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I am notorious for just buying things at the grocery store that sounds like a fun ingredient or look like they could make a good recipe. More frequently this happens at my local Asian Food Market then anywhere else. I can never leave there without something I want to try out.  I would say as much as I love this process, The Hubby doesn’t enjoy all the cabinets full of random ingredients.

Recently I stumbled upon these noodles in my cabinet, never having had a plan for them of course. I just knew I wanted to try them soon after I “found” them again in my cabinet.  I had been reading a Buzzfeed article about the 27 Better Ways to Eat Ramen, and #3 Sirloin Snap Pea Stir Fry jumped out at me. Which is how this recipe came to life for dinner.

Some nights dinner just comes together.

Shrimp & Beef Pan Fried Noodles

yields 4-6 servings

  • 1 Lb package of Chinese plain wheat noodles or 3 packages roman noodles (minus the seasoning packet)
  • 2-4 heads of broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 lb sirloin steak, thinly sliced
  • 20 raw shrimp, peeled and devained
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup cooking water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  1. In a large pot of boiling water cook noodles 1 minute less than package instructions. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup cooking water. 
  2. In a wok or large fry pan, heat oil  on medium-high heat. Add steak  and onions. Cook until steak is browned on each side.  Season with black pepper while cooking.
  3. Add shrimp (pat dry before adding), broccoli and garlic to steak. Saute for 3 minutes coating with juices and oil.
  4. Stir in soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and cooking water from noodles.  Stir until full incorporated.
  5. Add noodles and stir until noodles are coated with sauce.  Turn heat to high and allow noodles to sit and brown for 4 minutes, stirring at 2 minutes.
 

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Thanksgiving my  FAVORITE holiday of the whole year!

I love Thanksgiving because it is just like Christmas, without all the gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I love buying gifts for my family and friends, but gifts just put so much pressure on everyone for Christmas. Thanksgiving is all the yummy food, chilly weather and family, with out all the fuss of gifts.  Perfect holiday for me!

Each year I make a few turkeys, and each time I tell someone I made or will be making a turkey, they act like I am making a miracle happen.  Turkey making is something people see mom or grandma doing, not something they themselves could pull off.  Let me tell you. You can make a delicious Turkey!

Honestly the hardest part of making a turkey is getting it into the oven, and the prep involved, not actually roasting the turkey.  One thing I have noticed about several of the posts I have read on how to prepare a turkey, they skip over most of the steps between actually buying your turkey and seasoning the turkey. Today I thought I would share with you more of the tactical details of getting that perfectly delicious turkey home from the grocery store and onto your dinner table!

Last week, I had a potluck for work and volunteered to bring the turkey. Again, I got a lot of “wow, you are acutally making a turkey?” and “when did you have time to make the turkey”.  If only everyone knew how easy making a turkey could be…

Let me tell you how…

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Don’t forget your civic duty today, AND that you have the right to vote in this wonderful country!
Get to your local polls today!

If you are not sure where you local polling station is, please check out this site!

https://2014.votinginfoproject.org/

 

As you might have noticed from my Instagram feed, I am quiet obsessed with my Fitbit. It did take a nap for about a month pre and post wedding. But she is back on my wrist counting away steps every day. Some days are super exciting, like recently when I ran the Monster Dash 5K and set a personal record just under 19k steps.

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But then there are days like the day after my record setting day where I was like a slug, and barely logged 4K steps.

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But that slug mode is going to change in November!

For the holiday season, a group of our friends have decided to do a  ”Stepin It for a Cause Challenge”.  I could not be more excited for this challenge! Here is how the challenge is going to work.  We have 6 teams of 2, and each team is donating $20.  At the end of the challenge the team with the most steps gets to take the $120 pot and donate it to the charity of their choice.

The Hubby and I are partnered for this challenge, and have yet to decide on our charity. We would be open to any suggestions everyone has. We have a few causes in mind, just haven’t landed on one yet.  The Hubby is also really worried that I will be the weak link, and lose this challenge for us. Lets be honest, I am worried I will be the weak link.  You saw my variables above, I am a wild card. Some days I can play in the pros, others I am no more than a bump on a log.  I guess I need to get my game plan in check here for this challenge. We need to wind this for our charity… whatever it might be :)

Additionally, to give even more to charity, many of us are also going to track out steps for dogs with Woof Trax.  By  downloading the  Walk for a Dog App, it will run in the background and tracks your time, distance, and MPH.  You don’t need a dog (you can walk a virtual one).  Every mile walked or ran raises between $.11 and $.25.  You then can pick the specific animal charity you want to support, and they receive the proceeds for your steps.

 

How cool is all of this? Not only are we focusing on our own personal fitness, we are giving back in 2 separate ways!

I am so pumped to get Stepin’ Today!

What are you doing this holiday season to give back? 

 

 

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Day #5 of my 7 Day Clean Eating Challenge! Today I am sharing with you a recipe that has been all over the place lately- Overnight Refrigerator Oats.  I personally really do not like the typical hot oatmeal loaded with dried fruit, brown sugar and nuts.  First off I hate the texture, hot oatmeal is slimy and mushy. Second, for me to enjoy the taste of hot oatmeal, I need to add like a pound of sugar, and that just doesn’t seem right, and makes me feel ill.  So when recently I started to see co-workers, other coaches and friends either eating jars of oats in the morning or sharing recipes, my interests were peaked for sure. Even celebrities were toting these overnight oats as something to eat. I always heard oatmeal is SO GOOD for you and that it is a great morning breakfast, but I could never get on the bandwagon with it.  After making these little jars, I think  am finally on the bandwagon!

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