Yummy biscuits

You ever feel so much that you feel nothing at all ? That’s me currently and for some reason prayer and cooking keeps my mind occupied . So I made some biscuits this morning . I’ve made Vegan biscuits before which were outstanding , but I wanted to try another recipe . I found this recipe on Pinterest with all purpose flour and gave it a try and it is the easiest recipe .

You will need

2 Cups of All purpose flour

2 Tablespoons of Baking Powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1 Scant tablespoon of sugar

5 Tablespoons of butter (it calls for unsalted but I used salted )

1 cup of almond milk (or whatever milk you want to use )

I always mix my dry ingredients together and you want to sift the mixture so that everything is mixed in together . Next you cut your butter into big cubes and then I used a fork to smash in the butter with the flour .

When you’re done with this step you will notice your mixture now looks like crumbles . After that I made a hole in the middle and that’s where I added the milk . You then mix well until it’s doughy . I added a bit of flour because you don’t want your mixture to be too sticky . I was able to make 8 biscuits . I left it in the oven for about 30-40 minutes maybe until you see them browning then you take them out and I put a little butter on them to get that glossy brown look . These biscuits were amazing and delicious and flaky and buttery . You gotta try them !

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Garlic and Sapphires

Garlic and Sapphires- The Secret Life of Critic In Disguise By: Ruth Reichl 

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After reading The Nightingale my soul was pretty heavy so I needed to read something a little more light weight so my friend Lu  put me on to this interesting book. Honestly if she didn’t recommend it I wouldn’t have even bother to look at it. This book is about a well known food critic name Ruth who wore different disguises to restaurants.

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What I really enjoyed about this book was the humor yet seriousness. I appreciate the honesty that comes with being a food critic and how eventually Ruth had to be honest with herself. The way Ruth loves food is the way I love food. She compares food to fabrics and to colors and different textures and when she does a review, your mouth waters, or you frown of such uncanny foods that you cant even imagine together. You imagine Ruth as these women who she disguised herself as and some were hilarious, some were just sad and some were frightening . The book also has recipes which I love. Who would want to read a recipe in a book? I thought I didn’t but then I thought hmm I can imagine this or I can really make this or this looks amazing. I felt I had to rely on my imagination reading this book. This book was mostly about food but it was also about finding yourself. About love of family and friends. Weathering the change.

*insert random rant*Currently in my life I am weathering a change, but as a dear friend said to me sometimes you have to strip everything away, not being selfish but allowing space for myself. Relying first and foremost on Jehovah, and just trying my best to keep up with my spiritual routine. *end of random rant*

But back to the book, its a light weight read, its witty and humorous and makes you want to eat. You cant go wrong with that!

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This book ended up  making me super hungry so I made some Sour cream pancakes .Its a good read and you will be shocked at how much you will enjoy it.

P.S I learned a new word for sarcastic. CAUSTICALLY!

Dumpling Friday’s !

Hey guys ! I hope everyone is doing well . It’s a gloomy Tuesday here in New York . No fun but I want to talk about the amazing dumplings I had on Friday . Now they weren’t the best of the best but they were just what I wanted and needed at the moment lol

I went to Vanessa’s Dumplings in Williamsburg because I seen reviews and people raving about how good but not only good but CHEAP . Cheap is my middle name . So I went and ordered the chicken&basil dumplings 2 orders , shrimp dumplings , veggie dumplings , the sesame pancake with vegetables it came with carrots and cucumbers , a red bean steam bun and the spinach and mushroom spicy wontons . I got all of this food for 27 dollars yes you heard right 27 bucks ! There portions were big that me and my mom couldn’t even finish so we had some for the next day.

The dumplings were delish the shrimp ones weren’t all that but they were good . My favorites were the veggie dumplings the spicy wontons and I tried the chicken and basil lol I’m not even suppose to be eating chicken right now but I could not resist . It smelled so good . What’s beautiful about these dumplings and wontons they were well filled with beautiful vegetables and flavorful chicken . The basil was just on point . Like the spinach was so green I was so happy to see that . The sesame pancake was amazing . It reminded me of a huge scallion pancake with sesame seeds with veggies in it . So good !!! The red bean bun was okay I didn’t really like it much lol but I wanted to try it . All in all Vanessa’s was amazing and I’ll be back to try the soups they have ! And of course more dumplings ! If you haven’t already tried them you should try them !

The Nightingale By: Kristin Hannah

“An unforgettable portrait of love and war”-People 

Unforgettable is definitely one of the words I would use for this book. Its one of the most rewarding, most emotional, heart wrenching, powerful books I have ever read especially about the Holocaust. When you read books about the Holocaust, its from the point of view of a Jew. Primarily this group of people were murdered, stripped of their dignity,a complete genocide. What I did not know is how other groups of people like the French were effected. I knew about Jehovah’s witnesses, its part of my history as one today. But Communists, French, Italians, etc. I didn’t know there was a story for them to tell as well and Kristin Hannah did that exquisitely . This book was about two French sisters Vianne and Isabel who were deeply impacted by the Holocaust. Vianne is the oldest sister, very delicate and initially she seem fragile, dependent on her husband Antoine and a amazing mother to her daughter Sophie. Isabel on the other hand is a riot. Shes strong, shes brave and shes very erratic sometimes with the decisions she makes. But the love that these two sisters had for each other was unwavering it was so solid.

What I love most about the book is how they go back and forth between the 1995 and 1930-1940’s. You never know who survived in the 90’s until you get to the very end. In this book you just see and learn about two sisters who fight to survive during this horrific time in history by any means necessary. They sacrificed whatever they must to protect each other and their loved ones. The book has so much detail so much pain so much love. Moments I felt I could not breathe before reading what happened next. Kristin Hannah is an amazing author. Some pages, I could smell burnt flesh, or I could feel the emptiness in their bellies from not having any food for days. Its just an amazing novel of the human spirit, and how it wants to live, regardless of what its seen, regardless of the suffering mentally and physically. Writing this right now I have tears in my eyes because this may be historical fiction but this is a story of many who died in the Holocaust, who survived but still remember everything about the days the years of suffering.

When I finished this book I sat in the bathroom and I sobbed. I sobbed for the lives lost, the minds lost, the families lost. Generations gone. A bit of happiness because people lived generations alive because some died for them. Fought for them. If you have not read this book please read it.

Thank Lu.

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Hey guys !

So it’s been a month since I been on here and there isn’t any particular reason for it , but that a lot has been going on and I think sometimes you have to take a mini break from things .

For those who are new here , my name Is Chelsea . I am 26 years old . Born and raised in Brooklyn and I blog about my favorite things Thrifting ,Books, and Food hence the name lol .

Update on life : Nothing is really new with me but I feel like I’m in the stage of growing again . It’s uncomfortable sometimes. You go through these things and then you grow at times from how you react whether it was the wrong way or the right way . To how people treat you , how absent they are or how present or how much they treasure you genuinely . I’m growing again and it’s beautiful how we are constantly evolving to be better humans and for me a better servant of Jehovah .

Also in a couple months I’ll be moving to Florida ! There are many feels with that but I’m praying that everything goes to plan and if it doesn’t we will regroup and take it from there . Moving is stressful because it requires change . I get so anxious with change . I’ve always lived here and I know most streets inside out . There won’t be a little deli on the corner to go to with popping sandwiches with corner store men that you’ve known since you were a kid . I won’t be able to just hop on a train in Florida to get from point A to B and I’m leaving of my family behind spiritual and blood . But I realized that I’m moving forward to so much more and the main thing is a peace of mind . No it will never be perfect . Circumstances, trials will arise that’s a no brainer but I will have more room to think . I feel the creation there will for sure bring me closer to my Creator. Also me and my mom can be on our own two feet . I’ll keep you guys updated . But yeah book reviews will be coming soon ! I hope everyone is well 🤗 😌

Letting go of gravity

Letting go of gravity By: Meg Leder

I feel like I’ve been reading the best books ever. This is one of the best books I’ve read . No matter the genre . It’s in my top 3 books . This book made me feel and that’s what books should do . It’s about a interesting relationship between two twins Charlie(boy) and Parker(girl) . Charlie got leukemia Parker didn’t . It talks about the sickness and how it effected their relationship over the years and how they became further and further apart . How Parker who always wanted to be a doctor didn’t quite know how to even save herself . Then insert Finn a person from Parker’s past , and these gorgeous characters like Carla and Ms Peggy and Harriet and Alice the old women from a center . Em Parkers best friend and amazing Ruby who changes both Charlie and Parker’s life . The characters have so much life and so much love . I literally fell in love with this book . As I always say I won’t share too much but In the beginning she tells about the helium girl and the gravity girl and how the helium girl wanted to fly and the gravity girl didn’t know how to let go . That was the relationship with Parker and Charlie . Parker constantly snitches and Charlie is constantly a jerk but give it a chance . Let it tell you this story . It’s so good . I would def recommend this beautiful book .

P.S I’ll be auxiliary pioneering for the month of October . I’m really looking forward to it ! Pray for me !

Park slope Thrifting

Hey guys ! So I haven’t written a blog post about thrifting in a while . One I been broke and two I been broke lol no seriously I have but I knew I needed a couple things for fall and winter and a jean jacket def being one of them for fall . I went to L train vintage right on 4th avenue and and Sackett street. This location got excellent reviews so me and mom decided to go there. Very organized , and really nice gems but of course thrifting requires patience. I was able to find a jean jacket , t-shirt , a hat and this really cute tunic dress . All for 30 bucks !

PacSun jean jacket for 10 bucks

Tunic dress for 8 bucks

T shirt and hat were both 6 dollars each

Today was a great day thrifting and spending time with my mama . Hope all is well with y’all ! Keep enduring . Keep swimming . ✌🏾

The Summer of Broken things

As summer comes to its end I felt like it was only right to read a book with this title . The Summer of Broken Things By:Margaret Peterson Haddix.

This book was so precious and made me want to roll my eyes and cry and just laugh and smile . It’s about two young ladies Kayla and Avery and a Summer that changed their lives . Avery comes from a rich lifestyle and Kayla not so much . Avery’s father decided he wants to take Avery away to Spain but only if Kayla came along. Avery and Kayla aren’t even friends but they grew up with each other as children . When they went to Spain secrets and a lot of hurt comes out of the trip but good things come out of it too . I won’t say too much so that you can enjoy the book . What I loved most about this book was that the thing that change both of their lives wasn’t the cliche story . It had depth which I loved . This book literally has no cursing in it so it’s a book I recommend to everyone . It’s about family . About self discovery . About forgiveness . It was an excellent book and a totally feel good !

Dallas

Man Dallas was a really nice time for me and my mom . I find that every time I go away I find little more chunks of myself . Things I never noticed about myself ,things I need to change . Just more growth . Anyway I went to Dallas for my   best friend wedding . It was the most precious and sweetest wedding I’ve ever been to . Everything was a personal touch . Simple yet detailed . She did such a good job and I’m so very happy for them both . We’ve come a long way as friends and as women and I’m just proud . And I feel special to have even been able to share one of the most important days in her life . Meant a lot to me .

With going to Dallas you know there is the most delicious food and I have to share some of the places me and my mom went .

Our first stop was Oddfellows . It’s a popular brunch spot out in bishop arts district . I will tell you that the food was so good that I had to go twice lol . The first time around though I had the breakfast scramble of the day which was a mozerella pesto and chive and tomato scramble. I had that with veggie sausage, tortilla on the side and a order of beignets . My mom got sausage biscuits and gravy and eggs .

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Everything was amazingly good . The beignets were fried to perfection and not oily and the amount of powder sugar was perfect . Everything was flavorful and just delicious .

The second time around we got the P.O.D which stands for Pancake of the Day . It was blueberry so we got two to share . I got the Migas omelette which was Monterey Jack cheese , sour cream,Pico and inside the omelette was the crunchy tortilla chips . At first I was concern but when I ate it the texture of the soft omelette and crunch from the chips it was perfection . My mom had the scramble of the day which had chorizo amongst other things lol . The food was so good we literally ate everything . We love odd fellows .

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Best brunch food everrrrrr. We went to a couple places I forgot to take pictures of  like this dope Chinese restaurant Rocio took us to that was delicious . Very authentic too .

Most days we ate in at out Airbnb or ordered from this Chinese place . Sunday we decided to get out the house and go to this bookstore /bar called The Wild Detectives . This place was super cool although I couldn’t find books I liked . The whole concept of being able to drink and read is just quite amusing to me . Or just to chill and have a latte or tea . I got a peppermint tea from there but that was about it .

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Straight after this we went to Emporium Pies because I started to feel melancholy and needed something sweet . The place is a cute little spot . I didn’t like the price of paying 6 bucks per slice but my best friend told me so many times to come here so I said I trust her word for it and my god . We tried the Lord of the pies which is a apple pie with streusel the best I’ve had and beautiful delicious Carmel apples . We had another pie I forgot the name of it but it was this nutty deliciousness . And it had this peanut butter mousse it seem like it and this crunchy toffee bottom . These pies were so good and worth every bit of 6 bucks .

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Our final destination was Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. This place was so cute and charming inside and a very chill spot where you can just wear casual clothes. The menu had different grilled cheese, soup and salads and appetizers . I had the rustic grilled cheese and tomato basil soup . My mom had the chicken wings and sweet potato fries . We ate all of this for 25 bucks . It was just amazing the price difference from there to New York . The food though was delicious and the grilled cheese was just how I like mines buttery and crunchy and soft and gooey lol .

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Dallas was amazing and the food was even better lol . I really enjoyed my stay here and sharing moments with friends and family was just great . Can’t wait to visit again . Until next time Dallas !

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