New gadget & baking goodies!

It was a rainy day here in Maryland. 😦 We had no plan other than do groceries and stay at home. But we entertained us well. We bought a retro air popcorn maker and I baked orange zest mini muffins and biscottis. πŸ˜›

I can’t help when it comes to kitchen gadgets! Every time I get a new gadget, I got super excited as a kid gets a new toy. So was I yesterday when I saw this Retro popcorn maker at ROSS for only $16.99. I didn’t hesitate and brought it home.


isn’t it cute??? And it’s so easy to use


In ❀ min we had a big bowl of popcorns! I topped it with salt and cinnamon; my parents topped it with some agave nectar. I was a happy girl!!! πŸ˜†

We wanted to go to swim but UMD had a football game so there was no place to park. We went home, disappointed. 😦 But as soon as I told my parents that I’d bake some goodies for them, they were smiling again πŸ™‚

Orange zest mini muffins





  • 1/2 c. wheat cream (or corn meal)
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c. maple syrup or other sweetener
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 milk
  • 1/4 smart balance light

Method: mix dry and wet ingredients separately and then together. Bake for 30 min at 350F.

Biscotti is Mom’s favorite snack. Every time I bake some, she asked me to double the batch so she can enjoy it for a little bit longer. πŸ˜›




  • 1 cup roasted almonds (chopped)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips


  • Use an electric mixer to beat the eggs and sugar until fluffy (about 2-3 min)
  • Add vanilla
  • In another bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt
  • Combine the egg mixture to the flour
  • Fold in almonds and chocolate chips
  • You’ll get a sticky dough, if not, add more flour until you can touch it with hand.
  • Form 2 doughs and place them in the baking sheet
  • Bake for 25 min at 350F or until firm
  • Cool it down for 10 min
  • Cut into 3/4 inch slices and bake for another 10 min at 325F.

My parents loved these two baked goodies! πŸ˜€ and I love having them around so I can bake!!! :mrgreen:

Okay. Quick recap of the food.

Morning green juice: bok choy, celery and cucumber.


Breakfast was a traditional chinese meal: fermented rice with poached egg.




Lunch: leftover baked salmon that I made the other night, sauteed spinach with garlic and brown rice cooked with seaweed.


Afternoon snack other than popcorns, I had a chinese dessert: chinese dates cooked with dry longan and sweetened with brown sugar. According to the tradition, this is very good for women because its high iron content.


Dinner was sauteed noodles with sprouts, chinese cabbage and chinese spinach.


and a soup made with tofu, chinese spinach and shrimp


After dinner, I went to my at-home-getaway in my bedroom to each KABOCHA and watch movie. πŸ˜‰


Who said that rainy day is sad and boring? I think we just had a fantastic day! πŸ˜†

Q1: What do you do in rainy days?

Q2: What do you like most about baking?



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14 responses to “New gadget & baking goodies!

  1. LOVE those muffins and biscotti!!

    1.) I make jewelry, bake, watch a film, do yoga…

    2.) Coming up with new flavor/ingredient combinations.

  2. I just love it when you feature traditional Chinese food. It all sounds so interesting.

    All the baking you did was fabulous! When it’s a cool/cold rainy day, baking is my favourite thing to do for sure.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend…

  3. Oh what a handy kitchen gadget! I could have used one of those last night when I burnt my popcorn 😦

    The muffins sounds delicious. My favorite part about baking is 1) licking the spoon and 2) making someone smile when I let them try my baked goods!

    On a rainy day I always try to workout, so I don’t get restless, and I usually come up with cleaning jobs that need to be done, which I don’t like doing when it’s nice out!

  4. YUM to those creations! I’ve never tried baking biscotti but when my parents and I were in Italy we ate SOOOOO much of it.

    1) On rainy days I like to just mope around the house πŸ™‚

    2) I love eating hot-out-of-the-oven goods after baking. I also like experimenting with different ingredients!

  5. I love the popcorn maker! Looks like soooo much fun. I think the toddler would absolutely love it… He loves popcorn…

    I am not much of a baker, but I like it when things I bake actually taste good… πŸ˜‰

  6. yumm i wish i could have meals at your house–they always look so delicious and creative! what a great find with the popcorn maker!

    my favorite thing to do on rainy days is just be lazy, stay in my pjs, and read/watch a movie–rainy days are the best πŸ™‚

  7. I am in LOVE with your new toy – in fact I want one too!!! lol

  8. That popcorn popper is SO CUTE!

  9. What fun popcorn popper! Glad you found a great deal. I always love getting new kitchen toys. πŸ™‚

    Those orange zest muffins look delicious and easy to make!

  10. I’m the same with cooking gadgets!!! I could just go crazy, boy that popcorn maker looks awesome and cheap too. It doesn’t rain much here, but when it does we all gather around the windows and stare in amazement or the kiddies run outside to play in it πŸ™‚
    How do Chinese dates compare to regular dates?? I’m intrigued because I am addicted to dates!

  11. awe i love the hot air popper! reminds me of my childhood and i love the taste it gives the popcorn. so fresh! those muffins look really yummy. i also love to bake on rainy days.. and of course eating the baked goods πŸ˜‰

  12. Oh CoCo, you are TOO cute. Buying new kitchen gadgets is so much like buying new clothes – you just want to wear it/use it as soon as possible! How funny that you decided on a popcorn maker! I would totally get one if my kitchen had any room left for more kitchen gadgets!!

    What great recipes! My biggest vice is biscotti because as soon as I bake 1 batch, I have the ability to eat it ALL by myself. NOT good at all, so I stay away from baking them. Hahaha Yours look SO yummy you have me craving biscotti all over again!!

  13. I could use one of those popcorn machines–I totally burned the batch I made tonight!

  14. Ignacio Litardo

    Q1 Rainy days for me are an excuse for trying not to go out at all, and do things I always want to but I think are not priority. From ordering and cleaning to listening to a good CD with exclusive attention.

    Q2. I like the unmistakeable smell of home baking. Regardless of the results :).

    I love the aspect of the “Morning green juice”!
    I’ve only tasted something that looked similar in Rio. There’s a chain that serves one mix of kiwi, honey and … called “EnergΓ­a”. Wonderful and succulent.
    bok choy? Today I was at BA’s Chinese neighbourhood, but didn’t know how to ask x it.

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