Cute picture of my kids at church with our pastors baby Miles! They all sure love babies! It was so nice to have them home for the weekend! Lindsey is leaving for a mission trip in three weeks, she didn't get to come home for Christmas break so she really wanted to be home to get her summer supplies for Fiji. Allison was here last week but she sure was happy to return again! It was short and sweet... the siblings love being with each other.
Dates set, tickets bought! We are so excited for this trip in August' It will be epic. It will just be Lindsey, Allison and mom. Thankful for our family businesses that gives us ultimate reward travel points as well as SPG hotel points for us to seek adventure each year! Time is precious. #makingmemories
Never in our 25 years of marriage when it was just the two of us... No big party at our house today. With the pending snow.. We opted out. However, we pulled off the best Korean KOCHUJANG fried chicken for the two of us! Missing Allison who use to say... "Ma, Super Bowl is my favorite holiday!" Randy was invited to a friend's house, Allison is at WWU and Lindsey live streaming while studying... ENK and I are alone on many days. A friend of ours made a comment the other day... "Sue, you guys really do like spending time together!" Yes, I agreed. We do like spending time together. That's what makes a great marriage. I don't mind spending time with my hubby. This is our 25th year... how time flies when you're having fun or when you're just quietly home alone.
ENK's patient Sandi made him a special loaf of carrot cake. He left it on the kitchen table and didn't bother to eat it the first night. The next morning, I didn't have time to slice it so I just took the whole loaf to eat it at work. I took a bite and it was the most moist carrot cake I have ever eaten. It was DELICIOUS! I shared a little piece to Uncle James and wrapped the rest and threw it in my purse. During the drive home in the afternoon, I was craving for that bite of the cake, I reached over and ate some... little did I realize that the piece I saved for ENK was now a little piece. Long story short; ENK asked for it and I didn't have a right answer. "I ate it" Then he got really mad for not sharing. Then I felt bad and little guilty that I started to cry. I was also mad that he didn't say... "it's okay Sue, as long as you loved it, that's all that matters!" Randy came running out hearing me cry and got mad at dad for making a big deal over a cake! "It's just a cake dad! " He later heard us hilariously laughing through my tears and chuckling that he was assured that Ma was okay.
So, I'm determined to bake ENK a cake. Not Sandi's cake but my own...
I found this recipe from Joanne and Adam of inspired taste blog.
Makes 1 double layer cake or 24 cupcakes
2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 cups (295 ml) canola or other vegetable oil
1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
1 cup (200 grams) lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
3 cups (300 grams) grated peeled carrots (5 to 6 medium carrots)
1 cup (100 grams) coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup (65 grams) raisinsMAKE BATTER
Heat the oven to 350º F. Grease two 9-inch by 2-inch cake pans and line the bottom with parchment paper then grease the top of the paper. Or, grease and flour the bottom and sides of both pans.
In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and the cinnamon until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, sugars and vanilla. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until blended.
Switch to a large rubber spatula. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, stirring gently until they disappear and the batter is smooth. Stir in the carrots, nuts and raisins.
Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans. Bake until the tops of the cake layers are springy when touched and when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean; 35 to 45 minutes.
Cool cakes in pans for 15 minutes then turn out onto cooling racks, peel off parchment paper and cool completely.
We were given these awesome suite tickets from my deli customer... It happened to be for the Lakers... and it happened to be in the suite next to Kevin and Sonia's auction winning tickets! We were able to enjoy this game as well as enjoy the company of the Shim's!
Making mandoo with my mom! Trying to get her doing things... She still lives by herself, cooks for herself and goes to adult day care three times a week. But she has been coughing and not feeling well so my mom brought her home. She gets restless and wants to do things. Sometimes mom gives her little jobs sorting dried anchovies or sorting black beans... just for her to think. She's 99 years old!!!!! Stay healthy halmonie! We are going to have your 100th birthday party this year!!!
Happy 49th to me... It just can't be! These days, I'm feeling old. My face, my neck, my body, my grey hair, my energy... This picture is of me in Barcelona. We were ready to head out to dinner on a super rainy night. I wore several layers and initially put the hoodie on my head... ENK thought that I looked like a young person.... " Oh ya? Let me take a picture to mark this young self..." I use to think 50 was super old. But 50 is the new 30 so we will continue to enjoy life to the fullest and travel as long as we can walk!
This is Randy and I relaxing in our back yard forest. He decided to take the two red chairs down... we enjoyed a nice peaceful time down there! Yes, the snow is beautiful but we are tired of it. Give us something we can handle... Rain!!!!