Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Allergy-Friendly Jam Thumbprint Cookies (Vegan)

Can I just take a deep breath and...whoooooooooo!  It's finally done.  We just finished renovating and it feels w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l.

Late last year, Hubby and I decided that we were ready to update our kitchen.  It was something I always wished for since we moved into our house, but we had to put it off until we had the money and the time to do it.  So after spending lots of time researching for materials and figuring out the cost and timeline, we decided to go for it.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Classic Chocolate Truffles

Over the years, I've slowly come to realize that when it comes to making holiday treats,  I need to simplify things.  As much as I'd love to make all my favorite desserts for everyone, it's physically impossible for me to do it.  I've tried!  Oh boy, have I tried! And it was not pretty.  All those late nights baking all sorts of cookies and making two or three or four different candies.  Not sleeping!  It was crazy!  And I was crazy for putting myself through it!  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Maple Syrup Cinnamon Rolls

There's just something magical about the smell of cinnamon. Whether you're baking a pie or a batch of cookies, this sweet and spicy scent will find its way into every corner of the house and beckon you to follow its trail back into the kitchen. To me, it's the quintessential scent of the holidays.  And these warm and cozy cinnamon rolls will definitely bring some holiday cheer into your home.  

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Teal Pumpkin Project

Halloween is just a week away and my kids are super excited to go trick-or-treating with their friends.  We've got our costumes picked out and our treat bags ready.  And we got our pumpkins!  But this year, we've done something special to them.  We've painted them teal :-)  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan)

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."

As much as I love being creative in the kitchen, sometimes trying to figure out how to make a recipe allergy-friendly can drive me downright crazy.  I try my best to make desserts taste just like the "normal" ones, but when a test recipe doesn't quite meet my expectations, I become almost obsessed with getting it right.  It practically consumes me.  Sometimes it even keeps me up at night.  I sit in bed thinking of what I could've done differently or what other ingredients I could've used.  It's kinda annoying really.  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

OMG! Chocolate Cream Pie (No-Bake & Egg-Free)

Yes.  You read that right.  I named this the "OMG! Chocolate Cream Pie" and for good reason.  Not only are you gonna say "OMG!" when you see this gorgeous thing, you're gonna say "OMG!" when you bite into it.  Creamy.  Chocolatey.  Crunchy.  Yup.  OMG pretty much describes it.  

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Lemon and Lavender Shortbread Cookies

I've kinda been daydreaming lately.  Hubby and I have been talking about redoing the backyard this year.  We haven't really done much to it since we moved in.  We have a nice lawn and some shrubs on the slope, but I think we're ready to give it a makeover.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pandesal (Filipino Bread Rolls)

Growing up in the Philippines, I would always wake up to a familiar sound outside my window.  It would start out as a faint echo from a distance and as it came closer, it would become this big, bellowing voice that called out,"Teeee....naaaaaaaaaah....paaaaay!" It was Mang Tinapay! That was what we called the man who sold fresh bread rolls every morning.  Before the crack of dawn, he would fill the back of his bicycle with a basket full of tinapay.  Then he'd head out to our neighborhood, just when everyone was waking up.  Sometimes I'd wait outside with my Lola, clutching my money in my hand, ready to buy a bag from him.  When he'd reach the front of our house, he'd stop his bike and I'd politely ask him,"Isang supot po." He'd open the lid, pluck each tinapay out of his basket and drop them in a bag.  He had this cool way of closing the bag: he'd take each end and spin it around a couple times. That was always fun to watch. 


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