One day earlier this year when I was in the break room at the child care center I was working at, I was snacking on a leftover container of kale chips. Another teacher looked at it and said, “What is that? Weed chips?” She seemed genuinely weirded out. I was a bit put off by her question. It must have been a joke, but we weren’t friends and din’t work in the same room, so I felt embarrassed. I guess baked kale looks like weed. But of course that wasn’t what I was eating while on break at a school where I took care of infants and toddlers.
As promised, I’m sharing my mom’s fried rice recipe with you. It goes great with the orange chicken I posted on Monday.
Fried rice is a great way to use up leftover white rice. This recipe is one that my mom used when I was growing up.
I made this for my husband Paul and me for dinner and he said, “This tastes like takeout. Better than takeout!”
It took me about 45 minutes to make the orange chicken from start to finish, and that includes stopping to take photos here and there. You may be able to have it done in 30 minutes or less.
If you’re part of my family on my mom’s side and reading this, you may recognize this recipe because it’s in the Carpenter Cookbook.
Happy November, everyone! October seemed to go by fast, probably because I had so many events on my calendar from family gatherings like my aunt’s wedding to pregnancy related doctors appointments and tests.
The other day, my sister’s 4-year-old son asked “what’s next” after Halloween. He can be shy, but apparently he loves social events. It’s nice that he looks forward to those times and he may be thinking about when he will see his cousins next. Well, the day after Halloween is his uncle Paul’s birthday (my husband), then a baby shower, Thanksgiving, and another baby shower. Before we know it, Christmas Eve will be here. I’m very much excited for Christmas because my sister and brother who live out of the area will be visiting.
Today I was looking back through old blog posts and found this one from 2015 where I wrote that making apple pie with my mom’s recipes was one of my goals for before I turned 24. I totally forgot about that, but now I’m a few months away from 28 and I can say that I finally did it.
I made apple pie using my mom’s recipe for French apple pie this past Sunday for her birthday. We had a small gathering and it seemed that everyone loved it. I’m so glad it came out good, but how could it not? Apple pie is the best. I’m sure using the amazing Jonagold apples my husband bought us in Oak Glen made it even more delicious.
Hello, friends. I’ve been working on a few new recipes, but I want to test them out a few more times before sharing them with you. For today, I have an easy dinner idea that I have done a few different ways plenty of times over the past three years or so. It’s not really a recipe, but I hope you still get inspiration from it and try it out yourself.
I like having the ingredients on hand for an easy meal like this so I can have a healthy lunch or dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.
I’m so glad it’s fall! Or at least, it feels like it should be fall. Even though it’s still 90 degrees in Southern California and will stay around those temperatures until late October, most likely. But just 12 days until it’s officially fall!
I’ve started decorating the house for fall with a fake leaf garland above the mantle, candles, a few small decorations, and later in the month, I’ll put the Halloween things out. I’m not too crazy about Halloween because I’m a baby and it used to scare me growing up. You will never see me at a haunted house. I’m getting into the idea of Halloween a little now though, especially because my husband and his family like it.
When I was growing up my mom used to make this broccoli soup that actually made vegetables enjoyable. It reminds me a little bit of pot pie, which is probably because the base is a creamy white sauce made with a roux. It’s enough to make me want to start all my soups from roux and caramelized onions.
I love cooking, but I hate washing a million dishes. So if I could make a great tasting meal that doesn’t use multiple dishes, I’m all for it. With this recipe I can make spaghetti and meat sauce all in one pot without even having to drain it.
With very little chopping or measuring, you can throw a delicious meal together using only one pot. This spaghetti and meat sauce recipe is great for weeknights.
I have a grandma who is not technically my grandma. She is my cousins’ grandma. But she is my Grandma Irene. I’ve called her Grandma Irene since the time I was a little kid. If you were to meet her she just might introduce herself to you as Grandma Irene too because that’s who she is.
You see, she’s not technically related to me because she is my cousins’ grandma on their dad’s side and we’re related because our moms are sisters. It’s confusing to explain. She’s part of my family though.
She’s smart and determined. She took college classes when her children were grown. She walks three miles just about every day. She’s giving and kind. She cares for animals, including injured birds and the dog she loves so much. And just about every Christmas she would make these delicious apricot horn cookies.