Monday, June 27

Good Eating Monday: Oriental Ramen Noodle Salad!

Today's Good Eating recipe is for Oriental Ramen Noodle Salad. 
Sometimes also called, "Asian Ramen Salad," it's quick & easy to put together using a combination of packaged slaw, sliced almonds, green onions, minced bell pepper, frozen peas, Mandarin oranges, Ramen noodles and a delicious sweet-sour vinaigrette!

This recipe is one I devised by combining the best of 2 or 3 different Pinterest recipes for it, so what I'm sharing today is now my own recipe!
The Air Force kids who came over on Sunday loved it! A few who normally dislike traditional mayonnaise-coated slaw, raved over this salad and had seconds!
I served this salad with slow-cooker Hawaiian pulled pork sandwiches (a recipe also of my own I'll have to share some Monday!)

Pinterest photo
Oriental Ramen Noodle Salad
2 packages of slaw mix, any style
2 packages of Ramen noodles
5-6 green onions, minced (or more to taste)
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/2 cup finely minced bell pepper, any color
1 4oz package sliced almonds (or 1/2 cup)
1 15oz can Mandarin oranges, drained but save 1/4 cup of juice.

1/3 cup olive oil (or other)
1/4 cup juice from Mandarin oranges
3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar (or just more Apple Cider Vinegar)
2 Tablespoons Lite Soy Sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Sesame Oil
1/4 teaspoon ground Ginger (powder)
1 Tablespoon ground fresh Ginger Root
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1 to 2 Tablespoons Roasted Sesame Seeds
1/2 cup cane sugar

*In a skillet: break up 2 packages Ramen noodles in small pieces and combine with sliced Almonds and over med-high heat, "roast" for 5 minutes or until almonds lightly brown.  Let cool.

*In a large serving bowl: toss together slaw mixes, minced green onions & bell pepper reserving Mandarin oranges to toss later.

*In a 2 cup measuring cup or a small microwaveable bowl: combine olive oil, Mandarin juice, vinegar, soy sauce, Sesame oil, seasonings & Sesame seeds. Heat in microwave 45 seconds to warm up, then add cane sugar and whisk until sugar is dissolved.
Set in freezer for 5 minutes to cool off while finishing salad.

*Now add roasted almonds & Ramen noodles to slaw mix and toss to combine. Top with drained Mandarin oranges & add cooled dressing mix and toss again until coated. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes prior to serving.
Make a lot; serves a 8 to 10 easily.
Great for a pot luck dish!
This salad lends itself to whatever additions you want to make:
You can use broccoli slaw, instead of cabbage or a combo of both
Use Edamame instead of peas
Add extra carrots using matchstick carrots
Add minced red onions
Add more red cabbage or Radicchio
Add sunflower seeds along with sliced almonds
The most important thing is the dressing and I think the flavor of the Sesame Seed oil one of the most important elements, so don't skip that!
Eat up, me hearties, yo-ho!

Friday, June 24

Friday Finds: Fun Earrings!

If you have an interest in one-of-a-kind Earrings created by an artist---look no further! Zazzle was a huge selection of fun & unique studs & silver-plated drop earrings! 
So today's "Find" is a few of my favorites:'

Just too cute! Design is by JS Oh Art Work.

For the Tennis buff!  Designed by Stud Earrings

Perfect for that 4th of July Celebration!
Designed by Glitter & Chic

Adorable creations for the cat lover! 
 Designed by Crumbby Stuffs

Colorful & faith centered!
Designed by me @ Bevstuff

A slice of summery fun to wear! Design by Novotny

That's it for today! Have a great weekend!
See you for Monday Good Eating!

Thursday, June 23

Mama Kat Thursday: The Memorable Dad Lesson

The Mama Kat challenge I selected today was to share, "A memorable lesson I learned from my Dad that still sticks with me today."

An amusing picture of Bette Davis from
During the nearly 5 years I was in the Air Force, I never owned a car.
 Once I got out of service, returned home and was planning to go off to college in the fall, then I needed one. So I finally bought car.
Before I was going to go driving off to live on my own, though, my Dad wanted to make sure I knew all the basics of car care:

1)  How to Change a Tire.
 He made sure I knew where the jack and lug wrench were stored in the wheel well, how to properly place the jack plus block another wheel and how to use the lug wrench. (I had already purchased a 4-way lug wrench because I felt it would provide me better leverage for the task, should I ever be called upon to do change a flat.) 

2)  How to Check Fluids. 
He showed me where the oil dip stick was and how to check it.
And the transmission dip stick. (I had a manual transmission, but they have dip sticks, too!)  He pointed out the brake fluid & radiator fluid reservoirs, so I'd know where to add those fluids if they dropped below the "full" lines. Plus the importance of regular oil changes.
Since then, I've owned many cars and this little bit of know-how has always proven invaluable.  

3) How to Care For a Car Battery:
I'm talking here about the old-fashioned type car battery that actually had individual cells you had to check and keep filled with filtered water!  Also he showed me how to clean the heavy build-up of white corrosion build-up off the nodes with baking soda. 
Thankfully, batteries have come a long way since then & are much easier!

#4)  How to Use a Jumper Cable
I had bought a set of those, too, since my philosophy is no one should drive around without a set. Dad showed me what went where.
This is another tidbit that has proven invaluable, since car batteries to go out for various reasons and my Hubby is not a car guy, so he relies on my handiness in such matters to help him place the jumper cables properly.
(I admit, I've had to reference that how-to online for recent battery incidents, because my brain was rusty on the topic. It was 35 years ago that Dad showed me that stuff, after all!)
I have to rate that hour my Dad spent making sure I knew how to  care for car on my own as the most memorable and something that has paid off for a life time. 

You might wonder if I ever had a flat tire with that college car?
 I did. One time. I found it had a rear tire gone flat while parked.  I've only had 2 flat tires ever in my life thus far and both times the vehicles were parked.
So what was the most memorable lesson your Dad taught you?

Thanks for Visiting!

Wednesday, June 22

Garden Pic Wednesday: Wind Tipped Our Tree!

Apparently, last Friday night, June 17, there was a major wind storm here. Just a straight-line wind.
 We were in the house, watching a DVD. There wasn't any sound of rain or thunder. We didn't know anything was going on outside. We just abruptly saw the power flicker 3 times, then go off for a few seconds and come right back on, but we didn't think anything of it. That is a fairly common occurrence during the high A/C usages of summer. 
 On Saturday morning we walked out to the car to go someplace and were shocked to discover our Aspen tree in the front yard, fallen over sideways against the power line!
We were astonished! This tree has weathered numerous tropical storms and hurricanes over the past 25 years and suddenly--this?
Hubby promptly called the power company and because the tree was on line between the poles, they were responsible for removing it! (Whew! What a relief! Tree removable is expensive!)
So here's a photo of our Aspen with the power company guys there to take it down:

Now that the tree is gone, this is what's left:

This popped-up hump of earth & root.
 That big elbow under there is one of the Aspen roots. The area is full of Shamrocks and flower bulbs, so I don't want to have the root ground-out. (Not to mention how much that would cost.) 
I've been thinking it over and I'm thinking of naturalizing it back into the landscape by filling the hole with top soil and edging the front of that gap with a layer of flagstones. I can add my various yard art planters to it and make it look spiffy, like it was born to be that way.
I've read you can kill a stump by drilling holes into it and filling the holes with epsom salt and watering it in, so I think we'll do that.
I don't want another one. 
So that's what was exciting in our yard this week!
Stop back for Mama Kat tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 21

Between the Lines Blogging at +50: Last Week!

Have you been following this Between the Lines series about Women bloggers over the age of 50?
This is week 9, the final week!
To read interesting trivia about each of this weeks featured Bloggers, go here, to their interviews!
Scroll to the bottom for the link list to all their individual blog posts on how and why they got into blogging!
No favorites this week, though I always find it amazing how many clever names people come up with for blogs!

I, too, participated in this series and if you missed my article on how and why I got into blogging, read it here!
Be sure to stop back for my regular Garden Pics featured every Wednesday!
This week I've got a good shot of a tree a recent wind storm knocked over!