Thursday, March 19, 2009

Dinner with Mark Twain, Fried Rice and Another Award (how random is this title)

Did that title catch ya? Ha! Well, it's how my evening turned out. :) I decided tonight I wanted to go straight home because typically I'll find some reason to stop off somewhere. I wanted to go straight home, see how my little Emma was doing and make something with what I had in my cupboards. What I found were the makings of fried rice and I was recently inspired by my good friend's blog (we have been friends since high school) Tulip Bliss. She has the coolest blog and the most adorable cats. Check it out when you have a chance! She recently made a batch of delicious looking fried rice and I've had a hankering for it ever since. Well, I had cooked chicken breast from the night before, a carrot, organic rice, green onions and eggs! That was enough for me to make at least a basic fried rice.

Where does Mark Twain come in? He came over to have some fried rice with me, of course. Okay, sorry I just had to. No, I'm not hallucinating. I have a small TV in the kitchen (you know the kind underneath the cupboards) and I was watching this wonderful and inspiring biography on Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens) while I made my fried rice. This program was on OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting), one of my favorite channels on TV. Public broadcasting is always so educating. Well, at least it was educating to this girl while she cooked. :) Mark Twain was such a worldly man. He was full of eagerness to learn about the world, the simple life, slavery, about good and evil and the different cultures while studying mankind. This program inspired me to start writing again, another thing you may not know about me. I love writing. Perhaps I've been sloppy about it lately in my blogs, but one box out in the garage contains a 300 page romance novel and half of a suspense novel that I had written years ago. You know, come to think of it, I may have said this before. Geez, my memory is going! Lol! Anyhow, this blog and all of you have inspired me to get my creativity on paper again. The words and stories have been itching to come out so I think I will give it a try. :)


2 cups cooked white rice (I used organic white rice)

3 cooked chicken breast, cubed

1 stalk of green onions, chopped

2. 2 eggs (scrambled and set aside)

3. 1/2 yellow onion, chopped

4. 1 carrot, chopped

5. Kikkoman soy sauce

Very easy a large frying pan, saute the chopped yellow onion and carrot until translucent. Once the onion and carrot have cooked, toss in 2 cups of the cooked rice, chicken, scrambled egg and chopped green onion. Stir fry everything together and generously pour soy sauce all over until desired taste. Don't you love my "just wing it" instructions? :)

Also, one more thing, Kathy over at Kathy's Red Door Welcome and Anya over at Kareltje En Ikke have awarded me the Lemonade Award! I've been awarded this before but I don't mind being selfish and getting it again and again. Hehe! Thank you so much Kathy and Anya! Kathy is a new blogging friend of mine and she has the sweetest blog! Like all of us she loves her family, home, decorating and blogging! I'm so happy to have met you, Kathy. Anya, of course is my blogging sister. We love our cats if you couldn't tell yet. :) Thank you, Anya!


Anya said...

Puuurss purrss, Saturday I would invite you to my blog, my mom has birthday, and they do not know that I'm inviting you purrsss purss Tell her please nothing purrsss and Quincy Mocha and Emma also invited....see you saterday purrsss =^.^= Kareltje

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Chari said...

Hi Michelle...

Ummm...yummy!!! Your fried rice looks scrumptious...thanks for including the recipe, I love fried rice!

Well my friend, you have posted a couple of times since I've been to your place. So glad that kitty did well with her surgery...ahhh! And I loved the post about that greenhouse...I'm with you, Girlfriend...I need one of those!!! How sweet, charming...well, simply the shabby chic style...and those chandeliers, gorgeous!

Have a fabulous Friday and weekend!
Warmest wishes,
PS...Congrats on your blog awards!

Sophia Rose said...

And how is little Emma doing? Has Quincy gotten used to her yet?
YEs, you should write!! Definitely~I'm doing the same.At least for myself to see...

Kathleen said...

Hope Emma is recovering nicely from her surgery. Mr Ming sends his get well wishes, and so do I. The rice looks yummy, I am going to try that recipe myself. Have a great week-end, Hugs, Kathleen

Zaroga said...

I love Mark Twain. I've been reading a book of short stories of his off and on for several years. Frank managed to read the whole book on our trip last year. His short stories are very complicated... and sometimes very political.

I would love to read an excerpt from one of your books/writings :-)

The fried rice looks delish. I haven't had any success at making it as well as Frank's sister. So I just have her make us some :-)

Noodlegirl said...

Gosh I want to make fried rice this weekend I have not had it in so long!!!!

Janet said...

Oooo looks so yummy sis - I'm making this tonight for sure!!!!!

Heather said...

oh my yummy tummy! that fried rice looks delicious! the mark twain biography sounds like something definitely worth watching! good luck with writing! you should definitely get back into it.

Julie said...

Your blog is awesome and you diserve that award!!!

Thanks for sticking with the very long story about my husband! I am almost up to "current events"! Once I get up to date - I will likely just post once or twice a week about what is going on.

Dawn said...

I love a good fried rice. Oh little Emma, bless her heart, hope she's ok? You have such a great heart.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Well, now I am in the mood for fried rice! I add a little sesame oil and garlic to mine. I think I have to make some this week coming up!

Melissa said...


We get some of the Oregon Public television. I love Travels with Rick Steves.

Mark Twain was quite the man. I always think about his quote "the coldest winter he ever experienced was a summer in San Francisco".

Happy Friday!


Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Your fried rice sounds wonderful! I'll have to give it a try, my earlier attempts were never quite right!

Thank you for dropping by for a visit & your sweet comments. Liked my awesome pink scissors huh? I bought mine at TJMaxx but have also seen them at Marshall's, Home Goods, Ross & Target. They're great & the color is so easy to spot when I'm looking for them!

You also mentioned my flatware. It's Oneida & was bought with Betty Crocker coupons. Voila has little flowers all over it & I use it the most. Brahms belonged to my mom, looks more traditional & has a little rose on it. You can find them on ebay if you're interested.

Loved your post, but then I'm a fan of all of them! ♥


Melissa said...


Kosher is a long story. But pretty much, the food item needs to contain a kosher symbol on the packaging. Like an O with a U in the middle of it, or a K in a triangle. And a Rabbi needs to supervise the processing of the manufacturing. Confusing, isn't it?

Coleen said...

oh my goodness........this looks so yummy......gonna have to try this recipe for sure!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I'm not surprized that you have won this award before. I so enjoy reading your blog. Now this dinner you've posted looks like my kind of dinner. Mr. Honey is in the kitchen right now and I wouldn't be surprised if your dinner looks much like the dinner in your picture, you know the one you cooked for Mark Twain,L.O.L.

Joy said...

Wow, it looks good. You are making me hungry--but I love shrimp fried rice. Now I must have some. Yum, Chinese take-out. Thanks for the recipe!

Patti said...

Hi- Your dinner sounds delicious!!! And the Easter tree is gorgeous. You are reminding me I need to get my stuff out too.

Anonymous said...

the cat pictures crack me up!!
dinner sounds great!

AndreaLeigh said...

this fried rice looks so yummy!

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