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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mom's Oven ... Creamy Chicken with Honeydew


I thought one honeydew I harvested would just be put into waste. The truth is -- I harvested it at the wrong time.  Knowing when to harvest the honeydew is sometimes confusing (-.?).  It's skin color doesn't change as the cantaloupe does when it's ripe for harvest already.  But it was still worth the effort after all because this recipe I made turned out to be so good, creamy, and delicious. I’m glad I have no waste. Try it and you will be glad you serve it on your table.  



HONEYDEW PLANTS




Another member of the Cucurbitaceae family that provides *vitamins and minerals like, potassium which helps prevent heart diseases and an increase in blood pressure; Vitamin C which is necessary to boost your immune system; copper which maintains healthy skin; thiamine, niacin, and B vitamins which help reduce the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.


Please see about planting other vegetables and trees - The Garden (2012) and The Garden (2013).






CREAMY CHICKEN WITH HONEYDEW


Ingredients:
400g    unripe honeydew
4 pc     chicken drumsticks
1 c       Heavy Whipping Cream
10g      bell pepper leaves
25g      ginger, thinly sliced
2 tbsp  garlic, chopped
1 pc     small onion, sliced
1 tbsp  cooking oil
2 c       water
½ tsp   salt

Preparation Time:  30 minutes

Cooking Time:  1 hour

Instructions:
1. The chicken must be thawed before cooking. Wash the chicken thoroughly to remove any slimy juice or scales left at its end. Keep it inside in the refrigerator while you cut the rest of the ingredients.

2. Soak the bell pepper leaves in a bowl of water. Set it aside.

3. Wash thoroughly the honeydew with vegetable and fruit wash and rinse well.  Remove the skin and seeds of the honeydew and cut into small, thick slices diagonally.  Set them aside.

     (Note:  Set aside the other half for your next cooking.  Wrap it up with cling wrapper and store it in the refrigerator.)   

4. Prepare and cut the rest of the ingredients.
5. Preheat the cooking oil in a pan.  SautĂ© the ginger and garlic till they become slightly brown and then add the onion.

6. Mix in the chicken drumsticks and let it in the pan for 3 minutes. Afterwards turn its other side over and let it in the pan for another 3 minutes.  Add water and stir.  Let it simmer for 15 minutes.

7. Mix in the honeydew and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

8. Add salt and stir.  Mix in the bell pepper leaves and simmer for another 2 minutes.

9. Turn off the heat.  Add the heavy whipping cream and stir.  Let it stand for another 2 minutes before serving.

Servings – 4 servings (1 chicken drumstick per serving)





Please see my other Cooking Recipes:
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“Cooking doesn’t only involve knowing what and how to cook and prepare  all the ingredients, but also how much you love to cook for somebody ."  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Mrs. Jelly Beans' sticky notes --- A Wonderful One-day Trip (Part 3)


A restless night caused me and my daughter not to feel good when we woke up because the time for her to fly back to her family was nearing already.  I know it’s not going to be the end of the world for me and her because we will see each other again sometime.  But the feeling of a mother seeing her daughter go is touching the very bottom of my heart.  I didn’t leave the airport till she passed through the TSA inspection area at DFW International Airport.  She glanced at me and saw her go as she walked away with her hand carry bag afterwards.  Though a little smile on my face showing while she walked away, but in my heart there was something. And then the memories lingered on as I went back home......

During her younger years, I saw her go every morning after she takes a shower and run to play with her cousin in her grandmother’s house.  I saw her go when she first entered her classroom during her primary schooling.  I saw her go when I permitted her already to commute by herself in going to school during her high school and college years.  And the most touching moment I felt -- I saw her go when she walked the aisle during her wedding day and I couldn’t really resist crying that day.  The truth is -- I really hate crying because it makes me look ugly having puffy eyes afterwards. (‘_‘)  Who likes to cry, anyway?  I’m just being human and a mother. 


Last Dinner in a Japanese Restaurant

 Last Day of Shopping

The day before she departed, we ate our last dinner together in a Japanese restaurant and had our last day of shopping.  Afterwards, her brother helped her packed her things. There were lots of things to take home for the family. Ooops, her one baggage was almost overweight, so she needed to take some items out.  Oh well, that’s the hardest part of travelling (^_^).  When I travel myself, I feel bothered about this.  That’s why, I make sure my baggage is not overweight before I go to the airport.  I don’t like paying an extra baggage fee or just in case, opening up my baggage and do the transferring of some items from one baggage to another baggage in front of many passengers.  It can cause tension to a traveler who is in hurry to get a boarding pass and delays that can irritate other passengers waiting in line also. 


Though time was already limited, my daughter and I were able to have another wonderful one-day trip to a renowned aquarium place called "The Dallas World Aquarium," before her departure date. We saw different kinds of animals like, anteaters, ducks, electric eels,  giant fishes, giant river otters, giant snake (anaconda), sea horses, seaweed dragons, stingrays, sharks, giant crocodiles, birds, monkeys, flamingos, and others as shown below.  There are also different aquarium set ups and represented by different countries like, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Lord Howe Island, Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Southern Australia, Sri Lanka, and others. It was really a fascinating and learning experience for both of us, but time was really running short.... 


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ANACONDA



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ANTEATERS


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DUCKS


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ELECTRIC EEL


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GIANT FISHES

  video


BIRD AND MONKEYS


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OTTERS


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SEA HORSES


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SEAWEED DRAGONS


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SHARKS 


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STINGRAYS

DIFFERENT AQUARIUM SET UPS 
BY DIFFERENT COUNTRIES


FIJI


LORD HOWE ISLAND


NEW GUINEA


SOLOMON ISLANDS


SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA


SRI LANKA

They are all amazing and wonderful to look at.  I love them all, especially the different aquariums.  I have my own small aquarium, but I know it is no match to these aquariums that were beautifully set up.  They are natural-looking sceneries of the deepest seas, as represented by different countries.  I just took the chance to let my eyes be mesmerized by this Wonders of Nature -- real God's wonderful creation and goodness. 
Related Personal Travels:

Wonderful One-day Trips:
   Part Two

Happy, Happy Me Travels:
   Introduction - Happy, Happy Me                
      Part Two                                                 
  Part Three                                                              
  Part Four                                                     
  Part Five                                                     
  Part One – Japan (2014)                            
  Part Three – Japan (2016)                         
      Part Four –Japan (2016)     


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My hands can do this --- Comfy Cowl Top


During cold weather season, keeping our body warm is very important. Our head and neck are important parts of our body that need to be covered and protected.  This simple, easy-to-make project is designed to suit this purpose.  It’s an all-in-one project, combined as a scarf and hood as well, to elegantly cover your head and neck.  It stays on your neck without any hassle of falling off. It can easily be put  on your head to keep it from getting wet and keep your ears warm, too.  Try it on (-.-)



Comfy Cowl Top (a)


*COMFY COWL TOP

Materials:
(1) Home Spun, 6oz/170g/185yd/169m, Edwardian #312
      straight knitting needles, size 11
      crochet hook, size  F5/3.75mm

Level of Difficultyeasy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(K)            knit
(yo)           yarn over
(st) / (sts)  stitch / stitches
(WYIB)    with yarn in back
(tog)          together
(ch)           chain
(sl st)         slip stitch
(sc)            single crochet

Instructions:
Making a slip knot
1)  Pull a 120 inches length of yarn from the skein.  Make a circle 
     and place the yarn coming from the skein under the circle.  The 
     excess yarn (the longer one) will be used to bind off both sides
     at the end.  Roll it up and tie it temporarily with a rubber band to
     keep it from getting tangled while you knit.
2)  Insert the needle under the bar just made and pull on both ends 
     of the yarn to complete the slip knot. The slip knot counts as
     your first cast on (st).

Making a slingshot cast on
3)  Hold the  needle with the slip knot in your right hand with your
      index finger resting on the slip knot.
4)  Place the short end of yarn over your left thumb, and bring the
     working yarn up and over left index finger.  Hold both yarn ends
     in your left palm with your 3 remaining fingers.
5)  Insert tip of the needle under first strand of yarn on left thumb.
6)  Bring needle over and around the first strand on your index   
      finger.
7)  Pull the yarn and needle down through loop on thumb.
8)  Slip your thumb out of the loop, then bring thumb toward you,
     catching yarn end to form new loop on thumb and gently pulling
     to tighten new (st) on needle.
9)  Repeat steps 5 to 8 to cast on another 38 (sts). Practice until you  feel comfortable doing it.


Knit Stitch
10) Hold the needle with the first cast on (st) in your left hand.  Hold the empty needle in your right    hand.
11) (WYIB) of the needles, insert the right needle into the loop of the first (st) closest to the tip of the  left needle.
12) Hold the right and left needles with your right thumb and index  finger while you bring the yarn  beneath the right needle on top    of the right needle with your left hand.
13) With your right hand, bring the right needle with the loop of  yarn toward you and through the (st)  slipping the old (st) off  the left needle.  Tighten the new (sts) on the shaft of the right  needle.
14) Repeat steps 11 to 13 across the row until you feel comfortable  doing it.  Remember, there should be only 40 (sts) in a row.
15) To begin the next row, turn the needle with the (sts) to your left    hand and the empty needle to your right hand.  Repeat steps 11   to 15 until it measures 27 inches long.  Don’t stretch it. To  make variations in its size, I based the measurement not by the  number of rounds these (sts) are made, but by the actual size  when it is put around your neck and head up to your chin.   (Note: The actual size of your neck and head up to your chin  vary individually.  It means that you have to try it on first and  see if it can already cover your neck and head up to your chin.  There should be an allowance provided to ensure that you can  easily take it off and put it on when both sides are already bind  off together.
     
Binding off loosely
16) (K) 2 (sts).
17) With the left needle,  insert it to the first (st) on the right needle
      and bring the right needle with the second (st) through the loop
      of the first (st)  and then off the needle.
18) (K) the next (st).
19) Repeat steps 17 to 18 until one (st) remains on the right needle.
20) To lock the last (st), cut the yarn leaving 20 inches long (the
       shorter one) and bring it up through the last (st). Don’t tighten
       it yet. Don’t cut the excess yarn yet.

Binding both sides
21) Bring (tog) both sides. Tie a temporary knot using the excess
      yarn (the shorter one) to hold one end of both sides together.
      This will help you to evenly connect the (sts) of both sides
      together until you reach the end.   With the other excess yarn
      (the longer one) on the other end, use your crochet hook to (sl
      st) through the first (sts) of both sides.  Make (ch).  Make (sc)
      on the first (sts) of both sides. (Sc) on  succeeding (sts) of both
      sides until you reach the end. Loosen up the last loop a little bit.
      Don’t cut it yet. Set the project aside.

Making a braid
22) Make 8 yarn strands of 40 inches long.  Tie a knot on each end
      of the strands to keep it from loosening up. 
23) Get the project again. Insert 4 yarn strands into one loop end of
      the excess yarn (the longer one) and make each end of the  
      strands meet together to balance its length.  Pull the excess yarn
      (the longer one)  to tighten the 4 yarn strands .  Fasten off twice
      to hold all the strands.      
24) Loosen up the tie of the other excess yarn (the shorter one) a
      little bit. Insert the remaining  4 strands into its loop. Pull the
      excess yarn (the shorter one) to tighten the 4 yarn strands. 
      Fasten off twice to hold all the strands.
25) Braid them and tie both ends well. Trim both ends.  Tie a
       ribbon. This will serve as the lower, front side of the project.


Comfy Cowl Top (b)


Comfy Cowl Top (c)


*This project was featured in my knit designer profile at All Free Knitting as "Cozy Cowl Hood".  Posted # 2 in What’s Hot – Top Cowls Projects at All Free Knitting (Nov. 30, 2013).   Please note this ranking is not permanent.  Thank you very much to all viewers.                                            

*This project was featured also in my crochet designer profile at All Free Crochet as "Cozy Hooded Cowl." It is listed as one among my Top Knit Projects.  




Happy Crocheting and Knitting to All (-.-)