Monday, December 18, 2017

Rice-Cake Making '2017', etc;

Rice Cake Making with friends
On 10th of this month, we've prepared for the New Year making Rice-Cake.  Like last year, my husband invited his ex-lady colleagues and their families including 2 children. Lovely to see the children enjoyed rolling into mochi-shape.  Since then I've been making zoni, kinakomochi, and baking anmochi with toaster oven.  (three recipes are linked to picture pages)

Birds on the Tree and  pics for the Sky Watch
Two pictures of the tree show the change of the two seasons. One brighter morning, I could take Bramblings enjoying breakfast together with Brown-eared BulbulWhen we went to commodity shopping in the evening, I found the beautiful Setting Sun.

Birds on the Persimmon tree and Flowers
To the neighbor Persimmon tree, birds on the tree in front of my house sometimes fly back and forth to have delicious meals♪ I thought Redstart and Brambling match the orange color of the tree.

I haven't been able to comment to anyone since the mochi-making; visiting relatives and so on. Hoping to find time, after Congratulating new born grandson to my cousin tomorrow.  Wishing you will have a relaxing year end season;

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  1. Those rice cake sounds be delicious, what fun when others pitch in to help

    Happy Mosaic Monday

    much love...

  2. Dear Miyako, you've had another very busy week I can see, still it's good to catch up with you again on Mosaic Monday.
    See you in 2018!

  3. It must be a lot of fun to get the family together to make rice cakes. Love seeing the birds in the persimmon tree. Happy Monday!

  4. How lovely to see the laughter and smiles on faces as you work together making the rice cakes. The photo with all the birds in the tree is fantastic. Have a wonderful week!

  5. Hi Miyako san. Oh what a fun time you and your guests had making rice cake! Now I crave for some mochi now. Anko and mochi---mmmm! Beautful sceneries with pretty birds! I love how the feather color of Redstart and Brambling matches the color of persimmon fruits :-)
    Congratulations to your cousin for a new baby! It's such a busy time of the year, but I hope you can have time to relax :-) Have a wonderful week, Miyako san xo

  6. You made me very curious about how the rice cakes you all made tastes! Always fun to have friends and family over. It looks like everyone had a good time:)
    So many birds in the persimmon tree, Miyako - they are so cute. Many thanks for linking these experiences! Have a great two weeks and see you back on New Years eve at All Seasons(for you it will then already be 2018!)

  7. It is interesting how cooking with other people is such a joyful experience. The colorful birds are terrific! I have enjoyed getting to know you through your blog as I have joined the blogging community this year. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  8. Beautiful post. I would love to taste authentic Japanese cuisine outside of sushi and sashimi.

    Season's Greetings!

    Worth a Thousand Words

  9. Dearest Miyako,
    That was an interesting event at your home and yes, the end of the year we all are trying to DO so much.
    The birth of a new grandson is special, enjoy celebrating this with your cousin.
    We have tonight our final concert. So much going on.
    Than 2 more doctor appointments and finally ready for Christmas, after managing my laundry and more ironing + cleaning of the house.
    My back is hurting so I'm not at my 'best' but hope this soon will go away.

  10. I enjoyed looking at your photos especially the birds in the trees. What fun to share a cooking session together.

  11. Always nice to come together with friends during the holiday season. Thank you for linking up, Miyako and have a great weekend.

  12. Lovely post! I like the photo of all the birds in the tree. The rice cake looks yummy!

  13. I'd love to roll rice cakes with you! Enjoy the holidays - if you celebrate.

  14. What a fun thing to do altogether. Love all the bbirds in this post. I am so sorry Teresa is giving up this mine as I will miss it although I totally understand why but in the meantime Have a lovey Christmas

  15. Such interesting birds, especially the gray ones - so pretty!

  16. Hello, It is great to spend time with family and friends during the holiday season. I love all your pretty birds, the Redstart is a beauty! Congrats to your cousin for the new baby! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post over the past year. I appreciate your comments too. Have a happy weekend. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  17. Hello Miyako from cold and snowy Buffalo NY...This is a lovely post. I think I would enjoy the rice cakes. And the birds are wonderful....Happy Holiday Season...hug..Michelle

  18. The rice cakes are delicious, no doubt, and it must have been great fun making them together. I especially appreciate the shots of the birds. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Miyako ... I am very far behind in visiting as we have been away. As always all of your pictures are wonderful and the red birds on the brambling bushes is a beautiful collage! Happy New Year.