• Baking Recipes,  Lemon Obsession,  My favourite things,  Spoon desserts & puddings

    A lesson on looking beyond the surface

    Young people are naive. And I don’t say that to sound old. I am still quite young myself, but the older I grow and the more my mind opens up to new and different perspectives about life, the more I realise how true this is. A lot of young people seem to think they have their own minds- all the statements made about being unique- but almost always it’s as if they (or we) have been brainwashed with concepts of which things are more “worthy” of time and attention than others. At some point during my younger years, I was one of those teenagers who were quick to judge the…

  • At home,  Baking Recipes,  Layer cakes

    A tall cake for the tall birthday boy

    I have three younger brothers: the first one is a year younger than I (more on him later) the middle one has the same birthday as I do, only six years later (I think this is why we can get along the best when things are on the up and up– because we share the same kind of interests and for the most part have similar qualities. On the flipside, we also have the worst kind of fights.) the youngest one is my sweetie pie, because he is the sweetest little boy I know I’d be lying if I said we all got along perfectly fine, but I’d also be…

  • At home,  Baking Recipes,  Brownies & Bars,  From the books,  Lemon Obsession,  Must-Makes from Martha

    I really like how lemon bars make me feel

    I wonder when this seed was planted. The more I think about it, the more I realize just how unhappy I have been feeling with my life. And I don’t mean it in the aspect of comfort and luxury. I’m grateful for those, sure. I can’t discredit my parents for giving those things to me. But the more time passes, the more I grow anxious: What is going to happen with my life? What about where I’m going? No one has ever attempted to talk to me about this topic. Maybe that’s why I feel a little lost. I’ve been baking because it removes me from all the fears and…

  • Baking Recipes,  Cupcakes & Muffins,  Dearly Dreaming Dorie,  From the books

    This is how I handle a cornmeal craving

    You can ask me but I honestly can’t give you answer: Why on earth, of all things, would I have a sudden urge to stuff myself with things made of cornmeal? I don’t know, I don’t know. However I have to be honest with you… I liked it. I’m glad that I’m having these kinds of cravings to balance out my propensity to stock my pantry with cornmeal, even before I finish the old packet. I’m hoping to correct that, but I cannot be blamed for all the baked goodies I imagine myself making every time I pass by a box of these yellow sandy crystals. It seems only logical…

  • Baking Recipes,  Brownies & Bars,  The Breakfast Bin

    Bakewell Slices for an almondy mood

    My week is finally winding down. With just little bits of business left to tie up, I’ve managed to squeeze in some time to write about these lovely bars. These bars, as you might have guessed, is based on the English Bakewell Tarts, which is something I have yet to try. (If anybody knows a good recipe for the tarts, please do link away!) I actually made this quite some time ago but had planned to share it only after trying the tarts. Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to make them, but it would be such a shame to keep these bars to myself for so long. These bars…

  • Baking Recipes,  Cookies,  From the books,  Timeless Treats

    There’s sunshine and glitter in snicker doodles

    The first time I ever heard of snicker doodles, I thought, what a cute name! It’s like one of those names that practically screams happiness; as if anytime soon, someone will just swoop right in riding on a unicorn, eating a snicker doodle with an upturned pinky, all rainbows and butterflies. At the time I had no idea what a snicker doodle tasted, let alone looked, like, but I liked it. I liked the sound of it. Snicker = a half-suppressed laugh (I never could properly suppress mine!) Doodle = absent-minded scribbles and drawings (one of the things I do best haha!)