Opening new doors…er, curtains!

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I think anyone browsing Pinterest long enough will develop
the “organization bug”.
I have done several projects around my
teeny tiny apartment
for decoration, organization, and improved functionality.

Pinterest is like my inner Domestic Goddess’ heaven. 

Today’s post is about closet organization.
My new apartment has, what I call,
a tension-rod-organizer-rack-thingy.

It looks like this right now:

Yes, that’s my new apartment!

Now I want to show you my inspiration for what it is to become.
Please help me by choosing your favorites!
(Click on the picture for original source)

#1.

open and wonderfully colorful
[to keep me from wearing all black!]

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I Have Jitters!

Hey all. This is a more personal post, mostly put here because a huge event is about to take place. I’m moving!

Okay, so it’s not that exciting because I’ve done it 3 times in the past 3 years. If I didn’t mention it before, I’m an ESL teacher in South Korea. This means that, with the awesomeness that comes from living abroad, I also get the added perk of living pretty much scott-free. Yep. FREE.

Downside? Living in a Studio Apartment.

Now, I’m not trying to say I’m not thankful for having a rent-free living situation, but I will gripe a little bit on this: studio apartments in Virginia (my homestate) sometimes look like this:

HUGE kitchen and island, behind the wall is the bedroom

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Korea “K”asserole!

Cooking comfort foods in Korea can be tough,
especially on a diet AND a budget!

So far I’ve been able to reconstruct some of my favorite foods here,
even with limited access to Western brands and ingredients.
It takes some creativity, but it can be done…

Enter, “Korean Kasserole“!

First, assemble all ingredients.
Really, anything you want to put in there is going to come out tasty, so go on.

I was cleaning out my pantry, so in went a bunch of onion, bok choy, chicken,
mushrooms, cheese, and even a box of Stove Top
(no, I haven’t been able to find this in Korea yet!)

I used macaroni noodles as the base for my Kasserole.
Other recipes call for other things, but remember, this is comfort food!
Anything goes!

tiny 2 burner stove..
making soup in a cast iron skillet…ha!

Since there is no “cream of” soup here, I used a Mushroom Soup packet
and thickened it up with flour.

Once that’s finished, set aside and LIGHTLY BROWN your chicken breast.
It needs to be at least halfway cooked before going into the oven.

While boiling pasta and thickening up your soup, cut up all your veggies
into nice, bite size (or smaller) pieces.

mmm…cheese…

Here’s the fun part, assembly!
There’s no “right” way to do this. I dumped in the macaroni, soup,
and all the other ingredients and stirred.

Make your stuffing according to the most convenient option available to you…
(I only have 2 burners on my “stove” so I used the microwave)
…and toss it on top!

Then you shove it into your toaster oven and set the dial to 190C/375F
for about 20 minutes, or until it reaches your desired gooeyness.

I am by no means a great FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER
but here’s what it looks like when you put it on your plate,
in the dark of your studio apartment,
right before gobbling it up and getting seconds.
(And thirds.)

how do you like that super cute portion plate?!

DEVOURED.

If you want to know the secrets for how to make your OWN, see below:

Korean Kasserole
Serves 2-4
Prep time: 20min, Cooking time: 20min

INGREDIENTS
1 cup macaroni noodles (boiled to al dente, not rinsed)
1/2 packet of Oteggi Mushroom Cream Soup (prepared according to packet, thickened with flour)
200g chicken breast, roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
4 bunches of bok choy, roughly chopped
8 mushrooms, finely chopped
(more veggies welcomed)

METHOD
1. Preheat your toaster oven to 190C/375F.
2. Line casserole dish or cake pan with baking spray or butter.
3. Lightly brown chicken, boil noodles, and warm up the soup.
4. Mix all ingredients together. Soup, Macaroni, and Veggies.
5. Prepare stuffing mix (or breadcrumbs) and sprinkle on top.
6. Bake for 20 minutes or until suitably gooey/crispy according to desired taste.
7. Season with salt, pepper, celery flakes, oregano, and/or other seasonings of choice.
8. DIG IN!

Let me know what you think. What other foods would you like to see me make in my itty bitty apartment kitchen?