Our Trip to Leavenworth


Mr. Bee has a silly schedule. His schedule is different every week, we only know that he doesn't work on Sunday. Other than that, we have to wait until the next week's schedule comes out.

Well, he had the day off yesterday (Monday). Of course he had a great idea of what to do. He wanted to go to Leavenworth.

Leavenworth is a town that is about 130 miles away from where we live. The interesting thing about this town is that you will feel like you are in a Bavarian village. It is so fun, the buildings just look very Bavarian. What I like the most is when I see stores that are more common there (e.g. Starbucks and Safeway) because the font of the brands are in Bavarian font. It's just so unique!
So, from what I know, Leavenworth hasn't always looked like a Bavarian village. After reading the Leavenworth History, I found out that the city was on the brim of extinction when they started to change the appearance of the city. With the beautiful background of the mountains, the Bavarian theme was picked. Their plan was to attract tourist to the area. According to the site, "close to two million tourists come to Leavenworth each year." So we know that their plan to save the town has definitely worked very well.

The Christmas Lighting Festival is one of Leavenworth's annual event. If you are thinking of coming, here is the schedule of Leavenworth's Christmas Lighting Festival. It is a big magnet for tourists. I remember going there on a Saturday two years ago, it was definitely packed! So be prepared with having to find parking, walking a little, and with finding out where to eat. Two years ago we couldn't find any restaurant that could accommodate us.

Anywho, back to yesterday... When we got there,  I was hungry. So we just walked around, looking for something that sounds good. So, I think researching the restaurants before you go there is very important.  If you have a smartphone, that means you can just research while you are there. Look for restaurants reviews in Yelp or maybe Trip Advisor. Just make sure you look at the reviews first before you go. Unfortunately, this is something that we forgot to do. So, we ended up eating at The Soup Cellar, which was the first time we ate there and probably the last. Why? The food wasn't good and it was definitely way overpriced for what you get.

I had the Bavarian Plate, which has two German sausages, potato salad, kraut, and a dinner roll. As a Reuben fan, of course Mr. Bee ordered the Reuben (Corned beef, kraut, swiss cheese on rye bread) that also comes with thousand island sauce and potato salad. He also got the fountain drink, I had water.

The Bavarian Plate
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The Reuben
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Mr. Bee seemed to enjoy his food. Unfortunately, I don't think I enjoyed it as much as he did. The sausages were okay, it wasn't very delicious. The dinner roll was warm however hard to eat, the texture almost felt like rubber. The potato salad was good though, that's probably the only thing I really enjoyed! What's sad too is that we spent $27 total! Too expensive, I guess that's the downside of a tourist town: food is more expensive!

After eating, we just walked around the town and visited various stores. We went to one of my favorite store there: The Wood Shop & Hat Shop. I really like this shop, it's just so fun to try on all the different hats they have there.

I tried the Panda Hat on.
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I made him wear it.
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We had so much fun! I am glad that we were able to go there and spend time with each other. Leavenworth is a fun town, you should visit it sometime!

Here are some more pictures:
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December '13 Finds


  1. Knitted Socks by ThreeBirdNest  | 2. Pink Gold Giftwrap Kit by ThurstonPost | 3. White Deers on Kraft Wrapping Paper by Wrapped by Alice | 4. Snowflakes Crochet Garland by Namolio | 5. Dandelion Candle Holder by Wapa | 6. Rose Gold Wish Bone Necklace by LayeredAndLong

Here are the finds of the month. I am going to start collecting the things I find throughout the month and sharing it here. You might find things to buy, great recipes, tutorials, etc.

December is also known as the month of gifting. So, with that in mind, this month I have chosen things that are great for this month's theme. Some of the things featured is amazing to be gifted (or to be put in your wish list) and some of them are things that are great to wrap your presents in. I don't know about you, but I really love wrapping presents! So I love this time of the year because I usually get to wrap quite a few things. You have to be careful though, when the presents are wrapped so beautifully, sometimes you don't want the gift-receiver to just rip it apart! I remember when growing up I would open any presents I got with such caution so that I would rip the gift wrap! Then I would fold the gift wrap, and keep it in my book cabinet, never to be used...

I hope you like it!

*below you might see an ad. In the future I hope to be able to get rid of it :) *


Checking out

Snoqualmie Falls in December

This morning Mr. Bee was reading the newspaper while eating cereal for breakfast. In the newspaper He saw a picture of Snoqualmie Falls. Since we had no plans for today, Mr. Bee suggested to go there.

Well, I'd just have to say that I am so glad that I did! When we got there, I could see there were a lot of people who came to take photographs of the view. While enjoying the view, I saw a helicopter hovering over the falls (I bet they were taking pictures too)

Let's let the picture do the talk!

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A man that was standing by Mr. Bee told him that he had never seen Snoqualmie Falls like this before. I feel so lucky and grateful that we got to enjoy this beautiful view!

Our attempt of taking a selfie didn't quite work...

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Fortunately a nice couple offered to take a picture of us

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Free Printable -- Albert Einstein Quote

Hi everyone! So, I decided to do another easy project in Adobe Illustrator. I decided to make a printable quote. There are so many great quotes out there and this is the one I chose.

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile" -Albert Einstein

I feel like this is a great quote. This quote reminds us to serve others around us. Charity never faileth! I have also  found that doing an act of good deed not only can help others to be happy, but also myself! As human, we are social creatures, being around people makes us happy. I am grateful to have so many people who care about me and have done so much for me. I hope that this quote can remind us of those who care about us. I also hope that this quote can remind us to help others whenever we can!

I hope you will enjoy this printable!
Albert Einstein Quote

To download the pdf file, click the image above. For personal use only.

Making My First Color Palette

Mt. Rainier Color Pallete

I have just started to learn on how to use Adobe Illustrator. I have been having fun with it so far. I am borrowing a book from the local library. It is called Adobe Illustrator CS6 Classroom in a Book.  This book is the official training workbook from Adobe Systems. I should write a review when I'm done with it! I think this book has been a great way to spend my time. It is harder than, say an eCourse where you can watch a video. However, since I am borrowing this book from the library it is free! Yay!

So after learning some basics I just thought I would do an easy project, something I can share on my blog. I think a color palette is a pretty fun, easy project!

I took this picture when my husband and I went on a daytrip to Mt. Rainier. We usually just go to this place called Paradise. Paradise is so pretty, and there is a little hike that you can go up to. It is very pretty in the spring, so many wildflowers. On this day we decided to go to another place called Longmire after we went to Paradise. Well, it turned out to be a great idea! The scenery of the road we took to Longmire was just so amazing. It was something new to us, none of us had been there. So this is one the sites that is between Longmire and Paradise. It is called the Nisqually River.

I hope you will enjoy it!

Thanksgiving Weekend

Something that I realized this week is that I need to do better with updating this blog! Yeah, I need to post more often. The thing is, I know I have the time but I just got lazy.

Anywho, I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving day! I sure did :) My parents-in-law hosted the Thanksgiving dinner and there were family members everywhere! Grandma, aunt, uncle, cousins, and siblings. In total we had 13 adults and 4 kids. I think the 4 kids were more noisy than the 13 adults... Well of course!

It was my 4th Thanksgiving.
My 1st Thanksgiving was in Utah. I spent it with the Bartletts, the family that hosted me while I was an exchange student.
The 2nd Thanksgiving was in Wenatchee, WA. I was in my first year of college and my host family, the Kanes, took me to celebrate Thanksgiving with their family.
The 3rd was here with Mr. Bee (my husband)'s family. I think we had been dating for about 8 months. It was a happy day. Well, Thanksgiving has always been a happy day anyway.

It was quite fun! Mr. Bee's Grandma taught me how to crochet with thread. It wasn't easy. While I was struggling to make 1 napkin ring, Grandma made 3 already. She is quite the pro! Actually, she made a doily for our wedding.

That day, we also celebrated my brother-in-law's birthday, so we had the famous Bybee apple pie! Yay! It was so super duper delicious! Oh the food I ate that day. Let's just say that my tummy had quite the party.

More about food that we had, so pretty much the whole Thanksgiving weekend we had turkey. So, we had roasted turkey on Thursday, turkey enchiladas on Friday, turkey noodle soup on Saturday, and more roasted turkey on Saturday (Mr. Bee's aunt cooked fresh turkey.) Someday I should share the recipes.

Did anyone go anywhere for Black Friday? I personally didn't get anything. There were sooo many great deals, but there wasn't anything that we needed and nothing that was in anyone's wish list. We did go to Jo-Ann though. My mother-in-law is going to make blankets for her future grandchildren. They had a great deal on flannel, 75% off! Luckily, the line wasn't as bad as we thought! So everything went pretty well.

It was this last weekend when I realized that I need to post more often! I would like to be better. I had this blog up for myself, so I know I will benefit from it. Hopefully this can somehow help others too! I would try to share more here.

I hope all of you had a great weekend!

Japanese Cream Puff

I remember the first time I had Japanese Cream Puff. One day in Indonesia my family and I went to go bowling at the mall. We played a few games. When my parents got tired, they stopped so I just played with my brother while my parents walked around the mall and decided to buy us some treat. They came back with a box with a picture of an old man on it. It said 'Beard Papa'. I opened it and there were cream puffs. I took my first bite and was just in delight. It was not like any cream puffs I had ever had! The cream puff were crispy outside with very delicious, cold, vanilla custard in it.

Now that I live in WA, there isn't Beard Papa here. Sadness... I just found out that they have stores in USA (2 of them in WA.) That makes me so happy! I suggest you try their cream puff. Find the locations here

And then Pinterest came! So I searched for a Japanese Cream Puff recipe and came across this recipe. The only thing I did different was I used 2 tsp of vanilla extract instead of vanilla bean. I would love to make this again using vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract, I bet it's a ton more delicious!
The picture looks amazing and really reminds me of the cream puff I'd been craving. I was excited to try the recipe!

I made it and it looks and tastes amazing!
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Recipe from Simple Indulgence

Trip to Mt Rainier

Warning: Due to the nature, this post is picture heavy.

Last month, on July 11th Mr. Bee and I decided to go on a daytrip to Mt. Rainier. It was a nice sunny day with a little bit of cloud.

Since it was on a weekday, it wasn't too crowded (which made us very happy!)

Here is a view from the car, on the way to Paradise
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Mt. Rainier is so pretty. We are so lucky to live somewhat close to it. It is always such a treat to be able to see Mt. Rainier. What's crazy about it is because you can see the cascades around it, but Mt Rainier is so huge that the cascades look tiny compared to it.

This is the view from the parking lot of Paradise Visitor Center
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We didn't go walk up the little hike at Paradise. I can't remember exactly why, probably because we had done it before and I was lazy. But anywho, since we had time, we decided to go to Longmire. Neither of us had gone there, so it was a little adventure I guess.

So it turned out that Longmire, unlike Paradise, don't exactly have a Visitor's Center Building. I mean it's still cool, there is a place where you can stay there, and also little trails that we could've done. We plan to go to the trails the next time we go there.

But the amazing thing about Longmire is the drive! So pretty, a lot of gorgeous view. Very cool. We passed several waterfalls.

Pictures and video of the Nisqually River:
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We took the video from on top of a bridge. It was ssssoooo windy there! You could even hear the wind in the video.

Pictures and videos of Narada Falls:
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We stopped at Narada Falls mainly because we had to use the bathroom. Haha. But it turned out that there is this little trail going down where you can see the falls better. You can even feel the mist on your face, quite refreshing on a hot sunny day.

Pictures and video of Christine Falls:
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Picture of us
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We had tried to take a good picture of Mount Rainier, but the cloud was covering it. We were just on our way home when Mr. Bee saw that the cloud had finally moved! So... we just had to take some more pictures
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It was such a great day! We really enjoyed our time there. Next time to Rainier, we are going to go to Ohanapecosh! Mr. Bee's parents told us that it is beautiful there. I think Mt Rainier is just beautiful from everywhere :)

Trip to the Museum of Flight

This is a late post... Meaning I am supposed to have this posted much earlier yet I kept procrastinating.

Anywho, so on our 1st month wedding anniversary, Mr. Bee and I went to the Museum of Flight. I have wanted to go there for a while, so I was very excited!

It was a hot sunny day, so it felt good to be inside! It was so very cool

Anywho, my favorite moment was when we danced to the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow next to the Spitfire Exhibit. Pretty cool, I'd say. Too bad I didn't take a picture of the Spitfire, I thought I did, but I couldn't find it.

We had a chance to experience the cockpit

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He's a funny guy
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and then we felt quite rebellious.
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It was fun! You could go outside and they had several airplanes that you could check out. Mr. Bee wanted to check out the 747 but it's only open in August I think... But, we got to check out the Concorde and the old Air Force One! I don't know where the pictures went, I swear I took some pics of 'em! I found the Old Air Force One to be interesting as they had old rotating dial telephone, old typewriter, and other old stuff.

It was a good day, and I had tons of fun! Mr. Bee seemed to enjoy it too!

Thank you for a great day! I have such an amazing husband :D

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Rocket Launch!

Earlier this month, June 1st to be exact, the Physics Club of Green River Community College had a super fun activity! We launched rockets! Each of the member of the Physics Club was given a budget of $15 per person for the rocket. The Physics Club bought it for us, how awesome! Anywho, my friend Jessica and I decided to do a rocket together. That means we had $30 budget! We bought a nicer rocket, the name is Estes Screaming Eagle. The rocket looks a lot like a fighter jet. We got the rocket maybe a month before the launch but since we were so busy, we didn't really start assembling the rocket until 3-5 days before the launch date.

This is the picture of the rocket that we assembled.

Since both Jessica and I were busy, we didn't have time to buy gray spray paint. I just went with whatever spray paint that I found at home, which was black color with some specks of copper. So our rocket didn't look like the picture up there, here is how it looks like.

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Do you see the little missiles? So cute! Anyway, this isn't the first rocket that I've made. Two years ago I made a rocket, it was my very first rocket so it was simple beginner rocket and not as hard to assemble as the Screaming Eagle. Below is a picture of the rocket that I assembled two years ago

I know it looks huge in the picture, but the rocket is only about 6 inches tall. My friend had orange and black spray paint so I thought it would be fun to make a tiger pattern. Even though it took quite a while to do it, it was easy, all I had to do was paint the rocket orange, tear some masking tape and put it together in a way that it would look like a tiger stripes, and then spray the black paint over it.

Jessica and I had tons of fun during the event. It was such a nice day! Early June in Seattle area, no one can expect to have a nice sunny day but we were glad that it was such a nice day!
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(That's me and Jessica, notice the nice sunny background)

I have a video here if you want to see how the rocket launched. It went really well, the parachute worked too! I was *this* close to catching it, you can see in the video. Btw, you can skip to 0:50 on the video.

Click here to watch the video

It was a great day! I think it's safe to say that all of us had tons of fun! I'm gonna miss GRCC's Physics Club

Block Ads!

This isn't a sponsored post. I just think it's so awesome that you NEED to know this.

I use Google Chrome. Do you? Do you? At least if you don't, I hope you use Firefox. Idk... Internet explorer is just not for me.

So I use this extension on Google Chrome called AdBlock Plus. What it does is well... it blocks ads. It is awesome. It blocks annoying ads. Not only the pop up kind, or those on the sidebar of a page (like on Facebook), it even block video ads on YouTube! Is it awesome or what?

Anywho, if you use Google Chrome, you can add the extension here. It is free. If you use Firefox, you can go here.

If you use Internet Explorer, please help yourself make your life a bit easier by changing to Google Chrome or Firefox

I hope this helps! Please don't feel offended if you use Internet Explorer, I don't hate you guys, IE simply just doesn't do it for me. My husband actually uses Internet Explorer... It works for him, I guess!

Tater Tots Casserole

Growing up, I have always loved Tater Tots. It's just sooo good. You can bake Tater Tots in the oven instead of frying it, it becomes crispy and just delicious!

Anywho, this is another recipe that I found through Pinterest. Pinterest is so addicting, I like to look for recipes there.

Mr. Bee and I (especially I) really loved this stuff. It was so easy to make, too! Umm.. maybe I will make it for dinner sometime next week. I forgot to take the pictures of each step, but it's pretty straight forward.

Tater Tots Casserole (This recipe is retrieved from Craving Comfort)
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  • 1 lb lean ground beef

  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup (I think you can use other cream if you'd like)

  • 1 16oz package frozen tater tots

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Brown ground beef and season with salt & pepper.

Add chopped onion, cook until tender.

In a casserole dish, combine ground beef mixture & cream soup and cover with tater tots.

Bake , uncovered, for 30-40 minutes till bubbly and Tots are golden brown. Remove from oven & top with cheese, return to oven until melted.

Eat and enjoy with someone special (or just by yourself)

Bacon, Egg, and Toast Cups for Breakfast!

So I came across this on pinterest. It's bacon, egg and toast in a cup! I like bacon, I like egg, and I like toast, so having it in a cup is just super cute!

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I tried making it for Mr. Bee, he loved it!

Bacon, Egg, and Toast Cups (recipe adapted from Martha Stewart)

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 6 slices white or whole-wheat sandwich bread

  • 6 slices bacon

  • 6 large eggs

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread butter lightly on muffin cups. You just want to spread enough so that the bread won't stick.

Flatten the bread, I used my fingers but you can use a rolling pin if you want. You want to flatten it so that everything will fit in the muffin cup! After you flatten the bread, cut the bread crust, and slice it into half to have smaller, square-ish bread pieces. In Martha Stewart, they used a cookie cutter to cut the bread into a circular shape, and then they cut it in halves. In the end, it looks prettier, so you can do that if you'd like. I was too lazy so I didn't do that.2013-05-26 10.02.24

Fit the bread into the muffin cup. Each cup uses 2 halves. It will overlap a little in the middle. Make sure to have no gap on the bottom to prevent the egg from 'leaking' out of the bread cups.
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Spread the rest of the butter on the bread. This will make the bread crispy when baked in the oven.

Lay bacon in across the cup. The bacon needs to be cooked for a little bit, but don't worry about getting it to be really crispy. It will cook more in the oven.
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Crack an egg in each cup. Sprinkle pepper and salt!
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Bake for 20-25 minutes. I baked it for 25 minutes because I like my yolk not too soft.
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Yay done! Mr. Bee and I ate 3 each (I know, way too much for a person haha).

Anywho, if you would like to try it, I recommend going to the recipe at Martha Stewart as they have a video there! The video explained it really well, so it should help :)

Open House

My husband and I got married on May 17th, 2013 and we had an open house the next day.

Why an open house? Well I'm a college student haha so we need to safe money. My parents-in-law have a beautiful home with a gorgeous backyard. That means we didn't have to decorate like crazy! Yay awesome!

Oh btw, this is the picture that we used in the wedding invitations, Stefanie took the picture. She's so talented!Invitation Picture(I don't wanna put the picture of the invitations with the address and stuff)

So, the open house turned out very well! Mr. Bee and I spent most of the time just standing, greeting, and talking with the guests in the living room. A funny moment was when the Jensens came and then Mr. Bee got to talk about snowboarding. He went downstairs and showed them his snowboard. Does any other groom do this? He's pretty funny

Snowboard in the Open houseBtw, a lot of people helped with the open house! From cutting the lettuce for the salad, to decorating the tents! We had tents up because the weather forecast said that it would rain that day. It sprinkled a bit, but the tents really worked out well.

We had a simple wedding and a simple open house. Mr. Bee and I are pretty laid back. I didn't really choose a color, I just knew I wanted pastel colors. As the wedding day came closer though, it went more to a yellow and blue color. They are cute together!

Hummingbird CupcakesLynne baked these Hummingbird cupcakes! So cute! The flowers on top are made of thinly-sliced pineapple that is dried in the oven. It's so pretty and it's yummy too! If you wanna make it, click here for the recipe

I will need to look for more pics to add! I will update in the future!
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