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I am a housewife of a wonderful husband. My mission is making our home cozy and full of love. I devote my life to seeking natural remedy for health, gardening for food and improving self-reliance skills.

Rice Krispies Treat

10 Rice Crispy Treat with signature

This rice krispies treat is a very quick and easy to make. The recipe can be found everywhere on the internet.

So far, I like this recipe which is less sweet and less butter. So I use this recipe and love it a lot:


Original recipe makes 24 squaresChange Servings
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 5 cups crisp rice cereal
  1. Melt margarine in large sauce pan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted and well-blended. Cook 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  2. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.
  3. Using buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly and firmly in buttered 13 x 9 inch pan. Cut into 2 x 2 inch squares when cool.




Do you love salmon? Me, I am a big fan of this seafood. Salmon is the first fish that I used to train my husband. My husband denied to eat seafood for 35 years of his life, until we met each other and I started training him to eat seafood. Now he is a big fan of fishes, shrimp, crab legs, lobster, oyster and you name it.  Seafood is rich in protein, less fat, full of DHA, iron, zinc, Omega 3 and many more. So, consuming seafood is a heathy way to treat your body without working out.

This dish is a quick and easy meal and this recipe can be great for your Meal In A Jar as well. For 45 minutes, you can cook 6 servings of this dish, which is 3 lunches for 2 people. Let me show you how to make 6 Meal In A Jar – Broiled Salmon With Sweet Pepper


6 servings


  • Salmon: 1.5 lbs (or 6 slices)
  • Ginger: 1 big piece (Half of a banana)
  • Japapeno pepper: 1 pepper
  • Chopped onion: 2 cups
  • Sweet pepper: 4- 8 peppers
  • White rice: 3 cups
  • Lettuce: 2 heads
  • Tomato: 2
  • Cilantro
  • Salt, black pepper

Before pepper 2 with signaturePicture 1: Salmon After 1st Broiling 


Step 1: Cook the rice: Put all the rice in a rice cooker, put the water 1 inch above the rice level. Hit the “Cook” button. It will be done in 30 minutes (depending on your rice cooker)

Step 2: Marinate the salmon: use salt and black pepper, let the salmon marinated while we do the prep work. Turn the oven to broil status.

Step 3: Prep work: Chop and slice ginger and jalapeno to thin strings. Chop sweet peppers to half ring size. Chop the cilantro to small pieces.

Step 4: Layering the salmon tray: Use 1 cup of chopped onion to make the first layer. Then use half of ginger to make the second layers. Then put the salmon on top of those. (tips: only layer the onion and ginger under the salmon pieces so it will not be burnt while broiling)

Step 5: First broiling: Put the salmon tray in the oven. After 20 minutes, get the tray out put all the remaining ginger on top of the tray. Put it back to the oven.

Step 6:  Second boriling: After 5 minutes, get the tray out, put all the chopped onion and sweet pepper pieces on top of the tray. Let it sit in the oven for 4-5 minutes. Now put the cilantro to the tray and let it sit for 1 minute.

IMG_2557 with signaturePicture 2: Salmon After 2nd Broiling

You are done for the salmon.

Now the easy part is packing the lunch to the jar, I am sure you know how to do it.

IMG_2578 Picture 3: Broiled Salmon and Sweet Pepper


Fish cake and ginger chicken – Meal in a jar

Mason jar is a wonderful item that you can use it for many purposes. I use a lot of the jars to store my dried food as well as canned food. I also love the decoration that mason jar offers while storing fresh food. So as one of the Meal In A Jar fan, I would love to share you one recipe that I make for lunch. It is full of nutrition, provides you enough energy and it is healthy.


Fish cake and ginger chicken – Meal in a jar

Servings: 5


Fish cake: 1 unit of 16 oz (you can buy in an Asian grocery store, about $5/each)

Chicken breast: 1 pound

White rice: 3 cups

Baby carrot: 1 pound

Okra: 2 pounds

Ginger: 1 small piece, size of 2 match boxes

Fish sauce: 1 tbs


Step 1: Cook the rice: use the rice cooker, put 1 inch water above the rice level and hit the “cook” button

Step 2: Cook the chicken breast: Cut the chicken to small piece, slice the ginger. Put all the ginger and chicken in one pot, season with salt, fish sauce and let’s cook for 20 minutes, you can open the lid if there is a lot a water. When the water is gone then the chicken is done.

Step 3: Cook the okra: put the okra to the boiling water, when it is almost boiling again, take all the okra to the plate

Step 4: Slice the fish cake to small pieces.

Now all the ingredients are ready. You will need to nail them to the jar. Is that easy?



Bean sprout is cheap, healthy, easy to make and easy to cook. It is very popular in Asian countries and you will be surprised to see that bean sprout can be ate with any meal. This green guy can be found easily in Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean cuisines… you name it.

Since bean sprout is easy to digest, healthy, full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, protein, I am sure you will not feel disappointed to have it in your kitchen. And all the housewives will go crazy if they know that bean sprout helps to boost their husbands’ fertility aid as well as sexual strength. Also if any person in your family has gas problem from eating beans, let’s switch to eating bean sprout and this will avoid the problem. My husband and I also use bean sprout as pre-workout snack since it does fill the body with water and nutrition. This is the amazing diet food if you are looking for low carb as well.

It is very easy to make your own bean sprout. I make my own bean sprout once a week and I have enough bean sprout to eat every day for the whole week. Let me show you how to do it:








Mung bean (non-split mung bean): 1 cup


  1. Wash the mung bean and soak for 1 night (or 12 hours)
  2. Use a steamer, put the mung bean in the top layer, rinse water twice a day. Note: if you want your bean sprout to be fat and big, use a heavy plate or bowl, put on the bean sprout.
  3. After 2-3 days, your bean sprout should be ready. Depending on your room temperature, it can be fast or slow. The warmer the room is, the faster it grows.


Enjoy your bean sprout!!!


Part 1: Slowly and surely, he lost 200 pounds


When Andrew, my husband, was a teenager, he ate a lot. After a soccer game with friends, he stopped at Subway to feed himself 2 foot long subs as snack. Then, on the way home, he stopped at gas station to get some candies / soda. When he arrived home, a nice Southern style dinner with a lot of carb is waiting for him and he enjoyed. Back in that time, Andrew’s metabolism is still in good condition so he does see why not keep enjoying all the good food.

Until he graduated his college and got a job, things change. Stay in the office all day, lack of outdoor activities and keep eating a lot of food starting causing him to overweight. Year 2003, when he was 29-30 years old, he reached over 420 pounds (or 190 kg). Unfortunately, there is no photo of him at that time (420 pounds plus, maximum weight he was embarrassed and would not weigh; so do not know maximum weight he got to ) but this photo can tell you that he was a big and tall guy.

PICTURE 1Picture 1 – Andrew year 2002/2003- over 420 pounds (or 190 kg)

Year 2008,  Andrew decided to change his eating habit then he started dropping weight; below is him at 410 pounds:

Picture 2Picture 2 – Andrew year 2008,  410 pounds (or 185 kg)

Andrew decided to change after the doctor told him that he may have to take diabetes pills and the body started being weak (allergy) which caused him to take allergy pills every day. For Andrew,  he does not care how he looks but there are many hidden problems causing by his overweight issue: potential diabetes, allergy, snoring, hair loss… so changing the weight is his top priority.

The losing weight journey is not over yet. Andrew is still working on it. However, Andrew is willing to share his experience, tips and any secret of his losing weight journey if it can motivate somebody to lose weight. “No pain, no gain”, this is so true. Andrew chose the slow way to reduce his weight which took long time but he knows the body needs time to adapt any change. For his case, it has been 7 years on this journey. There are a lot of weight loss pills, hardcore workout to burn fat,… out there but shocking the body with extreme medication and hardcore workout are not good for the body in a long term progress so Andrew chose to go with the natural way.

Andrew in the past (2007): Height 6ft4, 420 pounds, pants size 54, potential diabetes, gout, pills daily, snoring, hair loss, got rejected by all insurance companies for life insurance.

Update of Andrew (2014): Still same height 6ft4, 230 pounds.Pants size 38. No diabetes, no pills, no snoring. Got accepted by all life insurance companies. Still having hair loss. and gout. And of course, many people could not recognize him.


Picture 3 – Andrew year 2014, 230 pounds (or 104 kg)

It is a  long way but Andrew makes it to this point by working on it slowly and surely. Exercises and natural food are his secret, not fancy at all, but it works.

 PICTURE 3Picture 4 – Andrew year 2014, 220 pounds  (or 100 kg)


I was with Andrew during his journey as a coach, a care giver and a strict wife. And I will write more about how he made it in other post.

If you have any question, please write a comment and I will be glad to answer.

Salad for gout flare up patient

My husband is a gout patient and this causes his mood on and off for many years. Whenever the gout attack shows up, we both have to fight with it really seriously. Our rule of thumb is no medication to calm down the gout pain. We stick with the natural cure which takes longer time to heal.

If any of the person in your family has gout, you may have the idea of gout flare-up and how much pain it causes. My husband has a very high pain threshold but this did make him awake the whole night to suffer the pain. The pain really bothers my husband and he could not walk. He has to use a stick to get balance and reduce the joint pain happening during each step.

Let’s talk a little bit about gout. Gout develops when excess uric acid forms crystals in the body and this causes the joint pain due to the movement of the crystals in the joint fluid. So the only option to deal with gout attack is controlling the uric acid level. And to lower the acid uric, all the food we consume needs to be watched.

Of course we have to come up with a strict diet and no matter how long this takes, I believe that the stricter the diet is, the shorter the healing time is.

It’s been a blessing, since we notice that gout flare up at the early stage, there is no swelling point showing up yet. So after one week of strict diet, the pain is gone.

And I would love to share you the diet that my husband has been ‘enjoying’ for 1 week. Of course, it is not fun to have the same meal everyday but it cures so he is happy with that. This is the diet that my husband was on during the gout attack period. He has this 3 times per day: breakfast, lunch and dinner, all the same. There are many different meals out there can help with gout attack but I found this diet works the best for my husband.

What you see in this photo is a lunch serving I pack for my husband.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Mix For Gout Flare Up

Super simple and super quick

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Yield: 1 Serving


  • Half of a lime
  • 1 roma tomato
  • 1 iceberg lettuce head
  • ½ cup of shredded salad
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tbl of Apple Cider Vinegar (chose the organic one, which has The Mother)
  • 1 tbs of extra virgin olive oil
  • Handful of small sweet peppers (if any)
  • 2 cups of cherry juice (or 2 handful of cherries)
  • 3-5 bananas


  1. Chop and toss all the vegetables in a large bowl with the extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
  2. Mix the veggies well. Squeeze the lime to the salad then mix.
  3. Serve with 2 cups of cherry juice and bananas (or your can split the banana to snack during the day)


Gout flare-up patient needs to eat at least 5 bananas a day. Banana is natural anti-inflammatory food which helps the joint to stop swelling (so you don’t have to take Ibuprofen). Cherry juice or cherries will help you heal quicker.





See how I recycle Budlight bottles!

See how I recycle Budlight bottles!
Using Budlight as vases.
I got a huge flower boutique from my neighbor who is a hard working farmer. Well, all my stuffs were still packed in the moving boxes and I still have not had time to unpack them. So there are not enough vases to take care all of the flowers.
Having a house gathering last weekend and there are a lot of empty beer bottles around the porch. I came up with this idea: using Budlight as vases.
Look at this. They are beautiful, aren’t they?

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Grow your own lemongrass

When I was a child, my mom and my grandmom always cook herbal shampoo for me to wash my hair. Like any Vietnamese child, I wash my hair with the homemade herbal shampoo twice a week. Life keeps me busy so I could not treat myself with this herbal shampoo when I grow up. And I missed this so much because I remember how beautiful my hair was, back to that day. Well, until now, I can grow my own lemongrass and other herbs, so I plan to make the herbal shampoo myself. I will soon share you the recipe how to make it, because I swear, your hair got the best nutrition from this shampoo recipe.

Lemon grass is a mixed use plant. It can be grown for culinary, beauty or landscape. If you have mosquito in your yard, lemongrass will keep them away from you. Not only mosquito but also snakes and other bugs hate the smell of lemongrass as well so this is perfect to get rid of them without put chemical to your yard. I love the smell of lemongrass, it is very fresh and relaxing. Sometimes when my husband and I go to the river walk after work, instead of using insect repellant, we just cut some stalks of lemongrass and carry them with us while walking. And it works like a charm.

Also I love lemongrass because I can use it to cook some tasty dishes: lemongrass chilli chicken, stir fried beef with lemon grass…I even can make tea from lemongrass so it is a plus point to add this herb to your garden.


Here I will show you how to grow your own lemongrass from stalks you buy in the store:

Step 1: Cut the stalk to 4-5 inches, keep the bottom of the stalk

Step 2: Deep the stalk bottom to water so the root will develop

Step 3: Put the stalk in the potting soil, keep moist. Put it an angle (not straight) so it will bear more baby plants for you

Sometimes, you may see no root coming from the stalks (because the store may cut it too deep so the root cannot develop). So to get better chance, buy 2-4 stalks to play with.

It is easy, isn’t it?