Handprint Keychains for Father’s Day

My friend asked if I wanted to make some handprint keychains for our husbands for Father’s Day. I’m not sure my husband is that sentimental but I LOVE this idea. I would want a handprint keychain of my baby as a gift so that’s what he’s getting as a gift in addition to his golf trip. It’s super easy to do. For instructions, please visit Grey House Harbor’s blog. I also made thumb prints and decided I’m going to put a string in the hole and wear it as a necklace.

 

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Easter Gifts

I really wanted to crochet my niece and nephew a stuffed bunny, but 2 hours into it, I realized I was doing it all wrong and decided to give it a try a different time. So instead I painted a mason jar using matte chalky paint. I taped off a silhouette of a bunny and painted two layers (letting each layer dry in between). I plan on filling the jar with candy unless I find something super cool to put in it. I got a couple of other things to add into their goody bags – books and finger puppets. Maybe next year I’ll attempt the bunny or maybe I’ll get it done by Christmas.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

For the Doctor Who Bridal Shower, I made red velvet cupcakes. I used Paula Deen’s red velvet cake recipe. I baked the cupcakes for 18 minutes.

IMG_1765For the cream cheese frosting:

2 – 8oz of cream cheese (soften)

1 stick of butter (soften)

1/2 tbsp of vanilla extract

2.5 cups of powder sugar

Mix cream cheese with butter together. Add the vanilla extract. Slowly add the powder sugar.

IMG_1769I found the printables for the cupcake toppers at Three Little Monkey’s website.

IMG_1777Aren’t these so cute! Everyone enjoyed them.

Cookie Mix in a Jar

This past weekend was my sister’s bridal shower. It was a Doctor Who Themed Shower. We had a lot of fun making decorations and doing food prep, but I had a hard time deciding what kind of favors to give out. I wanted something that was easy and low stress since I was busy making decorations. I decided on the cookie mix in a jar idea. It’s all over Pinterest so it has to be good, right?

Here’s what you need for the cookie mix in a jar:

Pint size mason jars

1/2 cup of all purpose flour

1/4 tsp of baking soda

1/4 tsp of baking powder

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1/4 cup of white sugar

1/3 cup of old fashioned oats

1/4 cup of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup of white chocolate chips or peanut butter chips

ingredients

Start an assembly line for your jars. Mix the flour, baking soda and baking powder together. Pour into the bottom of the jar. Tap jar to create an even layer of flour. Then add the brown sugar, again tapping it down to create and even layer. Repeat process with white sugar, oatmeal, chocolate chips.

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These are oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. The directions to make them should read – Mix ingredients from jar together. Melt 3.5 tbsp of butter. Let cool. Add one egg and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract to butter. Mix wet and dry ingredients together. Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350°F.

These come out as thinner crispy cookies, not chewy ones. I created little tags with the directions written on them. Look how cute they are!

cookie mix in mason jar

Vacation Time

I just got back from a much needed family vacation. We went to Puerto Rico and cruised the Southern Caribbean. I got to hike, kayak, snorkel, swim with turtles, see a lot of historical things, and best of all – eat a lot of good food. Here are some highlights.

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underground tunnel
underground tunnel
Puerto Rican Food
Puerto Rican Food

626 Night Market

The 626 Night Market was a bit disappointing due to the poor planning, however, this is their first year and it was hard to anticipate how large the crowd would be.  This is a product of social media.  10 years ago, normal advertising then would not have turned out a crowd this large.  As the numbers of attendees are still in the works, I’m guessing it was at least in the tens of thousands.  I wish I could say it was a great event, but truthfully, I didn’t buy anything or taste anything as the crowd was too overwhelming for me.

My first try at this event was at 5:30pm.  I wanted to see everything and take pictures while there was still light out.  I could barely get through the block.  Growing up in an Asian community, I have never seen this many Asian people in one area.  It was a bit ridiculous.  Here is the only picture I took:

This is me finally getting through the market area.   I tried going back around 8pm and it was just as crowded.  I wish they had another block for the market so they could spread out the food vendors, but I’m sure the organizers realize this and will have a much better event next year.  Hopefully I’ll get to go.  If anyone went and actually got to eat any of the food, let me know.

Lent is Over

Ever since my freshman year of college, after attending Ash Wednesday mass with my friend, I began the practice of Lent.  Every year I give up either soda, chips, fries, or a combination of them.  My unhealthy habit would have to be fried food and as I wasn’t quite ready to give up all fried food for Lent this year, I decided just fries and chips.

Well, Lent is over and this is what I got from my friend/coworker:

That’s right, 3 bags of chips.  I also bought myself one bag that is sitting at home.  Today is Friday.  That’s 5 days since Lent has been over and guess what, I finished every bag of chips!  To be completely honest, I only ate half the Doritos cause I wasn’t really feeling them (so I shared with others).  I feel completely guilty for eating that many chips as I am trying to be more healthy.  I tell myself that I’ll eat healthier next week.  All we can do is try our best, right?

Local Events

I’m always looking for great events to go to.  If you’re in the Los Angeles area, or more specifically, the Pasadena area, there are 2 great events this Saturday, April 14.

Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival: Learn about how to be more sustainable and enjoy the many food trucks that accompany this educational event.  April 14, 11am – 5pm. 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA

626 Night Market:  This is a great way to experience the many variety and yumminess of Asian food.  There will be many food vendors that will offer everything from egg rolls to beef noodle soup to Chinese donuts. This is their first year so it may be a bit chaotic.  April 14, 5 – 11pm. 1 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena, CA

LA Weekly Gold Standard Event

Last weekend, I went to the 4th annual LA Weekly Gold Standard Event.  It was very hot and there were a lot of people at the Petersen Automotive Museum, but I did get a chance to sample food from restaurants I don’t often go to.  Animal, Ink, Susan Feniger’s Street, Huckleberry, and many others were there.  These were all a collection of Jonathan Gold’s favorite LA eateries.  Here are some highlights:

Chego
Huckleberry
Ink