Mmmm…stir-fry!

Whoa! It’s Friday! You know what I love better than having to work weekends? FOOD! Haha, so yeah, I work weekends. That really doesn’t make Friday that awesome. I should really work on my transitioning…naaah.

Anyways, to go with my themed days, today’s theme is food. I really like food and cooking and baking. This really is one of the most perfect themes for me. And so, here’s the theme’s introduction.

Foodie Friday
~I could share recipes or talk about my favorite foods and dishes. Really, this could be anything about food.

As you can guess by the title, I’m talking about stir-fry! No, this isn’t that crap that you take out of the freezer and heat up on the stove. This includes all fresh veggies! I really wish I took step-by-step pictures, but I think it’s really awkward cooking now that I live with my gramma. Everyone sits at the kitchen table for most of the day, whether that’s to read or work on school or just be on the computer. That being said, the kitchen is kind of small! We don’t have a dishwasher, and we wouldn’t even have room for one! So, I don’t know that I’ll take step-by-step pictures of the food I make, unless my gramma isn’t in the room. My sister already knows I’m weird and stuff~

Back on topic…I made stir-fry Wednesday night! I used to make it more often when I lived with my roommate(s).

Stir-fry(Excuse the paper plate…)

This recipe includes chicken as the meat…though I’m used to making it with only vegetables! My previous roommate, still my best friend, is a vegetarian. I sort of adapted to that when we lived together since I’m not really a fan of meat and all that.

This recipe made enough for three of us to eat with a bit leftover (sadly, hardly any rice).

RECIPE

Veggies

  • Onion – not really sure how much…I just cut it until it looks like it is enough – You want to slice this and then lay that flat and cut it in half.
  • Carrots – I used about 6 or so medium carrots. DO NOT USE BABY CARROTS – Cut them how you like. I chop them to be a few inches long, and then I cut those in half the other way before making them into strips.
  • Mushrooms – I used a couple handfuls of small, white ones. – Slice these.
  • Red bell pepper – I used a whole one…though I think it was too much. – I just cut it in half, cleaned it out, and then sliced it. I cut the slices in half lengthwise.
  • Broccoli – I used two small heads. – Wash it and then break it off and cut it up, depending on how large you want them. Remember, the smaller they are, the faster they cook!

Other

  • Chicken – Funny…I forgot about this at first. I thawed a few naked chicken tenders.
  • Rice – You cannot forget this! We just eat white rice, but you can choose whichever one you like. Just don’t use the boxed instant rice. 😛
  • Crushed red pepper flakes – I use this on the chicken and then the rest of the stuff.

Sauce

  • Soy sauce – Uh, I just pour it in until it looks good
  • Brown sugar – A couple clumps…

((If you haven’t noticed, I don’t really measure much when cooking. I think it runs in my family.))

DIRECTIONS
  1. You need to cut up all of the vegetables! I actually start with the onions and then the mushrooms. I then cook those in oil in the pan while I cut the rest of the vegetables. Make sure to stir it here or there. Also stir everything together when you add more vegetables.
  2. Depending on your chicken, you might want to start it first. After it is thawed (or maybe you’ll start with unfrozen chicken), you should fry it in a pan with some black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.
  3. Somewhere around here, you should start the rice. The cook time all depends on the rice. White rice cooks pretty fast so it is one of the last things I do.
  4. Cut up the chicken into bite-sized pieces when it is done cooking.
  5. After your vegetables are all added to the pan, sprinkle more crushed red pepper flakes over it.
  6. Let the vegetables get most of the way cooked before you add the chicken that you already cut up.
  7. After everything is added, add soy sauce! I generally pour a bit in then stir it around. If it doesn’t look like there is much of a sauce then I add more.
  8. Next, add brown sugar. Do this a little bit at a time! I push the stir-fry out of the way and put the brown sugar directly into the soy sauce so it disintegrates quickly and mixes with the soy sauce.
  9. Try to the sauce. If you want it sweeter, add more brown sugar. If you think it’s too sweet, add more soy sauce. The amounts depend on your taste!
  10. After you’ve gotten the soy sauce to brown sugar ratio down, let the stir-fry cook in it a bit longer. You want the vegetables and meat to soak it up a bit!
  11. Put your rice on a plate or in a bowl and add the stir-fry on top!
  12. Now you’re ready to eat.
EXTRA

I used to add gochujang (Korean red pepper paste) to the sauce. However, I just threw it out because it was reaaaally old. I’m not sure if I can find any around here. Though, it might be too spicy for my sister and gramma. If you do use gochujang, get it on a spoon and add it little-by-little, very similarly to how you do the brown sugar. You want it on the spoon to slowly stir it around in the soy sauce. I suggest adding it after the brown sugar.

You can really use any vegetables you want! That reminds me, I had forgotten to add the water chestnuts to it while I was cooking…so we opened the can, heated them up in the microwave, and added them on our plates. Oops.

If you don’t like spicy, I suggest not adding the crushed red pepper flakes…or gochujang.

You might have noticed that I didn’t add any salt. I really don’t like salt. I rarely add it to things. Plus, the soy sauce has enough sodium on its own!

 

Let me know what you think of this!

-Nicole

 

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Mackinac…pronounced naw not nack.

Mackinac Bridge

Hello everyone! It has been a week since my last post! If you haven’t noticed from last week’s posts, I have some sort of themed days going on…It’s to inspire me and give me structure for posting more. So far, I really like what I have planned for the days. I guess that’s my cue to introduce today’s theme!

Travel Thursday
~I figure this will be where I’ve been and where I want to go! Perhaps anything else related to the topic.

This brings me to the title of this post! For those not aware, I’m from Michigan in the United States. I think most people in the state know of Mackinac Bridge/Island and the city! Though from Google, I’m told Mackinac City is Mackinaw City. Though the bridge and island are Mackinac. They’re actually pronounced the same. However, I’ll still call it Mackinac, because that’s how I’ve always referred to it as?

Anyways, for my 16th birthday, my uncle and his now ex-wife took my sister and I there! Our birthdays are 1 year and 3 days apart, so it was a nice weekend trip for both of our birthdays. We did not go to the island, though I really want to sometime in the future! Of course we got to see the bridge and the Straits of Mackinac that separate the Upper Peninsula and Lower Peninsula. We also got to visit Fort Michilimackinac and a large ship! I don’t know if it was the retired icebreaker called USCGC Mackinaw or not. However that ship is a museum! The area and its history is really interesting. The French did settle in the area. Of course, before them, there were multiple Indian/Native American tribes. During the French and Indian War, though, the British took over the fort previously mentioned.

The whole Mackinaw/Mackinac area is really popular in the summer. There are so many tourists (myself included)! There’s a good shopping area and pretty nice hotels, too. Kilwin’s ice cream and fudge are AMAZING! Seriously, we had so much of it when we were there. That brings me to another point. Mackinac Island Fudge seems to be really famous. I’ve had some and it’s really yummy…I’m not even a fudge person even though I like chocolate!

I do have to say, if you visit Michigan, the drive to the north part of the Lower Peninsula is well worth it. You’ll get to see a lot during the drive and while you’re there. There’s so much to experience. You could even go across the bridge and visit the Upper Peninsula! That’s also on my to-visit list. 😀

I’ll leave you with this picture of the bridge!

Mackinac Bridge(Image is not mine.)

 

EDIT: My sister pointed out that I wrote we’re 3 years apart…but we’re really 1 year and 3 days apart. I shortened or something. lol
Also, she says it was the icebreaker that we went and saw!

Wednesday, are you really almost over?

So, I had planned to do this earlier…but it didn’t happen. It’s going on 11pm right now. Most likely it’ll be later by the time this is posted. For Wednesday, I came up with an idea to get myself writing more. It’s called Random Word Wednesday. I’ll use this random word generator to generate one word, which I will use as a prompt for whatever I wish to write. I think I may try a Haiku sometime or drabbles. Though I may also go with longer pieces.


Golf

Her sundress hung tightly to her hips, and her long, golden hair swept from side to side as she walked across the green grass. She could feel the stalks of grass with her feet, for her shimmering sandals let it get to her. It felt oddly calming. Though who wouldn’t be calmed with the nice summer weather? The sunshine leapt from her hair hair to her arms and down to her legs. It felt so warm, but the light breeze kept her cooled down.

Although she was enjoying the weather, she wasn’t enjoying the game going on. How could anyone enjoy something as slow as golf? She couldn’t help but frown at the thought. It didn’t surprise her that she was let-down by the game. She wasn’t much into sports anyways. But he was, and that was why she was there. He enjoyed it, and so she would try. If it cleared his mind and lightened his heart, then why not try? All she wanted was for him to feel better. Golf was what helped him when he was troubled, even though it did nothing for her.


So, I was going for a drabble (100 words)…instead I ended up with 187 words. I can say that I don’t really know golf, nor do I want to learn golf. It really isn’t interesting to me. This isn’t too much about golf, but it’s what popped in my head.

I imagine her kind of just relaxed in a bored sort of way…allowing “him” to play the game while she just enjoys the weather. I do feel it’d be a romantic relationship between them…though that could be influenced by the song that I have on repeat.

First Kiss by Teen Top

Top Ten…Tuesday?

Tulips

What could this be? Hm….My top ten list for the day. As Spring gets closer and closer, I can’t help but to daydream of all of the green trees, fresh grass, and pretty flowers! Taking all of that into consideration, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that this is my top ten list of favorite flowers.

1. Cherry Blossom – is from the genus Prunus. If it’s specifically the Japanese Cherry Blossom then it’s called sakura or Prunus Serrulata. I’m not picky!

Cherry Blossom

2. Magnolia – There are around 210 species of this genus! They’re named after a French botanist, Pierre Magnol.

Magnolia

3. Begonia – is from the family Begoniaceae, and they are native to subtropical and tropical climates.

Begonia

4. Tulip – especially the purple ones. There are 75 wild species.

Tulips

5. Gerbera Daisy – Prettiest daisy in my opinion. This one is named in honor of a German botanist (and doctor) Traugott Gerber.

Gerbera Daisy

6. Snapdragons – Actual name is Antirrhnum, or may be known as dragon flowers.

Snapdragons

7. Forget-Me-Not – Actual name is Myosotis. I think most commonly seen as blue, but they are also pink or white.

Forget-Me-Not

8. Lilac – I remember growing up around these, and I still love them today…and of course, they’re purple. Though sometimes they’re white.

Lilac

9. Petunias – Very common here, especially wave petunias. I don’t know the difference. I do like to draw them though.

Petunias

10. Oleander – Or really, the Nerium Oleander. It is the only one in the genus Nerium!

Oleander

 

My question to you: What are your favorite flowers?

Images are NOT mine.

 

Favorite Poster | Day 23

Whoa, yes, it has been awhile. A week, to be exact. I’ve not been in quite the mood to write or post anything. I think my change in work schedule had something to do with it. I think I was feeling overwhelmed before it even started! At least, I didn’t let it stop me from having a good weekend, last weekend. I went on quite the adventure on Saturday and did some cleaning on Sunday.

Now to where I stopped posting. I’m going to get caught up now! Here’s my favorite poster. I really like the quote. 🙂

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-Nicole

Harry Potter Drabble | Day 18

And now for the drabble! In case you don’t know, a drabble is something that is no more than 100 words. Some people are strict and say they have to be 100 words, while some others say it can be less. Anyways, here’s mine that is xxxx words and Harry Potter themed.

It was before sunrise when he had made his way outside, to the one place he loved. He loved it because he was free. There was no one to tell him what to do, and no one to distract him.

Little did he know, though, he was never alone. Those who followed him really couldn’t resist. He made himself too alluring when he went out, especially in the early morning. The girls were lucky they could muffle their giggles as they watched him obsess over the sport of Quidditch, the sight being too much. Only Oliver, they would always think.

I’m not really sure what inspired this. I just knew I wanted to do a drabble about something Quidditch related, and this is what came out.

-Nicole