The Spiced Life

I am a SAHM who loves to bake, cook, write and eat, in no particular order.  Or maybe the order depends on my mood.  My particular interests food-wise are SE Asian, Mexican and Indian cuisines, bread, bundt cakes and cookies.  I think of my blog as a lot of baking and cooking with a little bit of life thrown in as well.

Wandering Rome II: An Open Letter Home

I don’t expect to have 1 post per day or half day for most of this trip, but Rome was like that. Just packing as much in as we could. We are coming back to Rome at the end of the trip, and then we will be more organized, because we have purchased the Roma......more

Wandering Rome: An Open Letter Home

So I have decided the only way to stay sane and also keep a decent record of what we are doing (both for my sake later and my friends’ and family’s sake now) is to have some posts without food. So this is one of those. After the food tour, we took our hotel’s bus...more

Taste of Testaccio; Asparagus with Sesame and Lemon

Stories of our food tour, “Taste of Testaccio,” in Rome, as well as a recipe for delicious Asparagus with Sesame and Lemon (scroll to bottom if you are only looking for recipe)! Affiliate links have been used to link to products I am discussing. We’re here! ...more

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars: #CreativeCookieExchange

These Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars are an indulgent, decadent treat, perfect for this month’s Creative Cookie Exchange theme of Caramel. Keep reading to check out all of the wonderful caramel cookies we have this month! Affiliate links have been used in this post to link to items I am discussing ....more

Raw Spice Bar Giveaway: Shichimi Togarashi Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Gomasio on Soba Noodles with Veggies

This Shichimi Togarashi Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Gomasio on Soba Noodles with Veggies was an amazing meal–and completely inspired by Raw Spice Bar. The folks at Raw Spice Bar are generously giving away 3 month subscriptions to 2 of my readers! Guys! ...more

Nibby Chocolate Crinkles For Finnegan; Review of Cookie Love

These Nibby Chocolate Crinkles are rich, intensely chocolate, and and not at all too sweet; instead their bitter complexity is complemented by the burst of sweet from the powdered sugar. I was provided with a copy of Cookie...more

Bibimbap (Korean Rice Bowl); Review of The Food of Korea

Bibimbap is a fantastic, healthy Korean rice bowl with ground beef and loads of crunchy vegetables. It is one of my favorite dishes ever. A copy of The Food of Korea was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review ....more

Matcha and Chia Mochi Cake

Matcha and Chia Mochi Cake is a delightfully simple snacking cake flavorful with vanilla, matcha and chia seeds. This recipe was inspired by Raw Spice Bar, who sent me their April Spice Box to try. Affiliate links have been used to link to items I am discussing ....more

Thai Burgers with Mushroom-Broccoli Fried Rice: Review of Nong’s Thai Kitchen

Thai Burgers with Mushroom-Broccoli Fried Rice makes for a fast, easy, and delicious dinner the entire family will love. A copy of Nong’s Thai Kitchen was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. Affiliate links have been used to link to items I am discussing ....more

Kerala-Style Chicken and Cauliflower Stew: Review of The Café Spice Cookbook

This Kerala-Style Chicken and Cauliflower Stew looks and tastes like the perfect spring curry! I received a copy of The Café Spice Cookbook from the publishers for the purpose of an honest review. Affiliate links have been used in this post to link to items I am discussing ....more