Healthy Peppermint Patties

Healthy Peppermint PattiesWowza, it’s one more week until Christmas! Where has the time gone? As an adult, it feels like Christmas comes faster and sooner with every passing year. But I’m sure for my little ones, it must feel like it takes forever to come.

But it’s full-swing holiday season, so I’m doing another peppermint post! If I could have peppermint all year round, I probably would. It’s one of my favourite flavours. When Starbucks rolls out their holiday drinks, my go-to is their white chocolate peppermint mocha. In fact, I currently have more peppermint extract than vanilla in my kitchen. (Doesn’t help that vanilla is so crazy expensive right now!) (more…)

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle CookiesSometimes I wish I had more hours in a day to do the things I want to do. I’m an early riser and my personality is that I like to get things done right away so that I can relax later, yet I feel like I’m constantly running a rat race. This is especially true once I had kids. In fact, I used to be in bed at 10pm every night. I know, I totally sound like a grandma. But these days… if I want to fit in working on the blog, or even just reading a cookbook, I’m pushing my bed time past 11:45pm.

I’ve been wanting to make these crinkle cookies since I saw Martha Stewart make them years ago, but I never found the time until now. With Christmas around the corner, I needed to make some cookies that scream “CHRISTMAS!”  I think these crinkle cookies are unique enough that they remind me of the holidays.  (more…)

Instant Pot Beef Pho

Instant Pot Beef PhoAre you a believer or a skeptic? I’m more of a hands-on, visual type of person so I’m the latter. I like to try things and see it for myself.

If you haven’t heard about the Instant Pot by now, then you might as well be living in a hole.

The first time I had even heard or seen the Instant Pot was 2 Christmases ago, when I was at my grandaunt’s house for her annual dinner party. She made a large pot of “Lo Mai Gai Fan” and eagerly showed me how amazing this pot was. She touted that it could make congee, rice, stews, and soups and much more, especially since it had a pressure cooker function. Then she suggested that I get one for my family since she knew that I loved to cook.

At first, I thought it must’ve been one of those gadgets that all the older Chinese grannies were raving about, so I didn’t think too much about it. Even though from the time to time, I did wish having a pressure cooker around since it would theoretically speed up some recipes in my life. (more…)