Is Spring Finally Here to Stay?

It’s finally looking and feeling like spring! We have five different daffodils blooming in the garden right now. While tulips will always be my first love for spring blooming plants (and apparently, they are the deers’ first love as well), daffodils will never fail to bring a smile to my face with their bright, sunny appearance. […]

Stir-Fried Tom Yum Noodles

Just something I had a hankering for this afternoon – simple and oh so delicious! 1 (6.75 ounces) package rice noodles/rice sticks/bee hoon/maifun* About 1 pound shrimp 1 English cucumber, seeds removed and sliced thin** 4 tablespoons tom yum paste*** 2 tablespoons fish sauce *The only brand I would use is Dynasty. In Ohio, it […]

Brioche French Toast Casserole

My sis and her family made a quick trip out here to see us over the Easter weekend. We had a great time catching up and eating, of course. :) According to my sis, everything we made when they visited was so delicious, lol. Although we didn’t really do anything special, we definitely appreciate the […]

Happy Anniversary!

So I just arrived home and I stopped at the mailbox to retrieve our mail. I was pleasantly surprised to see a nice golden envelope among the other junk mail. My first instinct was that it’s from my mother-in-law and sure enough, I was right. She usually makes an effort to send out actual cards […]

Happy Chinese New Year

I reminded Alex that it’s Chinese New Year (CNY) tomorrow and he’s pretty excited because that means he’ll be getting an ang pau (a red envelope filled with money) from us. I asked him if he remembers what saying we can use to greet someone during CNY. He replied, “Happy New Year?” Lol. I responded […]

Valentine’s Day Orchid

So Keith got me a pot of orchid for Valentine’s, to add to my jungle of orchids. :) Apparently, he had purchased it last Saturday and managed to hide the orchid until he gave it to me today. Is it weird that it’s driving me crazy not knowing his hiding place? Hahaha. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Instead of studying, this is what I did in my little bit of free time today. :) The cupcakes are deliciously rich in chocolate flavor but light and tender at the same time. Not only that, it is super easy and quick to whip up. Enjoy! P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day! Chocolate Cupcakes {Adapted from the […]

Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Happy Friday! Chinese New Year (CNY) is next week and I am feeling kinda bluesy. I have to say this is the time when I miss my family the most. Anyway, still no CNY treats in sight and at this rate, it’s looking highly unlikely I would be having a CNY baking marathon especially since […]

Scrumptious Chocolate Layer Bars

This winter has been rough on all of us, health wise. Both Keith and Alex had the flu, which turned into pneumonia for Alex! I am still recovering from a bout of intestinal virus I caught more than a week ago although it would seem I have managed to fend off the insidious flu that […]

Brown Sugar Meringue Kisses

Today is supposedly “balmy” with a high of 18°F (that is approximately -8 Celsius, by the way). Despite the higher temp in comparison to the past week, it does not feel warmer at all! Additionally, a new batch of bitter Arctic air is heading our way, which is expected to plunge us back to the […]