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Japanese Style Chicken Thighs

We had a sweet, younger couple over for dinner, and they have been eating healthy.  I made sure that our menu was okay with their diet restrictions (having many of my own currently and in the past).

The Menu: (I will be posting the Bok Choy and Cauliflower Fried Rice over the next couple of days.)

Japanese Style Chicken Thighs with Roasted Bok Choy and Cauliflower Fried Rice

For the chicken, I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs.  For the marinade and basting sauce:
1/2 ounce Tamari
1 ounce Mirin or Dry Sherry
1/4 ounce sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar (or honey)
1 ounce ginger – grated
2 large garlic – grated
2 green onions or scallions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything together in a bowl except the salt, pepper and green onions.  Place the chicken in a the bowl and pour the sauce over.  Cover and let sit at room temperature for about 45 minutes to a hour.

Place chicken on a sheet pan (I cover mine with aluminium foil).  Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and pepper.Bake at 350 degrees, for about 30-35 minutes or until chicken is done, turning once and basting with the marinade.Sprinkle the green onions on the chicken.  Serve hot with the Bok Choy and Cauliflower Fried Rice.

We loved it, and our guests were very happy with the meal.  (Yay!)  I didn’t end up taking pictures of our plates (I had forgotten-ugh).

Blessings.

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Affirmations · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · family · friends · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · thoughts · Uncategorized

Days

I would love to change some things but I wouldn’t be where I am today without what brought me here.  Lots of experience, right? And lessons, and a ton of blessings.

Blessings.

Changes · family · friends · Seasons · Uncategorized

Family-Seasons

My definition of family keeps changing.  I have my husband (and his family), and our children.  But I also have friends that I have considered family for over twenty years.  Seasons change, and we have changed.  My chosen family has changed.

It isn’t personal, it is growth.  Change is hard sometimes for me.  I like variety in my work, but when it comes to structure of friends and family I tend to be very loyal.  That’s is the problem – loyalty isn’t always a good thing.  Seasons are required for growth.  Love and understanding is required for family.

How is your season of family and friends defined?

Blessings.

 

2019 · Advice · Affirmations · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Be Kind · Christ · encourage · Enough · Faith · family · friends · journey · letting go · love · ministry · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · thoughts · Uncategorized

Sunday Thoughts

I have some friends that are going through times of uncertainty. I say that it will get better as it did for me but they are still unsure.

God takes us through something, I believe, to help those that go through it later. He brings you into their lives to show that His grace is enough.

Circumstances might be different, but the pain and healing are the same.

Looking back on my life, I never thought that I would be one to encourage others.

I am feeling blessed with my past (as difficult as it has been), because of who He has placed in my path. It is my choice if I assist, encourage or help. He places those that might need me to help…I feel anyway.

Blessings.

Affirmations · Besties · Changes · encourage · family · friends · Seasons · Uncategorized

Five

From my Passion Planner last week.  I have been praying – meditating on this all week.

When the kids were little, our concentration on friends were those with children of similar ages and interests.  As adults, those interests have changed.   My work has changed…David’s work has changed.  He has the time to be more involved with the local community theater.  We have met some incredible people along this path.  I am so very grateful for the exposure to so many cultures and groups.

I miss my Christian involvement, and have guilt about not being involved with church.  However, I feel as though I no longer belong there.  Again, it is about growth and change, and it isn’t all bad.

I like the people I/we that are surround us.  I love my besties, and miss them terribly when we can’t spend time together.  I love our friend groups, and they are most definitely a diverse group of people.

Need to remember that I should be a good person to be around, to encourage others to be better or bring them some amount of joy.  I also need to remind myself that it is okay to let some of them go, especially when they bring me down.

Thoughts?

Blessings.

 

 

2019 · Affirmations · Disney · encourage · friends · Grateful · leadership · Princess · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · Strong · thankful · Uncategorized · Work-job

Princess

It was such an honor to be a part of this event on Friday evening.  David was the announcer for the strong, amazing princesses (and Queen). I love these women.

These were his introductions:

Good evening! To Your Most Royal Highnesses, and your steadfast and devoted Escorts, I offer a warm and heartfelt welcome! It is my great privilege this evening to introduce your honored visitors. A gathering of Princesses from across the worlds of magic and imagination.

Kind, elegant, shy and sophisticated, as well as a hopeless romantic, this princess was named by her parents after the goddess of the dawn, because she filled their life with sunshine. Put into a cursed sleep by the evil Maleficient, she was awakened by “true love’s kiss”. I am delighted to introduce the Sleeping Beauty herself, Princess Aurora.

Recently freed from the tower of evil Mother Gothel, this Princess is spirited, clever, kind, and very adventurous, with an amazing hairdo and a mean iron skillet. The true princess of the Kingdom of Corona, I am honored to present Princess Rapunzel.

Our next princess hails from the far kingdom of Agrabah. This daughter of a sultan is caring, strong, independent, and unafraid to speak her mind no matter what. Your Highnesses, I speak, of course, of Princess Jasmine.

img_2017Afraid that her power to create ice and snow could hurt the people she loved, she hid herself away, until she was rescued by her loving sister. Born a princess, but now the true Queen of Arendelle, please join me in welcoming Queen Elsa.

Born on the island village of Motunui, this daughter of Chief Tui inherited a love for the seas and voyaging. Loyal, strong-willed, and practically fearless, she is a true friend to her allies and the ocean. It is my privilege to present Princess Moana.

Raised as a scullery maid in service to her evil step-mother and step-sisters, our next Princess found her true love with the help of her Fairy Godmother… and an abandoned glass slipper. Your Highnesses, please join me in welcoming Princess Cinderella.

This next princess is near and dear to me. The loving, if headstrong and mischievous, daughter of mighty King Triton, she left her underwater kingdom to explore her love of humankind. Brave, curious, and blessed with a beautiful voice, I am particularly proud to present to you Princess Ariel.

I love this man.

I love where I work and what I am able to participate in.

The people that work this hard for so many–who make it seem effortless. I am truly in awe of their spirit.

Blessings.

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Guilt

No excuses but really…lupus and its symptoms hurt more than my body. There is so much that I want to do but physically sometimes just can’t.

I get into this terrible cycle of not calling because I don’t want to bother people…and then think it was just last week that I spoke with them.  Terrible because months will go by that I haven’t spoken with them.

What do you feel guilt over?  What do you do to overcome it?

I need to remember that those that love me understand.  Some days are better than others in this belief.

Blessings.