Pepper Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

My absolute favorite type of food is Chinese, but since I cannot have Chinese as much as I’d like to because of dieting reasons, I have to settle for 2nd best, which is Pepper Chicken Stir Fry.

pepper chicken stir fry

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb of Chicken (or whatever meat you prefer)
1 tbsp Paprika
2 cloves Garlic (crushed)
2 Tbsp Butter
1 Cup Green Onions (scallions)
2 Bell Peppers
2 Large Tomatoes
1 Cup Chicken Broth
1/4 cup Water
2 Tbsp Cornstarch
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup Rice (or quinoa)

and since I like altering recipes to suit my mood; I add a couple of Tbsp of Teriyaki sauce and chop up some broccoli along with some cremini mushrooms. I guess it’s all a matter of preference in vegetables. =)

Instructions:

  • Cut up chicken and sprinkle with paprika and let stand while prepping vegetables.
  • Cook chicken and garlic in butter, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce til brown.
  • Add onions, green peppers, zucchini and continue cooking until veggies welt.
  • Start boiling water for your rice or quinoa.
  • Once veggies have welted, add tomatoes and broth, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Cook rice or quinoa according to directions.
  • Blend water w/ cornstarch and stir into steak and cook until sauce thickens and serve.

Occasionally, I will get the Iron Chef General Tso’s Sauce to top it off with since it’s natural, contains no MSG or preservatives, and gives it that overall Chinese flavor that I crave when I can’t have yummy deep fried crab puffs, shrimp, or sweet and sour chicken.

Let me know how it turned out for you.

 

It’s Blue Friday!! #tgibf #gohawks

Representing DangeRuss Wilson!! 
4-0 baby!!
You guys can do it this Sunday against the Colts! 
I just hope my Southwest Flight has your game available so we can cheer you on while in route to Vegas!

Internship at Entrada is Over

I have completed my internship at Entrada Health, but never actually got hired on. I’m a little irritated about it since I heard that they hire pretty much anyone, but I ended up waking to a generic email about how they don’t have any available spots. Oh well, I was pretty much having to retype everything from beginning to end because their software is not up to par like Nuance’s was. It was ridiculous! So, if I did get hired on, I would be getting paid at an editor rate for full on transcription. That’s a lose/lose to me.

I am not as upset as I was the day I woke up to that, because I know my time is worth more than what they were offering. I can at least use this experience on my resume if I decide to try to go down this dying route of editing medical reports again. But right now, it’s like beating a dead horse.

Bachelorette Party at Dixie Tavern and Barrel Room in Portland, Oregon.

I’ve been to Dixie Tavern twice now, both times with my cousin who seems to think this place is awesome. Let me say, it is far from it.When you walk in, you will be greeted by an $8 cover charge. I don’t normally come to Portland to go to clubs, but I figured I’d give this a try and was appalled at the price to get in. You will also probably see the staff up on the bar dancing or the drunk and uncoordinated ladies who came to Dixie for their bachelorette parties.

The first night I went, I hadn’t drank at all, so I wasn’t buzzed, drunk, or anything of the sort. It was really awkward and I couldn’t get into the music at all. Who the hell can dance to Bon Jovi, “living on a prayer”, or “Cherry Pie” by Warrant, Miley Cyrus, Country? (which they played both times I was there, same damn music playlist, are you kidding me?) I didn’t come there to relive my mothers child hood days of butt rock music. I wanted to dance to something with a good, funky beat like more hip hop, electronic/dub-step type.

It also takes a long time to get a drink since there’s so many people in there packed like sardines. The place is not very big at all, but luckily they had an upstairs area where you can go have a seat if you’re not feeling like dancing much and an extra bar. You will probably be served a lot faster if you squeeze through the crowd and head upstairs. The drinks, however, are weak as crap. I had about 5+ drinks and I didn’t even get a slight buzz. But isn’t this the norm at Clubs? Charge outlandish prices for craptastic watered down drinks? I think so!

If I get dragged here again, I will probably crop dust everyone, seems to be the cool thing to do here since we ran through stink clouds more than a few times in one night. If you got gas, go take a crap, don’t kill us all with your stank ass.

We headed to the next club since it was my cousin’s bachelorette party and she wasn’t feeling it anymore.

It was probably about midnight on Saturday when we showed up to Barrel Room, so we got stuck paying a $10 cover. Not sure if it’s cheaper before a certain time or what, but $10 to dance for a couple hours is a little high in my opinion.


Once inside, we waited for our entire party to get in so we could maneuver our way onto the dance floor. My cousin and I are standing there, and I see this chick walk up behind my cousin (who happens to be the bachelorette), and attempts to dump her drink on her. Thankfully her friends stopped her beforehand and told her to knock it off, otherwise, she would have gotten a punch to the beav. There’s just no reason for people to act like douche-bags. If you can’t handle your liquor, stay your ass home. Don’t try to ruin someone else’s night because you’re not having any fun.

My cousin didn’t even notice, because it was behind her back, so I tried not to let that ruin my night. We get out on the floor, or cement rather, since the club is situated outside under a tent with a DJ booth and 2 bars on each end, and proceed to find an area where all 8 of us could dance comfortably. It was pretty packed, but that’s to be expected on a late Saturday night.

I loved the music, it was more my style of hip hop, top 40s, electronic/dubstep mixes. If that’s not your thing, then you may want to go elsewhere, but it’s something that can easily be danced to.

I didn’t get a creepy vibe from any of the guys coming up to me asking me to dance with them, I just kindly turned them down if I didn’t want to and they went on there merry way. I am married, so I don’t need anyone grinding on my ass. It’s just awkward and uncomfortable. Now if you want to dance with our whole party, that is just fine! There were numerous guys that stepped inside of our circle and showed us how it’s done. And the Harold lookalike from Harold and Kumar, if you happen to stumble upon this, thanks for making an effort to dance with our whole group, you were insanely awesome!


Drinks were a bit on the pricey side so I only bought a couple here. $9+ a drink, if I wouldn’t have known better, I would have thought I was in Vegas. But, the music and the dance area make up for that. It’s nice and refreshing to be outside and not in a stuffy building where you get the stench of b.o. wiped on you by passerbys.

I will probably be back the next time I feel like dancing, but I will definitely be drinking beforehand to avoid the price of booze here!

My Baby Sister Graduated High School

To be honest, she is the first one in our immediate family to have graduated high school and receive her diploma the same day. I am proud of her, but I know she didn’t work as hard as I did when I was in school (class of 2000, damn I feel old). She went to the same high school I went to and from the sounds of it, they dumbed it down a little bit because their graduation rate was not so high after they implemented the senior project, which is to be done in front of faculty and some students and last 8-15 minutes long. They still do that, but instead of picking a topic you’re passionate about and doing some research, they basically just make you talk about yourself now. She also had a teacher that would pretty much do her homework for her, so even though she got her diploma, I don’t think she rightfully earned it. But, it was nice of a teacher to show some compassion with a struggling student who almost did not graduate.

We of course planned a graduation party for her for the following day, because after all, she did have her diploma and I suppose that’s all that really matters in the end. I went out and bought some decorations and so did my mother to get the party started. My mom pretty much made/supplied all the food. I did make a pasta, but I guess there was so much food that no one hardly touched anything. Drat!

My husband and I thought long and hard about a gift to get my sister and we ended up deciding on a laptop. Now it’s not no high end laptop that’s for gaming, and it wasn’t no cheapo piece of crap either. It’s normally around 499, but we got it on sale for $350 at Staples. I figure this would be nice for when she heads into college and needs a computer of her own to do homework on. She pretty much already knew what she was getting from us because I kept asking her if she wanted this, that, or a laptop, and she said laptop. So, she wasn’t too shocked when she opened the gift. We did take the laptop out of the box though, and stuck an empty Krispy Kreme doughnut box inside instead with some heavy magazines to make it seem like there was a laptop in it. She looked at me with an embarrassed face and I couldn’t stop laughing. But we eventually ended up giving her the real thing sealed in a pink laptop sleeve of course, since she’s spoiled ass rotten. Everyone was like you can come to my birthday and get me a laptop. Haaaaaaaa. People are funny. She did end up getting about $350 in cash and gift cards on top of our laptop, so I suppose a nice overhaul for doing a good job.

The next day, I get a message from my sister saying that my mom wanted my sister to give her money for throwing the graduation party. Who the fuck does that? Oh that’s right, my family, cause they’re all ridiculously greedy assholes. I was completely livid at that point and wanted to go straight to my mom and chew her ass out for even coming up with such asinine nonsense. But, my sister didn’t want to cause any drama for her, so I didn’t do anything. My mom apparently told her not to tell anyone and she didn’t want to get in trouble. But in trouble for what? And what are they going to do now that she is 18? Yeah, she was living under their roof, but she is not anymore. I still want to bring it up and be like WTF mom, that’s like me asking you for money to cover your own damn birthday party or gift. Next time, I might just do that. I have never once asked anyone for money for throwing them a party. I honestly believe I am from a different kind, because I do not act and I am not anything like these people. To top it off, she didn’t even get her a gift but an outfit she got on sale at the store she works for. Pretty damn sad really.

Then 2 weeks after the graduation party, my sister left her laptop on the couch so she could run outside and see a baby possum that her dog found and gnawed on, and the dog ended up jumping on the couch and sitting on the laptop. This is no small dog either, it’s a 75+ pound pitbull. She messages me again and says you’re going to be mad but the laptop is broken. I am just like WTF!!! Pissed because we spent so much money on it and to have it broken after 2 weeks was just ridiculous. Luckily its only the screen, but still, I am unsure why she decided to leave it just sitting on the couch when there’s a fat dog around and 2 toddlers as anything can happen! It’s going to cost about $60 to replace the screen, and I told her I am not paying for that, she’s going to have to. So whenever she gets a job and comes up with the money, then she can have it back, as for now, it’s sitting on my kitchen table so no more damage can be done to it.

Kids, can’t ever have nice things.