August Giveaway is closed!
The winner is Niam Nomyis Lauj from Pontiac, Michigan! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
- 16 ounce can of unflavored gelatin
- 1 lotus flower cookie mold
- 4 powder food coloring
- 2 packs of vanilla sugar
- 3 packs of yeast
August Giveaway is closed!
The winner is Niam Nomyis Lauj from Pontiac, Michigan! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
1 1/2 cup rice flour (red bag)
1 1/2 cup tapioca flour (blue bag)
5 cups water
1 tbsp oil
Mix everything together. Set aside.
1 pound ground pork (or chicken, beef, turkey)
1/2 cup scallions chopped
1/2 cup cilantro chopped
pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper
Brown the ground pork until cooked. Add salt, black pepper. Add the green onion and cilantro.
Making of the crepe:
1. In a crepe pan (or non-stick pan), turn the heat on medium low. When the pan is hot, add crepe and swirl it around to coat the pan. Let it cook until the sides start to pull in and looks transparent.
2. Pour the crepe onto a large plate. I lay out a sheet of aluminum foil and pour it on that.
3. Sprinkle meat all over the crepe evenly. Add as much as you like.
4. You can fold it like how you fold egg rolls OR fold all edges in into a square and roll up.
Annie's peanut sauce:
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp fish sauce (three crabs brand)
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp chunky peanut butter (or plain)
1 tbsp thai chili or chili sambal sauce
Mix everything together until well blended.
Photographer: Annie Vang, Golden Fireflies LLC
Model: Pookie Thao
Location: my backyard, sorry it's private property! :D
To view the full gallery of Pookie Thao, please visit: http://facebook.com/goldenfireflies
A year ago, 22 friends and I embarked on a journey to get fit, eat better, and improve our health. We entitled this journey "The Wedding Dress Weight Loss Journey" because our reward would be to look fabulous in pretty dresses~! I made a pledge to my friends that at the end of our 1 year anniversary, I would take our photos and we would celebrate this moment together. These photos were taken at Token Creek in Deforest, WI.
Read my previous blog journey here on why we went on this journey: http://annievang.com/content/wedding-dress
I started a private Facebook group with 22 of my friends. Our goal was to give each other support and post/comment on topics that we needed help with. Many people contributed information on things that worked for them, things that did not work, diets they've tried, success and failure stories etc ... Along the way, we encouraged one another and tried our best to improve ourselves by reading what others were trying. It was a lesson in progress.
We were originally planning to take photos in April but since we had a late spring here in Madison, we opted to move it to August.
August 3, 2013
We got to Token Creek around 11 a.m. We finished taking photos around 12:30 p.m. It wasn't a hot day, but I was wearing my wedding dress and I was hot taking photos. Haha, note to self, in the future don't model and be the photographer also. Hehe.
These are my wonderful friends: Kayla, me, Jamie, Nou, and Pahoua.
A picture of me
To see the full gallery, please visit my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/goldenfireflies
Most simple salad dressing you will love! Believe it or not, I just made up this sauce today. LOL
Soy Sauce Chicken
A picture of me at Lost Lake.
A picture of me on California Highway 1. This place was so beautiful. I felt like I had entered the land of Oz with a splendor of golden California poppies!
Me following the yellow brick road.
So majestic, you just have to be here to believe it.
I was going to lay down in this golden poppy field but I was sort of afraid of snakes!
Is this real? You betcha!
My hubby and I at Pizmo Beach, California.
Me and my hubby's cousin Vicky.
Me and my hubby at Lost Lake.
Hubby and I at Yosemite National Park
I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from my trip to California in April. I had such a great time in the company and family and friends. We were scheduled to fly out of Madison on April 20th, but our flight got cancelled and we got rearranged to fly out on Friday, April 21. We arrived in Fresno around 5:30 pm and picked up our rental car at the Fresno Airport. Originally I had booked the rental car for 6:30 am Friday. A good tip to know, even if you do reserve a car and don't show up on time, they still hold a car for you up until the end of business day. Luckily for us, we did not have to pay extra fees and got our car for the price I was quoted online! Thank you Enterprise!~
Over the course of the week, we drove to Pizmo Beach and made our way upwards towards Monteray. It was such a beautiful and scenic trip on California Highway 1. I highly suggest it to anyone who wants a front row seat to view the California coastline. We also visited Yosemite National Park and had a nice family picnic at Bass Lake. The weather was beautiful and I enjoyed every moment in California. I also visited all the Hmong stores I could find in the area and sampled their food. I spent a lot of time retracing my old footsteps from when I used to live in Fresno. Oh how I do miss Fresno and the wonderful memories I had there! My hubby and I also visited our old high school :-) It was really romantic and sweet. We also took some drives to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and along the country side by Clovis. I got the opportunity to eat at Imperial Garden, which I do recommend if anyone ever makes their way to Fresno, go eat at Imperial Garden~! We also had a nice picnic at Millerton Lake with our family. Overall the week went by way too fast and I yearn to return again soon. My father in law has been ill since he had a stroke and it was very sad to see him that condition. Please help me pray for him and hope that he makes a speedy recovery!
I was so happy in California. I am going to make plans to find a job there and move back. If anyone is hiring a web developer / iPhone iOS developer, please contact me!
On my trip I took about 7,000 photos. No kidding! I'll have to make a slideshow and post them all on Youtube for you. :-)
California is nostalgic for me .... Oh I love you California!
Lunch at Imperial Garden!
Delicious, soft, fall off the bone barbeque pork ribs!
If you don't have a grill, you can also follow these steps and broil them in your oven.
Sewing has always been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. We were poor growing up. My sisters and I didn't have a lot of clothes to wear. Most of my clothes were hand me downs from my aunt Molly and from the salvation army. I learned and accepted at an early age that we were poor and that was just the way it was. Most of my imagination of dresses and things beautiful were all in my mind and transferred onto a paper notebook that I kept in my backback. I too, wanted to wear beautiful dresses but when I was young I knew it was a far distant dream.
When I was in junior high school, my mom had an old sewing machine desk. I don't even remember how or where she got it. The very first hand made gift my mom ever gave me was a tote bag. It was made of blue and green fabric with a computer desktop pattern. I carried that bag around because it was the coolest thing. A first gift from my mom and it made me happy. I've cherished those memories. I wish I still had that tote bag.
I first learned to sew on my mom's sewing machine. I only knew how to sew in a straight line and could never really make anything. We didn't have money so I just sewed from scraps of fabrics and old clothes that I could not wear anymore. I just liked how it felt to sew and put two pieces of fabric together. The very first project I sewed from beginning to end was a dog faced pillow made out of felt in my home economics class. I was so proud of that pillow. It made me feel so good that I could create something that gave me joy and made me so happy. I also sewed my first green "christmas tree" dress at Upward Bound and modeled it in a project showcase. I call it my christmas tree dress because it was made of green satin with lace notions on the edges. I couldn't follow a pattern so it was free form dress making.
..... Fast forward to today. I started to feel nostalgic and started drifting back into unfinished business of my desires and hopes when I was a kid and things I've always wanted to do but never had the chance to do it. Over the years, I would start a sewing project only to get sidetracked and start on other things. So one day in December, I started my bag creation journey.
I started making bags, totes, and wallets. I don't have a pattern that I follow, I just make it up as I go along. With each bag, I get better and more efficient in the bag creation process.
I own a Pfaff Smart sewing machine that I bought 7 years ago at a local sewing store in Madison. The store is now no longer there. Haha, I know because I drove by it a few weeks go to find some supplies and it was gone.
I also own a Singer Pro Finish Serger that my hubby bought me as a belated Christmas present just recently. I love it. It is great and is a real time saver!
I made this wrist wallet for my sister Song. She told me she needed a way be hands free and also have a way to carry cash, keys, and simple items. She told me about this wrist wallet concept and this is my creation from that. It's fastened together by velcro. It is made of my sister's old black t-shirt.
I made these hmong inspired bags because I was trying to make a bag that represents who I am as a person and my roots. They are pretty basic and simple. They are original creations by me. The bag in the lower right was given to Xia, as a prize for coming to my Yumaholic app launch and Scentsy party.
These bags were made because I was experimenting and having fun. The bag in the lower right was given to Leigh, as a prize for coming to my Yumaholic app launch and Scentsy party. The bag on the lower left was given to my friend Michele as her party prize too!
This dish has a sweet, sour, tangy taste. It's very refreshing! You can adapt it with any ingredients you like! This recipe makes a big batch that feeds about 10-15 people like the picture above.