RIP my little fishes

Both of my fish passed away unexpectedly a few days ago. It’s lonely not having my little scale pals around. I know its silly, but I would talk to them when I woke up, when I came home and whenever they made a fuss… I doted on them when they were ill and coaxed them back to health numerous times. Now the tank is silent and empty. 

RIP Bubble and Squeak. I will miss you.

 

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Sushi Rice!

Hey everyone! I am so excited! I found sushi rice available at a local store that I frequent and it’s grown in the USA! 😀 😀 😀 I know that sushi rice is available at Trader Joes or online, however I am not willing to drive a half hour away to buy this one item or pay someone online to use their fuel to cart it to me. Therefore by buying locally available items I am reducing waste and pollution by supporting local stores. 🙂

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The visual difference between the widely available long grain rice and the sushi rice is quite apparent….
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The long grain rice on the left is long and skinny and whiter in color while the sushi rice on the right is a short fat grain with a creamy tint. I haven’t had a chance to cook with it yet so I cannot say anything about flavor or texture. I am hoping to have my sisters over soon to make some more Japanese dishes from my cookbook. We had done that early last year and it was a lot of fun!

My other find is Oolong tea! None of the stores in my area have carried this type of tea in any brand and I found this at the same place I bought my rice. 🙂 I also haven’t brewed a cup of this yet to compare to my regular green tea…

 

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Diet conscious people online have touted it to be the ultimate green tea and really helps with weight loss. I don’t believe those claims -however I am looking forward to trying a new tea.

That’s all for tonight!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

 

Happy Easter! 2014

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

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Morning sunlight on the eggins – anyone see Joker?

Happy Easter everyone!

After mass my brother and I met up with the fam for Easter breakfast. 🙂 Our family tradition which has been passed down from my great-grandmother who came from Czechoslovakia, is making poppyseed rolls for special occasions. This year my mom decided to do a new spin on our favorite by styling it as a Swedish teacake. 🙂

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Poppyseed Roll with jellybeans mmm… 🙂

Here our the fruits of our egg coloring labors yesterday. Don’t they look lovely?

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Lovely colored eggins

Our favorite Easter tradition was taken from a Polish parish our family were members of many years ago. This is a memory maker everyone. No child is immune from this. Everyone must consume a bit of ground horseradish before they receive their Easter basket. It is hilarious to watch but more importantly it also represents Christ’s bitter passion and death on the cross which had to be accomplished before opening the gates of heaven.

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Ye evil horseradish!

I hope your day was filled with peace, joy and good company. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Tie-dyed Easter Eggs

Went over to my parents house today to  help decorate Easter eggs. :3 My mom placed me on a special mission to work on tie-dyed eggs while the rest of my siblings went to town with the crayons. 

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You will need:

  • Eggs
  • White Vinegar
  • Food Coloring
  • Colander
  • Sink
  • Paper Towel

 

Step 1: Hard boil eggs

Step 2: Let eggs cool

Step 3: Place cooled eggs into a colander and set in the sink. Take 1/2 c. white vinegar and sprinkle or dip eggs in a colander. This helps the color adhere to the eggs.

Step 4: Choose two to three food coloring colors to tie-dye your eggs with. (we chose neon pink, neon blue and regular yellow) Sprinkle the eggs with the first color, swirl the colander around gently and allow to set 30 seconds or so.

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Step 5: Sprinkle second color and gently swirl again. Allow to sit for 30 seconds or so. (McDonald’s eggs anyone?)

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Step 6: Sprinkle third color and gently swirl. Allow to sit for 30 seconds or so. (Now they really look marbled)

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Step 7: Time to rinse off!

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Step 8: Remove to paper towel to dry.

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Now they’re ready to take up to church to be blessed! 

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

 

 

Just a little knitting

Feeling a little burned out on crochet so I’ve been switching it up a bit by knitting some basic dishcloths. I love using multicolored cotton for dishcloths and it is my goal to eventually make a dish cloth out of every multi yarn that Lily brand offers. 🙂 I’ve made quite a few dishcloths over the years so I think I’m getting pretty close! 

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The one I’m currently working on reminds me of fairy kei because of the pastel-rainbow-unicorn-magic colors. It’s cute – however I most likely won’t make another as it is scented. (my poor nose)

Have you used the Lily brand scented yarns before? How do you like them?

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San