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

Easy Roasted Chicken Arugula Salad


Ever since Savvy Baby arrived, eating healthy has been quite a challenge as he is a 24/7 non-stop sort of gig. Despite all the challenges, I realized this mommy has to take care of herself if she is to care for baby without keeling over first Thus finding easy fast meals has become quite important. One of my quick go-to meal is Costco roasted chicken with avocado and arugula salad. It can be prepared in minutes and is quite healthy and delicious. I usually pick up a roasted chicken as dinner and use rest of the leftover for salad, 2 birds with one stone. I find the best dressing with this salad is champagne vinaigrette. However, any light dressing is fine. I have tossed just lemon juice, olive oil with salt and pepper to taste. What is one of your easy go-to meal?

Beautiful Rose Arrangement in Minutes


Ever since baby, life has been quite different. No longer is there time for leisurely anything, a good time is when I manage to eat 3 square meals and have my teeth brushed before noon. Despite all, I still think it is important to have a little something luxurious in a home. For me, flowers are what make a home more elegant and lively. I recently saw this arrangement at Neiman Marcus.  This simple arrangement only requires an inexpensive square vase and 9 large roses with glass or stone pebble on the bottom to hold the stems. It takes literally minutes to arrange but it makes my rooms so much prettier and my day bright.
In your busy day, what is one thing that brightens up your house??

Lighting Up

Before I started our house remodeling, I didn't pay much attention to the effect of lighting in a home. However, after visiting numerous model homes and open houses for inspirations, I realized the reason these places look so different from our average homes was the amount and the type of lighting used in the space. Instead of the regular light bulbs, I see lots of halogen lights which are brighter and whiter. As result, that particular space becomes brighter and more inviting. When we were putting in lights for our home, we installed halogen lights to make the space brighter and whiter like many model homes.
Last month, the nice folks at GE offered me to try out their new reveal 75W halogen light bulbs free of charge. Know what I know already, I jumped at the chance. I really prefer the house to fill with bright white light instead of yellow glow from regular light bulbs. Some may see yellow glow as being warmer, but it is more gloomy in my humble opinion. I used my phone to snap 2 pictures and uploaded without editing to show the actual difference between regular light bulb on the left and the new GE reveal on the right. The picture on the right is definitely whiter and brighter, mimicking sunny day light. 
Regular bulb
GE Halogen Light
What about you, which do you prefer?
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