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Pumpkin snickerdoodles :) October 21, 2011

Filed under: palate of delight — chinabean @ 2:26 pm

I’ve completed my goal. Pumpkin puree from scratch. Pumpkin pie spice from my own spice mixing. 1.5 hours later ๐Ÿ™‚ completed.



Beautiful California Weather October 19, 2011

Filed under: life in SH — chinabean @ 3:36 pm

It seriously is the fifth most absolutely beautiful weather in a row in shanghai since I’ve lived here ๐Ÿ™‚



The perfect potsticker October 15, 2011

Filed under: palate of delight — chinabean @ 2:59 am

My dear friend wen gave me some homemade jiao zi’s a couple weeks ago… I’ve been really enjoying the freshness (though they’ve been in the freezer) of the dumplings, especially bc they’re made by her local Ayi and man, these beats the store bought ones ANY day!

We’ll back while I was in high school my dad would wake up almost every morning (come to think of it, EVERY morning) to make us breakfast… Some of which today are my favourite foods! Thanks, popsicle!!!

Anyway, sometimes he made potstickers and when I went off to college he taught me how to make the perfect ้”…่ดด.

First step is boil the dumplings in water in a flat pan (preferably a frying pan).

Step 2: cover and let boil and steam the dumplings.

Step 3: When the skin is partly transparent, pour out most of the water… Leave as much water that will cover the bottom of your pan.

Step 4: Drizzle oil on top of the dumplings.

Step 5: Turn heat lower, let the water evaporate and if you put adequate oil it will pan fry.

Step 5: Mix sauces (my favourites are hot sauce, lil soy sauve, vinegar, and sesame oil) and enjoy!




Sym October 14, 2011

Filed under: SMIC — chinabean @ 3:39 am

were learning about symmetry in maths and so i took the liberty to bring it to project for open mornign coming up nxt week. ๐Ÿ™‚

i took mug shots wiht smiles of course of my kidz and decided to cut their faces in half… and then have them draw the other side….

its said that denzel washington has the most symmetric face which makes him very handsome.

but who knows… heres my attempt at myself. lol. unfortunately im not so apparently symmetric… too bad.

will post theirs when they finish…

dont judge. its actually really hard. you try. ๐Ÿ™‚

—- edit—–

So class went well today and it took about 45 min to finish. currently they are being laminated by my TA. PTL… here’s the end product. I think my kids had a blast. PTL.


my TA and Mine on the interactive white board.

The finished projects/ Silly Group photos:

the best artist of the day.

they had so much fun…

had a good teacher moment today. TGIF. {PTL}


fall is here :) October 13, 2011

Filed under: for fun — chinabean @ 1:21 pm

and because fall is my favorite season… here’s a recipe for us to try.


Pumpkin Snickerdoodles


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  1. Adjust the oven racks to the upper-and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, ย salt and pumpkin pie spice; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the egg and beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the pumpkin puree and beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  4. Place the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon for rolling in a shallow bowl. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a 1ยฝ-inch ball, roll the ball in the sugar mixture, and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart
  5. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, until the edges are set and just beginning to brown but the centers are still soft and puffy, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets about 5 minutes; using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool to room temperature.

Yields: 4 dozen


Tribute to Apple. October 12, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — chinabean @ 6:44 am

ย I watched the Commencement for Stanford that Jobs spoke at…

here’s my notes from it:

Your time is limited. So donโ€™t waste your time living someone elses life.

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you already want to become. Everything else is secondary.

“with all matters of the heart… you know when you find it.”

-Steve Jobs

and now at the first apple store in HK @ ifc mall in central


Blessed October 10, 2011

Filed under: for fun — chinabean @ 4:51 pm

From beginning to end, I am blessed.

Back in shanghai after three countries in 6 days! PTL!

Photo shake highlights ๐Ÿ™‚












The only empty seat on the plane back to Shanghai was next to me! PTL! ๐Ÿ™‚