Wordless Wednesday

"Omuraisu" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/35 sec, ISO3200
“Omuraisu” Cedar Park, 2019
"Tofu Skin and Veggies" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/50 sec, ISO3200
“Tofu Skin and Veggies” Cedar Park, 2019
"Hungry Dog" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Hungry Dog” Cedar Park, 2019
"Food Photography" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“Food Photography” Cedar Park, 2019

Lani’s Best Friend over for Burger Dinner

"Almost Human" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/75 sec, ISO1000
“Almost Human” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。This evening a friend came over for dinner and I think the one who was most excited to have a guest over was Lani. She always gets extra treats, so it’s understandable. 😊 It was funny that when Lani recognized who was at the door, she went nuts and did a few laps around the house in excitement. She’s so funny.

Tonight’s menu included burgers and sliders, homemade fries, and a couple of yummy and fancy salads. And Mariko baked some fresh buns for the burgers so it was extra-good!

"Slider" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/75 sec, ISO640
“Slider” Cedar Park, 2019
"Homemade Fries" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/75 sec, ISO800
“Homemade Fries” Cedar Park, 2019
"Broccoli Salad" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/75 sec, ISO400
“Broccoli Salad” Cedar Park, 2019
"Fresh-baked Buns" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/75 sec, ISO800
“Fresh-baked Buns” Cedar Park, 2019
"Tomatoes" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO3200
“Tomatoes” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Stormy Day and Chankonabe ちゃんこ鍋

"Severe Weather" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: motorola moto g(6), 3.95mm, f/1.8, 1/30 sec, ISO206
“Severe Weather” Cedar Park, 2019

A severe storm rolled through our part of Texas today. Luckily, there wasn’t any damage to our house, just plenty of rain and anxiety!

Later on in the evening we enjoyed a yummy pot of chankonabe ゃんこ鍋. This is a hotpot that is popular with sumo wrestlers because it helps to bulk them up. We’ve never made it at home before, so this was a special treat. 😄

"ちゃんこ鍋" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/105 sec, ISO400
“ちゃんこ鍋” Cedar Park, 2019

As the day ended, the skies cleared and we were treated to a nice sunset.

"Clearing Skies" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/240 sec, ISO200
“Clearing Skies” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a good day!

またね~

Third Birthday Dinner: から揚げ and Cake

”から揚げ" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
”から揚げ” Cedar Park, 2019

Tonight we celebrated Koa’s birthday with a third birthday dinner! The first one was last weekend at the Brazilian Steakhouse, the second one was a dinner Koa spent with his friend, and tonight was one of his favorite home-cooked meals, から揚げ Japanese fried chicken. We actually have this quite often because everyone loves it, but I was really looking forward to it. 😄

And we also enjoyed a delicious homemade birthday cake! Mariko’s cakes are way better than most you buy here in the States… her cakes are less-sugary, and made with fresh, natural ingredients. I don’t have a sweet tooth, but her desserts are superb!

"Birthday Cake" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Birthday Cake” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Thai-style Chicken and Natsuzora なつぞら

"Thai-style Chicken" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO640
“Thai-style Chicken” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I just wanted to share a photo of another yummy dinner Mariko made for us tonight. It’s a chicken dish with Thai basil and peppers. It didn’t have too much heat but was very flavorful. And then the egg just put it over the top! ❤

In other news, the new asadora has started. Natsuzora なつぞら looks pretty interesting! The main character will eventually become interested in art and animation, so I am looking forward to that part. In fact, the opening title sequence is an old ’70s style animation. Very cool! And I am a fan of Suzu Hirose 広瀬すず who plays the main character Natsu, so that is another plus. 😀 I thought she was great in Anone あのね.

FYI, we subscribe to TV Japan and every morning I turn it on while I make coffee and breakfast. During that time the asadora (morning drama) is shown, so I pretty much see every episode, except during the kids’ Spring Break, when our schedule changes. I don’t understand all the dialog, but as my Japanese study progresses, I find myself understanding more and more, which is really cool!

I hope you had a good day.

またね~