Ally Reads Books · Books + TV · Uncategorized

Ally Reads The Girl from Everywhere

(Spoilers below for Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere) Following the seemingly recent trend of popular books with “girl” in the title (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, Girl on the Train) is The Girl From Everywhere. The girl in this title refers to Nix, who lives on a ship that can travel anywhere… Continue reading Ally Reads The Girl from Everywhere

Ally Bakes Sweets · Food

Ally Bakes Everything Cookies

I love to try challenging and complex desserts, but more often than not, it’s the simpler desserts that people love. This particular cookie recipe has gotten rave reviews and requests from my friends, and over the years, I’ve managed to figure out the ideal ratio of ingredients. The cookies are chocked full of peanut butter, oatmeal,… Continue reading Ally Bakes Everything Cookies

Ally Goes Places · Travel

Ally Visits New Orleans (48 hour edition)

For my birthday weekend, my sister and I jetted off to New Orleans! Due to our crazy schedules, we only had 48 hours in the Big Easy. Despite that short amount of time, we managed to squeeze in so much amazing food, art, jazz, and history. Here is the list of the 24 things we… Continue reading Ally Visits New Orleans (48 hour edition)

Ally Bakes Sweets · Food

Ally Bakes Hi-Hat Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Happy (belated) New Year’s! One major thing I want to work on in this new year is to improve my food photography skills. I’ve been saying that for years, but for Christmas, I got a new DSLR camera! I’ve played around with DSLRs before and always marveled at how much better the pictures look than… Continue reading Ally Bakes Hi-Hat Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Ally Bakes Sweets · Food

Ally Bakes Red Bean Green Tea Mochi Cupcakes

The intention of this new site was to be more than just a baking blog, but as I’m still trying to figure out the other topics, the first posts are mostly going to be baking related. Can’t see many people complaining about that… If I was infamous enough to have a signature cupcake, this would… Continue reading Ally Bakes Red Bean Green Tea Mochi Cupcakes