~Mansae~

Hello to all!

The Current Song page has been updated. Out with the old and in with the new … well, kind of! Seventeen, a K-pop group, has really taken over my playlists. They’re not exactly “new” right now since they debuted in May, but they’re one of the rookie groups from this year. And man are they killing it!

I remember my friend and I anticipating their debut a couple of years ago when Pledis Entertainment started their 17 TV. I think she ended up being into them more than I was, but I’m so happy they finally ended up debuting. Of course, I didn’t end up paying attention to them when they debuted because I hadn’t been following K-pop so much like I had been before. But now that I’ve gotten myself back into the K-pop world, I’ve sort of “fallen” for their music. They’re really good, and I think I have more of an appreciation for them since, out of the 13 members, they work on composing and producing as well as making their own choreography.

But then it makes me think “What have I been doing all of my life?” Here they are, all members are younger than me and they’re that great. Meanwhile, I definitely haven’t accomplished something like that. I think, if anything, their hard work can motivate those of us who have trouble keeping motivated to do what we want to do in life.

Anyways, back to the current song. I’ve chosen their song “만세 (Mansae)”. It’s really fun and great to listen to when you’re trying to work on something.

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The Haiku

I’ve always found the Haiku interesting out of the poetry forms that I have looked at in school, but as I never really got into poetry in general, the thought of looking more into the Haiku, looking into poets who are known for their Haiku, and especially trying my hand at creating a Haiku was never something that I thought I would do.

Oh, how wrong was I. In my British Poetry class, we ended up having a teeny section of our lesson be about the Haiku. When prompted to discuss our favorite form from that week, I went with the Haiku. It’s simple, but deep. It can make you look at every day things in a different light. It can open up your eyes.

To go along with discussing the structure and why I like it, I chose to write my own at the last minute. It went better than I thought. My professor wants me to submit it to the school’s literary magazine, saying that I have talent at this form. One of my classmates also commented, and sent me to this one magazine called Rattle that accepts poetry submissions.

At the end of the day, I’ve decided to add more to my Haiku. I’m creating a sort of set of them around the same theme. Is there a term for that? I have no clue. I’m completely excited as this is something I have never done before. The only catch? If I want to try submitting it to Rattle, I cannot “publish” it anywhere else, and unfortunately, that includes personal blogs. If that weren’t the case, I would be sharing part of what I have done in this post.

I am still working on it, though. I have written more lines here or there, but I still have a bit to go. A Haiku may not be long, but it takes the right words to create one that just sounds right. Wish me luck, for I probably need it with my amateur poetry skills.

That being said, I will try to keep it updated on my blog on when I finish it and whether I end up submitting it. (I’m going to try to push myself to do so to be able to try something new.)

Not only have I begun writing my own, but I’m so very interested in reading more Haiku. I’m very tempted to buy a book that has some of Matsuo Bashō’s work as well as an introduction on him and some extras. But is that a smart idea with Christmas around the corner?

Am I the only one in this journey of delving into something that has previously been dismissed?

“Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought.” – Matsuo Bashō

Wow

It’s quite obvious that I haven’t logged on, or well, blogged for quite a while. In fact, this shouldn’t be surprising considering I don’t post frequently. I never have, even if I have the ambitions to do so. I don’t know what it is, really, that always seems to get in between me and writing posts for this blog.

I guess I should stop rambling now and get to the point of this post. After all, Wow is not a very descriptive title. Although I don’t post so often or anything like that, my blog is still here. It’s still aging… That being said, I can’t believe my blog is now over two years old! I haven’t even opened up WordPress for months, I think. I have a little notification saying thanks for sticking around. I’m not sure what the day or date was since it was over a month ago. Oops.

Anyways, I still think that’s quite exciting!

-Nicole

Mmmm…stir-fry!

Whoa! It’s Friday! You know what I love better than having to work weekends? FOOD! Haha, so yeah, I work weekends. That really doesn’t make Friday that awesome. I should really work on my transitioning…naaah.

Anyways, to go with my themed days, today’s theme is food. I really like food and cooking and baking. This really is one of the most perfect themes for me. And so, here’s the theme’s introduction.

Foodie Friday
~I could share recipes or talk about my favorite foods and dishes. Really, this could be anything about food.

As you can guess by the title, I’m talking about stir-fry! No, this isn’t that crap that you take out of the freezer and heat up on the stove. This includes all fresh veggies! I really wish I took step-by-step pictures, but I think it’s really awkward cooking now that I live with my gramma. Everyone sits at the kitchen table for most of the day, whether that’s to read or work on school or just be on the computer. That being said, the kitchen is kind of small! We don’t have a dishwasher, and we wouldn’t even have room for one! So, I don’t know that I’ll take step-by-step pictures of the food I make, unless my gramma isn’t in the room. My sister already knows I’m weird and stuff~

Back on topic…I made stir-fry Wednesday night! I used to make it more often when I lived with my roommate(s).

Stir-fry(Excuse the paper plate…)

This recipe includes chicken as the meat…though I’m used to making it with only vegetables! My previous roommate, still my best friend, is a vegetarian. I sort of adapted to that when we lived together since I’m not really a fan of meat and all that.

This recipe made enough for three of us to eat with a bit leftover (sadly, hardly any rice).

RECIPE

Veggies

  • Onion – not really sure how much…I just cut it until it looks like it is enough – You want to slice this and then lay that flat and cut it in half.
  • Carrots – I used about 6 or so medium carrots. DO NOT USE BABY CARROTS – Cut them how you like. I chop them to be a few inches long, and then I cut those in half the other way before making them into strips.
  • Mushrooms – I used a couple handfuls of small, white ones. – Slice these.
  • Red bell pepper – I used a whole one…though I think it was too much. – I just cut it in half, cleaned it out, and then sliced it. I cut the slices in half lengthwise.
  • Broccoli – I used two small heads. – Wash it and then break it off and cut it up, depending on how large you want them. Remember, the smaller they are, the faster they cook!

Other

  • Chicken – Funny…I forgot about this at first. I thawed a few naked chicken tenders.
  • Rice – You cannot forget this! We just eat white rice, but you can choose whichever one you like. Just don’t use the boxed instant rice. 😛
  • Crushed red pepper flakes – I use this on the chicken and then the rest of the stuff.

Sauce

  • Soy sauce – Uh, I just pour it in until it looks good
  • Brown sugar – A couple clumps…

((If you haven’t noticed, I don’t really measure much when cooking. I think it runs in my family.))

DIRECTIONS
  1. You need to cut up all of the vegetables! I actually start with the onions and then the mushrooms. I then cook those in oil in the pan while I cut the rest of the vegetables. Make sure to stir it here or there. Also stir everything together when you add more vegetables.
  2. Depending on your chicken, you might want to start it first. After it is thawed (or maybe you’ll start with unfrozen chicken), you should fry it in a pan with some black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.
  3. Somewhere around here, you should start the rice. The cook time all depends on the rice. White rice cooks pretty fast so it is one of the last things I do.
  4. Cut up the chicken into bite-sized pieces when it is done cooking.
  5. After your vegetables are all added to the pan, sprinkle more crushed red pepper flakes over it.
  6. Let the vegetables get most of the way cooked before you add the chicken that you already cut up.
  7. After everything is added, add soy sauce! I generally pour a bit in then stir it around. If it doesn’t look like there is much of a sauce then I add more.
  8. Next, add brown sugar. Do this a little bit at a time! I push the stir-fry out of the way and put the brown sugar directly into the soy sauce so it disintegrates quickly and mixes with the soy sauce.
  9. Try to the sauce. If you want it sweeter, add more brown sugar. If you think it’s too sweet, add more soy sauce. The amounts depend on your taste!
  10. After you’ve gotten the soy sauce to brown sugar ratio down, let the stir-fry cook in it a bit longer. You want the vegetables and meat to soak it up a bit!
  11. Put your rice on a plate or in a bowl and add the stir-fry on top!
  12. Now you’re ready to eat.
EXTRA

I used to add gochujang (Korean red pepper paste) to the sauce. However, I just threw it out because it was reaaaally old. I’m not sure if I can find any around here. Though, it might be too spicy for my sister and gramma. If you do use gochujang, get it on a spoon and add it little-by-little, very similarly to how you do the brown sugar. You want it on the spoon to slowly stir it around in the soy sauce. I suggest adding it after the brown sugar.

You can really use any vegetables you want! That reminds me, I had forgotten to add the water chestnuts to it while I was cooking…so we opened the can, heated them up in the microwave, and added them on our plates. Oops.

If you don’t like spicy, I suggest not adding the crushed red pepper flakes…or gochujang.

You might have noticed that I didn’t add any salt. I really don’t like salt. I rarely add it to things. Plus, the soy sauce has enough sodium on its own!

 

Let me know what you think of this!

-Nicole

 

Mackinac…pronounced naw not nack.

Mackinac Bridge

Hello everyone! It has been a week since my last post! If you haven’t noticed from last week’s posts, I have some sort of themed days going on…It’s to inspire me and give me structure for posting more. So far, I really like what I have planned for the days. I guess that’s my cue to introduce today’s theme!

Travel Thursday
~I figure this will be where I’ve been and where I want to go! Perhaps anything else related to the topic.

This brings me to the title of this post! For those not aware, I’m from Michigan in the United States. I think most people in the state know of Mackinac Bridge/Island and the city! Though from Google, I’m told Mackinac City is Mackinaw City. Though the bridge and island are Mackinac. They’re actually pronounced the same. However, I’ll still call it Mackinac, because that’s how I’ve always referred to it as?

Anyways, for my 16th birthday, my uncle and his now ex-wife took my sister and I there! Our birthdays are 1 year and 3 days apart, so it was a nice weekend trip for both of our birthdays. We did not go to the island, though I really want to sometime in the future! Of course we got to see the bridge and the Straits of Mackinac that separate the Upper Peninsula and Lower Peninsula. We also got to visit Fort Michilimackinac and a large ship! I don’t know if it was the retired icebreaker called USCGC Mackinaw or not. However that ship is a museum! The area and its history is really interesting. The French did settle in the area. Of course, before them, there were multiple Indian/Native American tribes. During the French and Indian War, though, the British took over the fort previously mentioned.

The whole Mackinaw/Mackinac area is really popular in the summer. There are so many tourists (myself included)! There’s a good shopping area and pretty nice hotels, too. Kilwin’s ice cream and fudge are AMAZING! Seriously, we had so much of it when we were there. That brings me to another point. Mackinac Island Fudge seems to be really famous. I’ve had some and it’s really yummy…I’m not even a fudge person even though I like chocolate!

I do have to say, if you visit Michigan, the drive to the north part of the Lower Peninsula is well worth it. You’ll get to see a lot during the drive and while you’re there. There’s so much to experience. You could even go across the bridge and visit the Upper Peninsula! That’s also on my to-visit list. 😀

I’ll leave you with this picture of the bridge!

Mackinac Bridge(Image is not mine.)

 

EDIT: My sister pointed out that I wrote we’re 3 years apart…but we’re really 1 year and 3 days apart. I shortened or something. lol
Also, she says it was the icebreaker that we went and saw!

You may not know…

…but I quite like Spanish music! Or well, music in Spanish. I’m not saying it’s specifically by people from Spain. Me gusta la música en español. I like music in Spanish…I’m really not sure the best way to describe it! If I listen to Pandora, I’ll most likely listen to the Luis Fonsi radio station or someone/something similar. He’s actually from Puerto Rico, though. I think many of the other artists that are played on those radio stations are also Puerto Rican, or at least, Latin American or perhaps their parent(s) were.

Either way, I think the actual genre of the music is something like Latin Pop? I really like how it’s either upbeat and fun or slow and soft…romantic, even. Haha!

As I’ve already mentioned Luis Fonsi, I should say that his song, Corazón En La Maleta, is the current song on my Current Song! page. The title translates to Heart on the Suitcase. Don’t let Google Translate lie to you about it being ‘Heart on Suitcase’. I guess taking 3 years of Spanish in high school sort of paid off? Maybe.

Anyways, does anyone else listen to things like this? Or maybe another type of music that isn’t expected?

-Nicole

PS: I’ve decided that I should have a Current Song Updates category…in case anyone stumbles on one of these posts and wants to read any of the posts letting readers know of a Current Song Update. I probably didn’t have to explain this since it is pretty self-explanatory.

Wednesday, are you really almost over?

So, I had planned to do this earlier…but it didn’t happen. It’s going on 11pm right now. Most likely it’ll be later by the time this is posted. For Wednesday, I came up with an idea to get myself writing more. It’s called Random Word Wednesday. I’ll use this random word generator to generate one word, which I will use as a prompt for whatever I wish to write. I think I may try a Haiku sometime or drabbles. Though I may also go with longer pieces.


Golf

Her sundress hung tightly to her hips, and her long, golden hair swept from side to side as she walked across the green grass. She could feel the stalks of grass with her feet, for her shimmering sandals let it get to her. It felt oddly calming. Though who wouldn’t be calmed with the nice summer weather? The sunshine leapt from her hair hair to her arms and down to her legs. It felt so warm, but the light breeze kept her cooled down.

Although she was enjoying the weather, she wasn’t enjoying the game going on. How could anyone enjoy something as slow as golf? She couldn’t help but frown at the thought. It didn’t surprise her that she was let-down by the game. She wasn’t much into sports anyways. But he was, and that was why she was there. He enjoyed it, and so she would try. If it cleared his mind and lightened his heart, then why not try? All she wanted was for him to feel better. Golf was what helped him when he was troubled, even though it did nothing for her.


So, I was going for a drabble (100 words)…instead I ended up with 187 words. I can say that I don’t really know golf, nor do I want to learn golf. It really isn’t interesting to me. This isn’t too much about golf, but it’s what popped in my head.

I imagine her kind of just relaxed in a bored sort of way…allowing “him” to play the game while she just enjoys the weather. I do feel it’d be a romantic relationship between them…though that could be influenced by the song that I have on repeat.

First Kiss by Teen Top

Top Ten…Tuesday?

Tulips

What could this be? Hm….My top ten list for the day. As Spring gets closer and closer, I can’t help but to daydream of all of the green trees, fresh grass, and pretty flowers! Taking all of that into consideration, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that this is my top ten list of favorite flowers.

1. Cherry Blossom – is from the genus Prunus. If it’s specifically the Japanese Cherry Blossom then it’s called sakura or Prunus Serrulata. I’m not picky!

Cherry Blossom

2. Magnolia – There are around 210 species of this genus! They’re named after a French botanist, Pierre Magnol.

Magnolia

3. Begonia – is from the family Begoniaceae, and they are native to subtropical and tropical climates.

Begonia

4. Tulip – especially the purple ones. There are 75 wild species.

Tulips

5. Gerbera Daisy – Prettiest daisy in my opinion. This one is named in honor of a German botanist (and doctor) Traugott Gerber.

Gerbera Daisy

6. Snapdragons – Actual name is Antirrhnum, or may be known as dragon flowers.

Snapdragons

7. Forget-Me-Not – Actual name is Myosotis. I think most commonly seen as blue, but they are also pink or white.

Forget-Me-Not

8. Lilac – I remember growing up around these, and I still love them today…and of course, they’re purple. Though sometimes they’re white.

Lilac

9. Petunias – Very common here, especially wave petunias. I don’t know the difference. I do like to draw them though.

Petunias

10. Oleander – Or really, the Nerium Oleander. It is the only one in the genus Nerium!

Oleander

 

My question to you: What are your favorite flowers?

Images are NOT mine.

 

Chickpea Salad Sandwich.

Sounds yummy!

Healthy Living, Healthy Us

Great idea for quick, healthy lunch is making a sandwich.

There are not a lot of options for making your sandwich healthy, delicious and plant based protein packed.

Here is the great recipe which combine all these points: healthy, delicious with plant based protein.

Gluten, dairy free, vegan recipe.

Chickpea Salad Sandwich.

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Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 stalk celery, finely chopped

3 green onions, chopped

1/4 cup finelly chopped pickle

1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper ( I used orange)

2 tbsp vegan mayonnaise ( homemade or store-bought)

1 clove garlic

2 tsp. minced fresh dill

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

1/4 tsp sea salt

In a large bowl, mash the chickpeas with a potato masher until flaky in texture. Stir in the celery, green onion, bell pepper, pickles, mayonnaise, and garlic until combined. Add dill and season with the lemon juice and salt.

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Zucchini Chips

We need healthy snack options!

More Than A Dash Of Salt

February 5


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I’ve been looking for a while for a good snack recipe that was both healthy and simple to make. There are a few veggies that I really like and zucchinis are top of that list so it isn’t surprising that my first healthy salt recipe in this blog is a zucchini one!

The salt is added to the zucchini slices to remove the moisture so that they dry out and become nice and crisp in the oven. I found that if I added salt after I put the zucchini slices in the oven, the salt was too overpowering – but if you feel like you can handle more salt after you take them out, go for it!

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This snack was – somewhat unfortunately – loved by others at my place and gobbled up very quickly, so when I came to eat them the next day, I found that they…

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