My Sweet Little Family

Asian Chicken Bowls

Nine times out of ten, I will choose Asian food over any other type of cuisine. If we are going out for a nice-ish dinner, hibachi is where it’s at. Take out? Chinese. Any day, anytime, anywhere? Sushi or Thai. I’m always experimenting with different Asian recipes, but this one was exceptionally good. Even my pickiest eater devoured it! It doesn’t hurt that dinner was on the table in about 25 minutes (and only that long because of the rice!). Asian Chicken Bowls Ingredients: 2 tsp sesame oil 1 lb ground chicken 3 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp hoisin sauce…

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Chicken Piccata

I never actually tried chicken piccata until planning our wedding. We went to a meeting with a potential caterer to do a taste test and they prepared samples of their most popular foods for us to try. We ended up using them to cater our wedding, mostly because of that chicken piccata. I wondered why I waited 20-something years to try this dish. Honestly, I don’t think anyone’s rendition could ever measure up to the one at our wedding, but this one comes pretty darn close. I have been making this since right after we got married on a pretty…

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Egg Roll in a Bowl

I am pretty sure we’ve all seen some variation of this recipe floating around the internet recently. Eggr Roll in a Bowl, Deconstructed Egg Roll, Undone Egg Roll, Egg Roll Stir-fry…whatever floats your boat. I prefer Egg Roll in a Bowl, so that’s what I stick with! 😉 I’ve made this several times in the past month or so and every time, it’s been a pretty big hit, even with my littlest girl who is an extremely picky eater. It comes together super easily and I generally have everything I need in my pantry except the ground turkey and coleslaw…

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Dr. Suess Birthday Party

I have a love/hate relationship with throwing birthday parties for my kids. On the one hand, I usually host them at our house, and feel like everything has to be sparkling clean in order to be acceptable. Obviously, the junk drawer (everyone has one of those, right?!) and our closets have to be 100% organized before people come over. I mean, what if someone randomly needs a paper clip or gets chilly (in the middle of summer in Florida…) and needs to borrow a sweater? Hey, it could happen. I’ve always been a crazy lady in the week or so…

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Ahi Tuna Poke Bowls

It’s been a while; a long while! But I figured I’d jump back in feet first with this recipe, mostly because this might just be the best thing I’ve ever made! There is a little beachy restaurant nearby that serves delicious ahi tuna poke bowls, and every time I go, that’s exactly what I order. I’ve thought for a while about trying to recreate it at home, but was a little nervous about using raw tuna. After doing some (a lot of) research on sushi-grade tuna, I finally bought some.  I am not kidding when I say this is probably…

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Recipe: Chicken Teriyaki with Sauteed Cabbage

Even though St. Augustine, FL wasn’t part of my Top 10 U.S. Cities post, it sure could have been. I love that city. It is close enough for us that we can make it a day trip, but we don’t take full advantage of this beautiful old city and all it has to offer.  We have been there several times since we’ve had kids and always swear we’re going to make it a point to go more often.  Well, we went this past weekend for the day and really lucked out weather-wise- it was a perfect Florida fall day.  We wore light…

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Meet Mia!

I mentioned in a previous post that we added another girl to our family several months ago…a dog! Since being married, Cesar and I have wanted a dog but have lived in two different rentals and neither of them allowed dogs. We decided we would get one when we moved to our own house, so we started looking in early December when our closing date was getting close (or so we thought). Our plan was to adopt a puppy, preferably one that was only a couple months old. We scoured Craigslist and local animal shelters’ websites every evening in search…

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Top 10 Favorite iPhone Apps

For the longest time, I was Team Anti-iPhone and was adamant I’d never have one. Finally, a few years ago when we switched carriers, I was convinced to jump on the bandwagon and bought an iPhone 4. I thought I’d hate it but I’ve grown to love it and don’t think I’d switch back. I have since gotten an iPhone 5S, which I love even more because the camera is much higher quality. I use my phone for everything: my watch, camera, alarm clock, to-do list, and calendar, just to name a few. When it comes to apps, I’m the…

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Our Family Lately

Goodness, it’s been awhile. As usual. We’ve been having a good time as a family of four! Well, technically I guess we’re a family of five now, since we have adopted a four-legged friend. But we’ll save that for another post. Since we last met, lots has gone on! Here are some highlights: Emma went to Disney for the first time. We took the girls to Magic Kingdom. Sophia had a blast, like she normally does, but at 4 months old, Emma could not have cared less. Football season came and went. We don’t really want to talk about it….

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My Week in Instagram Pictures

Wow, I have a ton of pictures from the last week. Cesar and I and the girls went to Puerto Rico last week for a friend’s wedding and made it into a little vacation. It was our first vacation as a family of four, and geez…it was chaotic to say the least! But we had a good time just the four of us navigating Puerto Rico’s crazy (and sometimes scary) roads. More on Puerto Rico later. But for now, let’s get into my week in Instagram pictures. They are a little out of order this week…I used a new program…

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