2016 A Year in Review

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By God’s grace and love, 2016 was another epic year in the record books. I swear each and every year breezes on by. I’m certain it’s because we’re thoroughly enjoying life’s blessings to keep track of time.

2016 has been another big year of change, followed with a new mindset, challenges, adventures, and opportunities. Wayne has been woodworking and building furniture. I recently left my corporate job to pursue my creative passions full-time. Bentley is still a gem of a pup and loves napping and belly rubs.

2016 Highlights

  • Traveling near and far to celebrate eight weddings and a few births
  • Chaperoning high school students for a Model United Nations debate conference and hitting all the tourist spots in New York
  • Vacationing in Maui for a friend’s wedding and exploring the grand Na Pali Coast in Kauai
  • Camping and stargazing with family and friends in Joshua Tree
  • Celebrating our three year anniversary by eating our way through Japan during the autumn season
  • Our community garden growing strong
  • I booked a university ad campaign and am currently on a billboard (My first acting job!)

My favorite purchase in 2016 was the 1 Second Everyday (1SE) app. It’s a modern day video diary. Imagine your life as a movie. It’s a step up from just taking stills or making a photo album of the year. It’s nostalgic to see the finished video. I realized my day isn’t as mundane as I thought and this app enabled me to see the beauty in my everyday. I love how my year turned out.

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Daktoritang Korean Spicy Chicken Stew Recipe

Daktoritang Korean Spicy Chicken Stew - https://itsjoulife.com/recipe/korean-spicy-chicken-stew/

My most recent experience with making (and enjoying) Daktoritang Korean Spicy Chicken Stew.

You know that feeling when you’re stuffed, but want to keep eating because it’s just so dang delicious and not sure when you’re going to eat that dish again? Make this recipe, you’ll know what I mean. First time having this stew, my tongue was flaming up, but I relied on rice, milk, and tissues to help me through my second serving. I ended up making this twice in a week because I just couldn’t get enough. Second time around I eased on the green chilies.

Daktoritang Korean Spicy Chicken Stew - https://itsjoulife.com/recipe/korean-spicy-chicken-stew/

Daktoritang Korean Spicy Chicken Stew - https://itsjoulife.com/recipe/korean-spicy-chicken-stew/

Daktoritang Korean Spicy Chicken Stew - https://itsjoulife.com/recipe/korean-spicy-chicken-stew/

Daktoritang Korean Spicy Chicken Stew - https://itsjoulife.com/recipe/korean-spicy-chicken-stew/

Daktoritang Korean Spicy Chicken Stew - https://itsjoulife.com/recipe/korean-spicy-chicken-stew/

 

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Korean Spicy Chicken Stew Recipe
I didn't eat this spicy chicken stew growing up, but I wish I did! On cold winter nights like this, this stew hits the spot. This is a chicken dish that is braised in a spicy red sauce mixture along with potatoes and onions. It's the perfect comfort food to be scooped over rice. Warms my hands, belly, and heart.
Daktoritang Korean Spicy Chicken Stew - https://itsjoulife.com/recipe/korean-spicy-chicken-stew/
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Daktoritang Korean Spicy Chicken Stew - https://itsjoulife.com/recipe/korean-spicy-chicken-stew/
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl make your sauce by mixing the hot pepper flakes, gochujang, soy sauce, minced garlic, brown sugar. Make sure it's thoroughly mixed, it should look like a paste.
  2. In a large pot, place your chicken drumsticks, sauce mixture, and water. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a medium simmer for about 20 minutes.
  3. Place the chopped potatoes, chopped onions, sliced green chiles, half of chopped green onions into the pot for another 20 minutes, uncovered.
  4. Chicken should be tender, potatoes cooked, and liquid slightly thickened. Once finished, remove from heat, place in dish and top with remaining chopped green onions.
Recipe Notes

Tip: If you can't handle spice, it's a good idea to start with a few slices of the green chilies while cooking and then wait a bit before trying it again.

Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with a free 2017 parks Canada discovery pass

For all of 2017 this free Parks Canada Discovery Pass gives you unlimited opportunities to discover and enjoy National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas, and National Historic Sites across Canada! We’ve been wanting to go visit Banff, Glacier, Jasper National Parks for quite some time now. Perfect timing!

Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass - https://itsjoulife.com/2016/12/12/2017-parks-canada-discovery-pass/

Please note:

  • You only need to order one pass for your group or family if you are all traveling together. A 2017 Discovery Pass is valid for everyone arriving in the same vehicle at a national park, or arriving together at a marine conservation area, or historic site.
  • The Discovery Pass is only accepted at national historic sites which are operated by Parks Canada.
  • Activities such as tours or parking that normally carry a separate fee may not be covered by the Discovery Pass.
  • Camping fees are not included with the Discovery Pass
  • Validity Period: January 1st 2017 to December 31st 2017.
  • Display: The 2017 Discovery Pass must be hung from the rear view mirror of the vehicle facing forward or it can be placed on the front driver side dashboard facing up.

If you have questions regarding the above information, please contact our National Information Service at 1-888-773-8888 or information@pc.gc.ca .

NPS Centennial Forever Stamps

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) CENTENNIAL FOREVER STAMPs

Friday Favorites // NPS Forever Stamps via It's Jou Life https://itsjoulife.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/friday-favorites-stranger-things-happy-centennial-bday-nps-stamps-lynda-com

Happy 100th Birthday, NPS! The US Postal Service is celebrating the NPS Centennial by issuing 16 new forever stamps featuring national parks. These picturesque images will get you to find your hiking shoes, book a camping trip and get back into nature! I miss those vibrant, unreal colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park and the serene ceremonial sunrise on Haleakala National Park.

My NP bucket list: Acadia, Arches, Glacier Bay, Yellowstone (w/ Wayne this time), Zion. My favorite moment is ascending on top Half Dome in Yosemite (recap post, here). The best yet? These are forever stamps and you can share the love of national parks forever, just like all the memories you’ll create when you get out there and explore your inner wild. #letsgosomewhere

DIY Walnut Coffee Table Build: Part 3

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The first post in our DIY Walnut Coffee Table Build Series focused on the aesthetic and functional design aspects of the coffee table. In part two, we took a deeper look at the woodworking aspects of the design, focusing on the joinery techniques, and furniture hardware decisions. In part three, we finally get to start working with wood. We start by picking out lumber from the lumber yard, milling the lumber to our desired dimensions, and gluing up the panels for the coffee table.

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