Dr. Seuss, man of wisdom…

I love Dr, Suess. The first book I ever read was Hop on Pop and still love it. There are so many great lessons from Dr. Seuss.  Each of his book is such a treasure trove of ideas and actions for a better life.

  1. Be a thinker of great things.  Dr. Seuss teaches us, “Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”
  2. Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.  Sometimes you just don’t know what you’ve got until after it’s gone.  In Bartholomew and the Ooblek, King Didd got what he wished for, but the sticky Ooblek goo was worse than the fog, snow, sunshine, and rain that it replaced.  The King quickly wanted his old weather back and he learned to appreciate it.
  3. Be your best you.   In the words of Dr. Seuss, “There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”  Make the most of what you’ve got.   In Yertle the Turtle, we see “feather envy” and it’s a gentle reminder to be careful what you wish for and appreciate what you’ve got.
  4. Bend your world in wonderful ways.  Nobody bends it like the Cat in the Hat.   From the metaphors you use, to the thinks that you think, you can shape your world that’s right in front of you.
  5. Don’t put yourself in a box.  You’re only limited by your own imagination.   The Cat in the Hat teaches us how to let our imaginations run wild.
  6. Don’t waste your time worrying who’s better than who.  In Yertle the Turtle, Dr. Seuss teaches us that “You have better things to do than argue who’s better than who.”
  7. Dream it and do it.  You can move mountains when you put your mind to it.  Direct your life like a blockbuster and make things happen.
  8. Edutainment wins over boring and ho-hum.  With whacky words, wondrous worlds, and fantastical characters, Dr. Seuss taught us the edutainment is how you change a child’s life.  Reading is only boring if you make it so.
  9. Kindle your curiosity.  Keep your mind open and your eyes peeled.  Stay curious and follow your growth.
  10. Life happens in moments at a time.  Don’t miss out on life by tuning out the little things along the way.
  11. Own your fun.   There’s more to do than play in the rain.  When you’re bored, you’re boring.   The Cat in the Hat teaches us to be the maker of our own fun.  Make each day your own special blend of whatever it is that best floats your boat.
  12. Play at your day.  You can play at your day, in every way.
  13. Persistence pays off.  Be relentless in your pursuit of things.  In Green Eggs and Ham, it was through persistence that Sam-I-Am finally got the unnamed character to try the green eggs and ham.  In real life, Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times before being published by Vanguard Press.
  14. Treat people fairly and squarely.  In The Sneetches and Other Stories, Dr. Seuss shows us that we can’t judge people by their lot in life or whether they have a star on their belly.  In Yertle the Turtle, it’s a reminder not to climb over people on your way to the top, because they’re same people you’ll see on your way back down.
  15. Try it … you just might like it.  In Green Eggs and Ham, when the unnamed character was surprised to find out that he actually likes green eggs and ham once he tried them.  You just never know until you try.
  16. Saying you’re sorry can help make things right.   In Bartholomew and the Oobleck, when the king finally said the magic words, “I’m sorry,” and “it’s all my fault,” he helped make things right again.
  17. See the bright side of things.  It’s a great day for up, when you can see the sunny side of things.  Sure sometimes you’ll have to work at it, but positivity is a skill.  Do it daily.
  18. Setbacks happen.  Deal with them and move on.   Make trouble think twice about messing with you.
  19. Some people are much more unlucky than you.  When you’re down in the dumps and things get real bad, remind yourself that somewhere, somehow, someway … somebody is much “more unlucky than you.”
  20. Success is a journey and we all have our own paths.  Make your journey count.  Don’t let fear stop you.  Don’t let conventional wisdom stop you.  Lead the life you want to live, and when there’s no path, make one.
  21. Your voice counts.  In Horton Hears a Who, Dr. Seuss shows us how one little voice can tip the scale … after all, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

 

Dr. Seuss has so many quotable quotes, from enjoying your day to being more you.  He has such a way with words.  Even when he reminds us of something we already know, he has a way of saying it that makes an old song sound new.

Some of my favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes…

  • Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
  • Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
  • Only you can control your future.
  • So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.
  • The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
  • Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
  • Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
  • Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
  • You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.
  • You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

 

My 2012 Resolutions.

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  1. Save some Money.
  2. Workout Regularly
  3. Stay Happy
  4. Help others Often
  5. Organize my things
  6. Be more friendly and approachable
  7. Share knowledge with others
  8. See a Foreign Film or Documentary in the Theater
  9. Quit Smoking.
  10. Blog more often.
  11. Cook more exotic foods.
  12. Surround myself with people who have similar aspirations and goals as me.
  13. Learn to Speak Fluent Thai.
  14. Volunteer somewhere, anywhere.
  15. Do some projects on my pintrest board.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Bucket List.

Our Lifetime Bucket List

The List! The list of what we want to do together and the adventures to look forward too. Some we may never get to do, some we already did :) Some are damn near impossible. Our list will change all the time mostly adding more stuff, it’s fun to think… hmmm

  1. Go to Laos and Thailand to visit my family .
  2. Go to Ireland to learn about Stirling‘s histroy.
  3. Go Skydiving
  4. Hawaii.
  5. Teach English in China
  6. Become Fluent in a new language ( Stirling – Laotian and Chinese Me- Thai)
  7. Deep sea fishing.
  8. Buy a house.
  9. Ice fishing

French dip sandwiches (aus jus)

I never had these before I met my husband. The first time I even saw this sandwich was on food network, and he mention that he loves them. Searching for the recipe in his mom’s cook book thought it was time to give it a try.

Ingredients ~

  • Crock Pot
  • 2-3 lb of beef rump roast
  • 1 oz package of dry onion soup mix (like Lipton’s or store brand works fine too)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 can of beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 1/2 white onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • chili powder ( optional
  • Sandwich Rolls

All you do is throw everything in the crockpot. I love this thing! you can honestly throw in any kind of protein, some sort of broth and spices, go shopping for 6-8 hours and poof! Dinner is served!

Same basic idea here, you throw everything in, give it a stir and leave it on low for 6-8 hours.

After take out that roast and slice it as thin as possible, I like to put the slice meat back in the broth to soak up all the yummy drippings.

Now the best part, place on rolls and serve! Reserve some of the ” gravy” to dip and chow down!

Papaya Salad aka (Som Tum, Thum Muk Hoong)

Mmmmmm this is one of the most famous, well know dishes from Laos. It’s know more popular and a this dish Som Tum which includes peanuts and shrimp paste thats makes it just a litte sweeter. I have to stay with my Lao roots with this one! With lots of fish sauce and REALLY spicy peppers :)

Now my country boy has never seen a papaya before, so when I left it on the kitchen counter he thought it was mutated mango….

Now I forgot to take the “before” picture but when you do chose a papaya you want one thats really green, not even close to the ripen stage. The ripen ones are much to sweet whereas the fresh from blooming ones are a shall I bland and hold more flavor.

After peeling the green monster you need to shred it… the best invention ever! The julienne peeler!

I found one at Tay Do Supermarket in West Valley for a mere 4.99! What a time saver! Stirfry love to peel, only because he’s new to it as for me I just remember doing this for my mother for hours for all the parties and dinners so the break was nice!

hmmm fish sauce check, limes check, cherry tomatoes check, garlic, MSG, dried chilies double check. ( not shown sugar )

Now I don’t understand why but we believe that smashing everything brings out the flavor, and who am i to deny that! So one  of the staples of Laotian kitchen accessories is the clay mortar and pestle. They sell them at any Asian market I even saw one at the natural food store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

yum! serve with fried chicken, or steak with sticky rice!

 

 

Ingredients


  • 8-12 Thai chillies (bird peppers), each cut into 3-4 segmentsshopping list
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled and cut each into 2-3 pieces
  • 4 cups julienned peeled unripe papaya – in strips 2-3 inches long and 1/8 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup tamarind juice the thickness of fruit concentrate or lime juice 2-3 to taste
  • 2-3 Tbs. fish sauce, to taste
  • 2-3 Tbs. palm sugar,
  • 2 small tomatoes, cut into bite-size wedges; or 12cherry tomatoes, halved

 

 

  • Prepare the ingredients as indicated. Make tamarind juice by starting with 1 Tbs. of compressed tamarind in 1/3 cup of warm water. Work the tamarind with your fingers to dissolve the soft fruit; gather up remaining undissolvable pulp, squeeze to extract juice and discard.
  • Using a large clay mortar with a wooden pestle, pound the garlic and chillies to a paste. Follow with the green papaya. Stir well with a spoon and pound to bruise the vegetables so that they absorb the heat and flavor of the chillies and garlic.
  • Add the tamarind or lime juice, fish sauce and palm sugar. Stir and pound a bit more to blend the vegetables with the flavorings and seasonings. Taste and adjust flavors to the desired hot-sour-sweet-and-salty combination. Then add the tomato pieces and if like crab also added , stir and bruise lightly to blend in with the rest of the salad.

 

Hello world!

Wow… I forgot that we started a blog last year, well we signed up for a blog for our wonderful Kitchen adventures :) Then I was wasting time on StumbleUpon and ran into all these fun foodie blogs and remembered… “OH YEA!!! I started one too!” So let’s begin…

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