Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Saturday Morning on our Patio

This is Dave,our African Jasmine Traveling Plant. He's on his 3rd apartment. From the way he's been blooming it appears he loves his new home.

Looking down from our patio.

If you look closely you can see the green pool water ~ the pump broke last week

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

What's On The Menu Wednesday ~ Dining with Debbie

Our dining area - June 2010

Today, all of the adults are busy with work. Kiana is enjoying a leisurely summer hanging out at the pool and spa or visiting friends.

Since we now have a vegan in the house we are incorporating meals that will please both meat lovers and vegans. That means stir fries.

Charles will be making his version of Paula Deen's Chicken Stir Fry served over Brown Rice. It's very simple and quick to make and healthy.

Paula Deen Chicken Stir Fry with Brown Rice

* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 1 tablespoon sesame oil
* 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
* 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
* 1 package shiitake mushrooms
* 2 to 3 carrots, thinly sliced
* 1 red bell pepper, chopped
* 1 cup onion, diced
* 1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
* 1 cup chicken broth
* 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
* 1 tablespoon soy sauce
* 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
* 2 tablespoons cornstarch
* Served over Brown Rice


In a large skillet, heat the oils over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Set chicken aside then add broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, pepper, and onion and cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the water chestnuts. In a small bowl, combine broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and cornstarch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium to medium-low, and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Meat lovers add chicken to their servings. Serve over hot, cooked brown rice.

Question: Do You Like Your Dryer?

Charles has informed me that we can purchase our own appliances for our apartment. The first one to get replaced is the dryer.

It's takes forever to dry clothes. And with two teenagers ~ jeans, t shirts, towels, we need something that will dry big loads fast.

Since this is our first time owning a dryer I would like to know if you ladies like your dryer.

What are some of the must haves that you required in your purchase?

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Would You Like to Live in This House? $50 Million Hamptons House

If you were able to purchase and maintain this house you certainly wouldn't ever hear "I'm bored!"

My favorite place of this house is the finished basement. With a 2 lane bowling alley, rock climbing wall. game room, head spinning indoor skateboard half-pipe room and virtual golf course would keep the kids and adults busy.

Take a tour of the house and let me know what your favorite room(s) are!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Teenage Boy's Room - June 2010

Look closely. You can see a pair of very long legs and a laptop.

Several of the wall decor items were purchased at PB Teen.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Menu Plan Monday - July 4, 2010

For many of you Monday is a holiday. In my case, it's a work day with holiday pay! The hubby and the teenage son have the day off. There's still a few things that need to be hung up so they'll be busy.

Kiana introduced us to Vegan Corn Dogs last week. It's amazing how many vegan products are available in the mainstream grocery stores. Today was a meatfree day. I made homemade waffles with sliced strawberries, lunch was cucumber and tomato salad and for dinner we loaded up on Charles' famous guacamole and corn tortilla chips.

I've been working out during my 3 hour breaks at the complex gym. I now include some weight work along with 30 minutes on the treadmill.

Now onto this week's menu plan.

Chicken Stir Fry with Brown Rice

Sloppy Joes, Oven Fries

Chicken Cordon Blue, Salad and Stuffing

Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Salad

Cucumber and Tomato Salad, Macaroni and Cheese

Decorating Our Living Room ~ July 2010

Does one ever stop decorating or rearranging furniture in their home? I thought about that as I took these photos.

For example, we've already changed the pillows on the couch and exchanged the bench for the ottoman.

Vegan Recipes ~ Please Share

Kiana is a vegan...who only eat eggs. So, if you have a tried and true vegan recipe please share.

We thank you!

Today's Message: Realistic Expectations ~ Joyce Meyer

Do you believe that the Heavenly Father can do big things? And that He can do them through you?

Learn how to put your hope in the Heavenly Father at Joyce Meyer Ministries.

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