our housewarming

planning our housewarming was exhausting…sam literally just stapled the moulding the day before…talk about procrasination.  It really gave us a goal to get the house in order, but it’s still work in progress…

some prep work…

since I didn’t have any time to start seeding for fruits n vegetable for the summer (april was crunch time for the wedding)…our flowerbed is full of weeds this summer.  to ultilize the space…i told sam to build a cover similar to a removable deck..got to love my handyman =D

our setup…

it really came in handy as we had over 40 guests…

food…we prepared as many as we could in advance…but the whole time we were busy grilling n giving house tours that we didnt have time to take pics of the yumminess…we only got some prep pictures

for the wedding we knew from the very beginning that we wanted something edible as favors since i never keep the favors…n while we were shopping at ikea for things for the house we saw their spice jars…*lightbulb turns on* candy buffet…

we gave everyone one to fill at the candy buffet…n can later be use as spice jars or for any storage…i use them to store buttons also…

we did registered for a spice rack…but with our limited counter space…we had to return the gift….n got a hanging rack for spices placed next to the cabinet from ikea…

Tea Eggs ~ we love EGGS…

hard boiled eggs

unlike amelie in the movie amelie, i love cracking eggs….(amelie loves cracking creme brulee)

the mixture

3 star anise…can be found at chinese supermarket…

2 tablespoons of black tea

1 cup of dark soy sauce n 1 teaspoons of chinese 5 spices (can be found at asian food market)

simmer….the longer u let it sit the stronger the flavor

marblized….we had some after 1hr and it wasn’t not strong enough so we left it in the rice cooker overnight (i like prefer my eggs hot)…at the housewarming, it was a bit too salty…

Cupcake pops ~ i learned from my failed attempt…this time was more smooth…but it took alot of time…inspired by bakerella

it takes practice…

i remember to put in the lollipop sticks this time =P

n decorate…given out as favors…edible favors are the best!

Grilled potato and onions

alternate potato n onions…add salt, pepper, n butter…wrap in foil n grill…

Rosemary n Garlic Tomato ~ we have a large rosemary bush in the garden…so we incorporate alot into the bbq recipes…we also did rosemary n garlic shrimp =P

they look so good!!!  and very tasty too…

our last guest left at 4am!  exhausting indeed…

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