{this week} highlights and pictures



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This week:

we played with chalk after dinner and played outdoor

– I bought my first bunch of peonies for the season. I can only get these beautiful flowers around 4-6 weeks in the summer.

– I went on a Sunday hike with friends and had a great view of the Pacific Coast.

– I made healthy fruit cobbler, it can be enjoyed as breakfast or add ice cream for dessert.

– we went out for burgers and garlic fries. We dine out at least once on the weekend.

– we had 2 days of heavy rain. CA is experiencing some serious drought, so the rain was welcomed by everyone.

– we ate fish tacos, avocado ice cream, spiraled sweet potatoes and tons of berries

– #mondaymantra was the excerpt below from F. Scott Fitzgerald

– I have a new record from my fitbit, this was the day I went on a hike

– I started listening to a new book….fun, flirty and royals.






{recipe} baked buffalo chicken taquitos


I’ve been asked many times to list dishes that are in our current dinner rotation.  I usually draw blank and can’t get to 10 dishes, usually I remember about 5 dishes right on the spot. But later on, when I browse this blog or look at my recipe boards on Pinterest, I realize all the dishes I’ve forgotten to mention. P.S. since I’ve become mom, I feel like my memory isn’t as sharped as before, OR maybe I feel that I don’t need to bother to remember things because I have other priorities, whichever the reason may be, I’m very good at making and keeping lists and writing things down. Anybody else the same?


When I mentioned this recipe to my friend Amie this past weekend during our hike, I realized that I haven’t posted it on the blog. These pictures are from few years ago, and seeing the kitchen counter from our previous house, brought back many special memories. So I have been making this dish for years now, and  it’s about time I post it on here.

baked chicken taquitos

I’ve sent this recipe via emails several times to friends, but I notice that people like making recipes that have pictures to accompany the instructions. I am the same way when I’m baking and trying a new recipe, so I assume others are the same?

Here’s how I adapted the recipe:

– I prefer to use Trader Joe’s brand olive oil tortillas

– We don’t like blue cheese, so we didn’t use it

– Used mozzarella cheese because we always have it on hand for pizza night

– This recipe makes 12 taquitos, but I only make 6 at a time and freeze the leftover filling. It freezes well.

This is the finished product, crisp on the outside, and creamy on the inside, and it’s baked!

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Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos


  • 4 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 12 soft taco, flour tortillas
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup Frank’s hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (for brushing the tortilla)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a small sauce pot over medium low heat, melt butter.
  3. Add Mrs. Dash, garlic powder and Cajun seasoning. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add cream cheese and stir until melted and completely combined with butter and spices.
  5. Wisk in hot sauce and milk and simmer for 5 – 8 minutes. Add salt to taste.
  6. Combine chicken and sauce.
  7. Lay out a tortilla; fill with about ¼ – 1/3 cup chicken and 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese.
  8. Roll up taquitos tightly and place on a greased baking sheet
  9. Brush taquitos with vegetable oil on all sides.
  10. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes; rotate them every 5 minutes, until golden brown.


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what I read / may 15


My reading have slowed down a bit, I recently started watching Chicago PD, so I’ve been binge watching the past seasons   Watching the show and catching up on my project life scrapbooking, has taken away some of my reading time.  It’s just the current ebb and flow of life, so I’m hoping to pick […]

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work wear / 2


My goal in taking pictures of my workout outfits, was to find out which items I wear often, fits me well and etc., so I can simplify my wardrobe and get rid of excess. The ultimate goal is to create a wardrobe capsule that will make things simple when getting ready for work. Well, I […]

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{recipe} broccoli slaw


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life lately: summer (1)


  Visiting my mom/sister’s house this past weekend, and H enjoying playing with my nephew’s train collection. He is really into trains right now and can play in this area for awhile, which gives me a chance to catch up with my family   After my niece and my other sister arrived, we headed out […]

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celebration : brunch for H 2nd birthday


My  little man turned 2 in March. Last year we threw a huge party, so to change the pace, we kept it simple this year. We invited immediate family over for a late morning brunch and cake. At 24 months, H knows that the week was a special week of celebration for him, balloons and […]

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{recipe} churro cupcakes


I’m posting these delicious churro cupcakes today to help celebrate Cinco De Mayo tomorrow (or to celebrate all week). I made mini versions of these cupcakes and brought them to work a few years ago and they were gobbled up. I originally made these when we hosted a dinner party for our 1st year wedding […]

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34 things I’m thankful for right now


    I’m thankful for sparkling water, it is my daily “fun drink” without any sugar. I’m thankful for podcasts, my commute will never be the same again. I’m thankful for our neighborhood, that the streets are safe and there are plenty of trails for me to walk around. I’m thankful for my husband’s ability […]

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{recipe} crock pot balsamic roast


I feel so productive when I make dinner in a slow cooker. It feels good knowing dinner is cooking itself.   I’m working towards making at least a few crock pot meals several times a month, to include it in my Sunday meal prep. Lately though, I’ve been preparing the ingredients right before bed and letting […]

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