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.

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. 

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 :

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 !


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





100th day of school!


We recently celebrated our 100th day of school!
I truly can not believe that I have taught my kids for 100 days already!

For someone who was very skeptical about homeschooling (maybe one day I will do a whole post on that), I am truly so grateful to God for putting me on this path. I love teaching my kids and watching them learn! I can see so much growth in each of them in these 100 days!

I am very proud of them both!

To start out this special day, the kids chose to have their favorite: French Toast for breakfast. They are such little helpers, Nico scrambles the eggs for me and Em helps dice the strawberries and set the table. 


We made paper crowns to mark this occasion, and the kids had to bring 100 of something to class, then create 10 groups of 10 to get 100. Em brought some beads and Nico brought blocks, off course Em helped him count. 


We also counted and glued 100 noodles to paper stock, which we later painted and glitteralized :)

Give kids glue and paint and they are busy for hours. OK maybe not hours, but for along time. :)



The kids have wanted to go bowling for a while, now. We decided and surprise them for the 100th day of school, they were thrilled! And Em beat me! Hubby got the highest score and Em was in second place. Lets just say I am a bit rusty when it comes to bowling. 


We have about 65 days of school left (according to the curriculum) 
Which means we will finish school in June. 
I am planning on taking a summer break and resume back in the fall with a new curriculum. 

Here are a ton of ideas on how you can celebrate your 100th day of school. 

Thanks for visiting,




6 week Update baby/postpartum



Hi all! 

I hope everyone is well,  first I want to apologize for not posting in a very long time. But life with 3 kids was been busy, busy busy!! 
I really underestimated how much harder it would be with three kids. Little babies really need you all day long, feeding, diaper changing, cuddling, rocking and so forth---and then add in a 3 and 6 year old, homeschooling, cleaning, laundry and preparing 3 meals a day... whew... I really have my hands full. 

But I know that they grow up so fast, so I am trying to take the time and enjoy it all.

These past 6 weeks have been hard. I am not going to lie. 
Mostly because two of the older kids and my hubby had a cold for 2 weeks (fever and cough).
I had to take care of them, as well as a newborn and still take care of everything at home. It was so hard, but with Gods help, I was able to push through. 
Now that everyone is good and well, we are on somewhat of a schedule.

William is now 6 weeks old. He is more alert and awake more during the day. He even smiles and coos sometimes.




We started using cloth diapers at 4 weeks, but William poops/pees so often, that I kept running out of cloth diapers and wipes in less then 24 hours,  I couldn't keep up with the laundry, so I went back to organic disposables for now. Hopefully in a few weeks we can start using cloth diapers, once he stops pooping--what seems like every 20 minutes! ;)

 William had a hard time nursing in the beginning, he just would not latch on. I have never had this problem before (with my 2 older kids) so this was very unusual for me.  
After 2 visits to a lactation consultant and trying syringes and nipple shields- I gave up and just pumped and bottle fed him for 4 weeks- my insurance covered a medela double pump!
I applaud those mamas who exclusively pump. It takes a lot of work. You pump, wash parts and bottles and then feed the baby, only 1-2 hours to do it over again. 

Even though I was bottle feeding, I still kept trying to nurse him, he wouldn't latch on until he turned 4 weeks old! Maybe it was because he was older,  I don't know, but I was so happy!

Now he exclusively nurses, and I only pump when I am going out and hubby needs to give him a bottle.

 He spits up a lot after he eats! As my first two kids did to-- and it is something that went away after a few months.
I don't know why. My doctor said that it may be because I am overfeeding him, But I am not sure how much he is eating since I am nursing. Anyone else go through this? 

On good days, William goes to sleep around 10:30pm and then nurses around 12am, 3 am and then again at 6am. But we have had some nights when he seems to wake up every 2 hours to nurse and poop.But this little guys does not have hims nights and days mixed up, which I am so thankful!


I have been lucky enough, that he sleeps from 9-11am, which is when we do homeschool, I thank God for that.



We have had a few of those days (especially evenings) when he is so cranky that I don't know what to do. Its when I want to tear my hair out and cry! LOL, ok, not that dramatic, but I really feel helpless.

He cries even after he is fed/changed, rocked, swaddled.  On those evenings, I give him a warm bath and a massage (using coconut oil), which usually helps. If that still doesn't work, I give him gripe water or gas drops. This is the reason I am afraid to go out with the family for dinner, or anywhere else in the evenings. We had company over one evening, and William cried for like an hour non stop.


Now on to me. I am now 6 weeks postpartum.

I gained 40 lbs with this pregnancy and have lost 25 so far. I feel great and have started to exercise after my 6 week checkup.

For 4 weeks, I wore my belly bandit. It was great, I loved how it sucked in the big flabby belly. 

I am not going to go into much detail, but lets say that post partum recovery has not been a walk in the park. There is stitches, hemorrhoids, terrible bladder control, bleeding. Yeah, I won't go into much detail. But I will say one thing, if you get stitches down there, then you must get Mama Bottom Balm! It was a life saver!


Thanks so much for visiting,