Quarantine has me going crazy! You’d think that with all of the free time I have now, that I’d be getting loads of stuff done and that my productivity would be at a max. Uhm… I’ve definitely been setting a bunch of far-fetched goals for myself that I have yet to complete, in a sad attempt to try and motivate myself. Hopefully some of you can relate to the slump I’m trapped in! These past few weeks, I’ve been mindlessly playing video games and not paying much attention to the schoolwork I should be doing. And, as you can probably tell, since I haven’t posted since January, I’ve clearly been way too lazy to drag myself into the kitchen to bake.
But today, I was feeling a little creative kick, and so I ended up spending the whole morning whipping up a batch of delicious turtle cupcakes, featuring sweet caramel buttercream frosting, an oozy chocolate ganache filling, and some pecans to garnish on top. The cake is perfectly fluffy and moist, and loaded with the rich, chocolatey goodness we all know and love; the frosting has just the perfect hint of caramel flavor; the ganache filling gives another unexpected burst of rich chocolate; and the chocolate and pecan topping ties everything together. These cupcakes are probably one of my favorite recipes I’ve made on the blog!
This post is brought to you by a sniffling, coughing, stressed-out gal who is in desperate need for warmer weather and a nice long break from all of the current high school craziness…
I recently caught a cold, and I’ve been living off of green tea and a lot of coffee to keep me going throughout this past week. I probably shouldn’t be drinking the amount of coffee that I do, but I know I wouldn’t be able to stay awake during class if I didn’t. I’ve been getting less sleep than I did last year, because I now have band rehearsal in the mornings, and I’m up ’til late finishing schoolwork (that’s probably why I got sick in the first place!)
After eating a lobster roll at Freshie’s in Salt Lake City (see my latest post here), I’d been craving another one ever since we got back home! I knew I had to make my own, because I was literally DYING for another. Lobster rolls are easily one of my favorite sandwiches: a fresh lobster salad, with a little bit of celery crunch and lemon tang, all bundled up in a warm, golden-brown roll.
Give me alllllll the holiday cookiesssss! Clearly, I’m still in the holiday spirit in terms of baking (have you made my gingerbread muffins yet?)
I’m so excited to be sharing this snowball cookie recipe with y’all today. Lately, I’ve been doing a ton of baking, but this cookie is probably one of my favorites so far. It’s easily the simplest dough I’ve ever had to make, only requires a few ingredients, and is nonetheless delicious. If you’re ever feeling lazy, yet still crave the satisfaction of a sweet, warm cookie, these sugar cookies are the ones for you!
For almost every winter break since I was in middle school, my family and I have traveled up to the mountains to ski. This year, my uncle and my cousin came to visit from China, so we took them to Park City. We’d never been to Utah before, and WOW! The snow was just incredible. It had snowed for a couple days before we got there, and it was perfectly powdery and in great condition to ski.
Per usual, today I’m going to be sharing all the restaurants we ate in Utah! I actually debated on whether or not to make this post, because I didn’t bring my professional camera with me, and 99% of the photos were taken in horrible yellow lighting. But the food and the memories were just too good not to share. I hope y’all enjoy!
Hey guys! I hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas filled with family, desserts, and love. I know it’s been half a year since I’ve posted, but hey, I’m here now, with these gingerbread muffins that I’ve been dying to share!
I’ve always been kind of afraid to work with ice cream, if I’m being honest. In my experience, either melts too fast and makes a mess all over my kitchen, or I end up accidentally eating it all. However, this cookie dough ice cream cake has made me rethink all of my past decisions! It’s got everything you could ever want in a dessert: a layer of cool, velvety ice cream, sandwiched between two glorious layers of soft, chewy cake. Oh yeah, it’s also smothered in a thick layer of chocolate ganache, and topped with chocolate chips and actual choc chip cookies.
Look me in the eye and tell me you’re not drooling already!!!
This ice cream cake is the ultimate dessert for the summer. If you’re like me, you’re probably trying to make the most out of the last few weeks of summer. And you should definitely find time to make this cake and treat yourself to a cold, decadent bite of pure chocolate chip cookie heaven.
Oh heyyyy banana bread! It’s been a while… I’ve missed u :)
I’m going to have to say, this summer has been pretty rough in terms of my health and well-being. Don’t get me wrong: I’ve been having so much fun traveling (hereee), hanging out with friends, and relaxing by the poolside. However, I have literally destroyed my diet. I’ve been eating tons of ice cream, burgers, and chocolate… last month, the only things I ate one day were french fries, a couple cubes of watermelon, and a giant ice cream sundae! My body did not like that; I felt sick and bloated from the ice cream, and I could barely function because I had literally no energy.
So, this past week, I’ve made it a goal to eat healthier and work out a little more in preparation for my upcoming #summermarchingbandgrind. I’ve been following a couple workout videos on YouTube, going on walks outside (yes, even in the crazy 100 degree Texas weather), and cutting out a lot of sugar from my diet. Obviously, I still treat myself, but I’m making sure not to skip meals and putting only wholesome foods into my body!
I ended up purchasing a ton of bananas to use for acai bowls and smoothies. However, of course there was no way I was going to eat so many bananas myself, so the first thing that came to mind was to whip up a loaf of banana bread! Overripe bananas are perfect for banana bread. This is a recipe I’ve had saved in my notes app for the longest time! I was so so excited – I hadn’t made banana bread in ages.
Right after school let out, we hopped on a 14 hour flight to spend the next 2 1/2 weeks visiting my relatives in China. I know it isn’t exactly most peoples’ ideal summer destination, but I always look forwards to the visit. Honestly, if you need any reason to fly overseas to China–literally any reason at all–it would have to be for the food. My family and I ate out for almost every meal… I must have gained at least 5 pounds! Unfortunately, most of the time I’d forget to snap a picture before I ate, so today I’m going to be sharing the collection of Chinese foods I was able to capture on my iPhone. It’s still a lot of pictures, but if I’m being honest: we ate a loooot more than what I’m sharing today!
I feel like I haven’t typed up a blog post in ages. I wrote my latest blog post a while back, but I never got around to posting it until recently. It’s been a hot minute since truly written anything! I really missed y’all ;(
Also, I should probably mention a little disclaimer: I also couldn’t tell you the English names of most of the things we ate in China. The Chinese names don’t translate so well, so I’ll try to describe them as best as I can (sorry… heh)
Hey guys! I’m so excited to be sharing this What I Ate In Houston post… it’s really long overdue. Like 3 months overdue. These photos have been sitting in my drafts folder for the longest time, and it’s seriously about time that I write something and share these delicious restaurants with you guys!
After stopping by Waco (see my last post for what we ate there), we headed down to Houston to visit Rice University and explore the downtown area a little bit. I actually enjoyed the city a lot! We toured the Rice campus, which I absolutely fell in love with, saw a Houston Symphony Orchestra concert (featuring Joshua Bell!), and obviously ate a lot of food. Even though I had a couple more stops planned, the places we went to were pretty great. Be sure to stop by a couple of these places if you’re ever in the Houston area :)