Monday, July 7, 2014

100gooddeeds.org DEED #2

When I wear my bracelet, I look at it and think, "what good can I do today?"  Here's the rules of the game:  A "good deed" means we've gone out of our way to help someone and it only counts if the deed remains anonymous.  The kicker is the word "ANONYMOUS".

Google says: 
a·non·y·mous
adjective
(of a person) not identified by name; of unknown name.
synonyms: unnamed, of unknown name, nameless, incognito, unidentified, unknown, unsourced, secret

Sooo maybe I put a little too much thought into being anonymous...  I can't tell anyone my name.  Got it!

...There goes a black dog, running down the street at 730pm...  There I go, fumbling for a leash and running after it!  Calling me an animal lover is an understatement.  My heart breaks a million times when I see a loose dog running on the side of the road... I'll call Eric crying because I couldn't catch it... or I'll call him to tell him there's a dog in our laundry room...

I chase him into the side yard of some houses and he was stuck between a gate and running past me.  He tried to squeeze through the gate, but too bad his body couldn't fit!  In defeat, he slowly walks towards me with his head lowered and slips his head into the leash.  YES!!  We walk around the neighborhood knocking on doors, hoping that someone will recognize him or better yet, be his owner!! ...nope, no luck... So we walk back to Cody Cake's Doggie Suites where he gets a nice bath, yummy food for dinner and an air conditioned suite (aka laundry room)...

We came up with all kinds of questions that night; wondering where he came from... why he didn't have a collar or identification... What his name was: Chewy, blacky, buddy...  Why his owners weren't knocking on OUR door asking if we saw a loose dog...

I post on craigs list, pet harbor, facebook, call the Humane Society, take him to the vet to see if he's micro-chipped, and post signs in our neighborhood...  I get three calls with hopeful owners wondering if I have their doggie...  Thankfully, the real owner called and came to pick him up.  He lives one street over from us.  His name is Pudgy and my name is Anonymous.  And they lived happily ever after.  The end.

deed #2!!
100gooddeeds.org

100gooddeeds.org DEED #1

A few weeks ago, I met an incredible woman.  Her name is Mary Fisher.  She was on a short vacation and I was her Cabana Host for the day.  I didn't poke and prod as much as I wanted to, but the small conversation we did have was very heartwarming and genuine.  She told me she made jewelry and showed me her bead bracelet she was wearing.

She told me that she taught women in Africa how to make these bracelets.  And the purchase of these bracelets employ these women (who wouldn't otherwise have a source of income) and pays for the cost of the supplies.  WHOA, the most simple idea made the biggest impact on these woman's lives- how amazing!! 

 The bracelet actually has a purpose as well!!  It's called 100 Good Deeds.  For every anonymous deed you move the rubber ring over to the next bead.  There are 100 beads for every deed and essentially acts as a counter.  Wearing the bracelet is a constant reminder of doing good- and yet another simple idea has made the biggest impact on my life and the way I go about doing things.  

When you get your bracelet, it tells you who made it...

And that is my very first deed!  Sharing my story has already resulted in 5 people purchasing bracelets and joining me in this incredible Good Deed Movement.  Lets light up someone's life, help fight a cause or do a selfless act and strive to be a better YOU!  Stay humble and do the right thing.  xoxo




Monday, May 26, 2014

asian lettuce wraps

Anyone who grew up in Hawaii, or knows of anyone from Hawaii - knows that we LOVE our white rice.  You eat it with everything- which includes spaghetti, sloppy joes, eggs, putting it in ramen- yikes!!  It comes with every meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner...  In an honest effort to eat 'healthy' I'm trying to decrease my rice intake and decided to make lettuce wraps for dinner.

YUM-O!  This is going into the dinner rotation for sure!!

First of all, I apologize for my cheesy screen shot of my Instagram- but I posted the pic and then deleted it!  Second of all I apologize for being too lazy to edit and crop the darn photo.  Third of all, I apologize for not taking more pics!  

I swear that it was darn amazing.  Eric told me he'd definitely eat this again!  And the best part is that this recipe can be altered to suit anyone's taste!!  I used shrimp, tofu and quinoa as my main sources of protein.  You can find the recipe on Allrecipes.com 

Here's the Original Recipe with my changes in Blue

16 Boston Bibb or butter lettuce leaves
 1 pound lean ground beef or  3/4 pound shrimp
 1 tablespoon cooking oil
 1 large onion, chopped
 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
 1 tablespoon soy sauce
 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
 2 teaspoons minced pickled ginger didn't have this on hand
 1 dash Asian chile pepper sauce, or to taste (optional)
 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped didn't have this on hand
 1 bunch green onions, chopped
 2 teaspoons Asian (dark) sesame oil
3/4 cup cooked quinoa
firm diced tofu (Trader Joe's brand Teriyaki flavor- is what I used)
3 small carrots grated - for color
  • Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef and cooking oil in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease; transfer beef to a bowl. Cook and stir onion in the same skillet used for beef until slightly tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir hoisin sauce, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, and chile pepper sauce into onions. Add water chestnuts, green onions, sesame oil, and cooked beef; cook and stir until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
  • Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter and pile meat mixture in the center.

Peanut Dipping Sauce:
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter 
4 teaspoons hoisin sauce
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 
  • Add 1/3 cup water and next 3 ingredients (through red pepper), and stir with a whisk. 
  • Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. 
  • Remove from heat; stir in lime juice.
Happy lettuce-wrapping!!

wrapping with lace

A wonderful someone emailed me asking a few questions about my post "bridal shower gift: wine glasses and a wine basket" and mentioned it would be for her daughter's wedding favors.  She wants to wrap the favors similarly to the way I wrapped the boxes.  Assuming the favors would be much smaller I decided to do some research to show her examples of smaller lace-wrapped boxes and wanted to share my findings.

Blogger: Such Pretty Things has a wonderful tidbit on Paper Lace Favors - and the textured paper she uses adds such a delicate detail to the presentation.

(photos courtesy of: Such Pretty things)

I also found one of the greatest inventions to add to a gift-wrappers arsenal- Lace Tape - WHHAAATT?!  Yes I said it, tape with a lace design on it!!  And most are decently priced!!

This one is like a sticker- found on Amazon.com
(photo courtesy of: oyang)

This one is actual lace- found on Etsy - ships from South Korea
(photo courtesy of: fallindesign)

Pen & Paper Flowers has a fantastic use of scotch Duct Tape- lace design
(photo courtesy of: Pen & Paper Flowers)

Oh my!!  Such a wonderful find and I wouldn't have known about it had it not been for my emailer Maria!  The uses for these are endless!!