Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Orange Chicken

I hope you are hungry, because today we have something delicious for dinner!!

It's orange chicken!!


I LOVE the orange chicken at panda express, so when I found the Panda Express orange sauce at my grocery store I was thrilled! (you can also get it at amazon by the case)




Here is how I made the chicken, you need:

-2 chicken breasts
-1 cup flour
-salt and pepper
vegetable oil for frying


Ok, it is really simple. Cut up your chicken into bite size pieces

In a large (gallon size) zip lock bag combine flour, salt and pepper (to your taste) then throw in the cut up chicken, close the bag and give it all a good shake to coat the chicken.

Heat about 4 TB of vegetable oil in a large frying pan

Once you have coated all the chicken and the pan is hot, carefully place the chicken pieces into the pan and saute until slightly golden

Then add half a can of the orange sauce into the pan and mix together. Turn the burner onto low heat and simmer the chicken in the sauce for about 5 minutes

Then serve on some fried rice and steamed veggies and you have got yourself a yummy meal!



Fried Rice




I just realized that I haven't shared my fried rice recipe, its simple and easy. It is a must with my orange chicken

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do :)

Ingredients:
* 2-3 green onions
*3 eggs
*salt and pepper
*vegetable oil
*about 4 cups cold cooked rice
*2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1. Wash and chop the green onion
2. Beat the eggs with salt and pepper (to your taste)
3. Heat a frying pan (or if you are fancy and have a wok, heat that :) ) add about 2 TB of oil
4. Once the pan is hot, add the beaten eggs and lightly scramble (but not to overcooked)
5. Once eggs are done, remove them onto a clean plate and clean out your pan
6. Then reheat the pan again and add about 3 TB of vegetable oil
7. Add the rice
8. Stir-fry the rice for a few minutes using your wooden spoon to break it apart
9. Then stir in your soy sauce
10. When the rice has been heated through and the soy sauce has been spread out evenly, add the scrambled eggs and green onions into the pan. Mix everything together and serve hot


mmmm... ENJOY


Sunday, September 25, 2011

kitchen remodel in the works



Our kitchen remodel/makeover began last Monday, It was a very busy week and I am extremely tired.

We still do not have any after pictures since it is NOT finished yet

But here is what we had to begin with:

We have a small U shape kitchen with builder grade cabinets and laminate counters


We could not afford to rip out the old cabinets and restart from scratch so we decided to paint the cabinets white.


Hubby installed crown molding


And he sanded all the doors for me which was a huge help



I used a paint gun to prime and paint the cabinet doors and drawers:


Already looking better with just the primer

(Do not mind the cabinets on the right, they are going to completely come off for open shelving)


That is all I have so far, I will do a detailed post later on how we painted our cabinets and so forth when I have after pictures.

I realize now that it will be a slow process since we are looking for deals and doing all the work ourselves to save money, but it will be all worth it in the end :)



stuffed mushrooms


Stuffed mushrooms... mmmmm....

I LOVE stuffed mushrooms, seriously. When I make them I always make lots of extra so I have some to snack before the dinner party guest arrive. They are creamy, with lots of garlic. I found this recipe on Baked Bree and it is a keeper!

Yummo!

24 large mushrooms

2 shallots

4 cloves garlic cloves

1/4 cup white wine

8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

salt and pepper

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

1/4 cup flat leaf parsley chopped

-Wash mushrooms and remove stems (save stems), pat dry

-Mince the stems, garlic and shallots

-Saute the mushroom and shallot mixture in a large saute pan over medium high heat with 1 Tablespoon olive oil.

-Cook until the shallots are transparent and the mushroom begin to caramelize, about 5 to 7 minutes.

-Add the white wine and let the wine cook out.

-Set aside and let cool slightly.

-In a bowl, add the cream cheese, parsley (save a bit for garnish), and thyme.

-Add the mushroom mixture to the cream cheese and mix until combined.

- Season with salt and pepper.

-Put the mushroom caps on a baking sheet lined with tin foil.

-Fill the mushroom with the filling and sprinkle the top with the breadcrumbs

-Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

-When the mushrooms are done, they will start to leak water and be hot all the way through.

-Garnish with the remaining parsley.




Where have I been??

I want to apologize for no recent posts, But life at our house has been hectic for the past few weeks.

We got back from vacation on the 6th, It took me a while to get the house back into order, do the grocery shopping, unpack and so forth.

Then I "had" to paint/rearrange/organize the kids room. I put both of the kids together in one room (Little man still sleeps with me during the night but he naps in his crib during the day which is in the kids room)
We also put their toys in their room to (we used to have a play room) but the amount of toys just kept growing and growing so we donated a trunk full of toys to Goodwill.

By putting the two kids into one room I will have a dedicated craft/sewing room!! Wohoo!! I am thrilled. I just need to find a sewing table and a craft table (I have been checking craigslist daily, since it isn't in our budget to get something new right now) So my sewing machine is on the floor right now, since hubby stole my desk. :(

What used to be my craft room/play room has became the office since hubby got a desk top and needs a place for all his things. So I had to paint/rearrange and organize that room.

Then as if we didn't have enough on our plates, we took up the project to fix up our kitchen. It took me all week to paint the kitchen cabinets. We need new counters, appliances, back splash. It is a slow process since we are trying to save money by doing things ourselves. Plus I think it is fun to DIY. :) I will post pics up as soon as all the doors are hung. (Home Depot didn't have enough hinges, so I have to go to the Home depot across town tomorrow)

Working on these projects while caring for my kids has been very time consuming, So I have not been able to blog, post pics or anything like that.

But I will soon, I promise :)




Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My sisters wedding..

As most of you may know, I have been gone for a while.

I have been in Missouri spending time with my family as well as preparing for my sisters wedding.

My little sister (Mary) got married a couple weeks ago, I am just finally getting to doing a post on the wonderful day.

You guys remember Mary? You can see her bridal shower here

Here is my beautiful sister Mary on the morning of her special day:


Ha Ha... I see Emily in the corner :)

The beautiful bridesmaids:

Here is the whole wedding party:


My little girl was a flower girl:



Here is my whole big family now, we have 7 kids in the family
3 of us are now married
Imagine how huge the family is going to get once all of us are married and
have children of their own!




The reception was held at Hamonds Tower.










God bless Mary and Toly on you new life together.









Friday, September 9, 2011

Nicholas is 9 months old!



My little man turned 9 months yesterday!

I am so thankful for this little guy in my life, He is a precious little gift from above.

He is growing so quickly, he has 8 teeth and bites and chews everything (including my shoulder)

He is a busy boy, crawling around discovering things he can put in his mouth.

He started pulling himself up which always scares me because sometimes he lets go and ends up falling.

He learned how to drink from a straw and crawl up the stairs (with me right behind him, off-course).

He weighs 23 pounds and wears sizes 18-24 months

He is still breastfed and also on solids

We are still cloth diapering

My little man is growing up so fast, I can not believe that he will be one in 3 months!