Sunday, January 20, 2013

Grace and the monkey

Grace is so funny.  She was pretending that there was a monkey and crocodiles in the camera.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Curry Recipe

I get asked for this recipe alot. I don't ind handing it out because it is seriously one of our most favorite dishes. We love to go out to eat at Thai Restaurants, and we always order mussamun curry. SO here you go. THis recipe I got from a friend who got it from someone else so I don't know who to credit. I put my modifications in parenthesis. 

Mussamun Curry
3 cups unsweetened coconut milk (I used two cans of light coconut milk, but the reg coconut milk is more flavorful and has better texture)
1/4 cup mussamun curry paste (I used Thai Kitchen's Red Curry Paste)
1 pound boneless chicken thighs or breast, or 8 chicken legs (I always use two frozen chicken breast, thawed and cut in thin strips)

2 1/2 cups chicken or beef broth (I just use one 14 oz. can)
3 tablespoons fish sauce (next time I will only do 2 TBSP) even if you don't like fish (I hate fish), don't leave this out. It just adds a little something to it, and it is good.
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in big, bite-sized chunks (I use big potatoes)
2-3 carrots, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces 
1 large onion, quartered lengthwise and cut in large chunks (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 tablespoon palm sugar or brown sugar (I ended up adding about 1/4 cup because we like ours sweeter)
1 teaspoon salt

1 cup dry-roasted salted peanuts (I just use the cheapest party peanuts at Walmart)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 

Slice chicken crosswise into very thin, 2-inch strips. Set meat aside.

In a medium saucepan or heavy skillet, bring 1 cup of the coconut milk to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.  
Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until fragrant and beginning to thicken.  Add the curry paste and cook 2 to 3 minutes, pressing and stirring to dissolve it into the coconut milk. 
Add the meat and cook 2 minutes more, tossing to coat it with the sauce.

Add the remaining 2 cups coconut milk, the chicken broth, potatoes, onion, fish sauce, palm sugar, and salt and bring to a gentle boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.  Stir in the peanuts and lime juice, transfer to a serving bowl, and serve hot or warm.

(My advice is that when is says to reduce heat and simmer, make sure that you still see it boiling or else it will take the potatoes forever to cook.  Test a potato once in awhile so you make sure not to cook them too long because then they turn mushy.  I also suggest cooking 4 cups of rice or more to go with this much curry. I would say it can serve 6 adults.


I feel so spoiled. I got to have my mom all to myself (no sharing her with my siblings) this last weekend. Maybe that sounds selfish, but I have only had my mom completely to myself (and my little family) once in my married life up until last weekend. And it was wonderful.
I am pretty convinced she needs to move in with us.

funny things happen when you try to take pictures of all three children at once.

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Poem by Katie

Dancy shoes
Prancy Shoes
Fancy Shoes

Franny Shoes
Granny Shoes
Fancy Shoes

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A Good Day

There are many days I feel like I'm in survival mode, just trying to keep mouths fed, diapers changed, and get  a little gospel in there somewhere. And most days are crazy with a mix of ups and downs. Today was one of those golden days where my heart was filled with joy to be a mother, and not only could I roll with the ups and downs, but I enjoyed the ride, too. I have to savor these kind of days because sadly, all too often, I let the downs skew my perspective. Here's what made today great:

A Recipe for a Good Day
6 hours of uninterrupted sleep for mom
3 well rested kiddos
1 little girl making breakfast for us all
1 extremely smiley baby
1 toddler who is just happy to be here
1 sunny morning

While I was changing Amelia, Katie came into my room wondering if there was anything I would like for breakfast that she could make without burning herself...and without waiting for a reply, she answered herself and left the room. When I came into the kitchen she was busy buttering toast and bagels and pouring grape juice. She is just too precious.

Katie discovered the white bagels in the cupboard. Justin got those to make bagel pizzas. We hardly ever have white bread or white anything for that matter much to Katie's dismay. She begs for "white soft bread" all the time.

My toast-complete with a good thick layer of least in some areas. hopefully my arteries recover from that.

Gracie is just happy that someone got around to making something for breakfast.
my extremely smiley baby

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

Oh How I love New Years! I think it's because it's all about new beginnings and starting over. Love it! My New Year's Resolutions are 1. Communicate better with my children 2. STUDY the scriptures more 3.Stress less. 4. Pray More 5. Declutter and stay organized. 
Amelia is such a sweet baby. She is by far the smiley-est baby ever. LOVE her!