Eighteen of 20 Things 2020 Has Taught and Reminded Me + Strawberry/Banana Non-Dairy Ice Cream Pie

Let the New Year festivities begin! We’re nearing the end of the top 20 lessons the year has bestowed upon me. It’s been wonderful sharing this each day with you all.

18. The importance of gratitude, and both positive and negative reflection.

Gratitude is everything to me. There’s so much to be grateful for, even for the things we often overlook and take for granted, like: access to food, shelter, transportation, clean water, education, and work. It’s a daily reminder and practice that I exercise thankfulness and gratitude in all areas of my life. It’s what keeps me going.

I want to extend my thanks to all of you supporters who like and read my posts here and on my social media platforms. I am forever grateful and am so appreciative. I want to continue providing inspiration, fun facts, and sharing my love for food.

It’s been ingrained in my brain to focus on the positive. Yet, our minds tend to dwell on the negative. It’s seems easier to think adversely about something. I’ve heard it said that people can quickly name pessimistic qualities about themselves compared to confident remarks. Nonetheless, I think negative reflection is just as important as pondering on the positive.

This year, I welcomed both the positive and negative views that came to mind. I allowed time to process the negative thinking and ponder about how to move forward with the thoughts. We’re all given choices in life. It’s what we do with them and how we act upon them that matters in the end. I try my best not to let pessimistic thoughts consume me. The mind can be very powerful. Thus, I try to focus on optimistic thinking. Hope, encouragement, happiness, and cheerfulness always triumphs.

I love making non-dairy ice cream no-bake pies. They’re simple and quick, and oh-so-good! Earlier this year, I made a strawberry/banana non-dairy ice cream pie. It was really refreshing! Strawberries and bananas are my ultimate favorite fruits.

Ingredients:

  • Baked pie crust of your choice- I used graham.
  • Non-dairy ice cream of your choice- I used strawberry/banana flavor, made with bananas. Yum!
  • Heavy whipping cream (to make my own whipped cream) or cool whip
  • (Optional) Fresh fruits of your choice- I used strawberries and bananas to match the ice cream flavor.

Happy evening!

FS x

Thirteen of 20 Things 2020 Has Taught and Me + Fruit/Veggie Smoothie

Merry Christmas Eve!! Let’s start the holiday celebration! Please be safe. The thirteenth thing that 2020 has taught and reminded me is:

13. To continually advocate and fight for social justice and equality.

The song, “Fight Song,” by Rachel Platten, immediately comes to mind. This year revealed how divided the US is and how our nation is in desperate need of change towards unification. It breaks my heart that while we should be uniting as one, we are tearing each other apart. We’ve got some ways to go towards fighting for social justice and equality in this world. I believe it can be achieved one day soon if we all work together, with an open mind and heart. My hope and prayer is that with the new government inaugurated in the new year, our nation will be led to move in the right direction- towards more peace, harmony, laughter, and love. My wish is that we come together as one, supporting, encouraging, and loving one another. Treating one another as our equal; with fairness. Practicing non-judgment and non-discrimination. Prayers for our nation and rest of the world for deep healing.

This summer, I was on a roll with making various smoothies. The featured image has broccoli, cabbage, strawberries, and papaya. I added chia seeds, almond milk, and honey. It was the first time I added vegetables to my smoothies. It was very refreshing.

Wishing everyone a beautiful Christmas Eve. Be safe; wear your mask and keep your distance.

FS x

The famous pies are back!

Happy Christmas Eve! Man, is it Christmas again already? Where did December go? It seemed like only yesterday when the month began and now we’re almost through with the year! My, my! I really can’t believe how quickly the holidays flew by. I do hope y’all are having a wonderful Christmas season. It has been tough “soaking” it all in, due to being so crazy busy. Hence, the MIA for a while…

Today, I was busy in the kitchen making dessert. Decided to make my famous tofu-jello pies for Christmas again, with the cream cheese. Apparently, I didn’t remember that I experimented and added cream cheese to last year’s pies, haha! These pies are the best! They’re so light and refreshing. We always enjoying eating them.

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The ingredients. I whipped my own whipped cream, instead of using Cool Whip. I find it healthier- haha!

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Trying this gluten-free pie crust on the right. Hope it’s good! Sounds very healthy.

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Bam! My two favorite jello flavors!

I also made homemade frozen yogurt, using plain yogurt and fresh frozen strawberries and bananas. I also added some agave for some sweetness.

Now… what to make for New Year’s… Hmmm!!!

Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Eat, drink (responsibly) laugh, love, and be merry!

_FS x

 

Oh, oui for yogurt!

I love yogurt and get super excited to try different types- Greek, Australian, Icelandic, etc. Last weekend, I saw the new Yoplait® French yogurt, Oui, at the store. I had to try it- and it comes in a GLASS bottle. How cool is that? You don’t see that these days. I’m excited to save the bottle and use it for decoration.

Here is an article I found about French-style yogurt: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/07/06/what-french-yogurt-and-new-greek/439935001/

This yogurt was not as sweet compared to the Greek yogurts I’ve eaten, and had a much more smoother, creamier, and lighter texture. Yum! And that glass container that it’s served in, is the right amount to consume- not too much, not too little.

Pick up a glass of Oui at your supermarket!!!

Guri guri time!

Happy #throwbackThursday!

Went back to Maui this past summer and I had to stop by my favorite place to get some guri guri at Tasaka’s in Kahului. I used to go there all the time when I would visit my grandparents as a child. My family and I would even bring some back to Oahu to savor this wonderful dessert for a while longer. I wanted to bring back a quart or two from this trip, but they were closed on the Sunday we left. Shucks! So I got my fix, TWICE, the day before. Haha!

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There’s two flavors- strawberry- my favorite!!!!!

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And pineapple.

And how awesome are these prices? I don’t think they’ve ever changed.

• 2 scoops – $1.10
• 3 scoops – $1.65
• 4 scoops – $2.10
• 5 scoops – $2.55

Whoo hoo!

When you visit Maui, check out Tasaka Guri Guri.

Tasaka Guri Guri
Maui Mall
Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 871-4513

I found a site that shares the recipe. I am gonna try it out and compare the tastes.

http://mauirestaurantsblog.com/guri-guri/

 

 

Today calls for π!

It’s 03/14- Happy Pi Day!

Pi, 3.14 (π), the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. This brings back memories of grade school… Haha! Oh, math… how interesting and complex you are…

There’s a website for Pi Day! http://www.piday.org/learn-about-pi/

Well, to celebrate, this day calls for PIE!!! Yum! I made a no-bake strawberry-cheesecake pie, topped with strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. Oh.my.goodness! It was so good! I made it for my boyfriend’s birthday the other month (can you read the blueberries above? Haha).

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The ingredients needed for this FAB dessert!

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Ta-da!!!!

Here is the recipe that inspired me to make this marvelous dish. I didn’t follow the recipe to the tee. I went by taste. That is the true secret to cooking and some baking.

Celebrate Pi π Day with pie!!!! Happy eating!

FS~

 

It’s National Strawberry Day!

Happy National Strawberry Day!

I LOVE strawberries! I have to say that it’s my ultimate favorite fruit!

Tonight, I am sharing my homemade strawberry shortcake cups that was inspired by Church’s Chicken strawberry shortcake cups. Their dessert is super ono! So, I wanted to replicate my own.

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My main ingredients: homemade whipped cream, biscuits, and strawberries (from Japan). Ooh!

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Biscuits are done!

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I melted and drizzled my boyfriend’s aunt’s homemade lilikoi butter as a topping, as well as sprinkled brown sugar.

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Ta da!!!

Visit Church’s Chicken and try their strawberry shortcake dessert. I’m not sure if it’s only exclusive to Hawaii.

They have various locations. I usually go to the one at Pearlridge Center.
98-1005 Moanalua Rd.; Aiea, 96701
(808) 488-9588

Jello makes me mellow!

Last weekend, I experimented on making a new dessert with jello. Jello has been my all-time comfort food. I grew up eating jello and always remember my pediatricians recommending me to eat this whenever I had the stomach flu or tummy issues, as part of my “liquid diet.”

I found this very simple recipe: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/orange-tangerine-greek-yogurt-bites-200489.aspx.

Of course, I altered the recipe. Instead of using orange-tangerine jello, I used strawberry and berry blue, my two favorite flavors. This recipe called for the JELL-O® mix, Greek yogurt, and mandarin oranges.

It takes at least an hour for the “bites” to harden in the fridge. However, I found that it’s best to leave them in a little longer.

I enjoyed the dessert! I think this would also taste delicious as a pie. Kraft® has awesome JELL-O® recipes that I am eager to make! I am excited!

Have a great rest of the weekend!