Saturday, August 25, 2012

Egg Foo Yong - Retro Recipe Saturdays

Before I start today, I just want everyone to visit Emily at 52 Mantles: Thursdays are Your Days.  She is so sweet and kind to give me a huge Shout Out, and I am really appreciative.  Emily's blog 52 Mantels: is one I read every morning, and if you are not following her yet, I think it would be great if you did.  She has some really great posts.  Today's is an example Fabric Floral Embellished Onesie. I don't even have babies anymore, but this is just too darn cute.  Someone out there must have a baby to make this for.  Anyway,  I just wanted to make sure that I thanked Emily, and send a few of you her way, if you are not following her already.  By the way, she also has a great link party every Thursday.

Welcome to Retro Recipe Saturdays.  I was looking through my Aunt Char's cookbooks for something to cook for all of you today.  Something easy, fast, good and without having to do a full on grocery shopping, because it was 4:00 PM yesterday afternoon.  I decided on Egg Foo Yong from the Plain and Fancy Ways With Eggs cookbook, by the Poultry and Egg National Board, copyright was 1965.  It looked easy with just a few ingredients, the only thing that I needed to get was bean sprouts.  Easier said then done.  The recipe calls for canned bean sprouts, Safeway didn't have them.  Do they even still sell canned bean sprouts anymore?  I don't know.  Not at any of my grocery stores.  So I bought fresh alfalfa sprouts, and figured that Vitamin Cottage, my local health food store would have mung bean sprouts.  No such luck.  They didn't have any sprouts.  So this is a Chinese recipe with alfalfa sprouts.  If you can't go with the flow when cooking, then you are cooking you are out of luck.  So we have Egg Foo Yong made with alfalfa sprouts.  Different, but still good.   Oh, by the way, Safeway did have Mung Bean Sprouts, but they looked really bad, kind of brown and old, at least the alfalfa sprouts were pretty and green.

Also, as I was  trying to take pictures of  this recipe to do a tutorial, not such luck guys.  I forgot to put my sd card back in my camera.  It was still sitting in my computer, so I only have a picture of  the finished Egg Foo Yong on a plate with the gravy.  It figures, right?  At least it is an easy recipe.  Have fun!!!

Egg Foo Yong

2 TB butter or margarine  - I used butter.  (No margarine in my house)
1 can  - 1 lb bean sprouts drained and liquid reserved ( I just used water in the gravy since I used fresh Alfalfa Sprouts.)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 TB finely chopped green pepper or parsley ( I used parsley0
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soy sauce
4 eggs slightly beaten
vegetable oil for frying, at least 1/2 inch deep ( I used a nonstick skillet and Pam)


Melt butter or margarine in sauce pan.  Add bean sprouts, onion, celery, and green pepper or parsley; cook for about 5 minutes, until onion is transparent.  ( There should be little or no liquid left in the pan.)  Cool slightly.  Add salt and soy sauce to eggs; beat with fork until well blended.  Combine cooled vegetables and egg mixture.  Spoon about 1/4 of  the mixture into moderately hot oil spreading to form a cake 5 inches in diameter.  Any of the egg that runs out of the cake can be pushed back into the cake.  Cook until brown, about 4 minutes on each side.  Carefully turning once with a pancake turner and a fork.  Drain and serve with or without sauce.

Makes 4  5 inch cakes.


1 TB cornstarch
1 tsp sugar
3/4 cup juice from canned bean sprouts.  ( I just used 3/4 cup water)
1/4 cup soy sauce


Stir cornstarch, sugar, and juice (or water).  Cook stirring constantly until clear and uniformly thickened.  Add soy sauce; serve hot with Egg Foo Yong

Makes 1 cup sauce

Now, I need to be totally honest about the recipe.  It was good, but not one of those recipe that you say, I want to eat all of it.  I like Asian food, but I am not a huge fan.  So this is a good recipe, and if you like Asian food you will like this recipe.  I would also really try to find mung bean sprouts instead of alfalfa sprouts, that may make a huge difference.  Remember this recipe is from 1965, so canned bean sprouts maybe harder to find today.

Let me know what you think of this recipe.  I love to hear your comments, and I always love hearing from you.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Margaritas for Friday"s Happy Hour & Favorite Friday Blog Links

I am starting a new section today along with Favorite Friday Blog Links, it's called Friday's Happy Hour.  Each Friday, I will feature a new cocktail of the week.  I hope that you will enjoy these new concoctions each week.  Today's cocktail will be a Debi's Homemade Margaritas.

Debi's Homemade Margaritas


2 1/2 cups Limeade
1 cup tequila
2 oz Triple Sec
2 oz Grand Marnier
6 lime wedges
2 TB Salt on a plate


Mix all ingredients in a pitcher.

Rub lime around the rim of the glass and turn glass upside down and rub the rim in the salt.

Put ice in glass, and pour Margarita over ice.

Serves 6

Now it is time for my Favorite Friday Blog Links for the week.  I just love reading what everyone is doing and writing each week.  It is my favorite morning ritual, reading blogs while drinking my coffee.  So without further ado, I would love to present this weeks blogs of the week.  Have fun reading.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Garlic Monkey Bread

My family loves bread, and we love garlic.  What's not to love about either?  It's even better when you mix them together.  I love this Garlic Monkey Bread recipe.  Normally we make it in a bundt pan, if there are going to be a lot of people, but when I made this, there were just three of us.  The three of us did not need to eat a whole bundt pan full of Garlic Monkey Bread, because of course, I would be me eating it all.   I don't need to do that, so I made it in a loaf pan. Today I am going to share my Garlic Monkey Bread Recipe with all of you.  I hope that you enjoy it.

Garlic Monkey Bread

1 cans Pillsbury Grands Flaky Butter Biscuits
1/2 cup melted butter
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp Italian Herbs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Use a 9 inch loaf pan and layer your biscuits standing on their sides.  You will have two rows of biscuits side by side in the pan.

Mix butter, garlic,  and Italian herbs, and pour butter over the biscuits, getting it in between each of the biscuits.

Once done put the biscuits in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until biscuits are done.
Invert pan onto a serving tray and serve.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe.  Please send me any comments or questions.  I am always happy to hear from you.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tangerine Toner and Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party 14

This week I am featuring a great recipe for Tangerine Toner along with our Wednesday Adorned From Above Link Party.  I hope that all of you join in.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to this week.

Welcome to my Wednesdays Adorned from Above Link Party 14. I hope that all of you have fun, and I can't wait to see all of your beautiful work from the last week.

The first thing I am going to ask any of you to do is to become a GFC Follower if you are not already following me.  I would really appreciate it. You can also follow me on Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook.  I should have Polyvore up next week.

This week I am featuring the three top blog that had the most visits. Clicking on the like button will also help to pick which posts you like the most.  Right now I am picking the links with the most page views.
I am thrilled to feature the following posts this week.  So without further ado, I would like to present these beautiful and informative blog.  To those of you that I featured I would love for you to feature this link to the blog showing that you are featured blogger at the Wednesday Adorned from Above Blog Hop. Just copy and paste the link below somewhere on your page.

Just grab my new Wednesdays Adorned From Above Featured Button in my sidebar, or you can post a text link.

I want to thank everyone who linked with my Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.  All of your projects are wonderful and I would post all of them if I could, but I think that the blog would probably be a little too long.  I hope that all of you link more posts this week.  Let's Party!!!

Your posts can include:
  • anything DIY
  • Recipes
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Sewing
  • Knitting and Crochet Ideas and Patterns
  • DIY Cleaning Solutions
  • Natural Beauty Product Recipes
  • Decorating Ideas
  • Thrifting
  • Book Reviews, Movie Reviews, Christian Music
  • Inspirational Articles, Poetry, Life Stories, or Short Stories
  • Bible Studies 

The only rules are to follow me, have a link somewhere on your post to Adorned From Above ( you can copy and past the link below, and visit some other posts - after all it is a party.
Now onto our DIY beauty recipe of the of the week  Tangerine Toner.  It is so easy to make, you will end up hitting yourself in the head going, "really, I never thought of that."  Okay, so here goes.  The drums are rolling, can you hear them.

Tangerine Toner


6 oz Witch Hazel ( Alcohol Free )
25 drops Tangerine Essential Oil.


Pour Witch hazel in a squirt bottle, and add the tangerine essential oil.

Shake, and you are done.

Sqirt in a cotton pad and wipe off your face, like you would with any other toner.

Let me know what you think of this toner.  I always love hearing your comments.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How To Make - Link Party Button and Featured Blogger Button for Blogger

I am so excited. I just made two buttons for my blog. I made a Link Party Button and a Featured Blogger Button for Blogger.  I will tell you, I have been stressing about doing this. I have been reading blogs to find a blog to help, and would get through their directions, and either have nothing, or have a picture and no grab box, or just coding with not picture or grab box. Now, this may just be my inability to follow directions, or maybe because I was working on it at 1:00 AM, but I was not getting it. I finally found a blog that was explained it perfectly. It is How to Make a Blog Button Grab Box on Paper Heart Camera.  It was written by Rachel from And Then She Snapped.
I am going to give you a quick How to Make - Link Party Button and Featured Blogger Button for Blogger, but I would really recommend that you visit How to Make a Blog Button Grab Box on Paper Heart Camera for all of the directions.

How to Make - Link Party Button and Featured Blogger Button for Blogger

1.  The first thing you will need to do is pick an image that you want to use for your button.  I chose a picture that I had taken.

2. Next I worked in Photoshop to crop my image to a square and then I adjusted the size to 125 x 125 pixels.  I am not familiar with a lot of other editing programs, but the Paper Heart Camera post suggests using photobucket.   I think that you can do all of your editing in this program.

3. You can see the size that the picture was cropped to below.  Next, I added the text to the pictures, until, I got them the way that I wanted them.

4.  Next I uploaded them into photobucket, but if you are working in photobucket it is already there.

5.  You will then to work on your html code so that you get your picture and your grab box together.   The code below is what I used for my Link Party Grab Box.  I did this in notepad.  Just copy and paste.

<div align="center"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Adorned From Above" src="" /></a> </div> <div align="center"> <form><textarea rows="4" cols="14"><center><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Adorned From Above" src="" /></a></center></textarea></form> </div>

Change the red text to your blog's link
Change the blue text to the Name of You Blog
Change the fuscha text to the link for your picture in photobucket

6. To find the link for your picture in photobucket, you will click on your picture and you will see a box around the picture with several boxes of code beneath it.  Click in the direct link box.  It will say copied.  Then just paste it over the link for my picture link.

7. Next, pick your gadget,  it is the HTML/Java Third Party Script.  Give it a name, I named my Link Party Button.  Then I copied the text from Notepad and pasted it into my Widget's text box.

8.  Save, and then I clicked Preview, to make sure that it looked right.  If something is wrong, check your code and your different links.

9.  It should be working fine.  Again, since I am not an expert, I would refer back to How to Make a Blog Button Grab Box on Paper Heart Camera.

I hope that this helps you to make a Blog Button Grab Box if you haven't done one yet.  It really helped me a lot.  Let me know what you think.  I always love hearing from you.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Glory and Rejoice - Bible Study

Last week I was reading a blog post on God's Growing Garden called Perseverance and Character.  Angie is the blogger, and I have really enjoyed reading what she has to say.

Angie wrote about Romans 5:1 - 5:5 last week, and I believe that this is something that we really need to remember.

5:2 Through whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand,
 and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
5:3 And not only in that, but we also glory in tribulations,
knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
Romans 5:2 - 3
She was actually talking about perseverance, but what caught my eye, was glory even in time of trouble, or tribulations.  I think that sometimes we turn to God in times of trouble, but we do not rejoice.  He has given us his love unconditionally.  He is always there for us, but for some reason, in times of trouble, we forget to rejoice and glory in his love for us.  I think that sometimes life just feels too hard.

A friend called me this week, and we talked for a few minutes.  I asked if everything was okay, and she answered that things felt heavy, but that God was faithful, so everything would be okay.  I had just read Angie's blog, and again the scripture that stuck with me was Romans's 5:2 and 5:3, "but we also glory in tribulations".  So I told my friend about Angie, and what she had written.  Literally I had just read this post an hour before my friend called.

It was perfect, because those were God's words that she needed to hear.  Isn't it amazing how he works.  When I spoke with my friend a few days later, she said that today may be a bad day, but God is faithful, and the next day may be better.  God is at work.

I think that if we wake up each and every day rejoicing in good times and in bad, then we are better able to remember that God loves us each and every day.  That we can "rejoice in the hope of the glory of God" but also "glory in tribulations" is a one way of praising God.

This was just a short note today.  Please send me your comments, I always love hearing from you.

Have a blessed day.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bethlehem and The Church of the Nativity Photo Series Part 2

2:4 And when he (Herod) had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 
2:5  And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
2:6  And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Matthew 2:4 - 2:6

This is part 2 of the pictures of Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity Photo Series.  Last week I featured pictures up to the front of the Church of the Nativity. This week we will enter the church.  It is so beautiful.

Once we enter the church you will see tile murals on the walls and floor.  there are lots of beautiful hanging lights, and ornate alter, you will see a wedding, then we enter the grotto with the star that symbolizes where Jesus was born, and then we leave the church, and are back on the streets of Bethlehem.  Now,  the pictures.

I hope you have enjoyed my tour of Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity.  I really enjoyed this trip.  I would love to hear any comments that you have.  I always enjoy hearing from you.