Mother’s Day Shopping Guide

I like the idea of getting something indulgent for Mother’s Day that your mother wouldn’t necessarily splurge on for herself. These gifts will remind her that you appreciate everything she does.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mom’s are notorious for taking care of everyone else before they take care of themselves. Getting a plush robe with a few different bath products (plus a little quiet-time) to create a spa-like feel at home would be .

Monogramed anything is great but I love this necklace and key chain. The Bauble Bar necklace can be customized with 2 or 3 initials so you and your sibling or siblings can can add your initials and give this gift together. If your mom loves jewelry but customization isn’t for you, try the Dogeared heart necklace. It’s delicate, simple and an affordable luxury. She would also appreciate a small tray to keep her jewelry with a message that every mom appreciates.

Does your mom have a little reading nook? Make it a little more comfortable with a plush pillow with a beautiful message.

If you’re mom’s a little more active, get the stylish Fitbit. It’s so beautiful, you can hardly tell that it’s functional.

Still not sure what what your mom would love? When in doubt, gift certificates are always a safe bet.




Let’s Eat | Carrot Rice

Carrot Rice made in a rice cooker. Super easy. Perfect for the busy family or couple.Ground Chili Powder, Cumin, and Cayenne give this Carrot Rice #recipe a unique flavor.

Like many, if not all, Chinese households, we have a rice cooker. Now that I think about it, it’s the one purchase that my fiancée made for our kitchen without my input. I think he had endured one too many of my attempts to make rice on the stovetop. I have a tendency to burn the bottom while the rest of the rice turns to mush. I now buy white rice by the 30-pound bag and make rice at least once a week. It’s great but I will admit that plain white rice can be a little monotonous. If I’m making a simple Roast Chicken and Asparagus then I’m going to need something super flavorful on the side. This Carrot Rice dish hits the spot. It’s spicy and smoky with a little bit of the sweet carrot. It’s a nice change without much extra work.

Carrot Rice
If I’m making a simple main dish then I’m going to need something super flavorful on the side. This rice cooker Carrot Rice dish hits the spot. It’s spicy and smoky with a little bit of the sweet carrot.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 2-4
  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice (cups according to the rice cooker)
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • Water
  • ½ Onion, finely chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 2 Carrots, grated (about ½ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger, grated
  • ½ teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  1. Add the rice to the rice cooker, chicken broth and just enough water to cook the rice according to the rice cooker directions.
  2. Next add the onion, carrots, ginger, chili powder, cumin and cayenne to the rice cooker.
  3. Cook the rice according to the rice cooker instructions.
  4. Once the rice has finished cooking, add the butter and salt and pepper.
  5. Serve immediately.

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