12 Days of Christmas Day 3- Christmas Treats

‘Tis the season of yummy treats and full bellies! Today’s post is my top 10 Christmas treats. Happy eating:)

Candy Cane Hershey Kisses

https://www.amazon.com/KISSES-Candy-Chocolates-Flavored-White/dp/B00BTWIIG6/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1508989431&sr=8-1&keywords=peppermint+hershey+kisses

 

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Chilled Iced Coffee (Bottle)

https://www.target.com/p/starbucks-peppermint-mocha-chilled-espresso-coffee-beverage-40-fl-oz-bottle/-/A-15847568

 

Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares

https://www.amazon.com/Ghirardelli-Limited-Peppermint-Bark-20-99/dp/B00CPZW2BI/ref=sr_1_3_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1508989568&sr=1-3&keywords=ghirardelli%2Bpeppermint%2Bbark&th=1

 

Stumptown Cold Brew Winter Cheer

https://www.target.com/p/stumptown-cold-brew-with-milk-winter-cheer-carton-16oz/-/A-52934430

 

Peppermint Oreos

https://www.amazon.com/Peppermint-Chocolate-Sandwich-Cookies-LIMITED/dp/B01M354I3B/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1508989611&sr=1-1&keywords=peppermint+oreos

 

Starbucks Holiday Classic Hot Chocolate

https://www.amazon.com/Starbucks-Holiday-Classic-Cocoa-Ounce/dp/B01M0JYAH3/ref=sr_1_12_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1508989837&sr=1-12&keywords=hot+chocolate+christmas

 

Nutter Butter Reindeer

Favorite recipe: http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2013/12/nutter-butter-reindeer-handmade-in.html

 

Christmas Puppy Chow

Favorite recipe: https://www.tastemade.com/shows/sweet-af/reindeer-chow-muddy-buddies

 

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Favorite recipe: https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/classic-christmas-sugar-cookie-cutouts/a1830449-487e-4c7f-882c-48ac06d83a91

 

Brownie Christmas Trees

Favorite Recipe: https://lilluna.com/easy-brownie-christmas-trees/

 

and last, but not least (my favorite and a classic!)…

Spangler’s Peppermint Candy Canes

https://www.amazon.com/Peppermint-Candy-Canes-18-boxes/dp/B00IEGNPTA/ref=sr_1_6_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1509043696&sr=1-6&keywords=candy%2Bcanes&th=1

 

 

 

Gyoza Meatballs- Quick and Easy Recipe

This recipe is all the goodness of gyoza, with no carbs!

Ingredients: (serves 6)

600 grams minced pork

1 egg

5 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 knob ginger, grated

3/4 cup chives, chopped

4 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. yakitori sauce

2 tsp. chili oil

garlic salt, to taste

1 tbsp. sesame oil + 2 tbsp. for frying

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Form meatballs.
  3. Fry with sesame oil on medium heat for 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Eat and be happy:)

 

How to throw the BEST luau party

It’s finally finally FINALLY summer, which means time for endless pool parties and celebrations. My birthday just happens to be at the very beginning of summer (may 29th), and this year I also graduated from high school, so there was a lot to celebrate. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do to celebrate everything in the midst of tons of craziness. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m in love with anything tropical, pineapple, or beach themed, so I thought that a luau party would be the perfect fit. I also decided to have my party during the day because we all want to be super tanned during the summer…don’t we? Are you planning on having a pool party/luau party anytime soon and are looking for some inspiration? Here is exactly what I did to throw mine and how you can plan yours! I’ll also link all the stores I bought from below.

Decorations:

Like I said, I’m obsessed with anything tropical (especially pineapples), so I already had tons of decorations. I used wood pineapple cutouts in multiple colors, a blue pineapple lamp, a “welcome to paradise” sign, and tons and tons of leis. I also had these pastel colored paper streamers that I hung up around a super cute “happy birthday” banner. For the cutlery, I found orange and pink flamingo stirrers from Flying Tiger in Tokyo, as well as some flamingo straws.

Food and Drinks:

Of course my parties have to include lot’s of good food, but since it was brunch, I kept it fairly light. We have cut watermelon and grapes, mini egg frittatas with lot’s of veggies, pasta salad, pineapple grilled chicken and of course funfetti cake (my favorite!!). The pineapple chicken was great and added another tropical layer to the party. To make it: marinate chicken breasts in pineapple juice, soy sauce, garlic, hot sauce and lime, then grill for 3 minutes on each side. For the drinks, we made mojitos and pineapple juice and malibu… and we had a bottle of rose. Tip: If you are having a party by the pool, avoid glass by getting plastic champagne glasses from the dollar store.

Clothing:

Because I knew we were going to be taking lot’s of photos, I chose my outfit very carefully. I ended up going with my black Cotton On bikini top with my hot pink Hollister bottoms. And on top of that I wore my O’Neill high-waisted shorts with a blue-purple Brandy Melville crop top. My friends came dressed similarly with a lot of them wearing cute cover-ups or sun dresses.

Photo Booth:

There was no way my party was happening without a DIY photo booth, so that’s exactly what I did. I found a blank wall by our pool and decked it out. We hung the “happy birthday” banner with the colorful streamers around it. When taking pictures, we put on leis and used the pineapples and other decorations as props. I had also found a blackboard in my room, so I decided to use it. When each of my friends and I took a photo, we used the blackboard to write a word that described us or the way we first met. All of those photos turned out being really cute!

If you’re planning on throwing a party or celebration soon, I highly suggest doing something like this! Here are all the links, and happy celebrating!

My Pinterest Luau Board: https://www.pinterest.com/aimefukada/luauu/

Hollister: https://www.hollisterco.com

Cotton On: http://cottonon.com/US/

Cotton On Body: http://cottonon.com/US/shop-by-brand/cotton-on-body/

Typo: http://cottonon.com/MY/shop-by-brand/typo/

Flying Tiger: https://flyingtiger.com/

O’Neill: http://us.oneill.com/

Brandy Melville: https://www.brandymelvilleusa.com/

Mother’s Day Treats

This year, I was struggling to come up with a fun dessert to make for my mom on Mother’s Day. I had already done a flip-flop cake as well as a flower bouquet of cupcakes, and my creative juices weren’t able to come up with something new. After watching a video on The Scran Line (http://www.thescranline.com/baileys-truffle-cupcakes) I was inspired to create a fun flavored cupcake instead of making something that was visually different. I settled on vanilla angel food cupcakes with pink Prosecco buttercream frosting, topped with a Kahlua truffle. I thought it was different, fun, and super delicious…oh and my mom loved it too!

Ingredients:

Angel Food Cupcakes:

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup white flour

6 egg whites

1 tsp. vanilla essence

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

Prosecco Buttercream Frosting:

1/2 cup softened, unsalted butter

1 cup powdered/icing sugar

4 tbsp. Prosecco

4 drops red food coloring

Kahlua Truffles:

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1 tbsp. Nutella

4 tbsp. Kahlua

To top:

Dark Chocolate shavings

Directions:

  1. Start by making the truffles. Put all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 40 seconds. Take it out and let it cool for 1 minute, then roll into balls and leave to set in refrigerator.
  2. For the cupcakes, start by sifting half the sugar and flour into a medium bowl. In a large bowl, whip the egg whites, vanilla, salt, cream of tartar and remaining sugar until medium to stiff peaks form.
  3. Gently fold the flour and sugar mixture into the egg whites one spoon full at a time.
  4. Scoop into a lined cupcake tray and bake at 350f for 17 minutes. Once done, set aside to completely cool.
  5. For the frosting, whip the butter on high speed for 90 seconds or until light and fluffy. Slowly add in powdered sugar and Prosecco and continue to whip on medium speed.
  6. To assemble, pipe the frosting on to cooled cupcakes and place one truffle on top. Finish with dark chocolate shavings.

I hope you enjoy this, and happy mother’s day to all you amazing mothers out there!

Bacon-Ranch Meatballs- Recipe

This recipe may not be the healthiest, but it’s awesome if you’re looking for hearty comfort food!

Ingredients (Serves 4):

400 grams ground lean beef

4 slices of bacon, grilled and cut into bits

1 stalk spring onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 egg

1 packet ranch seasoning

3 tbs. ketchup

2 tbs. hot sauce (I like Frank’s)

1 tbs. soy sauce

pepper, to taste

1 cup tomato sauce

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Mix the ground beef, bacon bits, spring onions, and garlic in a bowl.
  2. Add the egg, ranch seasoning, ketchup, hot sauce, soy sauce and pepper and mix well until combined.
  3. Make into balls and line on a lightly sprayed tray.
  4. Put pan onto medium heat and start to cook the meatballs. Once you flip them over, add the tomato sauce and cheese and cover for 5 minutes to finish cooking.
  5. Recommended: Serve hot with good bread:)

Buddha Bowl: Garlic-Soy Chicken and Grilled Veggies

One of this year’s hottest food trends is the Buddha Bowl. It’s basically like an Acai Bowl, but for dinner. The idea is to pack a bowl full of complex carbs, healthy fats, proteins, and tons of veggies. Last night I made this Asian inspired Buddha Bowl, and I have to say it was quite a hit!

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

1 1/2 cups brown rice, cooked

4 chicken breasts

miso paste

spring onions

sesame oil

garlic

soy sauce

ginger

1 green pepper, cut into chunks

1 red pepper, cut into chunks

1 onion, cut into chunks

1 cup green beans, cut into thirds

8 cloves of garlic, halved

salt and pepper, to taste

garlic powder, to taste

herbs, to taste

spring onion, to garnish

sesame seeds, to garnish

For the sauce:

1 tbsp. miso paste

1 tbsp. peanut butter

1 tbsp. sesame oil

1 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. dashi

1 tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 200 celsius and boil water to cook your brown rice.
  2. With a mortar and pestle, grind the miso paste, spring onions, sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce and ginger to make a paste. Spread on top of chicken breasts and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Cut up all of your veggies and put in on a lined baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and herbs. Cook in oven for 20-25 minutes
  4. For the sauce, put the peanut butter and miso paste in a heat-proof bowl and microwave for 40 seconds. Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, dashi and water and mix thoroughly.
  5. Grill the chicken over medium heat until cooked, then cut into chunks.
  6. Now it’s time to prepare your bowl. Start by putting the rice on the bottom. Then top one half with the grilled chicken and the other half with the veggies. Use the spring onion, sesame seeds and halved garlic as garnish. Drizzle with the sauce and it’s ready to serve.

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe! Don’t forget to comment a picture of your own Buddha Bowl:)

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Living one degree north of the equator, we’re not exactly getting the “fall/winter” weather that I would love to have. I had been watching a bunch of videos on slow cooker soup recipes, and was inspired to try making this broccoli and cheese soup. It was one of the easiest soups I’ve ever made, but also the tastiest. Even though I’m sitting here in 90 degree heat, this soup really made me feel like it was cold outside!

Ingredients:

1 head broccoli

1/2 onion, chopped

4 cloves of garlic

4 cups chicken stock

1 cup water

1/2 cup yoghurt

1/2 cup milk

chili powder, to taste

salt & pepper, to taste

1 1/2 bags of shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Put the chopped up broccoli, onion and garlic in a pot with a little bit of olive oil and fry on medium heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Add in chicken stock, water, yoghurt and milk and simmer on low for 2-3 hours.
  3. Put all the vegetables in a blender (or use a stick blender), and blend until smooth. Add back to pot and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  4. Add the chili powder, salt & pepper, and cheese.
  5. Serve hot with a little bit of cheddar on top.