Wednesday, February 27, 2013

"Spatula" dinner

Sunday dinner at our cousins' was such a treat! Gebu couldn't pronounce spaetzle (neither could I) so he called it "spatula."

The menu:

1. Home-made spaetzle with red wine mushroom sauce (I'll have to try this at home.)
2. Baked spaetzle with cheese
3. Apple spinach salad with home-made salad dressing 
5. Beer, red wine, and great company

Simply perfect!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Candied lemon slices

We had a four-day President Day weekend from school and we didn't have any big travel plan like we usually do. It was actually really nice. B had a friend over for a sleep-over one night. Next day, we went to the city and had an amazing contemporary Japanese dinner with some very dear friends from Kansas. Sunday, we were invited to dinner at our cousins. And Monday, we stayed home all day and relaxed!

I did manage to bake a cake and some cookies. For Sunday dinner at our cousins', I thought I would make my favorite Lemon olive oil cake. This is truly a fool-proof recipe. The cake turns out perfectly every time.

Our lemon tree has a abundance of lemons right now but the recipe only calls for one lemon so I decided to make candied lemon slices to use them to decorate the cake. This recipe was adopted from a Martha Stewart candied lemon slices recipe.

Candied lemon slices


2 large lemons
1 cup sugar


1. Prepare an ice bath
2. Slice 2 lemons thinly

3. Boil 2 cups of water, remove from heat, drop lemons slices in hot water and stir for one minute. (this gets rid of the bitter taste.)

4. Drain and plunge in an ice bath. Drain again.

4. Bring sugar and 1.5 cup water to a boil in skillet, stir to dissolve sugar. When liquid is clear and bubbling, reduce hear to medium-low. Add lemon slices, arranging them in one layer with tongs. Simmer (do not let boil) until rinds are translucent, about 1 hour.

5. Transfer to baking sheet lined with parcement. Let stand until ready to serve.

6. Have fun decorating!

Another way to use up the lemons is to share them with friends and neighbors. Right before Valentine's Day, I mailed a few to my friend Bella who is the biggest fan of my lemons. (Yes, my lemons have a fan base!) It's such a good feeling that she's enjoying my lemons from 1800 miles away.

I love my lemons.  Aren't they beautiful?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Goodwill Hunting: Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you're sharing the day with someone special. I can't wait to share with you what I found at Goodwill yesterday.

First, a super cute Valentine's magnetic poetry kit for 99 cents! Gebu was so excited when he saw this and took it apart right away. 

Then, I got this origami paper pack for 99 cents as well. 

The whole family got to work and folded a bunch of hearts for Gebu's and B's friends and teachers. Check out the instruction video here.

And then husband surprised me with this beautiful rose that he spend 1.5 hours on. :)

A year has gone by so fast. This is the 12th post of our Goodwill Hunting series. It's been so much fun and due to popular demand, lili and I decided to keep it up!  Next month, It ain't easy being green.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Ye-ye and Nano's egg noodles

There's nothing like an old recipe passed down from generation to generation. Well, in this case, I'm hoping to pass this recipe on to generations to come. After all, it's got potential. First of all it's really good! Secondly, it's hand-written by Nano (my mother-in-law), who googled a simpler method to recreate grandma's old fashioned egg noodles. So here it is:


1 cup all purpose flour
1 egg
1/2 egg shell of milk (adjust as needed) 
Chicken broth


Make well in flour. Add egg & milk. Mix. 

Mix. Dough needs to be slightly sticky to form a ball.

Roll out until very thin.

Use pizza cutter to cut in stripes of desired thickness.

Put in boiling broth, stir occasionally, for 30 minutes.

It's so simple and so good. You must try this!

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