A Pumpkin Square Tradition

The autumn season means many things.  It’s a time to dress warmer, rake leaves, go pumpkin picking, prepare for Halloween and the Holidays, carve pumpkins, and so on.  Every year about a week before Halloween, I buy some canned pumpkin and cream cheese and prepare my first batch of homemade Pumpkin Squares for my family,…

An Edible Arrangements Smoothie!

Last week, I celebrated my 24th birthday with these munchkins all day: After a bike to and from the playground, we came home to this pleasant surprise on our doorstep! …   It was from my boyfriend who sent his love from the office. 🙂 My nephews and I enjoyed the fresh and chilled fruit…

Car Camping in Bodega Bay

Living in Northern California means access to the infinite destinations for outdoor recreation.  My family, boyfriend, and I were fortunate enough to share an overnight car camping experience a few weeks ago at Bodega Bay in Sonoma County.  My brother, a camping veteran, advised my boyfriend and I on some supplies and clothing we might…

Good Morning Treats: Banana Nut Muffins

Muffins… a deadly sugar and butter combo disguised as an acceptable “breakfast” item.  Whatever, we’re American, and — how does the phrase go?  Everything in moderation, right?  The high butter content and high sugar content mixed with real bananas make for a scrumptious marriage.  Next time you want to present a special someone with baked…

Food Revolution Day 2013

A thank you note from my favorite elementary school teacher, Mrs. Czerniecki, after my first ever visit to Europe and Paris in 1999.  I was in 4th grade. If any of you follow my 20-something blog, The Sum of 20-Something, you already know that the past month has been very hectic for me, as my…

Filipino Comfort Soup: Tinolang Manok

Tinola is a traditional Filipino ginger-garlic based broth.  It’s a true comfort food for Filipino households — our version of chicken noodle soup, I’d say.  I recently picked up this simple but dynamic recipe for tinolang manok (chicken tinola) from food.com.  (My adjustments marked with asterisks.) Ingredients: 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs* salt and pepper,…

Black-and-White Cocoa Cookies

Just like in my post about Quaker Oats’ Oatmeal Raisin cookies, there are just some recipes that you can’t tamper with.  For classic cookie recipes (and I mean, CLASSIC), Mrs. Fields is still undoubtedly my favorite.  I don’t know exactly when my mom, I’m assuming, bought this baking book, but I’d say it’s been in our family…