I knew I would get a card. That's standard, but what to do next? After working on my gardening project (you'll read about that this week) and reading this Mother's Day craft post, I decided that my mom also needed a plant - a house plant. Specifically, a house plant that requires low light. So, I got her an Exotic Angel Plant named Fittonia (a.k.a. "Juanita"). This plant originates in Peru and there are 400 of these angels in the collection.
Then, I decided to cook dinner for her after church. I already heard her talking about making dinner on Saturday, but I didn't say anything until Sunday morning. She was so surprised over the phone. I could tell that she was excited. Really? She kept asking was I sure, etc. etc. So it was official, my parents and my aunt were coming to dinner.
I ended up purchasing a Rotisserie chicken and Hawaiian rolls, but I cooked everything else.
- Rotisserie chicken
- Collard greens seasoned with smoked turkey
- Confetti rice
- Japanese-style sesame green beans
- Fresh tomato slices
- Lemonade and water
Everyone was pleased and it was nice to see my mom smile. And now she has a meal (from what she cooked on Saturday) that will last them this week. Another smile.
Ok, so here are a couple of recipes.
This photo is from a rice I made before, without the peas.Ingredients:
- Jasmine rice
- minced garlic
- sweet onion, chopped
- 1 package of Herbox chicken bouillon (no salt)
- frozen peas and carrots
- olive oil
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a sauce pot. Saute onions, then add garlic and rice and saute until the rice is a bit translucent. Quickly add the water for the amount of rice you are preparing, the bouillon, and the salt. Add the frozen vegetables. Stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until done. Fluff with a fork and serve.
*You may need to add about 1/4 cup more of water to accommodate the addition of the frozen vegetables. Also, I often add chopped cilantro at the end.
Japanese-Style Sesame Green Beans
- Fresh green beans, whole with ends removed
- canola oil
- sesame oil
- sesame seeds
- soy sauce
Heat both oils in a large skillet. Add green beans and cook until they are bright green and a little browned in places. Add a splash of soy sauce and the sesame seeds. Reduce heat, cover and steam until done.
* What I did is not what the recipe says exactly. I know me and I know my family. We are not fans of crunchy green beans, so I opted to steam mine down a bit so they were soft but not mushy. I also did not toast my sesame seeds. Too much extra work. lol