Gemma’s No-Bake Tiramisu Cheesecake

One of our recent favorite cooking (YouTube) shows is Bigger Bolder Baking by Gemma Stafford. Today I made her latest recipe, No-Bake Tiramisu Cheesecake for Valentine’s Day ❤️

Tiramisu with banana on top 🍫🍌 #valentine #tiramisu

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I skipped the Ladyfingers and whipped cream but added slices of bananas instead. I couldn’t find digestives or graham crackers so I used Japanese cookies called Marie. Marie cookies worked great for layering in between the cheese mix too. A packet of Starbucks VIA seems perfect for the whole recipe (which calls for 5-6 tsp of instant coffee granules).

The recipe on her blog: No-Bake Tiramisu Cheesecake for Valentine’s Day

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Team Global Meetup 2016: Tokyo Edition

This week, my team at Automattic had a meetup in… Tokyo! 🗼🎌 I was so waiting for this to happen, and finally… my five teammates and the CFO all made it here.

(Last time was in Copenhagen, Denmark – March 2015)

One thing that didn’t go as planned was that I got a cold during the week 😓 But luckily I was able to join back with the team after seeing my doctor.

On Wednesday, we took a stroll around Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shibuya. It was a beautiful sunny day. We could see Mt. Fuji from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory.

We also got to see some plum and early-blossoming cherry flowers in Shinjuku Gyoen Park.

カンザクラ

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The last day was a combination of a productive morning clearing out a good number of todos & unresolved issues, 1-on-1 meeting with Alex, then a tasty dinner.

Even though it doesn’t feel like I only meet them (at most) twice a year because we work together every day online, it’s always nice to meet in person and say “Kanpai!” 🍻

Jenia’s series of meetup diary is on her blog.

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2015: The Year Of Gratitude

This fall, I wrote that I would pick the word “joy” to describe the past twelve months before my daughter turned one-year-old.

When I look back 2015, I feel very grateful for things that happened to my family and me. Some of them are:

One of my favorite moments this year: working along with other polyglots at WordCamp US Contributor Day.

So, if your life crossed mine (online or offline) this year, I thank you for making my 2015 what it was!