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Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sue asked how I made the Vietnamese spring rolls. Here's how I make them with the children in my class.


rice noodles
leaf lettuce
mung bean sprouts
(when I don't make them with children, I also add shrimp)
Vietnamese spring roll wrappers

The most difficult part of the process is the delicate nature of the wrappers. They come packaged as very thin, translucent wafers.

Each one is soaked in warm water for a couple of minutes until it is soft and almost transparent. This is carefully laid flat. Thinly layer of lettuce, basil, cilantro, sprouts, and noodles on top of each other on the wrapper.

The tricky part is then rolling the wrapper without breaking it.

I like to fold it over the filling once, then fold on the sides before completing the wrapping process. This holds the filling in better. Once the sides are folded in, wrap it gently, but firmly into a roll.

Dipping sauce ingredients:

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 of a lime, juiced
3-4 cloves of garlic , minced
(you can also add a little chili pepper)

Mix all together and put in a bowl for dipping

They are really delicious!

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SILVERWITCH59 2/21/2010 7:51PM

    OH YUMMY emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHILOVERINAZ 2/20/2010 7:06PM

    I love these, I tried Pho and Spring Rolls for the first time a few months age. Soooo glad I discover this delicious and healthy food

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SWIM_2_SLIM 2/20/2010 6:11PM

    This sounds so good since I love shrimp and mung sprouts. Aren't they the best?!

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PUDLECRAZY 2/20/2010 7:59AM

    Only the noodles that go into them are cooked (and the shrimp if you don't make vegetarian rolls); the wrappers and the completed roll are not cooked. They are very healthful, non greasy, and refreshing to eat.

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JANEDOE12345 2/20/2010 7:25AM

    What a great recipe. They are not cooked? Just eat the noodle raw?

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MARY1313 2/20/2010 1:01AM

    Oh this sounds great! I love them.


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STARLASUE 2/19/2010 7:34AM

    Thank you! Wonderful.

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PUDLECRAZY 2/19/2010 5:59AM

    I haven't yet found the wrappers at Krogers. I am lucky to have a store in my little town of 4000 that carries them; but you can find them in any Asian groceries store. They are not in the refrigerated section, they would be in with the dry goods.

Cathy, I have an endless supply of children emoticon

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    These sound really good. Where do you buy the wrappers?

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CATHYGETSFIT 2/19/2010 12:34AM

    Mmm, sounds yummy! But you make your rolls with children sometimes?? Where do you get the children to put into the rolls?? emoticon emoticon emoticon hehehe

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PENNYAN45 2/18/2010 11:28PM

    Thanks for this recipe - and complete with pictures!! I am printing it out and trying it myself real soon!


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Not My Usual Mood

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I am feeling tired and uncreative this evening. The school day was very busy with me making multiple trips between the classroom and the kitchen helping the children prepare spring rolls for tomorrow's feast. They are delicate to make, and the children were very proud of their accomplishments, and rightly so.

However, things are somewhat stressful on the home front. Jesse (my son) has been staying with us for the week and hasn't shown any sign of wanting to return to his own home, nor any sign of looking for a job. This is creating resentment on my DH's part, plus aggravating his PTSD. He wants Jesse to go back home and wants me to tell him to. I do not want to make Jesse feel unwelcome, nor do I want to stress Mike, so I am currently feeling a little stuck. I love them both and do not wish to be unkind or insensitive to either.

Sorry, I'm not usually a complainer, but at the moment my creative problem solving is at a low ebb. I'm not looking for answers or sympathy - just looking to perhaps find some outlet blogging.

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RUSTYSHAW1 2/20/2010 11:10AM

    That is a tough place when loved ones put you in the middle. Energy and prayers being sent your way. If you can give yourself some space, perhaps you can see some alternatives towards a solution/s. An adult child returning home for a lengthy stay can be stressful. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RASTUS55 2/18/2010 10:55PM

    That darn place between a rock and a hard place isn't a pleasant place to be. I hope you find an answer to your dilemma. Please take care and I wish for the best outcome....Ruth

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MARY1313 2/18/2010 9:20PM

    Awww you do to need a hug! emoticon and maybe a little sympathy too! believe me I have been in the middle like that too in that my ex was not my Son's Father so there I was in the middle. Go run a warm bath and light some candles and lock the door and take a nice time out with a good magazine.


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STARLASUE 2/18/2010 8:05PM

    That is a tough place. No wonder you are tired and need to release some emotional energy. Sending prayers and healing energy for your situation. May your special angels embrace each of you as you go through this difficult family situation.

Healing Blessings

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VALERIEMAHA 2/18/2010 6:23PM

    ...just DAMN! That sucks.
In solidarity,

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ROOBYBEGONIA 2/18/2010 6:07PM

    It can be so tough to be in the middle of a situation like that. Why is Jesse at your house? How old is he? Me nosey! :)

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Short and Sweet

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thank you to everyone who has made such sweet comments about my blogs. Today's is short and shallow emoticon, as I had a faculty meeting after school and have to turn right around and go back for a board meeting tonight.

The snow really piled up yesterday, getting deep enough to be shoulder height to a poodle.

Jesse took Stella up the hill for a walk this afternoon.

and this was the result. Stella was pretty freaked out about the ice balls that formed on her legs.


Chris's Ice Hotel and Bistro are open for business. Now serving - snow cones.


Have a lovely evening!

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PENNYAN45 2/18/2010 4:32PM

    Great photos!! The snow looks beautiful -- especially if you're watching from Arizona!


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HOCKEYCREW 2/18/2010 9:52AM

    I've been finding the iceballs a little scary. At least when they develop on the bottom of my poodle's feet. He's happy enough in the snow that it's worth it though.

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    Love the pictures - gotta find humor in this COLD stuff. It is pretty though.

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PARROTWOMAN 2/18/2010 8:33AM

    Love the photos!

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MARY1313 2/18/2010 12:50AM


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CATHYGETSFIT 2/18/2010 12:40AM

    OMG That is so funny! I thought it was to get them off of my Shih Tzu's but...my goodness! LOL It looks like she was having tons of fun in the snow though! When we lived in CO Pebbles, my sweet baby whom is no longer with us, loved to tunnel through the snow and her sister Pollywog would be right behind her! They had a blast but hated it when I'd try to get the snow balls off of their legs. emoticon

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AQUAJANE 2/17/2010 10:38PM

    The new picture of Stella (yawning?) is a hoot too. And iceballs are why my Tara accepts clothes at all--taking them off's easier than her removing them (especially from her belly--and doesn't wet my lap or couch as much!). The snow's melting here but we finally got to the woods. I'm sure Tara envy's Stella's woodsy walk --she's anxious now to get a good off-leash zoom in.

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RASTUS55 2/17/2010 10:17PM

    LOLOLOL Oh how I can relate to the snow ball leggings LOLOL! I bet she weighed a ton with those one her legs, But I bet that didn't slow her down much knowing how energetic those puddles are! I love "Stella Blogs" so much!! There is nothing like a wild and crazy puddle is there???

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GUMJUMP 2/17/2010 9:24PM

    Love the iceballs. Your dog is one beauty.

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SILVERWITCH59 2/17/2010 9:12PM

    emoticon I forgot about the ice balls dogs get emoticon

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ROOBYBEGONIA 2/17/2010 8:30PM

    Our poodles love the snow, too - but we didn't get much this year. Not like last year where we were snowed in up our steep hill for nearly 3 weeks! No garbage pickup, no UPS, a few days without mail even. You guys got all our snow this year!

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PUDLECRAZY 2/17/2010 5:52PM

    Stella? Snooze? LOL, Sue! She is warm and dry now, and pestering us with her squeaky ball.

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MARYMAC45 2/17/2010 5:32PM

    Ah, poor puppy. Get your errands done and get home to relax.

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VALERIEMAHA 2/17/2010 5:30PM

    How about dipping her in the bathtub with nice waaaaaaaaarm water and then quickly cuddling her in a nice warm towel???

That first photo..wha'da we have there Flying Ears???

Thanks for the smile!

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STARLASUE 2/17/2010 5:26PM

    LOL - Stella is a hoot. Look at those iceball legs!

I bet she freaked - they are nasty to get off. My Shilo (our poodle before Maggie) used to get them and we had a terrible time getting them off. Even the haird dryer wasn't much help. That poodle hair just kept hanging onto them and insulating them! EEK

Hope she is warm and dry now enjoying a poodle snooze!

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Loving Acceptance

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

If only more human beings could be this loving and accepting of others.


This is a very sweet video. I hope you enjoy it.

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CATHYGETSFIT 2/18/2010 12:42AM

    I've seen this before but it always brings a smile to my face when I see it again!

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/17/2010 4:49PM

    Tears of joy seeing the love and playful interplay between them.

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GUMJUMP 2/16/2010 7:58PM

    That was an awesome video. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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PENNYAN45 2/16/2010 6:59PM

    What a sweet story! Thanks for posting it.


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0309COOKIE 2/16/2010 12:13PM

    That was a really cool video. Thanks for posting it.

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DHSPARK 2/16/2010 10:22AM

    How nice ... everyone loves to feel a connection.


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SHIRLEYSAUL 2/16/2010 10:13AM

    Right on! emoticon

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NAKIOMA 2/16/2010 7:30AM

    A lifes lesson best learned early

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_SPARK526 2/16/2010 6:47AM

  emoticon You've made me smile--thanks!

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 2/16/2010 6:46AM

    Love is the only way!

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Oh, My Goodness!

Monday, February 15, 2010

This is the stone bench on our patio - taken at 6 this evening.

Stella trudging through shoulder deep snow at 6:30.

Picnic table and lawn chairs at 8:00 PM. and the snow keeps coming. I haven't seen this much snow in Ohio since the mid seventies. My boys and I made an igloo in our back yard when they were little and we had to build trenches for them to get around.

Do we get cardio points for walking poodles in knee deep (to me) snow?

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/17/2010 4:50PM

    This is a beautiful sight for this California girl!

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RASTUS55 2/15/2010 10:22PM

    Anyone that wants any snow they are welcome to any of our 50 some inches we have had this winter. LOL!! When I hear people that are jealous of our snow I have to laugh because I am so sick of this stuff this winter. Having to drive 50 miles a day and not being able to drive much faster then 40 most days is driving me bonkers! These are great pictures...looks like you have had plenty of the white stuff yourself...but the puddles always like it don't they? What crazy animals! Gotta love em though!

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LIVE2CLIMB 2/15/2010 9:39PM

    I am so jealous. We hardly have any snow here in upstate NY.

Breaking trail through fresh snow with snowshoes is my favorite heavy cardio workout. It is great exercise.

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MARY1313 2/15/2010 9:14PM

    Oh my goodness! That Stella is a trooper in that snow! Yep I am thinking if you are walking in deep snow like that it is a great cardio work out!


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STARLASUE 2/15/2010 9:11PM

    Sorry you got it but REALLY glad we didn't this time! We are getting a wee bit but that is all. WHEW

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ISLOBIRDSEEDS 2/15/2010 9:07PM

  Hi I am from Ohio too. I am really sick of all of this snow and all of the snow shoveling. I know that shoveling snow is cardio! I bet you could put that down as walking cardio with foot resistance! ;} giggle! I loved your pictures! And Stella is a very pretty dog.
Hang in there Spring will come. {I hope!? } I so agree with you, this really is some crazy winter weather this year for Ohio!

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