Month: April 2012

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

“I want to make strawberry lemonade cupcakes”

“Strawberry lemon…ade? That’s an awfully long name, why can’t they be strawberry lemon cupcakes?”

Since I went and bought cupcake liners, I decided I had to bake cupcakes one more time before I move out and before finals really start. So I used the cupcake recipe from Love and Olive Oil and the Buttercream from How Sweet Eats with a few tweaks of course. So I ended up making lemon cupcakes with a strawberry-lemon buttercream frosting. The cupcakes were not very lemony – just a very slight hint so feel free to add more lemon juice!

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1Q84 – Part One

Since this blog or whatever is mainly for my own personal use, I’m going to write in like about my life too. Dang, I haven’t done this since my Xanga days.

1. Menu of Menus was not as good as last year :[ Last year, they had a problem with food running out so I think this year they went for quantity over quality. Also, Wani and I felt like old people because we were done within the hour and didn’t drink as much as usual. Couldn’t really take advantage of the all you can drink but it was still worth it and for a good cause!


P.S. I’ve been loving the mullet skirt trend but am trying to limit myself and not buying multiple of the same trendy item. Smart idea right?

2. This time next month, I’ll be in New Mexico for my first rotation! It’s at an Indian Health Service and I heard its a great rotation so I’m super excited.

3. I FINALLY FINISHED ANOTHER BOOK. Kinda sorta. So I’ve been reading 1Q84 which is originally 3 books written in Japanese and when translated, they sold it as one book.  Since its 944 pages, I think I can count this as three books right?? So even though I finished the first book, I think I’m going to take a break and read something else.

1Q84
summary from Amazon

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

What I think so far….
I hear a lot of great reviews and a lot of crap reviews, but I decided to give it a shot anyways since I’ve been hearing a lot about it. It was really slow at first and it didn’t really draw me in. And to be honest, I didn’t even know the premise of the story before I started the book. And I still don’t. With talks of rape, lots of sex, not really a book for the kids. I really don’t know how I feel about this book yet – only because I just finished the first book and it finally started a story line. I feel like this book is just a whole background information on the characters yet nothing really happens. IDK, to continue????? I’ll get to it eventually but I actually picked up Eat, Pray, Love again and I’m about 2/3rds through so I will probably finish that first… and read Princess Bride while reading 1Q84 – so interesting enough where I want to know what happens next but my short attention span won’t let me keep reading…

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

It is true, I jumped on the sweet and savory bandwagon combo of bacon goes well with everything. So, I really hate baking. There’s no instant gratification and I get sick of sweets fast. I probably also hate baking because it just never comes out right and I feel like I can’t “wing it” as much. So when Michelle asked me to bake a cake for Marcus’s birthday potluck, I said no because I’m not that great of a baker. But after much thought, I decided to attempt some cupcakes instead! I used this recipe from Vanilla Garlic with very very slight modifications.


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Mozzarella and Tomato Baked Egg (A twist on Shashuka)

So Shashuka is a tradition Israeli dish which is basically poached eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce and feta. I’ve been wanting to make this for awhile and decided to give it a go. However, I really don’t eat feta too much so I used fresh Mozzarella instead (blasphemous, I know). An alternate to baking this dish is to use a deep, shallow pot and poach the eggs on the stove top. I chose to bake it though so I can type this up while it cooks :)

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General Tso’s Tofu

Tbh, I don’t think this quite taste like General Tso’s sauce and I’m pretty sure I’ve made General Tso’s chicken that tasted more like General Tso’s but I’m calling it this anyways because everywhere on the internet had a similar recipe so whatever! Or you can think of it as a slightly sweet, spicy, tangy BAKED tofu. nomnomnom

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My year of doing new and different things – my trip to Piedra Negras

So this weekend I went to my first medical mission trip to Piedra Negras, Mexico.

A group of 30 volunteers, some health professional students, some official health professionals, and volunteers with yearning hearts to help traveled right across the border to Piedras Negras to a small community nicknamed the “Railroad Neighborhood”.

There we served the community by applying sealants to the children’s teeth to help protect their teeth and there was also an opportunity to meet with the doctors if we thought we could help with the limited medications we had. Overall, we applied sealant to 200+ children and filled over 200 prescriptions.

We had two dental hygenists who applied sealants to the children as well as a student to assist. We also hadnurses and students doing vital signs, such as temperature, weight, height, blood pressure, and blood glucose while pharmacy students ran the pharmacy filling, verifying, and counseling to patients. And believe it or not, I actually had to use a lot of my knowledge (not the computer verifying!) to figure out dosing and if it was appropriate for the patient.

As I grow up, I realized how privileged I really am. When I was in high school, I was able to attend an inner city mission trip within Houston, helping those in need around the city. When I attended UCHOP, I was able to serve those who cannot afford medical care by serving at the HOMEs clinic. And now I was able to serve those in need who are often overlooked in a small town in Mexico.

Many people thought it was dangerous to go, and yes, we had to take the necessary precautions before we arrived. If you are interested in attending a future trip, please contact me! If you would like to serve the community using the skills and knowledge you have but are uneasy about going, it is understandable but remember there are many people around you that could use your help and many opportunities to do so (like HOMEs!) so please seek them out :)