Easterific Cupcakes in Eggs !

Ahhhhh Holy Week is near !  Wanna do something fun???

This fun kids / adult activity is great because it involves everything you love about Easter — Dying Eggs, Decorating them and Eating Cupcakes ! What more can you ask for???

Egg Dye Ingredients

1/2 Cup Hot Water
1 Teaspoon Vinegar
Food Colorings

Cupcake Ingredients (any type/brand of cake mix is great )

Betty Crocker White Cake Mix
3 Egg Whites
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1.5 Cups Water

Buttercream Icing Ingredients

3 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 Cup butter
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring (optional)
Milk to adjust consistency

Using the electric mixer, mix powdered sugar and butter on low speed until well blended then add milk a teaspoon at a time to adjust consistency,  lastly add the vanilla extract.

Note:  To get the dinosaur egg color / blueish green color,  I used brown eggs and blue food coloring.

 

Thanks for reading and watching!

Christmas Baking 2015 | Christmas Cookies

Last batch of Gingerbread men I’ll be baking for this year’s Christmas.

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If you’re interested in baking a batch, click the recipe with pictures and video right HERE

Enjoy your Happy Holidays beautiful people!

Christmas Elves | Christmas Tradition | Best Gingerbread Cookies!

It’s Gingerbread time again! How about creating beautiful Christmas memories in the kitchen this year?!

This delicious gingerbread men recipe is kid chef friendly and a guarantee to improve your kids creative potential.

Gingerbread Men Recipe

DRY INGREDIENTS
3 3/4 Cups All purpose Flour
3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
2 teaspoon ginger powder

WET INGREDIENTS
1.5 Cups Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 large Egg
1/3 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Molasses ( can be substitute with honey )
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside.

Using the electric mixer on medium high speed, cream butter till light then add in the sugar.  Cream until light and fluffy then add in 1 egg.  Mix well then add in the molasses and vanilla extract.  Mix well then spoon in half of the dry ingredients.  Mix well then add the rest of the dry ingredients.

Divide the dough into 3 parts and wrap it in sandwich bag or cling wrap. (The dough will be very wet.) Refrigerate for about an hour or even overnight.

Preheat the oven at 350 degree

Dust your work space with some flour and knead the dough until it’s not so sticky to handle.  Roll the dough to about 1/8 inch thick in between parchment paper then use gingerbread cookie cutter to make shapes, remove the excess dough then place shaped dough on the baking tray.  ( please watch the video if you don’t understand )

Note: Kids may need lots of parchment papers cut into about bond paper size sheets during the rolling of the dough to make it easier for their little hands to handle.

Bake for 8 minutes for a scrumptiously chewy cookies;  And about 10minutes for a scrumptiously crunchy cookies.  Let the cookies cool down at room temp. before lifting them up from the pan.  Once cooled, time to DECORATE with lots of colorful royal icing !

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Royal icing recipe and lots more sample decorations HERE

After decorating your cookies with icings and sweets, let it set completely at room temperature, which will take about an hour depending on the thickness of your icing.

Finally, store the cookies in airtight container  between parchment papers for up to 1.5 weeks.

Don’t forget to leave some for Santa 🙂

 

Witches Deadly Brew | Trust Me, Its Safe and Delicious!

When I found a 400 – year old diary from one of my ancestor who is apparently a witch, I felt an unwelcome intrusion of dark energy, it felt overwhelming at first, but as I got used to it. It felt better and better.

As I flip through the pages…. Not all were dark magic actually, some were just lousy scribbles, and surprisingly some pages contained “white magic.”

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Grass Jelly ( any brand would do )

One particular spell that I know everyone would love is the Secret to looking young and beautiful forever! I was still a little hesitant to reveal this secret because of the uncertainty it entails. For even white magic can be used for evil. After all what makes a magic good really depends on you.

halloween drink recipe

Banana Extract.  (note: looks green in the movie because I added green food coloring and water )

Celestine, being a decendant decides to make a brew for her dearest mommy.

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crushing the grass jelly

So here’s the recipe for a cup of witches brew !

Grab a couldron or a cup
Fill it halfway with Water
Then add the following:
– 4 tablespoon of Baboons blood ( crushed grass jelly
– 2 Tablespoon of Bat’s eye ( red tapioca pearls )
– 2 tablespoon of Warewolf’s ash (brown sugar )
– a drop of blind snake’s venom (banana extract )
Stir it up for a charm of deadly trouble! Heee Heeee Heeee Heeee heeeeee!!!

How to make witch potion

Tip: Use a dry ice instead of plain ice cubes if your serving it at a party for the smoke effect.  (caution: make sure your dry ice is food grade )

Happy Halloween Guys !

Mom’s Birthday , Casual Sunday

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It was my mom’s birthday this week and we celebrated it last Sunday.  We left the house at 6am and got to my mom’s place just in time, 7am!   We wanted it to be a breakfast surprise.  I would post pictures but then it was a pajama party so kind of embarrassing.

The crazy pajama theme was actually my idea, if you know me it wouldn’t take very long to figure out why I chose that theme.  Haha!  But it was seriously a fun and relaxing party!  We brought lots of foods and gave her sets of Marks and Spencer brand PJ and my Bug (my 4 year old) gave her her baked masterpiece — Apple Pecan Cobbler which she made the day before.

Bug is super fond of my mom whom she calls Guama –a chinese fookien term for grandma (mother-side).   She wanted to make her something big which means bigger than what she usually makes.  So we decided on a cobbler recipe since its simple enough for her age and it taste better than apple pie and my mom loves apple pie.

apple crumble / cobbler recipe

By definition a cobbler is a deep-dish fruit pie with a thick top crust so we sometimes also call it a “crumble”.  They taste almost like cake tops or muffin tops, basically the best part of any cake! So this recipe has always been my favorite.  Watch how Bug makes this on the video !

Btw, I also made some improvements in editing my videos.  I added subtitles since Bug just says the cutest things while baking, I also made improvements in the video transitions etc.   I hope you’ll enjoy watching it and tell me what you think and I really appreciate comments and suggestions on how I can improve my video editing “skills.”

Ingredients for the Apple Pecan Cobbler / Crumble 

4 Cups thinly sliced apples, I used granny smith

Crumble
1/2 Cup sugar (white or brown)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 Cup chopped caramelized pecans

Batter
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 Cup sugar
1 teaspoon Baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 Cup Evaporated milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 Cup melted butter

Topping
1/4 Cup caramelized pecans

*Tip: you can lessen the sugar in the crumble to 1/4 Cup if you wanted it less sweet and still taste great.   * You may serve this with yoghurt or a scoop of vanilla ice cream 🙂