Banana, Chocolate & Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Happy Saturday to you! Today I decided to make something really simple, easy, healthy and light. Kind of like the amazing spring weather that is happening outside right now. As much as I love the snowy winters, it is so nice to finally be able to open the windows and let the fresh air in.

These are the kind of cookies that you can eat while binge-watching your favorite tv series or when sitting at your desk typing away on the computer. It is also a good snack on the go for when you don’t have time to sit down and eat a wholesome meal because you have a meeting that you’re in a rush to go to. The latter is not the best scenario. I get that days can get hectic with busy work schedules that have us bounce from one meeting to the next, but we really should make time to enjoy meals even if it is a guilt-free snack like these oatmeal cookies. Continue reading “Banana, Chocolate & Coconut Oatmeal Cookies”

Strawberry Rolls & Raspberry Cream Glaze

Go big or go home, right?! These rolls are huge! I love cast iron skillets. They’re one of the most versatile kitchen cookware I own. This skillet in particular is from a Kickstarter project that I was an early backer/supporter of last year in March from a company started by two brothers called the Field Company. Ever since I received this pan in the mail in early January, I have been cooking almost daily in it.

I know there are some avid fans of cast iron cookware and I could see why. There’s just something so gratifying about cleaning, seasoning and cooking with iron cookware. It is definitely a process, but once you get through the first steps of care and preparation…it’ll be like riding a bike. You’ll never forget and it will become as easy as toasting bread. Maybe one day, I will do a step-by-step process of how I season my cast iron. I’ll keep you posted! Continue reading “Strawberry Rolls & Raspberry Cream Glaze”

Banana Mango Bundt Cake

Happy spring to you! I thought I would pay tribute to my tropical island roots with this banana and mango ingredient bundt cake fused with a touch of spring. I am originally from the island of Guam, a vibrantly beautiful and warm destination located in the Pacific Ocean. When I was living there I did not think I would ever move away—one of life’s many surprises. Looking back now, I miss seeing the ocean view drives, coconut tree-lined landscapes and blue skies filled with puffy, marshmallow-looking clouds. Continue reading “Banana Mango Bundt Cake”

DC Cherry Blossoms

Now that spring time is officially in effect, I decided to pay a visit with D to see the cherry blossoms in DC this weekend. Not to mention, it was the perfect weather, as a local, to play tourist and explore the National Mall on foot. Too often do locals like myself forget how fortunate we are to live nearby landmarks that most people travel from far away distances to see.

So if you live nearby landmarks or unique landscapes that you have been to before or have never had the chance to see, take that step and make plans to visit it. Sometimes living near a place can give people this false impression that they can always see it whenever they want, which is true…until life checks in on you and gives you short notice of an opportunity to move away. Continue reading “DC Cherry Blossoms”

Coconut caramel walnut cake

I love mini cakes. The last time I baked one was when I was living in Brooklyn, New York, and it was for a friend’s birthday. I didn’t drive in New York (nor did most New Yorkers) so I packed the mini cake as securely as possible into a small brown shipping box, then I walked to the subway, hopped on a train and brought it to her. No car required. Just a valid metro card. 😉 Memories like this make me miss NY sometimes. ❤

The funny thing is the kitchen I had in NY was so tiny and I baked more in that kitchen than I do now in my bigger Virginia kitchen. I think that is starting to change. I find myself thinking of things to cook or bake in my free time…I’ll keep you posted on how that goes. 😉 Continue reading “Coconut caramel walnut cake”


Hello! My name is Deborah. Nice to meet you. Believe it or not, as simple as this post looks, it took me months of contemplation to get to this point of taking the first steps in creating a space in the infamous “world wide web.” I know, no one says that anymore. It’s okay, this is my little corner of the web. Consider it my icebreaker. 🙂

First posts can be so intimidating. I figured that I would post about something that always gave me comfort whenever I needed a little jump in my step at the start of a hectic day.

Oh, coffee. Where do I begin? Continue reading “Welcome!”