Sidewalk Shawl

My mom’s birthday is coming up soon, so I decided to crochet something for her. I found an awesome website called ravelry.com with tons of patterns, and a lot of them are free! I finally decided on a shawl using this pattern. It only took me a week! I’m still trying to decide if I want to buy more yarn and put the fringe on it. I might give it to my mom and let her decide.

20140315-140628.jpg

20140315-140649.jpg

20140315-140713.jpg

20140315-140759.jpg

20140315-140812.jpg

Advertisements
Posted in Crochet | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

A field of wildflowers…

Image

Prague’s Old Town Square.

Image

Posted in Photos | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Still Crocheting

I’m really enjoying crochet. I like it a lot more than knitting. Here are some coasters I made following YouTube videos.

20140306-143000.jpg
They were pretty easy to make.
Here are the links if you want to try them out yourself!
Pink Coaster
Purple Coaster
Green Coaster

Posted in Crochet | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Sedlec Ossuary aka “The Bone Church” in the Czech Republic attracts many tourists, but the fact that this church is decorated with the bones of 40,000 human skeletons kinda gives it that eerie, abandoned feeling.  P1070857  P1070868

P1070871

P1070878

P1070859

That last picture is the artist’s signature.  Definitely creepy, but worth seeing if you ever find yourself in the Czech Republic.

Posted in Photos | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Latest Obsession: Learning to Crochet

I enjoy learning new things. The thing I struggle with is sticking with the new thing and getting good at it. Either I get bored or I get frustrated, and I eventually quit nearly every new thing I attempt to learn. I’ve wanted to learn to crochet for a while now. I actually know how to knit, but that’s another thing I never really got good at.. Anyway, I’m determined to actually stick with crocheting. So yesterday I picked up some yarn and crochet hooks at Michael’s, and I’ve been searching YouTube for tutorials I can follow. I’ve gotten frustrated a few times, but I’m enjoying it too:). Here’s a sample of what I’m working on.

20140301-002245.jpg
I think it’s pretty good for a beginner! Here’s the tutorial I used if you’re interested!

Posted in Crochet, Latest Obsession | Tagged | Leave a comment

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

2014-02-18

My dad went fishing over the weekend and came home with 6 baby chicks!  He’d been talking about getting chickens for a while, but we were all surprised when he came through the door with a box of cute little chicks.  So I decided to use them for this week’s photo challenge.  The brown one in the close up is my favorite!

Posted in Photos | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Work Permit

Donghee finally got his work permit!!  His EAD card arrived in the mail Friday:)  It’s actually a combo card with permission for advance parole as well.  That means he has permission to travel in and out of the US while they are reviewing his Green Card application.  We don’t plan on leaving the country anytime soon, but it’s nice to have just in case there’s some kind of family emergency or something.  So yeah, we have the EAD/AP card, and now we’re just waiting on the Green Card.  Hopefully things go smoothly with that process and we can get it soon!

Posted in Immigration Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My American Wedding!

Ko_Simpson-0160

I finally got the pictures from our second wedding, which was on November 9th!  I already shared my Korean wedding with you guys, so now I want to share our American wedding!
We wanted to keep it small and intimate.  We also decided to have it outdoors (of course the original date was in September). I’d always said I could never do an outdoor wedding because it would just be too stressful! But after looking at Pinterest and all the wedding websites, I fell in love with all the pretty outdoor weddings.  So we decided to chance it.

My mom got the idea to rent a house on Lake Norman. The Lodge at Lake Norman is apparently a popular spot for small weddings. It sleeps 18, which was great since Donghee had some family coming from Korea and my MOH was coming from California. We could also have up to 50 people there for the wedding, which was about what we had. The house was absolutely beautiful.

248174_10201356733105115_54755267_n-002

We ended up being lucky with the weather.  Not too cold for November, and no rain!

We took hanbok pictures before the ceremony.  So we actually had two first looks, a hanbok one, and the wedding dress one.  Don’t you just love my shoes?!

Ko_Simpson-0056 Ko_Simpson-0047Ko_Simpson-0143 Ko_Simpson-0127 Ko_Simpson-0091 Ko_Simpson-0218 Ko_Simpson-0228

I was originally looking for a simpler dress, but I fell in love with this one from David’s Bridal.  I wish we could get married a third time so I could wear it again!

Ko_Simpson-0133 Ko_Simpson-0019 Ko_Simpson-0003 Ko_Simpson-0101

Ko-Simpson-0290 Ko-Simpson-0283 Ko-Simpson-0348Ko-Simpson-0297   Ko-Simpson-0308 Ko-Simpson-0321 Ko-Simpson-0326 Ko-Simpson-0347

I didn’t really want to do sand or the unity candle.  We wanted something a little more unique.  We decided to do “love locks.”  After locking them together, we tied the key to the balloons and let them go.  We actually had two keys, but the balloons weren’t strong enough, so we threw the other one in the lake later:)Ko-Simpson-0339 Ko-Simpson-0305  Ko-Simpson-0307 Ko_Simpson-0167

I actually got Costco to do my flowers for really cheap.  I was so happy with how they turned out!

Ko_Simpson-0173  Ko_Simpson-0199

The bridesmaid’s dresses came from David’s Bridal as well.  Donghee brought his suit from Korea, but the groomsmen got their pants and vests from Express.  I love the vest and no jacket look!

Ko_Simpson-0191 Ko_Simpson-0176

Ko-Simpson-0271 Ko-Simpson-0248 Ko_Simpson-0236 Ko-Simpson-0247Ko_Simpson-0074 Ko_Simpson-0156 Ko_Simpson-0160 Ko_Simpson-0168

We decided to move the reception inside after moving the wedding to November.  I’m so glad we did!  We used mismatched vintage dishes and decorated the tables with lace doilies, candles, and teacups filled with pink roses and baby’s breath.

Ko-Simpson-0362 Ko-Simpson-0353Ko-Simpson-0350 Ko-Simpson-0351 Ko-Simpson-0359 Ko-Simpson-0357 Ko-Simpson-0381

We decided to do save money by doing cupcakes (we did mini cupcakes since the big ones are so awkward to eat).  Gigi’s Cupcakes did an awesome job!  We got them to do a six-inch topper cake for us to cut too.

Ko-Simpson-0379 Ko-Simpson-0412 Ko-Simpson-0455Ko-Simpson-0399

Watching Donghee’s mom dance to Gangnam Style was one of the highlights of the night!  haha:)  Even though we were staying the night at the house, I had to have my sparklers fake exit!

Ko-Simpson-0428  Ko-Simpson-0458

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

When I saw the topic for this week’s photo challenge, I immediately thought of my wedding rings. Not only are they a symbol of my marriage and a reminder of the man I love more than anything, but they were also my grandmother’s rings, so they hold the memory of her and the beautiful marriage she and my grandfather had. They may not have the biggest diamonds, but to me they are priceless. My treasure.

20140218-151939.jpg

Posted in Photos | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Poptarts and Pastries!

I found a couple of yummy recipes that I thought I would share with you guys.   I actually planned on making these strawberry nutella poptarts for valentines day, but due to all the snow we got, I wasn’t able to make it to the store to get strawberries.  That didn’t stop me from trying out this recipe another day.  Look at how cute these turned out!

1912047_727309045413_983022652_oThey were soooo good too.  I mean who doesn’t like nutella?  And together with strawberries, yumm!  These were pretty simple to make too!

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

For the egg wash, mix 1 egg yolk and 1 tsp water.  Set aside.

For the dough, you can use store bought refrigerated pie crust.  You just roll it out until it’s pretty thin.  The original recipe says 1/16th of an inch, but I don’t know how to measure that, so I just guessed.  Some poptarts came out thicker than others, but they are all just as good.  The recipe says to use one package of pie crust.  The box I bought had two pie crusts in it.  I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to use both, but more poptarts is better, so I did.  I ended up with 12, while the original recipe makes 6.  Yeah, 12 is definitely better than 6.  If your house is anything like mine, they will disappear quickly.  So if you use two pie crusts, you should end up with 24 2.5×3.5in rectangles. Re-roll the dough as needed.

Place half of the rectangles on the cookie sheet.  Spread 1 tsp of nutella and then 1 tsp of strawberry jelly on top.  Try not to get too close to the edges.

20140218-124740.jpg 20140218-125040.jpg

Next, you need to cut some strawberries.  Cut them lengthwise, then cut a little triangle out at the stem to make them heart-shaped.  Place a slice of strawberry in the center of each poptart.

20140218-125230.jpgFor me, the hardest part was cutting the hearts out of the remaining rectangles.  You could use a cookie cutter if you have one, or use the strawberry as a guide.  Just do whatever is easiest for you.

Put the rectangles with the heart cutouts on top of the poptarts, sealing the edges with a fork.  Brush with the egg wash.  Sprinkle the tops with coarse sugar.

20140218-125333.jpgBake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.  I had to cook mine for about 20 minutes.  Cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes before serving.

20140218-125427.jpg

Click here for the original recipe.

Now for the second recipe! handheld blueberry pie.  Blueberries are like one of my favorite things, so when I found this recipe and saw how easy it looked, I had to try it out!  Let me tell you, these were soooo good.  And if I could do it, you can do it!

The recipe uses store bought puff pastry sheets.  I’d never used these before, but I assumed they were similar to refrigerated pie crusts, so that’s where I looked for them.  I eventually found them in the frozen section.  After baking the pies, I saw that they are quite different than regular pie crust.  They puff up (I guess that’s where they get their name) like magic while baking into a beautiful flaky pastry!

So the recipe doesn’t really specify whether to use frozen or fresh blueberries.  I happened to already have some fresh blueberries in the fridge, but only one cup.  Since the recipe calls for 2 cups, I decided to make half with fresh blueberries, and the other half with frozen.  Both turned out great, but I would definitely recommend using fresh berries.  They were so much juicier.  I think because the fresh berries were bigger.  If you decide to use frozen berries, make sure you thaw and drain them first.  I made the mistake of not draining them and it was a juicy mess!

Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures, but here is the link to the original recipe.  I actually really like their site.  A lot of their recipes look good and fairly simple.

Posted in Cooking | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment