I’m officially at the midway point of summer vacation. HALF of summer vacation is done. Part of me is a little sad about that, and part of me wonders how I’m going to survive another 5 weeks of kids all day every day. We don’t really get out and DO much during the summer beyond the necessary things like doctors and dentist appointments. I tend to cluster those in the summer so they don’t have to miss school for it, but even that starts getting old after yet ANOTHER outing doesn’t go so well, and by the time I leave I am feeling like an utter failure because ummmm….how could I be anything but with kids who act like THAT?
I know it isn’t true, and its just a phase and a consequence of having a lot of little squirmy boys who are quickly discovering the “fun” of getting a laugh out of each other…at all costs. Seriously though? Just once I’d love to not be the walking circus everywhere we go. Decision making skills seem to be REALY lacking in the group this summer, and there’s been so many times when we are asking them what EXACTLY they were thinking. Frankly, it makes me really nervous for when they are all teenagers and raging hormones get added into this mix.
Do I sound complainy lately? I feel complainy lately. My Grandma told me on Facebook the other day to stop feeling sorry for myself. I didn’t think I was, but my Grandma is pretty smart…soooooooo. I’m just kind of in the thick of it, and I need to get out more with the kids to do fun things, and without the kids to do things that I think are fun, and none of the above are really happening much these days. So that’s it. I’m making a PROCLAMATION. You heard it here first. Next week we are getting OUT of this house and doing something fun. There are beautiful beaches and state parks within spitting distance, and we’ve been to exactly ZERO. So we’re going to pack up, head out, and have some FUN. Some run around, be loud and crazy, and not have to “behave” or “maintain” or walk quietly holding hands, or talk quietly, or sit still, or anything like that.
Right before I came up to write this post I went downstairs to tuck in my little angels, and felt a little dampness on my feet. Then I walked around a bit. More dampness. Then I looked around a bit. Ummmm….why is everything wet? Boy #2 & Boy #3 decided it would be an awesome idea to get some stuffed animals soaking wet and have a wet stuffed animal WAR. Yeah. Everything is soaked. Yay. This day was not used to its fullest. And even when they are at their naughties, I know that really it isn’t their fault. It is mine. That’s not exactly a positive attitude though, which I recognize.
Good thing for some of “those” days I have a few quick and easy meals up my sleeve that I can throw together and have on the table fairly quickly.
Whenever I make rice, I ALWAYS try to make extra to stick in the fridge for fast weeknight dinners later on in the week. One of my favorites is to whip up some fried rice. Chicken fried rice is a perfect way to stretch a little bit of meat over a lot of people, use up leftovers that might otherwise get thrown out, and even picky eaters in my house love a big hot bowl of fried rice.
Chicken fried rice is easy to make at home if you know a few key things. If you don’t do the first two, you end up with rice mush.
1. Cold Rice
2. HOT HOT HOT pan
3. Sesame oil
First, add a tablespoon of oil and a few drops of sesame oil to the pan and get it hot.
Now stir fry your vegetables and diced chicken until they are hot and cooked. Be careful when you are adding frozen veggies to hot oil! It can get very spattery.
Remove the veggies from the pan, and add another tablespoon of oil and a few more shakes of sesame oil to the pan and heat until almost smoking. Add 4 cups of cold white rice, and stir constantly over high heat for 3-4 minutes. Stir veggies back into the rice, and add 1-2 tablespoons of soy sauce and stir well. Now move your rice to one side, and quickly cook your egg in the other side, scrambling as you go.
Mix the eggs into the rice, and serve hot!
- 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 cup of mixed peas and carrots
- ¼ cup finely diced onion
- 1-2 cups cooked diced chicken
- 4 cups cold jasmine rice
- 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 eggs, scrambled
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and a few shakes of sesame oil over medium-high heat. Stir fry peas, carrots, onion, and chicken until hot. Remove from pan.
- Heat remaining tablespoon of oil and several more shakes of sesame oil in pan over high heat. Stir fry cold rice over high heat for 3-4 minutes. Stir in chicken and vegetables. Add soy sauce to taste and stir well. Scoot rice over to one side of pan, and quickly cook scrambled eggs. Gently mix eggs into rice mixture.
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