Thursday, May 29, 2014

Asian Street Sandwiches

First Day of First Grade
Last Day of First Grade!
Last Friday was Marlie's last day of first grade!  I can't tell that she changed much during the school year, but maybe to others she did.  We basically spent the end of last week outside every afternoon and evening.  That usually means that we are slackers when it comes to preparing dinner, but I actually did prep these sandwiches for us one afternoon.  You can find the recipe for these sandwiches on the Food Network website, but it seems to be a little different than the original from years ago.  We love these sandwiches and per the request of our neighbors, here is the recipe we use.

Asian Street Sandwiches

Makes 6 servings

3 T soy sauce
2T packed brown sugar
2T oyster sauce
2T garlic, crushed
1T grated fresh ginger
1t plus 2T chili garlic sauce
1 t sesame oil
1lb pork roast, sliced on the bias into 12 thin pieces
1/4 c rice wine vinegar
1/4 c mirin (Asian cooking wine)
1T fresh mint, minced
1 med cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced (about 1 1/4 cups)
1/2 cup mayo
2T olive oil
6 hero rolls, split
6 romaine lettuce leaves
1 cup cilantro leaves, stemmed and cleaned

In a medium size bowl, mix 2T of soy sauce, 1T of sugar, 1T of oyster sauce, garlic, ginger, 1 t of chili garlic sauce and 1/2 t sesame oil.

Add pork and toss to coat.
Transfer to a resealable plastic bag, remove the air and let marinate in refrigerator 4 to 4 1/2 hours.

Combine remaining 1T soy sauce, 1T brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, mirin and mint;  mix until sugar dissolves.
Add cucumber and marinate 10-15 minutes.

In a small bowl, blend mayo with remaining 1T oyster sauce, 2T chili garlic sauce and 1/2 t sesame oil.  
Let sit for 5 minutes.

In medium saute pan or hot grill, cook meat to medium rare, until it registers 145 on an instant read thermometer, about 3 minutes.
Transfer pork to plate or platter.

Drizzle olive oil on rolls & brown lightly on grill or under broiler, about 2 minutes.
Spread mayo onto each roll, dividing evenly.
Place pork in roll, top with marinated cucumbers, lettuce and cilantro.
Slice in half and serve.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Stitch Fix #10

 I'm a few months behind posting my Stitch Fix shipments.  Here's a quick recap of what was in Fix #10.
Giuliana Bootcut Jeans by Kut From the Kloth

May Tribal Print Sueded Sleeves Jacket by Under Skies

Adrienne Lightweight Dragonfly Print Infinity Scarf by 41Hawthorn

Trinidad Chevron Striped Henley Blouse by Fun2Fun

Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse by 41Hawthorn

I really liked the Fun2Fun Henley Blouse but it didn't fit me well.  This month I kept only the pink 41Hawthorn blouse.

Every month I look forward to receiving my 'Fix' of clothes that were picked specifically for me.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hot Punch

May isn't exactly the time of year for hot drinks, but this one has been on my "to blog" list for quite a while.  I love this punch, and somehow through all our moves, I have managed not to lose the little index card I have the ingredients written on.  It's never been in an actual recipe box - just in a pile of recipes on paper that get shoved from one drawer to another!  
I typically half this recipe and it still makes a lot!  For an adult version of the punch, I highly recommend adding a shot of Tuaca.

Hot Punch

1 gallon apple cider
1 large can pineapple juice
1 cup honey
4 cinnamon sticks
4 tsp cloves

Mix and simmer.  Serve hot.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Curious Creatures : 4 Books in 1

My girls have SO many books, but I also believe a child can never really have too many books!  The girls are always excited to get a new book and the arrival of the children's book Curious Creatures was no exception.  This book was broken up into four sections : Rainforest Friends, Jungle Beasts, Polar Pals and Curious Creatures Down Under.  Each section is full of vivid pictures of animals in each environment and facts detailing how God made each animal special and unique.  
Curious Creatures can appeal to kids of all ages.  My 2 year old loves flipping through and looking at pictures, while my 6 year old enjoying reading the fun facts and learning more about the animals.
This book actually arrived at the perfect time for a school project.  My first grader had to choose an animal and research facts about them.  Curious Creatures made it an easy assignment for her.  Although she was only required to write 6 facts, she wrote 4 "bonus" facts because there were so many interesting details in the book.

As a mom, I am very happy with this book.  My daughters love it and I appreciate that it reminds them that God made all the animals.  I would recommend this book to others and think it would also make a great gift for children. 

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Alicia's Buttermilk Pancakes

I love making breakfast for my family.  I have never had much luck finding a good pancake recipe though.  I finally got tired of making mediocre pancakes and put out a call on good ol' Facebook for friends to give me their recipes.  My friend, Alicia, totally came through with a winner.  These pancakes are so good that my search is over.  Try them this weekend!  

Alicia's Buttermilk Pancakes

1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Whisk together egg and buttermilk.
Add dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
Melt butter on hot griddle or large skillet.  
Pour 1/4 cup batter onto griddle and cook each side until lightly golden.