Thursday, October 16, 2014

sesame chicken

If you're looking for a SUPER easy and "everyone likes it" delicious meal, then look no further. My most popular recipe, by far, is my Korean Beef recipe (and it is really good) but I think this one is just as delicious and just as simple to make. It seriously should take a total of 10 minutes active prep time and the chicken cooks really fast too, which makes it awesome for those nights when you are hurrying to get dinner on the table (which, let's be honest, isn't that every night?)! Try it out and let me know what you think!
4 chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons oil (I used avocado but you can use olive oil or vegetable oil)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 green onions, sliced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)

In a medium bowl, whisk together everything but chicken. Stir chicken pieces into the marinade and let sit for 30 minutes. Pour onto a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.

Preheat oven to high broil. Broil chicken for 10 minutes (check that the biggest piece is cooked through) - you can also turn it halfway through. Serve over rice. I also served mine with some steamed sugar snap peas.

Monday, October 13, 2014

hello fall: kelsey creek farm

A couple of years ago, my sister-in-law, Leone, took me to Kelsey Creek Farm when we came to Seattle to visit. I thought it was so charming and cute and was jealous that she had something like this so close to her. I smile as I go back and read that post when I was dreaming of living here and - voila! Here we are! :) Anyway, I saw some signs on the way home from the store the other day for a Fall Festival at Kelsey Creek Farm on Saturday and knew we had to go! It was free and Saturday was a (mostly) sunny day with that delicious fall crispiness in the air. We put on our rain boots and headed over to the farm.
We petted cows, goats, bunnies and chickens. There was a scarecrow maze, pumpkin patch, big slides, a concert with live music, cotton candy machines and a wagon ride pulled by these awesome vintage tractors that David loved. Just as we were finishing up, we noticed some enormous black rain clouds heading our way so we decided to head back to the car. On the way, we got caught in our first Seattle rain storm! David and Fritz ran to get the car while William stayed with me and Louisa in the stroller as we took shelter under a huge tree. Then we went home, got into our jammies and relaxed for the rest of the day. I am loving living here!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

recycled chairs

A few days before we moved to Seattle, I found these chairs on Craigslist. They were $50 and I loved the shape! So, I drove down to old Scottsdale and bought them from an 85-year-old lady. They are soooooo soft and comfortable but the fabric was really shabby (and the red wasn't working for me anyway), plus they sat really low since they were on casters... but I could see the potential! They are good quality, great shape and a good deal so they were worth the cost to have them reupholstered! I had the same guy who reupholstered my sofa do these as well and I picked them up literally 15 minutes before David drove away with the moving truck. It was a close call but I love them! I had them reupholstered in the same microvelvet as my sofa but it's the prettiest spa blue instead of gray. I wish the pictures showed the true color, but you'll just have to take my word for it. Pretty, right?

Monday, October 06, 2014

conference, salmon + halloween

We dedicated 8 hours (10 for David) of this weekend to watching General Conference at home. It is one of my favorite weekends of the year and this year was as great as ever. Even though my kids were incredibly loud and feisty and disruptive, it was so great to focus on rededicating myself to my faith and listening to wonderful talks that inspire me to become a better person through my Savior. Also, cinnamon rolls... I used this recipe but added pumpkin pie spice in the filling and then made a pumpkin cream cheese frosting using the pumpkin cream cheese spread from Trader Joe's. It was super delicious.
In between the Saturday sessions of conference, we went to downtown Issaquah for Salmon Days. It was a HUGE event and I couldn't believe how jam-packed it was full of people. The fish hatchery was really cool and my boys loved watching the salmon jump through the fish ladders. Of course, the changing leaves and the excitement of all the people was pretty fun too.
I took at least 15 shots of this pose and could NOT peel Fritz's eyes away from the fish!
all the people! and this funny face from the cyclist...
Louisa did this for part of the excursion and I died at her cuteness.
Then, William and I spent a good chunk of Saturday morning decorating the house for Halloween. He was loving it! Holidays with kids is so much fun. I wasn't sure I was going to get to decorating for the holidays because we aren't even technically decorated for "normal" life yet in this house, but I figured it was worth it to see the excitement that William had. Some of you have been asking for pictures of our new house, but this is a sneak peak for now until I can take some "normal" pictures.
William had a cute idea of putting my black ravens on the driftwood sculpture over the TV.
I pulled out some paints and let him go to town on a wood pumpkin mask while I painted this little Happy Halloween painting. He is really into art right now, which is super fun for me. I love to create with him... I just wish we had more space to do it.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

louisa: 3 months

Our sweet baby girl is three months old! It seems like I just had her but also feels like forever ago! It's happened with every child, but I'm surprised every time at how fast it goes. She is the sweetest. I am completely in love with her. She eats well, sleeps well and is generally just a happy soul. My sister made an observation about her that I think is very true. She is a very social baby. The only time she really fusses (other than for hunger, sleep or mess) is because she wants to be in the middle of everything. She has major FOMO (that's "fear of missing out", Mom) and it is adorable to watch her go from fussing to lit up as soon as you put a smiling face in front of her.
I was laughing to myself on Sunday as I was in the Mother's Lounge at church, trying to get her to fall asleep. It was her nap time and she needed a quiet place to snooze but unfortunately, our Mother's Lounge at my church building is pretty small and it was full of other moms (there are five baby girls that were all born within a month of each other in our congregation!) who were nursing their babies as well. Of course, we were all chatting, so it didn't end up being a very quiet place to put her down but as I was bouncing her around the room, I caught sight of her in the mirror over my shoulder. She was upright and stiff and was craning her neck to get a look at everyone in the room. Every time she caught someone's attention, she was instantly glued to them! My girl loves to socialize! Ha! I get it, Lou! Sure love you!