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Hawaiian Butter Mochi Recipe (Video)

Preheat oven at 350 degrees

Ingredients:

1 stick of butter (melted)

2 cups of granulated white sugar

4 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 box mochiko flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 can evaporated milk

1 can coconut milk

1-2 cups of sweetened coconut flakes (toasted)


Instructions:

Mix melted butter and sugar. Add 1 egg at a time as you continue to stir. Add vanilla extract. Mix. Add mochiko flour. Then stir in baking soda. Add evaporated milk and coconut milk. Mix until it the batter becomes

smooth. Stir in the toasted coconut.

How to toast coconut the flakes:

Take a frying pan and heat it up on medium high. Add the flakes and stir until the edges of the flakes turn a light brown. Be extra careful not to burn the coconut. Remove from heat.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour

Quarantine Snacks — No Fire S’mores

I’m going to start this new thing on my website. I’m going to post one random easy recipe a week using basic ingredients. FYI, I am not a Chef nor did I go to culinary school.

Today marks the first day of the “Shelter at Home” order in Solano County. I was able to leave today and grab some groceries. Since I have all this free time at home, I’m going to share with you what I made today. I call this “Quarantine Snacks”.

No Fire S’mores


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Honey Graham Crackers
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars
  • 2 bags of Kraft Jet Puffed Miniature Marshmallows
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil (Not required)
  • Oven (Duh!)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to BROIL.

Break the graham crackers in half

Place one half of the graham crackers on the baking sheet, set the other half to the side.

Add a few marshmallows on top of the graham cracker

Place the baking sheet in the oven and leave it in for about 1-2 minutes. After the first minute, check the graham crackers to make sure it doesn’t burn. It will look like this when it’s done:

Sorry left the crackers in my oven a few seconds a little too long by accident. I couldn’t find my oven mitts!

After you remove it from the oven, place the chocolate bar on top of the marshmallows. It will look just like this:

Now you’re at the finish line. All you have to do is grab the other half of the graham cracker and place it on top. Just like this (See video):

And there you have it! A quick and easy Quarantine Snack without the bonfire. 🔥 By the way, don’t forget to turn off your oven!

How I lost 10 lbs in a month — without a gym membership.

This post is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

Hawaii was a month away so I needed to act fast. Unfortunately, my trip to the islands had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. All I have to say is that it’s been a crazy 2020 thus far. Especially with the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others who passed away in that helicopter crash. I have to admit, I’m still having a tough time accepting it, plus I haven’t completely gotten over the death of Nipsey Hussle either.


Moving forward, I wanted to share my workout routine with you. From the beginning to the end. I’m not fitness instructor nor am I a personal trainer. I don’t even work at a gym! 🤣 But if you plan on following my routine, awesome! Remember to move slowly first then gradually increase your sets.

Please consult your physician before beginning this or any exercise program! As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint or dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately.

  1. 20 minutes of stretching — arms, legs, your ass, your back ( I will show you how I stretch my back in another post)
  2. 15 minutes of jump rope (best cardio ever) or you can walk on a treadmill for an hour or…
  3. Do Burpees – 15 to 20 of them to get your heart going. Or…
  4. Shadow box! But if you have a heavy bag, that’s awesome! Put on your hand wraps, your gloves and be ready to punch the bag. Hit the bag with straight jabs for 3 minutes without stopping.
  5. 15 lb kettlebell workout. If you don’t own a kettlebell you can use a 15 lb dumbbell. If you would like to order a kettlebell, you can find one Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2wfRVBt
  6. For beginners, here’s a good 15 minute Kettlebell workout video that you can follow on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pTVZs7aYrHw
  7. 3 sets of 25 stomach crunches.
  8. Squats! This is the best exercise to tone your legs and give your butt a lift! I usually do 50 squats per workout. Sometimes more.
  9. Cool down
  10. Meditation

I do highly recommend the HIIT workout. HIIT means, “high-intensity interval training.” This is when you go ALL OUT. It sort of feels like you’re doing cardio level 100. The best thing about this workout is that you don’t need equipment however, expect to sweat a lot. Here is a video that will help you get started: https://youtu.be/1skBf6h2ksI

I bet you’re curious to find out what my daily diet is. Basically, I cut down on eating bad carbs (pasta, rice, bread) and replaced it with good carbs (sweet potatoes, quinoa, kidney beans – YUCK) I increased my spinach and kale intake, about 2-3 cups of greens per day. I stopped drinking soda. Whenever I wanted to get my soda fix, I would replace a Coke with sparkling water. I cut off candy! I cut off desserts. I cut off everything that could give me a cavity. I drink LOTS of water.

Working out isn’t just about losing weight or toning your arms. Working out gives you a chance learn your body and be in tune of yourself. To hit your weight loss goal, it takes discipline, determination, persistence, and consistency. Don’t get me wrong, I love the gym. The gym is my safe haven. But I also love saving money too.

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I was glad to hit that goal this month!

San Francisco Mission District: Street Art, Food, and Historical Landmarks

This photo was taken from one of the alleyways off 24th Street. Throughout the Mission, you will find murals and graffiti art painted on walls and fences.  

I grew up down the street near Dolores Park. My family rented an an apartment off 16th and Dolores. In the early 1970’s to early 80’s, my family paid roughly around $300 a month for rent. But since the tech boom in the 90’s and recent years, young professionals moved into the neighborhood initiating gentrification, raising rent and housing prices. I was browsing on YouTube and found this video describing gentrification in the Mission District. The neighborhood has changed a lot since I moved out of San Francisco. Check it out!

 

PLACES TO VISIT

  1. Mission San Francisco de Asis (Mission Dolores Church), the oldest standing building in San Francisco, located on 16th and Dolores
  2. Dolores Park (located near the Mission Dolores Church) I will cover more about Dolores Park another day
  3. Precita Eyes Muralists
  4. Alley Cat Books, 24th Street and Treat
  5. Dianda’s Italian Pastry (My personal recommendation), 2883 Mission Street
  6. Clarion Alley and Balmy Alley for the street art enthusiasts
  7. “I hate food.” said no one ever! Dozens of taquerias are located throughout the neighborhood. If you’re craving tacos, the Mission District is the epicenter of authentic Mexican Food. It is also know to have a high concentration of Guatemalan, Salvadorean, and Nicaraguan restaurants. If you want to try a really good burrito, I highly recommend Papalote SF off 24th and Mission – don’t leave the restaurant without taking home a jar of their Roasted Tomato Salsa!

🚩CrysTIP:

  • Public Transportation is highly recommended to avoid spending countless minutes looking for a parking spot. If you plan to travel by BART, you can either get off at the 16th Street Bart Station or 24th Street Bart Station. By bus, you can take the 14 MISSION.