I Think It Was The Fourth of July (unedited)

Saturday in the [Grove]

I think it was the Fourth of July

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People reaching, people touching

A real celebration

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Listen children all is not lost
All is not lost, oh no, no. 

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I’ve been waiting such a long time for Saturday.

Hope all of my USA friends had a wonderful Fourth celebration!

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I hope everyone had an amazing Mother’s Day weekend celebrating the women in your lives. We had a good, and full weekend.

Saturday was two soccer double-headers that had us out in the sun for 5 hours.  We were fairly sun-drained by the end.  AND, as much as we love our soccer Saturdays, we are happy next week is the last game until fall! I get my Saturday mornings back…which means sleep-ins.

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Saturday evening I was able to escape for a Girl’s Night Out, and it was lovely to get to know someone new while growing friendships with the others over a good meal.

Mother’s Day was wonderful.  Hubby made an awesome breakfast of eggs, bacon, biscuits and juice.  He ALSO made lunch after church.  I got to rest for a bit and then got back into my workout routine…which is simultaneously killing me slowly and making me stronger.  I’m only walking/jogging 3.4 miles a day, but when you haven’t really exercised in awhile, it hurts.  I’m looking for some great workout tunes to keep me moving.  What’s your favorite?

Jack ordered those two gorgeous floral prints for me from floraforager.com.  If you haven’t had a tour around her work, you really should. It is so inspiring. The creator, Bridget, is the very first blogger I followed back in 2005.  I found her inspiring then, but she has really blossomed in her talent over the years. (pun intended)

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And with that, we are back to our work week. We have 9 days left of school. I’m dragging and ready for summer,but must keep on truckin’.

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The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship- William Blake

I’m thankful for the true friendships that God has given our children over the years. I’m thankful for their encouragement, and those that seek to keep them looking upward.  Rare gems are these.


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I couldn’t miss the opportunity to capture one such sweet relationship yesterday!

As hubby commented yesterday: Girls sure do giggle a lot.

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Little Things Thursday

We are really excited  because we have some friends from Thailand visiting us tonight! It’s been a couple months since I returned from my trip, and I’m looking forward to a couple gatherings with friends.

I just happened to stumble upon the one image from my trip, yet to be shared to commemorate the occasion.

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The Adams are having dinner with us tonight and I’m basically serving up a second Thanksgiving meal, except with ham. Perhaps it is more of a Thankmas meal. We are so looking forward to catching up, hearing their stories, and letting our kids interact with them. Then, next week the ladies I traveled with are getting our families together to share travel stories and just reminisce.  I’m really thankful for the role Thailand has played in our lives.  I know we are going to come away richer for this time this evening.

So, how is your December beginning? Tis the season to gather and celebrate!

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Chicken Haystacks

I’m blessed to call two places home.  There is home here in the States, and there is my second home of Bangkok, Thailand.  While I may never live in Bangkok again, it will always be home to me.  During our early Bangkok years we were also blessed to live and work with another family from the States.  Our friends, Dave and Jan, included us young marrieds around their dinner table more than not…or so it seemed.  There were several meals that Jan would make that were signature dishes of hers.  One of these meals was Chicken Haystacks.  I recently saw this meal by the name Hawaiian Haystacks on Pinterest.   Jan’s recipe uses chicken gravy verses cream soups and more toppings.   I decided to make Jan’s version last night, or as close as I could remember. We then we shared our memories of those special years while we enjoyed our meal.

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I poached 4 chicken breasts and cut the cooked chicken into small diced pieces.

While the chicken was poaching, I steamed 1 cup of Jasmine rice, Thailand’s famous fragrant rice.

To make the chicken gravy, I sautéed half an onion diced and 1 garlic clove in a few Tablespoons of butter.  To this I added 1/4 cup of flour to make a roux.  Stir until you get a nice paste.  Add 1 cup of chicken stock, and 2 cups of milk.  Stir until bubbly and thickened.  Add the cooked chicken and stir until incorporated. In the future I would use my leftover homemade chicken gravy from our roast chicken meals since we always have leftovers.

Now comes the fun part.  Put rice on your plate or bowl.   Top the rice with the chicken and gravy mixture.

Now top with basically anything you want.  I used fresh pineapple pieces, peanuts or almond slices, raisins, shredded cheddar cheese, and Chinese fried noodles.  These are the toppings I remember being served at Jan’s.  The possibilities are endless, but you want to achieve a balance of savory and sweet.

This is a kid friendly meal since the toppings are customizable to taste!

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