Category: Slice of Life

Pizza Time

"Homemade Pizza" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO3200
“Homemade Pizza” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。Tonight we used our new stove-top pizza oven for the first time and the pizza turned out pretty good! A few weeks ago we bought a Pizza Pronto, which is basically an enclosure with a double-layer pizza stone inside. You put it over the burner and after a while, it will come up to temperature and you’re ready to put in the pizza. After about 8 minutes, the pizza is done. 🍕

Mariko made some homemade pizza dough and we had some leftover tomato-based pasta sauce to use on two pizzas, some pesto to use for another pizza, and then a store-bought CPK pizza. All of them were cooked nicely, and the oven crisped up the dough deliciously. 😀

"Pizza Oven" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO3200
“Pizza Oven” Cedar Park, 2017

My only complaint is that it took longer than expected to come up to 500° F, and it never rose above that. Our burner is rated at 18,000 BTU so we should be able to achieve more than 500°. I guess it just takes more time? Or maybe the built-n thermometer is broken?

"Baking" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/80 sec, ISO6400
“Baking” Cedar Park, 2017

Anyways, more “testing” is needed. 😉 Bring on the pizza!

I hope you had a nice Saturday.

またね~

Snow?

"Movin'" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/15 sec, ISO6400
“Movin'” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Well, the cold weather continued today, but I wasn’t expecting to get any snow. ❄️ It was just 81° F the other day, for goodness sakes! But snow it did, and it was actually pretty fun. When I went to pick up Koa from school at 5:30 pm, there were only a few snowflakes falling, but on the way to get dinner, the snow was coming down a lot harder.

"Snow?" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/30 sec, ISO3200
“Snow?” Cedar Park, 2017

Obviously, this being Texas, the snow is not as serious as up north, however, it was a bit more challenging to drive in since we’re not used to all these particles floating down. 🌨️

Lani also seemed to enjoy the weather. 🐕 As you can see in the top photo, the snow didn’t slow her down at all. She’s leaping over the stairs like she always does… full speed!

Lastly, I couldn’t resist getting a photo of my Subaru with a light dusting of snow on her. 😁 Cool huh!

"Slight Dusting" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“Slight Dusting” Cedar Park, 2017

I hope you had a nice day!

おやすみ

Escape!

"Escape Game" Austin, 2017

Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/30 sec, ISO64
“Escape Game” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today I went with my coworkers to play “The Escape Game”. It was so fun! If you don’t know what escape rooms are, it’s basically a room with a series of puzzles that you need to figure out, and each solved puzzle leads you to the next puzzle, often leading to other rooms. What’s really cool though is that each game has a theme and corresponding level of difficulty.

The theme we chose was called Prison Break and we started off in jail cells, with the main objective being to break out of the prison. I won’t give any of the details away, but I’ll just say that it was a ton of fun, and the puzzles were really creative. Prison Break is the highest level of difficulty, and we weren’t able to escape within the 1-hour time limit. We were only 3 puzzles away, but they were really challenging!

I recommend experiencing one of these escape rooms with your friends at least once… it’s definitely a good time.

Hope you had a nice day!

おやすみ

Curry Nite

"Curry Nite" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO800
“Curry Nite” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

The weather forecast for tomorrow is a chilly 55° F, which kind of crazy because it was 81° F today. And then Wednesday the high will only be in the 40s. The important thing about that drop in temperature is that it means it’s a great time for cold-weather meals!

Tonight we enjoyed a yummy Japanese curry, 🍛 with pork and potatoes, accompanied by a “Christmas” macaroni salad. It had red and green pasta in it, hence the name.

We all love curry year-round, but it’s especially great in the Winter. I can’t wait another cold-weather favorite: Oden. I know it’s coming soon!

I hope you had a nice day.

おやすみ

Home Scene

"Let me in" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 49mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO400
“Let me in” Cedar Park, 2017

"Breakfast Area" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO400
“Breakfast Area” Cedar Park, 2017

It was a nice Sunday. I like spending time at home with my family. Including the dog. But they are all too camera-shy. Woof! 🐶

Saturday

"With an Egg" Austin, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, ISO400
“With an Egg” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This morning I went to an event at Precision Camera here in Austin. They have a it a couple times a year and I usually head down there with some friends who are into photography to check out some of the free seminars, shop, and have lunch.

The store gives away gift certificates ranging from $10 – $100 to the first 51 people so we arrive early to get our space in line. Unfortunately, I only got a $10 certificate (the 3rd time) but my friend won $50 (his second time!) so that was pretty cool. I ended up buying a non-photography-related item: a combo bottle-opener/flashlight for $9. Not bad, and I appreciate the freebie!

As has become a tradition, we went for a burger at Hopdoddy, and that was super-tasty. 🍔 Add an egg for $1? 🍳 Of course!

I hope you had a nice Saturday.

おやすみ

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