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.

flowers

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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Susie May 1, 2014 at 12:54 am

Looks like a fabulous month to me. Those plates look great!! surely you have had much practise? I couldn’t imagine that standard being a new hobby?

Susie | june lorraine

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Adrianna Adarme May 1, 2014 at 9:39 am

Not that much practice. This is my second semester I’ve taken ceramics. You’d be surprised as to how quickly you catch on!

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Sharon May 1, 2014 at 3:01 am

Your language is shocking, crude, unnecessary, and disappointing. You’ve lost a follower.

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Adrianna Adarme May 1, 2014 at 7:33 am

I hardly think that using the f-word in this context is crude. Also shocking? I’m using it to describe a list!

Sorry to have lost you as a follower. Just speaking my mind a bit.

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Melle May 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

Personally, I feel like you made a best friend by using the f-word. I love that you didn’t feel the need to censor your thoughts. You rock, girl! Also, feeling inspired to take up ceramics. Those plates look awesome. The subject of each photo you posted (yes, even the toothpaste) is high up there on my “things that make me most happy” list. Great f’ing post!! :)

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Jenna May 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

Good riddance to them!!! I thought that f-bomb was perfectly placed. :)
Swearing = real life.

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Steph May 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm

I honestly didn’t notice the swearing; it came off as very real and honest. Anyone who has never looked at their own list and thought that is either very lucky or slightly delusional–it’s usually the latter.

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Argelia May 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm

didnt notice the word as well, this was such an honest conversation and with a really familiar feeling to whats really going on with my life right now
i stumble upon your blog a few months ago and you win me from the start, as Melle said, you Rock girl :D :D :D

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Robin G May 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I was happy to see the F word…it made this post feel emotionally real! You do you, haters gonna hate!

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Aerin May 15, 2014 at 5:30 am

I never post, so maybe this counts to cancel out your follower ‘loss.’ I love your blog, and find your writing very REAL (and not at all tawdry), just like everyone else who has been commenting. Keep doing what you’re doing. Haters gonna hate.

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Jo May 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Is fine – is life. Was a well placed curse – I am pretty sensitive to swearing and I barely even noticed :-)

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Sophia May 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I hardly even noticed it and had to go back to see what everyone was talking about…..You write beautifully….Never knew people could be so sensitive about it!

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Lola May 2, 2014 at 9:12 am

‘You’ve lost a follower?’
Really Sharon person?!

How does this person even live? Would she do this in real life? Just walk up to cursing strangers and say: ‘I condemn your language, madam! You’re wrong!’

Please keep using the words you want to use to express yourself.
There are far more offensive things in this world to worry about.
Also, I dig that pinkish nail polish.

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Mary May 4, 2014 at 8:04 am

Sharon – well don’t let let door hit ya on the way out! I pray you’re still young, because you’ll eventually learn that the world does not revolve around you.

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Steph May 1, 2014 at 5:33 am

Looks like a pretty excellent month to me. Love the $3 socks and everything that’s food in this post looks amazing. I do the same thing as you with the lists, btw. Dangerous stuff and you’re right about the importance of finding balance. x

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Lindsey May 1, 2014 at 6:35 am

Such pretty flowers decorating your life ;) And that garlic knot…..wowza. I enjoyed reading this and it reminded me that it’s important to record even the simpler “adventures” in life =D

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Adrienne May 1, 2014 at 7:43 am

I think your language is awesome, delightful, necessary, and pleasing. You’ve kept another follower.

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Stacey May 1, 2014 at 9:03 am

Hahaha! x2!

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Adrianna Adarme May 1, 2014 at 9:39 am

xoxo

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Kate May 3, 2014 at 8:15 am

What Adrienne said.

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Jo May 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm

same <3

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stephanie @ iamafoodblog May 1, 2014 at 7:51 am

love ameila’s outlook on life: no anxiety about meeting new ppl, loves going to the doctor and happy with cake! she’s is too cute.

so happy things are happening for you lady! and can’t wait to hear about them, of course :)

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Adrianna Adarme May 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

thank you, friend! soon!! x

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Ileana May 1, 2014 at 8:08 am

Get me that garlic knot and those biscuits!

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Hilah May 1, 2014 at 8:30 am

I just ordered a tube of Marvis after reading this. :) Never heard of if before but jasmine mint flavor?! Hell to the yeah.

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Adrianna Adarme May 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

It’s heavenly! It’ll make you excited about brushing your teeth.

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Hilah May 1, 2014 at 8:34 am

Also, I would like to see your list. My parents told me something to that effect once, too, but specifically as it pertained to dating, which seems even weirder. Like, who wouldn’t want their kid to reach for the stars?

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Adrianna Adarme May 1, 2014 at 9:41 am

Haha. Ahh! Yes, agreed.

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sandra May 1, 2014 at 9:23 am

I need to try that garlic knot! what a great idea!

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Ann May 1, 2014 at 9:35 am

I’m really into your monthly wrap-ups. I want to do them too so I don’t forget everything that’s happening as time speeds by!

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Adrianna Adarme May 1, 2014 at 9:41 am

I love doing them for this same reason. It makes me go, ‘oh that wasn’t so bad’. :)

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Kimmie May 1, 2014 at 9:41 am

Hi I was wondering where you do pottery? I have been looking to take a class and would love your suggestions! thank you

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Adrianna Adarme May 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

I do ceramics at Barndall Art Park in Los Feliz. Here’s a link:

http://www.barnsdall.org/classes/adult-art-classes/

The semester is about to end, which means the new sign up is soon! (Next Saturday.) :)

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Michelle Marino May 1, 2014 at 10:31 am

I enjoyed reading your post! I love the blanket in the photo of your new socks, did you make it, did you buy it – where?

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Adrianna Adarme May 1, 2014 at 10:33 am
Sara / Matchbox Kitchen May 1, 2014 at 10:40 am

The bundt cake looks delicious and I can’t wait for the recipe to be perfected. Hope you share it here!

Oh, and I hope “the colors!” was a 90′s Popsicle reference ;)

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Todd May 1, 2014 at 11:03 am

I want YOUR April…and your doggie! ❤ it!!

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Adrianna Adarme May 1, 2014 at 11:12 am

Haha! She wakes up at 6:30am every morning (even on the weekends). Do you still want her?

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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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Francesca May 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm

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

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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.

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

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

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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!

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Monet May 1, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Looking forward to following you!

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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.

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Adrianna Adarme May 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

Typical.

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Chelsea Ruiz May 4, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Hahaha! People are hilarious!

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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… :)

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Adrianna Adarme May 2, 2014 at 9:14 am

You have a good memory. That was a looong time ago. And yes, here’s her blog!

http://www.pinkbasil.com

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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!

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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..

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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.

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Adrianna Adarme May 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Yes! Here’s the biscuit recipe I used:

http://acozykitchen.com/how-to-buttermilk-biscuits/
:)

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Zoe May 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Thanks, I’ll check it out!

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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?

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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!

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Casey May 7, 2014 at 8:12 am

Adrianna,

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!

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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.

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Alexandra May 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

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

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