Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rolled Oats for Breakfast

I'm always trying to eat healthy because gravitate towards things that aren't, like croissants, french toasts, breakfast sandwiches etc. I needed something budget friendly and versatile. Because I do get bored easily.
 My latest attempt is the oatmeal. Whole foods sells these for a really good price; I think $1.6 9/lb for the organic one.
This isn't the instant one, so you have to cook it.. it only take a few mins for me, it makes me feel good to have something warm in the morning. It's usually one part oats, two part water ( or milk  or both). Bring it to a boil and lower the heat to simmer. You have to stir occasionally and it's done once it's thicken.

I don't put any sugar in mine. I sprinkle it with some cinnamon.
Here are the toppings I have on hand. You can add whatever you like to it. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Healthier Waffles

There is really no wrong time for waffles, it's simple delicious anytime of the day.  Something about waffles really amp up my breakfast experience. Just think how great it would be to start your day with something like this:
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The great thing about waffles is that there are so many ways to make it. I simply do a quick search for a recipe with really high ratings as my base. But as always, I have to make some variations. 
I followed the  original recipe for Belgian Waffles but made some changes to the flour used.

1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of all purpose wheat flour
1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
1/3 cup of melted butter instead of 1 tablespoon of oil (this is an unhealthy alternative, but it was good)

Before I fold in the beated egg whites, I separated the mixture in to two bowls; this way I can make two different batches: one with green tea and another with flax seed. 

Flax seed smells like toasted nuts
These taste so good! They were soft and fluffy. This recipe yields about 8 pieces of waffle, enough to last me a week.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Buying produce at Costco

Costco is know of having qualify food and better prices than most supermarkets. There are two things I watch out for when I buy my produce.

1. Pack on dates:
If you pay attention that the sticker on the box, it'll tell you how fresh your produce is. I dig through the back to get the most recently packed items, I feel like a jerk every time I do this.  The earlier ones are placed in the front, so they'll sell first.

2. Hothouse/greenhouse grown:
You're suppose to eat organic tomatoes and your green peppers when you can. But they're expensive! So your next best option is hothouse or greenhouse grown. It's better because most bugs and pests are barred outside, therefore, the less need for pesticides.

6 peppers for $6, I don't consider this cheap, but it is cheaper than my local supermarket which charges $1.5 for 1.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Simple Hot Cocoa

It's raining here in Southern Cali, which makes it a good time for hot cocoa and internet window shopping.  I don't have any cocoa mix so I just make use of what I have; hot cocoa is just milk with unsweetened cocoa anyways. Every baker has a can of cocoa powder in their pantry.

These candy cane kisses makes the hot cocoa sweet with a hint of mint.

Just heat everything in a sauce pot with low-med heat. Stir the pot with a whisk till it's simmering and you have a  homogenous mixture.

I made this one with the whipped cream and candy cane for my brother, I prefer mine as is.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas candy bouquets

My crafts finally received some notice. My HR lady was impressed with what I did with the Get Well Soon candy bouquet. She recommended to my boss to use candy bouquets as favors for their church's Xmas dinner.
It was an honor to get recognized for my work. But when they wanted 20 bouquets and then 30; it felt like a job. But nonetheless, I had fun... 

I just love how versatile candy bouquets can be. 
I got my floral foams from the Dollar Tree, and the tin buckets from Target's dollar section. Make sure to not cut the foam too much.  You want it to fit snugly in the bucket. 

Here are some variations, everything was bought from Target and the Dollar Tree. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Blue Doll Cake

Baby Emma is now two. From the time she was born, she was fighting for her life. The strength and perseverance of this little girl will astound you. My mother in law, Emma's grandmother,  requested a doll cake since the last one I made a such a hit.
While looking for my baking supplies, I found a doll from Mcd's kids menu I got a while back. It's blue tutu became the inspiration for the cake. I chose not to work with fondant this time and gave my whipped frosting a try. It worked out ok. But I think the buttercream frosting would give the flower on the dress more definition. Overall, I think it looked good. Emma's mom was unwilling to cut the cake because she loved it so much. She's keeping it in the freezer right now.  I did make a second cake, thinking the doll cake would not feed everyone. she was willing to cut that one. Both of these cakes were red velvet.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Inexpensive Christmas gift bag ideas

Ho Ho Ho! It's that time of the year again.  A gift here, a gift there, things can really add up. So, to avoid any last gifts, I look out of deals on items I can use for making gift bags.  I love doing crafts and this allows me to get a bit crafty.
I shopped at Bath and Body Works when they had the lotion sale for $3 each and I picked up some small candles to get my total up to $50 for the free shipping. I also used a $10/$30 coupon and got more bang for my buck.  I later went to their store and bought 5 for $5 hand sanitizers. I also shopped at Ulta when I saw their 5for $5 deals. I got some really nice nail filers, clippers and polishes (I never used their nail polish before, hope they have a good consistency.)

 These are recycled items from my wedding. I made favors with tags that has wedding quotes printed on them. And now, I'm making gift tags.

These nail filers are so pretty.

Here are some ways I paired these stuff up. The gift bag are from the dollar store, I bought them years ago. 

Each of these gift bags come to about $5-6 dollars. Their original value is a lot more than that. When you find a good deal, you can give people nice things and it won't break your budget. 

Happy gifting!