Some dishes just photograph well.
And thank goodness, because I still have my fancy camera on automatic.

Which rather perfectly sums up everything in my life some weeks-on automatic.
With a  husband who travels about four months out of the year I am often the mother, the father, the chauffer, the business owner( x2),  the housekeeper…and the list goes on. I try to stifle my sense of frustration and frankly resentment towards Andy as he is golfing and dining out at fancy restaurants with customers while I am cutting nails, wiping faces, and cleaning up spills – feeling like a miserable failure at everything.
I wouldn’t trade positions with him for the world. I don’t want to miss four months of the boys life every year-but gosh life is easier with a partner! With a helper! With another set of hands! It is at these times that  I feel such an overwhelming appreciation for single moms who do it every day with no break in sight. Like my own mother did for many years…My hats go off to you. What everyday heroes you are to me and most certainly to your children.
Hugs for a good day,


I made this quick stirfry on one of those busy “single mom nights”.
Here’s What You Need: (Serves 1 adult and 2 kids but easy to double)
1/2 red pepper, diced
2 small carrots, diced
1 can of water chestnuts, drained
2 green onions, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Handful of cashews.
Vegetable oil
Sauce 4TBS of soy sauce, 4 tsps. of orange marmalade, 1 tsp of sesame oil (mix together)


Here’s What You Do:
Preheat 1-2 capfuls of vegetable oil over medium high heat.
Once the oil is hot add in all the ingredients.
Stir constantly for about 4 minutes.

Meanwhile stir all the sauce ingredients together.
Add the sauce to the pan and stir to warm through.
Serve over jasmine or basmati rice with soy sauce to pass.


 Kid Tip:
I recommend cutting the veggies into tiny pieces and stirring the sauce into the rice to make it a tasty, sweet rice dish. Was this my kids number one meal? No, but my five year old loved the rice with the sauce and I still love to expose them to different foods of different cultures. One day they will be jumping up and down about stirfry they way they do hot dogs ;).

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  1. This looks SO good. I just made a Chinese dish the other night and now I have to make it again so I can photograph it because it was so good. I can totally relate to how you feel- my hubs will be leaving soon and I am NOT looking forward to it. :(

  2. This looks awesome. The marmalade and soy mixture sounds great :-)

  3. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    How tasty!! I’m always in the mood for a veggie stir fry :) loving the orange soy glaze

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