Passion Fruit Twinkie Cupcake
Vanilla cupcake with twinkie cream topped with pucker-up passion fruit buttercream — SO. ADDICTIVE!
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Passion Fruit Twinkie Cupcake
There’s nothing I love more than receiving a hand-written note/card “just because”. I have kept every note in a special box on my shelf and on those days that I’m feeling down and “not myself”, I would read those notes and my heart would be filled up again. From my parents writing me notes that say, “Will be home late — cook dinner for us?” to one of my Sunday school kids thanking me for the “healthy snacks” (which is a total lie… I’m starting to wonder if that was suppose to be a sarcastic remark… ?!), these are the moments I cherish the most. My mantra is that these moments may seem small and insignificant now but in the future when I’m married, living in Hong Kong with my super buff husband** and well-behaved 4 children, I will read those notes of memories past and be reminded of my blessed life. These little moments will one day grow to be big moments.
This was one of the shots from yesterday’s quickie photo shoot for my new website. This will be going on the “contact me” page. I really shouldn’t be telling you this. I wanted to keep all the details under wraps until the big launch in the summer but I JUST CAN’T HOLD IT IN!! I MUST BLOG ABOUT IT AND SHOW YOU ALL MY SECRETS. Horrible. I will not make a good spy. UNLESS this whole charade is just to disguise something else… ? Hmm. Okay, I’m not THAT good
I cannot wait to reveal the rest of the site! It is slowly coming together But until then… enjoy this pic!
**PS. I was just joking about the super-buff-husband part. I don’t like buff guys. Weird, huh?
It’s 1:36am on Sunday morning and my sponge cakes just came out of the oven and are cooling upside down now. Every Sunday evening a bunch of us meet at my friend’s house to watch The Bible Series on the History Channel (party animals, huh? ). Is anyone following that series? I’m loving it so far! Last Sunday I attended a business seminar so I didn’t have time to bake anything. I ended up going to T&T to buy a loaf of thick slice bread and a can of condensed milk. I made a traditional Hong Kong-style favourite — condensed milk on toast. Before you gag or think “YUM!”, you have to try it first! It is absolutely DELICIOUS! We also had a jar of Nutella. Mmm!!! And had popsicles. We’re a weird bunch
Now that I had a little time to bake, I made sponge cakes for tonight. I cannot wait to have the first slice all warm and soft and sunshine yellow. Wish you were here! I’m also preparing for a photo shoot for my new site. I had to ice, examine it from afar with my squinty eyes, scrape off the icing and re-ice until it was perfect. Let’s just say, I had to re-ice many, many times! So looking forward to the shoot!!
Until I post the pictures up (hopefully Monday), enjoy this sweet snapshot of Anson and Naomi’s birthday party last week at a bowling place. Making cakes is not ALWAYS fun/enjoyable. It is 99% of the time but sometimes that 1% sneaks up on you and you want to quit. Or no matter how late you stay up, that ‘character’ you’re working on just doesn’t seem to look right. Little moments like these kids’ sweet smiles remind me why I still love to do what I do. Naomi loves Hello Kitty and Anson loves basketball and somehow those themes worked together I’m so blessed to have been a part of their birthday celebration!
Happy #6, you two!
Happy Holiday Monday, everyone!
I’m all smiles today because my wedding orders are DONE, delivered and well-received. I am never accepting more than one wedding on a weekend ever again. And the total # of weddings I catered this week? THREE!
Will write more when my brain isn’t mush!
Happy first day back at work!
I never understood this rhyme as a kid. Why would someone SELL seashells by the SEASHORE if they could just pick it up from the sand and wash the dirt off for FREE?! Maybe that’s just the Asian-girl-thinking in me. I can’t seem to shake it off but I guess that’s a good thing
I made these seashells for Edmond and Gigi’s wedding cake this past weekend. YUP, these are 100% handmade seashells made out of SUGAR. I had so much fun making these! Two episodes of Bachelor Pad (ugh, I know… guilty pleasure — I can’t believe I just admitted this publicly) and two episodes of Big Bang Theory later… we have… ta-DA!
Don’t these look like chocolates? Well, they’re not! I loved marbling the fondant mixing different colours in it and of course, meticulously dusting and painting each shell in different powders (solids/shimmers) to make it look REAL. When I posted this on my Facebook page, a lot of people couldn’t believe they were fake. I absolutely ADORE the sand dollar and the starfishes because they took the longest to make! LOVE! I got over-excited and dusted some of them too too much but HEY! Seashells are unique and beautiful and there could never be enough shimmer, right?
Every holiday from Christmas to Civic Holiday, we always have some sort of event at our place. This year for Canada Day, we had CREPE NIGHT. It was SO MUCH FUN. Instead of buns, we made crepes and wrapped all the BBQ foods in it. We also made flatbread pizza, baked brie + pears, taco beef casserole, pasta salad and of course all the staple BBQ foods (burgers, hot dogs, bacon, bacon, bacon).
Seemed like a great idea, right?
It was. IN THEORY. Holy moly… burger patties are so difficult to wrap in a crepe. 4″ patty + 6″ crepe? Good luck, bud. Okay, it was totally my fault for coming up with the idea and messing up the execution. But hey! We still had fun and that’s all that mattered! My friend didn’t want to eat crepes so he asked if he could bring a single burger bun for himself… HAHA… my friends are so silly
This was all the toppings for the SWEET CREPE. What kind of BBQ has a sweet table?! Um.. mine, of course! Pictured here clockwise from the front: heart quins, mini Reese’s peanut butter cups (SO ADORABLE!), hazelnut chocolate wafers, pop rocks imported from France, strawberry wafers (which I ate before the guests got here — SO ADDICTIVE!), pink + orange jellybeans which were a year old and stale but I used it in this pic to give it colour and dumped it afterwards (my guests only get the best!), Malteasers, chocolate Easter eggs (which were purchased a week ago… who knew Easter eggs were fashionable on Loblaws’ shelves all year round? HMm.. ) and Coffee Crisp balls. YUMS!
The most popular crepe flavour was FRESH STRAWBERRIES + NUTELLA + BANANAS. That’s my favourite combo too! CREPE NIGHT was inspired by my visit to a famous crepe shop in Gatineau a few weeks ago. We were stuffed. How great is life?