Ever since I moved out here to Colorado, I have forgotten how to make many of my home traditional foods I love so much. I was raised from a very traditional Lao upbringing where my parents never took us out to eat. We always had family meals my dad would make for us.  He would make us Lao entrees with home grown ingredients from my mother’s garden.  Mainly, traditional Lao food requires fresh organic ingredients, tons of vegetables and herbs, and is spicy with a sweet and sour taste. Have you tried Lao food?

Papaya Salad. My favorite.



Spicy Laotion Beef Salad


I am glad my dad is coming this weekend! I can’t wait to enjoy his home cooking!




Happy Monday!

Last weekend, I was working on getting organized and then realized it is almost that time of year to head up to the Ely cabin. Oh my how times past by so fast. I am getting vacation anticipation. Every year during the summer, we head up to the middle of nowhere cabin way up north right at the Canadian border far. It is total isolation with no people or city life.  It is all about wildlife living up there. The cabin we stay in is made from cedar wood with expanse windows overlooking the beautiful water. See some of my favorite cabins and cabin lifestyles.

Das Haus am See

water. like. glass.



Thank goodness for Saturdays! I am so so glad it is the weekend. Time to relax and enjoy some me time. Don’t you enjoy just relaxing?  My Saturday essentials.

The first thing I try to do is enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the mornings. I especially love my cà phê sữa đá. Have you tried some? To die for coffee!!!

Read my WSJ. I love the lifestyle section. Many luxury inspirations.

I love the smell of peonies. I try to have them on my desk.

peonies on desk

An amazing statement necklace.

statement necklace

Summer shorts.

j crew

And, of course, some comfy shoes.

Enjoy reading blogs!!!

What are your Saturday essentials?

Have a wonderful weekend!!!!

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