20141215

Pajama Pants

Another little project I worked on during my day off few weeks ago. These are fabrics I collected while ago that I need to start using for purpose.

I followed a pattern to make this pants, super standard pants that you can totally google image it. And then I reused the same fabric to make strap for each of these pants.

It's a good practice if it's your first time to sew a pants for yourself!

pajama pants

strap

pants #1

pants #2

20141207

Shepherds Pie

Tried out making Shepherds pie from a recipe site I love to go to.

Shepherds Pie:
-1 1/2 to 2 pounds potatoes (about 3 large potatoes), peeled and quartered
-3 strips of bacon, chopped
-1 tbsp butter
-1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
-1-2 cups vegetables—diced carrots, corn, peas
-1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
-1/2 cup beef broth
-1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
-Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice.

1. Boil the potatoes until tender. Mash them with potato masher and add salt and pepper and 1 table spoon of butter to season it.  Leave it a side 
2. Cook the onion with carrots until tender, then add corn, peas and bacon.
3. Add ground beef and cook until it's not pink.
4. Simmer with broth, Worcestershire sauce for 10min.
5. Preheat oven to 400F.
6. In a large baking dish layer with beef and veggies and then potatoes on top. Use fork to rake the surface of mashed potatoes to brown the surface nicer when baking.
7. Bake for 30min.
8. After that set the oven to Broil and brown the surface more if you like it more crispy.

Shepherds pie

20141130

Stripe T-shirt

Did a painting of a girl wearing stripe t-shirt used for main image for my website and this blog.

It's so sad to say, but this is my first painting I've done in 2014.
I look back to my work back in highschool where I used to draw every Sunday morning until evening and then get screwed at night not finishing my homework.

So next year, my new year's resolution is to at least do one painting a month!

stripe t-shirt

20141117

Stripe Skirt

Looking at this photo, and staring at the window thinking summer is really over.

I made this over the summer that I totally forgot to share this. Fabric was bought at Fabricland using any simple A-line skirt pattern. I don't own skirts that much but this skirt is very comfortable to wear.

Summer, I'll see you next year!

stripe skirt

stripe skirt

20141109

A Girl Walking In The Rain

Sharing this year's Halloween Costume. Tim had an idea to make "Connect the Dots" costume based from kid's activity of connect the dots pictures. I thought it was cute idea and it's good for people who needs last minute costumes.

All you need is cardboard covered with white paint (or grab white cardboard), scissors/knife, and black sharpie marker. It's better to go for simple iconic image like a person walking with a dog, a kid walking with a balloon or fisherman. I did a girl walking in the rain. 

We also did a little photo shooting with our project. For mine we used our patio floor as our backdrop where I laid down on the ground posed and set my props then Tim took photo of it from second floor patio.

Easy peasy Halloween costume that anyone can do it!
We entered another Coolest Homemade Costume Contest. Check out other submission other people made!


Connect the dots costume

WIP : connect the dot costume

WIP : connect the dot costume

WIP : connect the dot costume

WIP : connect the dot costume

WIP : connect the dot costume

WIP : connect the dot costume

connect the dot costume: fisherman

connect the dot costume: a girl in the rain

20141102

Pumpkin Carving

Happy belated Halloween everyone!
This year's Halloween was not a pleasant weather to walk around joyfully. Coldness was easily forgotten when you're outside walking around to see other people's costume but soaked socks are not comfortable....
 
Here is my second attempt with pumpkin carving. Used same technique as last year stabbing each hole at a time.

How was your Halloween? 


pumpkin carving 2014

20141020

Bass dishes

Over the summer I've been experimenting different kind of dishes for bass that Tim and I've been catching.

Tim suggested steamed fish that his parents always make. Then I thought of making donburi out of it so I came up with a recipe that goes well with it. A Steamed fish following the Chinese dishes served, with boiled bok-choy drizzled with soy sauce and sesame oil and rice underneath it.
Another dish is have your own fish taco at home with homemade tortilla. Fish taco is fun to eat, you can pick any kind of topping you like, but we kept it simple for this recipe. Also try making your own tortillas, it's simple and super easy!! After trying this I can't go back to buying store made tortilla any more!

These are the two dishes we keep going back to.

Steamed Fish Donburi:
- finely chopped ginger(as many you want to steam the fish with)
- finely sliced green onion(as many you want to steam the fish with), leave some for garnish
- 4 filleted bass
- 4 tbsp of sesame oil, piping hot in a sauce pan
- 1 Bag of Shanghai Bok-Choy, boiled
- 2 bowl of rice
- soy sauce (for drizzling)

1. In a steamer, make a pouch with tin foil to lay filet with ginger and green onion on top. Drizzle with soy sauce. Steam until fish is tender(about 8min)
2. Have your bowl of rice ready, and lay boiled bok choy on top.
3. Add cooked fish on top of bok choy with ginger, green onion and remaining broth from the pouch.
4. Drizzle more with soy sauce.
5. Very lastly drizzle piping hot sesame oil across the fish.(Oil will splash so keep it safe when you're doing this)

steamed bass

Fish Taco with homemade tortilla:

Fish
- 4 filleted bass
- Fish and Crisp seasoning
1. Deep fry Fish until cooked

Toppings
- 3 tomatoes, diced
- half onion, minced
- bunch of cilantro, chopped
- sliced lime
1. Season tomatoes and onion with pinch of: basil, oregano, sea salt, ground pepper, olive oil

Homemade Tortilla recipe:
click here

fish taco