Monday, April 18, 2016

Monkey Bars and Cashew Chicken

But first, don't ever move a bird's nest, no matter what the guy with the video on YouTube tells you. We had a cardinal's nest with these 3 babies right next to a window that was getting replaced, so I decided I would save them from certain destruction by moving them just a few yards to another lemon tree. The parents even watched me do it (with Lucas standing guard with a broom in case of attack).


Apparently Mom and Dad took that as their cue to have a date night, because they disappeared for 2 whole days...which were cold, rainy days, so I buried these poor babies on Thursday. And would you believe the Dad had the nerve to show up about 4 hours after the burial?! He landed on the back porch, no less, and hopped over to the back door like he was going to knock and ask me where they were. Becky, it made me think about you and your rescued kittens...except you didn't kill yours! And when I came in all sad from burying them, CBS News was doing a story about a Sandy Hook survivor talking about his best friend who was killed, so I just became a blubbering idiot. This was the one bright spot of Thursday.


Now for the weekend, I decided to get out and enjoy the weather, so this pic of Drew gave me some inspiration.


Lucas and I biked to a nearby park, which is apparently the only public park in Mobile with monkey bars, because I'm sure they're unsafe and responsible for several deaths, so we're lucky just to have these 8, honestly...though I probably scared the mothers and little children when I walked up pulling on my Tough Mudder gloves.


And it really is all in the legs when you're doing this!


And finally, the Pioneer Woman Cashew Chicken - tada! It involves sherry, rice vinegar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic. Delicious! Lucas very cleverly said the sauce tasted similar to the Beef with Snow Peas we had the other night - the boy's got a taste for sherry! Oh, the one glitch was that I forgot to actually pour the soy sauce mixture INTO the chicken until Jim mentioned I had an extra bowl sitting there. I was just going to serve it with sherry and the cornstarch slurry, and even mentioned that there wasn't very much sauce as I was getting ready to plate it. Luckily I dumped it in and heated it up and it all tasted fine.


At least there were no fingertips sliced in the making of the dish - that's always my ultimate goal. Hope you had a great weekend and didn't kill any small animals!

7 comments:

BeckyW said...

Aw! Sometimes, despite you best efforts they don't make it. I've lost kittens too. I once lost all 5 out of a litter of 5. 3 of them were born in the early spring, cold wet and still stuck to the placenta. When you are dealing with such frail little creatures, it is not always a sure thing. You just have to try and know you did your best.

You are going to be ready for the mudder next year. You are doing much better in the upper body strength department than me.

I've got to check out this Pioneer Woman's recipes. I see them on Pinterest quite often. Sam does not eat cheese (by choice - not allergy) so this is the type of food that he loves.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

She also has a blog, Becky, and lots of recipes without cheese! I think kittens would hurt more than birds, for sure. At least Jake still trusts me...

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Awwwww..that's sad but you did your best.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thanks, Ann.

Anonymous said...

So sorry about the baby birds.

The chicken looks delish! I, too need to check out the Pioneer Woman recipes. A blog you say? Just what I need, something else on the computer to kill my time.

Robbie

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

That's right, Robbie, we'll all end up just sitting around reading blogs! I remember the old days before blogs when I'd play Free Cell on the computer for an hour...

Anonymous said...

I play solitaire on the 'puter. I tell Vic it helps with my memory ;)

Robbie