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Pumpkin Banana Cupcake Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Banana Cupcake Recipe

11.25.14 by Jackie

Little Aria asked to see one of her favorite classmates, Colin, on a playdate. Aria can be very detail-oriented and asked if we could prepare mini cupcakes for the occasion. To make the sweet treat a lot more playful for the children, I topped the cupcakes with icing and sugar cookie letters.

The cake part is made with mashed bananas and pumpkin and I used an alphabet cookie cutter set. Aria helped out all through the baking process and she loved it. Colin loved the cupcakes too, and I was amazed to see he knew his alphabet as well. Isn't it impressive at only the tender age of three? It was so precious to watch them have so much fun!

I'm planning to bake the same larger-version cupcakes on Thursday 

Thanksgiving cupcakes recipe with Picture

 

 


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Home Canning and Preserving Recipe

Home Canning and Preserving

11.03.14 by Jackie

Because of the drought in California, we haven't been watering our fruit trees much. The good news is that it finally poured this weekend. I hadn't checked out our trees in a long time. So after the rain stopped, Aria, our puppy Earnest Tofu and I took a little walk in the garden. I was pleasantly surprised that--despite the lack of water--guavas were plentiful, with at least 6 to 8 pounds of luscious fruit waiting to be picked. I consider it a luxury being able to harvest anything during this dry period, especially the tropical flavorful jewels we were able to gather. I prepared guava jelly and will share the recipe tomorrow. 

In the meantime, I gathered a list of the preserves I've prepared in the past. Jam and jelly's role isn't only as a topping for bread and butter for breakfast. You can incorporate them in so many creative ways: for salad dressing, meat glaze, syrup for roasted vegetables and of course in sweets and drinks. Get inventive; it may inspire you to do more home canning and preserving!


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Colorful Dessert for Diwali Celebration Recipe

Today Aria's preschool teachers planned a small Diwali celebration in school. Diwali is a Hindu festival and it's India's biggest holiday of the year. It's also known as the "festival of lights." The day began with a non-religious story of Diwali, then there was a beautiful Rangoli demonstration (an art and craft session), followed by a potluck lunch for the boys and girls. I volunteered to bring a nut-free dessert for the children and since I knew other mothers would bring typical, popular Indian desserts, Aria and I prepared a colorful, playful dessert instead for the children. 

Rangoli picture

For the occasion, I transformed our little Aria into an Indian princess and tried to match the dessert with her colorful, festive attire. The dessert consisted of individual servings of a cookie baked in a mini cupcake liner and filled with cardamom-flavored triple chocolate cream (lemon, strawberry and milk chocolate). Needless to say, the children adored the sweet treats and Aria was so proud to tell her classmates she had helped preparing them.

Indian clothes


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Feeling Zen by Kneading Dough (Making your Own Bread) Recipe

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test ourselves. I try to stay positive and see those challenges as blessing. Well, this weekend I've dealt with a fair share of difficult situations. And when that's the case, I motivate myself by finding a de-stressing activity. My solution this time was kneading dough; I think it's the best way to be energized in my quest to break free from life's inevitable anxieties!

I've listed some of the paratha (Indian bread), baked goods and pizza dough I prepared over the weekend as well as other dishes I'm about to bake for the upcoming holiday. Enjoy!

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Coconut and Pineapple: The Perfect Flavor Combination Recipe

When I run out of fresh fruit for desserts, I usually raid my pantry and either use chocolate or go for a flavor combination that gives me the most pleasure: pineapple and coconut. This particular flavor pairing works well together; I think it's because the subtle acidity from the pineapple helps to cut the richness of the coconut.

This afternoon, I prepared pineapple coconut oatmeal cookies with similarly flavored mousse cups. I barely had the time to let the mousse rest in the refrigerator, but little Aria had time to advertise the product of our labor to the family. By the time I wanted to shoot a few photos, everything was gone! This made me happy because it was probably the best compliment any mom could want coming from my little one. I'll prepare some more over the weekend and hopefully I'll be able to showcase the delicious treat. 

Meanwhile I gathered a few desserts using the same flavor profile, and they're as delectable as the ones our family had today !

 

 


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