Apr 8

We’re so glad when Daddy comes home! — Fuji Bites

in Fuji Bites, KUTV, Multiply Goodness

This past week has been a full one.  Mr. Fuji was gone for 2 weeks on business to New Delhi, India and returned home last Thursday.  To say we were overjoyed to have him back would be an understatement.  He has been traveling consistently for work for the past 12 years of our marriage, but those 2 week trips never get any easier!

The Fujilings and Mr. Fuji

On Friday I whipped up my favorite kale salad (with my favorite lemon cilantro vinaigrette) with one of my favorite people, Chef Bryan Woolley, for Channel 2 News!  I shook things up by replacing the cherry tomatoes I originally put in the recipe with California Strawberries.  They were on sale at Harmons Grocery and I couldn’t resist.  I think I will be using strawberries in the salad from now on, because I think it’s even better that way! (You can watch the segment here.)

Kale Salad on KUTV

For Christmas we gave the Fujilings a 5 week adventure ski school at Snowbird.  Saturday was their last day.  It is sad to see it end, but I loved seeing their grins of accomplishment in how far they have progressed!  Before picking up the girls I went out on a long run.  For the past 9 months I’ve been training to run my first half marathon (all signed up for the Utah Valley Half Marathon in June!), and Saturdays are when I do my longer runs.  I had planned to run 11 miles, but only made it to 10.75 and was struggling from fatigue more than usual.  About half way through my run I had the most glorious view of the mountains, which totally gave me the pick-me-up I needed and saved me from throwing in the towel and calling Mr. Fuji to come and pick me up.  The weekend was a wonderful one, in spite of my discouraging run.  I loved getting to spend Easter weekend with family, but also getting to spend it listening to uplifting messages during the bi-annual international conference held by my church.

Easter Weekend

A few weeks ago I entered a contest on Instagram for a giveaway of a jar of homemade kimchi from one of my favorite food trucks, Cupbop.  I recently found out I won (squeeeee!!!) and went yesterday afternoon to pick up my prize.  They had a film crew from Korea there working on a documentary about their truck and I ended up getting interviewed.  It will air on May 9th in South Korea—too fun!  While I was there, I couldn’t leave without grabbing some lunch.  I love their bowl that includes rice, sweet potato noodles, vegetables, thinly sliced beef, and their homemade sauce.  They have different levels of spice and I always order a #10, the spiciest.  Soooooo good!  If you’re in the Salt Lake City area and you haven’t tried their food, get to it already!

Cupbop Food Truck

This week is Spring Break for my girls and we’ve spent the first part of the week with my father-in-law who is visiting from Memphis, Tennessee.  Yesterday morning I threw a pork shoulder in my slow cooker to make kalua pork and last night for dinner we had Hawaiian haystacks: steamed Japanese rice topped with the shredded kalua pork and a variety of toppings.  Last night’s options were shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes, pineapple pieces, sliced almonds, craisins, sliced celery, and sliced scallions.  It’s a meal that I never get sick of.  It’s easy to put together and it’s nice and fresh.

Hawaiian Haystacks

Today my April post for Multiply Goodness went up and it’s all about packing lunches for my girls.

Packing Love for Lunch

I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!  If you need a pick-me-up, take a listen to the radio show, How She Really Does It (available for anyone to listen to as a podcast).  The host of the show, Koren Motekaitis, interviews a different person in each episode about how they got to where they got, despite real life challenges.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Olga @ MangoTomato April 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm

That’s quite a fierce pose Squirrel is demonstrating in the top photo ;)


Fuji Mama (Rachael) April 11, 2015 at 10:38 pm

You know Squirrel! Little Miss Fierce herself! Haha


Fuji Nana April 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Lots of fun things going on, and I loved your Multiply Goodness post. It reminded me of making school lunches for you and your brothers, and though mine were the standard PB&J variety, I could tailor them to each of your likes and dislikes, with an occasional surprise treat thrown in. Did I know then that those lunches would be part of my basket of good memories? Maybe not. Thanks for helping me remember.


Fuji Mama (Rachael) April 11, 2015 at 10:39 pm

Those lunches are part of my own basket of good memories! You always made me raspberry or strawberry jam and butter sandwiches because I love them so much. That is still a flavor combo that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and gives me a connection to home.


Chris Jones April 8, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Fun post! Hawaiian Haystack are a family favorite, and I’m anxious to try the pork version. Do you use any kind of sauce with them?


Fuji Mama (Rachael) April 11, 2015 at 10:41 pm

No! The pork and it’s juices add so much flavor, as do the other toppings, that we’ve found a sauce to be overkill and that it also just covers up all the good flavor of the other stuff.


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