Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Shiseido at Ross

I always wondered if I would ever find a Shiseido product at Ross, and yesterday I did.

I didn't buy it though. Even though it was half of the regular retail price, I thought that $30 for 4 uses for your full face was too expensive. 

But now I know that they do sometimes carry Shiseido products, so I'll keep looking!


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Kansai Yamato New Item

You might recognize this label. They make mochi right? 

Well, Cleta and I were at 99 Ranch. We had just finished eating lunch and on our way out, Cleta stopped to buy some mochi for her husband . . . 


and we saw this in the showcase . . . strawberry shortcake made with waffles!

Cleta asked if I wanted to have some dessert. I was already soooo stuffed from lunch . . . but . . . hell, yah, I wanted some dessert! 

It was ono!  Thanks for the treat, Cleta!!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Swap Meet Finds

It was a drizzly day at the swap meet this past weekend which resulted in a lot less sellers than usual. I have just a few buys to share with you.

Body wash (2/$5)

Minion duct tape ($1)

Two pillow cases ($2)

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Jason's Mochi Rice Stuffing

My nephew Jason (Daniel's brother) made this for Thanksgiving, and you know how I just love anything mochi. It was also one of the first things that I ate, just like Daniel's cake.

Jason got the recipe from a coworker.


Mochi rice stuffing

3 cups (the rice measuring cup not actual cups) mochi rice
1.5 cups (the rice measuring cup not actual cups) white rice
1 package lup cheong (or 2 depending on what you like)
1/2 pkg bacon
1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 packages of sliced, dried, shiitake mushrooms
8 green onions
¾ cup shoyu

30 min to 1 hour before cooking, wash and soak rice, rehydrate mushrooms in a large bowl of water.

Start the rice cooker about 15 minutes before you start the rest of the prep.

Slice the bacon and lup cheong into 1/8 to 1/4 inch pieces. Drain and chop mushrooms (I usually go for 1-2 cm pieces, but whatever). Drain and chop water chestnuts in a food processor.

While rice is cooking, cook the bacon in pan over medium heat until bacon begins to brown.  Drain all but 3 TBSP oil (or you can leave it in - I usually just leave it in). Add the lup cheong to the pan and brown.  Add mushrooms, water chestnuts and green onions to cook briefly. Add shoyu and mix well. 

After rice has cooked and cooled briefly, combine the bacon mixture and rice between two aluminum disposable roasting pans.  Mix to evenly distribute the mixture. Cover the pans with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1/2 hour.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Daniel's Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Pound Cake

My nephew Daniel made this for our Thanksgiving gathering.  It was one of the first things that I ate. It was as ono as it looked.

Thanks for the recipe, Daniel!


Mix together:
1 block butter (1/2/cup)
1 8 oz. block cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar

4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup milk

1 box yellow cake mix
1 1/2 cup chocolate chip morsels

2 loaf pans

Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes

Friday, November 29, 2019

Imu Fundraiser

Lunalilo Home held a Thanksgiving imu fundraiser. For $25 you can bring your foil-wrapped turkey, ham or pork butt and have them put it into their imu for you.

They let me put an item in for free as a thank you for volunteering. So nice!!


Here is the imu being fired in preparation. 

This is our finished brisket that Wendell chose to put into the imu! It was a hit at our Thanksgiving gathering!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wendell's Fruitcake

Here are remnants of a slice of Wendell's fruitcake that I was enjoying yesterday. It's so ono that I decided that it was deserving of a repeat post.

You can find the recipe in the original post from 3 years ago here


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Swap Meet Finds

From this past weekend.

Meyer lemon ($5 for 6 bags)

Tomatoes and beans ($2 each bag)

Microwave cover (50 cents)

Rubbermaid containers ($2 each)

Shower curtain ($2)

Li Hing Ginger ($4)

Friday, November 22, 2019

My Vietnamese Tomato Noodle Soup v. 2

I tweaked the original recipe and now it's just right for me. 

For this particular meal I fried up some tofu and added it in.

Stir fry:
1 lb. ground pork
1 tbs. oil
4 tbs. dried shrimp
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tomatoes, cut in pieces
1/2 onion, sliced

8 cups chicken broth
4 tbs. fish sauce

pho rice noodles
fried onions to garnish

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Matouk's Hot Sauce

I went to Mercado De La Raza on Beretania sometime last month and decided to look for hot sauce for Landon. The gal there recommended Matouk's. I bought a small bottle for $5.95. She said that she suspected I might be back for the bigger bottle.

She was right. Lan likes it a lot. It's too spicy for me. A small dot on my tongue left it numb for a few minutes.

I went back again yesterday to get a few bottles to give away for Christmas. 

The bigger bottle is $11.95.