Have you ever made these? They are made with won ton wrappers and stuffed with meat and cabbage and seasonings ( i didn't use the cabbage though). And dipped in a sauce we used sweet and sour.
They were soo yummy BUT a pain in the booty.
I used every pan I own except one (the one that I really should throw away!)
The first batch, I did as the directions say. Fry one side then steam in water.. UMM yea they STUCK and fell apart. Not sure what I did wrong, but that batch was GONE! K said "that's why they call them pot stickers" lol cute!
2nd batch I decided to fry like the first batch then put in the oven, I like them crispy all over. (I put them on a cooling rack on a baking sheet to keep them crispy all over). That batch I burnt on the bottom because I was also making myself something to drink. 2nd batch GONE!
the rest I payed attention too and turned out great! Hubby had 3 helpings and K and I got our fill and we still have 4 or 5 left. I made steamed rice and I bought so sushi to go with them...
Have you ever made pot stickers? WHat is the secret?
I suppose I can keep doing them in the oven after browning the bottom.
They are so much work to fill and fold ect. Whew... but they are worth it.
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Time out for Theta Mom Thursday, the goal is to steal one hour a month for JUST YOU! Doing whatever you what, with whom ever and where ever you want.
This has been a busy month for me. But since My birthday was on the 12th I am going to say both the 11th AND the 12th.
on the 11th I went to lunch at this great restaurant with about 30 ladies from my sculpt class at the gym.. It was so nice to have a girls lunch kid free. Since we moved I really don't have many "hang out friends" so this is something I miss. I really enjoyed the food and fellowship of all these very sweet ladies. It lasted about 2.5 hours :)
on the 12th (my bday) Hubs let me do whatever I wanted. He took me shopping and I got to get anything I wanted and then some! We had lunch and of course dinner with the 3 of us (at the same place I went the day before with the girls because I loved it so much). So that was more than an hour it was ALL day..
So I just didn't get an hour I got several.
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What does your shadow look like? A black image often short and funny or LONG and lean that is attached to your shoes on a sunny day?
Mine isn't. My shadow is white and fluffy, big black eyes and nose and is attached to me feet :) My shadow follows me in the house and outside of the house. My shadow follows me to the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room ect. My shadow tries to attack the big bad vacuum and carpet shampooer because obviously this loud thing is attacking ME.
MY shadow is right now asleep on her back laying next to me on the couch. When I get up to get more coffee she will also get up and accompany me to the kitchen :)
In the words of my favorite Christian Study writer/leader Beth Moore. I think I'm losing my ever lovin' mind!
I went to the grocery store today in
wait for it
I got out of the car and happened to look down and BAM slippers. OH MY! I initially was EMBARRASSED, but after rationalizing it in my mind. "I am not going back home just to put shoes on". I laughed. OUT LOUD. Yes in the parking lot of the grocery store. I think I AM losing my ever lovin' mind!
I only needed a few things from the grocery store (30 to be exact-including my individual yogurts ect) so I wasn't worried about running back home for shoes. Also my slippers have rubber soles, they actually look like UGGs but they are slippers. Oh well. No one noticed, at least if they did they didn't say anything.
So I have turned into "THAT" lady, the one wearing slippers to places outside of the house. haha.. and I've lost my ever lovin' mind heehee..
If K was with me, she probably would have been mortified. The hubs would tell me to go home and get shoes, I'm sure. But it was just me and to be honest, I just didn't care that much :)
I hope you all had a good laugh today. I know I did!
This is a "new" eating disorder. Where people eat healthy. WHAT so NOW eating healthy is bad. What will be next?!?!?!
Maybe I am so defensive of this because I have almost ALL the signs of this eating disorder. If you click on the link you will see the signs. I will copy and paste them here and explain my "link" to them.
Some traits include: Spending considerable time--often 3 or more hours per day--thinking about healthful foods and planning what to eat. <-- Ok so I don't plan my food for hours, but I do plan in the morning what I am going to eat that day and put it into my "LOSE IT" app to see if I have enough fiber and protein and add what I need and take away what I need to make 30 grams of fiber, 60 grams of protein and still stay under my calories. This doesn't take hours but it takes time and planning.
Experiencing guilt, fear or self-loathing when straying from this diet.<--- Oh I do feel guilty if I go over my calories or if I eat something that is bad, outside of my normal one sweet a day. If I ate a fast food meal I would feel so sick all day!
Placing the virtue of the food above the pleasure of eating it.<--- as I mentioned before. I plan my grams of fiber and protein so yes I will eat stuff I don't want or like to get that! I may NOT want an apple for snack but if I need the fiber YEP I'm eating it. If I really enjoy what we have for dinner, I will limit to one serving even if I'm wanting more, because most likely it's a high calorie item (IE the mashed potatoes I made last night they were YUMMY but I had a bit over 1/2 a cup only)
Sacrificing relationships and once-enjoyed activities in order to eat the "right" foods.<--- this one makes me sad. I LOVE going out with friends and family and enjoying meals out. When I do,do this I limit to just about 1/2 of a salad (because the salads usually have a TON of calories in them) or eat an appetizer (1/2 of it) and a side salad and maybe one piece of bread IF THAT!. SIDE NOTE: I am happy the new health care bill will require calories to be posted, I am OCD about my calories!
Gaining self-esteem and a sense of control from eating healthy foods.<-- yes very true. I feel sad and fat when I eat bad, when I eat "right" I feel successful and happy!
Looking down on others who don't eat the same way.<-- Sadly YES. If I see people that eat fast food alot, I think of how I want to just shake them and say DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS FOOD DOES TO YOU!!! I also feel this way when I am at a restaurant and someone orders something fried and bad and alot of it and eats ALL of it.. I know it's not my life and I shouldn't judge them but, I don't think America would have an obesity problem if people ate "right" more than they ate "wrong"
Becoming socially isolated in order to follow an eating plan.<-- This goes along with the going out with friends and family one from before. I want to avoid "eating" get togethers because I can't control my calories! This is why I am so HAPPY about the new health care bill and restaurants having to post calories!! I will go out to eat more often now! I also hope people look at them as well and taylor what they normally would eat!
So do I have this eating disorder? YES.. I may be a bit of a hypochondriac with this but I do have pretty much all of the signs. Do I think I need "HELP" for this? NO.. since when does eating healthy become a problem? I eat a balanced diet, meat, fish, grains, veggies fruits, dairy ect so I DO get all the nutrients I need so I am not being malnourished so I don't think it's a problem!
As I we need something else to worry about. NOW this new "eating disorder". SO SUE me for eating healthy.. this is ridiculous!
Things are getting crazy around here. I don't know if it's the change of season or what.
Last week hubby was off all week, so we were on the go all day EVERYDAY. I have this week to 'relax' and get into my routine again. BUT only for a week.
I don't know if I've mentioned before but I am in the Air Force Reserves. I haven't done any reserve work since we moved. Trying to get picked up at a new unit, getting all the paperwork done ect. It took some time. This past weekend was my first weekend worked in 7 months!
Next week I will be doing my reserve job. I will be working at that for a few weeks. It would be this week but I have appointments and things to take care of before I can commit to going out there for some time. I will be working for around 4 weeks. It's not bad and of course I will enjoy the money!
Speaking of things I have to do...............*sigh* tomorrow and Wed or Thursday I will be shampooing carpets. Spring cleaning is in full force. I just did windows about a month ago, but I'll probably be doing them as well.
I hope everyone is enjoying their Spring. We are getting some "spring showers" today.
I am making spaghetti tonight. I make my own meat sauce. I've decided to post the recipe for my homemade sausage meat sauce. (SUPER EASY)
1 can of regular tomato sauce (I use hunts it's either a 12 or 14 oz can) 1 can of flavored diced tomatoes. any flavor you want 1-1 1/2 pds of ground meat (I use ground turkey) 1 tsp of fennel seed 1-2 tsp olive oil 2 cloves of garlic 1/4 cup of chopped onions (use more if you like more) salt and pepper to taste
I use the same pan for it all so the flavors from the meat all fuse in with the sauce.
heat the oil in a medium size pan when the oil is hot, add the ground meat and the fennel seed, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. (FYI the fennel seed turns the meat into sausage) when meat is browned drain if needed (if you use a fatty meat or too much olive oil) add the tomatoes (drained) and mix with the meat add the can of sauce and mix together heat through until it bubbles, then lower heat to a simmer and simmer covered for at least 30 minutes.
I put the sauce on top of whole wheat pasta and freshly ground some parmesan or regiano (spelling?) cheese on top.
tonight I am going to make some garlic bread and salads to with it. my quick garlic bread isn't fancy it's whole wheat bread with butter and some garlic powder on it, then I put in in the oven to toast. Then you can grind some fresh cheese over it when it comes out of the oven. Or do bread like you like it.. this is my go to bread when I don't have any crusty bread made.
That seems so old. I don't feel old. I don't feel like an 18 year old either but I'd give myself 25-28 :)
What do you think (this was taken yesterday)
Today the hubs and I are going shopping for ME :) and grab some lunch at one of my favorite places. This evening the 3 of us are going to dinner at one of my new favorite places, and then we are coming home to eat the cake that K baked and iced for me. For the first time in YEARS I don't have a chocolate birthday cake. When I gave up Chocolate for Lent I didn't even THINK about my birthday. SO we are going for the spring cake :) I'll post a pic in my next blog maybe.. I don't have one handy right now.
I often wonder if I am the only one who wonders what other people have for dinner. If we take the dog of a walk or go to the park or something, I'll walk past houses and wonder "what are they having for dinner?" I may be odd, but thought that this may be a good question for my bloggy readers.
What did you have for dinner last night?
What are you having tonight?
Since I want you to tell me I'll tell you..
Last night I made brinner (breakfast for dinner) whole wheat pancakes, turkey bacon, and a spinach fritatta.
Well, Well, Well, I turn 32 on Friday. It's not a milestone birthday, in-fact, I'm happy my birthday is coming. Who doesn't want a day to celebrate themselves? I'll admit when I turned 30, I was depressed! I cried and cried. My hubby took me out shopping, I didn't want anything but diet pills (I wasn't fat but felt that way) I took diet pills that day and never again! Ugg those little buggers made me so sick!
31 came without incident. Now it's time for 32, eh no biggie. Maybe when I turn 40 I'll have another bone crushing mid-life crisis, but for now I am perfectly fine with my age. I'm not ashamed to tell people my age. In fact I still get ID'd at times.. Not as much as I used too, and more so when K isn't with me. LOL not too many people under 21 have a 9 year old kid! HAHA...
I set some goals for myself to accomplish by my birthday this year.
1. Run a 5k
Not only can I run a 5k but I can run a 10k! My times aren't great but I can run the entire thing. I am thinking about actually entering a race!
2. To weight 123 pds. (my goal weight is 115 but I may stop at 120 it depends on how I feel when I get there)
I started getting serious about my weight after Christmas. Let's face it, it's not a good idea to start a weight loss program until after the holiday's anyway.
My starting weight was 137 around the beginning of November. I started trying to eat better around then. When I started recording everything I was 134.
So did I make my goal to be 123 on my birthday? I'm afraid not.. I am 125.4 this morning. So at best I will be in the 124 range. Not bad! I am perfectly happy with this weight! I have gotten compliments at the gym, hubby has definitely noticed (that's the one I love the best). I am wearing size 5's again, (some are a bit snug and I have a bit of a muffin top, but I'm getting there).
So I may not have made my weight goat of 123 but 124 is only a pound off and I am perfectly happy with that. Now eating healthy and working out is a lifestyle. So I am not on a diet this is just my life.
So, come Friday, I'll be a 32 year old, wife and mother of 1, and a pretty fit one too boot. Even K tells me I'm "skinny", when it comes from a kid it's great!
Although I'm not done, I'm only 5'1" so if my numbers seem "small" to you, take that into consideration. If you go online it says my weight should be 105 NO WAY!!! I'd be a skeleton! SO I don't want to go below 115.
Stereo types out the window I am announcing to the whole bloggy world (those few that read LOL) I am 32 years old and weight 125 pounds!!! ( come friday ) lol..
This is the first time I've ever lived on base. When I first went into the military when I was 18, I was married (my first hubby) and never lived in the dorms. YEARS later, after getting out, re-marrying, having an awesome kid, this is my first experience living on base.
I never understood how people even wanted to live on base. The houses seem small, there are so many rules, the noise is crazy and at time almost unbearable. The speed limit blah, blah.
I absolutely LOVE living on base! It is so safe, there isn't much we need to even go off base for. We have a grocery store, gas station, the BX, 2 gyms, library, churches, movie theatre, bowling alley (under construction), hospital with 24 hour urgent care, fire station, parks and golf course ect. The only thing I NEED to go off base for is the dog groomer. They even have a vet on base, I don't use it though.
K loves the exclusivity of living on the base. Since you need an ID to get on not everyone can come on base. It makes her feel "special" she loves it.
I love that she can go to the park, or go out and play and I don't have to worry about her being kidnapped or anything like that. She has more friends here than she ever did in our "high end subdivision" we lived in at our last assignment. We may live in a duplex but we have 4 bedrooms, and 2 full bathrooms for the 3 of us that is more than enough. There seems to be a closeness with living in duplexes and we don't have a shortage of yard either. Our dog gets plenty of running around time.
As I am typing this the "sound of freedom" is ringing over head, and at times it's so loud is shakes our house and we have to pause the TV and things like that. But it's something that you can overlook for security of knowing your baby is outside playing and you aren't worried about someone trying to steal her. We took the dog for a walk and ended up at the park yesterday. There were families outside just chit chatting, we stopped and talked on the way. A lady even had a treat for the dog. She said she doesn't have a dog, but keeps them for people walking their dogs.
I'm sure eventually we will live off base again. Face it no one wants to live in a duplex too long and when you have kids and a dog, you tend to worry about noise.
BTW... next time you are at the park with your kids.. just TRY the monkey bars.. WOW what a workout.. I used to be a pro at them when I was a kiddo... I felt it in my arms this morning :) good stuff...
It's TGIF and I am officially claiming today as "Lazy Day". I think we all need one of these from time to time. Care to join me? If not that's fine, continue to be a productive member of society, see if I care... :)
My normal Friday routine is: Get K off to school Daily quite time Breakfast/coffee/check email if I have time shower and at the gym by 7:45ish Spin class Sculpt class Yoga class Errands if I have any home/shower/lunch housework if any needs done catch up on my morning talk shows and "real housewives" (my guilty pleasure) K home-snack ect............
I have done everything up until the gym. I have decided to get back in bed, read some blogs, charge my IPOD, drink more coffee, watch Good Morning America.. and write this blog.
I think from time to time we need a day of "lazy" to recharge our batteries. My birthday is next Friday (32). Don't we get a whole week for our birthday's? Mine starts today :)
Eventually I'll move from the bed and shower and get dresses. Move to the couch for more laying around to watch TV. I do have real housewives of OC and NY to watch.. YAY and all before K gets home.. not appropriate for her to see. OH that reminds me. K is 9, there are some PG-13 movies she can see. We watched "Year One" Monday when she was home sick. OH EM GEE.... I wish someone would have warned me about this movie!!!!!! I didn't want to make a big deal out of the "unsavory" parts I just said "this is boring and fast forwarded it". She didn't like that and wanted to see it. By the way if you have seen this movie you will know what I'm talking about.. She asked "what are they cutting off".. I was like "I don't know, I think their fingers." UGGGGGGGGG....... I redeemed myself by watching "Balto" after. What a cute movie, which we followed up by internet research on the real story.
If you are on board with "Lazy Day" ENJOY... if not continue to be productive.. it's ok :)
K has been buying school lunch for a few months. Partly because she likes it and partly because I got too "lazy" to make her lunch every morning.
I've been paying attention lately and ate lunch with her last week at school. The food is CRAP! What I had when I ate there was Pizza dippers (these little dough things with cheese inside and pizza sauce to dip it in) and french fries and a fruit cup. WTW?! pizza dippers AND french fries? This is a typical lunch for her. They offer veggies but the kids choose what they want.. AS IF she's going to choose veggies.
So, after much thought and discussing my decision with her. I decided to start making her lunch again. I am going to try to be a bit creative with it, so it doesn't get boring. We all know when you take your lunch you get in a rut of the same thing daily. Although she wasn't too happy about taking her lunch today, she will be since I put her current favorite food item (go-gurt) in her lunch. I froze it to thaw (just like the commercial) LOL...
Michelle Obama is so worried about America's kids and obesity. She should REALLY take a look at school lunches and breakfasts for that matter. If kids are eating donuts for breakfast and french fries and pizza dippers and milk for lunch and then snacks ect.. of COURSE they are going to be over weight. K is super active so we don't worry about weight, but since we live such a healthy lifestyle it's not something we worry about as a family either.
On another note. I have added my "tweets" to my blog. I love this thing. Too cute. Now all of you can see what I tweet and I tweet often. Also I tweet other bloggers and giveaways I enter ect. If you have twitter, go ahead and follow me and I'll follow you.
I hope everyone has a good weekend planned. The weather here is supposed to be awesome :) I am so ready for Spring!
*this is not a sponsored blog. "go-gurt" did not pay me nor ask me to review their product. This is simply my opinion.
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I know they say "deaths happen in 3's", but health problems do they as well?
I hope not, I don't want to know what's next.
My mom texted me this morning and told me my Aunt (her sister) was in the hospital with a brain hemorrhage. As the day went on. It was a blood vessel behind her eye from High Blood Pressure. She went into surgery and they sealed it and they are keeping her a few days to keep an eye on things. Thank GOD it was fixable.
As some of you know, my dad was hospitalized last weekend. He is doing great as well.
I don't want to know who is next. Please no more.
On another note, schools were closed today for snow. Although it looked bad this morning, it's all melted and slushy now. I took K with me to the gym and to the grocery store. She didn't enjoy the gym much but she said she wanted to go :)
I bought Mango's at the grocery store today YUMMY... I came home and made a spinach and mango salad for lunch.
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Mine started out normal. Saturday was pretty uneventful.
Sunday is a different story. I didn't check my phone for messages until early afternoon when I was about to go for my long run. I had a text from my mom telling me that my dad passed out Saturday night and they couldn't wake him and had to call 911 and take him to the ER. WTW? I called her. Come to find out his Bloop Pressure was really low like 98/23 or something. And his minerals like sodium and potassium were really low. They took blood work and everything and sent him home late yesterday. He is feeling ok now. He has to go to his Doctor later this week. We are not sure really what it is.. any and all prayers are welcome. Thanks :)
Then last night K starts SPEWING... She has the stomach flu. I think she is starting to feel better. I made her some chicken noodle soup this morning (I'm so happy we roasted a chicken for dinner last night the soup was fast!) and she will eat on that all day. She isn't running a fever so I'm not sure what the deal is there. she will probably be back in school tomorrow. SO much for perfect attendance LOL...
No gym for me today, but maybe I can steal some time away to run on my treadmill or I'll go for a run when hubby comes home.
Another thing I don't understand is HOW can I weight one this yesterday and then be 4 pounds LIGHTER today... I didn't record my weight today because I know I'll go back up.. BUT I did like that number on the scale today... 123.4 LOOKS SO NICE!!!!! lol
Anyhoo, Happy Monday all.. I'm off to scrub K's bathroom.
Hi, my name is Angela and I am a stay-at-home mother/homemaker. I just recently became this. I was working for the Air Force until we recently moved. I have decided to start blogging in some of my spare time. I love to write. I post what is on my mind. Sort of a thinking out loud on the computer. I am a mom/wife/sister/daughter/friend/cook/housekeeper/hairdresser/chauffeur/personal shopper/nurse/caretakers/gardener/teacher/lover of Jesus/and a normal girl who sometimes has too much to say and no one to say it too.