Asparagus and Chicken Stir Fry

I love asparagus and use it often in recipes. Some of my favorites are Shrimp, Orange, and Asparagus Stir-Fry and Asparagus Egg Drop Soup. This week I made a delicious Asparagus and Chicken Stir-Fry with Basil. I loved the addition of basil! Asparagus and Chicken Stir-Fry with Basil ¾ cup chicken stock 3 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp cornstarch 4 tsp oil 1 pound of boneless chicken, cut into thin strips 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp ginger, peeled and minced 1 pound of asparagus, trimmed and cut into one inch pieces 1 small red pepper, thinly sliced 2 scallions, diced ¼ cup fresh basil Whisk together the chicken broth, soy sauce and cornstarch in a small bowl and set aside. Heat your wok or large skillet over medium high heat. Pour in 2 tsp of oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the chicken and stir-fry until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove and set aside. Heat remaining 2 tsp oil in the same pan and add the garlic and ginger and stir fry until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add the asparagus, pepper and scallions and stir-fry until the vegetables are crisp tender, about 2 minutes. Read More […]

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #57   Please join us this week for Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop! Thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us each week! It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings! Have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us! Here are the co-hosts of Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop. Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Sandra at Clearwater Farm Facebook Pinterest Instagram Google+ Nancy at On The Home Front Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram Google+ Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead Facebook Pinterest BlogLovin   LeeAnn & Alex at One Ash Homestead Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram (Remember – If you would like to be featured, be sure to link back to the hop otherwise you will not be featured!) Most Clicked On Post From Last Week: Finding Your Simple My Most Favorite Post From Last Week: Using It All: Dehydrating Tomatoes to make Tomato Powder Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog! <div align=”center”><a href=”” title=”Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop”><img src=”” alt=”Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop” style=”border:none;” /></a></div> The rules are Read More […]

Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes, what are they? Garlic scapes are the flower bud of the garlic plant. The bud is removed in late June to encourage the garlic bulbs to thicken up. Scapes can be used in so many ways. They make a fabulous addition to a flower bouquet but they are also so delicious to eat. You can use them in any recipe exactly the way garlic is used. Last week I mentioned that it was almost time to harvest my garlic scape. How do I use them? They make the most delicious garlic scape pesto. You can combine it with basil or just use the scapes. Either way is delicious, we especially enjoy it tossed with pasta!Cut them up and use them in a stir fry. One of my favorite stir fry recipes is this delicious garlic scape scampi.I’ve also made garlic scape pickles.The more ways I find to use the garlic scapes the more I think I should just grow more garlic!Do you grow garlic? What is your favorite way to use the scapes?

credit card phishing - piles of credit cards with a fish hook on computer keyboard

Even if you do not consider yourself a person of wealthy means, you can still become a target for financial scammers. Financial scammers work in a variety of ways to get their hands on your money—soliciting credit card information under a false pretense to make online purchases, tricking you into wiring money to a foreign bank account, discreetly requesting your social security number so that they can open a credit card in your name and rack up debt, and so much more. And in today’s digital age where so much of our personal information is handled online, it’s important to be more vigilant than ever when it comes to protecting our financial information. Here is a brief look at five major types of financial scams that you should avoid at all costs in order to better protect your finances and avoid identity theft. Wire money transfers to a stranger Many financial scammers try to get your money by tricking you into wiring money to them. You might, for example, receive a convincing sounding email from a “distant relative” in a foreign country who needs help transferring a large inheritance into your U.S. bank account—you simply need to wire $1,000 over Read More […]

Use vinegar in the washing machine

One of the best tips I have is line drying your clothes. Hanging your clothes on the line not only gives them a nice clean scent, but also saves the wear and tear on electric dryers, and saves energy! It will also help your clothes to last longer. Many people don’t like to hang their clothes on the line because they don’t feel very soft after they are dried. Did you know you can add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your load and your dried clothes will be much softer. Hanging clothes on the line is also a great way to diminish stains. The sun has a natural whitening power which will help diminish stains. I just love the way sheets smell after hanging in the sun all day! Have you ever tried making your own dryer sheets? Using a piece of old cloth or a cotton rag or even an old cloth diaper ad 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Throw the cloth in the dryer. Don’t use more than 5 drops or you may stain your clothes! Try mixing essential oils to get just the scent you enjoy: rosemary and thyme or lavender and Read More […]

picnic giveaway prizes

Picnic Giveaway- Summertime! Schools out! Time for picnics and family fun! I’m so excited to be a part of this Picnic Giveaway! What a wonderful way to start out the summer. I’m co hosting the Picnic Giveaway with Katherines Corner and La Bella Vita Cucina One winner will receive this wonderful picnic basket  and the winners choice of $175 Cash! ( via Paypal) or Amazon gift code The cash prize is provided by Katherine and her co hostesses. The picnic basket is provided by La Bella Vita Cucina Just log into the entry form using your email address or facebook.  Please follow all of your hostesses and get all of your possible entries.   The Giveaway ENDS July 15 a Rafflecopter giveaway

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