Congratulations to PK Moua from Colorado for winning this month's May contest!!!! Thank you everyone who entered and for your continued support!
I had such a fun day with my sisters (Song, Myra, mom, cousin Katherina, sister in law Nancy)!!!!!!! My sister Song went to India last year for a business trip and bought us all beautiful indian sarees. We didn't have the traditional Indian jewelry, so we had to improvise. My sister Song was our stylist! She glammed us up for this photo shoot. She did a great job!!!!!
I took these photos with my Nikon Nikkor 85 mm f/1.4G lens. I just absolutely love the bokeh!!!!!! (the tiny circles / particles).
This is a picture of my cousin Katherina. She's stunning!!!!
I love this shot!
Me, Katherina, Song, mom, Myra
My beautiful sister in law Nancy
Goth girls - Myra, Song, Annie, Katherina, Nancy
I was playing around with some Photoshop today. I added purple highlights to my hair and spiced up my picture a bit.
I finally found some time to post up some pictures we took when we went to visit Millenium Park in Chicago back on April 8th, 2012. It was the first time I've ever visited this park. I've been to Chicago many times and seen a lot of tourist attractions but finally decided to make a road trip just for this purpose.
We paid for underground parking here. It was really expensive. $24 per hour. We could have parked further but would have had to walk a distance to get here. The only thing I wish I would have had more time for was to go visit the Art Institute.
Picture of me with the "egg". The metal egg behind me kind of reminds me of T-1000, the bad guy who could morph into anything, from Terminator 2.
My hubby and me
Me in front of the stadium
My hubby and me - The tulips were really lovely and vibrant this time of year.
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Wow, time sure does fly by fast when you're having a good time. I can surely say March has been an interesting month for me. I've been super busy at work as well as getting back into my photography side business. I bought a new Nikon 85mm f/1.4G lens that I absolutely love, love, love!!! I just got it two weeks ago but been so busy I haven't had much time to test it out much. I'll take more pics soon and share some tutorials.
I don't normally splurge on expensive stuff but when it comes to my personal interests, ummmm yes I do like to have the BEST!
A picture of me taken on Sunday at a park on the southside of Madison.
A picture of my niece Serena and her little kitty.
This is a simple recipe that you can make at home.
This is a delicious Vietnamese dessert called steamed rice cakes also known as banh bo. When I was little, my grandma used to make this for me (minus the coconut milk). There is a chinese version to this cake that doesn't use coconut milk. In hmong we call this "ncuav sawv".
Many years ago when I tried to learn how to make this dessert, I failed miserably 13 times. On my 14th attempt, I finally got the beautiful honeycombs in my steamed rice cake. Oh boy, what a journey that was! The key to this recipe is PATIENCE!!!! Do not rush anything otherwise, you'll end up with a flat and unflattering cake. I also found that the secret to nice honeycombs is also in the preparation of the first step. It is critical that you have a good solid container.
If you use instant yeast, you only need to allow the batter to rise for about 1 hour, then add the coconut/water/sugar mixture and let rest 20 minutes and then you can steam it. No need to wait 5-10 hours.
Sweet pork is a very popular dish at Hmong family gatherings. This is a popular dish in Asian countries such as China, Vietnam, and the Phillippines. I will show you how I make my version of sweet pork. It's very simple and easy! We call this in Hmong nqaj qaab zib or nqaij qab zib.
I'll be very straight forward and honest, no one was willing to teach me this recipe. Everytime I asked someone to show me how they made this dish, they would tell me it was very hard and complicated or they would tell me only half of the recipe. So for many years, I experimented and tried different ways. I felt really bad asking for other people's recipes because some people don't want to give it away. That's okay, I respect that. So I went on my own food journey and tried making sweet pork. I failed miserably many, many times. The first time I made it, I put too much sugar and it came out like candied bacon. Hahaha! The second time I made it, it was way too salty. The third time I made it, it tasted great but had no caramel color, it looked like boiled pork only. As the story goes, many pounds of pork belly, sugar, and soy sauce later .... I finally resulted in this recipe which I use whenever I get a sweet pork craving. Haha, do let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions how you make it. I'm very interested to know how you make your sweet pork recipe!
I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please leave me a comment if you try it or have any questions!