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Like many Japanese words, om-rice is a portmaneau -- a new word created from combining two other words. In this case, it comes from “omelette” and “rice”, and the popular dish consists of fried rice with ketchup wrapped in an egg omelette.
Made from basic ingredients like rice, ketchup, and hot dogs or chicken, it’s sure to be a hit. We break down the basics for you, then give some tips on how to change things up.
Ingredients (per serving)
½ diced onion
1 cup cooked rice
½ hot dog, sliced into thin circles or cooked shredded chicken
2 t olive or vegetable oil, divided
½ t garlic powder
1 T ketchup
Sprinkle of black pepper
1 egg, beaten
Additional ketchup for garnish
Heat the oil in a frying pan.
Toss the diced onions into the pan, stirring frequently.
Add the meat when onions are almost translucent. Cook for about a minute, stirring frequently.
Add the rice to the pan. Mix with the onions and meat. Make sure to break up the clumps of rice.
Add the garlic powder, black pepper, and ketchup. Mix everything together so that the ketchup is spread evenly over the rice.
Transfer the fried rice to a bowl.
Add oil to the pan and let it heat up.
Pour the beaten egg into the pan. Tilt the pan to spread the egg around in a thin layer.
When it looks mostly cooked, flip to cook the other side.
Spoon the fried rice into the center of the egg. Using your spatula, bring the sides of the egg up to cover the rice. It should look a bit like a burrito.
Transfer the om-rice to a plate with the open side facing down.
Garnish with more ketchup on top of the egg, if desired.
Make It Simpler
Wrapping the rice in the egg omelette can take some practice. If you're looking for a simpler presentation, spoon the rice into a bowl then lay the egg omelette on top tucking the edges down into the bowl.
Additionally, the onions, garlic powder, and black pepper could make the dish a bit too spicy for some. You can leave some or all of them out if you'd like a milder flavor.
Dress It Up
We’ve made this recipe simple but you can make several changes to adjust to your taste. For instance, if you use fresh garlic rather than garlic powder, it will enhance the flavor. Green onions can give it a different taste.
You can also change some of the ingredients to make use of what you have on hand. Instead of using hot dogs or chicken, use ground beef or diced ham. You can even add some vegetables, such as chopped cabbage or frozen peas.
This recipe is simple, but delicious. Give it a try tonight.
Are you preparing to list your older home for sale on the market? While older homes are still widely sought by both first-time and returning home buyers, sometimes they will need a little sprucing up so that you can maximize your sale price and get it sold more quickly. The good news is that you don't have to invest a fortune to make an older home more saleable. Below are a few simple home improvement projects that can get your home noticed.
Give Your Bathroom a Modern Update
Bathrooms are one of the areas that many home buyers are looking to be move-in ready. Older, worn fixtures and poor plumbing can make a potential buyer look twice. Bathroom models can range from cost-efficient to extremely expensive, but you don't need to go with deluxe upgrades to get buyers to notice. Purchase some inexpensive fixtures, fix any tiling, add new faucets and hardware, and make sure to address any leaks and clogs. A buyer will be able to identify new fixtures, which will show it has been recently updated, and if the bathroom looks clean and updated, they are likely to think the rest of the house is the same.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
For many people, this may seem like an unnecessary task as many new homeowners will paint their new home in the colors they want. But the truth is that a fresh coat of paint can make a room look newer and fresher. Wall can quickly become blemished with scratches and marks, and the new paint will remove these imperfections and spruce up the color in the room. Consider sticking with more neutral colors that will work with the floors and furnishings. Neutral colors can make spaces look larger, and if the new homeowners wish to paint when they move in, it will be easier for them to cover up with their desired paint colors.
Make Your Backyard Look More Inviting
Many homeowners will focus on curb appeal and pay little attention to the backyard. A backyard can be a great selling point as a space for entertaining or an inviting play area for children. Trim back bushes or overgrowth to create more landscaped areas and open up the space as much as possible. The goal is to have your backyard look neat, kempt and as large as possible. If there are any areas that need grass, make sure to address those as well as removing any weeds. A lush lawn can be extremely inviting for potential home buyers.
You don't have to spend a lot to make your older home more appealing to buyers. Follow the simple tips above to help you get your home sold quickly and for the price, you are looking to get.
A home appraisal often helps a property seller determine how to price his or her residence. As such, an appraisal is important. And with a great appraisal, a seller may boost the likelihood of earning top dollar for his or her house.
Ultimately, there are many reasons to trust the final results of a house appraisal, and these reasons include:
1. A home appraisal is conducted by a property expert.
An expert home appraiser will allocate significant time and resources to complete his or her report. This professional also will perform a home analysis as part of his or her assessment. That way, a home appraiser can provide an accurate property valuation.
As you consider home appraisers, you may want to search for professionals with comprehensive experience. By doing so, you can find a home appraiser who knows the ins and outs of evaluating properties.
2. A home appraisal is based on your home's condition and real estate market data.
Although many home sellers believe an appraisal's property valuation is based solely on the age and condition of a house, other factors come into play. In fact, a home appraiser generally evaluates the current state of the housing market, the prices of comparable houses that recently sold and other real estate market data to determine the optimal property valuation.
Of course, it typically is a good idea to perform myriad property upgrades before an appraisal is completed. This may help you improve your chances of receiving the best-possible property valuation.
3. A home appraisal provides home selling insights you may struggle to obtain elsewhere.
A home seller won't have to wait too long to receive an appraisal report, as a home appraiser usually can provide this report over the course of a few days. Meanwhile, the report includes a property valuation and other home insights that a seller may be unable to obtain elsewhere. And as a result, the report may prove to be exceedingly valuable, particularly for a seller who wants to maximize the value of his or her house.
When it comes to conducting a home appraisal, you may want to consult with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can explain how a home appraisal works and answer any concerns or questions that you may have. Plus, a real estate agent may be able to put you in touch with the top-rated home appraisers in your city or town.
Let's not forget about the assistance that a real estate agent can provide throughout the house selling journey, either. A real estate agent will help you list your home and promote it to prospective buyers. And if you receive an offer to purchase your residence, a real estate agent can offer a recommendation about how to proceed with this homebuying proposal.
Ready to add your residence to the real estate market? Perform a house appraisal, and you can move one step closer to establishing a competitive initial asking price for your home.
At it’s best, packing and moving your things when you buy a new home is a lot of work. At its worst, it can be downright dangerous if you aren’t careful when lifting and moving heavy items.
A necessary evil of moving to a new home, packing is probably the least favorite part of moving for your average homeowner. However, there are ways you can make this process easier, saving you time and ensuring that decorating your new homes is a simple and satisfying task.
In today’s post, I’m going to run down the list of 5 packing and moving tips to help make your move faster and easier than you thought possible.
1. Cleaning and decluttering
One of the best times to clean out your home is leading up to a move. First, if you’re selling your old home, it will pay off to make the house as clean and uncluttered as possible to attract potential buyers. However, you’ll also likely find that there is a lot of junk that you simply don't need to bring to your new home.
When packing each room, keep a garbage bag with you for things you might want to donate or throw away. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you’ve used or appreciated the item in the last two years. If not, you might find that it’s easier just to get rid of.
2. Schedule your packing
There are some items in your home that you’ll want available up until the day you move. Others you might not need for weeks or months until after you’ve settled into your new home. You can lessen your workload by spreading out your packing process across the span of a month or so, tackling a few items each week.
A good example of planned packing is to start packing your seasonal clothing that you won’t need until the next winter or summer.
3. Have someone carry away your old junk
If you have bulk items or furniture that you plan on getting rid of, put them on Craigslist or call a donation center with pick-up a month in advance of your move. This will help you get rid of large items without ever having to leave your home.
4. Hiring movers
Hiring movers might be out of some new homeowners’ budgets. However, there are certain times of the week that you can get lower prices. Movers are typically the busiest on the weekend, often making weekdays a more affordable alternative.
5. Find your local box stockpile
There’s typically no need to spend money on boxes if you give yourself enough time to find a good supplier. Some grocery and department stores will give away their boxes for free because you’re saving them on recycling costs.
Another good option is your local liquor store who probably has several empty wine and beer cases to give away.