Recipe: KATSUDON!

Katsudon is one of the few dishes I equate with my magical childhood.  My dad served his mission in Japan back in the seventies and when my parents got married, my mom would make this for us for fancy Sunday dinners or other special occasions.  It was one of our little grasps of Japan in our family culture.  My mom made it with pork but I make it with chicken (JW prefers chicken) and it has now become a special dish in my own little family culture as well.

Katsudon
Serves 4
A delicious Japanese dish, perfect for fancy occasions.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. Four chicken breasts- boneless
  2. 6 eggs (dad likes 8)
  3. -two will be used in breading the pork loin
  4. 1-2 c flour for breading
  5. 1 large yellow or white onion sliced into thin rings
  6. bread crumbs - non seasoned (panko is best for this recipe)
  7. oil for frying
  8. 1/3 c. soy sauce
  9. 1/3 c plus a little of sugar
  10. 2 cups water
Instructions
  1. Heat one inch deep oil on medium high.
  2. Cut extra fat away from chicken. Mix two eggs in a bowl and put flour and breadcrumbs in two separate bowls. Coat pork in flour then eggs and then breadcrumbs.
  3. Fry in a one inch depth of oil til very brown, it doesn't have to be completely cooked through but at least very close. Set chicken aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Mix water, sugar and soy sauce thoroughly in a fry pan and bring to a boil.**
  5. Place onion rings around pan. Boil onions for about 5-7 minutes (7 was perfect for me), or until tender.
  6. When chicken breasts are cooled a little, cut them into slices and place on top of onions. Bring to a boil.
  7. Whip the remaining 4 eggs and pour over boiling mixture. Put lid on and let eggs cook for about two minutes. Serve over rice immediately.* Itadakimasu!!
Notes
  1. **I like to double the sauce.
  2. *The longer eggs cook they will turn a gray color from mixing with the soy. Serve when eggs are still yellow.
Adapted from Gramma Jac
Adapted from Gramma Jac
Hopes and Dreams http://cherishinghopesanddreams.com/

Recipe: Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

I’m not huge into enchiladas, but these are one of my very favorite meals!!  They have a surprising taste that isn’t your typical enchilada taste—and everyone who’s had them LOVES them.

Honey Lime Enchiladas
Serves 4
A surprisingly fresh and light tasting enchilada that puts the rest to shame.
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lbs chicken, cooked and shredded (I bake my chicken at 350 for 35 min then shred)
  2. 2/3 c honey
  3. 1/3 c lime juice
  4. 1/2 Tb chili powder
  5. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  6. 2 (10 oz) cans green enchilada sauce
  7. equal parts mixed together of shredded mozzarella cheese and shredded cheddar cheese
  8. flour tortillas
Instructions
  1. Mix together sauce ingredients then add to shredded chicken. Let the sauce soak into the meat for about 30 minutes, if you have time. If not, don't worry about it.
  2. Lightly spray 2 pans with non-stick baking spray.*
  3. Pour green enchilada sauce into pans to coat the entire bottom. Fill tortillas with shredded meat and desired amount of cheese. Roll and place in dish.
  4. Pour remainder of sauce over enchiladas and sprinkle more cheese on top - don't be stingy!
  5. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  6. Then turn on broiler and place enchiladas nearer the top of oven. Let it broil until cheese is slightly brown and crispy.
Notes
  1. *I usually use one 9x13 and one 9x9 but it may vary with how thick you stuff your enchiladas
Adapted from Sisters Cafe
Adapted from Sisters Cafe
Hopes and Dreams http://cherishinghopesanddreams.com/

So long Young Fives!!

James had such an incredible year at Young Fives preschool!!!  I know it might sound crazy to put so many emotional eggs in a preschool basket, but this experience literally changed our lives.  I volunteered every Wednesday, save a few where John got to go in and volunteer, and we all became so close with the other parents and their kiddos and TEACHER LISSA!!!!!  These are people I want in my life forever!  Seriously, as much as James grew socially–so did I!!

On one of the last days of school, the kids threw a tea party for the work parents.  James wanted to dress extra fancy for it so he picked out THREE ties to wear, a nice collared shirt, some shorts and his sparkly new running shoes.  I will miss this stage for the rest of my existence. 

Each child painted a portrait of their parent who volunteered each week.  I am IN LOVE with James’ portrayal of me!!!

allllll the heart eye emojis^^^^^^^

The kiddos also decorated the tablecloth for the tea party by coloring darling kid art all over the paper.  James takes great pride in his art work and worked on this little image the entire time.  So naturally I had to immortalize it.

Each child brought out a plate of pre-selected cookies for their parent and served them.  I love babies so much!!

James had a crush on a doll named Kyra for most of the year and summoned the courage (because of his dad’s motivational speaking skills) to write her a love note for the last day of school.  He put it in her cubby for her to find later!  She was very flattered and was so so sweet about it, even though she wasn’t ready to commit to marriage yet.  As his mommy, I just wanted to cry because I was so nervous for her reaction to him/it was so flipping cute.  The theme of this stage of motherhood seems to be lots of crying for various reasons.

My Wednesday warriors!!  Loved volunteering with these two powerhouses every Wednesday.  I got so close with Kirsha (left) and Amy (right, and Kyra’s mama) and respect them as mothers and minds so very very much.

Love these incredible people and the memories we all made together this year!!  James will be so much better off having gone through this program to prepare for Kinder.  Hopefully summer won’t make him forget all the valuable social skills he acquired!!

A flying monkey and a munchkin walk into a bar…..

In May the boys were in a church production of The Wizard of Oz and I cryyyyyyyyyyy because it was just the cutest, sweetest thing!!!!  They had weekly rehearsals for a few months and it all really came together in the end and was a fantastic production.  James was a munchkin and Charlie was a flying monkey and the way they committed to their rehearsal schedule and to the cast and vision was just too much wonderful for me to handle.  A sister in our ward has done little productions like this off and on for over 20 years and I’m hoping hoping hoping she will want to do another one soon!  I’m thinking Alice in Wonderland would be a good one!  But I don’t want to suggest it because I don’t want to be put in charge of anything, hahaha.

I was assigned to “choreograph” the flying monkey scene, so I said, “Hey, kiddos!  Go run around and flap your arms on stage and act like monkeys!”  And that was that.  Cutest flying monkeys in all of story land.

The Elders came to the production and afterwards they went around to every kid in the cast (over 30!) and got each one’s autograph.  Is that not the sweetest thing ever?????

While I don’t necessarily want to nurture James’ love for the musical theater world (it was a tough environment for me), I think small church productions and the like are the perfect fit for us right now.  It was just so fun to watch these hams up there!!!!!