Fried chicken has always been one of my favorites. I loved those nights when mom would stand over the stove for hours frying up chicken in her big ol' cast iron skillet. OR on Sunday after church when everyone would come over and we would stop at Grandy's Fried Chicken on the way home. There was nothing like it.
Koreans LOVE their chicken.
But you can't just have chicken here, you have to have beer with it here too.
OH, and Korean Fried chicken is THE BOMB!!
True story. Again....who knew?
I might even like it better than mom's fried chicken, but please don't tell her I said that. Wait a minute, she would probably like that. I can't imagine she enjoyed standing over that hot stove cooking fried chicken for hours. On second thought go ahead and tell her.
For lunch bunch several weeks ago we went out for Chicken and Beer. The place we were going to go was closed for some reason or another, so we walked around just a bit and found this place. Kang Jung Box.
Not quite a cast iron skillet....and much less oil. :o)
We ordered several different types of chicken. My favorite type here is the spicy soy/garlic. With a Cass beer of course.
My mouth is watering....I think Chicken and beer is going to be in our near future....
Regular fried chicken and some shrimp on the side for good measure.
Notice that they cut their chicken up differently. They cut breast into at least 3 pieces.
We filled up this tiny restaurant!
To drive here from post:
Exit Commissary gate - turn left
Stay right - Turn right onto Itaewon Street
Turn left on Daesagwan-ro - this street has a light.
(You will be going through a street with many lights and lots of people walking - near Hannam Village)
Kang Jung Box will be on your right hand side just before the crazy 4 way stop....
(Sorry, that is the best I can do on directions.)
Have I mentioned that I LOVE FALL?
It's true, I do.
I love all things that come with fall....cooler weather, snuggling with the one I love, beautiful colors, PUMPKIN and soup!
A few days ago I started craving a good steak soup, you know, a good hearty one. Kind of like the one they sell at Texas Land and Cattle - the smoky sirloin steak soup or whatever it is called. Not that I have had that soup in like FOREVER. Anyway, it was on my mind so I decided to try to recreate it. I'm not sure how close I am to the recipe, but I gave it a try and it turned out FABULOUS! It got a thumbs up from every.single.person in our house - and that my friends is rare.
3 lbs of stew meat (whatever you fancy...I used sirloin)
1.5 tsp liquid smoke
lots of fresh crushed pepper
1 onion - diced
6 cups of beef broth (I like to use homemade to make it clean/paleo)
1 - 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 small package of baby carrots
Toss stew meat (cut into bite size) & onion in a large dutch oven and brown the meat, while browning add liquid some and LOTS of crushed black pepper - just keep turning that mill! Once meat is nice and brown add 6 cups of beef broth & can of diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes. Add carrots. Turn heat down and simmer for 1.5 hours.
**I really think this would be a super easy crockpot meal as well....just toss all ingredients in a crockpot in the morning, cook on low 6-8 hours. If you try it let me know...If not when I try it I will let you know! :o)
**I served baked potato and baked sweet potatoes on the side. You can always throw potatoes in the soup...that's how they do it at Texas Land and Cattle. :o)
OMGoodness. Are you kidding me? We had MORE water balloons and Popsicles than last year? How can that be? Our party at least doubled in size. With more than 5,000 water balloons, 1,600 Popsicles this party was total INSANITY.
Kids across the neighborhood started asking me about the water balloon and Popsicle party BEFORE school was even out last year! Several of them told me they bought their water balloons early so they could secure their spot at our party. It warmed my heart to know how much all the kids (including mine!) were looking forward to this years back to school bash. I had a few kids tell me "I can't wait, but I can wait....oh it's so hard. It's such a fun party, but we have to start school 3 days later."
The rules were almost the same as last year, however we did add a little kid area & we talked about Popsicles.
I had all the kids sit in the grass while parents strategically placed balloons around the play equipment and I went over the rules:
#1 - you must sit here until I tell you to go
#2 - you must eat as many Popsicles as you can WITHOUT throwing up
#3 - anyone over the age of 5 is not allowed in the little kid section
#4 - no water balloons to the face
#5 - do NOT throw balloons at parents with cameras
#6 - after the water balloon fight eveyone that participates MUST help clean up broken water balloons!
#7 - HAVE FUN!
I had a team of paparazzi on one of the balcony's capturing photos this year. MANY of the photos in this post are from my good friend and neighbor jrstinson. She does amazing things with her camera! I feel bless to have so many amazing shots from her! Thanks J!
I ran out of room on the back porch and we had to start putting the balloons on the grass.
Watch the slide show for more of the story.
If there is a picture of your child in here and you would like it feel free to contact me and I will send it to you.
How fun is our neighborhood?
Our teens ROCKED it out even more this year.
This was our 2nd annual back to school kickball tournament in the hood.
Click HERE for pictures from last year.
This year, they took it to the next level:
They even planned out the teams BEFORE the game this year.
But no worries, if you showed up and didn't have a team you still got to play.
Captain of the RED TEAM!
BLUE TEAM captains!
The game was VERY SPIRITED this year!
And he was SAFE!!
I love how you can see the sand flipping off the top of his sandal.
Even though he missed the ball, he still made it safe to 1st base! :o)
That boy can KICK!
This year he had it all figured out and didn't run past one single base.
There was no shortage of Popsicles!
Those that were too small to play found other ways to entertain themselves.
Mud puddles are seriously fun.
I'm not sure which team won.
It really doesn't matter.
Well, maybe it does if you ask the kids. I'm sure there is a big dispute.
In fact, I just ask my kids who won the game and they said the blue team, but they were all on the blue team.
I wonder what the red team would say....
For me it doesn't matter.
It was just another fun day on the ROK.
This is one of our FAVORITE summer adventures in Korea!
The kids LOVE going to Splish and Splash Water Park at Camp Humphreys.
It really is a great water park for kids (and adults) of all ages.
This pictures shows the 'little kid' area.
If you look to the far right corner you will see a small swimming pool....that pool is super shallow perfect for toddlers.
In fact the whole area pictured is perfect for toddlers.
This picture shows one of the 2 larger slides (I'm standing on the top of the other one - it is open as you will see in pictures to come.) And do you see the life guard on the right side towards the middle? He is working the 'big' pool. This pool is Olympic size and has 2 diving boards (again you will see in pictures to come), a high dive and a regular diving board.
I'm going to warn you right now, there are some SERIOUSLY CUTE KIDS in this blog post.
If you have an aversion to cuteness, stop looking now.
I'm warning you.
A rare moment when these two actually love each other.
Don't get too excited, I think right after this picture Boy 2 tried to drown Boy 1. ;o)
These boys had a ball hanging out together.
Big sisters are THE BEST!
Isn't this one of the most adorable girls you have ever seen?
I love the drip of ice cream on her nose.
There was so much fun to be had on the water slide!
Hamin' it up!
This girl was the 'photo bomber' in a past post.
Even the moms were getting in on the action!
I love how he was looking right at me.....'take the picture so I can move on lady'!
The brother of the photo bomber....the tongue out thing must run in the family! :o)
One of my favorite shots of the day!
What a cutie!
Water parks are exhausting!
Some of the momma's of the bigger kids hanging out in the pool working on our tans.
My friends are hot.
She looks like a super star.
And it looks like she is in a photo shoot for J Crew.
So much fun was had on the high dive!
Look what I can do!
This girl was awesome.
If I had jumped off the high dive I think I would be making the same face!
Doesn't he look graceful?
I am one blessed momma.
Splish & Splash information:
Camp Humphreys is about 1 hour from Yongsan.
Monday - Thursday open 12 noon - 8PM
Friday - Sunday open 11AM - 8PM
No outside food.
You may bring in Gatorade and water ONLY.
They sell booze at their concession stand.
You can order food from the restaurant next door to the water park.
E1 - E5: $5
E6 - O3 (includes W1 - W3): $7
W4/O4 - O10 & Civ/Contractors: $8
E1 - E5: $10
E6 - O3 (includes W1 - W3): $14
W4/O4 - O10 & Civ/Contractors: $16
Non US ID Card Holder: $20
Non US ID Card Holder: $26
E1 - E5: $80
E6 - O3 (includes W1 - W3): $100
W4/O4 - O10 & Civ/Contractors: $120
E1 - E5: $160
E6 - O3 (includes W1 - W3): $175
W4/O4 - O10 & Civ/Contractors: $200
KN Individual: $150
KN Family: $300
Half-Season Passes (May 18 - July 17 or July 18 - Sept. 9):
E1 - E5: $50
E6 - O3 (includes W1 - W3): $60
W4/O4 - O10 & Civ/Contractors: $70
E1 - E5: $90
E6 - O3 (includes W1 - W3): $98
W4/O4 - O10 & Civ/Contractors: $110
Ages 12 months and younger are free of charge. All others will pay rate listed. DoD civilians/contractors who are military retirees will be charged at the rate of their retired military rank. KATUSA's will be considered by their military rank.
Something odd is happening to me.
I've been posting things out of order. Not terribly, but somewhat.
Back in the day I would have NEVER been able to post things out of order. I felt like it was too messy. Like life was out of control. All thing must be in order. If the my post were not in order I would just skip them and not show them to you guys. Also in the past I would make sure all pictures were in order of the time they were taken..no picture out of 'time' order either......TRUE STORY....I was (am) a FREAK. I've learn a few things over the years. It is OK for things (me) not to be perfect. It is OK for things (me) not be in control all the time. It is OK for things (me) not to be in order.
You guys are still happy to see beach pictures that happened back in August. So what if it is October now! So what if I am wearing a sweater & my fingers are freezing as I type this. This was a fun day. And you know what? I'm kind of feeling all warm and tingly inside even though my fingers are freezing. I'm pretty sure the people that went to the beach this day would like to see these pictures too.... So, even though I am way behind and things might be out of whack....it was a fun day, so let's take a stroll down memory lane.....
120 jello shots
1 hour ride to the Wangsan Beach, South Korea
A few of my favorite girls.
I can't tell you how much I love this kid.
Mean look and all.
Freckles and dirt.
My "girlie, girl".
Anyone up for crab races?
This is their 'holding cell'.
The way American's roll....
Chairs in the water & no umbrella's covering us.
"Hey, wait for me!"
Every single time I have gone to the beach in Korea, tractors are always involved.
Don't you just want to smooch that sweet little face?!
You have to love a good photo bomber - or two!
A post about beaches in Korea would not be complete if I didn't add a little Korean beach wear to it.
Good times, great friends & memories to last a lifetime.
Wangsan Beach is near Incheon Airport for anyone looking for it. :o)
It is near Eurwangni Beach.
It is what I thought was Eurwangni Beach for years.
Back by popular demand....
What I feed our kids!
(I really wish you guys could read this the way I write it, because when I wrote 'What I feed our kids' I sang it in the voice of an announcer for a wrestling tournament.)
Anyway, no doubt our kids are pretty good eaters.
In fact the other day Hubby and Boy 2 had a conversation about the food in our house.
Boy 2 gave me 9 out of 10 stars for lunch.
I would have gotten higher, but sometimes I do 'sandwiches'.
This is one of Boy 1's favorite lunch box meals.
Here is the recipe for the shrimp - super easy and super fast. You can make it the night before of if you are like me and wake up crazy early you can make it in the morning. I do leave out the avocados because for some freaky reason the kids don't like the avocado in this meal, even though they can eat the heck out of guacamole. I just don't get it.
Next up...super easy. Grilled chicken cut into strips. We had this for dinner & I made extra for lunches.
Add a little salad, fruit and rice krispy treats and you have happy kids! :O)
The small containers hold BBQ for dipping and salad dressing.
When I'm out of everything else, I throw together 'lunchables'.
Lamb chops at the international market are very reasonable for some reason and the kids love them.
And I love them.
And Hubby loves the.
We are a lamb chop lovin' family.
In fact tonight for dinner we are having lamb curry.
This is something I made for dinner and made extras so we could have left overs for lunch.
The kids will eat this cold.
And they are happy about it.
Turkey breast with a little rib meat.
A little broccoli for a couple of them, salad for the other two.
Two of our kids can't stand broccoli.
Two of them will eat it by the bowl full.
Want to see more of our lunch boxes?