Saturday, January 29, 2011

One Pound of Cod for $19.98

Well, I just got back from the grocery store and wanted to make fish sticks again for DH. I looked at the package of my wild caught Alaskan Cod, and it say's, Lobster Tail 2 pack and I paid $19.98. I was like, should I open it and see if the man gave me Lobster tail or leave it taped and go back to the grocery store and get my $13.00 back. A pound of the Cod is only $6.79. I knew it was less than $7.00.

Mind you our road are still bad from the storm two days ago. Our driveway is not totally melted because it is gravel. And I have to back up to the garage when I get back because it is very hard to get out of the driveway backing out to the road. Our garage is lower than the road. However, I did not have a hard time backing to the garage earlier. Our driveway shape like a "L."

I asked DH if it really worth the driving and the backing-up to get $13.00 back. He said no. I think I can go back and forth for $5.00 gas, and aggravation of driving on the snow, looking for a parking spot, be out in the cold, so the verdict...I'll cook my very expensive fish stick I have right now. I have to make sure to check the tag next time.

DH was also arguing with me, that taking it back I may get a look from the costumer service window. Why, I ask? They might say you bought that some other day and wanted some money back today. But the tag was wrong, I did not get a Lobster Tail, I got some fish. He thought that I got a fish and the tag on the fish said fish, but somehow the cashier charge me for Lobster tail...I was like...what! No, the person at the fish department press the wrong code, and somehow printed a lobster code instead of a cod code and put it on to tag my fish. The cashier only scan the bar code on the package, they can't change it. This is what happens when he does not let me finish telling him the story and simply jump to solve the problem.

Plus, it's his money, if he say's "fine let it go," well...it's fine with me. However, I do get mad at him when I tell him do not spend any money on the account it might over drawn...then he will say...huh! what happens to all the money in there? Then I can say...well someone gave away $13.00 not to long ago at so and so grocery store...remember the fish and lobster story? He needs to take some kind of money management class of some sort.

Ok, I better get off my PC. Time to cook the very expensive one pound Cod I bought for $19.98...gee!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Popcorn

Making popcorn is my household is DH job. I make the hot cocoa and he makes the popcorn. However, if he is out during a snow storm, and our children ask for popcorn I make it for them. I do refused to make it when he is home because that is additional work for me...I know...lol

This is our favorite snack while watching some family movies. Sometimes we go to the library to borrow children movies. We never watch real movies, most of the time we borrow animations.

We mix the popcorn with butter, sugar, and salt. I miss the way my mother makes it. With caramelize sugar! Yummy!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Get Organize with These

Organize your kitchen with enclume pot racks. There are no more digging at the bottom of your pots and pans pile and scratching each one. This is also a great space saver because you don't need to use your shelves. Display your nice pots and pans, these are not the old days anymore, that people only own one big cauldron.

Yes, I own one, and I am very happy with it. I don't have a nice one as enclume potracks, but mine does its job. With my little kitchen, I freed part of my shelving, and I can hide other things there. I just wished I have a bigger kitchen. However, mine is workable...(barely that is)...:))

I recommend enclume pot rack to anyone. There is nothing to like about it. Easy to install and use. You don't need to on your knees looking for that special pot anymore. All you have to do is look up, if you buy the hanging types. However, there are disadvantages for the hanging ones. With my size and height, I need to use a step to get something on top of it. Though, I like the advantages of it more than the other, though.

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The Rice Comes from an Elephant?

I was cleaning the covers in our kitchen and YDS came up and started playing with the things I wanted to throw away. He was looking at the empty bag of rice, however, did said anything while I was at the kitchen.

As soon as I was done, he ask me if the rice came from an elephant. I knew right away that he was talking about the empty bag of rice. He made me smile sometimes and he is attentive too. I had to explain to him that it was only a logo or name brand for the rice. Poor child brain was probably working hard...thinking that his been eating elephant the whole time...lol

I showed him some images of rice online and telling him how they grow. I should know, my parents used to grow them when I was little. I can't wait to take them all back home and show them how things are done with basic equipments. I better start working on my zappy machine to zap ourselves in Asia...:))...lol.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Out of Control Eating

Is it correct that American people have more over weight people than any other countries? I don't really know who conduct this study, or who participated on it. All I know is, if you are ready to be healthy and take control of your weight problem you can use food diary for help. This is a social fitness network. Some people can stay on their diet with others just like them. I am in the same boat when it comes to working out. I can't stay on track working out on my own. I want to see other people when I do it. I feel good knowing that I am the only one sweating when others look tired and ready to quit. I can say, I feed on other people failures to attain my goals. However, this only pertains towards working out. I just wanted to make it clear.

People must realize that eating junk food can be done occasionally. Furthermore, over eating will not help either. I am thankful that I don't have that kind of problem. I eat when I am hungry, and I eat natural or whole food 80 percent of the time. I rarely go out and buy cook food. If my family and I are traveling, yes, there are times just like that. However, as soon as we get home, we stop and make home cook meals. Cooking at home helps at a lot, especially for myself. It isn't healthy to sit all day and call for take out when it's time to eat. Yes, it is very easy for me to say because I've done it many times.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Napa Cabbage Salad

3 packs Ramen Noodles (raw, discard the seasoning)
5 oz. sliced Almonds
1 butter stick

I head Napa cabbage

2 bunches scallions (optional)

1/2 c Cider vinegar
3/4 c brown sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
3/4 c Olive oil
Break raw Ramen noodles into pieces. Saute noodles and almonds in butter until lightly toasted.

Chop cabbage.

Finely chop scallions.

Combine vinegar and sugar in a sauce pan. Stir over low heat until sugar is melted. Combine with soy sauce and Olive oil.

When ready to serve, toss all ingredients. When I serve it at home, I keep everything separated, and who ever wanted some, they can make their own servings. I like to keep the noodles and almonds crunchy. You should try this.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Family Favorite

I am talking about chocolates. Yes, they get enough of it or anything sweet that is. And you know what holiday is coming? Valentine's day, and they expect to have chocolate gifts waiting for them. My husband favorite is the chocolate covered cherries. Most ladies I know love chocolates as well. I think I am the only one that is not very fond of it. Don't get me wrong I eat them, but I don't go over board when I do. A pack of chocolate will last me a while.

I also found out, that when you drink milk after eating some minty chocolates your mouth feel very cold almost like a brain freeze.I know you probably knew that a long time ago. I am just sharing my new found experience. This is also a post as a reminder to get something for your love ones on this coming event. I always give out chocolates for the holiday when I was still working. I may not be as sweet as chocolates but at least my associates received something sweet from me. My sappy self is coming out...bleh...ha ha ha

No More White Sugar

I heard time and time again that white sugar is bad for our health. Now, as new year begun, you will not find them in my pantry anymore. My family switched to brown sugar and all of us can't tell the difference.

I also asked my mother to send me some sugar patties. As soon as I get it, I will take a few pictures and post it here. The sugar patties is much healthier than the brown sugar crystal. However, the patties are cooked, as well as the brown sugar crystals. The patties are process less than the brown sugar, so in my opinion much healthier.

I can't wait for them to come in the mail.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Exercise schedule New Year's resolution

Guest post written by Mark Davidson

I think that one of the reasons that I'm never able to keep up the exercise habit when I've decided to work out a lot before is that I never arrange my schedule to where I reasonably have enough time to work out. It seems like to make time for working out I would always just give up something else in my schedule that I really needed to do, like spending time with my girlfriend or even getting some extra much-needed sleep. Well, my New Year's resolution this year is to come up with some time to work out without letting anything else in my life suffer.

I had let my gym membership at my old gym run out months and months ago, so I thought that I would go online with my BUNDLE CLEAR INTERNET to find some information about other gyms with extended hours.

I found a few gyms in my area that I think would go along with my schedules and let me work them into my exercise routine resolution. I signed up for a membership with one that's on the way home from work, which I think will make me want to work out even more.

Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

This is what DH ordered when he came home from plowing for twelve hours on Wednesday. Poor man worked very hard cleaning up parking lots.

I usually add milk with it rather than water, and I only heat it up a little. I been using raw milk for a few years now, and cooking raw ingredients will not give the full nutritional value. No, the tomatoes came from a can. I did not made this from the scratch. Warm up everyone!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I Am a Guac Snob :(

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Anyway, the above image is what I score on their Guac Star Style quiz. The quiz called me a Guac Snob, yikes! And my perfect Guac recipe is the Wild Side Fiesta Bar. I like guacamole but I only like a little zing in them. I like eating it plain when ripe. What can I say, I am your average guac consumer. Will you try your luck at Avocados from Mexico Facebook page like I did? You better do it fast because you only have 17 days.

I had two avocados trees in the backyard when I was growing up. I wonder if they are still alive and providing essential nutrients for my family.  I missed going out in the backyard when I needed something for a snack. Those are the days. Furthermore, I just wanted to mention that you can follow them @guacgrl at Twitter and use the hashtag #guacrock to tweet about the promotion. Good luck everyone!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Homemade Fish Sticks

Somehow every time I here the words "fish sticks" it reminds me of one episode of South Park about R Kelly and fish sticks. That was messed-up.

Anyway, I tried making a few pieces of fish sticks yesterday for my ever picky 10 year old DS. He said it was ok, well I told him that it is home made. However, DH likes it because it does not smell or taste like fish. I used wild caught cod. I slices them thinly, submerge with butter milk, then flour, next butter milk again, lastly into seasoned flour. I used cooking oil to fry them.

I am thinking about using the tempura mix next time, or better batter and breading. I have to research some more online and see which one most prefer.

Monday, January 10, 2011

I Like a Little Zing

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Plain Lazy

ODS came home for his winter vacation last Thursday. DH picked him up from his father's house. I had fresh chicken from the store in the refrigerator and decided to make chicken Parmesan. I have all the ingredients and I don't need to go out to make it.

Well, like I said I have fresh chicken...I made quesadilla for lunch and I still have some left over. So, I decided to make chicken Parmesan. I cooked the chicken without any breading. When I am ready to bake it, I started thinking. Will it be fine without breading to make the dish? Well, guess what, it did not taste right. Something is missing with the taste. I checked online and most or all recipe for this dish calls for breading.

ODS still ate it because that is what we have for dinner. He is very nice for putting up with me, with my cooking mistakes. Well, that goes with DH too...:)) Always follow the recipe is the lesson for me.