Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"Free Them" 5k Walk/Run

Free Them 5k Fun Run

I'll be participating in a 5k walk/run on May 7th. It's an event that is raising money to battle child trafficking in southeast Asia. This organization provides job opportunities for families living in poverty, so that they don't have to send their children into the cities (or entrust them to crooks) for jobs. They provide education for children, so that they are less likely to roam the streets, and make safe havens for those rescued out of trafficking. Here is more information about how they use donations.

As a child of Vietnamese immigrants, this program is very dear to my heart. It is my first time participating in a 5k, and I'm very excited! I've already donated $25 to the cause, and am begging you to help me raise more money! (Many thanks to my amazing friend Shelly over at Peanut Butter Shelly Time and Rarely Wears Pants who made a generous donation yesterday.) Please, any amount will help! Thank you!

Click here to donate!

Monday, April 25, 2011

I love sprinkles. Duh.

Thanks to my friend Greta, I got lost in the world of today. More specifically, I could not find the willpower to leave the Tasty Treats section.

There were many photos and recipes that stood out for me, but these two in particular made my heart sing:

Photo: Rosco Weber, BraveTart

5 words: Make your own motherloving sprinkles. I never thought of making my own before, but now I simply must. Many thanks to the duo of Stella Parks and Rosco Weber for this inspiration.

Which leads us to...
Photo: Kokomama of Kokocooks

While attending college, my lovely friend Shelly (Peanut Butter Shelly Time) would often make Funfetti cake to celebrate birthdays. Even though it was just a white cake, the sprinkles somehow made it seem tastier and wonderful. This homemade confetti cake from Kokocooks is absolutely beautiful, and the entry that the recipe is posted in is very touching.

Now, who wants to make confetti cake with homemade sprinkles with me???

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Bird's Nest Cookies
These super easy cookies were made using a recipe I found on JOY. They are peanut butter cookies made out of crunchy chow mein noodles. For the eggs, I used Whopper's Mini Robins' Eggs, because I think they look more realistic than jelly beans or M&Ms.

Here is my adapted version of JOY's recipe:

1/2 c sugar
1/2 c light corn syrup
1/2 c peanut butter (I used creamy, but crunchy would do!)
1 c chow mein noodles (and approx 1/4 c more if you like them crunchy)
1 bag of Whoppers Mini Robins' Egg/ Jelly beans/ peanut M&Ms
Servings: Approx 15-18 nests per batch

1. In a medium sauce pan, over med heat, combine sugar and syrup. Once it boils completely, turn off heat.
2. Add peanut butter into the sugar mixture. Stir until completely blended.
3. Add noodles, and stir until they are coated.
4. Spoon cookie mixture into a measuring cup (1/4 c), and drop onto wax paper. Use a small spoon (or your hands) to form dents for the "eggs."
5. Add eggs onto the nests. (I found each can fit 3-4 eggs).

Hope you're all enjoying your Easter!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Will and Cate

Photo: Papa John's Pizza

Ok. I get it. We have royal wedding fever. Sure, I may wake up at 4am on Friday, April 29th to watch Barbara Walters talk about the wedding of people I've never ever met in my life. I may fantasize about being a princess one day, or wonder what it's like to be white and British...but that's NORMAL. Who doesn't do that??? This Will and Cate pizza, however, is just too much. But creative.