20 Things


Today’s post isn’t a recipe one. Instead, I thought it would be fun to share some things you may not know about me. Whenever I read other blogs, whether it be food, fashion, beauty, fitness, home, whatever, I always love to get to know more about the person behind the computer. Hopefully you guys feel the same way!

1. I really dislike mushy foods like beans or peas. I can deal with hummus but I’ve always picked out any beans or peas in my food

2. I also really dislike raw celery, the smell alone makes me gag a little.

3. I lived in Australia for about a year when I was 5 years old. I even went to primary school there and have memories of school uniforms (see the photo below) and receiving lots of attention for my American accent. My little brother was only a baby when we lived there.

4. Now I live in Arizona with my boyfriend of over 4 years who is the guitarist for a touring rock band called The Maine.

5. I own upwards of 50 cookbooks.

6. In junior high I wanted to be a makeup artist. I still love makeup and have way too many MAC and Urban Decay eye shadows.

7. I’ve never broken a bone in my life.

8. I love binge watching television shows.

9. Despite my current ghostly pale skin, I am half Hispanic. My dad is Dominican and my mom is Scottish (I clearly get my mom’s genes). As a kid I was fairly tan, though, I swear! Just look at the photo! Don’t look at the green striped couch, though. What was going on furniture-wise in the 90s?

10. I played the violin in junior high and high school. I gave it up but now I miss playing music.

11. I met Eva Longoria at my dad’s college graduation ceremony when she was still a soap star.

12. I’ve always loved the internet. As a kid back in the days of dial-up I used to get in trouble for spending hours on the internet (creating websites and reading Harry Potter fansites) while tying up the phone line.

13. Our puppy, Chewie, was born last Christmas. He’s the only dog I know who doesn’t like peanut butter.

14. While drafting this post I included something about how much cockroaches creep me out. A few hours later, a cockroach comes crawling across my living room floor.

15. This past summer the photographer for my ice cream sandwich cookbook, Cookies & Cream, came to my house in Arizona to shoot the book photos using the ice cream sandwiches I had prepared. My air conditioning broke on the second day of shooting. Miraculously the team managed to get all the shots.

16. I wish Ron Swanson, Tom Haverford, and Liz Lemon were all real people.

17. I have triple citizenship.

18. I have always been very entrepreneurial and my number one career goal is to work for myself.

19. A major pet peeve of mine is when people start a sentence with “no offense, but…”

20. I have an awful singing voice but that doesn’t stop me from belting out the lyrics to every song on my playlist when I’m driving (alone) in my car. Thank god that Motormouth show was cancelled…

24 Responses to “20 Things”

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    Tracey — October 24, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Love this post Tessa, and the photos of younger you are beyond adorable πŸ™‚ I binge watch tv shows too!

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      Tessa — October 24, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Thank you! My first tv binge was with “24” which made me feel like a crack addict.

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    Bea — October 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Aw! hahaha, the way you speak of yourself… you’re so cute!

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    Nicole — October 24, 2012 at 7:43 am

    It’s so nice to know about you! I didn’t know you were half-Dominican πŸ™‚ I am 100% Dominican, hehe. And I share your loathe of cockroaches. Yuck.

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      Tessa — October 24, 2012 at 10:09 am

      How cool πŸ™‚ UGH I hate cockroaches. Right before my family went on a trip to the Dominican Republic my dad tried to scare me by saying the cockroaches there are as big as your hand. Luckily I didn’t see a single one on that trip!

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    Aimee M — October 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Stop it, I LOVE The Maine! I was supposed to see them in New Jersey in 2 days but now I can’t make it down until Saturday morning (I live in CT). You’re one lucky girl πŸ™‚ Hope you keep yourself busy while they’re on tour!

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      Tessa — October 24, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Have fun! They practiced hard for this tour!

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    Kelsi — October 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I, too, dislike beans and peas and raw celery! I have been learning to enjoy certain types of beans (like hummus, edamame, and garden fresh string beans blanched with lemon juice and butter and salt). I only buy celery to make soup stock. No wonder the foods you make are so appealing to me… we have the same palette!

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      Tessa — October 24, 2012 at 10:11 am

      How funny is that?! I always thought I was the only one πŸ˜‰ I only use celery in soups and sauces, too. I HATE it when you order a salad at a restaurant and there’s a bunch of raw celery in it.

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    Lysa — October 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Great post! Love Parks & Rec (mainly for Ron Swanson antics :P) & 30 Rock!

    I’m an Arizonian too-born & raised πŸ™‚

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      Tessa — October 24, 2012 at 10:11 am

      “Give me all the bacon you have” is a Ron Swanson quote to live by πŸ™‚ Are you in the Phoenix area?

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    Mimi — October 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Oh em gee! That road map that you’re sitting on in the picture with your cat–I had the same exact one!

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      Tessa — November 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      How funny! If it weren’t for that photo I wouldn’t have remembered that road map.

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    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — October 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

    “16. I wish Ron Swanson, Tom Haverford, and Liz Lemon were all real people.”


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      Tessa — November 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      I can’t think of chicken Parmesan without saying “chicky chicky parm parm.”

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    Johanna — October 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I like that couch! (and the cat too!)

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      Tessa — November 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      That cat did not like us very much!

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    Krystal — October 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Hi, first time replier, long time reader. love your website!
    I think I said “me tooooo!!!!” like 10 times while reading this post haha
    I’m convinced Liz Lemon and I are kindred spirits πŸ™‚

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      Tessa — November 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you for commenting! Sometimes I feel like Tina Fey writes 30 Rock for me specifically (especially when Ina Garten makes a cameo).

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    Denise — October 31, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Have you ever been attacked by a flying cockroach? My friends and I went to this food market where a cockroach was enjoying his time flying from one fluorescent light to another. We weren’t able to eat in peace for a while. Ooh, and I once had a cockroach land on my hair. I freaked out!

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      Tessa — November 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      NO!!! I’ve never had the misfortune of being in physical contact with a cockroach before. I would die.

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    Lauren — November 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    You’re half Dominican! Wow I can’t believe it because you’re so blonde lol!

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    Valeria — December 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! I love your blog!! BTW my boyfriend is Dominican and his mom’s last name is Arias too πŸ™‚

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