Pine Cone Elves

So these pine cone elves happened, and how freakin’ adorable are they?! I had to write a post for them just because I think their lil faces are so precious! They’re pretty self explanatory, just pine cones, pom poms (the eyes are tiny pom poms) pipe cleaners, hot glue, and prepare for a huge glitter mess! Next time I’ll probably use white glitter puffy paint to eliminate the mess. Finding the right pine cones is a bit of a challenge, but once you get good ones they’re so freakin’ cute!!


What’s on my Grocery List? 

I’ve mentioned before that I LOVE Asian food, not only because it’s tasty and it’s good for you, but because it’s versatile and so much fun to cook! I’ve decided to save a bunch of money on takeout by taking a trip to the Asian grocery store, and sharing some tasty items with you so you can do the same! 

1. Peanut Sauce

This is the PERFECT sauce for sautéed shrimp, chicken, beef, veggies, etc. It works amazingly in stir fry dishes and is non-GMO! It can also be used as a dipping sauce or marinade. 

2. Soybean Sprouts 

These little sprouts add a perfect “crunch” to your meal. I prefer to use them in noodle dishes. Simply add them later in the cooking process so they can absorb some flavor but still maintain their crunchiness.

3. Quail Eggs 

Isn’t this the most adorable little package?! This is actually my first time buying these. I grabbed a box out of curiosity so I will be looking for Quail Egg recipes in the near future! 

4. Mini Eggplant 

Another cute mini version of an already beloved favorite, I got a bag of these as well. You could even make tiny eggplant parmesan!

5. Thai Eggplant 

It was my first time purchasing these as well. I’m curious to see how they turn out in some noodle or rice dishes!

6. Tofu

Tofu has become one of my favorite things to make because it works as an excellent healthy meat replacement! I know many people who still find tofu weird and tend to shy away from it, but if you’re reading this article I assume you are open to it or have had it before. If not, no worries! I’ve written a tofu tutorial here.

7. Rolled Squid

Yum! I understand it’s not for everyone, but I’m a big seafood fan myself so I grabbed a package of this. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated but I would after opening the package just in case!


These kind in particular cook very fast and are delicious! They seem to make their own broth which is great if you want to use them in soup. 

9. BBQ Seasoning Mix 

I got this to use as tofu flavoring. You can use any flavor you wish, but I grabbed the BBQ one to give it a meat-like flavoring. 

10. Chopsticks 

Sure, you could use a fork. But where’s the fun in that?! 

Feel free to leave some recipe ideas and discuss your favorite dishes in the comments! XO