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Our New Dinner Routine

by Courtney on March 17, 2011

Apparently, we have a new dinner routine in our house.

Cody has now decided that as soon as I sit down for dinner, it’s time to play some fetch. Seriously, I don’t know what it is with this cat, but he loooooves to play fetch with his water jug pull top!

I hadn’t been sitting more than five minutes before the little guy came to give me a visit…

“C’mon Mom, let’s PLAY!”


So, sure enough, we had a little fun. Smile


Readyyyyy….. (P.S. – notice the exact same attire as Saturday’s festivities…hey, I only own one St. Patty’s shirt, what can I say?!?)




Alllllmost….I’m such a tease! Winking smile


Aaaaaand, he’s got it!


My cat is clearly quite the classy guy, wouldn’t you say?


Finally, it was time to dig into dinner! Although it’s not exactly festive, I figured I got my corned beef fix earlier in the week, so it’s ok. Tonight’s menu called for stir fry!


This was actually quite simple to throw together, is super tasty, and makes a bunch of leftovers (when cooking for two). I found it while fishing through my recipe binder, and it looks like it may have come from an old Self magazine.

Hubby and I both agreed, it’s a keeper!


Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry


Stir-Fry Sauce

  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce


  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp canola oil (or peanut)
  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 yellow squash, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 package frozen sugar snap peas, pre-heated in microwave


Dissolve cornstarch in broth in a bowl; stir in hoisin and soy sauce and set aside. In another bowl, toss ginger, garlic and chicken. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat; cook chicken until nearly cooked through, about 4 mins. Add vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally, about 2-3 mins. Add reserved sauce and cook, stirring until sauce is thick, about 5 mins.

Serve over cooked brown rice, quinoa, or any other grain of choice. ENJOY! Smile


Jay and I are thinking we may head back out this evening to visit our friends again at bowling and enjoy an Irish-inspired beverage…or two. Hey, gotta honor the Irish heritage in me! Smile

Question for the Day:

Do your pets have any predictable routines or funny antics?

I always love a funny animal story! Smile


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1 Faith @ lovelyascharged March 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

It’s not quite so funny, but my puppy is making quite the name for herself eating the most random things…like my blackberry charger, my favorite NFL hat, my oven mitt…you get the picture!
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2 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

LOL! That last pic of Cody is hilarious! :)
Hope you had a great St. Patty’s Day!


3 kate@ahealthypassion March 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Your cat is adorable it makes me miss my kitty!
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4 Holly March 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I love the ‘and he got it’ picture.- the big eyes are so stinkin’ cute! :D
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5 Erica March 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm

its cute and gross…when my dog poops, he stands on his front 2 legs and his back legs he taps on the ground…gross but funny.

TMI, sorry.

he also makes his body into a U shape when he’s super happy.
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6 Sarah Lynn March 17, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Everything my cat does is cute and funny! He’s got such a personality!! I love when he flops on his back and rolls around and looks up at me so innocently! It melts my heart :)
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7 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries March 17, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I am pet-less! Hopefully after the wedding we’ll be adding a furry family member :) On the other hand, I DID enjoy a festive drink..or two ;)
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8 Alyssa Kuminski March 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Ive made this before!! It’s really good :)
I don’t own a lot of green so I wont knock ya for wearing the same shirt twice in one week…as long as its clean!
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9 Heather T March 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

When we let Radar out of his cage to run around he will jump up in the air and do spazzy little flip things. It’s so funny and cute :)


10 Olivia March 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm

love your saint patty’s day shirt and necklace:) that stirfry sounds super yum; I’m going to try out the sauce on a tofu stirfry! yuM!
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11 fsugirl! March 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Hahaha! Cody is sooooo cute! Enjoy the rest of your St. Patrick’s Day :D


12 Melissa March 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm

You really only need one St. Patty’s Day shirt, right? :)

This is a really cute post, and I just have to tell you, you are so pretty! Love the pics of you playing with Cody!
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13 Courtney March 17, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Awww, thank you Melissa! So are YOU! :)


14 Alexa @ SimpleEats March 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm

My dog LOVES to play with balloons. He will grab them by the tied end and whip them from left to right against his face. It’s so cute!
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15 Karen March 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Who knew such a simple “toy” could entertain a cat for so long? Your cat is too cute!
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16 Melissa @ Chocolate & Kisses March 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Your cat is too cute! Isn’t funny how the littlest things amuse them, which then amuses us?!?
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17 Paije March 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm

My kitty loves to play with the top from the water jug!! They are so fun to watch :D
Your rings are goooorgeous!!
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18 Courtney March 17, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Thank you! :)


19 Tara @ The Game of Life March 18, 2011 at 12:23 am

I love stir fry!! My dog has started getting his own treats…he opens the cabinet himself and pulls one out of the bag!!
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20 Melissa G March 18, 2011 at 1:32 am

Clearly our cats must be related! Ha! My Rocky loves those silly tabs too! He goes bonkers for them!! Hilarious!! My in-laws save then up for special occasions and give them to Rocky as gifts. Who needs fancy cat toys when cats live for plastic and cardbord!!! LOL


21 Karen March 18, 2011 at 9:43 am

Cody is so cute!! Our cat Summer gets ready with me in the morning. I put my brush on the counter and she uses it to brush herself then she does the same thing with the blush brush on her little kitty cheeks…ha-ha. She is the funniest little thing I know and we call her “our little princess”.


22 Courtney March 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

OMG that is too funny! :)


23 marla March 18, 2011 at 9:52 am

Cody is so adorable! That stir fry looks like the perfect meal :)


24 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) March 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Aww Cody is adorable!! And your take on stir fry looks delicious. Btw amazing rings, so much sparkle ;)
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