Thank You #109 Butterfly

I never, ever see butterflies. Moths, plenty, but butterflies are few and far between. So imagine my utter surprise when this little beauty came flying by and settled on the sidewalk.


Even more amazing, it kept flying off and settling back near me. I had to keep making it fly to catch a photo with the wings out. As soon as it would settle, the wings would fold down.

So, this is the best I could get.


Thank You #108 Later Blooming Flowers


I don’t know the name of the tree that produce these flowers.  They smell nice and apparently bloom later than some of the other flowering trees. Thank goodness for them. Otherwise, between the crazy, shorts wearing hot and dry days and the already full of green leaves trees, I would think it was summer and not spring.

Ah… dogwood trees!  They produce white and pink flowers.

Thank You #108 Kale Namul


When Erica of Apricosa posted a recipe of Kale Namul last year, I was intrigued.  I associate kale as an “American” vegetable, and would have never, ever thought to Koreanify (I love making up words, don’t you?) it.  I don’t know why it took me a year to try out the recipe, but I’m glad I finally did. Kale Namul?  It’s a good thing.  In fact, it’s a great thing!

If you’re looking for a great namul option or a new way to eat kale, give this a try.  The only change I made to Erica’s recipe is that I left the garlic out,  BUT, adding minced garlic to namul is traditional. I just personally hate the taste of raw garlic and only use it when making marinades and salad dressing.  Thanks Erica for the fantabulous idea!