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Two Months In

Chong and I are having our house warming party on Friday, July 4th so it’s been hectic trying to take care of everything. We are finally unpacked although not all our stuff has found its home yet. I don’t know why I always end up throwing out a lot of things only to turn around and buy more stuff.  No more shopping! I’m pretty much done getting things for the house.  Next items will be to build Chong’s man cave in the basement and get me a KitchenAid mixer, which may have to wait until next year.

So as promised, here are some pictures to show what has been happening for the past two months. Here’s a peek in the master closet. There are rods on the right side and left side of the walls that aren’t shown and a small ironing board that drops down.

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This doesn’t do justice to how big the room actually is.

 

Our trip to Duluth. We love the cabin that we stayed in. It’s huge and right next to the lake.

And of course, you’ve got to go to Betty’s Pie when you’re in Duluth.  Cherry berry crunch, 5 layer chocolate, coconut cream and French blueberry (which was REALLY good). I made a French blueberry pie for Mother’s Day but didn’t take a picture.

And since charcoal was on sale at Home Depot, we decided to get 7 packs.  I hope that’s enough for summer!

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Two Weeks In

What a busy two weeks it’s been.  We’re still not fully unpacked yet–everything is at a half unpacked status.  For example, the master closet has most of our clothes but we keep finding more boxes with clothes hiding around the house or garage.  I never knew how much clothes we had until it was all in one room.  I really love our master closet.  It’s a walk in closet and has a built in storage dresser.  I’ll upload some pictures later this week from my phone.  I didn’t take any pictures during the move because everything was crazy.

Chong’s waiting for me to use my new steam mop in the bathroom so I’ll update later.  Good night!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

Chong and I had our Christmas feast a little early this year, we did it on Saturday, December 22, 2012 .  We may do a smaller dinner tomorrow, maybe hot pot or rice rolls (Chong’s favorite). It’s already Monday and we still have a lot of leftover! Since I’ve been MIA for a while, I’m going to post Christmas 2012 and Christmas 2011.

Christmas 2012: cream cheese wontons, eggrolls, peanut sauce, lo mein, duck, Ho Ho chicken wings, baked spicy squid, Happy Family, Seafood Delight, papaya salad, purple sticky rice and jasmine rice. Not pictured: turtle cake and tiramisu cake (both from Byerly’s).

Christmas 2011: raw and cooked laab, papaya salad, eggrolls, Happy Family, Seafood Delight, spring rolls, duck, purple sticky rice and jasmine rice, classic vanilla cheesecake and an ice cream cake.

As you can see, we had similar food for both years and I think I might make it a tradition–to cook less and enjoy the company more.  The only food that were made this year were the eggrolls, cream cheese wontons, and the sticky and regular rice. It was a bit of a hassle to have people run around town to get the food but all in all, the food was worth it.

Chong and I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

A Year In The Making, Part 2

Bye bye Michigan, Hello Chicago!

Chong and I were actually looking for the AYCE hot pot restaurant but I really needed to pee and it was cold so after walking up and down the blocks 2 times without seeing the restaurant, we decided to eat at Joy Yee (which was really good).  After ordering our food, Chong looked out the window and guess what? The AYCE hot pot restaurant was right next door!  Just our luck. Oh well, it’s a sign that we’re going back to Chicago!

The food was really good at Joy Yee.  We had the Vietnamese appetizer sampler and the sugarcane shrimp was really good (Chong has a love/banned relationship with seafood).  He ordered the Thai basil pork and I had the beef shabu shabu, which was humongous!

Window shopping in Indian Town

More Korean food at Cho Sun Ok Restaurant.  This was a really good restaurant; although it was tiny, it was packed and there were people waiting in line to get a table (which is always a good sign!).

Our favorite hotel, Hyatt Place

Our favorite place to visit, Mituswa

Chicago, you’ll always have a special place in my heart!

A Year In The Making, Part 1

Since I’ve been MIA for a year, I’m going to post pictures from the most recent (MI/Chicago Trip) backwards (Christmas 2011).  Here’s a photo journal of what’s been happening since I’ve last posted:

It was a Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins shop so of course I had to take pictures of all the yummy ice cream.

We always have to visit Randazzo’s Fresh Market every time we’re in Michigan because that’s such a great place to get produce

Michigan has some of the best Thai food, sorry Minnesota

Thanksgiving Dinner

Chong and I had a wonderful time in Michigan.  We spent lots of time with the family, ate great food and drove around Michigan to see Chong’s old haunts. We can’t wait til the next time we’re in Michigan again.

Minnesota State Fair


Chong and I went to the Minnesota State Fair together for the first time  back in September and we both had a blast.  Chong hates crowds so he didn’t want to go but I dragged persuaded him and we actually went two times; once with my family and once by ourselves.  I’ve lived in MN all my life and have only been to the State Fair once when I was little (5-6 yrs old) and didn’t care for it until now.  I don’t know if it’ll be a yearly place we’ll visit or something we’ll do once every couple of years.  Maybe next year, we’ll try the Renaissance Festival since we didn’t get the change to go this year.  Here’s what we ate and saw:


We forgot our camera the second time we went so these pictures are from our first visit.  The pork chops by Midway was REALLY good!  WE bought some at another stand and it didn’t come close. I loved the Hawaiian Ice and the footlong hot dog (not pictured).  The onion flower was a big disappointment and so were the Australian potatoes (the cheese/ranch drenched potatoes).  We bought a container of Sweet Martha’s  Cookies but didn’t even finish 1/4 of it.  There’s always next year…or the year after that.  Readers, let me know if you went to the State Fair and what you recommend/wouldn’t recommend.

Seafood Boil

I’ve been wanting to have a seafood boil for a long, long time and I finally got my chance to have one last Sunday.  We went to a certain seafood restaurant last month and were extremely disappointed by the food and the service so I’ve decided that if I’m ever craving for seafood, I’ll just make it myself.  Too bad Chong’s allergic to shellfish so he wasn’t able to have any–but he did have roasted pork and duck so he wasn’t complaining.

Chong and I went shopping and got fresh lobsters, dungeness crabs, shrimp,clams and chorizo at Dragon Star (an Asian grocery store).  We also bought some sweet corn from the Farmer’s Market.  I found my mom’s huge pot and threw some fresh-from-the-garden carrots and sweet onions.  I also cut up a few lemons and threw them in, along with 1 bottle of Heineken, since that’s all we had on hand.  And there was lots and lots of salt.  Brought that to a boil and added my potatoes and sweet corn.  Then added the lobsters and crabs (and yes, Chong killed them before adding them into the pot), clams, shrimps, and sausage.  35 minutes later, everything was cooked.  We ate outside, on a newspaper lined table, and everything was delicious!


And this is what we had for dessert: lychees and rambutans.  Rambutans are my favorite fruit.  Their flesh is thicker than the lychee and has a sweet and tart flavor.  The annoying thing about eating rambutans is the seed–which looks similar to an almond.  Lychees have this strange aftertaste for me so I’m not that big of a fan.

Zojirushi Indoor Electric Grill Review

It’s good to be back!  Chong and I have been extremely busy these past few weeks due to a death in the family and traveling out of state to visit his family.  Now that almost everything is back to normal, expect me to blog more often.  For some reason, my camera’s usb cord isn’t working so I had to buy a new one on eBay so there probably won’t be any videos up for a while.

So on with the program.  I received my Zojirushi Indoor Electric Grill from CSN Stores a while back and have used it quite frequently since then.  The verdict:  I absolutely LOVE it!  It grills everything to perfection and it’s so easy  to assemble and use.  A quick wash after every use and it’s good to go.  The only con I have is I wish the drip pan was a little bigger but that’s not a big deal.  Hot Pot, here I come!  Here are some pictures I remembered to take while grilling:




 

New Year Hot Pot

Sorry I’ve been MIA these past few weeks. Unexpected situations came up so Chong and I have been extremely busy. Hopefully, I’ll fall back into my regular blogging schedule soon after things have settled down a bit.

Now to the good part. Chong and I celebrated the new year with a delicious hot pot that we decided to make last minute. We had lamb, beef, pork, shrimp, pork and beef meatballs, oyster mushrooms (which were soo good!) bean thread noodles, bok choy, yu choy, gai lan, napa cabbage, and spinach. I used my little fondue pot again and while it took a while for the veggies to cook, it was worth the wait.



ADoseOfMee’s 1 Year Blogging Annivesary

Monday, December 20, 2010

ADoseOfMee’s 1 Year Blogging Anniversary Contest is now closed. Thank you to all who participated.  I will announce the winner shortly.

Update:  Monday, December 20, 2010: Congrats to EmmerTT for winning the grand prize.  I told Chong that if I had less than 5 comments (Hello Lurkers!), I’d send out cookies to everyone!  I’m still baking cookies and hope to be done by tonight or tomorrow so please email me your addresses, everyone, and I will send out your packages by Wednesday afternoon.  Thanks for participating!

Update:  Thursday, December 23, 2010:  Congrats to Robin for winning the grand prize.  I will ship out your package tomorrow.

Wow…I can’t believe it’s been one year since I started blogging.  It feels like I just started blogging a few months ago.  It’s been a lot of fun making, baking, eating, drooling, and sharing with everyone.  To celebrate, I’m going to give a lucky reader a 1 year anniversary present.

What’s included in the present:

-1 bag of steamed rice roll flour

-1 bag of steamed bun flour + 1 package of Chinese sausage

-1 can of coconut milk

-1 can of curry paste

-1 package of square 3 Ladies brand rice wrapper

-1 bag of vermicelli noodle

-1 package of bbq powder

-1 package of laab seasoning

-A container full of cookies (chocolate chips, white macadamia nut, peanut butter, etc.)

-And a few more surprises that even I don’t know about….yet!  (This will probably include more cookies and/or goodies to munch on).

**I will take a picture of the final package on Sunday, December 19 so you’ll know what you’ll be receiving.  Who doesn’t love free groceries and goodies?**

How to enter (Be sure to leave a VALID email address or I won’t be able to contact you if you win ):

Leave a comment stating what you like about my blog, whether it be the food, videos, pictures, ramblings, etc.

OR

Leave a comment about what you would like to see on my blog in the future.

I reserve the right to change any information as needed.

One entry per person only, please.  This will close on Sunday, December 19, at 11:59 PM CST.  Again, be sure you leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win, or else no valid email address = no winner. If the winner does not contact me within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Good Luck and Good Eats!