I Effed It Up + New Link Up

Melissa has a friend that always tells her shes effing up recipes because she never actually follows them. BUT it works for her. She knows what to do to make something good.

I do not. I need a recipe. I need instructions. I still Google every time I want to boil eggs because I cant just retain information and remember how to make things right.

I wanted to make squash soup. I knew there was squash and curry powder and coconut milk. So I found a recipe and was all ready to go…until I realized there was NO COCONUT MILK IN THE RECIPE. The ones I always used in AL did. Of course I can never find the same one twice.

So I got brave and I effed up this soup recipe.

In a good way.

Here is the original:

1 2-lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, diced into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch cubes, yielding about 6 cups of cubed squash (see how to cut and peel a butternut squash)
Olive oil
1 teaspoon butter
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 teaspoons yellow curry powder
1 teaspoon whole mustard seeds (if you substitute ground mustard, only use 1/4 teaspoon)
A dash of ground cumin
1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
4 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream (can substitute plain yogurt)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (can substitute parsley)

First off, I roasted the squash first. Melissa told me to. I usually listen when she tells me how I should cook things.

I measured the curry powder by the palm full. I forgot the cumin (at this point I was tired of looking at the recipe. I used a can of coconut milk, no yogurt/sour cream, and very little (like maybe 1-2c) chicken broth.

I also added chopped up celery with the onions. And garlic. OMG could I stray any more? Im sure I could.

When I added everything together and bizzed the heck out of it with the hand blender it. was. perfect.

I also threw in some dried cilantro flakes in a jar…not fresh 😐

And baco’s. The real kind.

And dunked some Kings Hawaiian sweet rolls in it. *drool*


Layla got ham and cheese sammies with her tinniest bowl of soup EVER. I knew she wouldnt touch it and needed her to eat.


I just gave Timmy ham and a roll because I didn’t want to deal with the soup/toddler mess.


But 5 seconds later he lost his mind and needed some.

I scooped some in a palstic bowl for him 4 different times before Layla gave up on it and gave him hers too.


Coconut curry squash soup with bacos is like my favorite food EV-ER.

*photos via Instagram even after Niki and I had a talk about how we need to remember to take pictures of the things we make. I remembered. With my phone.*


Also! I have decided to start my own weekly link up.

I love an excuse to use my camera. Photo projects are super fun if I can stick with them…which usually I can’t.

Hopefully hosting a weekly link up will be the motivation I need.

Find It Friday


I loved the photo prompts. I love scavenger hunts.

But I’m LAZY.

So, Im going to choose ONE prompt/theme each week and post a picture on Friday to go with it. I’ll add a button and a link up so anyone that wants to join along with me can. It’s just a way to make you pick up your camera and think out of the box for at least one of your pictures 😉 Something other than kids in the living room which I am GOOD at getting stuck on.

So thats that. I’ll turn that lil Find It Friday image into a button for next friday’s post.

If you want to play along this week the prompt is:


Flowers (because it’s actually spring outside of Korea…), Babies, a new toy/outfit…whateva!

Now go take some pictures!

The Book Chat @ SGT

I mentioned before that Jessica at Sweet Green Tangerine holds a Thursday book chat. Each week has a new book related prompt to talk about.


This weeks prompt:

Funniest Book or Character

I’ve been meaning to join in on this for a while but just haven’t had anything worth sharing.

When I saw this though it was a no brainer…

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Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen is hi-lar-i-ous!

It’s a kids chapter book that my 8th grade English teacher read to the class. More for fun at the end of the day than actual education. And it was fun! So much so that when I got into high school I had to find my own copy. Reading it out loud to someone else makes it about 1 million times funnier by the way.

It’s awesome.

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It’s about an 11 year old boy that is dropped off to spend the summer with some relatives on a farm. His cousin Harris is “rude and crude and finds trouble at every turn.”

Seriously. I wheeze when I read it.

Harris has an incredible imagination turning piglets into ‘dirty commy japs’.

He is in an ongoing war with a rooster named Ernie…but the part that kills me is the peeing on the electric fence. Omg. So funny.

So that’s that.

Funniest book on the PLANET. Harris and Me. I can’t wait to read it to Layla!

But mostly because I just need to read it again 🙂

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Bloggy Thoughts

It’s 1030pm. Ok, 1025. I should be getting ready for bed (because I’m 50 and it’s way too late for me) but instead I’m sitting here watching ‘Vintage OTH’, listening to the kids hack in their sleep, and thinking of how to better the blog.

First off let me just say Blogger is steppin it up! Good grief. I get bored pretty fast with the way things look. I have been half searching for a new WordPress Theme (FREE por favor) that I like as much as the one I have now…that has a side column. I want to fit in my fatty pictures but at the same time have all the fun stuff that is currently banished to the bottom of the blog all front and center to the side for everyone to see.

No such luck.

Then I decide to check out some of my favorite blogs to read and see what they use. 98% say BLOGGER at the freakin bottom.

Now that I’ve made the ‘big move’ to WordPress, Blogger has to go get fancy on me. Geeze.

I’m very picky. Finding a theme I like is like choosing a soul mate.

I need a custom header, fatty pictures, side bar, and it all needs to be plug and play. I don’t do well when I have to be techy.

Anywho. There are some things I plan to start up next month like sponsor swaps, give aways, and a weekly link up. Maybe. I also plan to actually participate in OTHER weekly link up stuff more often. Mostly photo stuff I’m sure but my friend Jessica over at Sweet Green Tangerine does a pretty fun Book Chat every Thursday! Each week there is a new book related topic to blog about then link back up with so everyone’s blogs are all in one happy place. Love it! Except it turns out I don’t read as often as I thought and I don’t so much like typing unless it’s 1034pm and I should be asleep. And even then I just tend to ramble.

BUT, this week is fun. This week’s topic is Funniest Book or Character. I totally know what I’m going to post about already. Finally one I can actually feel like I know anything about!

So yeah. I have a million (not really) page hits and like 2 commenters (Hi Mom!). Thinking of ways to get this old blog running and more interactive. Not so much just me photo dumping. But who knows what will happen fo sho. Just keep in mind that I have PLANS for April! Big ones. And I’m pretty sure I will actually follow through.

For once.


And because I hate a post without a picture…


So fun.


Guess What Y’all!

Remember this??



The totally awesome TwistRUN??

Check. It. OUT!

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We found one.

And now the world gets to see Thomas twistin’ it.


Aaaand on another note…



Osan Roller Derby.

#26 – Shudder Speed!

So. Much. Fun.

Check out (and LIKE) our growing team’s fan page:

Osan Roller Derby


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