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February 21, 2010

Our house is for sale now!!

Filed under: 1 — joannestamplis @ 12:16 pm

Well, once again our house is up for sale. I’m trying to cut down my commute time since I am working in Tualatin. We decided to do it by owner this time since we didn’t think the realtor did much for us last time. Who knows, if we are lucky it might get sold. If not, I’m still commuting to Tualatin everyday and not much changed beside the fact that we have to clean the house more often now and I got new carpet :).
Check out our listing and if you know of anybody in the market for house in Hillsboro, let us know. We’ll let you keep the commision instead 🙂

December 17, 2009

Butterscotch Pudding

Filed under: 1 — Matt Stamplis @ 11:06 am

Everyone does a lot of baking around the holidays and a lot of tasty baking recipes call for lots of egg whites, which is great for fluffy cakes and meringues but what do you do with all of the extra egg yolks? I’ll admit that somtimes I’ve thrown them away but a better idea is to spend 5-10 minutes and make this awesome butterscotch pudding!!

Butterscotch Pudding (Serves 4)
3 cups milk
4 large egg yolks
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch, spooned lightly into a measuring cup (not tightly packed)
2 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Rinse a heavy saucepan (2 qts or larger) with cold water and shake out the excess water (this helps prevent the milk from scorching). Bring 2 1/2 cups of the milk nearly to a boil.

2. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup of milk, the egg yolks, brown sugar, and cornstarch until smooth.

3. Pour about 1/2 cup of the hot milk into the egg yolk mixture and whisk vigorously. Repeat this 2 more times. Pour the warmed yolk mixture into the pan of hot milk and bring to a boil, whisking over medium heat. Boil, whisking almost constantly (be sure to stir the edges of the pan), for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla.

4. Strain the pudding through a fine sieve into a bowl. Transfer the pudding into 4 individual serving dishes, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

July 20, 2009

Why do people need to be yelled at to get things going?

Filed under: 1 — joannestamplis @ 8:38 pm

So Comcast came to fix some cable lines and end up breaking our sprinkler. I called them and told them about it and their reponse is they will get back to me in 2 business days. A week went by and no call so I called them back. Turned out they close my case without reason so they reopen it and told me they will get back to me. And surprise surprise, a week went by and still no call. You know me, I am furious. So I called them again and this time, the conversation goes like this:
I need your ID number and your name. Also, by the way, you are being recorded (I didn’t have a recorder, pure threat). I will use this as evident when I sue you guys for destroying my sprinkler and not fix it.
Well, the guy who I talked to did response finally. They came and fix the sprinkler the very same day. Ahhh…. the power of threats :)….

June 11, 2009

Poor Yogi

Filed under: 1 — joannestamplis @ 6:03 pm

Yogi hurt his leg. I don’t know how it happened but lately he’s been whimpering a lot and he doesn’t jump onto the couch or bed as he usually does. We took him to the vet but his fear of the vet caused so much adrenaline such that his leg pain does not show. At home, when I try to touch his leg he would shake with fear and whimper. At the vet office, the vet bend his knee, touch it, shave it, and Yogi showed no sign of pain. So now he’s on doggie aspirin and we’ll see how his leg doing in the next few days. My poor pooch….

March 6, 2009

Bookmark this!

Filed under: 1 — joannestamplis @ 10:06 pm

This is me trying to help the community spreading the word, reminding everybody to be concern about climate change. March 28, 2009 at 8.30 pm is Earth Hour event. I don’t think it will take me much effort to turn off my light for 1 hour and if it helps making a global statement, I am willing to do so. Feel free to check out the main website at:

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