Last Friday night (11/11/11) Declan made a wish at 11:11. He wished that Erica would say “Yes” to the next question he was going to ask…
His wish came true!
We are so happy to announce that we are engaged to be married! We celebrated by going to Chicago and visiting Erica’s sister (and future Maid of Honor) Tara. Here are some pics:
Since we are going to be so busy now planning a wedding, she was nice enough to help us out with the blog. She showed us a couple new recipes during our stay, luckily we brought our camera to take pics of the new recipes.
The first one is a simple salad recipe that is very refreshing and a nice change to the plain ordinary green stuff you eat.
Asian Veggie Salad
You can use whatever type of veggies you like, have on hand, or are on sale! The vegetables listed here are just guidelines!
- Servings – 6
- Prep time – 15 minutes
- Cook time – none!
- 3 cucumbers, peeled
- 1 red pepper
- 2 green peppers
- 1 yellow pepper
- 1/2 red onion
- 4-5 stalks of celery
- 1 large or 2 medium carrots, peeled
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Other veggies you see in the picture
- 2 large or 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger root (be careful and use a peeler to remove all the skin before mincing)
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 5 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 6 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (if you don’t have this, use apple cider vinegar!)
- 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
1. Chop veggies into similar size cubes. We made ours pretty small, but you can do whatever you like! With the cucumbers, peel and cut length-wise, and then spoon out all the seeds before chopping. Combine everything into a large bowl.
2. To mince the ginger, use a standing metal grater (like you’d use for a block of cheese) or you could mince very finely with a knife. Add all the dressing ingredients together in a separate bowl.
3. Get a bowl of veggies, add some dressing, and enjoy! Don’t add all the dressing to the salad, though. Store them separately and only add the dressing right before eating.