Thursday, May 8, 2014

Late Post: Easter 2014

Easter is a beautiful celebration of life, love and salvation. Thus I decided to honor this holy day by making a zesty, tasty Lemon Bundt Cake and a huge pan of Asian Noodle Salad. We also had lovely Spring weather so I was finally able to wear this beaut of a dress from H&M which I bought eons ago :)


The first time I heard of the bundt cake was from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Here's the hilarious clip to refresh your memory:

Bundt cakes are named so because of the pan they're baked in, which characteristically has a hole/tube in the middle (this provides for a more even heat distribution). They're easier to divide, and everyone will have an equal amount of frosting area/slice! Hurrah! Although I am warning you, if you slather a thick type of frosting on top, it will look like a giant doughnut. More on that in the next post ;)

Alas, dear reader, I forgot which recipe I used, so I'm posting links to similar ones instead. Here's the cake I made :) (so good, you have to try it!)

"Lemme At It" Lemon Bundt Cake


I sprinkled gold sugar and lemon zest on top of the lemon-flavored frosting for a touch of whimsy :)

http://pixelatedcrumb.com/2011/07/17/lemon-bundt-cake/
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/lemon-bliss-cake-recipe
http://foxeslovelemons.com/meyer-lemon-bundt-cake-vanilla-bean-icing/#_a5y_p=1386218

Asian Noodle Salad

I first had this when my Ma took home some leftovers from an Asian-themed lunch party that my little bro had at his old school. It was love at first bite, I can tell you that - I'm a huge fan of noodles, sesame oil and veggies, and this was a wicked combination of those three! I decided to try out the promising "Dang Cold Asian Noodle Salad" recipe by Guy Fieri from the show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" (where he samples food from mom-and-pop places in the ol' US of A). What I love about this dish is that it is so easy to prepare! Soba noodles (made with buckwheat flour) take just 6 minutes to cook, and you basically just mix the noodles with the sauce and veggies. The End. Here it is paired with a drumstick from Bon Chon:


And the link to the recipe:

That's all for now, my bed is telling me that it's time to catch some Zzz's! I hope I dream of oodles of bowls of noodles and plates of lemony bundt goodness *sigh*

Ta-ta for now and God bless you!
Special thanks to Jomar for being my sous-chef, you were sous-perb!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rojo, Blanco, Oro

New look up on lookbook.nu :) I did this for the Instyle #RED challenge. Many thanks to John Mark for taking my pictures :)




Top - Old Navy
Pants - Calvin Klein
Sling bag - Calvin Klein
Sunnies - Quay Australia
Heels - BCBG
Belt - Ann Taylor Loft

Have a good weekend!
<3,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Forever 21: Pretty Spring Things

Good day, lovely ladies! Even though it is snowing outside (although thankfully, the weather forecast changed from 9-12 inches to a mere 1-3 inches, whew we really dodged a big one!) I can't help but dream of Spring and all the beautiful things it promises. I'll be seeing my Ma and lil bro again soon, cherry blossoms will bloom and grace us with their presence for a week, and of course everyone's excited of the warmer weather we're going to have ^_^ Can you tell I love Spring? Heehee. Below are some pretty items I selected from Forever 21 to help us welcome Spring 2014 <3

forever 21 clothes and shoes on clearance




forever 21 jewelry
 

 
 
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Friday, March 21, 2014

March 25: Celebrate Tolkien Reading Day!

Alas, fellow humans (sadly, not elves), I have not read any other works from the great J.R.R. Tolkein past the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. But fear not, for March 25th is Tolkien Reading Day! And by a stroke of luck, I happened upon a tweet concerning a haiku contest from middleearthnews.com, with prizes sponsored by The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth. Here are my submissions, they're just fun ones because I did them during my lunch break. Don't forget to submit yours :)
 
Merry and Pippin
Sipped some ent draught, and shot up
O’er Brandobas Took
 
The master is our friend!
No, we wants it and needs it.
Liar and thief, he is!
 
 
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
 
 
 
 

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Pink Baby Shower

Early last year, I, with the help of my lovely friends, threw a pink themed baby shower for my cousin! It took me a long time to organize, mainly because I wanted to DIY everything (fueled by nonstop Pinterest searches, of course), but the end results and the smile on my cousin's face made all the effort worth it :)

The cake:
I used fresh strawberries for both the cake base and the icing (I didn't need to use pink dye for the icing!), because I wanted to harness the flavor of the actual fruit instead of relying on artificial flavoring. The cake was a bit denser than usual due to the added sugar (the strawberries I used were on the tart side), but it was so lovely to look at and the icing was so delish - I was very, very, very tempted to eat it by the spoonful. Not the greatest idea since I used 100% butter. Mmm.




The cake topper:
I cut up tiny baby clothes out of printed board paper (about $1 each at Joann) and attached matching pink felt shapes to the back to weigh it down. I used cake dowels to anchor the clothesline, clipped the baby clothes on, and voila! A super cute, inexpensive and specially-made cake topper to celebrate my future niece's birth :)

The banner:
Pictured below is the actual spread for the dessert table. I cut out letters from copy paper then pasted them onto the rest of my pink board paper. It's pretty easy and definitely less expensive than pre-made banners at party supply stores :)


The sweets:
My giveaways were marshmallows and pretzels dipped in  pink dye-tinted white chocolate, plus strawberry flavored cookies. Tip: white chocolate tends to harden really fast, so I added a few drops of vegetable oil to the melted chocolate. That gave me enough time to dip and swirl the marshmallows and pretzels into the chocolate then press gold sugar  onto them. I then put the goodies into little plastic baggies and gave them out at the end of the party :)



My co-host (and owner of the house where the party was held) also bakes on the side, and she whipped up vanilla cream cheese cupcakes in an instant. Sooooo good!


The Extra Decor:
From the stack of differently-hued pink board paper, I cut up and pasted together these huge paper flowers, which I placed all over my co-host's living room.


The Games:
I had a bunch of games and activities for both the adults and the youngsters.
-Stick the pacifier on the baby. I drew a cartoon of a sleeping baby on copy paper using markers, then drew several pacifiers for each contestant.

-Guess the celebrity baby. Pretty self-explanatory, I used my tablet for the before and after pictures.

-Draw a baby's face on a paper plate. The twist is you put the plate on top of your head, and the cutest (or probably the better word would be comprehensible) drawing wins.

-Write your wishes for the baby. I cut out stars from plain pink board paper, then placed them on a table with a pen and a bowl for the stars that had been written on. You can compile them in a scrapbook for the mommy-to-be after the shower.

-Guess the number of cookies in the jar. This one's for the kids and it kept them occupied for a while. Also works with gumballs, chocolate kisses, etc.

All in all, we had a fun and memorable day. If you're going to plan for a similar party, just remember this: don't sweat the small stuff! Make the best out of any bad situations that will surely pop up (nothing is perfect, after all), and just have a great time with your loved ones :)

Have a blessed day!
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