Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sweet Potato Chicken Curry

This was the post that started my long period of not posting. I kept telling myself “oh I’ll get to it, I’ll get to it.” Then BOOM, one month goes by. (I bet most of you thought that I had peace’d out forever huh?) This was made using the leftover Sweet Potatoes from thanksgiving (oh my has it REALLY been that long?) Anyway if you like Curry YOU MUST TRY THIS! It is absolutely fantastic. I didn't get a chance to snap a pic of it when we ate it so I'm cheating and using one from Cooking :-)

Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
Taken from Cooking Light Magazine


* 2 teaspoons curry powder
* 1 teaspoon ground coriander
* 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
* 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
* 1 1/2 cups vertically sliced onion
* 1 1/2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
* 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
* 2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato
* 3/4 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
* 1/2 cup frozen green peas
* 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


1. Combine curry powder, coriander, turmeric, salt, black pepper, red pepper, and bay leaf in a small bowl. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken from pan. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion to pan; cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Increase heat to medium-high; return chicken to pan. Cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Stir in ginger and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add curry powder mixture; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Stir in potato and chickpeas. Cook, uncovered, 30 minutes. Add peas; cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice. Discard bay leaf.

3. Serve over Jasmine Rice.

Friday, November 27, 2009

It came.......IT FINALLY CAME

Ladies, I have been a bad blogger.....and i'm sorry.

I have decided (for reasons you have probably assumed) that I'm putting Little Rhody Girl on hiadus for a week or two, to help somebody settle back into his home. Into our home. No worries. I definately will be back, I have about 5 recipes to back post, and that doesn't include my three day long bake-off which is scheduled for next weekend.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday

THIS is what I have to be thankful for....


It finally came, it's finally over......
Thank you, all of you, for all of your support. He's home with me, and I couldn't be happier!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Oh My.....Freaking Fantastic




Yes I am 23, yes I am married, yes I was the one saying "ok, ok we are ALL excited but your girlie screaming is making me go deaf" but I really REALLY enjoyed New Moon. So much better (like 10 million times better) that the first movie. Check this out. According to the LA times New Moon is expected to gross 70 million dollars TODAY (btw, the movie cost 50 million to make) Pretty good!

I might go see it again while it's still in theaters, yes I mean it....

I'm Team Edward ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

::sorry, I'm drooling a little::

Monday, November 16, 2009

What Happened to Thanksgiving?

Does anyone else feel sorry for Thanksgiving? It TOTALLY got skipped over this year. Christmas commericals and sales and everything else started right after Halloween. I myself have already started making gift lists, planning for cookie baking and making cards


But I do feel sorry for poor Thanksgiving, it is definately the second string holiday this year....

Sunday, November 15, 2009

My Boys



-This Photo was taken in RAW format and edited in Photshop, can you tell the difference? Cuz I sure can!

Next Week

So much is happening next week just thinking about it is causing my congested head to explode.

2) First shifts on days (not to mention a full work week)
3) Jared's birthday
4) Thanksgiving

I am having so many emotions surrounding that week, busy, overwhelming, happy and exciting just to name a few. However before I think about next week there is all of the things I need to do this week to prepare.

First off there is a bunch of housekeeping things that have to get done before Kyle's return, like clean the house (haha). I have to get his cell phone turned back on and his car insurance re-instated. I also want to get his car looked at (ever since that incident with kyle's car I haven't driven it much, even though I got 4 new tires on it. I think it's a mental thing) by a mechanic to make sure it's in good shape and I need to menu plan for his homecoming meal!!!!!

All fun things to do...I already know what I'm going to make for him and what the plans are for meeting him on the pier, but I can't tell you, because he reads the blog too

so shhhhhhhh.....he might be listening! ; )


So I guess for the last few weeks I like to do lots of posting all at once, so I apologize about clogging up you google readers with all of my back posting, but serisouly this time I have a good excuse,

mainly because right now I am SICK AS A DOG!

I started to get a tickle in my throat at work on Thursday night. I immediately had the H1N1 sirens going off in my head but I don't have any of the traditional flu symptoms, no fever, no body aches, nothing like that, so I think I'm in the clear. But that doesn't mean I don't feel like hell either.

Friday I woke up with a huge sinus headache and congestion with a dry cough, saturday the congestion got worse and the couch turned productive. BAH! Today I do feel a little better but I still have a headache and a runny nose. My mom really wants me to go to the doctor tomorrow and I think I will if I still feel sick. The call out from work remains to be seen and will be determined based on how I feel tomorrow.

I just hope I am 100% healed before Kyle gets home next week!!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Veggie Burrito Wraps

I am constantly searching for things that I can make ahead, freeze, and grab them to take to work with me in my lunch bag that is

1) easy
2) yummy after nuking in the microwave
3) relatively healthy

This recipe really fits the Bill. This base recipe is very easy to adapt to suit your own tastes. I wrapped each one in a paper towel and froze them in ziplock/foodsaver bags in groups of 5. I got 15 burritos from this recipe. Don't forget the sour cream and salsa, YUM!!!!

Veggie Burrito Wraps
Source: adapted from All Recipes

2 cups uncooked brown rice
4 cups water
olive oil
1 green pepper
1 onion
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans
2 (15.5 ounce) cans pinto beans
1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn (I used mexicorn)
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green
chiles (a.k.a. Rotel tomatoes)
1 can low fat refried beans
16 (10 inch) flour tortillas
2 cups shredded pepperjack cheese


1. Combine rice and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat, and cool.

2. Place black beans and pinto beans into a colander or strainer, and rinse. Add corn and diced tomatoes with green chilies, and toss to mix.

3. In a large skillet, heat two turns of olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions, peppers and brown sugar, saute for 3-5 minutes or until caramelized. slowly add in the corn and tomato mixture and stir to heat thoroughly. add cheese and rice and stir until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted.

4. Divide the mixture evenly among the tortillas, starting with a layer of refried beans, and roll up. Wrap individually in paper towels, place into a large freezer bag, and freeze. Reheat as needed in the microwave for lunch or snacks.



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

11 November 2009

So many things to be thankful for today.

Thank you, Husband, for keeping me safe.

Thank you, to all our armed forces, for your service to this country

Thank you....

and Happy Birthday Mom!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Shirmp Fried Rice

Do you ever have those moments when everything just seems to, you know, work out?

Well I'm not talking about anything major, I'm just talking Dinner here.

Last night at work I was thinking about what I wanted to make for dinner tonight. While I mentally went though the contents of my pantry/fridge/freezer I suddenly remember that I had a package of shrimp and scallops that I needed to eat before Kyle gets home (since he is allergic...poor baby!). Well at the same time I was going through my Google Reader in my iphone and literally the first post I saw was for Shrimp Fried Rice, YUM! sounds good! Oh, I already have ALL the ingrediants? Sweet! Easy to make? Even better.

Like I said, I love it when things work out

Shrimp Fried Rice
Taken from Annie's Eats


1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tsp. kosher saltFreshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. cornstarch2 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil, divided
3 eggs, beaten
2 stalks green onions, minced
4 cups leftover rice
¾ cup frozen peas and carrots, defrosted
1 tbsp. soy sauceFew drops sesame oil


In a medium mixing bowl, combine the shrimp, salt, pepper and cornstarch, and toss well to coat the shrimp. Let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat. When a drop of water immediately sizzles and evaporates, the pan is hot enough to add 1 tablespoon of the oil. Swirl to coat the pan well.

Add the shrimp to the hot pan and quickly spread them out so that they are in a single layer, and all touching the pan surface. (You may need to do this in two batches to ensure even cooking.) Let them cook untouched for 30 seconds, then flip over (tongs work well for this) and let cook for 30 more seconds, so that the shrimp are about 80% cooked through. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Lower the heat on the pan to medium. Add the eggs to the pan and stir quickly, to break up and scramble the eggs. When the eggs are almost cooked through but still slightly runny in the middle, remove from the pan to the same plate as the shrimp.
Use paper towels to wipe the pan clean and return the pan to high heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, swirling to coat. Once the oil is very hot, add the green onions to the pan and cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add the rice to the pan and mix well to combine with the green onions. Spread the rice out evenly over the pan and let cook without stirring, until you hear the rice grains sizzle, about 1 to 2 minutes. Toss the rice a bit with your spatula, and again spread it out over the cooking surface.

Drizzle the soy sauce all over the rice, and toss again. Add the peas and carrots, the cooked shrimp and eggs, and the sesame oil to the pan. Toss to combine all the ingredients well with the rice. Let everything heat back up again until the rice grains are sizzling again. Add additional soy sauce to taste, if needed. Serve.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

17 Days

There are 17 days before my husband gets home.

this is HUGE!!!!!

I have lived the last 7 months alone, solo, solamente a mi, meaning just MYSELF.

I am a little nervous about having him home, don't get me wrong I am really looking forward to having someone to fall asleep talking to, to take after dinner walks with, ;-). All of that...But at the same time I am a little nervous about having him home after having so much time of living on my own.

O.K. I need the advice of all the navy wifes out there who are wiser than I. What should I expect, what should I do/not to to help my sailor's transition easier? PLEASE HELP!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


My Nursing Career has gotten off to a pretty rocky start. To be honest I never was really quite sure what I wanted to do in Nursing, the hard part is that there is just SO MUCH! The only clinical I didn't really get a lot out of was Psych (sorry mom!) which leaves, oh I don't know, one billion other options? It's hard, especially for someone as indecisive as I am!

I keep feeling restless, it's not that I am not THRILLED to pieces to be in the ER, it's a much better fit for me then the med-surge floor was. What think I mean is that the ER isn't a perfect fit for me long term. I don't see myself working there when I'm 30, or even when I'm 25.

I go back to thinking about what it is about my current job that I like, what it is I like about nursing in general....

I like...the education

I like...the families

I like...babies, I really enjoy getting infant patients, while this usually freaks out the other staff

I like...the chaos!!!...the ED is usually quite busy, which makes me have to multi-task 100% of the time. I LOVE this...

I like...the teamwork

I like....the critical patients mixed in with less critical patients

I think that at my husbands next duty station, which will be next fall. I will make the leap and try again for the NICU, which most of you know I had already considered heavily back in late March. Who knows if my opinion will change or what might happen in the next year. That's what I find so fun about day dreaming.....

But for now, I still go to work with a smile on my face, because I do really like my job.

And I LOVE being a Nurse!

Hello....I'm Fabulous!

Karren at A Bee & His Honey told me last week that my blog is fabulous and I didn't get to post it until today (noticing a trend here? it's because I worked last weekend, obviously!)

Thanks Karren!

I need to think of an award myself to send out into the bloggie universe....hmmmmm

First Christmas Card of the Season


I call this one "Winter White"
My Signature and Seal will be on the back of each card.
I made 4 more tonight, each one unique and totally different. I'll post more photos once I have more.

She's Ready for her Close-Up, The Top anyway

I finshed my quilt top last week but haven't had time to post the pictures until tonight. I am really pleased when how it turned out. Tomorrow I am planning on stopping by the quilt store to get the backing and the batting. Hopefully I can find someone to sew it together for me by the 15th so it will be done in time for the baby shower.

Drum Roll please......




if you guys didn't already figure it out I found the text effects to make my watermark on photoshop...haha!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


We are, offically, in November. The month my Husband comes home to me!

Okay, I just googled to find an image of a ship comming home to use for this post, and I just found the key-stone piece of my waiting on the pier outfit. I guess I'll just go casual-chiche with jeans and my black military jacket which I wear over t-shirts because I will be wearing THIS under it.

I am already SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November will be a good month for me, for at least two reasons......

Kashi Veggie Medley

I work nights, at least for the next month when I am on orientation. Working the 5p-5a shifts is MURDER on my sleep cycle, and unfortunately I haven't had much time for cooking.

Usually when I cook I make 2-3 meals for the week and eat leftovers which I brown-bag to work. I always bring my own meals because I am really picky about what I eat (my body my temple and yada-yada). Throught the week there is always one day where I am lazy or running late or I forgot to pack a lunch (or all three) which is why I usually keep a small supply of frozen things on hand to grab and go.

I have a few things that I constantly cycle through my freezer.

1) Lean Cuisine Panini's! This one is my Fav but I like pretty much all of them
2) Amy's Organic Burrito's Quick Nuke = Quick healthy delicious!

Today while Grocery Shopping I stumbled upon the Kashi Frozen Foods and Decided to give these guys a try

I was REALLY impressed 1) By how good these are 2) and by how FILLING they are! They are these veggie pocket things stuffed with beans, zucchini, onion, corn and peppers. If any of this sounds appealing you will LOVE THESE! All this and 10grams of protein for around 200 calories...heck yes!

Any of you have a staple good-to-go product in your freezer or pantry that you can share with us?

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Party

Some shots from Kim's Halloween Party Friday. I used the camera on Auto Mode for the first time since I bought it. The lighting in her house was very dark and spooky-like a.k.a terrible for a beginner photographer like myself =)






-it was so nice for Jesus to show up and wash Kim's feet for her :-)


Me in my Geisha Outfit, I actually didn't get a full shot of the outfit....whoops!


Happy Halloween Everyone

Face to Face, with the Face Girl

I have a problem, and I need your advice...

I am the type of person who loves to make others happy. I love putting a smile on others faces, and try really hard to be sensitive to everyone, even people I might not even know or be close to.

I also have a really difficult time dealing with people who don't like me. Whenever someone is mad at me or mean or just being a bitch to me, I don't make that about them, it's me, it's something I am doing, something I am doing wrong. I have a hard time with the fact that there are people that are just jerks in this world, for no other reason that they are, well, jerks. I'm not saying that I am never mean to anyone, but I think we all know that there are people who you can be sweet to them and they will still hate you, and the nicer you are the meaner they get.

I work with one of these people.

This girl (we'll call her Sally) isn't exactly mean to me, she is just really good at passive aggressive behavior, like most women are. Whenever I come on the unit I say hi to everyone and I always get the normal pleasantries from everyone, but her. She never talks to me unless I talk to her first. If we are in a group of people, she will be overly friendly with everyone else and will ignore me.

Sound a little grade school doesn't it? The sad part is that I am letting it bother me as much as I am. She's not worth it, she's just a jerk. I wouldn't even want to be friends with a person like that, so why should I even care? I am a strong, independent, beautiful woman with a husband who adores her, a family that loves her and good friends to share my life with. So why is it that the fact that one girl is out-shadowing all of that?

I don't know how many of you watch Sex and the City but there is an episode where Carrie meets a girlfriends of Aidan's after she broke up with him the second time. Nina (the next girlfriend) makes a face that Carrie obsesses about over the entire episode. She can't stop thinking about what Nina thinks about her and she lets this take over her whole life. By the end she realized that it really isn't even about Nina, it was her. She was just being too critical of herself.

I guess that's easier said than done. I am a good person. If people don't want me to be in their life, that's their loss....I do believe that.

So why am I still obsessing over this girl??

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Christmas and Halloween Together at last

I am starting Christmas planning early this year. Earlier then I have ever IMAGINED doing it in the past. Mostly because most of my gift giving this year will be home made and thus needs advance planning.

I want to make my own christmas cards this year and tonight I went to see if Michaels had any supplies out already.

I guess the retail industry is as early as I am...



snowflake clippies!

I also bought my halloween costume tonight. I am going to a halloween party friday night and I decided to go as a Geisha. It is a little shorter then I have worn in the past so I am going to have to be very "aware" of when I sit and when I bend over. But I look damn good in it! I'll post a picture of me in it this weekend :-)

What are you guys being for Halloween?

Happy Birthday Little Rhody Girl!


Little Rhody Girl, you are one year old (and a few days, the official first post was October 25th 2008)! What are we doing to celebrate?

Well for one, I have caught up with some deliquant back posting (including this post tee hee)

I wrote one about the Blog
I wrote one about me
I wrote one about my photos
I wrote one celebrating my 9 month anniversary

So here's to you Little Rhody Girl! Here's to your first year, and many more to come!

Lots of love,


Monday, October 26, 2009

My Photos

I started taking photos serisouly in August of 2009 when I came into possession of a New Camera. I am taking photography classes online and I am really loving what I am coming up with so far. I use Photoshop Elements for editing which I am still trying to learn my way around. Please visit my flickr photostream and feel free to leave comments!

Some examples of my work





In the spring I am hoping to start scheduling some free sessions to expand my portfolio. Maybe in a few years I might make some money off of these photos!
See you on the other side of the lens!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

9 Months


9 months have passed since my wedding day, the sad thing is that 6 months have passed since I last saw my husband.

Being married to the Navy (yes I am married to the Navy as much as I am married to Kyle) TOTALLY SUCKS sometimes. For one thing there are times when I have been by myself for so long that I don't even FEEL like i'm married to anybody. I look at my ring finger and I know that I am married, but so much of my day to day life is single-like life that it's hard for my head to grasp the concept. If it's hard for me to even understand it I can believe that you guys are totally confused but it is what it is.

However on each 24th day of each month I can think back to that day that DID happen and know that I AM married, and that someday SOON my husband will come home to me.

The lucky thing for me is that I am pretty sure this is the last 24th day that I will be minus the hubby. ;-)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My First Award!

Megan at Magnolias and Mimosas gave me my first award YAY! Just in time for Little Rhody Girl's Birthday (October 25th, I am planning a nice reflective piece for the occasion.) Anyway Megan gave me the Kreativ Blogger award. Check out her blog by clicking the award below...


Here are the Rules for this award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people may not know.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they've been nominated.

*1. Thanks Megan! From one military wife to another!
*2. See above link
*3. um...see above again :-)
1. I am OBSESSED with sex and the city. literally I have seen every episode 15 times. I am watching the series finale right now!!!
2. I wish I was more adept at fashion (I am trying, but it's such an expensive
3. On that same note I wish I could wear high heels without killing myself
4. I get lonley, ALOT, without my husband
5. I HATE mushrooms
6. I am incredibly close with my mother, she's BFF #1
7. I am kind of anti Navy-Wife (just the label, not the navy part or the wife part). I am WAY to much woman to fit in such a small statement

and the people to pass it on.
1 Deployment Woes
2 Almost There
3 A day in this Army Wife's Life
4 Moo, Happy
5 A little Piece of Heaven
6 My Little Opus

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Christmas Ornament Exchange


I am already starting to think about Christmas this year. For one thing my husband will finally be home to celebrate with me, and Christmas has always been my favorite holiday for as long as I can remember. I am already starting to think about my cookie bake-off weekend, decorating the house, and now participating in an Ornament Exchange through Justine over at Almost There. If you want to start the Christmas season a little early this year I would encourage you to think about participating. I have been trying to become more active in the blogging community and I though that this would be a good way to start (I am also planning my first give-away for around the Christmas Season).

Tis' the Season....well....almost :-D

Friday, October 16, 2009

Quilt Layout Options

So I have finished my Quilt Squares!!!! YAY. It came together really easily but you know that when you make a baby sized quilt it will take a baby sized amount of time. But seriously I am really happy with the way it came out. Now comes the tricky part, deciding what layout to use. I have 5 options. I want your help. Please leave comments voting on your favorite layout. I'll decide sometime next week.

I (of course) have already decided on my next project, Christmas themed! I want to make table runner and cloth napkin sets for your Christmas Table. I am still unsure as to how long it will take to put together but if they come together quick I am going to make one set and use it for my first ever blog giveaway!

On to the layouts!

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Layout #1

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Layout #1 from the front and the back
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Layout #2

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Layout #3

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Layout #4

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Layout #5

Vote Please!!! HELP ME DECIDE!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Photoshop, I love you

I am in week two of my photography class at and today I bought a tutorial book on Photoshop Elements 7 to get better acquainted with the program. I bought a copy of PE7 on a friends recommendation and as soon as a installed the program and clicked around the full editor interface for about two seconds, my head exploded. That program is jam PACKED with tools to tweak anything and everything, a guide through this abyss of photographic freedom is absolutely essential. I am looking forward to using this program to it's full potential.

Just for example, look at my instant magic wand! (called "healing brush" in PE7)


Yes, tragic I know, Zits on the Wedding Day. I broke out two days before. Don't feel badly, I was too deliriously happy to care, but take a look at THIS!

::fist pump::

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Reducing Infant Mortality

I saw this video on a nursing blog and was really profoundly effected by it. For those of you that don't know I am planning on starting graduate school sometime in the next two years. I am playing around with a few options for MSN programs and have though about becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife. This video motivates me all the more. I think anyone who is interested in maternity care, frankly anyone who is planning on giving birth in the United States should watch this, it's pretty eye opening.

Reducing Infant Mortality from Debby Takikawa on Vimeo.

Quilt Update

Now this......


Looks Like This......


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Bro!

It's my Brothers Birthday TODAY!!!!!!

Happy Birthday MATT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Happy Brithday Bro. I love you so much

Saturday, October 10, 2009

It's a Good Thing


Hi, My name is Sara, and I'm a closet Martha Fan.

I'm sorry, when I was in college, she annoyed the CRAP out of me. Who the Hell takes twigs from the back yard and turns them into place cards for the 10 course meal she is throwing at the ultimate last second? Martha!

However....once I started running my own home....once I got married...the full moon came out and I became a Martha Fan. I started really liking her stuff, the little quirky things she does around a house that really is wonderful. The decor, the crafts, I love it!

Don't Judge, I have a problem and I'm openly admitting it.

Inside my indepent career focused woman exterior beats the heart of a housewife.

Don't worry...It's a good thing!

Anyone else a closet Martha Loving Housewife? Come on I can't be the only one!