Tuesday, January 06, 2009

A Blessing of Treasures

We went to visit the Brunner family during Christmas break and were blessed with several different treasures! Before I explain the treasures it is important to know how we know this family. In April Travis was flying to Denver, Colorado for work. His flight was from Portland to Seattle first, and the from Seattle to Denver. On his Portland to Seattle flight he sat next to a family and soon discovered they were on their way to pick up their son, Caleb from Korea! As Travis talked to the family he found out that they live in Portland, used Holt as their adoption agency, and have the same social worker as us ... is God amazing or what?

So the blessing of treasures included ...

1: a babyhawk carrier (similar to this picture off the babyhawk.com website)
This is a custom designed baby carrier for the style conscious parent. The Mei Tai's (Asian Baby Carriers) are adopted from a Chinese-inspired idea that makes holding your little lovely on your front, back or hip as safe as it is comfortable.
2. A copy of The Seed from the East Book
This is the story of how the Holt family adopted eight Korean War orphans. Intercountry adoption as we know it today owes its beginning to this family.

3. An Opportunity to Taste ... Honeyed Korean Red Ginseng Slices

The side of the box reads: Dosage and Administration

1. Frequency of Administration: 3 times a day
2. Dosage: About 1~2 pieces per administration
3. Direction: Chew it well before you swallow.

All that to say neither Travis or I were a big fan. It was super hard to chew and didn't have great flavor.

4. An Opportunity to Taste ... Butter Waffles

These were very yummy!

5. We are borrowing Korean Cooking Made Easy

We are hoping to make Bulgogi (sauteed or grilled marinated beef)

200g beef (strip loin), thinly sliced


2 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 1/2 sugar, 1 tbsp. honey

2 tbsp. pear juice

1 tbsp. finely chopped green onion

1/2 tbsp. minced garlic

1 tbsp. toasted, crushed, and salted sesame seeds

1 tbsp. sesame oil, 1/5 tsp. ground black pepper

1. wipe beef dry with paper towel to remove liquid.

2. Thoroughly mix all of the sauce's ingredients.

3. Place the beef in a bowl and marinate with the sauce. Let stand for 20 minutes.

4. Grill or saute in a pan without oil.

5. serve on a plate.

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