Vegetable Spring Rolls

all things yummy spring rollsSpring rolls are fun to make and surprisingly easy.  I mean I wouldn’t say I’m a pro spring ROLLER just yet but I have to give myself a little pat on the back for how they turned out.

What’s good about spring rolls is you can really put whatever you want in them its up to you.  Below are the ingredients that I decided to use but you can use your imagination and the things you love to create your spring rolls.

all things yummy spring rollsMY INGREDIENTS:

– Any spring roll wrappers you can find (My were from Shop Rite near the tacos & asian food section) – Saifun Noodles – Canned chopped water chestnuts – Pre made Bagged Broccoli Slaw – Scallion – Cucumbers – Butter Lettuce – Peanut Dressing

First I softened the noodles by following the package & placing them in boiling water for 15 minutes.  While the noodles were in the water I chopped the  scallion and cucumbers in to long,thin chopped up pieces.  I then got all the ingredients ready for rolling. The directions to make spring rolls are found on the back of the packaging.  They are simple, wet the spring roll wrappers for 15-20 seconds in warm water and once you feel it becoming gelatinous take it out and place it on a cloth.  Now you will place the ingredients in the spring roll. Below is a picture I found to help illustrate where to put the ingredients.  Put as much or as little as each ingredient as you would like and then roll it up.  I used a peanut dressing as my dipping sauce which I found at Stop & Shop, it was perfect because it was a little bit spicy. I hope you enjoy your spring roll and put your on take on it with ingredients you love.

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all things yummy spring rolls

PUMPKIN PANCAKES & Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

all things yummy pumpkin pancakesI know I sound like many girls when I say this but I LOVE PUMPKIN. When fall comes around I get in such a good mood between the perfect weather and pumpkin flavored food. So with fall coming upon us I decided to make some pumpkin pancakes and boy were they good.

UnfortunatelyI realized I did not have canned coconut milk so what you see above is cool whip but the recipe will be below for it as well.

To make the pancakes you will need:

– 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (I use Libby’s)
– 1/4 cup coconut milk ( can be unsweetened if you preferred)
– 2 egg whites
– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour
– 1/2 tsp. baking soda
– *1/4 tsp. pumpkin spice
– 1/2 tsp splenda/stevia/sugar ( I used half stevia half splenda)                     – a dash of salt
*(Didnt measure this exact but put about 6 taps of the cinnamon bottle, 2 taps of ground ginger, 2 taps of nutmeg a tap of allspice and a tap of cloves- really is to your likings)

To make these mix the pumpkin, egg whites, vanilla extract and coconut milk in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, sugar, salt & pumpkin spice. Then put the dry ingredients into the wet  ingredients and mix until everything is completely mixed in.  Spray a non stick skillet, put on medium heat and once you put the batter on wait until you see bubbles and flip the pancakes.                                         Once there done top with whatever you would like and ENJOY.

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For the coconut milk whipped cream you will need:

-*1 Can of Coconut Milk full fat

– 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)

– Sweeteners (optional) * (I used 15 oz of coconut milk but use how much you want to make)

To Make this you should have refrigerated the milk overnight. Once you take it out flip the can over. The liquid coconut milk that doesn’t harden will now be at the top.  Then open the can from the bottom. (If you don’t flip the can before opening you will spoon out the hardened coconut and just be careful to not get the liquid.) Pour out the liquid into a different bowl if you would like to save it for other use other wise pour into the garbage. Then scoop out the hardened cream grab a hand mixer and whip til you see small peaks. Now is when you can add the vanilla or other sweeteners like confectioners sugar if you would like.

Eating my way through the Greek Islands

For spring break we decided to goto Greece.  We went with a company called Bus2alps which is all kids our age from programs like ours.  We didn’t fly at all so the trip was cheaper.  In a later post I will touch on all the fun adventures we got to experience but this post is alllll about FOOOOD.

Now I thought I loved Greek food which I do, but now it is kinda ruined for me in America. It was so amazing.  We were in Corfu, Athens and Santorini. While we were there we tried many different foods.  Some I have had before & some I had not.

Let me start with these coconut sticks we had in Athens.  Now I am a true lover of coconut so when I saw these I had to get them.  You could get chocolate or vanilla or both so I got both so I could test them both out.  Now my food buddy/best friend isn’t a coconut lover but I of course let her have one & she instantly fell in love with these.  We went back and got more with our other friends & to this day we talk about them.  (We actually googled them to order them to America, that good)

IMG_3350 544640_10151591460671800_1793352819_n 555989_10151591391726800_103212902_nAlso in Athens there was a lady roasting corn & chestnuts.  I hadn’t had corn in month & love roasted corn so of course I had to get some. My food buddy tried the roasted chestnuts because she had never had them before & she thought they were great.  The lady working the stand was the nicest women ever & we sat and talked with her for at least 15 minutes. IMG_3790 IMG_3793While walking around the first morning we had got there we saw a bagel like ring.  We had not had bagels in months & they told us this was some popular in Greece so we tried them.  They have different flavors just like bagels too.  The bakery we got them from smelled amazing & they had so many great looking pastries.  We got a couple to try which were amazing as well.SAM_1461 SAM_1462 IMG_3759Another thing we had in Athens was some fresh fruit.  They were set up in the square right by the corn & coconut stands. SAM_1472At the end of our trip we went back to Athens for a half day before we left.  We found this frozen yogurt place & we had to have it.  We had been living on gelato for a while & needed a mini change for the day.IMG_3776In Fira, Santorini right by our hotel was this teeny tiny restaurant that made waffles. I am 100 percent a sweet breakfast person so this was perfect.  I had a different “spiltzies” buddy for this meal. We split 2 waffles one chocolate type & a apples & honey one.  The chocolate one was better but they were both amazing, clearly but the looks our our plate. My friends got a fruit crepe with honey that she loved!IMG_3667 IMG_3679 IMG_3672 IMG_3682392667_10151342846971039_410246275_nWhile in Santorini we of course had to split a gyro sandwich late night (drunk)388732_10151591453246800_1873896920_nThe best meal we had while in Greece was in Santorini.  It was at Mamas House & mama is the nicest, cutest women & we loved her. We had fried tomato balls which were amazing. My friend got a salad for her appetizer. My friend & I split the most amazing octopus I have ever tasted in my life.  It was perfectly cooked & was just plain amazing. Now the other food might not look amazing but it really was.  I split a traditional Greek dish which is Mousaka & chicken with plums which was out of this world.  We kept talking about this dish for a while. Lastly for dessert we got Baklava. We were so full but still of course ordered 2 for the table to share.  Thankfully we did because we all said we were just going to have a bite but when we tasted it we devoured it.  I know I will never for the rest of my life have a Baklava that tasted as amazing as this one.  Mama’s House was the best meal I had in Greece in all 10 days!IMG_3633 IMG_3635 IMG_3631 IMG_3637 IMG_3643 IMG_3644 IMG_3649305999_10151342846136039_1919819725_n482224_4853596421887_1125298901_nAnother trip favorite was this restaurant we found in Corfu.  It was a small little restaurant where the owners knew everyone (except us).         IMG_3259 IMG_3264 IMG_3268 IMG_3266 IMG_3267 IMG_3271 IMG_3274Below are some more food pictures from this amazing trip.IMG_3732 IMG_3731 IMG_3729 IMG_3506 IMG_3496 IMG_3446 IMG_3441 IMG_3440 IMG_3439 IMG_3363 IMG_3359 149495_10151591450496800_1605222141_n  This meal was from our hostel right before the booze cruise.  It was actually pretty good but I guess is wasnt enough to hold all my alcohol (at least I dont think, I only remember about 15 minutes of the rest of that day).547583_10151591441281800_1312008133_n We had an amazingly beautiful wine tasting in Santorini as well.547709_10151591397166800_884994936_n

FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL Valencia

SAM_1682Well when it came to my best friend & I traveling around abroad we were always on the look out for the next food to try.  So, when we got to Valencia & happened to see a sign for a food & wine festival while we were there we were alll about that!

It was the best decision of our lives to skip a museum type situation & goto this.  Not only was it eating & drinking our two favorite things, but this immersed us into the culture way more then anything else could of.  We didn’t see very many tourists there at all which was pretty cool. We wished we had gone the day before because we would of went the next day too it was so fun. Unfortunately it was raining a little this day but not for very long which was good!

If you bought a ticket you got a bowl & a wine glass. You got 6 dishes & wine (if I remember correctly) for about 6-10 euros I think.  It was great.  There were many different wine & food stands.  We loved the mussel stand a long with many other people.  I tried some sausage, sweets, nuts & many other things too.  Not gonna lie, we were having some much food we decided to buy another round to get more wine & food.  We were drunk by then but then we made some friends with these kids from a soccer team. They happened to know one of the wines stands & got us even more for free.  Can someone say wastedddd (we were atleast 12 glasses down).  We had so much fun with them we were actually gonna meet them out later but when we went back to our hotel to shower & get ready we passed out oops.

Below are some of the things we tried, the event & pictures with our new friends.SAM_1826 SAM_1835 SAM_1827 SAM_1829 SAM_1832SAM_1825942295_10151638714051800_701498352_nSAM_1821264442_10151638715291800_792877392_n295356_10151638713951800_1059802097_n941246_10151638715891800_144210340_n944203_10151638716026800_72621111_nSAM_1823It was a very fun day & we are happy we got the real Valencia experience.  Even when you really try to immerse yourself in a culture & get the real experience sometimes you try to hard & you just can’t really see it from the inside.  We were lucky that by a beautiful coincidence we got this experience.

THE PANCAKE BAKERY, amsterdam

IMG_2037 IMG_2038 IMG_2039Amsterdam is known for many things, one being their  Dutch pancakes. Now if you’ve seen my prior post I had an eating buddy with me everywhere I went when I was abroad.  We would do “splitzies” at many places because lets be real we can never decide on just one thing to eat.

The pancake bakery serves what we call crepes.  They served sweet & savory but heard the savory ones weren’t as good, plus I would choose sweet anyways I am sweets type of chick.

The place was very crowded & we sat upstairs.  Their were some cute named pancakes for the kids which I had to take a picture of of course.IMG_2041I got a hot chocolate & split a nutella banana crepe & 1 of the most amazing things I have ever put in my mouth, cinnamon apple pancake with cinnamon ice cream on top. The cinnamon ice cream was not a harsh cinnamon it was a light sweet perfect hint to top the pancakes. We both decided we messed up on this one and should of each just gotten the cinnamon apple on to ourselves but ya live & ya learn.  If I was ever fortunate enough to go back you best believe I will go here more then once & get that pancake each time.IMG_2044IMG_2050 IMG_2047IMG_2053IMG_2055IMG_2063

LA GIOSTRA

la-giostraWhile living in Florence for four months I ate at lots of different but there were a bunch I visited more then once.  La Giostra was one of them. We were instructed many times about the pear ravoli whichwere great, but we ended up having many different favorites there.

I lived less then a minute walk from this restaurant which was great.  What wasn’t so great about it was I didn’t burn any calories on the walk there or back & i really needed too since I was defintely eatting a lot of calories while there.

Upon arriving you see the owner with tons of bracelets going up his arm (probably almost half way) the myth behind it is one bracelet for every girl hes slept with but we found out this was untrue.  After sitting they give you complementary antipasti & some prosecco. Then the meal begins.

Below are some pictures of the things I have had there.

Spaghettone pomodoro e basilica

Ravioli with pear and pecorino filling

Rice milk ice cream with raspberries

Steak with balsamic vinegar reduction

AntipastiIMG_0030grilled vegetables IMG_0183          Burrata with honey and figsIMG_1341Spaghetti with tomato mozzarella & basilIMG_1351IMG_0177Ravioli with pear & pecorino filling (pear ravioli)IMG_0035rigatoni with tomato pine nuts pecorino and basiIMG_0038vegetable & cheese stuffed chicken got this many times it was amazingIMG_1348Balsamic steakIMG_0180cherry sauce & white fishIMG_1345rice ice cream with raspberry AMAZING i want it right now.IMG_1355 IMG_0188

CANYON JUMPING IN SWITZERLAND

IMG_1772Interlaken, Switzerland is breathtakingly beautiful.  I will defintely have a post about it but for now this is about the time when I had a laps in judgement & decided to jump off of a mountain with only a cord attached to me.

Now when we booked our trip to Switzerland we planned on skydiving.  But, the weather had not been clear so the day before us was completely cancelled & they thought our whole day was going to be too.  We didn’t want to go there & do nothing so we booked canyon jumping.

Did I mention I’m scared of heights.  Heres the fair warning. Did I also mention that I did not plan on hiking to the top of the mountain either.

So we get off the mini bus that took us to the mountain.  Sometimes I can get a little car sick & we were sitting in sideways seats plus I was hungover because I was pretty wasted the night before but I thought I was fine. Until they told us that we had a long walk ahead.  *This was not a walk.  We had to use ropes to help walk up steep areas & overall this was not simple.SAM_1197We had to sign a consent form that was supposed to funny but I think the guy who was doing this whole thing was drunk so it made the experience just a little scarier. (I mean a lot!!) I was doing this with 3 of my friends & a bunch of randoms.  I decided to go 3 so I could see my friends do it but not be last.  We got harnassed up then walked (hiked) a little futher to where we would be jumping.  That’s when my fear kicked in.

Now they didn’t give us any directions except to look towards the camera women that was hanging from a tree. Its really scary to begin with, a little scarier that the guy hooking us up is 97% positive hes drunk, & really scary with no directions.

My first friend jumps & makes it seem like nothing.  She also loves this kind of stuff.  My second friend jumps after what seems like a prayer (she’s not religious by any means) & a few breaths, then its my turn.  *QUE HELL BREAKING LOSE! I could barely walk to the area where you jump & get hooked up but I do.  He hooks me up & it jerks me a little which freaks me out.  I start shaking like never before.  I’ve heard & maybe experienced people shaking from being scared but this was something new.  It still hard to explain because I didn’t know a body could do this.  My legs were shaking so bad I with no exaggeration almost fell over.  Im crying & freaking & of course the drunk guy tries to pour alcohol down my throat which is not helping.  After a good 10+ minutes of freaking out I get unhooked & let my friend go in front of me.  She jumps like its nothing too. WTF. I told myself I needed to do this & I didn’t wanna walk all the way down afterwards.  I tell everyone behind me I sware this will be quick.  I get hooked up count to 3 & just jump.  It was so quick my friends didnt even really notice & neither did the picture girl so I didnt get a picture.

I blacked out & dont even really remember.  All I know is I was hanging at the bottom & started to cry when I realized my hands were  turning another color from frost bite.  I got the edge climbed up the ladder where the guy gave me medic gloves because I actually was getting frost bite.  To my amusement the experience wasn’t over.  We had to basically do another obstacle course though caves & etc. to a lodge. Finally we got to the lodge has some hot chocolate & sat. Below is a picture of me in the lodge with the medic gloves not amused.

Below is the order of my friends & then me freaking out not letting go of the guy or the side & refusing the alcohol being given to me to calm my nerves.SAM_1203 SAM_1207 SAM_1215 SAM_1231 SAM_1233 SAM_1220 SAM_1222 SAM_1223 IMG_1805IMG_1814The picture smiling was clearly before the fear set in.IMG_1777