go get 'em husband

7 Feb

Good morning!

I honestly cannot believe how quickly the weekend flew by…seems like it just started.

On Saturday things warmed up a bit around here, and some of the snow started to melt off.  By late in the day, many of the streets were almost clear…but there’s still tons of white everywhere else!  Apparently (I never watch the weather) there is more snow headed this way in the next few days, but we shall see!

I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but Saturday and Sunday we spent a lot of time organizing and packing.  The story of our life these days.  I have to admit it feels sooo good to get it done, though.  We are still a long ways from being packed, but I think we did finally finish the office for the most part after being buried in boxes and files for the last few days.

Saturday night I got inspired to make a stir-fry.  When I asked the husband what he wanted for dinner, he said something I thought I would never hear him say: “How about something besides mexican?”

I thought I was dreaming.  Did he just say he didn’t want mexican food?!

So stir-fry it was!

I chopped up bell pepper, onion, broccoli, carrots and cabbage and stir-fried it in about one tablespoon of olive oil until it was tender.  Then I tossed in some frozen edamame (did you know edamame has the same amount of protein as roasted turkey?) for protein.

After it had cooked for a little bit, I mixed together about two tablespoons natural peanut butter, two tablespoons tamari, a couple teaspoons rice wine vinegar and some water to thin it out.  Honestly, I just kind of guessed at the proportions and tasted as I went.  I poured the sauce over the veggie mixture and continued to cook them for another 5-10 minutes.

In the meantime I cooked some buckwheat (soba) noodles, and when it was all done I poured a big spoonful of veggies over the noodles….and that was it!  Easiest stir-fry ever.

Stir-fry reminds me of Thailand so much.  During the last few months we lived there, I literally ate stir-fried veggies in some form every. single. night.  No exaggeration.  Always on top of brown rice.  Granted I wasn’t a vegetarian then, and I used fish and oyster sauce (Thai style) for flavoring, but it was still so good.  Really takes me back:)

cooking with friends in Thailand

Anyway, on Sunday the husband and I went to lunch with some dear friends of ours from our college days.  They are several years older than us and have three of the cutest little kids.  During our time in Campus Crusade for Christ at OSU, Dan discipled Jonathan, and Debbie discipled me.  They have always meant so much to us and have walked with us through some of the most important decisions in our life.  It was so nice today to catch up and spend time with them…we’re really going to miss them when we move.

Debbie and I / Dan and Jon – about five years ago

Other than packing throughout the afternoon, I also made some Super Charge Me cookies for the husband.  While he ate cookies, I enjoyed a leftover vegan cinnamon roll.  This morning someone brought cinnamon rolls to Sunday School, and ever since then I’ve been craving one.  I can honestly say that these rolls are one of the best vegan baked goods I’ve made yet.  The day after I made them, I realized that unless I wanted to turn into a giant cinnamon roll, I needed to put them away for awhile.  So into the freezer they went.  A couple of times since then I’ve pulled one out and heated it in the microwave for about a minute and a half…and it’s always just as good as when it was fresh out of the oven.

You really must make these if you’re a cinnamon roll fan!

So that’s the weekend in nutshell – only two more weekends left until moving weekend!

Last thing – I have to give a shout-out to my better half.  Today is the husband’s first day at his new job, and I am so dang proud of him.  I’m so thankful for all the hard work he has put in over the last several years to get us where we are.  This is just one more step we get to take along the path of our life.  I’m going to miss him now that he’s leaving earlier, getting home later and not coming home for lunch (tear), but I know he’s going to love his new role…and he’s totally going to rock it! Go get ’em husband:)  I love you!

Did you have a good weekend?
What’s your favorite vegetable?

I think mine would have to be spinach…or maybe snap peas.  It’s really hard to narrow it down, though!


12 Responses to “go get 'em husband”

  1. Heather (Where's the Beach) February 7, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    That stir fry looks great – love the addition of the purple cabbage. Hope the hubby has a great first day!!

    • candice February 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

      Thanks, girl! I am loving cabbage lately!

  2. Becky February 7, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Glad you had a good, albeit busy, weekend! Good luck to your husband!

    Stir-fried veggies are so flavorful! I love them for quick dinners. It is really hard to choose a favorite veggie, but I think butternut squash would be it for me.

    • candice February 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

      Thanks – I’ll pass that along! Butternut squash is definitely high on my list..really any squash I suppose. Especially kabocha:)

  3. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle February 7, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    that stir fry looks wonderful!!! I would say my favorite veggie has to be one of the orange veggies, whether its carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash. I love them all

    • candice February 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

      yum! love orange veggies!

  4. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Hope his first day on the job goes well! And I think the only thing I would ever like about packing is the organizing of it too. I always like to declutter.

    • candice February 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

      Thanks, Tina! I wish I liked to declutter as much as I like to live in a decluttered house. The process seems never ending!

  5. Dorry February 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    I hope Jon had a great 1st day! I haven’t made a stir-fry in a while – thanks for the reminder. I love broccoli and spinach…and green beans!

    • candice February 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

      Thanks, sweet Dorry! Green beans have recently become one of my new favorites – but only fresh of course!

  6. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel February 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    that is so cute how you were cooking on that single stove in Thailand- hey whatever gets the job done! mmm stir-fries, how could i not love them 🙂

    i would love to make those cinnamon buns! a few times a year i love to make them for friends and family…myself too of course, but presenting them to people always makes me smile because i love to see their faces and expressions when they say “YOU MADE CINNAMON BUNS FOR US!! OMG!!”

    and these buns look SCRUMPTIOUS!


    • candice February 9, 2011 at 10:30 am #

      Yes, the cooking accommodations were quite different in Thailand than here, but we made it work!

      How sweet of you to make them for other people – I’m sure they do love that! I need to start baking for other people (besides the husband of course:) more…sounds fun!

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