Sunday, September 26, 2010


My kids were wanting to eat with chopsticks for some reason. We made this and really liked it. The egg rolls are better I think than the ones you get at restaurants and the kids really liked the fried rice.

Lumpia - Filipino Egg rolls

1 Tb vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup minced carrots
1/2 cup cabbage, sliced thin
1 lb ground pork
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
30 egg roll wrappers
oil for frying

  • Cook pork. Remove and set aside. Drain grease, leaving a thin coating. Cook garlic and onion in pan for 2 minutes. Stir in pork, carrots, green onions, cabbage and seasonings. Remove from heat and let cool enough to handle.
  • Place 3 Tablespoons of filling diagonally near one corner of each wrapper, leaving a 1 1/2 inch space at both ends. Fold the side along the length of the filling over the filling, tuck in both ends and roll neatly. Keep the roll tight as you assemble. Moisten the other side of the wrapper with water and seal the edge.
  • Put those you don't want to eat now in a freezer bag and stick in the freezer. (I usually double the recipe so I will have half for later.) Cook the rest in oil for 1-2 minutes a side until all the sides are brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately. You can also cook them in the oven if you prefer at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Fried Rice

1-2 green onions, chopped
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
4 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, or as needed
4 cups cold cooked rice
1 - 2 tablespoons light soy sauce or oyster sauce, as desired

  • Wash and finely chop the green onion. Lightly beat the eggs with the salt and pepper.

    Heat a wok or frying pan and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the eggs. Cook, stirring, until they are lightly scrambled but not too dry. Remove the eggs and clean out the pan.

    Add 2 tablespoons oil. Add the rice. Stir-fry for a few minutes, using chopsticks or a wooden spoon to break it apart. Stir in the
    soy sauce or oyster sauce as desired.

    When the rice is heated through, add the scrambled egg back into the pan. Mix thoroughly. Stir in the green onion. Serve hot.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Family Night

Last Sunday Reanne announced that she was going to give our family night lesson. In fact she was so excited about it that she couldn't wait until Monday night and we did it Sunday instead. In true Reanne style she did everything herself -minus the treats. I was actually really impressed when it was finished. Her lesson was about sin. When you sin she said, it is like getting stuck in a spider's web. You can't get out until you repent. Then for an activity we all sat in a circle and took turns tossing a spool of thread to each other. At the end we had built a spider web. It was short, but everyone had a fun time and the kids were so curious about what Reanne was doing that they all payed close attention. The best part was, that I didn't have to prepare it!

This got me thinking. Why not let her do this more often? We decided each person (minus Grant) would all take a turn doing family night every month. I was so excited about this. Even Jess gets to take a turn. :)

Tonight was Sierra's night. She wanted to do a lesson on animals so we got out our Noah's Arc lesson that has visuals. We practiced the story so that she could teach it to everyone. Her favorite part was being the only one able to touch the Noah, arc and the animals as she told the story. Then we played animal charades. Grant even played but got to excited and started hitting everyone. At the end we had pig cupcakes which Sierra helped me earlier. Sierra felt very grown up at the end.

I decided that it is a lot more fun for everyone...even me when the kids get involved with projects. I really hope we can keep this one up.