instant pot: Taiwanese beef noodle soup

3.24.2017

It's funny that I've never grown up eating beef noodle soup. WHAT!? That's right, my parents are Cantonese and this Taiwanese staple was just not in our diet. Why its funny now is because I make this almost every week. So, how did this happen? I married a Taiwanese man. And not only that, after we got married, we lived with my in-laws for 1-1/2 years. During that time, I learned how to make many dishes that my husband grew up eating, including this amazing noodle soup. But to get the flavors of all the ingredients into the soup, it takes time. But who has time with three kids? With my newfound love for the Instant Pot, I did some trial and error and adapted my mother-in-law's recipe with this game-changing kitchen appliance. And now I can easily make it on a whim and here it is to share with y'all.

marshmallow snowman

12.26.2016


Now that I have three kids, I've been crafting for my kids rather than myself. Seeing their awed and surprised faces gives me so much more joy than biting into a chocolate bouchon. Austin's favorite thing to have with breakfast is a mug of hot cocoa topped with a mound of marshmallows. So, how much more fun is stirring one of these marshmallow snowmen instead? These are so fun and easy.

marshmallow snowman
ingredients:
  • 1 bag of large marshmallows
  • chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • food coloring (red, yellow, and blue) 
directions:
  1. for the colored icing: mix a tablespoon of powdered sugar in a bowl with 1-2 teaspoons of milk. use one drop of red and one drop of yellow food coloring to make orange icing. repeat this step and use two drops of blue food coloring to make blue icing. 
  2. for the chocolate: melt a handful of chocolate chips in a microwavable safe bowl in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. the chocolate should be soft but not melted. stir together until all is smooth. if some pieces are still hard, put it back in the microwave for another minute. you may have to reheat as you're working if it starts to cool and solidify. set aside.
  3. using a toothpick and draw on eyes, mouth, buttons, and accessories as you wish. 

felt ornaments

12.25.2016

My oldest son has 36 classmates in his class. 36! Not everyone is in attendance at the same time, some kids are there MWF and others TTh, some just in the morning or the full day. But all in all, there are 36 friends. I wanted to make something for the kids but I knew it had to be simple and quick. Last year I did some cute tags on candy canes and called it a day. I really loved that idea but wanted to take it to the next level. I dug around and found my stash of filzfelt offcuts. They are an environmentally conscience company and rather than disposing these offcuts of their products, they offer them for sale on their website.

All the shapes were cutout already. All I had to do was string them together with jute twine and a needle. Easy peasy. Happy Holidays!

indigo baby shower featured on 100 layer cakelet

10.26.2016

I'm really excited to finally share this baby shower I planned and hosted for my good friend, Jody and her family. It was recently featured on one of my favorite party planning blogs, 100 Layer Cakelet

When Jody first told us that she was expecting, Gary and I knew we wanted to throw them a shower especially since it is going to be a boy and their first is a sweet little girl named Olive. When we first started planning the party, Jody asked if she could design the invitations and chose a shibori inspired theme. I took it to heart and started to dye everything indigo blue in my house. It was so much fun making all the decor: lanterns, garlands, pillow covers, and table runners. 








As for the menu, I wanted to do some brunch finger foods. I put together some silver dollar pancake stacks, bite-size chicken and waffles, smokies with tater tots, and mini donuts. We had a lot of kids on the guest list, so a charcuterie spread is always a favorite with the little ones (and the big ones too). 
The cake was made by our amazingly talented friend, Sheila. 



The rope bowl favors are handmade by friend, Yoon Mi. And of course, Jody did the calligraphy on the note pads. 

It really was an honor to host this celebration for our friends. We love you guys so much. 


Read more on 100 Layer Cakelet here

instant pot: Chinese braised short ribs

8.17.2016


Yes, I joined the Instant Pot bandwagon. It's all the rage right now, but it is for a reason. It's a miracle worker, I swear. It use to take me 16 hours to make this ridiculously amazing Kahlua Pig with my slow cooker, and now 90 minutes under pressure with the Instant Pot.

Game. Changer.

After following a few recipes for the past couple weeks, I'm starting to feel comfortable with this new appliance. This is my first try at something without a recipe. And I have to say, it's a keeper. After removing the short ribs, I threw in some potatoes in the remaining liquids and cooked it under pressure for 6 minutes. 6 minutes, people! Have you ever cooked potatoes in such a short amount of time? It was delicious and flavorful. Needless to say, I have already given my slow cooker away.



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