Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

If you’re into healthy smoothies, then I have something for you! I discovered this recipe the other day when I was craving a refreshing drink before a workout, but didn’t want to consume anything sugary or unhealthy.


After looking into my fridge, I threw into the blender what was surprisingly a good blend! This recipe is great since all the ingredients I used are items I normally have in my refrigerator or pantry. If you don’t have these ingredients on hand, they’re fairly easy to find at your local grocery store. Continue reading

Walla Walla Apple Butter & Pumpkin Pancakes


I get excited when we receive goodies from all around the country. Recently, I received fresh honey crisp apples and homemade apple butter from my sister-in-law who lives in Walla Walla, Washington. I like to describe apple butter as “savory grown-up applesauce”. Her jar of Walla Walla apple butter was so yummy that I was inspired to pair it with pumpkin pancakes.

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Bison Chili


California hasn’t given way to Fall temperatures but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying Fall recipes in my kitchen. What I enjoy about Fall and Winter is: they are seasons for making hearty and easy soups. This post is inspired by a gift – a lovely package of natural ground bison. To me, there is nothing better than being gifted with quality food. Thanks, mom!  Continue reading

Philippine Mango Iced Tea


In anticipation for our Philippines trip this year, I find myself being more inspired by Filipino cuisine. I visited my local Trader Joe’s earlier this week and as I walked down an aisle, lo and behold, I spotted something heavenly – no sugar added 100% pure Philippine brand mango juice from Cebu.

This mango juice echos childhood memories of eating fresh Philippine mangoes. I find myself sipping on this drink and counting down the weeks until I get to see and taste first-hand the joys of the Philippine Islands. Continue reading