#100happydays Day 1

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A day trip to SF with my grandpa and my aunts! It was so fun to spend the day with my grandpa. He surprisingly had no problems keeping up with us sightseeing. I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to enjoy the day with him. It is easily one of my favorite moments of this year! This day was definitely full of happy!

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100 Happy Days

I decided to start the challenge. I’ve seen it popping up on my instagram here and there. I didn’t want to clog up my instagram feed so I’ve thought I would post it here! I feel like there are plenty of days that I get bogged down by things I didn’t accomplish for the day or things that put me in an unhappy mood that affected far more of my day than it should’ve. I’m going to try to be happier and more grateful for the bountiful blessings that are in my life that I constantly overlook. If you want to learn more about it, here is a link~

2014!

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A new year, a new attempt at blogging on the regular. 

A few days into the new year and I think I’ve decided on my goals and resolutions for the new year. I’ve decided that 2014 will be my year of growing.

My resolutions and goals are: 

1. Losing weight. I have some lofty goals weight wise but the upcoming nuptials of a couple of best friends lights my fire to meet the goals. Standing up as a bridesmaid and maid of honor with flabby and fat arms is something I am desperately trying to avoid. 

2. Finding a church to attend regularly. I really didn’t attend church in 2013. I went here and there and decided I wanted to switch churches. In the midst of switching, I just kind of stopped going out and trying to find a new church that fit what I wanted. I want to make a more conscious effort this year to find a church that fits what I am looking for and get plugged in. 

3. Get a job in career path that I want to pursue long term. 

4. Move out. I think it is time to move out of my parent’s house. I love my parents and living with them is such a blessing but at times I feel like it hinders me from growing into an adult. This is a goal I hope to reach in later half of the year. 

These 4 goals are my big goals for the year that I would really like to check off in 2015. Some goals that I would to reach along with the ones above are…

5. Cook.I want to expand my knowledge of korean cooking and cooking in general. I like to bake far more than I like to cook. I really want to learn to make 10 dishes that I wouldn’t mind feeding friends at a dinner party. 

6. Pick up a new hobby. I want to try so many things. Pottery, calligraphy, letterpress,photography, sewing, and the list is about a mile long right now. I haven’t quite figured out which hobby I realistically have the time and money for but once I figure that out, I can’t wait to try it~

7. Blog. blog. BLOG! I feel like I’m constantly trying to blog regularly and fail. I will try harder to blog and blog interesting things! 

8. Save for a Eurotrip~ Going to Europe and traveling across many countries at the TOP TOP TOP of my bucket list. I need to make a stronger effort to make it a reality. 

 

Those are all my goals and resolutions for 2014. I can’t wait to check these off at the end of the year! 

 

Lust List #1

I’ve been seeing preview pictures for the Phillip Lim for Target here and there for days. I just stumbled on the whole collection and I am in love love love. I want so many pieces.

This is the short list of things I want to get my hands on to at least try onSILKY_TWILL_TWILL_LINING_LARGE_ANIMAL_SUDANBROWNCOMBO_PL_W66_086_f-copy

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bags in either color

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I basically want to try anything and everything. I’m a little worried about what the price points are going to be for the line. R29’s article says the prices will range from $20-$300. The satchel is apparently only $34.99 which seems like a total steal. Main point: I AM SUPER SUPER excited.

Way to knock it out of the park again, Target.

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Summer Goals 2013

Since summer has officially started, I’ve been making a mental checklist of the things I want to do before summer comes to an end. So in no particular order…there it goes!

1. Korean BBQ/Pork Belly Party outdoors. Something about cooking pork belly on that portable stove outdoors makes it taste extra delicious.

2. Visit Fioli Gardens. The combination of my mom mentioning it to me and seeing pictures of it has made me want to go even more.

3. Make a trip down to LA to see some of my favorite people.My grandpa is the cutest grandpa in the whole world and I miss him too much. I think a trip down to LA is a must this summer since it looks like he won’t be making his trek up to the Bay Area until Christmas time.

4. A trip to the beach! The beach just makes me happy. I love the sound of the waves crashing, sand between my toes,and people watching. I need to remind myself that the beach is just a short drive up the freeway.

5. Go to a flea market and find lovely treasure.

6. New hiking adventures. I would love to find some new places to hike. It is always fun to explore and compare.

7. New biking adventures! I should probably get my own bike first but those are minor details. I’ve been wanting to get a bike for awhile now. When I feel adventurous, I will hop on the family bike and wander on over to Target. I like riding the back streets of my neighborhood and just leisurely making my over there. A new bike might get me to explore further than my local Target especially since one of my favorites is moving to town! Oh yes!

8. Learn to cook some delicious summer seasonal foods 🙂

Water Kimchi (물김치): Tasty Tuesday

Mama Kim and I are working on the long list of things that I want to learn to cook from her. She decided to make water kimchi recently for the summer. This is perfect for a refreshing addition to a Korean meal.It is really mild.

Ingredients

1 Radish (daikon) cut into small slices (picture below)

1/2 Napa Cabbage, use mostly the hard parts over the leafy parts

8 garlic cloves

1 Carrot, optional (It is to brighten up the look over taste)

2 cucumber

5 small slices of ginger

2-3 tablespoonssalt

1 teaspoon sugar

2 quarts of water

2 green onions

1/4 Asian Pear, optional

2 tablespoons of gochugaru (korean red pepper flakes)

Directions:

1) Peel off skin on radish and cut in small bite size slices

2.Rinse Napa Cabbage. Cut Napa Cabbage into sizes similar to radish.

3.Do the same for the cucumber and carrot. These items can be added later after most of the fermenting has been done. The cucumber and carrot don’t contribute much to the flavoring and is mostly for color and presentation. We were lazy and just added it to the mixture.

4. Add salt and sugar. Mix it around to evenly distribute. Let it sit for about 3 hours.

5. Cut garlic cloves and ginger into slices. For ease, add it in tea bag so it is easy to remove after fermenting. The slices are a bit strong to serve. This is mostly preference, you can go ahead and serve it, take it out before you serve, or pull them out after fermenting.

6. After 3 hours, put gochugaroo (red pepper flakes) in tea bag (you can just cook it in the pot and sift later) and add to warm water. This is to give the water that pinkish color. Pour warm water into salted mixture. Then add cold water until the water is 3 times larger than the mixture, about 2 quarts. This step can be ommitted, if you don’t mind the water just being clear.

7. Let the new mixture sit covered for 24-48 hours at room temperature. Put in refrigerator  for another 24-72 hours. Serve cold.

Yum yum yum. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

xoxo,

kiwi

Tasty Tuesday: Cinnamon Rolls

Mama Kim’s birthday was this past Sunday so I decided to make her some cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Mama Kim loves Cinnabon with sometimes a questionable affection. It was a sad day for her when the one at the local mall closed. I decided to go with a recipe I saw on Pioneer Woman. Her recipe makes quite a few cinnamon rolls so I decided to cut the recipe in half. Even after, I cut it in half I think it makes more cinnamon rolls than my family can consume. The frosting was also a bit too sweet. I think the next time I make it I’m going to try a cream cheese frosting or no frosting. They actually taste fine without the frosting.

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adapted from Pioneer Woman

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 package of Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packet
  • 4 cups (Plus 1/2 Cup Extra, Separated) All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt
  •  Plenty Of Melted Butter
  • 1 cups Sugar
  •  Generous Sprinkling Of Cinnamon
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  •  MAPLE FROSTING:
  • 1 lb of Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoons Vanilla Flavoring
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 2 tablespoons cup Brewed Coffee
  • a pinch of Salt

Preparation Instructions

1. Heat the milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Heat until it is about to boil. Set aside to cool until warm. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit on the milk for 1 minute.

2. Add 4 cups of flour. Stir until just combined and cover with clean kitchen towel to set aside for 1 hour.

3. After 1 hour, remove the towel and add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and remaining flour. Stir until thoroughly combined.

4. Chill for at least an hour or refrigerate overnight. (Dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days)

5. Preheat oven to 375°F.

6. On a floured baking surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle. (30 x 10 inches). Dough should be rolled very thin.

7. Pour 1/2-3/4 cup of melted butter over the surface of the dough. Generously sprinkle ground cinnamon and 1 cup of sugar over the butter.

8. Beginning at the end farthest from you, roll the rectangle tightly towards you. Work slowly and use both hands to make the roll tight. At the ends, pinch the seams together and flip the roll to have the seam facing down.

9. Place onto cutting board and cut into 1 inch slices. My log produced 16 rolls.

10. Grease cake pan with melted butter. Place the sliced rolls into the pans and be careful not to overcrowd.

11. Cover the pans with kitchen towels and set aside to rise on the counter for at least 20 minutes.

12. Remove the towel and bake in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown.

13. While rolls are baking in the oven, make frosting by whisking together powdered sugar, milk, butter, coffee, flavoring , and salt. The icing should be somewhat thick and pourable.

14. Remove the pans from the oven and immediately drizzle icing on top. As they sit, the rolls will absorb some of the icing’s moisture and flavor.

The cinnamon rolls are pretty ding dang delicious. I’m excited to try it with a different icing/frosting combination though. I’ll keep you posted on any changes.