Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Teriyaki Chicken and Noodle Bowl


I was looking for a quick asian noodle dish to whip up for my kids the other night and I came across this recipe over at damndelicious

This dish was very good so don't judge the look of the chicken on the photo. I burned it while leaving it unattended when answering the door! But hey, it did not affect its flavor whatsoever.

I only marinated the chicken for 45 minutes and the Teriyaki flavor was good and present. I had no garnish for my plate so pardon me for the lack of "gourmet look" but I promise you it is delicious and quick to make :-)



Ingredients:

2 (5.6-ounce) packs refrigerated Yaki-Soba, discard seasoning packets* or use other type of noodle
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger (or 1/4 tsp dried ginger)
2 tablespoons honey
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 green onion, thinly sliced

Directions:

In a large pot of boiling water, add Yaki-Soba until loosened, about 1-2 minutes; drain well.

In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 1/4 cup water; set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, honey and 1 cup water; bring to a simmer. Stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes; let cool to room temperature. Reserve 1/4 cup and set aside.

In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine soy sauce mixture and chicken; marinate for at least 30 minutes to overnight, turning the bag occasionally. Drain the chicken from the marinade.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes; set aside.

Stir in Yaki-Soba* and 1/4 cup reserved soy sauce mixture until well combined, about 2 minutes.

Serve immediately, garnished with sesame seeds and green onion, if desired.

*Yak-Soba is ramen-style noodles and can be found in the refrigerated aisle of your local grocery store.

Enjoy!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Knitted pattern hand towels

These can be used to wash or dry dishes, wipe counters, mirrors and or windows... or wash cloths.

If you are a beginners knitter, I highly recommend starting with the simple wash cloths and use one color only.

Cast on 36 stitched (preferably long tail) and do a garter stitch for 60 rows or until your piece measures 9 inches x 9 inches.

For a more advanced knitter, and if you prefer a diagonal pattern, cast on 3 stitches and increase your work until you have 36 stitches on your needle. Than you can decrease until you have 3 stitches left and cast off.

For the beginner knitter who would like to experiment with color, this wash cloth is a great way to get started. These two wash cloths are my first attempt to using different colors in knitting.

The pattern is from Purl Soho (again!) I just love, love, love their patterns. So inspiring, so many projects. Take a look

Here are Purl Soho's towels

Here are mine










Have fun summer knitting!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

New Guest Room Look

This hot summer has made me dream of sailboat rides, cool breezes and...

make over our guest room

Well...it's not quiet a full make over just yet but the beginning of something new and fresh and nautical just like I imagined it should be for the summer.













Stay tuned for the walls Decor....NEXT

Comforter cover - snatched it on huge sale from Pottery Barn (named sailor Stripes)
Navy chevron coverlet - Overstock
Anchors Shams - West Elm
Flower Euro Shams - snatched them on sale from Pottery Barn (named Rae)
Lamps - Etsy (named Retro Edison Lamp by Ironcladindustrial)
Buoy - Home Goods 
Vintage Chair - Antique Store
Garden metal Stool - The World Market

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Shepherds Huts - My new obsession

Ok, I have been dreaming day and night about these cute tiny houses!

They make me want to pack and go to England just so I can go glamping in one of these.

Don't they look so cozy and comfy?

The Otters Holt Shepherds Hut
sleeps 4



My family could really enjoy the outdoors and still have a luxurious place to sleep in and wash up if we stayed in this adorable hut. Reserve your spot here

Wriggly Tin Shepherds Huts
The Barrow - sleeps 2



The Beacon - sleeps 3



The Buster - sleeps 2


The Boundary - sleeps 4



The Old Winchester - sleeps 2


There are 6 huts in the heart of the south downs in England but 5 of them are advertised  here
for more info check out Wriggly Tin Huts

 Shepherds Hut at Argoed
sleeps 2



Looks like there may be a bathroom in this one! Book a night here

Shepherd's Delight
sleeps - 2


Unplug and relax at Hill View Farm. More info here

Fernhills Huts
sleeps 4




The fern hills grande roulotte is my favorite floor plan. It will fit my family of four with room to spare. Oh my oh my!  I might just need Mark and Rose to come over and build me one of these in my backyard. If you happen to be in Hassocks, West Sussex England, please, please please, check it out for me and send all your photos. For more locations on where you can find Fernhills Beauties, visit this page

The Salty Shepherd Hut
sleeps 2


Sleeps 2 with kitchenette and full bathroom. Reserve your stay here

Upland - The Gardner Hut
sleeps 2




Citing Scotland? This beauty has a full bath and wood stove for cozy glamping. Check it out here

Bluebell English Shepherd Hut
sleeps 2

I could only find one shepherds Hut B&B in the US and it is located in Dexter Michigan. I might have to leave my kids behind and check it out with the hubby! Want to see it before I do? click here

For more cuteness and coziness, visit these website's galleries:
http://www.fernhills.co.uk
http://www.roundhillshepherdhuts.co.uk/our-huts/
http://www.riversideshepherdhuts.co.uk/our-huts
http://www.plankbridge.com

Are you dreaming with me now?