Red Velvet Macadamia Cookies


Savvy Sis once said that no one is perfect. If we are to compare ourselves to a rainbow then everyone of us rainbow has a color missing. For her, it was cooking. for me then cooking must be the missing color. Recently, Savvy Sis showed me a quick way to make cookies at home. After seeing her cookies, I got a package of red velvet cake mix and whipped up a batch of cookies while Savvy Babe slept away peacefully.

It was actually super easy. One just needs:
-One package cake mix
-1/3 cup vegetable oil
-one egg

*I used butter instead of veggie oil.

After mixing all ingredients together, wait 5-10 minutes to get the batter set for easier handling. Form one inch balls and place on cookie sheet about 2 inch apart. Bake 375 degree for 12-14 minutes. I usually wait until I can smell the cookies, then I know it is done. Wait a couple of minutes and remove to cool on cooling rack. 

I wanted to see if flatten the ball will cause the cookies to bake differently. Both batches of cookies baked nicely and there was not much difference once the cookies cooled down.
I love macadamia nuts, so I chopped up 1/2 cup to add into these cookies.

These cookies are soft and chewy, which is just right up my ally.  Has anyone made cookies with cake mix before?

Lego Theme Room


As an auntie of Lego fans and mommy of a future Lego fan, I totally fell in adoration with this room. When Savvy Baby is ready for a big boy room, this gal will have so much fun decorating, with his help of course.  Thinking outside of the box, instead of a traditional side table, this designer used Husky tool chest (ONLY $109 each) as bedside table which will fit any car/plane themed room. When it is no longer needed, these can be recycle as tool chests in the garage.
This Lego themed car bedroom is not too difficult to achieve. It is cute without going over the top.  To further enhance the Lego theme, I would glue Lego pieces around picture frames for the wall and on the tables.  Or, use Lego :pieces to spell out a name or words on the wall. What is your dream theme room?

Smoke Salmon Arugula Salad


As I am always looking for easy and quick meals, this arugula and smoke salmon salad definitely fits the bill. This can be a first salad course or serve as main course by adding chucks of avocado and a side of hearty bread.  Simply toss together arugula, olive oil, a little lemon juice, and salt/pepper to taste. Top the green with as much or little smoke salmon as you like. I like to use . To be a little more adventurous, toss arugula with honey mustard dressing. I like to punch up the flavor with adding a little horseradish in the dressing.  It is absolutely delicious with the salmon. What is your favorite way of eating smoke salmon?

Easy Brunch Entertaining: Salmon Spread, Yogurt Parfait & Homemade Waffle

Pre-baby days, I used to enjoy weekend outing with friends. Instead of going out, I figured I would bring company to me instead so I am not trapped at home with Savvy Baby. This way I get company without the harassment of an impatient baby. Brunch is my favorite meal to serve because it worked perfectly with Savvy Baby sleeping schedule. To make these occasions special, I came up with a few dishes that is easy and pleasing to all the guests.
Smoke salmon spread: chopped smoke salmon into tiny pieces, mix with minced red onion, capers, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Let rest in fridge for 30 minute and serve with crackers, toasted bread or over bagel.
Since brunch is so early in the day, some guests may still prefer lighter breakfast. I love fresh fruits with yogurt and crunch granola cereal topping with dried berries.
Last but my personal favorite: homemade waffle. We got a waffle maker as a wedding gift. Since then Sunday waffle has become a regular. I used Bisquick brand but instead of oil, I used butter which made the waffle more crispy on the outside. I like having guest make their own waffles which itself is a fun activity for all the guests. Usually I will make extra  to enjoy for the rest of the week as breakfast, lunch or dessert. 
What about you, how do you entertain at home?

Style Up A Simple Tee Dress


Since the arrival of Savvy Baby, I have stored away half of my wardrobe as these pieces don't take well to spit up milk, and drool. My new rule for clothing is if a washer can't wash it, I ain't wearing it. With that being said, I still believe the importance of putting myself together everyday because it always makes a gal feel and function better. I found this dress which can double as a long tee at H&M the other day. I picked up a couple more in different colors after discovering it was SO comfortable and flattering. At $9.95 a piece, I don't care if Savvy Baby spit up or drool on me. To dress up the dress, I used a scarf as a belt to create that waistline and add a pop of color. What about you, how do you dress up a simple dress??

What I am Wearing: H&M Tee Dress, Versace scarf
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