Merry Christmas!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Both hubby and I have been combating one sickness or another this whole month, I even came down with the flu a couple of weeks ago. It certainly hasn’t been fun! What’s especially not been fun is the medicine I’ve been given not really helping. I think they’ve given me lower doses than usual so that the medicine doesn’t affect J. On the bright, at least she hasn’t really caught anything too bad. I just hope she’s not waiting for our trip to the States to catch something.

Christmas has been pretty low key for us this year. We’re kinda just holding off since we’ll be celebrating twice this coming week. We spent the day watching Christmas movies and then had our Christmas chicken from KFC. Unfortunately it was a little cold by the time hubby got it home, but it was still good.

I still have to get packing for our trip for tomorrow. I really hope some of J’s summer clothes still fit! I feel like she must have gone through a growth spurt recently. Also she’s been taking a few steps here and there as well. Food and our Pakupaku and Pakuko hand puppets seem to be the big things that make her want to start trying to walk.

Here’s hoping we survive our upcoming trip without too much fussing…


Baby Recipe: Vegetable Cream Stew


I didn’t realize this before since I never ate that many stews, but I was surprised to find out that the concept of a “cream stew” is pretty Japanese. I also added pieces of shredded chicken breast, and I think J liked it. You can also add ingredients such as pumpkin. I used the vegetables I froze when I made the vegetable soup recipe I posted before, which made this recipe very quick and easy to make.

This recipe is intended for babies who can eat stage 2 solids for those following the Japanese baby food stages (stage 3 for US baby food stages).

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Beef Stew Recipe Using Store-Bought Sauce Mix


I’ve been a bit distracted by Final Fantasy XV and under the weather with a bad cold, but it’s been awhile since I posted a recipe. This recipe uses the blocks of beef stew seasoning that you can buy in stores here in Japan, such as this one below:


Box of beef stew roux

I’ve made this recipe a couple of times already and I’ve been experimenting with the type of roux to use. I think I like the kinds that are demi-glace sauces better. I served this with French bread.

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A Late Thanksgiving

I know it’s December now, but I’ve been busy so I haven’t had a chance to write about Thanksgiving yet!


Last year we tried cooking a whole baby turkey in our microwave oven. Despite hours of cooking, we unfortunately ended up with a lot of uncooked meat. It was good but when I saw turkey legs on Amazon I decided to give those a try instead this year since they looked like they would be easier to cook.

Thanksgiving dinner this year came out great! We celebrated on Saturday since hubby had to work on Thursday. I used a recipe I found on Cookpad for the mashed potatoes, and then I used this recipe I found on allrecipes to marinate the legs in mandarin oranges, although the legs already had a pretty smokey flavor to them. I got stuffing and cranberry sauce from Kaldi. With all of the foreigners who live around where we live, I was surprised they still had stuffing.


Originally for dessert I wanted to make a cheesecake and blueberry pie tart, but I accidentally dropped the tart crust I had bought and Kaldi didn’t have any others. Thankfully, my husband bought a couple of premade cheesecake tarts from a store, and I made the sauce to put on top. It was delicious!

This year I’m grateful for how healthy and beautiful our little girl is, and I’m also grateful for how hard my husband works so that I’ve been able to stay at home with her.