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Can crowd funding really work..??

I have been considering a service dog for many years now and recently tried applying to training centres that offered dogs that the fees were all or mostly covered.  I have been turned down due to my case being too complex for them to provide a trained dog for me and they wouldn’t give me less than what I needed.  This is totally fair, but that leaves me with no other option but to raise funds to for a dog where the fees aren’t covered.  A well trained dog for my needs can start at $25,000.00 and go up to $40,000.00 or more.  This is why I am hoping you, the public will help.  Such a fee is absolutely reasonable,  but beyond my means as I am on disability.  I am currently working on applying to a training centre that feel they can help me, so I am taking the step to raise funds in the hope I am being proactive in my future!

For years I have known there where complicated things going on with me, but other than being diagnosed with a severe and slowly progressive form of Fibromyalgia, bad knees, crazy loose joints, no one could seem to determine exactly what was going on.  Over time my mobility got worse and now I am in a wheelchair part-time, while trying to stay as mobile as I can on crutch and cane, I am still pretty unstable most days.  Chronic general neuropathic & muscle pain, muscle spasms, chronic muscle tension, numbness and dizzy spells are common everyday things I deal with making applying for a service dog a valid reason to start with…

Recently my new family doctor came on board and started sending me to specialists and it was discovered that I have diabetes and also diagnosable psychiatric issues such as cPTSD, BPD/EID, and severe anxiety that makes going out in public on my own a very stressful effort just to consider, let alone do….

This is the beginning of my message for fund-raising money for a service dog… I paid the money to the doctor and the centre to apply for a dog that would be covered and was denied.  I called another place and they won’t charge me to apply or interview, but the dog isn’t covered.  They are certain they can help based on a half hour phone call, that it would be easy, just a matter of finding the right kind of dog, doing the training…. All I have to do is come up with the money to pay them for their time and efforts.  Easy, right??  *Sigh*  Not so much, after much stress and over-thinking, I am trying the crowd funding idea.  If I can raise enough to get a dog, it would be the best gift for myself I could have…

Please consider donating or sharing my page and let’s see how far I can go to raise the money I need to actually get a dog.

 

THANKS!

Taste of Asia Burgers

OK, I had planned on writing a blog up about other things today.  I am trying to keep up with my plan to post a blog of some sort on each Saturday or Sunday.  Had a plan; an idea too… Apparently my plan slide sideways as my health pulled rank on me and I had other things on my mind, so I am falling back on another idea that was being held in reserve for just this reason…

I had a hankering one day recently to make something of a fine parcel of ground pork, originally bought to make a particular recipe, but that didn’t happen as planned and I wanted to get it used before it went bad.  After hunting around the internet for an idea of what else I might make with it, the idea of going with Asian spices and a burger format sounded like a fun way to go.  I read through a few recipes and made notes of the various types and amounts of spices and finally settled on what I was going to do.  Knowing my gauze-like memory, I made notes on my notes as I was working to be sure any changes or additions were recorded before they escaped me like dust in the wind.  When it came time to cook them, I decided to bake them and then heat them up as I planned to eat them later

Once the mouth-watering smells [and the timer] said they had cooked enough, I pulled them out to find a pool of tawny juices lurking in the bottom of the pan.  Not wanting them to go to waste, I went to reach for a container to pour them into when a light bulb flickered in the dim interior of my mind…  This would be fantastic to cook up some onions in, like those Harmony Burgers [ARCHON] has mentioned here, but with an Asian Flair to them.  Be still my growling stomach!  Onions, juices, pan, heat and it looked good already, but that bulb went off in that dim brain of mine once again and suddenly a secret ingredient was added to the pan – Pickled Ginger!  Wait!  What do you mean not everyone keeps a jar of pickled ginger in their fridge?  No worries, I’ve added a substitute recipe for that too.

I lost track of time as I nibbled one of the finished patties, warm off the pan, while I tossed the onions around and worked at getting them cooked up right.  Soon the juices from the pan and the onions created a nice caramelization, they were declared done and ready to taste test.  My mouth was saying they had turned out mighty good for a slap-dash-into-the-pan idea, so I dished out another patty and tried the two of them together, in a word, yum; just yum.  Once again I was excited how a glimmer of an idea had turned out into a fantastic food idea.

Notes were transcribed to the computer before my scribbles turned into untranslatable squiggles and I started making notes at the bottom of the digital copy with an idea for making the onions if you decided to grill the burgers and didn’t have the juices.  Since there were not enough onions to go around for those remaining, I set out another night to test my noted ideas. A fine set of ideas they were too!  Wandering back to the computer to make a few minor adjustments and what do you know here was a full service recipe is born and ready to share.

So for the few who follow me, my gift to you and anyone you wish to share it with:

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Asian Flair Burgers With Ginger Caramelized Onions

Taste of Asia Burgers © 2014

Serve these Orient-inspired burgers topped with the Ginger Caramelized Onions listed below on sesame buns with a side of stir-fried veggies or a nice salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce or fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp dry sherry
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce [like Siracha]
  • 1½ tsp garlic chili paste
  • 2 tsp grated ginger root
  • 1½ lb lean ground pork

Mix & mash all ingredients together in a bowl until well mixed, cover and place in refrigerator for at least one hour.  Take out and divide into 12 equal balls and form each into a patty.  Place patties in a flat baking pan with sides and bake at 350°F for 25 minutes.  Remove pan from oven, move patties to a platter and reserve juices for the caramelized onions.  Re-heat the patties under the broiler or throw them on the Grill/BBQ to really give them some flavour!

Ginger Caramelized Onions

The perfect accompaniment to the Asian Flair Burgers, these onions borrow the flavour from the juices left from the burgers to create a unique version of an old classic. 

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup reserved juices from Asian Flair Burgers
  • 3 Tsp finely chopped pickled ginger
  • 2½ cups slices onions

Cut each onion in half and thinly slice each half.  In a frying pan on medium-low heat, carefully pour in juices, add pickled ginger and onions.  Gently break onions apart and stir until ginger is well incorporated. Cook for approximately 25-30 minutes, stirring regularly until onions turn translucent and the sauce thickens.  Add salt & pepper to taste, serve as desired.

** If you want the special onions and don’t have reserved juices, here is a substitute recipe.  Using this version of the onion recipe might require longer cooking time [approx. 45 minutes] to get the sugars in the sauce and onions to caramelize properly.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup broth of your choice [or water if you just don’t have any]
  • 1  tsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1  tsp oyster sauce or fish sauce
  • 1  tsp dry sherry
  • ¾ tsp of your favourite cooking oil + ¼ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp chili garlic paste

No pickled ginger?  Put 3 tsp regular minced/finely chopped ginger in a small bowl, add ½ tsp sugar and 1 tsp rice or white vinegar and let sit for ½ hour before adding to recipe.

How to really and totally love your Keurig…

OH YA!!!

I finally joined the ranks of Keurig machine owners last week.  My wonderful and loving son got his tax refund in and offered me a portion larger than I had requested as my fee for doing his taxes for him,  it was just enough to buy the machine I had been lusting after for a year now.  (A Cuisinart with all the bells and whistles I’d been hankering for)

I know, I know…. I could have used it for some more practical purpose, but since I drink one kind of coffee (Fantastic Ecuadorian organic right from a friend of mine who has her own plantain down there.  Very fair trade and supports the Co-op that helps the other farmers too) & Son and his girl drink Starbucks or tea, I thought this was a very practical idea for our household.

The machine I bought came with the brew-your-own filter thing, so brewing our own coffee was one of the first thing I tried.  Yummy, fantastic, in just that quick a hot cuppa coffee when you want one and no faffing with trying to drink the rest of a pot in a decent amount of time.  Travel mug to go, no problem… cuppa tea or two at night, easy peasy… clean the reusable filter each time, kind of a pain….  but in the end, I was prepared for the fuss and muss for the sake of the rest of the convenience the machine provided.

Then while I was browsing the internet in search of a  decent paper filter insert solution for that little basket, I stumbled on an idea that would allow me to use regular #2 coffee filters to make my own little filter inserts.  Easy peasy removal of used grounds, quicker transition from one type of coffee to another, easier clean-up in general and all it takes is a little work on my part to cut the filters and do a bit of folding.

So I grabbed a pack of #2 filters we had on hand for Girl’s little coffee brewer and did a bit of trim and fold, popped the first attempt into the little filter cup, added coffee and brewed.  Wonderfully easy, coffee brewed just fine and it was simple to grab the edge of the paper and slip it out into the compost collection pail.  The coffee grounds do spill over the top edge of the filter an little, but the rinse needed to clean that up is much quicker and uses far less water.  You really only need to rinse it if you are switching coffee or switching to doing tea and since I picked up that pack of filters (40 in each) for $1 at a local dollar store, that means 80 filters for a measly $1… SCORE !!!!!

Way cheaper than what I can buy online, no shipping costs, better availability and makes my life just a little easier for the sake of a bit of fiddling about doing kindergarten level arts & crafts – LOL

Here is how I did it….

So there you are… a quick, easy and CHEAP way to create paper filter inserts for your Keurig coffee machine!!

ENJOY!