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Cherie is a girl trying to live a simple life. She is a stay-at home mom who is lucky enough to work from home. She's into eating, baking and enjoying life's simple pleasures.

Chocolate Pancakes

Yesterday, being a lazy Saturday morning, I made some pancakes for breakfast. The kids were asking for whipped cream and chocolate syrup to go with it and we said that we only do that with chocolate pancakes. So, this morning, the kids asked for chocolate pancakes. We’ve always bought a mix for chocolate pancakes but since we haven’t done that in a while, I decided to look for a recipe online and mix a batch from scratch.

Thanks to the Internet, I found this recipe that doesn’t call for buttermilk. I just tweaked it a bit by adding 3 teaspoons of baking powder which made the pancakes fluffy. I also skipped the chocolate chips and the powdered sugar.


I made the pancakes and Jon made the chocolate syrup.  The cream, unfortunately, didn’t want to get whipped so it’s just cream.

Get a pancake.

Put a dollop of cream, as much or as little as you like.

Then drizzle with chocolate syrup.

It was great! Better than the box mix we used before. It would be even better with sausages or bacon on the side, which unfortunately we didn’t have at that time.  Dig in!


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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Pancakes


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No-Bake Granola Bars

I transcribe market research audios from home. Today, most of the files were about cereal bars or granola bars. It really made me crave for granola bars while listening to participants describe their experience with the bars.  We had some Quaker Oat Cookies and I ate a pack but it didn’t alleviate the craving.

I finally had to take a break and whip up my own. I found a really simple recipe for Energy Bars online and I immediately made a batch.  I had to make a lot of substitutions, though.  I don’t have any Rice Krispies so I just used oatmeal and we only had rolled oats so that’s what I used.  We also didn’t have raisins but I found some dried mixed fruits (papaya, banana and pineapple) and I used that instead.  I also liked nuts so I mixed in some almonds and walnuts. And finally, we didn’t have maple syrup so I used honey instead.

Just knowing it was in the ref gave me enough energy to continue working.  After a couple of hours, I could finally eat some!


It may not be the same as the store-bought ones but it’s still good.  It’s really great with coffee.  I’m now ready to do more work.  Bring it on!

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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Oatmeal


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Cinnamon-Walnut Cake

I love cinnamon rolls.  It’s been on my list for so long but I still have not had the opportunity to try it.  I think it takes a lot of effort and I haven’t felt motivated enough to do it. I have bookmarked a lot of recipes already and I will try it within this year. (At least, I think this is one resolution I would get to accomplish.)

So, when I saw a recipe for Cinnamon-Swirl Bread, I knew I had to give it a try.  It seemed simple enough to follow and I think it’s also a teeny bit healthier than cinnamon rolls since it doesn’t have an icing or frosting.  I tried it last week and it’s a winner.

I think I’ve found a keeper. I wouldn’t call this bread though.  It’s a cake. I will call my creation, Cinnamon-Walnut Cake.  It’s really great and the walnuts give it a nice crunch and a break from the sweetness.

Don’t you just want to take a bite of that?

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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Cake


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Dutch Crunch Bread

I can’t believe the last post I made here was middle of October.  I haven’t really tried a lot of new things in the last couple of months as things were hectic and the holidays were crazy.

I did manage to cross off another item from my list.  I made Dutch Crunch Bread last month, I just didn’t have time to blog about it.  (I also didn’t get to take great pictures, but what the heck)

It was pretty good.  I’m not exactly sure how it’s supposed to taste since I’ve never even heard of this bread until a friend suggested I try making it.  It had an interesting crunch when you bite into it.  I’m not sure I’ll be making it again, though since it takes more work than the usual loaf or bun.  But then, I was also baking other stuff when I made this.  I wasn’t really focused on just this bread so maybe I will try it one more time and see if it’s a keeper.  In any case, it’s always fun to try new things.  So go ahead and try it out!

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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Bread


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Squash Gratin

I really love looking at recipes online.  It’s always a treat for the family whenever we try a new recipe.  Most of the time, it is successful and they would ask me to make the dish again after a week or so.  Sometimes though, the ingredients are challenging to find and so I would have to use local ingredients.

One recipe that caught my eye was Butternut Squash.  Here, we only have one type of squash, I don’t even know what kind of squash it is but looking at the pictures here, what we have is Fairytale Pumpkin Squash.  What a nice name!  I actually don’t like cooking with squash too much since it’s a lot of work peeling and slicing.  It was great that we did this on a Sunday so Jon did all the peeling and slicing.  😀

We had potato gratin before so I was really excited to try it out with squash instead.  What’s great about this dish is it’s vegetarian.  I can’t really say that it’s very healthy since it has cream and milk and cheese but at least there’s no meat and we can always use the calcium from the dairy products.  These are the substitutions I made:  kankong instead of spinach, evaporated milk for the half-and-half, and cream for the creme fraiche.


I’m happy to report that it was a success.  Everybody loved it and they all had seconds.  Try it out!


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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Squash


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Potato Croquettes

Potato Croquettes are on my list of stuff to make after seeing this picture in Not Quite Nigella’s blog.  It looked very delicious.  Although the post was about making it healthier and using fryers without oil, I made mine by baking it in the oven.

It was okay but kinda fell short of expectations.  I guess that’s my fault for altering the recipe a bit, I had less than the needed potatoes and I used the whole egg (I hate waste and I don’t really want to freeze one egg white).  Also, I think it needed to stay in the oven for an extra 5 to 10 minutes to make it really crisp.

It was a learning experience.  I’ll probably make this again and make sure it looks really crunchy before taking it out of the oven.

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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Potato


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Pizza Puffs

I have this bad habit of spending hours just looking at food blogs I find through food gawker.  It’s really food porn at it’s best.  It is a good source of recipes though and there are so many I want to try.

So one recipe I found are for pizza puffs.   Everybody loves pizza and if we can have it without waiting, it’s worth a try!  I just used bacon instead of pepperoni and omitted the olives which no one eats it in my family anyway.

You really need to dip it in sauce as it is a bit dry.  We just used regular tomato sauce and you can mix in some Parmesan cheese to make it better.

And there you have it, pizza in a flash 🙂

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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Pizza


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