Posts Tagged 'FRIENDS'

 

I made these for the kids and their moms before we all trooped off to see Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson, the Immortal Tour. We scored good prices and tickets from TravelZoo, which took us all the way to the FRONT ROW! If you haven’t seen the show, you must. They were amazing and the music of course took us back to our elementary school and teenage days of watching Michael Jackson marathons on MTV. We were out of our seats for half the show, dancing along to Thriller, Bad, Beat It, They Don’t Care About Us and many more favorites.

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Spring rolls are one of my favorite foods of all time. They are so easy to make, tastes so fresh, and incredibly healthy to eat all the time! My mom use to pick herbs from the garden, just throw them all in a basket and put them on the dinner table. Julienne some veggies like fresh lettuce, cucumbers, jicama, carrots, add whatever meat or fish you’re making that day,  and voila…a spring roll. She usually makes a fish sauce for dipping, but I tend to prefer peanut sauces with spring rolls.

I’ve been wrapping spring rolls my whole life, and I have a few ways of doing it. My old favorite was just having my wet rice paper on a small dish, throwing everything into the middle lined with good fresh lettuce leaf without the rib, and fold in the sides to not have any open ends until you bite into them. This is my dad’s way of rolling them because he makes the BIGGEST spring rolls filled to the rim with everything and everything. He also says that he gets lazy and doesn’t want to roll a lot so just do a few enormous ones to save time. I learned to love that way of rolling from him, but for photography and aesthetic reasons, this open ended way by Steamy Kitchen is much prettier!

I usually make a peanut sauce with hoison on the stovetop learned from Ravenous Couple because I LOVE Bo Bia and they haven’t let me down on a recipe yet… but Jaden of Steamy Kitchen caught my attention on my Feedly blog roll with her recent post on Vegetable Spring Rolls and in particular, her feature of The Blender Girl’s Orange Almond Sauce for Vietnamese Spring Rolls [her cookbook is a bestseller on Amazon]. Sorry, that was a lot of links, but I’m a firm believer in citation due to law school. The sauce is easier to make because you don’t have to heat anything up. Instead, you can use a blender or food processor to mix all your ingredients. I made some adjustments to the sauce to cater to my taste: I used regular JIF peanut butter instead of almond butter [because I just love the pure peanut taste], and I almost doubled the amount of peanut butter from the suggested amount, and I used less lime juice. The sauce is quite thick with just 1/4 cup of water, so I added little bits of water as I blended until I was happy with the consistency. 

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August 11
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Michelle had a lovely bridal shower at her auntie’s beautiful home in Tustin. I was a part of the shower as a guest, so I didn’t take very many photos. However, the few I did take, I’m loving the colors and vibrancy.

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May 14
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One of my childhood besties was born on Cinco de Mayo. This year, we went all out of the cinco de mayo theme, from the sombreros, to the tacos, to the gigantic Tecate pinata.

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March 10
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Went skiing for the first time in about 2 years today. Like riding a bicycle. I went with some great people and also got to meet some new great people. We went to the local mountains here in Southern California, Mountain High Ski Resort and enjoyed a perfect day of skiing/snowboarding.

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I was invited to my friend Amber’s baby shower this weekend. Her friends Kat, Brittney, and Sabrina threw her the cutest baby shower at Spring Tea Time in downtown Fullerton. They served us delicious Wild Berries and Orange tea, cranberry scones with clotted cheese and jam, and finger sandwiches with fruit. It was a lovely shower and I was so happy to be a part of it.  The girls played baby games, tried on all the awesome hats that the venue had on location, and Amber opened all the wonderful baby shower gifts with some aid from her little helpers.

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November 24
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Here are some pictures I got friends to take of me in Atlanta. I bought a gorgeous mustard colored sweater when I arrived, and it pairs really well with pretty much everything I brought with me. We hiked up Kennesaw Mountain so it was a little too hot for the sweater on the way up. But on the way down, it got a bit more chilly when the sun was about to set, so the sweater went back on!

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November 24
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Although my family did a Thanksgiving lunch with Korean BBQ and shrimp BBQ on Thursday, my cousin Tien and I wanted to do our own Thanksgiving this year for the kids in the family the night before. On Wednesday, we set out to cook this 15 lb turkey, make mash potatoes with our own gravy from the turkey jus, yams with marshmallows  brussel sprouts with bacon, and our own turkey stuffing with fresh bread. I think we did a pretty good job, and I’m sad I didn’t get a picture of Tien and her turkey. She spent a lot of time prepping the night before cleaning the bird out, stuffing it with yummy fruits and flavors, and cutting the vegetables. When I came home from work, I made the mash potatoes, the brussel spouts, and finished decorating the table. Here are the results!

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August 27
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some fun images of our night out at the goat hill tavern in costa mesa

 

 

 

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