Monday, January 27, 2014

Asian Green Beans

When I lived in Oxford and went to school at The University of Mississippi, I would visit a Chinese restaurant there and we always got the green beans. My best friend and I would have an afternoon late lunch date there at least once a week. We would fill a plate with just green beans. They were so good. Unfortunately, I graduated and moved away. That the bad thing about graduating and moving away, you move away from the food that you come to know and love. I have been trying for a few years now to recreate those green beans and I think that I have done it now.

I hope that you enjoy! :D I know I did!


Asian Green Beans 

  • 1/2 lb of 'haricot vert' green beans
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp of ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • 3 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flake
  • 1 tsp of onion powder



  1. Heat your skillet (medium) and melt 2 tbsp of butter with the garlic and ginger then, toss in your green beans and cook for a few minutes. 
  2. Add 2 tbsp of water, 3 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of sugar, 1/2 tsp of black pepper, 1 pinch of red pepper flakes, and 1/4 tsp onion powder. 
  3. Cook of medium low until the beans are tender. 
  4. Enjoy! (This make 2 servings. Nutritional facts from caloriecount.com.)


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1 serving (90.9 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories
149
Calories from Fat
104
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
11.6g
18%
Saturated Fat
7.3g
36%
Cholesterol
31mg
10%
Sodium
983mg
41%
Total Carbohydrates
10.6g
4%
Dietary Fiber
0.5g
2%
Sugars
7.2g
Protein
1.8g
Vitamin A 8%Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2%Iron 4%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps




Allen and I had a serious craving for Chinese food. So, I decided to cook some for us. I'm trying to eat healthier and this was right up my ally.  I couldn't find a recipe I liked because I don't like mushrooms or water chestnuts. The recipe below is what I came up with. I had most of the ingredients on hand. This dish could be gluten free if gluten free items are bought. It was kinda spicy so go lighter on the chili paste or heavier if that's what you enjoy! 



Ingredients (Makes 4 servings)
1/4

2
tablespoons  olive oil

2
tablespoons  teriyaki sauce

1
tablespoon  soy sauce

1
teaspoon  minced ginger

1
teaspoon  thai chili paste

1/4

2
cloves  minced garlic

1/3
teaspoon  salt

1/3
teaspoon  black pepper

1
teaspoon  sugar

1
head Lettuce, Butterhead

Directions
Heat pan with olive oil and brown chicken with minced onion. Add salt, pepper, and carrot and stir.


In a bowl mix the rest of the ingredients besides the lettuce,



Pour the mixture into the pan with the brown chicken and bring to a simmer.



Once most of the liquid is reduced. turn the chicken off and cool.



Wash and dry lettuce.


Fill lettuce leaf with a spoonful of mixture and enjoy!













Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1 serving (177.8 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories
304
Calories from Fat
141
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
15.7g
24%
Saturated Fat
3.3g
17%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
101mg
34%
Sodium
882mg
37%
Total Carbohydrates
5.5g
2%
Dietary Fiber
0.5g
2%
Sugars
3.4g
Protein
33.9g
Vitamin A 4%Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 3%Iron 11%

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Want It Wednesday

Want It Wednesday


I have been craving pot pie for the last few weeks. I think this recipe from Southern Living is fabulous and I may have to make it soon. 

2) Product: Ipsy Subsciption


Since Gator got his first Citus Lane Box in this month, it has really got me thinking about a subscription for me. I really want to subscribe to  Ipsy and recieve a Glam Bag each month. Still thinking about it though. 


With fall weather peeping in, Gator is really enjoying being outside. He loves to swing inside, so I bet he would love to swing outside too! 



What are your wants this Wednesday? Tell me in my comments. 

- Erin

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Spicy Sausage and Spinach Pasta

I was looking on pinterest earlier today and ran into this gem. It's was called Spicy Sausage Pasta from Kevin and Amanda. I thought it looked wonderful and cheesy. Just what my husband enjoys. I read through the ingredents and thought I could wing it from what was in the kitchen if i just changed a few things. I used cajun sausage, added frozen spinach, and used mozzarella. Like I said that that is just what I had on hand and I wanted to add a veggy. I left off the green onions because neither of us like them.

I hope that you try this recipe out and it is a hit in your household. Allen really enjoyed it! :D


Spicy Sausage and Spinach Pasta

  • 6 oz  -- Cajun Sausage
  • 1/2 medium onion 
  • 6 oz -- frozen spinach
  • 1 can -- rotel
  • 2 cups -- chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup -- whole milk
  • 8 oz -- pasta
  • 1 cup -- mozzarella 
  • 1/4 tsp -- garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Slice sausage in half long ways and thin slice into thin half moons. Dice onion into small pieces. Cook sausage in a skillet on medium until golden brown. Add the onions and cook until they are also golden brown. Then, add the frozen spinach and cook until the spinach has melted. 
  2. Add the can of rotel, chicken broth, whole milk, garlic powder, and pasta. Bring to a boil, place a lid on your skillet and simmer on low until the pasta is cooked through (about 15 minutes). 
  3. Uncover and taste and then add the salt and pepper you think it needs. Top with mozzarella and let it get melty and wonderful. 
  4. Enjoy! (This makes 4 servings. Nutitional facts from caloriecount.com.)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1 serving (447.5 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories
429
Calories from Fat
150
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
16.7g
26%
Saturated Fat
6.4g
32%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
110mg
37%
Sodium
1128mg
47%
Total Carbohydrates
47.6g
16%
Dietary Fiber
2.4g
10%
Sugars
8.8g
Protein
22.3g
Vitamin A 89%Vitamin C 33%
Calcium 34%Iron 24%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Citrus Lane August 2013 Review - 3 Month Old Boy




This was our first month to receive a Citrus Lane Box. Just to give you a quick run down about the business. Citrus Lane is subscription service for children. You pay to receive a new box of things each month. I bought a 6 month subscription. Boxes start as low as $21 a month. It ships around the 17th of each month and comes to your door by USPS. 


Here is the first few looks at what came inside of our box. 


  


Okay now to the stuff:

This is a cute little book at goes through the alphabet. Allen and I really love to read to Gator so this will be great for him. As teachers we are excited to help in his education. There are really bright pictures to get a child's attention. When I read through the book the first time I did notice that it doesn't say what the picture is, it describes the picture. This will make for good conversation about what the words and pictures are talking about. 





These wipes are biodegradable and kill germs naturally. They are alcohol-free and safe for sensitive skin. I plan to stick these in the car for outings. I am excited about these because they will be safe for Gator. They also smell like a creamsicle. (Which is my favorite snowcone flavor.) 

Calendula Diaper Care Samples by Weleda (3 samples)





I am interested in this strap as well. While Gator is just getting grabby and wanting to throw things, I see this being very useful in the future. I am sure I could even use this for Sofia the Giraffe. 





This was Gator's and my favorite this out of the whole box. As soon as we opened the box he wanted that and snatched it up.I am so glad he got the frog. He is a gator and they eat frogs so it is perfect for him. :D It is soft and cuddle, lightweight, and sticks together with Velcro. It is making a great chew toy right now. 






 Fabkids ($39.99 value):
This was a code for a free outfit from Fabkids. It is a subscription service that delivers an outfit every month. You had to sign up for the service to get the out fit and paid $5.00 in shipping the receive after the code. So, its really only a $34 value. The sizes start at size 2 and Gator is only in 6 months; he won't be able to wear it for a while. However, I did order a size 2 and plan on cancelling the service whenever I receive the outfit. 


Overall I thought this was a really good first box. I look forward to receiving our next 5 boxes. I paid $21.00 for this box and the items in it cost about $76. Gator is going to get great use out of these items. There was also a 20% off coupon off on order at barefootbooks.com. 



 Did you order a Citrus Lane box? Did you like what you received? Let me know!  If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here!  Using my link will save you $10 off your box (boxes are $25/month), however the coupon code “TAKEHALF” will save you a few dollars more!

Tootles

Time flies....

Lots of things have happened since I started this blog two years ago.. So, I thought I should catch you up.

Allen and I lived in Amory until June of this year. We had a wonderful job where we could work on the same school campus and teach (Allen coached basketball, also). I taught 4th grade language (2011-2012) and then 5th grade reading (2012-2013). That mean I taught the same kids two years in a row. That was an experience. I got to bond with my students very well and enjoyed my time there.

Allen and I had a beautiful baby boy May 24, 2013.I am going to refer to him as Gator. That is his nickname. He is the best thing that could ever had happened to us. We are very blessed. As of today, 8/19/2013, he is 12 weeks old. He is very alert and has been since he was born. I never got the lets sleep all the time baby. Here are some picture of my baby boy. 



Me and Gator before coming home from the hospital. 
Allen and Gator getting ready to come home. 


2 weeks old
After his first bath. 


AJ checking Gator out. That is his pup.

Most recent.. 3 months old.

 We are thrilled about our new journey. Allen has started a new coaching/teaching job where we are living now; I am staying at home with Gator and getting everything set up to start my graduate degree in Reading Literacy. I can't wait to go back to school! This was my first year since Kindergarten that I have not started school in August. 

I can't wait to update you soon! 

Tootles