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Rise of Guardians Cake Pops

Has anyone watched the ‘Rise of the Guardians’ yet? If you haven’t done so, please watch it! The movie will leave you in awe and take you on a magical ride back to your childhood. It was released in November 2012, so you should be able to find the DVD/Blu-ray by now. The movie has all your favorite childhood magical characters – Santa Claus,  Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Sand Man (who comes at night to give you sweet dreams), and Jack Frost (not commonly known; he is the one who brings winter magic – snow, frost and everything you love about winter ). My favorite characters are Santa and Sandy.

I saw the trailer when I went to watch Madagascar 3 with my brothers. Everything about it – the story line, the characters and animation, the music – I mean, EVERYTHING about it excites me until today. It is so magical and wonderful. It’s a great family and kid-friendly movie and I highly recommend it. Dear parents, it is true that this movie doesn’t help explaining to children about the truth. I can imagine how children will start crying once you break the news. It’s difficult to burst their bubble and tell them the truth of these characters’ existence; however, let them watch, let their imagination run wild. When you think they are ready to accept the truth, it’s a great idea to explain the symbolic/cultural meaning behind all these characters to them.

When it comes to animation, I can’t stop talking because I’m very passionate about it. I want to bring two of my passions together, cooking/baking and animation. Furthermore, I’ve been eager to make cake pops for a long time because they seem really fun and they are perfect for any occasions. Since tomorrow is Easter, I’ll show you how to make cake pops inspired from ‘Rise of Guardians’. The eggs in the movie are so colorful and cute! So, I chose to decorate them according to the color of the eggs shown below.

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You can decorate them with whatever available in your pantry. Just be creative!

I first stumbled upon here when I was searching for a good cake pops recipe. She has some great post. Please pay her a visit 🙂 I followed one of her recipes but I added/omitted some ingredients because we didn’t have all items available. Nonetheless, it is still a success! Hope you like them!

Rise of Guardians Cake Pops

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Make: ± 24

Ingredients:

  • 10 Tbs butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1.5 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs milk
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chocolate chips
  • Candy melts (Got them from Michaels)
  • Cake pop sticks/straws (Got mine here)

Instructions:

  1. Combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl and mix well
  2. Add milk, salt, and vanilla extract to (1) and mix
  3. Add flour and baking powder to (2). Add more flour to make it denser or add more milk to make the dough thinner
  4. Throw in chocolate chips. Combine well
  5. Roll dough into bite-size balls
  6. Let them sit in the fridge for 15 – 20 minutes
  7. Melt candy melts in microwave for 30 secs, stir. Put it back in the microwave for another 30 sec, stir until smooth
  8. Dip just a tiny bit of the straw into the candy melts (7) then stick it to the pops
  9. Lastly, dip the pops into the candy melts and let it drip completely before you let it dry on a Styrofoam.

WARNING:

DO NOT ADD ANY FOOD COLORING TO THE CANDY MELTS!! Check back for what happened in the kitchen!

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Happy Easter!

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Indonesian Avocado Shake

Hi, It’s Mimi! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For those who will be drinking, please be safe. Don’t drive under influence and assign a designated driver, please! For the three of us, it’s just another day because we rarely drink.

Anyway, to follow the theme for St. Patrick’s Day, we would like to introduce an alcohol-free recipe using avocado. I love avocado. It is such an amazing fruit, prized for its versatility. It works wonder for your skin too! Just mash a ripe avocado and use it as DIY facial/body/hair mask. You can add it into your dish – in salad, sandwich, sushi roll, burrito, taco, guacamole, kebab, macaron (yes, macarons! The recipe is coming soon) to Cheesecake Factory avocado egg rolls. But wait.. something’s missing. Right, avocado drink! We’ll teach you this easy Indonesian- style avocado shake with chocolate syrup.

Avocado is very high in fat content compared to other fruit; however, it is the good kind of fat (but that doesn’t mean you should head out to grocery stores and pick up lots of avocados). Too much of a good thing is not always good. It’s better to balance it out and consume moderately.  We used to have avocado shakes when we went out to Restoran Garuda for family dinner. It is our favorite Padang and Malay restaurant. Let’s leave it to another post for a more detailed explanation about Padang & Malay food.

This drink is very easy to make; it is smooth, creamy and satisfying.

Indonesian Avocado Shake

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Serve: 2 glasses

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • Hershey Chocolate Sauce
  • 3-4 tsp condensed milk (more or less.. adjust to your own liking)
  • Milk
  • Ice cubes

Instruction:

1. Scoop out all the flesh

2. Throw everything into blender, except chocolate sauce. Blend away until smooth.

3. If it’s too thick, add more milk. If it’s too watery, add more avocados.

4. In your glass, swirl in chocolate sauce and pour avocado smoothie

5. Ready to serve 🙂 You can add cherry on top or dust in a little bit of cocoa powder

If you have extra avocados, don’t throw them away! You can use it as facial mask as mentioned above. You can also freeze them up for later use. Simply cut them up, squeeze a little bit of lemon to prevent them from browning, and freeze.

Have fun and be safe!

Toodles~

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Rum Balls

Hello, this is Frans again! Aah.. Love is in the air, isn’t it? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? For me personally, I think it is a day where you show your love and appreciation to your loved ones, not only your significant other, but also your family and friends. Jojo and I had been experimenting in the kitchen with different kind of recipes just for this special day. Since Valentine’s Day is kind of a special day, I thought it would be okay to let loose a little bit with, you know.., alcohol 😉

We finally decided to make this recipe because it is very simple and easy to whip up for that last minute gift. These rum balls are perfect gifts because they are easy to  make and delicious. Not only that, you can decorate them however you want. The possibility is endless. Oh, you can serve them frozen or at room temperature too, depends on what you like. Anyway, let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 250 grams graham crackers, crushed
  • 150 grams confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 30 ml rum (I used Kahlua)
  • 35 ml water
  • 120 grams butter, room temperature
  • 100 grams chocolate sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.
  2. Form into balls and chill in the fridge for approximately 2 hours.
  3. Roll the rum balls into chocolate sprinkles, cocoa powder or even icing sugar.

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 How cute are they?

❤ Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day ❤

 

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Honeydew Juice with Gelatin

Hi, it’s Jojo again. Lately, the weather has been great in SoCal. Nice sunny day. At last, the strange chilly day is over. Maybe we’ll have a couple more rainy days here, but it shouldn’t be as bad. So, we took Mason to the beach and let him play, run and tumble, roll, dig, sniff, snort, sneeze, you know, his usual Pug business.  Everyone was exhausted and  we needed to cool down. That’s why this recipe came to mind. Honeydew melon is probably my most favorite fruit because of the color and sweetness. Each sister has their own signature color and mine is honeydew light green. Also, did you know that green color relaxes the eyes and relieves the stress you have after working all day? This drink can be a stress reliever after a long tiring day. Furthermore, a quote from Mimi, she says, “It looks like a glass of witch’s concoction or poison. It’s a perfect Halloween recipe to entertain guests!” Right?

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This recipe is originally from our mom. Our mom is a strong, brave, and lovely woman. A very bubbly and loud person. She used to make this light and fresh drink for us when we were young. Like any other sojourners, we miss our mom’s home-made cooking the most. This drink is one of them. A refreshing drink that will bring a lot of good old memories! A drink to impress your family and friends. Or even new neighbors!

Let’s get started!

Honeydew Juice with Gelatin

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Ingredients

  • A packet of gelatin (we use Swallow brand agar-agar powder)
  • 120 grams sugar (gelatin) & 3/4 cup sugar (simple syrup)
  • 1 honeydew melon
  • 3 cups water

Instructions

  1. Cook the gelatin according to the packet instruction. In high heat, stir constantly until it boils. Make sure it boils because the gelatin won’t set if it’s not.
  2. Pour the hot mixture into a glass dish container and let it set in the fridge for about 2 hours.
  3. Make simple syrup by mixing water and 3/4 cup sugar in a large saucepan. Let it chill in the fridge.
  4. Cut honeydew into small chunks and put them in a blender. Pulse until smooth.
  5. Combine the honeydew juice with the syrup (3).
  6. Fun part: Use a cheese grater, grate the gelatin and pour it into the above mixture (5).
  7. Adjust the sweetness accordingly.

If you try this recipe, please comment below and let us know what you think. I hope you like it!

Toodles!

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Chocolate Cookies

Hi, this is Jojo! It’s my first appearance. A little introduction about myself, I am the middle of the three – Mimi is the leader/eldest, Frans is the youngest (well, Frans is my younger twin sister) – and is considered the dessert person, which means that I am the sweet one 😉 (Sugar, spice and everything nice…?) Enough of the crap, anyway, I have sweet tooth. Unlike Mimi and Frans, I have always had this love/hate relationship with anything sweet, like cakes, chocolates (don’t give me M&M’s, because I can’t stop after just one) and cookies. Cookies + milk = perfect match made in heaven! So I saw this recipe by Nigella Lawson. Not only do I love cookies, I also adore Ms. Lawson. Frans and I have been watching her cooking shows since we were in sixth grade. She has been one of our role models behind our cooking and baking adventures. So, enough with the talking and let’s get baking!

Chocolate Cookies

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Serve: makes 25

Ingredients

  • 100 grams butter, softened
  • 120 grams light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 150 grams all purpose flour
  • 30 grams cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 200 grams chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. With a hand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar in a bowl. While doing that, preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Add vanilla extract and egg. Mix well.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
  4. Add dry mixture (3) into cream mixture (1) little by little
  5. Add chocolate chips after the mixture is well combined.
  6. Line a baking tray (or use a Silpat mat), scoop the cookie dough with an ice cream scoop or a spoon (depending on the final look that you want to go with).
  7. Bake for 12 minutes in the oven on the top rack.
  8. Set aside, let them cool. PS: If the cookies don’t look quite cooked, don’t panic – calm down – because they are still cooking even when they sit on the tray.
  9. When the cookies are cool enough (If you can’t wait till it’s cool, go ahead! It’s understandable), dig in!

P.S: For this recipe, I reduce the measurement of the brown sugar and cocoa powder because we thought they were too sweet during our first try. Also, I think adding chopped almond, walnut, hazelnut or macadamia is perfect for that extra crunch. Play with your food, add raisin, use white/dark chocolate or whatever you feel like, the choice is yours. It’s your experiment!

Have fun in the kitchen!

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