our organic garden

Fresh herbs are delightful for cooking, infusing drinks, and simply attractive in a garden. We have a small balcony garden and have grown many things since we’ve moved in throughout the years. We try to change it up a bit each year to help incorporate different types of flavor with our cooking! This year our…

got boba?

My first experience with bubble tea was not the greatest 😦 I wasn’t explained what “bubble” or “pearls” in tea actually meant before ordering  (given I was already a picky teenager to begin with) so when I took my first sip – my first reaction was pretty ugly! I took a big sip of the…

stop overthinking everything!

Everything needs some sort of balance and often times we have to discipline ourselves to find & maintain that balance. “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” ― Oscar Wilde Easier said than done, I know. Overthinking typically leads to negative thoughts and destructive thought patterns. Constant worrying also involves negativity and catastrophic predictions about the future – simply…

how to make enchiladas filled with chicken and spanish rice! 

This is one of my favorites and definitely most delicious recipes yet! I learned how to make legit enchiladas from my aunt Rosa who married into our family.  I remember those summer days when she would make several different types of delicious enchiladas! Of course, I was right behind her asking all sorts of questions…

how to re-wick and refill candle holders

Candles make my heart melt! If you know me then you know that I love decorating any and everything with candles. It’s also the top item on my Christmas list each year! Yes, I absolutely love candles 🙂  It’s become a daily ritual in our home to light candles because it feels amazing…creates a relaxing…

gamer family

Did you know that video games can actually be good for you and your family? Growing up, I didn’t have much interest in playing video games. Sure, I occasionally played Sonic The Hedgehog on our Sega Genesis or Duck Hut on our Nintendo with my older brother but I didn’t find them as interesting or…

decrease anxiety

We all deal with some form of anxiety now and then. This is seems to be more apparent when we have an event or a holiday approaching –  which means we can get overwhelmed with planning, hosting, and just making sure everything goes the way we envision it to. Whether it keeps us up at…

fresh basil pesto sauce (nut-free!)

I absolutely love quick & simple recipes, don’t you? Especially, if they’re fresh like literally garden-to-table type of ingredients (side note – we have a balcony garden that we’ve grown fond of and are doing our best to incorporate those nutrients in our meals. See pictures at the end of the post). This recipe is…

mac & cheese (lactose free!)

After popular demand, I am posting the recipe for my lactose-free mac and cheese that I shared on my Instagram story last night (*hugs*). This recipe is simple, easy, and can serve as a side dish or as an entree itself! Lactose free cheese is hard to find so when I stumbled upon Beemster at…

wine sorbet!

We had wine sorbet for the very first time in Napa during our 1 year anniversary (a month ago) and it was totally delicious! As soon as we got home, I started researching different sorbet recipes to make an identical batch (*wink*). I found a recipe that sort of worked after I modified it a bit….