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Korean Scooby Snacks: Volume 1

Posted in blogging, food, Korea, travel by MommyTaco on 28 June 2013

Today, after I dropped The Boy off for his Hapkido lessons, I stopped by the local 마트 [“ma-tuh”] (mart) for some trash bags and an afternoon snack. I have really taken a liking to browsing these mini convenience stores for some tasty treats and hit the nail on the head with today’s finds. I decided that while I enjoy my snacks, and my hour and a half of kid-free time, I’ll share this moment of zen with you all.


On the left, we have some cream-filled cookies. Pretty much your basic shortbread cookie, but the filling is PINEAPPLE flavored! YUM! I wish I could give an exact name for them, but all I got out of a Google Translate was 롯데샌드 오리지널 [“los-de-saen-deu o-li-ji-neol”] would be the brand Lotte Sand (sandwich cookie?), Original (flavor). They are pretty tastey and come with two small packs of 6 cookies inside. I find the packaging to be helpful, so that I don’t accidentally (HAHAHA!!!) eat all 12 cookies at once. Because you know I would.

In the middle is the famous (in Korea?) Milkis drink. You can pretty much find this all over the place, including the 1970s looking vending machines which holds super small (for American standards) cans of beverages. Milkis is a carbonated beverage that is made with a touch of milk. There’s a variety of flavors, and I really need to find the fruit flavored ones, but I am officially renaming this Korean Baptist Punch, because it tastes just like Baptist Punch!!! (!!!!) If you don’t know what Baptist Punch is, that’s because it’s another name I made up for “punch” aka frozen sorbet mixed with Sprite, which melts into this creamy delicious carbonated concoction. I don’t think it really has an official recipe name, so I call it Baptist Punch, because it is usually the default beverage at all events hosted by Baptists (baby showers, bridal showers, weddings and anniversary celebrations). On a side note: it is one of my favorite drinks, we even served it at our wedding and I make my own single servings of it in a glass every year for our anniversary. NOM! Now I don’t have to do that for the next two years, because I can buy it in a bottle!

The next item, on the right, are pretty much puffed potato sticks. That’s all I got. Sounds pretty boring when you compare them against the other two items, but they are lightly seasoned, and pretty tasty.

ImageFinally, I thought I’d also show you what I got for The Boy for a post-hapkido snack, so you don’t think that I’m keeping all of these treats to myself. So here is a picture of 바나나우유 [“pa-na-na u-yu”] (banana milk). The u-yu (milk) here is delicious, so far I have found pa-na-na (banana) and dal-gi (strawberry) flavors. I am not sure if they have any other flavors, but there are also these really cute miniature bottles that are like yogurt smoothies. When I say little, I really mean little. I’ll try to get some of those for the next Scooby Snacks post. So the u-yu comes in containers that you don’t actually open. It has a foil seal on the top, and you get a small straw (aka glorified coffee stir-stick with a pointy end…er…not far off from a Capri-Sun straw) and jab it through the foil. Pictured with it is the other/second pack of “original flavored cookies” that I was good and did not devour.

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In vol. 14

Posted in blogging, deployment, military, technology, travel by MommyTaco on 24 September 2010

Here I am almost a whole month since my last post and even a few weeks behind on Wifey of A Sailor’s MilSpouse Friday Fill-In. I have been dealing with what I’m going to call the Deployment Blues. Absolutely nothing tickles my fancy, especially sitting in front of the computer. I’ve mostly been reading books or knitting, which suits me just fine. There’s a “real” blog post brewing in my brain, I will probably post that here in the next week or so. But for now, you’ll have to be satisfied with another MilSpouse Friday Fill-In (I’ll do a catch up for the past missed weeks later).

This week’s questions…
1. What characteristic about yourself has either been strengthened or weakened due to your experience as a Military Spouse? (from The Albrecht Squad)
I would have to say that I have more confidence as an individual. I have never been the type to rely on other people or feel the need of being around people all the time. Yes, I miss my husband like you would not believe, but I feel accomplished at not being a sobbing ball of mess 24/7 with him gone. And let’s face it, girls/guys, but we’re pretty much on our own with our men/women gone. I am just super blessed to have an awesome support system that I know I can lean on when I am just having one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.

2. What is your favorite vacation spot and why? (from ‘Tis the Life of the Army Wife)
Well that’s a tough one. I am going to throw a generic answer out there and say anywhere with mountains and lots and lots of green trees. I have gone visiting a ton of people over the last year, but I can’t remember the last time that I had an honest to God vacation. i.e. no agenda, no responsibilities other than the daily Triple S (shit, shower & shave).

3. If you could have any fast-food restaurant in the food court on base/post what would you pick? (from The Only Pink in a House of Blue)
Like if I could name what restaurant to be put in place? Hmmm…that is hard because the Ft Bliss PX is going through a major overhaul and will contain a shit-ton of stuff already. I suppose I would pick something that you can only get back home, Taco Box.

4. Where did you go on your honeymoon? (from Pennies from Heaven)
Non-applicable. Still waiting for our honeymoon…maybe this coming summer?

5. If you could have any job in the world regardless of money, degree or experience, which job would you have and why? (from Proud to Be a Navy Family and The Calm Before The Storm)
I’m going to refer back to a previous question/answer from MilSpouse Friday Fill-In vol. 2, question #1

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In vol. 9

Posted in blogging, cooking, food, military, travel by MommyTaco on 20 August 2010

Holy cow, I’m actually posting the Q&A on it’s debut day! My apologies to those who read/follow my blog that I haven’t posted anything other than these fill-ins for the last several weeks. Trust me that there is a lot going on in my head, but unfortunately so much that I can’t seem to sit down and wrap my head around any one thing in order to blog it. So for now, this post is again dedicated to Wifey of A Sailor’s MilSpouse Friday Fill-In (which I am seriously loving, btw). Don’t forget to check out Mr Linky on her page so that you can meet/read about the other amazing MilSpouses who participate in this weekly meme!

This week’s questions are extra special since they come from fellow participants, whose blog links are included:

1. If you could be a fugitive from the law for whatever reason, what would your crime be? (from It’s a Hooah Life)
I can’t think of any reason that I would WANT to be a fugitive, but one that I probably SHOULD be in trouble for is speeding. I have a serious lead-foot and can easily shave off 30-45 minutes (minimum) from suggested arrival time on any road trip that I take.

2. How long do you think you will be a military family? (from Julie the Army Wife)
Forever and ever, amen. My belief: once a military family, always a military family – even if your family no longer actively serves in it. It is an experience that makes such an impact on your life that there is no way to erase it. Our plan is for Taco to retire from the military, but we will always be a military family and a part of THE military family as well.

3. What’s your favorite recipe? (from Keep Calm and Soldier On)
Good grief, that is a hard one to nail down! I am gonna have to go with good old rolled dumplings for chicken & dumplings. I really don’t need any chicken or veggies, just the broth & dumplings is enough to keep me quite happy!

4. What would you want your last five words to be when you leave this life? (from My Goal is Simple)
“See you on the flip-side!” (from Boondock Saints)

5. Where do you hope to retire? (from Pennies from Heaven)
I always said that I would like to retire in Colorado, even though I had never actually visited there until a couple of weeks ago. It is still very high on my list but now the glorious state of Washington is a prime candidate, after the trip I took there with one of my besties, MeganDubyuh. All I really want is to live in GREEN, pine tree covered mountains on a nice big plot of land in the middle of nowhere, but close enough to a fairly large city/community for good shopping fixes. I have recently been considering the idea of opening a small bed & breakfast somewhere as well.

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In vol. 5 & 6

Posted in blogging, food, military, parenting, Scentsy, travel by MommyTaco on 30 July 2010

Yes, I was a slacker last week and didn’t get around to posting for Wifey of A Sailor’s MilSpouse Friday Fill-In! Go on over to her page to catch up on her posts as well as check out the other lovely ladies who are participating in this fun weekly meme. If you participate, don’t forget to add yourself to Mr Linky so others can find you!

(last week’s questions) vol. 5:
1. Besides the horizontal mambo, what do you miss most when your spouse is deployed?
Entertainment co-op. He does a REALLY good job as a father, playing with The Boy. Especially video games, which are a big hobby around our house. Mind you, I love to game too, but there’s a big difference between gaming with other adults and gaming with a 4 year old. They see no sense of purpose in completing the missions on Lego Star Wars and don’t seem to see a need in collecting all the treasures.

2. What do you miss least?
Sharing a bed. We have a California King sized bed, but it doesn’t matter that much because he will always roll over onto MY side and take up MY pillow, and I find myself hugging the edge of the bed. He’s not only hott in the looks department, but he’s hott in the body temperature and I can’t stand to be sweating with him on top of me when I’m sleeping!

3. You only get three crayons to finish your picture… which three do you choose and why?
Depends on the picture, but if it’s anything I want I would choose green, purple and brown…because they are my three fave colors and I think they go pretty together 🙂

4. If you could have your own fragrance, what would it be called?
Victoria’s Secret’s Amber Romance should just be named after me, because it is my signature smell. I have used it for years and when I used to waitress, I would walk up to one of the computers to put an order in and another waitress would only have to sniff the air to recognize it was me standing next to her. She would just say “Hi Patty!” and not even have to look up.

5. If the shoes make the man (or woman), what do your shoes say about you right now?
Well…right now I’m barefoot, and that’s the shoe of preference. However when I am out in public, it has GOT to be the Rainbow sandals!! I got my first pair when I was in South Carolina visiting my BFF this summer and they are the ONLY shoes that I have worn since! I’m a flip flop fanatic, so bad that I have the $5 Old Navy sandals in practically every color, so that I always have something that match. But let me tell you, the pain my feet get in from over use of flip flops with no supports! Plantar fasciitis in both of my feet and I refuse to wear proper supportive shoes to correct it. But since the Rainbows came into my heart, I have had NO foot pain! Ok, I totally strayed from the question….I guess what they say about me is that I like no complications…it’s so easy to just slip on a pair of flip flops and get the job at hand done.


(this week’s questions) vol. 6:
1. What is your spouse’s best feature?
Oh gosh, that is hard…I will have to keep it PG also….I almost say his eyes, because they are gorgeous but I think I’m going to have to go for the torso. He’s not a hairy man (that’s the Puerto Rican blood in him, praise God!) so it is soooooooo soft and smoothe! I just don’t dig hairy dudes, and thanks to the Army requiring PT of him every day, he is getting chiseled and so so so so so delectable!

2. Mild, Medium or Hot sauce?
Depends on the sauce – if it is red sauce, like salsa, then mild (they tend to put jalapenos in salsa, and I don’t get along with jalapenos). But I REALLY prefer a salsa verdé (green sauce) made with the most wonderful chile on the planet – hatch green chiles!

3. What is the worst uniform you had to wear for a job?
The uniforms at my old job, when they eventually made uniforms mandatory. There was nothing at all about womens’ shaping in those uniforms and making me wear uniform black slacks and a button up shirt is just absolutely humiliating. I really can’t describe it, sorry. Just think “meant for men” on shapely women.

4. You have invisible powers… where is the first place you would go?
To sleep….nobody would be able to find me to wake me up!!

5. What’s left on your “to do” list for this summer?
One more summer road trip, to Colorado Springs where I will be doing a Scentsy party for my gal pals, Ashley and Sara!! Then summer break is OFFICIALLY over. Well technically, it is over this weekend since I’m switching schools for The Boy and the new one starts next week – two weeks ahead of all the other places!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In vol. 4

Posted in blogging, military, parenting, travel by MommyTaco on 16 July 2010

It’s time once again for Wifey of A Sailor’s MilSpouse Friday Fill-In! Don’t forget to check her own post for this week, as well as clicking Mr Linky at the bottom of her post to add your own post and visit other MilSpouse Friday Fill-Ins!

1. What food reminds you of your spouse?
Tacos, obviously. And sushi, as it is our favorite date nite food.

2. Who would you rather sit next to in a cross-country plane ride: an irritating non-stop talker, or a quiet stare-er?
Well I recently experienced the cross-country irritating non-stop talker (my son) when we made a trip to visit my BFF in South Carolina. The quiet stare-ers are odd indeed, but I can always close my eyes and fall asleep when there is quiet, so I think I would rather have them be my traveling buddies.

3. What are your best tips on how to save money?
Cut back on your “extras.” We went without cable tv for about two years, using just rabbit ears for over-the-air television. Now that we have satellite again, I still don’t find myself watching it as much and wonder why I even got it. Other extras to consider cutting back on are: getting your nails done (saved me $75/mo which went towards diapers when Sid was born), color your own hair ($10/mo verses $60+), remove data plans on cellphone plans (do you HAVE to be able to check your email/facebook everywhere you go?).

4. What is your favorite summer memory?
Marrying the most wonderful man in my life, 5 years ago this month.

5. Do you believe in ghosts?
Not sure about ghosts per sé, but I definitely believe in lingering spirits.

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In vol 2 & 3

Posted in blogging, military, moving, parenting, technology, travel by MommyTaco on 9 July 2010

I was on another one of my fabulous vacations last week and didn’t get time to pre-type the MilSpouse Friday Fill-In for last week, so this week’s post is going to be doing in two birds with one stone. Thanks again to the creator of this weekly meme, my awesome gal-pal, Wifey of a Sailor!

Week 2’s Questions:
1. Tell us about your dream job… one that you could do regardless of pay.
Serving in the military – and we all know how it isn’t the money that keeps most people in that kind of a job. I always wanted to enlist into the Air Force, but growing up with a heart condition (bicuspid aortic valve & distended aortic valve), I knew that was something that would probably never be able to happen. By the time we found out that I no longer have the distended aortic valve as a concern, we had created our little family. After Taco’s Air Force career was unexpectedly halted, I put a lot of serious thought into getting in shape to enlist myself. However, when he felt God’s calling and was brought back into the service, I knew that my place was still at home with our son. Yes, I know there are plenty of dual-service families out there, but I just don’t feel like that is what is intended for our family. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for Taco to answer the calling of returning to service, but I can tell you how hard it is to sacrifice that dream of my own for the sake of our family.

2. What is your most prized material possession (kids and pets don’t count!)?
My engagement/wedding rings & what they represent

3. What has been your favorite duty station and why?
I never in my life thought I’d say this, but Cannon AFB – my home base – where I was born, most-of-my-life raised, where Taco was stationed when we met, and where my family was/is while we were stationed there. Real life family aside, I actually miss the small-town of Clovis, where CAFB is at. As a teenager I was bored into trouble by it, but it truly is a great place for families. There is also a wonderful sense of community there, something that larger towns/cities lack. Ft Bliss was our first PCS away from there and has not yet become a favorite of any kind. 😉

4. What is your least favorite household chore?
I really don’t mind cleaning but the putting away of things, I hate. Like putting away cleaned laundry, or putting away of washed dishes.

5. If you could give one piece of advice to a teenager today (not specifically a MilTeen), what would it be?
Don’t be afraid of the “what ifs.” Those are the learning opportunities – NOT mistakes – you make in life. Not everything is going to turn out exactly as you envision, but don’t be afraid to chase your visions and watch them mold into new and better ones!

Week 3’s Questions:
1. What is your favorite household chore?
Call me crazy, but I love to clean & scrub the shit out of stuff. Nothing better than a sparkling shitter!

2. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Summers spent at my grandparents’ cabin in the mountains of Mora, New Mexico

3. What is your most embarrassing moment?
Not sure that it was embarrassing, definitely humiliating in a humbling kind of way…but when I went through the whole disaster that was breaking up with my boyfriend of almost 3 years, leaving myself without a place to stay and about 1200 miles from “home.” I wound up temporarily homeless, moneyless, clothesless, and quite unsure of myself. Thank God for good friends and family that I got what I needed to come out on top!

4. What uniform of your spouse’s is your favorite?
His birthday suit! Oh wait, you mean military uniform? Well, I suppose his ACUs…The dress uniform isn’t that flattering and it’s hard to get excited about running shorts and a tshirt.

5. What canceled TV show do you miss the most?
MadTV…when Taco and I started dating, we would hang out every day after I got off work and watch MadTV together before he had to go to work that night

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in #1

Posted in blogging, deployment, food, military, moving, technology, travel by MommyTaco on 25 June 2010

One of my MilSpouse gal pals, Wifey of a Sailor, has started a new blogging topic called MilSpouse Friday Fill-ins. I really like this idea, as it is a great way to get to know some of my MilSpouse gals that I have become friends with thanks to the interwebs. I thought I’d take a few minutes to make my own post, while Taco is Farmvilling and The Boy is watching good ol educational television (thanks PBS!)

This week’s questions are:

1. How did you and your spouse/significant other meet?
Officially, we met on MySpace. After a few weeks of chatting via Yahoo! Messenger, we were both bored one Sunday afternoon and decided to hang out and go to a movie. It was nice because neither of us were remotely interested in getting into a relationship with anyone, so there was no stress-to-impress…we just wanted something to do besides sit in front of the computer. He showed me his tits while waiting for the movie to start (after I asked if he had any other piercings than his double labret). Apparently he liked me so much that he didn’t want to leave my presence, so we went to Arby’s for dinner afterwords, where they had run out of roast beef of all things. Though, if you are from Clovis, you know that this Arby’s is the most ridiculous Arby’s ever and it’s no surprise that they had run out of the beef. Since that day, we were nearly inseparable and besides the military taking him on adventures away from me, I can count on one hand the number of times that we have been apart.

The funny part about how we met comes that about 9 months into our relationship we realized that we had met in the past. In my pre-Chicago waitressing days, I worked with and was very good friends with his ex-girlfriend. Of course, they were dating at the time, and I was in a long-term, long-distance relationship, so neither of us really paid attention to each other. But I do remember having hung out in his dorm/barracks room with her while he was gone to work and having taken her to visit him at work to bum some money for smokes. I like to think that he stayed stationed at Cannon AFB waiting for me to come back from my “learning experience” in Chicago…it just took a year for either of us to find each other again. 🙂

2. What is the best thing about being a MilSpouse?
The best thing about being a MilSpouse is the amazing people that we get to meet along our journeys. Some are amazing in a not-so-pleasant way but most are amazing people that will continue to touch your life even after you have moved on. Some are also people that you may never meet in person but the wonders of technology and the internet have brought us together. The bonds formed with these fellow MilSpouses are like no other, and as much as our civilian friends try to, no one else can truly relate to the struggles that we face as a MilSpouse.

3. What is the hardest thing about being a MilSpouse?
Obviously having to spend great lengths of time with your other half living on the other side of the planet or gone for training 75% of the time they are “at home.” But second to that, is leaving behind the aforementioned friendships. I am sad as heck when Taco leaves but I know that in the end, he is coming home to me. But when friends move or we move away from our friends, I think it’s difficult on another level because who knows if or when we will get to see those friends again?

4. What is your favorite dish?
it’s a toss-up between baked mac & cheese or chicken & dumplings (rolled shortening dumplings only)

5. If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?
Invention of teleport machines so that we can still visit our friends who have moved away without breaking the bank

there and back again

Posted in blogging, deployment, military, parenting, travel by MommyTaco on 14 June 2010

It’s been less than a month since The Boy started his summer break from school and we have already done a TON of traveling! I will get around to posting more about those trips, especially my most recent expedition to the GORGEOUS state of Washington with my bestie, MeganDubYuh. Add all the miles up that I have put in during these last few weeks and it totals approximately 4500 miles! WOW! And yes, that is all driving miles…doesn’t count the flight back from Seattle to Albuquerque.

I am very excited for our next adventure, to South Carolina, where I will get to visit my BFF from high school that I haven’t seen in the last 9 years. That is a LONG time! But before that, I am so happy to announce that the next two weeks will be spent at home with Taco! He arrived today for his 2 weeks of R&R. We were going to reschedule the SC trip to where he could go with us, but thanks to the ever unpredictable timing of the military, I didn’t want to book anything until he was actually here. Having to schedule that close to traveling time makes for VERY expensive airfare and rather than spend an additional two THOUSAND dollars (on top of the fares I have already paid), we decided to stay here in El Paso and explore the area and enjoy the time together here.

So yes, I am sitting on my laptop while my delicious hubby is sitting right in front of me. I’m on Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, and am blogging. Don’t chastise me, since he’s having some much needed Playstation play time with The Boy. I’ll get my “time” with him later. 😉

it’s like this and like that and like this and uh

Posted in concerts, military, moving, music, travel by MommyTaco on 29 November 2009

(currently listening to: The Black Crowes: Before the Frost…Until the Freeze)

Yes, I do realize that it’s bad etiquette to point out how long it’s been since an update has been made to your own blog. But I’d rather point it out myself than have any of you start nagging at me. My apologies, been rather busy with things that don’t involve the computer. And that in itself is amazing!

I have continued the year’s running theme of concert-goings and had the most amazing opportunity to see The Black Crowes perform here in El Paso. Add another sprinkle of awesomeness in which I was able to see them with one of my BFFs, my Mindikins. I am so glad that she was able to come and just chill with me for a few days, and add another most-awesome-moment-in-life to our books together.

We have been blessed to spend the past two weeks with family. My mom and some of the in-laws came to visit for the hubs’ graduation from AIT. We also shared a week early Thanksgiving feast with my in-laws while they were here. Who says you can’t celebrate a day of thanks & togetherness a week earlier than the traditional occasion?

Hubs’ graduation came at a perfect time. He was allowed 10 days of leave before in-processing his new unit, and that leave had to be taken immediately. Fortunately in with that 10 day window was the Boy’s week off of school for the holiday, and after everyone left town we were able to head to Clovis to spend a week with family there. None of them (minus Mom’s trip to see us) had seen the hubs since he left for training in April, and I know that everyone enjoyed having the time together again. We were even lucky enough to have a friend offer to drive to Clovis and help us tow hubs’ truck back down to El Paso for us. He and his wife didn’t have any Thanksgiving plans, so they got to be adopted into the family for a day and enjoy a fine feast.

I don’t expect that anything will slow down around here in the months to come. Christmas is coming up soon, and I still don’t know what our plans will be for that. Time to face the music that Uncle Sam runs our schedule now and that we may not get to spend Christmas with family this year. Then comes the wondering if this holiday will be spent together next year, making this year’s holidays even more precious.

Ah, the military life where everything is beyond your control…and beyond your opinion. It’s a good thing that God knows what He’s doing, when it seems that nobody else does.

time keeps on tickin’ into the future

Posted in military, moving, technology, travel by MommyTaco on 12 July 2009

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, and a lot has been going on. The Boy and I went to visit Hubby and spent the 4th of July holiday weekend with him. It was really great, since we got to spend every second with him. The last visit we only were able to get to spend time with him, it was only for a few hours at a time. We also got to spend his birthday with him, which was super cool.

The rest of the trip to El Paso was nice. We got the chance to hang out with a couple of friends that used to live & go to school down here. We visited their church too, which was good. It’s good to think that with the prospects of having El Paso to call our new home, having a place that we can worship in is something that will be top on our list of priorities. Also having friends that live there already is something to look forward to. Overall, I felt a lot more comfortable with the thoughts of living there, even though the base is HUGE and has a bunch of construction everywhere (on and off post) that just makes things even more confusing.

There’s very few things I look forward to during the summer time. Pools, valid excuses to eat massive quantities of ice cream (I get weird looks when eating it during the winter), tank tops & flip flops, and Big Brother. It’s just not the same as watching it sitting side by side with Megan but thank goodness for technology because to fill the void, we can still chat with each other while watching the show. The last three years we’ve just text messaged, and occasionally chatted during the show. But this summer we are incorporating the use of video chat, which is great except when the Boy is trying to run around acting his normal crazy self. I am not totally sure what I think about the house guests yet, but I’m kinda biased on having Jessie back in the house. He severely annoyed me last season and yet I’m kinda looking forward to his idiocies this season just to have someone to laugh at. Chima’s lips (well face in general, honestly) scare me. Laura seems like she may wind up being a female version of Jessie. Jeff actually does look pretty hott, and I’m super glad they haven’t let Braden have much air time.