Showing posts from May, 2012

Thai Peanut

One of my new favorite recipes and regular week night go-to's is a Thai peanut chicken dish. My mom introduced me to this dish when I visited her earlier this year in Seattle. It was one of the best meals of my life....I might die. My mom used one of those Thai Kitchen Noodle kit s that comes with the rice noodles, seasonings, and peanut sauce. She added crushed peanuts, sambal oelek (spicey chili paste)  cilantro, lime juice, crunchy bean sprouts, chicken, and white rice. You drooling yet?!  Well, when I got home I wanted to re-create this masterpiece but I couldn't find the Thai Peanut noodle kit anywhere!! My mom mailed me a kit and I made the dish but forgot the cilantro  and lime juice and Steve said the chicken pieces were too big. Boo! So, I tried again, this time kit-less. I bought some thai peanut sauce, rice noodles, sambal oelek, and sesame oil, remembered the cilantro and lime, and cut the chicken into tiny pieces! Whew!! My home-made version of the Thai Kitch

Hawaiian Style

The theme for my Grandpa's 80th birthday was Hawaiian Luau. I thought pineapple fried rice and rainbow fruit skewers would be the perfect addition to bbq'd ribs and veggie kabobs.  Pineapple Fried Rice Cooked white rice yellow onion chopped chopped roasted red pepper small bits of pineapple frozen peas cashews eggs sesame oil olive oil cumin S&P Saute the yellow veggies in olive oil and a tbsp of sesame oil. Add the egg mix up lightly so it scrambles and fries up with the veggies. Add salt, pepper, cumin, to taste. Add the cashews and rice and mix until all cooked and warmed together. SIMPLE and DELICIOUS! My second dish was rainbow fruit skewers that I found on Pinterest. My mom found the cutest skewers with flowers on the ends and I had help from my little cousins putting these little skewers together. I used blackberries, blueberries, kiwi, pineapple, oranges, and raspberries and they turned out so cute and festive!! They were a big hit!

She deserves the world!

Today is my mom's birthday and we were fortunate enough to be together over the weekend to celebrate. We are all so happy she is here. We are all so lucky to know her.  My mom talks about being forgetful, but she never forgets other people's birthdays, their favorite bevs, and driving directions. Three very important things I must say!! She makes everyone feel special and takes care of things like no one else can. Hello, she went to the grocery store about 50 times over the weekend. Once, just for toilet paper. And scoured all of Lake Havasu for a giant cooking pot and came back with three! Memorial day weekend was all about celebrating my cousin Melissa's high school graduation and my Grandpa's 80th birthday, but thankfully we had some time to squeeze in some love for her too. And last night, she got a special treat in Las Vegas with some live music and chocolate cake! She is loved. My mom is beautiful inside and out. Her laugh is contagious, her cookin

Sunshine Days

Our garden is starting to take off! Look at the size of this spinach leaf! It is bigger than my hand. We have some in the garden right now bigger than Steve's hands. Insane! We're back to eating the BEST crisp, fresh salads ever. Our snap beans are almost excited! I made my first cheesecake for a Bachelorette Premiere Party last week. It turned out great. It was   a Butterfinger Cheesecake. The secret ingredient is half Marscapone cheese half cream cheese instead of all regular cream cheese. Yummy!! The only thing better than the entertainment of the Bachelorette is watching it with good friends and eating CHOCOLATE! :) I went with my Leadership SLO friends to the annual Tip-A-Cop dinner at Madonna Expo Center a couple of weeks ago. One of our leadership buddies, Keith (aka the Green Lantern), is a local Lieutenant and did a wonderful job serving us our meal!! Fun time with my new friends :)

Butterfinger Cheesecake

This was my very first cheesecake and first time using a springform pan. I wanted to make something extra special for my Bachelorette premiere viewing party for a few girlfriends and this was definitely it! The recipe is a bit complicated with many steps and some unusual ingredients, but overall it was pretty easy and I would definitely make it again. The crust was a bit hard to get out of the pan - and I ended up serving the girls a piece without any crust without noticing!! But, the next day I tried some with the crust and what a difference it makes! YUM!  Recipe from  Back to Her Roots Crust: 15 mini Butterfingers 3 ounces of pretzels (1/2 cup) 2 tablespoons melted butter Filling: 1/4 cup cold water 1 packet unflavored gelatin 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 8 oz cream cheese (I used 4 oz regular cream cheese, 4 oz marscapone cheese) 1/3 cup peanut butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar pinch of salt 1/2 cup Butterfinger and pretzel mixture Ganache: 1/2 cup semiswee

Lopez Lake

This was our Sunday morning. 

Happy Birthday to my oldest friend

"Try to capture what you can't bear to be without." -Rosie Thomas, Iris and Ruby This picture was taken at the entrance to Disneyland what seems like many moons ago! My grandpa has (had?) a friend who designed Space Mountain and other rides at Disneyland and got us in free! Knowing the man responsible for the awesomeness that is Space Mountain was pretty cool, especially at the age of 12. I wish I was less shy back then, otherwise I would have picked his brain about what all went into making a roller coaster at Disneyland and the science behind it. He may have told me but my pre-teen mind wasn't interested in physics and engineering. I was interested in riding the damn thing. Today is my Grandpa Roger's 80th birthday!! Born in 1932, he has lived such a rich life so far. Full of love, adventure, heartache, joy, and many, many good days. I called him today after work to wish him a happy birthday. He was out at a bar, hootin' and hollerin' with hi



Leisure Town

This is going to be a good month. May's goals are all about having FUN. How can that be bad? May  - Leisure Throw a dinner party Go somewhere new in SLO County Have a picnic date Go to a music festival or concert (or at least plan to go to one) I've wanted to throw a dinner party for awhile now. With the new couch, at least my party people will have a nice place to lounge! Last night, I went to Art After Dark for the first time. I was by myself and didn't partake in any of the special features of the night (margaritas, wine, cheese!) but the whole time I kept thinking how this would be an awesome date or a fun night out with friends! If you don't know what Art After Dark is, it happens on the first Friday of every month from 6-9 downtown SLO. Downtown businesses showcase their art - jewelry, pottery, paintings, wood carvings, furniture, clothes, etc. Most of these businesses also provide cocktails, wine, and snacks for the patrons. If you like window s

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Feelin' Light!

April was a great month. I focused hard on doing the things that make me truly happy and not a single day went by where I didn't feel lucky to have this life that I created for myself.  April - Lighten Up Be a treasure house of happy memories - gather pictures and mementos and put them into one organized place Take time for hobbies Listen to music in the morning Be patient! Be easily impressed, entertained, and interested Resist planning I really enjoyed digging through photo boxes and digital archives to find old photos to post and share with you all. It's so cool to learn about my past, my family, and how I got to be who I am today. I found so many cool photos and learned a lot more than I thought I would, so I am going to continue on sharing photos until I run out of good ones! :)  I actually made my first sandwich wrap on the sewing machine and it didn't turn out too bad! Pictures to come! I listened to music in the morning, day, and night and