We finally found our daughter! Anyone who knows us or follows this blog knows that our adoption journey has been a long and difficult one. But we are so happy to finally announce that we have found our daughter! Meet little Zofia! As a blogger and now a mommy blogger, I am still wrestling with how much information to share about her. I am a pretty open person and I love talking about my life in China and the adoption process, but this isn’t only my story. Where does my story end and Zofia’s begin? I’m not sure, and I …
We had such an amazing second week on Kickstarter! We passed 200% funded and we are now sitting at over $7,000 raised! The best part is that means I have presold almost 300 copies of Crazy Dumplings II: Even Dumplinger! That is so amazing and really means a lot to me as a writer. I have to first thank all of our new backers! Keith Stattenfield, Jay Towslee, Susan Livingston, Marc7454, Maji, Jupiter Linger, Dakota Lambert, Sheldon Radcliff, Michael Salter, Daniel Einschlag, Kristie Macris, Jacob Philip Gordon Burke, Robyn Doig, Joseph Seliga, Theresa Tang, Bonnie Ward, Dimitri van Dijk, William …
Hi everyone! Today I want to share a really yummy dumpling recipe with you! I already shared this with my backers on Kickstarter, so if you want to get a hundred more dumpling recipes, be sure to check out the campaign! You can find the dumpling wrapper recipe here. This flavorful recipe is sweet with a kick of pepper. Sure to be your new favorite! Sweet and Spicy Salmon Dumplings This recipe says you can use cooked salmon (maybe from a leftover meal at home or from a restaurant), but you can also used fresh salmon. The dumplings will get …
Crazy Dumplings II had an awesome first week on Kickstarter! We reached our goal in less than 5 days, and then blew past it, raising 150% of our goal in just 7 days! We have over 170 backers and were named as a Staff Pick! If anyone has done a Kickstarter before, you know how important being a Staff Pick can be. Over 40 of our backers found us after checking out the Staff Pick pages. We had A LOT of returning backers, which is so amazing! That means not only did they like the first Crazy Dumplings cookbook, they …
Crazy Dumplings II: Even Dumplinger is now on Kickstarter! Dumplings from around the world and the most unique combinations of ingredients come together in Crazy Dumplings II: Even Dumplinger. From Thailand, Vietnam, India, and of course across China, traditional snacks are given a new twist when stuffed into dumpling wrappers. Sweet, savory, spicy, and all delicious, Crazy Dumplings II: Even Dumplinger will take you where your taste buds have never been before! After the success of last year’s Crazy Dumplings Cookbook, I can’t get dumplings off my mind. Every time I come across a new recipe, the first thing I …
As any reader of this blog or anyone who has ever met us knows, our dream is to adopt a baby here in China. We finally took that first step and submitted our initial application, which was approved last week! Yay! That was probably the easiest step, though. I was immediately given about 50 more forms to fill out before we can start our home study, which is a whole other thing. But we are just taking it one step at a time. Adoption, especially international adoption, is an expensive way to grow a family. And we have additional hurdles …
I’ve been wanting to open an online shop here on the blog for a while, but I imagined it would be a really difficult thing. Apparently, with WordPress, it’s very easy! Check it my new shop here.  Just click on “Crazy Products” at the top of the page, select your items, then click on “checkout” under “Crazy Products” and complete the checkout process. All payments are processed through Paypal, but once you set up a Paypal account you can pay with a credit card or directly through your bank. The Perfect Christmas Present My awesome in-laws just finished mailing out all …
Hi everyone. Welcome to my sixth post dedicated to helping you plan the perfect Thanksgiving dinner while living abroad. I first wrote about making sure you have all the right utensils and about how to prepare the all-important turkey. I followed up with how to make stuffing from scratch, how to make a delicious river of gravy, how to make mashed potatoes, and how to make drop biscuits. Today, we are going to round out your Thanksgiving feast with a pumpkin pie! First off, I’m not going to talk about how to make the crust. This is for 2 reasons. 1) …
It’s here! It’s here! After more than a year of work, Crazy Dumplings is finally available on Amazon Kindle. It should be available in paperback from Amazon in a couple of days. What is Crazy Dumplings? Dumplings are found throughout Asia and in Chinese restaurants and kitchens around the world, but have you ever filled a dumpling wrapper with chicken? Lobster? North American Plains Bison? Hardly anyone has! The Crazy Dumplings Cookbook features over 100 recipes with some of the craziest and most delicious dumpling filling recipes you will ever see. From Chicken Taquito Dumplings to Timey-Wimey Dumplings to a dumpling …
We did it! We reached our funding goal in only 7 days, but then we completely blew past any expectations to exceed $9,000 (including a few backers from outside Kickstarter) and got almost 450 backers! Woo hoo! There is still a lot of work ahead. I am waiting to get recipe ideas from backers and I will have to test them out, so it might still be a month or two before the final version of the book is ready, but you can look at past posts to see some of the dumpling recipes already out there. I have just …
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