Yummie Raspberrie Smoothie

Who is ready for Summer?!

Yummy Raspberry Chocolate Smoothie

Summery Smoothie

Summery Smoothie


2 cups fresh raspberries (or frozen)

3/4 cup low-fat milk
6 ounces non-fat vanilla yogurt
3 tablespoons chocolate syrup or semi-sweet dark chocolate bits
3 ice cubes (only if using fresh berries)


1. Combine the berries, milk, yogurt & chocolate in a blender

& process until smooth, then (if using fresh berries) add the ice cubes & again process until smooth. 

2. Pour into 2 glasses & enjoy!


Did you just say Kale Chips?

Just like what my husband said: It is like junk food, only it’s not!

Kale Chips Adapted from Tastefully Julie.

Kale Chips???

Kale Chips???


1 bunch of kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
pinch of coarse sea salt
other seasonings (e.g. dill, nutritional yeast, sesame, garlic powder, parmesan, pepper)

Seasoning Combinations to Try

Dill, nutritional yeast/parmesan, ground black pepper
Black pepper and garlic powder
Sea salt and black pepper
Sesame and pesto (in lieu of olive oil)
Cayenne, paprika, and parmesan
Paprika and parmesan


1. Preheat oven to 300 F.

2. Wash the kale thoroughly and remove the hard inner stem. Tear the leaves into large chip-sized pieces. Make them a bit larger than you want because they will shrink as they bake.

3. Dry the kale thoroughly. You can do this by running the leaves through a salad spinner or wrapping them in a towel and shaking them until dry.

4. Put the kale pieces into a large bowl or a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Add the oil, and massage the leaves until coated.

5. Toss the leaves with salt and any other seasonings.  Use a bit less than you think you need, as the taste will intensify as the kale shrinks.

6. Arrange the kale in a single layer on a large baking sheet. You can line it with parchment for easier clean-up, but it is not necessary.

7. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through (and gently flipping the chips, as needed).

8. To store (if they last more than a few minutes), cool the chips thoroughly and put in an airtight container.

Are you sure these are chips??? They're very good with Japanese Mayo nonetheless (=

Are you sure these are chips??? They’re very good with Japanese Mayo nonetheless (=

Who am I?

Hello everyone and welcome to Homemade Magnolia!

My name is Magnolia. What’s yours?

Since identity asks and answers the question, “Who am I?”…

I would like to ask a question that is very near and dear to each one of us: our names.

What is your name? Do you know the background behind your name? Is there a story or history behind it?

For me, my name is Magnolia.

Many of you would think that I was named after the flower called Magnolia.

But that’s actually NOT the case. My name is actually derived from an ice cream company in the Philippines named Magnolia Ice Cream.

My dad used to work here plus, we love their flavours… particularly “Double Dutch”! YUM! ^^,

It is still very vivid to my memory how my classmates were making fun of me because it is like naming your child “Häagen-Dazs” or something…

Thankfully, I realized when I moved to the United States that Magnolia is more known to be a flower here than an ice cream brand. That made me feel much better!

I also believe in the saying, “A picture paints a thousand words” and so… please allow me to show you my bulletin board (=

Inside Magnolia Lim's Mind (=

Inside Magnolia Lim’s Mind (=

I guess you just have to look closely… and you will kind of understand where I am coming from (=

It is like a “Portfolio” of all my current culinary ventures and creative endeavours at the best place to be… at home.

It is my hope that this small space in the blog realm would inspire you to craft, cook, over-expose your husband (wink!) and to meditate on what matters most in this life. (=

Now tell me…

What is your name?

And then, we’ll go from there…

Have fun reading!