Saturday, January 21, 2012

365 Day Challenge - Playing Catch Up 15-19

Ugh...the last day I posted a photo for my 365 Challenge and I am already behind. A stomach bug forced me to put the breaks on for 2 days and now while it has been over for 2 days. It is not completely 100% back to normal yet. So, I am a little behind on everything. Yesterday I spent about 4 hours catching up on posts and another 2 catching up on emails. Ahhhh....I hate being behind in anything.

So without further it goes. 

January 15, 2012
It has been a very weird winter. No snow and usually by this time we haven't seen the ground for at least 6 weeks. Weird. It has been so decent out that Goddess has been jumping rope outside. Well in typical Goddess fashion unless she is told, nothing gets cleaned up. This was tossed aside and well, eventually rained on.

Tossed Aside

January 16, 2012
Goddess and I started on a project that I have been meaning to get to since before she was born. I procrastinated so much, she is old enough to help. This altered book is our first attempt. We used an Blue's Clues Board Book that the kids grew out of. We removed the colorful pages and added scrapbook paper and an embellishment (a pocket from a pair of jeans Goddess grew out of) to the cover. We are still working on the pages inside. She wants to draw on them. I want to paint them and eventually make them a photo book. Since it is our first, we may do both.

altered book

January 17, 2012
These are Chinese New Year Cakes from Shoprite. I love ethnic food and with Chinese New Year being celebrated at the kids school decided to get some for us to try.

These are made with rice flour and red bean paste, they are called "nian gao (粘糕)", meaning "sticky cake and are rather different that the ones I found online but really have an interesting taste. I had them very long ago when I was about 13 in middle school. My girlfriend Chan Su asked me to come over for breakfast. It was a very different meal than the one I was used to having in my Italian American home and never forgot the taste of these cakes. The cakes they served along with a fish and a chicken dish were very wet and didn't have red bean paste and looked more like this.

Chinese New Year Cakes

January 18, 2012
The other night we made some chicken and onions and the onion looked so perfect when I cut it in half, I just had to grab the camera.

The Red Onion

January 19, 2012
I recently received some Weight Watchers Muffins. The chocolate are all gone, but we did manage to take a photo of the muffins before they were all gone.


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