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Friday, November 14, 2014

Daddy's are devoted too!!



I love all the posts and blogs I read about mom's and their undying love for their children.  I agree, my baby is first and foremost in my life.  But lets not forget the devotion of daddies.  I was lucky enough to be blessed with a devoted daddy.  Even though my time with him was short, he passed away when I was 16.  I will always be grateful for the love and devotion he gave to me and my siblings.
I am also blessed to have a husband who is a devoted daddy.  These are just some of the ways he loves our baby every day!!
1.  He lost his heart to her the moment he held her.  He has been devoted to her ever since.
2. He is not afraid to rough house with her.  He plays harder and longer with her then her mommy who sometimes cringes when he tosses her in the air.
3. He loves her mom!  Watching the way my dad loved my mom, made me choose a great man to be the father of my daughter.  I know she will choose the same type of loving husband to be hers.
4.He tells her she is beautiful every day.
5. It breaks his heart to see or hear her cry.  I pity the boy who breaks her heart the first time.  I also know I will find her snuggled in her daddy's arms, eating ice cream and hearing how "no boy is worth her tears."
6. He dances with her.  He has since she was 3 days old!!!
7.He prays for her, every day.  He teaches her that her Father in Heaven is always there, even when daddy can't be,
8.He plays peek a boo with her, over and over and over again.
9.  He may be SO TIRED of her favorite TV shows, but sings the songs to her anyway, and turns it on because she loves it!
10. He knows when to say "no".  He would love to spoil her rotten, but loves her too much to do it!
11.  He will have tea party's and teddy bear picnics with her, and never think it threatens his masculinity.
12.  He cries happy tears over her when she walks for the first time, when she feels the magic of holidays, or princesses, or Santa Claus, when he watches her sleep.
13.  He can't wait to take her on daddy daughter dates.  Her first? about 6 Months old.
14.  He has her picture on his phone, Ipad, computer, laptop and in his wallet.
15.  When she wakes up afraid in the night, he picks her up and snuggles her close.
16.  This list will grow as she gets older and older.  He will always be the first man in her life!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My Dad's Fried Rice recipe

I  have been doing a lot of Family History research in my "Me" time in the last few weeks.  I found a line on my Fathers side that I have been struggling with for years!!  Last night I printed out some names to get ready for the Temple.  It got me thinking a lot about my dad.  When I was a little girl he served in Thailand during the Vietnam war.  He brought home a beautiful carved jewelery box for my mom and a mini one for me.  He also brought me a cat bank carved out of a coconut.  I still have both of them.
He also brought home his own version of a Thai Fried rice that he made a lot for our family.   I have heard that most Thai food is spicy and this probably should be, but he wasn't into spicy, and Berrett and I aren't either, so I make it with more savory flavors.  I made it for dinner today.

1 LB  of beef stew, or cubed pork or cubed boneless chicken ( I used beef)
1 packet of your favorite "Grill mates" Marinade (I used  Garlic, Herb and wine)
Ingredients called for in marinade
2 TBS soy sauce
1/2 onion diced
1 bell pepper diced
1 to 2 TBS diced and crushed garlic

Mix up your marinade, adding the soy sauce and the onions, peppers and garlic.  Cover and refrigerate for at least a hour, no longer then 4 hours.

1 1/2 cups of rice
about a 1/2 cup of spaghetti broken into small pieces
1 TBS oil
1 TBS butter
3 1/2 cups of hot water
2 to 3 chicken bouillon cubes

Heat oil and butter in large dutch oven or heavy saucepan.  Add rice and noodles, browning lightly.  When rice is golden, add hot water, and bouillon.  Bring to boil, cover and simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes till cooked through.

Meat and marinade
1/2 TBS oil or more as needed
1 can of mushrooms drained well
3 to 5 eggs beaten
sliced cucumbers

In large Fry pan or Wok, heat oil.  Pan should be hot!! Add meat, marinade and all!! Keep stir frying until meat and vegetables are cooked through.  Add mushrooms, stir until mushrooms are heated through.  If you use fresh mushrooms, its about a cup and cook with the meat from the beginning.  Add meat to cooked rice mixture draining off excess grease.   Leaving about a TBS of oil in pan, scramble eggs on low heat.  Add to rice. Serve each plate with sliced cucumbers over top of mixture.
You could serve with a hot sauce of your choice.