Croquette Snapshot

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“Croquette” Cedar Park, 2020

Just another perfect dinner from Mariko. ❤️🤗

Home Cooking

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“Making Pasta” Cedar Park, 2020

During the “Shelter In Place” life we are living because of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost everyone is cooking at home more. Today, Koa helped Mariko make pasta using the KitchenAid mixer pasta attachment. The noodles came out great, and were a nice change from dry pasta. I guess because we have gained back all the hours we normally spend on out-of-house activities that there is more focus and intentional effort given to the everyday tasks. Maybe it’s just because there are less tasks that we are available to us… I’m not sure, but I’ve seen it in other things too, like planting our seedlings, veggies, and herbs, house-cleaning, and getting outside for walking, running, or bicycling.

This may seem like a positive, and I think there are good habits being formed or reinforced, but also it’s been pretty hard on a lot of people whose livelihoods depend on people going out of the house. For instance, the restaurant businesses have been suffering and I feel so sorry for them. I guess we all just want life to return to normal so we can do things like socialize, go to movies, resume school classes, concerts, dine out, and go hiking/camping.

In the meantime, we’ll just cope at home – and homemade pasta can help with that. 😀

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO500
“Pasta” Cedar Park, 2020

By the way, Lani also like when we make pasta because she’ll occasionally get lucky with a stray noodle.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/4, 1/35 sec, ISO800
“Hoping” Cedar Park, 2020

I hope you had a nice day!


Chicken Tikka Masala Dinner

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“Chicken Tikka Masala” Cedar Park, 2020

Yummmm… Chicken Tikka Masala is a favorite at our house. And the homemade naan is so good! The problem is that there aren’t much in the way of leftovers because we all have seconds (and sometimes thirds). 😆

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“Big Naan” Cedar Park, 2020

I’ve been working from home for almost two weeks now, and it’s been going pretty smoothly. Being with the family 24/7 has not been difficult, since we all are busy with our individual activities. Bay’s architecture classes keep him working into the evening, Mariko is busy baking, I’m working in our home office room, and Koa is practicing his music and keeping up with his schoolwork (although classes haven’t started for him yet). Our breakfast and lunches are kind of on an as-needed basis, with each of us choosing what to eat, but dinner time we’ll all eat together, just as we always have (before Bay left for college). It’s nice to have all of us at the dinner table! ❤️

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/4, 1/25 sec, ISO800
“Hello, Kitty” Cedar Park, 2020

I hope you had a good day, and hope you are healthy and well!


Some Good News

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“Beer Beer Beer” Round Rock, 2020

A couple of weeks ago I visited my eye doctor for my yearly check-up and prescription update, and I took a new test which was meant to identify the signs of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Well, I failed the test, and coupled with some of the imaging of my eyes, raised some concerns that I was developing AMD. It’s not an uncommon condition, but it is not seen in someone my age very often.

So, today we took some more tests and… my eyes passed the test with flying colors! Whew! There’s no sign of AMD at this point. I’m so relieved… the uncertainty was weighing on me a bit for these two weeks, and now that weight is lifted.

And how fortunate that tonight we planned to meet our good friends for beer and pizza! They didn’t know about my AMD concern, but inside I was celebrating. 😊

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“Pizza and Nachos” Round Rock, 2020

Tamale Dinner

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“Tamales” Cedar Park, 2020

Our freezer is full of various tamales acquired around Christmas. Even after tonight’s yummy dinner, we still have enough for a couple more. The gift that keeps on giving. 😄