Monday, October 18, 2010

Faith Hill

An old favorite :-)

Vail, CO




Traveling to Vail, Colorado, I went through Frisco and Breckenridge before going to Vail. One day is definitely not enough! I'm glad I slept overnight at the Marriott.
Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Country

I do like country music (think Stevie Nicks) and listening to this while driving down Colorado 470 or I-70 just makes absolute sense.

Oh and I like the tv show Reba too :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Positivity

Little darling don't you see the sun is shining?

Nothing much to complain about lately. 

Much love!

 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Asheville Day 1




Blue Ridge Parkway (until Craggy Gardens only because I'm a scaredy cat) ate my garlic mushrooms and chicken meatloaf :-D
Biltmore Gardens (we'll go inside the house tomorrow)
Sunset Dinner at the Sunset Terrace in Grove Park Inn

All Photos taken with my Lumix DMC TZ5

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Memorial Day 2010 - Orlando, Florida




Amusement Park-less Orlando Trip

It's the first time I saw E after almost 2 years and we only had 2 days to talk and gossip and talk. Also met with her new family which was awesome.

Waffle Shop (Keke's Breakfast)
4R Smokehouse (best BBQ ever and coconut cupcakes were killer)
Kraft Azalea Gardens
Park Avenue Shopping
Movie at Festival Mall (Prince of Persia) and dinner at Fuddruckers

Monday, May 24, 2010

Turkey Meatloaf



I'll fix the recipe next time, but here are the ingredients
1 large onion diced
1 large green bell pepper diced
2 large portabello caps, sliced in 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
2 eggs
1 lb lean ground turkey
Olive Oil for sauteeing
Ketchup for topping (or barbecue sauce, whichever makes you happy)

Saute onion and green bell pepper until translucent and let cool
Saute mushrooms and let cool
Combine all ingredients with some S&P
Mold like a loaf in a flat pan
spread Ketchup on top

Cook in 350 degree oven covered for 20 minutes
Cook uncovered for another 20 minutes
Let cool for 5 minutes before eating :-)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I wanted that

This girl from Indonesia is backed up by my most favori-test band in the World: Incognito.

I am incredibly jealous that it isn't me.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

When getting in trouble is worth it

Though I am extremely busy, something has been nagging me. I rarely write about anything political. I just don't like getting into all of that. I am concerned though, to the point where I'm a little pissed. The people I love, family and friends, who are in facebook have made up their minds on who to vote for on Monday. So with the risk of you guys chasing me out of facebook and the internet, I ask you to read through this:


I am for Gordon and Bayani. Their background and success stories are known, so I won't go into that.  


Here is what I want to say:


1. I'm not saying you trust them implicitly. It's our job to keep them honest and bounce off of their ideas and give them back our opinion.

2. No matter how honest a person is, or how hard you pray, you can't force someone to have an epiphany on how to save a country. Vision cannot be manufactured like that. Experience cannot be inherited.

3. Its not anyone’s fault, but personal baggage can distract you from focusing on the job at hand. You've probably experienced it yourself, what more if you have the kind of grief that some candidates have?

4. If Camelot and the idea of a royal succession is a good thing, then Camelot would not be a legend. It would still be here.

5. In other words, there are reasons why the Monarchy as a form of government is dying.

I know I will take a lot of flack for this and I will take it (I am already wincing in the anticipation of a spanking). 

But please...
Just think about it.

p.s. I am pissed because everyone I talk to keeps saying that if they vote for G&B, then their votes will just be wasted, since (according to their magic ball) Gordon and Bayani will not win.They say that no one else other than them will vote for the tandem. If that’s the case, then spread the word and help the campaign.

Voting for the lesser evil is the waste.

http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/politicaldatabase/presidentiables2010/ffa47c64.jpg

 

 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Silver Lining

When I was 20, I limped to the 5th floor at 7:00 in the morning, twice a week for one of my classes.  Physics I think. (The <insert expletive here> elevator only starts up at 8:00 AM and my class starts at 7:30).   Eventually my limp got so bad, that I needed to pick my legs up and push them off the bed one at a time just to get up.  We went to multiple doctors and they couldn't diagnose what it was, it was not regular arthritis and I felt like a patient from the show: House, but without the mad brilliant doctor.  

A year later I started having Psoriasis and jumped from one "reputable" doctor to another (or as I like to call them, charlatans) and spent thousands per week for treatments that didn't work.  I finally discovered Dra. Paliza in UST, and seeing my arthritis and my psoriasis she just said, "Uh huh, uh huh", then got my blood tested, made a prescription (less than 500 a week) and sent me on my merry way.  My arthritis was gone weeks later.

  • Psoriasis is a common skin condition affecting 2% of the Caucasian population in the United States (I don't know how many for Asians)
  • Approximately 10% of patients who have psoriasis also develop an associated inflammation of their joints. (So thats 10% of the 2%)
  • The onset of psoriatic arthritis generally occurs in the fourth and fifth decades of life. (Generally, get it?)
  •  The skin disease precedes the arthritis in nearly 80% of patients. The arthritis may precede the psoriasis in up to 15% of patients. (So I'm in 15% of the 10% of the 2%)
  • Psoriatic arthritis is a systemic rheumatic disease that can also cause inflammation in body tissues away from the joints other than the skin, such as in the eyes, heart, lungs, and kidneys.
  • Aside from arthritis and spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis can cause inflammation in other organs, such as the eyes, lungs, and aorta. Inflammation in the colored portion of the eye (iris) causes iritis, a painful condition that can be aggravated by bright light as the iris opens and closes the opening of the pupil (My eyes can't take bright light, but it's not painful yet)
  •  Acne has been noted to occur in higher frequency in patients with psoriatic arthritis (What?! pati to? 'Langya)
Now, why is this blog entry called silver lining? It's because despite me being in the 15% of the 10% of the 2% population of people with PA, my eyes, lungs and aorta are still fine.

So while that isn't happening yet, I'll see the world, walk the earth and do whatever bloody hell I want.

(Yes chili crab, you won't get away that easily. I'll be back.)

Charleston




Charleston, South Carolina

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ice Dancing

I can't believe I like Ice Dancing now.

It's their fault:

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

After the freak snowstorm here down south the roads were slick with ice, and we still decided to proceed with the February birthdays/Valentines party.
We were supposed to do only red velvet cupcakes for dessert, but after getting them into all the cupcake molds we found out that the cakes were not enough.   We did not want to deprive the people of their Valentines sweetness so we decided to make more.
Even with not much in my pantry and my neighbors not having sugar in theirs (alas we could not go out to buy them because I'd be a hazard on the road) we actually created a pretty decent cupcake.  Very moist (even after refrigeration) and not too sweet.
I have to write it all down since I'm known in my family to make one time hits and never remember how to make them again (thank god for blogging).
I basically took the basics from creating the red velvet and substituted the rest with what makes chocolatey-sense.

Here is my version of dark chocolate cupcakes.

Ingredients:
Dry:
1 1/2 cup of cake flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar

Wet:
1 cup oil
1 8 oz sour cream
2 tbsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup buttermilk

Instructions:
1. Mix all wet ingredients
2. Sift all dry ingredients together (or just throw them together if you don't have a mixer)
3. A 1/2 cup at a time add the dry to the wet
4. Pour 1/4 cup into each cupcake mold
5. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
6. Poke the cupcake with a knife (whatever straight thing you have handy), if the knife comes out clean then it's done.  
7. Immediately remove, and go make some more.
8. After it cools, add on top some Cream Cheese Frosting, and dust with unsweetened cocoa on top.

Do not over mix, once the last bit of flour is incorporated into the wet batter stop mixing.
It does not have to be extremely smooth, leave it as it is.

ENJOY!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Southern Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting




I've decided that this is my favorite cake.

Why? 
#1 - It's in my favorite color
#2 - It has cream cheese
#3 - It's light and fluffy

I got the recipe from here and tweaked it a little:



Ingredients


Vegetable Oil for the Pans
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tablespoons red food coloring (1 ounce)
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting recipe follows

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour 3 (9 by 1 1/2-inch round) cake pans.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In another large bowl, whisk together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.
Using a standing mixer, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and a smooth batter is formed.
Divide the cake batter evenly among the prepared cake pans. Place the pans in the oven evenly spaced apart. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through the cooking, until the cake pulls away from the side of the pans, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
Remove the cakes from the oven and run a knife around the edges to loosen them from the sides of the pans. One at a time, invert the cakes onto a plate and then re-invert them onto a cooling rack, rounded-sides up. Let cool completely.
Frost the cake. Place 1 layer, rounded-side down, in the middle of a rotating cake stand. Using a palette knife or offset spatula spread some of the cream cheese frosting over the top of the cake. (Spread enough frosting to make a 1/4 to 1/2-inch layer.) Carefully set another layer on top, rounded-side down, and repeat. Top with the remaining layer and cover the entire cake with the remaining frosting. Sprinkle the top with the pecans.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup), softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand-held electric mixer in a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, and butter on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to high, and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.)
Reduce the speed of the mixer to low. Add the vanilla, raise the speed to high and mix briefly until fluffy (scrape down the bowl occasionally). Store in the refrigerator until somewhat stiff, before using. May be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.
Yield: enough to frost a 3 layer (9-inch) cake
Chef: Sara Moulton from the Cakeman Raven Episode

Red Velvet Cake




Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Silence of My Mind

I'm sorry I haven't been posting anything except for you tube clips.

 

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Floor Plans

I was obsessing with this all day.

It's the floor plan for my sister and I's future house in Sun Valley, we got a plot that is facing the forest.
This plan shows both floors of the house.

http://www.floorplanner.com/projects/19126381-my-first-project