Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Heavenly Sweet & Sour Ck

My family has always enjoyed chicken dishes from Chinese restaurants, but I've never been brave enough to try this type of recipe at home. I'm not sure why...I guess I figured it would be a flop.

A few days ago, after a major craving for Chinese, I decided to browse recipes to see if I could find anything that looked easy enough for me. Here's what I ended up doing...

*From Life In The Lofthouse

Fried Rice

3 cups cooked white rice (day old or leftover rice works best!)
3 Tablespoons sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
1 cup frozen peas and carrots (thawed)
1 small onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3-4 Tablespoons soy sauce
  On medium high heat, heat the oil in a large skillet or wok.  Add the peas/carrots mix, onion and garlic. Stir fry until tender. Lower the heat to medium low and push the mixture off to one side, then pour your eggs on the other side of skillet and stir fry until scrambled. Now add the rice and soy sauce and blend all together well. Stir fry until thoroughly heated!

*And from The Recipe Critic:

Sweet and Sour Chicken


3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salt and pepper to taste

1½ cup cornstarch

3 eggs, beaten

¼ cup canola oil

1 cup granulated sugar

4 tablespoons ketchup

¼ cup white vinegar

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

1 teaspoon garlic salt


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper.

In separate bowls, place cornstarch and slightly beaten eggs. Dip chicken into cornstarch then coat in egg mixture.

Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken until browned. Place the chicken in a 9 x 13 greased baking dish.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic salt. Pour over chicken and bake for 1 hour.

I stirred the chicken every 15 minutes so that it coated them in the sauce.

This was the result. Both recipes were amazing! I pretty much doubled the
 chicken recipe, and my family wiped it out. 
Cannot wait to have this again.  :-)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Best Lasagna Ever.

If you're willing to put forth the energy necessary to bake this lil' culinary masterpiece, I promise you'll not be disappointed. Leftovers are amazing. If you're lucky, you'll have a little leftover.  ;-)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Year, Fresh Perspective

This blog has been mostly silent for the last few months. I'll admit, it hasn't been difficult to pull myself away from sharing my thoughts. In fact, it feels almost awkward for me to type them now. 2013 was a different kind of year for me. I still haven't figured it all out, so I'm certainly not going to try to sort through it here and spread the confusion. :-)

I think in some ways I disappointed myself by not accomplishing many of my goals for the year. If you know me or have followed the blog, you understand that the second half of the year was completely rocked by my ankle fracture and the subsequent healing process. Many of my friends  encountered circumstances that were and are far more life-changing than mine, and I'm thankful that God gives each of us exactly enough grace to live an abundant life no matter the obstacles. However, I was more than ready to kiss 2013 goodbye and welcome a new year!

I love this list that I plan to use to help stay focused and accountable in 2014.  Asking myself these questions at the end of each day will provide a simple way for me to know whether or not I am making progress in getting my groove back.  :-)

More than ever before, my ultimate purpose is to:
  • live a life that is a pleasing sacrifice to God
  • be the amazing wife that my husband deserves
  • nurture my children toward a deeper relationship with Christ
"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."
Proverbs 16:3

I'm excited about 2014.  Not because it will be perfect, but because of the potential it holds.  And because He has promised to walk with me every single day of this year.  That, my friends, makes the journey worth taking.