Thursday, May 31, 2012

Date night for baseball nuts!

I realized it's been quite a while since I posted anything about the Date Nights that the hubs and I have been having. Mostly because life has gotten insanely busy for us the past few weeks with traveling, errands...PLUS we started a The-Couple-Who-Works-Out-Together-Stays-Together style workout regimen.

As a result our date nights have become pretty standard and imagination-less. 

*Shhh, I bought a Groupon for a fabulous one to come...stay tuned!*

But this week, in the tradition of Summer=Baseball, Hubs and I got together with some good friends and went to a Twins baseball game.

If you are a baseball fan, I highly recommend going to Target Field, the new outdoor home of the Minnesota Twinsies. Heck yes, we did! Well, we do a lot, but this was a great game...because it was close...then I thought we were going to lose. Then we won it at the last minute with a HUGE HOME RUN!!!!

Place: Target Field, downtown Minneapolis

Event: Minnesota Twins vs. the Oakland Athletics. Otherwise known as an excuse for friends to gather and drink beer on a weekday.

Note Hubby is growing a pretty mature-looking beard. Junestache approaches, and the beard-growing is in preparation for Junestache. More on Junestache to come...

Good weather, great friends = happy joint Date Night! 

Hubby chose this moment to creep into a candid photo I was attempting. Hello, creeper.

Mascot race in the 6th traditional Minnesota fashion, Babe the Blue Ox won the race. Moments after this picture, the poor bovine got tackled to the ground by an oversized mosquito.

It was a beautiful night for a Twins win!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Wives' Weekend in Wisconsin..

Points for alliteration in the title! *highfive*

Last weekend I road-tripped to Milwaukee, WI to see my wives. 

I should that I'm married, I am my Hubby's Wife. But long before I had a Hubby--or had even met him, for that matter--I was also a Wife. 

Not in a fundamentalist Sister Wife sense (although I am now hooked on that TLC good!), just in the sense that I have two amazing bestie girls who have been with me through thick and thin for the better part of my adult life, and we refer to each other as our "wives".

The Wifeys were each other's wives long before our actual husbands came into the picture, and it's been an adventure as each of us in turn dated, got married, and added a Husband as well as their two Wives to the picture.

Anyway, back to the point.

We live scattered across a couple of states, so a few times a year the three of us try to meet up somewhere and have a nice girls' weekend. It usually involves massages, pedicures, shopping, luxurious fine dining, and massive shenanigans of some sort or other. *muahahahahaha*

Last weekend it was in Milwaukee, and involved tapas, pedicures, a Brewers-Twins baseball game, a Brazilian Churrascaria steakhouse and subsequent meat coma, and as always happens when the wifeys congregate, a MASSIVE DANCE PARTY.

What did I tell you? Shenanigans.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Quinoa Magic!

Oh yes, it happened. Quinoa magic time.

I've become a recent fan of the supergrain known as quinoa. Everytime I cook it Hubs yells "KEEN-WAH, BEETCHES!!" I'm not entirely sure what the reference is but it's hilarious every time.

Anyway, tonight was a night I have frequently in our home. The kind of night where I come home, fling open the refrigerator door and realize I have no idea what to make for dinner, because I have only bits and pieces of things leftover before the next grocery run.

Hence, tonight's dinner, which I will Fried Chicken Sausage and Quinoa. It consisted mostly of me taking all of the leftover produce I found in the fridge and throwing it in a wok with some meats.

Woks are great for cleaning out fridges, I swear.

First came some chicken and turkey sausage (note, the turkey sausage ended up tasting a little weird with the rest of the meal, but it was fine. Next time I will omit this)

After the meats sizzled away for a little I threw in some asparagus, cut into about 2 inch pieces.

Post-asparagus, I just put in every veggie I found in my fridge tonight: 1/2 a red bell pepper, 1/2 an onion, some mushrooms. Plus a little chopped garlic for flavor. Garlic makes everything better.

Sizzle sizzle. Wok wok. In the meantime, I cooked about a cup of quinoa. If you haven't made quinoa before, it's super simple. About 1 and 3/4 cups water to 1 cup quinoa, simmer for 15 minutes, then fluff and you're good to go. Just make sure to rinse the quinoa well before you cook it to avoid that bitter, soapy taste that the saponin gives off.

After the wok contents looked sufficiently cooked through I tossed in some soy sauce and some oyster sauce. I bet you could put in pretty much whatever sauce you wanted your stirfry to taste like here.

I also dislike measuring. But if I had to guess-timate I'd say I put about 1/4 cup soy and 1/2 cup oyster sauces in there. I'm a fan of the "throw it in and taste it" method. You can always add a little more if it doesn't taste right. Maybe next time I'd use something else too!

Then I dumped the quinoa in so it could get to know all its friends. 

Oh Em Gee was it delicious! And I have enough for lunch tomorrow. Take that, school cafeteria! None of your overpriced, undertasty foods for me!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mothers and families.

This past weekend my Leetle Seester graduated from....MEDICAL SCHOOL.

Oh. Em. Gee. How old am I when she is already graduating from medical school (skunking me in grad school by the way) and a DOCTOR?


And last year Hub's leetle step-sister graduated from grad school with her Master's degree.

I salute the strong, educated, independent women in my family. What a phenomenal thing it is in this day for women to have these opportunies and take advantage of the education that is offered in this country.

Speaking of strong, independent was also Mother's Day last weekend.

I don't know if you all are aware, but many Korean parents are somewhat interested in their childrens' marital status. And by somewhat interested I mean exceedingly preoccupied. As in a proper Korean (mostly women) needs to be married and having children by a certain age for their lives to be considered complete. I knew this already, but rediscovered this fact on our recent trip back to Korea.

With that knowledge, I salute my wonderfully KoKo Momma. She raised both Seester and I to be ambitious, savvy, strong women, and taught us to value our own minds and education, and never have to rely on a man to survive.

This, of course, does not mean that she didn't want me to get married. She's in fact pleased as punch to have a new white-boy son-in-law, and if we are coming for a visit on a weekend spends most of the week planning meals that will ensure Hubs gains approximately 7.2 pounds in a two day span...lounging on her couch...while she runs back and forth from the kitchen forcing treats down his throat in a very Korean-momma manner.

Flowers are cliche, but they will have to do...saranghae umma!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Honeymooners are back!

Wow, that was a bit of a lag between posts. I apologize, the Hubs and I were off in the Far East enjoying ourselves on a Korea-style honeymoon! We got married almost 8 months ago, but we wanted to wait until it warmed up a bit to head off on an adventure. We spent a week in Seoul with my extended family *akamycrazycrewofaunts*, then headed down to Jeju Island for the start of a week-long sightseeing tour of the country. It was amazing, to say the least.

Mike got to see the Motherland, I got to see my family again, and we both got to have a fantastic honeymoon together. So...finally...we are a proper married couple, post-honeymoon. Although I seeded the idea of going on an annual honeymoon. Muahahahahah.

Who's with me?!?!?

Anyway, with no further ado, here are some Instagram pics of our wonderful trip. Tootles!