13 Round Fruits & Grand Central Market

My family is in the midst of preparations in welcoming the New Year. Every year as the new year approaches, part of our tradition is to have an assortment of fruits in the house. 13 variety of fruits to be exact. Having 13 different kinds of round fruits during New Year’s Eve is said to […]

That Is All

After Christmas, I purposely did not make any plans so I can have some downtime. A much needed downtime. I’ve spent a few days like no other days during the year. Just relaxing. Relaxing like staying in my pajamas all day, eating my meals in my pajamas all day and watching movies in my pajamas all day. […]

Christmas Day

After my family’s Christmas Eve party, I woke up early on Christmas Day ready to greet the day 🙂   I was the first one to wake up. So I made a pot of coffee and sat down near the fireplace and just relaxed. Ahhhhh, I love the smell of Christmas and being surrounded by […]

The Joy of Christmas

It is our family’s tradition to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, our families gathered to celebrate together. With food a plenty… like traditional food such as whole roasted pig (lechon) and noodles (pancit palabok)   and of course desserts.   We had some healthy snacks too. I ate my heart out […]

It’s a Small World

After a week of non-stop rain (I don’t remember the last time that happened here in SoCal), the sun is out and…. It’s a beautiful morning I  know a lot of people are now on holiday vacation but I am still working. Traffic is very light so coming to work takes half the time, yay […]

Candy Cane Lane

On my days off from work, I play chauffeur to my mom and my aunt. They love to plan the places they would like to visit and tell me their to-do list. They get excited when I’m not working so that they can have their playtime outside of the house. With the rain pouring for […]

Feel The Burn + Sugar Cookies

It was raining all night last night and all day today. It was really cozy inside the house and the perfect day for baking 🙂 I was planning to eat breakfast burrito today but since I woke up with rain outside, I did a switcheroo and ate my usual breakfast lately, protein oatmeal with melted peanut […]

The One with all the cookies

I love Fridays, I’m always in a good mood. The hot Christmas weather is now gone and has been replaced with cold and rainy mornings. Today’s early drive to the gym required a thick hoodie and gloves. Yes, the temperature is around mid-40s (and some of you might say it’s ONLY 40s) but that is […]

Baked maple apple oatmeal & HIIT

With family staying with us for the holidays, my usual morning routine has changed. I’m spending more time chatting and catching up in the morning  and we are also eating more food than usual. Since I’m not cooking just for myself anymore, one way that I’ve streamlined breakfast is to prep the ingredients the night […]

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I love baking. Whenever I am in the kitchen baking, I go to my relaxing place, where I have the music in the background and I breathe the sweet aroma swirling around me. I bake all year long. But throughout the year, I bake mostly healthy treats like batches of snack bars here and there, […]