October 30, 2014

Baby Owl Amigurumi

Sometimes I feel a bit sorry that I don't make enough amigurumis. Crochet has always been my favorite way to unwind, but making amigurumis can feel a bit overwhelming and mentally taxing. So it's been a while I made one. Recently, I wanted to make something for a friend, C. And I was looking for something cute yet simple. After a while, I found this baby owl amigurumi pattern over at Ravelry by Josephine of A Morning Cup of Jo Creations.

Baby Owl Amigurumi

It turned out to be absolutely adorable! I used a little bit of my favorite yarn (Caron Country - which is, sadly, discontinued) and an hour and a half later it was done! And half of it was spent attaching the eyes, because I didn't have fabric glue or safety back eyes. I used the same black buttons that I used on my owl Kindle cozy. Yes, I hand sewed these parts. but it didn't bother me for a bit.

Baby Owl Amigurumi

Instead of making it an ornament, I attached with some key chain parts that I found in Joann. Too bad he had to fly all the way to Arizona later that day, so I don't have a picture with the key-chain on. But I tell you this, he was pretty tree-topper  . Now I wanna make this guy in all the possible colors.

Baby Owl Amigurumi

Do you make amigurumis? Do you have any favorite pattern? Do share!

October 28, 2014

Fall Colors

Oh Fall, the prettiest of seasons! I've always been a bit partial to Fall over Spring. Maybe because it reminds me of birthdays, school holidays, harvest festival and my grandma's rice cakes. Although growing up, fall didn't present itself with a plethora of colors. There, the leaves turn brown on a random wintery day and just fall off. Not much fun. So obviously, every chance I get to take fall picture, I make it count. The other day, we went on a stroll through the good ol' Campus, and snapped some pictures of the prettiest trees around. The great thing is the Campus buildings always make the pictures look quite regal. Here, are couple of my favorite shots from the day.

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

What is the current season in your neck of the woods? Are you enjoying it? Please do share, I love to read your comments!

September 30, 2014

How to celebrate being 33

1. Wake up and do a thorough calculation if the years add up. Give up, pretend it’s any other day and sleep for 15 more minutes.

Birthday Brekkie

2. Eat a cupcake for breakfast. Down it with a strong cup of coffee, preferably with Americano. If you feel like spending dough, follow the sirens’ song and grab them from your local coffee shop.

3. Go see your eye doctor. Eyes are precious. Now that you’re over the hill (there…there) you need to take care of them even more. While you’re at it, make it a yearly thing. This way you won’t forget about at least one appointment in the coming years.

New Books

4. If you wanna do something special for yourself, buy some books. Books are excellent gifts for anyone! Even for a special snowflake like you.

5. Go on with your life.

Taco Tuesday

6. Eat tacos for dinner. They are freaking delicious! And you don’t necessarily need a ton of toppings. Bonus points if it’s on a Tuesday.

7. Ponder about life and write a poignant journal/blog entry about your birthday. This may or may not turn into a feeble attempt in satire. If people argue on the topic, declare that you just made a list. Everyone loves list.

8. Scratch that, do whatever you wish- IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY!!

9. Eat another cupcake as post dinner snack. Do not let its size frighten or deter you from your mission.

10. Call it a day.

September 26, 2014

Kitchen Adventures: Asian Rice Bowl

At a very early age, I knew being a homemaker is not my calling. It’s not that I was a terrible cook or anything; I just didn't have much patience or love for routine. To me, meal planning, cooking the same thing every other day sounded awfully boring. I never knew once I grow up, I’ll crave the certainty of routines to avoid epic meltdowns in the kitchen because I ran out of cumin. After many misadventures in the kitchen, I started devising plans. Now I cook almost the same thing every week. Every Tuesday is ‘Chickpea Tuesday’. But that’s another story. The main star of this story is the rice bowl. I cannot say enough good things about rice bowls. Being an Asian, love for rice is probably in my blood. They are amazingly satisfying. No matter if they are Tex-Mex styled or Asian Fusion. Also, cue in the #thisiswhyiamfat.

Asian Rice Bowl

Asian Rice Bowl

So I made this Asian inspired rice bowl the other day. I found this yummiest (and the easiest) Korean beef recipe on Pinterest. And it was a huge hit. Here I made it with ground turkey. It has a great sweet-salty-spicy-smoky flavor. I love ginger in Asian food, so I doubled the amount from the original recipe. The carrot is cooked in Japanese Kinpira style; which is just a fancy way to say it was sautéed and simmered. I found the recipe in Just Bento blog/cookbook, which is one of my favorites. Finally, the spinach is just wilted and sprinkled with a bit of sesame oil. (If you are into Korean or Japanese food you should get some sesame oil for your pantry. It completely changes the flavors of vegetables and makes them extra yummy). All of these topped my bowl of steamed Basmati rice. I used Basmati, because that’s all I have in hand. You can go for either long or short grain rice.

Asian Rice Bowl
The recipes that I used:
Korean Beef
Carrot Kinpira

Are you a rice fan? What is your favorite rice dish to cook? Do share! I love to read your comments.