Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mongolian Beef


Lets just say I am SOO glad to be eating meat again. When I was pregnant, I couldn't stand the sight or smell of any meat. Now I can not get enough!

This recipe is so easy and SO GOOD! I mean just look at it! My mouth is drooling and I am already planning on making it again.


Ingredients:


2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
vegetable oil, for frying (about 1 cup)
1 lb flank steak
1/4 cup cornstarch
4 large green onions, sliced
Directions:


Make the sauce by heating 2 tsp of vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over med/low heat.

Add ginger and garlic to the pan and quickly add the soy sauce and water before the garlic scorches.

Dissolve the brown sugar in the sauce, then raise the heat to about medium and boil the sauce for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

Remove it from the heat.

Slice the flank steak against the grain into strips. 

Dip the steak pieces into the cornstarch.

Heat up one cup of oil in a wok (you may also use a skillet for this step as long as the beef will be mostly covered with oil).

Add the beef to the oil and sauté for just two-three minutes, or until the beef just begins to darken on the edges.
Stir the meat around a little so that it cooks evenly.

After a couple minutes, use a large slotted spoon to take the meat out and onto paper towels, then pour the oil out of the wok or skillet.

Put the pan back over the heat, dump the meat back into it and simmer for one minute.

Add the sauce, cook for one minute while stirring, then add half the  green onions.
Serve over rice, garnish with the other half of green onions.  


Enjoy!



Thanks for visiting,

Rita


Nursing Update/ Nursing Clothes

I have wanted to share my nursing journey for a few weeks now, hoping it will help someone. Because I know from experience that Nursing is not easy, Especially in the beginning. 

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I nursed my daughter for 8 months (while I was working full time) So I pumped at work and nursed at home. The only reason I stopped was because I had 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled, and was taking Ibuprofen for 4 days after for pain and swelling. So I was pumping and dumping, but the supply just ran out. I am sure I could have tried more if I wanted. 


With my 2nd baby, My son was in the NICU for 7 days. But I kept pumping every 3 hours and got my supply started. After that, I nursed my son for 2 years. 

Since this is my third baby I was going to be nursing, I really didn't think much about it. 
I thought, Oh I have this in the bag!  But, boy was I wrong. 
This time around I had supply issues and William had a very hard time latching on. We went to 2 visits to a lactation consultant and tried nipple shields, syringes and then I gave up! 
I didn't give up "breast feeding" just nursing. 

My insurance covered a Medela Pump in Style , which was a life saver!

I pumped ALOT (every 2 hours- day and night) for the first few weeks, trying to get my supply up. I drank nursing tea and goats rue drops. For the first few days I had to supplement with formula about 2 X a day. Then slowly my supply grew. I was able to pump 3 oz and stopped supplementing with formula. 

William ate every 2 hours, so it seemed that I was constantly either pumping, bottle feeding or washing pumping parts. It was so hard. I applaud all the mamas out there who exclusively pump! It is a lot of work!

Even though I was pumping and bottle feeding, I still tried to nurse William at least once a day. He would suck a few times then burst out crying. I am pretty sure it was because he liked that he didn't have to work so hard with a bottle. 

Then when he was 4 weeks old, he latched on and nursed!! You can not imagine how happy I was.

He is now 9 weeks old and I still have my pump out, and pump in the mornings and put the milk in the freezer. I also pump before I need to go out so Hubby can give the bottle to William. 

Now when I pump, I get anywhere between 4-5 oz. This is like liquid gold!
Anyone who have had supply issues can relate, I am sure. 


Now William nurses every 2-3 hours. I don't really time it, So I guess you can say I nurse on demand. 
During the day, I nurse him sitting on the couch or bed, during the night, (we co-sleep) I just nurse him laying in bed and he goes right back to sleep.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sunday Linky #44

Suburbsmama

Welcome back everyone! Thank you to all who linked up last week. 

Don't forget to enter the Cutting Edge Stencil join on now:



Here are a few of my favorites from last week:

Christy from A Confessions of a Serial DIYer shared her gorgeous spring wreath. 

Nikki from Nikki's Nacs shared her lovely breakfast nook. 

Suzanne from Simply Suzanne's shared her recipe for Spinach and Cheese Shells. 

Kat from MiniCakeLove shared how she made this darling cake!


Link your crafts, DIYs, recipes, home tours, parties, sewing projects or health/beauty posts. It doesn't have to be a brand spanken new post, just make sure it is new to this blog :)

Stay a while and visit a few links and leave some nice comments.


By linking below, you give me the right to feature your photo and link back to your post.


Thank you so much for coming !




Sunday, March 16, 2014

March Birchbox 2014



I am always eagerly awaiting my monthly birchbox. It's like a little present for me every month.

Let me tell you what birch box is, just in case you are not familiar with it.
It's a monthly subscription service which is $10.00 a month where you get sent 4-5 high-end samples each month. First you take a little survey so they can find out more about your skin, make up likes and dislikes so they know what to send you.

You then get to try out the products and review them on birchbox.com. For each review you get 10 points. Every 100 points equals $10 you can use in the shop. So if you review your 5 samples each month, thats $5 going back to you to use in the shop. So technically each box costs $5! Now, you can't beat a $5 little present for yourself, now can you? :)

With the birch box, I can try high end products without having to buy full size products. If I love the product, then I can go buy it :)

If you are interested in checking it out, go to Birch Box

Lets see what I got this month:

Cutting Edge Stencil Review and Giveaway- CLOSED


Have I got a treat for you today! 


As you may know, I love stenciled walls! In fact I have stenciled 4 rooms in my house using cutting edge stencils! 
When Cutting Edge emailed me and asked if I could do a review and giveaway, I was so excited! 

I am one of those people who will get every penny for my dollar, I reused the Moroccan stencil 3 times! Just use different paint colors and you have a whole new room!

Here are a few ways I used the cutting edge stencils in my home:


In my living room, I did something very subtle. 
I used Sterling paint color by BEHR in flat all over the wall, for the stencil, I used the same color in high gloss. 


In my bathroom, I have the same wall color (Sterling by BEHR)
 and this time I used a very creamy white for the stencil :


In the playroom, I used a creamy white base color and a green for the stencil. 
It gives it a fun pop of color!



The other stencil I used was the Polka Dot allover Stencil in the kids room:


I honestly love cutting edge stencils! There are so many possibilities, and if you get tired of it, just paint right over it. 

I have already been eyeing these two stencils, how perfect are they for a girls and a boys room?





Watch this video before you start:



Now is your chance to win $50 towards a stencil of your choice!


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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sunday Linky #43

Suburbsmama


Welcome back everyone! I am sorry I have been absent for a while. I have had my hands full with my little bundle of joy:




I think he is just the cutest little thing! Can you blame me for not turning my computer on in weeks! I just want to snuggle with him all day long!

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend, I can not wait to see what you all have been up to! Keep in mind, I haven't been on here for a while, so link your projects and recipes for the past month!

I can not wait to see some spring posts! I have spring fever!



Link your crafts, DIYs, recipes, home tours, parties, sewing projects or health/beauty posts. It doesn't have to be a brand spanken new post, just make sure it is new to this blog :)

Stay a while and visit a few links and leave some nice comments.


By linking below, you give me the right to feature your photo and link back to your post.


Thank you so much for coming !







Thursday, March 13, 2014

Cashew Chicken


We love chicken and rice in our house! It is such a simple and filling meal, this recipe is so easy and a favorite in our house! I love the crunchy cashews and the delicious sauce! 
The recipe is from Cooking Classy.

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch, divided
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp + 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • Salt and white or black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 3 green onions, chopped, whites and greens divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp finely grated, peeled fresh ginger
  • 2/3 cup lightly salted cashews

Directions
  • In a mixing bowl, toss chicken with 1 Tbsp cornstarch to evenly coat. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add half of the chicken, and cook stirring frequiently, until chicken is is golden brown and has cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate (leaving the remaining oil in skillet - it should be about 1 tsp) and add another 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil to skillet. Cook remaining chicken until golden brown and cooked through, then transfer to plate with first batch of chicken.
  • In a mixing bowl (or liquid measuring cup used to measure chicken broth), whisk together chicken broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey and remaining 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch until well blended. Heat remaining 1 tsp vegetable oil in skillet over medium heat. Add green onion whites, garlic, ginger and cashews and saute until cashews are golden brown, about 1 minute. Pour in hoisin sauce mixture, season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens. Remove from heat, add chicken to sauce and toss to evenly coat. Serve warm with rice and top with greens of green onions.
Enjoy!


Thanks for visiting, 

Rita