Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chinese Dumplins

These are one of my favorite foods and it seems like I crave them a lot especially when I am pregnant.  I always like to have a bag of homemade frozen ones in the freezer for quick lunches for me.  Lots of readers commented yesterday wanting a recipe so I am going to tell you what I do and if you want a specific recipe you can google recipes and you will find lots of different ones. 

I always start with a pack of ground pork.  Then add in some chopped green onions, soya sauce, sesame oil, ginger (grated or powder), garlic, and the secret ingredient brown sugar.   Mushrooms and Nappa are also very tasty in the dumplings. 

Once the mixture is put together if you want to let it sit in the bowl in the fridge for a little while so the flavours get good and mixed up you can or if you can't wait to chow down on these yummy treats you can assemble them right away. 

To assemble the dumplings I use wonton wrappers,  these can be purchased at your local grocery store and are usually found in the produce section.  Only use a small scoop of the meat mixture because you want the dumplings to close up tight so I would say about 1 tsp.  Place the meat mixture in the centre of your wrapper.  Now dip your finger tip in a little bowl of water and wet two opposite sides of the wrapper.  Now fold up like a triangle and pinch the sides up.  Make sure the dumpling is closed tightly. 

Now you can throw them in the freezer until ready to use :)  I cooked ours two ways last night.  I boiled most and did a few batches of fried ones.  For the fried ones I got a pan nice and hot over medium heat, add sesame oil and then lay 5-7 dumplings in the pan and cover for about 5 minutes.  Flip and do the same to the other side.   

To boil, which is my favorite way to enjoy them,  bring a pot of water to a rapid boil.  Add 5-7 dumplings in your pot and cook for 5 minutes or until the dumplings float to the top.  Remove from pot and put in a bowl. I like to cook my broth separately and pour the hot broth over the dumplings when we are ready to eat.  For this broth I used homemade chicken stock, green onions, ginger, and finely chopped celery. 

The kids all had to enjoy 1 boiled dumpling with a little broth before they were allowed to get a fried dumpling!  

They did a wonderful job using chop sticks which I think made eating dumplings more appealing to them :) 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mini Egg Cookies

Now that Easter is over and we all have WAY to many mini eggs laying around the house I have found the prefect way to use up these bad boys!   What better way to enjoy one of our favorite seasonal treats then in a delicious cookie.  

We have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe that we always use so why not replace the 2 cups of chocolate chips with two cups of whole mini egg goodness. 

The recipe made about 2 dozen delicious cookies that where gobbled up in less than two days.   And of course what goes great with these cookies...a big glass of milk :)

What are you waiting for??  Get to the kitchen and make some of these trust me you won't be disappointed. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Easter Prints

Happy happy March!!!  I am so excited that March is here.  Even though we still have WAY too much snow on the ground March is bringing hope that we have survived another Maritime winter.    

This was taken at the beginning of February and we have received even more snow since this picture, the play place is now almost all covered with snow.  

Now that it is March I have taken down all winter decor and started putting up spring decorations!  I even made a few new Easter prints using some of my favourite verses from the Easter story. 

If you would like to use these to decorate your house all you have to do is save them to your computer and then get them printed!!  I like to send them in online to Costco.ca  They have great prices for their prints and they print in a great photo quality which makes them super easy to store and save for years to come.  They will print best as 8X10.  Once printed I put them into frames around the house.  I love filling our house with God's Word. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Family Restaurant

Our family restaurant theme this year for LOVE day was a bot cafe...going on a robot theme after picking up some great robot decorations at Target. 

Before we sit down for a nice meal I always like to try to get some pictures of the kids!  I think I am done thinking I can get all of them to look at me and smile :)  

 This was Lady J valentines day and then in her pretty dress for our nice supper!!!  We love fun valentines glasses :)

The best one I got of them all looking and smiling.

Eben loves taking photos with mamas camera!  I think he is doing a great job learning how to take great pictures. 

Daddy came home from work and we will all dressed and ready for our special family supper.  He is so good to us he bought Lady J and I each a beautiful rose and a funny cards. 

The table was set with our love boxes

And a special valentines surprise from mama. 

This year we were smart and took our family self photo before we dug in to our meal!!!  That way everyone looked clean and fancy.  

Friday, February 13, 2015

Chocolate Cup Cakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

This month our sweet baby boy turned 1.  He is such a joy to have around bringing so much laughter and joy into our home...although you can't tell from this picture.  Like most kids when the camera comes out the smile goes away. 

Between the party hats and all his siblings going crazy around him I think he might have been a little frightened. 

For his birthday the kids wanted to have chocolate cup cakes and for me nothing goes better on chocolate cup cakes than peanut butter frosting.   This frosting recipe was the most delicious I have had so I had to share it.  I got the recipe from food network

Peanut butter frosting
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup peanut butter (I used natural crunchy)
5 Tbsp Butter
3/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup heavy cream 

Place icing sugar, peanut butter, vanilla and salt in a bowl and mix on med-low speed until creamy.  Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth. 

Happy birthday sweet boy!!! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bench Seat

I am SO excited to share with you this bench seat project.  I had no idea what I was doing but thanks to one crafty cousin I was able to pull it off.

Our living room  just recently went through a make over and we were looking to put a bench seat in this corner.  We went out looking for one and found on for 1/2 price.  We knew that it was a little longer then the corner but we thought we would just pick it up in case we didn't find anything else.  That night as we were going over all the projects we were going to do the next day to get the TV hung up I noticed on Instagram my cousin posted a picture of a seat she had done!  With in one hour I knew that I could do that to this old toy boy that my grand-dad made for me when I was a kid.  I went to the fabric store the next day and was able to make this bench and get a set of pillows for $55 :)

Because it was my first time doing anything like this I have NO pictures of the process but I will tell you it was really easy.  I started by removing the lid off the toy box.  Sprayed it with glue and stuck a 2 inch foam onto it.  I used a pair of scissors to cut the excess foam off.  Next I took this beautiful fabric and folded it around and stapled it on!!  Within 1 hour this project was complete and I could not be happier with how it turned it.

The best part is that its not only a pretty little reading corner but it also holds a beautiful train set that the kids can play with in the living room.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

dresser drawers turned to beautiful shelves

We just recently have changed up our living room to accommodate a flat screen TV.  I think there are only a few of us people left in the world who still owned a HUGE TV and cabinet to hold it in.   We got this cabinet back in 2009 off the side of the road during spring clean up week.  After after 6 years and 1 move we finally said good bye to it.

As we were putting it out to the side of the road I remembered seeing on Pinterest how to make beautiful shelves out of cupboard doors so I rescued the 2 draws and made them into beautiful shelves.  Besides holding our TV this cabinet also held the Wii stuff so I knew I wanted 1 shelve to be a place where we could put all things Wii.  I love how it turned out !!!  We ended up hanging the controllers from the straps and placing the games laying down so that our kids could read them and see which game they wanted to play.  The other shelve holds a lamp, kleenex and a few card type games that we like to play together. 

This was a very easy project that looks so beautiful.  I am glad we got to keep a piece of this beauty in our home.  

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