February 20, 2017

Coconut Lemongrass Soup




I will never forget the first date hubs took me on after having Bubba.  Bubba was about 6 months old and we were desperate for a night out.  We took our son to his grandparents and then drove to Newnan to try out a Thai restaurant.  At the time, hubs had never tried Thai food before and I had eaten at Thai restaurants maybe 5 times, but every time I only ordered Pad Thai...which is such a cop out. 

So here we were, two newbies stumbling upon a true authentic Thai restaurant down on the square in Newnan, GA with absolutely no clue what to order.  I don't remember what all we ordered, I just remember it changed our lives.  Thai instantly became one of our favorite food cultures.  We have begun to venture into the world of Thai cooking and I have to say, some dishes are insanely easy to make.  One of our favorites is the super easy and quick coconut lemongrass soup. This soup is #allaboutthatbroth.  The broth is so deliciously intense...to the point where I could care less about the chicken and the rice that is also in the soup.  Take a risk and try this soup, even if you have never had Thai before, this soup is the perfect introduction.

| I N G R E D I E N T S |
I was able to find all the ingredients for this soup at our local Kroger

2 chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
3 Tbls fish sauce
Juice from 1 lime
1 box of chicken broth
3/4 Cup water
3 Tbls ginger (I used the stuff in a tube)
3 Tbls lemongrass (Again, the stuff in a tube)
1/2 Cup Jasmine Rice ( do not rinse)
1 can lite unsweetened coconut milk

Garnish with:
Cilantro
Jalapeno
red pepper flakes
lime




| M E T H O D |

Marinate the chicken strips in the fish sauce and lime juice and set aside

Bring chicken stock, water, ginger and lemongrass to a simmer.

Add rice and simmer for 15 minutes, until rice is nearly done.

Add coconut milk and bring soup to just when it is starting to boil, then lower heat to medium low

Add chicken with marinade and cook until the chicken is done, about 10 minutes

Ladle into bowls and garnish with cilantro, lime, jalapeno and red pepper flakes to taste.

The only downside to this soup is that the fish sauce can stink up your kitchen, and your house...so it may not make the best soup for entertaining if you care what your house smells like when you have guests over like I do!!! You can make this dish as mild or spicy as you like it with the jalapeno and pepper flakes, which is the beauty of this dish. Basically, just try the damn soup.  It is delicious and you will thank me.


Happy Eating!



February 17, 2017

The amazing pregnancy test...


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A year ago today, Hubs and I found out I was pregnant with our sweet Vivian.  I cannot believe a year has already passed.  I took the test when I got home from work that day, after making myself wait for days (it felt like years, lezbehonest) I saw the positive test and did a happy dance in the bathroom, quietly since Bubba was on the other side of the door, and laid the pregnancy test by hub's side of the sink. I took two more tests to make sure it was right.  When he got home he took forever to actually go in the bathroom.  He came back out with a HUGE grin on his face.  He hugged and kissed me, then we decided mums the word for a while.  We began to announce to close friends and family in April and publicly announced in May once we knew we were having a baby girl.  Just thinking about how exciting this time of the year was for me last year makes me miss being pregnant...kinda...




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Last Saturday, we had a couple and their daughter over for supper.  Hubs went to high school with both of them and Bubba currently goes to school with their daughter.  We had such a nice time catching up and I loved hearing all of the crazy stories about high school and the first part of college.  It can be so hard to find parent-friends and I feel lucky to be able to call the two of them friends.  We fixed grilled pork chops with homemade alabama barbeque sauce, roasted potatoes and asparagus.  For dessert I made the Red Velvet Cake I posted about here.




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This year, Hubs and I decided to give each other a pass when it came to gift giving and celebrating anniversary, birthday and other holidays.  We just felt like we both could use this year to get a grip on the whole #familyoffour thing.  Of course, the hubs still managed to get me flowers. Hubs tried to have flowers sent to my work, but the florist claims they could not find me...even though they have been delivering flowers to me at work for the last 5 years...fishy, no?  Hubs picked them up from the florists and brought them home for me.  I gave Hubs a bouquet as well...a bouquet of beer.



It was Viv's first Valentine's Day and I think she will end up loving this holiday as much as I do...Of course her Valentine was sweet big brother, Bubba.


Bubba spent Valentine's Day getting married...at school.  They had a "Q&U wedding" The girls were "Q" and the boys were "U".  Judging by the look on his face, he was pretty happy with who he was marrying.  Adorbs!


I also made Red Velvet Donuts for my co-workers. I have really amazing co-workers and supervisors who took over my students while I was out on maternity leave and did so without complaint. I never once worried about work while I was out.  I am truly fortunate to work where I do.  So the donuts were my modest attempt at thanking them.


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We recently purchased a new entertainment center.  It is not really meant to be an entertainment center, but when I saw it...I had to have it. I just knew we could make it work...and by we, I mean my husband.  Of course, he made it happen and I am so happy with how it turned out!  Still a little empty, but I am in love! Extra props to the hubs for mounting this TV on his own with a few improvisations to make it work since our studs were really far apart.



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I am currently working with Framebridge to create a gallery wall using some of their products.  I cannot wait to show y'all the end result and a quick "how-to" in the coming weeks.  I am already obsessed with this company and know you will be too!

I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!


Linking up with some of my favorite friday blogs!!
Karli | Jennie |AndreaTif  | April | Amanda


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February 15, 2017

That time I told off the church Sunday school manager...


hear me out...

Church and me are kind of a new thing.  A thing in which I am still extremely apprehensive about.  Initially, the main reason I was open to going was to provide my children with a supportive community with kids their age.  I enjoy the church we go to and the message is always really uplifting and inspiring, but it is going to take me a long time to ever be completely comfortable with organized religion. That being said, I think it is a good environment for the kids to grow up in, for the most part...so I feel it is worth it for me to put aside my apprehensions and let the kids experience the fun that is Sunday school.




Bubba has been sitting with us during the service as he has not wanted to try the Kindergarten Sunday school room.  This past Sunday, we finally got him to try it out..but only because we bribed him with ice cream and told him his friend would be in there with him.  Previously, we had tried to have him be in a class with a friend of his that was 5, like he is, and were told they could not be in same room because they were not in same grade.  OK, that's cool..no big deal.  Bubba came and sat with us in the service that Sunday.  This past Sunday, we tried to get him put in the same room as another friend of his, who is a year older, but is in the same grade.  We were told no again.

So I'm listening to the opening music in the church service, in Mama Bear mode...and I can't just sit there because I am agitated and can picture Bubba sitting there, waiting for his friend to show up...So what does a Mama Bear do....I decide to go give the Sunday school manager a piece of my mind...
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I start out really stern...I complained about the fact that I have been told multiple different things and that my son is now in his Sunday school room thinking we lied to him.  I told her I didn't appreciate them not being willing to help my son ease into a new environment.  I told her that our experience with this Sunday school set up has made me less inclined to come back to this church...yep I went there.  I really kind of meant it too...I said some other things all in my quest to prove to them how they are doing it all wrong...My heels were dug in at this point. She listened and nodded her head with understanding until I was finished getting everything off my chest...

So what does the Sunday school manager do?  Oh she killed me with kindess...so hard!!!  I wanted to stay mad, but she was so sweet she gave me a tootheache! She was very kind and explained how the age/grade groups are broken down. I hated so badly that everything she said made perfect sense.  I thanked her for her time and walked away with my tail tucked between my legs.  Kindness man...works every time.

All during the service, I said to myself "Lord, if you really want me to stay here. If you really want me to keep coming here, you better make sure my son has a good time." Yeah, I gave God an ultimatum...maybe not my finest moment...



After the service I rushed to get Bubba.  I just knew he was going to be upset and would have been crying through most of the service. I nearly knocked people over trying to get him.  I just knew I had to go save my boy.  I go in there to pick him up, ready for him to run and hug me and beg me to never leave him there again...Instead...

I was greeted with "Mama, I had so much fun! I really like my Sunday school teacher and we had goldfish for snack! Can we please always come to this church service time so I can have that teacher every Sunday?"  I had to walk by the Sunday school manager with my tail between my legs...again...as we walked out the door.


My bluff was called and my church attendance is guaranteed for at least another Sunday...



By the way, Viv went to the church nursery for the first time, while I was raising cane about her brother, and did perfectly fine...Sometimes I wonder how I end up worrying more about my oldest than my youngest...Does anyone else experience this?



Happy Hump Day!