Celebrating Family Style

Today is our 13th anniversary & to celebrate we are throwing a party with the kiddos. It's a Monday evening after all, and really, the older we get the more fun it is to include them and show them that marriage is to be celebrated. My little lady is especially excited, she helped me leave a "love note" in Dad's car this morning and has helped me decorate the table. On the menu: Pizza, Salad & Cake. 

Why not? 

Chocolate Coconut Cake & Thrifty ice-cream too. We are ending the night with a little wedding video action as our featured presentation. We haven't watched it in years! I remember when my oldest was 3, he'd watch it and be angry, "Why couldn't I go to the party? Nana is there, Grandma and Grandpa are there...where was I?" I reminded him of his funny little self this afternoon and we had a good chuckle over it. 

13 years. 

It's kind of flown by. I find myself endeared to the hard times, two crazy, energetic boys and a hard working husband that went from full-time job to full-time MBA at night. Gosh, I never thought there'd be an end in sight and yet, it seems like a different life altogether. My sweet baby girl that was about the chubbiest, happiest, most loving baby on the planet...and then she turned two and turned our worlds upside down. We still let her stay up after the boys went to bed because she was such a good time (and so dang fun) and she hasn't stopped making us laugh. 

Oh the memories.

My husband began our marriage doing donkey kicks on our bed to wake me up in the morning and convincing me we should eat Lucky Charms every night before bed. He's a good time. I sure love this life we've built together and can't wait to see what else is in store. 
Happy Anniversary to us. 


Mongolian Beef

 1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
1-2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup Water
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar 
1 Cup Canola Oil
1 1/2 lbs Flank Steak 
(I have also used whatever thinly sliced steak was on sale at the grocery store like thin cut sirloin or bottom round)
1 1/2 cup flour OR 1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon red peppers 
1 bunch green onion cut on the diagonal

Prepare the Steak
Slice your steak against the grain to desired size. Toss in flour or cornstarch. Let sit for 15 minutes.

Make the sauce
Heat 1 Tbsp oil in medium saucepan, add ginger and garlic and stir for 30 seconds, then add soy sauce, water, and brown sugar.  Simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Cook the Steak
Heat 1 cup oil in large pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add steak and cook 2-3 minutes, flipping the pieces over until brown  and somewhat crispy. I did this in batches and used a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the oil. Pour oil into another pan to cool and discard later. 

Bring it all together
Place meat back into large pan along with the sauce and cook 2 minutes or so to coat the meat. Add red pepper flakes and green onions and saute for a minute, then remove from heat. 

Serve over your favorite rice (I use short grain brown rice).