I subscribe to the Smitten Kitchen blog and absolutely love when Deb's emails pop into my inbox every couple of days. So when her post about Hot & Sour Soup arrived a couple weeks ago, I immediately bookmarked the recipe and knew I had to make it. Ironically, I've probably had Hot and Sour Soup less than 3 times in a restaurant (if that), but on my never-ending quest to find make-at-home Chinese food that is better than take-out (I hope you didn't miss this recipe!), I just had to try this one.
Tucked away on the Monterey Peninsula of California, and nestled among Pebble Beach and at least two other golf courses I've never heard of, is an iconic road appropriately named "17 Mile Drive." We've read that biking the road is a far more awesome way to experience it than driving (plus it's free on two wheels!), so that's exactly what we did today.
Who would have thought that after a Super Bowl feast, we'd still be hungry the rest of the week? And I'd still be up for tackling three more recipes in the same week? You guessed it. Hate to brag, but there have been some really great dinners around here lately. Check it out.
I just can't speak more highly of Carla Snyder's One Pan, Two Plates. This week alone we made another two awesome recipes, the first of which was the Pork Stir-Fry with Lime, Cashews, and Noodles shown here. The best part was we got a third plate out of the recipe and my husband had a very satisfying lunch the next day (that's a winning characteristic of a recipe in my book--if we get just one additional lunch portion out of it).
Valentine's Day really fell off my radar this year. Well, it was on my radar about four months ago when I booked concert tickets for February 13 (why yes, Guster, I'd love to watch you play Keep It Together live) and thought for about 5 seconds, "Hmmm, Valentine's Day is on a weekend this year." Then I proceeded to forget completely about the holiday until, oh, last week. When a custom card inquiry popped into my inbox! About Valentine's Day cards!
Without having strong feelings towards either team in this year's Super Bowl, I embraced the game as an opportunity to find some fun new recipes for snacks (did you expect anything less from me??!). So on more than one evening last week, I spent an undisclosed length of time scouring Pinterest and the internet and countless blogs for recipes. We ended up with a feast, so check out these recipes!
These custom creations feature three new supplies that I've picked up over the past few months that came together perfectly in this design: kraft brown paper featuring sketches of gardening, super thick and textured bright paper, and three new bird stamps that couldn't be more perfect.
My husband really likes take-out Chinese food. A normal person might spend, what? 5 minutes checking out menus on GrubHub before making a decision about the night's meal? He's likely to spend 30+ minutes poring over his iPad in anticipation of a meal that we usually agree wasn't all that great after we eat it.
So imagine my surprise when he agreed with me when I suggested, after one bite of this meal, that we never again order Chinese food again. Seriously, he agreed!
Take that as proof (**actual proof**) that this recipe is incredible. Easy General Tso Chicken, from 101 Cooking for Two (a very awesome new blog I recently discovered!) was amazing. Way better than take-out Chinese. Way healthier. And super easy to make.
I hardly need an excuse to buy fun paper and paper-related accessories, but when I found this incredible bike paper featuring all sorts of retro bikes, I couldn't resist snatching up a few sheets. Perfectly complemented by the lime green cards and then completed with these amazing bike stickers (!!!) that I found, these custom bike cards make me long for spring and riding season!
Hi! I'm the creator of Pot Belly Bird, hailing from Spokane, WA. Here in my blog, I'll tell you about all the fun stuff I'm up to in addition to making cards, like cooking or biking or gardening!