Wishing I was back in Italy eating the freshest of the fresh. There really is nothing else like it in the world! But maybe I’m biased. My mom is Puerto Rican and Cuban and my dad is Italian. I had been raised primarily in an Italian household. My grandmother is a very small Italian woman born and raised in Brooklyn. Italian culture, food, and soul flow through my veins and I truly felt like I was home here.
Fino a quando ci incontreremo di nuovo, amore mio.
I have been craving a Vermont adventure. We love to get in the car on the weekends and just drive aimlessly through backroads until we hit Vermont. Before meeting Mike, I had never been further north than Massachusetts. I had no idea how beautiful and peaceful it would be. I love the tree colors changing in the fall and the golden hour in the summer. The small town corner stores and the small shops with hand made goods. Vermont is one of the most relaxing places to go on a whim!
We had stopped in a small store in the middle of Jamaica, Vermont to grab a water and some snacks and to our surprise there was a whole band in there supplying the tunes. Honestly, only in Vermont!
1 dress 2 ways! Old Navy has some of the best casual dresses around, but just because they’re casual doesn’t mean you can’t wear one to a nice dinner or event. Styled up and down, I’ll tell you what each look is complied of.
Dress: Old Navy
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Clutch:Betsy Johnson (given to me as a hand-me-down)
Socks: Doc Martin
Dress: Old Navy
Leather Jacket:New Look
Now for the more dressed up look, you might want to do your hair better than mine! I had don’t beautiful loose curls, but it was so foggy and humid that my hair frizzed right up. Other than that, treat yourself to a new dress and tell me how you’re styling it!
I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY ABOUT MAKEUP IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.
Pat McGrath is my makeup inspiration, my idol, and my everything. I’ve looked up to her for years and ever since the Mothership line dropped, I’ve had the biggest want for makeup probably ever.
This highly pigmented palette of metallic and mattes does not disappoint. So smooth it feels like putting on sweats after just shaving, exfoliating, and moisturizing your legs. It comes in a visually beautiful rope bound box and the palette itself has a nice weight to it.
The only reason I have waited so long to finally get it was the price. At nearly $130 I just couldn’t justify it. Lucky enough, I found an old Sephora gift card that had just enough to cover the palette and a Kat Von D lipstick. If the price isn’t a concern for you, get this palette. If price is a concern, try putting a few dollars aside every week until you reach your goal! Unfortunately, I don’t foresee these going on sale anytime soon but it is worth every penny.
Pour out your 2 cups of flour onto whatever surface you’re working on.
Gather all of the flour into a mound and then make a crater in the middle, big enough to hold all of your eggs.
Add the 3 large eggs to the crater.
Separate the other two eggs, whites from yolks, and add to the crater. If you don’t know how to do that, watch this video!
Beat the eggs together (while in the crater) with a fork until blended together.
Sprinkle some salt over your eggs and flour and start mixing together with your hands.
Once you’ve beaten your eggs, slowly start incorporating the flour.
If you find the dough to be too sticky, add a little bit more flour at a time. Too dry? Add a spritz of water.
Start forming the dough into a ball and proceed to kneed it for about 10 minutes or until the dough bounces back when you push into it
Coat with flour to avoid sticking and let rest for about a half hour. If you plan on using this mix at a later date, put it in the refrigerator.
While the dough is resting, make your filling! This recipe is for classic ricotta ravioli, but you can pretty much put whatever mixture you want into these.
Mix together your ricotta and grated cheese.
Season to your taste and set aside.
After a half hour, start rolling out your dough. If you have a pasta maker, amazing! If not, a rolling pin will do.
Once it starts to get flat (assuming you’re using a rolling pin like me), cut in half.
Take one half and roll it out until its about 1/8” to 1/16” thick. Do the same to the other.
Once your dough is rolled out, now it’s time to fill! I use a teaspoon to spoon the ricotta mixture onto the dough.
Space the spoonfuls about 1/2″ apart.
Place the other sheet of dough onto the sheet with the filling and lightly press between the spaces with your fingers, just enough for the two sheets to touch, try not to push down.
Take your cutter or ravioli stamp and place it with the mound of filling right in the center and press down until you’ve gotten all the way through. Just like using a cookie cutter!
Once you’ve cut out all of the raviolis, repeat these steps with whatever dough is left until you feel like you’ve gotten all you can from what you’ve made.
boil 5 at a time to avoid sticking and once they float, take them out and out them directly into whatever sauce you have prepared!
Viola! The finished product. These were so good! I love making recipes that remind me of my childhood, don’t you? I ate these with my Sunday Gravy, packed with tender meat, it’s the perfect sauce for creamy and smooth ravioli.
Some people do a lot of it, some people literally wash their face with hand soap. Whatever you feel works for you! I’m one of those people that has a steady, everyday, morning and night routine. As I’ve said in the past, Glossier is my go-to for face makeup and skin care. Glossier has such a calming, pleasant scent of rosewater. I think out of all of my skin care routine, only the serums and the toner are either scentless or very minimal. Bottom line, if you like the smell of rosewater, Glossier is for you. I know that some might find that smell overwhelming, especially when it’s directly on your face.
Since I’ve started using these products, my skin has honestly never looked better. My face is bright, smooth, and even, what more could I want? I have pretty basic skin, not too oily and not too dry with almost no issues with blemishes, that being said, I don’t find that these products make my skin greasy and that is obviously my no.1. At work, I’m on my feet, running around all day in a hot salon, the last thing I want is to feel like my face is greasy and for me, that’s been a problem with other skin products in the past. My one issue that I do have with this line is if you skip a day or don’t do the whole routine, my skin gets very angry with me. That might not happen to everyone, but that’s what happens here. Other than that, A+++++++.
I’m going to go over my morning and night routine as well as the “tools” I use and the mask that I use once a week.
Milky Jelly Cleanser – Note that this face wash doesn’t get sudsy like some that you might be used to. That’s okay! Just clean your face thoroughly just like with any other cleansing wash.
Soothing Face Mist – I spray this all over my face after washing with cold water. This mist gives my tired skin the hydration it needs after a night’s sleep.
Super Glow – Okay. The Glossier serums are out of this world. I use Super Glow in my morning routine to give my skin a bright appearance (thanks to the vitamin C and magnesium) and it doesn’t leave a sticky residue like most other serums. I allow this to sink all the way in, about. minute or two, before I moisturize.
Bubblewrap – This eye and lip plumping cream is to die for. I tend to do my heavier moisturizing with my nightly routine. Bubblewrap is extremely lightweight and breathable, making it amazing for through out the day. Put one pump of this bad boy on to your ring finger, dab under the eyes and on and around the lips until nicely absorbed. As with the Super Glow, this cream doesn’t leave a sticky residue which is always ideal!
Follow your favorite lip balm for soft lips throughout the day!
I do this routine in the mornings in this order. Tie your hair up and cleanse that face and get ready for the day ahead!
Milky Oil– This is my favorite makeup remover!! All you need to do is shake it up, squeeze onto a cotton round, and wipe! Rinse and follow with Milky Jelly Cleanser.
Milky Jelly Cleanser – Same cleanser used in the morning! The gentle formula feels so great after you just scrubbed the day’s makeup and grime off your face.
Solution – AKA toner! Solution is the most gentle toner I’ve ever used. With no overbearing odor, you won’t knock the wind out of yourself every time you ship this near you nose! Pump some onto a cotton round and swipe across your problem areas. I tend to only use this on my T-zone, but on heavy makeup days I’ll wipe it all over.
Mask once a week (see below)
Soothing Face Mist – Like in the morning, spritz all over and feel refreshed!
Super Bounce – Another one of Glossier’s god sent serums! The vitamin B5 helps make your skin so so soft and the hyaluronic acid helps with hydration and keeps your skin nice and tight and plump.
Priming Moisturizer (Rich) – This moisturizer is RICH. Do not underestimate the name. All you need is a dime sized amount and massage it in!
Bubblewrap – Same steps as in the morning. Pump on to your finger and tap around the eyes and lips after moisturizing.
Follow in this order for perfect skin!
Cotton Rounds – You can find these literally anywhere in sleeves of 100 or more for $2-$5. Don’t wanna use rounds? Use whatever you want! Cotton balls, a reusable makeup cloth or pad, a face towel, whatever works best for you.
Face Roller – When my whole nightly routine is complete, I go ahead and help it really absorb into my skin with this face roller. I got this one from Ulta for $19. I love it! the little roller is amazing for getting under your eyes, nose, and lips. These rollers help relieve pressure and help to evenly massage your products into your skin.
Mega Greens Galaxy Pack – I use this mask once a week. This detoxifying mask is packed with antioxidants to help draw out all of that gunk from your pores! Beware that this mask will most likely leave you with red skin for about 20 minutes once you wash it off. That’s Okay! Just continue your routine as usual once you rinse (usually, I’ll apply a mask right after the toner). This mask has tiny little beads in it to help with exfoliation as well. I don’t want you to now have a typical idea of exfoliation beads from other products, this is not packed with them, just gingerly scattered throughout.
Don’t forget to take advantage of sunny days so that you can show off your glowing skin!
And don’t forget to include selfies of you from when you were trying to take a selfie of your glowing skin but your boyfriend is in the kitchen making you laugh. I found these giggles from a Live Photo and honestly I love them!
And as always, products that work for me may not work for you! Always stop using any product if you notice any reactions and if you have any sort of medical condition, always ask your doctor before using anything.
In this chaos, we are all craving social interaction, but I’m also craving my family. My family is in New Jersey and New York and I’m in Boston and It’s been really hard being here and not with them.
The past couple of weeks, we’ve been doing family happy hour and family cooking lessons! We all come together on Zoom, nearly 15 of us, and cook eat together as a family.
This week, my grandma (the queen) taught us how to make gnocchi from scratch! I could not get over how easy it was because in my head it’s such a lengthy and difficult process. Literally all you need is two potatoes, 2 cups of flour, two eggs, and salt. In a quick 25 minutes, you have 4 servings of freshly made gnocchi.
Ahead of time, boil your potatoes. Do not peel or chop as they would become waterlogged. Cook until fork tender.
Remove from water and let cool.
Once the potatoes are cool enough, you’ll be able to peel the skin off with your hands.
Smash the potatoes with a fork until there are no chunks larger than a pea.
Sprinkle the potatoes with salt.
DO NOT ADD BUTTER OR MILK, this isn’t supposed to be “mashed potatoes”
Crack egg onto potatoes followed by a cup of flour
Start mixing all three together with your hands
If you find the mix too sticky, add a little more flour
Too dry? Add another egg
Once the dough is needed together, flatten it to a disc about an inch thick all the way through.
Cut into three equal slices and roll them to about a foot and a half in length
Cut into bite size pieces no bigger than an inch
If you’d like, you can roll the pieces on a fork to give it those signature lines, but I like mine smooth
Bring water to a boil and salt it
Add 7 pieces at a time so they don’t stick together
once they’re steadily floating, take them out and place them immediately into whatever sauce you have prepared so they don’t dry out.
Freeze whatever you don’t eat!
Pair with your favorite sauce or vegetable or soup for a hearty and soul warming meal.