From Cupcakes to Traditional Korean Food and Everything in Between

Happy 4th of July!


For some patriotic foodie inspiration, check out some sweet treats to make your weekend sweeter!

4th of July Pie Pops Recipe

Pie Pops


Red, White, and Blue layer cake

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies Recipe

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

I took full advantage by watching fireworks with J on the beach {the island gets started early here} and having blueberry pie for breakfast.  Though Arthur swept by, the locals didn’t even flinch and the party commenced as usual.  Cheers to a weekend bursting with sunshine, crashing waves, and more fireworks!


Your Squishy Monster ^.~

Mini Chocolate Donuts {Baked}

My only regret in life?  Not ever owning an easy bake oven.  {Kidding…kind of}  Boy was I envious of all my friends that would have me over to watch as miniature treats would magically emerge from that iconic pink oven.

Ah, sweet nostalgia.

So when I saw this miniature donut pan at the shop, the inner kid me in yelped for joy, while the adult in me calmly walked up to the counter to pay and gleefully smile as I drove home to make these.

Mini Chocolate Donuts Baked Recipe

5.0 from 5 reviews

Mini Chocolate Donuts {Baked}
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Serves: 2

  • ½ c unbleached flour
  • ¼ ts baking powder
  • ⅛ ts baking soda
  • ⅛ ts fine salt
  • 2 tb melted chocolate
  • 1 tb sour cream
  • ¼ ts instant coffee
  • ⅓ c brown sugar
  • 3 tb canola/veggie/grapeseed oil
  • 1 egg

  1. In the first bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder/soda, and salt.
  2. In the second bowl, whisk together the cooled melted chocolate and sour cream.
  3. Still working with the second bowl, blend in the coffee, sugar, oil, and egg.
  4. Fill a well greased miniature donut pan ¼ of the way full and bake at 350 for 4-6 minutes.


Your Squishy Monster ^.~

Life Lately

The moment we left home and started driving away, I started bawling.  Like a baby.  I’ll be 29 in 3 months and there I was.  Bawling.

It’s been nearly 2 weeks now and it still hasn’t quite sunk in but we’re just about settled in and I’m enjoying the slow pace of the island.  Everyone I meet eagerly offers me their own explanation of being on “island time.”  Will my staunch type-a personality ever allow me to fully immerse myself in this philosophy?  All I know is that natures seems to prevail over what suburbia flaunted with a concrete jungle filled with high rises.  I’m spending almost all of my time outdoors and swallowing all the natural beauty that surrounds me.  Though my heart aches for my family, the sea swirled with shock of blue sky can’t be bad for my soul.


6 The inlet where we went shrimping, the view home from the grocery store, a turtle in our driveway, and an alligator down the road.

4 Mama’s parting gift {mugwort rice cakes}.  Thank you mama!


With my plaque at Charlotte’s “30 under 30″ right before the move.


Daddy’s Father’s Day low country boil: crab, bbq clams, mussels, shrimp, corn, potatoes, caesar salad, banana pudding, and squid jerky gift bags :)

3 Our first meal in our new home: roasted broccoli, grass-fed ribeye, and garlic mashed potatoes.

New videos will be posted next week!


Your Squishy Monster ^.~

Sea & Sand


The Squishy Monster is moving to the beach!

This is something that’s been on my bucket list for quite some time and I’m ecstatic that by next week, we’ll be living just a few blocks from the beach.  We combed through all the details this past weekend {not without some play time, of course} and I’ve brought back a pink nose, bubbling excitement, and a bittersweet note as well.  As y’all may know, I’m very close to my family and I began tearing up when thinking about leaving them and guilt for all those wonderful weekly family suppers to not be had regularly.  J has reassured me that we will come back often and that future suppers will be even that much more special.  Not to mention, I’ll be able to bring back some fresh seafood with me to serve!

jelly fish


A jelly fish and crab that washed up to shore :(

pancakes Fun pancakes to fuel a day at the beach.

lob roll Lobster rolls for lunch.

rudys Sole with white wine and butter.

shrimp n grits Shrimp & grits brunch.

shrimp Fresh shrimp cocktail.

mahi Mahi tacos, buffalo oysters, and sweet corn fritters.



They say that home is where the heart is.  My heart will always be with my family but I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds.

I will be setting up a new kitchen next week and should have videos posted thereafter.


Your Squishy Monster ^.~

Peach Ice Cream with 3 Ingredients

We’re finally starting to get more sun here which makes me incredibly happy.  However, with warmer weather comes the need to cool down and what sweeter way than with homemade ice cream?  This ice cream is made even sweeter with the fact that it only requires 3 ingredients and is a cinch to make.  It takes longer for it to set than to actually make it!

Peach Ice Cream Recipe with 3 Ingredients

5.0 from 3 reviews

Peach Ice Cream with 3 Ingredients

  • 300-350 grams of peaches
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

  1. Peel and chop the peaches. Either puree or roast them. If roasting, spread evenly onto a baking sheet, sprinkle with a bit of salt and let it go until it gets nice and soft. Cool and set aside.
  2. In a cold bowl, whisk the cold cream until it achieves soft peaks.
  3. Fold in the cooled peaches and condensed milk.
  4. Cover with plastic and allow to set overnight.

Have a great weekend and stay cool my friends!


Your Squishy Monster ^.~

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