Sunday, July 31, 2011

An Egg?!

The longer I live in Korea the more I love Korean people! They are so different from Americans which is a great thing at times and other times its just different! This is a story of one of those great times that made me laugh. 

One of our good friends, Stone, told me to rub a raw egg on my face (when he saw the bruising on my face from falling last week). I said ok not thinking anything of it but after i had several other Korean people tell me to do this i figured there must be something to it. I wasn't willing to try it until i asked Stone about it and im glad I did. Here is how our conversation went:

Me: Stone why does everyone keep telling me to rub and egg on my face? what good does it do? 
Stone: Chinese say thats dead blood (the bruises) and the egg helps get it out
Me: So what do i do? I just rub raw egg into my skin?
Stone: uhhh  it has to be cold. Ill show you (walks to the fridge pulls out an egg and takes the egg still in the shell and rubs it on my face)
Stone: Why? (as in why are you laughing)

Bill and I talked about it before asking Stone and we just couldn't figure out why rubbing a raw egg on my face would help. We also thought raw egg- as in a cracked out of the shell raw egg. Once we understood what they meant i obviously went home and tried it. I must say it has helped a bit. Because its cold it helps with the swelling and rubbing it on the bruised area has helped with the circulation to clear it out. 

Have you ever heard using an egg  this way to help with bruising?  

OINK- only IN Korea 

Photo by travelsheep2004

Friday, July 29, 2011

Looks are deceiving

Yesterday one of our dear friends had a birthday. His wife asked me to bake a cake. I was absolutely thrilled to do it, since i love to bake. I asked him what kind of cake he wanted and he asked for a chocolate cake... to be specific a fantastic chocolate cake my mother in law makes. This is the second time I have made the cake. 

Sadly the hot as sin weather was not so kind to the cake that I worked so hard on. It melted, slid and looked lopsided. But thankfully looks are deceiving and the cake tasted almost as good as Momma Lisa's. Lets be honest it always tastes better when Momma makes it. 

This was also the first time i tried to make a cake pop... that was  a BIG fail. It tasted amazing but as you can see it wouldn't stay on the stick.  Once fall comes i will try all of this again.

Recipe: Momma Lisa's Chocolate cake
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cups cocoa
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt 2 eggs
1 cuo milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

1: preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour two 9 in round pans. Sift all the dry ingredients onto a large bowl then add everything BUT the The boiling water. After it's all mixed together add the boiling water.  The batter should be thin.

2. Bake 30 min. Cool completely.  

1/2 cup melted butter
2/3 cup cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar 
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Mix butter and cocoa. then slowly add milk and powdered sugar alternating between the two until its the consistency  your looking for.  Stir in vanilla. 

You really should try it... It's fantastic. I know you can make it look better then mine did   (:

Baby Feet

Being a stay at home mama I obviously spend a lot of time with my little guy. Since he is so small and doesn't do much more then eat sleep and poo I decided to craft with him... Literally with him ha! I used his feet as stamps.Who doesn't love baby feet? when I see a baby I instantly go looking for sweet little toes.

With the little feet prints I decided to make cards for our families back in the states.

 I know its kinda silly but i had fun with it and besides what Grandparent doesn't love this kind of stuff?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Crafting Companion

Meet Park (last name) Mong Mong. Mong Mong literally is the Korean sound for woof woof.  We did not name her that but it stuck.
Mong Mong constantly wants to be the center of attention. When we have our bibles in our laps she sits on the bible. If we are playing on the computer she lays on the keyboard. If we are talking baby talk to Keegan she thinks we should be talking to her (I'm pretty sure it's because we talk to our cat like she is a baby don't judge)  You get the point...anything we do she is right in the middle of it. My favorite times she does this is when I am crafting. She's just so cute!
I mean really?!? Ha  how do you not love this?
Do you have a Crafting Companion? I would LOVE to hear about them.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

What a weekend...

This weekend will go down in the books as one of the biggest learning experiences our little family has had yet.

One of the experiences we had this weekend was making Keegan take naps.... Not so awesome to do with a kiddo who thinks that when the sun is up he needs to be too. He sleeps great no more then great at night from 7-9 hours. But when he is only getting 7-9 of the 16 recommended we need to start getting naps in here somewhere. Let's just say we are all still learning with this one.

Another experience we had this weekend happened with me... I blacked out for 2 seconds and ended up bashing my face on the ground! We are still not sure why I blacked out but I have crazy bruises all over my face. I am not gonna post a picture because its not pretty. Nothing is broken but needless to say my face hurts ha! (please be praying we find out why this happened/ it never happens again)  I am praising God because my sweet hubby was home (and holding Keegan at that moment) and that Marla came to my rescue once again!

The biggest lesson I learned was to NEVER leave my house without a hair tie again... It is NOT OK to have my hair down for more then 10 minutes out in the Korean summer heat.

Even in this craziness I am praising God for teaching us... And the ability to laugh at myself when looking in the mirror (:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mail Time

 Keegan received his first piece of mail. Addressed to him and everything which made my heart happy. It was a  sweet little reminder that I had a son. This piece of mail is extra special because it makes him official. One of the first questions everyone asks us when they find out Keegan was born in Korea is "is he an American"?  

Yes he is... Now he has the paperwork to prove it.  He is now a proud owner of a Certificate of birth abroad a US passport and a social security number!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Victory Dance!

It's been two months since sweet little Keegan came into this world and I have lost ALL my pregnancy weight. On Saturday Keegan and I both had checkups, mine was to make sure that my incision healed properly and that everything was fine. Like always they had me get on the scale and check my blood pressure. I got on that dreaded scale and saw that I had not only lost all my pregnancy weight but .05 kilos less! I know that extra .05 is nothing but it made me feel GREAT! I wanted to jump up and down and do a victory dance. I decided against it because the Koreans there already think I am a crazy 미국 (American).

Before i got pregnant i was watching what i ate and exercising frequently. I ended up loosing 46 lbs! That was a big deal for me since i had never really been successful at loosing weight. So finding out that i was pregnant and would have to postpone further weight loss was not something i was looking forward to. Thankfully i stayed focused through out my pregnancy watching what i ate even more carefully and didnt gain an unhealthy amount of weight. I thought it was going to take FOREVER to loose all of my baby weight and it hasn't.

Now back to where i left off, losing the rest of this weight...

Photo by vividBreeze

Sunday, July 17, 2011

First Timer

 I say often that I  just "pretend" to be crafty... And it's true. I really do just pretend.  Within the last few months i started doing more crafts. I have always liked crafting but it's growing into a love of mine. This week I made a skirt for the very first time! I figured since I was going to make a skirt I would try one that looked a bit harder. So I looked up a million tutorials and I found this one.  There are two things I love on clothing one of them is buttons and the other is pockets! Thats the reason I fell in love with this one, the pockets.

    I love this skirt!  It is so comfortable and the best part was it was really easy to make.  Let me just say that the hardest part about this skirt was the hem. This was the first  project I had ever done using a hem and I ended up having to take out my original  attempt and with the help of Karen the second attempt was successful.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Here we go!

I have been thinking about blogging for months. Thinking of what I would blog about, what my blog would look like and questioning if anyone would even read it.I have spent many hours looking at others blogs and I have even read books about blogging! I'm not sure why but i feel like this is a big commitment and i needed to put a LOT of thought into it... and now and i have finally decided to give it a try.  PLEASE be patient with me... i have no idea what i am doing and this is all so new to me (: