Wednesday, January 28, 2015

i love her land.

I crave so much for time with Mother Nature. Her land is so beautiful, even in winter, even when it rains, and even when I am having a bad day. I am always hoping I would find one of her beautiful creatures, like a fawn or a kit, here in the woods. And when if I do come upon one, I would only adore from a distance. I had no luck with beautiful creatures, only what drops behind them. Until then, my partner and I will wander in other parts of what Mother Nature has to offer us. I love her land so much!

Monday, January 26, 2015

l a t e l y . . .

thinking aloud - - -

  • i don’t drink coffee during the day as much as i used to. i have been treating myself to a latte at a shop more than usual.

  • B and i have been eating out too much. we should probably stop.

  • we have been eating pad thai (pictured above) at least once a week! i tried making it for B and he liked it, but we didn’t have cayenne pepper so i used chili powder. he wasn’t a big fan of the chili powder, so i guess we’ll have to buy cayenne pepper and try that next time. i’m going to perfect it because one restaurant had a bowl of rice (about 2 cups) selling for $3! that’s overpriced for white rice and i need my white rice.

  • i am so out of shape and it is very sad. i used to be able to eat anything i wanted and however much, but i need to watch myself because i don’t exercise like i used to. soccer was my way of burning off the fat and staying lean. i need to start running again.

  • the school year for the kids is going by quickly. it is already the 3rd quarter and before you know it, june will be here and so will summer vacation. that means, i need to look for a part time summer job. sure, i could not work, but i like to buy cute things here and there. also, if i stay home, i will drive both B and i crazy! i love him, but i will be so bored and become a monster. so, if you know of any part time summer gig, holler at cho’ girl!

  • it makes me happy that the sun is setting after 4:30pm and people are able to enjoy the day longer.

    yep. . . that's life lately for me. how about you??

  • Sunday, January 25, 2015

    Blueberry Muffins

    I’ve kind of been on a baking roll. Last week, I decided that I should bake some banana almond muffins and blueberry muffins. For the banana muffins, I followed a previous recipe, but made muffins instead of bread. And here is the Blueberry Muffin recipe:

    2 cups unbleached all-purpose flower
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    2 teaspoons fine salt
    1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
    2/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for the topping the muffins
    2 large eggs, at room temp
    1/2 cup whole milk
    1 ½ cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried

    Get Down:
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

    Brush muffin tin with butter and set aside. In most cases, I always use paper cup/liners for my muffins/cupcakes for less cleaning.

    In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt then set aside.

    In a large bowl, with a mixer, mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, one at a time, mix after each egg is added.

    With a rubber spatula, fold the flour mix in 3 parts into the butter/sugar/egg mixture, alternating the milk in 2 parts until combined. (I did flour, milk, flour, milk, flour).

    Fold in blueberries.

    Pour the batter evenly into muffin tin and sprinkle sugar on the top.

    Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

    Cool muffin on rack.

    Enjoy muffins with coffee or orange juice (or whatever drink you like).

    Have you been baking lately?? If so, what have you been baking??

    Friday, January 23, 2015


    Hide, Mr. Sun. I don’t care because sometimes beautiful moments happen without you! ;)

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    Minnesota Winters.

    Minnesotans were so happy to see the blue sky on Sunday (01.18.2015). At least, I know I was happy to see some blue in the sky. Our winters can be long and dark, but days like this, we really live for!

    Is it me, or is this winter just so gloomy? It brings a good mood to my pictures, but c’mon, we've had too many consecutive cloudy days. The flip side to the gloom, we do not have three feet of snow! I just hope we do not get a big dump come February! My gosh!

    I am embracing the fact that I’m a Minnesotan. Our winters can bring be long, but I have to make the best out of it. When the sun is out, I’ll make attempts to explore some of my favorite places in its winter stage. It’s not as bad as it seems unless it’s -35F with wind chills. In that case, I can make a date with a movie, coffee, and some snacks. =)

    We are half way there, Minnesota. We can do this!