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My First Creamery Experience: Working (Theoretically) with the MilkMaid! (Part 4)

Cheese, cheese, is good for your heart. Well… maybe it is. Actually, thinking about it… too much cheese is unfortunately not the best. But that never stops me! There was a heavy snowfall. My mother was on her break, and WestConn was closed due to […]

Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Tahini Swirl and Potato Bread Croutons

Well, it has been quite some time since I have made a home cooked meal. School is Monday Through Thursday and then I work 8 hour shifts Friday through Sunday. On top of that, my dad had knee surgery. It’s been quite a busy few […]

A New Experience: My Wild Adventures with Finding a New Camera

You know it’s time to buy a new camera when your smartphone takes better pictures than your digital camera.

When I decided to start this blog, I had a lot of excitement in my mind of posting pictures every day of my food experiences, crafts, friends, family, everything. It was when I was making my cheese and yogurt that I realized something: My camera sucks.

Let’s see. My Sony camera that I got back when I was in middle school (So, at least 6 years ago) was not up to my smartphone’s camera standards. And when HTC made my phone, like every other HTC One, they accidentally made it so the camera easily overheats and everything turns purple (as you can see in my granola pictures.) I’ve been stealing my mom’s smartphone every time I need a decent picture, and I just wasn’t having it anymore. I had to get a new camera.

After doing some research, I thought the best camera for me was a Sony NEX 5T. I was super excited, and as I went onto Amazon to get it I found there was only one left in stock. I bought it right then and there without even giving it a second thought.

A week later, it arrived at my doorstep.

As I anxiously opened the Amazon box, I noticed something a little off. The camera box itself had a small tear, and it looked as if it had already been opened once and then closed with scotch tape. There was even a sticker saying that it was amazon warehouse inspected.  I remember thinking to myself “did I buy a used camera?” When I checked, I had not.

But apparently, I had. Not only had it already been opened and the box was damaged, but the camera didn’t come with the most important parts: The adapter cable and the camera charging cord. Frustrated and tired, I packed everything back up, printed a return form, and headed to the UPS store.

The next day came, and I went to Best Buy in hopes of finding an NEX 5t there. Well… there were no NEX series. Then I checked PC Richard & Son. They didn’t even have any Sony cameras there (Mind you: When I have my mind set for something I want, I won’t take anything other than that. That meant Sony camera, or no camera at all.) I then decided to try target, but before I even decided to leave and use up the gas to get there, I sat in my car and checked Sony’s website. They didn’t even produce the NEX series anymore, which meant no NEX series anywhere I would be going.

I went back to Best Buy, just to begin pricing out my options. That’s when I looked hard, and found a Sony Alpha 5000. I quickly researched it a bit, and then decided Why not? And got it!

And I’m super happy that I did. The pictures are amazing, and I can’t wait to try taking videos with it, either! It was, by far, one of the best investments that have happened recently!

Broccoli in Sweet Asian Garlic Sauce

I have finally done it! I have mastered my recipe of Broccoli in Sweet Asian Garlic Sauce! And I couldn’t be more happy with the outcome. It took a decent amount of time, but I have to say that each failed bowl was worth it. […]

Food Challenge of the Week: Broccoli in Garlic Sauce!

I remember as a child eating chicken and broccoli at least once a week in my apartment in the city. Always, always, always chicken and broccoli. Well… maybe not so much the chicken. It was the broccoli that was my favourite part, and still is […]

If You Are What You Eat, Then I Am Most Certainly Granola.

The past few days I have been trying to master my granola recipe. I’ve tried scratch granola, banana bread granola, applesauce granola, and even oil-free granola.

It’s been quite hectic trying to find a good recipe for my cookbook, but I finally think I’m getting somewhere! All of the recipes I’ve made thus far I’ve enjoyed. Now I just have to find others who may enjoy it as well.

That’s why I hosted a granola party.

Granola Party Granolas!
Granola Party Granolas!

My two coworkers came over earlier this week. We basically sat out on my back porch, listened to music, and ate our weight in granola. Yes, we finally decided to walk it off and traveled long and far all around Georgetown and Branchville. I have to be honest, eating all of that granola was all worth it.

Final verdict: 2/3 of us said that the “oil free” granola was the best. Most likely because it had so much honey and sugar in replacement of the oil. It was also the only recipe I had at that time that had dried fruit in it. 1/3 liked the banana bread granola, which was my original favorite before I made the oil-free one.

So, I must say. The applesauce granola just didn’t work out. A customer warned me: “Don’t use applesauce. It’ll make it mushy.” But I ignored him (I’m sorry, Phillip) and made it anyways. I’m upset that I wasted the large amount of oats, seeing that still days later that is the granola that has the most left, but I’m also happy that I did it. It was a learning experience, and I’m happy to get the mistake out of the way now rather than later on when it could have been a worse time.

Besides. My mom loves the applesauce granola.

I think I’ll leave it to her to finish that batch.

Happy August!

With a new month ahead of me, new ideas have coated my mind the way a nice hot ganache melts over a cake (wow, I’m craving chocolate so badly right now.) Great opportunities have been arising within the past week that I hope to continue all […]