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Random Chit Chat

November 24th, 2014

One thing I love to read from other bloggers is their random day-to-day thoughts and happenings.  It’s a little invitation into their lives and even though the posts are not earth shattering, they’re my favorite.

So you’d think I’d have an easier time just plucking out a few lines about my own day-to-day, right?

Nope.

If I can’t find time to make a yummy new recipe or take pictures of the house or the girls or find time/inspiration to post a faith post, I usually just ignore the blog.

This has been bumming me out lately because I want this blog to be a keepsake of my life in addition to a place that I share things with others.

So, here I am.

Randomly chit chatting.

I may start doing this from time to time as a way to get all the pent up words out of my head.

You’ve been warned! Lol

Things have been getting more peaceful around here, thank God.

The sleepocalypse seems to be over!  My cough is finally dying down.  The girls have been playing nicely together for the most part.  Grace is arguing a little less and responding to wisdom and instruction a little more.  We’ve been hanging things on the walls in each of our new bedrooms and baby brother’s nursery is almost finished.

I’ve been totally disrespecting the turkey and playing Christmas music for about 2 weeks now.  This is crazytown for me!  I’m such a stickler about waiting until after Thanksgiving to do anything Christmasy but this year I was driving the girls around town on a frigidly cold day and I happened to land on the local all-Christmas-music-all-season-station and I simply could not resist the holiday tunes.

My heart felt so much joy and nostalgia during a single verse of Bing Crosby belting out a Christmas carol, that I just knew I had to break the rules and go with it.

Grace and Avery were entranced with the happy tunes and have asked for Christmas Mooosic almost every single day since then.

To be honest, it’s a wonderful break from the Frozen soundtrack!!

I’m on the home stretch with baby brother and took my first belly picture last week…

Photo Nov 20, 10 38 19 AM

It’s hard to believe that he’ll be here in a few weeks and life as we know it will never be the same!  Both girls seem very excited, although I can tell Avery doesn’t totally understand.  She does love babies right now though, so I think having one of her own will be super exciting for her :)

I’ve had so much fun transforming the nursery from a girls room to a boys room without even having to paint!  Going with a light blue girl nursery was a fantastic choice.  I loved it for Grace and Avery and it works perfectly for this little guy too.  And no painting!!

My tendency is to plow right into projects without much forethought.  This is not something I like about myself and it bites me in the rear end more often than not.  In this case, I don’t have any full shots of the nursery as a girls room!  I wish I’d taken a couple minutes to tidy up and snap a few pictures before digging right in and tearing everything apart.

Haste makes waste!

My plan is to dig through my pictures in an attempt to piece together a view of the girl nursery and then do a post showing the transition.  Let’s hope I actually do it!

I still haven’t made the delicious pumpkin cookies I alluded to a couple weeks ago.  Even though I think about making them every.single.day.

Ugh.

I really want a good picture of them and natural light is scarce in these parts right now.  That’s the excuse I’ve been using even though I know it’s lame.

Maybe this afternoon I’ll get my booty in gear and make them before sundown!

I also haven’t forgotten about doing a Favorites post…I’ve just been unmotivated about that one too…but it’ll happen!

Well, that’s about as random a post as they come, so I think I’ll end here.

Thanks so much for being a part of this little corner of the internet :)


Simple Thai Chicken Pasta

November 20th, 2014

Winter is a tough time of year for food bloggers.

Losing daylight before 5pm makes it nearly impossible to get nice food photos, and this totally bums me out.

The other night I made a batch of this Simple Thai Chicken Pasta and in my florescent kitchen lighting (gross, I know!) it didn’t look so bad, so I thought I’d take a few pictures to see if I could capture it.

Let’s just say they are a far cry from the naturally lit beauties I love.

Should I try to talk Andy into having reheated dinner every night so I can cook at noon just to get good photos?

No?

I didn’t think so ;)

Thanks to my beloved Picmonkey, I was able to fix one of the photos enough to post it, but man I miss me some evening sunshine!

Back to the recipe though…

A simple list of ingredients comes together pretty quickly in this recipe.  The contrasting flavors of the tangy dressing, nutty peanut butter, fresh grated ginger, and fragrant sesame oil give this dish a lot of bang for your buck.

Paired with an Asian salad, this dinner would be a nice easy option to serve for company.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

*This could totally be made with almond or cashew butter if peanuts are an allergy!

simple thai chicken pasta

5.0 from 1 reviews
Simple Thai Chicken Pasta
Recipe type: Main Dish/Pasta
Cuisine: Asian
Prep time: 
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • 8 oz bottle Newman's Italian Dressing (or other quality Italian dressing)
  • 2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter (or creamy then add a few chopped peanuts later)
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • 1 lb angel hair pasta
Instructions
  1. Marinate chicken in ⅓ cup salad dressing for 1 hour (or longer if you have it)
  2. Mix peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, ginger, red pepper and remaining dressing in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Prepare pasta according to package directions, then drain.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large wok or sauté pan over high heat, add coconut and sesame oil. When the oil is hot, add carrot and red pepper and stir fry 2-3 minutes or until softened.
  5. With a slotted spoon, remove chicken cubes from dressing and add them to the hot pan. Stir fry with the carrots and red pepper until cooked just cooked through (maybe 5 min?). Add green onions and stir fry for 1 minute more.
  6. Add cooked pasta then peanut sauce, and mix to fully combine everything (tongs make this easy!)
  7. Enjoy!

 


Grace’s Field Trip to the Circus!

November 19th, 2014

On Friday Grace had her second preschool field trip.  The first one to the cider mill was fun but WINDY!  This one to the circus was also fun and an all-around positive experience!

We invited my dad to come with us and the four of us had a terrific time :)

I’ll never forget my dad taking me to the circus when I was a little girl.  We stood in line afterward so that I could ride an actual elephant.  I remember how excited I was to be up so high on such an exotic creature.  My dad has fond memories of eating peanuts at the circus when he was a boy, so creating new memories with my girls was special for both of us.

The day couldn’t have gone any better if we had scripted it.  Well, unless we could have dropped the price of the cotton candy from FOURTEEN DOLLARS to something more logical like $5.  It did come with a goofy hat (seen below on Avery) but STILL.

I almost refused to let my dad buy the ridiculously overpriced treat, but both girls had their hearts set on it, so he generously bought them a bag and made their day.

Otherwise, things were perfect.  We left in plenty of time not to be in a hurry, dad treated us to Starbucks on the way (cake pops for the girls and the most delicious peppermint tea for me), parking was a breeze, the place wasn’t crowded at all, our seats were outstanding, and the show was really great.

I think Grace and Avery’s favorite part was the cotton candy!

avery with cotton candy

Avery was literally shoveling it in by the fistful and she had machine-like speed and efficiency!

Meanwhile, I was cringing at all the sugar she was consuming while trying to just chill out and appreciate her blissful enjoyment of the overpriced confection.

Grace loved the cotton candy too, but she has a much daintier approach and a better gauge when it comes to pacing herself with sweets so I wasn’t nearly as worried about her.

grace with cotton candy

Notice Avery’s entire hand in her mouth in the picture above versus Grace’s little pincher bite.  It’s so fun to see how differently they approach things :)

elephant balance

The elephants were my favorite part of the show, followed closely by the tigers.  You would not believe how many gorgeous tigers they had!  I think I was pretty entranced with them which is why I don’t have a picture.

Elephants are my favorite animal and our local zoo doesn’t have one, so they totally stole the show for me.  I mean check them out!

elephant finale

Incredible.

Dad treated the girls to a pizza lunch during the intermission and they were both good sports about eating while standing up.  I didn’t bring a bib for Avery (doh!) but her napkin bib did the trick :)

lunch time
When the show was over we made a quick pitstop to the restrooms then snapped a selfie before heading back home.

Group Photo

It was a really special day for all of us.  I’m glad the preschool facilitated everything because we’ll all treasure the memories but I’m not sure I would have made it happen if it was up to me seeing that the show was in town and making arrangements.

Gotta love when things line up like that :)

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