Tips-y Tuesdays: Homemade Play-Doh and Foam Hearts

Have you been cooped up and wanting some activities with your kids? Depending on the age of your munchkins, you can get some of their help. Since mine is still too young to even fully understand scissors and hot/cold, I made the crafts for him to play with.


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Chocolate Pastry Cream Cups with Candied Hazelnuts

As I’ve been talking about for the last week, I helped provide desserts for a friend’s baby shower. At first it started simple, with cookies. Then, I decided to make a chocolate cake. When I was making the cookies, they were supposed to be more domed, like ice cream. I thought it would look cute to put them in chocolate cups and make them look like ice cream scoops. That’s where the idea for the candied hazelnuts first came from. Well, I had leftover pastry cream from the cake, and the cookies didn’t look like ice cream…they were also too big for the cups! So, a new dessert was formed.

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Palet d’Or (Rich Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Pastry Cream)

In some ways, this cake might seem familiar. I made two parts of it before, here. This is why I didn’t include pictures for those parts below. If you want pictures, check out that post. This time, I made the cake closer to how it is in the Bouchon cookbook. One reason it isn’t identical? Gelatin. The recipe for the chocolate glaze is a bit elaborate, considering it is just…chocolate glaze….And, it called for sheets of gelatin, which I don’t have easy access to. I freaked a bit, because, well, let me back up a bit here.



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Ovenly’s Salted Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies were a hit with my favorite peanut butter fans. Soft and a little chewy with lots of peanut butter flavor. And best yet? They are quick to make and require no fancy equipment. These could be made with your kid helping you or your baby napping. Yay!



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Friday Favorites 16

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some favorites. I thought I had done one recently, but it’s been two months! What with the holidays and trying to get certain recipes to post in a timely fashion (which doesn’t always happen…I’m looking at you, rugelach!), here we are with a delayed one.

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Mixed Bag (Part 3): Popcorn, Potatoes, and Pstuffing

Yeah, not really Pstuffing, but when you have popcorn and potatoes already in the title, it seems better that way. These dishes were all….okay. I liked them, but not sure if I loved them. Let’s start with the Pstuffing…okay, stuffing.


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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Fudgelet is 18 Months Old!

This officially marks the Fudgelet being closer to two years old than one year. He is over a year and a half now. Wow. Last month I started telling strangers he was “about one and a half” just to keep things easy. Sometimes you feel silly saying “17 months” even though I am technically okay with the whole months thing until they turn 2. Then I think it should just be 2, 2.5, 3, etc. As of this point, he has been on 6 plane rides, slept through the night exactly zero times, been called cute an uncountable number of times, speaks a few words in two different languages (Cantonese and English), and has had a vast array of different foods (although all on the softer side since he still is missing most of his chompers).



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