Thursday, August 25, 2011

Baking bread

 Due to the fact that we did not have any bread in the house and I'm waiting to go grocery shopping,(trying to keep to a grocery budget) I decided to try making some bread today. And it was really fun!!! And pretty simple actually. I did watch a couple bread baking videos and read some tips before i started :)
There is something so olden and rustic about making your own bread. Kneading it with my bare hands, then waiting for it to rise... Then making cool slashes on the top with a knife and finally waiting for it to bake... It took me back into the past and i got to thinking about how people used to live. 
I mean, im really happy we have all these new advances and technology, but for some reason i really like the olden ways of doing things. (even though i am still not planning on making my own bread every day...) 
But Im really enjoying getting fresh vegetables from the farm we are supporting and the other day when we were at my in-laws house, they sent us home with a bunch of goodies from their garden as well. It makes me want to grow my own food. I really hope i get to do that someday.
 Also after dinner, me and viktor drove out to some blackberry bushes next to our apartment and picked 2 jars of blackberries! Im embarrased to say that i picked like 20 berries while Viktor gathered the rest of them... (i wore a dress, and that doesn't work well with prickly bushes!)
Thats my jar on the right, i maybe added 10 more berries to it... :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Oh i just cant wait for...

ok people, i know its still summertime, but im really looking forward to the next season!!!

What I love about the fall:
1. doing crafts at home on a bleak and dreary day (knitting, sewing)
2. the pretty leaves on trees
3. making hot chocolate or hot apple cider
4. Reading a book inside while it rains
 5. wearing scarves and rain boots
 6. cooking warm food like stews and roasts
7. taking walks with crisp air
8. spending time with family on holidays and eating yummy food
9. baking pies
10. and this fall i get to meet little Audrey!

sources: 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9

Friday, August 19, 2011

steak again? yes!

Yes i remember that we just ate steak 2 days ago, but my handsome husband wanted to try making them again for our date tonight. Let me tell you, they tasted so amazing!!!
ok here's the deal. Im not usually a steak person. Like i would never get it at restaurants because i prefer pork or chicken or fish.
But this steak was soooooooo tender and juicy. Yum!!!!!! (husband, you are getting so good at making it!)

also I had another baby appointment today. The Dr. said our little girl is growing good and that we are nice and healthy. Except i still need more iron (hence the steak!) :)
 i promise its just the angle of this picture that makes that mound of mashed potatoes look so giant... but i did finish everything on my plate... :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Me want some red meat!

We found out from the doctor that i have low iron, so i have been taking some iron pills these days. (i have this problem where i cant swallow pills though, i have to crush them and mix with water and drink... yuk. anyone else suffer from this?)
But anyways, i am also trying to add iron rich foods into my diet. 

Here are the foods high in iron:
Red meat
Egg yolks
Dark, leafy greens (like spinach)
Dried fruit (prunes, raisins)
Iron enriched cereals and grains 
Beans, lentils

We picked up an unwanted iron skillet from viktor's sister, so now anything we cook on there gets extra iron!
So my man and i decided to make steaks on it. I always see the pro cooks sear the meat on the skillet and then transfer it into the oven to finish off. And that is just what my husband did. I whipped up some mashed potatoes and green beans (from the farm) and we had a nice meal together. :)

and you know what people? Instead of going out for a fancy dinner, cook yourself some steak at home. Yeah, steak is a little expensive to buy, but considering what a good one costs at a restaurant, this is totally worth it. 
Fancy restaurant dinner: at least $50 total for 2 people. 
Home steak dinner: around $25 total for 2 people
 *it varies with the meat you choose, but you can buy two decent steaks anywhere from $20-$30

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

its all about food these days...

 I had a big craving for a burger today. 
And my loving husband helped me satisfy it.
We went to Five Guys, a burger place that i kept hearing about in these parts. It reminded me a lot of In-N-Out Burger, a simple menu, with a focus on natural food. Two things i really liked about it: they have free self serve peanuts to eat while you wait for your food, and you can have as much toppings as you want on your burger and it doesn't cost extra.
The actual burger? I wasn't too impressed. The bun was soggy and falling apart from all my toppings (i got the "everything" on it) A bit hard to eat :(
Nevertheless, it was a good outing. The little girl inside feels so big these days, its hard for me to sit comfortably or walk for a long distance. But i love her anyways :)


Sunday, August 14, 2011


 today was a good day for me. i feel much better, maybe because our whole little family took a nap after church. (except maybe the babe, she likes to roll around a lot when i sleep..)
Anyways, i worked on a baby book for the little girl today. I have been typing up little letters to her on the cool vintage typewriter for a while now. The plan is to put them all into a scrapbook of sorts, along with some pictures of our life and the pregnancy. Here is a little peek at what i have so far. 
  little miss Kitsya is doing pretty good after her surgery. She is all feisty again, although she takes a lot of naps still. But we think she has an infection on her stitches because she licks them a lot. We will be calling the vet tomorrow to see if she needs any medicine. (i really like my kitty...)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

taking the baby out for a walk

This week has been a little difficult for me. Ive been nauseous a couple times and threw up twice :( Also just feeling tired, maybe because i wake up a couple times a night either to go to the bathroom or just because im uncomfortable. 

Regardless, I'm still enjoying the little babe inside, even though her kicks and stretches are starting to hurt a bit. Shes getting so big in there! :)

So Ive been hanging out on the couch a lot these days and taking naps. But today I remembered that i need to move around more and get some exercise to make myself feel more rested and comfortable. So i went out for a little walk. It was very short, but just right for me right now. I listened to some music and started a Matt Chandler sermon and got some fresh air. Now im baking some oatmeal cookies! Just trying to make the most of this last stretch of being pregnant... 

Oh yeah! viktor and I bought a stroller and car seat off of craigslist yesterday. we are now one step closer to being ready. Now I'm on a mission to find a little cute dresser from a thrift store for the baby's stuff.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

poor little kitsya...

Im really sad to say that our Kitsya is getting spayed tomorrow :( She has been in heat twice already and it had lasted for about a week each time. It goes like this: she walks around and meows a lot and looks miserable, she sticks her booty up in the air (which means she wants you know what) and she lays around and moans these pitiful meows that make me so sad for her. But she is an indoor cat so there is no chance for her to get over her heat naturally. So we decided to get her spayed. 
And im really sad when i think about her having a surgery tomorrow. She's just a little kitty!!! Right now im just looking at her laying on the chair and looking for fruit flies.. she looks so peaceful.. poor little Kitsya, she has no idea what is in store for her tomorrow :(

Monday, August 8, 2011

a library for the little one

Here are some books that i have so far for the little babe. I hope she will love to read as she gets older, but in the meantime can enjoy the pictures. I love The Berenstain Bears and the Just Me collections because they have such pretty and interesting pictures inside. When i was growing up i would love to look at them. All of these books were bought by my lovely sister Ira as a present for the little one. Because we are book worms and understand each other. :) I cant wait to add more books as the years go by and buy a little bookshelf for my daughter!

Saturday, August 6, 2011


To follow up on the previous post, here is a list of dates that can be a lot of fun! and some are really simple.

1. Biking on a trail
2. Bowling
3. Laser tag
4. Cooking together
5. Hiking
6. Volunteering together
7. Picnic
8. Berry picking
9. Watching a play (high school and college ones are pretty cheap)
10. Play pool
11. Jazz bar
12. Miniature golf
13. Movie
14. Museam
15. Flying kites
16. Outdoor movies in the park/ Drive in theatres
17. Zoo
18. Arcade games
19. Taking the train somewhere
20. Making a leaf pile in a park
21. Browse a bookstore
22. Rent a movie & have popcorn at home
23. Ice Skating
24. Wall Rock climbing
25. Go dancing
26. Watch a concert
27. Watch a high school sports game
28. Put together a puzzle 
29. Corn Maze
3o. Complete a project at home (build a birdhouse, paint something...)

Here is a neat website for what to talk about on dates and how to make them deeper and more interesting:

Thats all i got for now, if you guys have any more ideas let me know!!!

Friday, August 5, 2011


 I had a really nice day today, my sister and mom drove up from portland to hang out with me. It feels really good to have family that loves me and that are so fun to be with. I showed them around our little downtown Kent where we explored some antique stores and had lunch. Back at my place we started a puzzle and had some dinner. Ah, family... its so nice to do the simplest things, but still enjoy each other. I love you guys!!
I found these sweet little cloth toys for the baby for only $4! Im debating weather i should give the smaller one to our Kitsya... :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

little picnic date

Having dates with your husband is really important. Me and Viktor were talking about this the other day: that if dates aren't intentionally planned out to happen, and planned out well, then the relationship suffers. When we first got married, we decided we would have date night every friday night, and we would each take turns planning them. It started out good, but soon there were problems with not planning it well, being stressed out with what to plan, or the date being all rushed and tense with so much expectations put on it.

So this week we sat down and talked about dates and how we want them to look like. Here are some things we want to stick to:

1. Be intentional about getting to know each other better, maybe plan some conversations or questions to keep it interesting

2. Have dates every other friday night and wednesday during the day

3. Write out a list of activities we could possibly do on our dates (we still need to do this)

4. Keep it simple and enjoy each others company

So today we grabbed a blanket, the chess board and some sushi and drove out to a park for a little picnic. (don't worry i only eat the deep fried and imitation crab ones) I was totally dominating in the chess game, but couldn't figure out how to corner Viktor into a corner like a mouse... so we called it truce :)
 this is viktor trying to figure out how to beat me... (sorry love, you got a smart little cookie on your hands!)