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Ever wondered what to put in that macaroni to make it look and taste exactly like the one you ate at the Chinese restaurant/buffet?  I did. First, I thought soy sauce was the secret, turns out it is only part of the solution.  Way too salty to be the only ingredient browning the macaroni… hum… let’s Wordpress it!

Here you go, finding this amazing and easy recipe, ready in 1/2 hour (4 servings):

Yum-Me Chinese Macaroni

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of cooked macaroni (al dente)
  • 1 pound of raw medium ground beef or porc (or a mix)
  • 1 1/2 Cup of raw vegetables sliced or chopped (put more if you like but you will have to adjust the liquid)
    • My macaroni will have anything that is left in the fridge: celery, mushrooms, green and red peppers, zucchinis, onions, cauliflowers.
  • 1 table spoon of olive oil

The Sauce

  • 1 1/4 Cup of beef broth
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves or 1 tea spoon of prepared garlic
  • 1/8 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup of molasses
  • 1 table spoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • Black pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. In a super large frying pan heat the olive oil,
  2. fry the veggies until tender (save into a bowl aside)
  3. Use the same hot frying pan to brown the meat
  4. Meanwhile, mix the ingredient for the sauce.
  5. When the meat is half-way cooked, pour half of the sauce in the frying pan
  6. Let it cook on medium heat for about 3 to 5 minutes or until the meat has absorbed half the sauce.
  7. Add the softened veggies (without the water at the bottom of the bowl!) and the macaroni
  8. Mix well
  9. Pour what is left of the sauce
  10. Grind and add a dash of black pepper
  11. Let it simmer on low heat until the liquid is completely absorbed
  12. Serve immediately
This recipe is a 100% Logan approved and is great for lunches! I you like pasta recipes, please check out the 2 Salmons Spaghetti Recipe – easy and absolute delight.
I would love to hear about how you enjoyed your meal or to receive your suggestions. Is there anything to add in the ingredients or the preparation steps?  Please let me know so we can make this a meal to put on the menu every week.

Thank you for dropping by and share if you liked it!

Winning the lottery

Conceiving a baby is something tricky just like winning the lottery.  Did you know that, and even in the best conditions, you have 25% chances of getting pregnant on the most fertile days?  This was not something that I was aware of when I got pregnant with my fist son.  It took us less than 2 months before I tested positive. Yay!

Now, it’s different for us. We are trying to conceive a second time and it’s been couple of months, so I could not help myself but to surf the net for different reasons.  For starter, I got symptoms of early pregnancy at my last two cycles.  Especially this time where I tested negative a dozen times plus on the blood test that turned out to be negative. Now, I know some people will testify that they tested negative until their body actually showed they were pregnant, but for now I think I am just crazy. I was before wanting to have a baby, I don’t see why it would have changed after giving birth to my first son.

Pregnancy Tests – Home Tests

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If you are like me, this floating period of uncertainty between conception and periods will drive you nuts. If you are too excited (not to say crazy up the wall) to get pregnant, you will pause to « listen to your body » and feel all potential changes in your general health condition. And folks, that is dangerous!  You body could tell you the truth and you might not want to listen OR your body could play mind games with you. That trickster! The best way to find out is to keep busy until your next periods. If they don’t show up, you might be lucky enough to be pregnant.

It’s a long run (2 weeks or a little more) before you can take the pregnancy tests and produce enough hCG hormones to have reliable results.  If you test too soon, the home test will be negative. Good thing is that after implantation, the level of hormone doubles up each day. For my first son, I tested 4 times before the positive result.  This time, I tested so many times that I had moments full of hope (and eating everything that I am craving for because, oh well, I am pregnant); and other times where I feel disoriented and confused because it is not yet the time for testing and deep down I know it might not be it….

Speaking of Testing with a capital « T ». I found myself to be very compulsive with the testing. (Me!?) As months go by, I am thinking I should buy tests at the dollar store if I don’t want to end up ruined (rolling eyes). Maybe that’s just me but I am pretty sure I am not the only one ;). Soooo, next time, I will at least wait to skip my period before I do a 6035ab2979f96a7446cf6c0505b65c38--pregnancy-announcement-dog-new-baby-announcementsdarn test and probably divorce because my boyfriend will not want to stay with the crazy old lady… and oh yeah, I am 37. To keep me busy, I read about pregnancy (obsessive, me?!).

Check out this website if you want tips on how to get pregnant and what should you consider.

So, here are the websites I found the information I wanted about tests:

Here are the websites I found the information I wanted about when actually do the test:

A Few Tips

If you don’t like to read that much, let me summarize for you.  Here are a few tips that I gathered on different reliable websites:

  1. Have fun with your partners and agree on how disciplined you want your couple to be to make this happen. This will save you some arguments or crisis.
  2. Take care of yourself before getting pregnant
    • eat well
    • exercise
    • have fun
    • breathe
    • dance to shake the stress away or whatever your thing is
  3. Drink water
  4. Take folic acid (before and during pregnancy)
  5. Check your cervical mucus, ovulation cycles are different for every woman. Eggwhite-like consistency is a pretty good indicator you are ovulating.mucus cycles
  6. Stay positive. It will happen, either naturally or with a little push.  Keep calm and make this baby!
  7. Technology at your Service. There’s an app for that!

Some phone App will help you track your cycles and even send your reminders of important days with regards to ovulation. My favorites are Flo and Glow:

Websites

Lastly, there is a bunch of websites and forum about pregnancy.  I just love the Baby Centre Website. They have so much information available and a positive way to word it. When you’ll become pregnant, even more when you’ll be pregnant of your first child, you will love the Pregnancy section where you learn all about how you and your baby transforms into a family.

My Wishes to You

I wish you good health and luck if you are trying to conceive. I would love to hear about your story and how it goes for you. Please comment and share this post for all the women out there wishing to catch a little of angel dust.

Comfort food does not have to be fried or fast food. Here is a super easy recipe, ready in 20 minutes, that will convince you!
You will want to share it with all your friends once you’ve tried. 😉

Ingredients

  • 340g of raw spaghettis
  • 1 cooked small salmon filet
  • ½ smoked salmon pack of 300g
  • 2 small ripened tomatoes cut in half then in slices
  • 1 ½ Cup of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 bunch of minced green onions (or more to taste)
  • ½ Cup of milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. In a big saucepan, get the water to boil to cook the pastas following instructions on the package. At the end of the cooking time, pick at least 1 cup of the water before draining. (This will help thickening the sauce.)
  2. Meanwhile, cook the salmon either by poaching or frying in a pan.
  3. In a big pan, brown the mushrooms. Once browning is satisfying, add the tomatoes, the cooked salmon and ½ of the minced green onions.
  4. Once they are smoothened, add a bit of the pasta water to wet.
  5. Add the smoked salmon and the rest of the green onions.
  6. Add the milk.
  7. Seasoned to taste.
  8. Let it simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Add pasta water the keep the sauce-like consistency.
  9. Add the spaghettis and serve immediately.
  10. Enjoy!

Pssstttt! This makes perfect lunch and is 100% Logan approved (my son).

Please comment or share using the buttons if you liked this recipe. If you are a fish fan, you might want to try the Recette de poisson blanc méditerranéen facile et très rapide.

Or for the perfect desert, comfort desert, try the recipe in post Brookie Junkie!

Les repas réconfortants n’ont pas besoin d’être frits ou de la restauration rapide. Voici une recette facile, prête en 20 minutes, qui vous convaincra!Vous aurez envie de la partager avec tous vos amis.

Ingrédients

  • 340g de spaghettis non cuits
  • I petit filet de saumon cuit
  • ½ pqt de saumon fumé de 300g
  • 2 petites tomates bien mûres coupées en 2 puis en tranches
  • 1.5 T de champignons tranchés
  • 1 botte d’oignons verts émincés (ou plus si vous aimez)
  • ½ T de lait
  • Sel et poivre au goût

Préparation

  1. Dans un grand chaudron, mettre l’eau à bouillir pour cuire les pâte. Lorsqu’elle bout, suivre les indications sur l’emballage pour cuire vos pâte à la perfection. À la fin de la cuisson, prélever au moins une tasse de l’eau des pâtes avant d’égoutter. (Pour épaissir la sauce plus tard.)
  2. Pendant ce temps, faites pocher ou cuire votre saumon. Salez et poivrez pour assaisonner.
  3. Dans une grande casserole, faites revenir les champignons. Quand ils sont bien dorés, ajouter les tomates, le saumon cuit et la moitié des oignons verts hachés.
  4. Quand tout est semi-tendre, ajouter un peu de l’eau des pâtes pour mouiller le tout.
  5. Ajouter le saumon fumé et le reste des oignons verts.
  6. Ajouter le lait.
  7. Assaisonner au gout.
  8. Laisser mijoter à feu doux pendant 5 minutes en ajoutant un peu d’eau des pâtes si c’est nécessaire pour la consistance de la sauce.
  9. Incorporer les spaghettis et service immédiatement.
  10. Savourez

Pssstttt! C’est le lunch parfait et est 100% approuvé par mon fils Logan.

SVP commentez ou partagez en utilisant les boutons ci-dessous si vous avez aimé cette recette! Si vous êtes fan de poisson, vous voulez sûrement essayer ma Recette de poisson blanc méditerranéen facile et très rapide.

Ou pour le dessert, le parfait dessert réconfortant, le fameux Brookie Junkie!

Night time

I have never been a real morning person. I fake it because life is requesting of me that the days begin early. And it’s fine. I enjoy doing a lot of things in the morning to relax a bit in the afternoon, « savourer » a little sleep in a sun ray.

Every moment count

I have become a mother not so long ago and my cycles (day-night-sleep) have changed. Ever since, I realize everyday how life is about small things and my ability to make every moment count. For example, we I come home at night with my son, we don’t have much time together before he goes to bed. So, what do I do? I play with him until dinner time. I leave my phone in a drawer somewhere (unless I take pictures) and I am fully present with him, for us both. I don’t want to be angry at Time. I am presently reconsidering some choices that I made to allow me to spend more family time… I will get there.

After dinner it’s bath time and, then, we play again. Finally, he goes to bed and my wounded torture mother heart feels better because the evening mattered.

I apply the same mindfulness concept for myself. When the lights go off, it is the time for me to connect with my soul and to bond with nature.

Sometimes it happens all in my head when I review the day and consider if my decisions are align with my plan. Mostly in summer, I will enjoy a small walk in the warmth of the night to recharge my battery and connect with magic and mystery.

Connecting with myself every night has always helped me to stay strong and captain of my destiny. I am not alone now but I will never give up on Me and will continue to date myself every night. For my own good.

I am reposting this because, knowing a little more about ourselves certainly helps us being better and more conscious parents.  I actually went online to take the Myer-Briggs test and the results were just amazing.

Finaly, I could put into words feelings I had about myself for years. If you want to know, I am a campaignerCampaigner or ENFP. I am part of the Advocate Family (that I knew).

It’s all clearer for me now how discipline is not my biggest strength but that I will be very good at helping my child see the different angles of situation or  to teach him how to size people better.

You can take the test here. Caution, this is creepy how the results can reflect reality.

Enjoy the moment and take a good tea reading what you are all about.

MBTI is a test used to measure how people perceive the world and how they make decisions. INTJ, ISFJ, INFJ, INTJ, ISTP, ISFP, INFP, INTP, ESTP, ESFP, ENFP, ENTP, ESTI, ESFS, ENFJ, ENTJ. INFP – intense, quirky ENFP -quirky, gentle, friendly INFJ – anxious, empathetic ENFJ – empathetic, passionate, driven ISTJ – traditional, reserved, logical […]

via The 16 personality types using the Myers-Briggs: type indicator — Wonderland-is-Mad

Et juste comme ça, la vie reprend ses droits. Les cycles sont à l’infini. Personne n’y échappe. La naissance, les rires, les épreuves, l’amour, la mort. La seule chose que l’on pourra décider sera en même temps ce qui demandera le plus d’efforts. Passer de ce que l’on croit que l’on attend de nous à ce que nous sommes, pour enfin devenir qui l’on veut.

Métamorphose; papillon; vie; changement; renouveau.

Alors, soyez disponibles à la vie.

Sortez de votre cocon et voyez toute cette énergie disponible à votre portée.

Soyez bons pour vous-même et faites le vœux de vous attirer les bonnes personnes pour grandir et les ressources matérielles en quantités suffisantes pour vivre confortablement. Laissez l’amour entrer dans votre vie et contaminer tous vos petits gestes.

I am reblogging this article because it is smart and it is about what I like doing : writing a blog.  I hope this will be as helpful for you as it is for me! I have soooo much to do and to review! | Je remets sur mon blogue cet article très intéressant.  Il traite de ce qui me passionne: tenir un blogue.  J’espère que cela vous aidera et vous inspirera autant que moi.  J’ai tant à faire et à reviser!

Giles Jordan says he made mistakes in his first year of blogging. He’s what he learned.

via What Giles Jordan Learned in His First Year of Blogging — Discover