Today’s special – bacon buns for bacon lovers

Welcome again to my kitchen! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸณToday I am cooking something special for bacon lovers๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿฅ“. I don’t eat bacon, moreover I don’t eat pork and beef at all for, I guess, more than 10 years, but people around me are true meat eaters, so I have to cook what I don’t eat๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚. I guess it can be considered a talent to be able to cook tasty meals without tasting throughout the cooking process! Just a little compliment to myself, LOL! ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜›

These bacon buns are my family’s one of favorite weekend snacks. The first time when I made these buns was when we lived in Russia, Voronezh ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ. Vitaly adores bacon and he asked me if I can make something bacony. So I googled some fast and easy recipes and the first recipe I decided to make was this! ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿคฉ

To make these buns you need only few ingredients:

puff pastry

2-4 tablespoons of tomato sauce or kechup ๐Ÿ…

200 g American style cold smoked bacon (but you can put whatever is your favorite bacon) ๐Ÿฅ“

~150 g cheese ๐Ÿง€

black pepper

flour to sprinkle on the table for rolling the pastry

Cooking:

Sprinkle a little bit flour on the table and put your defrosted puff pastry. Roll it a little bit to create a thin rectangle.

Spread your tomato sauce evenly on the rolled pastry (like you do with pizza). Take bacon strips and cut each strip in 3 or 4 pieces. Then spread the bacon pieces evenly on the pastry. Grate your cheese (any you have at home) and spread the grated cheese on the bacon. Add black pepper (Vitaly likes spicy, so I add quite a lot).

Now it’s time to roll!!! Start rolling the pastry from the longest rectangle side. Slightly press each time when you roll. If something comes out in at the end of the “sausage”, don’t bother.

Take a sharp knife and cut the “sausage” into approximately 5 -7 cm big pieces. If some of the pieces fall apart a little bit, don’t bother. Put them together somehow, even if it looks not so beautiful – when they start cooking in the oven, they will stick together anyway.

Put these buns on the baking sheet on a baking tray. Make sure the buns don’t stand very close to each other, because they will “grow” while cooking. Put the baking tray in a pre-heated oven (180 C) for around 15-20 min (check the buns now and then).

Tadaaaaa! It’s time to eat! ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฅ“Bacon lovers, where you at?! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘‹

I hope this recipe will become a life saver when unexpected guests crash into your home or your family members scream they want something tasty with bacon ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ™.

Wishing you a positive and tasty day,

#goaliesgirlfriend

New workout video – takes only 12 minutes of your time!๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

I am back with another video on my YouTube channel๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿคฉ. This time lets do planks! ๐Ÿ’ชNo jumping, no equipment, apartment and small space friendly! I challenge you to do this – it’s only around 10 minutes of your time and your body will say thank you later! Let’s do this!๐Ÿ˜ป

Here you will find several plank versions that will benefit different body parts. Each plank exercise we are dong for 45 sec. (except one that is 40 sec.) and 15 seconds rest between each exercise.

Don’t forget to evaluate the workout with ๐Ÿ‘ and subscribe, as well as hit the notification bell of my channel. Also, I would really appreciate your comments and feedback on this workout on my YouTube channel.

Good luck and stay fit,

#goaliesgirlfriend

What to watch? Movies and TV shows review (trailers added).

What’s up, my little TV freaks? ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s been almost a week since my last movie/TV show review. Well, it took me so long only, because I was watching different movies and TV shows and saving it all up for this blog post. Today I will be discussing one very beautiful and sincere American drama-comedy, two French comedies, BBC suspense TV show and one Netflix TV show whose new season I cannot wait. Oh, and for your convenience I have decided that from now on I will try and add movie/TV show trailers to my reviews. Lets go!

  1. PEANUT BUTTER FALCON heart warming and funny movie.

The story of the movie is very touching. Despite the fact that the main character here is a guy named Zak who has a Down syndrome, the movie is very light, funny and has a very good subtext.

So, 22-year old Zak lives in assisted facility for old people and he is cared for by Eleonor (Dakota Johnson). He dreams of becoming a professional wrestler and attending the wrestling school of his hero, the Salt Water Redneck, whose videos he watches obsessively.ย Zak manages to escape from the facility and meets a troubled thief and fisherman Tyler (Shia LeBeouf) who just got into trouble. They become friends with a special bond – Tyler teaches Zak to swim and promises to take him to his hero’s wrestling school. Somewhere in between Eleonor joins them and the journey begins… And there is a reason why the movie is called Peanut Butter Falcon.

This is a truly sincere and beautiful movie that makes you laugh, sometimes maybe shed a tear and you will definitely not regret spending time on this one.

Zack Gottsagen who portrays Zak in the movie became the first individual with Down syndrome to present an Academy Award when he and LaBeouf announced the Best Live Action Short Film on February 9, 2020.

How cute is that?

2.INSEPARABLES French comedy.

If you fancy some light French comedy – this is it. I am a big fan of French movies, especially comedies. To be honest, I like them more that cheesy American comedies, but it’s just me.

So, the story is quite crazy and this makes it so funny. Basically, as the title suggests, it is about inseparable friends. At least, one of them thinks so ๐Ÿ˜€ One of the characters (his name is Mika) is a heavy gambler who cheats a lot. He gets into huge debt and in order not to be killed by some bad people, to whom he owes the money, he commits a small crime to get into prison where they cannot get him. In the prison he meets his new room mate – a total fan of Russia and it’s culture. He calls himself Putin, just like the president of Russia. Throughout the movie he insists that it is his real name and sings “Katyusha” a lot! Putin helps Mika with money to make fake documents, so that he can start a new life after he comes out from the prison… He considers Mika the best friend! Mika comes out from the prison earlier than Putin and during his farewell tells him that he would like to meet Putin when he comes out. Well, needless to say, he shouldn’t have done it!

The story gets very very crazy, I will not tell everything. The main thing you should know – the movie is a good entertainment and worth watching!

3.VIENNA BLOOD – BBC TV show.

British-Austrian psychological thriller television series set in Vienna, Austria in the 1900s. Based on the Liebermann novels by Frank Tallis, the series follows Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard), a doctor and student of Sigmund Freud, as he assists Police Detective Oskar Rheinhardt (Jรผrgen Maurer).They investigate disturbing murders with success. A continuing sub-theme is the growing anti-Semitism against the Liebermann family.

Very interesting and mind tricking mini-series. If you like detectives and suspense, this is definitely for you. Also, this is one of those TV shows that you can watch in one or two days, because it consts of 3 ninety minute episodes. The TV show scored high ratings on BBC Two when it was first premiered.

4. LA BELLE EPOQUE -French comedy drama.

A story about a man (Victor) in his 60s whose long marriage to his wife Marianne is on the rocks. When Victor meets Antoine, the owner of a company which allows people to perform a version of “time travel” by visiting a stage where the company acts out a staged historical reenactment, he takes the opportunity to revisit the moment when he first met Marianne, in hopes of reviving his love for her. Little by little, Victor will lend himself to the game, until he gets lost in these “reconstituted” memories. But will it save his marriage?

Beautifully written and acted, this French movie touched my heart. It’s funny, but also tells about how important it is to appreciate the person you love and maintain the spark in the relationships no matter what! Oh, and the movie stars the beautiful and amazing French actress Fanny Ardant.

5. ANOTHER LIFE – a Netflix Sci-Fi TV show.

This is not a completely new TV show. Netflix premiered it on July, 2019. It simply took my mind away and now I cannot wait for another season. I am adding this to the list, so you can watch the first season and join me in the waiting for the second!

The American science fiction drama tells about a space crew whose mission is to understand and research a flying object shaped like a Mobius loop that landed on the planet Earth. Erik Wallace (Justin Chatwin), a scientist employed by the United States Interstellar Command, fails to discover a way to communicate with the alien object. Wallace’s wife, Captain Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff), takes the spaceship Salvare and its crew to find the origin of the artifact. Their discoveries and adventures of the crew are mind blowing – you just simply want to know more.

In October 2019, the series was renewed for a second season. I don’t know the date, yet, but I am following Katee Sackhoff on the Instagram and almost every day she posts how she is preparing for the second season. If you watch the first season, you’ll see that the actress is in more than in a perfect shape as her character Niko. I wish, I was in such a good shape!

I mean…no comments…just ABS!

As always – I hope this review was helpful and let me know if yiu liked any of my movie/TV show suggestions.

Stay safe and happy,

#goaliesgirlfriend

Carrot cake cupcakes – approved by Mom and everyone who tried them!

It’s cooking time! ๐ŸคฉToday I am presenting to you my carrot cake cupcakes! ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐ŸงYou won’t regret making them. They have received thumbs up and 5 stars even from the most severe critics like Vitaly’s Mom. From my previous blog article you know that she is a wonderful cook and her compliments mean a lot to me. Why only Vitaly’s Mom’s critique matters? Because my Mom has a sweet tooth and she will compliment and appreciate anything that is sweet, so by default she likes anything sweet I am cooking! ๐Ÿ˜‚ That is just my beloved Mom! I quote her: “I live only once, so I want to do whatever makes me happy and eating sweets make me happy!”๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฅณ I guess it is our family thing, because my Gran’ s favorite food is candies…๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ We are one sugary family, I must say! ๐Ÿ˜ The only difference between my Mom and Gran and me is that I am trying to satisfy my sweet tooth with more healthy sweets…I guess this is one of the main reasons why I started to cook many years ago in the first place. I just wanted to control the caloric content and ingredients of my food!๐Ÿค— Well, the second reason why am I doing this is because I like the process of being in the kitchen and creating something.

Just my Mom’s cat photo bombing her selfie ๐Ÿ˜€

The best thing about these cupcakes ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง is that you can adjust them according your current diet requirements. There are options to change the ingredients and reduce calorie content if necessary. You’ll see all the options when you read this blog. Lets start!

To make these amazingly soft, fluffy and moderately sweet cupcakes you will need:

The cupcakes

95 g rolled oats or whole wheat flour/ if you are not counting calories you can use also all purpose flour

85 g dark sugar syrup (I used “Dansukker”) or maple syrup

125 g Greek yogurt (can be substituted with 20% sour cream)

1 teaspoon cinnamon (I used maybe 2 or 3, because I like the taste)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking powder

30 ml milk – you can use cow milk or plant milk, it doesn’t matter

1 carrot (medium)

2 eggs – I am always suggesting to buy the eggs from “happy chicken” living in eco-farms (I am against chicken factories)

Frosting

115 g cream cheese

50 g powdered sugar (can be substituted with maple syrup, dark sugar syrup or granulated sugar)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Additional utensils

cupcake pan

cupcake cups

Optional

decorations to put on the frosting

Cooking

In a bowl slightly whisk the eggs, add Greek yogurt, dark sugar syrup, milk, vanilla extract and mix everything.

Preheat your oven to 180 C. Grate one carrot and add it to the mixture. Add whole-wheat flour. I usually put rolled oats in my blender and make oatmeal flour (just a life hack to save money, in order not to buy whole-wheat flour and do with what you have at home). Add baking powder and cinnamon. Mix everything carefully. The mixture should be quite liquid – don’t be afraid.

Take your cupcake or muffin pan and put cupcake cups in it. Evenly spread the mixture between all the cups. They will rise, so don’t worry that the cups are not completely full.

Put the cupcake pan in the oven for around 20 minutes until they have risen and look slightly brown (check on them).

Meanwhile, lets make the frosting. If you are trying to cut calories, you can do without the frosting! The cupcakes are tasty even without it.

But if you would like to have the frosting, then take a bowl, put in the cream cheese, add the syrup (or sugar) and vanilla extract. Mix everything carefully. It is better to taste it, in order to make the frosting according to your own sweetness preferences. While the cupcakes are cooking, put the bowl with the frosting in a fridge.

When the cupcakes are ready, take them out and leave them to rest and cool. Then take a teaspoon and put the frosting hat on each of the cupcake. You can put any decorations you like on the top of the cupcake – I have used berries, chocolate chips and other stuff available in the shop. This time I did without any decorations. Put the cupcakes in the fridge to cool.

That’s it! Now eat and enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿฅณ

Let me know how you liked my carrot cake cupcakes!โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธ

I have so many new recipes to show you, so stay tuned I will definitely share them with you in my future blog articles๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ”.

Stay happy and eat tasty,

#goaliesgirlfriend

Amazing weekend – family time and a walk in the woods

The best place where to restart your mind is where there are woods, sea, rivers or whatever calms you. I am lucky to live in a city by the sea and my house is by the river and I find my peace there very often, however during the last years I somehow feel the urge to go to the woods. Unfortunately, I don’t have any woods nearby my home and I rarely find time to plan a special ride to the woods to have a walk. You know, the country life responsibilities, workouts, blogs etc. take too much time from my life to plan a “walk in the woods” regularly. This weekend was special – we decided to visit Vitaly’s parents to celebrate his Mom’s birthday and a special bonus to all of this was a wonderful weather and a walk in the woods where Vitaly spent his childhood playing with his friends. What a wonderful weekend!

FYI, we protected ourselves from contacting other people and stayed safe. We stuck to the plan -“car-home-car-home”! ๐Ÿ˜€ We had not seen Vitaly’s parents for I guess 6 months now and Mom was very convincing when she invited us! Vitaly’s parents live outside the city center, by the lake ฤถฤซลกezers – it’s almost like countryside, too.

I am always very happy to be at Vitaly’s parents home to meet and hug his Mom and Dad. Mom is such a great cook and, oh well, I am eating to the fullest when I am there ๐Ÿ˜› She always cooks loads of food – there is tasty food to eat while we are visiting and there is always a bag of previously prepared food that we must take home with us. The amount of Mom’s prepared take away allows us to forget about cooking our own food for almost a week! ๐Ÿ˜€

The good thing about Mom’s cooking is that she really makes sure the food she cooks is healthy and organic. Btw, Mom makes amazingly tasty turkey meat-balls and the best syrniki in the world. Syrniki is Russian/Ukrainian name for cottage cheese pancakes. Turkey meat-balls and syrniki are the foods that I cannot compete with ๐Ÿ˜€ I can, of course, ask for a recipe, but I am 100% sure mine will not taste like hers… I think this is because of the secret ingredient called “mother’s love”. This week our breakfast is all about these heavenly tasty cottage cheese pancakes that she packed in our take away food bag! Mmmm….

Mom’s syrniki! ๐Ÿ™‚

Since we moved to our house in another city, Vitaly cannot meet his parents as often as before, so family reunions like this are very emotional and important. Dad and son time is a must – they usually do something in the garage or make plans on how to improve the house. I don’t know, maybe it is because I never had a Dad, but I have this warm feeling inside me whenever I meet Vitaly’s Dad. I feel like he fills in the emptiness I had for more than 20 years and now I have a Dad. One of my favorite things when we visit Vitaly’s parents is to watch how he and his Dad are having a men’s talk. They have these topics I don’t understand like tools and cars and other household stuff – I just like to sit and enjoy the view! Like in the movies where father and son spend quality time together!

First thing in the morning before we went back home, I proposed to go for a walk in the woods. It felt like I was in another dimension – birds singing, the air felt so clean and I was calm again. I noticed that once we started our walk in the woods my breathing calmed down. It was like meditation. Nature has the power to calm us, to lift our hearts…

This was a special day! Although I had a rest day from workouts, I managed to walk a good amount of km and I did not even feel it!

It would be great to throw out the phone and live just for ourselves and in line with nature.

On our way to the parents house I noticed a wonderful view – so many fields have become yellow. Felt like sun came down from the sky to kiss the grass. Actually, these are rapeseed fields. In Latvia this is the time when they are blossoming and it looks simply wonderful!

Wishing you a wonderful day, friends! I hope life gets easier very soon and all of us will be able to go outside to meet friends, family, as well as go places without fear!

Stay positive and healthy,

#goaliesgirlfriend

New home workout video – home HIIT!

I am back with a new home workout video. Hold on, this is going to be challenging!๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜† This full body high intensity interval training will definitely make you sweat! ๐Ÿ’ฆ

The only equipment necessary for this workout complex is something to step on. I used a treestump, but it can be a box, a bench or whatever you have at home. If you don’t feel like stepping or jumping or you have an injury that prevents you from doing these activities, you can also do all the exercises on a flat ground.

๐Ÿ”ฅIf you would like to challenge yourself, you can put your ankle weights on.

Make sure you give me some love with liking the video on my channel ๐Ÿ‘ and, of course, don’t forget to subscribe and hit the notification bell ๐Ÿ›Ž.

Also, I would appreciate your comments and feedback! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Stay active and healthy ๐Ÿฅฐ,

#goaliesgirlfriend

What to watch?! TV shows: horror, comedy, thriller and a new spin-off

We came to the point (again) where we’d finished all our favorite TV shows and started to search for something new to watch before the sleep. I guess all binge watchers can relate! We found some new stuff and also discovered a spin-off from previously watched quality TV shows. Lets see if they become our (and maybe your) next favorites!

  1. PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS – SHOW TIME SPIN-OFF SERIES

As you can see this is a spin-off, which means the show is derived from another show. I think I should provide some background here…The “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” is a spin-off from a British-American Showtime TV show called “Penny Dreadful”. It was a brilliant Gothic style horror show with three seasons. The first season was premiered in 2014 and the last in 2016.

Why, in my opinion, “Penny Dreadful” was so cool? Basically, because the series have all the most popular 19th century British and Irish fictional horror characters – Dorian Grey from Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Grey”, Abraham Van Helsing and Count Dracula from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, Victor Frankenstein and his monster from Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, Henry Jekyll from R.L. Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Sr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. Can you imagine how cool it is to see all these characters in one TV show? If you haven’t seen all three seasons of “Penny Dreadful”, I suggest you try! Oh, and the cast is quite star-ish, too, like Timothy Dalton (James Bond, Jane Eyre), Eva Green (James Bond, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Harry Treadaway (Mr. Mercedes), Helen McCrory (three Harry Potter movies, Hugo, James Bond, Peaky Blinders), Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down, The Black Dahlia).

Now, this year, just recently on April 26, the spin-off called “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” was premiered. It is set in 1938 and centers on Mexican-American folklore and social tension of the era in Los Angeles, California. The main plot of the show winds around two deities – Mexcian Santa Muerte (a personification of death in Mexican and Mexican-American folk Catholicism) and demoness Magda who wants to prove that all humans are evil. Both of the deities interact with the people living in the post Hollywood Golden Age. L.A. Detective Tiago Vega and his partner Detective Lewis Michener have to solve a tragic murder case which sparks racial tensions, threat of war etc. They don’t know that all of this mess is the result of higher powers.

The show also stars a few well known actors, for example, Natalie Dormer (The Tudors, Captain America:The First Avenger, Game of Thrones), Nathan Lane (Mouse Hunt, Steward Little, The Good Wife), Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds).

2. INTO THE DARK something new in my playlist.

I don’t know how I skipped this one for so long, because it seems very very suitable for my TV horror taste. The first season of the Hulu’s horror TV show was premiered in 2018. The second was premiered in 2019.

To be honest, this is a new discovery for us. We watched only the first episode and the fact that I am already ready to talk about it and suggest to others means something. As far as I understand from the first episode and how it ended, each episode will have its own story with new characters and horrifying events. It’s like series of many horror movies. Like, for real, because I don’t know how about the rest of the episodes, but the first one was more than 1 hour long.

I have seen many horror movies and watched horror TV shows and I truly like the style of “Into the Dark” – a little bit crazy, sometimes unrealistic, ironic, horrifying and maintaining a healthy dose of suspense. Just to warn you – there is blood and some killing, too, and it looks quite realistic.

As I mentioned, for now we watched only the first episode. So you get some kind of impression, here is a short recap of it: a professional hitman who looks as smooth as James Bond kills his target. He has to remove the body, so he wraps it in a plastic and drags it through the hotel lobby into the street. Nobody suspects anything, because it is a Halloween night and everyone thinks it is a part of his costume. On the street he meets a bunch of young people heading to a party. The hitman changes his route and from there the trouble starts… Will he deliver the body to the client who ordered the murder? What happens when the young people understand that the body is actually a dead man and not a fake?

I expect all the series to be so crazy-horrory-fun! Anyways, I read somewhere that each episode is inspired by a holiday during the month of its release. Can’t wait for the next episodes! Are you with me?

3. WORKIN’ MOMS – this is for all the women out there! ๐Ÿ™‚

Girls, ladies, moms – this witty, very truthful comedy is for you! Basically this is a story about female friends with very different characters who happen to be working mothers. Although I am not a mother, somehow I felt for the ladies so much that it caused one of the “we are strong women who can do anything” feelings inside me. According to the title it might seem that the TV show targets only women who are mothers, but it is not like that. Well, of course, ladies who have kids will have their own bits and pieces, but also girls like me can feel the vibe. I mean, we are all in the same boat of struggling in this world to succeed and become the best in “this man’s world”. And, in between, we also have to look perfect, give birth to a kid or kids, keep the household and all the other stuff “a woman has to do”. Is it really possible to be a perfect working mom? The TV show, in my opinion, addresses the 21st century motherhood very accurately, and does it with a healthy pinch of humor.

Basically the four friends are like four types of women and someone might recognise a bit from themselves in each of them.

The Canadian television sitcom was created in 2017, but was premiered worldwide on Netflix on 2019. The fourth season was released this year. I confess I haven’t started the 4th one, but I can’t wait! I know it is going to be great!

P.S. I am not sure if guys will enjoy the TV show, but who knows?! ๐Ÿ˜›

4. BODYGUARD – perfect British thriller with an interesting development of events.

Here is a very nicely made British police thriller with a catchy plot that involves the protection of the UK’s Home Secretary and a brave, but broken inside, bodyguard.

This is not a new TV show. Although I saw it hanging on Netflix for a while, I did not feel like watching it… Maybe because the title “Bodyguard” resonated too much with the movie of the same name. Anyway, once I started, I could not stop. The way how the show allows to get into the main character’s mind and see his struggles and emotions – I think it was done very wonderfully.

The show was released in 2018 on BBC One, achieving the highest viewing figures for a new BBC drama in the multichannel era and the highest BBC viewing figures since 2008. This shows something, huh?!

The series is set around the fictional character of Police Sergeant David Budd, a British Army war veteran suffering from PTSD, who is now working for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. He is assigned as the principal protection officer for the ambitious Home Secretary Julia Montague, whose politics he despises. Well, to add some spoilers and suspense – they fall for each other and the story gets as crazy as it can be when David Budd is accused of being a suicide bomber.

For some of you the face of Richard Madden might seem very familiar (well, at least for me it was). You might have seen him in “The Game of Thrones” as Robb Stark and TV show called “Medici” (2016) ๐Ÿ˜› He suits perfectly for the role. While watching the episodes, I caught myself thinking that Richard might even be a good James Bond material. But this is just my opinion. And another thing – I just love his Scottish accent, I am obsessed.

Well, this is it for this time. I posted 4 TV shows, but considering that “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” also includes “Penny Dreadful” review, it makes up 5. I hope you enjoy my pics and let me know what you have seen and what you liked/disliked.

Hugs,

#goaliesgirlfriend

Granola that disappears too quickly!

I am back with another recipe. This time I will give you something that guarantees a healthy and nutritious morning. As you can see above, I am talking about home made granola that is super easy to make and does not require a lot of ingredients and leaves a lot of space for improvisation, because nobody wants to eat one and the same every day, right?!

This granola has the magical power of disappearing too fast… ๐Ÿ˜€

Lets start with the fact that although I like cooking healthy snacks and treats, I have never made a granola by myself. So, I found this easy recipe and decided to give it a try! Best decision ever! The granola I made dissapeared so quickly that the next day I decided to double the portion, so it lasts longer… Well, it lasted a little bit longer…Because it is so tasty that you cannot resist, but to eat and eat and eat ….

Now lets start with the cooking. Here are the main ingredients:

400 g rolled oats

honey or maple syrup

cinnamon – the recipe said 1 teaspoon, but I added more, it was more like 2-3 teaspoons. I didn’t actually measure.

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

1 teaspoon salt (better to use sea salt)

coconut oil – the recipe said 100g, but I added around 80g

The changing ingredients:

180-200 g nuts and/or seeds

+dried fruits and/or chocolate chips

Let me clear up some things first. I used coconut oil, simply because this is the oil I am using everywhere now. The recipe said that it is possible to substitute the coconut oil with olive oil. However, I believe that coconut oil is more neutral in terms of taste and this is why I like it more. For the sake of interest, I might some day try and make the granola with olive oil.

The coconut oil I am using.

For the additions to the granola you can take anything you like, for example, when I made my first portion, I used almond flakes, however when I made the granola for the second time I used crashed roasted peanuts. It is really up to you what you put in your granola. Thinking about my future granolas, I believe I will try and make the combo of maple syrup instead of honey and add walnuts or pecans. Another thing I would like to try out is adding coconut flakes. I am a true coconut girl – whatever tastes like exotic holiday (this is how I can describe the coconut taste) or at least like “Rafaello” candies… Mmm, love it!

Btw, it just came into my mind that you can also add super foods like chia, goji etc.

You can use whatever honey you like, but I would suggest to stick to some kind of farmer’s market honey. The cleaner and more natural it is, the better for your health!

Honey, honey….!

Now, lets start with the cooking process. First, make sure you preheat the oven to 180 C. Prepare your baking tray and put a baking sheet on it.

In a large bowl put your oats, the nuts of your choice, add cinnamon and vanilla extract, pour the honey or maple syrup. If you are using olive oil, pour the olive oil. If you are using coconut oil, make sure it is melted. I usually put the coconut oil in a small bowl and leave it for a while in a hot water bath. It melts very quickly! It’s OK to have small clumps, just make sure the main mass has melted. Now add it to the mixture.

Now lets do the mixing… I tried to do it the right way with a spatula, then with a spoon, but then I decided that the best way is just to simply dive in with my hands. I mean, the hands are clean and the things I am touching are not poisonous ๐Ÿ˜€ Why did I do this? Because you have to make sure everything is mixed very well… Make sure every ingredient is covered with the liquid ingredients. So now wash your hands – the dirty job is done! ๐Ÿ˜›

Take the baking tray with the baking paper and spread evenly the mixture. Press it with spatula or spoon. I have a rather small baking tray, so I divided the content of the mixture it in two portions to bake. The “big squared pancake” should be approximately 2-3 millimetres thick.

Press the mixture…It should look approximately like this.

Put the tray into the oven and let it bake for 20-25 minutes. Somewhere in the middle, at aproximately 10th or 15th minute take it out and mix everything, so that the less baked parts are now on the top, press again and put it back in the oven. I would suggest checking out what is happening inside the oven, because we don’t want the granola to burn. We want it to be brown. So if it looks like ready, take it out.

After you have taken out the tray, leave it to rest. The recipe said to leave it for 45 minutes. I don’t have that patience, so I left it only for 10 -15 minutes. The “granola pancake” will get a little bit firmer. I guess if you leave the granola for all 45 minutes it gets even more firmer… Maybe I will try one day! ๐Ÿ˜€ I just wanted you to know the suggested resting time, but you can choose how long can you wait. I just wanted to say that it is OK if you don’t have the patience and come back to touch the granola after 10 or 15 minutes.

Then take a spoon or spatula or better do it with hands – crush the granola. Leave some clumps and leave some smaller pieces. Make sure there is a variety of the chunks.

If you like, this is the moment when you can add something more for the flavor, for example, dried fruits, more nuts etc. If you have berries, put some berries in the bowl when you have poured the milk. I can’t wait for the summer when I will add my own home grown berries in the granola bowl! Mmmm…

There is another tasty thing you can add – dark chocolate chips (or whatever chocolate you like)! Vitaly does not like chocolate in his desserts, so when I eat the granola, I put a handful of dark chocolate chips in my bowl separately.

This is it! We usually cannot resist and eat the first portion while the granola is still warm ๐Ÿ˜€ I am not a big milk lover (as you already might now from my previous blog articles), so I eat this with almond milk. Vitaly prefers the classic cow milk.

Another good idea is to eat this with some kind of yogurt and you can also sprinkle a little bit of this granola over your ice cream to make it more interesting and add some crunchiness!

Try it and let me know how you liked this recipe! I am pretty sure that by the moment this blog article will be published, I will have to make a newportion again..

Remember – stay helthy and happy no matter what!

Hugs,

#goaliesgirlfriend

What to watch? From Hollywood’s Golden Age atmosphere to dogs, sexy bodies and teenage problems.

How was your weekend, guys? I tried to be outdoors as much as possible these days, BUT nobody canceled TV. Yup, I have prepared some new reviews for you. As promised, not only TV shows, but also movies. This time I believe I have something for everyone – drama and comedy movies and also naughty, funny and serious TV shows…In other words, let’ s start!

  1. HOLLYWOOD – How did actually dreams came true during Hollywood’s Golden age? (Netflix TV show)

Another controversial, but very masterly created work released by Netflix. Released on Netflix on May 1st of this year. Created by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck, Glee,Pose etc.) and Ian Brennan (Glee). There are many reasons I like the series and one of the main is that I have always loved anything related to Holliwood’s Golden Age. I remember myself as a kid always watching the movies of that time – Merilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Tippi Hedren etc. I just loved watching them acting – there was something beautiful, classy and magic around it! It was later when I started to read books and other materials where I discovered the wicked life that the stars and star-makers were living…

The story tells about people who came to Hollywood to chase their dreams and become world famous actors. There is a soldier who wants to become an actor, but never gets lucky, there is an Afro-American homosexual man who is a very good writer, but nobody sees him as a good writer only because of his skin color, there is Hollywood with all of its dirty secrets and weird people who rule everything, there is a an Afro-American actress who wants to change everything and play something more serious than just a handmaid, there is a genius Asian actress who never gets her Oscar because of her race…. One day things start to change and the characters get to know the real Hollywood of that time. Will they manage to get on the big screen and become stars? Just watch and see what happens…

You know how I feel about movies and shows inspired by trues stories. Of course, at the beginning I felt like the characters and the stories are made up, however when A BUNCH OF VERY RECOGNIZABLE NAMES CAME UP during the show like Vivien Leigh and Eleonor Roosevelt etc., I got suspicions about whether there are some plot lines that might be inspired by true people and stories. So, although, the series seem like an ahistorical, I did a little digging and it FOR REAL – these characters are inspired by true people. If you are interested in knowing more, you might find this link very useful – there are some interesting facts. But make sure you watch the show first to understand what is what!

Firstly, this movie is for adults because it is quite explicit (you know, the naked bodies and other stuff). Secondly, you’ll find there quite a lot familiar actors – Darren Criss (killer Andrew in Assassination of the Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), Dylan McDermott (from quite many American Horror Story seasons), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men and many movies) and the cherry to the cake is Jim Parsons- yup, the one and only legendary Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory in a very extraordinary role.

Anyway, the show made me think…If IN THOSE TIMES there was so much dirtiness going on, what happens nowadays when there are so many fetishes and people are actually considering so many weird things as normal?!

2. THE SONG OF NAMES – absolutely touching movie with a mystery that starts during WW2

I’d suggest to watch the move when you feel like watching a true drama. Although a mystery is present, the real message underneath the plot is very sad and touching. It’s basically a story about love, loss, despair and hope. One of the main characters searches for his friend – a Jewish violin genius that he knew in his childhood during the WW2. Unfortunately in very mysterious circumstances he lost the friend and now he dedicates all of his life to find him in whatever corner of the world he might be. Why? So that he can play a concert to the public of London. The story is more complicated than that and it makes the movie even more brilliant and touching…

I must point out the beautiful music and cinematic views here. I really enjoyed it, made me think and feel the suffering of the characters. Very good acting by Tim Roth and Clive Owen.

3. TOGO- movie about unconditional love of a dog…

Prepare your handkerchiefs – this is one of THE MOVIES where you cannot handle your emotions, because animals love so unconditionally and, oh, well, animal lovers will understand…Moreover – it is based on a true story about Leonhard Seppala and his amazing sled dog named Togo. Leonhard Seppala is portrayed by Willem Defoe whose name does not need any additional introduction, because I think he is an amazing actor.

Real Seppala and Togo and a fragment from the movie.

So the story takes place in Alaska. In 1925 there was an outbreak of diphtheria in the city of Nome in the north of Alaska and the only way to get the serum to cure the people was to deliver it by train to the nearest train station (which is actually very very far) and then to create a dog sled relay to deliver it to Nome. The most legendary of the dog teams was Sepaala’s that was lead by Togo. More than 100 dogs relayed the serum – a total of 1085 km to Nome. Seppala’s dogs lead by Togo completed 420 km in three days despite the terrible weather conditions (around -34 C) and storm. Beautiful story of bravery, dedication and a truly special bond between a dog and a man.

I suggest watching this with all family – this can be enjoyed by both parents and children. Just make sure you have those handkerchiefs beside you…I mean it…We cried!

4. NEVER HAVE I EVER- a very funny Netflix teenage comedy TV show with a great pinch of Indian culture!

If you are in search for a light entertainment then I suggest trying this Netflix TV show. It is a new show – premiered on April 27, 2020. Not surprised that it got very positive reviews and I think I hope for the second season, because it just simply felt like there should be more…

The story centers around Devi Vishwakumar, a 15 year oldย Indian Americanย high school girl. After a horrible freshman year, Devi wants to change her social status, but friends, family, and feelings do not make it easy on her. Although it is a comedy, it also addresses many serious topics like coming over the grief (Devi loses her father), acceptance, friendship and parenthood. Also, the show has a healthy dose of jokes dedicated to the prejudice related to Indian people (like arrangement marriage etc.). Make sure you give a try to this show….It is not one of those you “just simply must see”, but don’t underestimate it. The show was created by Mindi Kaling – a well known comedian and actress that also has Indian roots (you can spot her in TV show The Office and movies like Ocean’s 8 and Late Night).

5. TOO HOT TO HANDLE – a Netflix show that actually is too hot to handle…

OK, guys, this is only for adults and don’t expect anything intellectual and educating from the show! But expect sexy bodies, sexually active young people and lots of temptations….But there is a catch!

The reality show gathers couple of sexy men and women on a paradise island. They think they are going to find their significant other and live their lives to the fullest. Unfortunately on the first day they receive the rules of the retreat on the island – sex, kissing and sexually related touching is forbidden, however they are urged to get to know each other better, like, for real. By the end of the retreat the winner will receive a huge amount of money, however if any of the participants break the rules and, for example, kiss, a money is extracted from the prize sum. It gets hotter with every episode, because people fall in love and, you can only imagine, how hard it is when you cannot have physical contact with the person you like.

Again reminding that there is nothing intellectual in this program, but expect a lot of beauty (of nature and people) and entertainment! It was also interesting to follow along the characters after the show (on their social media) – seems like some couples truly managed to get that spiritual connection and are together even after the show!

This is it for now! I hope you will enjoy some of my pics for your TV evenings! Let me know which from these have you seen and how did you like it!

Hugs,

#goaliesgirlfriend

New workout on my YouTube channel (Work that butt!)

As promised, I uploaded a new follow along workout video in my YouTube channel. This time we are going to make that booty burn!

Make sure you comment below how you liked the workout and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!

Hugs,

#goaliesgirlfriend