I Love Kids. Sometimes.

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My 2 girls are grown. Emily is 23 and married.  Erin is 19 and living on her own, in an apartment at college. Erin is able to come home most weekends, but, she is mostly self-sufficient.
I introduce my girls to let you know that I don’t have little ones any more. Most of the time I am OK with the fact that the “raising my own babies” part of my life is finished. But, I do miss it sometimes. (Yes, I do look forward to helping raise grandbabies!)
Enter my friend Jeremey. Jeremey is 8 years old and all boy. He says exactly what he thinks all the time and that is OK with me. He and I are a lot alike, I think. Jeremey sits with me at church services. It is so wonderful to have a little one sit next to me again.
Recently, Jeremey bounded over to my pew and took his familiar spot on my right side, grabbed my arm and wrapped it around him. Before worship began we had this conversation:
“I like Chinese Chicken!” He exclaimed.
“So do I!”
“Today we are going to either eat Chinese chicken after church or we are going to eat McDonald’s after church. I love McCafe Frappe Chocolate Chip! Do you?”
“I like McDonald’s, but I’m not crazy about coffee, so I would let you have my Frappe.”
“Maybe I will ask if you can go and eat Chinese Chicken with us. Let’s have a staring contest!”
“I am really tired. I don’t think I would be much competition today.”
“Here, let me help youナ” This is the part where Jeremey peels my eyelids back from my eyeballs, puts his face to within a couple of inches from mine, and stares directly into my eyeballs until my eyes water.
“You are going to have to turn my eyeballs loose. You are scrubbing all the makeup off my face!”  I told him.
“Don’t you know that nobody wears makeup on their eyeballs? Are you married?”
“No baby, I am not married.”
“Then how do you have 2 girls if you aren’t married?”
“Well, I used to be married, but now I’m not”
“O, so you are just a big, fat, single woman?”
“Yes, baby, I am just a big, fat, single woman……..”
*sigh*
With that, he snuggled into the side of this big, fat, single woman, got comfortable and was the perfect child all through church services.
I love kids.  ;0P   

Here’s one of my favorite recipes for stir fry chicken. Or Chinese chicken, if you happened to be named Jeremey.

Chicken Stir-Fry

Make white or brown rice per package directions for the amount you desire.

1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound chicken
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 small onion
Broccoli florets
1 can beef consomme
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons fresh ground ginger
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons corn starch

Slice chicken into thin strips
Cut peppers and onions into thin strips
Heat olive oil. Saute minced garlic. Add chicken and cook until done-4 minutes or so. Add vegetables, ginger, and sesame oil. Cook 5 more minutes.
In a small bowl, mix beef consomme, cornstarch, soy sauce, and hoisin sauce. Add to chicken mixture and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until thick.  Stir constantly.
Serve over rice.
***You can change up the veggies in this recipe to suit your family’s taste. Add mushrooms, use all green peppers instead of yellow and red, add snow peas…whatever your family loves will be perfect!***
This recipe has been a favorite in my family for several years. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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My girls and I at Emily’s wedding.

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