April Stuff!


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Sometimes I do this thing where I write everything down that I’d ever want out of life. I do it without thinking—just thoughts to paper. And you know what, it’s a scary fucking list. I look at it and I feel greedy, like I expect too much out of this life. My dad once told me that; that my expectations are simply too high. I think there’s a fine line between being grateful for what you have and the desire to grow and move forward. It’s hard to find that balance. This month I feel like I found it…at least for a little bit. Something I’ve been working toward for a long time finally fell into place, in a way that was unexpected and completely coincidental.

This month I’ve learned that sometimes you need to let the coincidences in life happen to you. Listen and let them lead you. If I’m sounding all hippie-dippie, you can blame it on my new Birkenstocks. I’m sorry.

But in all seriousness, this month has been wonderful.

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Looking back on these photos, my month looks a little boring and it was. Lots of normal stuff. Mainly working. It seemed like I was either in full-on work mode or was just laying in bed, celebrating the fact that I wasn’t on. There was very little in between.

One of the best things about having a dog is watching Amelia make friends. She approaches everyone with that same silly smile on her face and assumption that everyone will love her. And they do. Everyone embraces her, even people who are sort of afraid of dogs or don’t necessarily consider themselves dog people.

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My most popular recipe of April has been, by far, these Italian Sodas. The colors! Da colors!

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Passover happened and I took my first crack at making macaroons for the occasion.

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Amelia had a check-up at the vet and she couldn’t have been more happy about it. Look at dat smile!

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For Easter I made Bloody Mary’s, drank one too many and made some biscuits, all tipsy-like.

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I’ve been making goat cheese for the past couple months and have a few jars full of goat’s whey in my fridge. I used it to make biscuits! The biscuits were pretty dreamy. They were much softer than buttermilk biscuits yet still really flakey. Interesting, man. I was into them.

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I have tested this cake about five times now. It’s still not totally there but Amelia barely cared.

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I went to Chi Spacca for the third time and OMG this tiramisu is like no other. Think Olive Garden’s tiramisu…and them times it by a million.

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I’m officially making plates! Which is super exciting. I’ve also moved onto different clay (pictured is Black Mountain). My next move is to mix two different kinds of clay together: B-Mix (white) and Black Mountain so it makes almost like a vanilla and chocolate looking swirl. Pictures soon!

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There were numerous trips to the farmer’s market and I made it a point to get some pretty chive flowers.

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I used to use this toothpaste a long time ago but started to feel guilty about splurging on toothpaste. Well, I bought another tube a few weeks ago and seriously I’m in love all over again. Marvis toothpaste tastes soooo good.

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I took a trip to the flower market and saw these beautiful blush-colored hydrandreas.


And then I went downtown to Little Tokyo for sushi and found these fun lil’ socks. Best three dollar purchase I made all month long.

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I met this dude that had one eye, an extra toe and a good attitude. Surprising for a cat!
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Oh and then there was this garlic knot (from Milo & Olive) which had ROASTED GARLIC INSIDE OF THE KNOT. It was glorious.

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That’s it! April wasn’t too shabby.

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  • Reply Alexandra May 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Your April looks splendid and enviable – love the chive flowers, definitely underrated!

  • Reply Casey May 7, 2014 at 8:12 am


    I have read your blog for years and appreciate how raw you are in your posts. Reading your blog is what I imagine you would sound like in a real-life conversation. As a fellow “f-bomb” dropper, please stay true to your own personality on the blog. Of course I enjoy all your delicious recipes, but your emotional and genuine writing is what has been bringing me back to your blog for years! Thank you!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Casey! Thank you so much for your sweet and encouraging words. They are so appreciated. They really are.

  • Reply April May 5, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I always love your recaps of the past month! I was also wondering, how do you make your goat cheese? Do you use lemon juice, rennet tablets or something else?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 5, 2014 at 11:56 am

      I don’t use rennet tablets! No need with goat cheese. But the recipe is for my special project so I can’t tell for now. Isn’t that annoying? I’m sorry!

  • Reply Zoe May 4, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    So my husband has recently developed a cheese making obsession, and I had never thought of biscuits as a place to use up the whey! Thanks for the idea – can’t wait to try it.

  • Reply Holly Henderson May 4, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I’m insanely curious about this wonderful thing that fell into place!?!
    So glad for the good happenings.
    This cozy-food/puppy-snuggling/painted-nail-loving follower is sticking around, btw..

  • Reply Alia May 2, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Yay for corgis, I have one too! Also, I love the name Amelia. Also, this whole post is lovely!

  • Reply Marcella May 1, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    That garlic knot is just glorious. By the way… didn’t you used to co-author this blog with a friend? I was wondering if she still blogs/cooks. Random thought of the day… 🙂

  • Reply Billy May 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I don’t like that you used the crude language and I’m going to unfollow you but I still want your mayonnaise cake.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 2, 2014 at 9:16 am


    • Reply Chelsea Ruiz May 4, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Hahaha! People are hilarious!

  • Reply Monet May 1, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Looking forward to following you!

  • Reply Monet May 1, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    This was my first time visiting your blog and I loved seeing the recap. So many delicious recipes and such sweet glimpses into your life. Thank you for sharing. LOVE all those spring blooms!

  • Reply Emily @ Life on Food May 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    These photos are so beautiful. I love the flower ones.

  • Reply Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen May 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Looks like a lovely April! I love, love, love, that pic of Amelia at the vet! Such a happy dog! Also, I fully commend your use of the f-word in this post, lost followers or not 🙂 I had noooo idea people were so sensitive about profanity until I started getting the occasional nasty comment about having “bitchin'” in my blog’s name.

  • Reply Francesca May 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Chive… flowers?! This feels like the first time I learned cashews came from fruit. >__<

  • Reply michelle May 1, 2014 at 11:48 am

    that plate is glorious – it looks really pretty! And Amelia’s smile at the vet kills me. My dogs shiver at the vet so yours is really even mannered!

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