Take Back the Kitchen: Chinese Food from Scratch

Why order in from a Chinese restaurant when you can make great Chinese food from home? If you are one of those people who think Asian food is intimidating, just browse through some Asian cookbooks. You will see that the ingredients start repeating themselves. Before you know it, your pantry will be filled with a finite number of ingredients that will allow you to whip up a dish as tasty as this one without having to leave the house. Enjoy!
Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles:
3 TBS soy sauce
2 TBS rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp dried hot red pepper flakes
4 TBS packed brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 TBS sesame oil
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
3/4-1 lb linguine or lo mein noodles
chopped scallions and chopped , peeled cucumber for garnish
In a med. sized saucepan, combine all ingredients up to and including the chicken broth. Cook on medium heat, stirring until it is thickened and smooth. Let cool.
Cook noodles, drain and rinse in cold water. Transfer noodles to a big bowl and toss with the sauce. Serve at room temp. and garnish with the scallions and cukes.
IMPORTANT NOTE! If you make the sauce beforehand, DO NOT toss with the noodles until you are ready to serve. If they sit for a while already mixed, the noodles will soak up all the sauce and it will get dried out. You can make the pasta before and the sauce before but just keep them in separate bowls. You can prep the garnish before also and leave it in the fridge in a small covered bowl or tupperware. Enjoy!

How to Make a Home Office Look Homey

I woke up this morning determined to give myself a makeover. And so, I hit the gym after several months of avoiding it. And then, when I was ready to start my work day, I walked into my home office and it looked as if a tornado had hit. While trees were down in my entire neighborhood, I had a storm of my own on my coffee table. Piles of mail, file folders, books, magazines and a whole lot more have overtaken my office. Actually, at one time, it was a sunroom and my husband used to relish taking naps on the couch. But not anymore…
Today, I use our cozy sunroom as my office and ever since I moved in my computer and two printers, the place can now officially be declared a disaster area. Take a look…

Stay tuned for part two of our Office Makeover…and I’ll make sure I give myself a new look too – I apologize for the messy hair and lack of make-up. What was I thinking anyway?

Parenthood: In Case You Missed It…

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PR 365 Six Week Workshop Series…Register Today!

Welcome to PR 365, the latest offering by Role Mommy – the chance to attend teleseminars with dynamic speakers who will guide you to help build awareness for your brand, blog, book or business.
We have several options for you with regard to these workshops – you can join us for all six weeks, for three weeks or pay as you go (add the workshop you’d like to attend to your paypal cart below). Join now and get connected to PR industry veterans who will help guide you to secure media coverage yourself or your brand at a fraction of the cost of a major PR firm! Plus, as we help you build your brand, we’ll also be supporting the RBaby Foundation – a portion of the workshop fees will benefit the organization.

PR Workshop Fees
45 Minute Sessions

Course Offerings Include:

1. Crafting Your Own Media Campaign – Tuesday, March 23 at 1pm ET/10 am PT: Find out exactly how you can spearhead your own public relations campaign. Topics include: drafting pitch letters and press releases, finding leads for stories, and networking with journalists covering your area of expertise.

Crafting Your Media Campaign

2. So You Want to Be On TV – Tuesday, March 30 at 2:30 pm ET/11:30 am PT: Do you feature video on your blog in the hopes of being discovered by a media outlet that’ll put you on air? Television news producers are always looking at sites that are rich in video content so they can determine whether that person could potentially be featured in a segment. Featured in this lesson will be Tamsen Fadal, television anchor, lifestyle expert and producer who will give you the inside scoop on how to make your mark on video and she’ll also prepare you for how to handle yourself once you’ve landed a media appearance.

So You Want to Be On TV

3. Connecting with Major Brands: Tuesday, April 13 at 1pm ET/10am PT: This course will give you the inside track on how to forge a relationship with a brand, as well as offer concrete ways to pursue sponsorship or spokesperson opportunities. Joining us will be Momtrends founder and brand spokesperson Nicole Feliciano.

Making Brand Connections

4. How to Pitch Newspaper Magazine Outlets: Tuesday, April 20 at 1pm ET/10 am PT: Joining us for this session will be Lisa Hanlon, a veteran publicist with nearly two decades experience in the parenting market who shares her tried and true tips on how to pitch some of the toughest reporters and magazine editors in the business.

Newspapers & Magazine Pitching

5. Building Your Media Platform: Tuesday, April 27 at 1pm ET/10 am PT: Are you in the process of writing a book proposal but have no platform to fall back on to actually promote it. Or, do you have a book, product or service launching soon and want to get the word out immediately? This class will cover surefire ways to put your name on the digital map by helping you navigate the social media landscape. We’ll give you a crash course on Twitter, Facebook and Linked In and show you how to utilize all three so that you can build awareness for your brand.

Building Your Media Platform

6. The 411 on Events: Tuesday, May 4 at 1pm ET/10 am PT: If you’re an author, parenting expert or entrepreneur, we will share important tips on how events can help enhance your media platform. Should you contribute to celebrity gift bags, buy a table, sponsor a cocktail party or create your own event to garner attention? With the help of industry experts, we’ll give you the inside scoop on how events can enhance your brand. Plus, if you’re planning an event, we give you tips on all the elements you need to secure media coverage.

The 411 on Events

If you would like to find out more about Role Mommy University, please email us at beth@rolemommy.com and we will be back in touch with additional details.

Bonny’s Fab Find: Age Spot Eliminator!

serum.jpgAbout 8 months ago I started to notice those sun-kissed freckles that normally only appear on my face during the lazy days of summer weren’t completely disappearing come Fall. Apparently I was in great denial of my age – as well as my upcoming birthday – the big 4-0! {GASP!} It soon set in that these sizable dark, freckle type stains were AGE SPOTS! {ANOTHER GASP!} Ever since my discovery, I have been on a mission to lighten them, if not make them disappear altogether. That’s when I came across Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster Serum. Now I must admit, it pained me to break out the wallet and pay the $125.00, but I was desperate. I also know it would have cost triple (or more) for treatment at my dermatologist. It was not an option to ignore these spots.
I’m so happy to say after 1-1/2 months of use, 3-4 drops each day in the morning and evening, I can totally see a difference. My husband AND my sister can see the difference also – we all know how they can be :o). The price is a little tough to swallow, I get that, but it will last for about 3 months. The spots are still there, but are much lighter. This soon-to-be 40 year old is jumping for joy. Throw a little cover up or concealer on and I’m good to go. The serum is also a line minimizer and a complexion enhancer – who couldn’t use alittle bit of that, right? Unless you’re in your 20s of course. A few people have even commented to me within the last month about how great my skin looks and that I look, yep, you guessed it – YOUNGER! Yay! Bring it on, 40. And thank you Trish McEvoy!

Bravo Casting Call!

Bravo is casting a new show revolving around a nationally recognized maternity designer and her team of maternity-concierge experts who will coach and nurture expecting mothers, preparing them for their bundle of joy, whilst the whole time pampering themselves with massages, parties, and the hottest maternity couture in NYC!
Casting agents are looking for looking for PREGNANT, upscale women/FASHIONISTAS who are always in-the-know on the hottest clothes and newest trends in the TRI-STATE AREA who are EXPECTING A BABY IN MAY, JUNE or JULY 2010.. they are casting only for the NEXT THREE WEEKS!
Pregnancy doesn’t get in their way of looking and feeling AMAZING! The Newest Louis off-the-rack?! CHECK Yoga Classes? CHECK! Hot Stone Massage?! CHECK! Pampering Facials? CHECK!
If you know of any FABULOUS Moms-To-Be, who would be interested in getting PAMPERED and GUIDED by our experts, please have them contact us ASAP! We’re Casting in the NYC/Tri-State Area for the next couple of weeks, so time is limited!
Interested candidates should send us an email to CastReality@gmail.com with the following information:
1. Name, City, and date you are expecting (Must be in the tri-state area)
2. Why couture maternity clothing and concierge services are a must during your pregnancy.
3. Your feelings about being pregnant – excited, nervous?
4. Any special circumstances surrounding your maternity? Is this your first child? Was it hard to
conceive? Are you expecting twins?
5. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your partner(if applicable)? What makes you unique?
6. Please include your phone number and email address.
7. A recent photo

Role Daddy: The V Word

A while back my wife appeared in a production of “The Vagina Monologues.” That’s right, my wife in “The Vagina Monologues.” A witty and well-done dissertation on all things Vagina. You can’t come out of one of those Vagina Monologue shows without knowing everything there is to know about vaginas. It was a great performance, but I think ultimately the best thing to come out of that whole production was how it’s empowered me to say the word “Vagina” a lot.
In that first paragraph you may have noted that I said “Vagina” 6 times. Six! That, in itself, is more times than I’ve seen the word vagina written out since I was reading scrawlings on desks at my middle school. Somehow I find saying “Vagina” very cathartic. Vagina.
Vaginas are fascinating to me. Not in a perverted sexual way. Well, maybe that too, but moreover the vagina is the portal to life! Teeny tiny microscopic sperm cell goes IN the vagina, relatively enormous living, breathing, screaming, hungry, farting mammal comes OUT of the vagina. The miraculous vagina. And it’s tremendously elastic, the vagina. And it can govern the behavior of males who are helpless in the face of its allure. And I even hear that if you’re thoroughly in tune with your vagina you can use your vagina to predict an earthquake. Wow! What a Vagina!
Surely the Vagina is worthy of our great respect. If I had a vagina, and I don’t, I would treat it with insurmountable dignity. I think there should be a holiday devoted to the celebrating the Vagina. There should be feasting, toasting, Vagina Carols, and great rejoicing, And if someone were to snidely refer to it as a “Hole-y Day,” I would surely thrash them into a coma for exhibiting a level of disrespect not befitting of the Vagina, the anatomical characteristic for whom I have the utmost respect.
Ya know, I’m not sure that, outside of my female health teacher in 8th grade, I’d ever uttered the word vagina aloud to a woman before. Somehow, though, when my wife and her friends were preparing to take the stage to perform The Vagina Monologues, I found myself perfectly comfortable urging each of them, as a derivative of the usual showbiz encouragement, to go out there and “Break a vagina.” Man did they ever. In a good way.
Thumbnail image for eric.jpgEric Ruhalter, his wife Kara, their 3 children, 2 female cats, and their vaginas live in Morristown, NJ. Eric is the creator of “The KidDictionary: Words Parents Need To Describe Their Kids,” a series of hysterical gift books no one who has kids or ever was a kid should be without. Watch the video looking inside The KidDictionary series at www.TheKidDictionary.com. Vagina.

Role Mommy Fave Five

jlooscars.jpgThe New York Times has their week in review, but if you don’t have time to comb through it, here’s the next best thing…the five things you should have found out while you were working, carpooling, checking up on old friends on Facebook, you get my drift…
1. 80’s Actor Corey Haim found dead – Over at PopEater, where my friend Rob Shuter is a gossip columnist, you can find out all you need to know and more about how he died and his film and reality TV career.
2. You can use Verifone to process credit card payments on your iphone – for budding entrepreneurs constantly chasing after money, this is a great new option to charge your clients right on the spot and get paid instantly. Found out about this while watching Taxi TV. Cha Ching!
3. Great article on the Rise of Mommy Blogging in the NY Times – I knew I was onto something four years ago when I jumped into the blogosphere and now the NY Times has validated what I felt all along – parents want to hear from authentic voices and the best place to find them is online. And the best part is, blogging is becoming a lucrative career for many moms. Plus, some of my favorite peeps, Momfluential, Resourceful Mommy and Scary Mommy were featured. Nice work!
4. Ruffles are the New Black – If you watched the Oscars on Sunday then you probably learned one thing. Ruffles are so in, it isn’t funny. From J Lo to Demi Moore, every time I blinked, another ruffle dress appeared. Funny twist…guess which box office diva loves Ruffles potato chips?
5. The End of Hannah Montana – Okay – you do need to connect with your tweens too. If you’ve been hiding under a rock or too busy blogging, then you may not know that the last episode of Hannah Montana could be airing tonight. I still don’t know for sure since I never believe anything until I see it, but judging from last week, Miley is convinced that she wants to go back home to Nashville because her talking horse told her she must come home. Ooh, that is deep.

Bonny’s Corner: Molly Ringwald’s Recipe for a Good Start

IMG_0306.jpgRagu recently announced they are teaming up with Molly Ringwald for the Ragu Recipe for a Good Start program and contest where one lucky entrant could win a $5000 scholarship for their child! Beth and I were invited to an event to learn more about this campaign and while we were there, we learned how to make lasagnas which were being donated to a local food bank, and we met film and television actress Molly Ringwald who shared how she gets her family off to a “good start” at mealtime.

Plus, we got to sit down with Food Network chef, Marcela Valladolid to sample some of Ragu’s recipes. I have to admit, I was skeptical of the jarred sauce as I make my own, but to my surprise, the food, which were all made with Ragu, was delicious. We left with quick and easy recipes to make on our own. Here’s Ragu’s No Boiling Lasagna:
2 containers (15 oz. ea.) ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 8 oz.)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
2 jars (1 lb. 10 oz. ea.) Ragu® Old World Style® Pasta Sauce
12 uncooked lasagna noodles
Preheat oven to 375°. Combine ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and eggs in bowl; set aside.
Spread 1 cup Pasta Sauce in 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Layer 4 uncooked noodles, then 1 cup Sauce and 1/2 of the ricotta cheese mixture; repeat. Top with remaining 4 uncooked noodles and 2 cups Sauce. Reserve remaining sauce.
Bake 1 hour covered tightly with aluminum foil. Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake uncovered an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with remaining Sauce, heated.
IMG_0300.jpgCoincidentally, lasagna is a staple in my house ~ I like to make two pans at a time and freeze one before baking it for those weeks and weekends when there’s no time to cook. I basically follow the same recipe listed above, but for a jazzed up version, add ¼ cup of pesto to the ricotta mixture ~ it is yummy! If you enjoy meat in your lasagna, you can also brown 1 lb. of ground turkey or beef to layer in there as well. The Ragu sauce really is a delicious alternative to homemade sauce … and it even has more than a serving of vegetables in every half cup! Go to Recipe for a Good Start for more easy recipes and contest details. Who knows, maybe your recipe for a good start could win a $5000 scholarship for your child!

Rainy Weekend Movie Alert!

rock2.jpgI recently got the chance to see a sneak preview of a brand new original film on Lifetime called Who is Clark Rockefeller? which premieres Saturday, March 13 at 9 pm, ET/PT with encores on Sunday and Monday at 9 pm. The film is based on the real life story of a man who conned his wife and countless unsuspecting individuals who were convinced he was connected to one of the wealthiest families in the United States.
Eric McCormack is perfectly creepy in the role of Clark Rockefeller and Sherry Stringfield, who plays his estranged wife Sandra, unravels on screen as she learns that her ex has kidnapped their daughter and is nowhere to be found. For more about the film, check out the trailer below or visit Lifetime Moms for my full review. And, if you want to find out about the real story, then visit MyLifetime for photos and insight into the real story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, the mastermind behind the longest running con in FBI history.