Thursday, January 26, 2012


My good friend is vegan, and she brought vegetable spring rolls to a New Years Eve party we went to. They were fantastic! I literally could not stop thinking about how delicious they were. I searched high and low stopped at one Asian store last week to pick up rice paper for my spring rolls, and they didn't have any. No food at all, in fact. Just thousands of trinkets and handbags and wallets and sunglasses and jewelry. I plan to go back, don't tell my hubs. Ok I'm getting side tracked...

SO. Today I ventured to my favorite thrift store, and was pleasantly surprised to see an Asian Market in the same shopping center, 3 doors down. I have had my eye out for an Asian Market for weeks! What do you know, it was right under my nose the whole time. Long story short, I brought home my long awaited rice paper. (After the lady at the register tried to barter rice paper for my 22 month old. I handed her my debit card. She counter offered "just a few hours with the baby." I may have perhaps accidentally glared at her, because she quickly ran my card.) Side tracked. Again. :)

You will need-
  • Fresh veggies (I used carrots, cucumber, & red bell pepper).
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Avocado
  • Sticky rice, brown rice, or rice noodles. (I usually use brown rice but used rice noodles this day.)
  • Rice paper
  • Peanut sauce for dipping
1) Cook your rice or noodles and let them cool. I used rice noodles and strained them, ran them under cool water, then dumped them onto a dish towel to absorb more of the water.
2) Slice your veggies into really thin spears/straws. The thinner sliced the better, in my opinion. Peel and slice your avocado in thin strips.
3) Take one piece of rice paper and dip it under a faucet of warm running water, both sides for only a few seconds each. It doesn't take as long as you'd think, and the paper continues to soften while you're assembling your rolls.
4) Lay the piece of rice paper on a plate or cutting board, sprinkle some cilantro in the middle, next the rice or rice noodles, next avocado and veggies. Roll like you would an egg roll or a burrito. I.E. fold up the bottom, then each side, then roll very tightly the rest of the way. Make sure you roll them as tight as you can.
5) Slice them in half and serve with peanut sauce for dipping.

Here is what one sheet of rice paper looks like before dipped in water.

These are the rice noodles I used, you can find them at a regular grocery store in the Asian section. Again, brown rice is just as delicious, and healthier.

They are so fresh and yummy. Addicting even. You could also add grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp, etc. to make them more filling. My husband likes to add teriyaki chicken, but I prefer them vegetarian.

P.S. The package of rice paper was $1.69. Fair trade for a baby?

Side Note-
Here's what I wore to church on Sunday... & I am in love with this darling scarf!
Scarf- Cents of Style, Cardigan- Old Navy, Lace top- Boutique booth, Bracelet- Cents of Style, Skirt- Ross, Boots- Cents of Style

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oatmeal Cake

Truth be told, this is heaven in a 9x13 pan. Thank you Grandma & Momma for this wonderful recipe I savored growing up and still crave and splurge on today. Ready for the recipe? Don't let the ingredients scare you.... :) 
Oatmeal Cake:
1 1/4 c. boiling water
1 c. rolled oats
1 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt

Pour bowling water over oats; cover & set aside. Next combine brown sugar & butter, cream together well. Beat in vanilla and eggs. Add the oats mixture and mix. Add remaining ingredients, mix on low until well blended. Pour into greased cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. While caking is baking, prepare the following topping:

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. evaporated milk
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 1/2 c. flaked coconut
1 c. chopped pecans

Heat butter and evaporated milk on stove or in microwave until butter is melted. Stir in brown sugar, coconut, and pecans. While finished cake is still hot, take a fork and poke holes all through the cake, about 1/2" apart. Spread topping evenly over poked cake. Place under broiler heated oven (not too close to broiler) and cook until topping bubbles and is toasted lightly brown. Do not burn! Remove from oven and enjoy.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Giveaway Time!

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

2 in a row...

I got dressed two days in a row. Yessss....

Hat & jewelry - Cents of Style
Sweater - H & M
Top - Ross
Jeans - Target? (old)

Jewelry - Cents of Style
Top - Ross
Pants - Kohls
Boots - Forever 21 (old)
2 in a row.. is that pathetic? And considering that I have church in the morning, I plan to make it 3. BAM!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Blast Worthy Tunes

Earrings & scarf - Cents of Style
Cardi - Nordstrom rack
Pants - Kohls (capris with boot socks, can you tell? ha.)
Boot socks - Target
Boots - Cents of Style
I had to run to a quick errand today, and got to go alone. That's right people, no kids in tow. It was the most fantastic, solo 10 minute drive. Two of my favorite old songs came on the radio that lead to sweet memories and blasting the radio like a teenager. And I sang along. :) If you feel like making fun of me in your head, then keep reading...

"One Step at a Time" by Jordan Sparks... brought me back to being over-due with my first baby. Retaining pounds & pounds of water from a Summer pregnancy + baby being over-due = one desperate momma. I'm pretty sure I cried once while listening to this song. Listen to the words yourself and you will see what I mean. And you will giggle. At me, not with me.
"These Words" by Natasha Bedingfield... brought me back to the Summer I met my hubs. I think I will always love this song, it is that cute. Was I three minutes late for my appointment because I had to finish blasting listening to this tune while sitting in the parking lot? Maybe.

What are some of your favorite blast worthy songs??

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Lazy Sunday

With today being a new year, our church time changed to 9am. Yay!! Right? I love earlier church with kids... anything NOT during naptime has got to be easier, right? WRONG. Not today- not the day after New Years' Eve, when they stayed up until midnight celebrating with mom & dad. We're good parents. ;)

My alarm didn't go off, and we woke up at 8:30. Remember the part where I said church starts at 9? Yeah. It was chaos. But we were only 10 minutes late! I am slightly impressed with myself.

Let's be honest, church didn't end soon enough. But now the monsters girls are both sound asleep. And so is my hubs. And I am bypassing a beloved nap to enjoy a quiet, lazy Sunday- sittin' on the couch, sippin' on a Dr. Pepper, and Snoop Bloggy Bloggin'.

Jewelry- Cents of Style
Cardi- Target
Dress- Target
Belt- Thrifted
Tights- Target (Can you guess what my favorite store is?)
Boots- Cents of Style
Did you have a lazy Sunday too?