It’s a jolly Monday around here, my stiff neck is gone and my perky attitude is back. After sleeping pillow-less on Friday night, it felt so much better on Saturday morning.
It’s a new day and a new week, one day closer to our wedding :) I greeted the day with delicious and thick pancakes.
Kodiak pancakes topped with banana, coconut flakes, peanut butter and a mix of coconut oil + maple syrup as syrup.
What I love about the Kodiak pancake mix is that it’s so easy and quick. The whole grain pancake mix has milk and honey already included so all you have to do is add water. I miss these dense but at the same time soft & chewy pancakes. The last time I made them, I still had pumpkin around.
I added thinly sliced bananas while cooking the pancakes using coconut oil. Oh so fragrant!
Caramelized (is that even a word?) banana and made them even sweeter.
I used 1/2 cup pancake mix + 1/2 cup water. I had 3 thick pancakes total, the 3rd one went straight in my mouth.
My friend Evie gifted me with this colorful cup from her recent trip to the Philippines. Thank you Evie, I love it! She also gave me a bag of dried mangoes, but those were inhaled so fast. In my opinion, the dried mangoes from the Philippines is the tastiest from all the ones I’ve tried.
As usual, breakfast is served with a side of wedding magazines.
Our community held their annual garage sale and I participated to clear a lot of extra clothes and shoes I no longer wear.
I took the pictures after the crowds left, so the party dresses, shoes and accessories were all gone.
There was a great turnout and I plan to participate again next year. I sold half of the items, and the rest went into my Goodwill donation bin.
On Sunday, I woke up very early for an early hike with friends, at our favorite hiking spot in Orange County.
The weather was cold and gloomy.
What started out as a hike, ended up being a trail run after it started sprinkling on us.
It was actually fun to run the trails. I might do it again.
Partial group picture, the other girls brought their puppies so we took a picture while waiting for them.
After we finished the hike, we went our separate ways to go celebrate with our moms for Mother’s Day.
Instead of giving my mom bouquet of flowers, I opted for fresh plants instead. My mom loves to do gardening and her plant collection is growing.
We ate at BCD Tofu House because it’s one of my mom’s favorite restaurant. She loves that they offer organic tofu.
Tofu soup with mushroom and onion, served on a sizzling hot stone pot.
We also tried a new-to-us dish. Bibimpab (try saying that 3x).
Rice with all sorts of veggies. The taste of harmony.
Topped with raw egg, which gets cooked from the hot stone.
All mix up. This was good, I can’t believe I waited so long to try this dish.
Did I mention that you can serve yourself ice cream on mini-cups? My sister and I went to the ice cream bar several times.
My mom loves this restaurant because of the many side dishes they offer with your entree. She loves eating them. She said that she can eat a lot and not feel too full afterwards.
My nephew Jonah also joined in on the celebration and he was behaved while we ate our dinner.