Beef Pho Recipe

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  1. If you don’t want to use any bone that is fine. It will decrease the cook time. Skip step 2-6
  2. Wash the beef bones clean to get rid of any small bones.
  3. Add the bones to a large pot and fill with water until bones are cover.
  4. Boil the bones for 5-10 minutes to get rid of the impurities
  5. Pour the water out and rinse the bones. Be careful, it's hot!
  6. Put the bones back into the pot and fill the pot with cold water
  7. Add the beef meat (if you want to cook your meat beforehand) to a pot with water
  8. Let it boil and cook for an hour
  9. Add the charred onion, charred ginger, spice packet, pho broth seasoning
  10. Cook for additional 1-4 hours. Cook longer if you want stronger flavor.
  11. Season to your tasting. Enjoy!
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Beef Pho is one of my favorite comfort food. My husband loves pho so I make it at least once a month. Every time I make it we would have it for lunch and dinner because there’s so much broth for my small family. It is kind of hard to get leg or knuckle bones where I live so I don’t use those when I make mine. Once in awhile I’ll use oxtail bones. They are kind of pricy here.

I remembered my mom making pho with leg bones outside in a large pot. It always took forever for it to be done cooking. It was so delicious that it filled me up every time. Meat balls are always my favorite and one of the best part in pho.

Everyone makes their pho differently so don’t judge. Each pho bowl will taste differently if you add condiments. I like my pho broth to be spicy and sour so my broth will be red instead of brown.

Beef Pho

Broth Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Beef bones with marrow: oxtails, knuckle bones, leg bones
  • 1/2 lb Beef meat: chuck roast, brisket, flank
  • 2 charred onion (rinse and remove black parts before throwing into the pot) or cut in half and throw it in
  • 1 – 4 inch charred ginger (rinse and remove black parts before throwing into the pot – optional)
  • 1 Gia Vi Nau Pho Bac spice packet (small white mesh bag with coriander, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel, cardamom)

Pho spice packet

  • 1-2 gallon water
  • 1-2 tbsp Pho broth soup base

Other Ingredients:

  • Fresh mint
  • Cilantro
  • Green Onions
  • Basil
  • Bean sprouts
  • Limes
  • Jalapeno
  • Meatballs
  • Vietnamese Meat loaf
  • Peanuts (optional)
  • Peanut butter (optional)

Sauces:

  • Sriracha
  • Ground Chili Oil (spicy)
  • Instant Beef paste
  • Hoisin
  • Soy Sauce
  • Fish sauce

Pho condiments

Directions:

  1. If you don’t want to use any bone that is fine. It will decrease the cook time. Skip step 2-6
  2. Wash the beef bones clean to get rid of any small bones.
  3. Add the bones to a large pot and fill with water until bones are cover.
  4. Boil the bones for 5-10 minutes to get rid of the impurities
  5. Pour the water out and rinse the bones. Be careful, it’s hot!
  6. Put the bones back into the pot and fill the pot with cold water
  7. Add the beef meat (if you want to cook your meat beforehand) to a pot with water
  8. Let it boil and cook for an hour
  9. Add the charred onion, charred ginger, spice packet, pho broth seasoning
  10. Cook for additional 1-4 hours. Cook longer if you want stronger flavor.
  11. Season to your tasting. Enjoy!

Pho Broth

Beef Pho

 

Gallstones Complete Review

This is a really personal review, but I think it would help others who are in the same situation as myself. I bought gallstones complete to try it myself and these are my own opinions. If you don’t want to read my story, just scroll down to my review.

Gallstones Complete

In November of last year, I started getting pain attacks in the middle of the night (like at 2am-3am). At first I thought it was just cramps, but it lasted for 2-3 hours. I didn’t know why my stomach (right side) and spine was hurting for so long in the middle of the night. I thought it could be triggered by stress because I was very stressed for about a month or so. Stress had caused me so many health problems. Laying down made the pain worse so I had to sit up until it goes away. Let’s say it was Tuesday night. Throughout Wednesday I didn’t feel any pain. I thought it probably was just a one time thing. Thursday night I woke up with a stomach pain again around 3am. My husband was just coming to bed and went to sleep. Sitting in the dark, I searched on my phone reasons why I am having these stomach pain in the middle of the night. I thought it could be gastritis or peptic ulcer, but wasn’t sure. I just tried to endure the pain until it went away.  

The next week I had another pain attack. Since I can’t lay down, I was watching movies on my phone and trying to endure the pain. Again my husband came to bed around 3am. I told my husband about it and said I should go get a check up so I set up an appointment the next day. While researching I found that it’s better to eat a fat free diet and to avoid certain foods. Ever since eating a fat free diet, I haven’t had any pain attacks.

My appointment day came. I went in for a check up and the doctor told me it could be my gallbladder. Since I already ate breakfast, we did a non official ultrasound. They found a gallstone in my gallbladder, which probably is the reason why I’m having pain attacks. Some people have gallstones and don’t even know it. Some gallstones don’t cause symptoms while some do. My doctor gave us some surgeons contact info and we left.

That day I remember eating a hamburger for lunch, a little bit spicy food for dinner, and ice cream for dessert. All red flags right there. I had a pain attack around 9pm and it was the worst pain ever! I tried to endure for 4 hours. I was in so much pain that I asked my husband to give me a blessing. After 15-20 minutes the pain went away and I was able to go sleep. An hour later, I felt some pain again (not too painful) so I sat on the floor by my bed waiting for the pain to go away and dozed off.

In November I had about 7 pain attacks. Having these attacks drained my energy, leaving me so exhausted the next day. I feel like I can sleep all day. I lost my appetite and had no energy to do anything, but I still had to take care of my kids, cook, and clean. I was searching for a natural way to get rid of my gallstone when I came upon gallstones complete. Many of the reviews said they felt no more pain so I decided to order one through Walmart. I even went to talk to a surgeon and he said the best option is to have the gallbladder removed to avoid future problems. I decided to wait.

The gallstones complete has an awful taste to it because of the apple cider vinegar. I drank 2 tsp each day and had to order more. I wished I ordered the bigger size to start with. To test if it really works, I ate spicy food for lunch and dinner followed by 1 tsp of gallstones complete after each meal. I was scared that I’ll have another pain attack, but I didn’t. After I finished a 16 oz and a 8 oz bottle, I stopped drinking it. In December I had about 3 attacks. At the end of December I had another worst pain attack ever. And it was because I had spicy food and ice cream together again. I puked everything out. It was so painful. Massaging my back didn’t help. I went to take a hot shower to help my back pain. I was in there for a long time then decided to take a hot bath. I told myself I won’t eat spicy food with ice cream again. That’s the worst combination ever. After I stopped drinking the gallstones complete liquid, I drank apple cider vinegar with apple juice whenever I have a pain attack. It didn’t work immediately, but within 20-30 minutes.

It’s mid January and I haven’t had any pain attacks yet. I’m not as stressed anymore. I’ve noticed that I can eat more fatty foods, spicy foods, and ice cream. Still scare to eat spicy foods with ice cream though. I’m still debating if I want to have a surgery or not. I really don’t want to deal with this again in the future. I will still need to go get a check up though. Will keep this updated.

 

Review:

Gallstones complete has helped me not feel pain for the most part. I was always exhausted, but after drinking this for a couple of days I’ve regained my energy and appetite. My gallbladder felt weak, but now it feels healthy. I believe it did help cleanse my gallbladder. Still not sure if my gallstones are gone yet because I haven’t got another ultrasound. If you want to avoid surgery then this is a good solution, but you’ll probably have to keep buying their products to help cleanse the gallbladder every year. This will help prevent more gallstones from forming in the gallbladder. Definitely worth the try!

“Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

You can order your Gallstones Complete on Walmart or here.

Skin Care Giveaway – Jeepers! It’s January!

To start off the new year, I’m doing a skin care giveaway!

Skin Care Giveaway

I don’t know about you guys, but my skin gets really dry during the winter time. It’s really important to take care of your skin. Sometimes I do forget to take care of myself because I’m busy taking care of my kids or busy with other things. Last week I’ve been cleaning a lot and packing everything to move that my hands starting getting so dry to the point of cracking and bleeding a little. That’s the worst thing that you’ll want to happen. So I’m giving away a hand cream and two facial masks.

facial mask and hand cream

This hand cream and facial masks are Korean products. I’m not Korean, but I’ve been using their products for awhile and I loved it. The hand cream smells really good. It helps my hands stay moisturize and keeps it from getting dry. I love these facial masks. I got them from Etude House. They are the “I Need You Mask.” It depends on which ones you get, but I like the ones that keep my face moisturize, firm, and tightening. It makes my skin so smooth and soft afterwards.

Join the giveaway hop to for a chance to win more amazing prizes! Good luck!

The Best Royal Icing Recipe

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Prep Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In a bowl or stand mixer, mix the meringue powder with water until there's foam. Stir in powder sugar and vanilla extract until the icing become light. If the mixture is thick, add 1 tbsp of water at a time.  Separate the icing into bowls and add the desire coloring.  
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This is the best royal icing recipe. It is very easy to use to decorate sugar cookies. It dries up quickly too. I got this recipe from Follow the Ruels. She gives some good tips on thinning the icing so check out her post.

The Best Royal Icing Recipe

Ingredients: 
  • 2 tbsp Meringue Powder
  • 1/4 cup Water and 1-2 tbsp of water for thinning
  • 4 cups Powder Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Directions:

In a bowl or stand mixer, mix the meringue powder with water until there’s foam. Stir in powder sugar and vanilla extract until the icing become light. If the mixture is thick, add 1 tbsp of water at a time.

Separate the icing into bowls and add the desire coloring.

Click here for the Sugar Cookies Recipe!

 

Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir flour and baking powder together. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Add the flour and baking powder in and kneed the dough. 
  3. The dough doesn't really stick well together and it breaks apart easily. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH!
  4. Roll the dough out into 1/4 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut them into shapes. Place the cookies on the baking sheet and freeze them for 5-7 minutes. Then bake for 10-12 minutes. Let it cool off before decorating. 
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This sugar cookies recipe is so easy to make. It is soft and keeps its shape after baking. It’s perfect for decorating too!

My daughter loves to help me bake. I enjoy baking with her. It’s mother daughter bonding time. She helped me picked the cookie cutter shapes. After I rolled out the dough, she helped me cut it. Making sugar cookies is similar to play-doh so she likes it and had fun helping.

Ingredients:
  • 3 Cups of flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Sticks of butter
  • 1 Cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Almond extract
Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, stir flour and baking powder together. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Add the flour and baking powder in and kneed the dough.

* The dough doesn’t really stick well together and it breaks apart easily. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH!

Roll the dough out into 1/4 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut them into shapes. Place the cookies on the baking sheet and freeze them for 5-7 minutes. Then bake for 10-12 minutes. Let it cool off before decorating.

I made my own royal icing for the sugar cookies. Click here for the recipe.