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Pancit Bihon (Stir-Fried Rice Noodles)

Pancit Bihon (Stir-Fried Rice Noodles)

Tried this recipe from Lemons and Anchovies today and fell completely in love. This is going to be a new staple meal in our home. Even my almost 11-month old son loved it!


(See the link above for the recipe and original ingredients. This list is how I altered the ingredients a to serve 2 adults and 4 children to our liking.)

  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced thinly in 1 – 1½ inch pieces
  • 5 ribs celery, sliced thinly on a diagonal
  • ½ cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 4 Bok Choy stalks, sliced thinly on a diagonal
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 chicken breasts, poached in the stock
  • 4 cups stock  (vegetable)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2-3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 8-ounce package bihon noodles (rice stick noodles)
  • Lemon wedges
  • Ground white or black pepper for garnish



Homemade Chèvre

Lemon & Basil Chevre ready to eat with Rosemary flat bread

I did it! I made goat cheese from scratch and it turned out well! I still can’t believe it. If I can keep this up, it should help our grocery budget considerably. We spend so much on cheese every month. Plus this way I also have the added benefits of creating my own herb mixes and then  of taking pride in my creations.

I bought some raw goat milk from a friend, pasteurized it at home, added the live bacteria culture and animal rennet, then added fresh squeezed lemon juice, chopped basil (from our garden!) and some salt. Whipped it up in my kitchen aid and voila! It’s so good and so easy! You’ve gotta try it!

Draining the prepared cheese overnight



I used these directions, and bought the culture, rennet, and cheesecloth from this company.


Cheap Summer Margaritas

For whatever reason, tequila, which I abhorred in previous years, sounds fabulous now.
Even the cheap stuff. Lucky us!

Serves 2


  • 2 lime wedges
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • 1/4 c. triple sec
  • 1/2 c. tequila
  • coarse salt
  • ‘ice



Rub the rims of 2 glasses with a lime wedge, then dip the rims in a dish of course salt. Place one wedge in each glass. In a blender combine the lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur. Add ice and pulse until well blended. Pour into the prepared glasses.





Really Cheap Face Mask

You know those Biore pore strips that feel awesome to use but cost an arm and a leg? While cruising around YouTube I found a much cheaper way to achieve the same goal. All use need is Elmer’s School Glue (make sure it is non-toxic and washable).

Wash your face and let air dry. Then apply a layer of glue on your face with your clean dry hands, concentrating on the T-Zone if that is a problem area for you. Let it dry completely (about 10 minutes) and peel off as you would with a peel-off mask. Rinse what residue doesn’t come off when peeling. Follow up with a moisturizer (I like Vitamin E cream). You’ll get several applications out of a single $2.00 bottle!


I can’t believe it has taken me this long..

to realize that all those scraps I usually throw away (or compost if you’re awesome like that, I am not…yet) could just be chopped up, fried up in olive oil and spices to be added to breakfast scrambled eggs! It just occurred to me while I was making dinner tonight.  The immediate application meant red potato skins, extra onion, zucchini skins, and cucumber seeds. I added garlic, salt, pepper and fennel. That should get some extra mileage out of fewer eggs!



Rinse it off and refrigerate it in a mason jar to keep it fresh longer.
(Picked just hours ago at the Jones Farm! Thank you!)

Robbing the Bees for Charity

Shop Robbing the Bees on Etsy and ALL PROCEEDS OF PURCHASES made fwill be donated to the American Red Cross to go towards helping those affected by the earthquake in Japan and the tsunami throughout the Pacific.