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Life seemed like a kaleidoscope to me. Everything changed and nothing made sense…but it was wonderful

sábado, 25 de octubre de 2014

Pumpkin pie should be banned BECAUSE IT IS SO DAMN GOOD


Another point from my AUTUMN BUCKET-LIST can be crossed. I've completed THE CHALLENGE that is baking a pumpkin pie, it's been better than I thought to be honest.
They were three tough hours, but it was worth it. I took the recipe from a book called "El Rincón de Bea" which is run by a Spanish woman whose life has completly changed since she wrote her first post SHE EVEN SPONSORS COOKWARE!! Here is the link: http://www.elrincondebea.com/ gogogogogogogo!In other words, th world's largest pumkin pie was made in New Bremen, Ohio for the Pumkinfest there. It was in September 2010. The pie weighed almost 3700 pounds and measured 20 feet in diameter. Hope this irrelevant facts make your life a bit easier. For example you can go to your friends and tell them this out of the blue, they would probably answer you with another fun/random fact about a vegetable (seriously it happens, I'm not trying to be funny).

Pumkin pie is not like any other pie. It has a special place in people's hearts 'cause it brings them memories. This beloved pies has even had songs and poems written about it so yeh...

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 base of shortcrust pastry
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tea.s. of cinnamon
  • 3/4 tea.s ginger
  • 1/4 tea.s of nutmeg
  • 1/4 tea.s clove (the one you put on food to give it some flavour) powder 
  • Salt
  • 150 ml(2/3 cups)(4oz) liquid cream
  • 150 ml(2/3 cups)(4oz) milk
  • 175 g(7/8 cups) brown sugar
  • 450 g(0.9 lb)(15.8oz) Pumpkin puree
I tried to convert the measure units to make things easier for everyone...don't know how it's turned out.

LET'S DO THIS
Preheat oven to 175 ° C/347 ºF
Place the shortcrust pastry on a round 23 cm mold (mine was made of glass, but you can use metal too and pretty much every mold you can handle). Leave about 5 cm protruding.
Fold this protruding shortcrust pastry putting it in the mold, shaping it with your fingers.
Cover the shortcrust pastry with foil and put chickpeas on it (it is called baking the dough blank).
Bake for 20 min.
Beat the eggs in a bowl, then mix it with all the spices until they are well integrated.
Add milk, liquid cream, sugar and mix it all good.
Pass this mixture through a sieve over a saucepan to prevent lumps (I chose not to do that, but you can make a better choice and do it).
Add pumpkin puree to this mixture and cook over low-simmer 7-9 minutes, stirring constantly until it looks like it has thickened slightly. Remove from heat (obviously).
We will por the mix over the shrtcrust pastry and bake for 30-40 minutes or until de stuffing has curdled. The center of the pie should dance a little like a gohsty gohst (or gelatine).
Let it cool down (like after a workout) for at least two hours (I left it for 12 hours all alone in the kitchen, then eat  a bit of it and put it on the firdge).

PS: This pie was soooooooooo good I want to do it over and over again, and then marry it.
PS2: Next post --> SUNDAY! (I can't believing I'm sticking to what I said)
PS3: Thanks soooooo soooooooo muuuuuuch for reading (and if you comment YOU'VE MADE MY DAY, seriously) Thanks a lot for making my days shine brighter!!

♥ See you soon beautiful people ♥
Vlada












miércoles, 22 de octubre de 2014

On future and how it turns out to be one of the scariest things for me

Sooooo the main issue here. I'm scared, extremely fearful about the career choice I made.
I've chosen to study a degree in Psychology, but I'm not sure I've made the right decision.
Today, I was, very seriously, thinking (wow, my brain actually works) about what I want to do with my life when I finish my degree, basically what I will do for the rest of my life. yeezzzz, I want to do so many things!

Psychology seemed like what I wanted to study at first, and I'm not gonna lie, I really like the subjects I'm taking, but ehat if I'm wrong?
I mean, I want to help people, of course (that's why I'm studying Psychology in the first place) but I also want to be a speaker, I want to write books, I want to be an expert at Economics and English, I want to be able to speak 5 different languages at least. I really want to make music and discover all of physics' secrets (yes I love physics don't judge), I want to learn about graphic designing, design my own clothing line, volunteer for at least two years straight... I WANT TO CREATE FOR FUCK'S SAKE.

The, after thinking of all that, I had a panic attack, and after twenty minutes I realised that I've bitten my nails way too much much; one of my fingers was bleeding. So yeh...
What I want to tell you with this huge paragraph about how indecisive I am, is that if I would've had all the resources I would've studied English or music because that is what I really wanted (maybe if I were studying anyof those, I would tell you that I wanted Psychology, 'cause that's what humans do). I'm not saying I've become the person people wanted me to be, but I'm 100% sure I'm not who I wanted to be by this time in my life either.

My darlings, when deciding about your future, write down your life goals, choose your prior one and divide it in small goals till you find one that is reachable at that time. That must be the next step you're taking in your life.
When deciding your future think for yourself and isolate from any external variables. It's your future, and you should be able to whatever the hell you want about it.

Summing up, probably the best decision is the one that, when you think where it's gonna take in ten years time, it allows you to picture yourself as a happy and fulfilled human being.
DON'T RUSH!

PS: I still don't know where the hell I'm going or what the fuck I'm doing.
PS2: Next post coming on Friday!! (omg I'm actually sticking to a plan, this is new)
PS3: If you're thinking about commenting or have just read this post THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU'RE AWESOME

♥ See you soon beautiful people ♥
Vlada

woah woah woah slow down

Many things happened between yesterday and today. One of them is (if you already don't know from the title) questioning my future. Here we go starting with the other two:

ROOKIE YEARBOOK THREE WAS RELEASED YESTERDAY!!! I'm buying it, third year in a row, and it's never disapointed me. It has inspired me and helped me through the discovery of myself, my personality, fears, thoughts... It's such and informative, divulgative and cultural book I just want to read it over and over again and never let it go (no but seriously, my Rookie yearbooks look older than they actually are because of that.)



    Now, a sad new... Oscar de la Renta passed away. He was such a wonderful designer, a reference for aspiring talents, or even for people who just like to draw drafts while dreaming about wearing them someday. Hope you are spreading creativity from wherever you are.


    lunes, 20 de octubre de 2014

    Miscellaneous Monday: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been solved!


    Rating: 4,5/5 stars


    PLOT: Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

    Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

    MY REVIEW

    This book is a short one, but try read it on one stand and you'll end up kind of mad. I'd say this is one of those novels you can't just disconnect from. I had that problem, I couldn't think straight. 
    Usually, when talking about books or movies I'm easily influenced, and this book is a great example on how my  behavior can change. I've become very organized, I've been able to stick to a proper timetable for the past to weeks... after this reading I've turned into an eficient person (let's see how long it takes to go back to the old me), so thank you Mark.
    Now talking about this title; it starts on Chapter 2, because the our main character loves Prime Numbers (so the next chapter is 3, then 5, 7...), with thecurious incident itself. Then we're introduced to Christopher, who is writing this story. We realised his mental skills (he's capable of a lot of things but he also has his limits), he's quite an observer and LOVES things to be organized (too much).



    SPOILERS
    His simile between the Prime Numbers and life is really good, he says that you don't know how any of this things work even if you're thinking about them for the whole day. Also, the reflections he makes are quite interesting, such as the ones about metaphors, death reduced to its molecular meaning, loneliness' advantages... and how he rambles to explain everything, however, the reader remains alert.
    For me, the scientific explanation of time has a background that only the reader can translate.

    SUMMING UP, I 100% recommend this book, because even if the first impression doesn't attract us, the book makes you think about daily life stuff that we take for granted. When you finish the last page, you have this feeling that you can overcome everything and that "if you want, you can".

    Dear reader, let me tell you that you've come a long way, you're in that point of your life, today, where you can do ANYTHING.

    PS: Have you got any books you've read or plan to read in Booktober???
    PS2: Next post coming on Wednesday my dear lovers (this time for real)
    PS3: Thank you so so much if you're reading this. I very much appreciate that you take time to OMG EVEN COMMENTING SOMETIMES

    ♥ See you soon beautiful people ♥
    Vlada

    lunes, 6 de octubre de 2014

    This songs sound like leaves falling. The ultimate Autumn Playlist




    After (at least) two weeks of over-thinking and editing my Spotify playlist a thousand times to find the perfect autumnal sound, I decided to share with you my "Autumn Vibes" playlist.
    I love all the songs that are here presented, but I must say my favourites are Pine Trees, Asleep, Slide Away and the masterpiece that is I Gave You All.
    I tried to mix as many genres as I could, there are oldies and newbies, pop and folk... but all these songs get me in the fall mood and they've became my soundtrack for the past few days. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and also, tell me more songs so I can expand my collection.

    PS: Do you have an Autumn playlist? 'Cause I would love to see  what kind of music ya'll into.
    PS2: Next post coming on Wednesdaaaay any clue?
    PS3: Thank you so so much for reading. I very much appreciate that you take time to read my posts and OMG EVEN COMMENTING SOMETIMES

    ♥ See you soon beautiful people ♥
    Vlada

    jueves, 25 de septiembre de 2014

    #HeForShe, the ultimate worldwide challenge must start with She for She

    Most of the time, whenever a girl identifies herself as a feminist, a bunch of ignorants (boys and girls) get out of their caves and start throwing hypothetical stones at our subject. That happens because they think that feminism is a extremist-radical path which defends that "women are better than men", "women should rule the world" and all that stuff ignorants say.
    Well, let me break it to you, FEMINISM is equality in all fields. This is the definition provided by Cambridge Dictionary:
    the belief that women should be allowed the same rightspower, and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way, or the set of activities intended to achieve this state.
    A sign of the importance of feminism is Emma Watson's recent speech for the UN supporting the movement and presenting a massive challenge turn into a campaign called #HeForShe. In the said speech, Emma informs about statistics (most of them bing scary) that show us that, contrary to the belief that feminism is a movement by women for women, men are invited to join.



    If men and women both believed and fought for equality and freedom we could change our reality, which includes girls who aren't allowed the right of education, women who aren't paid the same as men in the same job or the belief that women should be submissive to men (which is sadly promoteed by some religions...)

    But it must start with us, women, if we don't support each other enough and stop seeing our imperfections instead of promoting our gifts, who's gonna do it for us? Don't sucumb the machism or the belief that you need a boyfriend at 20, or society idea of freaking beauty... For f*** sake don't promote sexist religions and disrespect your gender conditions. Gosh that was relieving!

    So let's not fall in the same hole over and over again, wether you're a boy or a girl, you should stand up for equality, an issue that concerns us all. If we walk together, hand by hand, I'm sure that even if we get lost we'll end up somewhere nicer for all of us.

    PS: What do you think of feminism? I'm really interested about this one
    PS2: I'm a 90's kid and you'll see it in the next post ;)
    PS3: Thanks thanks thanks FOR READING!!!!!!!!! AND COMMENTING!!!!!

    ♥ See you tomorrow beautiful people ♥
    Vlada

    martes, 23 de septiembre de 2014

    Autumn is here and we have work to do

    Today a new season starts, the rain, cozy afternoons and sweater weather are here. So though it's hard to leave summer and holidays behind, I'm pretty excited about Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile (William Cullen Bryant said it). 
    I'm also looking forward this time when leaves fall from trees because I've got goals and things to complete in my bucket-list.

    They might seem like stupid things to some, but they'll give me new experiences (I've never carved a single pumpkin) and fun/happy times.






    Here, my wonderful blog, I'll be posting my progress with the list. The points I'm most excited about are volunteering, and everything related to being outdoors. But I'm also REALLY like VERY scared of my college applications, because they won't probably turn out they way I want to... Anyway!!! Let's hope this Autumn brings beautiful memories, just like summer did.

    PS: Are you as excited as I am for Autumn to come? AND do you have a bucket-list?
    PS2: Honestly, I don't know what tomorrow's post will bring (a poem probably)
    PS3: THANK YOU SO MUCH IF YOU'RE READING THIS YOU SERIOUSLY MAKE MY DAYS! 

    ♥ See you tomorrow beautiful people ♥
    Vlada