Recipe of the Month: Spicy Mongolian Beef

This is a super simple but delicious recipe.

You can add other veggies to the stir-fry as desired or you could even serve the beef over lettuce. We tried it as a salad but it would also be good with rice.

We will definitely have this again.


1 T. soy sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 t. sugar

1-2 t. crushed red pepper flakes

1 t. sesame oil

1 lb. beef sirloin steak, cut into 1/4-inch strips

1 T. olive oil


Mix the first 5 ingredients; toss with beef strips. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Stir-fry beef mixture until browned, 2-3 minutes.

Time to return…

Wow. I knew I took a break but I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted since May 9. Let’s do a quick recap of what has happened in the past few months.


After the 1 year anniversary of my Mom’s death, we celebrated Jase turning 17 and Lexie finishing 8th grade with the 8th grade party thrown by her school. As soon as school ended, we jumped on a plane and went to Orlando. We visited Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure. We tried out the rollercoaster – Velicicoaster (Jurassic World themed coaster) – and loved it. We bought magic wands and enjoyed the Harry Potter themed areas.


It is hard not to go to Orlando without a stop at Disney World. In our 3 1/2 day stay, we went to Epcot, the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. We were able to ride the new Cosmic Rewind rollercoaster (Guardians of the Galaxy themed coaster) at Epcot. Loved it and rode it twice. And at Hollywood Studios, we built our own lightsabers and of course explored Batuu (the Star Wars themed area) with a stop at Oga’s Cantina.

June also saw the kids working at my husband’s law firm and a quick trip to Galveston where my husband attended a conference while the kids and I explored the island. Seriously, this month flew by.


Let’s see, highlights for this month would include Lexie developing a urinary tract infection that didn’t seem to want to go away. More on this in August. Jase also attended Orchestra camp. I am the president of the High School Orchestra Association so I was there each day helping out with lunches. This month also was a lot of preparing for school – for me, not the kids. I am in all new positions this year. In addition to Orchestra Association president, I am webmaster for our Council PTA and membership chair at the High School PTSA.

Also, at the end of July, our eldest cat, Nikki, broke her leg. It required surgery and a metal plate/pins to repair. That was a good chunk of money, and I am sure many thought we were crazy to spend that much on an elder cat who also is in the early stages of kidney disease. She should be on bedrest for the next 10 weeks – but hey, it is hard to keep a cat from jumping, running and playing.


School started just three days earlier this school year but wow, it seemed like it came so soon. And this year, they started on a Wednesday which added to the odd school started early feeling. Lexie is now in 9th grade so this is her first year in high school. Jase started his junior year of high school. He is driving to school this year. Of course, all my volunteer activities picked up this month with our first meetings. And in the case of the Orchestra, there was the first Kick Off concert where I had to give a quick meeting where I encouraged people to join the Orchestra Association and help us with our fundraiser.

In August, Lexie’s doctor said her urine still showed an infection though not the same one as in July. Her doctor sent her to a pediatric nephrologist who sent her for a renal ultrasound and urine analysis. The results were that there was no infection in her urine (we had been on our 4th round of antibiotics by this point.) Her kidneys looked fine too and the only thing they noted were nodules near her right kidney but I was able to explain that one away for the doctor since Lexie has both situs inverses (reversed organs) and polysplenia (which will show up as nodules near her spleen). So in other words, everything is normal for her.


And this brings us to September and Labor Day here in the United States. This three day weekend sees Lexie working on making up school work since she was out a few days last week for the ultrasound and follow up doctor appointment. My husband and I are doing some much needed cleaning up of the house. And, I am working on my blog. So, here is to hoping I can get back in the swing of posting regularly.