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A day of many firsts

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Today happens to be a special day of many firsts:

First #1: The first full day of living in my new apartment!!!!!
Yesterday, I moved into my new Seoul apartment. AHHH! I’m so happy!!! Thanks to my parents and all their help, moving went smoothly and pretty much everything is already unpacked and in its place. Even though the apartment itself is smaller than my old apartment (way tinier kitchen and bathroom), there is one significant feature that makes the downsizing all worth it:

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My very own outdoor patio! This in itself is a big ‘first,’ and it’s the sole reason why I was willing to wait a whole month in Cheonan before moving into this apartment. When I saw this patio, my mind was made up and all the subsequent apartments I saw after just didn’t cut it. The patio is simply perfect for Bunny to run around on, for drying clothes, getting some daily vitamin D, and even growing plants. Oh, and I plan on getting some used patio furniture so that I can enjoy breakfasts outdoors, before it gets too cold!

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Actually, the previous tenant left all her plant boxes there, and some of them even have peppers growing on them!

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I shall be harvesting those soon~ free food! Assah~

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Bunny’s not used to getting her paws dirty, but she’s exploring all the nooks and crannies of our new home. Although, I do plan on cleaning the patio a bit, to reduce the amount of debris getting stuck between her toes and on her bum.

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I already woke up this morning and enjoyed my first cuppa soy coffee while watching Bunny run around in her new ‘backyard.’ Can you see her in the background?

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Another thing that I love is that this apartment gets a lot of natural light, which is something my previous apartment sorely lacked. My old room was tightly surrounded by other buildings, which blocked out almost all sunlight, save for a few hours in the morning. But now, I don’t even have to turn on the lights until evening, which will save electricity and will also be ideal for all my food photography. :) In the morning, I can feel the sunlight coming in and it just warms the soul. And even though I’m going to have to work around the small kitchen area, I’m thankful that at least everything is clean and somewhat new. Oh, and check out my new-to-me, used fridge! It’s almost double the size of the fridge that was in my old place! Woooot~

So that was a sneak peak into my new home sweet home.

First #2: Today is October 1st- omg, the year is almost over and I’m getting old…. (*insert panic attack here*)

First #3: And with the first day of October, comes the first day of Vegan Mofo!


Things have been so hectic lately that I haven’t even had a chance to think much about Vegan Mofo this year. This is not my first year participating (third actually), but I’m still excited for all the new vegan blogs I’m gonna discover through the Mofo RSS feed. I don’t think I’ll be able to blog every day like I know some people are doing, but I’m gonna do my best!

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So to kick off this year’s Vegan Mofo, I present to you another first: some heart-healthy Apple Raisin Bran Muffins I baked in Cheonan earlier this week. I used the bran muffin recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking, but added chopped apples and reduced the wheat bran and raisins.

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These came out dense, chewy, and quite delicious! There’s a lot of ground flaxseeds in this recipe, so it had a nutty flavor, in addition to the earthy, nuttiness of the wheat bran. Definitely a rustic, healthy muffin to keep your gut happy and regular.

Apple Raisin Bran Muffins (adapted from the Joy of Vegan Baking)
makes 22-24 muffins

6 Tbs ground flax seeds
1/2 cup water
1 medium apple, chopped into small cubes
1 cup wheat bran
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup organic unrefined sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup soy milk
1/3 cup grape seed oil (or canola)
1/4 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350F or 180C and prepare your muffin man. First, peel and chop your apple. Next, sift and mix all your dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, whisk flax seeds and water until it gets thick and goopey, then add the other wet ingredients and the apple chunks, and mix well. Combine the wet with the dry and mix until just incorporated. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin and bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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In my humble opinion, these are best enjoyed warm with some homemade kumquat jam!

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Oh, and you don’t want these to sit around longer than two or three days, because the moisture from the apples could make these spoil sooner than other muffins. Not that these muffins would last long anyway~ :)

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muffin love~

So that’s about it for now. There are a lot of ‘firsts’ in my life these days, and a lot of changes to adjust to, but I feel a sense of renewed energy and gratitude. May this be only the beginning of many more happy ‘firsts’ to come.

Have a fab weekend!

23 Comments

  1. Very happy for you and your bunny. Glad you finally have an awesome pad worthy of your vegan awesomeness.

  2. Your new apartment looks GREAT, lovely and light and it seems to have bunny's approval too.
    Happy MoFo'ing.
    :-)

  3. Mipa! I am so happy for you!
    That apartment looks so wonderful! Your very own patio…so awesome~ Bunny is too cute! Enjoy your new place!

  4. Wow! Your new flat looks awesome. A rooftop patio? Jealous! Enjoy :)

  5. :D Bunny looks cute as always :D But you should quickly add a net around the edges, or she may hop or climb too high, and fall out! Rabbits are fragile, and in opposite to a cat they will not survive a fall from a high place, even a fall from a high bed could be too much, if they injure the head or break any bones :/ My neighbor has a similar thing for her cat, cats are of course more trouble :o) Example photos: balcony cat net, cat protection net. More infos on fragile rabbit bones and possible injuries: petcaregt.com/rabbits/rabbitinjuries.html, care.com/pet-care-so-you-want-to-adopt-a-rabbit-p1017-q14561.html,
    answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110306171343AAtsGQd I am sorry for adding possibly redundant info, you surely know all that already :o) I have just seen those quirky fellas climb and squeeze themselves everywhere, and she could really fall out there.. Or maybe you plan to add a net since you got the place, but did not find a good one yet :)

    You are so lucky, getting such a great and animal friendly apartment :D Btw, do you already know the Daily Bunny Blog? Strongly recommended :)

  6. yay for healthy vegan baking. i love those muffin wrappers you have! where did you get them? and i am hosting an #applelove bloghop. if you would like, link up your apple bran muffin post, so others can find this recipe too :). have a great day mipa!

    http://juniakk.blogspot.com/2011/10/apple-bloghop-gf-quinoa-apple-muffins.html

  7. Hello Mipa, I have started following your blog (found it through the Vegan MoFo blog list), and it is so lovely! (Bunny is adorable as well!) Looking forward to your future posts! :)

  8. I found your blog on the Vegan MoFu roll and I am excited to follow it and see what is next! Your bunny is precious!

  9. Hello, Mipa! I've been reading your blog off and on for about a year, but seeing it again on the Vegan MoFo list was a great cause for rediscovery and I decided to leave a comment for once. :)

    Congrats on your new apartment! It looks absolutely lovely. And Bunny is so adorable that just the sight of her makes me want a rabbit of my own!

    Happy blogging! I look forward to what you have in store for the rest of VeganMoFo! :)

  10. @Kasia Hey! Yes, I'm going to put an extra fence there to block any chance of her getting up on the ledge. I've temporarily blocked it with some boards for now. :) I'm gonna check the Daily Bunny Blog now! :)

  11. @Junia Hey! I bought the muffin cups at Bangsan market, an outdoor market for baking supplies here in Seoul. They have everything! :)

  12. Thanks everyone for your comments! And welcome to those who are new to my blog~ Happy Vegan MoFo-ing! :)

  13. Congrats on the move! bunny sure seems to be loving it :)

  14. Those muffins look delicious!!! I think I shall be ordering from your website again and soon:) Congratulations on the new apartment and I too like the natural light and the outdoor patio! Enjoy! My husband and I are striving toward the goal of living in Seoul together come next contact so it's always inspirational to read about people moving:)

  15. I'm too excited by everything in this post–adorable little apartment, cute bunny pics, natural light and rooftop room (okay, I know it's a terrace)–to say much more than that. Congratulations!

  16. Your new place is so cute!

  17. I am glad you are liking your new place! It looks lovely.

  18. Hi Mipa,
    I've been a silent spectator of your blog for a while now, though havent commented because I've always read it during work on my google reader. And this year I am participating in MoFo and thought I should stop by to say hi.

    I love all the cool things you've done with your blog and with your baking business. Its really admirable and wish you good luck.

    Your new place looks fab and your bunny even more so. Always reminds me of my folks and the bunnies they had as pets!

  19. That is one beautiful apartment! The patio looks wonderful! Well done on finding it and I'm glad your moving day went so well!

  20. @Niru Wow, thanks Niru! I'm gonna check your blog now. :) Happy MoFo-ing!

  21. Your apartment is great!

  22. Oh! I love your new apartment! And to get some new plants with it is just the icing on top! I made these muffins today for my husband's breakfast tomorrow. Wow! They are so moist and tasty! Thank you so much! My husband and neighbors agreed they are the best! Thanks so much!

  23. @Genki Kitty Oh, I'm so glad they turned out well for you! :)

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