My husband has been the Chinese chef in our household for years! He has developed the recipe for the world’s best egg rolls. I have not been able to find an egg roll that I enjoy more than his delicious recipe.world's best egg rolls Yes it is a bit time consuming but so worth the effort. The filling can actually be prepared ahead of time as it should cool before attempting to fill the wrappers. Once the wrappers are filled you should cook them right away. These delicious egg rolls should be eaten immediately!

 

World’s Best Egg Rolls

 

Ingredients:

 

2 pkgs of egg roll wrappers

1 lb. pork sausage

1 lb. shrimp

1 head of Napa cabbage

1 can of bamboo shoots

1 can water chestnuts

1 bunch of green onions

1 small garlic bulb

1 ginger root (match size of garlic bulb)

1 carrot

1 celery stick

2 bottles of peanut oil, enough for deep fry in wok

 

Sauce mixture (combine in large bowl in this order)

2 Tb cornstarch

2 Tb water

4 Tb soy sauce

4 Tb vinegar

4 Tb rice wine

4 Tb sesame oil

½ cup of chicken broth

2 tps black pepper

Add in finely chopped green onions

Let sauce mixture sit while you prep the rest of the items

 

Directions:

 

Make the sauce mixture first and let it sit while you prepare the egg roll filling.

 

Prepare the egg roll filling.  Chop garlic and ginger very well and put in bowl. It should look like a lot.

 

Chop all vegetables into small pieces. I put the cabbage in one bowl, the rest of the veggies in another bowl.

 

The trick for a good filling is to cook with a very hot wok. Heat wok and add just enough oil to coat (about 2 Tbs) and to cook half the garlic/ginger. Stir-fry half the garlic/ginger until lightly brown, to infuse oil. Add pork sausage and cook until crumbled and done. Remove sausage to drain in colander, leave remaining oil in wok. Add shrimp to wok and stir fry until done. Combine shrimp with pork sausage.

 

Heat wok again and add enough oil to coat, stir-fry the other half of garlic/ginger until lightly brown, to infuse oil. Add veggies and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add cabbage and cook vegetables until tender, about 3-4 minutes.

 

Pour sauce mixture into vegetables and cook until sauce thickens. Add pork and shrimp mixture and stir until everything is coated with sauce. You may want to cover and cook a few more minutes if the veggies don’t look done. Remove and cool. It is much easier to work with a cool filling than hot.World's best egg rolls

 

Heat peanut oil, enough to cover 3-4 egg rolls for deep frying, while assembling rolls.

 

Mix 1 Tb of water and 1 Tb of cornstarch in a bowl to seal the wrappers. Roll up a heaping tablespoon of egg roll mixture in each wrapper, seal with dab of cornstarch and water.World's best egg rolls

 

Deep fry 3-4 rolls at a time.World's best egg rolls

 

Serve immediately with sweet & sour sauce, or mix equal amounts of soy sauce and cider vinegar together in small bowls for dipping.World's best egg rolls

We have never tried freezing these world’s best egg rolls but they are delicious heated up the next day for lunch!World's best egg rolls


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Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that spring is coming.Spring is Coming The temperatures outside are well below freezing and the ground is covered with snow and ice. Even the birds are puffed up at the feeders. Spring seems along way off. However the one clue that tells me that spring is coming is the number of seed catalogs in my mailbox!Spring is Coming

 

I’ve actually been receiving less seed catalogs in the last few years, I’m sure because mailing has gotten so expensive and I haven’t ordered anything form them in a few years. The seed catalogs I continue to receive are my favorites.

 

There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting by our woodstove with a cup of tea looking through the various catalogs and planning my garden because spring is coming!spring is coming

 

I’ve cut way back on our vegetable garden since our house is on the market and you never know when we might get an offer! However I can’t give up gardening totally and I have eight wonderful raised beds so why not plant them!Spring is Coming

 

My favorite catalog is the Solstice Seed catalog. A local seed saver, Sylvia Davatz started this catalog several years ago. She lives just a few towns over so I know that everything in her catalog will grow in my garden. Last year she passed on the catalog to another local seed saver. As a result the prices have increased somewhat. However the goal of both of these wonderful seed savers is that we should all be growing and saving our own seeds. Every seed listed in the catalog you should be able to grow and then save the seeds yourself.Spring is Coming

 

My second favorite seed catalog is the Fedco Seed Catalog. This is not a glossy publication in fact there is not one photograph in the whole catalog, just black and white drawings and wonderful descriptions and information on the various seeds. There prices are very reasonable and I get a further discount when ordering through our local co-op. As a result my order is usually very inexpensive.Spring is Coming

 

If you are interested in growing heirloom seeds you should request a catalog from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. This company has almost 2000 different varieties of seeds for sale. The photographs are beautiful and the stories behind the various seeds are so interesting to read. I love that the company was started small and has done so well. I would love to order all my seeds from them but instead I just order a special few. If you are interested in the Gete okosomin squash they do offer seeds!spring is coming

 

What are your favorite seed catalogs? I love finding companies that are fairly local, like Solstice Seeds. That way I can be assured of having a successful garden. Spring is coming and now is the time to order your seeds!

 

January is the time of the year when folks think about the year ahead and what they want to accomplish.goal setting In the past I have written down a few goals for the year ahead but I don’t keep them in the forefront and therefore don’t actually do much to accomplish those goals. So this year I decided to spend some time goal setting for 2018. Then every week I will re-visit my goals and keep track of the progress I am making. My goal setting is not just for me personally but for my blog as well.

 

So in the spirit of goal setting I have come up with ten goals for 2018.

 

  1. Find a new hosting site for my blog and make the site secure.
  2. Monetize my blog. Right now I have no ads running on my blog. I would like to start earning something on my blog instead of it just being a hobby.goal setting
  3. Create a cookbook! I have been writing my blog for over six year and have accumulated many recipes online. Time to make them available in a cookbook form, either as a downloadable PDF or in a hardcopy or both!
  4. Be diligent about getting 10 K steps in 5 out of 7 days each week.. I wear a FitBit and so often come close to this goal but with a little effort I plan to reach this goal at least 5 out of the 7 days each week.goal setting
  5. As we continue to prepare for an eventual house sale continue to de-clutter. Get rid of at least 250 items from the house this year!
  6. Read more books this year! I love to read and have a bad habit of having several books going at once. I would like to read and finish 26 books this year. I’ll let you know what books I’m reading. Be prepared for an assortment, as I like to read various topics!
  7. Have a consistent meal plan each week and prepare ahead! I’m still adjusting to going from cooking for a large family to cooking for just my husband and I. I’m pretty good about planning our meals but I need to do better. I want to create a menu of healthy meals each week and not spend so much time in the kitchen!goal setting
  8. Finish 4 knitting projects. What is it with me? Like reading several books at once I also like to have several knitting projects going at once. The problem is I have a hard time getting them done! So in preparation of an eventual move I want to finish these random projects. First up on the list is a hat! Yes I know hats are easy and I have some patterns that I can whip up in no time. However this hat is a double knit pattern that for some reason I just can’t seem to finish! It was supposed to be a Christmas present for my daughter last year and that didn’t happen. I am so close and it will be the first project to complete. Then I will look at the other projects I have on hand and keep working until I have completed 4 projects.
  9. Clean out our freezer. I have two small freezer spaces; I no longer have our chest freezer as we sold it recently. I need to use up the various frozen fruits from the garden. Before we start harvesting more fruits and vegetables I want to use up what is in the freezer. First step will be to take an inventory and go from there.
  10. Take a few road trips and visit family and friends on the east coast that we will not see so often once we make a move to the west coast.goal setting

 

So there we go, goal setting for 2018 has commenced. Each week I will re-visit these goals and if I manage to complete any of them before the year is out I will set some new goals. The key is to keep looking forward and accomplish what you can!

There are a lot of reasons to get started on home improvement projects and renovations. Aesthetic appeal is one of the most motivating factors; people just want their homes to look nice. Most people don’t need anything other than the vision of their dream home in perfect condition to motivate them to get started on home improvement projects. For others, they need the promise of something else to get them motivated. Probably the most important reason you should invest in home upgrades, is for safety reasons.

 

Exterior Updates

 

One of the best things about doing outdoor home upgrades, is that they instantly boost curb appeal. Not only that, but they add incredible value to your home, as curb appeal is one of the most valuable things you can add to your home. If safety is your goal, here are a few exterior updates that will not only increase curb appeal, but make your home a safer place for you and your family to live.

 

Update your door

 

The front door is the most popular point of entry for burglars. If you have a door with a weak frame, made from flimsy material, not properly weather, or with old locks, you’re making your front door an easy way for intruders to access your home. The ideal front door is made of a material other than wood, as wood is the easiest to break or kick through. Installing jimmy-proof locks, especially for the deadbolt, is a great upgrade if you’re not ready to handle the expense of a brand new door. Most burglars won’t even attempt to pick the lock if they notice a lock they’re not familiar with, so updating your locks is worth the investment.Home Upgrades

 

Garage doors

 

While we’re talking about doors, your garage is another popular point of entry for home intruders. The easiest way to keep intruders out of your garage, is to keep your garage door shut. If you have a door that leads into the garage from outside, make sure that it has a different lock than your front door does. And always lock interior doors that lead into the garage. You store valuable things in the garage, but the most valuable things lay inside your home. If your garage door is installed properly, you won’t have any problems with burglars being able to break through it or lifting it manually. Like most areas of your home, your garage door needs updated and checked to make sure it’s functioning properly. If your garage door is old, or you have concerns about the safety of your garage door, call a garage door specialist to come take a look and make any necessary repairs.

 

Interior Safety

 

Intruders aren’t the only thing that you need to keep your home safe from. When we think about home safety, safe from burglars is an important part of home safety, yes. But it’s also important that your home and all of it’s mechanics function properly so your home is safe at all times, inside and out.

 

Have appliances maintained regularly

 

One of the most important home upgrades is one that you can’t even see. Making sure that your furnace, water heater, and plumbing are all functioning properly and updated is one of the safest things that you can do for your home.Home Upgrades

 

Install window treatments

 

Window treatments, such as blinds and curtains, not only make your home look better from the inside, but it also makes your home safer. These sorts of window treatments make it so you can completely obstruct the view into your home from anyone walking by. You’re less likely to experience a break in if potential intruders don’t have the ability to look into your home and see something that they’d like to steal. Having the ability to block the sun is also great to maintain the coloration of things like furniture, carpet, rugs, and even the paint on your walls.Home Upgrades

 

Educate your family about safety

 

All of these upgrades can make a big impact on the safety of your family. However, in the end the most important thing you can do is open up safety discussions with your family. This will include outlining a plan for emergencies and disasters so that everyone knows where to go and meet up, and which places are safest in the case of different emergencies. This can also include stranger-safety with your children, and role-playing scenarios so that they’ll know how to respond when approached by a stranger, whether it’s online, at their door, or on the street.

 

For every upgrade that you put in your home to increase safety, ensure that everyone knows its function and purpose.

Happy Friday! What better way to start off the New Year than with a wonderful giveaway. Now is your chance to win everything you need to bake a cake!

So excited to team up with these amazing bloggers and be a part of the Bake A Cake Giveaway!

 

Please note that you do not have to bake a cake to enter this giveaway!

 

Katherines Corner is having her first giveaway of 2018. It is sponsored by Casa Bouquet and I’m joining Katherine and some of her bloggy friends to bring you the Bake a Cake Giveaway!

One winner will receive an immersion blender,spring form baking pan set ,mixing bowls and $75 cash ( or Amazon gift card, winners choice)

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