Chicken and Dumplings

This is my first time making it and I really like the way it turned out, so I’m gonna pen them down here to ensure I can access my recipe again when I need it!

Soup/Gravy

2 chicken breasts

2 boneless skinless chicken thighs

1/2 onion, sliced

1 carrot, peeled and sliced

2 celery stalks, sliced

4 garlic cloves

2 boxes of 32oz chicken broth

A handful of frozen peas if desired

Water if needed

Salt and pepper to taste

Dumplings

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed

In between 3/4 cup to 1 cup of milk

Put carrots, celery, onion, garlic, chicken and chicken broth into pot. Bring it to boil, them simmer for 1-2 hours until chicken is cooked and tender enough to shred. Remove chicken, shred with 2 forks. Taste broth and add water, salt and pepper to desired taste. Add chicken back to pot and let it continue to simmer. Meanwhile, place flour into a mixing bowl. Rub cubed butter into flour with fingers. Add milk and mix it into a wet dough. Flour counter then place dough on counter. Add flour to dough so it doesn’t stick. Press with palms or use a rolling pin to flatten it into 1/4″ thickness. Cut the flatten dough into cubes with a pizza cutter. Add flour to the surface of the cut up cubes, it’s supposed to help thicken the soup. Bring the soup to a boil, add in dumplings one at a time, and stir frequently so that they do not stick to each other. Once all of the dumplings are added in, cover and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add frozen peas at this point if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy this ultimate Southern comfort food!

 

 

Eveleen’s Protein Cookies

I’m going to start documenting my modified recipes adjusted to my taste and preferences from now on if I know the exact measurements. First up, protein cookies!

1/2 cup almond butter

2 tbsp honey

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg

1/2 cup vanilla whey protein

1/4 tsp baking soda

Pinch of salt

Pinch of coca powder

White/semi-sweet chocolate chips

Sprinkles (100s and 1000s)

Preheat oven to 325F. Microwave almond butter for 1 minute to make it smooth and creamy. Add honey and vanilla extract. Mix well. Add egg. Mix well again then add protein powder, cocoa powder, baking soda, pinch of salt. Mix till a dough forms, then fold in chocolate chips and sprinkles to add an extra oomph. Roll them in balls, place them on a baking tray with parchment paper and bake for 12-13 minutes or till top sets. Enjoy!

Holding on to glorious moments in the past

I used to wonder why people couldn’t move on from their glorious moments and held on to them so much. I finally understand why now. They do that so that they can bask in the moment of happiness they once had, in their current unhappy reality. Maybe that is why I keep looking back on pictures which had a lot of good memories and wishing I could go back in time. It is because I hate to admit that I’m finding no purpose in my life right now. It is not terrible but it is boring and monotonous and I want out so badly sometimes.

2017

Happy New Year everyone! I’ve always wanted to be a good writer yet I never feel that I am one. In this competitive world now, everyone is striving to be the best at what they do, chasing success. Sometimes, more often than not, I find myself stuck in a rut. Not sure if I should continue what I am doing. I am so guilty of not doing any work this winter break only because I don’t have the drive and the motivation to. I know I should sit down and write papers, work on my research, but I really don’t want to and I’m not sure what I can do to make myself do work. I feel like I’m losing myself sometimes, and I don’t know what else I can do to be happy anymore. This year, I want to embrace acceptance, be healthy and happy. I know I can do it and I will.

Ramblings

Humans are social creatures by nature. That’s why we feel most comfortable when we are surrounded by people who share the same world views and values as us. Nature of the environment plays an important role but not as important as the people who are in the environment, working together to make it a conducive one for everyone. Home can be anywhere as long as you know you have a form of social network and support at where you are at although it will not be like Singapore where I have my fabulous friends and family :p

First day of spring today and last day of my spring break. Wanted to get my random ramblings out before going back to the grind. It’s gonna be crazy, the next part of the spring semester but I’m looking forward to finishing strong. It’s not easy but I’m glad I have great people around me here. Thankful for the little bit of travel I got to do during the spring break though it meant not getting as much work done as I’d like to. Still, the visit to Florida was a much needed break to let loose a little and the trip to Jackson was definitely a very informative trip where I was exposed to an enclave of intellectuals. Their knowledge of their field blew my mind and it made me really think of what I can/want to do that will satisfy my needs/wants/fulfillment for myself in what I am doing. Very blessed to have met professors and professionals in the field this spring break.

To all of you out there, stay positive and if you feel that you have to get out of a negative environment to do better, do it!!! Have an awesome spring ahead!

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Thrashing out emotions

Bring me back in time, when the days were fine.
Without a worry in the sky, when I didn’t need to try.
Heart has hardened as time passes, felt as if life is a big tussle.
All I want is to find back that smile, when happinesses was less than a mile.

How can I embrace that spark in me, when it is long gone to the harsh world I see.
The longing for happiness never seems to cease, even though the quality of life has decreased.
Give me a glimpse of hope, let me know life can be dope.
Bring me back to the time, when everything was aligned.

Little knick knacks

I was feeling really scared to get back my mid term paper but by God’s grace, my marks was well past what I expected (: thank you God! I can’t believe it, the semester is coming to an end in a month. Time really flies, and I’ve been here for almost 1.5 years. Can’t say the whole journey was smooth but being persistent and having a positive mindset really helped me to get to where I am. So many things happened in this 1.5 years in the world. Also, after I started studying here in SFSU, my perception of the world really changed. I feel that I am more cultural competent as compared to before and I strongly believe in using the cultural humility framework to fight for equity. Singaporeans should really read up on these 2 concepts and stop whining. That aside, I’ve been seeing so many negative posts about Singapore in my newsfeed that I am a little apprehensive about going back. Right now, I have to think hard about my thesis and I do hope I can come out with a topic soon! 

I know this is random but I finally understand the concept of consumerism. In the States, consumerism plays a really big role in the economy and I am totally stuck in the rut. Shopping is so cheap here as compared to Singapore and shopping is one of my greatest vice. Dear Lord, please give me the strength to stop! They made online shopping as easy as ABC. I don’t even need to go out to get my stuff. No wonder I am putting on the pounds like them. Hehe. Gotta do up a lesson plan now, till the next time! Tata.

 

New place for writing

I was feeling a little nostalgic today so I began digging up some past photos and notes. I realized that I actually have blogs on so many domains. Blogspot, xanga, and livejournal. I even have 2 blogs on wordpress. Well, my 2 blogs on wordpress was actually part of my assignments during my English 114 class that I took last summer, instead of a personal blog. I wanted to use xanga as my personal blog but I didn’t update it as much as I wanted. The other blog that I used for my assignment that didn’t work out too well is http://beinghealthyiswealthy.wordpress.com/ if you’re keen to read. I kinda prefer the layout of this blog more so I shall use this blog as a platform to voice my thoughts from now. After using the different platforms for blogs, I personally like wordpress best.

A little update since my last personal post at xanga, I’m done with 2 semesters of school, finishing my 3rd one in end May. Other than my kindle, I got an iPad2 cause it was really cheap after the new iPad came out. I also got my iPhone5 even though my 3GS is still working. I am still cooking, though I think it could be the demise of my weight gain. Anyway, a lot has happened and it will take me many blog posts to type out my life story but I am officially in my first semester of my long coveted Masters program. I finally managed to get some travelling done, and have been very blessed to have kind people around me. Of course, none of these would have happened if not for God, my parents and my family’s love for me. I am very thankful to have all of you in my life. 🙂

It’s only been 1 year and 2 months since I left Singapore, and from my Facebook newsfeed, I feel that a lot has happened in my home country. I have been having a lot of thoughts about stuff but I always don’t put it down in words so I tend to forget about my thoughts. I am going to start penning down these thoughts in the future on this site so stay tuned!