China Harbor

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Last week, my cousin got married. 
There was a morning portion, and and afternoon/night portion. The morning portion consisted of the traditional Vietnamese way of getting married, then afterwards everyone went to a church for the ceremony since my cousin and a majority of her now-husband's side of the family is Catholic. In the afternoon, we drove down to China Harbor on Union Lake. I've heard that China Harbor is the largest Chinese restaurant in Seattle. While I'm not sure if that's correct, I wouldn't be surprised if it was. Case in point, there was another wedding going on at the same time in a different floor, too.
Unfortunately, nobody swooned over the food. It lacked seasoning and in dishes that contained rice, the rice was hard. There was a lot of food though, probably eight dishes per table! 
My cousin chose China Harbor because of the view. At night, when you overlook the lake, all you see are the city lights! I've always found something so enticingly beautiful about the city at night, how the night sky scintillates above you and the lights sparkle like diamonds thrown across miles and miles of black fabric stretched taut. Almost like having stars on Earth. I would've taken a photo of it, but considering all you'd see is a black picture with fuzzy circles in it, I decided against it.
These are just random, little tidbits but at the wedding, I was able to meet a woman from Connecticut who flew over. She knew my aunt from when they lived in a refugee camp in Thailand, and she had known my dad and mother after she came to the U.S. She told me my grandma has been telling her that I used to be able to speak Chinese, and I learned from her that she has a daughter who is a nurse. When she asked me about my career/future plans, I told her I was debating on becoming an English teacher so I can teach abroad, or to go somewhere in the medical field. 
Also, I have another cousin who has hypertrophic scars on her chest, back, and ear. After she saw that I had something similar (if not the exact same) on my chest, she quickly recommended me Kelo-Cote gel and Scar Away sheets and told me of the hardships she's had to endure with them. It really comforted me to know that there's someone else who has these type of blemishes and it touched me when my cousin confided in me the tribulations of them, such as how people always stare at the scars or children ask, "What's that?"

But yup, end of post!

Pike Place + Ferris Wheel

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This is a post that's about two weeks overdue. I didn't get to see much of the market (just the outer rim of it all), but we did get to see the fishmongers throw fish back and forth. Also, from one of the windows inside the market, we saw a ferris wheel, and decided, hey, why not?  I don't remember the prices, but we paid about fifty dollars for two adults, one teen (we may or may not have lied about my age), and one kid. The ferris wheel rotates three full times while you're riding in it.

Bran Muffins

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There is currently no microwave at my house and there is literally nothing more frustrating than that when you have leftovers and need to reheat it but can't. Really, I've been eating cold frittatas (what a fun word to say FRI-TTA-TA) and these muffins straight from the fridge.

  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp molasses (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp cinnamon applesauce (or applesauce + 1/2 tsp cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease a muffin tin or line with liners.
  2. Mix together the wet ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add in the dry ingredients and stir until combined using a spatula.
  4. Spoon out about 1/4 cup of batter for each muffin cup, amount varies by how large the muffin cups are. Fill any empty muffin cups with about 1/4 cup water. 
  5. Bake for about 20 to 24 minutes. I baked mine for 22 minutes.
  • Makes about 9 muffins
  • I originally used 3 tbsp molasses but felt like it was too much, so I adjusted the recipe for 2 tbsp instead. 
  • Put in any ground spices (nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger) for gingerbread muffins.

Tofu Chocolate Pudding

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  • 16 oz soft tofu
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp liquid sweetener (honey, agave, etc.)
  • 3 tbsp nut butter (I used cashew)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp soy milk optional

  1. Add all the ingredients, except soy milk, into a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. If needed, pour in soy milk to get the blender going and stir the mixture around. Puree until smooth.

Daiso Japan

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I was at Daiso the other day and decided to snap some pictures! I really enjoy going to Daiso; literally, I could spend three hours just looking at everything. I'm kind of interested in the face masks they have there. Maybe one day I'll do a Daiso beauty haul? There's loads of beauty items there I'd like to try out!

Roasted Strawberries

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One thing I fell in love with a few years back was roasted strawberries. It's not something I do often, considering the prices of strawberries when they're not in the ripe of season are high and that they're not always in stores. But when I do spend some time making them, I completely love the sweet, saccharine flavor the strawberries produce.

I first started roasting them when I came across Two Peas & Their Pod's Roasted Strawberries with Greek Yogurt. Also, last night, I made some shortcake. Sadly, I don't have cream and consumed all the strawberries in the house currently, but I'm sure if I still had some, it'd go great with B.Britnell's  recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes.

Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • heaping 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda

  1. Preheat your oven to 300ºF and grease your cookie sheet.
  2. Mix together the flax egg in a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, vanilla extract, honey, and chocolate chips together. Add in your flax egg and mix to combine.
  4. In a medium bowl blend together the rest of the ingredients. 
  5. Pour dry ingredients into the wet. Using a fork or spatula, combine the dough together. If it seems too dry, add in a tablespoon or two of milk or water (I didn't need to do this).
  6. Scoop dough using a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon, slightly flatten, and place on your cookie sheet. These cookies will not spread in the oven. 
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Berry Muffins for Two

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  • 3/4 cup oat flour (I grind my own using oats and a blender)
  • 1/4 cup demerara sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup mocha*
  • 3/4 cup frozen berries

  1. Preheat (convection) oven to 350ºF. Grease 2 ramekins.
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients, sans frozen berries, and combine until partially mixed.
  4. Add in the frozen berries and lightly stir to completely mix.
  5. Evenly distribute the batter into the ramekins. These make large servings.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the tops are golden and when touched are not firm, but slightly "wiggly". They will firm up as they cool.

  • I used mocha just because I had some sitting around in the fridge. Though I have not tried, I don't see why milk or strongly brewed coffee won't work. The mocha, however, lends only a very light (if any) flavor. It's nearly undetectable. 
  • This can also be made in the microwave. Grease 4 mugs and equally distribute the batter into each cup. Microwave each cup separately for 40-60 seconds so it can cook evenly.

Oat Pancakes

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  • 1/3 cup ground oat flour 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup liquid (milk, water; I used homemade soy milk)

  1. Heat up a pan and grease with oil or butter.
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients thoroughly, then pour in the liquid.
  3. Dollop the batter onto the heated pan. Once the batter begins to look "dry", flip the pancake over and wait another minute, or until the bottom is brown.
  4. Serve with toppings.

Yoghurt Oatmeal Face Mask

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  • 4-5 tsp yoghurt, preferably Greek
  • 1 tbsp ground oatmeal
  • 1 Vitamin E capsule

  1. Mix together the yoghurt and oatmeal.
  2. Break open your Vitamin E capsule and add it into your mixture.
  3. Apply onto a clean face and leave one for 20-30 minutes. 
  4. After time's up, rub the mask in circular motions over a sink to exfoliate. To prevent your sink from clogging, throw any excess mask into the trash rather than down the drain and wash your face with warm water. Pat to dry.