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Otherwise known as "Happy New Year!"

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{All dressed up in his hanbok}

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{Look at this expression!}

I don't know what was cuter... how excited he was to get dressed in his "bok" or that he kept asking to do the "say hay" ["say hay" = Sae bae = bow] The most shocking thing was that he brought up the bow... not us! Although, on second thought... he is pretty motivated by money, so maybe it's really not that shocking?

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{Still not a fan of this hat though...}

Last week we celebrated Lunar New Year as well as Doug's birthday... we used both of those events as reasons to eat lots of Korean food. We had Bulgogi, as well as dolsot Bibimbop. (dolsot = stone pot) This was the first time I actually made the Bibimbop in the stone pots... and it was a huge success. Not only with Doug and I, but with Spencer too. Doug gave high compliments when he repeatedly told me that it was delicious, and when he told me it reminded him of the Bibimbop we had near Insadong in Seoul... which happens to be our favorite Bibimbop experience while we were there. We'll definitely be doing this again in the near future!

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While I was taking the top shot, Spencer was urging me to "Mix it Mama! Mix it!" I thought he was going to flip when I stopped to take another photo before serving him. He's quite the fan of Bibimbop... with extra spice, of course.

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{Starting out with chopsticks...}

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{but realizing a spoon will work better in terms of speed...}

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{And I just think this one is funny.}

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{What's a birthday without cake?!}

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{Yummy cake apparently.}

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{"What do you mean it's all gone?!"}

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{One happy customer.}

It was a great night of celebration, and we're most definitely looking forward to the year of the Rabbit! Are you?!

Calzones

Clearly, I've lost my mind. Why? Because I let Spencer make dinner last night. Not "I let Spencer help" ... more like "I helped Spencer." That said, he did a great job and made wonderful calzones... maybe I should let him cook more often!

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[First, you roll out the dough]

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[If you're really good, you might even do it one-handed]

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[Then you sprinkle on the cheese]

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[Don't be shy ... use lots]

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[Several big handfuls should do]

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[Don't try to sneak the cheese... you will get caught]

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[Then add the meat]

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[Make sure your concentration is at it's fullest by sticking your tongue out the side of your mouth]

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[Then roll it up...]

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[Tada!]

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[Mangia!]

What is a Honeybell?

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{besides delicious, that is}

From WiseGeek:

Honeybell oranges are exceptionally sweet and juicy citrus fruits which only reach peak ripeness during the month of January. Also known as Minneola tangelos, Honeybell oranges are not actually oranges at all. They are a hybrid or cross between the Darcy variety of tangerine and either the Duncan or Bowen variety of grapefruit. This hybridization process, which some sources say can be traced back to the ancient Orient, yields a tangelo with the coloring and size of a grapefruit and the sweetness and juiciness of a tangerine. Honeybell oranges are prized for their sweetness and relative scarcity, along with their abundant supply of juice.

Many customers order Honeybell oranges months in advance of their actual due date in January. A few strains may be ready to ship in late December, but the majority of the Honeybell crop reaches maximum ripeness during the last weeks of January, or possibly early February. Virtually all Honeybell orange trees in the United States grow along the Indian River in Florida, and the crop yield is often regarded as unpredictable from year to year. Growers take orders for the oranges throughout the year, but can only harvest the crop during January and February. Great care must be taken while harvesting Honeybell oranges in order to avoid damaging the distinctively bell-shaped stem end of the fruit, which actually inspired the name for the fruit itself.

It is not unusual for a citrus grower to include a bib with larger orders of Honeybell oranges. The skin is fairly loose because of the hybridization process, but many people find eating the fruit to be a challenge because of its juiciness. Consuming Honeybell oranges while on the move would be nearly impossible. The use of a knife to cut out individual sections and a plate to capture excess juices is generally a good idea while eating these oranges. Two average sized Honeybell oranges can provide nearly a full glass of freshly squeezed juice.

Honeybell oranges can be ordered online, directly from commercial orchards or through catalogs which offer packages of citrus fruit as potential gift items. The fruit is generally hand-packed into special protective containers in order to prevent damage during shipping. The relative rarity of the variety and the special harvesting and handling requirements can make Honeybell oranges significantly more expensive than other selections, but most people who have experienced the fruit's sweetness consider it a worthwhile investment.

Friday Funnies & Some Yummies

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This is how I discovered Spencer after turning around from doing something. It was all I could do to not break out laughing before I got the shot. And the shot? I love everything about it... the stance, the outfit, the untied shoe, the silly bands, the expression. My god, I think I caught a glimpse of future Spencer! My little texting toddler.

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Spencer keeps us in stictches these days... he's *such* a character. Some of his favorite expressions are "oh maaaaan!," "i goofing around!," and "outta here!" as in "get outta there!" (huh, wonder where that one comes from?) The other night I could hear him talking in his room as he was falling asleep. He was telling Llama Llama that it was not ok to poop in your pants. After several reprimands (this must be coming from school since we haven't spoken about poop in the pants) he finally says to Llama, in a very dramatic voice, "Do you hear what I'm saying here?!" Really, I have no idea where in the world he comes up with this?! [wink]

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Another funny is from last month. When Spencer and I were having the "Manger Story" as we call it, Spencer kept saying "And then the baby comes." And I kept responding "Not Yet!" After being constantly interrupted, I say "The Baby doesn't come until Christmas." Without missing a beat, Spencer responds "Right! Santa brings him!" Uhm, no. Looks like we need to work on the Nativity Story a little more next year. Although, in my defense... I think "Elf" confused the situation, cause Santa does return to the North Pole with a baby!

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Speaking of Santa (holiday posts going up over the weekend)... Spencer has yet to realize Santa doesn't come at his beck and call. Twice now Spencer has decided he wanted something, declared Santa would bring it, completed the process with a "PLLLLEEEEAAAASSSEEEE!!!!" Then run over to check under the tree.

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Apparently, when he thinks he's doing something worthwhile—or cute—at school, he tells the teachers to "take a picture." Hmmm...

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Speaking of pictures, the reason Spencer was in the tie and dress shirt was because I was attempting to get a good shot for his (quickly approaching) 30 month post. He was too goofy to get a good shot, but we did get some cute outtakes:

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{OK, this might be a keeper...}

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{Taking time to "smell the roses"}

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{I saw a lot of this...}

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{...and this. Notice the tongue?! Please note, he's hopping. Cause I asked him not to run.}

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... onto the yummies!

I mentioned in my "improvements" post that I wanted to get into the kitchen. My friend Melissa has been raving about the Pioneer Woman Beef Drip Sandwiches, so I decided to make those top priority. I prepared them along with her recipe for Smashed Potatoes this week. Oh. My. Word. I think I died and went to heaven. The Beef Drip/Dip sandwiches were to die for... and the smashed potatoes?! YUM. The best part was that both recipes were really easy to make. Even with a toddler under foot. I did a horrible job with the photography... but here's what my plate looked like:

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I may or may not have licked my plate. That's all I'm saying. I think it's safe to say these will both show up again! And now I'm hungry.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a fabulous weekend!

Corn on the Cob

Some of my long-time readers may remember this post from last summer, where I desperately tried to get my  kiddo to eat corn on the cob. It was a no-go. (Was my kid the only one not chowing corn last summer?!) And he didn't, at all. At least not until I cut it off the cob for him. Fast forward to this year, and I thought for sure that we were going to be chowing down. We attempted several times at the beginning of the season, with no success. Until we went to New Jersey, and had small-kernel Jersey sweet corn. Apparently, he was just waiting for the good stuff....

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{First, you make sure all the silk is off it...}

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{Next you cool it off... making sure you keep your eye on it so it doesn't try any funny business!}

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{Then you dive in...}

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{Pausing for encouragement and cheering of course...}

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{Mmmm...}

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{This is good stuff!}

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{Yay Me!}