Friday, July 5, 2013

Story Excerpt: Rebirth


Growing up parents read children bed time stories and tuck them into warm beds. It was a sense of security when they laid a kiss onto foreheads and wished blessed dreams. Lullabies were of sweet gentle notes from the tongue of happiness. Holding a stuff animal was the safest thing in the world and your only worry was to make sure you woke up on time.

Not for her … not for them … not for anyone



It was crunching gravel underneath her black scuffed up boots and repeated water dripping from pipes that lulled her to sleep. The darkness was a friend and the softest thing was the family of rats that lay next to the warm fire from the trash can. She didn’t sleep so those things didn’t even matter to her anymore.

Leaning against the rusted trash can she took in the scent of burning wood. It was familiar and overwhelming. Standing to her feet she grabbed her duffle bag and began her trek away from her the others. That is how it worked she would crash with a pack for a few hours, rest, eat, warm up a little and then off into the night

It wasn’t her footsteps; it wasn’t someone else, someone larger and faster. She waited till it was a few feet from her before she swiftly turned around. Her leg roundhouse into a kick and the mysterious stalker fell to the ground with a thump. Her wrist turned easily as the knife flipped in between her fingers. The groaning assailant grabbed her ankle and pulled her down onto the gravel. Kicking the hand away she flipped into her standing position.

Wobbling and unsure of what was going on she haphazardly grabbed her knife and placed it onto the throat of her assailant. She was met with a mask and heavy breathing. Cold metal pressed deeper into the skin as she placed her knee into the chest. “You have one chance to explain why you are following me, speak wisely or I will slit your throat” Her voice was hoarse and filled with rage. It chuckled and she pressed hard enough where blood began to draw.

The chuckle began to become whimpers and cries of pain. She spoke with urgency and they didn’t take it with warning as with one hasty yank the skin ripped open. Blood splattered across her face as the head collided onto the ground. The sound of the skull cracking against the ground made her cringe but she stood up. Removing the mask she could see a young man about her age, fifth teen with wide pale blue eyes.

Kicking the body with her boot her thoughts were confirmed he was definitely dead. She searched the pockets finding a few dollar bills and a small pocket knife. Shoving her new found treasures into her pocket she pondered how to move the body. Placing her hand underneath her victim’s arms she dragged the body near the alley. Dropping the body with a loud thump she walked away without a second thought. This was about survival of the fittest.

Recipe: Zeppoles

July 4 2013

 So while everyone is out having a blast and enjoying fireworks[which I despise! They scare me and are way too loud for my eardrums]. I decided to try a new treat and make homemade zeppoles. I was terrified to make them but I did it and it was AWESOME!

I got the recipes off of wordpress and its so simple anyone can make it and just yummy!

 Homemade Zeppole Recipe from WordPress 

I did make some substitute in here :) Guys Try it 

Homemade Zeppole: Quick and Easy Italian Doughnuts Recipe
  • 1 stick room temperature butter [1/2 cup]
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs [2 large eggs]
  • 1 egg yolk [didnt use]
  • oil for frying
1. Combine first four ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a rolling boil. Boil it for 10 seconds then take off from the heat.
2. Stir the flour quickly and mix until it forms a dough. Bring the pan back on the heat for additional two minutes.
3. Beat in the eggs and egg yolk one at a time and stir until incorporated. Continue beating for five minutes until the dough becomes glossy and thick. Keep in the fridge for 15 minutes.
4. Get a saucepan on medium heat and fill it with oil for deep frying. Drop spoonfuls of the Zeppole batter and fry until golden and puffed. Don’t overcrowd the pan.
5. Transfer the cooked Zeppole on paper towels to drain then dunk them in the cinnamon sugar while still hot. Enjoy

Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup of Granulated Sugar  
  1. Pulse the sugar till it reaches a powdered state!




Bronx Gem * Orchard Beach

Sorry for such a delay but life has been very busy!
Here is July 3rd

July 3rd 2013

Orchard Beach is a public beach in the borough of the Bronx in New York City. The beach is part of Pelham Bay Park and is situated on the western end of Long Island Sound. Once referred to as "the Riviera of New York City" the 115-acre (0.47 km2), 1.1-mile (1.8 km)-long (1.77 km) park consists of a 13-section sandy beach, a hexagonal-block promenade, a central pavilion with food stores and specialty shops, two playgrounds, two picnic areas, a large parking lot, and 26 courts for basketball, volleyball, and handball. It is operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

 It is most recognized for its unique crescent shape, and beautiful view of City Island, Bronx.


Here are some pictures of the beach that I was lucky to grow up with!

Orchard Beach July 3rd 2013 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Bronx Gem* Clason Point

July 2nd 2013 

Today I decided to visit my old neighborhood in the Bronx with my Fiancee. I lived by a park called Clason Point. It's so pleasant and peaceful around this time of year. We decided to do a mini photo-shoot so I could work on my photography skills. 

Enjoy all of these beautiful pictures of NYC that isnt Times Square.

My Fiancee posing on the rocks
The Streets of NYC
Clason Point

Me :)