Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Parmesan Crusted Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Sauce and Roasted Asparagus




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A healthy and easy meal to make? Count me in. Salmon is very rich Omega 3 which is beneficial for brain health. It also helps to lower the levels of bad cholesterol and  rich in Vit D . It is good food. Aside from Teriyaki Salmon , I also love Parmesan Crusted Salmon and don't get me started with Sriracha..I use it a lot as a condiment..


Ingredients:

1 lb of Salmon Fillet
1/2 lemon
1-2 cups Breadcrumbs or Make your own Homemade Breadcrumbs
2 tsp Seasoned Salt
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp pepper

 For the Roasted Asparagus:
 A bunch of Asparagus
2-3 tsp of Kosher Salt
Pepper
Olive oil

For the Sweet and Spicy Sauce:
1/3 cup Fat Free Sour Cream ( Can use mayo)
2 tbsp Condesed milk
3 tbsp Sriracha Sauce ( or more if you really want it spicy)

Directions:

Start with making your homemade breadcrumbs , or store bought is fine.
  

 Marinate your salmon fillets with lemon , sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put it in the fridge for about 20 minutes.


 Mix in the Parmesan cheese, seasoned salt , pepper , garlic powder together with your breadcrumbs.


In a slightly greased baking dish , place your marinated salmon . Top with the seasoned crumbs.
 Bake it at 350 ( pre heated) for about 25-30 minutes.


 Meanwhile , make the sauce by mixing in your sour cream or mayo , sriracha sauce and condensed milk. Whip it until thoroughly combine. Set aside.



As for the Roasted Asparagus ,

 Pre heat oven to 425 F

Trim the ends of your asparagus, wash and pat dry. In a cookie or baking sheet..spread the asparagus and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with Kosher Salt and black pepper.  Bake for about 10 minutes.


 The asparagus is perfectly roasted, not wilted and just the right amount of crunch.  I was actually surprised that our girls loved it.


Drizzle the sweet and spicy sauce on top or not..maybe as a dipping sauce.



Happy Eating !

Lots of Love,






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Monday, April 14, 2014

Things You Just Don't Say to a Momma of Two and more Kids


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Let me start by saying I am amazed with mothers of more than two kiddos.  Whether you are a stay at home or a working mom , its a tough gig. There are just certain things that you just can't say to mommies ( and daddies of large families) I am a momma of only two girls and I am not immune to it.

1.  Your pregnant again?

 I got this comment when I got pregnant with our second child Lily, for Pete's sake..it's just my second child..two years apart. Where's the Congratulations? so I'm sorry to say that not unless my uterus is screaming for HELP, I think I can have as many kids as we want.

2. Are all of them planned?

Some people deserve a " None of your business " reply.. It doesn't matter planned or not, all parents of large families CAN NOT imagine their lives without ALL of their children.

3. You must always be tired but you actually seem happy.

Because we are happy. I think if you are busy judging other people, you should examine yourself too..

4. Wow, your hands are really full ( with a smug look)

I got this comment from an older lady while grocery shopping with two kids , one having a slight fit ( define slight -- absence of ear piercing scream and arm flailing action). Yes, it is full and so is my heart.

5. You must having intercourse everyday ..

Wouldn't it be lovely. It releases endorphins..thus makes you happy and relax :)  But no, that would be nice..but no.

6. Are you finally done?

Hmm , it is usually tempting to reply : No, I'm just starting! But again, please refer to #1.

7. You must be on food stamps ?

You have no idea how hard each of the parents of large families work. If they need help, who are we to judge?

8. I didn't invite you because I figured your busy...

Its the thought that counts , and there is a lot of truth to that. Busy or not , it is nice to be remembered.  We love to socialize too .


 With the society we live in right now, People have more power to express their opinion on certain things ..freedom of speech is okay and great. I think respecting other peoples opinion is really good, but do we know when to stop and know our boundaries? Tact is sometimes not practiced. :A Good example :  notice some of the online forums or articles , read some of the online comments as well , you will be alarmed with how other people can be so unkind. It is really easy because you are behind the screen, you can say whatever you want to say.

With having the baby #1 , people you know, close friends and relatives will celebrate for you. They are excited for you. Maybe the same with having baby#2 ( with mine , I noticed a decline.) . Imagine having a baby number #3, #4 and so on.. you will see a decline and hear hurtful jokes and comments. While it is wonderful to  have people celebrate with you, know that it is not your sole purpose. It is nice to share the joy with everybody, but what happens when they stop celebrating with you? It is normal to be upset of course but then again..look how God has blessed you with little ones. He entrusted you with a new life , with children who will always fill our hearts.

Think of most unkind comments as misinformation. They are just misinformed. ( and curious). So everytime , you encounter one of those " is your life chaotic with this many kids" question.. it is a good opportunity to educate ( and answer politely -- as hard as it can be..) them about how good you are at scheduling or budgeting.


Keep the smiles even when you get unruly comments , questions or when you need to announce yet another pregnancy. It is a blessing that not so many people are privileged to see.




Lots of Love ,




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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Easiest Cupcake Frosting Recipe

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            Our youngest turned two last week! Seems like yesterday when she was just so little in my arms and she has always been a happy baby. Everybody who knows and who sees her smile , just loves it! Her smile is contagious..

           
     We have been busy planning our trip to Disneyland for the past week and the last thing I want to do on the eve of our trip is to spend my energy in the kitchen. It was just a simple celebration at home , after all it will be a sweet celebration at the Happiest place on Earth.  This is a very easy recipe for a cupcake frosting, no sweat at all..

Let's begin..

Ingredients:

1 8 oz tub of cool whip
1 instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
Milk ( half of what the recipe for making the pudding calls for - which is 1 cup)
Food coloring - I used gel coloring
sprinkles
piping bags
24 cupcakes ( recipe here: Joy of Baking - Chocolate Cupcakes



Directions:

Prepare and bake your cupcakes. let it cool before applying the frosting.

  
In a medium size bowl , mix the whipped cream , pudding mix and the milk. Whisk it until  it thickens. I usually leave the frosting mix in the fridge for about 5 minutes , to make it more easy to pipe.


  In a small bowl , separate half of the frosting and apply a few drops of your desired coloring. We chose pink and purple..


just simply pipe it to your cooled cupcakes,


lovely isn't it?


and for a second color..


You can use a different piping tip for the second batch of your cupcakes,


Decorate them with sprinkles, sugar crystals , crushed oreos..whatever suits your fancy :)


She loves them ..our happy 2 yr old girl







Our Dear Lily, Here's a song for you .. Happy Happy 2nd Birthday. We thank the Lord everyday for you.


( Stay a while and listen to the song..its beautiful I promise you..)


A Mother's Prayer


My sweet baby on loan from above.
No better treasure could I more love.
I stand here beside your bed as I pray
I lay my hand on your head and I say

May you grow up to serve Him
all of your days.
May He lead you and guide you
in all of your ways.
May His hand bless your future with
friendships that last.
May you cherish your youth
and not grow up too fast


I stare in wonder at your tiny frame.
Just to think that God knows you by name.
He knows every hair on your beautiful head.
He knows your thoughts before they are said.







Lots of Love,



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Friday, April 4, 2014

Almond Milk Strawberry Banana Popsicles


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  I love a cold treat, not the brain freeze part though.. and you know what else I love? Making a healthier treat for our girls.  I make these popsicles in batches and just store them in a freezer bag. When they crave for one, we have it! We don't have to make a quick stop to the grocery store to pick up a box of popsicles. Who does a quick stop to the grocery store anyway? not me. My hubby..yes. He goes in there , gets what's on the list and out he goes.  When in season , you can use other berries too! You can also add some other fruit ingredients like  pineapple, kiwi and mango. Speaking of popsicles , I was pinning last night and I saw a nutella and cool whip popsicle!  How yummy is that?..may not be as healthy with all the added sugar  but hey..moderation right? wink wink..


Ingredients:

1 cup Almond Milk
2 cups Strawberries
2 ripe bananas

you'll need : Popsicle molds . I used Dixie cups and Popsicle sticks.

Directions:


You can also use milk ( low fat or whole)


I only used 2 ripe bananas , if you want your popsicles to be thicker, you can add 2 more bananas or instead of using the almond milk , just use yogurt.


Place all your fruits in your blender , and puree until smooth or pulse if you prefer  it with some chunks of fruits.


Pour your mixture into your Popsicle molds and freeze until solid.


Healthier option for a cold treat . Our girls loves them , Lucy calls it " Pink Popsicle "



Lots of love,













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Place sliced bananas and strawberries into the jar of a blender.
Puree fruit mixtures.
Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
Unmold and lick until you get a brain freeze!

Read more at http://www.hotcouponworld.com/2013/06/banana-strawberry-popsicle-recipe/#WaFgdtd7LOQgBFaw.99



Place sliced bananas and strawberries into the jar of a blender.
Puree fruit mixtures.
Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
Unmold and lick until you get a brain freeze!

Read more at http://www.hotcouponworld.com/2013/06/banana-strawberry-popsicle-recipe/#WaFgdtd7LOQgBFaw.99
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