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Our First American-Vietnamese Thanksgiving

17 Nov

The kiddos spent the night last night and are sleeping upstairs. That means Auntie gets to enjoy coffee, TV and knitting. Except this morning is crochet. I’m working on a tree skirt pattern from my local yarn shop Fibre Space that mimics a pricey Anthropologie version in stores a couple of seasons ago. Here are some of the granny squares and the circular base that will go around our tree. Not blocked yet, but you get the idea!

Crocheted Christmas tree skirt

This is our first Christmas together in our home and we are both so excited. Friday I also worked up an ornament wreath for the front door that was a super cheap DIY. I already had a foam wreath form waiting to be crafted, and when running errands earlier in the day I picked up several tubes of disco ornaments from Target in the dollar bins. Whip out the hot glue gun, turn on some trash TV DVR’d episodes and pretty soon we have a handmade, unique front door wreath.

Handmade wreath with ornaments

Ok, ok, ok! One holiday at a time, I know! But I get so excited, don’t you? At least I haven’t turned on the Christmas music. Hubs certainly appreciates that. Back to Thanksgiving… Continue reading

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Epic Housewarming Prep

16 Feb

Two months after moving in to our first home together – almost to the day – we’re having our families over for a day of food, drink and most likely cards. T0morrow will be mostly his family, but it’s the first time my brother and two best friends will meet any of his family and also the first time my parents meet his aunts, uncles and cousins. Our “small” family housewarming will be around 40 adults and kids. My first rational thought might be: shoot me now. But no. I have a few dishes that I know how to make (am I jinxing myself? perhaps I should knock on all the wood), and Thuan is going to pick up several trays of food from Eden Center to fill in the gaps.

I’m making Thit Kho (Braised Pork Belly and Eggs), Canh Kho Qua (Pork Stuffed Bittermelon Soup), Mac and Cheese with spinach and sundried tomatoes (his request, actually, and something the American folk will be happy to eat). We bought beef short ribs for Korean BBQ and chicken wings both for the grill.

Last night after trekking to Costco and FreshWorld, I started boiling the first dozen eggs for Thit Kho and planned on doing a few other things. But then Thuan went to the sink and it broke. This is what happens when you buy a home. Shit breaks and you don’t have facilities or property management at your beck and call. I have my future husband. After squirting myself with the hose several times (I’m a little slow on the uptake at times), we decided to call it a night and get the faucet fixed today because how hard can it be?

Broken faucet. Brilliant!

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