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14 December 2012

Chicken Lo Mein



Happy Friday! Today is my amazing mom's 61st birthday :) The hubby, Ninja and I called her bright and early to wish her a wonderful birthday. That is one of the downsides to not living near family- you do not get to spend small but important events with them. And for me- I grew up celebrating every birthday and doing everything with my family. And although the hubby is wonderful and I am thankful to spend everyday with him- I wish I could also spend more time with my family. I think this will become increasingly important for me when we decide to start a family. You want your children to grow up with cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles. That is how I grew up and I absolutely LOVED it and would not change it.

Now onto Christmas things :) I think a common tradition is to put up the Christmas Tree after Thanksgiving (on like Black Friday?). This is the first Christmas the hubby and I are having together as a married couple-making it extra special. And since we have not lived together before and have always traveled for Christmas, we have not really gotten ornaments and done the whole Christmas Tree thing together before. But- after coming home from Thanksgiving- as you have heard- we got so sick and then I had to play catch up. Yesterday was the first day I got to go to the different stores and pick up a tree and decorations. For our tree- I decided to keep it sentimental and have a peacock theme to remind us of our wedding :) The topper was handmade from Beau's step-mother for "Congrats you're married" cake. I decided to re-use it as our Christmas Tree topper because it went perfectly!


The hubby and I normally spend the Christmas Holidays with my family in California but this year- we were originally going to go on a Honeymoon since we did not have enough time off after the wedding. That planned changed to when Ninja tore his ACL and has a luxating patella. So now, we will be staying home because Ninja has his surgery this coming Monday, December 17th, 2012. And needs about 8 weeks of love, care and recovery...and of course...I will NOT be leaving my baby! I was a bit bummed, thinking we would be spending the Holidays just me and the hubby- but the Hubby's side is having a holiday party. So we will be driving to Louisiana at the end of this month! I am so excited, and we can bring Ninja :) Now food...






CHICKEN LO MEIN 
Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

INGREDIENTS

8oz of dry spaghetti
2 tbsp. oyster sauce
5 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 c. chicken broth
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tbsp. olive oil, divided 
2 large chicken breasts, cut into pieces
Salt and pepper into season  
1 tbsp. garlic (optional)
1 can baby carrots 
1 small carton of mushrooms
2 c. broccoli florets
5 green onions, diced 

DIRECTIONS

Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling water, according to package directions- usually about 7 minutes. Drain and run cold water through noodles to prevent from sticking- set aside. In a bowl- combine oyster sauce, soy sauce, chicken broth and red chili pepper flake- set aside. Season chicken with salt and pepper- set aside. 

Heat a wok, on medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp. of olive oil and garlic until garlic is golden brown. Cook chicken until no longer pink in center. Remove from wok and set aside. Heat another tbsp. of olive oil, add corn, broccoli, mushrooms, and green onions. Cook until vegetables are tender- about 3-5 minutes. Next, add chicken and noodles to vegetable mixture and toss in wok to mix well. Pour sauce over the noodles, chicken and vegetables- mix well.

Enjoy,
Chika 


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