Grateful For Pie

Just before I started baking, I was already salivating and tasting the cinnamon in the apple sauce. This was my first time in ten years making apple pie.

To be honest, I am more of an apple crumble person and not just because it is easier to make, but because I like the crunchiness of it all, versus apple pie where you just enjoy the filling and the sometimes soggy crust. The soggy crust is a memory from my last Thanksgiving.

Unlike last year, when I celebrated with my closest friends and my family in a big condo party hall, this year Thanksgiving Day was different. The people that were celebrating with me could all sit in an 6-seater dining table. It was a small group of people, easy to feed and to surprise with a homemade apple pie.

This was an experiment for me and not because of the apples, but because of the crust. I wanted to make an easy, yet savory crust that would leave my guests in awe and wanting more. It took me exactly two days until I found the easiest crust recipe. I made the crust the day before just in case something went wrong. Nothing happened, fortunately, and I did not even have to get my hands dirty. All I used to make the crust was a food processor, flour and butter. I got the recipe from this website.

I was nervous but excited, not just because of how it was going to taste, but I was afraid the crust would not cook and that would have been a disaster.

I peeled and prepped the apples for the filling using a recipe from the same website and everything was coming together perfectly. I was listening to a Disney baking playlist from Spotify and sipping some Sauv Blanc. It was truly a good day. I baked the pie for an hour, it cooked to perfection and the crust came out to be one of the best that I have done in my entire life.

I was desperate to taste it once it was ready. I think I burnt my finger trying to taste the apple sauce from the side of the baking dish. I brought it over to the house where I was having dinner, and everyone was excited to taste the pie.

After finishing with the turkey and the stuffing, the pie was brought the table to be enjoyed with a side of vanilla ice cream. It was succulent, and the crust was the protagonist that night. Everyone loved it and had seconds, just to enjoy the marvelous crust.  

So, if there is something that I am grateful for this year, is the people that got to share the pie with me, and of course grateful for the well-cooked and delicious pie.

Day 19 – Three

When I saw the word of the day this morning I couldn’t think of anything to write for the word “three.” I looked around my house to see if I could find something, but nothing really came to mind. And so while I was cleaning my dishes from breakfast, I saw the three very ripe bananas and it felt like they were talking to me.

The funny thing about it was that I wanted to eat one of them yesterday and I thought and said: Nah, maybe I will bake tomorrow and will need, not only two but three bananas. The three bananas, I used to make this recipe tonight.

There really isn’t a reason why I always go back to food on my posts. But I feel like my days at home are revolving around cooking and cleaning my kitchen.

And that’s what happened! I baked banana-oat muffins with choco-chips.

There are only three main ingredients, the rest are just a “filling” IMG_8358

  • 3 smashed bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • Vanilla
  • Baking powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Agave syrup

Mix everything in a bowl with a fork and bake at 200C for 12 minutes. You are done!

Other than using three bananas for today’s recipe, there are other things that come in three every day. For example, meals in a day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner or things to use in the shower – Shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner.

I’m sure there are many other things that girls use in the shower, but I think those are the three main ones.




Day 18 – New

New like our new way of living or new like a new object or game that we have acquired during quarantine? Well, I think I have created a new routine every week and have gotten more interested in new things if not every day, then every week.

Writing is a good example. It is not new to me, but it is definitely something I had the opportunity to get back to while being at home. It feels like an accomplishment for me to be able to get back to doing the things I like.

I have also gone back to playing music. I got a new guitar and new strings for my older one. This is not new to me, however, it’s been years since I last played a song or even grabbed my guitar. I feel like staying at home and having a lot of free time has wakened up my virtuoso side. It is certainly a good thing!

Notice that I am not adding cooking to the list. Cooking is something that I do regardless of the situation. That is the one thing I will never stop doing. For those of you who know me, know that I am cooking breakfast almost the minute after waking up. So, not putting a meal together, for me is not an option.

But anyway.. all of this to say that staying at home is not as bad as it seems. You can definitely do the things you like and not do the ones you don’t like..It’s that simple.


Day 16 – Slow

Slowly but surely… 

I really like this phrase. To me, it means that doing things quickly will take longer, which is why I always take the time to think and do things.

Cooking – for example. I’ve noticed that when I take my time to put a meal together somehow it is more delicious than if I make it in a hurry. Think about it. Today I cooked two delicious meals and they were both satisfying and yummy. In the morning I made a veggie omelet with a smoothie. I sliced the tomato, mushroom, and onion and cooked them separately. I whisked the eggs and added it to the cooked vegetables. While that was cooking, I put the fruits in the blender with some milk and blended it all.

It wasn’t, of course, the most complicated breakfast. But the fact that I took the time to do it was what made me enjoy it.

949ADA0A-833F-4C1A-BC07-F4516D02E1AAFor lunch, I improvised salmon tacos with what I had in the fridge. The filling was just lettuce, red onion, tomato, and carrots. Plus, of course, pineapple salsa made with some greek yogurt. I smashed the salmon with a fork and put it on top of the tortillas with the rest. It really was good. If you are interested in seeing the results, go check out my Instagram story.

On a side note, has anyone noticed that days are taking forever to end? Yes, I know, spring is coming and days are longer, but that’s not what I mean. I mean that you do a lot of things and there are still hours left in the day? It is an interesting feeling. A feeling we wouldn’t be able to acknowledge if we didn’t have to stay home.

The days are going by so slow these days. I’m not complaining..I like it. And the fact that things have slowed down around us, I see as an opportunity to pause, think and enjoy the wonders of a calm and stress-free day.


Day 5 – Dish

I’m surprised I don’t have that many pictures of food on my camera roll. 

As soon as I saw today’s word, I thought – this is going to be easy to write and put together, but guess what? It was not… 

Everyone I’m friends with knows how much I love cooking, and of course eating. I don’t have as many pictures of me eating, that wouldn’t be pleasant, as much as I have pictures of the different food I cook and eat every day.

Social Media has taken over my life, especially Instagram, and it does not allow me to keep track of my cooking because by posting on Insta Stories the videos and pictures can only be seen for 24 hours. Yes, you can get to them through the archives, but that is not the point! 

I should probably start a cooking blog, or take pictures of what I cook with my digital camera instead of my phone. Now, that is an idea! What do you think? 

And on that note – here are some pictures of what I’ve cooked recently.

p.s: feel free to check out my Instagram story where I post what I eat every day.


Creo Que Tengo Un Problema…

Mis pensamientos estaban un poco descarriados esta mañana.

Estaba distraída, pensando en todas las cosas que tenia que hacer, incluyendo escribir.

multitasking mind
Ilustracion grafica de como me sentia esta mañana.

Lo primero que hago cuando me despierto, después de lavarme los dientes, es preparar mi desayuno. Pero aparte de eso, tenía que hacer una llamada. Estaba tan preocupada y estresada, que me toco cocinar y comer mientras hablaba por teléfono. ¿No es eso de locos?

Para los que están leyendo esto, saben muy bien que me encanta desayunar, ya que lo publico todos los días en mi cuenta de Instagram. ¿Entonces cómo es que estaba haciendo otra cosa mientras desayunaba?

Al mismo tiempo, estaba un poco ansiosa y preocupada porque no tenía un tema en especifico para el blog de esta mañana, así que comencé a buscar en internet alguna que otra idea para la publicación de hoy. Mientras estaba navegando en la web, mi mente se perdía y no quería enfocarse en lo que estábamos haciendo. ¿Entonces será que a mi mente le gusta funcionar como una computadora y tener varias ventanas abiertas a la vez? ¿Multitasking? ¿Es bueno o malo? Pues no lo sé.

Mientras decidía sobre que iba a escribir en este post, también estaba pensando en que prepararía de almuerzo y de cena y también sobre si debería comprar un nuevo lente para mi cámara. Si alguno tiene ideas o sabe de buenos lentes para una Canon EOS500D déjenmelo saber en los comentarios.

Fui de buscar ideas para el blog a Amazon, donde conseguí un lente que me gusto bastante para mi cámara. Y acabe en YouTube mirando el video de Miley Cyrus Mother’s Daughter.

En ese momento fue cuando me di cuenta de que tenía que escribir sobre lo desorganizado que estaban mis pensamientos.

Estoy segura de que no soy la única y que varias personas han pasado por lo mismo en algún momento.

En mi opinión, como seres humanos creo que no podemos enfocarnos en una sola cosa a la vez. El tiempo pasa tan rápido que si pestañamos ya nos perdimos un titular de noticia. El tiempo vale oro, como dicen algunos. Pero la verdad es que el tiempo no se detiene ni un momento. Y nosotros tampoco.

Cuando nos despertamos en la mañana lo primero que hacemos es mirar las redes sociales en nuestros teléfonos celulares. ¿Quién sabe cuántos atardeceres nos hemos perdido, nada más por estar pendiente de tomar una foto o simplemente por estar mirando nuestros teléfonos?

La verdad es que cuando me senté a escribir el post de esta mañana, me olvidé por completo de mi teléfono celular. Es increíble como la acción más mínima nos puede generar tranquilidad y concentración.

Nuestra mente está recibiendo información constantemente, tanta, que a veces no nos da tiempo para procesarla. Creo fue lo que me paso a mi esta mañana. Necesitamos desconectarnos de la rutina algunas veces, creo yo.

Conozco gente que dice que no tienen tiempo ni para tomarse unas vacaciones porque están muy ocupados. Ok, estar ocupado no tiene nada de malo. ¿Pero, se han puesto a pensar como el estar ocupado todo el tiempo nos afecta nuestro modo de vivir? ¿Es posible poder despertarse un día y hacer una cosa nada más, sin tener que pensar en otras?

No lo creo …

Vivimos en una época donde las cosas se necesitan para YA. Entregar un reporte, o si perdemos el autobús o el tren, o si llegamos tarde al trabajo, etc. Pero como siempre estamos ocupados, no nos damos cuenta de que probablemente estemos estresados y no tengamos una organización mental. Siempre tenemos cosas rondado en nuestros pensamientos y en realidad no nos podemos enfocar en ninguna.

Tips para mejorar y controlar el estres. 1.Meditar 2. Hacer ejercicio 3. Despejarse 4. Dormir bien 7-9 hrs cada noche 5. Fortalecer relaciones personales 6. Obtar siempre por alimentos naturales y nutritivos 7. Prioridad siempre

No es fácil. Pero de alguna manera u otra, hemos aprendido a vivir así.

Déjenme saber en los comentarios si alguna vez se han sentido como yo esta mañana.


Vamos a Comer…

Creo que me estoy poniendo vieja muy rápido…

No recuerdo exactamente cuándo comenzó a gustarme la cocina. Lo que si recuerdo es que siempre me ha gustado comer. Entonces, para poder comer hay que cocinar, ¿verdad? Comer y cocinar siempre van de la mano.

Hoy en día, gracias a las redes sociales no tenemos la necesidad de pensar en recetas. Simplemente entramos en Facebook o Instagram e inmediatamente vamos a conseguir videos con recetas.

Cuando era pequeña recuerdo que mi madre utilizaba libros de cocina para seguir recetas, ya los libros no son necesarios hoy en día, la verdad. Yo sigo haciendo casi lo mismo en realidad, pero en lugar de utilizar libros de cocina, simplemente entro en Facebook o Instagram y me aparecen videos de recetas automáticamente. También tengo un par de libros de cocina en casa que uso poco, pero que están ahí. La verdad es que simplemente entro en Instagram y consigo alguna receta que sea fácil de hacer y ya esta lista la cena. Estas son las paginas que sigo en Instagram y Facebook y de donde saco mis ideas de cocina:


Para mí, la parte mas importante de cocinar es ir a comprar comida en el supermercado. No a todo el mundo le gusta ir al super. Pero para mí ir al supermercado a comprar mis alimentos, se ha convertido mas en un hobby que en algo que tengo que hacer por necesidad. Disfruto el caminar por los pasillos y detallar cada cosa que compro, no nada mas el precio. Suena un poco fastidioso, pero a mi me gusta hacer mi lista e ir a comprar todos los fines de semana.

Recuerdo que cuando era pequeña, siempre iba con mis padres al supermercado. Me gustaba mirar y elegir yo misma lo que quería comprar. No me molestaba en realidad, mas bien creo que lo disfrutaba. Y todavía me sigue gustando. Ir al supermercado además de ser una necesidad, me relaja. Caminar por los pasillos del supermercado hace que me olvide por un momento de las cosas que están pasando en mi vida diaria. Y cuando cocino, me pasa lo mismo.

Yo creo que ir al super y cocinar ayudan a desestresarte. Esto sucede porque se requiere mucha atención y concentración al momento de hacerlo. No significa que no se puedan hacer varias cosas mientras cocinas o haces la compra, pero si se requiere mucha concentración y fuerza de voluntad.

Hace un par de días, no me sentía nada bien. Quería regresarme a mi casa y no quería ni ver ni hablar con nadie. En cuanto llegué a mi casa, me di cuenta de que no tenia nada de comida en la nevera y que tenia que cocinar mi almuerzo para llevar al trabajo al día siguiente. No lo pensé mucho, y comencé a cocinar con lo que conseguí en mi nevera. Inmediatamente note como mi humor cambio drásticamente. Comencé a sonreír y estaba llena de energía. Tanto así, que creo que me quede despierta hasta tarde esa noche. No fue porque cocine toda la noche, pero simplemente porque tenía energía y mi mente seguía activa.

Me sentí igual un día después que salí del trabajo. Sabia que tenia que ir al super a comprar unas cosas que necesitaba, pero estaba bien cansada y no tenia ganas de nada. Al momento que saque mi lista de la compra de mi bolsillo y comencé a caminar por los pasillos del super, me olvide de lo cansada que estaba y comencé a buscar lo que necesitaba. Una vez que llegue a casa y organice mi compra, comencé a cocinar para la cena. Se me había olvidado por completo el cansancio. Cocinar para mí, la verdad es que cambia mi estado de animo por completo.

Ahora, no a todo el mundo le gusta cocinar. Si lo vas a hacer, tiene que gustarte porque sino en lugar de mejorar tu estado de ánimo, puede que lo empeore y la comida no te saldrá igual de rica.

Yo no necesariamente cocino todos los días, pero los domingos trato de preparar almuerzos y cenas que me den para un par de días. Trato de escribir y planear que voy a comer cada día, ya que así es más fácil a la hora de ir a hacer mercado. También es práctico, porque si no sabes que comer al momento, lo mas probable es que acabes ordenando una pizza o comiendo en la calle.

A mi me gusta comer, a ustedes también, ¿no?

Entonces, vamos a cocinar…


Let’s Go Eat…

I think I’m getting old …

I don’t remember exactly when my love for cooking started, but what I do remember is that I’ve always loved eating. And in order to eat, then I must cook. Both cooking and eating will always go together.

Today with the help of Social Media we don’t really have to think about what to cook. We can just go into google and type what we feel like eating, and we will get a recipe.

When I was still a kid, I remember my mom had cooking books and sometimes she would follow recipes from these books. Technically I am doing the same right now, but instead of going into cooking books, I will just go to Instagram or Facebook and a food video will pop up. I still own some cooking books that I use every now and then. Facebook and Instagram are my go-to pages when I am in need of something quick and not so easy sometimes. Here are some of the pages I follow on Instagram and Facebook for recipe ideas:

Now, the most important part of cooking is going grocery shopping. From my experience, not everyone likes going food shopping. To me, going to the grocery store has become more of a hobby and less of an activity. I enjoy going to the store and choosing carefully every vegetable I’m buying. It sounds a bit annoying, but I do take my time and my shopping list to the store every weekend.

I remember I liked going grocery shopping with my parents when I was little. I would go to the store with them and choose what I wanted. It didn’t bother me as a kid, I enjoyed it then and I still enjoy it now. Grocery shopping for me, other than being a necessity [because I need to buy stuff, so I can cook], it relaxes me. It makes me forget about what’s going on in my head. Cooking does the same for me too.

I think cooking and grocery shopping are good de-stressors because they require a lot of attention to detail and concentration. It does not necessarily mean that you can’t do anything else at the same time, but it does take a lot of energy and effort.

There was one day this week when I was not feeling my best. I did not want to talk to anyone, and I just wanted to come back home and go straight to bed. As soon as I got back, I realized I did not have anything in the fridge and that I had to make lunch for the next day to take to work. Without thinking too much, I started cooking and my mood changed immediately. I was smiling again and full of energy, so much that I went to bed a bit late that night. And it wasn’t because of the cooking, but because my mind was still active, even after the cooking was done.

I had the same feeling after work one day. I knew I had to get some groceries, but I really wasn’t in the mood. I pull out my shopping list from my pocket, grabbed my basket and started walking. As soon as I started looking for my food, I completely forgot about how I was feeling and was walking around the grocery store with a smile [almost]. Once I got home, I forgot that I was tired, I organized the groceries and started cooking. Cooking really is a mood changer for me. But again, you have to enjoy it because if you don’t, then, it will just put you in a bad mood and the food won’t taste as good.

I don’t cook every day, but I do cook every Sunday to have enough food for the next couple of days, at least. I write and plan my meals and based on that, I make my grocery list. Better than having to think on the spot what to cook. It really is about being organized and making the time to cook and shop.

I like eating, and so does everyone, no?

Now, let’s get to cooking.