Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Coffee Pudding + Nescafé® with Coffee-mate® Giveaway!

Even though I love the taste of coffee, I don`t own a coffee machine. Whenever I`m making a coffee recipe, I always need to buy instant coffee packets. Kinda lame, but it`s all in the name of food!

So, I`m not sure if you`ve heard...but Nescafé® and Coffee-mate® are officially married and made some coffee + creamer babies! Okay, maybe not married in the traditional sense. Nor the human babies you`re used to. In the food sense. Coffee + creamer has always been a couple, let`s admit. Nescafé and Coffee-mate have joined forces and are offering 2-in-1 coffee and creamer products! (Giveaway details at the end!)

I used some to make coffee pudding, because why not make pudding with a flavor I love and adore? Also, homemade pudding is actually, super super easy. I was amazed at how fast it took me to finish. I think it`ll take you longer to do your dishes than it is to make this pudding!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Maple Apple Creme Brulee

So lately, I have been quite obsessed with building a bug-out-bag (B.O.B). For those wondering, it`s basically an emergency kit/bag. I have no idea how I stumbled onto an article talking about earthquake preparedness...I was obviously in an internet black hole..links leads to more links, you know how it is!

Anyhoo, growing up in California, I have experienced many earthquakes. They`re not completely shocking, aside from the first second when I realize the ground is shaking. It`s actually funny how everyone tries to be the first to report the earthquakes on either Facebook or Twitter! Oh, social media! My family has like 1 emergency box that`s the size of a binder. I`m sure it`s expired since I`ve seen it as a kid! My dad keeps this emergency kit in the GARAGE. Totally out of reach in case there was an actual emergency!

I never gave the whole emergency kit much thought, since I figured, I live in a crowded, urban setting. Where I live, the worst immediate natural threat are earthquakes (which could cause other disasters like a tsunami). I figured things would be all right and the probability of our survival isn`t low. Hence, I never worried about it.

Yet, after stumbling on the article, I felt worried. We have nothing! Coincidentally, when I was at work a few days ago, there were two earthquakes! I was like, OMG. This kit needs to happen! Now that I`m older, I felt a sense of responsibility to either make or buy a kit for our household, you know?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bourbon Pumpkin Streusel Tart {Revisited} + 24 Fall Baking Recipes

I shared this bourbon pumpkin tart back in my first year of blogging, but have changed the recipe a bit. So, I hope you don`t mind the revisit of a wonderful pumpkin dessert! At the same time, I`ve been meaning to make a compilation of Fall recipes because I have so many and love them all. They deserve another reminder. *winkwink*

The first time I made this tart, I loved it instantly. All of my family and friends know I`m not a fan of alcohol, so I never purchase any. Unless, it`s for baking. Yep, I went out to buy a whole bottle of bourbon whiskey just to bake this tart. It felt so weird to get carded at the registrar! You only need 1/4 cup, but I had no other choice. I`m not sure what to do with the leftover bourbon, so if any of you have good bourbon recipes, do share with me! ;)

This tart is really just a variation of a pumpkin pie. The crust is easy to work with and there's a wonderful streusel layer on top of the pumpkin filling. And, who`s not head over heels for streusel?! The tart isn`t thick, about 1 1/2 inch, so it`s not a heavy pie.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Caramel Chocolate Brownies

It`s almost Halloween!! Eeek, I`m super excited, even though I don`t have any plans yet. It`s all the candy and the cute little baby costumes. I have a baby cousin who`s a little over 1 year old and I seriously cannot wait to see him in a costume! Ahh, babies in costumes are just about as cute as baby socks and shoes. Haha!

My aunt`s birthday was this month and she requested some brownies. I`ve baked many brownies throughout the past 4 years of my baking addiction, but it`s still very hard for me to decide which recipe to make when I want brownies. I wanted a really good recipe and something more special than just regular ol` brownies since it was her birthday,

So, I added caramel chocolates in the center.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dulce de Leche Donut Holes with Coffee Milk Glaze

I think this is my final recipe with dulce de leche! Haha. Hope you weren`t annoyed with all of my dulce de leche recipes. ;) These crazy easy donut holes were made and inhaled (eaten, if you want to be sensible), months ago.  I just couldn`t figure out the right time to share the recipe.

Then I realized, donut holes can be consumed any day of the year! Just kidding, I definitely know that (evidenced by my Instagram). Honestly, I just didn`t want to overwhelm you all with dulce de leche recipes since I was eating my homemade stash like a maniac.

Also, it`s because I literally just typed the recipe right before I`m writing this post. I had scribbled the recipe on a post-it note and left it somewhere. I searched through all my drawers to find it!