Archive for September, 2010
My grandmother taught me how to make these. You could make them for chicken and dumpling soup however we prefer to fry them up in butter and onions and server them as a side dish.
1 c water
1 tsp. salt
4 c flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Adjust if needed. If too stiff add water, if too wet add flour.
I like stiff dough, my grandmothers is not as stiff. So if you prefer use half the amount of water.
Boil water with 1/2 tsp. salt. When comes to boil, put dumplings in by tsp fulls.
When the float they are done.
Unless you have a very large pot you will have to do this in batches. Place them on a paper towel to drain.
If desired fry in butter and onions until slightly browned.
This recipe serves about 8-10 side dishes. You can put any leftovers in a container and refrigerate.
This past Saturday I was very happy to be able to take another trip down the Strip District to shop in the new Pittsburgh Public Market since my last visit during the preview. This trip I planned on making some purchases and brought my own bags for that purpose. I find the concept of the public market wonderful. It will especially come in handy when the Burgh is freezing and outdoor farmers markets won’t be possible. This trip I had hubby by my side to get him excited about shopping there. Why do I want him excited? I want to go as often as I can and since I don’t drive I kind of need his assistance
We started by walking around to see what vendors had and grabbed a cup of coffee from La Prima Espresso. They have very strong but very good coffee. I wanted to buy many of the products I saw but I had to be realistic about what I could purchase. It is pretty overwhelming as there are so many different items available. Besides food there are handmade items. This trip my focus was on food.
My first purchase was from Goose Creek Gardens. Not only do they have fresh herbs and greens they have honey from their own hives. It’s getting colder out and this is the time of year I love to have a cup of warm tea at night to which I add honey to it. The herbs and greens looked wonderful. I will have to try them another time as I had already purchased those items and didn’t need any.
Considering we have a new puppy in the house I had to hit up the Four Paws Bakery. They don’t have a website that I can locate but they provide all natural homemade treats as well as Steelers gear for your puppy. They had so many different types of treats. I glared over them all many times thinking what on earth my Baby would enjoy. Hubby suggested we get the plain biscuits since they were tiny enough for our tiny puppy to eat. If she likes those we can get something else next time. I think the price was pretty deacent too at $2.75 for the bag. Hubby later told me a few of the cheese ones had mold on it so please keep your eye out. He said the guy did remove them when he pointed it out.
European Desserts also does not have a website but they are on Urbanspoon. Apparently they have a store in Bridgeville. Hubby was engrossed in the strudels. I was engrossed in the tiny little mice.
We went home with an Apple Strudel. Warming it up in the microwave led to a yummy dessert to share. Well, I got about two bites he ate the rest.
After looking at and buying food we were both starving. There was a place called Sito’s, a Mediterranean cafe, handing out free samples of a wrap they serve. After one bite I was in love. I stared at the menu for awhile and after looking at the ingredients I wasn’t too sure I wanted to brave it. Could it really be that good? I told the girl I wanted the wrap they were offering as a sample. She was already making one and asked what I wanted on it. I told her whatever was in the sample just don’t tell me what’s in it! Hubby liked it but said it was just too much for him to eat as a meal. It was delicious. I couldn’t eat all of it so I wrapped it up to take home. Unfortunately the amount of oil they put on it made it pretty soggy later so it’s defiantly something to eat there or share.
We couldn’t let hubby starve now could we? Last stop Gosia’s Pierogies. The man would eat pierogies any day if I let him. That and cereal. He stood in line and ordered 6 pierogies for himself. I could barely get a bite from him he hoarded them all like he wouldn’t eat again. He said he knew when they didn’t speak very good english they would taste great. Next time we are getting some frozen to take home. I do regret not doing that.
If you have not been to the Pittsburgh Public Market you really should go at least once! There is great food, the vendors are very friendly and once you go you will want to return.
If you don’t know me well you may not know that I suffer from Anxiety.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, keep focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling disorder.
So that’s the gist of it. I have anxiety disorder. There are 5 major types of Anxiety Disorder. There is Generalized, Obsessive, Panic, Post-Traumatic Stress, and Social Phobia.
The doctor classified me as generalized in the beginning. I do experience Panic Disorder and Social Phobia. Sometimes it all plays hand in hand and I can experience it all in the same situation.
It is hard to live with. As a child growing up I didn’t know what was wrong with me. It runs through my family but they wiped it all under the rug because they didn’t believe in it. It caused a huge impact on my life.
As a child downstairs, alone, at night I would stay up late watching tv to find out I couldn’t bring myself to go to bed. Why? Well when I finally brought myself to go to bed cause I was too damn tired to stay up anymore I would run up the stairs because my brain would imagine that someone would appear out of thin air and chase me with a knife. Yeah what a fucked thing for a kid to deal with. I feared death, still do but as a child it was to a point where I thought about it often and would cry hysterically at the thought of my being gone the next day. I would fear falling asleep, I might not wake up. In high school I remember having to excuse myself to the bathroom only to drop to the floor, sitting there sweating and feeling like I would have a heart attack.
Fast forward to adulthood. At first I really only had issues at night. Then I was having panic attacks in front of my children. I remember taking them for a walks and telling them what to do if mom would fall to the ground. I was scared and I can’t imagine what went through their head that their mother had to say this to them. I hope I didn’t scare them too much!
It took me many years into adult hood to tell my doctor. I wanted to know what was wrong with me. In some ways finding out was comforting, in some ways I was devastated. What the hell do I do now? We tried two different medications. The first one was Welbutrin which actually made my attacks worse. I couldn’t live like that.
I was then put on another medication. I remember zoning out for almost a week after I started taking it. I don’t remember much of what happened that week. I spent almost a year on it before I realized it wasn’t good for me. I was too calm, so calm that I could barely feel when my father died. Everyone walked all over me, I could have cared less about anything going on around me. Not good. I had to stop. You are supposed to wean off but I didn’t want it anymore. It took me a good 30 days to feel like myself again.
But was that me? The anxiety eventually returned.
I have found myself at the ER on many occasions with the overwhelming feeling that something was wrong and I was going to die. It hits suddenly most of the time so it can be difficult to control. Nothing is ever wrong with me. It is all in my head. While that is true it is a very real problem that disrupts my life. When will I know if there really is a medical problem? I feel like an ass with every trip to the ER.
I have luckily surrounded myself with a few friends who have the same issue I have. I have people I can talk to. We comfort each other, listen to each other about episodes we have had. I think partially I don’t want to have them around people who don’t understand. They tend to think your just nuts.
So what works for me?
- Sleep. It helps if I can fall asleep tho that’s not always possible.
- Water & Air. I drink water and if possible get some fresh air. If I am at home I pace a lot.
- Eating Healthy – not only eating healthy I switched to mostly natural and organic food. I can’t say for sure it’s helped but ever since I do have less attacks. It has also helped my gallstone not act up.
Why mention this now? I walked into work this morning and it just came over me. I got dizzy, sweaty and my heart was pounding. I thought I was close enough to passing out that I took medication and sat in my co-workers office for awhile. Then went to CVS to walk around and get my mind off it. Now all I want to do is sleep.
It’s hard to allow people into my world with this over me, but here it is for all to see. Now that it is out there I may share more of what I have gone through as an adult if I feel people will benefit from reading it.
If you suffer from anxiety disorder know that there are many other people out there like you. Consider talking to your doctor if you haven’t already.
If you didn’t already know today is the first day of Autumn. It usually signifies the start of fall. Here in Pittsburgh it gets colder and the leaves start to fall. I am not much for colder weather but one of my favorite things about fall is the smell of wet leaves.
This year in Pittsburgh it is a hot, muggy day that feels nothing like fall.
We often do an annual trip to Cedar Creek Park with my sister and her kids.
After filling our belly’s we go on a hike.
Doesn’t she look thrilled? I think in her teenage mind she would rather be anywhere than stuck in the woods with her family. That teenage angst makes for great photo opportunities tho.
Other than swimming pools and the beach this is the one time a year we go somewhere that the kids can get wet. We don’t even take clothes to change into. Air dry baby!
Back to Autumn. My daughter. Back in the first grade she came home and told me a story while choking up a bit trying to hold back a few tears. She is just going about her normal day as a 1st grader. She was sitting at her desk minding her own business when the teacher had an announcement to make. ”Today is the first day of Autumn.” That didn’t bother my daughter at first, it was the kids who all turned and pointed their little first grade fingers at her and started to laugh. They weren’t trying to be mean because they didn’t like her but try telling her that.
It’s a joke now. Today I texted her “Happy 1st day :)” We shall see if she texts me back today.
She may not talk to me at all.
According to a KDKA report city parking rates are going to go up if this lease goes through. They aren’t just going to go up they are going to the moon. What kind of city do they think we are? We are not NY where downtown is the place to be at all times.
Apparently the mayor was able to set the rates with the sale of the parking garage lease. So what did smarty pants do? Some of the rates will triple! $15 an hour for one garage, you have got to be kidding me. Yeah, I will want to do a little shopping downtown. Forget the issues with bus fares supposed to be going up that’s minimal compared to these rates. Parking meters will be hit up as well with the highest one reported at $4.50 an hour.
I sure hope they find another solution. I am not paying $30 to go to a function at my kid’s school. I am not paying $4.50 to pick up a book or pizza. This is far from any good idea to try and get the city more business; they are doing a damn good job of driving it away.
I spent years on a major war against living here and started to finally find the love. This is the wrong time to do this. Year by year the city is driving people away.