Adriana Velez


I'm a single mom and a blogger which means trouble. Before joining The Stir I contributed to blogs like Civil Eats and One Little Bite. I know how to spatchcock a chicken, build a tomato cage out of chicken wire, and shoot a bow and arrow. I've lived in New York City for almost 20 years, which makes me official. I lean in because I'm hard of hearing.


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    It's evening, the lights are low, and you're feeling frisky. You look across the table to your husband and notice he's looking especially hot tonight. He didn't have time to shave this morning, and he's wearing that shirt you bought him for Father's Day, the one that actually fits him. Is he feeling the same way you are? Your eyes meet and you're just about to suggest something naughty when -- OH YEAH, THE KIDS! 

    No matter what your kids' ages, they definitely do not want to hear about what you have in mind. That's why countless couples have come up with their own secret code words for talking about sex in front of the kids.

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    We like to mock self-tanners that make people look like an Oompa Loompa, but after the laughter dies down, there's that uncomfortable truth: Lying out to get a suntan is playing with fire. Not only do you risk skin cancer, you also risk getting burned. And if you do it for years, you get lizard skin. Wouldn't you like your skin to look smooth and fresh well into your 50s? That's why self-tanners are no joke. They're getting better, we swear.

    That said, the products that give you the best results coincidentally happen to be the most expensive. But all hope for a deeper summer glow is not lost. Here are 8 self-tanners for $25 and under that actually work.

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    I think we can all agree on this one thing about ice cream: It melts when it's warm outside. Heck, it melts in a slightly chilly room. So when Christie Watson discovered her son's ice cream sandwich hadn't melted (much) after sitting in 80-degree weather for 12 hours, she was naturally suspicious. After checking the box of Walmart Great Value bars to verify that they are made with real ice cream, she tried a little experiment. She left another bar out overnight. Sure enough, that one didn't melt, either. "I thought to myself: What am I feeding to my children?" Watson said.

    What's the deal with these ice cream bars?

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    Smile a lot. Touch his arm. Compliment him. Mirror his physical movements. Twirl your hair. We've all heard these flirting tips before, and they're all actually pretty effective (yeah, even that dumb hair-twirling trick). But what if you hate flirting -- that way? What if you think it's intimidating, or just "not you," but you still want to attract that cute guy?

    Do it anyway -- but your way. At its essence, it's just about connecting to someone you're attracted to in a way that shows them you're really, really interested. And what's wrong with that? Here's a few ways to flirt that won't make you feel like a faker.

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    Got any ancient condiments lurking in your refrigerator? I do. Whenever I buy that fancy French mayonnaise, we seem to use all the stuff within a few days. But I also keep a bottle of "guest" ketchup because, while my son and I hate the stuff, most every other kid we ever have over for lunch loves it. I don't know how old our guest ketchup is -- three years? Meanwhile, I know I made that grape jam back in September. There's no mold on it, but is it still good?

    Unlike other foods, condiments aren't usually going to give off obvious signs that they need to be thrown out. Many are made to last a long time. But how long do open bottles and jars of them last in the refrigerator? Here are 8 condiments you should throw out of your fridge right now.

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