Friday, April 22, 2011

Dawn and William

7 months pregnant and looking great! Lots of blessings for the newlyweds, new homeowners, and expecting parents. This is their other baby Chico, an American bulldog and not even a year old yet who loves kids and doesn't realize his strength as he topples them over wanting to play.

Yakudoshi/Maneko Cat Cookies

I keep telling myself, "This is the last time!'' after spending hours in the kitchen icing cookies and then I see the expressions on their faces as I hand over the cookies. Then I sigh, "It's all worth it." I don't think people realize the time, energy, and sweat that goes into baking.
Not only did it take a whole day to decorate the cookies but an hour of Japanese writing lessons from Ms. Nomura, art lessons from Maha, and a whole day of practice just to make sure they were good enough for my sweet friend Gwen who was throwing a Yakudoshi party for her daughter Jennifer.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easter Cookies

Easter is one of my favorite holidays-pastels, chocolates, bunnies, and egg hunts.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcake

Pretty enough to be displayed at Madison and Company's Open House. My most popular and most requested flavor yet!

Double Chocolate Brownie

The extra step of melting butter, chocolate, and cocoa powder over a double boiler is tedious but worth it. Very chocolate, very rich, and very good.

Lemon Square

Just the right amount of sweet and tart that would make this perfect on a hot day.

Coconut Cupcake

Martha Stewart's coconut cake recipe is my favorite in the Baking Handbook and I expected these cupcakes to a be a mini version. Tasty but I still prefer the cake!
My cupcakes are now on display at the prettiest boutique in Hawaii, Madison and Company.

Rosemary Chicken Salad

Leftover roast chicken never tasted so good. Roast chicken from the grocery store has to be one of the greatest inventions. Chopped and combined with Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, rosemary, green onions, and walnuts and served on top of toasted bread. Delicious.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Mushroom Ravioli

One word. Yummy! Just as good as Macaroni Grill's but lighter (less butter), tastier (flavored with marsala wine and fresh rosemary), and cheaper!

Ward Warehouse

Not only do we enjoy the restaurants but the shops are cute, items for sale are unique, and I could spend hours in the cooking store.