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Summer is officially underway and what a better way to celebrate than to utilize the abundance of seasonal fruits. The boys, my sister, and I recently went raspberry picking and came home with an entire flat of berries. It was a beautiful day out on the farm but we only lasted about an hour in […]

Vanilla Mascarpone Panna Cotta

Vanilla Mascarpone Panna Cotta

June 16 , 2014 by Hong - in Food

Vanilla bean, marscapone, cream, and strawberries. Need I say more? This delectable dessert will be sure to earn you major points. I love serving these at intimate dinner parties because you can make them beforehand and dress them up right before serving. Doesn’t this just scream Summer?!   Vanilla Mascarpone Panna Cotta 1 pkg. plain […]

Happy Friday! Here’s a little sweet and savory¬† treat to start your weekend!   Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature (2 sticks) 1 c. brown sugar, packed 3/4 c. sugar 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 2 eggs 2 3/4 c. flour 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda 3/4 tsp. fine gray […]

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Hello November! Here is a gorgeous cake to kick off a month of giving thanks. I initially came across this cake when my friend made it for her husbands birthday. My recipe was adapted from a hazelnut brittle version that she had made. I decided not to add the hazelnut brittle because 1) my family […]

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Tulip Festival

April 17 , 2013 by Hong - in Flowers, Places

Have you ever seen fields and fields and fields of tulips? Sounds amazing doesn’t it? Well,¬† just an hour and a half from Seattle is the Skagit Valley and every year from April 1st -30th hundreds of thousands of people flock to this tourist destination. It’s kind of a Hello to Spring! Although I’ve been […]

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Hello Spring Cake

March 20 , 2013 by Hong - in DIY, Food, Inspiration

The first day of Spring here in Seattle was presented with gusty winds, rain, sleet and sunshine. Oh Hello Spring in Seattle! However, Spring’s arrival made me smile and so I decided to honor its presence with a pink ombre cake. Doesn’t that scream Hello Spring! Start with your favorite cake. Make sure to lay […]

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Bonjour Paris: Part Un

March 12 , 2013 by Hong - in Places

Our Parisian Holiday began with a short one hour flight from Bristol. It amazes me how inexpensive it is to travel within Europe. It makes me want to be a squatter in my sister’s home for a year. Since we didn’t arrive in Paris til later in the evening our first priority was to check […]

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Practical Paris

March 11 , 2013 by Hong - in Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to packing for any excursion, I’m terrible. I either over pack or under pack and inevitable forget something. For Paris, I went on the conservative route. I wanted to pack lightly so that I can bring back lots of chocolate…er souvenirs! Here’s a snap shot of […]

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Bristol Cheers

March 07 , 2013 by Hong - in Places

The first leg of my Whirlwind Holiday was spent at my sisters home in Bristol. Actually she lives in this cute little town called Chew Magna. It’s mainly farmland and is so quaint and lovely. She has a charming farmhouse with a contemporary interior, the perfect combination. This is the view from her front door. […]

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Happy Weekend

March 01 , 2013 by Hong - in Flowers

I don’t know about you but I’m ready for Spring. Last week when my sister and I were walking through Paris, it was 30 degrees and snowing. I thought my toes were going to fall off. It was a lovely surprise when I spotted this sign of Spring in London… Happy Weekend and here’s to […]

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