Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Happy Tuesday-Quartet (or internet mad-ley?)




Tea break, yall!! I found this incredible video on Youtube: quite impressive music i think!! what tea you should drink with this music? metal? herbs? or Iron Godness?!!! How about Rohan!! yeahhhh!!




Sunday, January 29, 2012

Healthy Recipes-Apple Cocoa Smoothies (sugarless, eggless, diaryless, saltless, vegan)


I always have hard time to eat fruits. Just do not like anything sweet much, probably because I grew up in the North. Salty food is more common than sweet stuff. That's probably why Southern recipes are always rich in sugar, because that's what they have;)))

Because I do not eat sweet food, I do need to keep my blood sugar balanced. Fruits can help me achieve it. Good about fruits is that many fruits have more fructose, or fruit sugar, instead of sucrose (mainly from sugarcane). The two are different...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

TGIF-Snow dog


Winter is always fun, especially when it snows...take your dogs out for a walk or roll in the snow...here's what happens after!!! a snowball dog!!
Photo by Imgur




can you see me?
Photo via doubledogranch

Here's another one:
Photo via Ballonjuice

I can not talk, my face is frozen!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Healthy Recipes-Chocolate Chip Biscuits (Stevia recipe)

I love chocolate chip cookies, but so hesitate to eat any because of the sugar and butter content-way too sweet and buttery for me! If you take a look at any chocolate chip cookie recipes, you can see cups of sugar and butter added. If I really really want, I would just eat one piece for a whole day...but...that's not fair!!! is it?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Tuesday-Laugh Out Loud



I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.
Audrey Hepburn

Year of the Dragon-Heart Chinese dumplings

























Photo via mieng Saetia
Chinese new year celebration normally lasts very long, more than 1 month, starting from the last week of Dec (lunar calendar) until the end of lunarJanuary. There are different activities/pray in each day people need to do in order to receive good fortune and be safe for the whole year. See, it's not easy to beat the beast and have fortune, right? It requires a lot of efforts!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Year of Dragon-Happy New Year!!!


photo via kayodeok

Happy Dragon Year!!! Today is the new year eve in traditional Chinese calendar!!! In old times, I would run around and scream with other kids on the streets-过年了!!It was extremely cold outside in old times, but weather never stopped kids from having fun! We would wear  fur hat (really had to in that sever weather), stay outside and lit up many fireworks. We would lick the bottom of the fireworks which then "stick" with the iron surface immediately. Once saw the firework lit, covering my ears with hands, ran and scream!!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

TGIF-What month is January


How pretty is this little kitty!!! (photo via Jeniee Greene)

Do you know what month January is? National Bath Safety Month!!!! Bath safely tea lovers!!! And today, Jan 20th, is Penguin Awareness Day

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Healthy recipes-Flower in ice (Green tea ice cubes, sugarless, eggless, saltless, vegan)


I finally found where to buy fresh edible flowers-Whole Foods!!! They are soo pretty, cute and with absolutely great aroma, especially the rosie!! It's actually organic edible flowers.

There are thousands of thousands of different kinds of flowers in nature, but only very few are edible. How precious is that!!

Wikipedia black out...not fun....

Did you see this page on wikipedia.org


I was looking for some info on the web. Of course, the first link, as always, is wikipedia. Here's what I get...


On Jan 18, there will be a rally in NYC, to protest the PIPA(Protect IP Act) /SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legistlation...

So do you think internet should be censored? or free free free communication?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy Tuesday-Talking Husky-love this dog!!

 


I'm a dog and cat lover, especially big dogs! Used to have a golden retriever for few years. My schedule does not allow me to have any animal now, but I really loved playing with my dog in snow or in water!



Did not know Siberian Husky dogs are soo smart that they can understand and talk!!! OMG!!

I would expect Huskies bark a lot, like wolf at night;)) I can imagine how their neighbors feel! ha!! Their voice sounds lovely and very very cute, and musical!

What's your favorite dog?

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Healthy Recipes-Banana Orange Ice Pop (sugarless, dairyless, eggless, saltless, vegan)



Did you sense the coldness last weekend? I bet you did!! It happened I had to drive to the local Fedex office to and....boy,it was cold!!! This is real winter!!

But compared to the weather where I grew up, North East of China, the winter here in the US is much warmer. I grew up in some where close to Russia, not too far from Syberia and Mongolia. Winter in that area normally lasts over 6 months, like Alberta in Canana, but it does not snow much. How cold? Let me give you an example. when you spit outside, it gets frozen immediately. Kids spit and put the fireworks on top then light up for fun in holidays! It works beautifully!

Friday, January 13, 2012

TGIF-Weekend plan





































photo via i2b.doz

What's your plan for this weekend? escape to a heavenly place like this?

or...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Healthy Recipes- Simple Cinnamon Sweet Potato (eggless, sugarless, dairy less, vegan)



I bought a lot of cook books which I find sometimes a little too "sophisticated" for home cooking. First, it requires a lot of kitchen gadgets; second, multiple ingredients that need to be available; Third, it does take some time to get ready!! how many times you say to yourself, I'm hungry I want it now!!


Sometimes I just want my food, quick, and easy, and beautiful, and tasty, and smells good!! Is it possible? yeah, you can buy them;)) kidding. I recently made some snack food for afternoon tea!! Quick and easy!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tea 101 What is Blooming tea (flower tea, flowering tea, blossoming tea)


I was asked the same questions again and again. Finally I decided to write a blog about it to share with you.
The first question is always the same: What's blooming tea.
Excellent question!!
Everybody would think tea is "old", because it has thousand years of history. Yeap! Tea, used as medicine, food and beverage throughout thousand years is well cultured and an "old invention".

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy Tuesday-FUN video: Cat uses Toilet




This reminds me the cat, Tiger, I had when I was very young...He was 1/4 Persian with beautiful fur and green eyes. Every morning he would step on my sister and my faces to wake us up. We hated it because his feet were wet all the time. We suspected he probably went to bathroom. He knew his special bathroom spot, but never learned how to flush the toilet. So every morning my sister and I each woke up with a smelly face with Tiger's marks.


Remember, Be Happy, Be healthy!!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Healthy Recipes-Whole Wheat Orange Biscuit for love (eggless, sugarless, vegan, dairyless)

















Tough Monday morning huh? Check this out: I was looking for GM Foods. Here's what I found on Wikipedia.org:

Fck You (GM foods or GMO foods) are foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Genetically modified organisms have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques.

Well, obviously someone is not happy about it. Not sure how much he or she knows about English, but this person knows where to post the curse;)))

Friday, January 6, 2012

Healthy Recipes-Whole Wheat Banana Muffins (Stevia recipes)


I bought few whole wheat muffins at a local bakery. While I was eating, I noticed that they probably used the platic mold (picture below) for baking...The problem with the plastic mold is that plastic will release toxic componds when temperature goes up.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tea 101-"tea bag is tea bag, your body can not tell the difference" huh? (part 2)


When the British first established The Assame Company in India, their goal was to create their own supply of teas for the European markets. The Assam area has such characteristics as flat, roughly 300 feet above the sea level, high temperatures, high humidity throughout the year, idealy for mass production of tea leaves!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Healthy Recipes-Quinoa Salad (Vegan)

Very summary look and clean, Quinoa (nutrition info) Salad was prepared by one of my best friends at Christmas dinner few years ago. I still remember the look and taste. It's the perfect time to eat salad when everything is very meaty for holidays;)) It also helps clean your body!!


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