Happy Thanksgiving 2022!

Hi Friends! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends! Ours was great with my In laws and Hub’s Auntie/Uncle. We had traditional thanksgiving food, lots of appetizers and dips. Hubs made two dips (caramelized onion and cranberry whipped feta dip both recipes from delish.com). We had our usual charcuterie board, love a good charcuterie. I made green bean casserole and smoked gouda mashed potatoes. We ordered mac and cheese for the kids at our fave local bbq place. All of us really enjoyed the food!

DIL taking care of our turkey!
Thanksgiving food

Hubs Plate!
Happy Thanksgiving
Dessert
enjoying dessert

Thanksgiving Eve Hubs baked us Chocolate swirl cake as part of our Thanksgiving dessert but it was so good that we end up eating half of it!HA

I wanted simple Thanksgiving decorations so I just bought a bouquet and center piece from our local florist. It’s cheaper to get flowers from Trader Joes or Costco but this holiday season,I really wanted to support some local businesses.

$25 pretty bouquet
I used paper placemats I got from Hobby Lobby!
$30 for our center piece.

We are just relaxing at home today. Watching K-drama (flower of evil) and got take out from our favorite teriyaki place. Leftovers will be eaten tomorrow!HA. We are thinking of putting our Christmas decorations up this weekend. I plan to simplify our decorations this year. As I continue to declutter, I’m more into minimal decorations.

Happy Thanksgiving week friends! Have a great weekend. Stay safe!

My Birthday week!

Hi Friends! Last Wednesday I celebrated my birthday (Hello 41!). Hubs was going to Maryland for 4 days (for work), so we celebrated my birthday the night before he left. We had dinner at a local restaurant. I think it was the first time that he missed my actual birthday since we’ve been together. For my actual birthday, kids and I went to our favorite local pizza place for lunch and got coffee and cake pops at Starbucks! It was a nice lunch with my kids. My In laws stopped by to bring some cupcakes and their generous gift for me. It was a great surprise!HA. I didn’t really cook anything this week because my Dad In law got us Ribs from our fave BBQ place. I got sushi for my birthday dinner (kids had pizza). We had breakfast for dinner last Thursday (sausage,waffle,strawberries). Matthew was sick on Friday, so we stayed home and rested. My Dad In law (again!) stopped by and bought Pizza and brisket teriyaki for me! It was pizza week for the kids for sure!HA. Thanks so much to my In laws for taking care of us:)

Grilled seafood
Birthday Dinner

Mia helped me bake Banana bread this week, both kids really like this bread.

Snowman cookie from Papa (Dad In Law)
Yummy Ribs!

My actual birthday, we had lunch and stopped at Starbucks for cake pops. I got to talk to my family before my In laws visited us for cupcakes and a birthday song!

Thank You family and friends for all your birthday wishes! Thank You Jesus for the gift of another year:)

After dropping Matthew from school, we stopped by Target and Trader Joes. Mia got some accessories for her American doll. She had too much fun at Target!

Quick shopping at TJs!
Stayed home yesterday (Friday) he had a cough and was just tired. He is doing better today.
Thanks to our Papa for the food.
Pic from daddy yesterday!

Hubs is home now, we are just relaxing at home. Watching Kdramas!HA. I hope you have a great weekend friends!

Fall Cooking and Meal plans

Hi Friends! November is already half over and Thanksgiving will be here next week. Are you all ready for the festivities? We will be hosting but it’s going to be a potluck style gathering so I don’t stress about the food part. Hubs and I are in charge of mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. Anyways, I wanted to share what I’ve been cooking this month, and what I plan to cook the rest of November. November is a birthday month for me and Hubs so I anticipate that we will be eating out a couple of times for the rest of the month!

Pork Tonkatsu! We really enjoyed this dish. I plan to make this again soon.

I made simple spaghetti (RAO’S sauce is the best!)
Korean chicken wings is one of me and hubs fave!
Fry the wings and I use this sauce.
Salisbury steaks with mushroom gravy (paired with rice)
Searing beef short ribs
vegetables for my short ribs

Beef short ribs in red wine sauce.
Chicken tenders! We all enjoyed this with chic-fil-a sauce!
Green beans and pork belly adobo

Pork belly in shrimp paste with mango

Rib eye steak and mushroom

Chicken marsala, disappointing! We didn’t like the recipe I found online! Oh well!

Filipino style chicken curry

Baked salmon

We shopped at Trader Joe’s for this weeks grocery. We didn’t get any meat there. We still have a lot from Costco and we also stopped at our local meat market. We paid $111 at Trader joes. We got our milk this week from our local dairy farm.

The junk chips will last us for a while.

We have simple breakfasts like eggs/toasts/cereals/hash browns. Nothing complicated. Our lunches are usually left overs, sandwiches, cheese and crackers!

I plan to cook simple meals in the coming days because I really want to eat a lot of our freezer meals before Thanksgiving week and it’s our birthday month. We will probably have breakfast for dinner kind of nights and snacky food like sandwiches, charcuterie,etc.

Have a great Monday evening friends and Take care!

Decluttering and Holiday Planning

We spent our day inside because the kids are having coughs. The weather is getting cold (there was a possibility of snow, but nope). We did a little homeschool, watched a movie and read books (currently reading about Thanksgiving, Pilgrims). I’ve been doing a little holiday planning since this weekend. We host both Thanksgiving and Christmas but everybody shares responsibilities, and brings food to share! I want to enjoy my time with family, so a little planning goes a long way.

Hubs decluttered his clothes yesterday! I told him to just start with clothes that he knew he will never wear again. Our closet feels so light now!HA! I’ve decluttered the kids clothes and toys (I think 60% of the toys are gone now). I’m so glad that Hubs and Mia are on board when it comes to simplifying our home. It makes the process a little easier when everybody understands why we are doing this and wants to remove the excess.

Mia taking pic while we are decluttering! We focused on their toys that day!
Mia is involve when it comes to her toys. She understands why we are doing this.

We call this house Vans/Daga room!HA..Pre-kids this is where I “hangout” drink my coffee, read, etc. It looks like a mini playroom now for the kids! Mia and her little friends play here when they visits.

We will be donating her doll house (hopefully before the month ends).

Hot cocoa kind of day! She looks so cozy and happy here:) HA

Have a good Monday night friends and stay warm!

Shopping and a little Costco trip!

Good Afternoon Friends! It’s going to be a lazy day for us here. It’s been a gloomy Saturday morning (Mia just got back from her gymnastics class). Flu, Covid, RSV is on the rise in our region so we are avoiding crowds as much as we can. Hubs and I are enjoying a Korean show (Love in Contract). So far it’s slow for me, but Hubs seems to be giggling (HA!). I did some housekeeping this morning like vacuum and laundry. I like my weekends to be both relaxing and productive:)

We had lunch yesterday with my DIL in a Mexican restaurant (it wasn’t crowded at all) and stopped at REI to get Hubs a new jacket. For the 17 years that we’ve been together, I’ve only seen him in two jackets!LOL. My In laws have been looking for a jacket that he likes for many years now and finally yesterday he found one that fits him! HALLELUJAH!

Carne Asada!
waiting for Daddy and Grandpa,while they pay!

We wanted to avoid shopping this weekend, so we stopped at Costco to get some things for this month(after our Mexican lunch). They have things on sale for the holidays that we need, may as well get them now. We paid $364.

I also got stamps and crispy onions for green bean casserole (I forgot to include in the pic).

We will eat the salmon this weekend,and freeze the rest!
This is good for a while (maybe not the bread!)

Have a good rest of your day friends! Take Care and stay warm:)

Great Wolf Lodge!

Couple of weeks ago, my little family visited Great Wolf Lodge water park here in our state (it’s only an hour and a half drive) together with Mia and her BFF (with her family). Hubs and I have been there before pre kids and we had fun. The kids enjoyed it so much and I’m amazed at their energy, especially Mia! They had Halloween events, so we did join their festivities. It was a nice little weekend getaway and bonus points that it is not very far from our house!

Hubs enjoying a drink!
Their brisket nachos were good!
chocolate cake and ice cream! From their restaurant
loving dessert time
playing at the arcade

Time to go home! We saw a rainbow on our drive, thank you God for keeping us safe on our little getaway and quick travel!

Pumpkin Carving

This past Saturday, we hosted a little Pumpkin carving for Mia and her little friends! We had Pizza and popcorn while we carved! Mia was so excited because this was her first pumpkin carving where she was really involved. I can’t believed that trick or treating will be in a couple of days. It’s been a rainy week for us here (I’m not complaining. I love our neighborhood this time of year because of the fall colors, it’s just so pretty!)

I spent a little time in the yard today. I got some cherry tomatoes, cucumber,and broccolini. The yard needs a good clean up! Maybe this weekend Hubs and I can do something about it.

Hello Fall! Perfection:)

I continue to declutter our house! I can already feel the difference that it’s easier to clean in the rooms that I’ve decluttered. I listen to decluttering/simplifying audiobooks for inspiration when I declutter. Thanks to my Hubs for helping me in this process. We plan to deal with our garage in a couple of weeks.

Have a great Wednesday night friends! Stay Warm:)

Fall Things!

It’s been a smokey week here so we’ve been spending lots of time being cozy in our home. I still continue to declutter and am trying to be more intentional with our things. However, I got a couple of new clothes (4 tops and 2 pants), a lot of my clothes I find are too faded/loose that they don’t feel good on me (I started my “no spend year” and no new clothes for me this year, so I kinda failed the challenge! HA. It’s OK though, I’m doing good in the other category.

Hubs and I are cooking more at home. We still do Friday take outs and get some fast food every now and then. I personally try to limit eating out because the prices are getting so ridiculous and it’s unhealthy.

We have an abundance of cherry tomatoes so I’ve been dehydrating them last week. We put them in our soups and pastas.

One of my goals this fall season (before the year ends) is to declutter the whole house. I’ve decluttered my clothes already and the kids (the hubs is not interested decluttering his clothes!HA).

Driving Matthew to school and I took a pic of this tree.

We have a Salmon Hatchery in our city and we celebrated “salmon days” 2 weeks ago. Lots of activities especially for the kids, Mia had her face painted and she wanted to be a tiger!

I like to drink coffee and read books during the fall season (lately I’m into simplifying/minimalism books).

What we’ve been cooking and eating lately:

Beef Caldereta (FilipinoBeef stew)
korean chicken wings
Ribeye,mushrooms,sweet potato hash
Pork Humba
Pork Nilaga (Boiled pork with bokchoy)
Pork Caldereta
Pizza night
Chicken and Dumplings
Cioppino
We made this last summer but I’m looking forward to making this again!

Take Care Friends:)

Happy Birthday Mia!

Mia had her birthday last week, we had so much fun celebrating our big girl and she had lots of fun and special memories with friends and family. Thank God for our adventurous and fun little Mia Boo!

On her actual birthday, we surprised her by checking in at a hotel (Hyatt Bellevue) so we can go swimming and have fun in downtown/city. We had an early dinner at STK but both kids didn’t like dinner,so Daddy had to go to Chic Fil A to get their dinner!HA. STK dinner was good, but I don’t think we will be back again. We ordered Ribeye oscar style(steak was decent) but the presentation was messy!HA. The crabs and asparagus was all over the place:( Oh well. We liked their mac and cheese though.

Excited face!HA
Going to our room!
Pool Time
Hotel View
STK appetizers
Rib eye Oscar style!
Mac and cheese
Birthday meal request

Saturday night, we had my In laws! Had to cut the celebration short because my DIL hit his head and had to go to the ER to get stitches. Thank God he is fine and nothing serious. Mia enjoying a gift from my SIL and an American doll from my sisters. Thanks to our family and friends for their generosity! We appreciate it so much. She got lots of nice gifts and has been enjoying them this week.

I made Pork Humba and green beans for dinner here.

We invited 5 of her girlfriends to Defy Seattle (a trampoline place) and pizza after. They all had so much fun jumping their hearts out!

Mia and friends!
She wanted a rainbow cake!
I had to blur our friends faces here, they are not big social media people.

It was a great but busy week for Mia, we are thankful to family and friends for spending their time with us.

Take care friends!

Weekend Fun – When Daddy is Away!

Hi Friends! Happy weekend:) The Hubs just got back from a work related event yesterday (gone for a week),so it’s been an exhausting week for me (kudos to all the single parent out there!) taking care of the kids/home. Thank God things went smoothly, just the normal everyday things like school, park, homeschool, cooking/feeding kids! Mia started her gymnastics class and she is loving every moment. Matthew is really adjusting great at his preschool too, no more tears when I dropped him at school! He seems to look forward to school now!HA

Daddy snapping a pic of his plane ride.
A gift from daddy’s trip!
No more tears and whining from Matthew!
A little homeschool in the car!
Silliness at Target!

Panera Bread Lunch
Enjoying the nice weather outside
First day of Fall! Starbucks trip to enjoy Pumpkin Spice Latte
Making Pizza
LOL!
Kimchi Stew for me,while kids enjoying Pizza!
Lots of Park time this week!
Pizza Treat after picking up Matthew from School
Gymnastics class
Charcuterie for one,as I wait for Hubs to get home:)

I’m looking forward to slower days this week! Have a great night friends. Take Care:)