In a series of not-so-life-threatening, yet still very important events in this little world of mine--many of which I cannot recount clearly by the way, due to it all happening so quickly--I somehow developed bronchitis and just now managed to get to the end of the tunnel. Yes, the end is here and with hands raised I say, praise the Lord! ....During those times when I'm desperate to get back into the kitchen, I come up with dishes like this kare (curry) pot pie, a layer of familiar flavors hailing from Korean, Japanese, and American cuisine. A savory pie of sorts, really.Read More
America surely has been blessed in every way imaginable and I find that the most beautiful thing here is our capacity to come together and overcome just about any struggle. And as such, I believe, if you will excuse my lack of ability in transitioning thoughts, that something as simple as this wonderful dulce de leche recipe is the direct result of that blessing. Let us not forget where we have come from, who we can be to our neighbor during such a time as this, and what we want to be known for. Optimists and lovers of truth, I hope.Read More
- As I thought of all the things that could bring one utmost comfort, namely her, I created these spiced butternut squash rolls. In other words, they are like a slightly more hearty and fragrant adaptation of the age old cinnamon roll
Alana's first book, and certainly not the last, I hope, is somehow made uniquely in a way that my ENFP driven personality can deal with. Maybe it is no wonder since Alana herself once mentioned to me that she too is an ENFP! She understands readers like myself and vice versa. At least, that's how I reassure myself when self doubt sinks in.Read More
Once in a while I give myself permission to sip on sweet drinks that are composed of more than just water, coffee, and milk. Never having been too fond of sweet coffee, I surprisingly find there are two exceptions the menu of which I don't feel the least bit guilty: a medium sized, foamy sea salt iced coffee from 85 Degree Bakery, and Urth Caffe's Spanish latte for whenever I make it up north to Downtown LA.Read More
In case you haven't seen my Instagram updates, I just wanted to drop by and announce that Tabitha Elizabeth Betzen is finally here! The much awaited arrival of our second-born happened to be exactly on her due date (September 4th). I am still awe-stricken that Selah's baby sister is not a dream, but real. Real as the sun and the moon and all the beautiful things God has bestowed on us. You know, pretty things in life that make us feel alive.
I also am awe-stricken by the reality that I endured yet another birthing experience...this time without the epidural. And the truth is, I thought death was knocking at my door but I was not about to give up the fight. It was, indeed, the single most difficult experience followed by the most rewarding and hope-filled prize imaginable. This time around, the story seems to have taken a turn of more unexpected, painful events much unlike my experience with Selah. Everything seemed to transpire in a quickening manner for what seemed like months, but really? It all started with nightly pains and false alarms for about a week and a half leading up to the due date. Fortunately, most of my labor took place before heading out to the hospital and I was able to push for nearly 30 minutes before I got to hold Tabitha in my arms. (Quite different from Selah's birth story) God was with me every step of the way and I am now recovering quite smoothly.
I will be coming back for our regular food and recipe related posts soon enough--hopefully within a week or two. But for now we will be getting the hang of our new routine of dealing with two kids. We don't know what we're doing, but I'm sure we'll learn quite a bit with errors along the way. Thank you for your readership and support, friends! Hope you are doing well and stay blessed.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow." -James 1:17-