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Colorful Dessert for Diwali Celebration Recipe

Colorful Dessert for Diwali Celebration

10.22.14 by Jackie

Today, Aria's preschool teachers planned a small Diwali celebration in school. Diwali is an 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 then filled with triple cardamom-flavored 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

Feeling Zen by Kneading Dough (Making your Own Bread)

10.20.14 by Jackie

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

Coconut and Pineapple: The Perfect Flavor Combination

10.17.14 by Jackie

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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Triple Chocolate Mousse Recipe Recipe

Triple Chocolate Mousse Recipe

10.10.14 by Jackie

This whimsical chocolate dessert marks the onset of the holiday season. The sweet treat consists of espresso dark chocolate, orange and salted caramel milk chocolate layers. If you omit the garnish, you'll notice that the dessert is egg-free and gluten-free. 

Having an almost 3-year old at home is a constant reminder that I need to get prepared to celebrate Halloween. We've gone through so many costume ideas already, I wonder which one Aria will finally agree on when the times comes! For this dessert, I prepared three different flavors of chocolate mousse. The mousse required very few ingredients: milk, whipping cream, butter, sugar and of course chocolate (the star of this sweet treat!). 


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Top 20 Coconut Desserts Recipe

Top 20 Coconut Desserts

10.03.14 by Jackie

These are my favorite coconut desserts. Need I say more? You'll find in this list desserts ranging from chocolate-covered macaroons to delicious Vietnamese desserts

If you want to add a tropical flair to the end of your menu, I suggest you strongly consider baking with coconut. Enjoy the weekend!



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