Fancy & Easy French-Inspired Appetizer


My last few posts have been about recruiting so it seemed like a good time to break things up with a recipe =]

The finished product

The finished product

This one is inspired by a delicious French appetizer my mother makes with foie gras, but this is a little easier (and cheaper ;D)

What you’ll need (based on servings at Trader Joe’s):

  1. One bag of pitted, dried plums
  2. 2 packages of prosciutto
  3. 2 – 3 small goat cheeses (or 1 long loaf)
  4. Tooth picks (one box is plenty)

And now for the steps!

First, cut prosciutto in half to avoid wallet obliteration

First, cut prosciutto in half to avoid wallet obliteration

All you need to do is cut your slices of prosciutto lengthwise (hot dog style), put goat cheese inside each pitted prune, wrap the slice of prosciutto around and use a tooth pick to secure it all.

Present as you wish =]

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Chocolate Pear Yogurt Cake


I decided to try out a new recipe for my boyfriend’s dad’s birthday and proceeded to make a fine mess of the whole thing.

Yum!

Here’s how to make it successfully!

First, here’s what you’ll need:

The Ingredients

  • Plain yogurt — pay very close attention to its size since it’s what you’ll be using to measure the rest of your ingredients. I used a 2lb container of Trader Joe’s Plain, Nonfat Organic yogurt. (The 2 lb container was enough for 3-4 cakes.)
  • The Recipe calls for 3 eggs, but I used 6 since my pot of yogurt was so big.
  • Use the yogurt container to measure out 3 pots of flour.
  • You’ll also need 1.5 pots of sugar.
  • The recipe mentions a “packet of baking powder” so I eyeballed 1-2 tablespoons.
  • 2-3 pears (per cake, or more!)
  • Chocolate powder (as much as you want.)
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lastly, use the same yogurt pot to measure out 3/4 pot of oil (I used vegetable oil.)

Directions:

  1. Measure out and mix the plain yogurt, flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, oil and chocolate powder.
  2. This is a good time to start pre-heating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Then skin the pears, take out the core, and cut into pieces (I cut mine into pieces a little larger than quarters.)
  4. On about middle-heat, candy the pears in butter. This should take about 5 minutes.
  5. Once they’re turning brown, add some powdered sugar (enough to cover all the pears with a light coating) and the vanilla extract.
  6. A minute or 2 later, your pears should be ready so add them to your dough.
  7. Prepare your cake mold: butter the bottom and sides, then add a handful of flour to the bottom to help it not stick.
  8. I put half the pears in the bottom of the mold, then added a layer of cake, and layered the rest of the pears on top. Having pears on the bottom did make it a bit tougher to serve…
  9. Once your oven is ready, put the mold (with cake and all) in. The recipe said to let it cook 25 minutes but mine took about 35 minutes. The mold I used was rather large and deep. I recommend setting your timer to 20 minutes and checking the cake every 10 minutes after (more often and you’ll lose all your heat.)
  10. The cake is ready once you can insert a knife into the center and it does not come out with chocolate goo.

And there you go! I let my cake cool before eating but this would probably be yummy warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce =3

Enjoy ❤

Kuyam, the New Personal Organizer/Assistant


Doesn’t that just say it all? We’re all super busy and service providers haven’t all figured out how to fit in this complicated landscape. In comes kuyam! (which means “a meeting place where we can come together” in chumash in case you were wondering =] )

Much more than just a platform where you can schedule hair appointments, workouts and doctors’ visits, kuyam also lets you sync your calendar with friends and family. I don’t need to go on and on about the value of knowing when people are going to be free when you schedule activities to do together or schedule an appointment for them, do I?

As if that wasn’t enough, kuyam also helps you discover local non-profit and for-profit companies!

And one last cool thing? Their visuals are just adorable!

Did I mention Jackie drew me a caricature in 2 min flat?

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Project Happy: today I saw a little girl on a scooter with her dad. It was so cute I couldn’t help but smile =]

What made you happy today?

Easy and Simple Way to Get Financial Aid for College? Yes Please!!


The Alltuition stand at LAUNCH

I was psyched to discover Alltuition at LAUNCH. The girl who launched this is a genius! This app makes it easier for students and their parents to find money for college. Need? (One of the most important criteria necessary for a startup to be successful) Check!

Practical tools I actually WANT to use? Oh yeah! Check it out:

  1. Alltuition provides you with a “simple, intuitive online financial aid planner for managing the entire financial aid process.”
  2. It makes it so you don’t need to scavenge the web, magazines, university websites, etc. for information anymore. Alltuition doesn’t make you wade through endless amounts of information you don’t need. It simply finds and presents you with the opportunities that actually apply to you. Time saver!
  3. Alltuition also helps you estimate how much financial aid you’ll get at each university you apply for
  4. It helps you fill out your FAFSA and apply for grants and scholarships
  5. and double checks your work to make sure you don’t have any errors to slow down the process or keep you from getting the most financial aid possible

Sounds pretty good, right? I thought it was pure genius and am going to send my little brother the link =]

It was about time someone made this process simple and understandable!

Dec 23 How to Fold an Origami Crane (in under 2 minutes)


A friend of mine who helped me make cranes for my granny told me it took him 10+ minutes to make a crane!! After making several hundred… it now only takes me about 1 minute per crane so I thought I would record a video (looked some up and they unfortunately weren’t that  helpful/simple.)

So here’s my how-to video for origami cranes ❤

It’s about 5 minutes since I go nice and slowly to make sure it’s all easy to understand, but let me know if there are parts you don’t understand or if it just isn’t helpful!