Monday, June 3, 2013

Samie's Grad & Farewell Party

After much discipline, determination, hard-work, and perseverance, my twin sister, Samie graduated from UCSD. Although it may have been a long season, filled with too much studying, late nights, and a roller-coaster of emotions, she accomplished it, learning a few things along the way ;) 

Now that she has officially closed this chapter of her life, she already starts a new one today, except over on the East Coast @ Johns Hopkins for graduate school, in hopes to pursue her dream of becoming a physician.
(You can read more about all this here.)

 We are so proud of you sis, what an inspiration & motivation you are-- we love you! Here is a few images re-capping her party, it was so much fun to celebrate her & all her accomplishments. You will BE great!




Southwestern Pasta Salad 
w/ Avocado Cilantro Dressing
1 bag of tri-color noodles
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red onions, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup mexican cheese blend, shredded

2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup pasta water
2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt & pepper

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Let cool. Add remaining ingredients, gently toss together. 
  • Make sauce by combining ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Mix into pasta salad until well combined.

Salami Pressed Sandwich 
w/ Arugula Pepita Pesto:
french bread
sun-dried tomatoes
provolone cheese

2 cups arugula, packed
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup feta cheese
1/3 cup roasted pepitas
1 garlic cloves

  • Grind pesto ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  •  Layer sandwich as a whole loaf. Wrap tightly with saran-wrap & place in fridge overnight with a heavy book to weigh-down & press. 

Turkey Pressed Sandwich 
w/ olive oil:
french bread
cheddar cheese
sun-dried tomatoes
onion, sliced
olive oil

  •  Layer sandwich as a whole loaf. Wrap tightly with saran-wrap & place in fridge overnight with a heavy book to weigh-down & press. 

Spicy Garlic Siracha Hummus:
Our older sister made THIS recipe, which was a big hit. Had perfect combination of flavors with a little heat.

Chai Tea Cupcakes
w/ chai spice frosting:

Same recipe used @ my older sister's BRIDAL SHOWER, click here for the recipe. 
NOTE: Used powdered chai spice for the  flavor instead.

Homemade Coconut Paletas 

(spanish for popcicles): makes ~20

NOTE: I did not measure, these are simply rough estimates.
1 can coconut milk (full fat)
3/4 bag of sweetened shredded coconut
6 cups vanilla ice cream

  • Blend ice cream & coconut milk together. Add shredded coconut, stir to mix. Pour in freezer popsicles molds for 3 hours. Remove & Repeat.

Oreo Paletas: (makes ~20)
6 cups vanilla ice cream
2 cups milk
1 bag oreo cookies

  • Place in a blender & pulse until mixed. Cookies should reach a fine consistency to freeze well & hold shape when removing from mold. 
  • Pour into molds, freeze for about 3 hours or until solid. Remove & Repeat.

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