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A few things on Thursday

First, happy birthday Mom. Of course I will tell her this in person. Also she will never see this because to her the only thing a computer is for is a game of Solitaire.

Both of you reading this will be glad to hear that we are on another two hour delay this morning. Good thing because the snowdrifts out there are so deep that I almost had to wear real shoes when I took the dogs outside this morning instead of my usual slippers. In the end I decided on the slippers after all and boy, that dusting we received made for a treacherous venture out back. I can only imagine how difficult the four block drive to school will be.

We had planned on going out of town this weekend but have decided to stay home. I am somewhat relieved because all of this illness has been really exhausting and I have gotten behind on some things around the house. I have been reading the same book for the last two months and I have vowed to make myself finish it. My dad got me a Kindle for Christmas and I can’t wait to finally use it. On my reading list:
Caribou IslandRoom, and House of Prayer No. 2 . I much prefer nonfiction to novels but the two novels I’ve mentioned come highly recommended.

I like to share recipes because I’m always interested in how others solve the dinner dilemma, especially with kids to feed. I’m not the kind of mom who develops menus based on everyone’s preferences but I like to fix simple, healthy(ish) meals that stand a decent chance of everyone at least being agreeable to trying them. What’s for dinner tonight?

Chinese Broccoli and Beef (adapted from a recipe on Allrecipes) and rice


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Can beef broth
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 pound boneless round steak, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 tsp ginger (which I will omit unless I find the ginger I swear I put in the freezer but is now MIA)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 heads broccoli


  1. In a small bowl, combine flour, broth, sugar, and soy sauce. Stir until sugar and flour are dissolved.
  2. In a large skillet or wok over high heat, cook and stir beef 2 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Stir in broth mixture, ginger, garlic, and broccoli. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes, or until sauce thickens.

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