Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Snow 2017

Friday, 6 January 2017

Woke up to snow on the ground and 1 digit Fahrenheit.   Looked thick but it was only like 2-3" and the area is not flat.
Backyard

Frozen water in the jar

Front

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Christmas Dinner 2016

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Thanks to Roger who did the Christmas dinner.   Even though there were only 4 of us, I enjoyed the companionship.

Baked peach glazed ham

Dressing

Green Beans Casserole
Sweet Potato Salad

Brioche Buns

Monday, August 08, 2016

Birthday Treats 2916

Monday, 8 August 2016

I told Mike not to give me any card nor flowers, for my birthday.  I also said I don't want any other material things.   I actually requested that on his way home to get me a yogurt ice cream from Braum's.   He returned home with a pizza for dinner and a ice cream cake.   That was great!   I don't care for the pizza but I love the ice cream cake.  It was delicious.


Friday, August 05, 2016

Mum's Knitting

Friday, 5 August 2016

Most of my clothings, when I was growing up, was sewn by Mum.   I remembered she told me she learnt to sew by herself.  If she is alive now, I would tell her how much I appreciate her dedication in bringing us up.   There were 5 children and she was the best mother.   We hardly get sick.  We were cleaned and fed.    

These are the 2 knitted items that I have kept that she had made.  A blue sweater for me (when I was already a teenager). A red/green strip v-check vest for my younger brother when he was in his childhood.   The bottom pink strip was a replacement or an added strip.   My younger brother passed away 8 years before our Mom passed.

I didn't follow her foot steps in sewing.   Her granddaughter does.  Mum would be so proud of this granddaughter, who happens to be her first grandchild and a special one too.



Mom Hanging Sign

Friday, 5 August 2016

I love this sign from my son, Yean.   Thank you so much.
 

Mugs

Friday, 5 August 2016

I get all sorts of mugs during my life, but I still kept these two.   20 year or more ago, a work colleage (Sebah P) gave me the mug with my name on it.   I love it.    And 9 years ago, Mike gave me the one with a teddy bear attached.   I have not used it at all.



Christmas Presents 2015

Friday, 5 August 2016

So for Christmas presents, Mike got me a kitchen aid.   I love it.      I had wanted it but didn't think I need it since I have my 250 watt hand mixer which works great, except that it does not have the fixture for kneading dough.
Christmas present from Mike - Kitchen Aid

Mike wanted a tablet and he ordered one, so I paid him back and treated it as my Christmas present to him.
Christmas present for Mike - tablet



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Chinese New Year's Dinner 2016

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Chinese New Year of the monkey started yesterday, Monday (8 February).   Reunion dinner are traditionally held on the eve but we have ours today with 2 relatives.  2 other relatives could not make it, due to health problems so we invited 2 friends.  Plus Mike and me, there were 6 of us.    I have enough food for another 6 people!

I cooked 10 dishes this year!  Just felt like trying different recipes from the internet.   Using their recipes to blend into my own, they turned out all good!   And traditionally, we want to have lots of leftovers (plenty) for the new year.   And we did have a lot of leftovers.

Pork leg with vinegar
(http://annieliciousfood.blogspot.com/2012/10/mdm-chais-pig-trotter-in-vinegar-with.html) - lots of collagen!   This is my late dad's favourite dish.
Braised chicken feet with Chinese mushrooms
(http://raymondskitchen.blogspot.com/2010/04/braised-chicken-feet-with-mushroom.html) - lots of collagen, as well!  To those people who exclaimed this is yakky only by looking at the cooked feet and not even tasting it, I said they are not adventurous and they don't know what they are missing!

Stir fried ginger beef
(http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/stir_fry_ginger_beef/)
I prefer my braised version (the meat being more softer) but this turned out good too.  This is beef and I probably had it in the pan too long.

Stuffed tofu with pork and prawns
(http://www.anyrecipe.net/asian/recipes/stuffed_tofu.html) - I made a sauce to dip them with.   Delicious!

Chicken curry with potatoes
(http://rasamalaysia.com/chicken-curry-with-potatoes/2/) - one of my favourite dishes.   My late mum liked to do this on a raining day.

Fried fish with soy sauce
(http://rasamalaysia.com/fried-fish-with-soy-sauce/2/) - love it!

Salt and pepper shrimp
(http://rasamalaysia.com/salt-and-pepper-shrimp-recipe/2/) - superb delicious!

Honey garlic spareribs
(http://chinesefood.about.com/od/spareribs/r/honeygarlicribs.htm) would have been moist and grossy looking, if we haven't forgotten to brush the half way baked spareribs with honey and water mixture!

Monk's vegetables
(http://sunflower-recipes.blogspot.com/2010/02/buddhas-delight-or-monks-vegetables.html) - didn't turn out as good as I normally did, because I left it too long on the stove!

Spicy stir fried romaine lettuce
(http://bamskitchen.com/international-cuisines/chinese-cuisine/spicy-stirfried-romaine-lettuce/) - always love simple stir fried green vegetables cooked to right level of crunchiness.


Valentine's Day 2016

Saturday, 13 February 2016


Mike decided to celebrate Valentine's Day today, by taking me to my favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.  Left the house after 6 pm but only got to the restaurant about 7:45 pm.


Mike wanted to get his prescribed sunglasses done so we drove to the mall which is near the restaurant.   Unfortunately the sunglasses shop, illegally, could only do it with a doctor's prescription, which Mike forgot to bring (which was a blessing in disguise, because he got a better deal online, via his health insurance, a few days later).  Then we got lost, finding our way back to the right exit to our car.


I don't like rides on the expressway, especially when it is not straight.  The GPS got us passing the Olive Garden, which we found out was actually across the expressway from the mall.   Mike saw the restaurant.   This was our 1st time dinning at at this location.


We were told it would be 30 minutes wait time.  Mike asked if it was okay with me.   I was tired from the stress ride, the walk inside the mall and I was hungry (killing my hunger with not too much chips in the car).  I said, let's go, it is too long a wait.   On 2nd thought, I said we would wait since we have already travelled 17 miles and spent 1-3/4 hrs.   And who knows it might NOT take 30 minutes to be seated.    And thank goodness, it didn't.   Our beeper sounded while we were sharing a drink at the bar.

I enjoyed the Olive Garden restaurant.  I love the crispy salad (that is a must for me there).   I would be happy with that unlimited appetizer and the unlimited soup.  Eat all you can, breadsticks, were complimentary and great too!  I didn't order the soup this visit because Mike would be upset if I go cheapy, if I don't order an entree, because it is his Valentine's Day celebration and gift to me, taking me to my favorite restaurant.   So I ordered baked tilapia with scrimps while Mike ordered eggplant parmigiana.

Interestingly, for the very 1st time, we saw a ziosk, the first digital order/pay-at-the-table entertainment tablet touchscreen, on the table.  We didn't order from there but we paid through the tablet.  I was told some days later that you could end up with extra charges if you play the games on their tablet!

Thank you, Mike.  I didn't like the car ride nor did I like the mall visit, but I like the dinner.

 

Winter Jackets/Coat/Boots

Friday, 8 January 2016

I don't like winter because I have to wear 3 layers (including fleece wear) in our heated 68-70 deg F home.   Sleep time would be plus heated mattress and sandwiched in blanket, covered with bedsheet and spread.   And neck warmer + woolen, if not double, socks + head thermal fleece!   I would die if I am in Alaska!   Mike calls me his snow bunny!    Someone said that I need an eskimo suit!

I am very blessed and thankful for the jacket that I was given in 2009, by family members, who could not fit into it anymore. To this day, it is my favorite jacket, even though it didn't come with the hood (which I guess was lost).

The zeroxposure jacket is comfortable and warm.  Thanks to the features (shell: 100% polyester with polynrethane coating, body lining: 100% polyester, sleeve lining: 100% polyester, body filler: 60% down / 40% feathers, hood filler: 100% polyester).  It is made in China.

It was a gift so I have never checked the price of the jacket. Today, I was curious if it is still in the market.   It was selling for $69.99 on ebay.com.   Mine is still in perfect condition, so I didn't need a new one.   The price discovery was informative.

Given to me also, with the zeroxposure jacket, was a pair of LA Gear boots.   I love it too.  They are strong, comfortable and warm too!  And I still have them!   Unlike the zeroxposure jacket, I couldn't find these particular LA Gear boots in the internet.   So I don't know if it is still available in the market and how much they cost.

On the 22 October 2015, I fell in love with these pair of snow boots at a thrift store.   It was $4.99.   It has fleece lining.   It is smart looking, comfortable and warm too.  I am seeing smalls peels already in the creases area of the synthetic leather.   That is okay.   That is why it is sold for $4.99 in the thrift store.   I can still wear until I can't!

At the thrift store, this $6.48 winter coat caught my eye too.    I love the color.   Some weeks later, my daughter said it was too big for me and it is.   Anyway, it did the work I needed, shield me from the wind and cold.  And big enough to cover the layers of clothing I wore!   And I only wear it on my way to/from church.






Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mother's Day Presents 2015

22 April 2015

On arriving at her home this evening, Lian handed me a gift bag and said it was an early Mother's Day's present.   Inside was a pair of sneakers!

I have seen sneakers that Lian had painted and I asked if she could paint for me too.   I didn't know what design and I guess she must have thought hard what would be suitable for a middle-age woman.   I love it, Lian.   Thank you so much.


AND inside the gift bag was also a box - Samsung Galaxy Tab4, 7.0" (177.7 mm) WXGA LCD (1280 x 800) (Wifi, 8GB, Pouch included), 1.2GHz Quad Core Processor, 3MP FF Camera + 1.3MP Front, GPS/GL0NASS, 4,000mAh battery.



Thank you, Lian, Clifford, Anthony and Nehemia, for the amazing gift.   I have seen people using it but had not intend to purchase one since I have my laptop.

I love it.   I am now able to go online anywhere in the house and outside the home, wherever there is wi-fi.

Thank you so much.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chinese New Year Dinner 2015

Friday, 20 February 2015

Last year we had the dinner (http://renejenny.blogspot.com/2014/03/chinese-new-year-dinner-2014.html) one month into the Year of the Horse.   We had 2 guests then.  The year had passed and the Chinese New Year of the Goat is in. This year we also had 2 adults guests as well, the difference is that they are family.    And we also have a 3rd guest in a 3 yr old granddaughter.    The CNY dinner is actually a reunion dinner and usually celebrated on the CNY's eve, when family members gathered together.  Tonight's dinner is indeed a reunion dinner, even though it is not celebrated on the CNY's eve.

As usual, the traditional Hakka yong tau foo (stuffed bean curd).  I deep fried the stuffed bean curd, then braised them with Chinese mushrooms.
Stuffed Bean Curd

Some of the following dishes were only thought of when I was preparing the ingredients.
Stir fried Chinese chives with eggs
Stir fried snow peas with carrots and minced pork
Stir fried prawns with celery
Sweet and sour fish

We love blanced bok choy.   So this is a must, even though it is the simpliest dish
Blanced bok choy

Like usual, we bought the following meat from the oriental store:
Roasted and barbequed pork
Roasted duck