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Our Weekend

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Ever have those days that everything you try to cook doesn’t seem to turn out the way you expected? Well, that happened to me Thursday night. I made some homemade caramel dipping sauce to give as birthday presents to some co-workers. I wish I had tried the caramel sauce before I gave it to them. It didn’t taste bad, it tasted good… just didn’t taste like caramel. It tasted more like butter and honey… oops. I didn’t try it till Saturday night.

Note to self: taste new recipes before giving as birthday gifts to people!

Saturday we had a shopping for Randy/date day. We had lunch at Red Lobster (can’t remember the last time I had Red Lobster!) Randy wanted their endless shrimp… wish granted! 🙂


Their margaritas were pretty big. I am glad that we shared one! (I feel like Lady and the Tramp in this photo! I love it!)

Then we went clothes shopping for Randy. I have to drag him to the mall (or any store for that matter) to go shopping for him. He usually goes kicking and screaming! Hence, the margarita beforehand! 😉 We finally got Randy some real, big boy suits. You know, ones that actually fit him! I am so excited to get them back (they are being tailored right now)! He looks amazing in them!


Today I tried something new for lunch/dinner. I usually try to steer away from Chinese food. The last time I made Chinese food, it was not edible. It was when we were first married and I had not found a job yet. So I was home a lot watching the cooking channel. I saw a chef make some sesame chicken and I thought; “I can make that!” Boy, was I wrong! The chicken turned out to be huge balls of grease/oil. It was so disgusting! Randy and I could not eat it. We threw every bit of it away!

Ever since then I have been terrified to try any Chinese recipes. But I thought I would give it one more try. I made chicken fried rice. And it actually turned out really well. I did have some trouble making it. Mostly because I was trying to make multiple things at the same time (not a very good multi-tasker in the kitchen!) I ended up making a terrible mess! I accidentally let things boil over (and not just water – soy sauce and sugar mixture… I am still cleaning this mess) and rice got stuck to the bottom of the pot. At the end, it finally came together and made a pretty nice meal. It was 3:00 pm by the time I had lunch ready… regardless, it was pretty good!

Easy Chicken Fried Rice


  • 2 cups prepared rice (I used long grain brown rice)
  • 1 chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces and seasoned with salt & pepper (could use leftover cooked chicken)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 3 teaspoons sesame or wok oil, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce


  1. Whisk egg with 1 teaspoon oil in a small dish then set aside.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add seasoned chicken then stir fry until cooked through and remove to a plate. (If using pre-cooked chicken, skip this step.)
  3. Heat remaining teaspoon oil in the wok then add frozen mixed vegetables and green onions. Stir fry until tender, about 2 minutes, then add garlic and cook for 30 more seconds. Push vegetables to the side of the wok then add egg and sesame oil mixture into the center and scramble.
  4. Add cooked chicken, rice, and soy sauce to wok then toss well to combine.

So that was our weekend. Pretty low key but pleasant as always! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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