Food Friday – Lettuce Wraps

lettuce

Lettuce Wraps are yuuuuuu-mmmmmyyyy.  And the  PF Chang’s lettuce wraps are awesome! We’ve posted the recipe here for you. Grab some butter lettuce from your local grocer and follow the recipe below.

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons oil
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup water chestnut
2/3 cup mushroom
3 tablespoons chopped onions
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 -5 leaves iceberg lettuce

Special Sauce

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon hot mustard
2 teaspoons water
1 -2 teaspoon garlic and red chile paste
Stir Fry Sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
Directions:

  1. Make the special sauce by dissolving the sugar in water in a small bowl.
  2. Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, lemon juice and sesame oil.
  3. Mix well and refrigerate this sauce until you’re ready to serve.
  4. Combine the hot water with the hot mustard and set this aside as well.
  5. Eventually add your desired measurement of mustard and garlic chili sauce to the special sauce mixture to pour over the wraps.
  6. Bring oil to high heat in a wok or large frying pan.
  7. Saute chicken breasts for 4 to 5 minutes per side or done.
  8. Remove chicken from the pan and cool.
  9. Keep oil in the pan, keep hot.
  10. As chicken cools mince water chestnuts and mushrooms to about the size of small peas.
  11. Prepare the stir fry sauce by mixing the soy sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar together in a small bowl.
  12. When chicken is cool, mince it as the mushrooms and water chestnuts are.
  13. With the pan still on high heat, add another Tbsp of vegetable oil.
  14. Add chicken, garlic, onions, water chestnuts and mushrooms to the pan.
  15. Add the stir fry sauce to the pan and saute the mixture for a couple minutes then serve it in the lettuce”cups”.
  16. Top with”Special Sauce”.

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Thrifty Thursday – Free Movies!!!!!

movies

Do you like free movies? Of course you do! Do you like seeing them before they are even released at the theater…….DUH

Well you can. We have a site where you can enter to win tickets to see movies in your area before they even come out. GOFOBO , is a mvid site that lists upcoming movies screenings in your area. Here’s how it works.

1. Click the link GOFOBO

2. Create an account (upper right hand corner)

3. Go back to the home page and click on the “screenings” tab

4. In the “find a screening” box on the left. Enter your zip code and hit search

5. A list of movies will pop up. Next to each movie you will see one or more of these options:

“open screening”, “enter RSVP code”, or “enter ticket drawing”

  • Opening screenings – Click and grab your tickets. They are first come first serve so hurry
  • Enter RSVP code – You need to find these from local radio stations, promotions, etc..
  • Enter ticket Drawing – click to enter and you will be notified by email if you have won your drawing

TIPS:

  • Movies are often on weekdays
  • Movies typically start at 7pm. There are no previews and the seats are first come, first serve so arrive early (about 6:00-6:15)
  • If you are late, they will NOT seat you
  • Many times they will ask for your phone upon entering the theater. They will give you a claim ticket. We have never had a problem, but if you a re worried, just leave it in the car.
  • You can also sign up for sites such as Advanced screenings  or Screening.com. They will notify you when gofobo lists a new movie or drawing. They will also give you links to those RSVP codes in your area. And finally, they sometimes do text drawings that always seem to work out well.
  • Most of the free screenings are for 2 tickets. If you have a family with more people, have another person in your household create an account. There are no rules against this.

Since signing up in November we have gotten FREE tickets for:

  • The secret life of Walter Mitty
  • Lone survivor (twice)
  • Wolf of Wall street
  • Paranormal activity
  • Hercules

 

Good Luck!

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Tip Tuesday – Saving Smoothies

smoothies

Smoothies are all the rage right now. They are a great way to get a few added fruits and veggies in your diet. There are a ton of great smoothie recipes out there, but if you are anything like us, you are winging it based on what’s in your fridge.  A lot of times there is a little extra smoothie left over in the blender after filling up the cups. Don’t try to force down that extra, or throw it out. Freeze it! Pour the leftover smoothie in a plastic cup or baggie and throw in the freezer. Just add the left over to your smoothie tomorrow.

 

 

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Food Friday – Cheaper Than Take-out

take-out

The new year has started! There are many resolutions to fulfill. Some have to do with diet and others with staying on budget. We are going to focus on the “staying on budget” for this one, although it’s not too bad for ya.

Eating out is fun, but expensive! Ordering in is a little better, but not by much.  One of our favorites here is takeout from the local Chinese restaurants. Mongolian beef is a favorite and  a classic. We found this free recipe on blog.chef.net. It was delicious!

 

 

 

Here’s what you need:

Ingredients:
1 lb flank steak
¼ cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
½ teaspoon ginger (minced)
1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
½ cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
½ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice wine
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 green onions (sliced)
1 medium onion (sliced)
Oil (for frying)

 

Here’s what you do:

Step 1: To make the sauce- in a sauce pan heat 2 teaspoons of oil. Add garlic and ginger, stir fry 10 seconds. Add soy sauce, wine and water. Add brown sugar and dissolve into the sauce. Add red pepper flakes. Bring the sauce to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Step 2: Slice the flank steak against the grain into ¼” thick slices. Tilt the knife blade at a 45 degree angle to the top of the steak to get wider cuts. Toss the steak slices with cornstarch and let the beef sit for 10 minutes (this is very important, do not skip).
Step 3: Heat up about a cup of oil in your wok to about medium heat. Add the beef slices to the wok and cook for 3 minutes (or use a deep fryer).

Step 4: Remove the meat from the wok with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Drain all of the oil from the wok expect about a tablespoon. Add onions to the wok and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the steak back to the wok and pour in the sauce. Cook while stirring until the sauce began to bubble.

(Makes 2 Servings)

 

Tips:

Double the recipe for more people

Make the sauce ahead of time and store in the fridge to cut down on prep time.

Buy pre sliced meat for an added time saver.

 

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Thrifty Thursday – Cheap Febreze

flowers

Febreze is a great product. We love it! But it is pretty expensive. Did you know that you can make it at home? It’s actually pretty easy. Just mix 2 parts water and 1 part fabric softener. Shake well and use a recycled bottle.

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Tip Tuesday – Fast Charge

phone-booth

Don’t you hate when your phone dies? Us too. What’s even worse is when you don’t have long to charge it. If you are running out the door, between flights or late for an appointment try charging you phone or iPod in “airplane” mode. It will charge much faster!

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Thrifty Thursday – Cheap Febreze

Febreze is a great product. We love it! But it is pretty expensive. Did you know that you can make it at home? It’s actually pretty easy. Just mix 2 parts water and 1 part fabric softener. Shake well and use a recycled bottle.

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Monday Funday – New Years Eve (Kid Style)

flowers

New Years Eve is a great celebration. It’s a time for new beginings, resolutions and a fresh start. Some people ring in the new year with parties and music. We, on the other hand have kids. Having kids on NYE can be a little less exciting…….unless you read this blog. We have a few fun ideas that will entertain your kids until the ball drops.

1. Time balloons – Start by labeling balloons with times on them. Put a piece of paper in the balloon that has an activity that you can do with the kids. Pop the balloon with you hit the time written on the balloon.

Here is a list of some ideas for your balloons:

  • -Play a board game
  • -Make a desert (decorate cup cakes, cookies or bake a pastry)
  • -Go on a treasure hunt/scavenger hunt: Click here for some hunt ideas http://www.quickhunts.com/new-years-eve-scavenger-hunt-78cf
  • -Make homemade noise makers and party favors: Here is a DIY link http://www.huntedinterior.com/2013/12/diy-confetti-wands.html
  • -Sing kareoke
  • -Have a dance party – kick on the music and dance your butt off. For a little added fun, have someone control the music and freeze every time they shut it off.  You can also play dance dance revolution is you have a Wii, PS or Xboz
  • -Roast marshmallows/build a fire in the back yard
  • -Put together a time capsule
  • -Shoot off some fireworks (if legal in your area)
  • -Home made bowling alley – Find a hall or kitchen floor with enough space to roll a ball. Here is a DIY bowling idea: http://www.cherylstyle.com/showcase/diy-bowling-game-craft/
  • -Make a reflection jar – Have each member of the family write down their favorite memories from the last year. Put all of the memories on individul pieces of paper. You can even decorate the jar. Save the jar and open on Dec. 31st next year.

 

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