It’s Monday and it’s a long weekend

 

 

 Last week…

We bought a Kitchenaid ice-cream mixer attachment. The original price listed was $70.99 and the Husband happened to check the Target app and for some reason it was listed there at $44.99 so we ordered it and picked it up after we watched Avengers: Endgame.

We’d been considering getting an ice-cream maker for a while. I didn’t want a big one like those with compressors (benefit: you don’t have to freeze the bowl first!) as it would take up too much space that I don’t have. And since my Kitchenaid mixer sits on my counter all the time anyway (I use it quite a lot, also it’s too heavy to move), an attachment seemed like the best thing to get.

Of course that meant we had to freeze the bowl for at least 15 hours!

But I also made the ice-cream custard (I used this lovely vanilla ice-cream recipe from David Leibovitz) and had it sitting in the fridge, ready to be poured into the mixer.

It did already taste great after 20 minutes or so of mixing. But it was already near dinnertime anyway so we put it in the freezer and took it out for dessert. Homemade vanilla ice cream is so delicious. It was luscious and creamy and had a big vanilla taste from the vanilla pod and extract.

 

 

Other things this week, lots of summer fruits at the farmers market – cherries, nectarines and peaches. I love nectarines. Peaches not so much.

Made japchae and a slow cooker honey-braised pork sirloin roast. The pork roast was so good!

Bookmarking it here myself so I’ll remember where I found the recipe.

 

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

 

Unmarriageable – Soniah Kamal

 

Machines Like Me – Ian McEwan

 

If You Leave Me – Crystal Hana Kim

 

Watching:

The husband and I finally got to see Avengers: Endgame and don’t worry, I won’t reveal any spoilers or anything. So I will just say that I really enjoyed it, except for one part.

 

 

Eating:

Homemade vanilla ice-cream (I’m writing this Sunday night)

Drinking:

 Lots of water

 

Last week:

I read:

Ayesha At Last – Uzma Jalaluddin

Edinburgh – Alexander Chee

I posted:

River of Stars by Vanessa Hua #AsianLitBingo

Library Loot (May 22 to 28)

Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee #AsianLitBingo

 

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It’s Monday

 

 

 

Last week…

 

My mother-in-law arrived from Singapore bearing gifts!

I made Pai Bao, a soft condensed milk that originated from Hong Kong. It uses the tangzhong method, which I really love using as it makes extra soft bread.

 

We ate at Super Duper Burger. Still one of the best burgers in the area!

The farmers’ market has nectarines in!

Korean food for lunch at Jang Su Jang.

Currently…

 

Reading:

Edinburgh – Alexander Chee

I’m slowly making my way through this one. There are some books you breeze through and some books you struggle through. But then there are beauties like this one filled with such great writing that you want to just sip at it and savour it before it is all gone.

 

 

Watching:

How To Get Away With Murder season 5 – I have a love-hate relationship with this show. It has moments of brilliance and it’s full of great actors (Viola Davis, Liza Weil, who if this name sounds somewhat familiar, played Paris Geller on Gilmore Girls) but sometimes things just are a bit TOO dramatic.

I attempted to watch Wine Country but gave up about 1/3 of the way in.

Listening:

 

Eating:

Pain au chocolat from Paris Baguette

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold with milk

 

Browsing:
Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer is back! More specifically it will kick off June 3!

#ownvoices mysteries for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – I’ve read the Widows of Malabar Hill, Shelter and Little Fires Everywhere

Find out which are the finalists in the Best Translated Book Awards

Last week:

I read:


Emergency Contact – Mary HK Choi
My Brother’s Husband Vol 2 – Gengoroh Tagame
Not your Sidekick – CB Lee
A River of Stars – Vanessa Hua

I posted:

My Brother’s Husband Vol 2 by Gengoroh Tagame

Bad Friends by Ancco #AsianLitBingo
The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay #AsianLitBingo

Library Loot (May 15 to 21)

Adaptations that are better than the books #TopTenTuesday

 

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

 

It’s Monday

 

 

 

 

Last week

My three fellas took me out to one of our favourite Japanese restaurants where I had the best seafood porridge which is loaded with crab and prawns and topped with ikura and uni.

 

And we were excited to see cherries and strawberries at the farmers market again! The price is a bit high at the moment but it will get cheaper as summer rolls around.

Currently…

 

Reading:

A River of Stars – Vanessa Hua

Not Your Sidekick – CB Lee

 

Watching:

Dead To Me

I wasn’t all that sure about this show at first.

Then I ended up binge-watching several episodes. And finished the rest within the next couple of days!! This is a dark and funny show and it is just a delight to watch.

Listening:

Still no personal audiobook at the moment. But the kids have been listening to A Boy and His Bot. 

 

Eating:

I made waffles this morning. The husband said, we can bring you out for breakfast! But really, I make better waffles than the diners in our town and so, homemade waffles it was.

Drinking:

Nespresso

Cooking:

I’m going to make a double batch of baked mac and cheese. And I’m trying to decide about adding either cauliflower or broccoli to it.

 

Last week:

I read:


Half a World Away – Cynthia Kadohata
The Way You Make Me Feel – Maurene Goo
Bad Friends – Ancco
The Far Field – Madhuri Vijay
I posted:

 

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Library Loot (May 8 to 14)

 

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

 

It’s Monday – how is it May already?

 

 

 

 

Last week felt like a looonnggg week. The husband was away in Denver for work and when he got back he fell ill.

It’s Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May and this month, on social media and blogs, I’m taking part in #LitCelebrAsian and #APICelebrAsian where we feature books by Asian and Pacific Islander authors. This past weekend was the topic of favourite API-authored books. And that was what I posted above!

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

 

 

Watching:

 The husband and I rewatched Infinity Wars

Listening:

Not listening to any audiobooks at the moment but I have a couple on hold

Eating:

 

I made this French chocolate cake (recipe from David Leibovitz) on Sunday and it was so good.

Drinking:

 Water

Cooking:

Fried noodles

Some kind of pasta dish

Maybe if I’m up to it, some bacon cheddar scones

Last week:

I read:

Woman World – Aminder Dhaliwal
Faith Vol 1 – Jody Houser
Watch Us Rise – Renee Watson, Ellen Hagan

I posted:

Quincredible Vol 1

Library Loot (May 1 to 7)

Crenshaw

#AsianLitBingo 2019 TBR list

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

 

It’s Monday and the kids are back in school!

 

Also, my parents flew back to Singapore on Saturday and we were all teary (and the kids were sobbing). It was great having them around, especially my Dad who was last here two years ago and doesn’t like cold weather.

 

We had a nice at-home Spring Break. It was really hot last week so the kids did some swimming, biking and scootering, gardening, and hanging out with friends at a trampoline park.

 And my younger boy turned 6!

So I made a funfetti cake with vanilla frosting as he requested.

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

Watch Us Rise – Renee Watson, Ellen Hagan

 

Under the Lilacs – Louisa May Alcott

 

Watching:

 

Street Food on Netflix – I loved the Singapore episode which focused on a few different hawker foods, and featured the story of the woman whose family runs the famous putu piring stall. Putu piring is a special dessert made of steamed rice flour, gula melaka (palm sugar), and coconut. It’s so delicious and we make sure to eat it every time we go back. Luckily there’s one near my Dad’s store in the Haig Road market.

 

Listening:

I just finished listening to American Like Me, edited by America Ferrera. And am looking for my next audiobook!

 

Eating:

Brie and a piece of toast

Drinking:

Water

Cooking:

It’s going to be a much cooler week this week, also the husband is away the whole week! So to make things easier on myself, I’m planning to make some baked mac and cheese. I usually make two trays worth so I can freeze one.

Last week:

I read:


Evicted – Matthew Desmond
Internment – Samira Ahmed
American Like Me – America Ferrera (ed)
Slow Days, Fast Company – Eve Babitz
I posted:

#weekendcooking – another month, another funfetti cake!

Library Loot (April 24 to 30)

 

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

 

It’s Monday and it’s Spring Break

Happy Spring Break!

Of course Spring Break for the kids means extra work for me….

Some of their friends and classmates have wonderful travel plans – LA, San Diego, the Utah national parks, Washington DC! But not us! April is a busy time for the husband and so we are spring break-ing it at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

 

 

 

Watching:

How To Get Away With Murder – definitely a show that needs to be binge-watched.

Listening:

American Like Me – edited by America Ferrera

 

 

Eating:

Chocolate cake doughnut from Krispy Kreme

Drinking:

 Tea

Crafting:

This is my leftover yarn project – granny hexagons. I’m just playing with the different colours here, trying to see what works. And trying to figure out if I should add a fourth round in a neutral colour (probably white) to give it a more cohesive look.

Cooking:

Well nothing definitely yet but I will be baking the younger boy’s sixth birthday cake soon.

Browsing:

Have you downloaded the free books that Amazon is giving away for World Book Day yet?

Netflix is buying up all the book rights it seems!

What are great white sharks afraid of?

Last week:

I read:

Orange: Future – Ichigo Takano
The Penderwicks – Jeanne Birdsall
Fearless Females: The Fight for Freedom, Equality, and Sisterhood – Marta Breen

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (reread)

I posted:

 

#BookBeginnings #Friday56 -Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

Library Loot (April 17 to 22)

Rainy Day Reads #toptentuesday

 

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

 

It’s Monday and we have been doing so much eating!

 

 

 

We made pizza for dinner on Friday. Lots of broccoli, mushrooms, sausages. And on the other, mini bell peppers, bacon, mushrooms and more broccoli.

 Love this xiaolongbao place near us. It’s not as pricy as Din Tai Fung and doesn’t require a long wait (as long as you go when they open at 11). And it has red bean pancake!

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

 

 I leave this little book in my car for emergencies like this when I forgot my book!

 

I’m reading this out loud to the boys. This is the second book in this series about a TV cooking competition for kids

Watching:

 How to Get Away With Murder

Listening:

 

American Like Me

Eating:

 

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold

 

Last week:

I read:

The Plotters – Un-Su Kim

I posted:

Daisy Jones & The Six

Library Loot (April 10 to 16)

 

 

 

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date