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I really, really love vegetables, especially when they are sauteed in an Asian sauce. I typically make stir fried rice, and go very heavy on the vegetables. I wanted to try the vegetables alone though, and with a sauce, serving white rice and chicken on the side. A good stir fry sauce is key, but for the freshest taste possible, I wanted to make one myself. It’s also less expensive.

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Preserved Home is on Etsy!

I have been crafting away, and building an Etsy shop, which opened this weekend. I will be adding new items weekly! There is a new “Shop” button on the Preserved Home site, taking you directly to my Etsy page. Here are a few of my favorite items, but check out the store for even more. If you have any custom requests, just ask! I’m starting on Christmas items to post next month, so keep checking back!

 

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It’s not even mid-September, and I’m ready for fall. I think a lot of people are. Summer is a nice idea, and several aspects are appealing, like the beach, concerts in the park, $1 movies, and no school. But when it comes to the weather, I loath humidity and high temperatures. I live in North Carolina, where many welcome cool breezes to blow the thick, Southern humidity away. When your glasses fog up upon stepping outside the car, it’s just too darn hot.

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Homemade Brownie Mix

If I don’t make dessert, my family will find a way to get sweets. My husband taught my daughters about the very annoying snack of peanut butter and chocolate chips. Guess who ends up cleaning the thick peanut butter off the plate when it shows up in the kitchen? Yes, I do demand they clean their own plates, but then the blame game starts regarding whose plate has been left in the kitchen. Making a dessert each week means they won’t be scrounging through my baking supplies, or leaving peanut butter mess.

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My daughter’s friend was over for dinner one night, and I served Mexican food. The little girl ate a spoonful of rice and said, “A couple questions. First, can you give my mom this recipe? Second, can we have this for breakfast tomorrow?” My daughter Katelyn looked at her and said, “I know, right?” Yeah, it’s that good.

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