Tilapia Brown Rice and Stir-fried Veggies

This weekend I went to the Farmers’ Market and picked up onions, yellow beans, squash, and baby bok choy.  The thing I love moat about our market is that everything that is sold there has to be grown within 180 miles of us, so everything is definitely locally grown.  There are also several backyard gardeners that bring their veggies and plant starts to sell.  I always try to buy at least 1 thing from these venders.

Tonight I decided to make some brown rice, and stir fry up some of those veggies.  As an afterthought I decided to pan fry a piece of Tilapia to get some protein on my player as well.

I started out with a baby spinach salad with some creamy cilantro dressing that I also picked up at the market.

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While the brown rice was cooking, I chopped up all the veggies and pulled out my wok.  Once I got the veggies cooking I realized I was out of soy sauce and teriaki sauce…so what to do??  Well, I have this fabulous Balsamic vinegar, so I decided to use a bit of that and see how it would turn out… Turns out it was great on the veggies, along with a bit of salt and pepper.

Once the veggies were done I transfered them to a plate and fried the dish in the wok as well, with just a bit of oil, salt and pepper.  Should have used some flour to keep the dish from sticking to the pan…but it wasn’t too bad.

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Virtual “Around the World” 5K – Join Me!!

Friends and family….join me and other bloggers. For a fun run/walk!!

The WordPress.com Blog

It wasn’t just a one-time event! The Automattic Worldwide WP 5k is back again in 2012! Set your timers for April 29th!

At Automattic we work from all over the world, and we use internal blogs for socializing and exchanging non-work ideas in addition to making WordPress.com and our other products more awesome. One of the things we’re really concerned about is staying healthy – we even have an entire internal blog dedicated to fitness.

We had a great idea: Get all Automatticians from 79 cities & 24 countries to run/walk a 5k on the same day! This way we can get some exercise together as a company even though we’re apart (though we won’t rule out a softball or Texas scramble at our next meetup).

A year later, and there are now 105 Automatticians we hope will take part in the 5k all around the world in 2012.

We want…

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Insightful words we could all learn from…

Tri Fatherhood

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate,

I’ve been trying to slow the pace of our life lately. It occurred to me that the deliberately slow approach to the game is what makes me love baseball so much. I enjoy all sports, but there’s something special about baseball that helps me relax. You girls aren’t too excited about my love for baseball, but I’m happy to have a partner now in you, Max. You love to watch “ball”.

Here are 5 reasons we should be okay with living our  life like a game of baseball:

1. It’s worth the wait: I think most baseball fans would agree that Albert Pujols is the most feared hitter in the game right now. Pujols career batting average in the majors is .328 and he’s never hit fewer than 32 homeruns in a season during his 11 year career. As of today he has 445…

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Bamboo Garden Review

A few weeks ago a new Chinese restaurant opened near my home.  I have been wanting to give it a try, and today I have a craving for Chinese…

Bamboo Garden is a proprietor owned establishment.  Their menu contains all the usual Chinese cuisine that you would expect.  They also have a few of their own dishes.

Tonight I ordered take-out. It is such a nice day, I wanted to eat outside, bit they don’t have a patio.

My selection for dinner was General Tso’s Chicken.  It is a spicy dish with tender chunks of chicken that are pre-fried until crispy ok the outside, then stir fried with mixed veggies in a special hot sauce.  Served with rice, eggroll, and cheese puffs.

I ordered brown rice, and was disappointed to find their brown rice is just white rice with soy sauce in it.  Not what I wanted.

The eggroll was ok, the cheese puffs were disappointing.

The main entry was good, but…I sure expected a lot more veggies than that I got… A total of maybe 4 small pieces.

Will I go back?  Maybe for lunch, which is less expensive than dinner.  Maybe I should have ordered my usual dish… Chicken with broccoli…

Poblano’s Mexican Grille

Okay, so the real reason I had dessert before dinner last night??

1) I didn’t really feel like cooking

2) I was in the mood for fajitas

3) I really love those lemon pound cake Easter egg cakes I made.  🙂  (so do my pups, Rex and Roxy)

Here are a few pictures of Rex and Roxy.  A “baby picture” when I got them in the spring of 2009, and a couple summer 2009 pictures…

Rex & Roxy at just 3 months old. They still sleep on top of each other like this. They are the best of friends.

Rex practicing his "mountain climbing skills Summer 2009

Rex & Roxy Summer 2009. They are even bigger now!

But I digress – back to the “food critic” write up on Poblano’s Mexican Grille…

Poblano’s is another locally owned restaurant in my area.  It is located on Eldridge Parkway, in what the Houstonians call the “Energy Corridor” because this part of town has a lot of the major energy company “campuses (multiple buildings per company” here is their website:  http://poblanosmexicangrill.net/.  Unfortunately, they are currently re-designing their website, but they do have a PDF of their menu listed here, if you are interested.  They also have a facebook page, and are listed on YELP.

Last night I sat outside, enjoying the mild weather, and ordered Sizzling Chicken Fajitas, then settled in to read a book I picked up from the Houston Library.  In less an 5 minutes my dinner arrived!  Now, granted, they weren’t very busy when I got there, but I was really surprised at just how fast my dinner was served.

My waiter was very promptx very courteous, and checked on me often to make sure my water glass was full (I passed on the margaritas last night…), and if I needed anything else.

Here is a few pictures of what I had for dinner… Doesn’t it make your mouth water and want to go out for Mexican tonight for dinner?

Chips and green and red salsas are all made at the restuarant.

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Fajitas come with your choice of beans (Charo, or refried), mexican rice, salad, guac, and pico de gallo.

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Chicken fajitas come with grilled onions and green peppers.

All the food was fresh, and YUMMY!  Definately a place to try if you are in the area.

Do you have a favorite Mexican restuarant in your area?

Dessert…Its What’s For Dinner

Okay, so I am eating dinner backwards today…

I made these little egg cakes for Easter.  I froze a few of them for cravings like the one I had today.

The cake is a lemon pound cake made from scratch.  Thawed, then lightly frosted with cream cheese buttercream frosting (also homemade), accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with homemade chocolate sauce.

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Now if I could just figure out what to have for dinner that is a bit more healthy… 🙂

The Pillow Project

Okay, so this is what my backyard swing area (under the palapa by the pool) looked like this morning.

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With JoAnn Fabrics’ 50% off indoor /outdoor home decor fabrics sale, I decided I was going to “renovate” this sad looking swing and cushions into a fun and inviting place to relax.

Yesterday I bought the fabric; last night I sewed the cushions together; this morning I made another trip to JoAnn’s armed with a multitude of 50% off coupons and bought the stuffing; came home; stuffed cushions; finished with slip-stitching them closed and… WALA!!!

Here is my renovated swing area.  The pillows are the ones I posted last night.

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I still have a couple bigger pillows to make…and then it is on to creating a few other new cushions and such for the backyard furniture.

So, what do you think?  Like??

This isn’t Your Mom’s Cabbage Soup

Yes, believe it or not… I still have a head of cabbage from the church garden that I need to use.  And yes, it is still very fresh, just need to peel of the outer leaf.

I was inspired by an article in the April 23rd issue of Woman’s World for this creation.

I actually started out with the intention of making Creamy Cheesy Jalapeno Soup, but I don’t have cheese in the house, didn’t feel like making a trip to the grocery store, and then remembered the article in the WWorld mag.

So here it is…

Cathy’s Cabbage Soup.

1 onion chopped
Couple tablespoons olive oil
1 large clove garlic
1 jalapeno pepper finely chopped
8-10 cups chicken broth
1 carrot chopped
1/2 head cabbage chopped
1 can cannilloni beans
Shell pasta
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions, garlic and jalapeno in olive oil about 5 minutes
Add everything else EXCEPT the pasta. Bring to a boil, lower to simmer and cook about 10 minutes.
Add pasta and cook about 10 minutes on simmer until pasta is cooked to your liking.

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If you make a large pot like I did, and you don’t have others to eat it, the pasta will swell up in the soup as it sits, so you may news to add water or more broth to the left overs, or have a thick soup.  Either way it is good.

Summer Pillows

I LOVE the remnant bin at JoAnn Fabrics.  I just can’t stay away from them!  Today I went to JoAnn’s in search of outdoor canvas material to make new cushions for my backyard swing, lounge chairs, etc. The material was 40% off PLUS I had a coupon for another 15% off the complete purchase!

I was in the back looking at the stuffing choices when I came upon a home decor remnant bin that I had never seen before.  This one had the 12″*12″ samples of materials that were discontinued.  Each piece was $2.  This is material that 1 you can’t get just 1 square foot and 2 usually goes for @ least $20 per yard.

I picked up 6 pieces.  Then I got a package of stuffing with a 40% off coupon (on top of the 15% off on the whole purchase).

This afternoon I pulled out the sewing machine and made these three pillows

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Here is the back view of them. They are in the same order as the first pic.

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Each pillow cost no more than $3 a piece, and go really well with the material I bought for the cushions I will be making soon.

Tomorrow I go back to JoAnn’s to pick up more stuffing for the cushions with the multiple 50% off for 1 full price item coupons I scored today that are for 4/15-21.  🙂