Making kimchi...

Nov 10, 2017 

My girls are coming home in five days.  I want to make a little kimchi for their homecoming... I decided to make mool kimchi, chongak kimchi and regular kimchi.  (overkill in variety but I'm not making too much just incase it's not that good!)  But what I didn't realize is that I don't have any kimchi jars!  I gave them all way before the move!  FYI:  The big kimchi bowl was given to me by my mom who got it from her mother.  I remember grandpa putting a hole in that bowl and took out a rusty green wire hanger from the closet and making a loop through.  I asked him why he was doing that.  He said it was so that grandma could hang up the big thing inside the closet.  I thought he was very clever.  He was a wonderful craftsman and kind hearted soul!  


Randy is my only child at home.  With his busy schedule of starting high school basketball, he usually comes home late for dinner.  I try to make my one meal at home intentional and delicious for my ENK and Randy.  Yesterday as he was eating one of his favorite chicken soup and said if he could start a list of top 5.... he would call it "Mama's top 5 best meals"   Let's see if they are Alllison and Lindsey's favorite meals as well.  (Well, not Lindsey since she's mostly vegetarian) 

Randy's top 5:

Ma's Spicy Chicken and Potatoes

Ma's Kalbi Cheem 

Ma's Chicken Noodle Soup

Ma's Famous Chili 

Ma's California Rolls  


Randy's top banchans:

Ma's Jangchorim 

Ma's Kamja bokum 


Randy also is lucky enough to love food from Airport Cafe so he's really going to miss good food when he goes to college.  Yes. that's years away but time sure goes by fast! 


Lemon tree...

Lemon tree

I've always wanted to grow a citrus tree.  Here is my first lemon tree that I had on the deck most of summer and when the first frost came, I brought the tiny lemon tree inside.  I'm not sure how long I will keep it in the planter and when i need to plant it outside.  I'm not sure about taking out the little fruits from this branch too...  So much to learn about gardening.  I love the morning sun that shines into our living room space.  The fall leaves add another great colorful scene to my ever changing window.  

Lemon tree

My "go-to" Pot...

I don't know what size this is.  I had it for many many years. It's the biggest pot I have.  If I make anything in this, it means that I'm feeding a big crowd.  But my flat surface stove top was driving me crazy.  It just didn't heat up and boil my big pot.  I miss gas stovetop so much.  But meanwhile, I need to do what I do on this stove.  What I made was soup stock to make fresh ramen noodles for some ladies from church.   While the boys were away, we had a sweet gathering of women from my church.  We ate Korean style on the floor and had a wonderful time talking and enjoying each other's company.  

Nov 5, 2017

Nov 5, 2017

Nov 5, 2017

November babies...

Nov 7, 2017

Happy Birthday Randy!  He is a 16 year old Sophomore in high school.  He shares a November birthday with his grandpa  who passed away just months before...  What a special bond they had!