A Water Fight Like No Other!
April 21, 2011

The last few days, weeks even, have all been building up to this moment: SONGKRAN. If you know nothing, just know this – Songkran is Thailand’s official New Year celebration. How is it celebrated? By ‘throwing water’! Tuesday’s celebration was a water fight like no other! So while Stephen and I had intended on joining some friends down the street to celebrate, as soon as we stepped outside we were caught in the middle of our own water fight and decided to join in. As much as I’d love to talk about our water filled day, I figured pictures would explain a lot better!

Stephen in action!

Each baht bus, truck or car that passed was another water battle!

No one was walking away dry!

The rain definitely did not 'rain on our parade'!

Tough Guys

This was serious business 😉

Camera ready - until ice cold water hit!

It was definitely an experience we will never forget! Hope you enjoyed the pictures! As for now it’s time for a new episode of American Idol 🙂 But I’ll catch ya tomorrow!


Cook much?
April 18, 2011

One more day until the big water festival in Pattaya! We’ve been busy cooking and baking treats for Songkran. Last night for dinner Stephen cooked a delicious Thai Pork & Cashew dish. The orange-ginger marinade made it all come together.

Probably one of the best marinades I’ve tasted and I highly recommend trying it! It had a sweet & spicy kick which was perfect. We enjoyed it with pork, although chicken would be just as tasty!

Orange & Ginger Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger root

We drizzled the left-over marinade over the rice and pork!

Yesterday I was busy making Almond Cinnamon Fudge to give out as Songkran treats. I used this recipe and added chopped almonds to the mix.

The almonds gave the fudge a nice crunch!

Next up? Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake! The fudge was made to give out to others…the cheesecake, however, was for us! Stephen’s never been a dessert fanatic like me but two things that he happens to really like? Cheesecake and Creme de menthe brownies. So I was so excited when I found a recipe that combined the two!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake:

  • 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 8oz. package mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract

Mix all ingredients! I poured the mixture into a pre-made chocolate pie crust (Although you can also mix butter and chopped chocolate cookies for your own crust version). Finally I chopped up 2 mint cookies and sprinkled over top my cheesecake. Let it refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Wallah! So easy and no baking required!

I haven’t been very “dressed to dish” recently with all the water craziness from Songkran – but I was proud of my cheesecake and wanted to snap a pic 🙂

Well, wish us luck! Tomorrow is Pattaya’s huge water day – basically everything shuts down and everyone is out celebrating the new year by ‘throwing water’!

Songkran Splash!
April 17, 2011

This was our newspaper this morning! We braved it yesterday and took a baht bus into town. IT WAS CRAZY! It’s literally one big water party everywhere. So while I wish I could have taken pictures, I just wasn’t willing to risk the life of my camera! I found a you-tube video that gives you a pretty good idea what it’s like right now! We were on this road in the video yesterday – we were drenched the entire way home!

And to think- the main celebration day is not until April 19th. Don’t worry we’ll definitely be outside that day, as it would be too much fun to pass up!

I'm ready for the 19th!

While we were out we enjoyed some sushi for lunch – the avocado wrapped one was my favorite!

So after yesterday’s outing – today we stayed close to home. Instead of partaking in the water action again, we decided to have a ‘picnic’ on the roof and watch the Songkran entertainment from higher grounds. And by picnic, I mean a beach towel and a bowl of popcorn – we were ready to sit back and watch the show!

Some views from the roof!

Every time we walk up here I’m in awe each time. The views are just gorgeous from every angle.

Well folks it’s time to hit the kitchen! I’ve been busy making fudge to give out for the Songkran Holiday and Stephen has been cooking us a fabulous Thai dish for dinner. So basically it’s time to eat! I’ll catch ya tomorrow!

A Friday Fiesta
April 15, 2011

This morning I made a new breakfast combo – I’m callin’ this one my Breakfast Fiesta!

I took a toasted English Muffin and spread both sides with a thin layer of soft ripe avocado. From there, I filled my sandwich with a fried egg, tomato slices, and jalopeno jack cheese. Nothing like a morning fiesta to kick off my day!

After breakfast I worked out for 30 min on the elliptical but after a half hour that just got boring. Truth is I miss running outside but it’s a lil difficult where we live. Believe me I am thankful for the gym we have but I’ve been itching to do something different. Granted we walk everywhere but the little kid inside of me is desperately wanting to go run in all directions. I may have found a solution – turns out there’s a kickboxing place just down the street…perhaps a trip is in my future! But for now, I came back and did a workout from Women’s Health Magazine.

I don’t know about you but I hardly ever do the exercises featured on tear-out cards. I try it once and then I’m done. Not today! I found a routine that involves no weights or equipment – just your own body weight. It was actually a really good workout!

I’m not sure what’s on our dinner menu for tonight – but I am excited for American Idol.

Aside from the singing, I also love tuning in to see what JLO's attire will be!

Too bad I already found out who gets kicked off because I went on the super addictive site we all know and love – FACEBOOK. American Idol airs a day later in Thailand, so from now on I have to remember to not read facebook statuses before my show airs!

This thin mint reminded me of Girl Scout thin mints!

Last night I enjoyed a chocolate thin mint dipped in my hot cocoa. I don’t know what it is with this Thai Holiday, but there’s a holiday rush going through me! In my mind there’s a huge snowstorm in Thailand preventing us from going outside. But in reality it’s 80 degrees and sunny with a splash of water on your head – aka – Songkran – the Thai New Year. So since we’re “stuck inside” I figured a mug of hot chocolate would be perfect for the occasion. Happy Friday friends! Stay dressed to dish! 🙂

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