Showing posts from May, 2017

Quick n' Dirty Peanut Lime sauce, aka "Kung Foo Chicken"

I have long since lost track of the food blog where I initially found this recipe, or at least a version thereof. We've been using it off and on for at least 8 or 10 years, and I think it's worth sharing.
My husband likes to call it "Kung Foo Chicken" for some reason, but it's really just a basic peanut lime sauce with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen that takes Very little fuss to get right.

Peanut Lime Sauce
(Serves about 6)
1 C peanut butter (natural is best, may be smooth or crunchy.)
1/2 C lime juice
1/2 C water
1 heaping Tbsp of minced garlic, or to taste
1 T of soy sauce, or to taste
1 t of sriracha or Tabasco sauce, or to taste

Whisk all ingredients together.
Hint: if you  place the lime juice and water in a 2 C Pyrex measuring cup, it's pretty easy to measure the peanut butter into the same container: just watch for the liquid to hit the 2 C line.

Serve over about 1 lb of spaghetti noodles, or ~4 packages of ramen (discarding the…

Parables for Pre-Schoolers: Using Story to Sooth and Teach

"Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the (not so) innocent..." 

It happens with depressing regularity. Everything is going along smoothly. Maybe not perfect, but OK. They're dressed, they're clean(ish), they're about to be fed, and - BAM - you're dealing with a tantrum. Maybe she wanted nuggets instead of PB&J.  Maybe she didn't want to wait in the other room until you were done working with an older sibling for school. Maybe she didn't want to wear the pants you picked out. Maybe it's the classic "my plate is the wrong color" melt-down. You try to calm her down, to offer compromises without caving into her terrorism, but it's not working. The emotions are out of control, and there's nothing to do but plop her in her room with the door shut until she works through it.

The tricky part for me is what to do next. After I've got my own calm back and it'…