Bucca – What?!? Palacinkas – Meatless Meals 2

What is Bucca????
My Goodness…what an odd name lol!

Well, let’s start with the Palacinka! Maybe some of you have heard of this one…

A Palacinka / Palatschinke is a thin crêpe-like variety of pancake common in Central and Eastern Europe. (see more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palatschinke )

There are many different names or ways to spell palacinka! Check some of these out below!

Palacinka wiki pic

Did you figure out why I spell it palacinka? Our heritage is Windish/Slovenian. We make a lot of our foods with Slovenian, Croatian, Hungarian, Yugoslavian and Slovakian influences in mind. My Great Grandmother came to Ellis Island from Yugoslavia when she was 23 years old. Her name can be found at Ellis Island in New York. But that’s another story. 😉

Oh the many things we learned from Great Grammy, Grammy and family!

We learned to eat really well!!! LOL!! ❤

So…..Anyway…..

As a meatless meal during Lent or really anytime of year (because we love it so much), Grammy and Mom would make us palacinkas. These amazing thin crepe-like pancakes were filled with any jelly or jam we chose. For mom, dad and Grammy, they would have a cheese filling. Oh and don’t forget to cover them with some powdered sugar! 😉

What an easy meatless meal it was too! I’ll give you the recipe later lol!

Now that you know what palacinkas are….

Bucca—–What?!?!?!

Bucca is always a favorite in our home! Jackson absolutely loves it! Who am I kidding? I absolutely love it too! Now…

Take the same recipe that I will give you shortly and rip them up in the pan! Then cover it in pancake syrup or a syrup of your choice! Oh YUM!!! I love palacinkas and bucca soooooo much that I have an inner struggle every time I make them just because I don’t know which way I want to eat them! They’re both soooooo good!!!!!! YUM!!!!!

Ok, ok….Here’s the recipe 😉

Palacinka

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • splash of vanilla (shhhhh)
  • butter to lightly coat the pan between palacinkas (I don’t bother when I use my crepe pan after the first couple, because it has become “seasoned”)
  • choice of jellies/jams

Combine the 1st 4 ingredients and whisk well, try to get rid of all the lumps. Ah….I throw it all in a blender now just to mix them well. Makes for easy cleanup too. It will be a thin batter, if it is a little thick you can add a little more milk. Then pour roughly a 1/4 cup of the batter into a crepe pan or small nonstick pan. Swirl pan around til the batter covers the entire bottom of the pan. Then when edges brown slightly and you start to see some bubbles (similar to making pancakes), flip with a thin spatula and lightly brown the other side. When both sides are lightly browned…place on a plate, fill with favorite jelly/jam, roll it up and dust with powdered sugar! Enjoy!!!

You can keep them covered with foil and warm on a low temperature in the toaster oven until everyone is ready to eat. 😉

I literally flip the palacinkas in the air…learned how in 8th grade and have been flipping ever since! Jackson gets a kick out of it every time! 😉

Making Palacinkas in the crepe pan ;) (Just flipped)
Making Palacinkas in the crepe pan 😉 (Just flipped)
This is how Palacinkas look on the plate...now just fill with your favorite Jam or Jelly and roll up ;) Sprinkle powdered sugar too!
This is how Palacinkas look on the plate…now just fill with your favorite Jam or Jelly and roll up 😉 Sprinkle powdered sugar too!
Jackson likes to roll them up and dip them in pancake syrup! ;)
Jackson likes to roll them up and dip them in pancake syrup! 😉
Bucca - All cut up and smothered in Pancake syrup ;) Yum!
Bucca – All cut up and smothered in Pancake syrup 😉 Yum! Grammy used to make it this way for me! ❤

For Bucca:

Do the same as above, but when you flip the palacinka…start to pull it apart into bite-size pieces with a fork and spatula, then when lightly browned…place on a plate and cover with pancake syrup or syrup of choice. 😉

Seriously….Making Palacinkas and Bucca is that easy. We always at least double the recipe because literally 1 batch feeds only Jackson and I for how much we love it! LOL!

We hope you enjoy Palacinkas and Bucca as much as we do! Let us know below! 😉

Jackson wanted his Picture in the post ;) He said "Mom, ya gotta put in a picture like this, it looks like a flower!" <3
Jackson wanted his Picture in the post 😉 He said “Mom, ya gotta put in a picture like this, it looks like a flower!” ❤
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Meatless Meals for Fridays in Lent!

Not sure what to make as a Meatless Meal for a Friday night during Lent?

Well…..

We’ve got some ideas for you! Here is one of our Windish/Slovenian Favorites:

Cabbage and Noodles!

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List of Ingredients:

  • 1 head of Cabbage
  • 1 bag of Egg Noodles (my hubby likes the extra wide ones by Pennsylvania Dutch or Light n Fluffy, doesn’t matter to me lol!) ALSO…any noodle will do 😉
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Little bit of Vegetable Oil or your choice of cooking oil

Directions:

Chop up the cabbage into small bite-size pieces. Place cabbage in a large skillet with a little bit of cooking oil, salt and pepper (we use a large stock pot cuz we’re gonna mix it all together anyway lol). Saute the cabbage until soft and lightly browned…salt and pepper to taste. While sauteing the cabbage, prepare the noodles according to package instructions. Strain the noodles and mix together with the sauteed cabbage.

Enjoy some Cabbage and Noodles hot off the stove!!! YUM!!!

Some people use this as a side dish, but we eat it as a meal! I absolutely love it!!! I usually eat way too much of it and get way too full…oops! But I do it every time! LOL!

Now, back in the day, my Grammy would chop the cabbage, place it in a large bowl with about a Tablespoon of salt sprinkled on top and let it rest for about an hour. She would then squeeze the cabbage (really builds the muscles lol) to release any water in the cabbage (the salt helps pull it out) and then saute it. Sometimes I still like to do it Grammy’s way 😉

On the other hand, my mother-in-law would boil the cabbage in salt water until soft and then brown it lightly.

And others like to put some chopped onion in too…that’s up to you!

Different ways to come to the same delicious Cabbage and Noodle outcome! 😉

Let us know if you try our recipe and how you liked it 😉

More Meatless Meal recipes to come….

Quit Smoking! Start Vaping! ~ A Healthier Transition

How many of you smoke?  Be honest now!!! 

2 pack a day Smokers…

1 pack a day Smokers…

1/2 pack a day Smokers…

Social Smokers….

Even the Closet Smokers…

    By that I mean…..

      the ones that never smoke:

  • around family
  • around work (or no one at work knows you smoke)
  • around certain friends

Why don’t you smoke around certain people or places?

Because….

in a way, you feel ashamed of your closet habit!

Do you want to know why I know this? Because I was a closet smoker too!!!  I was so thankful for having friends who knew me for who I was and who accepted me for who I was! Because around those people I could just relax! No one to go…

“Oh, she smokes? She doesn’t look like a smoker!” 

I know I shouldn’t care what people think about the things and choices I make in my life, but that’s me…I can’t help it sometimes! Some people found out along the way and didn’t care, but I still hid it at times…

I quit a few times in the past, but went back for some reason or another…always thinking “Why did I pick those dang things up again?!?!”

Well….things change….you grow up….you figure out that you’re sick of hiding that you smoke….sick of smelling like an ashtray….sick of feeling crappy….sick of smoking in general! 

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Woohoo!!! What a great decision!!!

I’m here to tell you that I can help you along your way! Here at LifeDesigning1, we want to help you create a healthier you! So….

Here’s what I did and it has been amazing in my experience! Results may vary! Everyone has heard of E-cigarettes! Well, have you ever heard of vaping? If you are a smoker then you probably have seen or even tried one of those disposable electronic cigarettes in hopes of kicking the smoking habit. You may have had a similar experience as I did and found that they were just not fulfilling enough and went right back to cigarettes. The little disposables were certainly on the right track but were just not there yet. I then discovered the ever advancing and technology driven world of vaping. With vaping, one can decide just how advanced you would like to get and what kind of a vaping experience you would like. You can choose from an endless selection of mods, tanks and flavors. Unlike using the old disposables, which were very limited in performance and selection, vaping allows you to remain very basic or move to very advanced.

I have quit smoking and transitioned to Vaping! I feel soooooo much better!!!!

 

 

Vaping: The process of using a battery powered device in order to heat and vaporize a liquid which can then be inhaled. 

 

E-Juice: Liquid that is vaporized when using an e-cigarette like device. Also known as: E-Liquid, Juice, Nic-Juice

 

E-Juice commonly consists of 4 ingredients:

  1. Propylene Glycol (PG)
  2. Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
  3. Nicotine
  4. Food grade flavoring

All of these ingredients can be adjusted to personal taste, we recommend a reputable American E-Liquid Company. Many of the larger venders will adjust the level of each of the above ingredients to your personal preference when ordered. I have been enjoying a 100% or Max VG blend from Mt Baker Vapor.

I’m in love with Movie Theatre Fish lol. It’s my ADV (All Day Vape)!

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Mod: The battery powered device chosen for vaping.

The Battery Powered device or “Mod” is just as diverse as the rest of the key elements in vaping. You can have a very small or a very large rechargeable device. A simple to use device or an advanced electronic wonder gadget. On some you are even able to regulate your own voltage or wattage. The options are never ending and new items are popping up almost daily. You can even select styles to suit your taste and personality.  

Tank: The device that contains your heating coil, wicking system and e-juice when filled. Commonly these are plastic or glass and go by names like cartomizer or atomizer. This “tank” attaches to the battery or “Mod.”

The tanks, as shown below, come in many different sizes. They can hold different amounts of juice and have different replaceable coil and wick systems. The very advanced vapers can even rebuild atomizers to truly gain the vaping experience they desire. The tank system you choose will be dictated by the flavor and amount of vapor you want.  Many of the tanks can be used and interchanged on many different Mods.

The above terms are ones that I will be using in order to educate you more on Vaping. 😉

I went with MigCig’s Mig 21, I wanted a tank to be able to see my choice of Juice…but yet have a mod with the look of a cigarette. Still one of my faves by far!!!! I’ve moved up in my choice of mods since then, but always go back to my MigCig! The MigCig is a powerful little device that is just close enough to a cigarette for a beginner. It, through the refillable tank, allows the user to fill it with whatever kind of E-Liquid they would like. It made my transition from cigarettes far easier than I would have thought. I truly enjoy vaping not just for the better health aspects but I find it much more fun and less expensive then smoking. Please keep in mind that your results may vary. I do highly recommend the MigCig for anyone who wishes to try and quit smoking and begin vaping. Check out the link below if you are ready to make the change.

http://www.migcigs.net/137.html

This post gives you my story so far and gives a general idea of vaping. I will have several more posts on this topic and give more details on specific items. Please post any questions or share your experiences in vaping…More from me later 😉

What would you like to read more about? Let me know below 😉

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Please remember! We here at LifeDesigning1 are not Doctors, Professionals or Experts in this field! We are simply giving you our experiences with this topic and products. We are not recommending or suggesting that the use of these products is safe and recommend you do your own research. As with any Nicotine product, they should only be used by an adult and with full knowledge of any possible negative effects. Your personal results may vary.

Halloween Fun… looking back

Happy Halloween week everyone!!
A little Halloween retrospective… enjoy!!
Can’t wait for this year!

Filet Mignon Roast & Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom

This is truly one of my favorite cookbooks!  It is by a chef I absolutely adore!…. the one and only, Julia Child!  I have such respect and deep, soul, “cooking passion” emotion for this woman it is hard to put into words.

That said, this is one of those cookbooks that I refer to often and give as gifts to new brides, friends & family members.  My personal little green, hard back version is precious to me and it is centrally positioned in my “creating” kitchen.  

Her famous, very detailed, 2 Volume Set, my husband Bob, gave to me as a gift one Christmas.  So special!  It was written with Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck — “Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volumes I and II.”  I also cherish these cookbooks —  for just the mere pleasure of reading and “dream” cooking with them.   
This book however… is always near me… my favorite… my little green one.

In describing Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom book, I will use her words:
“This book aims to give quick, snappy answers to many…questions.”
“It is, rather,  a mini-aide-memoir for general home cookery…. “
“It began as my loose-leaf kitchen reference guide gradually compiled from my own trials, remedies, and errors — corrected as I’ve cooked my way through the years.  Now that it has evolved into a book, information is arranged according to the large categories of soups, eggs, bread, and so forth, with the emphasis on technique.”
As for the essential techniques, “….in the roasting section for instance, the master recipe, though brief, details the technique.… Once you have mastered a technique you hardly need look at a recipe again and can take off on your own.”

And only as Julia can express with her heart on her sleeve… “My own little loose-leaf served me well, and I am hoping this book version will give you too, as well as me, many of the essentials needed for brief instruction and problem solving.”

Here’s a recipe selection under the category of “Meats, Poultry and Fish” — Technique, Roasting — Master Recipe: Our Filet Mignon Beef Roast!

This is a tried and true, favorite family recipe – used throughout the course of the year and consistently for our New Year’s Eve Celebration which I call…. “Foodie Wish Fest Celebration!”

To note… this recipe is always delicious and perfect —— every time!  
Enjoy!!  From our family to yours!
Or as Julia would say…..  “Toujours bon appetit!”  


Family Filet Mignon Roast* – A Foodie Wish Fest Celebration Favorite


Roasting time at 325 degrees – preheat oven

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Salt & pepper, freshly ground

For the Deglazing Sauce
1/2 cup each – carrots and onions, chopped
1/2 cup plum tomatoes, fresh, chopped
 2 cups beef broth

Rub the exposed ends of the roast with oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

Arrange the roast in a roasting pan and set in the lower third of the preheated oven.

After 1/2 hour, baste the ends of the roast with accumulated fat, strew the carrots and onions into the pan, and baste with the fat.

Continue roasting, basting again once or twice, to a meat-thermometer reading of 125 – 130 degrees at the large end – for medium rare.  
We prefer to roast it until medium – 140 degrees / medium well.   December 2012, 160 degrees was perfect for us!

Remove the roast.

Spoon fat out of the roasting pan.

Scraping up the coagulated roasting juices, stir in the tomatoes.
Blend in the beef broth and boil several minutes to sauté the tomatoes and create a concentrated flavor.
Correct the seasoning, strain and pour into a warmed sauceboat.

Enjoy!


*from the book’s recipe: Roast Prime Ribs of Beef

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Chicago bound!!!

Here’s a quick weekend update…

I’ve been in Chicago all weekend at a conference and I’m absolutely loving it!!!
Some of you already know from our facebook wall....

It’s been a fantastic experience and I will fill you all in when I get back!

Here’s a sneak peek 🙂

Talk soon!
Nikki

Happy Monday Everyone!

monday  I googled “monday”…
and you know what I saw…
it was so sad…
poor Monday!

On Wikipedia…
“A number of songs feature Monday, often as a day of depression, anxiety, or melancholy. For example, Monday, Monday (1966) from the Mamas & the Papas, Rainy Days and Mondays (1971) from the Carpenters, I Don’t Like Mondays (1979) from the Boomtown Rats, and Manic Monday (1986) from the Bangles.”

Yes it’s the first day of the week when adults go back to work and children go back to school after the weekend.

But check this out…
It’s really Moon Day!
“The name of Monday is derived from Old English Mōnandæg and Middle English Monenday, which means “moon day”. ”

Poor, poor Monday… it gets such a bad rap.
It is however, excitingly the first day of the week!

yay

Kids get to go back in to school and see their friends!
Yes some people go back in to work… but Monday’s get everyone’s adrenaline going.
People say hello! How was your weekend?
There’s chatter and discussion about what everyone did.
It’s uniting if you really think about it.

There’s Monday Night Football!

Here’s some other amusing good things I found out about monday…

A few from Odee…
Monday is the best day to buy a car – car salesmen have few Monday buyers and are more willing to cut a deal 🙂

Monday is the least rainy day of the week! – Some people believe it’s due to man made pollution subsiding over the weekend!

Workers only manage about 3.5 hours of productive work on a Monday.
So why complain???! 🙂 You’re going to do less on a Monday! YAY!
It tales a bit to get back in gear.

So hey!
Kick Monday’s butt and enjoy the day!
Hope we gave you a few reasons to help you through it or at least smile!

It’s kinda like a short day if there’s only 3.5 hrs of work to do 🙂

mondayCalvin 
– The LD1 Team