Saturday, April 5, 2014

Skoshbox April 2014




I recently saw a video on youtube by SharlainJapan. She did a review of something called a skoshbox. After watching it, I knew I had to subscribe to this subscription box company. Each month you get a box full of a variety of Japanese snacks/sweets.

I brought it with me to work for my coworkers and I to try. My coworker, Jeff, used to live in Japan as a child so I knew I had an ally in my love of trying Japanese snacks/sweets.

My first reaction? I love the packaging of the Skoshbox. Everything is neatly arranged in tissue paper with a notecard detailing the package's contents.

Favorites: (in order)

1. Obachan's Pota Pota Yaki (sweet shoyu baked senbei): a rice cracker that is faintly sweet! Perfect when you are craving a little sweetness.

2. Harvest Baked Biscuit: this package came with one of two flavors, burnt caramel or chocolate. We received the burnt caramel, which was quite yummy. Yet again, just a slight sweetness flavor. Not overpowering at all.

3. Strawberry Pocky: just plain old strawberry pocky! Always a favorite.

4. Aero green tea and strawberry mini bars: I had Aero bars when I was in England for grad school. At that time, they didn't sell them in the US and the only flavors were chocolate related. It was a treat to try these two new flavors of Aero.

5. Elise Wafer Stick: A strawberry white choco filled wafer stick. Light and sweet.

6. Milk Country Candy: creamy milk hard candy. I've had these before as our local Asian markets carry them in abundance!


The Questionable: (in order)

1. Mentaiko Umaibo Stick (puffed corn cod roe flavor): Now I know that sounds quite strange and a little alarming, but actually it wasn't bad at all. For some weird reason, this snack tasted to me and my coworkers like a large Andy's hot fry. Do you guys know about those chip snacks? Well, this mentaiko stick tasted like that. Makes me wonder what ingredients are in Andy's hot fries!??!?

2. Cheese Okaki Crackers (senbei with cheese topping): not my favorite. The cracker reminded me of the crackers you get in Asian party mixes, but topped with processed cheese. I've never ever liked Asian party mixes, I don't like the texture of the crackers/snacks so this okaki cracker wasn't my cup of tea.


Dislikes:

1. Matcha Kitkat: this surprised me because I've started to like green tea flavored snacks as evident by the fact that I inhaled the green tea Pocky that Amanda sent me for the Chinese New Year. Despite that, I didn't like these kitkats. I think it was because the kitkat had small granules of green tea in the candy. It made for an odd texture that I didn't care for.

Thoughts: All in all, I'm glad I subscribed to Skoshbox. It definitely satisfies my love of Japanese snacks/sweets as my local Asian markets only have the standards such as Pocky, biscuits, or jellies.

Until next time ^____^

Asian Food Adventure: Pearl (Boba) in Syrup




This was another part of my Chinese New Year package from Amanda. I brought it with me to work yesterday so my coworkers and I could try it during one of our breaks.

Verdict: it's good, but not my cup of tea. Which is quite funny because it is basically tapioca balls in very watered down syrup. Trying to be boba tea, but not quite succeeding.

The sad part is that I really wanted a cup of boba tea after trying this pearl syrup!

LOL I think I trip to CA in the future is in order! I'll be able to get my fill of boba tea for sure!

Until next time ^____^

Asian Food Adventure: Strawberry Jelly


This was part of my Chinese New Year package from Amanda. These were a nice treat, not too sweet, just right! My coworkers loved them. I think the next time I visit CA, I'll have to grab some to bring back with me.

If you see these anywhere near you just remember to pop the whole thing in your mouth when you unwrap it. Don't try to pick off the 'wrapper', it is rice paper which is edible.

Until next time ^____^

Asian Food Adventure: Shredded Squid


I saw this at the my local Asian market recently and thought it would be something different to try with my coworkers.

So after eating it, my reaction was mixed. It was extremely fishy tasting and according to my friend Amanda it shouldn't taste like that and perhaps I needed a different brand.

Currently, the rest of the bag is still sitting in our break area........I think it might stay there for a while unless one of my coworkers breaks down and eats the rest of it.......>0<

Until next time ^____^

March Recap

Recap:

Read:

1. Mayhawk Rising by N.K. Schaudecker
2. The Doctor and the Rough Rider by Mike Resnick
3. The Doctor and the Dinosaurs by Mike Resnick
4. Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George
5. Towering by Alex Flinn
6. William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher
7. Dictorial Grimoire Cinderella by Ayumi Kanou
8. Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale
9. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
10. Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale

Crafts:
1. Monster amigurumi
2. Two Pop-tart (need to be 'finished')
3. Dirigible amigurumi
4. Cardcaptor Sakura amigurumi (hair)
5. Kiki's Delivery Service amigurumi (hair)
6. Loki and Thor resin coasters
7. Cherry blossom resin keychains

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Resin Coaster Mishap


If you have followed my blog, you know that I am a huge fan of EYK (Eat Your Kimchi). They are planning a US tour this summer. With that said, the organizers of the US Nasties have broken up the US into various regions. Alabama is part of the blue region. The organizers of the blue region have decided to send a package to the EYK studios in South Korea that can include food, letters, artworks, etc. I decided to make two coasters for Martina and Simon.

Martina loves Loki so I thought I'd make a Loki coaster for her. I had put down a layer of resin yesterday morning and after waiting for it to get tacky, I added a Loki chibi sticker. Sadly, despite the fact that I used Mod Podge on the front and back of the sticker, it still bled in the resin!!!

Grrr..........I was hoping to go with plan B this morning and mix another batch of resin and add different stickers, but it is raining today. (Sigh) Which means no resin making today as the humidity won't allow it to dry properly. I'm hoping tomorrow will be clear so I can work on another resin batch after work.

Oddly enough, Simon's Thor coaster doesn't seem to have any issues. But I'll have to wait to add the second layer of more stickers and glitter until the rain clears.

Until next time ^____^

Artwalk Thank You

Kristina and I want to thank everyone who came out to Artwalk last Friday to chit chat or purchase something from us.

Hats off go to our fellow anime geeks who bought from us! I had let Amanda know that her onigiri couple had sold and she was ecstatic that they were able to share a home together :)

As always, if you guys saw something you were thinking of purchasing, but didn't, please check my Etsy shop. If you don't see it listed, please convo me and I'll add it the listings.

See you guys next time ^___^

Spring Flowers

 Red Azaleas

 White Azaleas

 Pink Azaleas

 Blueberry Blossoms

Pear Blossoms

Spring is in the air! So many things have started to blossom. After working in the yard yesterday I went around and took some pictures of all the flowers that are blossoming. With our abnormal cold weather earlier this year we are hoping that it will help produce some yummy pears and blueberries!

Chinese New Year package!



I received a Chinese New Year/Valentine's/Easter package from Amanda in the mail last Saturday. So many goodies! She sent me some crafting papers and ribbons, Chinese New Year good luck charms for the year of the dog (that's me) along with some for my sister who is the year of the rat. She also sent me a ceramic full of tea, some strawberry gummies, matcha Pocky, pearl sago, and some chocolate in a rabbit container.

She also gave me a Starbucks card for the Year of the Horse. When I tried to find one for her package, I couldn't find it. Apparently they were only sold in the official stores because my local Target Starbucks didn't have it in stock.

By the way, I ended up eating all the Pocky. I had taken it to work, my coworkers tried it, but didn't say yea or nay so I took it for myself. Mwahahahaha!

Thank you, darling, for a super package!

Until next time ^____^

Kawaii Monster Amigurumi

Pattern: Cat Pillow by Lionbrand
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Paints in rainbow brite color
Hook: Size H
Notions: 10mm safety eyes and white felt
Start/Finish: 3/16/2014

I was searching for a good pattern to try out on a variegated yarn that I had purchased. I ran across a pillow animal pattern that I thought would work well. By the time I finished stitching the body and attaching the safety eyes, I knew this pattern was destine for something else, a kawaii monster!

I hope to put this little monster up in my shop soon.

Until next time ^___^