Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 27: 30 Day Picture Challenge

Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.

A picture of my brother, grandma Howard and baby me!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 26: 30 Day Picture Challenge

Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.

My boyfriend gave me this necklace last Christmas.  It was the first piece of jewelry he bought for me.  I thought it was thoughtful, and I love it because he gave it to me. 


Busy… Busy… Busy…

When I get really busy, the first thing to go is blogging.  It’s been a little while since my last post.  It’s been rainy and gloomy in Oklahoma.  It’s so hard to wake up in the morning when it is so gloomy!  April Showers…

Our family pet, Ginger, also past this last weekend. 


Although it was sad, we were glad she didn’t suffer, and she lived a really long life.  We had her since I was about 14.  She was a good dog. 

I was walking home from junior high on Valentine’s Day, and she was in our backyard.  I thought my parent’s had gotten me a puppy for the holiday.  Turned out she was abandoned and had gotten into our backyard.  Long story short, I really got a puppy for Valentine’s Day, but my parent’s just didn’t know about it yet.  :)

Also in news… My parents went on a Mediterranean Cruise plus first class airfare!  I am so jealous!!  This is them:

Med Cruise


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Turkey Sloppy Joes

I know how hypocritical this is since I just talked about eating less poultry and less meat.  BUT, I was looking through the Cook This, Not That book the other night and found a recipe for turkey sloppy joes. 

cook this I check out cookbooks from the library to get new recipe ideas, but these books are extremely popular.  You see them everywhere!

Here’s the recipe that I revised just a little:

1     tsp olive oil
1     lb lean ground turkey
1     medium onion, diced
1     medium green bell pepper, diced
2     cloves garlic, minced
1/2  c ketchup
1     Tbsp chili powder
2     tsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
4     whole wheat hamburger buns, warmed

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onion, pepper, and garlic. Sauté, stirring occasionally, the onions are translucent.


Add the turkey sauté until cooked completely. 


Add the ketchup, chili powder, and Worcestershire. I also added several shakes of hot sauce.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer for at least 15 minutes. 


Serve with the buns. Makes 4 servings

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It was pretty enjoyable!  Give it a try!

Day 25: 30 Day Picture Challenge

Day 25 - A picture of your day.

My days mostly consist of looking at these two faces…


DSCF1926 They will stare at me and climb all over me until I pay attention to them.  Just like children…

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Day 24: 30 Day Picture Challenge

Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change.


We are definitely dog people.  I adopted Louis from the Tulsa SPCA, and we adopted Jack from friends that were trying to find the homeless puppies a family.  I definitely recommend adopting dogs from shelters rather than buying them from breeders.  It is horrible to hear about the puppy mills and how those dogs are kept.  There is a lot of animal cruelty by breeders.  Plus, there are plenty of pets that need homes without having to breed more.  Too many animals get put down because the shelters cannot find homes for them all. 

My boyfriend received a brochure the other day about cutting back eating meat.  It talks about just cutting your meat consumption in half can spare hundreds of animals from a lifetime of suffering.  It is really sad to think about all the animal cruelty,and the pictures are horrible of the factory farms.  Because the pictures and facts are pretty horrific and literally make me sick to my stomach, I won’t divulge into all that information. 

The brochure gives some tips for changing your habits without completely changing to a vegetarian/vegan diet:

  • Substitute marinara for meat sauce
  • Eat bean burritos instead of beef or chicken tacos
  • Although all factory faming involves cruel practices, you can spare more animals by avoiding eggs, chicken, turkey and pigs.
  • Years of eating less meat and eggs will prevent more suffering than a brief stint on a vegan diet.
  • You can order a free booklet for more ideas at

Feel free to also check out the brochure and website here.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Black Bean Brownies

I saw Brittany from A Healthy Slice of Life make these Black Bean Brownies, and I wanted to give them a try.
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x8 square baking dish.
  2. Combine the black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, and sugar in a blender; blend until smooth; pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes.

I hardly ever use the blender.  So, I had to dig it out of the top cabinets, which means moving all the dog treats and liquor out of the way and finding something to use as a step stool.  After about ten minutes of trying to get out the blender, figuring out how to put it together and cursing myself, I dumped all the ingredients into it.  It will look a little something like this at first…


But then, it will turn into this…


Then, if you don’t use the blender a lot, you try to remove the glass pitcher from the base and everything will immediately start to leak everywhere!  Ugh!  Luckily, I realized what was happening and managed to get some of the batter into the pan.  (I may have scraped some of it off the counter… Don’t judge) Top it off with some chocolate chips, and it’s good to go.


30 Minutes later…


Well, it looks pretty normal.   The real taste test is my boyfriend.  I didn’t tell him they had black beans in them, but I did say they were a little different.  He tried one and immediately said they were a little dry.  I think this might be because I still haven’t figured out our oven.  It bakes everything super fast, and I have to adjust accordingly.

Anyways, I told him there were black beans in the brownies.  He just sort of laughed and said ok, whatever.  BUT, they were a little dry.  Not bad, but not amazing.  I know they weren’t that good because he only ate a really small brownie and usually he will eat half the pan.  So, maybe I will try them again and cook them for less time, but probably not. 

Day 23: 30 Day Picture Challenge

Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.

I love, love, looooooooooooved this book when I was a wee girl!  I made my parent’s read it over and over and over. 


Now, I can read it to my niece and nephews.  The end still gets me!  :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 22: 30 Day Picture Challenge

Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at.

I used to play the piano pretty well, but I don’t practice anymore.  I wish I could still play, but I’m no good.  I guess I should set some time aside to practice!


My boyfriend plays the mandolin and guitar.  Plus, he just started playing the banjo.  He wants me to start playing again too.  I guess he thinks we can have some sort of jam session. 

Pho Winner – Norman, OK

Unfortunately, my boyfriend is having truck problems.  So, we have been sharing one car.  I had to pick him up from school last night.  Since we were already by campus corner, we decided to eat dinner out around there.  After our pho experience in Oklahoma City, we decided to try the pho in Norman.  The name of the restaurant is Pho Winner.  I think we were a little hesitant because besides us there was only one other couple in the restaurant.  It’s not the best sign when there are not a lot of people in the restaurant.

We decided to order some spring rolls as an appetizer.  It comes with three for $3.  Eh… They were okay.  Nothing special.  The sauce was not really that good.  It tasted like creamy peanut butter.  Literally, dipping the spring roll in creamy peanut butter.  Not very appetizing.  We just used soy sauce instead. 

IMG_0203 I ordered the tofu and egg roll vermicelli bowl.  It also came with a little side of soup?  I’m going to be honest… I had no idea what the soup stuff contained.  Maybe it was sauce?  I’ll have to read the menu better next time.  It was really sweet and not really hot.  A big surprise when I was expecting hot and savory.  Was I was suppose to put it over the noodles???  IDK. 

The vermicelli bowl was HUGE and had a ton of noodles!  I didn’t eat all the noodles, but I really enjoyed the greens, sprouts and cucumbers under the tofu!  It was delish!

IMG_0204 My boyfriend order a pho.  I think it had flank in it? 

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He really liked it.  He thought it was just as good as the other pho restaurant in Oklahoma City.  He just dumps the plate of sprouts and herbs into the soup bowl.  He order the regular size and still couldn’t eat it all.  You definitely get plenty of food.  If my boyfriend cannot finish off a meal, there is a ton of food on the plate. 

Overall, I think we will be back.  My boyfriend has really gotten into the pho. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ch-Ch-Check It Out!

My friend, Jocelyn, has a blog that I didn’t even know about!  Check it out!  She is much more interesting than me!

Enthusiastic Runner

I went to college with Ms. Jocelyn.  Even though she was a Canadian, we voted her into the sorority.  Totally kidding!  We love Canadians… sort of… :)  She is always traveling, and you never know what she is going to do next!

Day 21: 30 Day Picture Challenge

Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.

Hmmm…  Asking me to remember something I wish I could forget.  Seems counterproductive.  There are probably some relationships I wish I could forget, but I don’t keep those kinds of pictures.  Don’t all girls burn those in a fit of rage?!?  Hahaha!

I wish I could forget I saw this movie:


Those hairless dogs freaked me out for a week after I saw this movie.  Plus, I hate that he had to kill his dog… :(  Seriously, can they do a re-write and make his dog live?!?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Good Day for Louis

When we buy dog food, we let the dogs eat out of the plastic container for a few seconds.  Louis is a little too short to look into the container.  So, he got to jump in and go to town.  Oh, doggie heaven!


Jack is out of the picture because he inhaled some of the food so fast he was having a small problem i.e. coughing because he ate without chewing.  Idiot!  :)

Day 20: 30 Day Picture Challenge

Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.

Since I am Korean, I would love to go back and visit South Korea.

south-korea-map  I was born in or around Seoul, South Korea.


This would be soooo amazing!  I’m going to do it!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day 19: 30 Day Picture Challenge

Day 19 - A picture of you when you were little.

A picture of me in my korean hanbok:

scan0021 Here’s a picture of me sitting out in my parent’s backyard:


My parents cut my hair into a mullet when I was little.  My mom claims it was in style, but I keep trying to explain to her a mullet was never in style. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 18: 30 Day Picture Challenge

Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.

My buddha belly, which looks a little like this:


Like I’m going to post an actually picture of my insecurity!  haha!  Funny!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Princess Party

Whew!  Busy Weekend!  I went out to the Melting Pot on Friday night…Mmmmmmm!  So good!  I love love love chocolate fondue!!  We had the yin yang.  One of my favorite things has got to be bananas in melted chocolate!


Then, I went out to my brother’s on Saturday for my niece’s princess party!  Isn’t she the sweetest? 


They decided to rent a huge princess bounce house!


They also rented a little popcorn machine.  My mom is a popcorn fanatic!  Sometime she goes to the movies just for the popcorn!  haha!  The popcorn was sooo good.  Nice and salty!


Of course, there were lots of princess presents to open!

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My littlest nephew likes to store food in his cheeks.  You have to watch him like a hawk or he will run around with food in his little chubby cheeks looking like a chipmunk.


  Her “big present” was a princess gator.  Obviously, the little boys liked the vehicle too!


Grandma bought her this princess dress!  She kept asking grandma for the dress and making sure she would get it for her birthday.


She always wants to make sure she looks beautiful in the pictures!


Blowing out her candles on the princess cake/cupcakes!


No princess party is complete without a little dress up!

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Happy 4th Birthday Mauryn!  Aunt Carrie loves you!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day 17: 30 Day Picture Challenge

Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.

Ummm… everywhere I go I hear/see….

Charlie Sheen?!?  WINNING! 

A reminder to stay off drugs…


Maybe not a huge impact on my life, but it is ridiculous gossip.  Just like a car wreck…            I – CAN’T – LOOK – AWAY!

Ooooooh…. Celebrity gossip… How you reel me in…