Friday, May 18, 2012

More Origami, Crazy Neighbors, and Cool Things about Wellman

With me posting only once a week,  I have to be careful to try not to overfill each posting.    SoooooWhere to begin.    I guess with the Crazy neighbor who is very possessive about her parking spot.    At first,   there was no reason for concern.  But when I decided to park in the top slot  ( when she was gone for several was empty)  she decided to take a not so passive aggressive approach to getting her spot back.   This is how I know it is malicious.....she ALWAYS parks this closed to the driver side....even when I back into the spot.!  How am I to get into my car???!  ( Notice the space she COULD park in)   So,   She is old,  single, and very particular.....much like my mother used to be....So   I decided I don't want to be there when she snaps.   (My mother used to stand in the aisle of the church if someone sat in our front row seat...!  Thanks Mom!)   I now park down by the tree. 
Anyway,  I have been working on several Origami sculptures recently.  Just as when I was a wood carver,   everyone would give me wood....Now that I fold paper....people are giving me various types of paper to play with.   So of the stuff is not very good,,  but others are pretty cool!   I can't wait to see what i can do with them!
And finally:  There is so little in Wellman to show off that when we DO find something,  we have to take a picture.  
 This is of a tulip tree.   The only tulip trees I have ever seen where white.   But this one was green/yellow with a orange band.    Pretty cool!  
 So Cheryl and I decided to take a walk and snap a few pics.  


Hope everyone is having a great summer so far.  We continue to trudge along at ACT while working on stockings on the weekend.  Perhaps I'll have better origami to show off as the summer progresses and I get to use the latest paper.  We shall see!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Making Mochi...My latest Culinary Challenge!

 So what is next?   After conquering the Gyoza mystery,  I'm now up for another Adventure in the kitchen!  This time  MOCHI!   Also known as a japanese Rice Cake,  Mochi is made from Pounded Rice flour and steamed, baked, grilled, and aparently, even microwaved!  
 I don't know if I will find the guys it takes to pound it,  but I think I can find the processed glutinous rice flour that is required.....Or maybe enlist Cheryl and make my own.   We shall see..    Having little to post lately,   this is all I got...and so I shall post my results when I have some of the gooey cakes to show off.....Get ready for FUN!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

More stockings, Cats and How to MAKE Gyoza....

So I finally did it!   I decided to find out just how to make Gyoza.   It is so simple that I cant believe it!   Anyway, It is very fun stuffing those little wraps with the stuff.   The recipe I followed is fairly simple and easy to add things to or take away.   I 've already added fish instead of turkey/pork.  
Anyway,  it calls for ( and the proportions can be switched up to your liking)  1 cup cabbage, 1/2 cup of onions, 1 cup pork/ or chicken/ or turkey/or fish,  1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp vegetable oil,   any spices to your taste.....I like garlic and hot mustard.    I have substituted chives for the onions,  olive oil for the vegetable oil, horse radish for the other spices...and the list goes on.   
  Take the mixture and blend it up to a almost pate'    and fill the dumplings.   Dip your finger in water to make sure the one side will stick to the other and fold them like this....easy!  You can fry them or steam them .   
I have become addicted!    
Other than that,   we continue working at ACT on the MCAT and GMAT while doing stockings on the weekend.   Today we worked on some raccoon stockings.   We were planning on having this week off, but the GMAT asked for volunteers and we signed up.   It was one of those things where we need to do the stockings, but need the money now, more.   So,  my posts have been getting more and more infrequent.   
 But with only weekends, and the help of one of the shop cats,   we should have things to post...a little at least.   Hope everyone is having a great week/or month....depending on how often I post stuff.   We shall see. 


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