Category Archives: friends + family

independence day

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It’s almost the end of July and here I am, posting about our July 4th weekend. We’ve been quite busy the past couple of months. I honestly haven’t had the time to think about the blog. As many of our friends and family already know, boyfriend and I purchased a house! YAY! [applaud] The next question that everyone asks is, “Are you guys moved in yet?” And our answer is still no. We wanted to fix up the house here and there before moving in. It turns out that there’s a lot more work that needs to be done than we originally hoped. (I hear that’s what happens to all homeowners..) It’s still a work in progress and we don’t expect to move in until the end of summer. We’re super excited to see the house after renovations are done. I snapped some before-reno pictures so once it’s done, I’ll reveal the before-and-after pictures!

Over the July 4th weekend, we took a trip to visit my sister in Pittsburgh. And just to make our trip more interesting, we brought Mochi along for the ride. He was surprisingly well-behaved on this trip. We were a bit worried about bringing him at first since it’s a 6+ hour car ride and he tends to run around like a mad dog everywhere. But in the end, Mochi turned out to be more well-behaved without a leash, my sister got to get in her Mochi-time, and my dad became friends with Mochi. (Everyone always ends up taking a liking to Mochi.)

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^^ The Monongahela Incline up to Mount Washington. Since we brought Mochi along, we had to do more outdoor activity. Luckily, Pittsburgh weather was being cooperative and gave us plenty of sunshine for the weekend.

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^^ There was a sign that said pets were only allowed if they were put in their designated bags that a person can carry with one hand. So, my sister’s Tri-Delta tote became Mochi’s makeshift “designated” bag.

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^^ It’s not easy trying to get Mochi to look at the camera for a picture..

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^^ We’re all so busy with our own schedules and are living far away from each other. It was nice spending some family time together (:

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My sister took us around the campus of her alma mater, which was quite beautiful. A part of me felt like I missed out on a real college life. (Not that I didn’t go to a real college, but it just wasn’t what I had imagined when I thought of a college.) But I’m glad my sister got to enjoy her undergrad life on such beautiful campus grounds.

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^^ Mochi clearly loved the campus grounds, too. We took his leash off and let him roam around. He was surprisingly so well-behaved without the leash! So proud of my little baby.

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^^ He really likes that baseball.

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^^ SUPER happy. And thirsty. He surely enjoyed his independence that day.

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Not too bad, Pittsburgh. Not too bad.. Until next time!

blueberry wheat germ muffins

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I had a whole container of wheat germ left over from a few months ago when my sister was here. She bought it to make Mochi some dog treats. (Yeah, my dog eats healthier than I do apparently.) Wheat germ is all sorts of healthy for you (and dogs) so I was trying to figure out how to incorporate this into something I can make. And that’s where Pinterest comes in. I am totally hooked on Pinterest, if you couldn’t tell.

I had some leftover blueberries and plain yogurt, along with the wheat germ, so I decided to make some blueberry wheat germ muffins. I looked through a few different recipes, but I didn’t have all of the ingredients the recipes called for. I wish I had some whole wheat flour in my house. It would’ve been a tad healthier. I used all-purpose flour, but if you have whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour (yes, that exists) handy in your house, feel free to substitute it for the all-purpose flour.

blueberry wheat germ muffins

BLUEBERRY WHEAT GERM MUFFINS – adapted from citronlimette

(makes a dozen muffins)

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (can substitute with whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plain yogurt, fat free
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (can also use olive oil or vegetable oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
    2. In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients – flour, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    3. In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients – egg, yogurt, oil, and vanilla.
    4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Stir to combine. Gently fold in the blueberries. (You don’t want to mix in the blueberries to aggressively or else they’ll burst in the mixture, creating blue streaks.)
    5. Divide the batter evenly and spoon it into the prepared muffin tin. (I used a 1/4 cup to begin with and added in more afterwards.)
    6. Bake for about 20-22 minutes, until they become golden brown. To check if they’re done baking, you can test it by poking a toothpick (or a chopstick, in my case) through the center of the muffin. The toothpick should come out clean if it’s done.
    7. Cool on a wire rack.

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    ^^After folding in the blueberries. Doesn’t it look like cookie dough?

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    ^^They’re ready to go into the oven!

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    ^^I love turning the oven light on and watching them bake. Am I the only one?

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    ^^I didn’t have a cooling rack so I made a makeshift one.

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    ^^These turned out so great. They were perfectly airy, crunchy and chewy on top.. and the burst of blueberries were delightful!

    smorgasburg!

    Yet another late post. My apologies. I’ve been too preoccupied with other things that I’ve neglected my blog. So to catch you guys up on what’s been happening… Over the weekend, we had a little get-together with some of our store’s present and ex-colleagues. Although we all have our complaints about the store, I am thankful for the friendships that formed along the way. We’ve been trying to have these get-togethers every so often so we can all stay in touch, and what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with good food and good company?

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    ^^The last time that boyfriend and I went to Smorgasburg, we saw people walking around with pork buns and I made a mental note to myself to try it next time..
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    ^^And we did! (Oh, and my sister came back from Pittsburgh for a little while before school starts again, so we all hung out at Smorgasburg.)

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    ^^These guys… Aren’t they just adorable?
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    ^^Another place I wanted to try last time. Deji means pig in Korean. (They used the two dots from the ‘j’ and ‘i’ for the piggy nose. Such a cute idea!)
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    ^^We tried their Spicy Bellyroll Sammich. (Didn’t really have a choice since there’s only two items on the menu and the other one was sold out.) Never thought of having spicy pork belly on a baguette like that, but the kimchi and perilla gave it just the right amount of Korean flavor.

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    ^^Cheesing it.
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    ^^Mango-lassi push-pops!
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    ^^We found a cute little french bulldog!
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    ^^Love them.
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    ^^REUNITED! Well, some of us. (Just realized, why is Simon not in this picture..?)
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    And just because I feel like adding a picture of Mochi..
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    twenty-one

    jenn's 21st bday

    Jenn turned 21 yesterday! I feel like it was just the other day when we would come home from school and I’d ask her to make me food. Then she would go on to complain about why I can’t make it myself but end up cooking for me anyway. And now she’s already 21. Already been away from home for almost 3 years. But to me, she’ll always be my baby sister and I’ll always be the overprotective older sister. I’m so proud of all her accomplishments, so proud to say that she’s my little sister. Happy birthday, Jenn!