Use mooncake molds to create stamped sugar cookies!  Before3pm.com

One of my favorite pastimes is finding unusual tools from cuisines around the world.  Several years ago I discovered mooncake molds (you can read about my westernized version here).

Even though most of these tools are traditionally used for very specific recipes, I like to get creative and find other ways to use them.

Use mooncake molds to create stamped sugar cookies!  Before3pm.com

A really obvious way to use a mooncake mold is by making stamped sugar cookies! Read More →

Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com

Do you call these lollipops or suckers?  I grew up calling them lollipops, although it seems like suckers may be more common.

I also grew up saying soda, although my mom’s side of the family called it sodapop or just pop.

Whatever you like to call hard candy on a stick, they are easy to make and so much fun when you use these nifty molds! Read More →

Meal Inspiration Monday: Black Bean Soup and Quesadillas. Before3pm.com

Many of us have those standby dishes that we can throw together at a moment’s notice.  For me, one of these recipes is black bean soup and quesadillas.

I pretty much always have the ingredients on hand for black bean soup, and it comes together so fast, I can whip it up in no time.

And cheese… well I ALWAYS have cheese in our refrigerator!   Read More →