Thursday, June 15, 2006

Freezer Food Friday (a little early)-Beef Satay

I know, I know. It's only Thursday. But our rich friends have invited us to go on their yacht this weekend, so how could we say no?

It's been a busy week with the upcoming move and all. So here's a little review.

One (almost) Finished Project:

Mom to K-squared and I have been working on a quilt for the kids' teacher. We put a photo of each student on it and we are going to let them sign their names next to their picture. The houses are significant because the kids' school is in a house (it is a very small school, post forthcoming on my kids' unique experience here in Small Town).

Why is it almost finished you ask? Well, it's just a quilt top because Julio (5 yrs) was playing with my quilting hoop, stepped on it, and broke it. Small Town doesn't need quilts (way too hot), so there are no quilting hoops to be found here. It was actually a blessing in disguise because I don't think we could have finished it, and it's probably even tackier to give a half-finished quilt than a just a quilt top.

Luckily the kids' teacher's mom is an expert quilter. (hope she doesn't look to closely at our work!)


And here it is a bit closer:


One Thing of Beauty

Empty Drawers. You've got to love them when you are about to move.


Except for the one Guapo's in charge of:


Oh well, we'll just close that one for now.

Guapo doesn't share the same love of purging all of our stuff. Here's what Julio's shower looks like right now (it is the staging area for all things looking for a new home):


The other night I gave Guapo some stuff to sift through so we could get rid of all that is not necessary.





Hmmmm, looks like I may have to take matters into my own hands.


This is a recipe that my friend Janice J. sent to me a few weeks back. I tried it last week and it has been on my mind ever since. It is YUMMY! We ate it all up and the kids still wanted more.

You marindade a lb of stir-fry beef in the following mixture:

1 T soy sauce
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp sesame oil
(I made 2X because I like LOTS of flavor)

(at this point you could freeze the beef and marinade in a ziploc bag to use later) After marinade for at least 5 minutes (I did it for a few hours), thread the strips of beef on to skewers that have been soaked in water. Then grill for 2 minutes on each side.

Here is the recipe for the peanut sauce that you can dip the meat in. Janice says is not necessary because the meat is so tasty, but we tried it because it sounded so good.

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3 T hot water
1 T soy sauce
½ tsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. sesame oil

I made the sauce and added a little sugar (probably 2 tsp. because I have a sweet tooth), and one inch of fresh ginger, peeled and minced (because I LOVE ginger). Guapo and I loved the sauce, but the kids opted for the plain meat.

It was a big hit. Thanks Janice!

If anyone else would like to share a recipe on Fridays, let me know and I will link to you in my post. Handiemom always has a recipe on Friday (I tried her recipe from last week and it was simple to make and very tasty).

Have a great weekend!


JD said...

The beef sounds yummy. I am still hooked on the chicken marinade. The one with the 5 spice ingredient that took me weeks to find LOL. We just moved in to our place and nothing has a home yet. I need some organization 101 courses again.

K-squared's Mom said...

Sounds yummy. I am close to insanity now that school is almost over and our scheduled vacation is just around the corner. I can barely scrape a decent lunch everyday so this recipe is a lifesaver! I'll probably try it with chicken, though. I will let you know how it turns out.

Have a great weekend!

itybtyfrog said...

The quilt is beautiful. You have such talent!!! That is such a wonderful gift...even if it is just a quilt top. Hurray for empty drawers!!!! (except for Guapo's). The meat sounds very tasty. I will have to try it! I just organized my clothes by color yesterday...I knew exactly where to find my orange striped shirt today. I have been waiting for DH to notice.

utmommy said...

I love dejunking before moves. It's so nice.

My sister-in-law has a quilt with pictures of her famiy all over it, I love it, it's gorgeous. So, is yours. I don't know if I could ever do that. I love doing needle-point and cross-stitch, but never got the quilting thing down.

jules said...

Gabs-I've known you for so long and still you never cease to amaze me. I LOVE the quilt. I'd be happy to send you a hoop if you'd like. I've got one in my closet that NEVER gets used.

I can't wait to try the recipe. The one you linked to handiemom sounds yummy too. Mini meatloaves are our new favorites. Thanks for all the great ideas.

Have fun on the yacht!

txmommy said...

I love the quilt, your teacher will love it too!

The recipe sounds so yummy, we need to try that right away!

My Full Hands said...

Looks like you've got the moving thing down pretty good. Perhaps Guapo is more of the "throw it all into a box and (let you) sort it out later" kind of packer. Love the quilt!

handiemom said...

What a beautiful quilt! You are quite talented. And it is a gift for their teacher? My girls' teachers just got a cookie mix in a jar. *sigh*

Looks like you've got the moving thing down. It's great to be able to throw away stuff as you pack. I think that's why my parents house has so much stuff -- they haven't moved in 30 years!

Love the recipe. I will have to try it -- thanks for plugging mine.

Kristen said...

That recipe sounds so great! I'll have to give it a try!

Guapo appears to be a typical man! LOL! Love the "clean" drawers!

And a yacht?! I don't know if I'm going to talk to you anymore!! ;-)

teacher said...

I am so grateful to have these lovely moms in my life. They have been so supportive with the school and children. In all of my years of teaching, I have never received such a heartwarming gift! It's one I will dearly treasure.
My sincere thanks!

Gina said...

That quilt is gorgeous! I love quilting, but I am still a novice. I have a friend that wrote two quilting books and also taught classes. I was lucky to learn my skills from her. What a fun project!

Dejunking is the best! We had the best yard sale a couple months ago... I felt like I could breathe it was so refreshing getting rid of crap while making money doing it.

No Cool Story said...

Gabs: you are good with quilts, what a neat gift.

I think Guapo is just taking it easy on Pre-Father's Day weekend.

Hope you had LOTS of fun with tus amigos ricos ;-)

Grammy said...
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Grammy said...

I hope you have a wonderful time with your friends. The quilt top turned out beautifully. I can see why she loved it AND why she loved having you both for her students' mothers. Having appreicative parents made teaching so much more enjoyable.

Tess said...

that steak sounds great. I love stuff with ginger.