Last night for dinner I made 'Pot stickers' and rice. They were pork pot stickers and they were good but not of the quality that I'm used to serving. They fried up sort of hard but they still tasted OK so I guess it wasn't a complete failure. This weekend I think I'm going to make some 'Lumpias' and fried rice. If you've ever been around any Military bases and made friends with any of the wives you've probably been introduced to Lumpias. They are originally a Filipino dish. It's a very thin wrapper about 10" and in the Philippines they fill them with pork, cabbage and onions or whatever the lady has available. My American family likes them with cooked hamburger and cooked shredded potatoes. After bundling them up in the wrappers you fry them in about 2 inches of oil. Very filling.
We will be making a big batch of my sweet and sour recipe. I used to be a waitress in a restaurant on Guam and I asked the cook how he made the sweet & sour sauce. He couldn't give me exact amounts, he just gave me a list of ingredients. It took me a lot of mistakes until I came up with an edible version of the restaurants. Now I've passed it along to my daughter and grand daughter. And I'm sure we'll indoctrinate the 4th generation this weekend.
Fall is slowly coming around and I've quit watering the yard. I've been keeping the rose bushes watered until it's really cold outside and then they can settle down for the winter. Every one tells me it's going to be a worse one than last year. I remarked some where that we had one morning of light snow and it was gone by dinner. And that was all we had. Granted we had a lot of bitter cold windy days but we survived. I miss the snow. I guess it was too cold to snow last year. We shall see. Some of the East coast of the US has already seen some snow and now they're playing with hurricanes. I wouldn't trade this weather for any of theirs and I grew up in Northern Pennsylvania where we had 2 or 3 feet of snow from October thru February and sometimes into March. But I was only a teen at that time and they have no triggers against cold and snow. We loved making snow forts and snow people and having snow ball wars!
Bridgit and I are coming along on our new house (it's actually from the 50's) and it's still standing. We got a new washing machine from a lady who was moving to Florida and couldn't take it with her. She didn't have a dryer or someone else got her dryer (don't really know) and we can live with just a washer. I went outside on Monday and stretched a wire from one of the back porch/patio pillars to the next and then to the next. Now we just wash clothes and hang them outside. Sort of reminiscent of my youth except in the early 50's the washer had hand cranked rollers to wring out the clothes. That was always my job. Even tried to run my fingers thru it once or twice.
And now for some new scrap book pages.
The young ladies are ready for school. The kit is from Kyra at Russian Dutch Heart designs.
Little Amyah is cute no matter what. Kit is from Miriam's Scraps.
One of my favorite couples, Eddie & Marie. Still using the same kit from Miriam's Scraps
Here's Marie in another one of Kyra's kits. This one is Frederque.
Sandy has a horse so she's the favorite Auntie now! She shares the barn chores with Olivia. And another kit by Kyra.
Olivia really got into braiding Indy's mane. I used a kit from Studio Manu
And another picture of aunt Sandy and Olivia with the Star being Independence aka Indy. This kit is called 'A Crisp Autumn Day' and came from Tooty Pups designs.
I'm going to sign up for a course on Winston Chruchill next week and I'm really looking forward to the readings that will go with it.
Meanwhile here's some Hugs from Sarge