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The last few years have been incredible. Life-changing. Inspiring. Lots of adjectives.

I’ve opened up myself to new experiences, opportunities, and people. I’ve seen the good and the bad.

And somehow, I’ve managed to survive when I sometimes felt like I wouldn’t be able to anymore.

We all have that, don’t we? That enate ability to survive. That willpower that sees us through even when you reach the darkest depths.

I feel like most people will have their moment… the one where you feel like you’ve got nothing left, you’re surrounded by darkness, loneliness, depression… and then…

You can look around you and see that you’re absolutely surrounded by loving and caring people that would give anything to take the pain away. Even strangers.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Last year, I created three blogs in the hope that one of them would find huge success. It turns out that three blogs is a lot of work!

 

I did find a small glimmer of hope over at Eat Your Lunchee. This blog is specifically designed for foodies interested in School Lunches, especially in Korea.

This year, I have a new direction, and that’s food. Not just the Lunch-ees… but my own recipes. I’m inspired by many bloggers, namely 519 Kitchen and A Fat Girl’s Food Guide. I’ve been following them for quite some time and they give me great ideas!

Soon, the layout of “Everything Rae” will change to something new and shiny, especially formatted to fit all of the food I want to share with you.

Thank you so much for following my adventures. I look forward to the change and a new outlook on blogging!

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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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?

After a long hiatus…!

Hi, everyone! I feel like it’s been ages! I have a HUGE picture post for you! ^^

So we left off the blogging at this point, April 22nd or so, when I tore some ligaments in my ankle after an early morning 노래방 (norebang/karaoke) session. Continue reading

366//Week 15

April 9, Day 95
Another day at Hallym University Hospital… These were all my questions and concerns for the doctor written out in Korean. Continue reading

Chickens are for Awesome People.

Chickens are awesome. You might have some kind of preconception on what chickens are like: poking people’s eyes out, squabbling loudly about the yard, getting feces everywhere, or maybe just that they taste good.

But this is my take on chickens (and why you’d be awesome if you had some):

  • They are super loving and affectionate. If you raise your chickens from chicks, they will follow you around just like their surrogate mother. They also look cool pecking around and making cooing sounds.
  • They aren’t loud at all. In fact, you can even keep a small number of chickens in an urban backyard. Roosters, on the other hand…
  • Coops that are built well are resistant to nasty odors and buildup. Of course, it all depends on the person that’s Caretaker and how diligent they are, but otherwise there is very little cleanup.
  • Chickens can produce up to two eggs per day. That will save a lot of money in the (very) long run, and they make great pets. If you like to eat chicken, you can choose to kill them once they stop laying, but for me, I’d rather keep them around to continue to make compost and fertilizer for my other Future Projects, like massive scale gardening (okay, massive only in my mind).
  • You’re awesome if you raise them because you are actually helping the environment and reducing your carbon footprint (as well as your grocery bill)! Raising chickens gives kids hands-on experience to animals and how to treat them properly. It also is a great learning tool for adults, especially those who realize the horrors of caged conditions for most of the chicks we eat (and for some people, that’s every day!). Killing a chicken that you’ve raised in your own backyard might change the way you think about eating animals…

Before I get on a tangent, here are some beautiful inspiration pics of coops around the States. I would want to make my coop elaborate and beautiful, sparing little expense. It also has to be practical – and that’s what the inside is for! Check it out…

*Each picture is a clickable link to the story behind it!*

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