How Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” Changed My Life

Lean In Sheryl Sandberg

Before I read Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” I wholeheartedly believed that my reason for existence was to raise children.

So, like, up until last week.

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Baking Essentials

When I first developed an interest in baking, I remember scanning the ingredients list in recipes and thinking, “But I don’t have that! Guess I’m making brownies again.” In hindsight, I realize that I missed countless opportunities to improve my baking simply because I didn’t know how to stock my pantry. Over the years, I’ve learned which ingredients are worth a special trip to the store and which ingredients are necessary to have on hand at all times, you know, for “baking emergencies” ;)

Wondering what my list of baking essentials includes?

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Corn-Free Skillet Cornbread

Cornbread has always been one of my family’s favorite comfort foods. Served alongside a piping hot bowl of chili, an intoxicating stew made from Indian-spiced lentils, or used to sop up juices from a hearty holiday plate, I’m pretty sure everybody has warm associations with this cozy side dish.

Which is why my sister’s recent development of a corn allergy breaks my heart. Unable to think of a worthy substitute for years, I confess to planning “cornbread nights” for times that she could not make it to our family dinners. While I couldn’t exactly bake it in front of her (that would be torture!), it was one of those dishes my family and I just refused to go without.

With this recipe, though, I believe I’ve found the solution.

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13 Recipes You Donut Want to Miss

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Easy Cake Mix Donuts

I never make donuts but, like… one day I will… I just know it. If I’m being honest, I spent the entire summer bookmarking these recipes and have just been biding my time until bikini season ends (am I the only one???). After Labor Day Weekend though, donut season begins.

In the event that you, too, enjoy preparing for obesity weeks in advance, here are 13 recipes you donut want to miss…

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9 Ways to Ruin a Job Interview

The job search is tough, y’all… Let’s not make it harder for ourselves by displaying poor interview skills. I have administered many interviews over the years and am always surprised to see the candidates committing the same errors over and over again. Because my heart can’t stand to see another seemingly promising candidate throw away their interview on a rookie mistake, here is my list of 9 ways to ruin a job interview– so that you don’t!

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Guide to Cooking Grains

Although there are many obvious downsides to having medical dietary restrictions, one perk is the sudden exposure to a world of foods you never even knew existed. For example, when my sister developed severe food allergies several years ago (to dietary staples like wheat, rice, corn and oats), we quickly learned about the versatility and nutritional value of quinoa, and have since embraced it as part of our daily diet. Inspired and excited to learn more, I’ve recently begun experimenting with more grains, like farro, and am eager to try others, like wheat berries and millet. In case you are grain-curious like me, keep reading to see a simple guide to cooking grains.
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21 Ways to Cook Shrimp According to Bubba

Louisiana Barbecued Shrimp

I’ve always preferred seafood to meat or poultry, likely because of its subtle sweetness and undeniable tenderness. That said, I admit to preparing my seafood the exact same way every single time. Salmon is drizzled in honey, broiled for 5 minutes; shrimp is boiled for 2-3 minutes and then sauteed with butter, lemon and garlic; tuna is seared lightly or scraped straight out of the can and sandwiched between two slices of bread with more melted cheddar cheese than is socially acceptable.

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Strawberry Basil Agua Fresca

When the weather reached triple digits this past weekend, I literally could do nothing but sit in my air-conditioned living room and cradle a glass bowl of strawberries to my chest. You think I’m being dramatic but I really can’t with that kind of heat. On a whim, I decided to put the berries to good use and make a refreshing drink for the lazy summer afternoon.

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10 Genius Ways to Hide Vegetables in Your Dessert


Purple Sweet Potato Pie (Vegan)

Don’t look at me like that. I know this blog post makes you think I am your worst enemy but, the truth is, I am actually your best friend. Allow me to explain… Experts recommend 2.5 servings of vegetables a day. This is all great and good for freaks (like me) that put kale in everything, but the truth is, eating vegetables everyday is no one’s idea of fun. Know what is? Eating PIE every day!**

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German Chocolate Brownies

Although my dad literally refuses gifts on his birthday, Father’s Day and Christmas (and returns/donates the gifts we do get him) he has never been shy about requesting a Baker’s German Chocolate Cake. Yeah, a brand name chocolate cake — and my dad HATES brands! The thing is, Baker’s is THE classic recipe and my dad hates when you mess with a classic. So yeah, he probably hates me right now.

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Camp Like a Queen: 12 Gourmet Skillet Recipes


Giant Cinnamon Roll Skillet because heaven really does exist

I have a confession to make. All summer long, as plans of adventurous backpacking trips and epic camping weekends circulated amongst my friends, all I could think of was how I excited I was to bring my cast iron skillet with me. You see, these sturdy, heat-retaining vessels were actually designed to be used in hearths and fireplaces, making them the ideal campfire companion. Also, I would rather jump into a bottomless ravine than eat limp, rubbery hotdogs or *gasp* dehydrated trail food. And so, here are 12 gourmet skillet recipes for anyone who, like myself, prefers to camp in style:

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

When I was a little girl, I didn’t know that abuela meant grandmother. It was very confusing actually, because we called my grandmother, “Nana,” and my great-grandmother, “Walita.” Imagine my surprise years later to learn that nana is just an informal way of saying abuela and that Walita was not my great-grandmother’s name, just a mispronunciation of the word, abuelita (little grandmother). Her real name was Catalina but Walita suited her; she was small, frail and spoke only in soft, gentle murmurs.

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Perfect Crustless Quiche

Perfect Crustless Quiche

Somewhere between the time I purchased my first lip gloss and a string of wild, blurry summers in the mystical town of Isla Vista, my breakfast preferences switched from sweet to savory. I mean, you can’t cure a hangover with pancakes, french toast or your dad’s famous Belgian waffles… You need omelettes, hearty breakfast scrambles and breakfast burritos. It is known.

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In defense of Cameron Crowe: What our anger about Emma Stone being casted as an Asian character in “Aloha” says about us

When I first read the EW article criticizing Cameron Crowe’s decision to cast Emma Stone as a half-Asian character in Aloha, I was disappointed — in Crowe for selecting a Caucasian actor to portray an ethnic experience, in Stone for accepting this wildly inappropriate role (and with it, all the advantages of her white privilege) and in Hollywood as a whole, for using its undeniable power and influence to make audiences around the world believe that this was all okay. The media storm that followed this article demonstrates that I was not the only one.

After reading his personal apology and explanation, however, I am disappointed with society and, admittedly, myself.

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An Apology To All the Women I Have Called Pretty

to all the women who are so much more than pretty 🌸 #repost

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Sopita with Shrimp and Kale

Sopita with Shrimp and Kale

Ahh, sopita… How can I explain this simple, homestyle dish to those who did not grow up with it flowing through their veins? Here’s my first try, *ahem*: sopita is to Mexicans as chicken noodle soup is to Americans. Yeah? No? Okay, okay how’s this: sopita is to Mexican cuisine as macaroni and cheese is to Southern cuisine. You smell what I’m steppin’ in? A no-frills comfort-food best served by mom.

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4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

4 ingredient peanut butter cookies

When my sister developed an allergy to wheat several years ago, cookies were the first thing I tried to bake for her. They were snickerdoodles, if I remember correctly. I flipped through a website or two to read about gluten-free flours, ran to the grocery store where I consciously decided I didn’t really need xanthan gum, and then spent the next five or so hours in my kitchen wondering why my snickerdoodles were crumbling into dust at the slightest touch.

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How to Make a Can of Beans Your Bitch

how to make a can of beans your bitch

When my sisters and I were young and being particularly obnoxious about what my mother was making for dinner, she would always threaten us with a can of beans.

“NOOOO PLEASE NO NO NO!!!” we’d cry back, in terror.

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Pesto Quinoa with Roasted Asparagus and Brussel Sprouts

Pesto Quinoa with Roasted Asparagus and Brussel Sprouts

This recipe is my way of saying HELLOOOOO SPRING ♥

I threw it together on a whim for my family’s Easter BBQ and can’t believe what a hit it was. I meant for it to be a warm vegetable side dish but, when I brought it out of the fridge on the day of our barbecue, it tasted so great cold that I served it just like that. So that makes it a salad right???

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DIY Dry Shampoo for Brunettes

DIY Dry Shampoo for Brunettes

I am a sucker for weird beauty hacks– especially when they use common household products. This makes me both: 1) a total loser and 2) an easy target for Pinterest. The issue is, I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read that suggest women use baby powder or corn starch to absorb any excess oil in between shampoos! Umm hello, was this advice meant for Betty White??? I see how blondes can get away with this but all the brunettes out there who have attempted this “beauty hack” know that it makes you look like Elvira.

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