Monthly Archives: January 2013

Crab Salad {on Dutch Crunch Rolls}


You should know that I have had this for 4 out of 6 meals this past weekend. It’s just so dang good.


As you can probably tell from the above picture, I must admit this is not real crab meat. As it is so eloquently labeled, this recipe is made with only the finest ‘imitation crab meat’. How’s that for gourmet? I’m sure you could make it with real crab, in fact, it’d probably improve an already amazing thing. But I’m gonna stick to what I know, and for the sake of ease, buy the packaged stuff. You won’t mind, I’m willing to bet.


I’m just excited because I finally have something I can do with CELERY. Am I the only one that buys celery every time I’m at the grocery store with the good intention of making myself snack on it more, then never touch it until the ends are soggy and smell funky? Please tell me I’m not alone in this. It’s just so stringy and sad by itself… it’s easy to avoid.

For once, the more celery in this salad, the better! It’s the perfect crunchy texture, and the flavor pairs perfectly with the crab- makes it taste light and fresh! Actually, this salad is very light- crab weighs in at merely 90 calories per half cup, and the rest of the ingredients are veggies, besides the mayo. And I use only 2 Tbsp of the light stuff, so this is a great midday filler! (**warning: do NOT use greek yogurt as a sub for the mayo. You will regret it.**) Ye have been warned!


The one other thing you should know about this crab salad, is that it is best showcased on a Dutch Crunch roll. These are usually sold at most grocery stores with a bakery- I was lucky enough to be shopping at Winco the other day right when they pulled a fresh batch out of the ovens. Hallelujah! I had been distraught because the bin where the dutch rolls usually were was empty and I was faced with the choice of either buying a huge bag of like 3 million Dutch crunch rolls for $4 (literally we would probably eat 4 rolls and have to throw the rest away to waste) ~OR~ heaven forbid, just buy regular rolls of the UN-Dutch Crunch variety and be let down. Thankfully, I didn’t have to choose either of those options because they put all the fresh warm ones into the bin as I was  anxiously debating.



And THEN, after all that hullaballoo about the Dutch Crunch rolls, I FORGOT one when I packed my lunch for work this past weekend and was so desperate for a worthy roll on which to put my crab salad, that I went to the nearest Subway and begged them to sell me the Italian Herbs and Cheese bread, just the bread. (Just so you know, they don’t do that. So I ordered a ‘Veggie Delite’ sandwich with just lettuce and they just charged me $2, how nice!) And know what? It was still delish. I definitely got some weird looks from the staff- ‘lady, you’re pregnant- all you want is a lettuce sandwich??’ Little did they know, I had crab in my purse. HA! Anyhow, moral of the story, go for the Dutch Crunch- this is a Dutch sisters blog, you know. Represent!


Crab Salad

one recipe makes enough for 6-7 sandwiches


1 package Imitation Crab meat, shredded

1 head of celery, chopped thinly

1 bunch of green onions, chopped

2-3 TBSP light mayonnaise

Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, to taste


Rinse crab meat under cool water, then put in stand mixer on med-high speed to shred. (This is the method I found easiest to shred the meat- the fork method does not work). After crab is shredded, add the chopped green onion, celery, and mayo. Mix on low for  30 sec until evenly combined. Salt to taste.

Scoop generously onto a Dutch Crunch roll and enjoy!


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Almost Back to School…


Three weeks off always sounds so long during the semester, but once you’re enjoying that time off- whoooooooooooosh- it’s over before you know it.

Ah, well. It was nice! Hung out with some awesome people…

Me and M

Me and M


Go Giants!


….and 49ers!

Ate some super yummy foods and am planning on making much more…..

Whole grain pasta with ground chicken and homemade pasta sauce....yeah, it was good. :)

Whole grain pasta with ground chicken and homemade pasta sauce….yeah, it was good. 🙂

Just a quick snapshot from M's Christmas gift to me....mouthwatering

Just a quick snapshot from M’s Christmas gift to me….mouthwatering

Had some great reminders from some smart people….




So, while this break was much too short, realizing that I don’t know what’s going to happen but that God has it all in control makes me super excited to see what He has in store for me 🙂


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I was on a walk with my 3 dogs the other day, soaking up the wonderful chilly weather and enjoying getting my legs moving. For the past few weeks, I haven’t been to the gym once, nor have I run. I’ll admit it’s driving me a little crazy… but surprisingly, I am mostly really enjoying it. I find myself enjoying the extra time I have around the house, and also the slightly more relaxed feel to the day.


Now that we are only a few weeks away from meeting our baby, walking is enough. I know there will be time for getting back into a more rigorous exercise routine after our baby is here! I’ve been tempted to take our jogging stroller with me a few times just to practice maneuvering it… haven’t yet though 😉 Slowing down has allowed me lots of time to reflect on how I spend my day, both now and how things will change when I am a mom. A while back, I started listening to podcasts of sermons and Christian radio shows while I went for my daily walk. Joey kept talking to me about different ideas and topics that he enjoyed listening to while on the tractor at work, mostly Chuck Missler, and his enthusiasm for the sermons prodded me to check it out- now I enjoy listening to Chuck, Focus on the Family, Dave Ramsey, and R.C. Sproul almost daily.

The time I spend on my walks listening to various topics about marriage, parenting, and Christian discipleship really has become something I look forward to everyday! Throughout the past few months, I’ve had days where I have wondered if I was truly ready for parenting– there are so many things I have yet to learn MYSELF! I have days where I can barely manage my OWN time well enough, let alone try to effectively raise a child on top of that! And days where my communication with God is shamefully minimal- but I want to raise my child to crave contact with God.


Believe me, the list went on… and on…and on.

Then I heard Chuck Missler through my headphones say something along the lines of, “Ambassadorship to the Lord does not ‘just happen’- it requires daily intention and discipleship.” I loved that! “Daily Intention” is so important- in any relationship- God, your spouse, friends, and your kids! I read somewhere that the behavior that we exhibit to our kids is 90% unintentional- so I want to make sure my unintentional behavior is something I want my kids to emulate.


A huge part of my ministry in the next few years is going to be my kids, just the thought of that brings a huge smile to my face (and possibly some tears, thanks hormones..) and I’m so thankful for a gracious God that is there to be the Ultimate Parent!

Thanks for listening to my heart today, guys. As you can see, I am no expert on life, but pray that God will still bless my efforts 🙂


P.S. My sister-in-law tweeted a fantastic book list to me a few days back with a host of resources for Motherhood and the ministry you can have at home- check it out!

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Chewy Gingersnap Cookies


The past 5 days have been craaazy. Crazy good, mostly! But just ‘crazy’ would work just as well. Starting last Friday, I worked all weekend, and in between that 1.) attended a baby shower for a friend who is due 3 weeks before me (!!!) it was a beautiful shower and she is going to be an amazing mom. 2) hosted some friends we haven’t seen in FOREVER from out of town- we had a blast and lots of pizza and catch-up time. 3) Sunday I had to work 3 1/2 hours past our regular closing hours because there was a staff emergency- which I was happy to cover for, but man. Lack of sleep + getting off work at 9:30 p.m. is killer. Then 4) Joey had hernia repair surgery at 9 am and I had an ultrasound at the same time, at different locations yesterday. Thankfully it all worked out because our family is awesome and helped us both make it to our appointments. And now we are home, surgery and ultrasound went well, and we are tired. Joey more so than I, understandably. Apparently, he did not like the anesthesia and tried to pop a swing at the doctor, so they had to put him all the way under general anesthesia and intubate him. That’s my tough guy.

Phew, catch all that??


Last night we both slept on the couch because poor Joey is still in a lot of pain, and the bed is too flat to be comfortable. I’ve decided that while I love being a nurse, and am grateful that I feel knowledgeable enough in post-surgery care to take care of my man skillfully, nursing is never as fun when it involves your own family. Tooo personal. His pain is my pain, know what I mean?


So while I preoccupy myself with caring for my honey, (luckily I have a few days off to stay at home!) I decided that this house needed to smell like Gingersnaps. Gingersnaps smell AWESOME, and we needed some ‘awesome’ to be wafting through our house. I usually have all the window shades open during the day so the house is bright and airy, but when you are trying to promote rest and recovery, the first thing to go is bright light and noise. So, COOKIES WE SHALL HAVE!!


And…. this is one of those recipes I promised to you guys a while back that never got addressed. Yay for my pregnancy brain remembering to finally post it! Ok, so here’s what’s up. There are no chocolate chips in this recipe. Nor are there any other type of creamy, sugary candies that typically make cookies so wonderful. Somehow, these cookies are wonderful just on their own. They are classified as ‘spice cookies’, which typically is the easy cookie to avoid on the ‘after church’ goody trays, if you know what I mean. Please, for the love of the gingersnap smell… try these.


By the way, each cookie is only 72 calories! Basically a health food.


Have a GRAND week!!


Chewy Gingersnap Cookies

adapted from Southern Living Cookbook

prep: 30 min, makes 48 cookies


3/4 cup shortening

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 molasses

1 egg

2 1/4 cup All purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar, for rolling cookies in


In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening with an electric mixer for 30 seconds on med-high speed. Add brown sugar, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat until combined. Beat in molasses & egg. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer, then stir in any remaining flour.

Shape dough into one-inch balls. Roll balls in the granulated sugar to coat. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until edges are set and tops crackled. Cool cookies for 1 minute on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack.


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Grape Juice and Ice Cream.

I’m not joking. Weirdest-sounding but best-tasting dessert ever. Especially if it’s following a weekend of feeling under the weather and Christmas un-decorating.

Creamy, grape-y, and YUMmy

Creamy, grape-y, and YUMmy

Can this really be called a family recipe? I believe it’s been passed down a few generations and it has more than one ingredient….two, to be exact. Anyways, it’s one of those cool food items that has some familial attachments so….I’d like to pass it along to some others who may think that root beer is the only liquid you can pair with vanilla ice cream 🙂 Cuz it’s totally not.



Grape Floats


Vanilla Ice cream

Grape Juice (100% Grape Juice is best….I’ve tried cran grape, white grape, etc. and it’s just not the same.)


Carefully scoop a perfect orb of ice cream into a pretty bowl. Pour grape juice over ice cream and enjoy!

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Teppanyaki at Home

My hubby gave me a break from cooking this weekend cuz I was feeling a bit under the weather. And let me just say, when he cooks- he goes all the way. I plan on picking up the cooking tomorrow morning with some of M’s English Muffin French Toast….makes getting out of bed early look worth it! I’ll let ya know how it goes 🙂

Anyways, I was spoiled with eggs and toast on Saturday and yesterday he first tackled my messy kitchen and then made some teppanyaki for lunch! So. Good. He was kind enough to share his recipe and techniques so you all can have a shot at making it!

Here’s a glimpse of the dish:

Mmmm...all those veggies make my mouth water!

Mmmm…all those veggies make my mouth water!

It’s a great way to make a $60 restaurant dinner for under $15 at home 🙂





steak or chicken ( we bought whatever was on sale, and the normal serving for two in your household)

3 zucchini squash, sliced

1 c mushrooms, sliced

1 onion, roughly chopped

1 large carrot, roughly chopped

House of Tsang Szechuan Spicy Stir-Fry Sauce (this is the sauce we chose because we like spicy spicy. There are milder versions)


Chop all ingredients to about the same size.

In a large frying pan or wok, heat the oil on High. If you choose to do chicken and steak together like they do in the restaurants, cook the chicken first so it’s done all the way through. Then cook the steak to your liking. When your meat is just about done, add enough sauce so that it coats all the meat. Remove meat from pan and cover to keep hot. Do not rinse pan!

Now, add a bit more oil to the pan before adding all the vegetables. Stir often while letting vegetables caramelize for about 5 minutes or so until veggies are done. Again, when they are nearly done, add enough sauce to coat the veggies.

Serve piping hot.

Feeds 2 1/2 people. (Curtis usually has seconds, I don’t. Hence, the 1/2. :D)

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English Muffin French Toast

Before I get to the good part, I need to take a step back and talk to you about a few things. Have a little heart to heart.


Don’t be nervous, this is all on me. It has come to my attention that I have developed a nasty habit of ‘mentioning’ recipes, promising to ‘get back to you’ about them, and totally NOT getting back to you. It’s amateur hour over here, folks. Anyways, next week will be a redeeming blog week and I’ll make sure to get all of those to you! I’ll start by adding (today) the bomb-diggity Oliebollen recipe that was given to me by a dear family friend. This is her grandma’s special recipe that has been handed down the generations– so I hope you try it and treasure it! I wanted to get her permission before posting it to the Internet, of course. In her words, “My grandma would be honored!!”. I felt honored she would share such a special recipe!



Moving on! This morning I was about ready to default to the usual yog/bluebs/cereal bowl that has been my breakfast for ages- but then my eyes rested on a lonely english muffin that was sitting by our toaster. And I remembered that we only had ONE egg left in the fridge… all this lonely food in our house! Ah-HA! My mind jumped immediately to an idea I saw somewhere… but can’t remember where, so if this was your idea, let me know so I can give you credit!


I give you: English Muffin French Toast.  It truly is ten times better than plain ol’ french toast. So good in fact, that I may or may not have licked my plate clean.



Grody- I totally did lick it.



English Muffin French Toast

serves one


1 english muffin, separated

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon maple extract


Plain Greek yogurt for topping (optional)

Syrup for topping (optional, or use honey)


In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, maple extract, and cinnamon. Separate the english muffin into halves, and soak in the egg&milk mixture, flipping to soak both sides. Cook in a small pan over medium high heat until browned on both sides.

Top with greek yogurt and syrup, and enjoy!

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