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July 31, 2013

It’s been a while.

by tina

For these past couple of months, I’ve been quite busy and have neglected my blog.. Amongst the many things happening, I had gone on an amazing trip to Japan and climbed Mt. Fuji–wanted to share these breathtaking views from the summit. :)

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From my trip, I’ve definitely been inspired to cook more Japanese foods.  I’m going to make it a goal to try and make at least one thing every month from my Japanese farm food book. I sadly admit that I had bought this book late last year and haven’t made a single thing from it yet :(

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Stay tuned for more posts to come!

-Tina

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August 7, 2012

A Cake Pops Kind of July

by tina

July sure flew by and I’m a bit sad that I lost my monthly posting streak that I had going on–it was a personal goal to post at least once every month. But oh wells. It was a busy month with lots of wedding related festivities. I enjoyed making cake pops 3 times in a month. yay :D

Here’s the evidence.

First off, I used this awesome cake pop baking pan

1st round. (first time ever making cake pops!) I followed this cupcake recipe for the batter. I knew the candy coating would contribute a lot to the sweetness of the cake pop, so I cut the sugar of the batter by about a third.

cake pops are hard to dip in the melted candy at first, but then you get the hang of it.  If you’re a cake pop newbie maker like me, I recommend melting the candy over a pot of simmering water rather than microwaving it.  You’ll get a much better consistency this way.  It takes a longer time, but you’ll be much happier, trust me!

Also, I learned that coating the bottom half first, then sticking the popsicle stick in, then letting the bottom half settle/harden first, and then coating the top half is a lot easier than trying to coat the whole thing all at once.

leftover cake batter went to making cupcakes :)

2nd round of cake pops. For a Tiffany’s themed bridal shower. (didn’t use the cake pop pan for 2nd or 3rd round. made it the original way of rolling the cake batter into balls)

3rd round. For a wedding shower.

We placed them in these cute bags

April 25, 2012

Fresh Catch: Catfish

by tina

Since the weather has gotten warmer and nicer, my friends and I decided to go fishing.  It was my first time and I was definitely excited.  The lake that we went to was stocked with crappies, sunfish, catfish, bass etc.  We started in the afternoon and there were no catches until sunset… not until the last 30 minutes we were there. We eventually caught 3 catfishes–one caught right after the other. It probably would’ve been a sad trip if we didn’t end up catching anything.

I caught one–my first catch, ever. :D

Afterwards, we randomly asked an Asian restaurant to clean the fishes for us.

Then I cooked my catfish… was quite scared of taking it out of the bag for some reason. Probably because it has fangs and whiskers and I was the one who killed it. :\

I cut the pieces in cross sections and peeled the fish skin off.

I stir-fried a few garlic cloves, ginger chunks, and green onion chunks. Added a little salt. Then, after placing the fish in, I added a soy sauce/sugar combination as the sauce and thickened it with corn starch.

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November 10, 2011

Cold Season is here~

by tina

I looked in my winter storage tonight and flipped out all my scarves that I’ve knitted and crocheted throughout the years. =)

A tad bit out of style now. I’m not sure if I’ll be wearing those bright colored ones anymore. He he.
Maybe I’ll wear these…

July 28, 2011

Cupcake Decorating

by tina

I learned how to decorate cupcakes today. Fun stuff!

I didn’t have enough time during class to finish decorating two of the cupcakes. I think it’s obvious which two those are. But if you can’t tell, that’s awesome. haha.

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