Friday, September 9, 2011

Y3W: Rain, Rain, Rain

I'm feeling a little bit soggy and the only thing that can fix that is some good ole' sunshine! Dillusionally, I even wore my sunglasses in the car this foggy morning, not because it was super sunny, but more wishful thinking! It has been raining in Virginia for about 4 days - and not just little rain showers here and there, no... torrential downpours with lightening and thunder It seemed as though it rained the hardest while trying to get to work and drop off kids each morning - nightmare! My dinky umbrella was no match and usually I came to work wet which means... a week of bad hair days! The rain also kept my son from being able to go outside and burn off some almost three year old energy which means...small child bouncing of the walls every night! I know that we needed some rain, but flash flooding and over 10 inches in one week??

So, anyway, the sun seems to be peaking through the clouds and hopefully this will be the end of one very wet week!

Here's a rainbow - please wish for sun!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Egg Foo Yong - What's Cookin'

This week I tried my hand at an Egg Foo Yong recipe that my friend posted on her blog. Egg Foo Yong is something I always order when we get Chinese, so I knew I had to try it!

Here's what you need:

Patty Ingredients:
4 eggs
1 can of Chop Suey
4 green onions
2 tablespoons of oil ( I used extra virgin olive oil, but the original recipe calls for canola oil)

In a bowl, crack and beat 4 eggs - I also added garlic powder and black pepper...

Chop up 4 green onions...

And add them to the eggs along with the can of drained chop suey. It should look like this:

Heat up about a tablespoon of oil in a skillet and ladel the egg mixture into the skillet.

Let the patty cook for a couple of minutes and then flip it over.

Green Pea Sauce Ingredients:
1 boullion cube
1/2 cup of peas
1-1/2 tablespoons of lower sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 cups of water

Place the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer until the sauce thickens.

Like my friend, I was apprehensive about pouring the sauce over the patty instead of putting it on the side, but I took her word for it and I'm glad I did because it was tasty!!! I wasn't a big fan of the chop suey mix, I think next time I'll get a can of the bean sprouts and add some vidala onion along with the green onion. You can also add your meat of choice - chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp!

Here's the finished product:

This recipe was quick, easy, and good! Try it and let me know how it goes!

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Wordless Wednesday: Gearing up for the Fall

I've been thinking about Fall, especially since the weather has been so fall-like this week! I love the Fall, it's my favorite time of year! My birthday, anniversary, V's birthday, Halloween, the Apple Festival, Train Day, pumpkins patches, and of course, football - Go Hokies and Eagles! So, for this Wordless Wednesday, I wanted to pull out a few of my favorite pictures from previous Falls in anticipation of all the fun things we will do this Fall with 2 kids!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sunday, I mean Monday!

What a worldwind mini-vacay I've had! So much so that I keep thinking that it is Sunday, when's definitely Monday! I even sat patiently waiting for 9pm so that I could watch the new Trueblood... that came on last night.... wow!

So, how did the weekend shape up? Pretty wicked awesome! The zoo was great, Vincent LOVED it! Lions, tigers, elephants, snakes, gorillas.... he was excited about everything! It's soo much fun to see him so engaged and excited! What sucked...the traffic heading back to Richmond and my poor little Audrey was not having it! If the car wasn't moving, she was screaming!

The yard sale was super successful...Kind of... I made $40 and got rid of only a quarter of the baby clothes... so Once Upon A Child get ready, I'm bringing about 6 diaper boxes full of toddler clothes and shoes your way...

The yard sale ended just in time for the season opener of VATech football... the score was 67-13 Hokie - not really much of a game, but proud the Hokies got off to a winning start!

Lastly, our cousins invited us to their recently purchased river house and we jumped at the opportunity for two days of boating, fishing, and playing in the water. I think it's safe to say the Alex's fishing rut officially ended this summer. After not catching anything in OBX in May, he's been doing well with his pond fishing and today him and his cousin brought back 40 fish... yes... 40!

So, now we say goodbye to another awesome summer and hello to all the fun of the Fall - football, apple festival, birthdays, Audrey's baptism and cool weather! Can't wait!