Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope everyone is having a safe and happy time with loved ones.

Here are some pictures of Zephy dressed up for the holidays! My brother’s gf dressed him up in this cute elf outfit complete with bells. Unfortunately he wouldn’t sit still for a picture.

Normally he’s okay with clothes, but apparently he was quite embarrassed by this one. Usually, if he’s around when I come home from work, he’ll run to greet me. On this day, I received no greeting.

Then I heard him. And I called for him. And was surprised when he didn’t immediately come over. I walked into my brother’s room, and saw Zephy actually dart out of sight! He was hiding, he was so embarrassed!

He finally lay down and let me take a few pictures, but no clear shots. Also his super long bushy tail is what is causing some blur in the shots. This outfit only lasted a few hours…Recently my brother’s gf dressed him up as Santa, complete with a beard! Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures to show you.

My dog Mochi won’t let us dress her, so no pictures. I tried to in years past. One year we tried a reindeer costume, another year we tried a Santa dress. Both times she looked so miserable and refused to move so we took it off her.

With this month being so busy I didn’t know if I would have the energy or time to bake my holiday treats. But when I woke up Thursday morning, I suddenly had the energy to bake. So after work, I baked up a storm.

I baked chocolate chip, sugar cut-out cookies, soft sugar cookies and red velvet cookies filled with Nutella. I had planned on making a few more but I actually ran out of eggs and it was pretty late. I might bake the rest on my list next week.

I’m spending my next few days eating up a storm, spending time with family and friends. I hope everyone is having an equally enjoyable holiday.

Happy Holidays everyone!

As I mentioned previously, right before my trip to Taiwan, fellow food blogger Kung Food Panda sent me quite a few links on delicious food spots to check out while in Taiwan.

One in particular that caught my attention was a hole-in-the-wall dumpling place that sells scallop dumplings for only 7NT, or about 20 cents in US dollars. So cheap! And they looked yummy too. The video showed how popular the place is and how the owner makes the dough and mixes the filling herself.  They also offer yellow chive and pork dumplings and green garlic chives and pork dumplings for 5NT each, or about 15 cents.

After I made the brownie mug cake which I absolutely love, I couldn’t help but wonder if I could do anything to improve on it.

So of course the first thing I thought was to experiment with Nutella. I’ve had nutella lava brownies before and decided to try to do something similar. Since the brownie is enclosed in a mug, it’s hard to have a real lava flowing effect when you break into the cake, but you can create a liquid gooey center of Nutella that comes up with a spoonful of brownie.