Plant Attractions Around the Yard

It was a beautiful day and we managed to do some yard cleanup before the next batch of rain arrives tomorrow. Love the fresh, crisp air, the beauty around us, and sunshine on my face. Happy Fall, Everyone!

Japanese Maple

I was just lamenting yesterday evening that none of the variety of trees on our property changes color to orange or red (they all turn to yellow) when our Japanese Maple caught my eye. How could I have forgotten my favorite tree? It is certainly eye-catching with its gorgeous, bright red leaves. Love it!

Playing Badminton

Badminton is one of the top sports in Asia but not so much here. Alex has really taken to badminton starting last summer but unfortunately, it’s not an activity we can partake throughout the year since there aren’t any indoor badminton courts here. So as soon as the weather allows and seasonal allergies have finally […]

Is Spring Finally Here to Stay?

It’s finally looking and feeling like spring! We have five different daffodils blooming in the garden right now. While tulips will always be my first love for spring blooming plants (and apparently, they are the deers’ first love as well), daffodils will never fail to bring a smile to my face with their bright, sunny appearance. […]

Stir-Fried Tom Yum Noodles

Just something I had a hankering for this afternoon – simple and oh so delicious! 1 (6.75 ounces) package rice noodles/rice sticks/bee hoon/maifun* 2 tablespoons oil (I use extra light olive oil) About 1 pound shrimp 1 English cucumber, seeds removed and sliced thin** 4 tablespoons tom yum paste*** 2 tablespoons fish sauce *The only […]

Brioche French Toast Casserole

My sis and her family made a quick trip out here to see us over the Easter weekend. We had a great time catching up and eating, of course. :) According to my sis, everything we made when they visited was so delicious, lol. Although we didn’t really do anything special, we definitely appreciate the […]

Happy Anniversary!

So I just arrived home and I stopped at the mailbox to retrieve our mail. I was pleasantly surprised to see a nice golden envelope among the other junk mail. My first instinct was that it’s from my mother-in-law and sure enough, I was right. She usually makes an effort to send out actual cards […]