Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Chinese Chicken Salad
3-4 pieces of marinated chicken breasts
5-6 Radishes, thinly sliced
2 cups head lettuce, shredded
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/3 lb. wonton skins cut into ¼ or 1/8 inch strips and deep fried*
Marinade for chicken:
¼ cup soy sauce (Japanese style shoyu)
¼ cup sugar
1 Tablespoon freshly chopped ginger root
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tablespoon water
Combine marinade and then marinade chicken for 1 hour. Fry or bake chicken in sauce for 45 minutes. Combine dressing ingredients and mix well. Add shredded chicken to tossed salad, add dressing at last minute. Serve immediately.
Dressing for Chinese Chicken Salad:
4 Tablespoon sugar
½ cup salad oil
6 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon soy sauce
*If you do not have time to deep fry the wonton skins, you can buy them from a Chinese restaurant. Just ask for the crunchy noodles served with soup.
I made this salad yesterday! My Mom would make it when I was at home and it was always a favorite!
My friend made these sushi rolls and I thought they were too cute! They are made of rice crispy treats, fruit by the foot and gummy worms.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
So I am finally entering a post about Kaitlyn's Baptism.
When we first moved to the Kirtland area we took a tour, as a family, of the Kirtland historic sites. On the tour the missionary related to us that many early saints were baptized in the Chagrin river near historic Kirtland. We all thought that was so neat and thought it would be pretty cool if Kaitlyn was baptized in the river.
Two years later with proper permission obtained we did infact perform the ordinance in the Chagrin River as near we could to the actual probable location where the early saints were baptized.
The big concern was the level of water. It is a small river which is not very deep. "Mr. Bill" our neighbor who grew up in Kirtland, about 30 years ago, volunteered to meet us after church with his swim trunks on and wade in the river to see where the deep spots were. He waded out while we stood on shore. We were very hopeful after this exploration as he found some spots that went just above his knee. We would just need to practice with Kaitlyn to get very low, which we did the night before. We practiced a bunch and realized the water would be running from head to toe. I worried that the water would kick her feet out so I simply, very lightly, stepped on her feet with one of my feet.
With the river level sufficient and plenty of practice, Kaitlyn was baptized on Saturday, August 31, 2008, by Me (her dad). What a neat experience it was. We found an adequate location in the water. As we got set up in the spot we stood for a moment. I wanted Kaitlyn to just kind of take it all in. We discovered a small audience, other than our family and friends on the banks of the river, in very small fish swimming about our legs. The fish seemed to love and flock to our white clothing. Kaitlyn and I got a little kick out of it.
Kaitlyn, Mom and I love you and are very proud of you. I know that your Heavenly Father is very proud of your decision to be baptized. Thank you for being such a wonderful daughter and kind sister to your siblings.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
For Evie's birthday we brought the cake to the lake and watched the sunset at the same time. Evie was so excited to blow out her candles! It was special that both sets of grandparents were here for her birthday this year!
We were lucky to have Grandpa and Grandma Massaglia, Grandpa and Grandma Ellsworth, Aunt Melanie and Cousin Eric come for Kaitlyn's baptism. I am awaiting photos so stay tuned for a post on the baptism.
Kaitlyn picked hamburgers this year to have for dinner on her birthday, so we fired up the BBQ. She doesn't eat the meat so I was a little surprised by her request. After dinner we were able to have cake and ice cream with some close friends.
This year school started on Kaitlyn's birthday. She thought that it was the best birthday present ever! We are lucky enough to have neighbors who are the same ages as our kids and same gender! They are all waiting for the bus in this picture.
These photos are of Evie and Lily on the first day. We are so lucky to have the Gaskin family staying with us! They are awaiting the closing on their house and we are so happy to have them here! In this photo Evie and Lily are sporting their fruit loop necklaces they just made.