Birthday Girl!

Guess who’s birthday is today? 😀

me trying to strike a pose

YES! MINE!

Again!

It seems like yesterday when I started college and it’s been already… well, a few years 😉 Where did time go?

Anyways, I just wanted to pop up and say hi today. I’ll be doing a post about today in a couple of days. It’s going to be a busy day today. But good busy for sure!

I hope you guys have a great day and come back tomorrow for a new post!

Love,

Mai

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Easy Cocoa Covered Truffles

Hello everybody! I’m Izaskun and I’m back in my sister’s blog to show you how to make an amazing desert or snack with just five ingredients.

I love cooking (mostly deserts) and sometimes I need chocolate (who doesn’t, right?). I realized I had chocolate and one banana and I decided to try this. What a great decision!  Here is how to cook the truffles... Check it out at www.FromMaiWithLove.wordpress.com

I love cooking (mostly deserts) and sometimes I need chocolate (who doesn’t, right?). I realized I had chocolate and one banana and I decided to try this. What a great decision!

Here is how to cook the truffles:

I love cooking (mostly deserts) and sometimes I need chocolate (who doesn’t, right?). I realized I had chocolate and one banana and I decided to try this. What a great decision!  Here is how to cook the truffles... Check it out at www.FromMaiWithLove.wordpress.com

Melt the black chocolate on the microwave. To be sure the chocolate doesn’t burn, put it 30 seconds, stir it and put it another 30 seconds. Repeat the process until it is melted. You can also add a little bit of butter so the chocolate melts easier and doesn’t get burned.

Smash the banana and add it slowly to the chocolate, mixing everything. Then add the vanilla extract and the oats progressively and mixing well.

Let the mix chill and make little balls with the help of two spoons. Place the balls on a tray covered with parchment paper. Let chill on the fridge for 30 minutes.

Pour a bit of cocoa powder in a bowl and cover each ball with it.

If you don’t want to eat them right away, keep them in the fridge.

I love cooking (mostly deserts) and sometimes I need chocolate (who doesn’t, right?). I realized I had chocolate and one banana and I decided to try this. What a great decision!  Here is how to cook the truffles... Check it out at www.FromMaiWithLove.wordpress.com

Hope you like this recipe, enjoy!

 

Now Reading: The Friday Night Knitting Club

One of my 2016 goals was to read. A lot. I’m not sure if I’m going to reach that goal, anyways. As per right now I’m pretty busy with different projects going on and life, so the only moment I get to read something is in the train and bus on the way to work. And even that doesn’t happen every day.

After mostly binge reading all the Harry Potter series I started the first book of The Friday Night Knitting Club trilogy by Kate Jacobs. It’s the story of Georgia Walker, a single mom in NYC that opened a yarn store when her daughter was a baby. Her life changes when a few women start spending Friday evenings at the store. In a little time, the group of women begins to share their experiences and form a bond.

After mostly binge reading all the Harry Potter series I started the first book of The Friday Night Knitting Club trilogy by Kate Jacobs. It’s the story of Georgia Walker, a single mom in NYC that opened a yarn store when her daughter was a baby. Her life changes when a few women start spending Friday evenings at the store. In a little time, the group of women begins to share their experiences and form a bond.

Without giving too much away, I’ll say that I am loving the series so far. I just started reading the third book and I liked watching the characters grow. There are a couple of sad events happening on the first book and I liked to see how each and everyone of the characters dealt with it.

Also, they talk a lot about knitting, as it is the main reason why the group get together on the first place. And even if I don’t know how to knit yet, I do like to crochet (when I have the time! Lol).

After mostly binge reading all the Harry Potter series I started the first book of The Friday Night Knitting Club trilogy by Kate Jacobs. It’s the story of Georgia Walker, a single mom in NYC that opened a yarn store when her daughter was a baby. Her life changes when a few women start spending Friday evenings at the store. In a little time, the group of women begins to share their experiences and form a bond.

Can I just divide myself into two or three so I can do everything that I want and need to do? Pretty please?

Oh, well, I will have to put into practice this 7 steps to have a productive day and try to do as many things as I can in the time that I have.

Anyways, I do recommend the series. I hope you like the books and you let me know what you think!

7 Steps to have a productive day

The other day it was a pretty good day. I slept in late, I had breakfast while doing laundry (hello, multitasking!), played an online game for a little bit, cleaned the whole house, organized the bedroom and the closet, and cooked chicken wings for dinner and cheesecake for tomorrow (that’s still in the making while I’m writing this).

I hadn’t cleaned my house in a *pretty embarrassing* long time. Who has time for that? Definitely not me.

At the end of the day I sat down (finally) and I thought that it had been a good day. Even if I’m harsh on myself a lot of times, I have to admit that I did accomplish part of what I needed to do. Sure, my to-do list is a few miles long and doesn’t seem to get shorter, but I needed to get organized and do some housekeeping. Tomorrow will be another day, probably full of blog stuff and other different things.

I am definitely not the most productive person in the room (well… I’m alone right now LOL), but I know that if I want/need to have a productive day I have to organize myself and follow the steps that I’m going to show you below. Tomorrow I have a few important things that I want to get done, so I will have to focus and be on my best behavior haha.

 

I am definitely not the most productive person in the room (well… I’m alone right now LOL), but I know that if I want/need to have a productive day I have to organize myself and follow the steps that I’m going to show you below. Tomorrow I have a few important things that I want to get done, so I will have to focus and be on my best behavior haha.

  1. Write down what you want to accomplish and the amount of time that you think it will take you. Be realistic about the time, or your plan for the day will be destined to fail. If taking care of your email takes you 30 minutes but you had scheduled 15 minutes, you will most likely end up feeling pressured and maybe overwhelmed because you don’t have time.
  2. From that list, make a schedule for the day. Schedule the most important/urgent tasks first so you actually get them done. You can spread them throughout the day if you want. The important thing is that you will actually do them.
  3. Do not multitask. By scheduling the tasks you will create slots of time when you are just going to be thinking about that task that you’re doing, because you know you will take care of the others later on. I like multitasking, but I’ll admit that many times is the greatest way to waste time. You think you’re doing a lot of things in half the time when they are actually taking 3 times more.
  4. Do.It. No excuses. Follow the schedule without getting distracted by social media, the phone, the internet, the TV, your friends… The secret to get things done is to be on them and not letting anyone/anything distract you from your goal. If you need to, put the phone on silence/plane mode and use some apps for the laptop (they restrict the access to social media and other websites).
  5. Set a timer so you don’t overpass the scheduled time. If you gave yourself 1h to research on a subject, stick to that hour. We all know that we could spend hours and hours doing research, but if you’re on a tight timeline you have to make yourself stop.
  6. Schedule some breaks too. Your brain also needs to rest for a little bit every once in a while. You will be more productive too if you allow some time off, even if it’s 10 minutes here and there.
  7. Celebrate your success! Don’t forget to add your accomplishments to your success jar (if you have one) at the end of the day.

Do you follow any plans to be productive? Do you schedule your day or you prefer to go with the flow?

Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

Do you know that feeling when you’re craving something but you want to cook it in a different way and you don’t know how?

That’s what happened with the chicken wings. I’ve been wanting to eat them for a while now, but I didn’t want to just fry them (too much oil!). I was thinking about doing them with some sauce but I just kept postponing it because of both lack of time and some laziness (let’s be real).

The other day we finally bought some chicken wings and yesterday I had to cook them, so I looked up some easy recipes for the sauce. Honey + BBQ sauce. What’s not to like in that? :D It didn’t take long to cook and it was amazingly good. This recipe is going to be with me for a long time!

The other day we finally bought some chicken wings and yesterday I had to cook them, so I looked up some easy recipes for the sauce. Honey + BBQ sauce. What’s not to like in that? 😀

It didn’t take long to cook and it was amazingly good. This recipe is going to be with me for a long time!

I used the recipe from A Night Owl Blog, and a tweaked it a little.

The other day we finally bought some chicken wings and yesterday I had to cook them, so I looked up some easy recipes for the sauce. Honey + BBQ sauce. What’s not to like in that? :D It didn’t take long to cook and it was amazingly good. This recipe is going to be with me for a long time!

Preheat the oven to 425ºF.

Mix the flour, salt, garlic powder and black pepper.

Rinse the wings and dip into the flour mix until coated. Place them in a cookie sheet and cook for 35-40 minutes.

Prepare the sauce by mixing the ingredients in a small pot and cooking in low heat.

When wings are done baking, you can either dip them in the sauce and put back in the baking sheet, or simply pour the sauce on top of the wings. Make sure they are well covered in the sauce. Let cook in the oven for another 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

The other day we finally bought some chicken wings and yesterday I had to cook them, so I looked up some easy recipes for the sauce. Honey + BBQ sauce. What’s not to like in that? :D It didn’t take long to cook and it was amazingly good. This recipe is going to be with me for a long time!