Easy Chicken Stir-Fry

Wow, it’s been almost two years since I originally posted my recipe for chicken stir-fry. Since then I have come back to this recipe time and again when I’ve needed something easy. It’s definitely become one of our regular meals.

I decided to update my pictures and graphics and re-post the recipe. I know that many of you didn’t follow my blog two years ago; if you did I’m sorry if this is redundant for you.

Stir-fry is a great dish to make when you need something easy AND healthy. I serve this chicken stir-fry with brown rice instead of white so that makes it even better for you. (Check out my post on how to cook brown rice for the best cooking method. It turns out so nice!)

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Week Recap & Goals

Happy Monday!

I’m always excited about the start of a new week. 🙂  Last week I got so busy that I didn’t end up posting on here at all – oops.

Besides normal life stuff to keep me busy last week (hello children… and big piles of laundry) we had two different visits from relatives! My brother from TN was in town at the very beginning of the week and then our cousins from MN were here briefly at the end of the week. We love it when family or friends from out-of-town are able to visit so it was a treat to have two visits in one week.

Of course, we also enjoyed Valentine’s day on Tuesday. We had fun surprising Caleb and Sofia with balloons at breakfast – they were so excited. I shared a picture on my Instagram. Every holiday becomes more special as the kids get older!

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Life Lately // Pictures of the Kids

Happy Saturday! Saturdays here are exactly the same as every other day (see the Downton Abbey video clip I posted on my Facebook the other day for a laugh about that) but I’m excited for Sunday which Pablo always has off. We’re also supposed to have lovely weather today so if that doesn’t change I’ll hopefully take the kids to the park for a bit later on.

Today I just wanted to share a few snapshots of the kids from the last couple weeks. I’ve been trying to take more pictures of just normal, everyday happenings because those kind of pictures are so fun to look back on.

I’ll start with these pictures of Sofia – she has the best expressions!

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Blog Update

Hi friends!

Four months ago I wrote a blog update (you can read it here) explaining a little of my vision for this blog going forward. I had decided that I wanted to commit to learning more about blogging and spending more time improving my blog instead of just sporadically blogging.

While I haven’t always been able to spend as much time as I’d like, I am happy to say that I have seen some progress in these last four months (even despite the holidays and our two week trip to Mexico!)

Today I thought I’d give you an update of my progress, and I plan to continue sharing blog updates every so often from now on. I know that I personally love reading how other bloggers are coming along and I hope that by posting my progress I can encourage someone else!

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How To Cook Brown Rice

Hello! Today I want to share with you how I cook brown rice. I admit it’s not the most exciting recipe ever – after all, you just need rice and water haha – but knowing how to cook brown rice the right way is essential if you want it to turn out well.

I almost always cook brown rice instead of white. I even use it in my rice pudding. Why miss out on all the extra fiber and nutrients? I understand though why some people have a hard time making the switch; with some methods of cooking brown rice can end up chewy and just, I don’t know, not yummy!

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Book Review: Mere Christianity

You guys! I finally read Mere Christianity! It was on my to-read list and then my currently-reading list for, well, ages, but I finally finished it. Telling you guys that it was the first book on my reading list for this year definitely helped me buckle down and finish it!

I know that a ton of people over the years have given it much better, more thorough reviews than I ever could, but here are my thoughts for whatever they’re worth, along with a few quotes.

First, here is a brief summary from the back of my copy of the book:

One of the most popular and beloved introductions to Christian faith ever written, Mere Christianity has sold millions of copies worldwide. The book brings together Lewis’s legendary broadcast talks of the war years, talks in which he set out simply to “explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times.” Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations, C. S. Lewis provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

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The Beautiful (and Tasty!) Foods of Mexico

During our recent visit to Puebla Mexico we enjoyed many traditional Mexican foods. I decided to snap pictures of our different meals so that I could share them with you all. These are just pictures from my old iphone so they aren’t the best quality ever, but I hope this gives you a “taste” of the beautiful variety of foods in Mexico. Enjoy!

PS – I had Pablo help me with the food names because I still don’t remember a couple of them haha 🙂

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Workouts you can do from home for free

A new year means new year’s resolutions for a lot of people, and a common resolution is to exercise more. To be honest, most of us could probably use more exercise than we’re getting. But, as we all know, resolutions to exercise are easy to make but often a lot harder to follow through on. It can be especially hard if you don’t have extra $$ to spend on a gym membership or at-home equipment.

It’s been one of my goals for awhile now to exercise at least three times a week. Today I thought I’d share a few ideas with you of workouts that I like to do at home. You’re not left with many excuses for not working out when you can do it from the comfort of your own home for free!

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Random Musings :)

Hi there! I just felt the need to sit down at my computer and type so that’s what I’m doing! Sometimes I can take so long deciding what would be good to write a post about that I never actually get around to doing it. It’s easy to second guess myself or just to over think things.

So, right now I’m just writing whatever comes to my head and flows out of my fingers! Haha.

Today was a good day. Especially good because one of my little sisters came over to help out. If you don’t have a thirteen year old sister you should get one… especially one like Faith, she’s pretty great. 😉 Anyway, she played with Caleb after his nap time while I cleaned the house some and made muffins. Yum. It was really nice. I had Sofia with me the whole time and she was a little angel. I posted the cutest picture of her on my Instagram. 🙂

Currently I am sitting here eating chocolate as I type. I got a ton of chocolate around my birthday and Christmas and have not done well with self-constraint. At least I exercised before I got out the chocolate this evening haha!

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