Fancy Ramen

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I love to cook, but am often working with a tight budget.  Ramen is about as cheap as a meal comes, but who wants to eat that?  I tried a few recipes on Pinterest to “fluff” the ramen, but all of them fell flat.  So I decided to try my own recipe, which is chock-full of veggies and a current family favorite.  It’s cheap, easy and soooo delicious! My teens AND my hubby love it – we call it, Fancy Ramen.

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Pictured above are the kid-friendly chop sticks my friend gave to me, but sadly, I can’t even work those.  Where’s my fork?

There are probably a thousand different ways that you could make this, but this is our favorite recipe.

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Saute a 1/2 pound of shelled and deveined shrimp in a tablespoon of butter, in a non-stick stir -fry pan, or any saute pan.  Remove from pan once cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.  Crack 3 eggs right into your pan, and scramble them up until cooked through, then remove from pan.  Please note that if your budget is running really tight, you can omit the shrimp, or add another meat.  Eggs are always  great way to economically add protein to this dish.

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Pick a stir-fry kit from your local grocery store, in whatever flavor you like.  This is your no-fail step for success because all of the veggies and sauce for your recipe are in one bag!  Also grab a bag of shredded cabbage for this dish.

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Throw half of the bag of cabbage and the whole bag of veggies (set the seasoning sauce aside) into your stir-fry skillet tat has been coated with a bit of olive oil.

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While your veggies cook, boil two packages of ramen noodles, in any flavor.  Trow away the seasoning packets, you won’t need them.  You can also buy plain ramen from specialty stores if you desire.

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After the veggies have cooked down to your desired tenderness (we like ours a bit crunchy),  add in the other ingredients.

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The cooked noodles.

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The scrambled eggs and cooked shrimp.  Also add in sliced green onions, and toss with the sauce packet.

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Serve and enjoy!  This dish really couldn’t be easier, and if you have a veggie-lovin’ family like I do, then your Fancy Ramen is sure to be a hit!  And don’t be afraid to try your own variation – different meats, no meat, a different variety of veggies, or even your own home made sauce. There really are so many possibilities if your feeling adventurous!

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Peace & Love,

Carrie

Fancy Ramen

Ingredients

  • 1 T Butter
  • 8 oz. Shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 package of Stir-fry vegetables with sauce
  • 1/2 package of shredded cabbage
  • 2 packages ramen, any flavor (discard flavor packets)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a stir-fry skillet, over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook the shrimp until pink, 3-4 minutes; remove from pan.
  3. Crack the 3 eggs right into the pan and scramble until fully cooked; remove from pan.
  4. In a separate pot, bring enough water to cover the noodles to a boil; add in the ramen and cook till tender, draining the water when finished.
  5. Add the olive oil to the pan and let it heat up.
  6. Add the veggies and cabbage to the heated olive oil and let them cook down to desired softness, stirring occasionally.Remove from heat.
  7. Add the noodles, cooked shrimp, cooked egg, sauce packet from kit and the sliced green onions to the veggies and toss until well blended,
  8. Serve & enjoy!
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Sunday Blessing 3-6-16

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Even our very breath is a gift from God.  Spend some time thanking Him today for the good things in your life, even if you’re facing personal trials.  

Peace & Love,

Carrie

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Succulents in Vintage Coffee Cups

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Yesterday, I decided to plant some succulents in vintage coffee cups, that I purchased at The Salvation Army for just forty cents each.  There was something about the cups that I thought was cool, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them.  I remembered that Miss Mustard Seed had a blog post last Summer about  putting house plants in some of her vintage dishes, and thought that would be a good use for these coffee cups.

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Now, I’m not a “houseplant” person because it’s just one more thing to try and keep alive.  Succulents, however, are next to impossible to kill – seriously, you could not water them for like, a year, and they would still be kicking.  Maybe not a year, but you get the idea.  You can also break a piece off of one and re-plant it somewhere else and it’ll take root and flourish.  On top of all of that, succulents are adorable in my opinion, so I ran to the local florist to grab a few.

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In 10 minutes, I had the perfect, decorative greenery to place around my house.

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Placing succulents in vintage coffee cups and other dishes is a pretty, and easy way to add no-fuss greenery to your home!

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If you have pics of your stylish greenery, please send them my way! I’m always looking for inspiration.

Peace & Love,

Carrie

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Touring L.A. With Teens

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With Spring Break and Summer quickly approaching, I wanted to give you some tips on touring L.A. with teens.  Traveling with teens is much easier than with small children, but demands a higher level of entertainment.  After an almost week long trip last July, my kids are still talking about our trip to the city of angels, and frankly, so am I! If you’re considering going, here are some things to put on your to-do list.

First, have a parent (grandparent to your kids) who will pay for your airfare and hotel, and almost everything else once you get there. It really is a huge relief to the wallet. 😉 I know, at 41 I’m still spoiled – but so grateful.  Thanks, Mom!

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But seriously, let the adventure start with a missed alarm that lands you on a flight to Chicago instead of straight to L.A. – that way you can see the beautiful lake Michigan, and have a celebrity sighting like we did.

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Don’t get snotty now, it’s Keegan-Michael Key and he was in Just Go With It, Pitch Perfect 2 and lots of other things.  Look it up – it counts as a celebrity sighting.  My son was tripping out, so i snapped this pic.

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First stop once we got to L.A. (after a dinner of Mexican food, of course), was the famous Chinatown where we all tried boba for the first time.  I can’t tell you what it is or what it’s made of, but I will say that it was a new experience that we won’t soon forget.  I’ll also tell you to plan a little better before heading to Chinatown so that, unlike us, you can see it lit up.  We had lots of laughs with the boba though, so #noregrets.

Next, be sure and put a studio tour on your list of To Do’s.  We picked Warner Brothers studios because we had just finished binge watching all ten seasons of “Friends.” Here’s your backstage pass:

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Holiday Road-mobile.

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Being Batman.

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Tricky Harry Potter cinematography.

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I can no longer watch movies or T.V. shows without thinking, “Is that the back lot of Warner Bros.?” (Hint: they all look the same.)

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Get a pic with the humongous version of Rory Gilmore, because you love her.

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While in Hollywood, see the famous sights like the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

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You can’t go to California without seeing it’s beautiful coast line. We rented bikes in Venice Beach, and rode them to the Santa Monica Pier for a day of fun, carnival-type activities!

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The next day, we played at Laguna Beach

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Next up, DISNEY!!  Started by dinner in Downtown Disney.

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Then, hit the Starbuck’s at Downtown Disney before a FULL day of Disneyland & Disney’s California Adventure!  Without having to ride all of the baby rides, you can actually easily see both parks in one day, so get the hopper passes. 

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This etch-a-sketch-ish photo of us is at the Starbuck’s.

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Never too old for teacups, even if your teen son thinks so.

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Remind you of anything? (I’m showing my age here, but hey…if you have teens, you’re probably feeling nostalgic right now too!)

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Now you’ll have that song stuck in your head.  You’re welcome.

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Don’t forget your Mickey treat!

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If you love roller coasters, the Knott’s Berry Farm is a must!

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On the last leg of our jam-packed journey, we hit up the Farmer’s Market in L.A.

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To keep it real, we visited the Holocaust museum of Los Angeles…no one said that a vacation couldn’t be educational and extremely humbling.

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Killing time before heading to the airport, we sat on the “lawn” at The Grove shopping center and enjoyed the perfect weather, hot dogs and some Sprinkles cupcakes.

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All good things must end, but we had a fantastic time seeing the the sites of L.A.!

I’ve attached a website link to all places mentioned, but please feel free to message me with questions about any part of this trip – I’d be happy to answer them!

Peace & Love,

Carrie

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Sunday Blessing 2-14-16

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether or not you have a love here on this earth, I pray you know the love of a God who had you in mind before He created the world!

Peace & Love,

Carrie

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How To Use Glacage by Maison Blanche

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It was another beautiful weekend here in Texas…blue skies and 70 something degrees.  I spent a perfect Saturday afternoon out in Pipe Creek with the Burlap Junkies at their new shop.

Under the trees, a small group of us learned how to use a product called Glacage.  French for icing (which is exactly what it looked like), this product creates a raised design that allows you to add a rich detail to anything you can think of.

From the Maison Blanche Paint line which Burlap Junkies carries exculsively, Glacage is a fun and easy way to make any stencil pop.

For this project, we started with salvaged long leaf pine cabinet doors (swoon).

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We each picked our own paint color and put on the first coat.  Mine is Confederate Grey.  Let it dry completely.

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Next comes the fun application of Glacage in Turquoise (check with Burlap Junkies for additional colors).  Place the stencil with spray adhesive and apply the Glacage somewhat generously at an angle with a gift card, hotel room key or credit card.  Remove the stencil.

Mine came out a little gloppy in one spot, but Mrs. Burlap Junkie assured me it wouldn’t matter in the end.  The product will lighten up when it’s dry, which is when it’s ready for the next step.

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Apply another coat of the paint, painting right over your stencil.

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If you want a shabby looking piece, then go ahead and lightly sand your edges, avoiding the stencil for now.  Once you have the rest of the piece where you want it, go ahead and begin to gently sand over the Glacage.  The amount of color that you want to come through is completely up to you, so just sand until your heart is content.  You’ll want to use a piece of hand-held sand paper, as an electric sander would be to much for this application.

I guess i forgot the after-sanding picture, so on to the next step – the wax.  I opted for a dark wax to really give this piece an aged look.  The longer it sits, the darker it gets, so wipe off the wax whenever you’re ready.  Keep wiping until your piece is smooth.  Then deem it finished!

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Some hooks were added to created an adorable piece of hanging decor!  You could also use bent spoons on either end to create a serving tray.

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I love the subtlety of the detail and can’t wait to use this product on an upcoming project in my home!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and see any projects that you’ve done using Glacage.  Don’t forget to visit my friends over at Burlap Junkies to order your Maison Blanche Paint products!

Peace & Love,

Carrie

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