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Popcorn Chicken

J was craving popcorn chicken, and after going through our monthly budget review, decided to make a try for homemade instead. It turned out super delicious.

…Also because my boba milk tea addiction is getting out of hand.

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Popcorn Chicken
Course Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Depending on what kind of pot you use to fry, add the appropriate amount of oil that would cover the chicken. Use a thermometer to check the oil temperature. You want it at approximately 220°F.
  2. Cube chicken into 1" or smaller cubes.
  3. Mix dry ingredients into bowl for coating. I left off measurements because frying batter is mostly eyeballing.
  4. Dry chicken as best you can, dredge chicken in dry ingredients.
  5. Put chicken into fryer for approximately 3-5 minutes depending on how big your cubes are.
  6. Place finished chicken on parchment paper so it doesn't get soggy. Enjoy!
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WontonInAMillion Happy Mail!

Here is my mini haul from WontonInAMillion on Etsy! She included some freebies since it was her birthday (birthday card and die cuts). These will definitely be used. 👍

Yes, I find dimsum incredibly cute. So cute. I die. Cynthia did a limited edition package for this Chinese New Year, cards for the zodiac of the year and a collaboration with SimplyGildedCo for stickers and washi tape. (I couldn’t just get one, so yes, you guessed it, I got two!) I decided to use the specialty cards this year to wish our families a happy new year. Hopefully no one reads this post prematurely…

The quality of everything was really great, I found the stickers a little bit fuzzy in terms of the print, but I still enjoyed the artwork and packaging. It was just tough to compare them to the post cards and other printed items she included for novelty. So crisp! The card quality was a pretty good print, textured paper, but it was a little bit smaller than I would have liked. (I like to mail photos with my cards.) It’s ok though, this is pretty common at most Etsy stores and other fine retailers of cards. I have extra packs of larger envelopes to cope.

Anyway, I basically wanted to order the whole store, but I ended up just adding two other washi tapes in my order, one for baby showers and one for weddings since we’ll be doing a lot of those this year. So excited to use these!!

Close up of the washi and stickers… Swoon. 😍

0 In Life

2018: A Bullet Journal Journey

Before I dive into my thoughts and how I got there, take a peek at the Bullet Journal from Ryder.

I spent the week debating about my Happy Planner. One month in, I just wasn’t happy. My planner was mostly empty, but my mind was full of stuff I needed to write down. I even started jotting down my brain on a “dump” notebook. (Where I dump all my thoughts in an unorganized fashion.) I needed a new system, something that didn’t cost me $80USD for customization but something I could write in, put stickers all over, and call my own.

Full disclosure, I did contemplate getting a Traveler’s Notebook from Foxy Fix (ok, I might still get this way later…) but of course, the price thing just popped into my head again and again. I couldn’t justify spending $120USD on a beautiful leather notebook (with customization!!) cover without making sure I had a sure fire plan in place on what goes inside. I ended up coming around full circle to the Bullet Journal.

I went to my local Barnes & Noble and picked up a Leuchtturm1917 in Berry. If there’s anything about a struggling bookstore, it’s that they’ll always have cute, niche items in stock. I hope this one stays in the ‘hood. There were plenty of colors to choose from, even the Bullet Journal branded ones (for $5 more). I picked up the plain one and was eager to get home to get started. …Maybe too eager…

I took me about a half day to get set up for the month of February. Ok fine, I stayed up until 2AM that morning and then woke up at 6AM to start again. But don’t let this number be daunting to you, it probably wouldn’t take the average person that long. This therapeutic practice was like an adult coloring book for me. Fresh pages, begging to be drawn on in fancy multi-colored pens and pen brushes. Dots just begging to be covered with clear foiled stickers. I am no artist or calligrapher, but writing stuff down color coded? I was all over it. I even sketched the page’s plan with pencil. Who am I?!

I didn’t want to move past February though, for sake of needing to “file” more items in the same month. After my monthly page, I have my week spreads on the left page, and meal planning, exercise box, and notes on the other. At the end of the weeks, I put my habit tracker and started the pages for my projects, or works in progress. Every body is different, and that’s what makes this journaling method so amazing. I don’t follow the original method to the T, but it’s inspirational nonetheless, and keeps me together in a fluid system. I can definitely tell this might be the system I’ll adapt for many years. And it’s inspired me to create, which was the whole purpose of this venture!

0 In Mommy

Try Kiinde Twist For Free!

For all the moms out there… The Kiinde system is still letting you try out their Twist system for free! Here is their Facebook post. Not sure how long it will last but the coupon code leads me to believe it will be good all year. 😂

Try out the Kiinde Twist Breastfeeding System for FREE!
Direct-pump into Twist Pouches from any pump, and feed directly from the pouches as well! No dirty dishes and no milk transfers!
This free kit is valued at over $50.
Just pay $6.93 for shipping and we’ll cover the rest!
Use code TWIST2018 at:
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And if you decide you love Twist, it includes a coupon for $50 OFF THE COMPLETE TWIST GIFT SET, and another coupon for free Twist Pouches!

Comment on and share this post – help us spread the word (and the love)!

Quantities are limited, and this code expires in a few days.

If you are unfamiliar with Twist….
Twist is a revolutionary new Direct-Pump, Direct-Feed breast milk storage system that allows you to pump directly into breast milk storage pouches (Twist Pouches) from ANY major pump brand (all adapters included). You can feed directly from Twist Pouches using our Active Latch Nipples, or using nipples from other brands.
Now you can pump, store, and feed breast milk with NO milk transfers, fewer dirty dishes, and no air in your baby’s meal.

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Good luck, and happy pumping!
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0 In Food

Banana² Chocolate Chip Bread

I love making banana bread because I can never finish a whole hand of bananas! This bread isn’t too dense, can easily be doubled if you want a full size loaf. This recipe covers a half loaf at 6 servings. Use extra bananas for extra banana flavor. 🍌

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Banana² Chocolate Chip Bread
No nuts with this one!
Course Bread
Cuisine Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Bread
Cuisine Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven for 350°F. Grease or line loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar.
  4. Beat in eggs and bananas.
  5. Incorporate dry with wet, about 1/3 at a time.
  6. When completely incorporated, fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Pour into loaf pan and place in oven for about 60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

If you're using a mixer you'll want to start off with the wet ingredients first, but if you're doing it by hand I recommend mixing the dry first then the wet, then slowly incorporate. Fold in chocolate chips last.

You will need more time for glass dishes vs aluminum bakeware, and convection vs non-convection. A glass convection oven got me around 1 hour and 10 minutes.

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Honing in Skills: Calligraphy

I’ve been dabbling in the pen arts for a while, but not really practicing my calligraphy strokes, so I decided recently to get back into it. J took me to our local Blick and I picked out some traditional style Speedball calligraphy nibs and ink to start practicing.  (Blick is such an amazing art store!!) I hope to develop this skill and use it in a much bigger project in the future. 🙃

Besides the new pens I purchased, I’ll be practicing with my favorite Tombow dual brush pens and a Sakura brush pen. I haven’t yet used my Tombows for drawing, but that is also a skill I hope to develop later…

If you’re interested in joining me on this endeavor, check out this Tombow blog post I found for free worksheet printables!

0 In Maker

#WIP – Inspired by WAK’s Calypso Blanket

… So this is a little embarrassing but J bought me an amazing new set of circular knitting needles so I could work on all my projects, and I read the labels as mm instead of US sizes! Oops! So I had to start over on the blanket I had been working on because it came out too small. 😓 Read your gauges!! I was using US Size 5 instead of 5mm US Size 8…

But I’m extra happy how it’s turning out now after ripping it apart. I didn’t have the pattern but I loved the Calypso blanket from the We Are Knitters website so I decided to break it down based on the pictures. I’ll post up my notes later on the finished project!

Don’t forget to use code MGMEMHJ0Z for $12 off your purchase at We Are Knitters~

I am also considering hosting a knitting party with WAK in a few months… Would anyone be interested? I would probably raffle off some prizes and there would be snacks provided, of course. The only catch is that the easy/beginner projects that we could finish in one sitting would likely be a hat or a scarf… And seeing how summer is coming, we might make this a fall meet up. Keep you guys posted!

0 In Life

How I Keep In Touch With Grandma

Despite living in 2018, one of my grandmas still don’t use the Internet. Much less cell phones. But, I thought, there’s no reason why in 2018 why I can’t stay in touch with her.

For much of the last year or so I had been mailing her 5×7 printed photographs. After visiting her house one day, I realized all the photos I had mailed her were posted up all over her house. The fridge was covered, the dining room had frames everywhere.. It was a total mess but like, an old school display of all the wonderful times I was sharing with her. I loved it. I looked everywhere for a 5×7 photo album so she could store these and post new ones I sent her, but it was clear that 4x6s still dominated the album-sphere. There was no way she was going to learn scrapbooking, and even less, could I send her giant 12″x12″ pages every month. There had to be an easier way.

So this year in 2018, instead of a rotating picture frame which is nearly useless since she does not have WiFi for me to digitally send her new photos, nor would she know how to load it from an SD card, I decided to go the newer old school route and burn DVDs. (I had considered blu-rays since she owns newer TVs and a boss sound system… And a blu-ray player, but decided that due to the volume of media I’d be sending her, DVDs would be the way to go.)

I picked up an LG 8x External USB Double Layer DVD + RW/CD-RW drive from Best Buy, and loaded Roxio Toast 16 Titanium Pro (coupon code ROXIOSTORE20 for 20% off) onto my computer. Bundled with some kraft mailers from Amazon, I am ready to send some great videos and slideshows to my grandma this year.

Don’t forget the wonderful people in your life, even if they don’t have iPhones or internet. In 2018, it’s you who can make it work for them. Don’t let technology separate the generation gap even more.

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Striped Baby Beanie

I started the Prayer Collection for 2018 and this year it will be… Beanies! There’s a lot of newborns on the way so it just made sense since I didn’t have much time between baby showers to get them ready.

The first one I made was for Karis using We Are Knitter’s The Baby Wool which is 100% baby alpaca in Natural and Camomile. It was made using 5.00mm knitting needles. You can also make hats using double pointed needles or circular needles, but I decided to use what I had at the time to create this piece.

Pattern: Striped Baby Beanie (Newborn, Knitting)

  • Cast on 60 stitches with Color A.
  • Row 1: Knit 2, Purl 2.
  • Row 2: Purl 2, Knit 2.
  • Repeat 1-2 2x totaling 6 rows.
  • Row 7: Use color B to knit entire row.
  • Row 8: Continue B to purl entire row.
  • Row 9: Use color A to knit entire row.
  • Row 10: Continue A to purl entire row.
  • Repeat 7-10 until you the 11th stripe finished is color B or row 22.
  • Row 23: Use color A to knit entire row.
  • Row 24: Continue A to purl entire row.
  • Repeat 23-24 2x totaling 6 rows. (Bind off on the last row.)
  • Leave a long tail to sew through top edges to bunch top of hat.
    • It’s up to you if you want to bunch it right side in or right side out, but I flipped mine inside out to bunch it.
  • Sew in end tails and voila! Finito.

The hat will stretch to fit the baby’s head and it ends up being about 5″ tall.

Use MGMEMHJ0Z for $12 off your order at WAK!