Sunday, October 22, 2017

Chicken and Snow Peas Stir Fry

An all time favorite. Excellent leftovers.


Chicken and Snow Peas Stir Fry

Marinade: 2 teaspoonfuls each soy sauce, corn starch, sherry, and water

1 pound boneless, skinless,  chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
3 tablespoons oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can sliced water chestnuts or bamboo shoots, drained
4 carrots sliced diagonally 
1/4 pound snow peas

Cooking sauce: 
Stir together 3/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons sherry, 4 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil, 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 

In a bowl mix soy sauce, cornstarch, sherry, and water. Mix well. Add chicken and garlic. Stir to coat all pieces of chicken. Refrigerate. 

Place large pan over high heat. When hot add 2 tablespoons oil. Add chicken and stir fry until done. Remove from pan and set aside. 

Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Ad vegetables and stir fry for about 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water, cover, and cook for 3 minutes. 

Add chicken and cooking sauce. Cook, stirring constantly until sauce thickens. 

Serve over rice. 

October Thoughts

     “The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.” 
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Saturday, October 21, 2017

October Poetry

"The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on."
-   Emily Dickinson,  Nature 27 - Autumn

October Goals

Spiritual
     Daily Reading
     Meditation 

Physical
     Veggie Tray
     Fruit daily
     Water

Quilting — Borders

Reading
     A Thousand Day’s by Arthur Schlesinger 
     Benjamin Rush: Patriot and Physician by Alan Brodsky
     Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim
     Earthly Remains by Donna Leon


Cooking
     Saturday -- Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries
     Sunday-- Schwan’s Beef Pot Pies 
     Monday-- Baked Fish, Carrots/Thyme, Coleslaw 
     Tuesday -- Schwan’s Chicken Stir Fry
     Wednesday -- Spaghetti and Meatballs 
     Thursday-- Leftovers 
     Friday -- Out 

Personal
     Monday—Mani/Pedi
     Thursday—Haircut 
     Thursday—Flu Shot & Blood Draw for Annual Physical
     Pick up quilt

Thursday, October 19, 2017

After the Wildfire by Brian Alcock

After the Wildfire by Brian Alcock

I am reading a very interesting book After the Wildfire: Ten Years of Recovery after the Willow Fire by Brian Alcock. In 2004 a tremendous wildfire burned through large areas of the Mazatzal Mountains in Arizona. The author lives in Tempe, Arizona and one of his favorite hikes is along Deer Creek which was severely burned in the wildfire.  The book follows him through 10 years of recovery along Deer Creek. It is very interesting as he discusses the flowers and trees and small animals, insects, and amphibians of the area. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Around OakMeadows


If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that I am a planner/list maker. Several years ago I made a Plan for Travel List that I really like. It takes away the anxiety of getting ready for a trip and worry that I have forgotten something. Here's my List:

Travel Planning/Prep

Flight information 

Hotel/Lodging information 

Things to pack in suitcase

Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Dental floss
Dental threaders
Scooter charger
iPhone chargers
Ear buds
Extension cords
ZipLoc bag with medications 
     Benadryl
     Claritin
     Ibuprofen 
     Norco
     Lisinopril
     Omeprazole
Clothing
     Slacks
     Shirts
     Vests
     Underwear 
     Socks
     Pajamas
Books

Things to pack in purse:

iPad
Purse
Ziplock bag with HandiWipes
Cash

Take coat

Take insect repellent 


Things to do:

Get Cash
Make arrangements with Awesome Paws
Make arrangements with Lone Star Pet Lodge
Put key in ZipLoc bag 
Call Ricky about mail
Set up feeding stations for cats
Clean out litter boxes
Remove lift bar & Charge scooter
Check in and print boarding passes