The Great Reveal – My new blog

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The wait is over! I’m here to announce to you what my new blog is and how you can find me!

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http://www.chocolateandconnie.com/ 

See, I told you the name isn’t creative at all. It DOES sum me up pretty well though. If you know me in real life, then you know how crucial chocolate is to my life. My survival depends on chocolate. Hence the name chocolate + connie :) we are one. Chocolate is my identifier.

Friends, thank you so much for your attention and support for the past 4 years. I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am now if it weren’t for you. I especially have to thank Brittany and Kayle for always being there for me. They lifted me up when I went through rough times and they empowered me with their strong and bright personalities. They’re smart, humorous and talented women.. and they can make a heck of a dessert! So go drop by and give them some love.

If you would like to keep up with my blog (no pressure!), make sure to subscribe over at the new chocolate + connie site. That way, you get email notifications every time I write a new post. I have a ton of new recipes to share, one of which includes whiskey and caramel. I would love to continue sharing random stories about me and connect with you guys.

I’ll see you over there :)

This cookie monster is peacing out!

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I’m Moving!

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Huge announcement today: I’m moving!

Not houses this time, I’m moving into my own website domain

I’ve always wanted to purchase my own domain for several reasons:
1) have control over the look of my blog instead of being forced to use the themes provided by wordpress.com
2) have a little piece of the internet that belongs to me and not wordpress.com

The one thing that hindered this process was choosing a blog name!

I’m not the most creative person, so I kept coming up with typical names like “the sweet shop”, “the cakery”, “crumb”, “whisk” and so on. These names were either already taken by a bajillion other bloggers and companies or they just didn’t fit what I was looking for. Because I knew I had run out of creativity, I just kept waiting and waiting for that magic moment when something brilliant will just pop up into my head.

Two years passed. Nothing happened.

The most “brilliant” blog name that I could come up with was “chocolified” but that got shot down by my friends and family faster than when I asked them if I should inject chocolate into my veins.

Back to the drawing board it was and again, I got stuck in a rut. Eventually, I had to admit to myself that I will never come up with anything creative or innovative. That’s when I took a different direction with the whole name-creating process. If I can’t be witty, I’ll just find a name that sums up what my blog will be about.

I’m quite happy with what I decided on :) You will have to wait to hear what it is! Some of you may already have a few guesses as to what it is since I was being an idiot and let it slip. Whoops. 

I bought my domain last Saturday and I was both excited and relieved to be finally moving forward in my blogging. My mind is always plagued by the thought that I could be doing more with my blog and tap into its greater potential. I couldn’t do anything about it when I was in school but now that it’s summer, I finally get to take this blog to the next level and get it to what I’ve been envisioning for the past couple of years!

I’ve never worked more hard and never been more absorbed into a task. I can spend hours on my laptop just editing away and reading up on coding, plugins, advertising companies and special social media functions. At the same time, I’m also responding to a bajillion emails, setting up a bajillion accounts, buying equipment and tools for my homebased bakery (my experiment for the summer!) and working 2 part time jobs. I must thank Google Keep for helping me stay organized during this hectic time!

I can get soooo absorbed into it that I can ignore my hunger, need to pee and thirst. My chocolate intake has also decreased substantially because I need both of my hands to work on the zee blog! I know, shocking right? This is coming from a girl who refuses to put down her food to hold an umbrella. I’d rather have my food and get soaked than have no food at all. 

Setting up this blog is the only thing on my mind these days! I started with a bunch of scattered pieces but it’s all finally starting to come together. I can’t wait to share it with you all :)

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Matcha Mango Macarons

 

 

Matcha and Mango Macarons

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Wanderlust. 

I’ve always loved adventure and I’ve had a craving for travelling the world since I was just a youngin. I don’t know where I got it from. My parents hate travelling, they just don’t have the energy for it and they’re too tied down with careers, bills and well, me and my sibs. I haven’t done a lot of travelling in the 21 years of life that I’ve lived so far (heck, I haven’t even been to Disneyland or Disney World, even though my parents have promised to take me there on multiple occasions), but I can’t wait to start.

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The phrase “it’s a small world” never resonated with me. The world is a HUGE place and I yearn to explore every nook and cranny of it. I wanna see, feel, hear, taste and touch the face of every country. I want to reach every ocean, every height, every depth and every edge of the world. 

My itch to travel has never been this enduring. I used to put it on the back burner, waiting to finish another term, waiting to graduate, waiting to stabilize my place in my career and earn a steady income. I can’t ignore it anymore, gotta scratch this itch! 

My trip to Guatemala was my first taste of travelling alone (sans ma famille) and experiencing worldly wonders. It ignited my wanderlust. 

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Priorities have shifted around a little. I’m going to try to travel as much as I can now before I get tied down like my parents. At the same time though, I have to be realistic, I can’t just ditch my life in Vancouver. I still have to finish my Dietetics degree which can’t be put on hold. In the meantime, I’m making small trips to nearby places to get my travel fix. Last month, I went on a spontaneous trip to Olympic National Park for 5 days. (I’ll write a post about it soon!)

Anyone else have a bad case of wanderlust? What are your top places to travel? Here’s my bucketlist:

1. Southeast Asia
2. Central America
3. South America
4. US Roadtrip
5. Europe

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Matcha Mango Macarons

Ganache Montee Vanille

  • 100g white chocolate
  • 50g and 150g heavy cream
  • 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste

1. Chop white chocolate into pieces and place in a bowl
2. Bring 50g of heavy cream to a boil and pour over white chocolate
3. Stir until all white chocolate is melted
4. Pour in the 150g of heavy cream and stir to combine
5. Cover and refrigerate overnight
6. When ready to use, whip the mixture using an electronic beater (your arms will thank you). DO NOT overwhip, you will get butter not ganache.

Mango Confiture

  • 2 ripe mangoes
  • juice from 1/2 lemon

1. Cut mango into cubes, place in a pot and softly cook it over medium heat 
2. When mangoes are slightly cooked down into a more paste-like structure, add lemon juice
3. Cook and stir until you get a smooth mango paste. You can also strain or blend it to make it smoother.

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