I remember the Saturday morning in January when my husband called to “drop a bomb on me” and give me the news we were moving to California. The inner beach girl in me was more than thrilled. I pictured us getting a little condo on the beach where I could walk right outside and do a morning jog with the waves crashing against the shore. I imagined how much fun Sunny (our fur child) would have playing in the sand and I couldn’t wait to have the beach life back. Only to google our new “home” and find out that we were about two hours away from any kind of beach. At that moment, my sweet husband called to see “how I was doing with the news” and ended up with a hysterical woman on the other end. Needless to say, I went on the roller coaster of emotions that Saturday.
As we started to tell friends and family of our big news I began to accept our fate. I started to feel comfortable with the changes that would take place. We decided to make a little road trip out of it and pit stopped in the Grand Canyon. After two days in the car, our golden doodle of a dog was more than ready for a walk to stretch her four legs.
Side note, one thing you will notice about me is that I cook almost every thing we eat. We are food brats who love home cooked healthy foods. Don’t get me wrong we love pizza and Buffalo Wild Wings is one of our favorite restaurants. But we mostly eat in 5-6 times for dinner.
I could tell that Joe and I were very much worn out from eating fast food for every meal. We were both very tired and sluggish so after the Grand Canyon we were just read to be in our new home. Once we arrived to the desert we found out that we would be staying in an extending living house. We were thankful to have a place to spread out a little bit and have somewhat of a normal life but the kitchen wasn’t up to par with what we are used too, I told you … we are food brats. We bounced around from one temporary housing unit to another until FINALLY after 3 weeks we were able to get into our house. Everything was set. We would be shown the house and given the keys at 8:30 and the movers would come with all our stuff at 9:30. The night before we could hardly sleep.
Now we are in our new house and grateful doesn’t even describe how we feel. We are slowly making the house our own and getting the stuff we need to really be unpacked and moved in. The one thing we don’t have YET is cable and internet. We are catching up on reading, we are getting things put away and hung on walls. But do you have any idea how vital internet is? I just tried to call and make a few appointments today. I can’t do so because I have to go to a website and look up local providers. Then call them and make appointments. I have a to-do list and I can’t do much on it without internet. I keep telling myself “this is all first world problems” and without a doubt it is, but I can’t get things done. To write this blog post, I typed it up using Word and ran up the road to Starbucks to post it. I can scratch things off my list after I purchase a $4 cup of liquid energy with soy – hold the whipped cream, please.
Sticking with the positive, I am making some of our favorite dishes this week for dinner. Probably the easiest we are eating is Fresh Spring Rolls. This is so much fun because there is no measuring or set way of creating them. You choose the vegetables, sauce and meat that you want, find the rice paper, and create your masterpiece. Our rolls normally consist of:
Beef cut for stir fry
Green Bell Pepper
Cabbage or Lettuce
And the Peanut Sauce recipe is right here
Slice all your vegetables and group them together on a plate (I separate them with different bowls). Cook your meat on the stove just until it’s completely done. This takes just a few minutes. Get a very shallow bowl (we use a pie dish) and fill it about half with the hottest water you can easily work with. Place everything on a table. Take one piece of rice paper and submerge the entire piece in the water, pull it out and place it on your plate (like you would a tortilla to make a burrito). Pile in all the food you want, careful not to overstuff it and roll the rice paper just like you would a taco. Enjoy. Very simple and fast dinner. Not to mention completely fresh and filling!