Pokey, pokey!

We celebrated one of my auntie’s birthdays earlier this month. I was researching dessert ideas and I came across a poke cake. I was intrigued and tried it out!

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/gelatin-poke-cake-53184.aspx

Of course, I modified the recipe, as I always do, to make it my own!

You can basically use any type of box cake mix. I choose Rainbow Chip and poke holes in them after the cake cooled.

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See the rainbow chips in the poked holes? Awesome!

Then, I mixed strawberry Jell-O, but instead of mixing the gelatin mix with regular water, I used strawberry sparkling water.

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Hi Dave! He’s my auntie’s fave minion!! Haha!

…And TA-DA!!!! I poured the mix over the cake and refrigerated it overnight.

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Yummy!

We really enjoy it! The sweetness was just right! Time to make more poke cakes with different Jell-Os and cake mixes! I’m excited!

Have a great week!

~FS

 

Oodles of noodles!

The other night, my boyfriend made fried noodles with slices of steak and assorted vegetables (green beans, red bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, and celery). It was a very simple and quick dish, made with a parmesan-garlic-butter sauce. It was really good! I enjoyed it very much. My bf told me the entire meal (enough for the two of us, and leftovers for me to bring for my home lunch the next day) costed him less than $20. Amazing deal, huh?

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For Father’s Day this year, we made my dad homemade lasagna. We made two kinds: both with ground turkey, but one with arugula and the other with broccoli.

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First time cooking with arugula. Yum!!!

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Bam! This one was the winner! Lasagna with ground turkey and broccoli.

It’s been a long time since I last made lasagna. I forgot how simple it is to made! It’s all about layering and layering!

I first cooked the ground turkey with the Alfredo sauce and garlic (gotta have the garlic!). I layered the pan with the no-bake noodles (decided to try that) and the turkey-sauce mix, arugula/broccoli, and ricotta/mozzarella/pepper Jack cheeses, and repeated the steps until the pan was full. We topped the lasagna with shoestring fries before popping them into the oven. Yum! It was a yummy Father’s Day dinner!

Homemade Taco Tuesday dinner

It’s Taco Tuesday, baby! Let’s get excited! Whoot!

My sister and her BF cooked up a marvelous taco bar for my family on a Tuesday night for dinner. W.O.W.! It was amazing! We enjoyed dinner very much! We had a selection of different tacos to create and grind: soft or crunchy; ahi (fish), shrimp, ground beef, and steak. I tried ’em all, haha! My tummy was very satisfied!

Homemade taco nights at home are the best! I get SO excited. I literally do! Haha! I usually create a salad with tortilla chips or break my taco shells into pieces, and then add the ingredients. Yummy! My mouth is watering- every time I think of tacos! I think it’s time for another taco night soon! Hehe!

Enjoy your week!

FS~

Homemade meal by two special friends <3

I have two special friends from Nepal- they’re siblings. We went to school together. I miss them very much, as they’ve returned home after living in the US/Hawaii for several years. One day, I was at their house and they decided to make bowls of ramen and have me try their famous Nepali spiced tea (aka chai), which they made. Yummy! I really enjoyed it! It was very comforting.

Here’s a recipe to make this famous tea! http://www.food.com/recipe/nepali-spiced-tea-408093

They loved cooking! They invited our friends over on several occasions and would cook up a storm! It was awesome to eat REAL, AUTHENTIC Nepalese vegetarian food! They were vegetarian, btw. It was so yummy! I love vegetarian food! I don’t always feel the need to have meat with every dish.

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Doesn’t this look amazing?! I miss this! Nothing like authentic cooking!

 

This soup is a winner!

One night, I had the intent of making homemade ground turkey vegetable soup, but instead, I turned it into an Italian soup! That was the greatest idea- the soup turned out absolutely delicious! My boyfriend and I wiped out the pot! Haha!

It was a simple dish to make. You can use whatever vegetables you choose. I had leftover carrots and zucchini. I added garlic and onions. I love ground turkey- I could eat that every day- that was my meat of choice. I seasoned the chicken broth with pepper, garlic salt, Hawaiian salt, and Italian seasoning. Yum!

Happy Sunday!

FS x