I’m super excited about this post. The Irvine Farmers Market was a blast. My sister came down to visit me and the two of us went with my new roomie to the farmer’s market. It was great because there were vendors for art, jewelry, clay flowers, photography, roasted corn, kettlecorn, bread, ravioli, sausages, fruits, and veggies.
This is a picture of the painting my new roomie gave me 🙂
It’s a painting of Detroit because that’s where she’s from.
Here’s the picture of the soap vendor that we saw at the farmers market.
These are little clay flowers. The detail completely blew me away!
Awesome color of assorted veggies.
Eggplants and bitter melons.
Mericol Escentuals 🙂 I love her! She was such a sweet lady.
Strawberries galore! 🙂
My loot from the market
More of my loot 🙂
This is wild mushroom and four cheese ravioli cooked with polish sausages and sauteed in brown butter herb sauce! 🙂 IT WAS DELICIOUS!!
Our lunch today 🙂 The rolls were awesome! The lady at the roll place was hilarious. I’ll post the recipe of the ravioli soon!
So funny note of the day, I’ve concluded that my new roomie’s boyfriend sort of looks like Nick Lachey. I can proudly say that because I was born and raised in Los Angeles 🙂 haha! We were tanning by the pool today and I realized that I’m from SoCal and she’s more tan than I am. What the heck?!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there. I had a funny conversation about mother’s day with my sister last night and she pointed out that our family is a matriarchy. Mother’s rule the house I suppose. I came to realize that I always end up giving my mother flowers for mother’s day. So in light of my annual bouquet of flowers, I want to post some different ones that I took in my front yard. I’m pretty sure the people driving by thought I was crazy.
I’m not sure what these are called but I saw them on America’s Next Top Model! I think it was cycle 10 where Whitney Thompson won.
Unfortunately, my lens was not pro enough to capture the beauty of these little ones.
This is the jewel to my collection 🙂 It was a great shot.
I attempted to take a picture of a butterfly but the butterfly flew away before I snapped the picture..so I’m not sure what this is supposed to be. Just saying.
Ahhh so gorgeous. I love the color 🙂
I would like to thank my mother for everything she has done for me. I cannot put into words how lucky I am to have a mother like her. She is the kind of mother who would stay home with me if I was sick and take care of me until I got better. The kind of mother who peels my apples with a knife because I’m too much of a sissy to do it myself. The kind of mother that thinks me living on my own means I starve myself so she packs tons of boxes of food for me to take back to school. The kind of mother who has always accepted me for who I am and made sure I knew she was proud of who I am. The kind of mother who also gets excited for new foods and places to go. The kind of mother that prefers home cooking versus store bought crap (I’m sure stores are great but you can’t beat mama’s cooking..EVER). The kind of mother who loves and nurtures and doesn’t judge. The kind of mother who can make fun of me and still laughs along with me at all the stupid jokes we crack. The kind of mother who can be a loving mother, a wife, a daughter, a role model, a authority figure, a cook, a maid, a butler, a chauffeur, a seamstress, a shrink, and a best friend all in one. Thank you mommy for 23 wonderful years of life. I cannot wait to share more memories with you. She bought me some awesome thai tea leaves and my sister and I made thai tea yesterday! 🙂 I might post the recipe but we’ll see. I might drink all of it before I can snap a picture. Happy Mother’s Day!!
These are the best chocolate chip cookies!! I have to say, follow the directions please. I usually try to substitute ingredients if I can get them cheaper but these babies need the real deal. I have made these cookies using margarine because it was what I had on hand and it’s a lot cheaper than butter. Use butter! Margarine has a water substance which makes the cookies spread like no other when they are baking. These cookies hardly spread at all when they are baking. The only issue I had is with adding the chocolate chips. When you add the chips, make sure to use a spatula. You’re definitely going to need to use some muscle to get all the chips incorporated with the dough. I got the recipe off allrecipes.com! This recipe has over 4,000 views so yeah, it’s good.
Here’s the recipe..
Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from allrecipes.com)
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
2 sticks of butter soften
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 12 oz bag chocolate chips (I used Nestle’s dark chocolate chips)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Using a stand mixer, mix butter with both sugars until fluffy.
3. Beat in eggs one at a time. Make sure to mix well after each egg.
4. Add in vanilla extract and mix again.
5. In a small bowl, mix the baking soda with the hot water and add that to the dough.
6. Add salt and mix.
7. Finally add the flour. I usually DON’T mix after every cup of flour because I find it overmixed as a result. So add all the flour to the mixer before mixing it together.
8. Make a hole in the dough with a spatula and add in the chocolate chips. Be sure to mix them well or else you’ll have dough without any chips. And that’s never good!
9. Bake at 350 for about 13 minutes. It really depends on your oven. Mine took about 13 but yours could take 10.
As you can see, my cookies don’t have a smooth top. Personally, I hate smooth top cookies UNLESS they come from Diddy Riese which is a cookie shop out of Westwood Village near UCLA. They’re famous for their cheap but DELICIOUS cookies and ice cream sandwiches. I love the crinkle look in chocolate chip cookies because I feel as though they are more authentic. I love this recipe because it gives a chewy inside with a crispy outside. If you live in Southern California but have not been to Diddy Riese, you’re missing out. My older sister is a UCLA alumni so I made regular trips to their fab cookie shop every time I went to visit her. I went to visit her quite frequently. I even requested that she bring me home cookies when I couldn’t go visit her 🙂 DIDDY RIESE! You’re not a UCLA alumni until you’ve had Diddy Riese. UCI doesn’t really have any good cookie shops around. I’m not sure what makes a UCI alumni. I guess if you haven’t been to Berkeley Dog or Cha For Tea. Or if you haven’t been in line at Starbucks for over an hour. This isn’t during the rush by the way. Starbucks at UCI = second most busiest in the industry with the one in New York City being the first. We love Starbucks at UCI! 🙂 Thanks for reading.
I’m in love with strawberries! I love strawberry season so much. As I mentioned in the previous post, I got these babies at the farmers market. They were too ripe that most of them were already going to go bad. Instead of trying to stuff myself with strawberries, I made chocolate covered strawberries! 🙂 They were ah-mazing by the way. I think the ripeness of the strawberries made them sweeter than usual. Combined with the sweetness of chocolate made them extra sweet, just the way I like it.
Here’s the recipe..
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
1 12 oz bag of good quality chocolate chips
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter at room temperature
1. Pour chocolate in a microwavable bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until all chocolate is melted.
2. Once chocolate is melted, stir in the cream, butter, and vanilla extract. Be sure to do this right away when the chocolate is still hot. Also be sure that the butter melts completely. You could do this over the stove if you’d like.
3. Let the chocolate cool while you wash the strawberries and pat them dry with a paper towel.
4. Leave the stems on the strawberries and hold the stem while dipping each one. After dipping, set them on a wax paper covered cookie sheet.
5. Let the chocolate harden on the wax paper before putting in the fridge.
6. Once the chocolate hardens, put in the fridge for at least 2 hours to harden the rest of the chocolate.
I got 20 chocolate covered strawberries with this recipe but yours might differ depending on the size of your strawberries. Most of mine were medium size with some small ones and a few large ones. They were delicious. I took them to my internship and my coworkers ate them up.
I think this salad is the awesomest one I’ve had in awhile. I was home for the weekend and we had chicken salads for dinner. My sister bought this sesame ginger salad dressing from Ralphs that just makes everything taste better! I usually don’t like cucumbers but in this case, they were delicious that I had extra ones! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!