Category Archives: mochi

independence day

IMG_5213

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.)

IMG_5179
^^ 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.

IMG_5187
^^ 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.

IMG_5198
IMG_5200
^^ It’s not easy trying to get Mochi to look at the camera for a picture..

IMG_5210
IMG_5211
^^ 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 (:

IMG_5214
IMG_5221
IMG_5227

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.

IMG_5260_1
^^ 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.

mochi running free
^^ He really likes that baseball.

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

mochi running_2
IMG_5254

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

blueberry wheat germ muffins

IMG_4447

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.

    IMG_4379
    ^^After folding in the blueberries. Doesn’t it look like cookie dough?

    IMG_4381
    IMG_4385
    ^^They’re ready to go into the oven!

    IMG_4393
    ^^I love turning the oven light on and watching them bake. Am I the only one?

    IMG_4460
    ^^I didn’t have a cooling rack so I made a makeshift one.

    IMG_4448
    ^^These turned out so great. They were perfectly airy, crunchy and chewy on top.. and the burst of blueberries were delightful!

    daisies make me happy

    daisies

    Mochi would not stop barking this morning until I finally got up to take him for his morning walk. The weather was absolutely gorgeous today so I got to enjoy some of that while walking him. There’s this other maltese, Snuffy, that lives at the end of our block that Mochi really gets along with. They’re always sniffing each other’s butts and what not when they see each other. Well, this morning we were passing by Snuffy’s house, which has the prettiest little daisies planted in their front yard, and Mochi suddenly runs up to the fence on the side of the house. It turns out that Snuffy was out in the backyard, saw us walking by, and came to peak under the fence to see Mochi. At first, Mochi didn’t realize that Snuffy was peaking his head through the bottom of the fence. He just kept whimpering and looking back at me, then staring at the white fence. I had to point to out Mochi to look underneath the fence. Mochi finally spotted him, ran up to sniff each other, and they just whimpered together. It was seriously one of the most adorable things I’ve seen. It was like.. forbidden dog love or something.

    *On a side note: I’ll be leaving for my Seattle + Vancouver trip tomorrow, so if anyone has any recommendations on places to eat and/or visit, feel free to leave your suggestions below!