.

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Ingredients were about 3/4 cup of yoghurt, about 10 small ice cubes and one medium banana (Dole ones would be considered large).  This one works for me and the yoghurt I used was already sweetened so I didn’t have to add sugar.  Ice, banana, creamy real dairy yoghurt by Holly’s, voila.  Alternatively if you have no access to Holly’s Dairy products (same family that sells Carmen’s Best Ice Cream) you can use Pascuals plain Creamy Yoghurt which is available in groceries, I like the sweetened creamy taste of that one too.  Try to avoid using sugar if you’re keeping it healthy you could go with honey to add more sweetness if the sweetness of the yoghurt isn’t enough for you.  Switch up the banana with any favorite fruit and even toss in a scoop of protein powder (available at health stores like GNC) for a variety of basic breakfast recovery smoothies that are fresh, quick, and good for you.  That’s it, got to go and fly out the door, now.  Made myself a bit late with this one, haha.

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Our Christmas Crumbs

I didn’t really have the desire to vlog my family’s mostly private Christmas gathering this year.  There are years when it seems fine for me and then there are moments when I mostly just want to relish their company.  I didn’t have a twinkly gift-wrapping flatlay bonanza to boast of (we were haphazardly photo-finish in our gift dealings this year) nor did I share the ceremonial hanging of fairy lights in my southern bedroom which is quite bluntly still a mess after my move to my northern apartment, but suffice it to say, I was home.

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In the aftermath of holiday cheer however, even amidst clutter that I honestly didn’t pre-arrange to show you (just nudged here and there to fit in frame) I still managed to find pockets of Christmas warmth tucked away at home this month.  Come in and see.

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Julia’s Homemade Guacamole, My First Cooking Video Feature

This was not planned, but sometimes the best things result from impromptu inspiration.  I’ve decided to shoot a non-cooking cooking tutorial just to get my feet wet for food features.  I’m not really ready to worry about a live stove and a live camera being ON at the same time LOL.  Here in my new “How To Make Guacamole” video I share how I make my version of this Shrek-y sort of dip.  It’s a recipe that I personally expanded and changed using YouTuber Dan Phillippi’s version of guacamole as a base formula (but the video was on his wife Nikki’s channel).  Thanks Nikki and Dan for the inspiration and motivation from two years ago!  It’s totally not the same recipe and method anymore after I changed it up.

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JULIA’S GUAC The Recipe and the Video Feature (Click here to watch):
2-3 (3 if they’re small) avocados
1 red onion finely chopped/minced
50g cilantro/coriander, “wansoy” stems and leaves coarsely or finely chopped
2 medium green tomatoes chopped
2 finger chilis “siling panigang” seeds removed and chopped
1 small wild chili “siling labuyo” chopped
1 or 2 tbsp. (try 1 first) Calamansi juice/lime juice
1 tsp. ground cumin spice
1 tsp. sea salt to season (add as needed)

CHIPS: I used Tostitos Hint of Lime Tortillas

Blend everything in a mortar and pestle for chunky texture or in a food processor for smoother consistency.

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