• Workouts

    Another home workout day ..

    This morning was rainy n it was a bit chilly . I made sure to warm up before starting my workout ..I was up a little late than I normally would . It was a little tougher to start , I think the chilly weather , the rain , the cloud all made me think it’d be a good morning just to stay in laying on the couch n knit . Unfortunately I do not have any particular project at the moment . Or should I say luckily I don’t .. Anyway , since I did upper yesterday it’s time to do lower body workout . Last week I did…

  • Workouts

    Always start the week right …

    With a workout . Monday to me is the start of a week and the start of a week means you shouldn’t miss any workout . Of course there’s circumstances sometimes that makes us skipping our workout . But at this point … You n I and like many people in the world are pretty much stuck at home . Because we need to do our part , to flatten the curve . It annoys me when people don’t take this seriously .. but anyway that’s not what I want to talk about . So because it’s Monday , we all need to start it right , to me ,…

  • Food

    Oatmeal cookies

    18 cookies , 25 grams each 86 calories , 16C 2F 2P I love oatmeal cookies , unfortunately the oatmeal cookies usually are really not macro friendly . So here’s my version of chewy oatmeal cookies that we can all feel good about , after all oats are good for our health ! In this recipe , which is super easy , no mixer required . Just use the wooden spoon , it’ll look a bit dry at first but don’t rush to add liquid to make it set , just keep mixing with the spoon until it’s pretty much mixed . Also , you can always replace the brown…

  • Food

    Banana Oats Muffins

    We used to make this quite often , I made this recipe about 3 years ago when we started switching our focus to a healthier food. I would take this for breakfast on the go , bagged it n ate it after I dropped off my son to school . My husband likes them with yogurt too . Or just as a snack . The macros in this isn’t too bad in my opinion . If you’re on keto , this recipe probably won’t work for you . Trying to make it healthier option , I opted for old fashioned oats . I don’t buy oat flour , I just…

  • Workouts

    The start of a homeworkout ..

    March 14th was the beginning of my home workout . I found things I bought few weeks prior to this , suddenly has become super useful . Funny , I’m not the type of person who likes to buy fitness equipment but I suddenly really wanted that ab roller . Package I bought came with jump rope and mini parallettes . The mini parallettes I ended up using for pushups actually . But even without it , you still can do pushups easily , we all have floors . Do regular pushups will be just fine , knee on or off the floor , whatever works . I like doing…

  • Other

    Staying positive ..

    Hi everyone , it seems like it’s been ages since my last entry . Maybe it’s been several years . As we’re all aware by now , just like that the world has been turned upside down . Just a little over two weeks ago , actually was last day of school for my young teenager son . I believe it was March 12th . I just never thought that in an instant everything seems becoming so strange , out of normal . My first social distancing day was that Friday , which was supposedly the beginning of spring break at school . We planned to go to visit my…

  • Food-Desserts,  Recipes-Desserts

    Brown Butter Pecan Brownies

    It has been a while since i blog and it’s been a while since i baked . I was thinking about baking coconut cake , which i haven’t made for years by now .. but i changed my mind after seeing , i needed 3 sticks of butter just for the cake . Partly i was guilty because i had just finished my morning run and the thought of 3 sticks of butter .. made me re-think . My solution .. well .. was brownies .. though it still uses butter .. but somehow i felt better with my choice LOL This is brown butter pecan brownies , you can…

  • Food-Side Dishes,  Recipes-Side Dishes

    Arancini

    Usually when i made risotto for dinner , i always ended up making too much for our little family . It is family of three after all . And then nobody wanted to touch the risotto the next day because truth is .. who really wants leftover risotto ? Risotto is always the best when it’s just got done being cooked , overnight ? not so much .. So that was the story last night , i cooked risotto , with seared scallops , and of course by the time we finished , there was no scallops left LOL .. just risotto and there it went to the fridge ,…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Sourdough Bread

    Originally posted on Jan , 30th Now we’re on to the real stuff ! Baking sourdough bread . You now have the seed that you store either on the counter if you bake a lot of bread , or in the fridge if you bake bread say once or twice a week , like me . And you have made the mother starter or the preferment , whatever you want to call it . Now we can bake bread . Except it’s not quite that simple and fast .. well the ingredients are simple , you can create bread from just water , flour , and salt . That’s pretty…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Preferment and how to take care of your seed

    The last time we left off , we were around mixing the ‘ mother starter’ or we can call this ‘preferment’ stage . That previous entry was all about the ‘seed’ , without the seed we won’t be able to create a mother starter to make the bread . So how did the mother starter / preferment looks like ? Well after leaving it on the counter for few hours . probably around 4 hours . This really depends on the temperature in your house , mine was at 68 F , warmer and it will double quicker for you . Remember i have 2 batches of the seed ,…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Sourdough Pancakes/Waffles

    How did i end up with sourdough pancake ? Well .. my mother taught me never waste any food .. after trying to grow the seed for sourdough , i was really thinking that it’s such a waste discarding perfectly growing seed . The smells was already wonderful , with bubbles , so i knew i was on the right track . So at the end of day 5 of growing seed for sourdough , i was supposed to discard half of it , and fed the remaining half with flour water mixture . I thought .. i am sure you can do something with this leftover instead of discarding…

  • Recipes

    Growing Seed for Sourdough

    A while back ago , i bought Peter Reinhart’s bread book , it has how to step by step to grow seed for sourdough starter . I was always tempted to try it , but at the time i thought such a hassle to make the seed culture . What is actually seed culture anyway ? Well , it is a mix between flour and water and when you let it sit for a day in room temperature , ideally about 70-80 F , it will eventually grow into seed , where you will turn this seed when it’s totally developed into a mother starter , which basically yeast to…

  • Food-Desserts,  Recipes-Desserts

    Tres Leches Cake

    Never heard of tres leches cake when we were back in Indiana . When we moved to Texas , our friend said tres leches was her favorite , so on her birthday , we had tres leches cake , but it didn’t do any good impression to me because to me the cake was overly sweet . It was just an okay cake , put it this way , i wouldn’t spend $25 for cake like that . It was .. yes .. store bought . Fast forward , my mother in law came to visit over this past holiday , i was too busy to make dessert , so…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Cinnamon Swirl Bread

    It was a hot day , there is basically nothing i wanted to do . Well i do want to something .. but it’s too hot , too hot to go out , wanted to get my pedicure done , too hot just to drive there , wanted to visit a friend .. don’t feel like it because it’s too hot !! What to do ? what should i do ? I asked my husband .. He said ” just make a bread .. you know cinnamon swirl .. ” Me ” cinnamon buns ? ” He said ” No .. the swirl .. ” Oh .. great idea ..…

  • Food,  Food-Desserts,  Recipes,  Recipes-Desserts

    Coconut Cream Pie

    Coconut cream pie is really yummy , although , for the longest time , i never had interest in trying them when we go out to a pie place , or even when i am in the mood of baking pies . I’ve done many type of pies , from classic apple pie , to pumpkin , all the way to blueberry pie or fruit pie . But never in my life i would try making coconut pie .. it’s just so .. coconut .. nothing really interesting in there . When i was younger , living in tropical island , i had the advantage of eating fresh young coconut…

  • Food,  Food-Side Dishes

    Baked Beans

    I was in charged to bring side dish , originally was going to make potato salad , but changed my mind , and tried making baked beans . You could always get canned baked beans , such as Bush’s baked beans , but what fun is that ? So i decided to try it , i like baked beans but in my opinion , home made is better than canned . With their sweet smoky flavor .. i couldn’t resist but to try .. I was right .. everyone at the gathering loved the baked beans , someone even said ” it’s not 4th of july without the baked beans…

  • Food,  Food-Desserts

    July 4th Blueberry Pie

    So the title said July 4th ,of course you don’t need to wait til July 4th celebration to make this yummy pie dish !! You can do it anytime , but i would suggest summer would be the best time , because of you want to do it when blueberry is in its peak . Sweet , juicy , reasonable price blueberry from you pick or from the store ! The other day i stopped at grocery store after the gym , and i picked up some fruits when i saw 99 cents a pint of blueberry . To me that’s a great price and hard to pass up .…

  • Food-Main Dishes,  Recipes-Main Dishes

    Spicy Pulled Pork Pop

    Lately i have been a fan of a quick easy and last forever meal .. I just hardly had the time to spend in the kitchen with running around here and there , and homeschooling , and the new hobby of mine of knitting . The kitchen took a step back , but that doesn’t mean i can forgo my family’s meal . I still am a make from scratch kind of a girl , but i love how easy some meal can be prepared but it still delicious and nutritious . Not that this recipe is very healthy for you .. since it has pop / soda in it…

  • Food-Main Dishes,  Recipes-Main Dishes

    Breakfast Burrito

    The other day i was invited to a friend’s house for a breakfast . She made us breakfast burrito , which was very yummy . I never had breakfast burrito , but as the name calls , it contains tortilla shell ,with scrambled eggs , potatoes , chorizo and salsa . It was delicious . So this morning i thought i should give it a try , beside my family loves chorizo . It turns out really good , not to mention it’s so easy , barely anything to it . The chorizo gives out all the flavor you need so you don’t even need to add any more seasoning…

  • Food-Desserts,  Recipes-Desserts

    Lemon Madeleines

    I’ve made Madeleines few times before . And i remember the very first time i was skimping on buttering the mold and ended up ruining madeleines . But they all turned out nice as far as i can remember . Fast forward , the other day i decided to try this recipe from Baking Chez Moi book that my hubby ordered for me around Christmas time . I did mention i wanted this book , i like Doris Greenspan’s cook book , so i figure i might enjoy her french baking book just like the french cook book . The first recipe i tried was the marble cake , it…