My 4th Wedding Anniversary, Christmas Miracles, and Chicken Yakisoba [RECIPE]
Good Morning Beautiful People! ❤
I hope you’re having a lovely day. Today I have much to gush about so grab a cup of tea and let’s dive in together. Today’s my 4th wedding anniversary! So a big shout out to Mr. Noob Chef ❤ I love you!! I wanted to write a bit about my anniversary and our love story because for those of you following my blog… you’ve seen our life unfold. You see, for some people their special moments are private and offline. And of course we have those too. But for our family, every dish on here has a story. A little moment of our life that happened and is connected to the dish we talk about on here. So when we sit back and go down memory lane, we think, “oh yeah, I remember the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp we made over the summer…. or the curry laksa we spent nearly two hours making while cheering on our favorite teams in DOTA 2…. or the Captain America Pudding that was SO delicious that we sat around eating while watching all the marvel movies in order…”. YOU, my dear reader-friends, are on this journey with us. And it means so much that you are. So thank you!
Today I want to rewind the clock to exactly 4 years ago…
We were a couple… a blended family… with little money and a lot of hope and love. We weren’t sure what life would throw at us. We couldn’t know that I would have gastric bypass surgery and lose over a hundred pounds. Or that my husband would get a much better job. That day my husband not only pledged his life to me… but to my daughter as well. There wasn’t a dry eye in my mom’s house that night….
Our little family began and our daughter grew. Over 5 years we went through up’s and downs like anyone else, but through it all we held on tight to each other. Each day counting our blessings and filling our home with love and laughter. We didn’t have much in the sense of material possessions, but we always had a roof over our head, clothes on our back, laughter around the table, and a delicious meal in our bellies.
Life moved on. Our daughter is almost 10 now and doing so well 🙂 . This past month has been a whirlwind with the California wildfires. I was looking out the window yesterday when all of a sudden it rained. After 206 days without a drop of rain…. it rained! It was a Christmas miracle!
I was so astonished that I had to snap a picture for you all. The fire is now 60% contained. The side of the fire that was racing my way has been fully contained. I feel blessed. After snapping this picture we had a 4 hour power outage. Needless to say, it gave me time to think, and I couldn’t help but smile. The rain was so symbolic of the love I share with my husband. It is quiet, sure, and steady. It is strong and prevailing when times can feel unbalanced. It has faith, hope, and deep respect. And above all, we feel blessed for every day that we’re given.
So this is us… in our silly, untouched, no-filter glory… Thanks for joining us here on our blog and this journey. Happy 4th Anniversary baby. I love you now, and always ❤
And now, let’s look at today’s recipe 🙂
Yakisoba noodles. Mmmm this is an indulgent meal for sure but one that I recommend on busy weeknights or when you want to treat yourself. Though you can buy dried soba noodles, I recommend that you spend a couple dollars more and head over to the produce department to pick up fresh yakisoba noodles. It really makes a difference in flavor. If you’re short on time, toss in a bag of stir fried vegetables (that’s what I did here). Grab a rotisserie chicken, shred it up, and toss it in. Done. Now how easy is that? This is a one pan dish, my friends. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Have a wonderful day, and as always, keep on cooking ❤
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 tablespoons chile paste
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/2 head cabbage, coarsely chopped
- 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
- 8 ounces soba noodles cooked and drained
- In a large skillet combine sesame oil, canola oil and chili paste; stir-fry 30 seconds. Add garlic and stir fry an additional 30 seconds. Add chicken and 1/4 cup of the soy sauce and stir fry until chicken is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Remove mixture from pan, set aside, and keep warm.
- In the emptied pan combine the onion, cabbage, and carrots. Stir-fry until cabbage begins to wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining soy sauce, cooked noodles, and the chicken mixture to pan and mix to blend. Serve and enjoy!