Ladies Knitting Night!

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since I had a knitting get-together. Last night several friends and I got together for some great food, drinks, and of course, knitting. Ashley was gracious enough to host it at her place and she cooked Mexican to go with our margaritas theme. Oh yes, there were dumplings as well (staying true to our Chinese commonality). You may think, “Mexican and dumplings? Really?” It was fantastic! The best of both worlds I’d say!

Hong, Ashley, and Kahley.

After dinner, we began our knitting. Since the girls have never knitted before, last night we learned how to cast on, knit and purl.

Working hard on those scarves.

Whether a beginner or a veteran, it is important to stop occasionally and stretch out your hands and possibly your back as well.

Don’t forget to do your stretches!
Looks like it’s time for another round of drinks 😉

And the tonight’s finished products:

Pretty good for the first try.

It’s allows great to get friends together for some good food, conversations, and knitting. Until next time knitters…

Lady Macbeth

Hey everyone!
This is a new addition to my collection of poems. Check it out:

Lady Macbeth
Hate has finally consumed her
It entered the mind and is running through her veins
She takes no prisoners
Nor does she feel any pain
If you step in her way she will take you out
She will sow seeds of deception and make you doubt
If you are smart you will leave right now
If not, you will only exist if she allows

Dumplings Party!

Here’s a quick recap: This past summer I went to China with a group of UAB students plus one faculty  for five weeks to study. First, we spent three weeks in Anshan, China and attended cultural/language and international business classes at Anshan Normal University. We then visited several other cities throughout China (Cangzhou,Guizhou/Guiyang, Beijing-just to name a few).

Our group along with some of ANU’s international students.

We made new friends, saw new places, and experienced a whole new culture. I am going to speak for all of us when I say that we all had quite a memorable and life-changing experience.

Among the many things I miss while being back is definitely the food. Food in China was absolutely AMAZING!  We ate ALOT of dumplings while there and we all missed it when we got back.

Hong chopping up pork.

Yesterday, myself and members of the UAB in China 2011 group had a dumplings party. Hong (one of our UAB in China members) showed us how to make them–and boy, were they delicious.

Daniel stuffing the dumplings with filling.
Pre-cooked dumplings.

The aftermath…..

Naptime…

It’s Noodles Time!

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to take a break from knitting a bit. Yesterday I was really craving noodles so I took a trip to our local Vietnamese restaurant, Saigon House. I can’t stress this enough: the Vietnamese makes the BEST noodles EVER!!! Nothing better than a bowl of pho (rice noodles in beef or chicken broth) to warm up your tummy 🙂 Check it out:

I ordered beef pho w/ thin slices of steak and brisket. It comes w/ bean sprouts and a variety of herbs. Unfortunately, this particular evening they were out of bean sprouts so I got extra onions instead.
Extra basil, limes and jalapenos to compensate for the bean sprouts. By the way, can’t have pho without Sriracha hot sauce and hoison sauce. Ummmmmm so good!
And finally, my dessert drink: a mixture of water chestnut pearls, jello, beans, and coconut milk served over crushed ice. A great way to finish off a DELICIOUS meal.

One of the perks of Vietnamese cuisine, besides it being absolutely tasty, is that it is low in fat. Most Vietnamese dishes consist of fresh vegetables and grilled meats–VERY healthy and refreshing.