Crochet projects

I have so many wips and finished projects that I’m working on. Between work and school though I just don’t have enough time to do everything.

Finished project: twiddle muff for an dementia patient.

Slipper socks for me

Wips:

Flora afghan, for me

Flora afghan, beach theme for a friend:

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Badges made from recycled medication caps

Lately I’ve been interested in making name badges with the medication caps I collected at work. It started a couple weeks ago when I saw a nurse that has this really cool badges. It took me a minute to realize that she made them from these medicine caps. We trashed so many of them that I thought it was such an awesome idea.

Anyway, here are some badges that I made.

Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Lower Antelope Canyon

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything. Life kinda gets the best of me sometimes… Anyway, I went on a trip to the Grand Canyon with my friend Phil in April and I wanted to share some of the pictures. It was a wonderful vacation but it felt so so short! I really enjoyed it and hoping that I can come back in the near future.

1st day we flew out from Houston to Vegas, stopped at Hoover Dam and then drove 4 hrs to Williams, AZ, which was an hour away from Grand Canyon.

2nd day, (Easter Sunday!) we drove to our campsite, set up our tent and went out to explore Grand Canyon.

3rd day we woke up early to chase sunrise, drove to Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell. We couldn’t tour Lower Antelope Canyon because all of the tours were sold out that day so we ended up went to Horseshoe Bend.

Last day: we were lucky enough to be able to buy a 9:45am tour the night before and so we went to see Lower Antelope Canyon. Let me tell you though, you will not be disappointed! Best decision I’ve ever made and so worth the 50 dollars plus tax that we spent.

After the tour we came back to the hotel, showered and then drove 5 hrs back to Vegas to catch our 7pm flight to Houston.

Next time I wouldn’t do everything so close together like this because that drive back was so long and I felt rushed. Thankfully we made it in time!

As a bonus, here are some pics from the scenic drive:

Phở bò or Vietnamese beef noodle soup with Instant Pot

Houston’s weather has been so weird! One day it’s warm, the next day it’s freezing; it also doesn’t help that it rains all day long. Anyway, because of the cold weather, I’ve been craving a really good bowl of phở. I love a good phở! I could definitely eat it everyday but it always take forever to cook it. On average, it takes around 5-6 hrs to cook a good broth and who really has time for that?

Soooo when I heard of the instant pot, I was really interested in it. Amazon had a sale and I couldn’t resist. It was one of those impulse purchase, but one of the best thing that I ever bought myself. It took me about 2-2:30 hrs from start to finish, this includes the time for preparation, the instant pot’s time to build pressure and cooling down.

Today I’m sharing with you my own recipe. I watched several youtube videos before perfecting this so I hope you’ll enjoy it!

• 2 lbs of beef brisket

• 1-1.5lb of beef bones and bone marrow

• Ginger, garlic, shallots, white onions, scallions

• Pho spice bag

• Fish sauce, crystal sugar, salt, hoisin sauce, lime, veggies (basil, mint, bean sprouts (optional))

• Dried noodle or fresh noodles

Put all the meat and bones into a big pot, add water to cover the bones and meats and boil for about 20-25 mins to “wash” all the imperfections out and then rinse with cold water. 

Wash white onions, and ginger then cut them in half. Peel garlic, shallots. Wash and cut scallions into small pieces.

Turn on the saute function in your Instant pot, add ginger and onions into the pot and “grill” them for a few mins. Then add the meats, bones, crystal sugar, garlic and shallots. Hit cancel. Close the lid, make sure you have the vent closed, then press the broth button, change the pressure to high and change the timer to 1 hr. 

And now you wait and let the pot do its thing. Once its done, let it cool down for 20 mins before you release the vent. Take the meat part out but leave the bones inside, you can add 4-5 cups of water now for extra both if you want. I didn’t because I only cook for myself so I don’t need that much broth. And then add the pho spice bag, fish sauce, press the saute function, change the timer to 20 minutes. I left the bag in for about 20 mins because I want a stronger and flavorful broth, but if you don’t want a stronger taste then just leave it in for 15 mins. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Cook the noodle and cut the meats, eat with hoisin sauce and veggies if you want to. Enjoy!

I also made a vegetarian version of pho and it took less an hour to make. If you’re interested, please comment below and I will post my recipe. 😀

Here’s a sneak peak at my veggie pho: