Happy Chinese New Years all! Surprisingly, my family never really celebrated Chinese New Year’s, we usually did our New Year’s stuff (traditional Korean bow, eating of the rice cake soup) on actual New Year’s day. Last year my friend hosted an amazing Chinese New Year’s dinner with Singaporean fare. Yesterday Dan and I went to Uwajimaya and got bi-bim-bap (rice, vegetables, meat and egg mixed in a hot stone bowl) to celebrate and I brought rice cakes in for my coworkers.
I hope you all have a prosperous new year!
The snow hasn’t stopped falling in Seattle since 4 AM yesterday. I guess technically it hasn’t all been snow, we’ve also been pelted with ice. I’m sure cities around the nation are laughing at our attempts to drive in 3 inches of snow, but we’re not used to it! We also have lots of hills that are hard to drive up without 4-wheel drive! Below are some photos of our beautiful city.
The calm before the storm
24 hours later...
Warren Avenue on Queen Anne
The cat is not such a fan of snow
The neighborhood this morning, Hwy 99 is empty!
I hope for all of you who are in Seattle or surrounded by snow, you’re staying warm and safe!
The snow is dumping down in Seattle today and it makes me want a big bowl of soup. I love soup, but I have never had split pea soup. Something about mushy green peas as a soup never appealed to me, but trying to budget my way into 2012, I couldn’t ignore the bin of dried split peas at PCC. Last week I had to stop by the wine store on the top of Queen Anne to pick up some wine for work, and decided to meet Dan at the meat shop adjacent to it to see if we could figure out dinner plans. We asked if they had any ham bones and they chopped us some hamcock (I believe she called it hamcock…).
Hamcock split open, for the juices to soak into the soup
Dried split peas
Split Pea Soup *recipe from here
- 2 1/4 Cups dried split peas
- 2 Quarts cold water
- 1 1/2 Pounds ham bone
- 2 Onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 Tsp salt
- 1/4 Tsp ground black pepper
- 1 Pinch dried marjoram
- 3 Stalks celery, chopped
- 3 Carrots, chopped
- 1 Potato, diced
Mire poir for the soup
Put the split peas in the 2 quarts of water, simmer for 2 minutes, then cover and let it sit for an hour (or you can soak them over night in the water). Add ham bone, onions, marjoram, salt and pepper to the split peas. Cover and bring it to a boil, then let it simmer for an hour and a half, stirring occasionally. Add celery, carrots and potatoes to the soup, uncover and let it cook for about 40 more minutes, or until vegetables are tender. I left the bone in the soup, took the skin off and tore the meat off of it with forks to distribute into the soup.
Split Pea Soup
Seattle finally got some snow! Very minimal though, and it didn’t stick near the condo. Apparently Seattle’s in for the big storm tomorrow. We were also supposed to get a couple inches of snow last night, so I won’t really believe it until I see it.
Snow on Capitol Hill
Leftover Split Pea Soup
Mocha to keep me warm in the snow
On Friday I attempted to conquer my fear of heights and went to Emerald City Trapeze with some friends.
The trapeze bar
Soft landing when you fall
It was terrifying at first. I couldn’t jump off the landing when they told me to, but as soon as I did it felt amazing. There’s nothing like the feeling of flying through the air and knowing if you screw up someone will make sure you don’t come crashing down! We learned how to knee hang and then catch! It was so much fun, my friend and I signed up for two more classes! I definitely recommend trying it out. Click the link below if you want to see a video of my little mini-circus act!
Filed under Seattle, Weekend
Whew, it’s Monday already? This weekend flew by. I finally got hit with the late-2os wave as I spent my weekend at a baby shower and lots of wedding planning! Don’t worry, not mine. I’m sure as soon as I get engaged I will be blabbering about it non-stop.
Baby Bingo Cards and Husky Socks
My friend and I were in charge of games for the baby shower. If you ever need any ideas, I suggest – baby bingo – fill out a bingo card with presents you expect the mom-to-be to open; the safety pin game – each person gets a safety pin, if they say the magic words *we used “cute”, “baby” and “girl”, they must give their safety pin to someone who hears, the one with most pin wins; and guess the celebrity baby – show photos of celebrity babies and try to guess who their mom is! Tie-breaker, name as many babies as you can!
The rest of Saturday and Sunday were spent visiting with my friend from Chicago who is getting married at the end of summer. I never knew searching for dresses could be so exhausting! I had a great time though and am excited for my friends getting married this summer! I was excited to come home though and chill with Dan and the cat after such a hectic weekend.
The cat being frisky and playful
Perfect snack while watching "Once Upon a Time"
Or I guess I should say – Happy First Week of 2012! I apologize for the lack of posting. I have no real excuse to give except that, well, I’ve been busy playing Words With Friends, my new obsession. *Gunslee if you want to play! Also, chat me to let me know you found me on my blog!*
I ended 2011 with a new adventure and one of my favorite things.
Rock climbing (We don't have a belaying certificate so we could only climb this wall) It's harder than it looks, promise!
Toasted Coconut Cupcake hand carried from New Jersey
New Years Eve this year was perfect. Spent it with a few close friends, at a favorite neighborhood bar sipping beers and champagne, and rang in the new year with some of my favorites. It’s the first time in years I haven’t partied hard or taken shots and woke up on the first hating the new year. Quite refreshing. Dan and I woke up early-ish on the 1st and went snowshoeing for the first time at Snoqualmie with a friend.
Peaceful and serene
The view from the top
We also went snowshoeing on the 2nd to Franklin Falls, also around the Snoqualmie area. This one was pretty, but I definitely loved walking around in the fresh snow better.
View of the falls
I’m quite excited for 2012, I think it will hold a lot of adventures and memories. Already on the travel agenda are trips to: Korea, LA, San Francisco. Hopefully we can add: New Orleans (for the Husky/Tigers game!), Hawaii, London, New York and who knows where else! I hope you had a fabulous new years and have a great year to come!