Sunday, February 20, 2011

Southern Fried Food

"South"ern Korea that is. This southern fried food is aka, Street Food. Or at least that's what we call it. I'm not sure what the Korean term truly is for any of the various fried foods you find out at the vendors in markets and on street corners.
 I definitely give kudos to whoever decided it would be a cool idea to cover
the corn-dogs with french fries so that you could have a true on-the-go snack.

Dev tried one, complete with ketchup.He's adventurous like that.
Sept. 2010 Dongdaemun, Seoul, South Korea

*I'm only slightly behind on posting photos and stories to the blog. 
Also, I put together a watermark for blog photos. I'm trying to decide if I like it or if I will continue to use it.*

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Shabu Shabu

Shabu-shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ , also spelled syabu-syabu) is a Japanese variant of hot pot. The dish is related to sukiyaki in style, in that both use thinly sliced meat and vegetables and are usually served with dipping sauces, but it is considered to be more savory and less sweet than sukiyaki. It is considered a winter dish but is eaten year-round. from Wikipedia

A friend of ours introduced me to a Shabu Shabu restaurant last fall. We haven't gone as a family yet, but I've been several times with friends. Last week, when we were on our venture to Happy Quilt, we stopped to eat lunch on our way home. Photobucket
 The food is delicious and, as a lot of traditional Korean foods, you never feel like you've eaten much even though you've eaten a ton of food! But, it's a lot of veggies and thin sliced meat, so I claim it healthy for you! :)

See the meat and veggie trays in the top right portion of the above photo?
They are brought to the table where you cook them in the boiling pot of broth.
The pot is divided into two sections. One normal. One spicy.
I don't have a preference for the normal or the spicy. I'll eat from both sides. I'm equal opportunity like that. ;) I've learned that my tolerance for spicy food has definitely broadened since being in Korea. Bring it on! (or at least a little bit of it! I'll try almost anything once!)

Once you cook your meats and veggies, you dip them into the peanut sauce, place the concoction onto the little rice dollops and eat!
 Did you notice all the side dishes in the photos? I love the variations of side dishes you receive in Korean restaurants. There is always a kimchi dish of some sort along with several other goodies. Some good, some not so good.

Speaking of trying anything once, I tried this last time I was there, but opted out last week. I let Jen try it instead since it was her first time there and since I wasn't that impressed by the seafood-ness of it last time.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Twenty-five of these cuties have been handed out to classmates and teachers.

I got the idea from Be Different Act Normal and decided it was too cute not to try for ourselves!

Dev wouldn't agree to handing out valentines. I guess it's not a cool thing to do when you're a teenager. *rolleyes* He did agree to buy and disperse chocolate strawberries Click ME! for his teachers. So, that's something! He even let me attach a You Rock from Living Locurto tag to them so there's a little bit of creative in there. ;)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Photo

A while back, a friend on a scrapbook board directed me to the MCP Project 52 and suggested that we at the board do this. I have always had aspirations of doing a daily photo, but wow, 365 is overwhelming! Sometimes, 52 in a year is daunting. I haven't joined the MCP group, but I have tried to participate a little here and there on the board.

The theme for this week was Words. When I first read that, I thought about children's handwriting or a chalkboard or something, but nothing that called me to take a photo. And so, I put my Words photo off for another time.

A little while later, when I heard the familiar sound of friends having played their turn on Words with Friends chiming from my iTouch, I had an idea. :) As I sat down today to take my photo, I was reminded of the Scrabble tiles that I ran across recently in my craft closet. So, I pulled those out and dropped them onto the table. Man are those things old! They are from my original Scrabble game I had as a child. Some of them have Scotch tape residue on them from the year I stacked and taped them all together, wrapped them in Christmas paper and pretended they were presents for my Barbies to exchange. (Haven't had THAT memory in a while!) I realized I was missing all the S tiles. Must have used all of those when I tossed the board and decided to use some of the old tiles in my paper-art projects. Needless to say, those tiles have served SEVERAL purposes through the years.
And, I'll admit that my Words with Friends game is serving several purposes today in its own technological rite. I can play a word game, keep up with friends through a simple chat during the game and win or lose - all at the touch of a fingertip.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Happy Quilt

I was thinking earlier this week what a shame it is that I haven't used my blog more to record the events of our time here in Korea. I will try to get better about that. I often take pictures of the places we go and visit. But then I tuck them away on the hard drive never to be seen in blogland. I think it would be easier if I could come to terms with posting a photo SOOC straight out of camera. I'll strive to do better! I promise! I need to record this stuff somewhere so I can look back on it someday!

To start with my "I'll try to be better" phase, let me share some photos of our trip to the fabric store. Our Battalion FRG gives out small door quilts as welcome gifts to new spouses arriving in our unit. Today, we went shopping for fabric for the quilts. And where to go for fabric shopping since Hancock Fabrics, JoAnns or Hobby Lobby are all on another continent far, far away? Happy Quilt, of course!

I was on the phone with my mother this morning before we left and told her we were going fabric shopping. And I promised her photos of the store because as I said, words just can't describe it. Darn the fact that I didn't think of taking a photo of the outside of the building until I got home. Imagine if you will a metal building - barn style with a large sliding door on the front side. Now, imagine those doors are open revealing
Much of the fabric is already cut to two yard increments (or whatever that measures in metrics) and packaged in cellophane wrappers.
Though some of it is still on rolls so if you want more, there's the option to have it cut to size.
It's really overwhelming. You have to go with a focus and try above all to remain focused! This was my second time there. The first time, I wasn't focused and was just browsing. I went away empty handed and with a headache that day!

Today, we were looking for Americana type fabrics or at least colors that would go with the theme. I found a lot of Canada themed fabrics complete with red maple leaves and hockey players. LOL
We found what we needed. MORE THAN what we needed, but that's ok. I also picked up some personal fabric. It's just too bad that my sewing machine is in storage in Kansas. :D I may have to borrow a friends.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

For the Love of Red

I was going to title this blog, The Month of Red, but that seemed a little morbid. Red October has already been taken by a movie and besides, it's February.

The thought came from my little metal tree. Yeah, I know, you're getting tired of looking at it. I'm not though. I love it as much today as the day I bought it! I took the silver balls and snowflakes off of it today and replaced those with the paper hearts I made last year. Then, I put the red ornaments from Christmas back on there.
There's just something about the color red that I love. I almost always choose red when shopping for something. Red cell phone cover. Red KitchenAid mixer. Red ribbon on my keychain. Red knock off Coach purse. Red jacket. All things red. I was shopping for a new wool coat recently and was soooo tempted. I didn't do it though. I went with classic black. BUT, when G-Dub was looking online at vehicles and he asked me what color I want. Can you guess what my answer was? :D Yeah, you got that right!