Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fish Soup (mae-uen-tang)

I made this soup last week and since we haven't had it for a long time, it was delicious... hehe~

If you need some guidance with the ingredients, you can check my Korean Cooking 101. ;)

Serving: 4-6

1/2 radish
1/2 onion
chopped garlic
2-3 spoonful of red pepper paste
1-2 spoonful of soybean paste
1 garland chrysanthemum
1/2-1 squash
chopped green onions

Step 1:
In a pot, add cut fish and water. I accidentally added garlic earlier than I should... lol~ :X So ignore the chopped garlic in the soup. I believe the fish is yellow tail, but I could be wrong. This soup works with most type of fishes so you don't really need to worry what type of fish you're using. Make sure you turn on your stove to high.
Add radishes and onions. Once it starts boiling, you will see the fat on the top of the soup. You need to scoop it out with a spoon.
Then add chopped garlic, red pepper paste, and soybean paste. The heat from the soup is dissolve the paste.
Add garland chrysanthemum (suk-gat from what I know). You need to cut the leaves from the stem and get rid of the stem. I only use the leaves part.
Then add squash. During this time, I taste the soup to see if it taste to my bud. If it isn't spicy enough, add more red pepper paste. If you want more taste, add both pastes. Let the heat dissolve the pastes. Then taste again and hopefully, it's to your taste... hehe~ Before you eat the soup, add chopped green onions.
Now you can eat with rice and kim-chi! :)

This past Friday when I chilled with my friend, we checked out Icing. There were three headbands I liked, but I ended up bringing one home... hehe~
I like how unique the headband is. I haven't seen two bands together with a bow. I like it a lot!... hehe~ :)

I haven't done my nails for two weeks. I don't know if it's just me but do you remember the review for Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen review (click here to see post)? I only did nail art on two fingers with the pen. When I erased my nail polish a week after, I noticed the two fingers I used the Sally Hansen was weak, whereas, the others weren't. I thought that was strange! :X During that time, I didn't color my nails. I wanted it to get stronger. I wonder if it's just me or has it happened to you guys?

Anyways, this is my nail of the week (NOTW #9). It's nothing unique or exciting. I just wanted a solid color on my nails... hehe~ I used China Glaze in For Audrey (click here to see the swatches of China Glaze).
It's also perfect for this spring season... hehe~

I'm going to end with the amigurumi I just finished. Since my unborn nephew is coming soon (in May), I wanted to make something for him. I always got something for my nieces, now for the future nephew, when they were born... hehe~ I wanted it baby safe and I saw the most perfect pattern online (click here to see the pattern). It's adorable, but at the same time, it looks very safe for a baby.
Of course, I didn't use the yarn with the hair sticking out (whatever you call that). Since babies put everything in their mouth, it isn't safe. I used baby yarn for this sheep. The only problem is I don't think it's that cute the one I made of course... hehe~ I like the one in the pattern so much better *sigh*. I don't know if I should give it to him or make something else *sigh*. :X

credit: haruki

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Body Shop Body Butter and Body Scrub

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post is given to me as gift except one of the body butter and body scrub. I am not affiliated with the company nor getting paid to advertise the products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Last year, my friend gave me body butters from The Body Shop for my birthday and Christmas. She told once you use the body butter, you won't go back to anything else. For that reason, I tried to use my other body lotions before moving on.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Chicken with Potatoes, Carrots, and Onions (dak do-ri-tang) and Day at Sephora

I promised a reader, Emily, I would post this recipe. I didn't forget... hehe~ Sorry it took so long to post this! At least you have it now... hehe~ :)

If you need some guidance with the ingredients, you can check my Korean Cooking 101. ;)

soy sauce
chopped garlic
pinch of black pepper
1 spoonful of sugar
2-3 spoonful of red pepper powder

Step 1:
I usually take off the skin of the chicken, but it is up to the person making it. You don't have to if you don't want to. Put the chicken in the pot with cut potatoes, carrots, and onions. It is up to the cook if s/he wants a lot of vegetables or not.

In a bowl, I make the soy sauce mixture. I dilute the soy sauce with water. I cannot tell you the exact amount but my guess would be 1: 2 ratio (1 c. soy sauce: 2 c. water). I do this part by look... lol~ Then I add chopped garlic, pinch of black pepper, and sugar. The sugar adds a ting of sweetness in the chicken. I would say about a spoonful of sugar or so depending on your taste.
Once you got your soy sauce mixture, add 2-3 spoonful of red pepper powder.

Step 3:
Now put the sauce mixture in the pot with the chicken. Turn on the stove to high. Once it starts boiling, you can turn it to low. The cooking process should take 30-45 minutes. Make sure you check on the chicken 2 or 3 times by mixing it with a spoon. It will also spread the sauce to the vegetables on top.
Once you're done, you can eat with rice and kim-chi! :)

Yesterday, I spent a day with my makeup buddy. One of the things we wanted to do was go check out the makeover at Sephora. She did the skin and I did the color. I had one of the nicest makeup artist ever! She was friendly, bubbly, and extremely helpful. She told me step by step what she was doing, as well as, gave me techniques I never thought of. I thought I'll spread some of the techniques I learned... hehe~

* Apply UDPP on your lips. It will fill the lines on the lips, conceal, and it will help the lipstick stay on longer.
* If you want glitter affect on your eyelashes, apply mascara and then glitter eyeliner on top of the mascara. With the glitter eyeliner, put spots on different areas of the eyelashes. It will make your eyelashes sparkle.

These are the ones I have never heard of and thought it might help some readers reading my blogs... hehe~ :)

After the makeover, she gave us two sample bags. I think we were only suppose to get one but I'm not too sure. See how nice she is! :) I'll show you what were in the sample bags... hehe~
Boscia cleansing gel and moisturizer.
Juice Beauty cleansing gel, moisturizer, and blemish serum.
OleHenriksen eye cream and serums.
LaVanila body butter and perfume.
Caudalie shower gels.
Skyn cream.
Tarte face primer.
Jurlique eye makeup remover.
Korres cream.
Nuts cream perfume.
The one that I was excited about was the Sephora mirror... woo hoo~ :)

Since we were at the mall, we checked out other stores. I bought couple of things. :X
MAC Cremesheen lipgloss in Petite Indulgence. I'm starting to wander off from light pink lipstick/gloss to middle-Barbie pink lipstick/glosses... woo hoo~
Another headband accessory from Forever 21. :X

Diana from Paper Doll Revenge asked me to show a picture of MAC "Love Rock" blush on my cheeks (click here to see my post on the blush).
Here's how it looks on me... hehe~

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Awards and Small Haul

All the awards I received were from one person, Diana from Paper Doll Revenge. I'm so loved by her... woo hoo~ :) I love you back girl!... hehe~ ;)

The first award is...
The rules:
1. When you receive this award, show that you're happy to the giver.
2. Nominate at least 5 blogs, that you think rocks.
3. Let them know about the award in their post.
4. Now blog like you're never blogged before.

The second award is...
List 7 things that you love, and then pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you love! Be sure to tag them and let them know that they have won.You can copy the picture of the award and paste it on your sidebar letting the whole world are Kreativ!

7 Things I Love...
1. my father (I am so blessed to have him in my life.)
2. Tobey (the best dongseng, younger brother, ever!)
3. my nieces and future nephew
4. making things (crochet, knitting, cross-stitching, sewing, etc.)
5. makeup and fruity-flavored perfume/body lotion
6. earrings
7. hair accessories

The last award is...
“This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog’s content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant."

“When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to the said person so everyone knows she/he is real. Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have seven friends. Show the seven random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself. Then pass it on!”

10 honest things about me...

1. I've always loved dogs since I was young. When I was tiny and my parents couldn't find me, they just looked for a dog and I was there. :X
2. I'm clumsy. I bumped into a stop sign, got my finger stuck in a stranger's sweater, taken one tennis shoe of mine and another of my roommate, etc... :X
3. I twist my words and it comes out bad.
Stranger: What year are you?
Me: 4th grade
4. I hate cleaning.
5. I admit I'm hooked on buying makeups, earrings, and hair accessories even though I don't need any. :X
6. I like cute things like pochacco, mashimaro, pooh bear, etc...
7. I'm one of the most boring person in the world and I even know that... lol~ :X
8. I love animes!
9. I like receiving comments and e-mails! :)
10. I love when the other person tries to get to know me by making an effort! :)

The 7 nominees for the awards are *drum roll*...
Spankedelic (I have to nominate my kim-chi buddy)
Miss Sandy

I tried and the key word is "tried" to pick the people I believe who hasn't received the awards yet.

I bought couple of things this week. It's nothing huge... hehe~
I bought two Revlon Matte lipsticks in 001 Nude Attitude and 002 Pink Pout. I'm sure most of you guys know there's a BOGO free sale at CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid this week. I bought mine at CVS. When you use a CVS card, they have a coupon attached to the recipt. One of the coupon had a $2 off on Revlon products. So I got both lipsticks for $5.99... woo hoo~
Here's a swatch of the lipsticks on my hand. I also swatched it on my lips.

Natural lip:

001 Nude Attitude:
I didn't like this color on me much but I think it'll look good with a nice orangy-ie/peachy lipgloss on top... hehe~

002 Pink Pout:
This is such a pretty color on me! :)

I also checked out Target this week. They're having a 10% off on all Sonia Kashuk products! Go run to your Target right now... hehe~ :P This is the perfect timing, because I just finished my old concealer. I heard great things about this and I can't wait to use it... hehe~ I got this for $7.99. The regular price is $9.99, but I got 20% off (10% from the Target sale and 10% from employee from Target). No, I don't work at Target but my sister-in-law is a pharmacist at Target. She gave me a membership card since she had an extra one... woo hoo~
It has 3 cream concealers and one powder (bottom right). They also include two tiny brushes for the cream and powder.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Flour Soup (sue je bi) and Some Hauls

I made this more than a month ago... lol~ I'm taking my time with the recipes since I have so many to post, and it takes a lot of time to post them. :X I'm sure eventually everything will be posted... hehe~

If you need some guidance with the ingredients, you can check my Korean Cooking 101. ;)

sue je bi package
3-5 anchovies
2 dashima/dried seaweed
1 potato
chopped garlic
1/2 onion
black pepper
chopped green onion

Serving: 4-6

Step 1:
I usually make this fresh, but my sister-in-law left this box down here the last time they visited. I might as well use it instead of it going to waste... hehe~ You can make this dish twice with this box. Inside the box there's 2 packages. One package has a big bag with a small bag attached onto the big one. Cut open the big bag and put it in a big bowl. Then you add 3/4 cup of water, and mix (SORRY I didn't take a picture).

If you don't have the package, you can make it fresh from flour. In a big bowl, add 4 c. flour, 1 egg, and 1 c. water.

After you mix the dough, wrap it with a plastic wrap. I usually make it in the morning of the night I'm going to make this soup. Then keep it in the refrigerator.

Step 2:
In a pot, you're going to make the broth. You need water, anchovies, and dashima (dried seaweed). Cook the broth for about 20-30 minutes.

Step 3:
Remove the anchovies and dashima from the broth. You can throw away the anchovies. It is up to you if you want to throw away the dashima. I used it at the end of the recipe. I cut my potatoes into triangle pieces and dump it into the broth. I also add chopped garlic.
I chopped some onion and threw that into the broth. I usually add more clams than I did for this soup... lol~ I only had 2 clams left, therefore, I only threw those in. :X
After cooking for 15-20 minutes, I cut little pieces of the dough (taken out from the refrigerator) you did in step 1. It needs to be in small, flat pieces. I use my hand to rip the pieces and then throw them in the soup.
Once the dough is done, it will rise to the top.
Then I cut my squash into triangle pieces and throw that into the soup.
Then I add salt and black pepper to my taste. I top of the soup with chopped green onions and cut dashima that I used for the broth.
Now you can eat with kim-chi... hehe~ How sad you only see that one clam... lol~ :X

This past Friday I checked out MAC to see their new collection, the duo blushes. I wish I didn't because I ended up buying one *sigh*.
I ended up buying "Love Rock" and asked for a sample. She gave me a sample of Strobe Cream. I love samples because that's how I know if the products work for me or not... hehe~ :)
Here's a swatch of the blush. It's a mineral blush with two different colors. The one on the left is the bottom of the blush, and the one on the right is the top of the blush.
The one thing I was disappointed about their blush is how freaking small it is. I guess you can say I expected it to be bigger but it's really pigmented. I was blown away how pigmented the blushes were! :) While I was checking out the blushes, I thought it was the same size as the duo mineral eyeshadows. I came home and compared the sizes and I was wrong... lol~ It's a little big larger than the eyeshadows. :P Here's a comparison.

After MAC, I checked out the new TJ Max. I wish I didn't because I ended up buying again *sigh*. I bought a new purse by Katy Van Zeeland.
I ended up liking this so much that I was sitting there for 20 minutes debating. I ended up getting it since it was the only one left in this color. :X

Then I came home to my Cherry Culture haul. Don't expect a lot of things, because I didn't buy much... lol~
I've been wanting the Thalia lipstick from NYX, as well as, wanting to try their round lipgloss in Ballerina Pink. I bought this during their free shipping on March 10th and I received it 4 days later... woo hoo~ That was pretty fast shipping!!! They also gave me a free lipgloss from Amuse.

I'm going to end this post with my recent crochet project... hehe~ I named it Tobster a nickname I received from this oppa (brother in Korean), friend, I knew long time ago when I first got Tobey. Here's my Tobster... hehe~

Frontal view:

Side view:
Back view:
I made the tail point to the right because Tobey's tail is always to the right. If the dog's tail is point to the right, it's a good sign. It means he's happy. I heard that from a vet during a dog show long time ago... hehe~

I also compared Tobster to Tobey Jr.
That's Tobey Jr. my oldest brother gave me on the left. I didn't know what to do with the blue crochet heart I made before Tobster (click here to see my post on the heart). So I have Tobey Jr. holding it... hehe~

Then I had Tobey take a picture with himself, Tobster... hehe~
The best time to take a picture when he's tired... hehe~ When he's wide awake, he wants to rip Tobster apart. :X

Does Tobster look like Tobey? Did I do a good job? What do you think?

I also had to make two more hearts for the middle school boys I know.
Yeah, one of the boys wanted a pink one for his cell. :/
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