Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 5

Day 7 – Kualoa Ranch Raptor Tour and Ziplining, Chasing Big Waves and Watching the Sunset at North Shore! Kualoa Ranch Have you seen any of the following movies? – The Karate Kid II (1986)– Jurassic Park (1993)– Mighty Joe Young (1998)– Fifty First Dates (2004)– Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle (2018) We gotContinue reading “Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 5”

Small Batch “Pick-Me-Up” Cupcakes

We needed a pick-me-up Let me tell you why we needed small batch pick-me-up cupcakes at our house. Recently, my family experienced a loss. Our dog, Spencer, went to be in doggy heaven. He was an English springer spaniel and he had super cute soft and floppy ears. Unfortunately, Spencer developed intramuscular disc disease andContinue reading “Small Batch “Pick-Me-Up” Cupcakes”

Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 4

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by to read Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 4! Day 6 – Ka’ena Point, Shave Ice, Pearl Harbor Museum, USS Arizona Memorial, USS Utah Memorial and Dinner at Aiea Bowl Walking to Ka’ena Point The most western tip of Oahu is called Ka’ena Point. By taking aContinue reading “Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 4”

Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 3

Happy New Year, friends! I’m still reminiscing about the sunshine and family time I soaked up in Hawaii just a few weeks ago. Here’s Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 3, which covers Day 4 and Day 5 of our trip to visit my parent’s home on the island of Oahu! <3 DayContinue reading “Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 3”

New Year’s Fortune Cookies for 2021

Hellooooo 2021! It’s about dang time you got here! To celebrate, I made New Year’s fortune cookies for 2021 with inspiring and funny messages inside. The recipe was super simple and they look just like the ones from the Chinese restaurants! Hopefully this brings some good fortune in the new year. If nothing else,Continue reading “New Year’s Fortune Cookies for 2021”

Carrot Galette with Carrot Top Pesto

Joyeux noel, my friends! Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you! Behold, the carrot galette with carrot top pesto! Buttery, flaky pie crust envelopes sweet roasted carrots on a bed of creamy hummus, drizzled with tangy carrot top pesto. Voila, a Christmas dish for you! This recipe is perfect for Christmas this year because it’sContinue reading “Carrot Galette with Carrot Top Pesto”

Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 2

Day 3 – Green World Coffee Farm, Snorkeling at Shark’s Cove, Matsumoto Shave Ice, Sunset at Barber’s Point Lighthouse Welcome back to Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020. Here’s Part 2! We did so much on Day 3 that I could only fit the recap of one day into this post! If you missedContinue reading “Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 2”

Christmas Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Wreath

Christmas Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Wreath Christmas You can totally make this scrumptious treat any time of the year. But cranberries are in full stock right now, since they are harvested between mid-September until around mid-November in North America. Braid them in your Christmas cranberry cinnamon roll wreath with a needle and thread for an impressiveContinue reading “Christmas Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Wreath”

Holiday in Hawaii – Dec 2020 – Part 1

On Thanksgiving, I had the amazing privilege to travel to the island of Oahu in Hawaii. My parents moved there for my dad’s job a couple years ago, and I hadn’t seen them in nearly a year! I was so excited to be able to spend the holiday in Hawaii with my parents at theirContinue reading “Holiday in Hawaii – Dec 2020 – Part 1”

PB & J Pancake Cake – Breakfast for the Family

Breakfast Memories It’s one of those things where people either love it or hate it. Some people love it and no matter what time they wake up, they need to eat something in the realm of “breakfast food”. Others will skip breakfast entirely, maybe just opting for black coffee. I grew up on the classicContinue reading “PB & J Pancake Cake – Breakfast for the Family”

Savory Breadsticks Four Different Ways

The Breadsticks The gluten free breadstick recipe I followed is from The Healthy Gluten-Free Life by Tammy Credicott. Her cookbook creates really delicious gluten-free food without a pre-made gluten-free flour blend. There’s a lot going on to create these chewy, soft, flavorful breadsticks including xanthum gum, potato starch and tapioca flour. When I first readContinue reading “Savory Breadsticks Four Different Ways”

Vegan, Raw, No Bake Pumpkin Pie!

Are you ready for this? It’s raw, vegan, no bake pumpkin pie, my friends. Let me say that again, for the people in the back. RAW. VEGAN. NO BAKE. PUMPKIN PIE. *and the crowd goes wild, roaring with applause!!*I know, I know. Pumpkin pie is as classic and traditional at Thanksgiving as the turkey. HowContinue reading “Vegan, Raw, No Bake Pumpkin Pie!”

One-Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing

A Smaller Gathering at Thanksgiving Happy November! This holiday season is definitely different than ever before. In our family, we have a tradition on Thanksgiving to get together with my dad’s side of the family. It’s a fun time with about 20 – 30 people who are all really good cooks! But this year, withContinue reading “One-Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing”

Turkey Stuffed Squash – Small Holiday Gathering

Helloooo, November! Wow! Can you believe we are at the 11th hour and at the close of 2020? Did this year fly by for you? Or did it drag on forever like 7th grade math class? However your year went so far, we are heading into a magical time of the year. Typically this wouldContinue reading “Turkey Stuffed Squash – Small Holiday Gathering”

Healthy Carrot Cake with Chocolate Frosting

A Healthy(ish) Cake! Say hello to your snack for the week, my friends: easy & healthy carrot cake with chocolate frosting. The cake is loaded with carrots & apple sauce, and it contains zero butter or dairy. The optional chocolate cream cheese frosting is definitely not “healthy”, but it is insanely delicious on this cake.Continue reading “Healthy Carrot Cake with Chocolate Frosting”

Creamy Cheese and Chive Dumplings

Tvorog Vareniki from Kachka These creamy cheese and chive dumplings are like soft pillows that ooze with gooey goodness. They are from the cookbook Kachka, written by the owners of the local restaurant by the same name, here in Portland. We visited Kachka (the restaurant; I wish you could physically visit places in books…) theContinue reading “Creamy Cheese and Chive Dumplings”

Roasted Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Sausage and Apples

Colder Weather Is Here Hello there! How has your weather been? Have you turned to more roasted veggies (I made Roasted Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Sausage and Apples) now that the colder weather is blasting in? Here in Oregon, I feel like the temperature took a nose dive and my morning walks are nowContinue reading “Roasted Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Sausage and Apples”

Why Halloween is the Worst

Why I Hate Halloween Ok, I actually don’t “hate” Halloween. But let me tell you why Halloween is the worst holiday these days. First, let me say that I truly have tons of fun and happy memories around this time of year. I love carving a hand-picked pumpkin from the pumpkin patch every year. IContinue reading “Why Halloween is the Worst”

Lessons I Learned from ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’

If you have never heard of Samin Nosrat, she is a hilarious chef who wrote the book Salt Fat Acid Heat. This book is basically the only “textbook” you’ll ever need to cook amazing food for the rest of your life. Samin explains different cooking methods in a simple yet comprehensive way. The book alsoContinue reading “Lessons I Learned from ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’”

Apple Picking By The Mountains

It is officially Fall! And the one thing to rival pumpkin this season is APPLES! Gala, granny smith, jonagold, honeycrisp, ambrosia, you name it! Apple pie, caramel apples, apple turnovers, apple cider, applesauce, apple chips, and of course, fresh, crisp, juicy raw apples. Last weekend we drove about an hour and a half to KiyokawaContinue reading “Apple Picking By The Mountains”

Four Delicious Layer Cakes

Welcome to the world of layer cakes! I am absolutely obsessed with layer cakes. They look so impressive and there are literally endless creative possibilities! I could binge-watch Cake Boss all day long. I watch Cupcake Jemma’s weekly videos on YouTube as if my life depended on it. Call me Ms. British Baking Show Addict.Continue reading “Four Delicious Layer Cakes”

beet mujadara

Hello! How are you?! What have you been cooking in your kitchen lately? I am in love with Middle Eastern food, partially because I get the traditional homemade stuff from my bf’s family’s house. I can’t get enough of all the spices, onion, meat, and carbs, carbs, carbs. And I was thinking to myself, howContinue reading “beet mujadara”

GIGANTIC VEGAN CINNAMON ROLL

GOOD NEWS! Baking yeast is back on the store shelves! The pandemic made a lot of things really weird, including the absolute disappearance of yeast from the grocery store. A lot of people (including myself) turned to baking without yeast, like sourdough bread from homemade sourdough starter. But slowly some things are shifting back toContinue reading “GIGANTIC VEGAN CINNAMON ROLL”

Vegan Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini Boats

I love love love stuffed veggies. Stuffed bell peppers, stuffed pumpkin, stuffed zucchini, stuffed pizza crust… Zucchini boats are essentially stuffed zucchini halves, and there are more customization possibilities than settings in an Android phone. They keep well in the fridge and can be reheated for meals throughout the week, making it perfect forContinue reading “Vegan Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini Boats”

healthy dessert falafel

Do you ever think about how classic savory foods would taste if they were made into dessert? I do, and these sweet healthy dessert falafel are a delicious twist on the classic savory Middle Eastern baked falafel. Crispy on the outside, chunky and soft on the inside… mmhmm. Just watch out, because these are incrediblyContinue reading “healthy dessert falafel”

sourdough discard recipe – sourdough pancakes

It’s time to enjoy the complex flavor of sourdough in a pancake form. Pancakes are one of the most versatile foods and they are so easy to meal prep for the entire week. And since we are on this yeast-free sourdough escapade, why not find a delicious way to use up the sourdough discard viaContinue reading “sourdough discard recipe – sourdough pancakes”

homemade sourdough bread

Welcome back to another episode featuring sourdough! In my last post, we learned how to make a sourdough starter from scratch. Today we get to use that sourdough starter to make a loaf the best homemade sourdough bread ever! Sourdough bread is actually healthy for you because the sourdough starter that is made of simplyContinue reading “homemade sourdough bread”

how to make a sourdough starter from scratch

Why put in the blood, sweat and tears to create a sourdough starter? Yikes, maybe I started off too dramatic there. Why put in the sweat and tears to create a sourdough starter? Well, maybe you are wanting to get in touch with your roots and make artisan bread the way humans did long beforeContinue reading “how to make a sourdough starter from scratch”

Exploring Camp 18 in Oregon

the restaurant & the food Exploring Camp 18 is like walking through a nostalgic piece of history in Oregon. You can find it nestled at mile post 18 (hence the name Camp 18) on Highway 26 that connects Portland to the coast. It’s an impressive log cabin on steroids that serves “logger-style” meals (i.e. hugeContinue reading “Exploring Camp 18 in Oregon”

choose your own adventure diy trail mix

Did you ever read the Choose Your Own Adventure books growing up? I remember there were a few in my elementary school library. When I was a kid, I thought it was just the bee’s knees to be able to direct the story the way you wanted it to go. And you could read theContinue reading “choose your own adventure diy trail mix”