|August 23, 2013||Posted by thesocialfrog under Blogging|
Wow, today 6 years ago I started blogging. I know it has been more sparce since I moved to Japan, which is rather amusing. You would have thought there would be more to blog about but really I have found less things to share.
The day to day life here I find not worthy of blogging. Now, maybe if I lived off base but living on this base, it’s filled with drama and now since it’s summer we melt from the heat and don’t want do anything,lol.
I thank all of you, well any of you left out there for sticking around. It’s been an interesting 6 years for sure and I am sure the next 6 will be as well!
There is a lot going on around here and will be the rest of this year. We will soon be picking orders again and leaving Japan by next summer! So excited.
I hope as the weather cools I will post more often. I do have some stories to share but a million pictures to sift through too!
|July 16, 2013||Posted by thesocialfrog under Life|
It’s been a while. Why? Well, many different reasons. Like the title says “Sometimes “Things” Go Stale”! I think one of the biggest things is that I have tired of Japan. I know, how ungrateful I am….(rolling my eyes)!
Incase you are wondering I’ve not taken my time here for granted. I know people would hurt other people to be able to live in Japan…not nessicerily where I live though. Let’s not forget I live WAY up North in the farm lands…Not in the middle of Tokyo. To put it another way..one place is glamourous while the other is kind of homley…yeah.
I actually have many posts to write. I have been in a “I’m really over living in Japan” kind of funk. It has gotten old. Once you have been to a festival one time…it is the same, every other time. You have to enjoy eating too…I am not a huge fan of food on a stick or eating a lot, especially while I am out and about.
I guess I have been uninspired for a while now…even though I have seen and visited inspiring places! I come to my blog and try to decide how many of those 400 pictures I am going to post and what would everyone want to see of my trip or adventure. Then I just loose interest even though I want to share with all of you. It really is time to move on from here.
One more year, we shall be gone this time next year and I am excited. I don’t want to say my life has become stale because that is not fully the truth either…certain aspects of it have. It’s not like I can run to Walmart, Target or any of my favorite crafting stores.
Yes, I do have some Japanese stores I do like to frequent but it is never exactly what I want or am looking for, just something suitable enough…”for now”. Also, we are now in the summer full swing and I hate summer here. I am not and don’t think I ever have sugar coated that. I love winter here. I can say I am looking forward to my last winter here.
The things I enjoy most in life are a pain in the ass to do in the summer. I will say that just this past month they have allowed each home, with many restrictions…a small portable AC unit. We had talked about it, about getting one. We talked but then that’s been it. We are on a self imposed strict budget. 1 year out from our next move I love to save, save, save as much money as possible!
So what else has gone a little stale…friendships. I know, many fizzle and few sizzle..especially living the military life..always moving and even with social media it’s still easy to disconnect. Sometimes even the things you think will hold the friendship together like glue..does not matter. I guess with some people you have to have many, many things in common. That’s hard,lol. Friendships are hard, especially the older I get…boooo!
I guess when it comes down to it, I could write forever about negative things,lol. There are still many little positives about living in Japan but in the end, I am ready to adventure on and see what else is out there!
|April 30, 2013||Posted by thesocialfrog under Blogging Challenges|
My Theme For The Challenge This Year Is Baking! Today’s Letter Is “Z”!
What is Zest? The outermost part of the rind of an orange, lemon, or other citrus fruit, used
The zest I use most often is from a lemon, especially when it comes to baking, orange comes in a close 2nd! Do you use zest of any kind when you bake?
Wow! April went by very quickly!! So this ends my April 2013 A To Z Challenge!!! Thank you to all those whom have followed along, commented or just read.
|April 29, 2013||Posted by thesocialfrog under Blogging Challenges|
My Theme For The Challenge This Year Is Baking! Today’s Letter Is “Y”!
What is Yeast? Yeasts are eukaryotic microorganisms classified in the kingdom Fungi, with 1,500 species currently described.
My most favorite kind of bread baking has me using yeast! I love the process and how yeast works. The more I use it, the more I learn and enjoy creating beautiful baked goods with it.
Do you use yeast or do you shy away from it?
|April 27, 2013||Posted by thesocialfrog under Blogging Challenges|
My Theme For The Challenge This Year Is Baking! Today’s Letter Is “X”!
What is Xagave? Xagave is a wonderful sweetener and food that will help you achieve your health goals, whether it be weight loss, improved digestion, more energy or an enhanced immune system.
I have no personal experience with this product. Some people swear by it and others think it is horrible. I am really not sure as I have not used it. I tend to not like to bake with anything but sugar and I have never baked using a sweetener before. The above, about what it is, comes right from the About Xagave off of the web site. Have you ever used it or currently use it? What are your thoughts?
If you would like to read more about this product you can find it here: Xagave
|April 26, 2013||Posted by thesocialfrog under Blogging Challenges|
My Theme For The Challenge This Year Is Baking! Today’s Letter Is “W”!
Do you really ever use white chocolate? I have to say that it is so rare that I use it that it was not until very recently that I have started to try and keep one bag on hand in the kitchen.
The most I’ve been using it was for my Mini Oreo Cheesecakes I’ve been making. The time before that was at Christmas with a cookie. Before then, who knows. Just not something I make much use of. Now, chocolate is something I use all time,lol.
|April 25, 2013||Posted by thesocialfrog under Blogging Challenges|
My Theme For The Challenge This Year Is Baking! Today’s Letter Is “V”!
What is Vasilopita Cake? A very traditional Greek Cake that celebrates the life of Saint Basil. Usually served on New Years.
This year, I decided to make this a new tradition on New Years. The cake is very interesting and I would even describe it more as a “bready” kind of cake rather than your traditional thoughts and textures of a normal light and fluffy American type cake.
If you would like to use the recipe I did to make this cake, you can find it here: Vasilopita Cake
|April 24, 2013||Posted by thesocialfrog under Blogging Challenges|
My Theme For The Challenge This Year Is Baking! Today’s Letter Is “U”!
What is Unbleached Flour? Flour that is bleached naturally as it ages; no maturing agents are used in the milling process. It may be used interchangeably with bleached flours and has no nutritive differences.
My most favorite “brand” of flour to use is King Arthur Flour but sadly I can not get it here in Japan. To me it has the best taste and bakes most perfect goodies!
|April 23, 2013||Posted by thesocialfrog under Blogging Challenges|
My Theme For The Challenge This Year Is Baking! Today’s Letter Is “T”!
If you like chocolate, a chocolate truffle tartlet may just be for you! From the chocolate tart dough to the chocolate truffle center, it is a chocolate lovers dream!
What is great about the recipe I will be sharing is, you can make them over several days if you would like or it can be made and done in one day too.
If you would like to make your own, you can find the recipe I use here: Chocolate Truffle Tartlets