• Gardening

    Garden 2.0

    My first year planting a garden I had a lot of carrots and it was very amusing. I didn’t thin enough when the seedlings emerged which resulted in carrots that looked more like living creatures rather than vegetables. Last year, I wrote about my excitement with starting a garden and of my anticipation to plant. In the time in between that post and now, there was reality. And the reality is there were some successes, and there were some failures. Some of the plants I was most excited were going to be harvested and made into various types of kimchi later in the fall. But the cabbage was destroyed by…

  • Recipes

    Christmas Eve Sourdough Waffles

    I know what you’re probably thinking, “Kelsey, Christmas was last week!” Yes, yes it was. As we approached Christmas and the New Year, Daniel and I talked about which traditions we want to start or continue from our upbringings. One I hope succeeds is Sourdough Waffles on Christmas Eve. Isn’t it true that if you do something twice, it becomes a tradition? So I guess it’s okay to say we’re starting a tradition that will become a tradition next year. We’ll see. For now, I’ll make these throughout the year and try to remember to keep the tradition alive next Christmas. In the meantime, if you do make this, please…

  • Food

    Kimchi

    Have you ever had kimchi (김치)? Soon into our relationship, Daniel took me on a date to a Korean restaurant in Chicago. We waited in line for a good while and the entire time I was enjoying the new aroma coming from the restaurant. There, I had my first bulgogi (불고기) and banchan (반찬). The Korean barbecued beef, bulgogi, ended up being a beautiful mix of flavors I couldn’t get enough of. I later found out that bulgogi is always a good choice when trying Korean food. Most people have bulgogi or bibimbap as their first Korean meal and I was no exception. Both are great introductory meals into the…

  • Family,  Uncategorized

    Learning curve

    Getting married and moving to Chicago came with many adventures and obstacles, one of which is getting ready in the morning. The first couple of weeks Daniel and I were preparing to walk to school, various “mistakes” were made (mistakes is a very strong word, so it should be taken lightly). Either a lunch was packed and not grabbed because we thought the other grabbed it, ID’s were left when they were assumed to be picked up, teeth not brushed, etcp. Honestly, it was all quite amusing. I realized this morning, as I was packing lunch, scrambling eggs, frying bacon, putting away dishes, setting out dishes, grinding coffee, making coffee,…