• What, No Meat?!

    My husband and I are definitely what you would call meat eaters. We love our steaks, bulgogi (Korean BBQ), chicken wings, and typically have some sort of meat at every evening meal. Shoot, our family even hosts a rib cooking contest every 4th of July to put our meat eating into perspective. So why am I talking about our indulgence of meat and the glory of us being proud carnivores? Because the hubby and I have decided to forgo meat for the month of May. Yes, I said it. NO MEAT. What? WHY?! Are you CRAZY?! I had no idea that sharing our decision with some friends and family would be faced with so…

  • Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

    If your kids are anything like mine macaroni and cheese is a food that is always at the top of their dinner or lunch request list. Unfortunately, although the boxed version is incredibly convenient and fast to make, it is full of preservatives whereas the baked version tastes amazing but can take about an hour to make. I wanted to figure out a version of macaroni and cheese that combined the best of both versions, something that was fast, easy to make, and tasted great. Introducing my version of stovetop macaroni and cheese! This recipe took as long as it took to boil the pasta making it about a 25 minute meal start…

  • Turmeric Paste for Golden Milk

    Golden Milk, or Turmeric Tea, is a warm drink with lots of health benefits and if you are like me and enjoy drinking it more often than not, you know it can take some extra time putting all of the ingredients together to simmer on the stove. So to save some time I make turmeric paste and store it in the fridge so I can make it quickly any time I am craving a warm, soothing drink. The paste is made with the main ingredients of golden milk: turmeric, ground pepper, coconut oil, and cinnamon. Now just add it to heated milk, honey to your taste, and drink away. It is simple, incredibly tasty,…

  • Golden Milk

    Golden Milk, also known as Turmeric Tea, is a drink that I absolutely love for both its relaxing and warm properties as well as its amazing health benefits. Although most health circles are currently trending this flavorful beverage, the health benefits of turmeric have been around for a long time.   I drink this golden milk at least once a week and if I have even a slight tickle in my throat I make sure to make a mug of the soothing drink. The crazy thing about it is that I am rarely ever sick and if I do catch a little cold I overcome it quickly,  and I attribute it to golden milk.…

  • Shrimp, Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

    Shrimp, beef and broccoli stir fry has officially become one of my husband’s favorite dinners and has become a staple on our dinner table. It cooks up quickly, can be served over rice, noodles, or by itself, and tastes absolutely amazing! I would probably eat this every day of the week if I had the choice. In fact, maybe we’ll have it tonight… I came up with the recipe when trying to use up some frozen shrimp we had leftover from New Year’s Eve. Beef and broccoli stir fry has always been a favorite of mine so I would have never thought to mess with such a great dish, however sometimes trying something…

  • Minimalism: Our Journey on Simplifying Our Life

    Minimalism. What does that word mean to you? For many people it sounds scary, a way of life that forces you to be rid of all earthly possessions and live with absolutely nothing but two outfits, one coffee mug, and your tooth brush. Or maybe you think it is living with only a certain number of items and getting rid of everything else. Perhaps you think it means living in one of those tiny houses that has been trending on television shows lately. I know for me, these are what I thought minimalism was and it did scare me. A lot. When I came across articles on social media promoting minimalism I would…

  • 2017: New Year, New Direction

    Wow, 2016 sure went by quickly! With the new year always comes new ideas, dreams, and hopes for an even better upcoming year. Better health, improved lifestyle, new opportunities and more. For my blog, my outlet, this year will be a change for Kinda Sorta Simple as well. I am excited to add things to my blog that I have been getting into over the past year, things like natural living, sewing, minimalism, different recipes, and a more simple way of life. 2016 was a year of changes for us. One major change is that we welcomed a new baby boy named Kyu in April and I have been blessed and fortunate to be…

  • The Perfect White Dress

    We always hear and talk about the Little Black Dress but this shimmery white dress definitely rivals any little black dress I own! This maternity dress stands out by itself with the color, the shimmer, and the flattering silhouette. What more could you ask for?! I had been searching for some maternity dresses to wear on my dates with the hubby however everything I had tried on was either too tight, too short, or just not flattering. Enter PinkBlush Maternity where I found this amazing dress, among other maternity clothes, that was exactly what I had been looking for. Great timing too because Valentine’s Day is coming up in less than a month and now I don’t have to…

  • Outfits For 2016… and an Announcement!

    So the secret is out… I’m expecting! We are so excited to announce that we are expecting a little boy in April of 2016 and we could not be more elated. This is baby #4 for me but even though I’ve done this a few times before, the excitement never gets old. What has been different this time around is that since I am due in April my 3rd trimester will be through the winter months whereas with my other three all being born in the summer/fall timeframe I was always bigger in the warmer months. Figuring out how to stay warm but also still dress cute has been a fun challenge that has opened…

  • Kimbap: Korean Rice Rolls

    Kimbap is by far one of my favorite Korean foods to make AND eat.  They are great for a snack, for on-the-go, for lunches, and especially yummy at, well… any time! I grew up with my mom making them, stuffing the gim, or seaweed sheets, with all sorts of goodies like rice, egg, cucumber, and more.  It would be an understatement to say that my kids love them as well. If you are not familiar with kimbap it is a staple in Korea.  Simply, it is rice, veggies, egg, meat, and whatever else your heart (and stomach) desires, all wrapped up in rice and a dried seaweed sheet.  When I visited the country…