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Chicken Bulgogi

I typically don’t measure things out so when I give you these ingredients this is an eyeballed measurement of what’s in the dish.
I decided to make some chicken Bulgogi because when I went to Korea that was one of the dishes that I and many others fell in love with.
Not only did I fall in love with this dish I learned to make it while I was there. I brought it back and shared it with my family and they also fell in love with it.
The ingredients that you will need are:
3 chicken breast thinly sliced preferably partially frozen.
1 onion chopped
1 cup shredded carrots
1 bell pepper chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 scallions chopped
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon unrefined coconut sugar
1 tablespoon pepper
*** Red pepper flakes for spice
1/2 teaspoon honey
Using a sharp knife take the partially frozen chicken and thinly slice it across the grain (width ).
– Place the chicken inside of a Ziploc bag or a bowl that can be sealed up.
– In a separate bowl, add all of the liquid ingredients, pepper& sugar then whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved.
– add the liquid ingredients to the bag along with the rest of the chopped ingredients and set in the refrigerator for one hour.
Preheat a skillet or a wok over medium-high heat. Add the contents of the bag in the in the wok or skillet and sauté until all of the chicken is completely cooked and then let it simmer.
Since I’ve switched to Paleo style eating I’ve been using a cauliflower style rice to serve the Bulgogi over.
Let me know what you think.

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The Whole New Us!

I took a little break since my last post and now I’m back! As you all know I got married to the love of my life last year in June, and since then, we’ve had some adventures in bringing six kids together over a summer, getting some settled into a new school, and learning how to blend as a family. So what adventure can I tell you about? In the last thirty days (starting 1 Jan) my wife and I decided to participate in the whole 30 challenge: http://whole9life.com

In a nutshell we cleaned up our eating habits by cutting out processed foods such as sugars, dairy, beans, anything with alcohol, breads and a few other foods people tend to love. We replaced them with whole foods that are natural and unprocessed such as veggies, grass feed meats, fruits, nuts and healthy fats. My goal in this challenge was to find out how my body would react or respond to the change in tailoring the things I consumed. I considered myself a pretty healthy eater prior to taking this challenge and was already adopting a Paleo eating style as well as exercising regularly. We slowly changed our kids over to some of the recipes to see how they would like the dishes and they scarfed the food down and loved it.

The first few days of cutting carbs and tossing out all junk food weren’t bad. One thing we both noticed after about three days was a slight decrease in energy and that we snacked a lot throughout the day prior to starting this. What helped us get through this challenge was preparation. We made sure we had all the right foods at our disposal as well as removing the temptations…….so out with the chips and in with more nuts, and fruits. I pre-seasoned all our meats for the week and grilled them on Sunday, then portioned them over the course of the week. I used a crock pot each week to cook greens, and soups to ensure things didn’t get redundant. I have a passion for food and love to cook, so I truly embraced taking the challenge.

After a week of eating clean, we noticed our body began to purge itself through bowel movements to the point for me I was unsure if I wanted to continue the challenge. I know it may not be something glamorous to discuss, but it’s very important for me to point this out because this was a pivotal point for me in this program. What I realized was my body began to purge and dump toxins because the foods we were eating were healthier for us. A few days of cleansing, we felt better and our energy started to climb to new heights.

As we progressed through the program I rediscovered a new love for creating wonderful meals that my family enjoyed. The group I was a part of kept me motivated by posting pictures on Facebook and testimonials of the trials they were facing, as well as how they worked to overcome them.

With ten days left, I had lots of energy, a happy digestion system; I could tell I was losing weight because those old jeans fit more comfy then before. The idea of taking on a challenge became more of a lifestyle change, and we decided we were going to keep going past the 30 day mark. I will post our Bod Pod results and more pictures at the end of our 90 days. Here are a few meals and dishes we made along our way.


The last two pictures are a part of the reintroduction phase of the whole30.

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I DO !

June 19th was a true day of happiness where two families came together and became one. As you all know, I asked the love of my life to be my wife while visiting Rome, and the day has finally come where we are husband and wife. I would now like To introduce to you, the Brown Family. There has already been some cool weekend adventures and we have plenty more to come.
Here are some photos that were taken. The pictures taken at the chapel were taken by a coworker and the picture taken at the beach were taken by me with the use of a tripod and timer.
The beach was super hot that day. I hope you all enjoy the photos.

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Fishing in Florida

Fishing in Florida has been one of many adventures I have been able to partake in since I have moved here. During the spring I had a few friends come down to soak up the rays and they had the opportunity to check out the deep seas in the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve been able to go shark hunting and reel in some big aggressive species in addition to catching some to throw on the grill. My cousin and I took part in a charter so we could test our skills at sea. The best part of all is that I have been able to do it with my kids.

I taught my kids how to fish from the pier and from the surf. This is such an inexpensive way to spend quality time together and the best part of all is you’re at the beach. In addition to teaching them how to fish, they also learned how to clean and prepare a meal out of the catch of the day. I’m trying to live the proverb of teaching a man to fish in the literal. Spending time with them has been a blast and watching them pick up the skills of angling has been a true adventure.

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That’s My Boy !

My son is overcoming his shyness on the mats while learning Brazilian Jujitsu in the community of Georgetown TX. He is very eager and excited about what he is learning. His confidence has increased as well as his discipline to become a better student. As a proud Father I wanted to share his recent victory with all of you. If you are in the Georgetown area and you’re looking for a place your child can learn about the martial arts, try http://www.jiujitsugeorgetown.com

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Getting ready for a Panama City summer in Florida!

Although the last few weeks have been busy (school)I have managed to get out to shoot some new material. I have a bunch of new adventures from fishing, paintball shooting sprees, sailing on sunset cruises and many more to come. I checked out a paintball field where my son’s and I can go and shoot each other.I also figured this would be a great activity for my coworkers to let of some steam and fire a few rounds at their supervisors.

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The temperature is starting to ramp up and we need to make sure we are ready for some adventures in and around the Florida area. Here are some shots that I have taken.


I look forward to sharing this weekend’s adventure with you as well

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Photo challenge from the beach

Photo challenge from the beach.
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Photo challenge from the grill

This weeks photo challenge comes from the grill. I prepared some succulent lamb tenderloins with a veggie medley paired with some chipotle cheese and a red wine. The tenderloin was prepared with some olive oil, pepper, garlic salt, then a sweet and smoky rub. The rub has a sweet cinnamon base to it with a smokey paprika flare. I soaked some apple wood chips in water for about five/ten minuets while the coals charred to a glow . The set up on the grill was indirect so the heat and smoke could penetrate the meat while preserving the tenderness and flavor. After adding the chips to the grill I set the meat indirectly in the grill and let it go until the juices ran to a slight pink, then let it rest before digging in. Once it was done the taste took me back to Mediterranean. The snapp peas, sautéed peppers and onions along with the wine and cheese was a perfect marriage for this feast. If your looking for a meal to prepare on the weekend give this a try.
Here is the grocery list:
Lamb tenderloins
Snap peas
Bell peppers
Baby red potatoes
Red onions
McCormick sweet and smoky rub, or make your own
Chipotle cheese or something mildly spicy
Your favorite red wine

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Planning for the big move

Hello everyone! I’ve been really busy over the last two weeks moving into my house, getting readjusted to my new job, new surroundings and did I mention I’m taking a managerial applied statistics class……….. This all sounds like fun stuff right. I’m looking forward to this year’s journey and many strategic adventures. There are going to be a few changes with me tying the knot and gaining some new valued members to the weekend getaway warrior team. I’m very excited about the growth and momentum flowing into this year and the ideas for this year’s blog and focus.

This year I plan on focusing on the family. I want an emphasis on the aspects of planning for and with a large family; from taking trips to planning out some minor / “major” excursions. We all have a budget on time and money so I also plan on sharing some tricks on how to find time and the finances to make our dreams come true.

I’m excited and plan on writing a series of how to’s and where to’s from the travel perspective, in addition to discovering more of what I don’t know. Last year was awesome and it only gets better from here! I want to interact and correspond with all my readers as much as possible this year so please don’t be shy. I also plan on bringing some new flava to you in the form of food from around the world. I looooove to cook and I will be throwing down in my backyard as well as in a variety of places from camp sites to beach fronts.

Stay tuned and leave me comments. I look forward to seeing you on the next weekend getaway.

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