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Post Vacation Blues
Have you ever gone away for a vacation and not wanted to come back to reality? Maybe you are glad to be home but not ready to face all the daily duties that the normal day-to-day life requires? As you may know, my husband and I were blessed to have the opportunity to go back to the states. We got to catch up with friends and family for 6 weeks! It was hard to leave our foster children and we were so excited to come back home to them; however, for the first week and a half, I majorly had the post-vacation blues! Can you relate? Everything seemed difficult about normal life.
New Little Guy
On top of adjusting to life back in Thailand, we also started fostering a new little baby just 5 days after we arrived in the country. He is such a cute little chunky guy that has already brought so much happiness to our home. The kids love him. Little G wants to help him all the time. She especially likes to shove his pacifier in his mouth, sometimes a little too forcefully! She is learning to be gentle though and share time spent on my lap!
Full Steam Ahead
This post is just to say I’m back! At first, just getting the kids fed and our house put back together while getting over jet lag was all I could handle. The thought of blogging or working on my clip art business was just too much! Now that I’m over jet lag and feeling like we are into our new routine, I’m happy to start posting again. I had intended to post fun places we went while we were away but our schedule was just too packed! In the coming weeks, I would like to highlight some of those places because you just might want to check them out someday!
Easy Dinner Recipe: Massaman Curry
One of the ways I’m surviving these days is by making very simple dinners. We probably would have ordered pizza way too much these past few weeks if it had been an option! We have no pizza restaurants in our village and the 3 Thai places that are around us are closed for dinner. I’ve had to get creative in making simple, easy dinners with ingredients we have. In the long run, it’s better for our health this way! A dinner my family likes, that is also very easy to make, is massaman curry. I don’t make the curry from scratch as that takes way too much time. Instead, I buy these really cheap curry packets (cheap in Thailand). Cutting chicken and potatoes hardly takes any time. Plus, once everything is in the pot, I can walk away and give someone a bath or change a diaper.
I have included a link to the curry packet below. There are so many different kinds of curry. I like this brand because it’s gluten-free and there isn’t MSG added to it. There are also green, yellow and red curry packets made by this company but the others are spicier. In order to ensure that everyone in our family will eat it, as little G doesn’t like spice, we get the mildest one. The vegetables that are traditionally added to each differ depending on the dish. The back of the packet offers suggestions. I think each are unique and tasty!
- 3 Chicken breasts
- 4 Yellow potatoes medium sized
- 1 Onion
- 2 packets Massaman curry
- 2 cups Coconut milk
- 2 cups Water
- 1/2 cup Peanuts crushed or halved
- 3 cups Rice
- Start by cooking the rice per instructions on the box.
- Cut chicken into slices and put into a bowl then dice potatoes and onions and put into another bowl.
- Pour coconut milk and curry into pan. Stir together over medium heat.
- When starting to simmer add in chicken.
- After chicken is cooked, add in diced potatoes, onions and water. Bring to a boil and then let simmer.
- When potatoes are cooked turn off heat.
- Serve in individual serving bowls with a plate of rice. Sprinkle some peanuts on top of the curry.