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Friday, September 20

PINEAPPLE CHICKEN AND SHRIMP FRIED RICE

*Instead of my usual Friday Treats, I will be sharing a recipe that I've been super excited about. :) 



Fried rice was never my thing. My earliest memories of it always involved mushy frozen peas and stale carrots chunks. It wasn't until a trip to this place a few years back that completely changed my mind. Their pineapple chicken and shrimp fried rice was a-m-a-z-i-n-g.  So amazing that I've been trying to re-create it ever since. About two weeks ago - with the help of this awesome recipe plus a few adjustments of my own -  I was finally brought back to that special day again.  Hope you all will enjoy it as much as I did!





Ingredients
2 T grapeseed oil 
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red chili, chopped


2 eggs, lightly beaten


~Sauce
3 tablespoons chicken stock 
3 tablespoons fish sauce 
1 tablespoon curry powder 
1 teaspoon sugar 


3 cups cooked rice, refrigerated overnight
1/2 cup honey roasted cashews

1 cup cooked sugar snap peas, sliced
1 cup pineapple, bite-sized pieces 

1/4 cup craisins
1 cup cooked shrimp, pan-fried with salt and red pepper flakes

1 cup cooked chicken, bite-sized pieces
scallions, sliced (optional)* 

Directions
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pan over medium high.  Add the garlic and chili and quickly stir-fry for about a minute.  Add the eggs and cook until lightly scrambled but not dry.  Set the eggs aside.  

Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over high heat.  Add the cooked rice and start breaking apart any clumps with your spatula.  Slowly pour the sauce evenly over the rice. Add the eggs and stir-fry them with the rice until they are evenly dispersed. Add the cashews, sugar snap peas, pineapple, craisins and stir everything together for another few minutes. 

Lower the heat to medium high. With the flat surface of the spatula, press all the rice down into the pan and let it sit for about two minutes.  This will help the rice develop a nice crunchy crust.  

Add the shrimp and chicken (and scallions if you like them).  Toss everything together and serve while hot.  



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Trust Him when thy wants are many;
Trust Him when thy friends are few;
And the time of swift temptation
Is the time to trust Him too.

Trust Him when thy soul is burdened
With the sense of all its sin;
He will speak the word of pardon,
He will make thee clean within.

Trust Him for the grace sufficient,
Ever equal to thy need;
Trust Him always for the answer,
When in His dear name you plead.

Trust Him for the grace to conquer,
He is able to subdue;
Trust Him for the power for service;
Trust Him for the blessing too.

Trust Him when dark doubts assail thee,
Trust Him when thy strength is small,
Trust Him when to simply trust Him
Seems the hardest thing of all.

Trust Him; He is ever faithful;
Trust Him, for His will is best;
Trust Him, for the heart of Jesus
Is the only place of rest.

Trust Him, then, through cloud or sunshine,
All thy cares upon Him cast,
Till the storm of life is over,
And the trusting days are past.



Much grace,

Wednesday, September 18

KEEPING YOUR HOME CLEAN WITH A TODDLER

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BISSELL Homecare, Inc. for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Having a toddler is a lot of fun but cleaning up after one can sometimes be very frustrating.  E loves hiding messes in places that I don't always see - under couches, between couch cushions, behind the shelves, etc. Once I found a dirty diaper in his stuffed animal bin. Yes. SO GROSS. Then there's his car seat - which I'm sure has a secret black hole somewhere because everything seems to find its way in there. And then there's his booster - which is a magnet for all sorts of food particles.  

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Saturday, September 14

[BELATED] FRIDAY TREATS + IF I GAINED

If I gained the world, but lost the Savior,
Were my life worth living for a day?
Could my yearning heart find rest and comfort
In the things that soon must pass away?
If I gained the world, but lost the Savior,
Would my gain be worth the lifelong strife?
Are all earthly pleasures worth comparing
For a moment with a Christ-filled life?

Had I wealth and love in fullest measure,
And a name revered both far and near,
Yet no hope beyond, no harbor waiting,
Where my storm-tossed vessel I could steer;
If I gained the world, but lost the Savior,
Who endured the cross and died for me,
Could then all the world afford a refuge,
Whither, in my anguish, I might flee?

O what emptiness!—without the Savior
’Mid the sins and sorrows here below!
And eternity, how dark without Him!
Only night and tears and endless woe!
What, though I might live without the Savior,
When I come to die, how would it be?
O to face the valley’s gloom without Him!
And without Him all eternity!

O the joy of having all in Jesus!
What a balm the broken heart to heal!
Ne’er a sin so great, but He’ll forgive it,
Nor a sorrow that He does not feel!
If I have but Jesus, only Jesus,
Nothing else in all the world beside—
O then everything is mine in Jesus;
For my needs and more He will provide.





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a beautiful ombre cake that I'm going to try...

already looking forward to winter and making these ice bubbles...

watercolor art using elmer's glue... so cool!

Blooming Monogram 1


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Thursday, September 12

IKEA STEP STOOL MAKEOVER


So today's post is mostly a show and tell. I'm here to show you this IKEA Bekvam stool that I recently made over and to tell you how excited I am about it now! I can't take any credit for this look though. I completely "borrowed" it from these adorable stools that I pinned awhile ago. It had my two favorite colors and the crisp clean look that I love. 


All it took was a can of Rustoleum Glossy White spray paint, Martha Stewart's craft paint in Surf, Miniwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane, some painter's tape and paper. (I would also recommend using a primer first. Since I didn't have any on hand, I skipped this step and later regretted it when I had some uneven white patches appear...)



Not bad for a $15 solid wood stool, huh? :) If you like the "dipped" look that's everywhere now, make sure to check out Michelle's version.  I love projects like this!

Monday, September 9

SIMPLE ORGANIZATION FOR KIDS' LEARNING SPACES


Happy Monday everyone! With the start of the new school year, E and I have been starting our own "school" at home. Since he's only three, ours is on a much smaller scale but we both have been enjoying this time tremendously. It's nice to wake up to some sort of schedule instead of the usual, "What should we do today?"  I also love seeing how excited E gets about "doing school."  It makes my teacher-heart very happy. :)

Since our family spends most of our time in the living room, I wanted to keep our activities there. Some of you may remember this corkboard makeover from last year. Normally we've been using it to display E's many artworks. You recognize these right, moms? ;)



We're now using the corkboard to display our morning activities.  I managed to keep most our supplies hidden so that it wouldn't completely take over our living room.  Here they are in these three areas: 


Area 1:  This is where E and I (plus baby brother) gather after Dad leaves for work.  We spend the first part of "school" enjoying the Lord together - calling on the Lord's name, praying for each other and our day and singing a song or two to the Lord.  I would usually play my guitar and E would accompany me with his maraca. Then we'd read and pray over our Bible verse for the week before moving on to the other activities.  


Area 2:  This shelf is where we keep all of our books and resources.  

Binder 1: My Resources
Binder 2: E's Binder (Will elaborate below)



Area 3:  This fabric bin stores all of our other miscellaneous supplies (ie. math manipulatives, flash cards, dry-erase markers, etc.).



For E's binder, I put together our schedule and a few activities that I made for him to work on. They are all laminated so that we could write over them and re-use them as much as we needed to.  


Here are a few examples:








How do you all organize your kids' learning spaces? :)

Saturday, September 7

OVERDUE FRIDAY TREATS - PART 2

So my brain apparently was not working very well yesterday. I posted a Friday Treats post... without the Friday Treats! You can only imagine how stupid I felt when I finally realized it later on in the day. Without further ado, here are my favorites from this week!


Friday, September 6

FRIDAY TREATS + I'VE GOT RIVERS



Happy Friday everyone! So far this morning has gotten off to a great start. I was able to spend some much needed quiet time with the Lord, eat breakfast in peace AND our little one slept for 9 hours straight last night! He finally started sleeping through the night this week ::hallelujah.praise the Lord:: and everyday he's been getting up later and later! Yes, I am one happy rested mommy. =D

And YAY! It's finally September! Definitely looking forward to cooler weather... 


Christ has come to be life, the processed divine Trinity.
God the Father’s the source, a fountain emerging to be.
God the Son as a gushing up spring,
And the Spirit’s a river for life imparting
Oh how can this miracle be? The Triune God flowing in me!

Oh, I’ve got rivers of life flowing out of my innermost being!
I’ve got rivers of life flowing out of my innermost being!


As this life flows through me, I’m supplied abundantly.
His life nullifies sin! Power springs now from within!
To be free, overcoming spontaneously.


Yet this life though it frees, is not meant for mere victory.
God is full of intent and never could flow aimlessly.
So this life has a totality, a consummate issue encompassing me.
Life moves and life grows, life shapes as it flows
Now I share in this life’s destiny.
Oh, I’ve got rivers of life flowing out of my innermost being!
I’ve got rivers of life flowing out of my innermost being!


We’ll abide mutually, God and man revealed to be
Lamb, Wife, Spirit, and Bride.
Come! Drink! And riverside, 
Grows the tree, our enjoyment for eternity!

So I’ve no cause to frown as one who’s received this zoe.
I know life runs its course and triumphs inevitably.
I’m required just to stay in the flow, 
If I do the drinking then God gives the growth.
So there’s joy in my heart, and a spring in my step, 
And a smile on my face as I sing,
Oh, I’ve got rivers of life flowing out of my innermost being!
I’ve got rivers of life flowing out of my innermost being!



Wednesday, September 4

FAUX CHENILLE BLANKET #2



I recently made another baby faux chenille blanket for a good friend of mine. I found this beautiful fabric at Joann's called the "Vivienne Daisy" from the Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection. It was girly and fun without being too over the top. For the chenille side, I used a mix of mint, baby pink and a slightly deeper green flannel to pull in all the colors.  Since I've already shared the process in detail here, I'll just leave you all with some photos.  :)




Have any of you completed any fun projects lately? Leave the link in the comment section for us all to check out! :)

Until next time,