Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I also visited Sherwin Williams today to grab more paint cards. I've decided, after talking to friends, that I am going to spend a little more to get better quality paint. My husband, God love him, said, "Didn't we already choose colors for the wall?" He is so patient with my obsessions...
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
1.5 pounds of ground pork (more or less, to preference)
half head of medium cabbage (more or less, to preference)
1/2 bag or 1 cup of shredded or matchstick carrots (more or less, to preference)
2 packages of egg roll wrappers, or lumpia wrappers
1 cup of canola oil, for frying
Optional ingredients: minced garlic, soy sauce, onions, red cabbage (for color), cooked shrimp, ground or shredded beef or chicken
1) Chop one half head of a medium sized cabbage. This should make about 3 cups of chopped cabbage. Set aside.
2) Brown pork in skillet. Drain excess fat. Add the cabbage and the shredded or matchstick carrots to skillet and heat until the cabbage and carrots are soft (but not mushy). Place mixture in a big bowl and place on work table. 3) Fill a small bowl with water to help close the wrappers.
4) Place a wrapper onto a plate, arranged like a diamond.
Place about 1.5 tablespoons of the mixture into the center. Dip your fingers in your water bowl, and smooth water onto the sides and top of your wrapper.
5) Fold up the bottom. 6) Fold in the sides, so it looks like an envelope. 7) Then roll the lumpia up, towards the top of the wrapper. This picture shows the top folded down, just like an envelope. However, if you roll them, as written in my instructions, they will look like rolls. 8) Place the rolls on a plate. I used a baking dish because the sides help keep all of the rolls I made from falling off.
9) Pour oil into a small skillet and heat to 350 degrees (I used a thermometer). Fry each side of each lumpia for about a minute - each side should be a golden brown.
10) Place cooked lumpia on top of paper towels to soak up excess oil. I used a plate today, but I think using cookie racks would have done a swell job.
11) Hide some for yourself, or they will be all gone before your last batch is cooked.12) Enjoy!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
The rain continued this morning, through early afternoon. I was hoping that it would stop in time for me to take the dogs out, before I had to go food shopping. No such luck. After another cold and windy stroll around the block with the dogs, I geared myself up for the grocery store. In my haste, I left my umbrella at home. Also, I did not have the hood attached to my jacket. Ugh. I waited for a parking space close to the front of the store, and I ran in.
I took my time shopping, not in any hurry to get back out into the cold, wet weather. Imagine my happiness when I realized that the rain had ceased and the sun was peeking out of the clouds.
I took this picture as soon as I finished loading my car. To me, it represents a silver lining.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I can't wait until next week, when the weatherman promises the sun will come out again. I do hope Mr. Weatherman is right...
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Anyhow, when I was a young girl, my favorite days of the week during the school year were Fridays - Art Day. Out came the scissors. glue, construction paper, and coloring tools (markers, colored pencils, and crayons). My teacher for that year would give my classmates and I instructions on how to make Stained Glass Butterflies, Wishing Wells from clothespins and baby bottles, and Construction Paper Baskets. Some of my favorite projects used brad fasteners, which allowed the attached parts to move. Out of all the Fridays, the ones during or before holidays were the best. We always had a party, which meant popcorn and candy and soda - what more could a school girl want before a school vacation?
Today, which happened to be a Friday, my children colored, cut out, and put together a Leprechaun.