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10 Cozy Recipe to Make This January 2019


HIIII! It’s 2019. Good gracious. I had a wonderful break full of family, Peru, reflection and rest and relaxation.

I spent the long weekend trying to get my pantry drama together and organize my spices. I always find great comfort in what organizing and a label-maker provide me. Lol.

Now that we’re here and ready for the year, I feel like we can dive into some recipes that belong in our January repertoire. The month of January is always full of healthy-ish recipes and food that brings me comfort because it’s cold!! (even in Los Angeles). Here’s a collection of some recipes that will be on repeat this month.

Aguadito – I always describe this as Peruvian Pho. It’s not exactly like Pho obviously, but it’s similar due to how herbaceous and lime-y it is. It also cures a cold with a quickness! I always make it with rice but you can add quinoa, too.

Creamy Vegan Kale + Mushroom Macaroni and Cheese – If you’re trying to eat less meat but are still seeking something warm and cozy, this is it! The “cheese” doesn’t taste strange either!

Mojito Cupcakes – These mojito cupcakes are so delicious and fluffy. I say go ahead and use any other type of winter citrus, if you’re feeling like it.

Harissa Chicken with Fluffy Couscous – This delicious harissa-smothered chicken is cooked over a bed of couscous. And then drizzled with lemon-y yogurt, pomegranate and tons of Italian parsley. Yum.

Brussels Sprouts Soba Noodle with Miso-Tahini Dressing – I make this salad dressing ALL the time. It goes well on spinach or other types of hearty greens. If you like, you can make this whole sha-bang—it’s delicious.

Citrus Poppy Seed Cookies – Is there anything better than soft cookies? NOO! I know we’re probably all cookie-ed out but these are glorious.

Miso Millet “Polenta” with Green Onion Oil + Eggplant “Bacon” – This recipe comes from Laura’s book (I still use it!) and it’s a delicious “polenta” recipe using millet. The green onion oil is super tasty. It’s a warm comforting healthy meal that makes me feel light and bright.

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas – These enchiladas are super delicious. They’re vegetarian and have the right amount of indulgence; they won’t weigh you down but feel nice on a cold night.

Blood Orange Poundcake – This poundcake has the perfect crumb. The blood orange zest is inside the cake and the glaze makes it super beautiful.

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Cozy Den Makeover Part II!


HI!! I’m finally done with the den and it’s quickly become my favorite room in the house (besides the kitchen, of course). I think in the last 30 days, since it’s been pretty much done, it has become the room we spend the most time in. I mean, can you blame us?

Before we dive in, let’s go down memory lane and take a look at all of the ‘before’ photos. It wasn’t a condemned room by any means. It had recently been fixed. The wall with the French doors was collapsing and had to be completely replaced. After the room was saved (lol) it was passively painted this butter yellow that I don’t think really showed off how wonderful the room really is.

It was empty and needed some furniture VERY badly. I teamed up with Room & Board for this post—they so nicely supplied most of the furniture. Funny enough, I had my eye on this couch for a LONG time. I’m so happy to report that it is as comfortable as I had hoped it would be; I can’t recommend it enough.

Here was my inspo!:

The first step was to get rid of the small amount of existing furniture (true story: we moved that armoire just to the next room lol) and paint the wall a nice warm mauve color. I was a bit panicked at first because the color looked a bit too bit precious (I wanted a bit more brown in the color) but when it was paired with the black elements, it ended up being totally fine.

The second move was to switch out the sconces to these beautiful Camber black sconces. It really took us from 1996 to 2018. I love how modern and sleek they look. And the light they emit is really wonderful. You can position them however you like, we decided to go downward and it gives off a lovely indirect light.

There really is only one place to put the couch because of the door on the east side of the room. Not a huge deal, so it naturally made sense for us to place it on the right side and this beautiful TV console against the opposite wall.

The Cade Sofa is SO comfortable. And while a lot of people were shocked when we decided to go with this light oatmeal color, I only did this knowing that we were committed to Amelia not being allowed on the couch. She only gets up there when she’s on a blanket. And she surprisingly follows the rules. For the record, we got the couch in Orla Ivory.

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Cozy Gingerbread House

Adventures, Cookies, Desserts, DIY, Holiday, The Holidays

Did you ever have a Barbie Dream House? I think I asked for one for my eighth birthday (if I remember correctly) and I imagined myself being a grown-up in it. I had dogs (of course), I had a husband (Ken) whose head I shaved because I thought his blonde hair was ugly (I dunno) and a few kids who were ok. But most importantly, I had a pool with a slide and a trampoline. I also had a siqqq car that was bright pink that I’d use to pick up my friends so we could go to the movies and Disneyland.

When I got the insane idea that I should built a gingerbread house, I started to think: What should it look like? What should it include?

I remembered my Barbie Dream House and decided maybe that should be my inspo? I decided to leave out people because I don’t think I can make realistic versions of gingerbread humans.

Let’s start from the beginning.

The first step to making my gingerbread house was planning the dimensions like the architect that I AM NOT.

I started crunching numbers and decided on making the doors , the sides and the roof

Amazon boxes and an XACTO knife are golden!

I ended up using old Amazon boxes that were in the recycling for my templates. And XACTO knife comes in real handy in this instance.

Gingerbread Dough
Erin McDowell’s recipe is by far the best. I thought about developing my own but I was short on time and honestly, hers works wonderfully, no surprise there.

I happened to have shortening in my pantry because of these biscuits and it ended up making life SO much easier. I love that recipe. Her tips, btw, are absolutely brilliant. She overbakes her gingerbread to make it sturdier. I did the same.

I decided on having a few windows on the sides of the house.

I filled a few of the windows on the side and in the front with crushed up Jolly Ranchers. It ended up melting in the oven and making the prettiest pink windows.

If you’re interested in a true zen experience, glue on a million perfectly slivered almonds for two hours. Truth be told, I actually enjoy these types of things. I mediate and zone out and think about my life. Sometimes I even cry—it’s fun!

I made the pool outside from gingerbread that I cut out. I filled it with a piece of foil and crushed blue Jolly Ranchers to replicate the look of frozen water. I added a diving board because that’s what I would want in my own backyard.

Amelia’s Dog House
Amelia’s Dog House is obviously just for show because she wouldn’t think of ever sleeping outside. She prefers to sleep on beds and pillows. But it is cute. I used this gingerbread mini house cookie cutter.

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15 Cozy Things to Make in December 2018

Adventures, The Holidays

Before I get all sad about 2018 coming to a close, I want to celebrate beautiful December. Yesterday I got my tree and decorated it with my mama and as I was doing so, I was like DANG I LOVE CHRISTMAS. It really is the best time of year. Hectic, yes, but oh so beautiful.

Here are some v cozy things to make in December:

How to Build a Winter Cheese Board – For any party or get together, a cheese board is always in order.

Corgi Masala-Chai Cookies – Let’s be honest: sugar cookies with royal icing aren’t the most tasty cookies. They’re kinda for just looks. These cookies ACTUALLY taste good. There’s a nice dose of honey. The spices are delightful and it’s shaped like Amelia.

Bourbon Pecan Dark Chocolate Cookies – Is there anything better than chocolate chip cookies spiked with bourbon and laced with chopped up pecans? No. Absolutely not.

Instant Pot Tortilla Soup – This soup can also be made in a regular pot. It is so easy and so warming and kinda light, to be honest. I made it on IG stories last week and I’ve already had people making a vegetarian version. People’s go-tos were black beans and some corn–it looks super good!

Chocolate + Orange Morning Rolls – Warm soft cinnamon rolls are what my heart wants every single morning, especially on Christmas morning.

Creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese – Macaroni and cheese but vegan. It’s actually creamy and tastes A LOT like real cheese. I put kale in it so it’s healthy lol.

Earl Grey Tiramisu – I love any iteration of tiramisu. This particular one is made with earl grey tea and SO GOOD.

Sweater-Weather Cranberry Apple Pie – The top of this pie looks like a sweater. I’m an artist!

Pie de Limón Bars – These cookie bars are inspired by the Peruvian dessert, Pie de Limón. But they’re in bar version which makes them a thousand times more snack-able.

Horchata Cake – I love horchata. This cake tastes exactly like horchata. Skip the prep of making horchata and buy it at the store or at your local Mexican restaurant. That’s what I did and it was worth it!

Hot Buttered Baba Au Rhum – These are a mini version of an already delicious thing. If you’ve never had baba au rhum, then you’re in for a reeeeaaalll treat.

Chocolate Caraway Buns – Chocolate and caraway sounds a little weird together but it’s not AT ALL. The two works gloriously together in these buns.

Brown Butter Orange Madeleines – Brown butter and orange is a wonderful flavor profile. I like it in savory contexts as well as sweet. It’s a nice brightness with the burnt nutty flavor from the butter. Highly recommend these fluffy ones.

Crunchy Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pecorino and Apples – This salad is what I eat when I’m not eating sweet things in the month of December. I have to have my balance and that always means a bright and cold salad.

Brown Butter Pecan Sheet Cake – This is a holiday wonderland that you can eat.

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10 Cozy Things to Make in November


’Tis the time for turkey, mashed potatoes, beloved cranberry sauce and of course, piieeeee. I love me some pie. You all know this well!

This month is like The Super Bowl for food bloggers. I have SO many recipes planned and I cannot wait. I’m going to be posting on Insta Stories like a mad woman, making all the things, showing step-by-step how to a variety of my favorite T-day dishes. Here are tasty items to put on your to-make lists.

Cheddar Apple Rye Hand Pies – These hand pies are SO delicious. This crust is rye and cheddar—a magical combination. I highly recommend it.

Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese – Cheesy macaroni and cheese that is made SO much better by toasting black peppercorns and grinding them up. It breaks up the richness in this super delicious way.

Rose Apple Pistachio Tart – I will admit that this is a true labor of love. It’s the type of thing you make when you have friends and family in town. Or you’re really bored and don’t mind rolling apple rose after apple rose while you watch a movie on Netflix. I think of it like a meditation.

Black Bottomed Pecan Pie – This is one of my favorite pies of all-time. And this is someone who despises blind-baking anything. But in this instance it’s 100% worth it.

Apple Butterscotch Pandowdy – If you’re not in the mood for assembling a full pie but want the flavors of pie, then this is for you. It’s delicious baked apple slices in all sorts of warm spices with a pie crust on top. It’s like a pie cobbler.

Fluffy Creamy Mashed Potatoes – I’m making a new creamy mashed potato recipe this year (using my Instant Pot) and I’m excited. I’ll definitely use this as a base.

Pumpkin Raclette Macaroni and Cheese – I love this macaroni and cheese. It’s gloriously cheesy and the addition of raclette makes it very fancy. The pumpkin and jalapeño give it a little flavor kick, too.

Marbled Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Pie – This pie is so very pretty. It’s part cheesecake part pumpkin pie. It’s a stunner of a pie too because of the marble effect.

Vegetarian Lasagna Roll-Ups – I like this meal for a Sunday dinner. We can’t eat mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie all month long, you know?

Vegetarian Squash Pot Stickers – I made this recipe in February but really they’re perfect for right meow. The squash with soy sauce and sesame oil and green onions is something I could eat over a bed of rice–it’s that good.

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