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Urban Dictionary's definition of a cat lady: "a woman that finds too much happiness in her cats. This often results in the following actions: dressing up her cats, taking videos and pictures of them, telling other people stuff about her cats that they do not care about, thinking that her cats are really intuitive, wearing clothes with cats on them, owning things with cats on them, not being lonely because she has her cats!"

Yup. Sounds about right. You'll know you're a cat lady when you make sure to never schedule trips longer than two weeks because you know you'll miss your fur babies too much. Meet my fur babes: Hana is the gray tabby and Kuro (Kuku) is the black one with six toes. We adopted Hana from a shelter in Texas, picking her out because she seemed so desperate to escape from her cage. She's a stereotypical girl - talkative, needy, and sweet as pie. She enjoys sitting on a stool to watch mama at work in the kitchen, drinking the water out of hubby's retainer glass, and stealing floss out of trash cans. Kuku is a stereotypical boy - he enjoys picking on his sister and stripping her of her fur, but when it comes to baby bunnies he is a big scaredy cat. He has a big sweet tooth just like his mama. Normally he hardly ever meows, but when he wants cat treats he knows that a meow will get him some.

I love my little babies to death. Just a few days ago when I returned home from sending my hubby off for his deployment I woke up to both my kitties cuddling on either side of me. That hasn't happened since they were babies, so how could I not think that my kittens "are really intuitive"? Needless to say, I'm quite a cat lady and I spoil my cat children every chance I get. I teamed up with Meow Mix Simple Servings today to share eight ways I enjoy spoiling them. I love their Simple Servings because they make my life reeeeal easy. No need for a spoon or dishes, and no dirty cat bowls smelling up my sink with crusty leftover seafood. With these things you just peel, serve, and toss when done. The chunky seafood and poultry spoils my kittens, and the lack of mess spoils me. Read about more spoiling tactics below: (and find a coupon!)

1. A Warm Dishwasher.
Despite popular opinion, cats aren't very hard to please. All they need is a box or a string to entertain them, or in this case, a dishwasher. Every time my washer beeps it's finish signal I call over my Hana, wipe down the moisture, and watch her snuggle up on the warm dishwasher door. It's the cutest little thing to watch, but here's your disclaimer: dishwasher naps are very addicting. If you introduce your cat friend to the wonders of this magical warm door then you may find said cat at times meowing it's head off in front of the washer when it's not even running.

2. Bulk Boxes.
Next time you're at a bulk store, keep your eye on the boxes they offer at checkout. These bulk store employees must be cat people because they seem to cut perfect kitty-sized openings into their boxes that offer my fur babies a brand new bed. I just add a fleece blanket inside and my cats can't resist.

3. Cat Furniture.
Yes, that is a bed for my cat. A cat bed if you will. It was originally meant for dolls but I found a better use for it as you can see. This is Kuku surprised by how much he loves it.

4. Single Serving Cat Food.
Like I said, these things spoil both mama and kitty. Real pieces of seafood in a single-serving container means you don't even need the spoon and bowls I have pictured here. This Tuna & Salmon 2-pack was on sale at Target when I picked it up, AND there is a Cartwheel offer running 10/18-11/15 for 20% off Simple Servings. Go try these out right meow.

5. Cat Costumes.
Ok, my cats hate me putting anything on them, however small. But mama feeds them and cleans their poo, so she gets to have her fun sometimes. How cute is Kuku in his bat wings?? One year for Christmas I asked my Secret Santa to gift me cat sweaters. The cats really love those.

6. High Beds.
Cats like to jump on stuff. I assume they climb high to establish authority over their humans, but I'm no expert. So to cater to our furry masters, we make beds in high places. The hallway closet has fleece blankets on two of it's shelves so that the cats can sleep there on occasion, and the top shelf in the bedroom closet is also fitted with blankets. In there we had to place a small bookcase as well because the shelf was too high for jumping straight from the ground. Man, the more I share the more I realize how much these cats control me.

7. Outside Time
My vet would say NO to this, because it makes "house cats with no front claws susceptible to predators and disease", but I normally only let them in my fenced-in backyard and I keep a close eye on them. How can I not let them out to play in the grass, breathe in the fresh air, and grumble at the birds that perch on the fence?? If I were a YouTuber it would also make for great material: like Kuku running around with a poopy piece of grass hanging out of his butt, or when neighbor cats come say hi through the fence and elicit a banshee yowl from my guard cat Hana. Cats are just the best.

8. Toys
Our go-to's: strings, elastic hair ties, balls, pencils, hoodie strings, ribbons, measuring tape, floss, shoelaces, important papers, flies, grass, etc. With the floss, once you're done with it you'll want to leave it hanging just a little over the side of your trash can. That way in the morning you will be delighted to find it in a completely different part of your house! Cat toys are only limited by your imagination.

Are you a cat lady too?? I want to hear all about your own funny stories and how you spoil your fur babies! Tell me in the comments! And remember on your next Target run to use the Cartwheel coupon to try out these Meow Mix Simple Servings. Visit to find out more! Let me know if you love them as much much as we do!

I think everyone deserves one good Halloween costume in their lifetime. Unfortunately I was a born procrastinator, so every Halloween eve you'd find me asking my mom what I was going to be and having her help me rustle up a poncho she'd gotten in Mexico and doing my hair in braids to be a Navajo woman, borrowing her Hawaii sweatshirt and lei so I could be Hawaiian, or defaulting to my Korean hanbok. Once in college a group of us got together and made Hello Kitty & friends bonnets out of felt, that was kind of cool. But I think at the age of 30 (!!) my glory year has finally come. I ordered my costume two months early, shelled out a bit of cash, and I've got a plan. Any Game of Thrones fans out there? I'm going to be Daenerys, and my sister, brother, and sis-in-law will be my three dragons. To be honest, I've never watched GoT but I love them for giving me the chance to wear a cool costume hehe. Anyone else have costume plans??

Since I'm already in that Halloween spirit, today I'm sharing a spooky treat. I got together with a group of Asian bloggers to create black sesame recipes great for Halloween or whenever. I've always been a fan of black sesame desserts, and I love how this one turned out: it's a beautifully moist cake roll filled with sweet cream cheese and black sesame spread. My mama makes the yummiest pumpkin log every year and this is a variation on that. Thanks to her for her master rolling tips.

Check out the easy recipe below, and click each link to find out what delectable black sesame recipes these other awesome bloggers conjured up: (live 10/4 at 8am PST!)

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Black Sesame Cake Roll
Makes one 12-inch cake roll

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2-3 tsp black gel food coloring
Black Sesame Spread:
  • 3/4 black sesame powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp corn syrup
Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


For the cake:
Preheat oven to 375F. Line a 12"x15" rimmed baking pan with a silicon baking mat and spray both the sides of the pan and the silicon mat lightly with oil.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together until thick. Add the pumpkin puree and mix. Then stir in the flour mixture until well combined. Stir in the black gel food coloring until you reach your desired color.

Pour the batter into your pan, use a spatula to smooth and flatten in, and bake for 13-15 minutes. The cake is done if you can touch the middle with your finger and it springs back.

Loosen the cake from the sides of the pan with a small knife if needed. While the cake is still hot, gently roll it along with the silicon mat. The mat acts as a barrier so the cake doesn't stick to itself. Let the cake cool rolled.

For the Black Sesame Spread: 
Combine the black sesame powder, honey and corn syrup, and set aside.

For the cream cheese filling:
Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla until combined. Set aside.

To assemble:
Once completely cool, gently unroll the cake. Drizzle the sesame spread over it evenly. Then spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over top of that, leaving about an inch border around the edges. Then gently re-roll the cake and refrigerate until ready to serve. It's easily sliced when cold, and I think it tasted best that way as well. Bon appetit!

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This is summer to me. Bright sunlight spilling through the windows, chopping perfectly imperfect fresh veggies from my mother-in-law's garden, singing along to happy tunes I've got blasting. This was a good day.

The kitchen is possibly my favorite room in the house and where I spend the most time. Although these days I'm not cooking much, just eating a lot, whoops. But it's my little safe haven where I keep two stools - one for me, and one for my kitchen helper, my little gray tabby Hana. It's where I eat all my meals because let's be honest, even on the rare occasion hubby is home, he usually scarfs down half his meal before it can ever leave the pan. And it's where I like to sit and rest after loading up the dishes in the dishwasher, and wait with my fuzzy kitchen helper until they're done because she loves to snuggle up on the warm washer door. Such a cutie pie.

Of course, it's not all idyllic moments like those. Other times I'm wading through a counter full of dirty dishes because my meringue didn't turn out and I had to run to the store and then start all over again. Or I've been sitting with a bent back and sore hands from decorating sugar cookies all day. Or the cats decided to ravage the mini cheesecakes I made by eating and stepping in them. Well, that's a true story but it was a different kitchen and different cats. Anyways, I get through the good and bad with my favorite kitchen companion: music.

Whether it's reminiscing with mellow hipster music from my college days or shamefully singing along to bubbly K-pop, I blast music from my kitchen 24/7. Besides my furry friends, my Bluetooth speaker is my best kitchen companion. What did I even do before Bluetooth? I really don't remember. But take a long look at my beautiful Trakk portable Bluetooth speaker. You know I love gold, and I love it's sleek minimalism. This is Trakk's CEO speaker which has awesome sound, is super light and perfectly portable, and plays for up to 24 hours. Trakk makes a lot of heftier, even waterproof speakers, but I am so in love with this trendy gold one. Check out more of it's virtues and find it at a great price on Amazon HERE. What kind of music do you guys jam out to in the kitchen?

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Thank you Deer Lord! for sponsoring this post. Grab your new edition of Deer Lord! social party game, available through Target retail stores starting July 30.

I'm a firm believer that game nights should be unassuming get-together's and only need three things: good friends, good food and of course a good game. You'll need to take care of the first one yourself, but today I've got the other two covered.

Have I mentioned before that I come from a family of gamers? Maybe I have, but I might not have described to what extent. Now, I'm not talking video games, I'm talking board and card games. First of all, my brother owned a board game store for over a decade. And my sister? Instead of a library of books, she has a library of games. It's an obsession, and I don't hate it. Needless to say, we know games. And today I'm introducing you to a new favorite!

There is a wide spectrum of games in the world. Some of my siblings enjoy strategy games that take up to 5 hours long (!!!), whereas I prefer party games that are relatively short and exciting, with lots and lots of laughter involved. Which is why this is my new favorite game, I was sooo pleasantly surprised with how much fun it was! In Deer Lord! you dupe and duel each other until someone gets rid of all their cards and is crowned the "deer lord." Dupes are secret missions you try to complete stealthily while the game is in play, either easy stuff like say something in a foreign language, or slightly more difficult like do a handstand. The trick is to make it natural enough that people won't realize it's a mission. The duels are my favorite. You challenge another player to the duel, things like who can fit the most items in their mouth, or who can tell the best joke. That's where things get really rowdy and fun! If you saw my Instagram stories last week (@gina.chong) you'll know I lost miserably at the fitting food in my mouth duel lol. And a duel for who can win a thumb war may or may not have ended in I said, we take our games seriously ha. The person who can get complete all of the dupes and duels in their hand first wins. At the end I didn't win the crown, but my cheeks were raw from laughing and I had become a fan. Love this game.

Deer Lord! started out in Europe as an independent game, but it got super popular and now it's available at Target! The one at Target is an updated core version that also includes the "Gangsta" and "Broadway" expansions. Highly recommend, guys. Whose checking it out on their next Target run?? While you're there, also grab the ingredients for my party snack recipe: Asian Style Nachos! With Korean flavored pulled beef and some other secret ingredients, I'm pretty proud of these, and here's a tip: they would be just as good over fries. So for your next game night, snag Deer Lord! at Target, grab these nacho ingredients, and get ready for a happy belly and sore cheeks from laughing. Happy gaming!

Asian Style Nachos
  • 6 oz. tortilla chips 
  • 1 lb chuck roast
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup kimchi, chopped
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp gochujang (red pepper paste)
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • green onions, chopped
  • Kewpie mayo
  • sriracha sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups Mexican cheese
  • guacamole


Place chuck roast in pressure cooker or slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together the apple juice, onion powder, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil. Poor over your roast. If cooking in a pressure cooker, use the red meat function to cook. If using a slow cooker, cook on high for 4 hours or until very tender. When done, use two forks to pull the beef into shreds, and return it to the pot to soak in the marinade until ready for use.

In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar, gochujang, vinegar and soy sauce. Add the chopped kimchi and stir to coat. Heat a pan over med-high heat. Using tongs, add the kimchi to the pan, shaking off excess liquid. Cook kimchi for 5-6 minutes until the sauce is thick and the kimchi begins browning in spots. Remove from heat.

To Assemble:

Place your oven rack to the highest position. Set oven to a low broil. Place tortilla chips onto an oven-safe pan. Sprinkle with half your cheese, then half your kimchi and a generous amount of pulled beef. Sprinkle again with cheese, leaving just a Tablespoon or two, and follow with remaining kimchi and beef. Finish it off with the remaining cheese and broil until cheese is just melted. Once done, sprinkle with green onions, and drizzle with Kewpie mayo and sriracha. Serve guacamole on the side, and enjoy!

Caramelized kimchi recipe from HERE

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You know what's more stressful than going back to school? Going back to school for the first time in five whole years, yup. BUT there's always a good bit of excitement mixed in there, and for me it's just exciting to be able to finally pull the trigger after many many years of wanting to. So here I am, once again prepping for the back to school season along with everyone else, except this time I'm determined to do it right!

Back when I was in college I could not cook to save my life. Nightmares of over-salted (and I mean OVER. SALTED.) pork katsu and inedible kimbap sushi rolls come back to haunt me sometimes. Now that I know my way around a kitchen, I can actually put together a collection of quick, wholesome weekday dinner ideas for those busy nights ahead, and that is exciting. So I'm starting with the easiest of them all: these colorful Mexican Chicken Bowls. These are awesome because the only cooking required happens in your rice cooker, and even the chopping is minimal, yet it's such a hearty dish full of color and texture. It's made real easy with help from a couple Campbell Soup Company products, namely Swanson® Premium Chicken and Pace® Salsa Verde. The chicken reminds me so much of my college days because I literally survived on this home-canned chicken my mom stocked us up on, and was so sad the day that it ran out. That stuff is so yummy and versatile. I paired it all with some V8 +Energy®, which rounds this out to make it a meal any mom would be proud of.

So check out the recipe at the bottom. AND shop the items in this post by scrolling over and clicking in the photo below! So many great, quick meals that can be made with these same products check out more inspo HERE. What are your go-to fast dinners??

The Quickest Mexican Chicken Bowls
Serves 4
  • 2 cups Mexican rice
  • 2 cans (9.75 oz) Swanson® Premium Chicken
  • 2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 pkg (16 oz) cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, stems removed and chopped
  • Mexican cheese
  • Pace® Salsa Verde


Cook rice according to instructions.

Combine the chicken and taco seasoning. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together the cherry tomatoes and cilantro and set aside.

Assemble bowls by filling first with rice, then dividing the remaining ingredients equally between four bowls: chicken, corn, beans, avocado slices, and the cherry tomato/cilantro mixture. Serve Mexican cheese and salsa verde on the side so that everyone can add to taste. Enjoy!

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