Pot Sticker Dumplings – encore

Here is one my most viewed recipes. I am reposting as an encore and an update.

Chinese dumplings are something I’ve been wanting to make for over a year. I had a recipe torn from the February 2010 issue of Family Fun magazine. That same issue also had a recipe from Nancy McDermott for scallion pancakes. I was inspired to order Nancy’s cookbook called “Quick & Easy Chinese” because of those scallion pancakes. This weekend I finally got around to making Chinese dumplings but I used the recipe from the cookbook instead. I was hoping that I could get the whole family involved in the folding of the dumplings but they ended up getting wrapped up watching a movie so I ended up making them on my own. It was fun but a little time consuming. Save this recipe for a day when you’ve got about 90 minutes available to prepare your dinner. Read more…

Quinoa Patties

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I’ve started an exercise regime called Focus T25 this past week. I’m blaming peer pressure on this one because nearly everyone in my department at work is doing the same program. So far I am amazed with the results. It’s a tough 25 minutes each morning but it’s only 25 minutes so it’s over quickly. I’m told that this week I’ll feel like the workouts are easier and I’m definitely looking forward to that. I’m not aiming to lose weight but rather to get strong. That’s one of my core desired feelings.

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Four of My Favorite Things

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One of my best methods in getting my kids to change their attitudes about trying new foods is to talk about my favorite things. Because I try new things all the time I make it a point to emphasize when I try something that becomes a new favorite. It works with more than just food too. I declare a glass mug as my favorite mug and the kids are soon fighting over who gets to use it next. Here a four things that are making my heart sing lately. Read more…

Vegetable Lo Mein

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There is a little bit of a story about the first time I made this for my family. Let’s first take into account that I’ve been writing this blog for nearly 4 years and that I am very proud of the change in attitude with my family about trying new foods. The night that I first served this lo mein to my family and specifically my daughter was one that will go down in history as the “Lo Mein incident”. My daughter does not want me to share all the details so I will spare you from them. Basically she had a full blown tantrum about the fact that the shredded carrots were stuck to the noodles and that we would not allow her to eat with her hands so she could strip the noodles of the offending carrots.

In the world of dealing with picky kids it’s one step forward, two steps back at times. Read more…

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies

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It was auction day at my office last Friday. This year I didn’t donate the cookie-of-the-month club like I usually do. Instead I bid on and won a dessert-of-the-month for 6 months from my friend, Abby. Abby baked these AMAZING brownies for the winner to take home. The thing is that this recipe is something I would never have decided to try even though they look delicious. That’s the beauty of having Abby bake for me for the next five months. I’ll be able to share a new recipe with all of you but I won’t need to do the work. Read more…

Sparkling Cranberries Edible Centerpiece

I am reposting this recipe because I think it is such a great addition to a holiday meal. Thanksgiving is two weeks from tomorrow and I would encourage you to try this recipe out. A friend from work made this last year and she raves about them. This recipe gives you a deliciously beautiful centerpiece for holiday dinner. Two years ago my family all tried these cranberries but I was the one who ate most of them. I find them totally addictive because they are sweet but tart. I…COULD… NOT… STOP. Admittedly my teeth hurt the next day but I didn’t regret it. Read more…

A Gift Basket of Booze

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Here is a gift basket that will appeal to the adults who are interested in trying out some new liquor. It’s perfect for a 21st birthday or even someone more mature. A friend at work suggested this set up and it worked out better than I expected. Here are some basic instructions to make a Boozy Gift Basket of your own. Read more…


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