{meet erica}


Hi! I'm Erica.  I am a high school student, self-taught baker, and aspiring Food Network star. Welcome to my little corner of the Internet.  High school is pretty dandy.  I have a constant audience for my baked goods (my math class/school sports teams), so I can't complain.  I started this little blog when I was a freshman in high school, and it has served as a not-so-private diary of all of my high school shenanigans.  My posts include (but are not limited to) recipes requiring two or more jars of Nutella (a.k.a stretch pants recipes), recipes inspired by my Japanese and New England roots, ramblings about the awkwardness and trials of high school, and my adventures near and far

I want to dearly thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet, baking things with me, and saying nice words. Nothing puts a smile on my face like sharing my food and memories with people I love. So smile, breathe, and enjoy life’s little cinnamon-sprinkled moments.  

With love, Erica 
 
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What's with the title?
Cinnamon is my favorite spice, and Cannella Vita means “cinnamon life” in Italian.
I'd like to believe that I live a "cinnamon life"...  
Let me explain. Cinnamon is good for the mind and body (did you know a half teaspoon of cinnamon can help with memory loss?), but it's also spicy, delicious and fun (ahem, cinnamon buns/churros/snickerdoodles). Concerning life, that's just how I like it. 


When did you start food blogging?
In fifth grade, I picked up a frying pan and made this sandwich.  A little butter, some crusty bread, sliced ham, and sweet pears. I posted it on All Recipes, and I felt like the next Bobby Flay.  
Cannella Vita was born in 2012, when I was a freshman in high school.  It started with this recipe for rosemary breadsticks and ratatouille, and since then, things have only gotten crazier. 

What do you eat?
I love breakfast, avocados, thick buttery toast, things slathered in almond butter, gouda cheese, green drinks, ikura, cappuccinos with latte art and grilled cheese.  I am an adventurous eater, but I won’t touch peanut butter.

What are you?
A human who loves her KitchenAid Mixer a little too aggressively.

No, what are you really?
My mom is Japanese and my dad was born in Switzerland.  I'm Japanese/Swiss/French/Portuguese/Irish.  I like to eat soba noodles, I love my Boston Red Sox hat, I dip rice crackers in Campbell's tomato soup, and my hair likes to coil into ringlets. 

What are your dreams?
I want to travel the world, go on adventures, take lots of baths, try as many coffees as I can, and spend time with the people I love.


What do you do when you aren't playing with dough?
You can find me hitting the pavement for a sweaty run, soaking up the sun, inappropriately swing dancing in public places, talking to my shih-tzu, writing long and rambling letters, drooling over fashion magazines, getting lost at Whole Foods, rapping Snoop Dogg, or like any other high school student, avoiding homework.

I absolutely love it when you guys talk to me!


Feel free to say hello:  email: cannellavita@gmail.com  or via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest etc. (all of the links are in the sidebar).  I look forward to hearing from you!



21 comments:

  1. Erica! I'm Tiffany from Creme de la Crumb, just hopped over to take a look at your blog and I'm absolutely loving it!! Oh and um, I am absolutely dying of jealousy right now over all of your Europe photos. Stop torturing me! So glad you found Creme de la Crumb, hope to stay in touch!!

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    1. Thank you Tiffany! Let's definitely stay in touch!

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  2. Hi, I'm McKenna and I just stumbled across your blog and fell in love! Your pictures of Italy are making me insanely jealous, it's on my list of place to travel to. The name of your blog is darling, ("Cinnamon life"?! doesn't get better than that) and we basically have the same dreams. Just wanted to say hello and that you and your blog are extremely lovely. X

    http://lovemckenna.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi McKenna! Thank you so much for all of the kind words :) I checked out your blog, and I love it! It's awesome that you're also 16, just like me -- let's stay in touch!
      With love,
      Erica

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  3. Hi Erica,

    I'a a mummy of 4 boys and my 2yr old wanted to bake a cake - great only problem was not enough butter - googled and found you!!! What a great website you have. We made the banana loaf and it was delicious.

    So from a rainy Warwickshire, UK. thank you.

    Caroline xx

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    1. Great! I am glad you liked the banana loaf -- I am a HUGE banana bread junkie and that is one of my favorite recipes ever! Thanks for stopping by! Erica

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  4. Hi Erica! I just stumbled across your blog and I am so glad I did! Your recipes look amazing and your photos are phenomenal. You have no idea how happy I was when I saw that you are 16! In a few months I'll be 16 too and I'm so happy to know I'm not the only teenage girl who runs a blog about food! I can't wait to try out your recipes!
    Feel free to check out my blog: http://simplesweetandlotstoeatdotcom.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words! Thank you for reaching out as well, I love love love to meet other teenage bloggers who love to bake! I will definitely stop by your blog! Let's keep in touch!

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  5. Found one of your pictures on Pintrest, and wow, I am so impressed! Such wonderful ideas and refreshing attitude on your blog. Will be back for sure!!

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    1. Thank you so much! Let me know if you make any of my recipes!

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  6. ratatouille tart
    I just made this and it was wonderful.
    I has 3 other people in for dinner and this was the starter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Great! I am glad you liked it -- that is one of my favorite recipes!

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  7. I...I think I'm in love with you! I'm a senior in high school, and hope to own a bakery someday! I loe baking (obviously) and I currenty have one of your banana bread recipes in the oven :) I have a blog too, but I use it for book reviews : www.book-wormreviews.blogspot.com. I love your style of writing, o happy and energetic and real :)

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    1. Dear Ariel,
      Comments like these literally make my day! One of the reasons that I love blogging so much is hearing from people like you! If you read CV a lot, you would know that I have an ungodly obsession with banana bread -- so I'm super jealous that you have a loaf baking up right now :) I will definitely check out your book review blog (I need to start reading for pleasure more often). Thanks for all of the kind words! Feel free to shoot me an email/message me on facebook :)

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  8. Hey Erica!
    I absolutely love your blog! Keep posting amazing recipes. I'm Italian and I have to say the dishes you posted in your recipe catalog for Italy are some of my favourites!
    You can follow me on instagram at http://instagram.com/weeathealthy

    Thanks and keep posting delicious recipes!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you liked my Italy posts -- I am still reminiscing on that wonderful vacation! I am following you on Instagram now -- you take beautiful photos and have a very unique style :). Stop by again soon :) Erica

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  9. Hi Erica,

    I came across your blog from a Pintrest post and I'm really inspired by everything you have going on here! I especially love your 4pm tea break and how you describe it as time to breath between the crazy times of your daily life. I think it's something that more people (including myself) should take the time to do! I'm not quite the tea lover that you are, but I do have a soft spot for anything vanilla so I'll have to do some investigating to find something, any suggestions? :)

    You've got such fantastic goals and you have started going after them at such a young age and with such a beautiful and positive outlook and drive that I'm sure one day you will achieve everything you have set your heart on!

    Your stories and daily adventures are so wonderfully written and I look forward to following you on your journey and picking up some great recipe's and tid bits along the way :)

    If you stay positive and keep your heart open, the sky is the limit!

    Best wishes,
    Ava

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    1. Dear Ava,
      Thank you so much for the kind comment! I actually do have a tea recommendation for you. There's this tea called "roasted almond" tea (I know it sounds weird), but it's sooooo good it's literally like drinking warm sugar vanilla cookies. Here's the link if you're interested http://www.capitalteas.com/Roasted_Almond_p/136.htm. Thank you so much again for the sweet comments. This is a stressful time (junior year of high school) and this kind of encouragement really keeps me going. :) With love, Erica

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  10. is that ur boyfriend?
    u look very cute in that pic!

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  11. So I am like now obsessed with you... you just described like my ideal life. I am a fellow teenage blogger and I blog at minougirl.com :) so happy I just found your blog! <3 :)

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    1. Dear Leigha,
      Thank you so much for the sweet comment! I love to hear from other teenage bloggers! Let's get in touch!

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