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The Mother Love Show Recipe

The Mother Love Show

10.28.14 by Jackie
I spent last week in Los Angeles and had the pleasure to spend some time with Mother Love. She was so warm and energetic; it was contagious! You can listen to the entire view by clicking on the link. Mother Love is a veteran of talk radio and is heard weekdays from 2 - 4 PM (PST) on LATALKRADIO.COM. Enjoy!
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Halloween-Inspired Party Dishes Recipe

Halloween-Inspired Party Dishes

10.27.14 by Jackie

Having a 3-year-old at home, we can't get away from celebrating Halloween! Little Aria is going to be the penguin Pablo from the TV show "the Backyardigans". Just like Pablo, Aria is energetic, enthusiastic and excitable. She is always determined and thinks, speaks, acts and reacts quickly. We couldn't have found a better character! I'll post a picture on my Instagram account. So stay tuned!

I don't think we'll throw a party this year, but I've compiled a few dishes I prepared for our past Halloween-themed parties. Enjoy!


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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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