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. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Egg-Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Salted Caramel



I've been asked many many times for an egg-free vanilla cupcake recipe...and so finally here it is!  I've actually had this recipe for a while but since I was trying to "veganize" all my egg-free recipes for my little guy, I forgot about posting this one.  I did mention it on my vegan vanilla cupcake post, but never bothered to share the recipe until now.  I know, I know.  I'm a dork.  But I think I might be able to redeem myself with these amazing cupcakes.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine's Day Crack (aka Saltine Toffee Candy)


"Oh...my....GOSH!  These are soooo gooooood!!!"  

Yup! That pretty much sums up what everybody says after they've tried this saltine toffee candy.  Ever since I've rediscovered how insanely delicious this is, I can't stop making it.  No seriously, I've been making this toffee every week for the past month now.  I've brought it to playdates, given it to my kids' teachers... Heck!  I even brought a big box to my dentist!  Yeah.  I'm not too sure if that was a great idea though.  I mean, it's like bringing all the food from the state fair to your doctor.  Oh well.  But I think her staff really loved it and I'm pretty sure they brushed and flossed afterwards. 

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