Easy Spring Rolls

ImageBefore I begin: I understand that this is not exactly an attractive picture.  Sorry, guys.  I can assure you that it tasted much better than it looks.  I promise.  Anyway, here’s the recipe- hope you like it.

4 sheets rice paper
Water sufficient to dampen the rice paper
2-3 torn lettuce leaves
Small bunch of Thai basil
1 cup bean sprouts
Bunch of cilantro
1 cucumber, sliced into 8 2 x 1/2-inch pieces
2 spring onions, sliced into 8 2-inch pieces
1 carrot, sliced into 8 2-inch strips
1 cup boiled rice noodles
Vietnamese Spicy Red Sauce

• Dampen the rice paper in the water, then pat dry with a kitchen towel.
• Place small amounts of the torn lettuce, basil, sprouts, and cilantro approximately 1 inch from the end of a sheet of rice paper. Add 2 pieces of the cucumber, 2 pieces of the spring onion, 2 carrot slices, and a small amount of the rice noodles. Fold the end and sides of the paper over the filling and roll tightly into a cylinder shape.
• Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
• Slice each roll into 2 to 3 pieces and serve with the Vietnamese Spicy Red Sauce.

You can also try frying them in a few tablespoons of vegetable oil.  They’re relatively easy, require little experience, they’re healthy, and they taste great!

P.S. Happy Valentines Day to you all!

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Nail Art is Difficult.

I have this friend who is constantly painting her nails in the most beautiful designs and sending me pictures of them.  Unfortunately, I’ve never had this ability.  I think my most refined nail art to date is polka dots…and even those didn’t look good.

But, this is about to change for any of you who have the same life problems.  (Yeah, I know, that isn’t a life problem, but you get the idea.)

I did my nails today, and I actually got pretty fancy with it, to my extreme pride.  It’s really easy though, so I thought I’d share it with you all.  First, after your base coat, put a piece of tape on half of your nail.  It can be vertical, horizontal, diagonal, whatever.  Then paint the other half (the tape makes a straight line).

I know this is probably painfully easy for some of you, and I’m sure I’m not the first to think of it.  It’s probably already floating around the internet somewhere (oh look, it is! And much better than mine), but it’s still an accomplishment for me, haha.

ImageYou cannot fathom how proud I am.  Anyway, if you’re anything like me, I hope this helps you!

As a sidenote, my sister is starting a blog, so make sure you check it out.