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Hi there! Recently I haven’t been blogging much, but I’m finally on winter break (no college for the next few weeks!). I’m excited to get back into blogging. The past month has been so incredibly busy and I’m ready to wind down for the holidays. So…let’s catch up! Let me know what’s new with you too!


November was a busy month for me. I went home to San Antonio for Thanksgiving, went hiking with my family, and mostly just focused on school (hence the minimal blogging). On Thanksgiving my family and I always go camping for a few days. We love the outdoors, and it’s become a little tradition of ours. This year we changed it up and just went hiking and picnicking in Government Canyon State Natural Area. I live on the north side of San Antonio, and my house is just on the outskirts of the Texas Hill Country.  Being so close to the Texas Hill Country means that there are tons of parks near by to explore. November is my favorite time to go hiking because its not too hot or too cold! For the picnic we had our basic Thanksgiving themed sides like mashed sweet potato and stuffing (recipes for those sides coming soon) and a little turkey sandwiches!

mashed sweet potato

stuffing with cranberries

Overall, November reminded me that no matter how difficult or busy life can get there’s always something to be thankful for.


Waking up December 1st was crazy for me, because I couldn’t believe how fast 2017 has gone by. Now there’s less than 2 weeks until New Years! I couldn’t get too excited for the holiday season just yet because I had finals to study for during the first half of December. It was a hectic few weeks, and I’m so glad I’m done with school for the year. I haven’t cooked much this month either (whoops). Tons of pre-made salads, cereal, and the occasional Chipotle run have sustained me these past few weeks. I’m really excited to bake more though. Now that I’m home I have some free time to whip up some sugar cookies or something.

Okay confession: I did bake a chocolate cake for Parker’s 20th birthday earlier this month, but there were some complications to say the least.

20 candles on one piece of cake!

The cake looked really good at first, but it split in the middle like a canyon and eventually into four separate pieces with a valley of frosting thought the middle of it.

the cake before it fell apart

Not my best moment. To be fair I didn’t level the top of my cake layers, so I think the unevenness of it all sort of killed the cake. It tasted good though, but didn’t look good so that’s why it didn’t make it to the blog. One day I’ll remake it properly and let you know!!

Lastly, my grandparents came to visit from Nepal. They came a couple days ago, they’re both so funny. I love hearing my grandpa’s “back in my day” stories.

grandpa cooking:)

Coming home also means spending time with old friends (binge watching Game of Thrones and getting smoothie bowls) and my family too.

PB&J and Lavender Smoothie Bowls

One of the funnest things I’ve done this past week though is decorate sugar cookies with Parker’s family!



sugar cookie and sprinkles.

What are some of y’all’s favorite holiday traditions? Let me know and hope y’all have a fun and safe holiday season!



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Hi there! I'm Niva--foodie, college student, amateur cook, aspiring doctor, sister, girlfriend, and friend. Come join me on my journey as I fend for myself in college and learn how to cook!

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