Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lumpia Filipino Eggrolls

This is one of our top of the list, family favorites! When My eldest daughter was younger she would cry at my leg because she couldn't wait for them to be done cooking! She could NOT get enough of them and now her little sister has the same adoration for them! They are time consuming to roll but one bite and you'll see how Oh SO worth it they are!! Will definately fly off the plate at any party!

1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion very finely chopped
1 carrot grated
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 TB garlic powder
2 TB salt
1 package of SPRING ROLL wrappers (not egg roll wrappers, unless you HAVE to!)
few shakes of Accent seasoning (MSG) optional
1 1/2 quarts of oil for deep frying

In a large bowl combine pork, beef, onion and carrot.Make sure to completely mix well. Using your hands is best to slightly knead the meat. Gradually blend in the soy sauce, black pepper, salt, garlic powder and Accent until evenly distributed.
Lay out a few wrappers out at a time while keeping a slightly damp cloth over the rest of the package (they dry out fast).Place aprox 1 to 2 tablespoons of filling in a line down the center of the wrapper. Make sure filling is NO THICKER than the width of your thumb! (think of a thin cigar) or else the wrapper will cook much faster than the filling.
Fold tightly like a burrito by folding in the ends over the filling then top to bottom.Moisten the edges with a finger dipped in water to seal shut. Repeat with rest of wrappers until filling is gone.
* tip* before frying dip each end in flour to help keep sealed while cooking, esp if you have to cut in half for smaller serving sizes before frying.
Heat Oil in a deep fryer pan or heavy skillet. fry 3-4 lumpia at a time or at least enough to where they are not crowded. Fry until golden brown. Lumpia are cooked through when they float.
Freeze wonderfully before frying for future use!
Great served with  Sweet Chili sauce or sweet and sour sauce for dipping!!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Glory To The King!

I heard and fell in love with this song at a Women's Conference meeting at my church. Maybe it was the words mixed with the vibe of the meeting together but it instantly spoke to me....just wanted to share :) I wish I could post the actual group singing it at our church but oh well this version is nice as well.
Hope you all have a Blessed Monday! I will post some pics as well as recipes from a BBQ we had this weekend a bit later. Enjoy the song :-)

"My banner is clear. I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed."

Love and Blessing,

Friday, July 15, 2011

Lime Bars

I made these the other night for our prayer group, they were YUMMMMY! Will definately make them again!

Lime Bars
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup lime juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Additional confectioners' sugar

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour and confectioners' sugar; cut
in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pat into a greased
13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until
lightly browned.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, lime juice and peel until
frothy. Combine the baking powder and remaining flour; whisk in egg
mixture. Pour over hot crust.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on a wire
rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into squares. Yield: 3
Recipe Source: Taste Of Home

To where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.
Mathew 18:20

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How Does your Garden Grow??

Very Slowly.....!!! But I am enjoying the learning process in seeing what works and what I need to improve on. Here are some of my blooms this season :-)

Roses...not sure which variety

                                        Blue Salvia

I think these are Snap Dragons..they popped out of nowhwere!

                                           Day Lily


                                          Striped Petunias
                                         Geraniums and Blue Salvias

Pinky Winky Hydrangea Tree

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bacon Glazed Donut Holes

This is one of my daughters favorite treats! For obvious reasons I don't make them often but when I do she is in 7th heaven!  Also a great easy recipe to get your kids in the kithen to help and be involved!

Bacon Glazed Donut Holes

1 can buttermilk biscuit dough
vegetable oil
2-3 slices cooked bacon nice and crispy
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
about 2 TB milk

seperate biscuits and cut each into quarters, roll into individual balls and set aside.
Heat 2-3 inches of oil into a small to medium sauce pan allowing enough depth of oil so donut can puff up and be submerged in oil.
Make glaze in small bowl adding powdered sugar, vanilla and stirring a very small amount of milk at a time until you reach a slightly runny consistency. Adding too much milk the glaze will take forever to set. If your glaze is too runny add a small amount more powdered sugar. Set aside.
Test oil to see if its hot enough by pinching off a small bit of dough and dropping it in, if hot enough the dough will puff up and sizzle right away if too hot the dough will brown immediately.
When oil is ready drop 4-5 balls of dough in at a time giving enough room for them not to touch and freely move around. Constantly turn and submerge dough in oil so them can puff up and turn golden evenly all around. DO NOT walk away!
Drain on paper towels when golden. they should be cooked through in 2-3 minutes.
while still warm turn donut in glaze to coat evenly.
Top with crumbled bacon and set on plate to set the glaze.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Red White and Blue Photo Challenge

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge: Click on the beneath the logo to see some adorable entries!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

BBQ Treats

Here are a couple things I made for a BBQ yesterday I thought I'd share, both were a hit and are long time favorites in my house.

 Lemon Glazed Pound Cake

18-1/4 oz. pkg. super moist yellow or vanilla cake mix
3.4-oz. pkg. instant lemon pudding mix
3/4 c. oil
3/4 c. water
4 eggs, beaten
Garnish: powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350.
Grease pan completely with butter and then dust with flour coating completely with a thin layer of flour, shake out excess.
Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar; mix well. Pour into a greased bunt cake pan or a large loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately poke holes through cake with a fork; pour glaze over cake. Dust with powdered sugar (optional)
 Serves 10 to 12.
1 c. powdered sugar
1 T. butter, melted
1 T. milk
approx 1/3 c. lemon juice
Combine all ingredients; stir until smooth.

Dee's Famous Salsa (ok famous in our house but just give it time!! lol)

1 28 oz can plain whole tomatoes
2 green onion stems
1-2 jalepenos (optional to remove seeds for less heat)
2 large hand fulls of fresh cilantro
Garlic salt with parsley (my favorite it McCormick's California style) enough to taste
1 lime

Put all ingredients into blender and bend until well incorporated and nearly smooth. Taste and adjust to preference. Add juice of 1 lime. Refridgerate a few hrs-overnight to meld flavors.


~ Watermellon slices soaked soaked in tequila (Sorry no pics available)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 60 minutes
Serves 4
    * 1 small seedless watermelon, red or yellow, quartered and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges
    * 1 cup sugar
    * 3/4 cup water
    * 1/2 cup tequila
    * 1/4 cup Triple Sec
    * 2 limes, halved or cut into wedges
    * Flaked sea salt or coarse salt
   1. Arrange watermelon in a single layer in two 9-by-13-inch baking dishes. Bring sugar, water, tequila, and Triple Sec to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly. Pour syrup over watermelon wedges, and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
   2. Remove watermelon from syrup, and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over melon, and season with salt.
The secret here is in the syrup.
The "tequila" in which the fruit is placed is not straight liquor.  Instead, it's a simple syrup of sugar, water, tequila and Triple Sec. This combination -- light on the booze -- becomes a fragrant syrup after a brief boil.
Drizzled on watermelon and left to sit for an hour, the fruit and syrup meld into a lovely combination. With a squirt of lime and a dash of salt, Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges are a terrific summery treat, with bright, sharp flavors.