Yellow Cake Cupcakes with Oreo Cookies

Here is a math equation:  Yellow Cake Recipe transformed into an easy to make  cupcakes, folded in with Oreo Cookies ,   eventually  topped with an easy to make  frosting = finger licking cupcakes!

Yellow Cake Cupcakes with Oreo Cookies

For me, there are three types of people: Those who are inherently wise, those who have no clue,  and those who don’t give a damn. Unfortunately, I fell  into the no clue category. I have been prancing around life, motherhood, blogging, diet  and other life’ s complications learning things as I go along.

Although there are so many things that we can learn from other people and books, still for me, life  is a mystery; an adventure; and a challenge. There are so many times though, that I wish life is just black and white. I wish  that life doesn’t have to be learned by trial and error. And I wish that those self-help books are easy to follow – but they are not.

So when out of nowhere, I get an AHA moment like these.

I celebrate with these:

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AN EASY TO MAKE YELLOW CAKE TURNED INTO CUPCAKE WITH OREO… succulent, mouth -watering, delish. Do I need to say more?

I wish I have more AHA moments so that I will have a reason to eat 2, 3, 4 or more of these delectable cupcakes. Gosh, so tasty. A not too sweet frosting and the subtle taste of the Oreo cookies neutralized the sweetness of the Yellow Cake.

Although these AHA moments are trivial to other people, for or clueless being like me, this is a HUGE  deal so  I am celebrating no matter what, and I am not going to stop… yum!

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Yellow Cake Cupcake with Oreo Cookies

Servings: 10 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake• Old Points: 6• Points+: 6• Calories : 257• Fat: 5.6g • Protein: 1.5g • Carb: 42.2 g • Fiber:. g • Sugar:17.1g • Sodium: 207 mg

Ingredients

FOR THE YELLOW CAKE:
1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1 cup mini Oreo Cookie (cut to half using your hands so that it will not be too small)
FOR THE BUTTER FROSTING:
3 TBSP BUTTER (melted)
2 and 1/4 to 2 and 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 tbsp milk
3/4 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Line standard sized cupcake pan with cupcake liners. And pre heat oven at 350 F.
  • Put flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and stir to mix. Set aside. In another mixing bowl, beat butter with electric mixer. Add sugar and vanilla, Beat until combined. Add egg and beat for 1 minute. Add in the flour mixture alternately with the milk. Flour first then milk. Beating on slow speed until just combine. Remove the batter off the stand mixer and fold in the Oreo Cookies. Do not over mix. You want a larger Oreo Cookies in your cupcakes.
  • Bake Yellow Cupcakes for 25 minute or until toothpick comes out clean. I usually remove mine after 25 minute so that the cupcake are moist and let the yellow cupcakes sit in the pan to continue cooking. Let cool.
  • HOW TO MAKE THE BUTTER FROSTING:
  • In a small mixer bowl, beat butter til light and fluffy. Gradually add about half of the powdered sugar. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually add in remaining powdered sugar. Beat in additional milk if necessary. In my experience 2 tablespoon was enough. This will frost 10 cupcakes. In this cupcakes, I used tip # 5 for the nest and tip # 233 for the grass, to get an Easter Cupcake look.

Pot Stickers Recipe – Steamed Pork and Shrimp Dumpling

Here is an Oriental Recipe that you can make – pot stickers or dumpling, however you call it, is a very easy appetizer and easy party food that will  surely please your family or your guests!

Pot Stickers Recipe – Steamed Pork and Shrimp Dumpling

My family call  this recipe dumplings but for my American friends, they call it pot stickers. Whatever it is called , I think this dumpling is a very good appetizer for any occasion. Although it can get tricky to make,  the “zen ” feeling of shaping and the patience it takes to make this meal give a sense of release from stress.

Pot Stickers Recipe – Steamed Pork and Shrimp Dumpling

For me, that is what is cooking is all about. A release from stress. While I cook, I feel  calmness  and  excitement at the same time.  It also heightens my self -esteem knowing that my clan will be eating my meal with gusto.  And this pot sticker surely bring out those things. I hope you will like it. I entered this post in Weekend Potluck 110 and Dianna Rambles.

Steamed Pork Dumpling

Servings: 36 • Serving Size: 1 pc • Old Points:1• Points+: 1• Calories : 32Fat: .3g • Protein:2.6 g • Carb:4.4 g • Fiber: g • Sugar: .9g • Sodium:115 mg

Ingredients

1 cup froze shrimp, thawed and chopped
1/2 lb ground pork
1 egg
2 tsp corn starch
1 tsp salt
1 medium sized carrot, chopped
1 tbsp freshly grate ginger
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp sesame oil
1 stem green onion chopped
1 pack 36 pieces pot sticker wrap ( Hongkong Dumpling Gyoza Brand)
non stick spray
cup of water in a small bowl to seal pot stickers
Sauce:
Juice from 1 lemon
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp onion

Instructions

  • Place the ground pork in a deep bowl. Place shrimp in an electric chopper and chop. Add in green onion, garlic and chop some more and transfer into the bowl with ground pork in it. Using the same chopper container, place the carrot and chop. Add the carrot into the shrimp, pork and onion mixture. Add in the egg, salt and corn starch, sesame oil and using your hand, mix to incorporate the mixture together. Set aside. Spray steamer with oil spray.
  • Prepare the pot sticker wrap. And separate them and place them in flat surface. Put the shrimp and ground pork mixture in the middle of the wrap and dipping your fingertip on a water, wet the sides of the wrap and seal the pot stickers as show above. DO the same to the rest of the shrimp and ground pork mixture. Place into a greased steamer and steam some more for 15 to 20 minutes after the steamer water had boiled.
  • You can also deep fry these post stickers. This way, it will just be crunchy and not dry.
  • SAUCE:
  • Mix all of the ingredients and adjust taste according to your preference

Notes

This recipe yields 36 pot stickers. Freeze the un – steamed postickers and use it for the THAI SHRIMP DUMPLING NOODLES minus the noodles if you do not have the noodles. Just boil the stock and add in the pot sticker to boiling and add in green onion, carrot, celery or any herbs you like like basil and cilantro.

Pot sticker usually get dry when not serve fresh. So, it is good if you steam it by batch.

Chamomile Tea Drink with Honeydew March 12, 2014

Cozy Chamomile Tea Herb tea with Honeydew. Soothing drink and a wonderful way to relax any time of day…

Disclaimer: I have no theology study or any religious education, but I am posting this anyway.

There are two kinds of sins. One that a real sin and moderate sin. I will explain…

There are sins that are really sinful, that is called mortal sin btw, they are those kind of sins that you know they are wrong , yet  you do it anyway because it just makes you feel good.Then there is what I call a moderate sin ( I made up this sin to make me feel better – there is no such a thing of big and small sin, right?) I got an example for it…

Like drinking coffee in the morning. I know if I do that, I will shake, shiver, get anxious and I palpitate. But I do it anyway because of the momentary  euphoria I get while drinking my hazelnut flavored coffee. Another example would be my ” decision not to exercise day.” If I do not exercise, I beat myself up and beating yourself up is a sin, right?

Then there is a good sin. I called it a sin because I like the fibrous feel and sweet aroma of this beverage so much, I thought I can go bankrupt. Gee,  I have to get more of the ingredients in the store and spend money on gas and stacking on Honeydew produce. Is it really called a sin?   Nah, it is called Chamomile Tea Drink with Honeydew .

Today, I am sharing to you my sin. The sin of drinking too much of this that I cannot stop pee-ing (now I am getting too personal). By going to the B/R,  I cannot spend time with my kids and it is taking quality time with my husband. Do I need interventions now? I know everything should be in moderation, but it will take a shackle of  chains to stop me from drinking this. I really like it specially when you let it sit for awhile, the flavored water sips into the Honeydew. It is like eating a vitamin C candy.

I liken this drink to another sin I sometimes indulge, L-Theanine.  Like L-Theanine, Chamomile Tea helps me relax and makes my anxiety less.  I can enjoy my time with family more so when I drink this Chamomile Tea, much like I can when I take the L-Theanine.  The effect is more subtle when I drink the Chamomile Tea than when I take the L-Theanine, so I save the L-Theanine for when I really need to relax.

My husband loves this drink too.  I freeze this tea drink overnight in a portable container and my husband brings it to work still frozen. By noon he has an aromatic and gently sweet drink too cold – just fresh from thawing. It is also high in Vitamin C – thanks to the Honeydew. I hope you will enjoy this drink.For more healthy flavored drinks, please check: Healthy Flavored Water post. I liked this post to Kitchen Meet Girl and Chef In Training blogs. Check it out.

Chamomile Tea Drink with Honeydew

Servings: 4 • Serving Size:1 tall glass • Old Points: 0• Points+: 1 • Calories :31• Fat: .1 • Protein: .5 g • Carb:7.7 g • Fiber: .7 g • Sugar: 6.9 g • Sodium: 17 mg

Ingredients

2 – 3 cups honeydew ( 1/2 of the whole honeydew)
honey to sweeten
1 cup hot water
2 teabags of Cozy Chamomile Herbal Tea
cube of ice
3 more cups of cold water
Optional on any of these for garnish:
cilantro,basil,parsley and mint

Instructions

  • Fill a microwavable cup with tap, filtered or spring water and heat it for 1 and 1/2 minutes in the microwave. Steep in 2 Chamomile teabags for five minutes.
  • Meanwhile, fill in a glass container or pitcher with 2 cups of ice cubes, add in the honeydew and 3 more cups of water. When the tea is ready discard the tea bags and pour the tea into the pitcher and add in honey for sweetness. and let it sit overnight or you can drink it right away. YOu can add basil or parsley in it for extra flavor. Enjoy!

Siopao Recipe or Chicken Buns with Chicken Breast Filling

Siopao Recipe or Chicken Buns  with Chicken Breast Filling. You will not believe  how easy it is to make these little BUN-NIES! This is my version of Siopao or Steamed Buns. This is perfect for snacks or will do as an easy meal idea for dinner. My husband brings it to lunch and he packs four to five pieces of these chicken dumplings. So, get your sleeves rolling and make these. You will be glad you did because it will make you look like a pro in Chinese/Asian cooking … at least, I say it to myself.

Siopao Recipe or Chicken Buns with Chicken Breast Filling

Siopao Recipe or Chicken Buns with Chicken Breast Filling
I was awaken by the birds chirping and the cool breeze squeezing through my window. A sign of spring. Spring is my favorite season because you can feel the gentle touch of the sun, you can smell the leaves and just like the trees are springing its sleeping leaves, for me it is a palpable show of hope.It is an emergence of new life and new beginnings. This is a blossoming month.

I likened spring as a bridge that connects the barren  months of winter to light months of summer. It is also a time for coming back home. The birds that immigrated come home. The whale goes back to their breeding ground and the hibernating animals are called out to socialize again. Loove  it!

BTW, Today I watched the Son of God the movie and I was so amazed on how the movie embodied the book of John. While watching the movie, it felt like the words that I read in the Bible were coming to life. There was solemn feel in the movie theater. It showed that everyone was taking the movie to heart. I love the movie. I was encouraged to re-read the Bible and look at it in different angle. When I was just reading the Bible, I did not really imagine the fears and doubt the apostle had. But this movie showed those raw emotions and how much they were so confused of their new found faith. And there are some line of the movie that touched me:

1. Do not be afraid, trust in God. 2. And when Magdalene saw Jesus, she said, “Teacher.” 3. I love how the movie projected the hope, the rejuvenation and the new courage to proclaim their faith when they saw Jesus alive and has risen to heaven.

There were several scenes and phrases that I want to share, but I do not want to spoil the movie for you. Just watch it.

And the the highlight of the movie is the shroud. I thought there was some kind of connection between these buns and the white cloth that Jesus wore. It was white and soft. Because of that, I was inspired to make these chicken buns …

Here are some recipe that used Hoisin Sauce. You might want to try them: Honey Chicken Wings and High Protein Ground turkey meatballsAnd check the How to Clean Leeks .I post for step by step instructions on how to clean leeks. I link this entry to A Bowl Full of Lemon   and The Comforts of Home sites. Please check it out.

Siopao Recipe – Steamed Chicken Buns with Chicken Breast Filling

Servings: 16• Serving Size: 1 bun • Old Points:3 • Points+: 4 • Calories : 158• Fat:2.8 • Protein:16 g • Carb:16.3 g • Fiber:.6 g • Sugar: 2.2 g • Sodium: 92mg

Siopao Recipe Ingredients

DUMPLINGS DOUGH FROM SCRATCH:
2 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
2 1/4 tsp rapid rise fast yeast
1 tsp white sugar or super fine sugar
2 tbsp warm water
3/4 cup warm milk
spray oil to spray the steamer
STEAMED BUNS FILLING:
1.5 lbs chicken breast
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp honey or agave ( I used agave)
1 tbsp or more Hoisin sauce
1 tbsp canola oil or any oil of your choice
1 leek, finely chopped
1 garlic clove
1/2 piece fresh ginger root,grated

How to Make Siopao

  • Place the chicken breast in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar,soy sauce, honey, Hoisin. Pour the mixture over the chicken breast and marinate overnight or 30 minutes. When the chicken are ready, remove the chicken breast from the marinade. Pre heat oven at 350 F and cook the chicken breast on a wire-lined baking sheet.Bake the chicken for 30 – 40 minutes and let it cool. Remove the chicken breast from the wire rack cut into small pieces of cube or shred the chicken breast.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and stir fry the leek,garlic and ginger for 3 minutes. Add in the cubed/shredded chicken breast. Add in Hoisin sauce, salt or pepper to taste ( this part depends on how how you want your filling to taste). Set aside to cool.
  • TO MAKE THE DUMPLING DOUGH:
  • Mix the flour into the electric mixing bowl with the fast rise yeast. Place the milk,water ,sugar in a heat safe cup or bowl and mix to dissolve the sugar. Heat the mixture in a microwave oven for 1 minute then add into the flour mixture. Knead using an electric mixer until smooth. OR you can manually knead it in a floured surface for 5 minutes. Roll into sausage shape and cut into 16 piece. Cover the dough and let it stand for 25 minutes.
  • Spray the steamer with non-stick oil . Set aside. Flatten the dough pieces into 4 inch rounds.Place the spoonful of filling in the center of each. Draw up the sides to form a “moneybag” and twist to seal and arrange on the steamer rack. and place the dumplings on the base of the steamer. Do not put on the heat yet. Look instructions below.
  • Put 3 cups or more of water on the base of the steamer and let the water boil. Place the steamer containing the dumpling on top and steam the dumplings for 15 minutes after the water boils.Transfer bun in a flat plate and enjoy it while it is hot.

Notes

You can freeze these chicken dumplings. To heat siopao or dumplings, wrap it in a wet paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds or more.

Pepperoni Pizza Potato Skins

Pepperoni Pizza Potato Skins
Pepperoni Pizza in a Potato Skin. To me, this is a new and unique potato recipe but I think so many Americans have been cooking this since potato is a very common meal staple here in the US – as rice replacement…

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Before these potatoes will turn into something that may eat my whole clan, I have to make something out of them. I made a potato recipe, just perfect for a healthy dinner.

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And how I am glad that these potatoes have turned into lovely and colorful pizza in a boat… My son ate these for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was astonished. I thought the “monster ” above, ate my son and “IT” replaced him with a new one. My son who hates potatoes did not even notice that he gobbled everything including the potato skins. I hope you will like this too. Enjoy!

Here are some recipes that uses Parsley:1 Meatball Recipe Cooke in 3 Ways. And please check this post for the Step by Step Guide on How to Prepare Potato Skin. And freeze the potato inside since we are making something out of it.

Pepperoni Pizza Potato Skins

Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1 potatoe boat • Old Points: 4 • Points+:5 • Calories : 207• Fat:3.2 • Protein: 7.8 g • Carb:37.5g • Fiber:5.6 g • Sugar: 3.5g • Sodium: 203mg

Ingredients

8 bake potato skins ( from 4 pieces of potatoes cut in half. Please check http://easytocookmeals.com/how-to-prepare-classic-potato-skin/ )
1 cup pizza sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup pepperoni
1 tbsp minced parsley

Instructions

Preheat oven at 425 F . Place potato skins on a baking dish. Add on mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. Bake until the cheese is bubbly. Garnish with parsley. Serve hot and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe is by Ree Drummond from Pioneer Woman Cooks – Year of Holidays

NOTE: IF you skip the salt, it is only 175 cal.