homemade fudgsicles

oh my goodness it is still wayyy too hot here in the dc area.  100+ degrees = not good!  but to stay cool i made a batch of homemade fudgsicles.  fudgsicles are one of my favorite frozen treats and i am so excited that i can now make my own.  it’s a very simple recipe with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.  unfortunately it didn’t turn out as great as i had hoped.  they were a little too sweet and more icy than store bought fudgsicles.  sad panda.  i think next time i’ll make pudding pops instead and hopefully they work out better.  wish me luck!




homemade cavatelli

a while ago, i went to volt.  it’s a restaurant in frederick, maryland by one of the past top chef contestants, bryan voltaggio.  well let me tell you, it was amazing!  as an appetizer i had cavatelli.  i had never had it before and it was delicious.  so of course afterward, i went online and googled how to make homemade cavatelli.   after making gnocchi i thought maybe i could just try to make my own.  i found a great recipe and tutorial and finally tonight i had a chance to test it out.  although it was really good, volt’s was of course a million times better.  i definitely need more practice shaping the pasta.  but i also think that since it has been really humid out, the pasta was a bit harder to shape.  oh well, what can you do… for dinner, i sauted the homemade cavatelli with apple chicken sausage, peas, onions, and garlic and it turned out great.  yay!


everything bagels

today was a wonderfully lazy day.  i watched probably 10 episodes of secret life of an american teenager, the best show ever, on netflix.  okay maybe not 10 episodes but probably 5 and i know it’s certainly not the best show ever, but it still is pretty entertaining.  haha.  well in between watching tv i also made a batch of everything bagels. 

i used the same bagel recipe that i’ve used before, but adapted it a bit and added the “everything” topping from brown eyed baker.  i think they turned out pretty awesome!  they are a little salty but still delicious.  i can’t wait to have them for breakfast this week.  only, i wish they weren’t so smelly.  haha you know with all the garlic and onion, you definitely have to brush your teeth or chew some gum after eating everything bagels.  still they are quite yummy and well worth the stinky breath.  😉


strawberry yogurt popsicles

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it has been terribly hot in dc this past few days.  fortunately, i ordered some popsicle molds last week and they came in the mail just in time for me to make a batch of strawberry yogurt popsicles.  they are really easy to make, plus they are healthy too!  these are absolutely perfect for these hot summer days.  i can’t wait to try out different flavors throughout the rest of the summer.  yay!


my 7 links

this past week i made some cupcakes with swirled frosting that i’ll post about soon, but this post is about my 7 links.  the goal of this project is “to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.”  i was nominated for this by nicole from wif and hub and i’m super excited to participate!  so here it goes…


1)     Blogger is nominated to take part

2)     Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.

This shouldn’t take you long to do – don’t over-think it!

– Your most beautiful post
– Your most popular post
– Your most controversial post
– Your most helpful post
– A post whose success surprised you
– A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
– The post that you are most proud of

3)     Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part.

(Feel free to nominate any kind of blog to take part – we want this project to be as inclusive as possible!)

4)     These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers

5)    And so it goes on!

6)    We’ll be sharing the best posts from participating bloggers on our blog and everyday on Facebook and Twitter at #My7Links

and now here are my 7 links:

Your most beautiful post: food adventures in hawaii

i don’t really think of my blog as being beautiful, just more cute and fun – so it was hard for me to think of a post that was really beautiful.  but then i remembered that i took a bunch of pictures of all of the food i ate in hawaii.  to me those pictures are really beautiful because they capture a lot of the wonderful, fresh fruits and vegetables we get to eat when we are in hawaii.  also, the food is so diverse from hawaiian luau plates and japanese bento boxes to new year’s potlucks with food from all over the world, even australian vegemite sandwiches.

Your most popular post: homemade three cheese tortellini

according to my site stats my post on how to make three cheese tortellini is the most visited.  though i don’t really know why.  maybe there aren’t a lot of posts on the internet about it, so mine just happens to pop up when people search homemade tortellini.  there isn’t really anything special about this post and i actually didn’t love how the pasta turned out.  eek.  but either way i’m glad people are reading it and hopefully it’s either helping others make much better pasta than what i came up with or just encouraging them to go pick up some premade pasta.  haha.  🙂

Your most controversial post: lessons on strawberry buttercream

controversial?  my blog is not at all about being controversial, i mean it’s a happy blog about cooking and baking.  so picking this link was pretty difficult.  the only post i could think of that even came close to being controversial would be the one that i talked about messing up strawberry buttercream.  but still it wasn’t controversial as much as frustrating.  making buttercream with fresh fruit is so finicky.  they break and there really isn’t much you can do to fix them.   i’ve talked to other friends who have tried to make berry buttercream and have had the same problem.  still other bakers on different blogs never seem to have this problem, even a commenter on that post said this never happens to her.  so i don’t know… still i’ve kind of given up on making it so if you have any tips on fresh berry buttercream, please pass them along.

Your most helpful post: honey wheat rolls

i think this would be my most helpful post because it includes a few tips that i use almost every time i make any kind of yeast bread including proofing dough in the microwave, using a dough scraper, and using an oven thermometer. also, making the honey wheat rolls was one of the first times that i adapted and changed a recipe.  they were just little changes but until then i had always been scared of adjusting bread recipes too much in fear that it wouldn’t rise or bake correctly.  but making these honey wheat rolls from the portuguese bread recipe taught me that it’s okay to experiment with different ingredients and that you don’t have to always stick with the exact recipe.

A post whose success surprised you: kamaboko dip

another popular post was on kamaboko dip.  it surprised me because i really didn’t think many people even know what kamaboko is, none the less want to make dip out of it.  i’m guessing it’s local people from hawaii who are the ones looking for this recipe.  but it definitely is one of my favorite foods to eat when i go home so it’s great that others can make some of their own kamaboko dip.  um… maybe i’ll try to find some kamaboko here on the mainland.  has anyone had any luck finding it here in the dc metro area?

A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved: whole wheat apple muffins

i made these whole wheat apple muffins a quite a few times and they are always turn out great so i was surprised when it didn’t get as many views as i would have expected.  these muffins are perfect for breakfast since they have some nutrition with whole wheat and fruit (though it has butter and sugar too, oh well).  but they are also just sweet enough that you could definitely have them for dessert too.  anyway, if you have some apples lying around i would definitely suggest whipping up a batch of these muffins.

The post that you are most proud of: gyoza (japanese dumplings)

i’m not necessarily proud of the post itself but more proud of the fact that i made gyoza all by myself, even the wrappers!  before starting the blog and cooking and baking more often, i would have never even thought of trying to make gyoza myself.  especially since it was readily available in the freezer section at home in hawaii.  but since i had become more adventurous in cooking i decided to try it out and it worked out perfectly!  i remember feeling so proud and accomplished that i was able to make them completely from scratch and that they tasted so good.

here are the blogs that i would like to nominate…

1. Wham! Bam! It’s Chef Tam Tam!

2. … uh oh i don’t know any other blogs to nominate.  if you would like to be nominated or know of another blog that you think is great let me know.  thanks!

hope you enjoyed my 7 links!