Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Oc Xao He (Stir Fried Conch With Chive Buds)

One of my favorite Chinese dishes is “Stir Fried Conch With Yellow Chive”, but I’m having a hard time finding yellow chive in the market. In this recipe, I’ve substituted with chive buds and still loving it. Chive buds have a great texture of sweet, crunchy and a hint of garlicky.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Surf and Turf: New York Steak and Snow Crab Legs

The weather has been super hot and humid this week, and I’ve been really lazy to cook dinner ever since we got back from our vacation. Therefore, here is our quick and lazy but yummy dinner from last night. I marinated the steak and pan fried, steam the snow crab legs, and use ready to eat mix salad.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Costa Rica: Part 3

We took so many great photos from our trip in Costa Rica, and I’ve having a hard time selecting the photos to share because I want to post them all.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

DIY Garden Arch

Remember our mini garden from this post Our Outdoor and Indoor Gardens? Vietnamese Coriander (Rau Ram), Mint, and Cilantro aren’t doing so well. But everything else seem to be doing great, and outgrown the little space we have. I’ve already harvest Malabar Spinach two times, I'll have an update photos post on the garden later.

I've always wanted an arch and have some kind of flower plants grow over it. Before we went on vacation, my fantastic hubby did a DIY archway, it's currently a home for the
Luffa plant. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dragon Fruit Dessert


I’m going to take a break of posting all the photos from Costa Rica and share with you this super easy and awesome Dragon Fruit dessert. I went to the grocery over the weekend and saw fresh Dragon Fruit and couldn’t pass it up. I know people would just eat it like a fruit, but here is now I eat dragon fruit, it enhances the flavor while looks pretty.

1 dragon fruit (1 ½ lb)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp honey
Crushed ice
Fresh Pineapple cubes for d├ęcor

Cut the dragon fruit in half.

Use a sharp pointed knife; make several horizontal cuts and several vertical cuts to achieve a checkerboard pattern. Do not cut through the peel.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Costa Rica: Part 2

I’m not so much of an adventure person when it involved with heights, but I’ve read a lot that one thing must do in Costa Rica is zip lining. I know my partner would enjoy it, so I bit my tongue and initiated that we do zip lining. I was about to pee in my pants half way through the first long line. Shortly, I found out a trick to recoup myself; don’t ever look down directly, instead look from side to side. Plus the amazing view of the lake and mountain took my fear away. Awesome, friendly and helpful staff at Sky Adventures provided us such a magnificent experience. We did the combo which included: sky tram, Sky trek (zip lining) and sky walk (hiking through the rainforest). Half way through the hike it began to thunderstorm and rain, I must say it was the most adventuress trip ever in my life.
In Sky Tram, ready to go up for zip lining

Friday, June 15, 2012

Costa Rica: Part 1

Hello again, I  hope you haven’t forgotten me. I took a long break from blogging and do have a good reason for it. We were on vacation in Costa Rica for 6 days well more like 4 days since we spent 2 days traveling. We just got home at 3 am on Thursday morning. I’ll be sharing a lot of photos from our vacation in the mean time, while I play catch-up. Also, our internet is acting, we are in the transition of switching provider.

It was one of the most troublesome trip ever, where everything possibility went wrong. We found out hubby’s passport has expired when we checking in last Thursday at the airport, so our trip got delayed a day. We spent a whole day running around and a lot of phone calls with the airline, travel agent, and passport rush service. Thank you to http://jetsetvacations.com/ for straightens out with the airline for us to be able to flight out the next day. Strike all the hassles; we were determent to have a great vacation. These photos are our "staycation" since we were still in Washington DC getting his passport done.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tom Rim (Caramel Garlic Shrimps)

Life has been on the go for me in the last couple of months, and sometime I just need to slow down catch a breath and enjoy life. Therefore, I’m going to take some time off from blogging to relax and spend quality time with the hubby.

However, I want to leave you with this super easy and quick recipe, you’ll have it done in less than 10 minutes.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Featured and Target Haul

Our first DIY project “refinish a dining table” is featured on Erin’s blog “how to nest for less” last night. I’m honored, excited, thrilled and greatly appreciated! So please head on over to Erin’s blog and check it out, there are also other awesome featured projects as well.

Here goes my Target Haul
Summer is here and we'll be definitely doing a little travel, I’m restocking some travel size items. Also, I needed a cosmetic bag that fit everything, because every time I travel I packed 2-3 different bags for makeup and bathroom products. When I saw this “weekender cosmetic bag” at Target and couldn’t pass up, it’s big with 3 different compartments. I’ll be able to fit everything in here, and did I mention I love the colors.
 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Weekend Recap: Birthday

Did you all have a great weekend? Our turned out to be really busy but awesome. We hosted my nephew’s (Tommy) first birthday on Saturday, and attended Mr.K nephew’s (Tony) 10th birthday gather on Sunday.

For my nephew’s birthday, I was involuntary (but happy to be) in charge of decoration and cake. I have been super busy and ashamed to admit that I did not prepare everything in advance except for the birthday invite, everything else I’ve put together the night before and the day off. Nevertheless, in our defense, cleaning up the house took up a lot of our time. Hubby and I dived ourselves into cleaning and preparing our house for a week, and on Saturday we woke up around 7:30am to work on it some more. We were like proud parents, hopefully one day it will be us hosting our own kid’s first birthday.

Most important, it turned out nice and everyone loved. Tommy loved the monkey we got him for his 1-month celebration, and it was my inspiration. Therefore, his first birthday theme is base on the monkey; I’ve used red, green, yellow and blue colors.

I’ve made these tissues pom pom, it was super easy and great for the decoration. In addition, I made the watermelon carriage. I saw it on pinterest, it was supper easy and fun to do. I'll do different posts for these DIYs.

Without further ado, here are the pictures from Tommy birthday party. Sad thing is we were too busy as photographers and entertained the guests that we didn’t even got a picture with the birthday boy.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Feature Friday: A Wonderful Person in My Life

It has been a rough week and I have no recipe, travel, or inspiration post to share. So I’m going to share with you something more meaningful to me. I am greatly thankful for a great family, awesome friends, and fantastic in-law. However, today I’m thankful to have Mr.K “hubby”; I couldn’t have carry on life without him. I know I don’t give him enough credit on a regular basic, so I like to take this opportunity to express how grateful I’m to have him as a life partner.

We are getting ready to host our nephew Tommy’s first birthday this weekend. Our house is a hot mess; he has initiated to clean up the house in the last few days. On a regular day, not only has he helped with chores at home such as doing dishes, laundry, mopping, and my handy man; but also he does it without a word of complaint. He is extremely easy-going and genuine kind of person, with great heart and tranquil personality. On top of that, he keeps up with my insanity; and always tells me to just “be happy, smile, breath, and everything will be alright”. So thank you for standing by my side, to support, to comfort, and to help me fall back on.

I rewarded him with full meal last night.
Stir Fried Conch with Chives

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