Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tiramisu Cake


Traditional Tiramisu is a popular Italian dessert made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee and layered with a mixture whipped eggs, sugar, mascarpone cheese and cocoa powder.  But I personally like to make little changes in recipes and keep it cost friendly too.  Mascarpone cheese is great if you have it but regular cream cheese is just fine too:) So here we go.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Banana Bread


Here we go Banana Bread fans! This is for you:) This recipe is fabulous!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Potato Pancakes


I love making these potato cakes for a change once in a while.  They are easy and really tasty!  You don't even have to buy a lot of ingredients if you have potatoes in the house.  I like to have already seasoned Bob Evans Hash Browns in my fridge as one of my easy and quick dinner options.  You can use any brand and seasonings of your choice.  
Take your potatoes to the next level!   

Friday, August 8, 2014

Banana Pineapple Smoothie



A nice way to start your morning is treating yourself with this protein-calcium -fiber all in one smoothie.  And of course some cinnamon would be just right to give a nice touch to it.
Enjoy and have a nice morning!


Ingredients:

1 cup Silk Vanilla Almondmilk
2 tbsp yogurt (any kind)
1 banana
1/2 cup pineapple chunks (best if frozen)
1-2 tbsp golden flex seed
1 tbs honey
1tbs lemon juice
Cinnamon for dusting 

 Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a blender in which order they are listed and blend until smooth.  Adjust the sweetness to your taste and don't be afraid to mix with your favorite fruits too.  
lastly garnish with a couple banana slices and cinnamon stick or powder.
Enjoy because you deserve it!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Smoothie: Extremely Raspberry


My inspiration for raspberries comes from my husband who is very particular about his smoothies I guess.  So I wanted to make him smile with this smoothie and that's exactly what I saw on his face after he drank this pink awesomeness.  Well, I don't mean to brag, but he also said this was my best smoothie yet:)

Ingredients:

1 cup of mango juice or lemon tea
1 cup of frozen raspberries 
1/2 of frozen pineapple

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in the same order as listed above and blend them until smooth. Garnish with blueberry and raspberry.  
Enjoy your summer!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Smoothie: Blackberry and Watermelon Madness



Ingredients:

1/4 mango or peach iced tea

1 1/2 cups of watermelon 
1 cup blackberries (best if frozen)
1/2 cup ice cubes (optional)

Directions: 


Combine all the ingredients in the order in which they are listed and blend them until smooth.  If you prefer thicker smoothie just add more ice cubes.  

Adjust the sweetness to your taste by adding honey or any sweetener you wish. 
Enjoy your summer!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Happy Hour Duo




We tried these cocktails in Las Vegas with my niece recently and really liked them.  So I looked up some recipes and this is what I came up with.  Green Apple Martini is my new favorite.
Great summer drinks!


Green Apple Martini

Ingredients 

1 ounce sweet and sour mix
2 ounce melon liqueur
1 ounce vodka
Maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions

Combine sweet sour mix, vodka and melon liqueur in a cocktail mixer full of ice. Shake like crazy and
strain into your favorite fancy glass.  Finally, garnish with a cherry.
Enjoy!


Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

Ingredients


1 cup crushed ice
1 ounce rum
1 ounce cream of coconut
1 ounce Blue Curacao liqueur
2 ounce pineapple juice
Maraschino cherry and slice of pineapple for garnish

Directions

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail mixer (or a mixing glass) with crushed ice.  Shake well and strain into a collins glass or any glass you desire.  Garnish with a cherry and pineapple.
Enjoy your awesome drink!





Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cake Pops


I just love these fun, pretty and perfect size cake pops as they make all the kids happy!  Actually I am my mom's kid so it makes me happy too:)  They are ideal for birthday parties, baby showers and school parties.  Plus they are especially fun to make with your kids!!! 
Warning- it is a messy job!  Exactly kid's cup of tea right?


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Baked Cod Fillet


Cod is a mild-tasting fish, which means it's easy to work by adding different flavors.  A drizzle of lemon, garlic, fish seasoning, olive oil combined with a sliver of butter makes this heart-healthy fish a great dish. 


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cookies Assorted


Perfect with tea and coffee for your casual girls get together day.  Love these beauties:)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Meat In Puff Pastry




This is the easiest puff pastry recipe that exists.  I've tried and experimented so many different recipes and ways to make puff pastry dough that was not so time consuming.  I finally got it!  There is no other shortcut to make a great pastry dough that has layers and flakiness.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Cookie Leaf




These cute puff pastry cookies are dangerously good and so flaky.  If you decide to have only two or three of them - it won't work, because you will quickly become addicted to these beauties, just a friendly warning;)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cheese Pastry.


This is the easiest puff pastry recipe that exists.  I've tried and experimented so many different recipes and ways to make puff pastry dough that was not so time consuming.  I finally got it!  There is no other shortcut to make a great pastry dough that has layers and flakiness.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Welcome!


Hi! I am Gayane. I am married and have three children. My children make me feel like I can do anything! I think we women are the most mysterious and amazing creatures there. We give life!

I was born and raised in Armenia.  Growing up I admired my Mom cooking and creating delicious meals, somehow managing four children and housework - all at the same time.  I remember neighbors would come and ask for her recipes, she taught them about tricks and techniques.  She loved to share her passion for cooking and home making.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls





You can never say no to these cinnamon rolls and also be prepared, because you will fight hard to stop yourself after having the first piece down!  I won't blame you!  Who would?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dinner Rolls

 


Sometimes you just need some soft delicious rolls to put on your dinner table.  This recipe is a must to include in your book and it will definitely become your family's favorites!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Egg and Cheese Pastry



This is surprisingly easy, yet comforting and so fun to make for breakfast or brunch, especially if you are hosting a special occasion and have lots of people to feed.  You can make the dough in advance and refrigerate it.  Then when it's time for some seriously awesome one-eyed cheesy boats - you totally got it!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Minerals



I was reading an article the other day about different minerals and vitamins.  So I wanted to find out more details about some of them, like magnesium for example.  I've heard of this mineral of course, but not much of its specifics.
It's a mineral we need for our muscles, nerves, bones and our immune system.  Magnesium helps keep a steady heart rhythm, normal blood sugar levels and blood pressure.  It also plays a role in making energy and protein for the body.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cake Day & Night



This is my sister's famously easy- lazy cake that would please everyone.  And this cake is asking for only a few simple ingredients that you almost always have available.  OK may be not the Irish cream:)

Repeat the recipe twice to make two layers (white cake and chocolate cake).  I also slice each cake  into two layers (makes four layers).  Looks even prettier that way:)
Here it goes!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Salmon with tomato celery sauce



Salmon is recognized as one of the world's healthiest foods.  It's a rich warehouse of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12 and vitamin D.  Even those who are not fond of fish usually like salmon. This is such a tasty, simple and yet exceptionally pleasing dish that will wow you!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Memory Juice

One of my many childhood memories that puts a smile on my face is - my father coming home from work with paper bags of groceries.  He loved fresh food and was a big fan of juicing.

I remember him buying different fruits and veggies and juice them for us (kids) all the time.  He'd explain that we were getting all the vital nutrients faster that way than through solid foods.
In fact juicing makes it easier for your digestion.  It also allows you to fully absorb the vitamins and minerals that normally get destroyed by heat, processing and certain chemicals.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Coco Cay Island

The view from the boat



The Coco Cay Day.

This 140 acre tropical paradise is reserved exclusively for cruise ship guests.  Lots of hammocks around the island that was kind of different.
We got to the Island and our plan was to do our first time ever parasailing!  Well, if you knew me you'd understand that even the thought of it was enough to give me an earthquake...but after having a discussion what we'd remember years later about this trip - my husband and I agreed to experience the thrill...

Royal For a Week.

Coco Cay Island 

Just got back from the Cruise!

Last year it was our 10th Wedding Anniversary and we had our baby #3!  As you can imagine that itself was a major event.  So, whatever plans were made for that occasion had to rest...
This year our long awaited cruise with Royal Caribbean (first time) finally happened.
Very special thanks to my Mom, my husband's parents and my niece.  We are lucky and we know it.