Couple Weeks of Instagram

I’ve been a bad blogger, it’s been far too long since I posted anything. I really miss it though, and will be picking back up here very, very soon. In the mean time, this is what I have been up to.

Cleaned a kitchens worth of new dishes and utensils

Flew back to the states!

Enjoyed the scenery in San Diego!

Caught up on the magazines I had waiting for me in SD

Hung out with my girls

Isn’t she cute!?

Drove across the country with my sister.

And drove and drove and drove.

Reunited with my kitty cats

So that’s what I’ve been up to. Right now I’m in Ohio taking care of things like the dentist and the eye doctor, ya know, grown up stuff. Next week I fly back to Suzhou and hopefully I’ll start settling back into a routine. Cooking, baking, blogging. Those are the things I love and have reallllly missed. And that’s about it. Hope to “see” more of you soon! 🙂

Instagram Week 5

Things are moving right along for us here in China. Looks like we are in it for the long haul now, this weekend we even got the key to our new home, an apartment just a few kilometers away from the hotel. It’s great that we will have a comfortable place to call home, but the most exciting part (for me) is having my own kitchen, with an oven to boot (most Chinese kitchens do not have ovens, we had to specially request one to be put in)! Getting to go shopping for the necessary home goods is pretty fun, too. This past weekend we even made a trip to Shanghai to shop at Ikea. I love Ikea (probably too much).

Aside from the business with the apartment this weekend, we also celebrated St.Patrick’s the Chinese way! Having spent a really good chunk of my life both doing and teaching Irish dancing, St.Patrick’s day is pretty important to me, so I was very excited to find a local *Irish* band performing at the hotel bar on Friday and Saturday evening!

Anyway, here a few of my favorite Instagram pictures from the week!

The new kitchen! It’s a little small, but it will do the job! I’ll post more pictures when I have it fully stocked!

There is a small Italian restaurant near the hotel and they had a band one night. Their playlist included “When the Saint’s Go Marching In” and “Rudpolph the Rednose Reindeer”.

Friday night pre-St.Patrick’s day celebration at the hotel bar.

Saturday shopping at Ikea.

Saturday evening St.Patrick’s day celebration. Even in China, everyone is Irish on St.Patrick’s day!

Instagram Week 4

This statue was sitting next to me at dinner the other night. I just had to snap a picture.
I think this might be one of the most gorgeously colorful dishes I’ve had here. Bright purple eggplant, bright red peppers, bright green green beans. And absolutely delicious. One of my most favorite dishes ever.
Friday we went to KTV. Kind of like super karaoke. You rent a private room and it has a bunch of comfy couches, a tv, the computer with a HUGE selection of songs (English and Chinese), microphones, led lights… It’s quite the experience.
I dressed up for the occasion by wearing my argyle tights and sparkly dress Toms. 🙂
Toms are the best.
The only thing better than enjoying a nice hot drink from Starbucks is looking over and seeing this familiar hand (which is enjoying a glorified no-coffee chocolate milkshake, haha). So happy to be reunited. 🙂
In other new, we will be moving into an apartment in the next week or so! You know what that means, the kitchen will be open! So excited to get back into it. It also means I get to go shopping for some kitchen necessities, I love kitchen shopping! Hopefully I will be able to get back to posting more than one recipe a week! In the meantime I think I’ll be sharing something sweet this week. Check back on Friday for some DIY chocolate goodness!

Instagram Week 3

I’m a little late for this week’s Instagram post but I have a good excuse! On Sunday I had to put up a different post, for my friend Krystal’s virtual baby shower!

Better late than never, here are my favorite photos from this past week. We spent most of the week in Hong Kong and that was an absolutely incredible experience!! The food, the city, the sites…. I love Hong Kong!

This week I was skyping with my family, Biggie included!!

About to hop on a flight to Hong Kong!

The amount of people in Hong Kong is just unbelievable. People everywhere!

We took the subway to Disney, and the last subway train was totally decked out for Disney! Loved the Mickey hand rings!

While we were in Hong Kong we traded in my old camera upgraded to a T3i! Now I can take video! Can’t wait to take more food photos!

Last night in Hong Kong. We had a credit at the hotel to use so we grabbed a drink in the lobby lounge. This was the view from the couch. Like I said, I love Hong Kong!