Beef Lo Mein

If I could have found some way to avoid my kitchen this week I would have. It's been a long week and I've run the dishwasher more times then I can count and I've swept under my son's highchair the same number of times... This turned out pretty good, although the sauce was lacking... I can tweak it for next time I suppose. Oh, and for the veggies I found a veggie mix in the freezer section with everything I needed for this recipe. Bingo!! 

1/2 pound angel hair pasta
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1 medium onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
4 to 5 shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup sugar snap pea pods, halved
1 (15-ounce) can Chinese baby corn, drained and cut in thirds
1 to 1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size strips (or beef in my case)
Cook the noodles according to the package directions until just tender. Drain out the water. Rinse the noodles with cold water, drain them well, and then set them aside.
In a small bowl, mix the hoisin sauce, chicken broth, soy sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch. Then set the sauce aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a large wok or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir-fry the ginger for 30 seconds. Then add the onion and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and carrots and stir-fry 2 minutes more. Finally, add the broccoli, pea pods, and corn. Stir-fry the vegetables for 2 more minutes, then transfer them to a plate.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the pan. Add half of the chicken and stir-fry it until it's no longer pink, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer it to another plate. Stir-fry the remaining chicken, then return the first batch to the pan. Add the cooked noodles, vegetables, and sauce. Turn the heat down to medium.
Using two spatulas or wooden spoons, lightly toss the mixture until heated through, about 3 minutes. Serves 4 to 6. Or a 2 hungry adults and 1 hungry baby.


trying to plan a birthday party

I mean how cute are these?

Gut tells me to go with it. Practicality tells me to talk over every little detail with my hubby. And my hubby is not being helpful... at all. So many ideas floating around in my head and I am trying to decide how to execute a party for a 1 year old when all the other kids are going to be much older. Our budget is snug for this, as we have been traveling overseas, and paying out of pocket for most of it.
Want to guess the theme?

The party is going to be a month late anyways. I feel crazy for even attempting a party! Oh well, here goes something!