Tuesday, December 31, 2013

11 Simple Financial Tips You Should Have Followed 30 Years Ago

Came across this today and thought what a wonderful tips to end the year. It could serve as a good start for your new year resolution. HAPPY NEW YEAR :)

11 Simple Financial Tips You Should Have Followed 30 Years Ago

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Parker House Rolls

My cinnamon roll made with Parker House Rolls recipe

When I found this recipe on Epicurious I was just looking for a good solid bread recipe.This recipe came as highly recommended so I couldn't wait to give it a try. But since I wasn't big on just plain roll so I deviated it a bit and came with different variations instead. For a healthier version, please see my notes at the bottom of this.

Taken from Epicurious

Yield : 20 rolls

3 tablespoons warm water (105-110°F)
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4-oz package active dry yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup whole milk
2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 to 2 cups all-purpose flour

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Pho Ngon - San Jose

Spring roll @ Pho Ngon
I think this place was just opened not long ago. I could swear a few times we passed by that strip mall it wasn't there before. Finally we decided to give it a try. It was one Saturday afternoon around 2 something. There was only another table occupied but it seemed that those people were owners or know the owner kinda of thing.

We ordered a bowl of pho raw meat with meatballs, chicken pho and spring roll. Mean while I looked around and the place looked new with contemporary decor. The tables were dark lacquer top. All in all the place looked clean.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake

This recipe is taken from Epicurious. We made this to bring to this year's Thanksgiving dinner and we loved how simple it is to make. And the result was yummy.


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • Powdered sugar

Thanksgiving 2013

This year's Thanksgiving we were in mixed emotions. Part of us wanted to be thankful that we're healthy but at the same time the news that we received more than a week ago regarding one of our family member burdened our hearts.

We celebrated our Thanksgiving twice this year (just to show how thankful we are ! :) ) We did it on Thursday with hubby's side of family. We didn't do turkey. I personally don't enjoy turkey that much so I wasn't at all disappointed. We had hot pot instead with different types of veggies, tofu, mushroom, chicken and seafood.

I didn't have pictures from that dinner unfortunately.

And then we had another dinner the past Saturday with our close friends. Again, no turkey. This time we had pork roast. Yay.. I helped the host prepared part of the meal so I was impressed that what seemed like a simple recipe came out tasty. The pork roast was seasoned with dry spices consisted of ground ginger, cinnamon and allspice then roasted on top of cut butternut squash, pepper and onion. That's it.

pork roast on top of onion, butternut squash and bell pepper