Monday, 10 September 2018

homemade mac & cheese

Hi everyone,

I hope you're all doing well!

Since I wrote my last post, I have got a job. It's an office job on campus and it seems pretty chill so far. Well, the job is chill... some of the people who come into the office are not chill. I've been yelled at already by a lady for not "doing my f-ing job."

Lol. Gotta love customer service.

My classes have also started. This semester I'm in all fourth year Political Science classes. I'm a bit scared because I still don't really know much about politics. I seriously could not tell you what a "liberal" is.

Right now everything is fine, you know, because I don't have any actual papers or assignments due  yet. When I have assignments to hand in and I'm working every other day of the week, I think I'll be a bit more stressed. But I'm sure you'll hear all about it when that time comes.

And so, I wanted to write another recipe post before this blog become solely "life updates" and posts about how stressed I am. That way, I can still call myself a food and lifestyle blogger.

This is another easy recipe. You may think that the amount of cheese included in it is unhealthy, but that's not true. You see, because it's homemade, it's actually a super healthy dish. That's just how it works. It doesn't matter how much dairy, sugar, salt you use... if you make it yourself, it's healthy. Right?

Macaroni & Cheese
half a box of macaroni
1/2 cup of butter
cheeses: 1 1/2 cups grated Tex Mex/Colby Jack
              1 cup grated mozzarella
1 pack of shake n bake (or breadcrumbs)

1. in a large pot, bring water to a boil (about 6 cups) and add a liberal amount of salt into it.
2. add your macaroni pasta to the boiling water.
3. once the pasta is done, drain it and set it aside in a separate bowl/strainer. pour olive oil over it to stop the pasta bits from sticking together.
4. in the now empty pot, melt your butter.
5. add both cheeses to the melted butter. add the cheeses 1 cup at a time and pour in a little bit of milk to help everything stick together.
6. add your macaroni to this cheese sauce and mix it all together.
7. pour your macaroni and cheese in a baking dish and at this point you can add some more shredded cheese on top. if not, just add your shake n bake.
8. broil for about 5 minutes, but watch it so it doesnt burn.
9. eat :)))

Saturday, 18 August 2018

cookies from a cake box

A couple things have happened since my last post. I found a place to rent and I spent $100 on a duvet. 

Obviously more than that has happened but those are probably the most important. 

I've been imaging what my bedroom will look like once I've moved all my furniture in. In my head, it's really nice and I don't mean to brag but... it's pretty Pinterest-worthy. 

But I don't want to talk about my bedroom too much in this post -- I'll make a longer post about it next week sometime, once everything is built and all. That way, we can actually see if my imagination has made its way into reality or not.

Instead, today, I'm going to share a cookie recipe. Not that it's a real cookie recipe, because most of the work is already done for you by the company who makes cake mixes. Regardless, I wanted to post it on here because, you know, I post all the recipes I come across on here -- even the easy ones.

Maybe one day I'll have the time and patience to make cookies from scratch. Well, I mean, I have the time now... but maybe one day I'll have the patience too. 

But these cookies are really simple, and taste real nice. All you need is:
a bag of cake box mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup of oil

You just mix all this, form little cookie balls, and then bake for 12 minutes on 275C. Maybe even less time, depending on the size of your cookie balls. They bake really fast. 



Friday, 3 August 2018


Vancouver, BC, Canada

I haven't wrote in a couple weeks. What else is new, though? I've been back in Vancouver for 2 weeks now. My new school term starts in September so until then I plan on doing nothing but sunbathing and watching a lot of Netflix !!!

Jokes. I've only watched like 5 episodes of Friends.

I've actually been looking for a place to rent, too. My friend and I have seen about 5 places so far. And, boii, it is tough.

Places just get rented so quickly.

Like... we'll go visit a place and it seems like the landlord likes us. So we give them references, fill in their application and shit, but when I call them back -- even if it's just the next morning, like freaking 15 hours later! -- they're like "sorry it's rented already."

It's super annoying.

And stressful.

It sort of feels like we'll never find a place. I know that's irrational to think or whatever, but every time we "lose" a potential place, I grow more and more convinced that I'm going to have to start renting the other side of someone's bed. Which is a thing here in Vancouver.

Although, one good thing has came out of all this.

It appears that I cannot worry about two things at once -- so any insecurities about body are pretty much non-existent!

It's actually quite helpful too, because it's been 30 degrees everyday. It's nice not forcing myself to wear a cardigan everyday in order to hide my arms :)

Sunday, 1 July 2018

leaving france (again)

Capestang, France
Hi everyone! Happy July. 

So, today, my family is leaving France and moving into their new house in Scotland.

This past year has literally been such a bizarre year where my parents are involved. First, they wanted to move to France permanently. Then, they wanted only wanted a holiday home in France. Then, they thought again to live there permanently. And then, they randomly bought a house in Scotland. 

So that is where we are going today. 

I'm excited to go back to Scotland. I get to see my extended family and  I can fulfil my year-long craving for Sainsbury's jam doughnuts. 

But, I do feel a little sentimental about leaving France. I really like it here. I like going out in the morning to buy a baguette and get a café au lait. And I know I can do these things in Scotland (and Canada) but it's just not the same, you know? 

I hope I come to France again one day. Part of me thinks I definitely will, but then at the same time, I don't really have a reason to. I suppose travelling is a good enough reason, yeah, but if I'm going to travel a country in Europe, I should go to one I've never been to, right? 

But then again, I have no idea what the future holds. Heck, maybe I'll buy an apartment in France. Like a really cute one with high ceilings and a porcelain sink in the kitchen. Oh oh, and one with a little bakery downstairs where I'll go for my daily baguette!

Maybe that will happen, maybe not, who knows?

Anyway, I'm going to end this post here because I don't have much more to say. 

Last night, there was one of those purpley-pinky sunsets which I love. It's so nice to just sit out, relax, and take in the colours, you know? At the same time, though, it was 9pm and it was still 30 degrees when I took these pictures so the night wasn't perfect... but it was pretty good!

Saturday, 30 June 2018

flapjacks recipe

Do you guys use grams or cups to measure baking ingredients?

I've always used cups. It's just so much easier to gage -- especially when you don't have an actual measuring cup. Then again, if I just remember that 1 cup = 150 grams, I suppose 150g would be easy to gage too.

I ask because I think I have a lot of readers from the U.K.

So should I use British measurements in my blog posts??

Or does it not really matter???

I mean, let's be honest, who really makes the recipes they read on blogs? Wait I take it back, I just realised that question could ruin my whole blog potential.

Okay so with that said, I have a recipe post today!

My family is moving to their new house this weekend so for the past 2 weeks we've been trying to use all the food in the cupboards. I think anyone who has ever moved house will know the struggle of trying to make a meal out of oats, jam and dried pasta.

We had 3 full boxes of oats (don't know why) and so I made flapjacks -- which is probably the easiest thing to do with oats, apart from make porridge. 

Easy Flapjack Recipe
1/2 cup coconut oil (instead of butter)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 cups oats

1. Melt together the coconut oil, maple syrup and sugar over a low heat. I think this is pretty much caramel -- or at least it could be?
2. Stir in the oats and then put the whole mixture in a pan and bake for 15-20 minutes at 190C.
3. That's it, really. 

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