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!  

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