Thursday, April 23, 2015
Still remember this gorgeous Nutella Melt Winter Cocktail that I shared (<—click on the name for the recipe) a while ago? Great news! The author of Winter Cocktails, María del Mar Sacasa, just published her new book, Summer Cocktails! With L.A.’s crazily hot temperature over the past few months, I’ve been longing for refreshing summer cocktails, way before summer arrives! If you love to host summer parties, this book is a must have and I’ll tell you why.
As I read through the book (yes, I am a nerd and I read cookbooks like they’re novels), this Prosecco-Blueberry-Lemon Pops really caught my attention. I love prosecco and always have a bottle or 2 chilled in the fridge, in case of emergency! So, I gave this recipe a try and it was amazing. You can serve these boozy pops as is, or as Sacasa suggested, add them to your glass of Prosecco to keep your drink chilled and add some wonderful flavors at the same time. What a great idea!
Summer Cocktails is one of the most gorgeous books that I’ve came across as it’s filled with gorgeous photography and design that will give you lots of inspiration on things to serve for a cool summer party. Of course, you’ve got to have cocktails and small bits at the party while your guests mingle. Summer Cocktails includes many familiar classics, throwbacks, and modern updates. It also covers punches and pitchers that are perfect for entertaining. The frosty drinks, infused liquors, gourmet snacks sections all include tutorials to guide you through the preparation process! Best of all, the recipes are clear and very easy to follow. You’re going to fall in love with this book, just like I did!
You can purchase your copy by clicking here. Or, try your luck in winning a copy of “Summer Cocktails”, courtesy of Quirk Books!
Here are the details on how to enter this giveaway.
One lucky uTry.it reader (with an U.S., Canada or U.K. mailing address) will win a copy of “Summer Cocktails”.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and tell me what’s your all time favorite cocktail (mine is apple martini). Deadline to enter is May 4th, 2015 by mid-night PST. Winner will be selected through Random.org and announce shortly after the giveaway is closed.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015
My Little Boy is a big fan of Angry Birds. He loves the game, the stories, and anything that relates to it. I guess his admiration level on Angry Birds can compare to my Baby Girl’s love for Hello Kitty. And you can imagine, my whole house is filled with birds and kitties…well, and pigs, specifically the pigs from Angry Birds. If you know the “story” of the Angry Birds, you know these piggies are actually the “bag guys”! hahaha….so I think it’s okay to eat them up?
Why Angry Bird Piggy Macarons? Well, it happened in an ordinary afternoon….my Little Boy was enjoying his Chocolate Mint French Macarons. Then, he simply asked me if I can make them into Angry Bird Piggy macarons! Maybe the green colors of the mints macarons reminds him of these piggies? Of course I had to say yes. So, here we go! Angry Bird Piggy Chocolate Mint French Macarons were born! It’s so nice that my kids always give me recipe inspiration and what to create next. It’s actually quite fun to play with and decorate the macarons and turn them into something unexpected! So, I have many more requests from the kids on what to make after these!
To decorate these little piggies, I simply piped some melted white chocolate to create the eyes, and attached some black sprinkles as the eyeballs. Then, I tinted the white chocolate with a little green food coloring for the snouts and ears. I used these candy decorating pen to draw the eyebrows and crown (for the King Pig), and that was quick and easy. I hope that you’re inspire to create some fun characters for your next baking project, too.
What is your favorite cartoon or video game characters? Leave me a comment below if you’re interested to see if I can turn your favorite characters into a yummy treat! I guess I’m addicted to make character French Macarons now! I can’t wait to hear your requests!
If you’re interested, click here, here, here, here, here, here and here to see some of my precious specially shaped macaron creations!
Friday, April 10, 2015
If you’ve been to Asia or any Asian community in the States, you might have seen or tried an Iced Boba Milk Tea in the past. Boba Milk Tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink. It is usually a tea-base mixed with milk and chewy tapioca balls. Unlike the regular tiny tapioca (such as these), those used in Boba Milk tea are way bigger in size, it’s dark brown in color and quite chewy. They are called Boba (波霸), hence the name Boba Milk Tea.
Nowadays, this Boba Milk Tea comes in many flavors in some cafes; such as matcha green tea, mango, coconut, strawberries, coffee, even taro, etc. I’m a big fan of Boba Milk Tea and probably tried most of the exotic flavors out there. But I found myself always going back to the original flavor, time after time. Simply because in the traditional milk tea, you can taste the slightly sweetened, earthy aroma of the black tea, and the silky smooth cream/milk that rounds out the drink and gives this drink the perfect flavor and texture. Since I moved away from the Asian community for many years, I’ve been making this Iced Boba Milk Tea at home for quite some time! Today, I’m sharing my recipe with you on how to make this authentic Taiwanese drink. It’s so simple and way cheaper to make your own than getting one at the cafe. Best of all, you can adjust the sweetness in your drink.
Here is the video tutorial on how to make Iced Boba Milk Tea.
As I said, super easy, isn't it? I hope you’re inspired to make your own Iced Boba Milk Tea at home. hm…since I haven’t been to a Boba Tea shop for a while, I wonder if there’s any new and exotic flavors out there? Feel free to share with me in the comment section below. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Ingredients and Tools used in this post:
Instant Boba (Click here for more information)
Boba Straws (Click here for more information)
Tetley Premium Black Tea Bags (Click here for more information)
Organic Blue Agave (Click here for more information)
Friday, April 3, 2015
Are you ready for Easter? I certainly am and can’t wait to go Easter Egg Hunts with my Kids! If you’re having a party or gathering, you've got to check out my video tutorial on "How to Decorate Easter Eggs in 1 minute!" video clip. Aren't these decorated eggs gorgeous? Let me tell you a secret (or 2)! These beautiful decorated eggs are super easy to make and there’s no real eggs involved! Shhhhh….no one has to know that they are so easy to make. Hey, I always say I’m not a crafty person! But if I can make these gorgeous eggs, so can you!
So, here are a few things that you will need for this project. First of all, the Dyeable Craft Eggs, of course (see picture below). I got them from a local craft store and they are super realistic! The shells’ texture really feel like the texture from the real eggs! Honestly, I thought of making these decorated eggs with the real eggs by emptying the egg whites and yolks from the shells, clean up, dry out, etc. But, the real eggs shell are so fragile and probably won’t last as long as these craft eggs. So, craft eggs win! Also, you’ll need a few floral printed paper napkins, a pair of scissors and some decoupage glue. The decoupage glue that I used already comes with a brush attached inside the cap, so convenient! You can also get a nest from the craft store to put the eggs in, but that is totally optional. These eggs will look just as beautiful in your Easter baskets, or anywhere, really!
One more tip, when you choose your floral paper napkins, try to get one that has the white background. They will come out seamlessly when you put them on the egg shells. Here we go, check out my video tutorial below on how to make these gorgeous eggs!
Super easy, isn't it? My Kids also helped me to decorate some of the eggs. We had so much fun. I can’t wait to make more with them over the weekend. I hope you enjoyed watching my video tutorial. If you haven’t done so, please subscribe to my Youtube channel here. You’ll be the first to know when I have new video tutorials published.
I want to wish you and your family a fun and blessed Easter Holiday! Stay tuned for more fun recipe, crafts, video tutorials and giveaways!
Tools used in this post:
Decoupage Glue (click here for more information)
Floral Paper Napkins (Click here for similar product)
Natural Twig Bird Nest (Click here for similar product)
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Thank you everyone who participated in the Origami Butterflies Book giveaway. Special thanks to Tuttle Publishing for providing the prize. We have selected a winner through Random.org!
The winner is cristina gaspar who said ”I had a class on origami, in the Museum of Japan, but it was about 10 years and we had no materials to take home, so I have no idea how to make origami anymore, I can always go to youtube and learn, but the book looks really great :) Plus, doing origami is really relaxing, I prefer to read instructions than to listen to youtube!” Congratulations, Cristina! I’ll be in contact with you soon.
If you didn't win the giveaway, you can still purchase a copy of the Origami Butterflies here. It’s a wonderful book to own and the techniques from the book are really inspiring. I always look forward to making more origami with my Kids.
Thank you all for reading. Stay tuned for more fun recipes, video tutorials and giveaway soon.