Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Silent Ranks

I stumbled upon a poem this evening that pretty much sums up my reality as a military wife in a nutshell.

THE SILENT RANKS
I wear no uniforms, no blues or army greens.
But I am in the military in the ranks rarely seen.
I have no rank upon my shoulders, salutes I do not give.
But the military world is the place where I live.

I'm not in the chain of command, orders I do not get.
But my husband is the one who does, this I cannot forget.
I'm not the one who fires the weapon, who puts my life on the line.
But my job is just as tough. I'm the one that's left behind.

My husband is a patriot, a brave and honorable man,
And the call to serve his country, not all can understand.
Behind the lines I see the things needed to keep this country free.
My husband makes the sacrifice, but so does our kid and me.

I love the man I married. Patriotism is his life.
But I stand among the silent ranks known as the military wife.

- Unknown Author


"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." - Philippians 4:13

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Giving Thanks

Every night when either my husband or I put our son to sleep, we pray with our son.

We've been praying with him since he was one in hopes that he would some day understand the importance of giving thanks to our Lord and Savior. 

This evening, I was filled with so much joy in my heart when I heard our little man's prayer just minutes before he fell asleep.

It went like this...

Lord, thank you for mommy & daddy.
Thank you for Jesus.
and Thank you for IRON GIANT ROBOT.
I love you.
Amen.

We always give thanks for the first three (mommy, daddy, & Jesus), but the Iron Giant Robot addition was all him.

I couldn't believe my ears!  Our little one gets it!  He really gets it!

"Rejoice always, pray continually, and in everything give thanks for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

My husband and I recently indulged at our local PF Changs restaurant.  Every time we go, we devour their delicious chicken lettuce wraps.

Although it's an appetizer on their menu, we always fill up on these and end up taking our entrees home to finish at another time.

Because we love this dish so much, I was so excited when I discovered this awesome recipe.

I adapted it to use turkey (our favorite) and also to suit our taste.

We were soooooooo thrilled these turned out amazingly delicious.  Enjoy!

Turkey Lettuce Wraps                *Printable Recipe*
Adapted from IowaGirlEats.com

  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • salt & pepper, a dash of each
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch nob fresh ginger, peeled & minced
  • dash of fresh pepper
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 8oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained & chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped (optional)
  • 10-12 large outer lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry
SPICY SAUCE:
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
Heat a large, non-stick skillet on medium-high. Add oil, garlic and onions.  Saute until onions are transparent.  Add turkey, salt & pepper, and cook until turkey is nearly done, stirring often to break up the meat. Add ginger and continue cooking until turkey is no longer pink.  Drain turkey mixture.
Meanwhile, in a microwave safe bowl, combine sesame oil, soy sauce, water, peanut butter, honey, rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce and pepper. Microwave for 20 seconds, then stir until smooth. Add the spicy sauce into the skillet and stir to combine.
Add green onion and water chestnuts into the skillet then cook for 1-2 minutes until the onions are soft and the water chestnuts are heated through.  Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, and serve with cold lettuce leaves.
Make extra spicy sauce if you like more heat.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Big One!

Today is my husband's big 4 - 0 birthday.

The little one and I surprised him with a yummy birthday cake after lunch.

It's their favorite --- chocolate!

I say 'they' because the boy and his Dad looooooovvve chocolate.

In fact, the boy picked out the triple chocolate fudge birthday cake and he wouldn't stop talking about it until his Dad gave him a bite.





Happy Birthday Honey!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Chicken Tikka Masala

Today was the first day in a long time that I had the opportunity to cook a real meal for my family in our new house.

And boy did it feel good to be cooking again!

Although it was nice to have my mom cook our meals while she visited last week, it sure is great to finally have the kitchen all to myself.

Here's a photo of my mom working her magic.


One of her yummy creations called Filipino Siopao (pronounced Shu - Pow).


These are steamed buns filled with a mixture of pork & chicken adobo.  Nom - Nom - Nom!  Our freezer is now stuffed full of these delicious treats.

Lucky us!  We love them!

In my opinion, this is one of those authentic recipes that only a traditional filipino mom or grandmother can make.  

I don't have this recipe.  Maybe some day.

Anyway....

The recipe that I do have is an amazing Chicken Tikka Masala.

It's an Indian dish.

It's spicy.

It's flavorful.

And it's super duper easy to make.


Here's a link to the recipe that I used.  Click Here.  

Enjoy!
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