Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Roundup

Success depends upon staying power. The reason for failure in most cases is lack of perseverance.

James R. Miller
Good morning on this brutally cold Friday.  They say this is our coldest morning of the year so far.  Do I really want to go out?  I 'would' really love to make my second WW meeting. After all, I remained the same for two weeks now and seem to have hit a plateau.  I love this week's topic--'Danger Zones' which includes hibernating during the winter.  I did make yesterday's meeting, cold as it was, but both leaders have a different way of teaching...and I love them both.

Yesterday was Chinese Lunar New Year, and being that I live one block from the heart of the festivities, I did take a walk down to watch the parade.  Unfortunately, I walked over there for nothing.  They'll not be holding the parade until Sunday....and ugh, they are forecasting some very nasty weather on that day. We did, however, celebrate last night with a homemade Chinese dinner of Five Spice Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice.

Can't believe how good this fried rice was.  And it was not only simple to make, but called for few ingredients so it was cheap. 

3/4 cup chopped onion
Vegetable oil (I use Smart Balance Omega 3)
1 egg, lightly beaten
Few drops low sodium soy sauce
Frozen peas and carrots, not thawed
Rice Cooked (I never measure but would guess I made two cups)  
2 teaspoons sesame oil
½ cup sliced scallions
Rice (I never measure but would guess I made two cups)
Bean sprouts
Additional soy sauce to taste.

In a large nonstick pan, add  oil and preheat over medium-high heat.  Add onions and stir fry until they are nicely browned.  Remove from pan. 

Mix egg with soy sauce and sesame oil and set aside.

Add more oil if needed and cook egg.  Remove egg and chop into pieces. 

Now add peas and carrots and cooked onion.  Stir fry about 2 minutes.  Add rice, scallions, and bean sprouts.  Toss to mix.  Add some soy sauce and chopped egg and mix.  Stir fry another minute.  Add additional soy sauce to taste.

This is the last time for a good long while that I am going to mention my niece/goddaughter.  She's pregnant.  Yup, she's pregnant again, 7 weeks,  and the daddy who she 'thought' she had fallen in love with and supported wants no part of it. In fact, she copied and posted a message from him that was on her messenger.  He said she was an evil woman  (because she put him out) and called her all kinds of names, said he would never support the baby, and wished the baby would die.  How awful is that?  But that is the kind of men she chooses....over and over again.

Have a wonderful weekend.  See you on Monday.


  1. Thanks for the recipe, Mary, for that looks absolutely DELICIOUS, I'm getting hungry just looking at it.

  2. Your fried rice looks very tasty. and easy to do.
    I am sorry to hear about your niece. Patterns will repeat until she learns the lesson.

  3. We have a sizeable Chinese population here in Edmonton and there's some event or another every weekend in February to celebrate the Lunar New Year. My Rare One and I attended an event a couple of weeks ago in West Edmonton Mall and enjoyed it very much. Lots of drumming and lion dancing and booths selling stuff.

  4. Gosh that sounds mighty yummy! I love, love, love fried rice! :)

    Stay warm Mary! I hope the temps warm up for you soon! And have a good weekend! Big hug.