Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Monday, August 31, 2020
Side note to start: As I write my annual Anniversary post, I realized two things: 1. I missed Year 6, sorry Gags and 2. I should do more food blogs to help me remember recipes/technique.
Here we are, Lucky #7. Sure, it hasn't been a great year in general, but I've been lucky.
Lucky to have gotten all this extra time to spend with our amazing family (between maternity leave and Covid-19, I've gotten to spend almost all of Bean's first year at home). Lucky to have the help of my mom (aka Zee Zee) with the kids so we could continue to work. Lucky that Joe tolerates listening to me tell the same joke 10x a day on the phone for work. Lucky that both I and our family have continued to stay in good health. Lucky we not only have food, but still have tasty food on the menu frequently. Lucky we can still do things like take socially distant "vacations".
Lucky, that today marks 7 years of being married to a guy who pushes me to be the best version of myself, while being my biggest cheerleader. Lucky that he still makes me belly laugh all the time. Lucky, he's always planning adventures for our family. Most importantly though, lucky he changes most of Charlotte's poop diapers, which smell like a small rodent died.
You know I couldn't just be sweet and end it on a sappy note. Happy Lucky #7 Joe.
Friday, August 31, 2018
|Our first apple picking adventure as a family.|
|Did a test flight out to Savannah and ate a lot of biscuits.|
|Saw a lot of Broadway...including one about a Waitress.|
|Started our tradition of making pancakes on the weekend!|
|Lots of grilling and chilling.|
|Including the "Summer of Paella"|
|Made our way to Taiwan to eat yummy food and introduce Bethany to her great-grandparents.|
|Ate a lot of "mangu".|
|Went for fancy dinners as a family at very odd hours, including Aunt Tracy's Pagu.|
A lot has changed over 5 years, but what will never change is how much I love sharing a good meal with you. Happy 5 year dude.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
|Daddy's girl from day 1.|
|A rare night out for Hamilton!|
|Gagnon Family Trip to Maine.|
|Out in Tahoe - just the two of us (well and some friends)!|
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
|Abundance of jalapenos!|
|Sweet & Spicy|
- 2 lbs green jalapenos (if you must, remove the seeds, but I like the heat!)
- 3-4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 C apple cider vinegar
- 2 limes (zested and juiced)
- 1 t kosher salt
- 1 packet Sure Jell liquid fruit pectin (3 oz)
- Using a food processor, finely chop the jalapenos.
- Transfer them to a pot and stir in sugar, cider vinegar, lime juice and zest and salt. Heat over medium-heat until it boils and reduce the heat to low for 10-12 minutes. Stir constantly.
|Doesn't look great, but tastes wonderful.|
- Turn the heat on high until it boils - stir in the pectin and boil for another minute. Continue to stir, and then remove from heat.
- Let cool. You can can these or if you know you'll devour it quickly, just stick it in the fridge.
Big jar for me and a lil' jar for my mother!
Thursday, November 3, 2016
- Grandma says to drink soup
- Mom says to drink soup and eat papaya
- The lovely lady who's daughter owns my Saturday donut bakery said to eat apples
- Friends suggested lactation cookies / eating oatmeal
- 1 1/2 C Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 3/4 C AP Flour
- 3 T Nutritional Yeast (Optional)
- 2 T Ground Flaxseed (Optional)
- 2 T Wheat Germ (Optional)
- 1/4 t Baking Powder
- 1/4 t Baking Soda
- 1 t Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 t Kosher Salt
- 6 T Unsalted Butter (Room Temperature)
- 2 T Coconut Oil (or an additional 2 T of Butter)
- 1/4 C Brown Sugar
- 1/4 C White Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 T Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 C Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 C Unsweetened Coconut (Optional)
- 1/3 C Chopped Walnuts (Optional)
|"Who is Mom? I'm just happy to see my Cow"|
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Notorious Chex Mix
- 3 C Corn Chex Cereal
- 4 C Crispix Cereal
- 2 C Wheat Chex Cereal
- 1.5 C Cheerios Cereal
- 1 C Peanuts
- 1 C Cashews
- 1 C Pretzel Pieces (unsalted if you can find it!)
- 2 T Sesame Seeds
- 2 T Seaweed Flakes (optional)
- 4 T Melted Butter
- 2 T Soy Sauce
- 2 t Sesame Oil
- 3 T Furikake Seasoning (Urashima's Furikake Teriyaki Bonito is my favorite)
- 3 T Brown Sugar
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
As I'm re-entering the blogging world, the mix of posts will be a little more varied. It'll mostly be about food, but there will be a dabbling of Notorious B.Y.G. posts as well.
I've been very fortunate through this pregnancy. Not only did I have friends who already had children, but also friends who were pregnant as well, so I was surrounded by a wealth of support and was able to crowd source answers to all my burning questions. I also had my family nearby, who would deliver home made meals and come take walks with me towards the end of my pregnancy. Most importantly, I had Joe, who rubbed my feet every night, randomly left me sweet notes, and was my rock every time I freaked out about something (which was all the time). For all of this, I am extremely grateful.
I think there are things everyone knows about pregnancy, but here are some of the things I learned that I wish someone had just told me before hand, so I was more prepared:
- You basically lose all dignity. You constantly pee or leak fluid during contractions (so you're always wetting the bed). You need help to pee because you have an IV attached to you. You get over it quickly because you're in a lot of pain.
- We all know that labor is painful, but the recovery is just as bad (especially if you take an epidural, I'd argue that recovery is almost worse). You're organs are trying to get back into their normal spots, you continue to bleed non-stop, moving around is hard, sitting is hard (if you had stitches and they're still healing), and you have to mentally prepare for bowel movements for the first week (trust me on this).
- Use your hospital resources. It's ok to not know how to do anything with the baby. We had amazing nurses that taught us everything. They hooked us up with lots of supplies to get us through the first week at home. There's no shame in asking for help. I hit the nurse call button at least 10x a day. I had them there at every feed to show me again how to nurse a baby. If you want a pain killer - take it. Hospitals aren't going to give you anything that's harmful to you or the baby (it's too large a liability for them). I learned more in the two days at the hospital than in any class or by reading any blog, etc.
- Everyone tells you, you should breastfeed. What no one says is that breastfeeding is tough and can be extremely painful. If you're like me, you don't produce enough to satiate your child. There's no shame in taking formula, people make you feel like there is, but there isn't. I accidentally starved Bethany for 36 hrs because I didn't think I should use formula. Then I cried uncontrollably at the thought that I was starving her. Sure, there are benefits to breast milk, but a full milk drunk baby is a happy baby, so do what you got to do.
- You will cry uncontrollably, both mom and dad (or at least feel very emotional). It's ok, go for it. There will be times in the first week, you just want to quit because the baby won't stop screaming. You'll feel like you're already a bad parent. Post-partum depression is real - I think different people feel it to different extents and in different ways. Joe reminded me every day that I was doing great, my friends told me things were going to get easier, and all of that was true. Old acquaintances reached out with words of encouragement and people constantly checked in to see how I was doing. Having a good support system is everything.
|Bethany Yu Gagnon. 8 lbs. 5 oz. 20.5 inches born 10/9/16.|
|10 days later! She already looks so different.|
|She loves her Daddy. The best part of her day is skin-to-skin time with Daddy.|
|We're in for a lifetime of battles. It starts with breastfeeding!|
|Yes, I still have a teddy bear and I'm not ashamed. I'll pretend it belongs to Bethany.|
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
|I hope we're always this awkward and this happy in life.|
|That Tomato Life.|
Three years have flown by, and to date, the best decision I ever consciously made...was going to Boston College. I found some of my best friends and my wonderful husband there.
Thanks for always letting me over order at new restaurants (because there's a chance I never go back):
|Probably too much food for two people...|
|Part 1 of a 2-Part Party (CNY and SuperBowl)|
|Looking sexy as always.|
|She'll understand - BC plays on Saturdays.|
Sunday, June 5, 2016
|Another Giants fan getting added to the clan.|
|Re-imagined BLT: Bourbon glazed pork belly, sun-dried tomato spread on a fresh Parker house roll.|
|Nugget, only a couple days after birth.|
|Crossing the bridge to what was a pretty tough hike in Taroko Gorge!|
|Eat with Daddy Yu's Family.|
|Eat with Grandma and Grandpa Kung.|
|Eat tasty beef noodle soup.|
|Raw fish for breakfast? YES PLEASE.|
|Feast from the East.|
|I was pregnant! With our Little Monkey! (Who will have to be a Red Sox fan, unfortunately,)|
|I tried to capture the surprise, we got everyone ready for a photo, and I said, on on the count of three say, "Vicky's Pregnant"... As you can see, everyone just smiled for the photo...until someone said..."Wait, really?"|
|I could eat Loveless cafe biscuits all day.|
|We did a cave tour to walk off some of the mass biscuit consumption.|
|Wow she's growing fast!|
|Ribs in the BGE are $.|
|Have to have Mama Yu style corn.|
|Sausage sliders with onions and peppers.|
|Steak tips marinated in garlic, soy, balsamic, and maple syrup.|
|Three (one was hiding) generations of Kung women :)|
|Our wonderful cake made by our local bakery.|
|Making a wish!|