Teriyaki Chicken PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 03:00

Back when Micaiah first came into the world, my sweet friend Corrie prepared us a wonderful meal consisting of teriyaki chicken and rice. We loved it, and I was needing some chicken inspiration (the same grilled chicken recipe every week can only last so long without driving a person crazy). So, I begged and pleaded for the recipe. She happily gave it to me, and this recipe quickly found it's way into our regular meal rotation. It's simple and delicious, and it requires ingredients that I usually always have on hand. Win-win-win!


Here are the ingredients you will be needing.


Start with a pound of chicken. (This is a little bit over a pound, but it's close enough.) Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and place them in a gallon zip lock bag. Set the chicken aside while you mix the other ingredients together.


Next you will need 1/4 cup of teriyaki sauce, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 1/4 cup of water and 1/3 cup of vegetable oil.

Pretend I have vegetable oil in the picture. I got done taking pictures and looked over at the counter and saw the poor little vegetable oil sitting all by it's lonesome. I was NOT about to set everything up again. So, you'll just have to use your imagination.

Side Note #1: In regards to soy and teriyaki sauce, I have found that most of the store brands don't contain as much junk as the more expensive kinds. This is not always the case. So, make sure to check the ingredient list and do a quick comparison. The fewer chemicals in our bodies the better!


Next up is 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 4 minced garlic cloves and 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (The amount of cayenne pepper determines how much of a "kick" the chicken has. We like to use closer to 1/4 teaspoon!)


Take all of those ingredients and dump them in a bowl together.


Whisk them together until they are thoroughly blended.


Now, take the bag-o-chicken pieces you cut up earlier and pour the mixture into the bag.


Seal the bag up nice and tight.  Then put it in the fridge for a few hours. You want to give it at LEAST an hour to marinate, but honestly it's best if you can give it around four to six hours. (I usually stick with marinating it for three to four hours seeing as how I can never seem to decide what we are eating for dinner that far in advance.)


When the chicken is nice and marinated take out a good sized frying pan (I got this big one from Target a while back. It's perfect for this!), add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and turn the heat on medium/low. You don't want it too hot or it will start splattering once the chicken is added. So, be mindful of that. Once the oil has had a couple minutes to heat up add the chicken pieces.

Side Note #2: Don't just dump the whole bag of chicken into the pan. You want to add the chicken, not the sauce. I like to grab a large slotted spoon and scoop the chicken out of the bag, that way the marinade can say in the bag where it belongs.

Side Note #3: Please excuse the quality of these frying pan pictures. Our new range hood basically has yellowish spotlights over each eye on my stove, so it makes picture taking a little challenging.


Give the chicken 2 - 3 minutes to cook on that side and the flip each piece over to start cooking on the other side!


After that side has cooked for 2-3 minutes take the bag of marinade and pour it all over the chicken pieces.

Excuse my poor pouring picture. It was a bit tricky pouring and snapping a picture at the same time. This is the best I could come up with without growing an extra appendage!


Now turn the heat to low and let it simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.


And this is the finished product! You can serve this over noodles or rice, but this particular time I served it with a Quinoa and Broccoli casserole I found on Pinterest. It was good, but I definitely prefer white rice cooked in salt, butter, parsley and basil with some black eyed peas on the side. Scrumptious!

Here is the recipe without all of my ramblings. :) Enjoy!

Teriyaki Chicken

  • 1 lb of chicken
  • 1/4 c soy sauce and 1/4 c teriyaki (but you could always use 1/2 c of either)
  • 1/3 c veg oil
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne or however much you want really
  • 4 minced garlic cloves

Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and place in a gallon zip lock bag. Set aside. Mix all ingredients together and pour into the bag of chicken. Marinate in the fridge for 4-6 hours. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on med/low heat. Add chicken pieces and cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes. Add marinade and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Kindergarten PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 August 2012 16:38

My baby started Kindergarten today!

I know, I know. Try not to focus on how old he is and try to focus on how fun it is that we can run outside and play in the street during the middle of our school day. :P

Our first day was a good one. But due to the fact that I just started going to the gym, my arms feel like jello and they are not functioning properly. So I will try to check back with more school details and updates at the end of the week. Hopefully by then I won't need Daniel to support my arms while I type.

Hope you enjoy our first-day-of-school pictures!






P.S. The lunchbox will be used to bring a snack for our Tuesday classes with our home school group. (More on our awesome group later.) He is pretty excited about putting something besides plastic kitchen food inside his super cool lunchbox!

P.P.S. That last picture is my fav. :)

18 Months Old PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 08:00

You know what I realized the other day? Well, first I realized that my baby turned 18 months old; which is crazy. Then I realized that it has been far too long since I have had a Micaiah post. So last night after dinner I took him outside and snapped a few pictures for you guys. OK, I the pictures were mainly for me... but still.

I think everyone should just be impressed that I have a post with several pictures and videos. Yeah, I know. You can thank me later.


The past couple months have consisted of a crazy explosion in vocabulary for Micaiah. He has been trying out new words, making up his own versions of words and enjoying learning animal noises. It seems like it came out of nowhere! My favorite thing that he says is "Oooo, wats dis?" He says it so quickly and so cutely. (it's more like, "oooowatsdis") It melts me. I can't help but giggle as I answer his question.

It still blows my mind that he is starting to talk in sentences. Don't get me wrong, they are very short sentences--two to three words at most. Only those well acquainted with him can understand them as "words", but still, he is communicating. And that is very helpful when figuring out what he wants/needs or why he is upset. On top of that he still uses sign language, so that is EXTRA helpful. If I can't understand what he is trying to say, I can look at his sign and usually figure it out.

Instead of listing out the cute words that he says, I am just going to show you this video I took about a month ago. I really should take a new one, seeing as how his vocabulary has improved over the past couple weeks, but this one is just too cute... even if it is a month old.


And here is a video of his animal noises. I took this one a month ago too. He has added quite a few more to the mix now!

Gahhhh he just kills me with cute.

But the spike in vocabulary has not put an end to his screaming/yelling/pterodactyl noises. He is a mama's boy through and through. If I cant hold him exactly when he wants, he will yell about it. Then he will throw a tantrum that usually involves trying to climb up me in hopes of getting what he wants anyway. He has quite the temper, and we are trying to tame it a bit. It's a work in progress.


But don't let this cute face fool you... he is a BULLY. I'm serious! He can be just plain mean! ...but adorably so. I haven't witnessed bullying to anyone outside of our immediate family yet. He's mainly only a bully to his big brother. Zachariah is very sweet and tolerates it (and even encourages it sometimes), but Micaiah really does like to bully him. It was kinda funny at first. I mean, imagine seeing a cute little toddler walking over to Z with a sweet smile on his face and then abruptly hitting him on the head with a spatula. I have had to turn my head to laugh several times.


Let's see, what else. He loves bread, applesauce, sweet potatoes, any type of pasta, grapes and avocado. He could live off those six items for the rest of his childhood and not complain. (We of course feed him more than just his favorites!) He does not enjoy green beans, cantaloupe, cauliflower, squash or pears. We still offer these to him and try to figure out new ways to prepare the foods he doesn't like to encourage good eating habits!

Micaiah now has four favorite TV shows. A while ago he really didn't care much about watching TV, but now he actually asks for it. A lot of that has to do with his older brother enjoying TV so much, but still. He asks for Elmo, Blues Clues, Veggie Tales and Backyardigans. And when he watches tv he has to sit on the left cushion on the love seat with someone (usually Zachariah) next to him. His little routine is hilarious. Anytime he hears mention of TV he runs to the love seat urgently asking to "sssssssit. sssssssit."

As a side note: We limit the amount of TV they are allowed to watch. I like for them to only watch an hour a day. Some days they may watch a little more, and other days they may watch none at all. But we really do try to keep it to a minimum. Little brains need stimulation!


He is still the silliest little baby ever. Some of it may have to do with having a really silly brother to imitate, but I think a good bit is just his ridiculously funny personality. He is such a goober.


Micaiah still loves his Bear. He doesn't sleep without it, and he won't purposefully leave the house without it. In fact, just the other day he included his bear in our water play! As much as I tried to convince him it was a bad idea, he was begging and pleading for his stuffed friend to come play in the water. So the bear took a run through the sprinkler and took a dip in the water table. And while I was taking these pictures the poor thing got thrown in the dirt road several times. There isn't a single place that Micaiah won't take his cuddly little friend.


18 months. A year and a half old. Oy vey! This child is going to be two before I know it. Then I might be begging one of you fine readers to take him off my hands for a year or so. ;)

My Kids PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 July 2012 07:37

These two have frustrated the tar out of me this week. I have had it up to HERE (imagine my hand above my head) with Micaiah's constant whining and clinging and Zachariah's constant disobedience. And I have had just about all I can take of Zachariah's yammering. Folks, he is hilarious and all, but he never. stops. talking. Ever. It is enough to make a person crazy.

It's just been one of those weeks where I have to constantly chant "I like staying at home with my kids. I like staying at home with my kids. I like staying at home with my kids." to remind me not to run out and enroll them in preschool/daycare. Goodness.

They had better be glad they are ridiculously cute.

Here's to hoping this weekend is a little less annoying! :P

Toob of Whales PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 July 2012 08:04

Zachariah loves whales. Love, loves, loves them. So when we came across this whale and dolphin toob on our beach vacation it was pretty much a given that it would be coming home with us.

There is a rotating earth on the lid of the toob, so as soon as we got it back to the condo Z lined everybody up, declared school was in session and appointed Narwhal as the teacher. (Because the long tooth obviously makes for a good pointer.) And then the Narwhal proceeded to teach the class about the world. Except Z only knows the names of few continents right now, so they got repeat lessons about North America, Africa and Australia. And he also tried to throw Japan into the mix since that is where his Uncle Wesley lives. :P

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