Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Citar

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
~ Phylis Diller 

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Lovely little saying that I found today on Pinterest today that really is resonating with me.

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Year of the Dragon Celebration

  Yesterday was Chinese New Year ~ year of the Dragon and for our family we always have gyoza and some noodle dish. Now why eat gyoza at New Year?!?!   Eating gyoza will signify wealth and a prosperous new year.  Maybe I should make these more often ^_^

So here is a quick recipe that I used yesterday.

1-2 cups diced cabbage
1 scallion
1/2 teaspoon diced ginger and garlic
* please note that the amount of veggies and what you put in is up to you and the amount of meat you are using*

1 1/2 lbs ground pork
mixed with veggies from above
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp mirin
splash sesame oil
mixed with hands

Now the fun part.... wrapping these little guys up ^_^
Grab some water and a tablespoon.
 Hold a wrapper in your hand and place 1/2 tablespoon in the center of the dough ~ do not overfill!
Dip a finger in the water and run it over the top half of the circle and fold up to create a half moon ~ press around to see and work out any air bubbles.
Now make three pleats in the dough and press firmly and place onto parchment paper .

In a skillet heat some oil on med to med high heat.  Place about 8-10 into the pan and brown the bottoms.  When they are nice and brown the way you like turn up the heat to high, pour in about 1 -2 oz of water and close with tight fitting lid  and cook until the water evaporates.

  Here is a link for the recipe that I used as a guide Pan fried dumplings , just in case my little run down is confusing.  The girls gave them a thumbs up and Hubby agreed ^_^ These have less cabbage and garlic than I am used to but some concessions are made when you are the Momma and I used that right yesterday for the Munchkins.

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Monday Music ~ Cupid Shuffle

Oh goodness this song has been running around my head and just when I think it is safe to think a little girl will start humming it.  
They were dancing the shuffle this am working up an appetite while I was flipping flap jacks  and giggling ~ they are so cute doing this dance.  So now I will share my little tune with you and a video on the crazy dance Zumba style ~ music and fitness today ^_^ 

Happy Monday!
Little Mochi

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ever wonder....

What happens in a bookstore at night when all the lights go out?

Cute little video of books having fun when nobody is watching ^_^
Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Thursday, January 12, 2012


The worst thing you can do to bookworms is to disturb them while reading. If you see us holding a book up our noses, stay away and leave us alone for your own good. No matter how close you are to us, we will be annoyed.

Ja matta ne,

Little Mochi

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


There is one instrument that can calm my soul and help me on those days when all is chaos or grey and cold like my weather today... the cello.  I found this today and had to share one of my favorite songs with some silliness at the end of the video.  

Wishing everyone a very blessed day.

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Thursday, January 5, 2012


I have been getting down and feeling bad about the state of the house and all sorts of nonsense UNTIL  I saw this today and I remember why the house is the way it is.  Receiving confirmation that my priorities are in the right place was a wonderful gift.   I hope that in this time of reflection and 'cleaning' for the new year you will remember to keep what is important to YOU at the top of your list.

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday Music ~ Room for Happiness

Favorite line.
 "Don’t be fooled by your emptiness, there’s so much more room for happiness"

Skylar Grey is becoming a favorite on our playlist... Kaskade has been a regular for awhile now so when I found them together we were so happy.  Just another reason I like dance music.. it takes a lovely artist with an amazing dj and you can love a song all over again.
Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi