Raspberry Peach Mint Coconut Water

Refreshing coconut water infused with mint, raspberries, and peach. Filled with tons of fruit, this drink is perfect for hydrating on a hot summer day. 

Raspberry Peach Mint Coconut Water | Cooking with a Wallflower

During the summer, when the weather is hot, we need to keep ourselves hydrated for many reasons but mainly to quench our thirst. Too little water during a heat wave can cause heat exhaustion and even heat stroke. My drink of choice is usually icy cold water.

I love drinking icy cold water, especially when adding fruits and mint for an infusion of flavor. But sometimes I want a slight variation.

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Life of Wallflower Part 11 – Registered Dental Hygienist

I have really exciting news to share with you in this Life of a Wallflower post.

As many of you know, I’ve been pursuing a career in dental hygiene for awhile now. During these last few months, I’ve been stressing over my licensing exam. Many of you have offered support, encouragement, and well wishes during these difficult months. I wanted to take the time to thank you for that! So I’m excited to share with you, that as of today, I’m officially a registered dental hygienist! =)

I spent my day doing absolutely nothing. I’ll work hard tomorrow to write a recipe. Today, I treated myself to one of my favorite Vietnamese desserts at Bambu.

Bambu

Have you had che before? It’s definitely different from any other dessert. You can usually find it in the dessert section at a Vietnamese restaurant. But if you’re lucky enough to find a place that specializes in these desserts, you’ll find that the variations are extensive. =)

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Squash Blossom Quesadillas

Crispy tortillas filled with melted cheese, delicate squash blossoms, fresh basil, and a variety of cherry and grape tomatoes. This quesadilla is delicious and full of fresh ingredients straight from the Farmer’s Market.

Squash Blossom Quesadillas | Cooking with a Wallflower

One of my favorite weekend activities is the Farmer’s Market. I’m willing to wake up early on Saturday or Sunday morning just to browse fresh produce and discover new vendors. This last weekend, my cousin and I went to downtown Sunnyvale for the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market. We have never been to this one before so it was a pleasant surprise to find some many vendors. One block was lined with fruits and vegetables, the other block sold different foods. It’s definitely a food blogger’s paradise!

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Sugar Cookies

Slightly crispy on the outer edges and chewy in the center with a hint of vanilla, these sugar cookies are the easiest to make! With just four ingredients, these sugar cookies are ready in about 20 minutes. Sugar Cookies | Cooking with a WallflowerAfter two days of dealing with website issues, I really needed a batch of these crispy yet chewy sugar cookies to make me feel better. The issue of posts and images not loading properly appeared for some readers and not for others. I’m not sure why that was, but I knew there was a problem. Especially since I couldn’t even log into my dashboard. It took me awhile to convince the technicians that something was wrong. I spent most of yesterday on the phone, emailing, and online chatting with 8 technicians.  I think I finally figured out what went wrong with the site, and I’m now ready to post. Crossing my fingers that the issue has been resolved. =)

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Blog Trouble

I just wanted to let you know that I’m having trouble with my site right now. My dashboard is refusing to let me log in, constantly telling me that my page cannot be found or that I have a redirect loop. When it does allow me to log in, my access lasts for a few minutes at most. So I have just enough time to send you a message, letting you know that that’s what happening.

I’m currently trying to work with WordPress and my host server to get this fixed as soon as possible. In the meantime, I’m not sure if it affects what you see on my blog. I know from my end, some photos aren’t showing and the content appears to be in plain text, definitely not how I wanted it.

Let me know what issues you are experiencing on my blog so that I can mention it to my host server and to wordpress.

Thank you so much for being patient. Once the blog is up and running perfectly again, I’ll be back sharing my new recipes with you plus an update through Life with a Wallflower. =)

10 Desserts Perfect for Summer

I can’t believe it’s already more than halfway through July! Summer flies by fast, doesn’t it?

One of my favorite parts of summer is the abundance of fruits that are available. They’re prefect for salads, beverages, and desserts. Who could resist?

So tonight, since I’m in the middle of changing my blog layout, I decided to re-share with you several desserts that are refreshing and just in time for the peak of summer. Hurry and try these desserts before the fruits go out of season!

Strawberry Mango Coconut Sticky Rice

Slightly sweetened sticky rice with a hint of coconut topped with sliced strawberries and mangoes. A little twist to the traditional mango sticky rice, this dessert is simple to make and delicious, perfect for an indulgence after dinner.

Strawberry Mango Coconut Sticky Rice - Cooking with a Wallflower

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Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Soy Lime Dressing

Buckwheat noodles tossed with chopped tomatoes, julienned zucchini and shredded carrots then drizzled with a spicy soy lime dressing. This tasty vegan and gluten-free Asian inspired noodle salad is simple to make and great for hot summer days.

Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Soy Lime Dressing | Cooking with a Wallflower

With out of state relatives visiting, my grandma’s birthday celebration, and seeing friends I haven’t seen in a long time, I have been eating out a lot and definitely not healthily. Don’t believe me? Check out my Instagram. So once all the guests were gone, I wanted something that tasted delicious but was at the same time healthy and guilt free. That means I need to whip out my soba noodles and my summer vegetables. Continue reading →

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

Fresh strawberries blended with lemonade and ice for a delicious summer beverage. With just a few ingredients, this refreshing drink is quick and simple to make.

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie | Cooking with a Wallflower

It has been such a hectic few days, but finally, finally I get to relax. I can’t imagine a better way to unwind than with a good book and a refreshing beverage in hand, especially on a hot humid day.

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10 Summer Salad Recipes

It has been a super long stressful weekend. So… even though I have a few recipes waiting to be written and posted, I decided to do a roundup of some of my summer salad recipes instead. I took my licensing exam at 6:15 this morning, and I’m attending a family event tonight. I really didn’t think I could give my post all the attention it deserves. This was my compromise. I hope you don’t mind. =)

In a few days, I’ll be back to posting new recipes. In the mean time, I hope you’ll find something you like from these summer recipes.

Roasted Asparagus Spring Rolls with Hoisin Sauce

A vegetarian twist on the Vietnamese spring rolls. These spring rolls are filled with roasted asparagus, Granny Smith apples, and fresh veggies. Refreshing and crunchy with a hint of spicy and sour, it’s perfect for a quick and healthy meal.

Roasted Asparagus Spring Rolls

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Green Tea Cookies

Crispy on the edges and chewy in the center, these green tea cookies are oh so very tasty and addictive. Simple to make with only four ingredients, you’ll have cookies ready in less than 20 minutes.

Green Tea Cookies | Cooking with a Wallflower

Is anyone as addicted to green tea as I am? Or cookies that are both crispy and chewy?

As you can probably see, I’m still in my stressed out and indulging mode. But don’t worry, that’ll be over in a few days.

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