Monday, August 27, 2012

Asian Beef Wraps

We tried these Asian Beef Wraps last night for dinner and they were so tasty. I knew I'd like them, I've made a similar recipe before (you can find that here) But, these you could cook in the slow cooker, so I wanted to try them. I thought both recipes were good and you can do it either way. The good thing about these is you could prep everything the night before (like after the kids go to bed) and then just throw it all in the crock pot the next day.

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Wraps

  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup hoisin sauce, divided (8oz jar)
  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp hot chili oil
  • 5 oz can bamboo shoots, drained, finely chopped
  • 8 oz can water chestnuts, drained, finely chopped
  • 14 oz can bean sprouts, drained
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, snipped
  • 12 crisp iceberg lettuce leaves
1. Brown ground beef  with chopped onion. Drain off excess liquid. In large Crock-Pot combine cooked turkey and onion with celery, ½ cup hoisin sauce, soy sauce, water, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, sesame oil, chili oil, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
2.Before serving, mix in a can of bean sprouts and cilantro. Serve by scooping a spoonful in the lettuce, drizzle with the leftover (¼ cup) hoisin sauce.
Sorry these are not the best pictures, it was a little hectic a dinner time last night.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Yoder's, Parks, and New Bikes

Thursday was our lazy day around the house. We didn't have anywhere to be, so we just hung around in our pjs all morning. This is what Evan does when he's ready for breakfast, he just goes and sits down and waits.

We snuggled up with the blankets and watched cartoons. I was exhausted and I think the boys were too.

While I took a shower, the boys played in our tub. They love to pile their blankets in there and play around. They found some boxes that they were using as blocks, which I was fine with.

Until I walked in and this was happening. Oh, boys.

I wish these pictures were turned right, but they were having so much fun in our tub.

They brought the blankets downstairs and played in the hallway while I made lunch.

I had to get this picture of Evan, he cannot stand having his hands dirty. I wonder where he gets that from. ;) So, when his hands are dirty and he wants a drink, this is how he picks up his sippy cup so he doesn't get it dirty.

When Greg got home, we decided to go to Yoder's. The weather was so nice, so we decided to get sandwiches there and eat outside at the picnic tables. After we ate, the boys tried out the slides and swings they had for sale.

Evan saying "Cheese" for the camera.  

The boys really loved these swings, I think they could have stayed there all evening.

Friday, Greg had the day off and so he kept Evan while I took Carter to his follow up with his allergist. It was just a routine follow up. They used to have toys in the waiting room and exam rooms but they didn't this time, so I tried to entertain Carter with my phone.

Then, in the exam room, I brought out a new toy that I just happened to grab at the last minute-just in case.

And of course, snacks. We always bring those to any type of appointment we have.

That afternoon after the boys naps, we took them to the park.

We wanted them to run out all their energy so they would sleep good. We had a bbq at one of Greg's coworker's houses. Our babysitter had to cancel, and luckily my friend was able to come over and listen for the boys while we went. It was nice to get out, we left at 7:00 and got home a little before 10:00. It was fun seeing all the people we used to hang out with before we had kids. We had a great time and I was thinking we should do it more often..until I got up the next day. I was exhausted! Normally we're in bed way before 10:00, so maybe we shouldn't do that more often. :)

Greg mowed the grass on Saturday morning. The boys loved watching him, which made my job of watching them so much easier. ;)

I have so many things on my to do lists. Yes, lists--plural. So many things I need to get done and then these come in the mail on Saturday. How am I supposed to be productive knowing these are sitting on the counter needing to be read? So, I just add them to my to do list, so I can check them off after reading them and feel like I was productive.
The boys bikes also came in the mail on Saturday--the one day this week that it rained the ENTIRE day. So, we put them together and the boys had to ride them in the house. The rain seemed like it stopped, so we went outside but had to turn around 2 minutes later because it started up again.
Carter loved "helping" daddy put the bike together. He was so cute, he sat right beside Greg the whole time and tried to help. He even got his plush screwdriver so he could do what Greg was doing.

Evan stole this one and started riding it before Greg finished it. They have push handles on the back that we can remove when they get better at pedaling.

This morning, we went to the Greene County Park. It's become our Sunday morning tradition. The slides were wet from the day before, so we brought towels to dry them off. The boys play so good here, it's never crowded and it's such a great way to start our Sundays.

We bring several trucks for the boys and Carter loves to push them down the slide.

The boys also like to have their morning snack at the picnic benches there.

 Overall, we had a fun and relaxing weekend.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Our Week In Iphone Pics

A little random, photo dump of pictures from this week so far.

We took the boys to Lowe's on Sunday and they would not sit in the same cart! They each wanted their own cart. Carter found this toy that I set aside to donate and he's obsessed with it, both boys are, so he brought that and let it share the cart with him.

Evan loves his Leappad from Greg's Aunt Janet. We bought another one because we know this is going to be a favorite around the house.

Both boys LOVE peaches, but Carter does not like them in his yogurt. He seperated all the chunks and wouldn't eat them.

We had our triplet friends over on Monday and the boys were so excited. They wanted to hang out in the front room to watch for them. Haha. And Evan's on the Leappad again.

He looks so comfy.

When the triplets arrived the boys were so happy!

Carter was even clapping. haha. It was cute how excited they were. Evan kept asking about our friends. He'd say "Friends? Where's friends?"

Sometime the only thing the boys need to eat a good meal is to feel like big kids, so I served them their hotdogs like big kids.

We met our friends at Bounce and Play on Wednesday. Now that the boys are 2, they aren't cheap anymore, so we go on Toddler days when they offer reduced rates.

This is the thing that leads to the big kid slide. I have no idea how Evan managed to go up it so many times, but he did. And of course, Carter had to do it, except he couldn't, got stuck and cried and cried. I was afraid to get him, I didn't want to get stuck, but my friend went in and got him. Oh, life with little daredevils.

Greg went out for drinks with a few people from work Wednesday night, which meant that I got to do dinner, bathtime, and bedtime with the boys by myself. So, when he got home and took the boys to the gym, I took a little "me" time" and went shopping. I hit up Yankee Candle and Michael's. I had a coupon and Yankee candle was having a sale, so I was super excited. I love the way our house smells now that I'm burning my new candle.

I got the supplies to make a wreath.

I'm hoping it turns out like this one that I saw on "A Touch of Class". Except in UGA colors, of course. I'll post a picture of the finished wreath.

I hope everybody is having a good week. Greg is off tomorrow, so I'm excited to start our weekend.