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Wasatch Adoptions
1140 36th Street #204
Ogden, UT 84403

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We are looking to adopt two little girls who are special needs from China. Please help us raise money to cover the expensive costs or donate to support us to do various things. Keep up to date here: http://bissynut.com/fundraiser Are you thinking why so much??!! More information here. http://bissynut.com/adoption-expenses

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Easy Paleo Food

Okay for all of you Paleo folks Paul and I went to Jasmine Mongolian Grill two weeks ago and this is the easiest place to stick to your plan. Granted you can do it anywhere by hitting only meat and vegetables, but often the non-Paleo sides that arrive are far too tasty to pass up.  Mongolian grills seem to be popping up all over and you could probably find one in almost every town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought the best part about it was that I loaded up the bowl and not only did I not have to do all the prep, I didn’t have to cook it myself.

I was really sold on te stir fry so I thought we might want to try it at home.

I cut up all the ingredients when we got home from the store. I used  red pepper, onion, fresh pineapple, mushrooms, cilantro, celery, carrots and zucchini as well as 4 steaks.

I tossed the first two steaks in the freezer (the other two were purchased last minute because the kids were going to stay for dinner), I wanted them frozen because you can do a very thin cut when they are nice and frozen, but the fresh steaks were easy to cut with kitchen scissors.

I added seasonings as I went along including the juice of two lemons and some beef flavoring to jazz things up a bit.

This is my end result and every bit as fabulous as the food from the mongolian grill. Not only is it really good it is a great item to heat up and eat for lunch the next day.  Enjoy!

Farmer’s Market September 3rd

Saturday morning we hit the Federal Way Farmer’s Market and picked up a few more produce items and then ran by Trader Joe’s on the way home.

At the Farmer’s Market we picked up Apples, cucumbers, nectarines, peaches, tomatoes, radishes and a flat of blueberries.

At Trader Joes we grabbed my favorite Belgian chocolate, bag of pears, a truffle chocoalte bar to try (not as good as the Belgian Chocolate), Dark Chocolate Pomegranate seeds (for Carl), Vegetable Root Chips and some cherry pomegranate water flavor packets (no artificial sweeteners).  The Vegetable Root Chips were at least as bad as they sound.. barf! Seriously, even the dogs were not interested in these chips.

Adventures in Grain Free Cooking

Okay I know what you must be thinking.. grain free? Why? We are trying to be healthier and removing grain has had some odd unexpected side effect. My ring finger on my right hand has been swollen and painful for months when my middle finger on the left hand started to hurt. After several days on the grain free diet I noticed my fingers no longer ached. So there might be something to the claim that grains cause inflammation. Very strange. Of course at the same time we had also been doing 8oz of juice before breakfast and dinner so perhaps that has an effect as well.

The last drill Paul went to this is what I made hm for breakfast, buttermilk pancakes and bacon with syrup and coffee. Boy how things have changed.

Almond & banana pancakes with a side of bacon made a fantastic breakfast. I found the recipe here. I did however increase the number of eggs used to 4 to increase the protein. I made fresh strawberry syrup to slather on the pancakes. I also used the strawberry syrup mixed with oil and red wine vinegar to make salad dressing. That was the best idea!

Grain Free Blueberry muffins with a side of bacon makes a great breakfast as well. Check out the recipe here. I did double the blueberries to make them really pop with blueberry flavor.

In an effort to make things easier I tried to make this coconut flour bread. The thing with coconut flour is that it REALLY sucks up all the liquid and it turned out a little dry. So I think with a little work I could perfect this bread. Maybe adding some yogurt would help with the end result.

I made egg, bacon and cheese cups with coconut flour so these can be in the freezer and warmed in the morning as a quick breakfast. I will admit with the coconut flour they were slightly dry but they do have an excellent flavor.

Pauls favorite bread is lemon poppyseed so I gave that a whirl too… Lemon poppyseed muffins with coconut flour. They were moist and really good. I did use WAY more lemon juice because I wanted it to be really lemon flavored. The little slice is an Almond meal shortbread cookie I tried. Great with butter but lacks the shortbread texture I was looking for.

I made this Blackberry & Blueberry Strusel but I did learn that perhaps I should be certain that the berries are all sweet before baking. It was a little bitter even with all the cinnamon and sugar.

Miss Lisa Marie gave me a great grain free biscuit recipe, I did learn however that you should not do egg whites in the food processor as they turn white but stay soupy. User error.  So I had to add in a little coconut flour and almond flour to suck up the soupyness.  This one is not Paleo because of the cream cheese but I’m not really strict on Paleo (have I been strict on much of anything?).  I will post the recipe when I make them again and they work for me.

Daily Deal Line Up

It’s been a while since I posted a list of all the deal sites I belong to, and honestly I join them all because I love a deal and I love to get mail. I’ve taken advantage of a number of deals on several different sites.

Beyond the Rack – These folks have a ton of deals running every day from every category.

Buy with Me – Local deals

CBS – Local deals on food etc..

DealPulp – A couple great deals every day.

Doggyloot – Pet related daily deals

Eversave – These folks offer both local and online saves, everything from dinner out to magazines.

FurryBoo – Pet related daily deals

Gaggle of Chicks – One main deal and 3 “side” deals going at any given time

Groupon – Groupon has a number of deals in several categories, eateries, beauty, home and garden as well as a new feature to get a local Groupon to use that same day.

Hautelook – Multiple sales running every day – everything from trips, art, fashion to home decor

Heartsy – Deals for sellers from Etsy and Artfire, I’ve loved everything I’ve gotten from them. They feature several deals every day.

Housewares Deals – One great daily deal on flatware, dishes, kitchen accessories etc..

Jasmere – They usually featyure one deal on a smaller lesser known company or brand. They always have something interesting.

Living Social – Local deals on activities, food, classes, beauty and spas

Mamasource – A main deal and a handfull of side deals.

Moolala – Usually one featured deal and maybe a side deal or two every day.

No More Rack – Eight new deals every day, they often sell out quick.. so if you want something get on and get it ASAP.

One Kings Lane – Four to six deals on primarily high end housewares and furniture

Plum District – Offering both local and national deals, Plum District usually has 2-4 deals at any given time.

Rue La La – A huge selection of deal running, lots of clothing, accessories, housewares as well as local deals.

Social Buy – Daily featured deal and a side deal or two depending on your area.

Tanga – Six deals every day, often on T-shirts, magazines and a plethora of other oddball items, some you only pay shipping on.

Totsy – Several Sales running (all 3 day duration) for kids, home, parents… even a travel section

Zozi – One featured deal and several everyday deals

Zulily – Twenty plus deals running all the time

 

Garlic Chicken

This Garlic Chicken is so easy you could call it Idiot Chicken. I bought a fresh chicken at the grocery and 4 heads of garlic. I peeled all the garlic and came up with this:

It barely all fit inside the chicken. I rubbed the chicken with 1/4 stick of butter and placed it breast side down into the crock pot. My chicken cooked on low until morning. When I came out to the kitchen the house smelled delighful. As you can see the chicken made about 2 cups of chicken stock to save for another day, and then all of the garlic is now perfect for spreading on bread or whipping with butter to make it even easier to spread. Watch out.. the first time I made this I think I ate 7 cloves of garlic on crackers just standing in the kitchen. It is fabulous!!

1 Chicken

3-4 heads of garlic

1/4 stick of butter

The chicken is moist and flavorful and can be used in anything. In the morning I de-bone the chicken, put the meat in the fridge, put the garlic in a container and freeze the chicken stock. Now if I were really on fire I’d put all the bones and leftovers into a mesh bag then toss that, the chicken stock I just got from roasting the chicken and vegetables into a stock pot to simmer in water all day for a big batch of chicken stock to use for several soups etc..

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Need some great ideas for the new graduate in your life?

In a word luggage… as the Dr. Suess book says “You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”

Help them get on to those new adventures with a new piece of luggage.  Beyond the Rack has a great selection of great luggage today. I’m especially fond of the Yak Pak Multi bags. Talk about CUTE!  As an added advantage with cute bright luggage you can spot it right away on the baggage carousel.

Ideas for Father’s Day – June 19th

Jasmere has a great tech product for the forgetful father, this small device will tell dad if he has that cell phone with him or if he left it in yesterdays jacket.  The Bringrr Charge plugs into your power port and sounds an alarm when you get into the car if you do not have that cell phone with you. This would be a great gift for the new mom or anyone else that may frequently forget their cell phone.  Jasmere is one of my favorite daily deal sites, they are reliable and offer a new deal every day.

Of course if dear old dad is a beer nut, he may be partial to the deal at Moolala; a one year subscription to Beer Connoisseur Magazine. Combine that with a basket of different beers or a beers of the world pack and you have a great gift for the beer lover dad.

Sigg Water Bottles

Sigg water bottles are back at Hautelook today. If you are a fan of the Sigg brand this is the time to get them. These reusable water bottles come in a variety of sizes, colors and prints to fit every personality. Its a great way to go green.. get rid of the plastic water bottles.

This would be great in that new grads gift basket as they head off to college or maybe a new water bottle for dad (Father’s Day is coming up!).

ReUsies

Groupon (San Diego) has a great online deal today on ReUsies. Considering how much plastic waste gets tossed into the trash on a daily basis these are a fabulous idea. You get $30 worth of ReUsies for $15.  These bags are washable and made locally in Seattle.

Check out Heartsy

 

If you are a fan of Art Fire or Etsy and love handmade or one of a kind items you will love this great daily deal site Heartsy. They feature a number of deals every day including art, bath items, jewelry, clothing etc.. I have purchased several deals from Heartsy and have been very satisfied with everything. Its a great way to try new things out, find great new products and sellers. I’m always looking for reuseable sandwich & snack bags or bath products without so many chemicals in them.. which I have been able to find thanks to Art Fire and Etsy.  I was able to get them at a discount thanks to Heartsy.

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ADOPTION TIMELINE

Oct 10 Saw "Elsa's" profile for the first time

Dec 1 Saw Paisley's little face and asked for her file

Dec 15th Got files for Paisley and another girl from agency

Dec 16th Read files and called to find IA doctor

Dec 17th I spent all day on e-mail and the phone with IA doctor

Dec 19th we sent a check for $600 and official application to the Agency

Dec 22nd we got an e-mail we had been approved by the Agency

Dec 22nd I wrote a Letter of Intent for the CCCWA that we intend to adopt Zou Bing Jie

Dec 23 we finished the Agency contracts and paid $140 to have 14 signatures notarized (OMG!)

Dec 26 Sent contracts and $3500 International program fee to Agency - Lucky for us Zou Bing Jie has already been locked to us

Dec 27-Jan 5 CCCWA will be closed so NOTHING will happen.

Jan 4 H.S Agency Suspended

Jan 8 Received P.A. from China

Jan 19 Found Fu Chen You on Shared File

Jan 21 Wrote LOI for Fu Chen You

Jan 31 Home Study Visit and Paid $1550

Feb 2 Received P.A. for Fu Chen You

Feb 4 Home Study Visit

Feb 22 Home Study Finished by SW

Feb 25 Home Study Approved by Agency

Mar 6 Picked up Home Study

Mar 6 Sent I800A

Mar 9 USCIS Received i-800a via Fed Ex

Mar 11 Official USCIS notice I-800a Received

Mar 24 Finally have all Fingerprint cards

Mar 25 Did a walk in at USCIS Biometrics

Mar 25 USCIS approved our Expedite

Mar 25 Received USCIS RFE

Apr 3 I800A Approved

Apr 3 I797 Received Via E-mai

Apr 4 I797's Notarized

Apr 6 I797's State Authenticated

Apr 8 Dossier to Embassy

Apr 23 Dossier to China

Apr 27 Dossier arrived at CCCWA

May 4 I-800 Sent

May 6 Found out about input issue & incorrect name on PA

May 8 Input issue supposedly corrected

May 13 LID (Log In Date)

May 26 Soft LOA

May 28 Hard LOA

June 1 USCIS sends Pkt to NVC

June 5 Receive PDF with GUZ and Invoice #'s

June 8 Article 5 Drop Off

June 9 Article 5 Pick Up and mailed to CCCWA

June 19 Soft Travel Approval

June 19 Recieved Consulate Appointment

June 24 TRAVEL to Beijing

June 28 Fly to Nanjing

June 29 Isabella Gotcha

June 30 Sign for Izzy

June 30 Fly to Chengdu

July 1 Gabriella Gotcha

July 2 Sign for Gabby

July 3 Fly to Guangzhou

July 7 Consulate Appointment

July 9 Van to Hong Kong

July 10 Fly Home