Over the weekend, I attended the bridal shower of a close friend. As one of the bridesmaids, I volunteered to do the bridal shower favors. And since I do a lot of baking, I thought I’d make a few custom sweets for the guests.

One of the items I made were chocolate dipped fortune cookies.

They don’t take too long to make and you can customize the colors as well as the messages inside.

Papa Luna’s, which open late last year, specializes in empanadas, offering more than 20 different filling varieties. The shop has been on my to-do list for quite some time.

We had purchased one of those online offers which was good on a carry-out order, so I sent DH off to go bring us home some empanadas after placing our order online.

There are quite a range of fillings to choose from, with flavor inspirations from all over the globe, but we finally settled on four.

Each empanada is placed in a bag which is clearly marked with a letter so that you are not left guessing which one is which.

Carne Molida (ground beef, green olive, potatoes, raisin, hard boiled egg)

The ground beef filling had a Middle Eastern feel to it. I wasn’t particularly a fan of the raisins or green olives.

Turkey Dinner (turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and served with gravy)

This was my absolute favorite of the four and tasted just like described. The homemade gravy was particularly enjoyable and DH even used it on the other empanadas too.

Hello Kitty fruit snacks
A few weeks ago I shared a recipe for ridiculously easy homemade fruit snacks. As promised, I’ve been busy working on variations, including getting rid of the Jello package for a more natural taste.

I went through a couple of runs. I tried using fruit juice, using a fruit juice and tea, and finally my favorite version: using frozen fruit juice concentrate.
Hello Kitty fruit snacks