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The Art Of Making Dumplings for the Holidays

I had the pleasure of going to designer Andy Yu’s house to learn how to make dumplings for the holidays.

I have been friends with Andy for over a year and am so impressed with his creative talent. Last year for Chinese New Year he had a dumpling pop up and it was fabulous. We decided to get together to share this art with you and even added a little matching holiday glitz as well. Please don’t forget to follow Andy on Instagram HERE. Bon Appetit!!!!

For the dumpling filling:

◦ 2 lbs Ground Pork
◦ 4 – 5 Napa Cabbage Leaves
◦ 1 Tbsp Minced Ginger
◦ 4 Spring Onions, Minced
◦ 1 Tbsp Salt
◦ ⅓ Cup Water
◦ ¼ Cup Soy Sauce
◦ 1 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tps of oyster sauce
1 tbsp of sugar
1/2 tbsp of vinegar

Purchase the dumpling wrapper click HERE.

Purchase the flowers for the tea and coloring, click HERE

Purchase the bamboo streamer HERE

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5 Reasons To Boost Muscle Growth

When you think of the reasons to boost your muscle growth, looks are likely to come to mind. A lot of people feel that larger muscles and more well-defined bodies look great, and they choose to put in the work to make sure they look – and feel – good at all times. But did you know there are other reasons to build your muscles? Read on to find out what some of them are. 

Photo by Leon Ardho

To Manage Your Blood Sugar

Inactivity and high-carb diets are to blame for the current obesity and diabetes crisis. Sixty-six percent of Americans are overweight or obese, putting them at high risk for developing diabetes. If you’re having trouble controlling your blood sugar, a ketogenic diet may be the answer. Alternatively, you might eat fewer carbohydrates and gain muscle mass to make room for them.

A kind of glucose called glycogen is stored in your liver and skeletal muscle. But if you don’t work out frequently, and especially if you don’t lift weights, you’ll lose the ability to store carbohydrates. No longer able to use them, your body stores fat since your blood sugar has risen and insulin has been secreted by your pancreas. You can increase your body’s capacity to store glucose (sugar) by building more muscle, whether that’s through lifting weights or blood flow restriction training – or both. 

To Have A Better Metabolism

Your body’s muscle cells use energy, while the fat cells store it. So, strength training makes you gain muscle, which means your body needs more energy. It makes your body burn more fat because it speeds up your metabolism.

So, if you’ve been having trouble getting rid of the extra fat you’ve gained over the years, you should start a new strength training program. If you add more lean muscle to your body, it will be much easier to lose the extra fat.

To Reduce Your Risk Of Injury 

Using force on your muscles has an effect on your tendons as well. Tendons are more rigid than muscle fibers, which have some elasticity, because they are largely comprised of collagen. Tendons are vulnerable to injury as a result of this rigidity. Resistance training, however, increases tendon thickness and makes them more resistant to damage.

To Make Everyday Activities Easier 

Even while it’s common sense that lifting weights will develop your strength, not everyone appreciates how useful that strength may be until it’s too late. If you’ve ever had trouble opening a jar of something or needed help moving a heavy box, you know how having less strength can make your life harder. A strength-training program can make you much stronger and let you do many things you couldn’t do before without help.

To Gain More Confidence 

When you begin a strength training program, you’ll see an improvement in how you look and feel. Muscle development enhances the physical appearance of both men and women. As a general rule, although it’s not the case for everyone, of course, muscle is more appealing than fat. When you go to the beach or the pool, you’ll feel and look great in your swimwear. If you lose some weight, you’ll find that your clothes fit better. All in all, your self-confidence will grow.