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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Over The Moon Linky Party

Welcome to Over The Moon Linky Party

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Happy Sunday everyone. Here we are at the first Over The Moon Party in December. I am a little behind in Christmas decorating. Trying to get it all done today but not sure if that will happen. 

I thought I was doing well, but somehow I am still behind. It sneaks up on you and before you know it, there it is. All of the outside is done, just a little more in the house and the tree. 

I didn't do as much this year as in the past. Are you doing the same or less or more? Some how I just wasn't in t he mood to go all out. Maybe because it will be a quiet Christmas. What are your thoughts? 

My favorite part of these parties is reading your comments. I feel like I get to know you and that we are almost like "texting" back and forth. You share your stories with me and I share mine - just like friends.  So keep them coming.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Happiness Is Homemade Party

Welcome to Happiness Is Homemade Party

Welcome one and all to the first of our December blog hops for Happiness Is Homemade! It is such an exciting month. I love this time of year. So many awesome posts are shared. I want to make all of the recipes and the projects that are posted. I just drool over all of them. So many ideas, so little time. I know you must be excited to see all of the posts as well. I hope you will find inspiration too. 

As you go on this journey through the month of December, I'll be sharing new features here at our Happiness is Homemade link party every week - these special posts need to get the recognition they deserve!  Be sure to check them out and leave some love with a comment or a share!

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Thursday Favorite Things

Welcome to Thursday Favorite Things Party

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Happy Thursday! I am so excited today since I am heading down to Davie (where I use to live) to visit some friends and spend the night at my friend's house. We try to get together every month or so. We always have such a great time together. We get take out and drink some wine and laugh and do facials. All that girl stuff. 

I hope the rest of your week is great and thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and share at our party. 

Many of my features come from you my commenters. Don't forget to leave your Linkup Number or Post Title so I can find you and you could become one of my featured commenters next week.  

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

We love Chinese food but our local Chinese restaurant closed so I have had to make some dishes at home to satisfy of cravings. I love to find meals that are quick and easy and this one fits the bill.  After making this dish, there's no need to get take out again. 

The original recipe called for dried chilies, but I did not have them so I used chilies in Adobo sauce.  

I don't often get to take great pictures since hubby is usually waiting to try the dish. He loved this recipe. 

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This is going to be one of our new favorite Chinese takeout dishes, at home!

Recipe                                                                                                      Print

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  • - 12 oz (350 g) boneless, skinless chicken breast or thigh, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • - ¼ teaspoon salt
  • - Dash of white pepper
  • - 1 teaspoon all-purpose cornstarch
  • - 2 tablespoons oil
  • - 1 garlic clove, minced
  • - ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • - 6 dried chilies or chile de arbol or chiles in Adobo sauce
  • - 1 large red pepper, diced
  • - 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion (scallion), white and green parts, plus more for garnish
  • - ½ cup (150 g) dry roasted peanuts, plus more for garnish


  • - 2 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • - 2 tablespoons basic chicken stock
  • - 1 teaspoon sugar
  • - 1 ½ tablespoons Chinese rice wine or cooking sherry
  • - 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • - 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • - 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • - 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • - 1 teaspoon all-purpose cornstarch
  • - 1 teaspoon water


- Combine all of the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.

- Toss the chicken with the salt, pepper, and the all-purpose cornstarch. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

- Heat ½ the oil in wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces and stir-fry until the chicken turns white about 2 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. Wash and thoroughly dry the wok or skillet.

- Heat the remaining oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high high heat. Add the garlic to the wok or skillet and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the dried red chilies and stir-fry until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the red bell pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the reserved chicken and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the stir-fry sauce and stir-fry for 1 minute, until the chicken is nicely coated. Add the peanuts and green onion and stir-fry for 30 seconds.

Dish out and garnish with more green onions and peanuts. Serve immediately with hot steaming rice.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

 Happiness Is Homemade. Share NOW. #happinessishomemade #eclecticredbarn #linkyparty

Welcome to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!  Glad you are joining our party.  Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving (for U.S. bloggers)  We appreciate you stopping by each week and participating in the blog hop.  Before we start our main event, let's take a look at our features from last week's party!

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