Classic Banh Mi

Classic Banh Mi

Im going to be serving an assortment of Banh mi for the adults attending my kids bday party. What should I serve on the side? has to be really easy as I’ll have a house full of out of town guests-prefer something prepared night before. Even considering purchasing frozen potstickers and making dipping sauce.

The banh mi IS a pretty filling sandwich. Its heritage is partly French, so it is appropriate for Euro-centric accompaniments. I’d have potato salad or macaroni salad. Not coleslaw since the sandwich has carrot/daikon slaw

It’s undeniable. Banh Mi is the PERFECT sandwich. Rich, savory meat combined with bright and crunchy homemade pickles stuffed into a fluffy baguette; what’s not to love?! We love this version because it requires minimal ingredients but still packs a powerful punch of flavor. Don’t sleep on it, people!

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YIELDS: 2 SERVINGS               PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 15 MINS               TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 40 MINS



  • 10 oz. pork tenderloin
  • 6 tbsp. hoisin sauce, divided
  • 6 tbsp. rice wine vinegar, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium daikon radish, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 12-inch baguette, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c. cilantro leaves and tender stems



  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Place pork tenderloin into the freezer for 15 minutes; this will make it easier to slice thinly.
  2. Slice frozen tenderloin as thinly as possible. Transfer to a medium bowl, add 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce, 3 tablespoons rice vinegar, garlic, and fish sauce to bowl; mix until well combined. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  3. Toss carrot and daikon with remaining vinegar and salt; let sit at room temperature until ready to use. In a large cast-iron skillet on medium high, heat oil and add marinated pork. Cook without stirring for 4 minutes. Give it a toss and continue to cook 1 minute.
  4. Toast baguette in oven for 10 minutes until golden brown. Spread mayonnaise on bottom half and remaining hoisin sauce on top half. Layer pork, then pickled veggies and cilantro on bottom half. Place on the top half and slice cross wise before serving.



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Pipe Cleaner Flower Pot Craft

Pipe Cleaner Flower Pot Craft

Mother’s Day gifts can sometimes be tricky, but I for one think you can never go wrong with flowers! Introducing an easy pipe cleaner pot craft! Potted flowers will not only last a lot longer than a bouquet but are made extra-special by a DIY decorated pot made with love. I’m over on the Kid Made Modern blog showing how kids (and adults!) can use supplies from their colorful craft kits to create a special decorated flower pot gift for Mother’s Day, or any day of the year!

Kids can make a sweet Mother's Day gift for mom that she will love with these colorful DIY flower pots! #mothersdaygift #mothersdaycraft #flowerpotcraft

These sweet flower pots just started with a basic terra-cotta pot painted white. From there, you can bend pipe cleaners into letters. You can also create colorful designs with pom-poms. Or you can make pictures and shapes like the rainbow on this flower pot, which is my favorite!

Kids can make a sweet Mother's Day gift for mom that she will love with these colorful DIY flower pots! #mothersdaygift #mothersdaycraft #flowerpotcraft


Crunchy Mandarin Orange-Chicken Salad

Crunchy Mandarin Orange-Chicken Salad

This recipe was semi-inspired by the Chinese Chicken Salad at The Cheesecake Factory. I fell in love with dish in eighth grade—it made me feel grown up and sophisticated. Twenty something years later, I still find the salad delicious. It’s sweet, savory, refreshing, and extremely crunchy. (I’m a huge sucker for iceberg lettuce.)

The History of Chinese Chicken Salad

The exact origin of “Chinese Chicken Salad” is unknown. However, legend has it that it was invented in the 1960s at Madam Wu’s in Los Angeles because Cary Grant requested it. Sunset magazine published a recipe in 1970, and Wolfgang Puck created his own version of it in the 80’s.

The salad itself is much more American than it is Chinese. In her book, The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey From Beijing To San Francisco, chef Cecilia Chang says, “In China, lettuce was imported and rare and salads were things that were pickled.” Because my recipe is based on a American chains version of a very American dish, I decided to change the name to more accurately describe what it is: a crunchy salad with chicken and mandarin oranges.

The Crunch Factor

Many restaurant versions of the dish, including The Cheesecake Factory use wonton strips and crispy rice noodles. I sub in a block of broken up ramen—the cheap, dried stuff, not the fresh noodles that come refrigerated. Broken up, the crunchy, wavy noodles act as croutons. The almonds can be easily swapped for cashews or roasted peanuts.

The Chicken 

Leftover rotisserie chicken works wonderfully for this recipe, but if you have chicken breasts on hand, follow our easy guide to poaching chicken.

Mandarin Oranges

I’m a sucker for the syrupy sweetness you get from a can of mandarin oranges. But fresh mandarin oranges (aka clementines) will add the perfect pop of brightness to your salad.



YIELDS: 8 SERVINGS              PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 15 MINS             TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 20 MINS





  • 3 c. finely chopped romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 2 c. shredded red cabbage
  • 2 c. shredded chicken
  • 1/2 c. jarred mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 instant ramen packet, crushed (flavor packet discarded)
  • 1/2 c. shredded carrot
  • 1/3 c. sliced green onions
  • 1/4 c. sliced almonds


  • 3 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil



  1. Make salad: In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, red cabbage, chicken, mandarin oranges, crushed ramen noodles, carrots, green onions, and sliced almonds.
  2. Make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, honey, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Slowly drizzle in vegetable oil, whisking constantly until emulsified.
  3. Before serving, drizzle dressing over salad and toss to combine.



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Mothers Day Wheel Card

Mothers Day Wheel Card

well folks, now that easter’s come and gone i guess it’s a good time to get geared up for mother’s day! i have a couple fun posts planned for next week, but wanted to help get in the spirit this week with a free card template comes with 4 different messages or a blank option so you can fill in your own messages. keep reading for the instructions and download link…




  • wheel card template, DOWNLOAD HERE
  • envelope or baggie for the card
  • scissors
  • x-acto knife
  • nail (optional)
  • brad fastener
  1. download, print on card stock and cutout the card and wheel.
  2. use the x-acto knife to cutout the heart on the card.
  3. just below the heart is a small dashed dot; poke a hole through it using the nail. do the same thing through the center of the wheel.
  4. line up the hole in the card and wheel and use a brad to secure them together.
  5. fill in your name at the bottom and/or include a separate note and stuff into a baggie or envelope!
can hardly wait to celebrate all the phenomenal mama’s i know – do you have anything special planned?

Xx . rae be on the lookout for my easy crepe recipe (that can be made the night before), some gift ideas and another free download meant to share with friends!


When Your Aged Parents Need Help- What Should You Do?

When Your Aged Parents Need Help- What Should You Do?

When parents get to their 80s and 90s, some need help with everyday activities such as cooking, cleaning the house, and running errands. However, when they are sick, it becomes more involving. They may need someone to clean after them, feed, and make sure they are comfortable. If your parents are in this stage, even when they have lived a healthy life, they may start developing some issues like hearing loss, dementia, or challenged mobility. You may want to learn more about these conditions before taking any action. However, the fact remains, your parents need immediate help. What should you do?

Find Out the Type of Care Your Parents Need

If your parents are losing their eyesight, they may need someone to live with to ensure they stay safe and have ready assistance when moving around the house, such as to the bathroom, taking a walk, or even choosing what to wear. Understand that it’s not an easy time for your parents too, especially when they’ve been independent all their life. Discuss their health status with their doctor, talk to your parents, and then agree on the way forward. Together, you may decide to get someone to check on them every day or a live-in assistant. Alternatively, they may move in with you, get professional home care services, or move into a retirement home.

Frequent Home Checks

You may decide together with your family to be paying frequent visits to your parents, run their errands, clean the house, prepare meals, and make sure they are okay. You can have a routine where someone visits them every two days or every day, depending on how far you are. Your parents will be glad to be spending more time with you all, and it’s also reassuring when you know they have all they need, are taking their meds, and have someone who can run their errands. This arrangement works best when parents don’t have severe conditions, or one parent can take care of the other.

Move-in with Them

This option may be best if your parents need constant supervision and help. You need to discuss this option as a family and decide who will move in with them. Although moving in with them ensures they have a family member taking care of them, extra help may be needed if you work or have young children. It can be overwhelming taking care of your parents’ needs such as cleaning, cooking and feeding them, and going to work or attending to children. You may hire an assistant who takes care of your parents but ensure you are still within so that everything runs well.

They Move in with You

Your parents moving in with you may be an option if you have a room you can spare for them and a safe environment. Discuss this with your family, and agree and act on the necessary arrangements. You may have to move some of your family members to other rooms to create space for your parents. If you have a full-time job, you may have to cut back the working hours or get help from other family members if your parents need full-time supervision.

Get Professional Homecare Services

If your parents are battling conditions, are disabled, or too old, professional homecare may be ideal. A qualified nurse or assistant will be with them to not only monitor their health but to ensure they are comfortable, well taken care of, and make it to the doctor’s appointments. Even if you decide to move to your parents’ home or they move in with you, home care services ensure that a professional is taking care of them at all times.

Take them to a Retirement Home

Take your parents to a retirement home, although the last option offers you peace of mind because they will have 24hour care and medical professionals on standby to provide any assistance or intervene in case of an emergency. Your parents will be in a social setting where they can interact with other older people more freely. You can also visit and spend time with them whenever you want. A retirement home can be the best option when your parents can no longer take care of their daily needs, and you cannot live with them or have them move into your house. It may also end up being a cheaper option.

Sometimes you may have to make a quick decision when your parents’ safety or health is at risk. You may opt to stay with them as you figure out a more sustainable and permanent solution.

Fun Ideas For An All-Adult Party!

Fun Ideas For An All-Adult Party!

If you’re going to be having a party, then you may want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of it. The most important thing is that everyone is going to be able to enjoy themselves, and that’s why you’ve got to think long and hard about some ideas to make your party great. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at what some of these ideas are, so keep reading if you would like to find out more.

Go Do Something Childish

The first thing that we are going to suggest is that you go and do something childish. It’s hard being an adult, and it’s exhausting. It’s for this reason that sometimes we just want to take a step back and do something fun, maybe even a little bit childish. For example, you could all dress up as characters from a film or TV show and have a fancy dress party. Or, you could head out and go bowling, go to a laser quest center, or whatever else you think you might enjoy. The point is for it to be as fun as possible, so something that you used to enjoy when you were a child might be a good idea. Think about the things that you used to love to do, and then choose one for your party.

Hire A Bar

Another thing that we are going to suggest is that you hire a bar. Not everyone drinks alcohol, it’s true, but for those who do, this is going to make the party that little bit better. A company like Party Pony Trailers LLC may be able to help you out here as they have mobile bars! This means that if you want the party to be at your home, but you also want a bar, then something like this is the perfect solution! 

Or, you could simply just have alcohol on the table and allow everyone to mix their own drinks. At least you can be sure they’re going to like what they make for themselves!

Game Night

Finally, have you thought about having a game night? Everyone can get involved, and it can be a super fun idea. Choose a bunch of different games that everyone can play together, and then let the fun begin. Ensure that all the games you’ve got are suitable for the amount of players that you are going to have so that nobody ends up left out. Get some snacks, a few drinks, and this could be the perfect night in for you and your friends. It might not be the same as having an actual party, but it’s just as fun for a small gathering!

We hope that you have found this article helpful and now know some of the fun ideas that we’ve got for an all-adult party. These ideas don’t make up an extensive list, so there are plenty more things that you can do if you would like to. Hopefully, you have a great time, and so does everyone else involved.