New Years Eve

Right now sissy and I are getting a manicure. Hopefully it’s going well since I’m writing from the past.

New Years Eve in my family means me spending time with my family. More like my parents and June since my brother is already back in Dallas and my sissy is most likely to hang out with her boyfriend.

I like being home with the parents. I actually like starting a new year with them.

I guess we’ll see what happens this year.

Happy New Years Eve!

Have fun and be safe!

What are you up to?

Congee

If you’re Chinese you would know what Congee is. Or in my language, Jook. It’s a type of rice porridge. I remember eating it when I was sick or on Sundays.

Ever since I went off to college I ate less and less of it. I wasn’t home anymore where my mum can make it for me and if I went out for it, it would cost an arm and a leg.

My mum is letting me take the 3 quart (?) Crock Pot to college for my last semester and I am so excited.

So excited, I decided to try it out and make congee last night.

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I know it may look disgusting but it tastes better than it looks.

Congee (Jook)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 5- 7 cups water (may need more)
  • 1/3 cup raw shelled peanuts
  • 2 preserved duck eggs, chopped
  • 4 scallions, chopped

Preparation:

  1. Place all ingredients in the 3 quart crock pot except for the scallions.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook for at least five to eight hours. It could have a tendency of boiling over. If so, just stick a small fork in between the lid and the pot.
  3. Add additional water if necessary. More water for more soupiness, less for a thicker consistency.
  4. Add scallions as garnish.

You can add anything else you want in there. Chicken, vegetables, shrimp, etc.

Mine came out a little bland but that’s how I like it because I’m not a big fan of using salt. I also added a lot of water. More ingredients in the pot, more water needed.

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It also depends on what you put in there that makes the color. If I didn’t add some of the ingredients, it would have came out white. Keep that in mind. And enjoy. Smile

Spring Creek Barbeque

Since Tammy, Jenny, and Sammi were leaving back to Dallas we went to:

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Spring Creek Barbeque
21000 Katy Freeway
Katy, TX
(281) 829-0359
www.springcreekbarbeque.com

They do things very differently here.

The cost of your food depends on what you order meat-wise.

And the sides (pinto beans, potato salad, coleslaw, corn, mac & cheese, green beans) along and bread are on the house – all you can eat!

But if you wanted to get baked potatoes, french fries, okra, or side salad, you would have to pay extra.

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Ribs | $11.95

I got the ribs as you can tell. They were delicious. You can get bbq sauce on top or in a sauce cup. I got it on top.

For the sides, I got a roll, a slice of onion, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and potato salad.

Yes the sides are all you can eat but they were heavy and … unhealthy.

For the taste though, let’s just say I ate another roll, more green beans, a very tiny bit of potato salad.

I would come back here but not for a little while. They really do pack on the meat.

Christmas Recap

We had Christmas on the 23rd due to the sissy having work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

It starts out like any other Christmas.

Me wrapping presents for everyone that needs help wrapping their gifts

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Some tags to some presents that needed wrapping.

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Pictures with the doggies (Rocky, Krypto, Pluto) were taken in front of the Christmas tree.

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Here is the shots with the presents, minus the sissy’s. She hadn’t arrived yet.

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All the presents!

From:
     – Tammy’s Family – Beignet Mix from Café Du Monde, Fact or Crap, Scrabble
     – Brett – Spice Rack
     – Tammy – Popcorn Bowl, Eco 2 Go Cup
     – Dad – 10 bucks (Traditional Game)
     – Sissy – Certificate Shellac Manicure, Neutrogena Chapstick
     – June – 2 scarves
     – Mum – Crockpot Recipes

Not shown:
     – Brother – Coach Wristlet

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We opened up the Scrabble and played a round of it. I won with 182 points! The next time we played, I was not so lucky.

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Pluto got a new sweater!! It’s so cute!! Open-mouthed smile

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And I made Red Velvet Cupcakes for Jenny and Sammi.

On the 25th we all went to our Aunt’s for Christmas dinner.

I got a purple wallet from the cousins, the siblings and I got random things in a bag from another cousin, and the Uncle gave us each 20 bucks.

It was fun getting to reminisce with the cousins. I love that we grew up so close together. So many memories …

We played Outburst for Juniors. We were put into two teams. Me, Tammy, and Cousin. Brother, 2 Cousins, and Jenny.

Four against three. We won!!

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Then we played Chinese Checkers. Jenny won by the victory of everyone. We helped her out and she ended up being first place. Funny huh?

Hope your Christmas was just as wonderful!! Open-mouthed smile

Guilty

I have not posted in 4 days. My fault.

Also I haven’t ran in that many as well. Sorry.

The holidays are meant to be a little loose on goals right? I think so.

This is not my family … nor is this our living room.
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My family bought the Xbox Kinect. We danced and worked out and did some adventure games. It was a lot of fun and so carefree that you didn’t even know you have been working out. Therefore not running cancels it out right? I think so.

I will be updating my Christmas soon. Keep a look out.

Until then, I hope your Christmas was amazing. Smile

In the Spirit of Christmas

In the spirit of Christmas, I’m doing a Holiday survey. It’s been circling the blog world so I’m finally doing it.

1. Eggnog or hot chocolate? I would have to go with hot chocolate since I’ve never had eggnog before. Other than the time I had it from Starbucks, Eggnog Latte. And it was disgusting.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? I never believed in Santa. I know what you think. What kid didn’t? Well, this one. But to answer the question, Santa must be dumb to not wrap the dang present.

3. Colored or white lights on tree and house? Our tree right now has white lights and outside the house colored and white. Tacky? Sorry. I’m a fan of white lights because it looks so much more romantic and classy.

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The tree from last year. See all the presents? Yep … only like 10 were for extended family. The rest were for my parents, sissy, brother, June, the significant others, or dogs. Yep … we go all out.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? I’ve never seen one in real life. Anyone want to fix that? A plus if a hot guy is already underneath. Winking smile Just kidding.

5. When do you hang your decorations up? My mum and June usually do it after Thanksgiving week.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish, besides dessert? We’re not very traditional with our foods during holidays but I would have to say corn casserole or green bean casserole. Or whatever my mum makes. Yum!

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7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? When I was younger and my Uncle Naven was still here, we would all pack into one mini van to go around neighborhoods and look at the Christmas lights and decorations. There was always one with Snoopy that sat in a train thing and went around a track on the big lawn.

8. What’s on your Christmas wish-list? Just having the family together. It’s getting harder and harder to get everyone together. We are growing up way too fast. Sad smile

9. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve? Sissy is a nurse so she doesn’t always get holidays off. Therefore we work around her schedule and this Christmas we’re having it tomorrow (today 23rd). I’m fine with it, as long as we’re together. Smile

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? As fast as we can. We like to look at it but not much for decorating it. At least that’s me.

11. Snow? Love it or dread it? I would think I’d love it. I’ve never seen real live snow. The last few years we had pity snow so that doesn’t count.

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Hopefully when I go to Penn State this upcoming February it’ll snow!

12. Real or fake tree? I love real trees! My friend had one at her house and it just looks so much better!! But the fake one is cheaper on the wallet.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? I don’t have a favorite. Each year there’s always a new favorite.

14. What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you? Spending time with the fambam!

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? I’m not a fan of sweets but I guess the occasional hot apple pie with cold vanilla bean ice cream.

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16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Um … not sure we have one but my dad does do a drawing where he doesn’t buy us anything but we draw a number that’s crumpled up and that’s the amount of money we get.

17. What tops your tree? A bow. We’re not traditional as you can tell.

18. Which do your prefer, giving or receiving? Giving! I love finding things I think they’ll love and watching their excitement. I also love wrapping presents. And baking them goodies.

19. What is your favorite Christmas song? I’m not a fan of traditional Christmas songs. Don’t kill me!! I love Kelly Clarkson’s My Grown Up Christmas List though! Never heard of it? Here you go:


20. Candy canes, yuck or yum?
Yum … I don’t really eat candy canes though.

21. Favorite Christmas movie? I don’t have one … any suggestions?

22. What do you leave for Santa? Nothing …

23. Do you have a favorite Christmas morning tradition? Nope. Disappointed smile

24. Do you prefer to shop online or in the mall? Shopping online. It’s easier. But sometimes you find things you never would online. But even then not the mall. I hate the mall. I’m okay with stores that aren’t malls though. If that makes sense. Smile with tongue out

25. Christmas letter or Christmas cards? I don’t do either. But we just started a FTK PenPal to the kids so I wrote a Christmas letter. It was fun. Smile

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There’s a really cute engagement video where the guy asks the girl with Meme Pictures.

If you know what that is, you might enjoy it. It’s cute!

It won’t let me embed it so here it is: http://vimeo.com/33507366

If she had said no, he had a “forever alone” sign.

So cute.

Call Your Girlfriend!

I was reading up on blogs and this was on Ali’s Thankful Things Thursday: Happy Holidays! post.

It’s a song by Robyn called “Call Your Girlfriend”.

The video is kind of weird and funky but I like the song. It’s catchy. Only thing is, it’s a song about cheating. Which I hate.

But now it’s stuck in my head and hopefully in yours as well. Smile

Tomorrow my brother will be coming home with Tammy, Jenny, Sammi, and the dogs.

Eeep! Excited. Open-mouthed smile

Curse of the iTouch

20 minute run.

How many miles?

I’m not sure.

My iTouch thought it’d be funny to not work before my run.

My thoughts were to give up and charge it and make up the run tomorrow,

Or just run for the first time without music … without my iTouch to tell me how far I’ve ran.

I picked the latter.

You proud?

I’m sure I did not break the 2 mile mark yet but I believe I ran more than yesterday.

Another first was running with my hair down. It feels super good with the wind.

And it didn’t come out that terribly. Kind of like it … it gave me more volume.

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Anyway, so far so good with the running front.

I’ll make sure to charge up my iTouch for my next run.

Scout’s Honor.

Time to shower … then paint.

Wouldn’t it be ironic
If at this very moment
You were thinking of me
As I am thinking of you?

1:30 AM Realizations

I finally remembered my MySpace and Xanga passwords. I certainly took a long trip down memory lane. Some I wish never came back while others, I did not mind at all.

Reading old Xanga posts = great memories but who are some of those people who commented or I wrote about?

Obviously, they aren’t important now.

Then there’s some that found their way back to my life.

I’m not sure how long he’ll they’ll stay there, but hopefully forever.

One thing I also realized …

Weight needs to be lost.

I might not have been one of those crazy pretty girls back then but I look way better then than I do now.

*Sigh*

Guess old age catches up to you. (Jokes.)

Photo Dump

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11.28.11 – Put on new shoes (love the sea foam green!) and tried new tea (Honest Tea). Mmm … it was a good day

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12.02.11 – Read Quality of Life written by the EMBA before having to go into a conference thing with them. And made myself a pop-up bowl of popcorn.

I learned a lot at this conference. It made me feel a heck of a lot smarter too.

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12.03.11 – Got the box filled with vitacost.com stuff! I got to try so many things I’ve always wanted to try. Thanks Groupon!

Let’s see what we have here: Vegetable Chili mix, Cacao powder, Rice Puff Cereal, Kettle chips, Annie’s Spaghetti in a can, chocolate bars, Xantham Gum, Chia seeds, Annie’s Macaroni in a box

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12.06.11 – These little devils come out of one of the food places on campus. They are the devil because they’re addicting. I’m going to stick to the cinnamon ones in the future though because the jalapeno ones are disgusting!

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12.06.11 – As I was parking my car at my apartment complex, this kitty cat stuck his head out. So cute, I had to take a picture!

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12.10.11 – Krispie Crème donuts Krispie Kreme donuts? Either way we got the Christmas flavors as well as regular glazed.

I did a close up shot of the snowman because it’s so cute!! Too sweet though.

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12.11.11 – Jenny and I made crab rangoons by hand along with shrimp chips while Tammy studied hard for her finals. We ran out of oil and had to go and get more. Whoops.

They were a success though, but next time, we’ll know not to make that many.

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12.12.11 – Tammy sent me a picture of Pluto while I was hard studying for my finals. Ain’t he a cutie? She was already done and had gone home for the break. I was super jealous since my finals haven’t even started!

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12.12.11 – Tammy helped Jenny marinate the chicken drumsticks before she left so we had some of that and rice. Jenny snacked on some leftover crab rangoons as well. Delicious.

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12.13.11 – I took Jenny to Just Brakes so she could fix her car. When we went to pick up her car and go back home, we were stopped at the light and I saw this lil dealio. I called Jenny and told her to look on the left of us. “Oo Yea”. Smile

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12.14.11 – Finally tried out the Vegtarian Chili. Only thing you need to add is a can of beans and a can of tomatoes. I am not one to follow directions so I added some ground turkey, kidney beans, and black beans.

We also made some mashed potatoes. As you can see on the right I used a taco shell and put some mashed potatoes on the side of the walls of the taco and some chili in the middle.

So delicious! I am going to get this again!! With the mashed potatoes, it tasted like Shephard’s Pie!

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12.15.11 – Had my first Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese. I’m not a fan of Macaroni and Cheese but it came out pretty good.

Note to self: Be patient when pouring out the water. There is water in the holes of the macaroni.

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12.16.11 – My friend, Maira, and her dad and stepmum was having a Christmas Party and invited me. I went with Travis (my next door neighbor, brother bear, etc. and Maira’s boyfriend). They had DELECTABLE foods!

Queso, tortilla chips, quesadillas, tamales, taquitos. They had so many desserts as well. Yum! I obviously went for seconds. Bad idea?

On the very right I took out my feather during the party. It was bugging me so it had to go. Needless to say, I lost some hair in the process.

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I think we’re all caught up now. Whoo .. long.

I hope everyone’s having a good winter break for those of us that have it. For everyone else working, we love you. Smile