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I love the Lord and my big crazy family. My husband and I have been together for 43 years. I am a mother of two grown children and a grandmother to four biological grandchildren and six others. I own and operate my own home care business primarily for the elderly. Many sites have been sold or did upgrades which messed up back links, if you find a broken link let me know and I will fix it.I have written online articles for Bubblews, Seekyt, TopicSpotter and Triond. You may still find some of my articles on Ehow/Demand Studio.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

How to Make Chicken Egg Rolls from Scratch

chicken egg rolls
I love egg rolls, I have every since I worked in our concession trailer and would be parked right next to an egg roll concession trailer.
Our daughter went to school with their daughter so I bought theirs from them by the case for a while. However, I soon learned I could save money by wrapping my own egg rolls. You can use whatever meat you prefer, however, I eat a lot chicken; therefore, I made chicken egg rolls. I will show you how you can make your own egg rolls.

Ingredients to make chicken egg rolls:

  • 1 Package egg roll wrappers
  • Shredded chicken
  • Shredded cabbage
  • 1 Egg; beaten
  • Seasoning of choice
  • Canola or Olive Oil

Instructions to make chicken egg rolls:

1.     Cook your chicken and season it to taste. After it cools, shred it up in small pieces.
2.     Shred your cabbage every fine. I often use my food processor however; you can do it with a hand grater. The pieces just need to be very fine.
3.     Take the egg roll wrappers out and let warm up a bit, so they are easier to work with.
4.     Place the egg roll wrapper on the counter top and lay it out looking like a diamond. Put some cabbage in the middle.
5.     Add some chicken to the top of your cabbage; you are going to start to fold your egg roll.
6.     Take the lower flap of wrapper and pull over the cabbage and chicken; next, take the sides and fold in.
7.     Start rolling up making it as tight as possible but making sure not to poke a hole in the wrapper.
8.     Dip your fingers into the beaten egg, put some on the wrap, and seal the egg roll.
9.     Roll up the whole package of egg roll wraps.
10.  Make sure your oil is hot before trying to fry your egg roll. The temperature of the oil should be 375-400 degrees. Carefully place the egg roll in the oil and brown first side. With the tongs, turn it over and fry the other side. You may have to hold it as it will try to roll back.
11.  Remove the chicken egg roll from the oil and put it on paper towel to allow the excessive oil to drain off.
We enjoy our chicken egg roll, made from scratch with soy sauce.

**previously posted on Seekyt before they lost my profile.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Our Cold Winter Walk

A little sunshine
Oh my goodness, I just got back from a 40-minute winter walk with Po. Since he is going in for surgery tomorrow, I thought he would like it, and he did. 

Off for our walk

The sun was shining when I made my decision at the gym to use my warmed up legs for the hike; however, the sun went away and that wind was nasty making it feel so cold on my face.

Headed down the path.

Sniff sniff

Yes we were heading right into the wind and I nearly changed my mind, however, knowing it would be a couple of days before Po would want to take a walk I braved it out. It was not easy as Po stopped many times to sniff around. We have walked that path with Dad and Hope; our 10 year old Eskimo Spitz, and he would stop and look around to see if they were lagging behind.

Sun through the dark clouds.

With him stopping to sniff, it gave me time to take a few photographs, and turn my back to take a bit of the chill off my face.

Our home way back there!

My feet were OK, however, I should have double layered my legs and arms. Part of the way back to the creek, I even wondered if I shouldn't have put Po's jacket on him.


Fast forward, today is cooler, roads icy, however, the sun is shining and very little wind. I accomplished a lot while Po was at the doggy doctor, however, kept thinking how he would have enjoyed a walk again today.

We got the call from the vet, Po came through the torture, I mean surgeries, just fine. However, since he was morphined when I got the call, he was not up and moving. 

When we have to take Po back in 2 weeks for his check up, I bet it will be a battle.
Po is in pain

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cheesy Chicken Pasta an Easy One-Pot Recipe

Mac and Cheese is a favorite one-pot pasta meal for children, however, you want a something more. Cheesy Chicken Pasta an Easy One-Pot Recipe will do just that.
This recipe is very versatile, change it up to suit your family's taste. It is also a way to use leftover chicken breast or holiday turkey.

According to Wikipedia, “In cooking, the Italian expression al dente (play /ælˈdɛnt/; Italian: [al ˈdɛnte]) describes pasta and (less commonly) rice or beans that have been cooked so as to be firm but not hard. "Al dente" also describes vegetables that are cooked to the "tender crisp" phase - still offering resistance to the bite, but cooked through. Keeping the pasta firm is especially important in baked or "al forno" pasta dishes, where the pasta is cooked twice. The term "al dente" comes from Italian and means "to the tooth" or "to the bite", referring to the need to chew the pasta due to its firmness. Pasta that is cooked al dente has a lower glycemic index than pasta that is cooked soft."

Ingredients needed for Cheesy Chicken Pasta:

  • 1-16 oz package of pasta your favorite kind; Rotini, Farfalli Bow ties, Conchiglie Shells etc.
  • 1-16 oz jar Cheesy Ragu Double Cheddar or Roasted Garlic Parmesan
  • 10-12 oz chicken breast, cubed
  • 3 oz French Fried Onions; French’s or any store brand will work

Instructions to make Cheesy Chicken Pasta:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Using a pan that can go from the stove top, directly in the oven, fill with water and heat to boiling. Dump in the pasta and cook until lightly al dente. Drain off any excess water.
  3. Pour the Ragu Cheese into the pasta, rinse the Ragu jar with a little milk and swish around and pour in the pasta, stir.
  4. If you are using leftover chicken, cube it and add to the pasta. If you want to take the easier route, use canned chicken breast. Without draining, add it to the pasta.
  5. Top with the French-fried onions and place in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Making cheesy chicken pasta is an easy one-pot recipe.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Aunt Thelma's Banana Bread Recipe

Warm fresh baked banana bread is good, however, Aunt Thelma's banana banana bread recipe is excellent, moist and so easy to make. Bananas are great sources of vitamins, such as B6, C and Potassium, and loaded with fiber too. According to world’s healthiest foods, “Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Since the average banana contains a whopping 467 mg of potassium and only 1 mg of sodium, a banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis.”
As long as you do not get crazy and eat the whole loaf of banana bread, you are adding goodness to your diet. Consider making Bake Aunt Thelma's Banana Bread recipe.

Ingredients to make Aunt Thelma’s Banana Bread:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 6 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 loaf pans

Instructions on how to make Aunt Thelma’s Banana Bread:

  1. Move your oven rack so it is in the center. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If your oven does not have a timer, 20 minutes will suffice.
  2. Sift dry ingredients; salt, baking soda and flour, 3 times and set aside for later.
  3. Mash the bananas, mix in the sugar, softened margarine and eggs. Beat it well.
  4. Add in flour mix little by little and mix well.
  5. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans and bake in the preheated 350-degree oven for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Slice it up warm and enjoy!

Tip: I got the banana bread recipe from my aunt however; another person shared with me how she simply swirls a fork through the mixture to make it light and fluffy. Great idea to keep in mind and share with others in case they do not have a sifter.