Monday, December 30, 2013

orange cranberry pound cake

I've noticed that a hot shower feels 100x better than normal when I come inside after a cold and sweaty run, a bag of pretzel sticks tastes amazing when I'm ravenously hungry, and my bed is the most comfortable place in the world after a busy day.  

Sunday, December 29, 2013

most popular recipes of 2013!

2013 is coming to a close -- and although I am knee-deep in studying for exams, fighting off my cinnamon bun cravings, and battling a nasty cold, I can't help but feel extremely grateful for all of you who visit my little corner of the internet.  

Cannella Vita wouldn't exist without you all.  If it wasn't for you, who would I rant to about the agony of baking a wonky batch of browniesinstagram inspired FOMO (fear of missing out), and the time I lacerated my thumb making lemon blueberry cake.  Yeah, without you, I have no one to over-share with, so thank you for being there. 

Without further ado, here are your five favorite recipes from 2013.

5)  Minion Cupcakes -- I'm so glad this made the listI just got the Despicable Me 2 DVD for Christmas and that movie totally changed my life (I personally identify with Agnes and her love of unicorns and bangs). 

4) Banana Nutella Eggrolls -- A banana smeared with Nutella is a very good thing.  A good thing is always made better when it is wrapped in dough and deep-fried.  Case and point.

3)  Really Good Marble Cake -- this marble cake is really good.

2)  Sex in a Pan -- This recipe won #1 recipe of the year on Best Dessert   I guess with a name like that it's hard not to get noticed ;). 

1)  Julia's Banana Bread -- I made this recipe as an afterthought while studying for a math quiz.  It was the most popular recipe of the year by a long shot.  I guess the moral of the story is "when you have to study for a math quiz, bake banana bread."  I can live with that ;).

hehehe I'm the winner!
What was your favorite Cannella Vita recipe of the year?

With love,

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

LTT: instajealous

Instagram has been under a bit of fire lately. 

I recently read this New York Times article called The Agony of Instagram. To sum it up,  many people feel "instajealous" after stalking their friends' "fabulous" lives on Instagram, and feel sad when they see instagrams of cool people eating snacks without them. 

I agree with this somewhat.  Facebook posers, we all know them, we all hate them. And Instagram gives these awful people yet another medium to share their "awesome" lives with us through all sorts of glittery filters (as if getting minute by minute Twitter updates wasn't bad enough...).
Celebrity Instagrams  can also make us feel "instajealous."  Seeing Alessandra Ambrosio roller bladeing around Venice Beach in booty shorts while I am falling asleep in an assembly about honey bees, or seeing Lauren Conrad looking fabulous while poking around fair trade markets while I am doing AP U.S. history alone in the library sometimes makes me think: why isn't my life this fabulous? 

Then I remember, my life is pretty great, and everything, literally everything, looks super fancy and cool and awesome through "Amaro" or "Lo-fi."

Instagram has the ability to make this squished McDonald's sausage McMuffin that I ate in my dad's car before the ACT look appealing.  Case and point.  

I dont think there's anything inherently wrong with this, its just the nature of Instagram. 

Last weekend, I Instagrammed a pretty fancy breakfast of banana rum french toast (all doused in powdered sugar).  Am I going to Instagram my daily bowl of watery oatmeal? Nope.

I Instagrammed my hair on this day that my hair looked particularly nice after yoga class.  Does my hair usually look like this? Nope.  It is usually tied up in a Costco headband.

Then should Instagram be full of lumpy oatmeal and Costco headbands?

NO! But we should all take it with a grain of salt (kind of like reality T.V.).  I'm sure that EVEN LAUREN CONRAD eats watery oatmeal and wears headbands from Costco sometimes. 

So as Christmas approaches, and you start scrolling through pictures of 12 foot tall Christmas trees, glamorous Christmas parties, and luxurious presents, just take a moment to be thankful for the things that you have, and remember that everything looks better through an "amaro" filter. 

With love, 

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