He is risen indeed!

Love to you this Easter day. 

He is risen indeed!

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I’m thankful for…

Day 21: I’m thankful for flowers. Beautiful ones of all kinds of shape and size, smelly and fragrance free, colorful and simplistic, and especially ones like these, that my Dad brought up when they came for Nellie’s birthday. I’m cheap when it comes to “disposable” items like flowers, but truthfully, they’re such a nice reminder that someone loves you and they certainly brighten the cold winter months.

2 dozen pink roses from my Dad for us girls.

Day 22: I’m thankful for Ada’s teacher this year. Ada loves school and I can’t help but think that this correlates somewhat directly to the woman who is in charge of her classroom. And after parent-teacher conferences, I’m even more sure that it’s Teacher Zeljka’s patient firmness that has helped her to hone in her impulsive sensitivity and to grow more and more into the little person that she is.

Day 23: I’m thankful that Thanksgiving, though not as awesome as it could have been, was still pretty darn good. I still was able to see some of my family, and even though I couldn’t make it out to lunch, Dylan still brought me back a plate loaded with stuffing. I had time off with my sickie girls, time to leisurely decorate and prepare for a birthday party, and time to celebrate Nellie’s 2nd year of birth. (Nellie actually turns two this coming week but Dylan will have to work that day 😦 so we celebrated early.) Thanksgiving is still, and will always be, my favorite holiday.

Day 24: I’m thankful that Dylan is a morning person who is willing to drag himself out of bed to get the girls’ started and allot me a couple more minutes of precious sleep wakeful rest.

Day 25: I’m thankful for home videos. I’m not sure that’s what they’re called anymore since most of ours are camera videos and uploaded to YouTube  but nonetheless, I’m thankful that I can look back through them and be reminded of what it was like then. And to be reminded that I am so, so, SO blessed.

Day 26: I’m thankful for Christmas decorations and Christmas music. There will be more about this tomorrow, but just know that the holiday season truly puts me in a festive mood.

Pinteresting

Have you heard of Pinterest? I might be a bit addicted. Not in the, “spend-millions-of-hours-pouring-over-crafts-recipes-expensive-things-I-cannot-afford-home-improvement-kind” (although that may be false) but rather in the “expand-my-horizons-and-keep-my-diligently-xbox-playing-studying-husband-company-kind.” Can you see the difference? No? Never mind then.

I’m addicted to trying new things lately. Maybe it’s my “next step” in the grief process or maybe it’s because I’m simply feeling antsy, ready for something new. I can’t be the only one that gets that wanderlust feeling? Unfortunately and fortunately, I don’t have the resources for such large adventures so I’m content to keep my changes small and continuous for the time being. Enter Pinterest! So many little and new changes that I can implement in my cooking/baking repertoire and on my kids and in my house! Okay, I totally lied about being that kind of pinterester.

Any way. I wanted to share with you a few of my recent successes and also failures from my adventures. I’ll try and get better at documenting said projects but until then, I’ll just “repin” from my arranged boards and  (<= insert lots of Pinterest jargon that no one really cares about). In fact, I’m digging this change and new adventures thing so much that “Pinteresting” is going to become a regular (by that I mean once a month–I do still have somewhat of a life) feature at Kimchi Sauerkraut.

THUS, here are my top 5 Pin Wins of late October/early November:

I used a vinegar/baking soda method to get the weird funk out of my bath towels and so far, so good.

Okay, so I’m combining the two cleaning pins as one since they’re about deep-cleaning appliances. And this one totally took the stench of standing water away from mine. If you want deets, leave a comment and I’ll fill you in.

And my top 5 Pin Fails:

ANNND, next up for me and the girlies’ breakfast tomorrow:

This concludes the Oct/early November Pinteresting round up…for the time being. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my “Pin Wins” and “Pin Fails” on upcoming installments of Pinteresting. Let me know if there’s something in particular that you found through Pinterest that you think I should try or would make my life easier (isn’t that the lie intrigue that it sells us?).

I’m thankful for…

Day 3: I’m thankful for baking. While some  find it frustrating or nerve wracking or simply a throwback nuisance, I find it to be the perfect relaxer. For whatever reason I find comfort in knowing that step-by-step something is being created that can be enjoyed by many. It’s a great time to think and sort through things that have been pressing on my mind because the work has typically already been done and I just need to mindlessly follow directions. It’s time that I can do alone or share with someone (or some people) else that I care about. Or time to get to know someone new. And seriously, what’s better than fresh muffins or gooey, crispy cookies straight from the pan?

Today the girls and I made a mini cream cheese pound cake for our tea time. It should be noted that snack time round these parts has adopted a new name, aren’t we so continental? 😉 It’s a quick, 1 bowl recipe that makes the perfect amount for one tea time snack (+ 1 late night snack for Daddy since he’s working) for 2 little girls and their mama. And although baking with little ones can be sometimes stressful, the measuring for this recipe is so simple (1/2 dry cup and 1/2 teaspoon are really the only measuring that goes on). Try it and enjoy a piece with a steaming mug of tea on this cold, blustery day.

Reading, reading

I went to the library this weekend with the family–interesting as always. The girls got a million picture books, Dylan got a handful, and I got a few to broaden my “parenting” horizon (oh, and a Korean cookbook, because who goes to a library and doesn’t try to expand their waistline culinary expertise too?).

Now I’m not a big parenting book type. In fact, I’m not much of a “parenter type,” which is a label that I made up solely to represent the fact that I don’t invest much into the “styling options” that are available to US American parents, nor do I care to listen to them much (I guess that could be considered a style?). Dylan and I rely more on common sense and what works for us as a family instead of trying to adhere to something, we tend to mix and blend different strategies together–maybe we’re the “real” *haha*giggle*snort* hipsters of parenthood.

I heard about “Bring Up Bebe” by Pamela Druckerman through some weird, latest news-type source…probably one of Sheila’s an anonymous source’s People magazines. I thought that the rest of the title “One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting” would make an entertaining read, be it good or bad (to be truthful, I was expecting most of it to be a bit bad, er, rather more ridiculous in nature). However, I was/am pleasantly surprised by what I’ve read! Druckerman touches on sleep education, the importance of waiting/patience, and the value of strict but permissible parenting. I know that all sounds like a bunch of blah, blah, to someone who hasn’t read the book but it touches on some things that I’ve been thinking about lately for Ada.

Let me start off by saying that my daughter, Ada, she is awesome. I have a kid who is creative, respectful, inquisitive, passionate, and sensitive. She lives her life with gusto and pulls her Daddy, sister, and I along for the ride. Ada is also four, almost five, and is a child. By child, I mean she still has tantrums, still is figuring out her place in the world, who she is, what things are, she still believes herself to be the princess of the universe, master of her domain–which she is–to an extent. This has lead to some epic attitude battles in the Casa de Dachtler house as of lately and is what has spurred me to begin thinking of some alternative choices for parenting for her.

I still haven’t finished the book but I’m sure it’s not too far off in the future seeing as how much I like it. Druckerman is honest and informative about the differences in her personal parenting compared to other Frenchwomen’s, she includes some facts but nothing that will bore you to death, and she also has some interviews with leading child psychologists/”child whisperers.” It’s nice to read a parenting book that while extolling some virtues that may be different from mine she has a way of recognizing this throughout her book. Druckerman is able to put the reader at ease in a way that does not claim she has the market cornered on parenting but rather that she’s learning as she goes along too and is simply inviting the reader into her chaotic world to learn from her failures and successes. I like that she even goes so far as to keep reminding the reader that in the US we focus too much on success and failure and that childhood/parenting is about enjoying each other and the present and educating for the future.

I know this is a bit vague of a post, a jumbling of thoughts about a book that you probably haven’t read, but I will get back to you as soon as I’ve finished. In fact, I pledge to blog about the top three things that I learned from the book/pot introspection about parenting in the near future if you’re interested. Otherwise, if you’re not, there will be Pumpkin Patch pictures in the next post.

Moving Day!

Moving Day!

I was awaiting the day when blogger finally alerted me to the fact that I had outgrown the free space that I was allotted.

And yes, that day has finally come.

Being a cheapskate, I’ve decided to migrate over to wordpress.com as I’ve heard good things about this blogging site. Let’s hope it holds true as I re-emerge onto the self-reflective, indulgent, and sometimes poignant world of blogging.

So if you’re still trying to find me over at kimchisauerkraut.blogspot.com , you’ll be sorely disappointed to not find me there.

Victor Hugo You Were Right.

How Spotify is speaking for me:

 
“Psalm 30:5”

After the Storm by Mumford and Sons, Sigh No More
Amazing Grace by Sufjan Stevens, Songs for Christmas
Be Near to Me by Enter the Worship Circle, Second Circle
Be Thou My Vision by Pedro the Lion, The Only Reason I Feel Secure
Beautiful Things by Gungor, Beautiful Things
Beauty From Pain by Superchick, Beauty From Pain 1.1
Before the Morning by Josh Wilson, Life Is Not a Snapshot
Breakdown by Jack Johnson, In Between Dreams
Carry Me Out by Enter the Worship Circle, Chair and Microphone, Vol. 4
Constellations by Jack Johnson, In Between Dreams
Don’t Carry It All by The Decemberists, The King Is Dead
Don’t Know Why by Norah Jones, Come Away With Me
Falling Down by Clear, Follow the Narrow
Frail by Jars of Clay, Greatest Hits
From This One Place by Sara Groves, Fireflies and Songs
Ghosts That We Knew by Mumford and Sons, Babel
Held by Natalie Grant, Awaken
I Give You This Heart by Alison Krauss, A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow by Alison Krauss & the Cox Family, I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
I Will Bow by Enter the Worship Circle, Second Circle
I Will Carry You (Audrey’s Song) by Selah, You Deliver Me
I Will Not Forget You: First Circle (featuring Watermark) by Enter the Worship Circle, Worship
Circle Mixtape: Favorites, Side A
It Is Well by Sara Groves, It Is Well
January Hymn by The Decemberists, The King Is Dead
Kite Song by Rosie Thomas, All the Way From Michigan Not Mars
Losing Hope by Jack Johnson, Brushfire Fairytales
Rain by Clear, Clear
See the Sun by Dido, Life For Rent
Sell All My Things by Rosie Thomas, Only With Laughter Can We Win
Silence by Jars of Clay, Essential
Stand in the Rain by Superchick, Beauty From Pain 1.1
The Hurt & The Healer by MercyMe, The Hurt & The Healer
Thistle & Weeds by Mumford and Sons, Deluxe Companion
View From Heaven by Yellowcard, Ocean Avenue
Your Hands by JJ Heller

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
Victor Hugo

CSA 2012 & "Wednesday" Meal Planning

I am SUPER excited about our first delivery next week from Red Goose Gardens. We joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) last summer and received a box of delicious once a week on Wednesdays throughout the summer and into the fall. Not only did our girls get a healthy dose of veggies and fruits, it also allowed us to broaden their (and our) horizons a bit–kale chips, anyone? If anyone in the GF area is seriously thinking about joining one, I would highly recommend RGG. Check them out here and here!

I think the thing that I regretted the most last summer about our share was that too much of our produce went to waste due to poor planning and the general unknown, as in, “what’re we going to eat tonight and the occasional, what IS that?” Personally, this year I’d like to avoid such cases as much as possible and fully embrace the summer’s abundance bestowed. (Plus it’ll force us all to eat more veggies.) I’ll also be posting what and the # amount we get in each week’s box, and maybe if you’re really lucky, a picture.

Thus I am rolling out the Wednesday Meal Planning concept in hopes that by blogging I will be shamed into doing. (Ha ha–right, am I right?) So here is edition #1, prior to our first box’s appearance this coming week.

I am SO excited.

Meal Plan 6.17-6.18
Keys: * Dylan works **Softball 

6.17 Sunday*
B = Yogurt, granola, blueberries & honey
L = Roasted chicken, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, blackberries & baguette
D = Broccoli and cheese soup w/baguette & goat cheese
Sweet Treat for the Week: Rhubarb Bars

6.18 Monday*
B = Brocco-cheese burritos w/milk & blueberries
L = Fried rice w/fruit
D = Spicy avocado chicken enchiladas, cherries & milk

6.19 Tuesday**
B = Chocolate chip muffins, blueberries & cherries w/milk
L = Leftovers
D = Goat cheese burgers w/grilled beets & sweet potato fries

6.20 Wednesday
B = Toast, yogurt w/fruit & milk
L = Leftovers
D = Beet risotto w/spinach garlic bread

Now let’s cross our fingers and hope it all goes as planned! 😀

Thanks for Asking Love.

Seven years after you asked me the most important question I could answer;
I never imaged how good it would be.
I love you!