happy terrific two

today is my 2 year anniversary of blogging. 

first of all, i want to say thank you for reading my blog. and all of its randomness. 

i have enjoyed meeting as many of you as i can (via blog comments, emails, facebook, instagram, etc…). i have enjoyed reading your blogs. i have enjoyed trying your recipes and experiencing your life through your stories. i have enjoyed reading about ingredients i don’t even like, and have not “enjoyed” reading about your dating woes and disasters. but you are all fantastic writers, and that’s what keeps me reading. 

there’s nothing sophisticated or themed about my blog. it’s just a bunch of random experiences that i want to share. 

and with that said, stay tuned for more random experiences that i will still be sharing!

may you all have a fantastic week. =)

xoxo,

sierra lei

 

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throwback thursday 05/02/13

i love planning events and throwing parties.

well, i love planning and coordinating and working with color schemes and making party favors and executing perfect displays and finding great food and gathering big crowds and making sure people have a good time.

but i don’t like the whole “burning the midnight oil” part. that’s the part that kills me the most.

i decided to do throwback thursday posts. earlier this evening, i was looking through some old photos and bumped into the pictures of the baby shower i threw for my sister. oh, the memories…..

it was back in 2006. during the first part of my sister’s pregnancy, we didn’t quite get along. we were doing our thing, going our ways…but of course, i had to throw her a baby shower. i’ve never really planned anything ON MY OWN before, so i had no idea what i was doing, but i knew that a baby shower had to go down, and i was the one to make it happen.

i did my research. what elements are involved in a baby shower? food. check. cake. check. decorations. check. party favors. woohoo! check. diaper cake. diaper what?

my sister and i were working for a department store, and we were close to a lot of our co workers, so invited almost all of them. i threw out baby shower invites, but being from saipan, i did not have anyone RSVP. because i did not know how many people were really coming, i just made sure there was enough of everything for everyone-food, cake, snacks, and party favors.

the bath and body works semi-annual sale was going on and i spotted votive holders for $1. a dollar! what a steal! i bought every single clear, frosted white, and blue votive holder in the entire dallas DISTRICT. i drove to malls that i STILL do not know how to get to today. their votive candles were 2/$1. i bought enough vanilla and cotton blossom votive candles to match each holder. i found mini baby confetti, white and blue tulle, and ribbons at different stores and had an assembly team of 4 people assembling the party favors for 2 nights straight-me, my boyfriend at the time, my brother, and his girlfriend at the time. we were like santa’s elves in the workshop, cutting tulle, sprinkling confetti, and tying little bows-and then hiding them in huge tupperware bins under the bed so my sister wouldn’t bump into them if she came over.

i heard that a particular bakery sold THE best tres leches cake in dallas. i don’t even remember who the bakery was but i knew i had to have that cake. all i knew about the bakery was that it was in a bad part of town, so i had my brother go get it. the baby shower had 2 cakes. “more is better than less (do you watch those at&t commercials? you’ll get that quote, haha).”

the diaper cake situation. i discovered that it wasn’t edible-darn. but it was creative-yay! so i made one. you roll up diapers and form them into a wedding cake. easy. i don’t think my first one turned out bad at all.

six years ago was such a blur, especially when i had no idea what i was doing. i remember being so dang tired the day of the baby shower. there was only one picture taken of me from that day and i refuse to post it. i was holding a BUNCH of helium balloons and i wanted to cover my face with them because i looked and felt so terrible. i thought i had thrown a successful baby shower, but looking back at it, i think to myself, “oooh, knowing what i know now, i could really have made it 10 times better….” i would have made party favor tags. i would have done RSVPs. i would have made the cutest little cupcakes. i didn’t bake back then. i don’t think i started baking until about 4-5 years ago. but i could have made some killer cupcakes.

here are some photos i found online of the baby shower. they might not be much, but i thought they were pretty cool!

 

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it was fun.

i hope i find other good throwback thursday ideas moving forward!

xoxo

the food truck festival

i went to the texas food truckin’ fest today.

it was awesome.

the event was held at the texas rangers ballpark in arlington. it went on from yesterday to today, benefitting the american cancer society. my sister, nephew, and i went to check it out. the parking was free around the ballpark, which was nice. it costed $10 to get in per person, $5 for children. i believe it was the ticket money that went to the american cancer society. there were about 30 food trucks that participated in the event. i was hoping that the sahm bbq (gourmet korean bbq tacos & burritos-they make killer kimchee fries!!!) food truck was going to be there. i had tried them at the taste of dallas last year and they were amazing. i was also looking forward to the cup cakin’ food truck (i had never tried them before), but i didn’t see them today. in fact, the cupcake trucks were closed when we got there. i was pretty upset. some food trucks ran out of food, but re-opened once they got replenished. there were all sorts of food trucks today that offered different types of cuisines: greek, vietnamese, american, indo-chinese, south american, latin, cuban. the lines were not that long, which was great. there was one food truck that had a noticeably long line, but i wasn’t interested in getting anything from them. aside from the cupcake trucks being closed, i really had nothing bad to say about today’s event. there were TONS of seating available to guests, outside the stadium and inside if anyone wanted some shade. there were bounce houses inside the stadium for kids to play. there was a huge screen that was available for everyone to watch the rangers game (unfortunately, we lost to the minnesota twins, 2-7) while they had their away game. there were trash cans available every 10 feet that were emptied out by the staff, and everything was clean. the rangers ballpark really knows how to throw and event to make sure everyone has a good time. and the weather was great. that always makes for a huge bonus in texas on any given day.

here are some pictures of the event, as well as the winner that beat all the food trucks. guests had the opportunity to vote for their favorite food truck by texting their votes in. i got to try them without knowing they were going to be the winner, so that was pretty cool!

 

home of the texas rangers, yeehaw!

home of the texas rangers, yeehaw!

 

a row of food trucks...

a row of food trucks…

 

maui wow. i noticed quite a few articles online about this food truck coming to DFW but didn't get to try them. all-natural fresh smoothies and gourmet hawaiian coffees.

maui wow. i noticed quite a few articles online about this food truck coming to DFW but didn’t get to try them. all-natural fresh smoothies and gourmet hawaiian coffees.

 

what's cook-n chef food truck. latin-infused menu. i got the 3 street tacos in all 3 flavors. it was mind-blowing deliciousness. the tacos were so tiny but WOW, did it taste awesome! i would say it was my favorite food truck. i would totally break into this food truck to steal what magical sauce they put in their tacos.

what’s cook-n chef food truck. latin-infused menu. i got the 3 street tacos in all 3 flavors. it was mind-blowing deliciousness. the tacos were so tiny but WOW, did it taste awesome! i would say it was my favorite food truck. i would totally break into this food truck to steal what magical sauce they put in their tacos.

 

 

what's cook-n chef street tacos...at first i didn't think they were tacos. underneath the lettuce and cheese toppings is pure deliciousness.

what’s cook-n chef street tacos…at first i didn’t think they were tacos. underneath the lettuce and cheese toppings is pure deliciousness.

 

short-n-sweet food truck. very clever name for the tiny food truck owned by tiny and "sweet" people. serving locally-made paletas (latin-american ice pops made from fresh fruit), i got rice pudding and my nephew got watermelon. i loved this truck because i love ice cream and popsicles and it was a mixture of both.

short-n-sweet food truck. very clever name for the tiny food truck owned by tiny and “sweet” people. serving locally-made paletas (latin-american ice pops made from fresh fruit), i got rice pudding and my nephew got watermelon. i loved this truck because i love ice cream and popsicles and it was a mixture of both.

 

rice pudding paleta! next time i want to try coffee and pecan!

rice pudding paleta! next time i want to try coffee and pecan!

 

 

the food trucks along the stadium side and some of the seating area.

the food trucks along the stadium side and some of the seating area.

 

taste of cuba, called one of the best cuban food trucks in the DFW, but i didn't get to try them.

taste of cuba, called one of the best cuban food trucks in the DFW, but i didn’t get to try them.

 

 

watching the game on the big screen.

watching the game on the big screen.

 

the bacon lover's truck. as much as i wanted to try them, i ended up missing out! i must find them in the future!

the bacon lover’s truck. as much as i wanted to try them, i ended up missing out! i must find them in the future!

 

 

empanda armada food truck. since april 8 was national empanada day, i decided to try their pulled pork empanada and their buffalo chicken empanada, since they had sold out of other flavors. they were the FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL winners this year!

empanda armada food truck. since april 8 was national empanada day, i decided to try their pulled pork empanada and their buffalo chicken empanada, since they had sold out of other flavors. they were the FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL winners this year!

 

the winning menu. surprisingly, i liked their buffalo chicken empanada more than the pulled pork empanada. i love pulled pork and i am really not fond of buffalo chicken, but i wanted to try one of each. what a surprise.

the winning menu. surprisingly, i liked their buffalo chicken empanada more than the pulled pork empanada. i love pulled pork and i am really not fond of buffalo chicken, but i wanted to try one of each. what a surprise.

 

the guava tree food truck. cuban american family recipes with a twist. i spotted their cuban donuts and had to try them.

the guava tree food truck. cuban american family recipes with a twist. i spotted their cuban donuts and had to try them.

 

cuban donuts filled with cream cheese and guava jelly! yummmmmy! it was worth the 25 minute wait.

cuban donuts filled with cream cheese and guava jelly! yummmmmy! it was worth the 25 minute wait.

 

 

that is the food truck with the longest line. and i don't know which truck that is.

that is the food truck with the longest line. and i don’t know which truck that is.

 

cravetopia bakery food truck. homemade mini bundt cakes....CLOSED.

cravetopia bakery food truck. homemade mini bundt cakes….CLOSED.

 

 

nammi food truck. vietnamese fusion. i got an asian bbq banh mi sandwich.

nammi food truck. vietnamese fusion. i got an asian bbq banh mi sandwich.

 

 

i was obsessed with the marinated radish and carrots on top. the sandwich was awesome, but i just wanted a bowl of the topping. haha.

i was obsessed with the marinated radish and carrots on top. the sandwich was awesome, but i just wanted a bowl of the topping. haha.

 

i was desperately looking for a soda and i bumped into this!!!! i bought 2 and i'm scared to try it!!!!

i was desperately looking for a soda and i bumped into this!!!! i bought 2 and i’m scared to try it!!!!

 

my nephew took this picture. cheers to an awesome day!

my nephew took this picture. cheers to an awesome day! oh, and this is us trying to dress alike again. haha. 

 

i bet that next year’s food truck festival will be much bigger. i think this first year will get great reviews and all the food trucks will want to get in on next year. well, that’s what i’m hoping for. haha.

 

did any of you do something exciting this weekend?

xoxo

 

 

mother’s day cards

mother’s day is coming up. sunday, may 12, for those of you who have no clue.

don’t forget to give your mom a mother’s day card.

I REPEAT: DO NOT FORGET TO GIVE YOUR MOM A MOTHER’S DAY CARD.

and anyone else who is a mother that you care about (boy, do i have a list).

for all the foodies out there, here are 3 food/drink-related cards that you might enjoy from papyrus:

 

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the macarons are starting to take over, but they will never replace cupcake cards. i wouldn’t even be able to post a blog on all the cupcake cards that papyrus has-there are so many cute ones. i have yet to see a cupcake mother’s day card, but i am SURE they have one this year. i am so sure of it……………i hope they do………

xoxo

random photos from saipan…august 27-september 28…

august 27, date of arrival. meet cupcake. she was given to me by my friend, tiffany, to keep me company during my stay here on saipan. here, she is sitting next to the first book of the worst trilogy ever made. #bigpurchaseregret

 

august 28. one of my favorite drinks on island.

 

august 28. my mom fried this fish for me for dinner, served with breadfruit. i totally threw it up half an hour later. i felt so bad. it was good but i guess my stomach was still being picky from all the nerves i had before leaving texas. i had trouble eating back then…

 

august 30. while on saipan, i would never suggest getting a steak for dinner. i stick to what the location is known for, and that’s raw fish and island food. i hope that prime rib i had the night before i left texas is enough to hold me over for a year…

 

august 31. it’s a road. by the beach. conveniently called BEACH ROAD.

 

august 31. cupcake and my BFF, 2 ball, hanging out at a japanese restaurant.

 

september 3. first time seeing dragon fruit at my dad’s rotary club meeting.

 

september 3. holy #@$%!!! a case of soda! on SALE!

 

september 5. look at those ships!!

 

september 6. a nicer photo of beach road.

 

september 7. represent.

 

september 7. i stalked a cupcakery called sweet escape one night…

 

september 8. the spa.

 

september 10. cupcakes from sweet escape. peanut butter chocolate chip was obviously my favorite.

 

september 11. my dad’s rotary club celebrated the september birthdays. look at that cake!

 

september 11. my dad blowing out the “candle.”

 

september 12. my dad and i at a ribbon cutting event for the expansion of one of the elementary schools.

 

september 24. got to tour the USS Cowpens, the cruiser. the USS McCampbell is the destroyer next to it.

 

september 28. the MMA fight.

 

that is all for now. or at least for this blog.

enjoy!

xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sugary sweets and gift wrapping

this morning (as i mentioned on facebook), i was throwing out some trash at work and the fed ex guy gave me 3 bags of peanut M&Ms. yesssss!!! he’s so sweet, that fed ex guy. he doesn’t even deliver to my store, but he brings me all the free candy that he gets from the other stores-especially GODIVA! ❤ every day that he sees me, he pops in to greet me and make me smile because he says it makes his day-my smile. what a sweetie. he’s always following up on what is going on with my life. he’s just so nice and pleasant every day. i wonder what he’s like on one of his BAD DAYS. i can’t even imagine, being that he’s always in such a chipper mood. he sometimes comes in to buy a little something for his girlfriend or his son. he’s so thoughtful.

notice how i use that adjective a lot when describing my friends. thoughtful. and i’m blessed to have those thoughtful friends in my life. because i could have a lot worse. haha.

but that fed ex guy. he’s so cool.

and then jonathan walks in to work a few hours later and hands me…………………

CUPCAKES!!!!!!

sugar queen cupcakes.

they are a whole lotta YUM. i’ve been munching on their cupcakes since the week they opened. and i don’t even remember when they opened, to be honest-it doesn’t feel as if it’s been a year yet. i just remember being on a mission to try every single one of their flavors at least once.

the close up pictures i took are of their confetti birthday cake, pumpkin spice, chocolate, and berry pecan. the berry pecan is named THE OFFICIAL CUPCAKE OF TEXAS (the story behind that is on their website). that was actually their first flavor i bought. it’s a strawberry/vanilla flavored cupcake with pecans and toasted coconut in it….don’t knock it ’til you try it! it’s…so…good…sugar queen cupcakes has 2 locations, one at the shops of willow bend and one at the stonebriar mall. they make their cupcakes fresh, and i love the density of the cake. i love their flavors, too. snickerdoodle is one of my favorites, and although i do NOT like key lime pie, their cream cheese lime is delish. the one flavor i really want to try is their root beer float!! i have yet to snag one of those root beer float cupcakes. i could eat these cupcakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. yes, i make cupcakes, but i don’t eat my own, so i need someone else’s to munch on. =) i love their manager, stephanie. she’s the sweetest. it’s always wonderful to have a good shop with good people. ❤

…and back to jonathan…

jonathan is my boss. he’s been my boss on and off for a few years. we’ve known each other longer than we have worked together. in fact, that’s how we ended up working together.

let’s take it WAAAAAAAAY back in the day…….

we met on christmas of the year 2004 (whaaaaaaaaat!?!? that’s insane!)…

i just started dating his brother at the time-it was our first christmas together. i went over to my (now ex) boyfriend’s place and jonathan was with one of his best friends, tamara….along with a bottle of a beverage and bomb pops. every time i hear “bomb pops” it INSTANTLY takes me to christmas of ’04 with jonathan and tamara. i’m not even sure if they remember that christmas, they seemed to be having a party of their own even with david and i in the room. they were fun. so jonathan started off as “my boyfriend’s brother.”

over the next year and a half, i saw jonathan a few times, here and there…whether it was going to a concert or going to dinner, but it was always connected with his brother.

and then in july of ’06, i had a job interview on my (now ex) boyfriend’s birthday for a store called PAPYRUS.

fabulous interview. best job interview i’ve ever had.

jonathan met up with us to celebrate his brother’s birthday and i said, “you gotta go in that store, i just had a job interview. i think you’ll like it! check if you can get interviewed!” or something along those lines…

and jonathan ends up with a job interview that lasted about 4 times longer than mine.

THAT is how we ended up working together. =) he got hired to work at the northpark location, i got hired to open up the shops of willow bend location, and here we are…FIVE AND A HALF YEARS LATER and still working together. 

we became closer and our brothers became closer. it would be awesome if we could do a “sibling trade off.” our brothers love their sports and college football and jonathan and i love our fashion and fun.

and more randomness and more about jonathan…

jonathan introduces me to new music, funny videos, and cool websites that i happen to always love.

jonathan loves carolina herrera. and vera wang.

jonathan is a fantastic gift giver. one christmas, he gave me a sephora perfume sampler, which i think is a fabulous gift to give. i love perfumes, and the set came with a bunch of perfume samples. i was to test them and rate them and pick my favorite sample to redeem for a full-size bottle. it took me a few months before i chose 2 perfumes (got one for free and paid for the other one): harajuku lovers G, which was 2009’s women’s fragrance of the year, and aquolina’s pink sugar. another christmas, he gave me a lola marc jacobs perfume ring. i love accessories AND lola marc jacobs was actually 2010’s women’s fragrance of the year! i’m not sure if he knew that…and another christmas, one of the gifts he got me was a porcelain coffee mug…because i love coffee…and the funny thing was that before he gave me the gift, i almost told him about how i saw “a porcelain coffee mug” in a store and wanted it. i laughed when i opened the gift. it was such the craziest coincidence because it was the exact mug i wanted. jonathan’s thoughtfulness (there’s that word again) and “attention to detail” is what makes him such a great friend.

he’s sassy and he’s sweet. 

someone needs to write a book of all the slangs and smart-alecky sayings that come out of jonathan’s mouth.

el. oh. el.

he’s too much fun.

and here are some random pictures of us:

i told him that he needs to start blogging. he’d be great at it.

another thing he is great at is being patient while wrapping a HUGE gift!!!!!!!!!!!!

behold, project I HOPE WE NEVER HAVE TO WRAP CAR SEATS AND STROLLERS AGAIN

now…before you ooh and aah about jonathan’s fierce “i can wrap anything larger than life” skills and want him to wrap the next dresser set you purchase as a wedding gift, ask yourself if you really want to spend over $60 to have someone wrap a large gift like that for you. i’m not going to lie, i was super happy with the fact that i actually had the CHOICE as to whether i wanted to wrap those honkin’ huge boxes or not. it felt like a vacation watching jonathan wrap those boxes. but i felt sorry for him at the same time. that was a lot of double stick tape, slowly-flipping-the-boxes-numerous-times-without-creasing-the-paper, and “i want to kill myself” for me to handle. those 2 boxes required a total of 5 rolls of wrapping paper, 9 spools of ribbon, and a lot of sanity.

thank you, jonathan, for the cupcakes today…and thank you for not letting me wrap those gifts. =)

you’re the best boss, ever!

xoxo