• Voodoo Donuts, worth the hype?

    After an episode on The Travel Channel some years ago, I was instantly drawn to the crazy flavors and variety that Voodoo Donut was selling. While not living on the west coast or even in the middle of the United States, the chances of me trying one was pretty slim, that is until a week ago. Making plans to see my best friend out in Denver, Colorado involved visiting the Red Rocks, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Voodoo Donuts. I don’t typically crave donuts but this was something that I NEEDED to try. I settled on two flavors: cocoa puffs and oreo peanut butter. The cereal was a tad stale…

  • Homemade Mexican Tortilla Soup

    I think we all know how much I love this time of year, and not just for pumpkin flavored everything. The other thing that I LOVE is getting in the kitchen and cooking. One of my favorite things to cook during these colder months is soup. I learned that making your own soup from mostly scratch is super fun and quite easy. Creating different soups has become one of my favorite things to do. The last time I was visiting the boyfriend in New Jersey, he requested soup. Now, I can make quite a few soups, but he requested a Mexican tortilla soup to be exact. I’m not sure I’ve…

  • Waffle Maker French Toast

    I’ve always seen the different types of food that could be cooked in a waffle maker but up until now, the only thing I made was waffles. This weekend in New Jersey, I made soup (recipe to come) but I bought bread to have with it. We hardly ever buy bread, mainly because I can’t control myself (true story). So needless to say there was leftover bread on Saturday morning. Leftover bread was the perfect excuse to try making french toast in my waffle maker. The result? AMAZING! I honestly wish I had more bread at the time because it was really delicious! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:1] It’s safe to say I will…

  • 7 Things to do this weekend

    The snow is finally melting around here and it looks like it might almost be spring here in the Ocean State! (yay!) So now that we don’t have to watch the weather for a snow storm, it has got me thinking about finally making some solid and fun weekend plans. For me weekends tend to be low-key and border-line pathetic. When I went to the movies last weekend that was the most I’ve done in quite some time, I know I’m kind of a spinster. Normally it doesn’t bother me to spend a few nights in when the weather is crappy but now that I can almost see some of…

  • Spotlight: Chiapas, Mexico

    Mexico is one of those places that offers so many different types of environments it can be considered a wonderful vacation spot for anyone.  Let’s take a look at the wonderful city of Chiapas, Mexico. The skinny: Multi-cultural Chiapas is home to 12 of the 62 indigenous groups officially recognized by the Mexican government. This means that it is a state that boasts a strong concentration of indigenous traditions that coexist harmoniously with old Spanish ways introduced by the Conquistadors and contemporary Mexican customs, as well as with ideas of its many visitors and foreign residents. As far as traditions go, Chiapas boasts festivals that combine indigenous beliefs with the avant garde culture…

  • Making Menus In Costa Rica: Day 9

    I had one of my best lessons as an ESL teacher thus far. We have been working on introducing new vocabulary to the children and decided to work on food. More importantly the different foods they eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That being said we thought it would be fun to create their own restaurant menus. After reviewing a lot of different vocabulary we began to demonstrate what a menu looked like and what it consisted of. By creating a menu on the board we broke down each part and explained how it looked and how much each item cost. It was amazing which children had no idea which…