What’s Up Sunday aka Mother’s Day Recap

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!
Hope you are all having a happy and relaxing Sunday!

Obviously, I consider myself a cat mom so I kind of get to celebrate Mother’s Day at home. But then, my weekend was given to my mom, my aunt who is visiting and my mother in-law. Hence why there is no streams or post yesterday.

Today is really just a last minute buffer post as I prepare for next year. I took a few days off this week mostly because I’m done with burnout but still wanted some time to relax and do the stuff I like, plus, I wasn’t really in the mood for writing. Apologies for that!

Quick Update on what I’m Watching, Reading & Playing (aka nothing much)

I could do a segment on the typical what I’m watching, reading and playing but to be honest, I’m really doing none of those things except for rewatching a second time Refresh Man, which is one that I had finished like a day before I rewatched it. So it is kind of anti-climatic. Plus, I finished Riverdale Season 1 yesterday so that’s done as well. Gotham and Client List is still sitting in the waiting to be finished pile but I haven’t wanted to jump back in yet. In terms of reading, I’m deciding what to read next so nothing to report on that. As for playing, I finished Pinstripe the other day and by Tuesday, all the playthroughs will be up on the Game Warp channel and the review will go up next week as well. I have to start the featured game of May, Little Nightmares.

Mother’s Day Weekend

Saturday

Mother’s Day weekend is a huge juggle of time with a few prior must-dos.  We decided to do a lot of celebrating on Saturday. We started the morning with a dinner with my mom and my aunt and took them to breakfast at Allo Mon Coco. It was really tasty and a lot of fun to chat and just relax.

In the evening, we went over to my in-laws and spent some time. We ordered in from St Hubert and all some nice chicken meals. I made brownies as our gift to them. Not sure how they liked it though since this is a new recipe. I’ll be sharing the recipe next week. It was a lot of fun. We put on a super odd movie with Dolph Lundgren which I can’t remember the name of anymore.

Sunday

Sunday was pretty chill. I went over to my mom’s to spend some time with her and my aunt for lunch. Then we headed out to do some shopping at the mall. We had a bit of spare time so despite the rain, we decided to head to the garden center and take a peak. My mom picked up some vegetable plants: tomatoes and peppers as usual and she decided to try her luck at planting okra this year despite my failure last year. I think it could be a success for her since she takes much better care of her garden than I do. Maybe I’ll give an update on that later in the summer. As for myself, this what I got. That is only the first part and the container gardening and front yard for now. I’ll be heading back next weekend to pick up more, especially since I really need to pick up a ton of soil before I can really be ready to garden.

Finally, to wrap up a fantastic weekend spent with family, we went over to my mom’s to have dinner which was incredibly delicious as always. I’m sorry that this is the shot during dinner. I just forgot about taking it before.

That’s it for the Mother’s Day recap!
How’s your Mother’s Day? Did you celebrate? Have fun? Was it relaxing?

Regular programming of daily posts should resume tomorrow! Needed some time off last week but I think I’m cool now! Missing writing a little.

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4 Essentials for Breakfast in Bed on Mother’s Day

Breakfast in Bed is a rather novel and strange idea to myself. Why eat dinner in bed and make it all dirty because I might be the one to have to clean the sheets however, it is one of those lazy Sunday concepts that just warm up our hearts when we have the opportunity.

Coming from a Chinese family, breakfast in bed was non-existent. My parents, especially my mom, is an energetic and proactive woman. Even today, she doesn’t like wasting time in bed doing nothing. I still remember being a little girl and when I hung out with my mom on the weekends in bed, the time wasn’t wasted because she would take the time to teach me how to recite Chinese poetry.

Every mother is different however my mom valued the little things and she particularly likes to be frugal. With that said, this essentials for breakfast in bed is tailored to my mother specifically. Who says we can’t make Mother’s Day memorable without breaking our bank, right?

A Big Warm Hug

No Mother’s Day (or any day) can be free of a hug or hugs. What better way to start the day with one. It costs nothing and comes from our heart. Words of thanks and kisses on cheeks, the whole deal of love and gratitude for everything my mom has done for me. We might not always see eye to eye but she still is my best friend because I can’t help telling her everything even when I don’t quite know if she understands all the stuff in my life, particularly this blogging and podcasting thing. Still hugs are warm and loving and the perfect way to start the day. As I get older, we learn that there is no greater luxury that being able to steal a moment or two of doing nothing but relaxing in a cozy spot like our bed and its comfy mattress. If you are looking for a luxury mattress, consider checking out Leesa.

Fresh Cut Flowers from the Garden

Frugal comes into this. My mom loves flowers. In fact she is quite the gardener. Some days I wish I had half the skills she has however she never stops to teach me more. However, Mother’s Day is never without any flowers. The garden usually is blossoming with daffodils and tulips and if we are lucky, sometimes peonies are starting as well. This year being an exception because the weather is still lingering in the single digits (Celsius). This year’s fresh cut flowers will for sure be a bouquet of tulips from my yard.

Healthy and Hearty Breakfast

My mom is a health nut. Which has its benefit because as my husband likes to say, she is one tough cookie. She travels and in many ways, much more active than I am and competent in everything. My mom is quite the superwoman in my heart even if age slows her down a little bit now. Breakfast for her is all about being healthy. Its feeds and cleanses our bodies and prepares us for the day. When I lived with her, no matter how old I was, she’d always have something ready for me in the morning. Her choice would probably be plain oatmeal with assorted dried fruits and almond milk. That would be frugal option as we’d have all the material at home. However, if we were to go a little more traditional Chinese breakfast, it’d be congee with some rice rolls (like above).

Handmade Gift

via Pinterest

Finally, a handmade gift! What is more frugal than something that you’ve put your heart into. One year, my best friend and I celebrated a collaborated Mother’s Day gift where we did a photo story video with our own singing and put it all together with pictures when we were kids till grown up and took our families to dinner. It was a pretty fantastic gift. Both our moms loved it a lot and it was to thank them for what they did. I can’t share that video of course and since that idea is used, I’ll resort to making something either decorative and useful or even better, my mom’s idea of a best gift is something you can eat. She loves eating healthy snacks so what better than putting together a trail mix, right? A jar of trail mix so she can enjoy it for days to come while reading the newspaper or binging TV dramas.

Here’s my frugal version of Breakfast in Bed on Mother’s Day with these four essential components! 

What are your essentials for breakfast in bed for mom?

My Weekly Adventures #42

Welcome to the next My Weekly Adventures! The last two weeks have been busy. But you all already know that. It was full of irregular posting schedules and just a hectic crazy real life work issues and responsibilities and truly zapped all the energy I had. I did end up spending more time on editing for Game Warp and gaming streams and the likes. I did end up doing a What’s Up post and another day off post that covered those. However, a few others things did happen and of course, there is one particular thing I’m not very pleased that I haven’t got around to doing. It was always a little expected that I wouldn’t since every year is the same deal around this time.

Lets check out the last two weeks!

Easter Breakfast with Family

Normally we don’t do much for Easter. It is just another day off to spend with family and do nothing at home and relax. That sort of thing. My husband also took the week off so we had time as well. If the weather was better, we may have looked into somewhere to hike. However, my sister in law invited us and my in laws over for a family breakfast and man was there a lot of food. It was delicious!

Game Warp Streams

I was debating whether to add this in and then I quickly realized that my last two weeks was a lot of Game Warp recording and streams. In fact, I may have found the schedule that works for my schedule. It has been hard to find a consistent one but perhaps I have. We now do commentary when we play or interact with the viewers since we set up the mic so its a fun time if you drop by for first look at games or want to cheer me on as I am a fairly unskilled gamer.

The last two Tuesdays were launch day streams, I played Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Episode 1 and Pinstripe, a game that I backed on Kickstarter last year. Still wrapping up Pinstripe this week.

As for Twitch schedule for myself: Tuesday nights at 10pm to Midnight EST & Saturday (most probably 3 to 5pm EST). All official announcements are made on our Facebook page here.

A Lot of TV Binges and Movies!

Aside from a lot of working, I did do quite a bit of playing. Not just games but movies and TV series. I have so many binges to write up, it is a little unreal. However, in general, I just haven’t felt like writing because I was so exhausted from work. TV binge posts for The Neighborhood and Girlboss are coming up. I might start doing double features for movies and only keep fleshed out longer reviews for movies I saw in theatres. Or in general new releases, since Netflix Originals tends to be a thing now and I rent from the Play store a few times a year when there is a good deal. Regardless, I’m also watching a Taiwanese TV series right now which I might dive more into. I feel like I’ve neglected international and particularly Asian cinema since I started the blog and got into movies because it feels like no one really cares too much about it. However, I care about it. So its time for me to do this in order to stay motivated.

Cute Kitty Pic – New Sleeping Spots

Upcoming: EVERYTHING!!! Game of catch-up here 🙂

That wraps up My Weekly Adventures!
I know its a tad short but trust me when I say that once today is over, I’ll be back on my game!

What have you been up to?

Brunch: Foiegwa (Montreal, Canada)

Another weekend out. One of my awesome friends took me out for a belated birthday brunch as he always does every year. This year, we went to try out Foiegwa which is a diner/restaurant located near the Atwater Market in Montreal. Its in a pretty convenient location and we’ve never been before.

Let’s check it out!

FOIEGWA

Menu

Foiegwa

Tea

Foiegwa

Not my usual green tea but they did have the selection although they had run out of the green so I took Early Grey instead. Black tea isn’t my favorite but this one was pretty good.

Meals

Foiegwa

Ham Omelet

Foiegwa

Chicken and Waffles

Ham omelet was my meal. I broke out of the normal two eggs and whatever side which is my usual go-to. I do like ham quite a bit but I don’t eat it a lot. The omelet was really good with a good balance of seasoning. There was an apple chutney of sorts which tasted pretty good. The potato wedges were also very tasty.

My friend had the Chicken and Waffles. The chicken looked moist and he said it was. His feedback was that the meal itself was good, both the chicken and waffles. However, he would have liked to have the maple syrup on the side instead so that he could be the judge of how much to put on it.

Overall, the service was decent. It is a small joint and pretty busy on the weekends so do expect a wait. I don’t mind waiting for good food so that wasn’t an issue. The place is convenient and the food was good. The parking is a little harder and really relies on your luck but we were also lucky so everything worked out for us. I definitely recommend this place. The menu is quite extensive and I’d definitely go back to try out something else there when I have time.

Breakfast Dinner: Portobello Mushrooms & Eggs

2017 is going to be a huge goal of trying to get back to a healthier lifestyle. With that said, cooking is going to be a bigger part of our life. At least we’re really trying to do more homecooked meals.

In the last few months of 2016, I started having a huge love for Portobello mushrooms. Add into our love for breakfast food and eggs in general, I thought about doing something like this for a while and decided this past weekend that with the remaining two Portobello mushrooms left in the pack, I could try this one out. I took some inspiration from the site below for cooking times but I didn’t really season with anything fancy.

Portobello Mushrooms & Eggs

Portobello Mushrooms & EggsRecipe inspired by: http://healthyrecipesblogs.com/2013/11/04/eggs-baked-in-portobello-mushrooms/

Ingredients
Makes 2 servings

2 Portobello mushrooms
2 eggs
Salt & pepper to season
a dash of Herbes des Provences
olive oil, to spray

How to make it

  1. Preheat broiler, setting temperature to high. Set oven rack in the middle and line the baking sheet with foil.
  2. Spray the mushroom caps with olive oil cooking spray on both sides. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil 5 minutes on each side.
  3. Remove mushrooms from oven. Switch oven from broil to bake, setting temperature at 400F.
  4. Break an egg in each mushroom. Sprinkle with Herbes des Provences.  Bake 15 minutes, until egg whites are cooked.
  5. Sprinkle the egg with a dash of salt and pepper. Serve.

If you follow the link above, you can see the variation is to sprinkle with cheese. Which would be our first choice except we ran out of lactose-free cheese (for myself) so I used herbs instead. And that worked out quite well. A note to remember would be to avoid sogginess to wipe clean instead of washing the mushroom. I only remembered that as I turned on the faucet and tried to soak up the water as much as I could. It wasn’t too soggy luckily.

Overall, simple and easy. I really loved the taste of this one and to be honest, I’ve been thinking about heading out to get some more portobello mushrooms and adding cheese to the mixture and it should taste even better.

How do you like to make mushrooms? What variety do you use?

Breakfast: Baked Eggs (in muffin pan)

Aren’t Sunday brunches the best? I love them a lot! Its why this recipe (even though I made it for a quick dinner solution) works great for this morning’s post!

I’m all about making food quick and simple and I’ve been seeing these muffin tin recipes for a while. I kind of improvised most of this myself, which seems like a norm nowadays since I just have to work with what we have as I’m too tired to go to the grocery store especially on the week nights after work. Excuses aside, This is how it turned out!

Eggs in Muffin Tin

Baked Eggs

Ingredients:

Eggs
Green onions, chopped
Cheese, grated
Herbes de Provence
Pepper

*Quantity of each is as you please, except for the egg which is one per muffin cup

Baked Eggs

How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and oil the muffin pan to prevent sticking.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the ingredients. Separate the chopped green onions and cheese into each muffin cup space (whatever you call it).
  3. Crack an egg into each space with ingredients.
  4. Season with Herbes de Provence and pepper.
  5. Cook in oven for 10 to 15 minutes (or until cooked).

This is my own recipe that I put together so nothing changed or substituted. However, if I were to redo it, I might cut the shallots smaller or place less in the version I made. However, the taste of it all was really good. I like Herbes de Provence as a seasoning and a bit of pepper always brings out a nice taste to food. I used lactose-free cheese but whatever cheese you fancy probably works.

Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner (Ottawa, Canada)

Lots of eating posts lately, eh? Expect a few more! Actually this one is rather timely!

While I normally would be sitting at home on the last weekend of NaNoWriMo doing word sprints and just in small, writing till my wrists hurt and ending this thing, I’ve been oddly relaxed about the whole thing. I’ll talk about it further in the recap post whether I finish it or not. However, I ended up having a little brunch date with a friend! It was a fantastic day where I drove two hours in the morning to get to her place, had a little time to hang out before heading out to breakfast at this little joint she took me to called Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner.

Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner

Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner is definitely a little cozy joint. There aren’t a whole lot of seating and it was bustling with line-ups at the front door. We ended up waiting for maybe about fifteen to twenty minutes before getting a seat, which is pretty good. The kitchen is open in the middle and you can see the chefs and staff walking around doing their stuff. The seating is pretty original with odd pieces of one thing or another to sit on. Some look like rather rustic yet elegant pieces but with some antique-ish feeling to them. The waitress we had was friendly and the service was pretty fast.

Tea

Chesterfield's Gastro Diner

They had a pretty nice selection of tea choices. I took the green tea. It isn’t any fancy brand but it was a good tasting one. What I’d like to show here is the cute little tea cups and the tea pot that they used. It has a pretty older style to it.

Breakfast/Brunch Meals

Chesterfield Gastro Diner

Traditional: Two Eggs (over easy) with bacon and a side of roasted beets

Chesterfield's Gastro Diner

Classic Benny’s with a side of roasted beets and pita chips

I took the traditional eggs since I wasn’t too hungry and can’t be too full to head back on the road later on. Mine actually also comes with toast and homemade jam. I have to say that the jam is pretty good. The flavor was raspberry. My friend took the classic benedict which came with two sides. She told me about how this was super delicious even before she ordered it. Unfortunately, hollandaise sauce, I believe, has milk so its a big nono for me. (I’ll have to research that later on.)

Overall, a pretty nice little breakfast joint. I’d recommend a visit. The menu is pretty extensive unexpectedly and I’d probably eventually come back to give something else a try. However, maybe earlier hours going would be better than when we went at busy breakfast/brunch time on the weekend. Still, we had a nice chat and it was a delicious meal and the portions were great.