Friday, July 21, 2017

Pink Grapefruit Frosé 玫瑰香檳柚子冰冰



How’s your summer so far?  Are you enjoying the summer heat or are you hating it?  For my family, we’ve been visiting the pool, water park, and going to cool places (a.k.a. air-conditioned places) to stay cool.  Please share with me your favorites things to do to stay cool if you have any suggestion!

How to Make Pink Grapefruit Frosé 玫瑰香檳柚子冰冰 - a refreshing summer treat made with Pink Grapefruit and frozen Rosé Champagne    http://uTry.it

However, I still turn on my oven from time to time to bake this once or twice a week.  That’s a necessity!  But other than that, I’m trying to keep the house cool and make as many No-Bake treats as possible.  This Pink Grapefruit Frosé 玫瑰香檳柚子冰冰 is one of my favorite summer treat!  It’s super easy to put together and very refreshing.  You might wonder what is a Frosé?  Well, it’s pretty much Frozen RoséYes, a word that I just made up!?  But hey, this frozen treat is so good that I think Frosé should be included in the dictionary!

How to Make Pink Grapefruit Frosé 玫瑰香檳柚子冰冰 - a refreshing summer treat made with Pink Grapefruit and frozen Rosé Champagne    http://uTry.it

This slightly sweet and tangy frozen treat will cool you off instantly!  The pink grapefruit juice is super fresh and it compliments the floral Rosé Champagne perfectly.  You can even substitute the Rosé Champagne with sparking white grape juice (skip the simple syrup because the grape juice is sweet enough) to make a kids’ friendly version.  But for the grown up, this is a perfect treat after any summer meal!

How to Make Pink Grapefruit Frosé 玫瑰香檳柚子冰冰 - a refreshing summer treat made with Pink Grapefruit and frozen Rosé Champagne    http://uTry.it

If you’re hosting summer parties, this will be the perfect dessert to make because you can, and should, make it ahead of time; leaving you more time to plan for the rest of your menu.  You can even explore and try other citrus juice with this dessert.  But I personally love the flavor and color of the pink grapefruit, so pretty and elegant! 

How to Make Pink Grapefruit Frosé 玫瑰香檳柚子冰冰 - a refreshing summer treat made with Pink Grapefruit and frozen Rosé Champagne    http://uTry.it

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How to Make Pink Grapefruit Frosé 玫瑰香檳柚子冰冰 - a refreshing summer treat made with Pink Grapefruit and frozen Rosé Champagne    http://uTry.it


Ingredients and Tools Used:
9x13 Glass Baking Dish with Lid (Click here for more information)
Fleur de Sel (
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Microplane Zester (
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Heat Proof Measuring Cups (
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OXO Measuring Cups Set (
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Small Stemmed Wine Glasses (5 oz) (
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

National Ice Cream Day!


Tomorrow is National Ice Cream Day! Yay!  But honestly, I don’t really need any excuse to consume ice cream, especially in the summer.  Did you know that I actually make homemade ice cream all year around?  Now you know! Ha!  To help celebrate National Ice Cream Day, I’m compiling some of my favorite homemade ice cream recipes below for you to drool on!  Click on the names will take you to the recipes!  Stay cool and enjoy!

Neapolitan Ice Cream Pops






Nutella Swirl Ice Cream With Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts




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French Roasted Coffee Ice Cream


Toasted Coconut and Ice Cream Cone


Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream


Matcha Ice Cream (抹茶雪糕)


Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream – Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Idea  http://uTry.it



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Chocolate Bubble Waffle (Eggette) Cone Ice Cream






Friday, July 7, 2017

DIY Homemade Lavender and Rose Bath Bombs



My whole family love bath bombs!  They are a wonderful way to relax in the tub after a long day of work, school, cooking, or running around the house (that’s more of my activity, not my kids…in case you wonder!) If you haven’t tried them yet, I highly recommend that you give them a try. 


DIY Homemade Lavender and Rose Bath Bombs     http://uTry.it

The first time we tried them was during our family vacation.   We simply purchased a bag from the drug store while we were supposed to pick up a few bottled water for our hotel stay.  Boy oh boy, we were addicted to them right the way!    It’s smells wonderful, fun to use with the fizzing and make bath time so much more relaxing and enjoyable!  The only down side of the store bought bath bombs?  They could be quite expensive!

DIY Homemade Lavender and Rose Bath Bombs     http://uTry.it

That’s one of the main reason why I’m making my own now!  Besides saving money, I can also tailor these bath bombs to my own preferences of scents and ingredients!

DIY Homemade Lavender and Rose Bath Bombs     http://uTry.it

There are a few must-have ingredients and I’ll explained to you why.  First item on the list is baking soda. 

Baking Soda:

In addition to complementing the citrus acid, baking soda is also the key to create the fizzing reaction.  Kids went crazy (crazily happy and excited, I should add) when the fizzing started!   Which introduced to the second ingredient, citric acid.
(Get yours here: https://goo.gl/U4cAyF)


Citrus Acid:

Another requirement to generate the fizzing reaction is the citrus acid.  I usually get it online and I’ll list the link below for your convenience.  It’s so much fun to watch and feel the fizz in the tub!  I feel like I’m bathing in a tub of champagne!  The Citrus Acid also acts as a natural preservative.
(Get yours here: https://goo.gl/8wbV1a)



DIY Homemade Lavender and Rose Bath Bombs     http://uTry.it


Another ingredient for the recipe is corn starch. 


Corn Starch:

It yields a silky and smooth texture that you don’t get from other ingredients.  It also helps absorb the extra liquid in the bath bombs.  You can substitute with arrow root powder as well.  I usually have both in the kitchen as thicken agents in my cooking.
(Get your Corn Starch here: https://goo.gl/oXvfCo
(Get your Arrow Root Starch here: https://goo.gl/V7U379)


Epsom salt:

You can also use sea salt, or a mix of both as well.  It provides the minerals for your skin and help you relax and de-stressed! 
(Get your Epsom Salt here: https://goo.gl/b3XhjQ)
(Get your Sea Salt here: 
https://goo.gl/9cdcXX)


DIY Homemade Lavender and Rose Bath Bombs     http://uTry.it




Essential Oil and Coconut Oil:

Essential oil and coconut oil are also needed in this bath bomb recipe.  They help hydrate your skin and keep your skin feeling silky smooth and soft!  You can also use avocado oil or almond oil if you like them better.
(Get your Lavender Essential Oil here: https://goo.gl/viW48P)
(Get your Rose Essential Oil here: 
https://goo.gl/TvcbYJ)





DIY Homemade Lavender and Rose Bath Bombs     http://uTry.it


Witch Hazel Toner:

Last but not least, the witch hazel toner (you can use other alcohol-free toner as well).  If you don’t have it, water work just fine.  You do need the moisture in the mixture so that the bath bomb can come together for shaping.  The toner is also good for your skin and since I already have it available, it is what I used.  
(Get yours here: https://goo.gl/L3iV2b)

DIY Homemade Lavender and Rose Bath Bombs     http://uTry.it


Dried Lavender and Dried Rose Petals:


Besides looking gorgeous and adding a bit of natural colors to the bath bombs, they also add wonderful natural floral aromas into the bath bombs.
(Get your dried lavender here: https://goo.gl/nF3Koc)(Get your dried Rose tea buds here: https://goo.gl/qMpZrf)


Soap Coloring:

The soap coloring is pretty much optional.  I think they make the bath bomb look more fancy and perfect if you’re giving them as homemade gifts.  But please only use soap coloring and not food coloring.  You don’t want the bath bombs to stain your skin nor the bath tubs!
(Get yours here: https://goo.gl/uCL6Vo)



DIY Homemade Lavender and Rose Bath Bombs     http://uTry.it



That’s pretty much it!  I hope you’ll give this recipe a try and make some of these gorgeous bath bombs at home soon!  I’m sure you’ll love them! Please watch the video tutorial on the step by step instructions.  They are so much fun and so easy to make as well!



Tools and Ingredients Used:
Baking Soda (Click here for more information)
Citrus Acid
 (Click here for more information)
Corn Starch
 (Click here for more information)
Arrow Root powder
 (Click here for more information)
Lavender Epsom Salt
 (Click here for more information)
Sea Salt
 (Click here for more information)
Lavender Essential oil
 (Click here for more information)
Rose Essential Oil
 (Click here for more information)
Soap coloring
 (Click here for more information)
Witch Hazel
 (Click here for more information)
Bath Bomb Mold
 (Click here for more information)
Dried Lavender
 (Click here for more information)
Dried Rose Tea Buds
 (Click here for more information)
Small Spray Bottles
 (Click here for more information)
Small Funnel
 (Click here for more information)
Wilton Icing Flowers
 (Click here for more information)
Rose Shaped Silicone Mold
 (Click here for more information)





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Friday, June 30, 2017

Chocolate Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream Flowers - Featuring Russian Piping Tips



Have you heard of Russian Piping / Icing Tips before?  They are my latest discovery and obsession!  Think about it, for someone who is not very good at decorating with buttercream and frosting, I actually managed to create these gorgeous flower cupcakes!  It’s got to be a foodie blogger’s dream comes true!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream Flowers - Featuring Russian Piping Tips http://uTry.it

The piping tips are quite easy to use and the results are simply stunning!  Look at these cupcakes for a second, aren’t they gorgeous?  I say they are definitely the most beautiful cupcakes that I’ve ever created!  

Chocolate Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream Flowers - Featuring Russian Piping Tips http://uTry.it

The icing/piping tip set that I’ve got online comes with 10 metal tips, and one plastic tip that allow you to put 3 different colored icing in 1 pastry bag.  In this recipe and video tutorial, I’m only testing 2 of them and the rest have got to wait for another time.  The 2 piping tips I used for this post are the roses and tulips shaped ones.  The buttercream flowers that I created using these piping tips are simply breath taking!  If I can do it, anyone can definitely do it as well!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream Flowers - Featuring Russian Piping Tips http://uTry.it

Besides trying out new icing tips, I’m also testing out these “Color Cups” cupcake liners for the very first time.  I’m definitely in love with them.  As you can see, the cupcake liners truly stay vibrant even after baking!  They are just as easy to use when compared to everyday paper cupcake liners.  They are only slightly more expensive than the regular liners. In my humble opinion, they are totally worth the extra bucks especially if you’re baking for parties and gatherings!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream Flowers - Featuring Russian Piping Tips http://uTry.it

These cupcakes are simply scrumptious!  The cupcakes are dark chocolate cupcakes using my favorite Valrhona Unsweetened Cocoa Powder for the deep chocolatey flavors.  The cupcakes are super easy to put together and they are moist and fluffy!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream Flowers - Featuring Russian Piping Tips http://uTry.it

The cupcakes are topped with Vanilla Bean Swiss Meringue Buttercream that are smooth and silky!  I dyed it into 4 different colors using some store-bought all-natural food coloring.  You can see all the products that I used in today’s video tutorial above and I’ll also list them out at the end of this post for your convenience!  If you’re not sure about creating your own gorgeous cupcakes for your next tea party or for someone’s birthday, think again!  These Russian Piping Tips definitely boosted my confident in cake/cupcake decorating and I can foresee more cupcakes in my kitchen in the near future!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream Flowers - Featuring Russian Piping Tips http://uTry.it

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Remember, Eat, Drink, and Be Happy!  See you all next week with another fun recipe!

Tools and ingredients used:
Cupcake Pan (Click here for more information)
Color Cups Cupcake Liners (Click here for more information)

Valrhona Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (Click here for more information)

Cake Flour (Click here for more information)

Ice Cream Scoop (Click here for more information)

Whisk (Click here for more information)

Russian Piping Tips Set (Click here for more information)

Wilton #67 Leaf Piping Tip (Click here for more information)

Disposable Piping Bag (Click here for more information)

All Natural Food Coloring (Click here for more information)

Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)

Measuring
Spoons Set (Click here for more information)
Stand
Mixer (Click here for more information)
Cooling Racks (Click here for more information)

Baking Sheets (Click here for more information)

Kerrygold Butter (Click here for more information)

Heat Proof Measuring Cups (Click here for more information)




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Saturday, June 24, 2017

How to Make Unicorn Poop Rainbow Sour Lemon Meringue Cookies 檸檬彩虹蛋白曲奇:



Are you ready for another magical and whimsical recipe?  A recipe that involves a mysterious, fascinating, and imaginary create!  Yes, I'm talking about the Unicorn! After all, everything associated with the Unicorn has been so gorgeous and adorable, even with its byproduct such as... its poop!?

How to Make Unicorn Poop Rainbow Sour Lemon Meringue Cookies 檸檬彩虹蛋白曲奇 with all natural coloring.   http://uTry.it

Sorry, I just couldn’t help it!  I had so much fun making these Sour Lemon Meringue Cookies with my Little Girl.  We were laughing, joking, and goofing around in the kitchen as we bake and enjoy each other's company…and these cookies, of course!

How to Make Unicorn Poop Rainbow Sour Lemon Meringue Cookies 檸檬彩虹蛋白曲奇 with all natural coloring.   http://uTry.it

If you haven’t watched my video tutorial yet, you’ve got to check it out.  I guaranteed that you won’t be disappointed! I’ll show you step by step procedures on how to create the perfect rainbow swirls that shaped these cookies.  They are actually easier than you think.  Plus, you’ll get my tips and secret on how to make the perfect meringue cookies!        

How to Make Unicorn Poop Rainbow Sour Lemon Meringue Cookies 檸檬彩虹蛋白曲奇 with all natural coloring.   http://uTry.it

These rainbow colored Sour Lemon Meringue Cookies are made from all natural food coloring deprived from fruit and vegetables (I’ll link my food coloring tutorials below this post).  If you don’t have the time to make your own coloring, I’ve found out that my local health-food store/supermarket do carry some all natural coloring options.  I’ll list the product links below this post so that you can check them out as well. 

How to Make Unicorn Poop Rainbow Sour Lemon Meringue Cookies 檸檬彩虹蛋白曲奇 with all natural coloring.   http://uTry.it

If you’ve baked meringue cookies before, you know that they don’t like moisture!  So, we bake them at low temperature for a long time.  Plus, we need to be careful on the flavoring option as well.  Since I made these in lemon flavor, I use lemon zest to give these cookies the refreshing lemony aroma.  But for the tartness, I used citrus acid (which is really sour and in powder form) instead of fresh lemon juice.  That way, I won’t be adding too much moisture into the batter. 

How to Make Unicorn Poop Rainbow Sour Lemon Meringue Cookies 檸檬彩虹蛋白曲奇 with all natural coloring.   http://uTry.it

These cookies are so light, crispy, and packed with lemony aroma.  The sweetness and tartness is perfectly balanced!  Give them a try and you’ll fall in love with them.

How to Make Unicorn Poop Rainbow Sour Lemon Meringue Cookies 檸檬彩虹蛋白曲奇 with all natural coloring.   http://uTry.it


I hope you enjoyed today’s post and recipe!  Remember, Eat, Drink, and Be Happy!  Stay tuned for more fun recipe next week!




Ingredients and Tools Used:
All Natural Food Coloring (Click here for more information)
Wilton 1 A Round piping tip (Click here for more information)
Citrus Acid (Click here for more information)
Edible Gold Leaves (Click here for more information)

Disposable Piping Bag (Click here for more information)
Silver Dragees (
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Freeze Dried Strawberry
(Click here for more information)
S
tand Mixer (Click here for more information)
Cooling Racks (
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Corn Starch (粟粉) (
Click here for more information)
Edible Gold Stars (
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Baking Sheets (
Click here for more information)
Silpat (
Click here for more information)

How to Make All Natural Blue Food Coloring Tutorial:
https://goo.gl/8nT8Sm

How to Make All Natural Red Food Coloring Tutorial:
https://goo.gl/zTcc2h

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