Baby Snuggie Wrap

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My belly is growing. ALOT. Its becoming more and more of a reality lately! It’s exciting and yet I’m a little nervous (just a tad bit) and only about the labor part of this whole having a baby thing. Pain is not my forte. I went to the doctors today, because my rash came back again on my belly for the 3rd time in the last two months and I was worried that it might be an indication of something not right with the pregnancy. Anywhos, it turns out that my skin is extra sensitive now, more so than before and I have to change things out that my belly has contact with. Like soap and detergent or something. Well, now that that is the least of my worries I found out that I have put on a little more weight than I should. 5 lbs in 2 weeks, and although the doctor said that because I was smaller to begin with that I will gain more weight than normal but I KNOW for sure that I have been eating more than I should be, so from now on I have to watch what goes in my mouth so I don’t give the baby a bad start to life. OH! So thankful that my Quad scan came back normal *dancing* not that it would change whether I had the baby or not but it’s one less thing to stress about during the pregnancy.

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I haven’t been baking much lately. Everything that I make doesn’t turn out as good as it did and perhaps its the whole pregnancy thing but I truly think it’s the stupid oven in this STUPID house! I think they got the oven at a huge discount because when you want it to broil it bakes and vice versa and I didn’t understand until multiple baked goods were ruined. ūüė¶ So with the baby coming along quite quickly, I brought this wonderful book for making babys clothing and toys and crib sheets. I thought I would start off with something simpler but I didn’t want to make a blanket yet, so I figured I’d try my luck with the baby snuggie wrap. It’s so so so cute and I can’t wait to hold that bundle in my arms. Since we dont’ know the sex of the baby yet, I thought green was a pretty neutral color and dots. Who doesn’t think dots are so so so cute! Basically it’s made of a inner lining of fleece and the outter material is just cotton. It just wraps itself onto the baby and you tie the tie around the belly of the baby and just snuggle with it! How cute is that!

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I started the project on Monday when Brandon had a late flight and I worked on it from 4:30pm till 11pm when Brandon got home and time just flew by! I was so excited about making the snuggie that I got most of it done that night but I had trouble making the buttonholes with my machine. Ugh, sometimes I swear smarter machines are way above me. lol. Now that this is done, I wonder what I should make next? Hmmm…

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You know, sometimes life just sucks the spirit out of you. It leaves you nothing to be happy about, nothing to look forward and quite frankly I was so sick and tired of that. I mean, I was in a total rut and I have been for a little while.¬† When I became a Christian and I changed alot of the way I think about things, about the world, my attitude, my language and my actions (for the better) it was refreshing! It was also during a time when I was surrounded by college friends who had such a firm and steady faith that it was easy for me to learn and be in Gods word. Ever since I moved with the Navy for Brandon, you go to alot of different places, meet alot of people in different stages of their lives with VERY different ways of living. It was definitely hard for me personally because I was shocked and the way people could make you feel by their words that never affected me before I became a Christian and the way that people treated each other and acted as if each day of their life sucked. I experienced this greatly at work in Pensacola and from then on I’ve really let it affect me. It changed my outlook on life and it drained me so much so that the past 2 years, my walk with God has been backwards instead of forward. I just didn’t try to be in his word as much as I should and my relationship with him was so distant. With all this free time during my pregnancy, I finally asked God and MEANT it for Him to change my life. It also helps alot that we have an amazing bible study group with couples our age. I started reading this book by Tim LaHaye How to Study the Bible for Yourself. I have only read 30 pages and it has already lifted me up SO much! This is a book that I really need because it helps you dig into the bible deeper by yourself without relying on just your sunday pastor and your bible study. So needless to say, I am in SUCH a good mood today. OH! I’m going to try and do something nice and selfless for Brandon daily. Hopefully it will not only make me a better wife, it will make me a better person in general.

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A couple of weeks ago I brought the Food Network magazine and it has some amazing recipes in it. Brandon loves Nathans hotdogs so I thought it would be a good idea to make the baked corndogs since I hate using the Grill and Brandon didn’t get home till after dark so I didn’t want him being outside in the dark with all the bugs.¬† Both these recipes are really simple, though at first glance it seems time consuming it really is not at all.

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Classic Potato Salad Aaron McCargo, Jr.

3-yukon gold potatoes (peeled and cut 1 in cubes)
3-large eggs
1/2 C diced onions (I used red onion)
1/2 C diced celery
2-TBS sweet relish
1-TBS Worcestershire sauce (I didn’t use it cause I didn’t have it)
1-ts hot sauce (I used paprika)
kosher salt and peppper to taste
1-C mayonnaise (I used only 1/4 C)
2- Scallions ( I used 3 cause I LOVE them)

1) Bring large pot of water to a boil and cook potatoes till tender (15 nins) and drain and spread out on a sheet pan to cool. Bring another pot of water to boil and add eggs and cook for 12 minutes and remove to a bowl of ice water to cool completely. Peel eggs under cold running water, then roughly chop.
2) In a large bowl, combine the onion, celery, relish, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, pepper and the mayonnaise. Fold in the potatoes, eggs and scallions. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

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1-C reduced-fat milk
1-package active dry yeast (2 1/4 ts yeast)
2-TBS extra virgin olive oil plus more for greasing
2-TBS packed light brown sugar
1 3/4-C a.p flour
1-C fine ground yellow cornmeal
1-ts salt
1/4-ts bs
1/4-ts paprika
9-hotdogs, halved crosswise (I didn’t make mini ones, I just made normal sized corndogs)
1-Large egg, beaten
1- TBS black sesame seeds (optional)

1) Warm milk to 110 degrees F and pour into a medium bowl. Sprinkle in yeast and let soften for about 2 minutes. Stir in olive oil, brown sugar, and cornmeal with a wooden spoon. Add flour, salt, baking soda and paprika. Stir to make a sticky dough.
2)Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, ading more four if needed, until smooth but still slightly tacky, about 5 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball, place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Meanwhile, insert a wooden tick or small skewer into each hot dog half, about 1 inch deep, set aside. (I didn’t use skewers).
3) Prehat oven to 45o degrees F and lightly grease large baking sheet. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 18 pieces. With your palms, roll each piece into a 10-in length. Wrap ach piece around a hot dog half, tucking and pressing the edges to seal; place on the baking sheet.
4) Brush the dough-wrapped dogs with the beaten egg; sprinkle wieht sesame seeds, if desired. Bake until golden; 15 minutes.

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Curry Crazy!

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Well folks! The end of the 1st trimester is here. Tomorrow we will officially be in the 2nd trimester and goodness my belly shows it! This weekend baby adams showed signs of fast growth and even faster yet is the fact that it is taking up so much space that I can’t eat much at one sitting which is AWFUL for me. I really like to sit down and enjoy a BIG meal. lol.¬† So I suppose that stuffing my face is out of the picture now hahahahaha.

I am for sure filling out now and it is slowly starting to look less like a food baby and a little more rounded, like I’m actually preggers! Brandon saw he get up yesterday from the couch to grab him a pen and he said “Are you waddling?” lol. I’m not sure if I’m just doing it because it’s more comfortable cause I’m lazy to pick up my feet to walk or if this belly is starting to change my strides. Whatever the case, good sleep at night is hard to come by now. With the puppy vomiting and making a bunch of noise at night, it is SO hard to go back to sleep ontop of having to drag myself to the bathroom 5 times a night.

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As you can gather by now, the baby REALLY loves asian food, so curry is no exception. Now that I have started introducing a little meat into my diet, chicken adds a little more flavor to the overall dish but I definitely prefer potatoes in the curry than any type of meat. So I chose to add 2 chicken breasts to 3 potatoes. I think most people may prefer more meat than potatoes so you can basically add whatever quantity of each you would like. Eating curry always reminds me of Malaysia and how much good food is there. You know, the flavors of the dishes there are AMAZING, and they sell the in street stalls so the ingredient list must be easy right? From research my favorite malaysian dishes are packed with ingredients that I have either never heard of or can’t get a hold of. Poo!


2 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
3 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 onion, diced (shallots are much more flavorful though so use 1-2 if you want)
Red Curry paste ( in Asian grocery store in a can, use as much you want for the spiciness you are looking for)
1 16 oz Can of Coconut milk (light coconut milk is less flavorful by far but has less fat so will not upset your tummy as much as full fat coconut milk)


1. In a large pot, heat some oil on high and saute onions/shallots
2. If you like medium spicy curry, add first 2 TBS of the red curry paste and saute with onions/shallots
If you prefer less spicy start with 1 tbs, more spicy 3 TBS. You can always add more!
3. Once fragrant, add chicken and saute just so that the outside of the chicken is starting to cook.
4. Add potatoes and stir around then pour in coconut milk. Wait till it starts boiling before covering the pot and turning heat down to medium low.
5. Allow to cook through 15 minutes or so.

Enjoy with with rice or roti!

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Sushi Craving Baby!


I feel like I am in a warped time machine or something. Days go by so slow, yet what do you know. I’m in my 13th week and in another week I’ll be officially in my 2nd trimester! It feels surreal because although my belly is growing, it is still not entirely big that I am constantly reminded that the baby is actually in there! I’ve pretty much had most of the symptoms of pregnancy thus far. The nausea has subsided pretty much but comes back maybe once every other week, I have trouble sleeping at night, I pee like I should be strapped to a toilet, my back aches, my skin is terrible and the new thing is an itchy ITCHY belly! Hopefully 2nd trimester brings me beautiful shinny hair and a glow. lol.

I think I’ve already started to spoil the baby before it is even born. What it craves, it gets. It’s been craving for sushi for the past 3 weeks and although I can eat sushi in a restaurant that doesn’t contain raw fish, I’m a little paranoid about cross-contamination. I’m a pretty paranoid handwasher, and I doubt most people especially in the food industry wash their hands that much, sadly enough. So I just went crazy and brought a bunch of stuff to make vegetarian sushi with. It actually doesn’t take as long as I remembered but I think this time I put way too much rice in it. OH WELL! I’m Asian. I LOVE rice. ūüėÄ

I better get back to my Harry Potter movie!

Vegetarian Sushi

Vegetarian Sushi

Vegetarian Sushi

Vegetarian Sushi

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Baby Adams

The theme song from the Adams Family sounds appropriate but I pray that our baby does not resemble them lol. My family has already suggested naming the baby Wednesday or Fester. I beg to differ! Another suggestion from my dear Sisters boyfriend Aaaron has been ‘Satay,’ which in fact would be appropriate since it will be 1/4 Malaysian and I LOVE food and it seems that Baby Adams does too. Of course my first reaction is NO because we would forever be deemed fattys for naming our child after food.¬† The look on Brandons face was priceless when I¬† told him about the name.

baby Adams 10 weeks

Last friday we went into the doctors for our 1st appointment! I was SO excited and SO nervous! We tried the normal abdominal ultrasound to see if that would give us a clear enough picture but it didn’t, so we opted for the internal ultrasound though uncomfortable was SO worth it. The most precious thing was that when the doctor turned the screen to let Brandon and I see our baby, it started dancing! Its arms and legs all over the place like it was at a club or something. It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen and I could not get the smile off my face. It was real before but so much more of a reality when you see that little baby that is actually growing inside you. I can’t describe it, there are few if any words that fully describe that joy. Oh I labeled the baby cause it’s probably just a blob to most. lol. We did find out the approximate due date which is January 15th! WHOOHOO. I think my sister is excited that it is so close to her birthday. She no doubt will be an amazing Aunt. She is so excited and I can’t wait to get back to the West Coast to share this with her. By then I will be so big.

week 9 bump

So even though I am now in the 11th week I put up a picture of my baby bump at 9 weeks. I can’t believe how fast my belly has started to pouch out! The baby is growing fast and so is my belly! I haven’t been nauseas for a week now and I am SO thankful. It is just terrible when you don’t feel good yet you have to eat for the baby. I’m almost done with the 1st trimester. Can you believe it? Then 2nd trimester will bring beautiful skin and hair and that pregnancy glow – so I hope. :-b

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Flour Power

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Wow, today I am extremely tired! I have to try not to sleep till after noon because it feels like I just got up. Being in bed twice in a morning just doesn’t seem right. lol. I was at a loss as to what I wanted for Dinner last night. I didn’t feel like cooking, I haven’t felt like it in some weeks now but then MAIL MAN! He arrived with a package from my MOM! Of course I wasn’t surprised because I had asked her to send it to me but it totally inspired me to make dinner. I have been wanting this dish called “Mein Fun Go.” Basically a stock made from diced shallots and small dried fish. Sounds gross? Yeah, probably but I grew up with it and it makes the BEST broth and really my tummy appreciates something clear and healthy.

For the Dough

1 C flour (AP)
1 egg
Dash of salt
1/2 C water

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For the Stock

1/2 C of the dried white fish
1-2 diced shallots

  1. First mix the ingredients for the dough in a mixer with the dough attachment. Add more flour or water as needed to prevent it from being too sticky or too dry. Roll up in a ball and place it in a clean bowl and put a damp paper towel over it and let rest for an hour
  2. Meanwhile, in a soup pot add some oil and let it heat up and stir in the dried fish and shallots and let cook till lightly browned and fragrant.
  3. Add enough water. I added around 4-5 C which will make enough for 2 meals. Cover and let come to a boil then let it simmer for the remainder of the time.
  4. After an hour, fill a bowl with water and add some salt to it.
  5. Grab the dough and pull off little pieces and roll into balls and put it in the salt water. Continue doing this until you’ve finished the dough. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes.
  6. Then turn the soup back onto high and while it boils, grab a ball and flatten it out with your finger tips and drop it into the soup. Continue until all dough balls are flattened and in the soup.
  7. Add some type of veges to the stock at the end. I used spinach. YUM! Oh, you might want to eat it with soy sauce and chilis! DELICIOUS!

* Warning: Brandon deems this “smelly”

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I also had to make something for the husband for dinner of course. I wasn’t going to force him to eat my weirdo pregnancy cravings. So Chicken pot pie it was. It was actually pretty simple to put together.

Pie Pastry Dough

1 1/4 C AP flour
1/4 ts salt
1 stick of cold cubed butter
3 TBS iced cold water

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Chicken Pot Pie Filling

1 chicken breast
3 stalks of celery (diced)
1/2 onion (diced)
2 stalks of green onion (diced)
2 medium carrots (peeled and diced)
1ts dried thyme
dash of garlic powder
Salt & pepper to taste
1 TBS flour

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  1. Boil the chicken breast in a pot with water until cooked. Let cool and cut chicken into dices
  2. Meanwhile, make the pastry dough but mixing flour, salt and butter in mixer with the paddle attachment. Add water, 1 TBS at a time to control the wetness of the dough. You don’t want it sticky or dry. Mix until just combined.
  3. Wrap and refrigerate.
  4. In a pan, heat oil and add thyme and onions and cook till onions translucent.
  5. Add carrots and cook for 2 minutes before adding celery and cook for another 2 minutes. Add green onions.
  6. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
  7. Add to the pan sifted flour and stir around and quickly add enough milk to make a thick soupy consistency. It’s better to add a little milk at a time so you can control the liquidity of it.
  8. Let cool while you prepare the pastry.
  9. Roll out the pastry dough on a well floured surface and cut out 3 circles enough to cover the base of the 3″ pie tin. Gather the scraps, rewrap and refrigerate.
  10. Prick holes into the base of the pie with a fork and fill with the filling. Set on a tinfolded tray.
  11. Reroll pastry dough on floured surface and top each pie with the dough.
  12. Cut slits into the top of the pie dough then cook at 400 degrees F until golden brown.

I started a baby journel. ūüôā

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Blueberrie gone bananas!

Blueberry banana muffins

¬†Blueberry muffins brings back memories of my Starbucks obsession days. Even though I know their products all come in frozen and thawed daily, they just look SO beautiful in their glass case waiting to be bitten into. ¬†I spent so much money back before I got my Espresso machine at Starbucks. Just thinking of what the money could have gone to. Though I always enjoy chit-chatting over coffee in a coffee house. That atmosphere is just so…warm and fuzzy! Now, I can’t indulge in espressos for quite a long while but it will definitely be well worth it!


blueberry banana muffins 2In an attempt to make some healthier muffins for Brandon, I decided to combine bananas and blueberries. Not sure Brandon is a fan. He would rather have me leave the blueberries out and substitute them with chocolate chips. ūüėÄ He sure is funny. They are bad at all. I love the mix of flavors of the two fruits together and they both keep the muffins moist!

(Right now, Leben is trying to find his treats that I have stashed around the house. It keeps him from thinking about Brandon while he is at work. He totally mopes around all day long until he gets home. It’s really sad!)

I am definitely starting to feel the pressure from the baby. My midsection is tightening and stretching all day long. Weirdest feeling ever! It’s cool though! I visited with Hye Sung yesterday with my friend Cye. Hye Sung is over 4 months pregnant and she makes the most beautiful pregnant wife EVER! Her belly is perfectly round and she is so petite to begin with hardly looks pregnant when she wears empire waist dresses. She said she doesn’t even see a bump on my at all but I definitely notice a HUGE change. My runs have been less intense and I tire so easily. I go to the bathroom at least 3-4 times a night compared to my usual 1-2.¬†

Well I had better type in this recipe before I blabble on for another page or two!

Recipe by Valerie Adams

  2 C flour
1 ts baking powder
1/2 ts baking soda
1/4 ts salt
6 TBS of butter, room temperature
1/3 C sugar
1/3 C brown sugar
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas
1/3 C milk
1 C frozen blueberries (keep frozen until end of recipe)

  1. In a mixer with paddle attachment, cream sugars and butter together
  2. Add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt
  3. Add in the milk followed by the bananas then the 2 eggs.
  4. Mix and scrape the bowl as needed
  5. Spray muffins tins
  6. When combined, take the 1 C of frozen blueberries and  mix quickly with as little strokes as possible to prevent blueberries from bursting and turning the whole batter purple.
  7. Then scoop batter into muffin tins 
  8. Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.


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Another Day, Another Craving


Meat, chinese food

Beef Potstickers

Chinese Beef Potstickers

1/2 lb ground beef
 6 stalks of chives, thinly diced
2 TBS oyster sauce
2 TBS soy sauce
ground pepper
2 dashes of Sesame oil
Shanghai Potsticker skins 

  1.  Mix all the ingredients together till thoroughly combined. *Except Potsticker skins
  2. Using a teaspoon, grab some meat and with a potsticker skin in the left hand, place meat in the center of the skin
  3. dab edges of skin with water and fold in half then seal, pleat the edges and set on a plate. 
  4. Continue until you’re bored or have finished with all the meat.
  5. Heat oil in a skillet/pan and set the potstickers onto skillet. Pleat side up of course ūüôā Let brown on the bottom
  6. Be careful of next step. Oil will splatter EVERYWHERE
  7. Pour a little water into the skillet (enough to cover the bottom of the potstickers) and cover with a lid for 3-5 minutes until skin is a little transparent
  8. Then uncover lid and let water evaporate.
  9. IT’S DONE!¬†


Everyday is definitely a new adventure as far as food goes. I could literally get groceries for an entire week of meals that I have planned but I won’t feel like any of them. So I’ve had to use my brain a little more especially since I don’t eat meat and Brandon lives on meat alone. So on Saturday, we went for a 3 mile run at 9am. It was 80 degrees out. At 9am. I wanted to sit back on my big fat pregnant butt. The look of excitement on Brandon’s eyes and Lebens eyes for the run was more than enough to get me motivated – a little. Enough to start off strong. All week I had been on the elliptical at the gym for fear that running would hurt my baby but it seems that I bounce so much more on an elliptical than when I run. So running might be better for me. Anyways, side-note! After I got home from our run I decided to prune some bamboos to make as indoor plants. Bad idea. I should have rested for a little because I got dehydrated and I had a HUGE headache. Brandon even made me breakfast and I couldn’t eat it cause I felt like throwing up. After that, the day was a blur. I did get better so our friend Pat came over and we went to Home Depot and then when we got back I ate and basically slept for 3 hours straight. I love our bedroom. That may be my most favorite place in the house because we have huge plantation windows and when I am lying in bed, I see all these bamboo trees surrounding me. I feel like I live in a plantation home. That’s the only time that I really like our house. The bathroom is terrible. The ventilation fan works like at a rate of 1 cycle per 30 minutes so the shower is always wet and mold grows. Then our kitchen sink is leaking underneath into the cabinet and molding it as well. Our house smells like vinegar (which I used to kill the mold) mixed with mold. I can’t wait to get out of here. ¬†Oh back to my main point. So I woke up at like 5:30pm, roamed around the house in a daze and talked to my mom on the phone for a good 20 minutes or so. Then I decided to attack dinner. Not that I wanted to cook. I never feel like it anymore, but we gotta eat right? So I threw together some ingredients for beef potstickers and vegetable yakisoba stirfry. Incredibly, at an attempt to give our grape sized baby some iron, I tried some potstickers. I had not had meat in like 3 years. It tasted good but oily and it definitely didn’t make me feel good. So, I better take this up with my nutritionist when I go in for my appointment. No way can I get red meat.



Vegetarian, Japanese

Vegetarian, Japanese

Vegetarian Yakisoba Stir-fry

1 Pack of Yakisoba (comes with 3 individually portioned servings)
2 medium sized carrots, sliced
a handful of chives, cut into 3 lengthwise
1/4 of a white onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, diced
3-4 celery stalks, cut diagonally
Soy sauce

  1.  Heat oil in a large pan/wok till oil is very hot
  2. Add garlic and onions and cook till fragrant
  3. Add carrots and stir-fry for 2 minutes
  4. Add Chives, then celery and cook for another minute
  5. Add the noodles and add a little water to the pan to loosen the noodles
  6. Add soy sauce and pepper to your liking. I usually add chili sauce in mine. It makes it THAT much better! 
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Eating for two

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I sure hope not every move is going to be so chaotic, though each move seems to take me away from my blog for a month or more. You know it takes time for the internet people flip a switch, apparently 2 weeks.

Anywhos! Great news! I am finally eating for 2! I have my official 1st doctors appointment June 19th! Where I get my first ultrasound which is actually internal. Kinda gross but you can’t really see the baby well if you do the external ultrasound since it is so teeny!

pregnancy flowers

Brandon got the news while he was in class and since text messages are a little hard to decipher emotionally, I didn’t quite know how excited he was until he got home with BEAUTIFUL yellow roses for the baby and I.

So far the pregnancy has been a little more uncomfortable than I thought it would be. I’m definitely bloated and most of the time when I eat I feel nauseous and even though I’m hungry I feel like my stomach is full as a brick. It’s a little better today. I was still a little nauseous and my hormones are getting the best of me today.

Brandon has been so sweet, telling me to stay in bed in the morning even though I like to try and get up with him to see him off to work. Either way I have to get up early because Leben starts to cry and paw at my bedside till I wake up and take him for a walk. It’s really annoying sometimes and I love him but he has been REALLY stubborn lately.

pregnancy cravings

As far as cravings go, I thought I would be craving all fast foods and weird combos like pickles and ice cream but no. I miss Asian food. I want it all the time. The strangest is my craving for Korean Ramen noodles. Frankly not the healthiest but I’ve only given in to it today and I’ve had the craving for 2 weeks. Hopefully that fills the void!

Last night I stirfried some chinese chives and beansprouts with garlic, onions, ginger and fermented bean curd in chili oil. SO GOOD! I also craved this Chinese-Malay dish after the gym today. It’s a broth with flattened pieces of dough like matzo balls. I just love to dip it in the chili soy sauce. Emm.
Well enough of my strange Asian food cravings, till next time!

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Nutty for Cupcakes

Vegan Cupcake

It has been a while since I last baked even though my last day of work was a couple of weeks ago now.¬† Now that I feel like baking again, I have realised that I pretty much packed all my baking supplies in our moving boxes. See, we are moving again. This time back to Jacksonville, FL and hopefully the last time we will be in a florida. One never knows though. We go where the Navy tells us to but honestly, it has been¬†a blast. I know I would never move to the gulf coast on my own. Despite the horrible¬†year we spent in Milton, FL this journey so far has been amazing and I would not trade it up for anything. The day after my last day of work was Brandons winging. It was a very long and tiring day but I could not have been any more proud of him. When you are going through the process with them learning to fly, you loose sight of the fact that they are one of the few who make it this far. You see them struggle through daily tests as they fly and come home a little more disappointed each day. Sometimes you just don’t have the words of comfort that they need. Now that he has those beautiful gold wings pinned on his uniform, I hope that it’s a constant reminder for him of just how hard he has worked to get where he is and despite him thinking he may not be as smart as other pilots, I hope¬† he can be more confident in his abilities. As far as I am concerned, I married the perfect man.vegan cupcake 2



We were driving home from Church this morning and we were talking about dessert and Brandon asked me to make some cupcakes. I was more than happy to do it because it’s not often that Brandon LOVES dessert and I STILL had my muffin pans unpacked. SWEET! Good deal. Everytime I hear the word “cupcake” I immediately think of the story Brandon told me about her younger sister Brittany who when she was younger couldn’t pronounce cupcake so she would say “pupcake.”¬† Too cute! I really like this cupcake recipe because it’s vegan and it’s so hard to get any alternative ingredients here.



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1-1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 C sugar
3/4 ts baking soda
3/4 ts baking powder
1/2 ts salt
1/4 C cocoa powder
1 egg
1/2 C soymilk
1/4 C vegetable oil
1/4 C boiling water
1/2 ts vanilla essence



  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a mixer with a whisk attachment
  2. Add the egg followed by the soymilk, vege oil, vanilla essence and boiling water.
  3. Whisk until just combined.
  4. Grease muffin tins and fill tins with batter 3/4 full.
  5. Bake at 350 degress F for 15 – 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


3 c confectioners sugar
1/4 C soymilk
1/4 C cocoa powder

  1. Mix all ingredients in a mixer and mix till confectioners sugar is dissolved and frosting is lump free.
  2. Frost cupcakes once cooled an sprinkle with chopped pecans! YAY!

WingingKarl and anna

Brandon before he gets his wings                                               Anna pinning wings on Karl                                      

winging group

                  Winging group VT-31 and VT-35


                                                           Baby Leben sunning in the yard                                                                                 


                               Brandon in San Antonio                                                        


 Leopard wood we brought for Brandons coffee table project




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