Thursday, April 17, 2014

my sister tried to get me to help her with baking-- and it wasn't so bad. i measured out the ingredients, mixed when she gave the word, and took pictures of the process. and after that, i helped myself to some warm, fresh cookies. see below for the latest recipe!

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies; 1 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 2 tablespoons milk, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 cups oatmeal, 1 cup chocolate chips.

first, cream the butter and sugar. then beat in the eggs.

after that, pour in the vanilla extract.

measure out the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

then sift it in and give it a swirl. it's actually quite fun to watch the mixer while it's on.

now it's time to pour in the oatmeal!

after that, pour in the chocolate chips. or if you're like me, pour in craisins and call it oatmeal craisin cookies. we actually made a third set of cookies with both chocolate chips and craisins.

finally, bake it in the oven at 350° F for about ten minutes. then shove it in your face. yayy!

Monday, April 14, 2014

this weekend was my tenth year at the los angeles times festival of books. ♥ and this year, we got even more of our friends to join in on the fun. it was nice to spend the day outside talking to strangers and wandering among the crowds.

Friday, April 11, 2014

i almost forgot that i used to code websites from scratch-- this one even scrolled horizontally!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

on my way home from work, i stopped by little tokoyo for some sushi. it was either that or tacos. either way, i knew i couldn't go wrong. ohh, the joy of neatly wrapped fish! i appreciate the presentation and colors-- the art of sushi. ♥

Sunday, April 6, 2014

'He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.' - titus 3:5

this weekend my brothers and sisters glorified the Lord with their testimonies. it was a day full of celebration and praise for all that God has done! thank the Lord for this risky, yet incredible adventure. and thanks to my fellow brothers and sisters for their overwhelming love and support. ♥ another prayer request answered!

Friday, April 4, 2014

it's been a busy week, so i was looking forward to relaxing at home-- but i was also craving sushi. so i picked up the phone and ordered takeout. in my pajamas. ♥ and ohh, it was wonderful!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

the other day, we stopped by the local park for a brief respite from the busyness of life. it was nice to soak up the sun while the ducks swam and the pigeons flew.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

this month, i went with some of my sisters to the getty villa. it was wonderful to spend the day looking at art and wandering through the gardens-- and i took over 700 photos that day. ♥

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

'ashley, extra ticket. do you want to go tonight?'

this morning i received a text message about an extra ticket to watch 'harmony' at the ahmanson theatre. at first, my natural reaction was to say 'no thanks' since i didn't know the six other people we were going with. however, i figured it wouldn't hurt to go. the musical was fantastic-- 'a reflection of german popular music of the 1920s and 30s' through the story of the comedian harmonists. such an interesting and touching story!

Monday, March 24, 2014

i usually don't like mondays, but today i met a stranger while walking down the street. we were both headed to the same place and ended up talking for over an hour. a few hours later, i bumped into the stranger again on the bus. so we continued to talk until it was my stop. as quiet as i may be, i love talking. so it was nice to start off the week with actual conversation (because there's only so much silence i can take).