Monday, March 16, 2015

Scones!

I love high tea, it's such a fun way to enjoy a leisure morning or afternoon. Sipping on tea and eating delicious finger sandwiches. Then you make your way down to the warm scones served with clotted cream and jam. I can't believe I never looked up on how to make scones until last week. It was so freaking easy. I found this scone and clotted cream (or Devonshire cream) recipe.  This clotted cream recipe uses cream cheese, I also found another one that uses mascarpone cheese. I think try it next time.





This is my way of saying thank you to my coworkers for their well wishes and wonderful gifts on my babyshower.  


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Here is another idea, something you can do in about 5mins. It's my toast with bacon, fried egg and avocado. Ok, some might argue bacon is not good, but it's only one piece. And the fried egg? It's good protein! I looked it up.
First thing, put a slice of bread in your toaster ( I used wholewheat multigrain)
Put one slice of bacon in your pan, make sure to use a paper towel to soak away the excess oil when you take it out.
once your bacon is done remove from pan and onto the paper towel. Then crack an egg into pan and cook it to your liking.
Layer the bacon and egg on your toast and slice some avocados on top. I sprinkled mine with some paparika for looks.




Breakfast with my husband, he likes it. Don't forget to eat your fruits.

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.