Sweet Life: Weekend of Recipe Failures

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As a food blogger, my main goal is to share a bunch of recipes that I make with all of my readers. Recipes that I believe encompass my food passions: organic, wholesome and good for you!

With that said, not every recipe that I attempt turns out amazing. Matter of fact a lot of my attempts at recipes are trial and error before they are perfected. Sometimes I can come straight out of the gate and nail it, but no one’s perfect.

So for this post I’m just going to be candid and say that, yes, I want to give you already perfected recipes so that you too can make the dish, BUT, in getting to the finished product, it took A LOT of mistakes.

This weekend was just a very trying weekend blogging/ career wise. In my next post I’m going to be candid again and explain why I really started food blogging and really get into the nitty gritty of it. Anyway, this weekend, my anxiety really was sky high. I’m actually having an anxiety attack right now as I type this. I just have a lot on my mind and am anxious regarding my career path, money woes, making food blogging etc a full time career etc. Typical 20-something problems.

I had a failed attempt at trying ramen form wholefoods for the first time, and then had a failed attempt at making egg-free and gluten free brown rice flour pancakes this morning:

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But I had to remind myself that things are going to happen (good/bad), but all of the failures are stepping stones in the right direction to making my dream of blogging and eventually being on youtube full time and curating ideas and events for others a reality. It may not happen at the rapid pace that i’d like, but it will happen. Why do I 100% believe it will happen? Because I know what I was put on this earth to do. I’m a creative person, I was put here to create content, entertain and inspire people.

My story to how I got here will inspire many people, mostly minority women, but all women and men too (it will make more sense tomorrow when my behind the blog post goes live).

But I just wanted to maybe inspire someone feeling down about where they’re supposed to go in life. Just keep on pushing forward and keep doing what makes you happy, it’ll happen if you keep pushing!

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Sweet Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

The joy of Fall, or Autumn depending on where you’re from. The leaves are changing color, the fashion is 100 times better and the pumpkin spice latte’s are flowing rapidly from every Starbucks all over the country.

Along with the season change comes cold and flu season. Which brings me to this recipe I whipped together tonight.

I developed a cold probably from my boyfriend, but I swear it’s from this man on the T who wasn’t trained with manners when he was younger because he was hacking up a lung and didn’t even attempt to cover his mouth.

So here I am, tissue box and Emergen-C on hand and congestion filling my head. (I’m ranting…on with the recipe)

I don’t think I’ve ever had butternut squash soup, but I do know tis the season for it.

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This recipe calls for: 1 pack of cut up butternut squash, half of a yellow onion diced, 1 red bell peppers sliced,1 whole apple diced (skin removed), some cinnamon to taste, salt, chicken broth, and pumpkin seeds!

In a stock pot, add your chicken broth and your butternut squash ingredients. Sprinkle 4 dashes of salt and let the ingredients boil for about 20-30 minutes.

Once the ingredients are tender, add the mix into a blender and pulse for about 1 minute.

Place the soup back into the pot and let it simmer for 5 more minutes, adding a couple dashes of cinnamon.

Then serve. Sprinkle some pumpkin seeds on top and enjoy! This is a great starter for any dinner party this season.

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xoxo

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Sweet Recipe: Red Quinoa and Turkey Sausage Stir Fry

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Stir-fry: frying rapidly over high heat while stirring briskly.

In the past when I would make stir fry I would use brown rice and eggs etc. This time, I’ve decided to go a healthier step further and use red quinoa and organic italian spicy turkey sausage.

This is a quick 20 minute meal that you can whip up after a long days work.

You will want to cook your quinoa first (follow the instructions on the box)

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You will need: 1 turkey sausage link cut up into small pieces. 2 cups of your already cooked quinoa, 1 cup mushrooms, 1 cup snap peas, 1 cup red onions and 1 bell pepper sliced. (optional: low sodium soy sauce and ground pepper)

First you will want to quickly saute the turkey sausage in a pan using grape seed oil. Cook it mostly through (about 7 minutes), then set aside.

In a wok (with grape seed oil), add your vegetables (if you don’t want to use bell peppers or mushrooms, you can also use carrots, zucchini etc) and stir it around while it softens. After about 5 minutes, you can add your turkey sausage and continue to stir fry everything until the meat is thoroughly cooked through, about 8 more minutes.

While stirring briskly, add some pepper, your onions and low sodium soy sauce. About 1 tbsp. We add the onions last minute because we want it to still have a crunch/bite to it.

Turn your fire off, and then add your already cooked quinoa. The left over heat will warm up the quinoa while you stir everything together.

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What is your favorite type of stir fry that you make into a healthier option? Tag me on twitter @thesweetscene and on instagram @thesweetsceneblog, and make sure to hashtag #thesweetsceneblog and #loveyourbody.

xoxo

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SweetFit: BootCamp & Barre Class

I am a girl who loves to eat wholesome food. I am also a girl who wishes she were able to run 3 miles 3 times a week…and enjoy it.

I’ll admit, I am not an avid fitness junkie, but my #loveyourbody mantra not only includes eating right, it means staying active too! So I’ve decided to sign up for the upcoming Spartan Race at Fenway, and what better way to kickstart training than with a bootcamp/barre class?

Earlier this week, my good friend and I signed up for the class put on by Eventbrite Boston. A bunch of us women put on our best and bright work out gear, grabbed our yoga mats and made our way to Athleta on Newbury St.

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I did not know what I was getting myself into. The night consisted of amazing music by a live DJ, high intensity work-outs and lots and lots of sweating. The instructor, Meaghan Scannell, was up-beat and made each move look so easy; like she was a gazelle moving across the wooden floors.

After an hour, and every muscle in my body (muscles I didn’t even know I had) stretched and toned, the sweating part concluded.

After the work out, we were treated with little tastings by 2 of my favorite organic companies, Sweetgreen and Organic Living Superfoods. My friend and I tasted (and then re-tasted for good measure) everything; Sweetgreen salads and an assortment of all the raw & organic options Organic Living had to offer. I even tried mulberries for the first time!

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We then washed it down with my new favorite juicery: CocoBeet! They offer raw, vegan and gluten free options. Cold pressed juices, salads, vegan sandwiches and breakfast bowls are some of the items that you can purchase. Interested in going on a juice cleanse? They offer a program for that as well!

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Have any of you tried a barre class? Tell me what you thought of it! What other work out classes/ routines do you do?

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-xoxo-

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