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An English Breakfast and an Japanese Obon Festival!

Good evening everyone! Today I was quite the foodie and had a delicous adventure. It started this morning when my Father cooked me and my family a traditional English breakfast. Here’s a photo I took before I dug in:

IMG_2174It included English beans in a tomato sauce, toast, English bacon (aka rashers), eggs made to order (I got sunny-side-up because that’s my favorite), black pudding, roasted red tomatoes (not on my plate), pork bangers, and bubble and squeak! (For our recipe to make Bubble and Squeak, see my Food Blog, Tuck In and Chow Down, here!

Later today, I went shopping with my father and found these really good herbal-infused waters:

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To be honest, I got them at Shop Rite for $1.29 each. I tried each one then decided to drink the lemongrass, mint, vanilla one first and save the lavender mint for before bed, since lavender is supposed to be relaxing/calming. The taste of the herbs is subtle and they’re more of an aftertaste than an initial taste, but they’re very good and I highly recommend them!

Later, I went to a Japanese Obon Festival. It was in Seabrook, which is in South Jersey. I carpooled with my friend Kel (not to be confused with Kels, although sometimes I slip up and call her that) and her cousin Sharon.

The festival started around 4p. There was a karate demonstration for a local dojo. I attended an “Introduction to Buddhism” inside the Temple, visited the Zen Garden in the back of the Temple grounds, and watched the Odori Dancing and the Tokai Drumming! I even took videos for you guys! But…I can’t figure out how to upload videos to my WordPress Blog! Sadness! -cries in a corner- I really want to share, too!

Ah…but I also got food while I was there. Since it was a Japanese festival, they served Japanese stall (vendor) food. I had beef and onion stir-fry over white rice:

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And Somen noodles (yum!):

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Somen noodles are a Japense thin-noodle (about 1.33 mm (think angel hair pasta or vercimelli), usually made of wheat. They are served cold and mostly eaten during the summers of Japan as Japanese summers are hot and humid and it is easy to loose your appetite by the end of the day. Somen is served in a soy sauced-based sauce (men-tsuyu) and can be garnished with your choices of grated ginger, chopped green onions, or Katsuobushi (which is dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna).

“Somen is not something you normally eat at restaurants. It is truly home cooking…[an] easy one too!  You can find dried Somen noodle along with noodle sauce at many supermarkets in the US.”     –Japanese Cooking 101

All in all, today was a deliciousness-filled day! Looking forward to more adventures!

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

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English Food

I love the smell of woodsmoke, so tonight I had a nice campfire outside in my backyard. Yes, I know, of course it was outside. There was really no need to specify that, but I felt like it…just for clarification. Just in case, haha!

In the morning, my Dad said he’s prepping a big English breakfast for us! I can’t wait! I love good food! Of course, the old pun that the English can’t cook and have bad food comes to mind….

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For the record, for those of you who don’t know, the blonde guy on the right is a personification of England. There is an anime known as “Hetalia” where all of the countries of the world are personified and run amok together. To be honest, it’s sterotyped cultures and a great history lesson! Plus, it’s hilarious. We all really need to learn how to poke fun at each other and ourselves like this. Each episode is usually only 5 minutes long. If you get the chance, I highly recommend this show. You can google it on YouTube: Hetalia.

I think there are 5 seasons total…? The first two seasons should actually still be on Netflix!

Good night and look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

Happy 4th of July!

To all of my fellow American friends, I’d like to wish you a Happy 4th of July!

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We had a wonderful BBQ today. Kels came over and so did her brother. Although, Kels left before her brother came. Anyway, Jae and I went with Kels’ brother to see fireworks tonight in one of the local towns. I snapped some photos and I wanted to share the best two with you. I managed to get decent shots of the American flag that was set up in the park along with the fireworks. I thought it looked cool, so here you go!

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While the quality isn’t amazing (I took the photos with my phone, and hey it was dark with brilliant flashes of exploding gunpowder and color!), I hope you like it and I hope you also had a wonderful holiday!

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

A Surprise Coming Home and Happy Father’s Day!

Dinner last night at the “Crab Trap” was delicious. There was an hour and fifteen minute wait, though, so we sat outside on a bench for awhile. It was very loud inside. Even louder still when a 70s-style band began to play, because everyone had to talk even louder over the music. It was quite the busy atmosphere.

Today, I went to Shop Rite with my parents to pick up a pumpkin pie for my cousin, since we are going to my Uncle and Aunt’s place for a Father’s Day jamobree! My cousin loves pumpkin pie (he’s only 13) and he really wanted it, but our Aunt didn’t have time to make one, so we went to buy one as a suprise.

We had a surprise coming home. Beni decided while we were gone to take ALL of our shoes lined up by the door and bring them into the living room and put them on the couches in a new line. It was actually really hilarious and I couldn’t help laughing. Beni is just too adorable. Oh! I don’t think I’ve ever shared a photo of her, just of Leila and Pocket. Here is Beni:

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Her actual name is Beignet, because the night we got her, Kit was making beignet’s, and she’s sort of the same color of the finished product. That pretty fawn color. -insert admiring sigh here- She’s a year and 8 months old. She still has puppy habits and she’s sooooo cute! I love her. She’s a good cuddler, and she’s really calm. Her mother is a therapy dog. Her demeanor is much calmer than Leila’s. She hardly barks, unless Leila riles her up. And…she’s staring at me with adorable sad puppy eyes as I’m typing. She wants me to pay attention to her, so I’m going to indulge her and wrap this post up quickly so we can play!

Lastly, though (before I do go), I want to wish all of the Father’s of the world a very happy and fun-filled Father’s Day today!

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

Dinner for Dad

Since Kit has to work tomorrow, we’re celebrating Father’s Day this evening by treating our Dad to a place called the “Crab Trap”. I’ve no idea where this place is, but Dad has been raving about wanting to go there all week, so Kit and I have planned to take him there, along with Kit’s girlfriend, and our Mom, of course.

Everyone in the house likes seafood, except for me. However, I’m going along with the plan since it’s for Dad. It wouldn’t be very fair of me to object when we’re supposed to be celebrating him. Actually, I’m looking forward to the trip. It’s a fair ride, apparently, and I like long car rides. It gives me time to slip into my imagination and come up with story ideas, write, read, or to chat with everyone in the car.

That being said, I should help get things ready so we can go.

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

Help the Homeless

Yesterday, while out with my Dad, we came across a man with a cardboard sign reading that he was homeless and needed money. Since it was such a hot day out, since I didn’t have any money, I gave him a fresh bottle of water. Today, a boy in ragged jeans and a rumply white t-shirt asked me if I had any cash so he could buy some food. I only have $2 but I gave it to him and went into the Thai and Sushi place I was picking up dinner from and charged for an extra pint of rice and a bottle of coke to give to the kid. He graciously accepted it. I would have gotten him something better, but I wasn’t sure if he had any food allergies and I figured that rice was the best option and that most people like coke. I don’t, but I figured the kid probably would. He was definitely younger than either of my brothers, and probably still in highschool.

When I was younger, I don’t remember ever seeing so many homeless and less-fortunate people in our area. Or, maybe I just didn’t notice because I was just a kid. My Dad always tells me to be careful about giving money to strangers who claim to be homeless and asking for money, that they’ll just turn around and spend it on drugs, but if I was that person out in the hot weather, I’d definitely want a nice cool water bottle. And if I was a kid who politely asked for money for food, I’d appreciate a kind gesture of rice and coke, instead.

Tomorrow, I wake up at 4 AM to begin my babysitting routine again for this week. Good thing I’m already starting to feel tired.

Also, I finished “The Bravest Princess” in E.D. Baker’s “The Wide-Awake Princess” series. It was really good. For anyone who loves fractured fairytales as much as me, I highly recommend this series, or any of the other books that E.D. Baker has written.

As stated before, I have now picked up “Puddlejumpers” by Mark Jean and Christopher C. Carlson. I’ll give an opinion about it after I get farther into it, or after I’ve finished it. At 42 chapters and 328 pages in length, it should take me about a week, if not sooner, to read. So, I’ll keep you posted on that, if you like. Let me know if you like the reviews I give about books and Netflix shows and movies in the comments below!

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

Disney and an Accomplice Blog!

I am no longer in consideration for the Concept Artist position at Disney Interactive Gaming. That’s a bummer. I really wanted that internship. -sigh- As they say, one door closes, another opens. Next month, I will try to make it to Disney World in Florida to audition for the part of Dory in the Finding Nemo Musical that they do at Animal Kingdom. Wish me luck in that endeavor!

In the meantime, I will continue work on my commission. It’s coming along nicely, I must say. I’m very pleased with how it looks so far. Since I’m working with oil paints, when I’m not painting, I leave the easel and painting set up in front of the air conditioner to help the paints dry a littler faster so I can work on different areas without smearing anything.

Currently, I’m roasting some chick peas and then I’ll spice them for a tasty snack. I’m trying very hard to eat healthier. Since my mom is diabetic, I want to try and avoid that myself. As it may run in the family, I’m at a higher risk, so as of late, not only am I trying to eat better, but I am also trying to exercise on a more daily basis.

Jae has been sick since yesterday. I went to the local CVS to buy him medicine and saltine crackers last night. When I came home, after a half hour, he asked me for gatorade. So, I made a trip to Shop Rite at 1030 PM at night. After I came home, I told him he’s lucky I like him, haha!

Wow this is delicious! I just got my roasted chick peas out of the oven! I officially am declaring that I will start a food blog, too, and share the recipes that I find. Would any of you follow it? Here, I’m going to start it now, so that I don’t forget. Okay, almost an hour later, I’m done! Here’s the link to my second blog here on WordPress. I’ve ttled it: Tuck In and Chow Down!

Please enjoy my adventures there, too! Thank you very much for treating me so kindly thus far. I continue to hope that we can be good friends and readers together here!

Look for my words again soon.

-Soleil