Saturday, May 18, 2019

How to Make the Classic Buttermilk Mickey Mouse Pancakes - With Lola and Alicia

Last week, my Daughter and I met with my Niece, Lola in the kitchen to create this video!  We had so much fun filming and cooking together.  Lola picked a simple yet delicious recipe, Classic Buttermilk Mickey Mouse Pancakes!  As you can see in the video, these pancakes are so easy to make.  The Girls pretty much make the recipe on their own, except that I help them with the hot griddle (safety first!)  These pancakes are light, fluffy, and delicious! You can serve them with maple syrup, whipped cream, and fresh berries, or whatever your heart desires!

As I mentioned in the video, Lola has her own YouTube Channel called, Lola's Toy Review.  Please support her in subscribing to her channel as she works so hard to build it.  Why should you follow her channel?  First of all, her videos are fun to watch.  Plus, they always have wonderful activities and games idea that you can create and play with your kiddos.  Last but not least, you get to see how the most popular toys work before purchasing them for your own kids.  It sure saves you money over time for not spending on the toys that you don't think your kids would enjoy!

I hope you enjoy watching the video as much as we had creating it!  Please stay tuned for more fun recipes and videos!  Wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Tools and Ingredients Used:

Cuisinart Griddler Electric Grill & Griddle:

Ice Cream / Batter Scoop:

Lakanto Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitute

Baking Powder:


Measuring Spoons and Cups Set

Baking Soda:

Classic Buttermilk Mickey Mouse Pancakes:
Makes 10 Pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Lakanto Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitute
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 tablespoons salted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for cooking
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or Vanilla Bean Paste
Maple syrup, for serving 

Preheat your griddle to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, Monkfruit sweetener, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and melted butter until well incorporated. 

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. It’s okay that it’s still lumpy. Do not over mix the batter! Otherwise the pancake will be chewy instead of tender and fluffy. 

Slightly grease the surface of the griddle (I used avocado cooking spray). Spray the inside of the pancake rings with cooking spray and place the rings on the griddle. 

Scoop batter into the pancake rings and gently spread the batter into an even layer. (You can also scoop batter directly onto the griddle to make round ones if  you're not using a pancake ring) When the edges of the pancakes are set, remove the pancake rings (use a butter knife to help release the pancake).

When you see bubbles on the pancake surface, they are ready to be flipped.  Cook the other side until it's golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer the pancakes to the serving plate.  Serve with maple syrup, whipped cream, and fresh berries, and enjoy!

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Friday, May 3, 2019

90 Seconds Low Carb Keto Quick Bread

If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember that I shared some pictures and videos of this 90 Seconds Low Carb Keto Quick Bread for a few times when I was testing out the recipe.  Well, it's finally here and I am super excited.  Thank you for your patience if you're one of the many that requested this recipe.

Every since I cut down on sugar and carbs after my breast cancer diagnoses last year, I had been testing out new ingredients and different ways to prepare old recipes that I love with healthier alternatives.  This 90 Seconds Low Carb Keto Quick Bread is one of them.  It doesn't contain any refine sugar, it's flour free, and it's gluten free.  Best of all, my kids are loving it too.

Best the fact that this bread tastes great, I also love how easy and quick it is to put together.  And as you can tell in my video, my kids enjoyed making this quick bread too.  This bread is made in a coffee mug in the microwave.  In my video tutorial, I shared some tips and what coffee mug (in terms of sizes) to use as well.  I'll list those information and mug size at the end of this post for your reference.

This quick bread doesn't contain any flour. Instead, I used almond flour as the main ingredient.  Please make sure to use almond flour from blenched almonds and not almond meal.  The texture of almond flour is more tender and smooth because the almond skin is removed.

The texture of this bread might not be exactly like your traditional sandwich bread.  I find it similar to a sponge cake actually.  However, giving the fact that it's so easy to make and only includes healthy ingredients, I would choose this bread, any day that I crave for a slice of bread or toast. 

This quick bread is wonderful for sandwiches, it also toast up nicely.  You do get a hint of nutty flavor after toasting because of the almond flour, which is quite a nice addition to the crunchy texture.  Next, I'm planning to cut this bread into cubes and give them a quick toast and turn them into croutons for salads!  I will share a picture on my Instagram when I do that.  

My daughter loves to use this bread to replace her bagel! Spread a little bit cream cheese, a couple of smoked salmon, top it with capers, chives, and dill and you get a gourmet Open-Face Smoked Salmon Sandwich!  Boy, what a foodie!  I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! 

From this picture above, you see the 2 different sized of bread I made using different diameter coffee mugs.  I think the small one is perfect for party food and snacks while the bigger ones are perfect for sandwiches.  If you try this recipe, please kindly leave me a message and let me know how it goes.  Thank you for stopping by today and stay tuned for more delicious and healthy recipes soon.

Coffee Mug Measurements (Please refer to the video tutorial): Mug #1 (Sweetest Mom): 3-inch Diameter X 3 3/4-Inch Height Mug #2 (Star Wars): 3 1/4-inch Diameter X 5-inch Height Mug #3 (Starbucks/Disney): 3 3/4-inch Diamemter X 3 1/2-inch Height Ingredients and Tools Used in this Recipe: Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitute: Organic Almond Flour: Mini Whisks: Recommended Starbucks/Disney Mug:

Aluminum-Free Baking Powder:

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Super Cute Origami Kit Review

Recently, I had the pleasure to review the Super Cute Origami Kit By Yuki Martin and Illustrations by Emily Watanabe.  It contains a Full-Color Instruction Book, 48 Folding Sheets, stickers, sequins, rhinestones, pearls, and a lace washi tape.  Pretty much everything you needed to create some super adorable origami, and then some.

My daughter was super excited when we received the set.  We opened the package together and she started to read the instruction booklet on her own.  She told me that besides the instructions on creating the origami, the booklet also includes some fun facts.  I love it when a play set is also educational.

My daughter started with a couple easy ones, and she was able to complete them all on her own.  She loves the fact that they were rated in different difficulty levels so that she could practice on easy ones first.

Did you know what the Russian Nesting Dolls are called Matryoshka?  I certainly didn’t.  It was one of the fun fact from the set!  I love learning new things every day!  This Super Cute Origami Set is amazing.  Beside entertaining, it also help the kids follow instructions, and also inspire them to be creative.  My daughter designed and drew the patterns for the dolls’ little dresses (see picture below).  I think they are super adorable!

The Maneki Neko, the infamous Japanese Lucky Cat, was one of the origami with the highest difficulty.  At first, my Daughter wasn’t sure if she can handle it all by herself.  But after completing the cupcake and Russian Nesting Dolls Set, she built up her confident and gave it a try.  She was so proud of herself when she did it!

My daughter had so much fun playing with this Super Cute Origami Kit.  She brought it to a play date to share with her friend (a couple years older than my Daughter) and they had fun making Masquerade Party Masks together!  If you’re looking for fun and educational activities for your kiddos on Spring Breaks, weekends, rainy days, or the up coming Summer Breaks, I highly recommend this Super Cute Origami KitSimply click here for more information.  Thank you again for Tuttle Publishing for sending the kit for review. 

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of “Super Cute Origami Kit” for the purpose of this review and I was not compensated in any way to write this post.  All comments and opinions are 100% my own.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

How to Revive and Use Dried Vanilla Beans

Let’s talk about Vanilla Beans.  Do you use whole vanilla beans in your recipes?  I personally love and adore vanilla beans.  They have this unique, sweet, floral, and earthy (depending on the regions) aromas that you don’t get from any other ingredient.  They certainly make any baked goods and desserts tasted gourmet.  Ever since the shortage of vanilla beans a few year ago, the price of them had been sky-rocketed.  (That is totally a different topic so I’m not going to go in-depth today).

My point is, since vanilla beans are so expensive, you do want to utilize them the best you could so that nothing goes to waste.  If you live in an area that has a dry climate (such as Southern California), you might have experienced that your vanilla bean dried out before you use it.  No need to panic!  I’m here for the rescue today.  Watch my video below on how to revive a dried vanilla bean and many different ways you can use them. 

If you’ve missed my previous video, click below to watch the tutorial on how to split and seed a vanilla bean and other usage ideas.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave me a comment below.  

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Vanilla Simple Syrup

1 vanilla bean
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

1) Place all ingredient in a medium pot.  Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes, stir occasionally.  Let cool completely before use.

2) The simple syrup is wonderful to mix into teas, cocktails, and fruit punches.

Vanilla Spice Poached Pears

2 Semi-Ripe Pears, peeled
3 Cups water
1 cup Sugar
1 lemon, peel off rind and juiced
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
1 star anise
1 vanilla bean

1) Place all ingredient, except the pears, in a medium pot. Heat mixture over high heat until it comes to a boil.

2) Lower the heat to a simmer and add in the pears.  Simmer for 20 minutes or until fork tender.

3) Let pears cool slightly and enjoy them warm or at room temperature!  Accompany poached pears with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate sauce, or fresh berries.

Vanilla Lavender Bath Salt

1 cup of lavender Epsom Salt
1/2 cup sea salt
1 tablespoon dried lavender buds
A few drops of purple soap colorant (Optional)
1 dried vanilla bean, break into thirds

Stir all ingredients together until well incorporated.  Transfer to an air tight container until ready to use (preferably after a week to let the vanilla bean infused into the bath salt). 

To Use:
Scoop 1/2 a cup of the bath salt mixture and add into a tub of bath water.  Soak, relax, and enjoy!  

Thank you Singing Dog Vanilla for sponsoring these videos.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

21 Homemade Holiday Gifts for Everyone on your list!

How is your Christmas shopping so far?  Are you almost done?  Besides merchandise that you can purchase, sometimes, homemade ones are just as wonderful.  I personally love homemade gifts.  Here are some easy ones that you can make for someone who has everything!

Homemade Granola

I usually pack these up in mason jars for a nicer presentation.  You can also add a tag and write down the ingredients at the back so the recipients know exactly what are in it.  They make a great homemade gifts and are healthier than cookies for sure!

Click here for the recipe.


Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread:

This Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread is nothing but delicious and stunning!  It makes a wonderful hostess gift if you're attending any holiday parties.

Click here to watch the YouTube video.

Click here for the recipe.

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Star Bread (Tang Zhong Method 湯種法)

Winter Wonderland Shortbread Cookies:

These Winter Wonderland Cookies are buttery and delicious!  If you are hosting a holiday party, make some cookies (without decorations) and frostings.  Let the guests and kiddos decorate the cookies themselves.  These will keep the kiddos entertained and the cookies double duties as take home gifts!  You are very welcome!

Click here for the YouTube Video.

Click here for the recipe.

How to create a 3D Winter Wonderland -  Classic Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

DIY Homemade Lavender and Rose Bath Bombs 

The holiday can be stressful for some people.  These DIY bath bombs will make a wonderful destressing gifts!  Be sure to make some extra for yourself too.  They are easier to make than you think.  Check out my video tutorial below. 

DIY Homemade Lavender and Rose Bath Bombs

Homemade Cocoa Mix:

Who doesn't love a cup of hot cocoa in the winter, right?  This is a no-brainer and everyone will love you to pieces if you make these for them!

Click here for the recipe.

Home Made Cocoa Mix and Frozen Hot Chocolate

Candied Pecans:

This is one of the must-make recipe every year.  Pack them in treat bags or mason jars and they are good to go!

Click here for the recipe.


Chocolate Sablés

These cookies look fancy but super easy to prepare.  Perfect for chocolate lovers.


Lemon Curd:

This is one of the yummiest curd you'll ever made!  Forget about the store bought ones!

Click here for the recipe.


Fruity Pork Jerky:

Who knew pork jerky is so easy to make?!  Try these out and I know you'll love them.

Click here for the recipe.

Fruity Pork Jerky 自家製果汁豬肉乾 for Chinese New Year

Lemon Scented Thumbprint Cookies:

Remember the lemon curd up there?  Use that to fill these thumbprint cookies too!

Click here for the recipe.


These snowball cookies has a melt-in-your-mouth kind of texture.  Once you've tried them, you'll make them more often than just the holidays.


Mendiant with Fleur de Sel:

Look at how festive these are?  Don't think I need to explain any thing here.


Orange Marmalade:

This orange marmalade is my family's favorite!  I have them in my fridge all year round.

Click here for the recipe.


This will be the only chocolate chip cookies you'll ever needed.  Well, at least that is true for me.

Check out How to Make the Best Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip/chunk Cookies from scratch.  A must have recipe for everyone, especially around the holidays!!!

Another easy gift that is a cinch to make.  I love "spa" type homemade gifts. 

Homemade Lavender Bath Salts

Apricot and Pistachio Biscotti

These biscotti cookies keep well and travel well.  If you're shipping cookies for loved ones, these will be perfect.  Not to mention, they are very festive.  You can swap the apricot with dried cranberries as well.

Apricot and Pistachio Biscotti

Bourbon Maple Bacon Jam

This is a gift for the meat lovers.  How doesn't like bacon, right?

Bourbon Maple Bacon Jam

These peppermint meringue cookies are delicious on their own and also wonderful in hot cocoa and coffee!

Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees

These are one of my favorite holiday cookies to make.  Festive and beautiful!

Classic Shortbread Cookies – Christmas Wreath and Christmas Tree

Chocolate Yule Log (Bûche de Noël au chocolat)

Bring this cake to a party and you'll be invited back every year for sure!

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Snowflakes Chocolate Peppermint Bark

These peppermint barks are easy to prepare and super gorgeous.  You'll want to make extras for yourself too.

Check out how to make these festive Snowflakes Chocolate Peppermint Barks with video tutorial.

I hope you enjoy my holiday homemade gift idea round up.  If you're looking for a particular recipe that are not listed here, feel free to leave a comment below.  Do you have any homemade gift ideas to share?  Please leave a comment below or link to your recipe.  Thank you for stopping by today!  Until next time....