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Lately…

So, I haven’t been keeping up with this whole blogging idea all that well… but what can I say?  My life has been busy, busy, BUSY lately!   We’ve managed to encounter basically EVERY germ type and sort known to man here in our little family, in the last few weeks… ok so not really, and boy am I ever thankful for that!  We have had our fair share of germs lately though.  Of course it all started on Mother’s day… I rang in my day being a true Momma… we had a nasty stomach bug that hit all five of our family members within 48 hours of the first onset of symptoms, wow was that a fun one! 😦  We had to miss Mother’s day festivities with the family and hang out at home.  We seem to be getting REALLY good at missing “holiday” events.  We tend to choose those days to be sick! 😦  My mom says we just should stop planning things, maybe she is right! 😉

My girls are such troopers, they do their thing, deal with their illness,  and move on!  WAY better than I did at that age, or really even do now! 😉   We decided we shouldn’t just stop at stomach bugs,  we managed to catch strep throat and pink eye over the past couple weeks as well, I think Ainsley carried it home to us from school (how sweet of her!) … that stuff tends to take a little longer and has taken longer for each new person to get it, which prolongs the “sick period” around here to what feels like an eternity!   Going through all of this can really weigh a person down… man!   I am ready to trade in my “nurse-momma” card for a new one… I’d even take the “referee momma” card at this point!  LOL  It’s amazing the things you forget you are normally bothered by when the kids are sick.  Such as arguing and fighting… I LONG to hear that when they are all down and out… if only they were well enough, they could get up and fight over something! 🙂   I remember hearing them arguing in the other room the other day after several days of not feeling so well, and it was pure bliss to my ears!!!   Strange huh?!? 😀
It’s the little things we tend to take for granted… is that why I’ve been faced with all this to deal with?  I need to remember to remember?  Who knows… but I have come to realize I am so thankful for even the small things, the fact that my kids are healthy (contrary to the popular, most recent,belief!) and not chronically ill, not facing an illness that we don’t know from one minute to the next if they’ll even be here for me to take care of!  I guess that makes me thankful that I am able to take care of them, even in sick times!  They are an inspiration to me, to be better… to be as strong as them even when they are sick!   That is a concept… they are sick and stronger than me?  Yep, I think it’s true sometimes!  They don’t lie around complaining… they usually soak up the extra attention, take advantage of being waited on hand and foot, and watching tv 24/7 without consequence!  🙂   Kids are great… they really are!  At least mine are! 🙂   I’m so thankful for them and the gift that they are, the enlightenment they bring to our lives and the joy… pure joy! 🙂   I am SO looking forward to a healthy spurt around here, if we can get one… I think like the next 10 years without illness should just about do it! 😉   I am also UBER (that word is dedicated to you Mike) thankful for a husband who helps me out so, SO much!   We don’t have that “wife’s job” rule at our house, even though he works an out of the house, 40+ work week job… if he sees things aren’t just right for whatever reason, he’ll pitch in and do them for me and make sure things are getting done when I can’t or haven’t been able to get to them! 🙂   This team work thing, really makes life SO much easier and more enjoyable! 😉  Thanks Mike, you’re a charm! 😀

In other news… this is memorial day weekend!!!  The “official” start of SUMMER!!!! 🙂  WHOO-HOO!!!  I am so excited about summer and summer break and HEAT!  We have had no lack of heat this past week around my area, which is FINE by me… I have air conditioning! 🙂   There is actually a very funny story behind that… you see, about a month or so ago (back in chilly days) I told Mike, I think we can make it through a good part of the summer without turning on the air!  We have a REALLY nice breeze most of the time at our house with all the windows open, we live among fields and it usually travels through nicely… well, I made it through day two of the first hot spell… that is pretty good RIGHT!?!? 🙂  Hey, things change… a woman suffers, cries and whines and then the air gets turned on! 🙂  (Not really, but I did have some influence in the decision! :P) I say it is all in the name of a “test run”.  We wouldn’t want to wait until it’s BLAZING hot out and then try out the air for the first time of the year and it not work RIGHT?!   We are still in “test run” mode… not sure how long this test will take to complete! 😉

I love ALL things summer and am so excited about this one! 🙂  Nothing huge in the plans for our family, but it looks to be a nice few months!   I love it when Ainsley is home with us each day, no getting up early for school or rushing the kids off to bed at night because they need extra sleep for school… it’s ALL good! 🙂   Trips to the beach, park play dates with all of our friends, picnic lunches, garage sales… the list goes on and on!!!   I hope you are all enjoying these first heat filled, bbq calling our name, new sprinkler buying, kids frolicking in the heat, SUMMER filled days! 🙂   Until next time… stay cool!   (WHY on Earth did I just think to say the phrase.. “Stay Classy San Diego!” ???  MIKE!!!)

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I’m adding this on… I haven’t heard this song in YEARS, but thought of the lyrics this afternoon…

Lately I've been winning battles left and right
But even winners can get wounded in the fight
People say that I'm amazing
Strong beyond my years
But they don't see inside of me
I'm hiding all the tears

They don't know that I go running home when I fall down
They don't know who picks me up when no one is around
I drop my sword and cry for just a while
'Cause deep inside this armor
The warrior is a child

Unafraid because His armor is the best
But even soldiers need a quiet place to rest
People say that I'm amazing
Never face retreat
But they don't see the enemies
That lay me at His feet

They don't know that I go running home when I fall down
They don't know who picks me up when no one is around
I drop my sword and and cry for just a while
'Cause deep inside this armor
the warrior is a child

They don't know that I go running home when I fall down
They don't know who picks me up when no one is around
I drop my sword and look up for a smile
'Cause deep inside this armor
Deep inside this armor
Deep inside this armor
The Warrior is a Child
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Recently we took a small vacation up north to spend the weekend away,  just us and our lovely girlies!  We ended up getting a hotel with a small water park right in it in Mackinaw City and the kids had a BLAST!  It was the perfect little getaway for us!  While we were so close, we decided to give my big brother a call.  He lives up in Germfask (blink and you’ll miss it little town about an hour and a half northWEST *edit 🙂 * of the bridge.)   We ended up going up there for the evening and enjoying a nice time with him, his wife and their family!  We don’t get to see them much, so it was a great time all together!  The kids had a blast up in “wilderness ville”!  There isn’t much to do there, you have to entertain yourself with the “great outdoors”! 🙂  Thanks to Jim’s kids and their friends, our girls stayed well entertained!!!

While we were there my sister-in-law, Julie mentioned this REALLY yummy sounding dinner she’d made for my niece’s birthday a couple of weeks back.  Homemade Chinese dinner is what they called it!  Julie says she doesn’t EVER go to a Chinese restaurant to eat out, “you never know what you are going to get” is what she says! 🙂  YIKES! 😉    Can’t say I don’t blame her there. (They don’t eat out much anyway, because the nearest restaurant of any kind is an hour or more away!!)   She makes her own Chinese meal at home, she shared the recipes with me and I made it a few weeks after we got back home, and OH MY WORD… YUMMY!!!  It is SO delicious and not too hard either!  I’ve been telling a lot of people about it recently so I said I’d post it on my blog so you could try it too!  If you like good Chinese, you won’t regret taking the time to make this… SO delicious, my mouth waters just thinking about it all!! 🙂   I will say one thing, it’s best to have EVERYTHING all chopped up and ready to go before you start, because the actual process is pretty quick and if you aren’t ready to go with stuff, you may run into trouble!  I had to stop at one point in my first attempt at this meal to “catch up” on some prep, but went along fine after that and all was REALLY well! 😉   I’d say make and assemble the egg rolls first, then you can fry them up while you are working on the stir fry part!

Chicken with Cashews

1 1/3 Pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts

6 tablespoons soy sauce

4 teaspoons cornstarch

4 tablespoons dry sherry (Rachel Ray says you should NEVER use a wine labeled “cooking wine” so buy the real thing and keep it around for this recipe… believe me, if you make this meal and much as me,  it will go fast!) 🙂

2 teaspoons grated ginger root (I just bought mine pre-grated in a little jar by the jarred garlic)

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

2 tablespoons cooking oil

2 medium green peppers, cut into 3/4 inch pieces

4 green onions, bias sliced into 1 inch lengths

1 cup Cashews (I use the halves and pieces can)

Hot cooked rice (I used brown rice, it was just as yummy with this!)

Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces.  Set aside.

In a small bowl, stir soy sauce into cornstarch; stir in dry sherry, ginger root, sugar, salt, and red pepper.  Set aside.  Preheat a wok or large skillet over high heat; add cooking oil.  Stir fry green peppers and onions in hot oil for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender.  Remove from wok or skillet.  Add cashews to wok or skillet; stir fry 1-2 minutes or until just golden brown.  Remove from pan.  (Add more oil if needed at this point) Add half of the chicken to the hot wok, stir fry for 2 minutes (I did mine until I felt like it was DONE!) 🙂  Remove meat and add remaining half of chicken and stir fry2 minutes again.   Return all chicken to wok or skillet.  Stir soy mixture; stir into chicken.  Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.  Stir in veggies and cashews; cover and cook 1 minute more.  Serve chicken and veggies at once.  Makes 4-6 servings.

Egg Rolls  (um, yeah, I said HOMEMADE EGG ROLLS!!!)  Heaven, in your kitchen! 😉

1 Head of Cabbage – chopped  (I used my grater and grated mine up finely)

Carrots – chopped  (I cheated and bought a pre-chopped bag and just dumped in enough to look like a good mix with the other ingredients)

Green Onions – chopped (I used 3-4?)

1 can baby shrimp (This didn’t seem like enough to me, so I used two… if you like the baby shrimp in your egg roll to be NOTICED… add extra… you KNOW who you are! 😉  )

1 can bean sprouts (yep, just put it in, it’s good!) 🙂

Fry up all ingredients in frying pan until it mixes well and is warm throughout and soft.

Add in 1 Tablespoon Peanut butter (yep, just put it in, it’s good!)  🙂   Let it melt all in.

Put into Egg Roll wraps, I found these in the produce section of my local store… like by the bagged salads. (You seal these with a mixture of cornstarch and water, just paint a little on the edges with your finger.  The wrapper inside of the egg roll wraps shows instruction on how to assemble the “perfect” egg roll… it really worked)

Deep fry until done!   ( I choose to use canola oil, TRYING to make it a teeny bit better!) 😛

Now, I know what you are thinking… this lady just posted like 2-3 times about eating healthy and making better choices, why is she now deep-frying egg rolls???  Well, this is a SPECIAL occasion meal! 😉  You know, like oh, it’s Tuesday and I need an egg roll kind of special??? 😛   Yeah, I know, this isn’t something we’ll have often!  Quite honestly I HAD to try this meal because my brother sent me home from his house with some homemade jalapeno jelly and told me I HAD to try it with these homemade egg rolls, so that is why I first made this, before the jelly was gone! 🙂   I was JUST trying to obey my brother! 😉  He IS my elder you know!   Anyway, then I HAD to make the meal again the next week, because we were having dinner at my mom and dad’s.  So I made it for them too! 🙂  It was a hit! 🙂    You’ll be happy to know, I am making this meal this week MINUS the egg rolls! 🙂  The rest seems to be an ok dealy to have here and there! 🙂  I will omit the fact that we finished the meal at my mom’s with a “coca cola cake”… but yeah, I am omitting that part! 😉

If you try this meal, please let me know what you think!  It is SO worth the little bit of extra time it may take to put it all together!  My family was all impressed and it was really like having Chinese take out at home… only fresher… tastier… and you KNOW what is going into your food! 😉

ENJOY!! 😀

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