Baked acorn squash was never a dish that I obsessed over. Because of my love of butternut squash, acorn squash always seemed to hide in in the shadows of my other squash love affairs. It wasn’t until I started food blogging that I really understood the appeal of these cute acorn shaped globes.» Read the full story →
Everyone is so busy, shopping, cooking and cleaning. But let’s not forget our pups!
The holidays are always about hustling and bustling at work, around the house, hectic mall and preparing for the family feasts, large and small. This year has been especially chaotic for us and we found ourselves feeling awfully guilty about neglecting the pups. Long days at work have taken away from all the play and dog walking time. Sierra and Dante watch us as we stumble through the door, with tired » Read the full story →
New Years resolutions are hopeless promises to improve ourselves that eventually get broken. Well, at least it is in our case. That’s why we don’t make resolutions to eliminate our vices in a feeble attempt to clear a new path for a better life in the new year. We know we have issues, extreme tendencies and severe obsessions that warrant change. So we set goals for ourselves every day of the year, therefore everyday is a focus to be better people. We do try our » Read the full story →
Gosh Oh Gosh, we can’t believe it’s Christmas! Wasn’t it just last week that we pulled the Thanksgiving turkey out of the oven? Oh wait, maybe it was last month, where have we been? Maybe it’s the collage of eclectic holiday decorations from Halloweens pumpkins and Christmas holly that has us in a holiday time warp. And yes, we’ve been busy too.
Either way, we still can’t believe Christmas is here.
As the year comes to an end, our reflections of 2008 come by in » Read the full story →
Dear Autumn, as your beautiful season slowly comes to a close, it’s so appropriate to wave away your warm charm with a feast full of thanks. Your quiet grace on this celebratory day brings us all together and reminds us just how enriching our lives are through the love of family and friends. As we walked our garden today, collecting these butternut squashes and gathering the ripened peach leaves reminded us of your magical, stunning hues. This photograph is a reflection of your voice. It » Read the full story →
Working in the retail business has it’s ups and downs. One of the drawbacks of working with the general public in the service industry is being swamped for the whole Mothers Day weekend, helping everyone else ensure that their Mom’s are taken care of, pampered and recognized, while our own Mother’s get a quick hug or phone call as we run off to work.
But Mom and Mẹ ơi , here is another quick shout to you and all Mom’s out there that you are » Read the full story →
If we really wanted to ring in this Chinese/Vietnamese Lunar New Year properly, we would have liked to throw a HUGE party for all our “Rat” friends. But seeing that so many of you “Rats” live so far from us, we’ll just celebrate with an enthusiastic, “Happy New Year!”. As many of you are well aware, today marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year celebration. For those of you who are still new to this huge, glorious occasion, there’s plenty of resources out there » Read the full story →
This Lunar New Year of the Rat doesn’t begin till February 7, 2008, but in Little Saigon, CA, today, you would never know that this grand Tet event was still 11 days away. What an fantastic sight it was along Bolsa Ave between Magnolia /Brookhurst!! This is the first weekend that the outdoor flower stands and other flower vendors started showcasing and selling the prized Tet flowers. Along this flower powered strip of Bolsa Ave, tents were set up at various shopping centers providing protection » Read the full story →
Toshi Koshi Keiko, is a tradition among Japanese martial arts of practicing on New Years Eve to celebrate the transition of the past year as well as welcoming in the new year. Every New Years Eve, we celebrate with at the dojo with “T” joining his fellow class mates for a midnight class, while “D” watches and guards the potluck table from potential pre-nibblers.
This is a much anticipated potluck, for practicing Aikido from the last hour of 2007 into the first minutes of 2008 » Read the full story →
We all need a drink this time of year. Crazy mall parking, paying $45 overnight shipping to send a $10 gift to Timbuktu, and having to socialize with relatives you’d rather not even see once a year, tend to increase the constriction between shoulder muscles & neck. Forget the chiropractor, reach for the Calvados. A couple drinks with this tasty apple brandy, and you’ll be smilin’ at the post office clerks and pinching uncle Charlie’s cheeks. Merry Calvados, everyone.
Calvados is a tasty straight, sipping » Read the full story →