Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Quotations: For The Broken Hearted, Pantera's This Love

Art By Vance

If ever words were spoken
Painful and untrue
I said I loved but I lied
In my life
All I wanted
Was the keeping
Of someone like you
As it turns out
Deeper within me
Love was twisted and pointed at you

Never ending pain, quickly ending life

You keep this love, thing, child, toy
You keep this love, fist, scar, break
You keep this love

I'd been the tempting one
Stole him from himself
This gift in pain
His pain was life
And sometimes I feel so sorry
I regret this the hurting of you
But you make me so unhappy
I'd take my life and leave love with you

I'd kill myself for you, I'd kill you for myself

No more head trips


Ever feel a little broken hearted with some rage?  This is a great way to blow off some of that steam!

Wishing you all mended hearts,
Annamaria

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Quotations: Alice In Wonderland


"One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.  
'Which road do I take?', she asked.
'Where do you want to go?', was his response.
'I don't know.', answered Alice.
'Then....', said the cat, 'It doesn't matter.'"

**I suggest watching and listening to the video after reading the quote.

*You're path is your own to take....
-Annamaria

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Recipe For A Happy Day!

We should all follow this!

I stumbled upon this from a fellow blogger and just had to repost this.  Check out her blog here at:  Cachey Mama's Classroom

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sakkio Japan

Chicken Teriyaki with Soba Noodles     

Went to Sakkio Japan which is also known as Sarku Japan. My daughter and I love to share Chicken Teriyaki with Soba Noodles. Sometimes we skip the veggies, I know that's bad but sometimes they can be under cooked and are too crunchy. So we opt for just chicken and noodles. You can also get white rice or fried rice with it. Some don't even know about the soba noodles which are so yummy!

It seems to us that we don't really think there is much of a difference between the locations here in Greater Cleveland suburbs. We've had it at Parmatown Mall, Southpark Mall and Great Northern Mall. I pretty sure the same in other counties.

We always get double meat and double noodles, usually it shared between myself, my daughter and my 2 year old son who loves it as well. We always have leftovers and it's just as great reheated. We haven't really had anything else there but I am sure anything with the Teriyaki sauce and Soba Noodles would taste great with Shrimp. Unfortunately can't convince my daughter to eat the shrimp.

Another great item there is the Maki Roll. Their version of a spring roll. It is also yummy, it contains veggies, rice noodles and great Asian flavors like a light hint of ginger. A great condiment with them is Duck Sauce which is like an orange Sweet and Sour sauce.

The one thing though that I can recall is that when Sakkio first opened, all the employees were Asian, now they are Hispanic. I don't know why this has happened but no matter what ethnicity, they still make a great dish. I am often at times mistaken for being Hispanic and even Asian, I never seem to win when they start speaking to me in their language, I then say, Sorry I am Italian. It's fun and I sometimes like to amuse them, especially when I am spoken to in Spanish, since it's so close to Italian. Then I give up and tell them I am not Hispanic. We all always have a laugh. I think though the funniest was when a beautiful Asian woman who must of been a manager started speaking to me in Japanese, God Bless her but I looked at her funny and she then asked me in English if I was Asian, again despite the beautiful culture, I had to admit I was not, I think she was a little embarrassed.

The best thing about Sakkio is that I can watch them make my food. I can ask for extra teriyaki sauce. Sakkio does get busy. They give you a lot for what you pay for even though the prices have gone up over the years, but really what hasn't?

If you haven't tried them yet and have a phobia about trying Asian foods (which I think is crazy, I love Asian food), this is a good start.

I know it's the new year and everyone is watching their weight, you can really bring down the calories on this dish. You can just go chicken and veggies and a little white rice or no rice at all if you are cutting off carbs. Back in the day I lived on Sakkio because it provided me with protein and veggies. I lost weight eating it, of course I also worked out and drank lots of water. In no way am I enforcing you to try a Chicken Teriyaki diet but it worked for me. Alot of the fat is burned off during the searing process and you can go light on the sauce. The sauce goes a long way and you can skip the extra cup full at the end.

I hope you enjoyed it and I am still drooling over the picture. My kids and I polished off the rest today for lunch. I am already missing it! LOL!

I wonder what it's like to eat at the actual restaurant?

Here is the companies web site:
www.SarkuJapan.com

Sakkio Japan on Urbanspoon

Have a great week!

Happy New Year!
Annamaria

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Chocolate Fudge Brownies


This recipe is one that I have used for years.  It is so yummy, decadent and comforting.  It may make a small pan but you can definitely double it up.  This is the best to eat alone or cut in pieces, served warm with some Breyers Vanilla Bean ice cream and Hot Fudge!  The perfect dessert and my favorite may I add.

I add semi sweet mini chocolate chips or when I double it up I add the regular sized semi sweet chocolate chips.  You love a moist, ooey, gooey fudgey brownie, this is the best one I can say that will satisfy!

They are super easy and quick to make!

Chocolate Fudge Brownies
3 sticks butter, melted
3 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9x13 inch baking pan.

Combine butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Add eggs; beat well with spoon. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan, either grease and flour or line pan with parchment paper for easy removal..

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 6-8 big brownies or 24 cut servings.

OPTIONAL: Stir 1 cup of any chocolate chips, peanut butter chips..etc.. or 1 cups chopped nuts.

Wishing You Chocolaty Dreams,
Annamaria

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Make A Big Hit At Any Party!: Cheesy Sausage Cream Cheese Crescents

*Photo Taken By Karla Everett
Thank You Karla!

I thought I would share this recipe for you since a fellow cooking friend posted her photo onto my recipe.  She made them for a party and they were a huge hit!  I saw her beautiful photo and just thought it needed to be shared with all of you.

These great nibbles are so great for snacking or an appetizer, well I could just eat them anytime of day or night.  The great taste of Pilsbury's Crescent rolls and the creamy cheesy sausage filling is sure to satisfy anyone.  Best of all it's QUICK & EASY!

Here is the recipe to share with you!

Sausage Cream Cheese Croissants
16 ounces Bulk Sausage cooked, and crumbled (any flavor)
8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
2 cans Refrigerated Crescent Rolls
1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (or any cheese)

Mix sausage and cream cheese together and shredded cheese if you'd like. Separate rolls into triangles. Cut eat triangle in half lengthwise. Scoop a heaping tablespoon onto each roll and roll up. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

PS:  Thank You Karla!

Happy New Year!
Annamaria

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