Saturday, January 23, 2016

Niece's Birthday Party



The 21st was my niece's birthday, and her birthday party was yesterday. It was a really nice little party! My brother in law made pulled pork for lunch, and my sister made strawberry cake for everyone. My niece had a banana muffin with frosting, and got it everywhere (like is supposed to happen at 1st birthdays)! It was lots of fun! Finished off the evening watching the pilot for iZombie, which they love, but I haven't seen. 

Here are some pictures:




Underwater Cities Series: Shi Cheng, China



Beneath Qiandao Lake in Chun'an County, Zhejiang, China is a lost city known as Shi Cheng or Lion City. It was built during the Eastern Han Dinasty, and gained it's name from the nearby mountain called Wu Shi Mountain ("Five Lions"). The lake was formed after the Xin'an River hydroelectric station was completed in 1959, covering the Lion City. The city is usually submerged in the lake from 85 to 131 feet. 

It is hauntingly beautiful, more than maintaining it's title of "Lion City" with tons of lion and lion like dragon statues. The darkness of the water at this depth in the lake, lends an extra air of eeriness to the city, giving it a creepy look. Here are some photos:



 
Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qiandao_Lake

Friday, January 22, 2016

OOTD: Office 1/22/16



It's now tax season at my mother's accounting office, so I have to start dressing in my office attire again. Here is the first outfit of the season:

Grey pencil skirt, turquoise shirt, black velvet blazer, and navy stockings. 
(Mary Jane Shoes - Not Pictured)

Simple ponytail, neutral makeup, black bead necklace, and a teardrop hematite necklace. 

Not my best outfit, but definitely a good start to the business attire season. I will probably to a lot more of these office OOTDs since I will be working at the office every Friday until after April 15th. So look forward to that! :)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

*Special* Our Wedding


So, I finally got our wedding photos about two weeks ago, and put together our wedding video finally. I wanted to share it here for you guys to see. So here is the youtube video:


Thursday, January 14, 2016

*Special* Eulogy for David Bowie and Alan Rickman



Two of my favorite humans died this week. Both of them were the same age and died of the same cause. So far this is the saddest week in 2016. I wanted to write these eulogies for David Bowie and Alan Rickman, because their work has brought me such great joy during my life, and I felt it was important to express this. So here goes:

Eulogy for David Bowie


The first time I saw David Bowie, I was in elementary school; my sister and I had to stay after school for the latch-key program, and they played the movie The Labyrinth for us while we waited for our parents. I had been entirely enthralled by the movie, and especially by the goblin king Jareth. David Bowie's voice was incredibly enchanting, and worked very well for the character. Not only that, but (even as a child) I found him to be incredibly handsome. 

Later in life, when I began to get a more sophisticated taste in music, I, of course, found David Bowie's music. Every song is simply amazing. You could lay around for hours listening to it, and not get tired of it. Once, a friend and I went camping and laid in the tent listening to David Bowie. It is one of the happiest memories of my life. 

He was an amazing artist, actor, and person. My heart goes out to his family, as they deal with the loss of their loved one; but they are in no way alone. David Bowie was like family to many people around the world, and he will definitely be missed. Rest in peace Mr. Bowie.


Eulogy for Alan Rickman


Words cannot express how much I love Alan Rickman, but I will attempt to scratch the surface here. He was my favorite actor of all time, and will continue to be. He had the ability to portray a number of characters, in a wide range of characteristics and personalities. He was able to play very dramatic roles, as well as, comedic ones. And in every single instance, his performance made me love him more. 

Of course his portrayal of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter Films was one of the greatest roles he played in his lifetime. Before they made the movies I had always loved the character of Snape, but when Alan Rickman played him, Severus simply came to life, and became even more loveable. His depth of character was immensely felt, and it will forever be one of my favorite roles that Rickman played. (Close seconds include: Sir Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest, The Metatron in Dogma, and The Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood).

I had hoped to meet him one day, but now that will never be. It causes me immense sadness; a sadness which is felt throughout the world, by millions of fans. My heart is with his wife, friends, and family as they deal with the loss of this legendary actor, and wonderful, kind, beautiful human being. Rest In Peace Mr. Rickman. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Chicken


Last night for dinner, I made this awesome creamy spinach and mushroom chicken. I found the recipe on Pinterest, and decided to try it. The recipe on the website is incomplete, but I just guessed on part of it, and changed some things. It turned out really good, and we will definitely be having it again!

The Leftovers


Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Chicken

(My Adapted Version - Makes 4 [Appropriate Sized] Servings)

Ingredients:
~ Chicken Breasts (2)
~ Half of a Large Bag of Spinach
~ Half a Container of Sliced Mushrooms
~ 4 oz. Cream Cheese
~ 1/2 Cup of Grated Parmesan (I used a blend with Parmesan and Asiago)
~ 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella 
~ Chicken Stock
~ Extra Virgin Olive Oil
~ Salt
~ Pepper
~ Garlic Powder

Directions:
~ Preheat oven to 350° F. 
~ Prepare chicken by putting salt, pepper, and garlic powder on both sides of each breast. Placing them in a casserole dish (8x8).
~ Bake chicken in the oven for 16 minutes. 
~ While the chicken is baking prepare your other ingredients. Start with the mushrooms. Sautee them on medium heat in the olive oil until they are completely browned, then season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Set aside. 
~ Next prepare the creamed spinach. Star by sauteeing the spinach in olive oil, the spinach will shrink and darken, that's how you know it's cooked. Next add the 4 oz. of cream cheese, and the 1/2 cup of parmesan. Stir until all the cheese has melted and combined. 
~ Once the chicken is done baking, remove from oven and pour a slight amount of chicken broth over the breasts (this will help keep the chicken moist.. nothing worse than dry poultry). 
~ Pour the creamed spinach over the chicken breasts evenly, and add the mushrooms on top. Then add the cup of mozzarella on the very top. 
~ Continue baking for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese in slightly golden on top. 

Total this took about an hour to make. Well worth it in my opinion, and super easy! I served mine with a brown and wild rice vegetable medley from Bird's Eye. It's an easy, steam in the bag, microwaveable, frozen side. Easy Peazy!

Link to original recipe:
http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/386175626/smothered-chicken-with-mushrooms-and-spinach/

Monday, January 11, 2016

Upcycling Baby's Onesies


Today I thought it would be nice to talk about some ways that you can keep your baby's onesies without just keeping the onesies. We personally haven't saved any of Lilith's clothing. I've either sold them to people on Craigslist, or given them as hand-me-downs to Lili's cousin. But I definitely understand wanting to save them, because they are very cute! So here are a few ways you can use them to save the memory of them:

Baby Onesies Quilt

You can cut the onesies into squares and make a baby onesies quilt that baby can have until they have children of their own!


Onesies Activity Book

You can also cut the baby clothes into squares, shapes, and letters, and assemble your very own homemade activity book for baby!



Onesies Stuffed Animals

You could use the old baby clothes to make a quilt/patchwork stuffed animal! Super Cute!




Doll Clothes

You could use the onesies and other baby clothes to make clothes for baby's dollies!



Many of the tutorials for these can be found on Pinterest. I will be posting a tutorial for the activities book at some point, as I think it would be a good learning tool for Lilith! So stay 'tuned' for that! :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

T-Shirt Draped Vest



I found this tutorial on Pinterest and decided to do my own. Here is my version:

What you'll need:
~ One Medium/Large T-shirt
~ Scissors

Instructions:

Step 1

Cut off the neck of the T-shirt in a large arch. 

Step 2

Cut off the arms of the T-shirt. 

Step 3

Cut down the each side of the T-shirt from arm pit to seam. 

Step 4


Wear the vest. You put it on by putting both your arms through the neck hole. 
(It definitely doesn't look good with my sweatshirt. lol)


Here is the link to the original tutorial, courtesy of WobiSobi Blog:
http://wobisobi.blogspot.com/2012/01/re-style54-five-minute-draped-vest-2.html




Monday, January 4, 2016

Baby Journey Journal



After looking at lots of charts on Pinterest for different milestones that babies should be reaching, I decided to make a little journal to keep track of Lilith's progress with her "baby journey". I've sectioned it into 1-4 months, then 5-12 months separated out, and 1 year plus. Each section will contain foods that she's tried (and how much she likes each one), things she's learning to do, and what she's doing when she plays. I felt this is a good way to keep track of her progress with milestones, but it will also be a really good momento of her childhood for when she grows up.

Here are some pictures of what it looks like so far:





UPDATE: Long Hiatus

I have been neglecting my blog for quite a while now, but would like to start back, now that the holidays are over. It is actually my NY Resolution to get back to posting everyday like I had been. I had so many great blogs planned, and none of them got done. :(

I hope that I will get back into the swing of things, and create lots of wonderful new posts for my followers and people who visit my blog. Wish me luck! :)