I feel like this is a blog post that I need to write. Some people have the misconception that everything great in my life comes so easily! I try my best to show my normal/not so glamorous side on my Instagram stories hah. My Instagram post from earlier this morning really inspired me. For those of you who don’t know, I grew up in a Vietnamese household where success wasn’t an option. My mother had me at the young age of 16 and sacrificed her youth to take care of me. She always expected the best from me so it was a pretty strict household. I wasn’t allowed to really have sleepovers, go hang out with friends, or really do anything outside haha. It was always “come to work with me,” “why do you hang out with your friends so much” and “why did you get a B?!” Lord, it was so hard pleasing my family! Don’t get me wrong… I was spoiled, had nice clothes and toy, I was given everything I wanted, and more! But as a kid, all I wanted was to like boys (totally unacceptable), go hang out with friends, and have sleepovers! This really pushed me to finish school early and move out. I felt really restricted so this pushed me to finish school early. Plus, my mother and I just got along way better when we weren’t living together.
With that being said, I finished high school early and graduated in three years. My counselor really objected against it and said that I was going to regret it later in life. Even on the day of my graduation he handed me my diploma and shook his head at me! Flash forward almost 10 years later and I can honestly say it was the BEST decision of my life. In college, I struggled the first semester figuring out what I wanted to do. I made the mistake of just doing General Education and not having a plan in college. I really just wanted the independence and to get out of the house. After some discussion with my best friend Kim, we decided we wanted to take on Speech-Pathology. My college years were rather interesting to say the least haha… I met a man twice my age and we dated for nearly three years. He was patient, successful, and caring. People always asked me “how do you date someone so much older?” or “does the age difference bother you?” I’m not going to lie… The age thing was so weird the first two weeks but we were crazy about each other so I didn’t really care. I moved in with him after about two month of dating and things were going great! We never fought, we went to nice places, and he was just the calm and zen influence I needed at the time. But that never stopped me from working. I worked six days a week to pay off school each semester and never asked him to pay for anything. He understood that and respected me for it. Something about saying “I was able to pay off college on my own” felt so freaking good! We were so crazy each other but towards the end I had my doubts and eventually things just sizzled out and we decided we didn’t have much in common anymore. I’m a pretty intense individual and I needed someone who understood me. He was just so zen, it didn’t mesh well with me anymore.
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Holaaaa! So when I make pork chops, I usually have no clue what i’m doing… I just know that when I make them this specific way, they never fail to come out juicy and delicious! When Mike and I first started dating, I wanted to impress him so I made a pork chop with spicy cream sauce and asparagus and purple mashed potatoes. It was just one of those meals that was so memorable and so delicious. I wanted to show him I was wifey material and yah know what? It freakin worked! For this recipe, I rummaged through the fridge and had left over peas, mushrooms, and some heavy cream so let me tell you what I whipped up!
As far as ingredients go, I don’t always use the same seasoning and ingredients! I kinda just pick the ones I have in my pantry that day and it either work or it doesn’t… I’m going to say it usually works like 90% of the time haha. So I hope you enjoy this one!
Hey hey y’all! It’s Monday afternoon, I’ve now responded to about thirty emails and still in the process of planning Lemon Life Social’s Blogger Bazaar. If you guys follow me on Instagram and then you know how tedious and stressful it is! I really do feel like i’m planning a wedding in like 50 days. This event is going to be huge and I’m so excited to see how it turns out… It is stressing me the f*** out though. When i’m stressed, I turn to either baking/cooking as a form of therapy. That’s why I now have a huge loaf of warm banana bread in my kitchen.
In the midsts of my email frenzy, I decided to take a break and what did I do? Make banana bread because my bananas we’re about to go bad (FYI, it is best to consume bananas when they are overly ripe! AKA: HAS TONS OF SPOTS ON THEM! Spotted bananas are so rich in antioxidants that they have been linked to cancer prevention. Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), which functions to destroy tumors, is linked to those brown dots. SOOOOOO brown bananas are actually freaking amazing for you!
This recipe was so easy and it took me less than ten minutes to prep everything and it took a total of about an hour to bake and prepare so I hope you enjoy it! Next time you see your overly ripe bananas sitting on the counter, DON’T throw it out! Make banana bread with it instead…
3 ripe mashed bananas
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or more if you’d like mwahaha)
1/2 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/3 cup of melted butter
1 TSP of cinnamon
1 TSP of Baking Soda
1 TSP of vanilla extract
1 whisked egg
Dash of nutmeg
Pinch of salt