Mung Beans and Mile High Memories
Three months later is better than never again, right? I figured since I had an extra hour to use today I’d spend it doing something I’ve been neglecting: blogging. Same old excuses. Life’s been busy and I don’t spend much time on my computer after work so that leaves little time and motivation for blogging. But maybe with the winter months soon approaching it’ll be a little easier since I won’t be spending as much time outside. I hate being cold! But for now, I’ve been enjoying the sunshine, the crisp fall weather and the leaves crunching beneath my feet.
I have still been trying a new recipe each week and recently tried this Thai Steak Salad from Cooking Light b/c I had a ridiculous amount of basil and mint growing and didn’t know what to do with it. Problem solved! The only ingredient I couldn’t find at the regular grocery store was mung bean sprouts, so I headed to H Mart, an Asian Market, and found it right away along with these choco boy candies! This made me really excited b/c when I was a little kid and my uncle was stationed in Japan while he was in the Air Force, he would always bring me back some and I loved them! At 99 cents a box, I bought 3 and went home with a smile and a feeling of nostalgia. What’s funny, is the smile and the nostalgia were the best part. These things had no flavor. It’s basically a cracker with chocolate, but the chocolate isn’t sweet. Very bland. I guess when you’re a little kid you think anything with chocolate s good. So I have 2 boxes sitting in my cabinet with no desire to eat them. I might have to send a box to my uncle just for fun and memories.
The Thai Steak Salad, however, did not disappoint. It was very aromatic and full of flavor. And it was pretty easy to make. Only bad part was that I was left with a still nearly full bag of mung bean sprouts and ended up throwing them away b/c I had nothing else to use them with. But this huge bag was only a dollar so I didn’t feel too bad. I’m sure I could have found something to do with them, pad thai maybe? But I was being lazy. But H Mart is super awesome! Their produce is SO much cheaper than the markets I usually go to. I’m going to have make some extra trips there.
One of the coolest things I’ve done recently was get Chris flying lessons for his birthday. It’s something he’s always wanted to do and it was super awesome that they let me go with him. Though it was a little scary b/c the instructor looked like he was 16 and the plane was a tin can with wings and only sat 4 people. But, it was super fun and such an awesome thing to experience together. The instructor basically just took off and landed the plane, Chris did all the flying and I did all the picture taking since the airport was in Annapolis and we got some great views of the Chesapeake Bay. Here are just a few.
Seriously…that was the instructor standing by the plane with Chris. He looks 16, right? If you look at the pic the top of the pic to the right, you can see the Washington Monument and the rest of downtown DC. Pretty awesome considering how far away we were!
Pics below are of the Naval Academy and the Bay Bridge. We go boating here all the time and I thought the view from the water was great! Air was even cooler!
I called Chris “Maverick” for the rest of the day.
So yes, we’ve been keeping busy, enjoying the adventures in life and soon we’ll be starting a new adventure—Parenthood!