Sunday, May 17, 2015

Monkeys!!

Kosamphi Forest Park, Thailand

Thanks to a wonderful friend, we had the chance to see the monkeys who live in this beautiful park. This was the truck passing us on the way out. They must have spotted the bananas. These little guys were hungry and so very active as you can tell. They were running every which way and were so funny to watch. I am so thankful and glad we were fortunate enough to experience this. It was truly amazing!!





 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Post Office in Thailand

Our relatives had sent us a box full of goodies for the girls. So we set out in search of the post office. It wasn't to hard to find being that it was in the center of town. When we walked in, we saw a few different service windows. I guess they just knew we were picking up a package because when we walked in, they pointed us to the correct window right away. We signed some forms and paid 600 baht and that was that. We were a little upset at the 600 baht only because our relatives paid 60.00 USD to send it. As you can see, it's not that big of a package. I really feel cheated by both post offices but then again, they have to pay their employees somehow. Here are some pictures of the out and inside of the post office in Mahasarakham, Thailand.





A lady who sells her handmade goods and other items inside the post office

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Care for cut flower arrangements


 Happy mothers day!!!
When I get flowers, I like to keep them looking fresh. Here are some great tips on how to keep long lasting fresh flowers.
  1. Cut the stems at an angle right before they go into water. The fresh cut angle gives it more  space to get the water up the stem.
  2. Get the flowers to water as soon as possible. 
  3. Remove any leaves below the water line. Leaves suck up water and make the water murky. 
  4. Mix in the flower food. This is essential for lasting life of the flowers.
  5. Use warm water. Hot or cold may shock or damage the flowers.
  6. Filtered light is best. Direct sunlight will cause them to die faster.
  7. Remove wilting blooms. The wilting blooms create more gases than the others which causes the other blooms to wilt faster. 
  8. At about 5-7 days, re-cut the stems and change the water. Bacteria may build up in the water so a change and cut is best. 
 


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Thai towel art

I love going into a hotel and seeing the room nice and clean after a long day but most of all, I absolutely love the towel art. When we first got to Thailand, we stayed in the Siamtara Palace hotel. Every day the housekeeper left us really cute towel art plus a super clean room. Here are some of the beautiful designs the housekeeper created for us. 








Friday, May 1, 2015

Cinnamon sugar buttermilk pancakes

These cinnamon sugar buttermilk pancakes are delicious! My little taste tester said they were the best she has ever had. Needless to say, she cleared her plate. I know this recipe is a winner! Finally, a successful breakfast made from scratch!

Ingredients:
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of sifted flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, slightly whisked
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted and melted
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon, more or less to your liking
Directions:
  1. Preheat your griddle to medium/medium low heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the salt, baking powder, baking soda, flour, cinnamon, and sugar. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs and buttermilk. Add the butter as you continue to whisk.
  3.  Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour in the wet ingredients and stir until almost completely combined. The more you stir pancakes, the more flat and tough they will be so please mix until a few streaks of flour are remaining.
  4. Butter the griddle and scoop 1/3 cup of batter and cook until you see bubbles begin to form. Flip it and cook until golden. Serve immediately with cool whip and sprinkled cinnamon on top
 


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Thai Temple

We have a beautiful temple right behind our house. Well its a short drive with the motorbikes across a field. The place is huge and immaculate! Its a really beautiful place. We lost a package in the mail and it showed up here because the mail carrier couldn't read English. The only thing that was missing was our candy. They added some incense in the box for exchange. I guess the monks were having a chocolate craving or something. haha. Here are some pics of this beautiful architecture and completely amazing place.



 




 
 
 
 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

simple vegetarian recipe

Okay, so I'm not a big meat lover so when my family wants veggies for dinner, I silently cheer! While I like a nice steak here and there, veggies are my thing. Here is a simple super easy recipe. This is good if you are like me with kids in a foreign country who are super picky to cultural food.
All you need is:
sesame oil
soy sauce
veggies of choice
 either white, brown, or jasmine rice
 
*cook the rice separate- you can fry it or leave it plain. My kids liked it plain while us adults like it fried
First, cut the veggies and wash them
Second, fry them in a little sesame oil maybe 2 tbsp. more or less depending on how many veggies
Third, when the veggies are soft and cooked through, add the soy sauce-as much as to your liking
Then cook the veggies as long as you like after adding the soy sauce.
Lastly, lay the veggies on a bed of rice
 
*Some people like the veggies a little browned like us adults while the kids like them cooked a minute or so with the soy sauce. It all depends on you.
Enjoy!
Check out my smiley face when I cut my sweet pepper! So cute
 
 


Thursday, April 23, 2015

School in Thailand

Last semester, Rose went to school all day 5 days a week at a private Thai school. The school was great and she really loved it. Mostly everyone spoke Thai but thankfully she had a really great Thai teacher. There was also another teacher who was Thai but grew up in Utah so she was completely English speaking. Without them, I don't know what I would've done. They were the most kind women willing to help out and never got frustrated with her even with a language barrier. The school is named Kittaya in Mahasarakham, Thailand and I highly recommend this school rather than one of the local government schools. The picture above is a field trip that the class went on. Also, they are getting an English program next semester.
Field trip
Classroom
bus (field trip)
playground outside of classroom
Field trip
 Rose's Thai teacher


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sandcastle Beach Cake


Recently we made a sandcastle beach cake for the graduating class. I've never worked with gel before so I was a little apprehensive as to how it would turn out. This is how we did it. 



I started out with two layers of sheet cake. I put them together with frosting in the middle. I crumb coated it with white frosting. For the sand, I used the ninja and blended up graham cracker crumbs. I made the castle with a castle shaped pan with regular yellow cake. I sat the castle on the cake and then put the crumbs where I wanted them. I spread more frosting on the area with the water and made a sweeping effect with my spatula to make the wave effect. Then I laid the gel on top of the frosting I just spread. I left a little white frosting showing at the shore of the cake to make it look like sea foaming waves rolling up to shore. For the wet looking sand at the shore, I added some cinnamon and brown sugar to the graham cracker crumbs. I just kept mixing in until I liked the color. It tasted amazing by the way. My mother in law was a great help in making this cake as well as taking a few hours to mold and paint the fondant shells.


One issue we had was that the gel cracked and looked a lot different as we had no choice but to put it in the fridge as we had to make it early as it is to hot here and it could not sit out. Even though it cracked, it still looked like water. If we had used the gel for anything else, it would have turned out bad. Even with the little mishap, everyone loved it and devoured the entire thing!