How to Make White Rice

Apparently today is the first day of Spring! I totally thought the 21st of March was the first day of Spring, viagra 60mg but Google says it’s today and Google usually knows what he’s talking about, so happy first day of Spring! We are celebrating with 86 degree weather…I think the world is a tad confused and thinks today is actually the first day of Summer.

I had a lot of fun answering the alphabet survey in my last post, so I thought I would answer some more questions. If you don’t feel like getting to know me more, feel free to skip to the bottom of the post to find out how to make great white rice. I’ll cry, but that’s ok ;)

What was one of the best parties you’ve ever been to? My friends Jessica and Jessica throw the best birthday parties! Last year they had a Harry Potter themed party and this year they had a murder mystery. Their parties are always really fun and entertaining :)

What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up? Oh goodness. I cry at everything. I cried at this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy (I always cry at Grey’s Anatomy). Oh and I cried a ton after I read Portia de Rossi’s book Unbearable Lightness. I would absolutely recommend this book. It’s a really honest and brave memoir about her struggle with eating disorders.

When was the last time you had an amazing meal? Today I went to Maniac’s. I had never been there before but they had amazing hand-battered chicken tenders. Mmm!

What is something you learned in the last week? Today I learned that March 20th is the first day of Spring!

I’d love to hear some of your responses to these questions :)

This is a basic recipe for how to prepare white rice. I love rice! It’s great with some salt, butter, and peas, as a side dish with some chicken, and I also love it with my mom’s beef stew. Rice is really versatile and there’s a seemingly endless way to prepare it, but you need to know how to make basic rice before you tackle anything crazy ;) I didn’t know how to make rice until recently (yeah…I’m a little behind) but it was super easy to learn.

How to Cook White Rice:

  1. Measure your rice and water. I use a 1:2 ratio, meaning 1 cup of rice for every 2 cups of water (or chicken/vegetable broth). I’ve also seen people use 1 cup of water to 1.5 cups liquid, but the 1:2 ratio worked great for me.
  2. Should I rinse my rice? I don’t and I haven’t had any issues with my rice being too starchy and sticky. Rinsing your rice can get rid of some of the nutrients as well, so I wouldn’t unless you’ve had issues with the texture of your rice in the past.
  3. Combine your rice and water in a pot, cover it, and bring it to a boil. Once it is at a good, rolling boil, reduce the heat so it’s just a slow simmer and set the timer for 20 minutes. Don’t open the lid during that time because it will let the steam out.
  4. After 20 minutes, turn the heat off and let it sit for 5 minutes (still don’t touch the cover).
  5. Fluff with a fork and enjoy!

Note: Rice will double as it cooks.

I got these tips from Our Best Bites. I’ve made rice several times recently and it’s always turned out perfect!

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Healthier Banana Bread

Wow! It has been a long time since my last food post. I haven’t had any time to bake or cook anything lately, diagnosis but this weekend I made lots of goodies so stay tuned! This first recipe is actually an adaptation of my favoritest banana bread. I searched so long for a perfect banana bread recipe and finally found one that tastes incredible. It really tastes more like cake than bread, anesthetist which is probably because it has quite a bit of butter and sugar in it (but it’s bread so I can eat it for breakfast ;) . This healthier version of the recipe has half the butter, uses reduced fat sour cream, and uses part white whole wheat flour. What’s the verdict? It tastes exactly the same! I was so thrilled! I will be working on an even healthier version of this bread, and will blog about it if it turns out. For now, I’m thrilled with this still amazingly tasty banana bread!

In other news completely unrelated to this banana bread, I saw another blogger fill our a neat alphabet survey from this blog and thought I’d be fun to fill out!

A is for age: I am 17 but will be 18 in a month! Not sure how I feel about that yet… :)

B is for breakfast today: I had a slice of this banana bread! It was super yummy. And part of a cupcake.

C is for currently craving: Hmm…an apple! Probably because I’ve eaten so many desserts today.

D is for dinner tonight:  We went over to my grandparent’s house for dinner and my grandpa made baked ziti which was amazing!

E is for favorite type of exercise: Horseback riding (yes, it’s exercise!) but I don’t get to do that very often.

F is for an irrational fear: Being buried alive- it absolutely freaks me out! I have told my family that they have to cremate me (I’d rather have a quick death by fire than a slow, horrible suffocation) or bury me in a flimsy, wooden casket in a shallow grave (I read an article on how to un-bury your self if you’re in a flimsy wooden casket). Whenever I tell my mom these instructions, she just looks at me like I’m crazy. And then posts facebook statues about me.

G is for gross food: I call the foods I don’t like “enemy foods.” Chicken pot pie, beans, squash, all seafood.

H is for hometown: Stockholm, Sweden. That’s right!

I is for something important: My family and God :)

J is for current favorite jam: Blackberry! Wait…what kind of jam is this asking for? If it’s talking about song, I’m loving Down by Mat Kearney and, for working out, I’m Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO ;)

K is for kids: Umm I know kids? I am a kid? I babysit kids? I tutor kids? I certainly don’t have one on my own!

L is for current location: Couch! My specific spot on the couch.

M is for the most recent way you spent money: Hmm…I gave a donation to this little boy who was getting heart surgery :)

N is for something you need: A back massage and a miracle pill to make my headache go away.

O is for occupation: Photographer, babysitter, tutor, student.

P is for pet peeve: When people are cutting their food and they keep scraping their utensils against the plate so it makes that horrible screeching noise. Gahh!

Q is for a quote: Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

R is for random fact about you: I sleep with a stuffed animal frog named Froggy. And I’m not ashamed to admit that!

S is for favorite healthy snack: Hmmm…apples! I eat like 2 or 3 a day. As of yet, it has not kept the doctor away. At all.

T is for favorite treat: Cake!

U is for something that makes you unique: My middle sister and I have shhttiiinng power. It’s a sister thing.

V is for favorite vegetable: Cucumbers, carrots, and bell peppers.

W is for today’s workout: I worked out on the elliptical.

X is for X-rays you’ve had: Lots on my teeth from when I had braces. I had to get x-rays on my abdomen once, but they accidentally did them on my chest. Then they did the abdomen one. And then they had to re-do it because it was blurred. It was not a fun experience, especially because I was sick!

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Making this banana bread was fun. Oh and watching Grey’s Anatomy.

Z is for your time zone: Central time.

So now you know a little more about me! I’d love to get to know you better so feel free to answer some of these questions in the comment section!

And for those of you who are curious, I calculated that this banana bread has 174 calories per serving (with 12 servings per loaf). Not too shabby!

Healthier Banana Bread

Ingredients:

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 egg
4 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 whole over-ripe bananas, blended so that they’re liquid

Directions:

  1. Cream togetherthe first 6 ingredients.
  2. Slowly add the flours and then the baking soda and salt. Add the blended bananas.
  3. Put in a greased bread loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Pi Day

Happy Pi day everyone! While I really don’t care about pi, rehabilitation I do care a whole lot about pie! For some reason, stomach I don’t bake pies very often. But every time I do, I absolutely love them. Here are some of my favorites:

Dreamy Apple Pie. It’s incredible. Eat with ice cream :)

Brownie Nutella Mousse Pie. Soooo fudgey and creamy and nutella-y.

Marshmallow Pie. I always make this pie for Thanksgiving!

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So what kind of pie am I making for today? Well..I’m not (gasp!). My mom bought a pie at the store since I already made a cake  because today is Einstein’s birthday! In Physics we had a project where part of it was making Einstein a birthday cake. There were a lot of impressive cakes! Mine was ummm interesting ;) I’m a baker, not cake decorator for sure!Don’t judge me! Haha I think it would have been better if I had remembered to add eye brows and ears…oh well! Live and learn. I hope you guys have a great pi day!

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Laundry

I have been rather MIA from the blog the past two weeks, sildenafil but I’ve been really sick :( On Monday I suddenly got a horrible stomach virus at school and spent the rest of the week curled up in bed feeling miserable. I’m doing a lot better, in fact yesterday I was feeling great, but this morning I woke up with an upset stomach again. I am just ready to feel better!

Yesterday I worked on disinfecting my room by washing all my clothes, sheets, and blankets. As I was lying in bed last night, surrounded by clean-smelling blankets, I thought of when I was in Haiti and we sent our laundry out to be cleaned by some Haitian women. We put our gross, dirty clothes in garbage bags with our names on it and brought it down to a man who picked up the bags one by one and told us how much it would cost by how heavy it felt, generally around $5. When we got out clothes back, they were incredibly clean, cleaner than they ever would have been if we had thrown them in a washing machine. We were so impressed that these women had gotten all sorts of dirt and stain out of clothes simply by using homemade soap, washing them in the river, and drying them on rocks.

Sometimes when I think about my time in Haiti, I can’t believe that I actually went there and experienced what I did. It’s a different world, one I found myself longing for last night. It’s a simpler world. One filled with a lot of difficulty and obstacles, of course. But also one where I felt at peace with myself, with my world, with God.

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A Place at the Table

With the start of Lent last week, tooth I was going to fast from meat and desserts. But the first day of Lent, I was on Twitter and saw Compassion International ask “could you eat like your sponsored child for 40 days?” That really made me stop and think. I’ve mentioned on here before that I sponsor a girl in Kenya through Compassion and I was intrigued by this challenge. There was a link to Pastor Chris Seay’s website about how new book called A Place at the Table, which outlines this challenge of eating like a child in poverty for 40 days. I felt like this was something I was really interested in and decided to participate. So the second day of Lent I started eating like a child in poverty eats.

What do you eat?

I am eating rice, bananas, peas, and apples. Seem like an odd food choice? Let me explain. Many children living in poverty in the world live mainly off of rice, beans, and whatever fresh fruits/veggies are available to them. When I was in Haiti, some of the kids I came in contact with ate bananas for pretty much every meal. I don’t like beans, so I substituted them for peas and added apples because I didn’t know what other fruit/veggie to add. I don’t feel like the point of this fast is to get hung up on exactly what foods you choose. Rather it is a time to eat a few simple, basic food in order to start to try understand what children in poverty eat and how they live.

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Why am I doing this?

I went on a mission trip to Haiti last summer and for the first time saw what true poverty is. The kids I spent time with were often hungry and malnourished. I have never been in a situation where food was not available to me and, not only that, but I have so much food available to me, so many options, that I often focus large portions of my day on it. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing (obviously I love cooking/baking or I wouldn’t have this site), but I think it is also valuable to gain some perspective about how people in other countries often live. Since I have been on this fast, I have thought about the girl I sponsor every single day. I have thought about the children in third world countries every single day. And that is something that is so important because these starving people are often so easy to put out of our minds.

I bought the book A Place at the Table and am doing the daily readings. I would encourage any of you who are interested in this fast to pray about it. It’s not too late to start up now and you don’t have to do it for Lent you can do it any time you feel called to :) I will be posting more details about my experience later :)
Have a wonderful week!

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