Homemade Poke Bowl



So I’ve become a recent convert to the whole raw fish thing. My parents are Japanese and I’ve grown up with sushi in my home my whole life, but I never really liked it. It was something about the texture of it. However, I’ve had a few poke bowls lately, and they are the bomb. Totally fresh, delicious, and with chopped up pieces of sashimi so that I don’t really have to deal with the whole texture thing.

But, we haven’t been able to locate a poke bowl place anywhere near our home. So, I decided I’d try to make one. It was unbelievably simple and easy!


  • 1 pound of tuna and salmon sashimi (make sure it is Sushi-Grade raw fish – I found mine at a local H-mart)
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/4 of an onion, very thinly sliced
  • steamed white rice

Directions for sauce:

  • mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, maple syrup, ginger, and onion in a bowl.
  • add in the tuna and salmon sashimi
  • mix and marinate for 10-20 minutes

Serve mixture over steamed rice. You can add avocado, thinly sliced cucumber, seaweed salad, sesame seeds, and/or edamame on top. Enjoy!

Mini Dollhouse Spoons



I have a set of acrylic spoons from Sabre, a French Flatware company. I bought some teaspoons and some demi-tasse spoons as a Mommy&Me kind of thing. The whole family loves to eat yogurt, ice cream, and all other yummies using the spoons. We made some teeny-tiny little spoons using some Shrinky-Dink paper and permanent markers.


I just cut out a spoon shape and used the permanent markers to decorate them to look like our sets. Then we put them in the toaster oven for a few minutes, and then they shrank into teeny-tiny little spoons! Haha! We love Shrinky-Dinks in our house. We make all kinds of little charms and trinkets all the time, but this one was just too cute! The dolls have their own Sabre spoons!



Sherwood Gardens





The little one and I went u to see the tulips at Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore, Maryland with some friends. The sun was shining, the day was warm, and the tulips were bright and as happy as we were. We all soaked up the sun while sharing a picnic. The kids all ran around and pretended to do cartwheels in the green grass. It was a lovely day.

Crayon Dog




I found this long wooden dog at my local 2nd hand store for $1 a few years ago. I’ve been meaning to fix it up for a long time. But now that that little one is really into coloring pictures with crayons like mad, I had no time to waste. So, I sanded it down to remove the varnish and the painted on face and I used acrylic paints to paint the two sides hot pink and the middle yellow. Then I used Mod Podge to glue on some starry scrapbook paper for ears. I used a super fine tip permanent marker to draw on a simple face and filled up all the holes with some new crayons! It holds 64 crayons! Color on!

Tiffin Carrier

IMG_2990I love all things bento. I love the food, the shapes, the creativity. It is all fun and fun to eat. Lately, I have also been trying to reduce my impact on the environment as well as remove harmful chemicals from my home. I had a tiffin carrier (a lunch box popular in India) handpainted for me and it came all the way from India!! It is made of stainless steel and can be used over and over again. I ordered it from Trove India Homewares and I love it. Can’t wait to make some yummy lunches to fill it up with!

Cair Paravel Farm






Cair Paravel is a self sustained, family operated farm. They grow and make their own food and try to impact the earth as little as possible. The owners are Whitt and Martha, and they are so kind and warm. They take such great care of the plants and animals. Whitt used to be an executive chef and they’ve lived all over the country (including Hawaii), but they’ve chosen to live off the land and it’s absolutely beautiful.


Whitt and Martha have sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, turkeys, and guinea fowls. They make their own cheeses, lotions, and soaps from the goat’s milk. Martha spins her own wool and makes beautiful blankets. They bake delicious breads using the protein rich duck eggs. They let us see just a little bit, and it was so wonderful. We all got to go into the hen house and the little one even got to pick up a freshly laid chicken egg. She said it was still warm.





Our eggs from the hen house. The brown one and the grey ones are from the chickens. The larger, white one is a duck egg. The little one loved her egg so much, she took a nap with it next to her :)


Thank you so much, Whitt and Martha for giving us a tour of your beautiful farm and lovely life. It’s a lifestyle I aspire to.

Camp Ahn!









Our little family went cabin camping at a farm called Cair Paravel in the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia. We enjoyed the great outdoors, went on nature walks, made campfires, cooked camp food and s’mores (made from Peeps!), played games, and goofed around. The beautiful and peaceful mountains were our landscape and it was good for our souls. We loved every moment of Camp Ahn.