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Success in cooking brown rice!

Monday, August 06, 2012

The magic formula :

2 cups brown rice to 3 cups water! Just right! Firm enough to have pleasant bite but soft enough to swallow! This is only my 2nd time cooking brown rice! The first time, I put in too much water and it turned out too mushy. Like midway to porridge! Yuck! But still edible though.........

And my Dad actually ate it! Him! Who calls brown rice and whole wheat bread 'grass'! LOL!

  
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SQUIRRELLYONE 8/7/2012 9:14AM

    LOL I am completely incapable of rice without my rice cooker :) I once cooked brown rice for an hour and the outside was sticky, mushy, and overcooked, and the inside of each grain was hard as a rock. I now ONLY cook rice in the rice cooker :)

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EOWYN2424 8/7/2012 9:07AM

    I use a rice cooker. I just leave it to cook till the 'keep warm' sign lights up!

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JESSYVIRGINY 8/7/2012 8:23AM

    I love brown rice, and you're right it can be hard to cook it just right. emoticon

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Q8PRINCESS 8/7/2012 1:45AM

    We have it quite often.

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AUDISP 8/6/2012 10:41PM

    I love brown rice. A tip I found that helps is to use the ratio you use, but put the rice in the water and soak it overnight, then cook it. cuts the cooking time in half and it is still a nice texture. This is of course if you're using a pan on the stove. I don't know if it would work in a rice cooker or not.

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PATTYCAKE17 8/6/2012 8:55PM

    emoticonon your culinary achievement! Must have felt good to receive Dad's compliment! emoticon

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FRANCES-AGAPE 8/6/2012 8:01PM

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MISSDAISY23 8/6/2012 5:07PM

    You are emoticon! I just bought brown rice. DId you cook it on the stove top?
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THEFLORIDAFAIRY 8/6/2012 11:26AM

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SONICB 8/6/2012 10:32AM

    Is this on a stove? I use a rice cooker and use 2 cups of brown rice to 2+1/4 cup water.

Nothing wrong with porridge either. :) I like to make a Vietnamese version with chicken and brown rice. http://foodforfour.com/2010/05/chao
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USMAWIFE 8/6/2012 10:08AM

    Brown rice is really tricky. We got a rice cooker from bed bath and beyond and you throw the rice and water in and it cooks it and keeps it warm all day for you . rice comes out perfect every time

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Is it just me?

Sunday, August 05, 2012

I went to church today and those little old ladies just won't leave me alone! They keep asking me the mundanest 'getting to know you' questions! I mean, can't they tell that I was in no mood to talk? Not that I'm being unfriendly or anything, but they were how should I put it : invading my personal space! I just gave short one word answers (so as not to be rude, totally ignoring them would be rude) but they still wouldn't leave me alone. They kept pressing on, asking question after question! Grrrrr!

  
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SQUIRRELLYONE 8/7/2012 9:18AM

    As one of the biggest talkers I know, have to say: feel free to tell us to back off. I tell all my friends that: if you need space tell me! Even if it's just, "sorry, I'm not feeling well at the moment, I just need some quiet time." That lets the talkers know that you need a bit of space, but doesn't insult them. Everyone needs quiet time sometimes (except me!)

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PATTYCAKE17 8/6/2012 8:52PM

    Success is always a wonderful thing. so glad you and Dad enjoyed your new culinary achievement! emoticon emoticon

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MISSDAISY23 8/5/2012 11:09PM

    Hi Elaine,
Wow, everyone here has already given you various answers or suggestions. Sorry, I am a little late today.
Trying to take it easy due to my situation. Hope you are in a better mood now.
Take care!
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KARENCRANER 8/5/2012 3:13PM

    It's not just you! My favorite tactic with that group is to ask THEM a couple of questions followed by a hasty retreat. The questions will divert them from grilling you, show you care because you're interested, and give the church ladies a positive impression even as you turn and walk away!

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CJJANISS 8/5/2012 11:16AM

    just grin and bear it...you're in church...but you could say you need some time now to pray or meditate on God

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GAYLLYNNE 8/5/2012 9:25AM

    I know how difficult it can be when people want to talk to you and you are just not in the mood. Maybe saying you have a headache and walking away would work? Good luck!!

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PATTYCAKE17 8/5/2012 8:47AM

    so here I go about to meddle like those ladies, but here goes, anyway....Could it be that some of those older ladies have been praying for many years and get a sense of when someone is hurting? Being mothers and grandmothers, they probably want to help you fix your hurt, and you're such a cutie pie, they may feel a motherly affection for you, or sense you're troubled about something or just all alone and they want to help. Maybe single out one lady that you could be a little friendlier to and say that you could use some prayer or just say "Hello" and ask how she is. You could be pleasantly surprised! Just speaking up for little old Christian ladies is all! LOL 'Cause I am one!! And I might be one of the above. emoticon emoticon

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Q8PRINCESS 8/5/2012 2:32AM

    It's hard being so popular sometimes. Maybe next time just say you'd love to talk but am just feeling too tired today or you have to run some errands so no time.

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Ever had Moon Cakes?

Saturday, August 04, 2012

I swear, they begin selling them earlier and earlier these days! The actual festival is at the end of September and they're already selling them now in the beginning of August! They come in decorative boxes of 2 or 4 moon cakes each. People normally buy them because they want the boxes! Ha! Ha!

Same here, I'm going to buy 2 moon cakes because I want the box to keep my overflowing bookmark collection! I'm buying one nutty moon cake (for my Dad, it's his fave) and one low-sugar white lotus paste (my fave).

Have they begun selling moon cakes in your part of the world? Btw, it's a Chinese tradition, I've forgotten the story, it's about a moon goddess or something. Maybe you can find out more if you google it! Happy Moon Cake festival!

  
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GREENGENES 8/6/2012 4:40PM

    Mooncakes are delicious. We don't have anyplace near here that sells them but my SiL sometimes sends us some from CA before the Moon Festival.

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BUBBLEJ1 8/5/2012 1:28AM

    I had them when I visited Singapore. Luckily, I went in September. I thought they were really yummy, but unlike anything I have had before.

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EOWYN2424 8/5/2012 1:07AM

    I already gave a link to wikipedia. If you want pics etc. go to the link.

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Q8PRINCESS 8/5/2012 1:02AM

    Yup, know them like them, have a bug Chinese community in Canada so it's common there.

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BARCLE 8/4/2012 8:20PM

    Another picture requester here - don't know what they are but they sound nice and I'm curious emoticon

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MISSDAISY23 8/4/2012 8:19PM

    Hey Elaine emoticon
White Lotus Paste is also my favorite. I just checked online here. They are taking orders now but only shipping it on August 17, 2012. This is freshly baked in a bakery in New York Chinatown.
I still prefer the ones in Malaysia. Sometimes I get lucky in my area if they bring in good moon cakes imported from either Hong Kong or Malaysia. Chicago Chinatown has good moon cakes too, provided you get the right brand coming from Hong Kong.
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LADYGSC 8/4/2012 4:13PM

    No, never heard of them - but they sound yummy.

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PATTYCAKE17 8/4/2012 4:10PM

    Sounds like yummy fun! Can you post pictures? emoticon

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TBOGENER 8/4/2012 2:52PM

    ever hear rhe song something about a moonpie and a RCcola? that's what they sound like only if you look moonpies can be found pretty much everywhere. I think RC Cola is forever gone. :(

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LUCINDARW 8/4/2012 1:50PM

    Never have heard of a moon cake but it sounds like something I'd like to try but full of calories. Enjoy your moon cakes. Lucinda

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KARENCRANER 8/4/2012 12:33PM

    Love them but haven't seen them in years. They're not a staple in my neck of the woods (rural North Idaho), unfortunately! Thanks for bringing back happy childhood memories from our time in Singapore. :)

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CJJANISS 8/4/2012 11:20AM

    I work at a college with the student organizations and the Chinese Student Association gave me a big box of moon cakes. I didn't try them, but my husband did...there is an egg in the middle of them.

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EOWYN2424 8/4/2012 10:59AM

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
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Check this out!

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CHICA_BORICUA 8/4/2012 9:20AM

    moon cakes? do you have pictures!!!

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GAYLLYNNE 8/4/2012 8:54AM

    I don't think I know what a moon cake is but it sounds delicious! Think maybe I should stay away!!!

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THEFLORIDAFAIRY 8/4/2012 8:31AM

    Haven't heard about moon cakes in a long time. We only have them in Chinese grocery stores and there isn't one around here. Never have had one though. Enjoy!

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NCSUE0514 8/4/2012 5:47AM

    Down South they sell moon PIES - but I think you have to be born and raised down here to like the things. I've lived down here almost 40 years and decided I'd prefer to ingest my calories with different stuff.

What's a moon cake anyway?

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TURNERHEATHER4 8/4/2012 5:13AM

    Interesting...thanks for sharing, I have never heard of moon cakes before!

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It's so hard to save money but oh so easy to spend it!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

I accompanied my Mom to the mall today. I didn't bring my handbag on purpose because I knew that I would be tempted to spend money. I actually wanted to buy some fancy bread but my Mom was in a hurry to leave so she could pick my brother from work. If I had brought my own money I would have spent it on fancy bread.

I'm going to see my Doctor tomorrow. That's why I need some spare cash. Also, I need to save some money because I'm going to get gifts for 5 people next week. I won't say anymore because I want it to be a surprise for the 5 people. I'm afraid they might read this blog and it won't be a surprise anymore! I'll post about it after I've given it to them! Promise!

  
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FRANCES-AGAPE 8/4/2012 12:43AM

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Here is a 4-leaf clover for GOOD LUCK at the doctor

Have a Great Weekend !

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Q8PRINCESS 8/3/2012 2:41AM

    No kidding! Sometimes I wished I did have that money tree in the backyard.

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COUPONS0216 8/2/2012 9:28PM

    Keeping you in my prayers for a good doctor's report.
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PATTYCAKE17 8/2/2012 5:47PM

    But spending is soooooooooo much fun!

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RENOVATIONMOM 8/2/2012 3:44PM

    Good luck at the Dr's tomorrow!

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THEFLORIDAFAIRY 8/2/2012 1:42PM

    Hope your dr apt goes ok. I know I am tired of them, they poke around so much. But they are a necessary evil. Have fun shopping, that's always fun to buy other people gifts. Take care - Ruthie

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USMAWIFE 8/2/2012 12:49PM

    Good luck with the doctor.

I finally found an endrocrinogolst who specializes in metabolism especially the parathryoid and pitutary glands. Actually spoke to him and he agreed to take me on as a patient

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MISSDAISY23 8/2/2012 12:47PM

    It is so true - hard to save and easy to spend! You are such a sweet girl. I wish everything goes well for you in all areas of your life. Take care & have a fabulous day!
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LOSER05 8/2/2012 12:17PM

    you are so right about the money.

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Mystery solved! (but with bad news)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The mystery of my aching 'muscles' that I thought was because of over-exercise has been solved. The mystery or my itchy ankles that I thought was because of allergies has the same root cause too!

It turns out that both problems are there because of exceedingly high levels of calcium and phosphate in my blood! The doctor came yesterday and he gave me an appointment to scan my parathoroid glands next month. He suspects that they may be swollen, and that means surgery, to remove them. That's the final solution.

But I have to take expensive meds my whole life if I don't opt for the surgery. Me and my family really can't afford the meds or the surgery. I'm just praying that somehow, God will provide.

  
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Q8PRINCESS 8/2/2012 5:39AM

    Good to know what is wrong but not the news you wanted.
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ADLINS 8/1/2012 9:23PM

    Wow and Yikes! So sorry to hear this, though it's good to know what the root cause is. I have had severe itching on my legs for a couple of years, but it's been nothing more than an incredible nuisance. I will keep you in my prayers.....

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PURPLESPEDCOW 7/31/2012 9:02PM

    check with the manufacturer of the medications. many now have help available for those who can't afford the medications.

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JOYFUL62 7/31/2012 7:05PM

    God has an answer to the problems you are facing. It seems like he always shows us the way at the very last minute, so keep the faith. You will be in our prayers.

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MISSDAISY23 7/31/2012 4:50PM

    Leave it to the Lord and you will not need expensive meds or surgery.

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SUGARSMOM2 7/31/2012 2:09PM

  take it one day at a time . a way will come and you wilo be amazed . one door closes another opens .

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THEFLORIDAFAIRY 7/31/2012 11:19AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wondered if the pain was caused by something other than the exercise. Feel better soon. Ruthie emoticon

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FENWAYGIRL18 7/31/2012 10:48AM

    Right now it's only speculation about your glands, think positive and pray!!!!!!!!!!!
I really hope that things work out for you, but as a former medical assistant I know that there are a lot of drug companies that have to give out a certain percentage of free meds every year and you should ask about the company that makes the drug (if you do end up needing it). There are a lot of companies that also have applications to see if you qualify for free meds from them or at a reduced rate, ask the doctors office.
Do you research I know I'd be giving applications especially to my elderly patients back in the day and they'd say they never knew they could get the meds for free!
But not every medical assistant was like me, a lot didn't care and wouldn't mention it to the patients, but I always did.
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KKKAREN 7/31/2012 10:38AM

    So sorry to hear things did not come out as you hoped. I hope you get better soon.

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PATTYCAKE17 7/31/2012 10:23AM

    So sorry about your diagnosis. Acknowledge and move on from here. emoticon
Perhaps a second opinion is in order, or a less invasive surgery or laser surgery. Maybe something Holistic, if you have the time to pursue that angle or a nutritionist. My GERD is totally under control with the change of diet to the Blood Type diet. Food CAN be medicinal, especially with hormonal or gastro problems. Worth a try. And I'm praying for you. emoticon emoticon There is a team on Spark that may have run into your diagnosis; it's the NATURAL HEALTH USING HERBS, SUPPLEMENTS AND VITAMINS TEAM. Doesn't hurt to go take a look. I know the Lord will help and guide you. God bless.


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EMERALDGREEN1 7/31/2012 10:22AM

    Hey Elaine, I'm sure an agreeable solution will arise. Have faith. God is good, all the time.

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BACKMOON 7/31/2012 9:11AM

    I am so sorry to hear that. I will keep you in my prayers. I have a problem with calcium deposits all over my body hey leave nodule looking bumps everywhere and the Dr.'s can't figure out why.

Rick

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USMAWIFE 7/31/2012 9:10AM

    I am doing through the issues with the parathryoid now Has your doctor run the PTH, vitamin D, and calcium all at the same time. that is going to be something that is needed to make a completely good diagnosis on this.

go to www.parathryoid.com

If you have modules in your parathryoid, go with the minimual invasive surgery which a lot of doctors do. Its over in 20 minutes and they say the results can be felt shortly after. I am looking for a surgeon to remove mine now

Also request an MRI of your pitutary gland since that is the master gland tht controls all the glands. we found I did not have one which is what is why my numbers go all over the charts each month.

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