food .. panko crusted salmon

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For the first time since Max has been born, I was able to cook a full meal. Cooking with a new baby is really challenging but I wanted to cook Yap a meal for all the meals he cooked for me.

Doing anything with a baby is all about logistics. Since Max still feeds quite often, I had to time it just right and pick recipes that were quick in prep time. So I decided to do a panko crusted salmon with roasted brussel sprouts and pancetta. I got the salmon recipe from Yap’s cousin Jen. It is delicious and so easy to make!! I got the roasted brussel sprouts and pancetta from epicurious. For the roasted brussel sprouts and pancetta recipe, click here. Below is the salmon recipe that I got from Jen. :)

panko crusted salmon

ingredients

  • salmon filet (size according to how many servings you want)
  • olive oil
  • dijon mustard
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • parsley or thyme
  • salt and pepper

instructions:

  1. preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. brush both sides of the salmon with olive oil (helps from salmon sticking to the pan.)
  3. coat salmon with dijon mustard.
  4. in a bowl, toss panko breadcrumbs and olive oil. depending on serving size, for every 1/2 cup of panko toss it with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Chop up 1/4 cup of parsley and/or thyme and mix with panko breadcrumbs and olive oil. Take the mixture and press it into the salmon.
  5. put salmon in oven,  6 inch filet cooks between 10-12 minutes. Adjust cook time based on serving size.

buon appetito!

food .. panko crusted salmon

photo .. holiday photo shoot

I am now officially one of those people that will send a holiday card out with a photo of the family on it.

In order to do so, I enlisted another talented friend to take our photos. I know, I have a lot of photographer friends and they are all different but great at what they do. Jenny made taking pictures with a newborn really easy and fun! Since she has a son of her own, she really knows how to capture kids at their best and worst and make it all look so cute. Check out her website here, you can get more information and see her portfolio.

Anyways, Max was behaving up until a certain point at which point he spit up down his front and then proceeded to have a melt down. I suggest you bring some pumped breast milk or formula on hand to calm the baby down at a photoshoot. It seemed to do the trick on little Max and he was able to get a few more photos after his meltdown.

The pictures from our holiday photoshoot is below. One of my absolute favorites is the last photo of Yap copying Max crying. The second to the last photo is what we used for our holiday cards this year.

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photo .. holiday photo shoot

photo .. maternity shoot

Back in August when I was 8 months pregnant, Yap and I did a maternity photo shoot with one of my best friends, Monica Roy. I have been meaning to post this awhile back!! We wanted to capture my pregnancy since this is our first child. She did a phenomenal job and it was even featured on a blog called Inspired By This! Click here to check it out.

We had a great time even though it was a bit chilly outside. She does a great job in giving direction on how to pose so that you look your absolute best in the photos. I would definitely check out her website if you are in need of photographer for weddings, lifestyle, fashion shoots, etc. Click here to check out her website.

As I was asked about where I got my maternity clothes, I shopped at Old Navy (that’s where the dress is from) and Gap. Great places to get maternity clothes. Max’s shoes are from Zara (no longer available).

Check out the photos below from our session:

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photo .. maternity shoot

max .. newborn photoshoot

One of my nearest and dearest friend, Vivian, took beautiful pictures of Max shortly after he was born. He was only 8 days old at the time of the photoshoot.

A friend recommended to do a newborn photoshoot as they regretted not doing one because the newborn look lasts for such a short amount of time and you do want to remember it. And I am glad that we did it. A newborn isn’t the greatest looking baby but when it’s your baby, they are beautiful to you at any stage.

But, he’s so much less squishy faced now. :) And so am I. I love that Vivian was able to capture him while he was awake and even one where he’s sort of smiling. If you need a photographer I highly recommend Vivian. You can access her website here. You can see her body of work and you will be able to contact her via the website. She’s amazing!!!

Below are the photos from our newborn photoshoot with Vivian

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max .. newborn photoshoot

max .. maxwell tae yang yap

On Wednesday September 24th at 1:19PM our beautiful baby boy Max was born.

He came in screaming into the world and then decided to pee on me right after one of the nurses plopped him on me.

My labor was pretty easy in comparison to the stories I have read and heard so I really need to thank him for not being an exceptionally big baby (esp not having a big head)…

He eats really well …. and not knowing about cluster feedings, I was in complete shock of how much he was eating.

I can’t say everything is going wonderfully and things are all sunshine and rainbows because that is just not realistic with a newborn. However, we are over the moon with this little guy. Yap and I can’t still believe that we are parents.

For me, I was shocked to not immediately feel like a mother once he was born. I am doing all the things for this guy to make sure he’s thriving in his new world but feeling like a mother is taking a lot longer than I expected. I guess it is because I still feel like a kid in some ways.

One thing for sure though is that feeling of selfishness of my time is completely out the window. And for women who are able to breastfeed, they have such a mental toughness to get through it. I use Netflix and my iPad to get through the pain. . .especially when he cluster feeds.

Although, it is really cute when he eats too much and gets milk drunk. See picture below.

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max .. maxwell tae yang yap

house .. kitchen reno complete

The kitchen renovation turned out better than expected. We bought the cabinets from Ikea, Akurum cabinets with Adel (off-white) doors. It was the cheapest and most efficient option we could go with. We bought two new appliances a dishwasher and double oven/stove. I love them so much as they improved our lives significantly. The apron sink is from Kohler and the faucet we bought at Overstock.com. After being inspired by more higher end brands, we used those sites to figure out what style we were looking for and went with cheaper options. And we went with gray glass subway tiles instead of going with a different color because I wanted this kitchen to look timeless and not think about changing it for a VERY long time. We did oak floors in the kitchen so that it just matched the rest of the flooring on the bottom level instead of a more durable tile. The floors matching the rest of the house really extends the house. One of the best features in the house is the door with the side-lite because it adds more light into the space and it acts as a window.

The last picture shows where the dining room built in was and how they were able to match the original details of the house. Now a coffee cart is in the corner of where the built in was.

We are so happy with the new kitchen as it added a lot more space and a lot of it was just a reconfiguration of the existing kitchen and stealing the small closet space of the downstairs bedroom!

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house .. kitchen reno complete

max .. countdown begins

I know my last post is still in reno mode. We have completed the renovations and my closest friends Hana, Monica, and Rachana threw a very lovely baby shower in our newly renovated place. The renovation completed the night before the baby shower. Being pretty pregnant at that time, Andrew and I had to clean and put everything back. It was a bit stressful.

I do promise to post pictures of the final renovation but I am waiting for cleaners to come and make the place sparkle before I take the final pictures.

This post is to commemorate my 39th week of being pregnant. One more week until the due date but I have been told that I am most likely going to be late. :P

Unless the little guy comes out being bigger than a newborn size (7.5 pds or less), below is his “going home” outfit. It’s all from Baby Gap.

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max .. countdown begins