Sunday, July 28, 2013

We Bought a House!!!

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, but yes, we are finally part of the homeowners club!  It's a great 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath, three story house in a neighborhood called Cottage Grove.  We are about 10 minutes drive from downtown Houston, 10 minutes away from my work and 30 minutes away from Justin's work (aka the airport).

Welcome to 5623 Kiam Street!

View of the back yard and balconies
Kitchen and Bar area

2nd view of cabinets

Bar Area - Wine Fridge, Beer Fridge and Ice Machine

Dining Area

Living Room - Texas Stars not included

80 inch TV also not included!

Ensuite master bathroom

2nd view

Walk in Closet

Master Bedroom

Guest Room - Murphy Bed included!

Ensuite in Guest Room

Hope you'll come and visit!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Welcome Lilly!

It has been too long since I've posted on this blog!!!!

I'm sure most of you are thinking, where is she? She doesn't even have a job - the least she can do is keep us up to date!!!

I know, I've been horrible at this.  But three weeks ago we received a special little package.

And has she ever GROWN!!!!  I just took Lilly to the vet today and she is now 14.5 lbs!!!  That is almost 6 lbs more than she was last month.  For those of you who live in the world of KG she's about 5-6 kg now and if you live in the world of Stone then you're on your own 'cause I've never understood that way of measuring :)

Lilly is a Labradoodle first generation.  This means that her Mom was a Labrador and her Dad was a standard Poodle.  Some people know this breed as being hypo-allergenic (non-shedding) but because she is a first generation breed her future shedding, personality and weight is a bit unknown.  We love her so much even though she regularly makes me want to tear my hair out!!!

Because of her Labrador heritage, she is very eager to put everything and anything in her mouth.  So far this has included rain water, plants, sticks, plastic, glass, rocks and even the decapitated head of a bird.  It has been a joy fishing these items out of her mouth.

We have wanted to adopt a dog ever since we got together.  Moving to Singapore halted this process but now that we are in a more agreeable climate we have decided to take the plunge.  It has been a surprisingly busy few weeks getting her potty trained and used to our routine but overall she has been a great addition to our lives.

Welcome to Houston!  Looking forward to all of your visits! Get ready for lots of playtime and chasing!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Asian Recipe #1

Although the Texas BBQ, Tex-Mex, and countless other temptations have been pretty exciting to try lately, Justin and I have been craving some Asian.  So....I decided to flip open my new cookbook for the first time!

I decided to go with something easy, but also delicious.  Thai Green Chicken Curry might possibly be one of my most favourite dishes of all time.  It's creamy, it's spicy, and full of fantastic vegetables.  In fact, I have made green curry before, but never outside of Singapore and also this was a slightly altered recipe that I hadn't used before.

Obviously, I had to make a few modifications to the recipe.  I wasn't going to find Kaffir Lime at the local grocery store, or pea-eggplants either.  However, it is on my list of to-do's to find an Asian supermarket in Houston, which I'm sure exists somewhere.  Then I am going to go TO TOWN on these recipes.

The curry turned out good, however I wasn't overly pleased with the curry paste that I had purchased at the grocery store.  It wasn't nearly spicy enough, and was missing some essential flavours.  NOTE - if you come visit me from Singapore, please bring me some Dancing Chef curry paste!!! That stuff is the best!

I had a great time making this recipe, and it also made me think of my friend Philippa who bought me the book, as well as Rob Sparrow and Ada Wood who signed the page.