Favorite Mac and Cheese


It’s getting colder and grayer – I knew we would be paying for all those gorgeous, blue sky days.  Seriously, I do love fall…it’s just that I know what will be coming next…the dreaded season that starts with “w.” Why can’t winter just be around during the week, you know, and then every weekend, we get a different season. I probably would grow fond of winter then. It’s like how my favorite day used to be Friday because the next day would be Saturday, and I did not like Sunday much (even though it’s still the weekend) because the next day would be Monday. Does that make sense? :)

One thing I do love about colder weather though is that it totally calls for comfort foods. They rank pretty close up there along with hot cocoa and snuggling under the comforter. I think most of us would agree that one of the top quintessential comfort foods is mac and cheese. I mean what’s not to love? Pasta coated with all that warm, cheesy mixture…do I really need to say any more? Enjoy!

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4 Ingredient Sweet Corn Ice Cream


Too many things have been going on in our lives! The biggest news is I’m officially not a homeschooling mama anymore. You would think I would take the opportunity to do the gazillion things that I wasn’t able to do in the past due to lack of time. However, my heart is just not into anything right now. I’m consumed with worries (daily) on how Alex is coping in school. So far, he’s doing great. We couldn’t speak highly enough of the teachers and the support we’ve been getting from the school overall. So hopefully in time, I’ll be able to function like a normal human being again. :)

We finally got our extreme summer weather this past week, and I think I can say for everyone that we are all looking forward to the cooler weather that’s supposedly coming our way in a couple of days. Either way, fresh corn is still plentiful in our area and what better way to use it than to make one of my favorite childhood treats – sweet corn ice cream! Deliciously refreshing and full of corn flavor, you’ll never look at corn the same way ever again. Enjoy!

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Malaysian Laksa


We celebrated Alex’s 12th birthday recently. 12!!! Sob! Where did my baby go? He has grown into a young man, apparently. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it before but Alex is on the Autism spectrum and it has been a long road to help get him to where he is right now.  He has progressed so much in the past few years (with a lot of hard work and therapies) and we are so proud of him! We continue to strive to help him reach his fullest potential.

Sometimes, when I see other moms with kids on the spectrum looking so sad, tired, and probably feeling hopeless when dealing with the multitude of challenges that come with the disorder, I just want to give them a hug and tell them that things will work out…they will be okay! At the same time, I know how difficult it is to believe that statement in the midst of it all. If you know a family with an Autistic child, please be sensitive about what these parents go through and refrain from making judgmental comments (even if you mean well). It is a disorder, and is not the result of something the parents did or did not do. They already beat themselves up more than you would ever even begin to imagine, trust me. Be courteous and be kind, that’s all anybody could ask for. :)


I had always wonder how we could eat so much spicy food living in Malaysia, I mean considering how hot and humid the weather is. You would think all we would want to eat is something cold and cooling ALL the time. But nope! Nature gives us lots of spices and hot peppers and they definitely don’t go to waste. After a while, I guess you do get used to the heat – weather or food, they sort of all just blend together. One of my favorite spicy dishes is laksa (a spicy noodle soup), specifically Sarawak laksa since that was what I grew up with. It is commonly purchased from the many hawker food stalls that are available back home, instead of being homemade. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty deprived of laksa (and many other things) when I first moved here. Thankfully, for several years now, we can find laksa paste over here in the States. My favorite is the Tean’s Gourmet Curry Laksa Paste. It’s so, sooooooo good, I would eat this even when it’s 90 degrees out! No more feeling deprived of laksa. Enjoy!

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Summery Watermelon Basil Drink


Looks like we are finally going to get some sun for the rest of the week after countless days of rain. Yay! Currently, I’m recuperating from a wrist surgery that I had just yesterday, and it’s only uh, one day after the surgery, and I’m ready to tear the wrap off! Not only that, I’m feeling so restless and useless for not being able to do anything much. However, it’s all for the good of my wrist, so I’ll bear with it…since there’s pretty much nothing else I can do. :)

Here’s a sweet, refreshing watermelon drink that’s just perfect for a summer day. It has the added fragrance of sweet basil and lime that makes it just a little bit more special and delicious. Enjoy!

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Stir-Fried Noodles with Shrimp


Looks like it has been a while again since the last time I checked in. Too many things are going on in our lives right now – worrisome things, depressing things, but thank goodness some happy things as well. I guess that’s just life – you take the bad with the good and somehow, things will work themselves out (or at least that’s what I’m trying to convince myself of). :)

Now that the weather is heating up, the oven is officially closed for business. That simply means more stir-frying for me, not that it’s an uncommon thing in our household to begin with. Today, I would like to share an easy stir-fry noodle dish that uses only a few ingredients but tastes oh so delicious. Enjoy!

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Buttermilk Biscuits


Since I mentioned the wonderful weather we had last Saturday, it has turned cold, and we’ve even gotten hail and snow. I guess I should have known better than to celebrate so soon. :) As the locals would say, “It’s Cleveland” (although we are officially in the suburb, it still applies to us), meaning that it’s crazy and unpredictable. It can be 90 degrees one day and 45 the next, but still we trudge on through. However, I think most can agree that we are so ready for warmer days to come and stay!

On to food – here’s a super-easy, delicious biscuit recipe that takes less than 30 minutes from the start to the table. I first made them for our Easter meal and I was thoroughly impressed with the simplicity and precision of the recipe, considering that it was from my old 1942 vintage cookbook. For instance, the recipe said to bake them at 450ºF for 12 minutes, not 10 to 15 minutes, not 10 to 12 either or even 12 to 15 minutes (you get the drift). I baked them for exactly 12 minutes and they came out perfect! Tall and fluffy and golden brown on the outside, and did I mention that they were delicious? They are great for breakfast, as a side dish, or just anytime you feel like it. Enjoy!

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Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes


We had fantastic weather on Saturday in northeast Ohio! I hope many of you who live in the area got to get out and soak up the much needed and appreciated sunshine. :) Now that winter is over, I’m definitely looking forward to more gorgeous days in the coming weeks (we are so deprived here in northeast Ohio). Yay to sunny days!

Recently, I made these delicious blueberry buttermilk pancakes and we gobbled them up in record time. The base recipe actually came from “The American Woman’s Cook Book,” to which I changed only a few little things. The pancakes turned out soooooooo good! Enjoy!

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Vintage Cookbooks


I have a serious addiction…to cookbooks! In addition to contemporary cookbooks, I started collecting vintage cookbooks a couple of years ago and I apparently can’t stop. :) I think if I don’t purchase another cookbook ever, I’ll still have enough to last me a lifetime. Do I need help yet? At least I don’t spend a lot on these vintage cookbooks. The average price I pay per book is $2, which is a deal, right? The problem I have is that I’m running out of room. So I tell myself not to add any more cookbooks to my collection. That’s it, Chris! No more cookbooks! Well, guess what I walked out with two days ago when I checked out a local resale store? Two more cookbooks! It was buy one get one free – I paid $1 for two vintage Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks. Like I said, a serious addiction!!! :)

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Our mail carrier delivered a package to our door today. It turned out to be a surprise care package from my wonderful and dearest friend, Bonnie! Continue reading “Friendship”

Rustic Apple Tart with Homemade Crust


Hello, everyone! It has been a while again – too many things have happened since the last time I checked in. A week after we discovered ice damage in our family room, we found the same problem in one of our bedrooms! So, we’ve been dealing with on-going repairs of these two rooms for more than a month now. It’s getting really old, let me tell you. The furniture is all over the place. The living room is a mess! Nothing is where it should be. It’s driving me up the wall! Aaaarrrggghhh!!! In fact, that was exactly what I said to Keith just ten minutes ago. :) The end is in sight though…we are almost done with the indoor repairs…almost. Now, if only the weather would just cooperate, we would be able to get the necessary roof work done as well so I wouldn’t have to continue to worry about new damages. But that would just be too easy, wouldn’t it? Keith is probably wondering who is this shrew he’s married to and I’m wondering why doesn’t he have any magical powers to fix this problem in a nanosecond, LOL! Truthfully, he helps keep me calm and grounded, although I can feel the calmness slipping away, Hon! ;)


Alex went through another bout of sickness two and a half weeks ago, which was supposedly our spring break week (although we homeschool, I try to follow our school district’s calendar). He had high fever and the works, again, and it went on the entire week. By the fifth day, I was wondering if he’ll ever get over this virus, which he did, just in time for school of course. Poor kiddo! As for me, I took the opportunity to cook in bulk and freeze. I didn’t bake much and I definitely didn’t document anything I did. Sorry, guys!

I did however, take photos of the apple tart I made last Friday. The filling was delicious, if I may say so? :) However, the crust didn’t turn out exactly the way I had hoped. It’s your typical all-butter pie crust but with a little addition of baking powder. Continue reading “Rustic Apple Tart with Homemade Crust”