Sunday, September 28, 2008

IF - Packed

On Friday, there was a potluck social at my daughters' school. I made about 100 fried dumplings (aka potstickers, gyoza, mandu). My girls love to eat friend dumplings. Luckily, I don't mind making them. Occasionally, I'll hide a little cod or wheat germ or extra veggie in them, something my kids hate eating but that's good for them. Mmmmm, packed with goodness. What's that you say? Tastes a little funny? Here, dip it in more soy sauce.



Thank you, Connie, for this wonderful bit of sweetness! Connie has such a big heart and a funny -- and sometimes deliciously twisted -- way of enjoying life. She makes me laugh with every post. Thank you, friend!

I, in turn, would like to pass this award to several people whom I feel blessed to have become better friends with recently: Connie, Soulbrush, Aimee, Lisa (my guzzling partner), Ces, Luci, Atomic Velvet Sigh, and Yoon See. You pack my world with love (see what I did there?).

If you would like to participate:

1. Put the logo on your blog.
2.Link to the person who gave you the award.
3.Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4.Put links to those on your blog.
5. Leave a message on those blogs.


60 comments:

Shugar said...

hehehe... tats cute! And its amazing how little kids can weed out all these little bits of goodness sometimes! :)
I remembered being force fed cod liver oil when i was a kid! My mom didn't bother to hide it...man did i hate that! The stuff tasted really vile then!

yoon see said...

Firstly, thank you for your kind award Bella.
I really love it and will always cherish our friendship forever. This award means a lot to me.

Thanks again, Bella you are a super dooper natural cheerleader.
Your comments are forever positive , encouraging and uplifting!!! Yaah...all packed with energy.
No wonder, you are always surrounded by friends.

Wow! Bella. Love your this week "packed" illo. Another meaningful piece.
The word "packed" here (with exra blowed effect) has created an amazing sense of humour to the illo.
Yaah, the girl here is well "packed" with a great yummy dumpling feast.
As for your social potluck, you were so thoughtful and considerate to hide some great stuff in the dumplings, so that your kids could get the best from their favourite dish.
100 fried dumpling is really a large number.
The last time, I only made 50...
I love dumpling too but favour more on the wet ones.
Hope that one day we can get together for this purpose.
Cheers.

soulbrush said...

aaaawwww thanks bella, doesn't matter how many times one gets an award, it's always an honour. sooooo glad we've met here in blogland....your art is fabulous.

atomicvelvetsigh said...

mmm i love those fried dumplings too! best with soy sauce with a little dub of chili sauce!

and thank you so much for this wonderful award! i'll be posting it first thing tmrw as i am heading out for work now.

i am so thankful for having a pack of clique (see that too!? ha!) and such lovely friends like you!

aimee said...

I LOVE IT! you've outdone yourself here, bella! what a great drawing! oh, those potstickers sound so so good. what a good mom you are to sneak in the good stuff. i never think to do that. and i almost always give in to extra requests for cookies and cupcakes. i'm a path of least resistance cook :)

and THANK you for the blog award - i'm touched that you chose to give it to me, even though you know i'm totally lousy about following blog award rules - and i'm especially touched knowing that it's an award about friendship.

my local cafe brewed yet again another new blend... hehehe... check back later this week :)

aeneadellaluna said...

ihi she's such a cute girl :)

TattingChic said...

What an adorable drawing. It totally captures the feeling of being completely stuffed; packed!
Your award is lovely and you are so deserving of it!

Heather said...

Great job, I can feel what she feels like. (I'm going for a walk now...) Unfortunately my kid who will eat anything anyway is the one who likes potstickers (and I don't know how to make them...)

krisztina maros said...

although she's 'packed' she looks like a floating, light-weight little fairy between the cloud-shaped types :)

really lovely illo! again...

Juan said...

A delightful response to the topic Bella! Congratulations on the award!!!

Bee said...

Great fun, she looks really full!

esque said...

He he! This is great! Reminds me of how I'll look like on Thanksgiving!

Congrats on your award - you truly deserve it!

Eli said...

Nice! I like how the lettering complements the drawing, which is really cute.

Michael O'Connell said...

wonderful work… love the delicate lines… such a contrasr ro the full belly…

Chris said...

Oh... I love gyoza. I could definitely stuff myself on them without a doubt. I'm always happy when my wife decides to fry up a few.

Great work, yet again. I love the lettering and the depth/perspective of the girl on the ground. Really nice!

SENTA said...

Hahahahhaahahah!!! OH my this is funny, I can relate to this all too well! And I love soy sauce too... thanks for making my day with this :)

Rui Sousa said...

Fantastic work, really nice!
Congratulations!
Regards.

www.ruisousaartworks.blogspot.com

Edrian Thomidis said...

Ohhh, this is so funny! I love her facial expression it's really delightful! She looks so satisfied and happy! Nothing like having mommy make those special treats! .. and 100 wow! That's some dedication right there!. I think the reason why she looks happy and healthy (and a little over stuffed) is your love and kindness not cod or the occasional veggy. Food always tastes better when its made with love!
Wonderful!
and congrats on another well deserved award!

Eric Barclay said...

I do that too! But I try to sneak things in like sugar and chocolate. He he.

Awesome illustration-- really captures that so-full feeling. Have a wonderful week!

loonybinart said...

so cute! she looks happily full :-) i love dumplings too

Teri C said...

This is so adorable!! I am still smiling!

Sarah Ackerley said...

This is great! I love how the letters reflect the way the girl is feeling. I hear that art directors love to see hand lettering in images rather than type. Nice job!

PotatoMamma said...

Awwwh the illo is adorable!!! Great job!

And thanks for stopping by at my blog.
Astrid

kathy hare said...

lovely Bella, a gorgeous illustration.. :)

Random York said...

That's a super "Packed" submission Bella- I know how that feels! Thank you for visiting my blog and for the birthday wishes...happily mine is Oct. 1st so I, sort of, consider the whole month a birthday!

Auki said...

I love it! Adorable drawing, and a wonderful story to match.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Oh, Oh, Oh, Bella, he he he he he he he!!!! LOL . OMG! I am just ticked to no end. This is so very, very, funny. WIth the kind of day that I'm having I needed this so much. Oh Bella, thanks much for the beautiful illustration and the wonderful medicine called laughter. It is like a medicine for me. I really appreciate you so very much my friend I really do!

Cookie Sunshine said...

I think this has been my favorite IF because everyone has had such different illustrations. Yours is delightful as always! I LOVE HER!
I can feel her discomfort, but I know she had a great time getting there.

Flying Colors said...

This is how I feel packed to the brim with work! Thanks for all the awards, you packed them in on me. You are too good.

I am getting ready to make the award post, will have to do 2 in 1 :)

You work is amazing I'm adding you to my blog-roll (pinpoints) ASAP.

Thank you for all the awards...

Bobo said...

She is a cutie!
I love dumpling, and you make me feel hungry now! :P

Amy C said...

beautiful illustration, that girl is so very cute.
thanks for visiting me!

Ellen Byrne said...

What a wonderful drawing - and we've all felt this way! I just love it!

INDIGENE said...

Bella, this is so cool! I love visiting you! lol!

http://indigeneartforms.blogspot.com

SCOTT BURROUGHS said...

NIce illo- has a big "Yumm" factor. Simple yet great story telling and appeal. Thanks for the comments, and yes- I did watch too much tv as a kid- and I still do- yikes:)

Ces said...

What?! What happened to my comment? Did blogger eaat it or was I dreaming? This is an adorable illustration. I especially like the tummy. Too cute and thank you dear dear Bella. You are much much too kind.

Shannon Melville said...

cute illustration and nice viewpoint of the girl! 100 fried dumplings that is a big effort! I am sure the kids wouldn't have noticed the extra vegies! :) Thanks for your comments on my blog, yes I could also see a robot of some kind forming out of my clutter illo! There is a part that looks like it has 2 eyes on a face hey? hmm, maybe you have inspired me to create one! I am into heart glasses at the moment, see in my profile pic :)

Gai said...

i love this to lie down fully packed with dumplings mmm, even if they did have cod etc in them. nicely captured. what is the dumpling recipe? p.s. no I am not going to Holland, I wish! staying in sunny australia for my hols. thanks for your comments.

NANCY LEFKO said...

great illustration !!! I love the story too....

Nicky Linzey said...

Lovely drawing and so great when it has a story with it too. I know this feeling well..!

Bella Sinclair said...

Hi Gai,
I, unfortunately, don't have a quantified recipe for dumplings. This might be why they always come out a little different and why my kids can't tell what extras I put in. I can tell you the basic ingredients, though. I keep it simple:

ground beef (or pork or chicken or combo)

finely minced cabbage (about equal amounts to the meat)

minced garlic

minced scallions

minced water chestnuts optional (for added crunch)

1 egg for binding

salt
soy sauce
black pepper
sesame oil

Mix, then put a spoonful in a wrapper and seal with water. Voila. Bon appetit!

Joanie said...

So funny, I love this illustration!

nina seven said...

thank you for the nice comment on my IF entry. I love this one you did, so fresh and full of life.

isay said...

great illustration and your dumplings must be very tasty--uhmmmm ---made me want to cook!

ValGalArt said...

this is so darling! she looks very satisfied :) you are a sweetheart!

yoon see said...

Finally, the awards are here for you to grab, Bella.

yoon see said...

Bella, I am glad you like them.
Almost forget, I have 3 tags for you. Feel free to do them when you are free.

SÉARLAIT said...

Beautiful and fun!

studio lolo said...

My husband LOVES potstickers!!
This is such an adorable illustration. She looks packed alright!

Connie said...

What a wonderful illustration! And now recipes! I used to make some simple, but wonderful and light dumplings to float on top of, say, chicken stew from - Ta Da - Bisquick (their recipe). Now I can't get Bisquick and no longer have the recipe. Any suggestions?!

aimee said...

oh! i couldn't help jumping in here again to make it an even FIFTY comments! wowee!

Bella Sinclair said...

DING DING DING DING! Aimee, congratulations! You're the 50th commenter! You certainly deserve a prize for that. :D

Connie, mmmmmmm, chicken and dumplin's. Surprisingly, I've never made it, but you've inspired me to seek out a good recipe. I'll let you know if I find one. Thanks for visiting! And sorry, honey, you were only #49. Ooooooh, so close.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Oh Bella,
You made me all wet in the eyes again this morning with your wonderful comment left at the blog. You will never know how your words and fun just touched my heart and soul. I am so thankful for the day that we found each others blogs. You're a true princess and I really appreciate you. I wish I were near so that I could give you this hug. You're the best!

platitudinal said...

100 fried dumplings?! Bella, you are a Super Woman! Smuggling the good-for-you food to unsuspecting innocent souls, you just confirmed Christer’s theory: moms are a sneaky breed. :)

I love the packed tummy sketch. I wish my rotund tummy can look that cute!

*Bella, thank you so much for the award. You yourself are packed with all kinds of goodness that make you an amazing person. But, most of all, thank you very much for calling me your friend. That means a lot.

rebekah said...

oh noo... my comment was lost because i couldn't get the openID right... T_T
i love gyouza! ramen+gyouza yummm!
the weather has gotten much better this week, thank goodness. but it seems like autumn has set in a little earlier than usual this year. i foresee many long, cold months ahead of me... sigh. but well, at least there will be momiji and snowboarding to look forward to.
great illo as usual bella! she's too kawaii!

travelandsing.com said...

I LOVE this! And the fried dumplings sound so yummy!! I love all things heavy and dumpling-like (probably due to the beautiful food my jewish grandmother made:-)

And HUGE big congratulations and mazeltov for your awards - your words and pictures just dance and sing and shine and you deserve so much to receive many, many awards!

Thank you so much too for all the very beautiful, sweet and funny comments you leave on my blog - I always love them and find them so encouraging!! Thank you so much:-)

Have a lovely weekend, full of fun and nice fried and delicious foods, linda xx

Glenda said...

I loved your 'packed' illustration - I laughed out loud! thanks

Scatterbrain Tal said...

ohh YUMM I love gyoza:) too bad I'm not the one who can make it.

You have a really lovely blog btw^^

TattingChic said...

Hi! It's me again, LOL!
You've been awarded and tagged!!! Hop on over to my blog to see what all the fuss is about!
((hugs)),
TattingChic :)

Emily said...

Oooh what a delight Bella! A perfect illo for packed! Love it to bits!

sketched out said...

Awwww, love that, and love potstickers too! What a brilliant idea to sneak healthy stuff into them, tee hee! Adorable illo, as yooj!