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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Recipe: Asian Pot Roast

Ingredients:                                 Instructions:

  •  1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  •  2 Tbs all purpose flour
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
Rinse roast and pat dry.
Sprinkle with Sea Salt, Pepper, Minced Garlic, Sage, Thyme, Rosemary,
Marjoram, and Nutmeg.
Rub spices into beef.
Sprinkle all purpose flour on the beef. 

Heat on med-high the olive oil and seer all sides of the beef. 











2 medium yellow onions chopped in large pieces                       Add onion next to beef in remaining 
1 cup mushrooms chopped                                                          oil and stir fry until softened. Add 
1 cup carrots large pieces or baby carrots                                    mushroom, carrots, baby carrots, and
1 red potato skin removed and cubed                                           red potatoes. Stir to coat with oil. 
2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley                                                         Sprinkle parsley over the vegetables.

2 Tbs ground cumin                                                                   Sprinkle cumin, coriander, and cayenne 
1 Tbs ground coriander                                                              over vegetables and stir to combine  
1 tsp cayenne powder                                                                 spices with vegetables. 

1 Juice of Lime                                                                           Add Lime over vegetables.

2 C chicken Broth                                                                       Add Chicken Broth, Rotel, and 
1 (10 oz) can Rotel tomatoes and green chiles                           coconut milk . Stir to combine liquids 
1 (14 ounces) can coconut milk                                                  with vegetables.


Cover with lid and simmer on stovetop on low for 4 hours stirring frequently. 
OR
Slow Cook in crockpot on low for 6-7 hours.                                                   


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Recipes: CHICKEN POT PIE

THIS RECIPE MAKES 2 WHOLE PIES.  The recipe originally came from a good friend of mine RuthAnn.  I changed just a couple of things to make it the way I like it.  It is a big hit every time I make it.  Thanks RuthAnn!!


Ingredients

1.5 lb Chicken boneless skinless
1/2 stick butter salted
paprika
lemon pepper

1 Can (29 oz) Veg All Original
1 Can (10 3/4 oz) Cream of Chicken Condensed Soup
1 Can (10 3/4 oz) Cream of Celery Condensed Soup
8 oz Veletta Cheese  cut in 1/2 ounce cubes
1Cup Milk Nonfat
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper

2 Sets Regular Pie Crust (found usually in the frozen section)

Directions

Melt butter in a glass baking dish in the microwave
Lay chicken in butter and the flip to coat
Generously sprinkle paprika and lemon pepper on the chicken
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 min
Remove from oven and turn over.
Coat generously the chicken with paprika and lemon pepper
Return chicken to the oven for 20 minutes
Remove and cut chicken in slices removing any fatty segments.


In a separate glass bowl
Combing Cream of Chicken, Cream of Celery, Velvetta Cheese and 1/2 cup milk
Heat in microwave on high for 10 minutes stiring every 2 minutes until all the cheese is melted
Add the other half cup milk and Veg All Original and pepper
Heat 3-5 minutes again stirring every 2 minutes.

Combine cut chicken to the above mixture.
Divide mixture between 2 pie crusts
Cover each pie with the matching pie tops.
Pinch ends to seal the pie.
Cut slits in pie top to allow heat to escape.
Cover edges with foil
Bake at 380 for 40 minutes until pie crust is cooked and bubbling through slits.
Remove from oven , remove foil edges and allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving .
Enjoy!!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Recipes: Spicy Oatmeal Pancake (Thaliput) with Coconut Chutney and Moong Bean Salad (Cosombrie)

Spicy Oatmeal Pancakes
(THALIPUT)

1 cup of oatmeal/ ground to fine flour
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoons cumin seed
4 oz nonfat plain yogurt
2/3 cups of water +add 1/4 cup water in increments until batter is like pancake batter
1/4 C onion fine chopped  (I like white onion)
1/4 C coriander fine chopped
1/4 C carrot grated
 you can add any other veggies you want try broccoli, peas, cauliflower, bell peppers  etc.

Combine items 1-6
Fold in items 7-10
Cook on griddle like pancakes
Use corn oil, coconut oil or butter to season the pan and fry the edges like they would do at the Waffle House or use olive oil spray if you are on a diet.

Coconut Chutney

1 cup coconut fresh unsweet
2-4 chili Serrano or Jalapeño ( I like Serranos)  Roasted on pan with 1/4 Tbs olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cups coriander fresh
2 Tbs fresh lemon
 1/4 C water
Optional - add 1/4 C dry Channa Dahl






Combine all ingredients in a chopper or blender and blend until desired consistency is reached.



Moong Bean (Cosombrie) Salad

1/4 cups Moong Dahl soaked till soft (3-4 hours)
1/4 cups fresh coriander
1 chopped cucumber
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 fresh squeezed lemon

Combine all ingredient 1-3  and add 4-5 just before serving.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Gavin Tale Twister #45: He Touched My Feelings!

Getting in the car after piano lessons my boys started fighting About who was going to get to ride shotgun. This initial fight ended up in a "Gavin win". Gavin got to sit in the front seat but only after being pushed around a little by his brother . Then in the car ,what started out as a little nit picking here and there turned into a bunch of name-calling and ended up in an all out punch by Gavin.  I was watching both boys out of the corner of my eye so I know Gavin threw the first and only punch. NOw getting him to admit that he did it was going to be difficult.  Gavin was sitting in the front seat so I don't know how he got his arm all the way back there to Sammy.  It was quite impressive like in Iron Man when Obadia was about to kill Pepper (Tony Stark alias Iron Man's love interest) and out of no where Iron Man appeared of course leading with an all out punch... yea just like that Gavin threw a punch that he meant to hurt.

I have a house rule that goes something like this "sticks and stones break your bones but names will never hurt you".... sound familiar?  I encourage the boys to try and discuss problems instead of resorting to name calling or physical contact so I was very irritated by now so I screamed "You boys are driving me crazy!  I cannot drive with you two fighting like this!  I told you a million times not to touch one another!  Both of you are on restriction Friday from XBox!"

Sammy immediately wants to know why he's on restriction when he's the one that got punched. My response..."Because you're the older brother and in my opinion from the very beginning when your brother wanted to sit in the front seat, you should have just said OK!    Instead,  you pushed him into the mirror first and then said it's fine you sit in front.  You probably said that because you felt bad that you pushed him.

"Yeah mom but once we got in the car, I didn't touch him You're always telling us not to touch each other. I didn't touch him, I was just calling him names. Then he got mad and he punched me.  Now I'm the one getting punished because of his bad behavior.   I should not be punished.  I let him sit in the front...he punches me and I am on restriction."

I look over at Gavin who had the 'I have been pushed to my limits' look on his face.  "Well Gavin what do you have to say for yourself?  "Mom, Sammy started the whole thing initially not letting me sit in the front seat and then he pushed me."
Yes, now you got what you wanted. Why are you touching your brother when you know you guys should not touch each other.
But I didn't touch him first he touched me ...remember. Gavin I am pretty sure sure you touched him first in the car. I saw you punch him from the front seat all the way back to his stomach.
"Gavin, did he really touch you first?"
"Yes!" Gavin vehemently responds.
"No I did not" defends Sammy.
"He did mom!" says Gavin.

Sammy yelling now at Gavin... "How can you say that Gavin. I did not touch you and you punched me and now I am going to be punished because of it!"

I cut in "Gavin(long pause) tell the truth!  Did he or did he not touch you first in the car?"
Gavin's eyes shifted from side to side.  His bottom lip and chin quivered...after a short pause Gavin's  arms now folded with tears running down his face, he responds...
"Well ...well... well....HE HE HE TOUCHED MY FEELINGS !"
My irritated face suddenly softened as I realized that this fight between brothers will always be something I remember...I started to giggle.  I stopped fussing and said....
"That is pretty clever Gavin...Good enough! You're both OFF restriction!"

Game Review by Sammy: Battlefield 4


 Battlefield 4 came out last week. This is one of EA’s best selling games and after playing it, I know why. I was amazed! The graphics on Battlefield 4 are extraordinary! The gameplay is also much better than that of Battlefield 3. The game has much better mechanics and the new guns that they added make the game feel smoother and more realistic. The system for ranking up is similar to that of Battlefield 3.  If you liked Battlefield 3, you will love Battlefield 4!


Friday, January 18, 2013

Home Owners Insurance

What should your home owners insurance cover?  That is up to you but your policy should meet these minimums. For more detailed information on understanding home owners insurance policies , I found the following website extremely helpful www.insurance.com
All policies have these coverages included but to what extent... how much do you need? 
  1. Coverage A- Dwelling
  2. Coverage B- Other Structures on Your Property
  3. Coverage C- Personal Property/Contents
  4. Coverage D- Loss of Use
  5. Coverage E- Personal Liability Protection
  6. Coverage F- Medical Payments
What does that cover?? 
Coverage A - Dwelling:  The coverage should be enough to cover the cost of rebuilding your home in the event of a complete loss.
                                    Replacement Coverage vs Actual Cash Value
The replacement cost of your home is how much it would cost to replace your home and its contents with new materials at current prices in the event of a loss.  Actual cash value (ACV) is the value of your property at the time of a loss.  ACV may be determined as the replacement cost minus depreciation. You want replacement cost !! No exceptions! You want what it would cost for you to put your house back brand new and no less.  

Coverage B - Other Structures:  This is the portion of your home insurance policy that covers the cost of rebuilding/repairing the additional structures on your property other than your home. This includes detached garages, sheds, and other detached buildings, walk ways and patios. Typically, a standard home insurance policy will provide 10% of the total dwelling coverage as coverage for additional structures.

Coverage C - Personal Property:  Typically a home insurance policy will provide 50%-70% of your dwelling coverage towards contents/personal belonging coverage. However, you might decide to purchase more depending on the value of the personal belongings in your home. Again you want full replacement coverage! You want what it would cost to go out and replace that item at today's price.  No exceptions!


Coverage D - Loss of Use:  Loss of use coverage reimburses you for hotel, restaurant and other living expenses you may incur as a result of your home being uninhabitable. The purpose of this coverage is to help you maintain your standard of living in the event of a disaster.Most standard home insurance policies will provide coverage up to 20% of the dwelling coverage. You are entitled to be displaced to a location that is equal to that which you are living....not the extended stay up the street or the apartment 1/4 the size you are used to. 

Coverage E - Personal Liability:  This is the section of a standard home insurance policy that protects you or covered family members against lawsuits. This type of insurance coverage would protect you in the various examples of situations where a lawsuit is presented like your mail man falling on your porch.  
Standard home insurance policies will typically include a minimum of $100,000 for each liability claim occurrence.
Coverage F - Medical Payments:  commonly referred to as MedPay, is the section of a standard home insurance policy that will cover medical costs in the event that someone is injured on your property and does not want to sue you. When someone is injured on your property and does not want to sue you for the damages, you can use MedPay to help cover medical costs. MedPay would cover injuries sustained on your property when a lawsuit is not present.Typical MedPay coverage will cover $1,000 per injured person.







Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gavin Tale Twister # 44: What About Filipe the Flower!

Felipe The Flower

This last weekend, we squeezed the dreaded piano lesson in.  We usually have it mid week but missed for some reason or another so had to make up on the weekend. While at the lesson, Gavin and I sat in the garden room while Sam took his 30 minute turn.  On the brick wall behind where Gavin and I sat hung a very large portrait of Edward Eikner, our wonderful piano instructor. It was a painting done by a well known artist inGA named PENLEY whose style is strong brush strokes with bold colors  that exhibits vivid imagery.  It was such a large canvas that up close,  all you could see would be large strokes of paint resembling what looked like someone was trying to ice a cake on canvas.  From afar though, the full image of Edwards head was a truly a piece of art.
We sat in a small wicker love seat barely enough space for the two us.  We faced toward each other so we could talk without disturbing the ongoing lesson in the other room.   I brought out the Boy Scout Handbook because I thought today Gavin and I could sit and cover some of his Scouting home work so we would not have to do it at home.  This is part of trying to be the "Efficient Mom".  We started in the book and as 5 minutes passed Gavin started to fidget.  His hands were on the table touching everything, touching the large red glass diamond that is supposed to be more like a paper weight, touching the flowering cactus because "it did not look real said Gavin", even touching me...I finally stopped suddenly and said abruptly "stop touching everything and lets read this Boy Scout stuff together".
Up until now Gavin was yawning.  His eyes widened and his hands quickly retracted to his chest like a robot receiving his command and obeying his master.  I continued to read aloud. Gavin's arms slowly reached up in the air trying not to reach to the table of stuff in front of him. Gavin's eyes slowly wandered up above his head and over to his right, over to the brick wall where the oil portrait lived.  Interrupting me Gavin asked as he pointed to the PENLEY signature "What does that say?"
I sighed and responded "It says Penley."
"What does that mean?"
Haaaaaaaa! I sighed again. Not wanting to be the mom that fusses 24/7, I answered. "It is the artist signature. That is the person who did the art work."
I went on to  explain Penley's local roots and style of painting to Gavin when he reached up and put his hand on a clump of dried paint as if he were going to pick it off like a scab!   I WAS MORTIFIED!!!!!!
We were being quiet up until now when I wanted to yell but I didn't.  I raised my hand which in the book of mommy sign language delivers, quite effectively I might add, the you will get a spanking if you continue message with out saying a single word.  My brows were furrowed, my lips flattened but pursed and my nose was squinched up so tight that one might think I resembled the Grinch when he is disgusted by Christmas.
Gavin even more quickly this time retracted his hand and held both fists close to his chest.  He knew by my mommy sign that he was doing something very very bad!
"What? What?" he asked.
"Gavin, I NEVER EVER want to see your hands on any art work ever again, especially a painting!"  "But Why Mommy?"
 Because it is art!  The oils on your fingers will transfer to the painting and ruin it over time and how am I to explain the clump of paint missing from the portrait if you had picked it off!  Do you know how expensive art is!  It is something people cherish in their homes and they don't want their art damaged by other people!"
I changed my tone and continued "Please don't do that again!"
I could see Gavin's face turning from being scared he was doing something wrong to being mad about something else.  His arms went from up at his chest to folded across his body. His posture went form straight upright to leaning back like he had this one all wrapped up. His head  was now tilted back and cocked to the side.  Now his lips pursed and his head nodded in disgusted at me!
Gavin's response was classic Gavin!
"Really Mom!... Well what about Felipe the Flower?"
There was a long pause waiting for my response.
Gavin then continued:  "What about Poopy the Platypus?  Huh? Auhhh! What about Zingof, Fogniz and The Kevin?"
I looked at him confused "What?"
"You know MOM!!!  Felipe?....Oh and then there is Gogizeenie, Gagazieenie and Googizeer too Mom!" All this was said with an accusatory tone.   Like I am guilty of something.  Like I have a double standard. Gavin can't do it but Mommy can  kind  of thing.
My eyes shifted back and fourth trying to think of a response that would defend  my actions.  "I am not sure I know what you are talking about Gavin!"
Again in accusing tone.. ."Mom ...my art work?... at home Mom?
I paused trying to recollect the memory of his artwork.
"The ones I wanted to make 100 copies of for people to buy and you wouldn't let me."
Now it was all coming back. I began to smile and giggle. That would be the I am caught guilty giggle.
Poopy The Platypus
Gogizeenie, Gagizeenie, & Googizeer
The Kevin, Zingof & Fogniz

Gavin continued to scold me... "Every time I show them to you, your hands are all over them and then you just stack 'em up and (slight pause) .....sometimes I find some of my art in the trash."  "MOM??!!!"

My eyes shifted side to side.  I am guilty! He is right! I do do that!
"Gavin" I said, "I am so sorry! I did not realize how important those pieces of art were to you!"  Of course I am giggling the hole time. "I will cherish your art and be more respectful to your stuff and I am sorry!"
In his very sweet 9 year old voice Gavin replies "It's OK Mommy!"
I laughed about what just happened. Sammy is now finished with his lesson and it is Gavin's turn. Off he skips with the "I won smile" on his face.
Hey!!! How did he just turn that whole thing around on me!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Did You Know: Happy Diwali!




Diwali

The word "Diwali" is a contraction of "Deepavali", originating from the Sanskrit word Dīpāvalī. Translated it means "Row of Lights". Hence the Diwali Festival is also called the "Festival of Lights". Diwali is the name for the festival in North-India. In South-India the festival is called "Deepavali".

What is Diwali Celebration

Diwali celebrates to victory of the Good over the Evil and Light over Darkness. Is has a major religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains alike - not only in India, but also for Indians living abroad.
In the western (gregorian) calendar, Diwali falls on a day in October or November every year - just after the monsoon season in India. The celebration in festival form lasts a full 5 days. The exact date of Diwali varies and is being calculated based on the Hindu Luni-Solar calendar (according to the positions of the Sun and the Moon). The day of Diwali falls on Ashvina Amavasya (the lunar day of new moon) on 15 Ashvin (Hindu month). This date also marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year, and many businesses in India starting a new accounting year on the Diwali holiday.
In India, not much gets done because absolutely everyone is celebrating Diwali.
Happy Diwali!!! 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

How Cool Is This: Try This In The Sand At The Beach



Next time you go to the beach remember to pack some foam cushions, a table cloth, luminaries with candles and tiki torches. This looks like it would be so fun to do at the beach! I found this picture on one of the Pinterest Boards but don't know where it originated from. I knew everyone would love this idea so I decided to post it for you to see. I can't wait to try it out.

Gavin's Tale Twister #42: Be The Bigger Man Gavin!

Big brother Sam is twelve. That is three and a half years older than sweet baby Gavin. Since the day Gavin was born, Sam has been constantly picking on his little brother. It all started with an innocent "let me toss my big metal Tonka Truck into Gavin's crib(when he is 3 months old) for him to play with" and "oops it bonked him on the head and made him cry. Hey let me see what else I can do to him." This one act led into many incidences over the last eight years.
In Gavin's defense, the poor child has had to build up a repertoire of insults for Sam to combat his constant heckling. Finally, after eight years of abuse, Gavin has taken about all he could handle. Gavin has finally got enough size on him to compete physically. Now Gavin has great GROSS MOTOR SKILL but no fine. You can only imagine what that must look like.

What does a parent do with brothers that wake up in the morning and start their day insulting each other which ultimately winds up with shoving, yelling, crying and tattling. We have tried putting them in their room, taking away their computer, talking to them and then now we are yelling at them. By the way that does nothing but contribute to the violence and make everything louder.


Finally one day Canadian Man Bill said to Gavin "Just say Thank You Sam, May I have Another?".
"I tried but that doesn't work. Sammy keeps saying stuff like your face is so ugly, it's scaring all the little kids."
"Just take the high road Gavin. Be the bigger man!"
What does that mean Gavin asked. Bill immediately hollered "Uuuusshhh! How what does be the bigger man mean?"
As I was pondering the answer saying "well....."
Gavin blurts out " you mean like Ghandi dad?"
Bill looks to Gavin and says "that is exactly what I mean!!!"
Later Bill says to me in a somewhat accusatory tone " Who told Gavin about Ghandi and how would he know what kind of person Ghandi was?"
Now why would he suspect me....just because I have some Indian blood in me doesn't mean I'm talking all about the home country all the time. Ha! I'd say that was profiling going on right here in my own home. Good thing he's my baby's daddy!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

RECIPES: STIR- FRY SPINACH ORZO PASTA SALAD

Need to get your spinach in? Here is how!
Make the Spinach Stir-Fry and eat it by itself or combine the stir-fry with Orzo pasta and fresh salad ingredients to make a fantastic pasta salad that your friends will rave about.

Spinach Stir-Fry:
1 bag (6 oz) washed ready to use fresh
spinach (chopped in strips) set aside
1Tbs Olive Oil
1 Clove crushed garlic
1/8 C. red onion chopped small
1 pint grape tomato cut in halves
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper
Pasta:
1 cup Orzo (about 2.5 cups cooked)

Fresh Salad Mix:
1 6-inch piece of celery chopped in small pieces
1 green onion cut in slivers
2 Tbs fresh dill chopped fine
2 Tbs favorite Italian dressing
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions:
Spinach Stir-Fry:
Heat oil on medium high. Add garlic saute for 30 sec.
add red onion and saute for 90 sec
Add cut tomatoes and seer each side stirring frequently ( about 3 min)
Add cut spinach saute until spinach just wilts.
Add sea salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, and cracked pepper. Stir and remove from heat and set aside.

Pasta:
Cook Orzo pasta al dente (about 6 minutes) in boiling water with 1tsp salt and 1/2 tsp olive oil.
Drain and rinse with cold water and set aside.

Salad Mix:
Combine celery, green onion, dill, Italian dressing, pine nuts, and feta. Set aside.

Combine Spinach Stir-Fry with Orzo pasta. Toss in the fresh salad mix ingredients.
Refrigerate and Serve when you are ready to eat.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Baseball Problem Solved #4: Making Contact With the Ball, Here's The Drill





Listen up League Moms! If you want to help your little baseball/softball player make contact with the ball, here is a little game/drill for you to practice in the back yard.







1. Have your child stand over a make believe home plate with bat in hand and ready to receive the next pitch. Take a bucket of balls and mark each ball with quarter size colored permanent marker in 2 or 3 spots. Each ball should have a different color on it.
2. Pitch to your child having them just ready to hit but not actually swing...just watch the ball as it comes by.
3. They are to identify the color on each ball as it passes over the plate, holler out the color and confirm correct as it is caught by Dad.
4. Do not hide any part of the ball as you pitch and as it is being caught. The point of this game is to train your player to keep his/her eyes on the ball and all the way into the catchers glove.

Many players watch the ball until it gets to the plate then close their eyes or look to where they want to hit it. By keeping one's eyes on the ball all the way to the catcher, your player will be less likely to loose site of the ball during real play. This will help them to make more consistent contact with the ball.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Did You Know: That Valentines Originated From A Final Love Letter Signed... Sincerely, Your Valentine!


Where did Valentine's Day Originate? Was it a made up holiday for stores to make more money? Was it a special day created to break up the monotony of winter or was it something a wife started to get special attention from her mate.

Well Sammy came home today with many theories but he said the one that sounded the most believable was this one.

Back in Roman times, men were unable to marry because they were needed to fight as warriors not become domesticated servants to family and home life. Saint Valentine married against the law. Such crime was punishable by death. So, to death he was sentenced and in the last letter written to the love of his life he signed...
Sincerely,
Your Valentine!
I like this theory best too Sammy!