easy DIY stir fry!

My 8 year old son Rayne asked for “asian noodles” the other night for dinner so I whipped out my wok and made a budget friendly, enough for leftovers, easy noodle stir fry.

This recipe is perfect for those of you who are new to asian cooking or cooking in general. It’s a budget friendly meal for the whole family that can easily be tailored to your likes or dietary needs (vegetarian or gluten free).

Here’s my recipe.

You’ll need…

  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 6 large button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 small pkg of organic wide egg noodles
  • 1/2 pd. shrimp, filleted in half
  • 3 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper

After you’ve chopped, sliced, minced and filleted everything, start boiling a pot of water for your noodles. Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in your wok.  Saute your garlic and ginger for a couple of minutes and then add in your leeks.  The leeks will take a few minutes longer than your other veggies so give those a head start.  After a few minutes, toss in the rest of your veggies with the crushed red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste; add in more oil as needed.

When your veggies are just about done, throw in your shrimp and cook through.

Make your sauce by mixing in the rest of your olive oil, soy and fish sauces and melt in the peanut butter and sugar.

Right before serving, mix in your cooked noodles and stir fry that all together to make sure your sauce is coating everything!

There you have it! A healthy, quick and delicious meal for the family!

I usually use organic asian buckwheat noodles, but we didn’t have any on hand and egg noodles do just the trick. This meal is a great way to use up all those veggies sitting in the frig and you can use anything! If you’re not a seafood fan, pick a different protein or leave it out for a vegetarian option. You can even use gluten free noodles if need be!

Try it out, it’s seriously delicious and easy.  You’ll soon master the stir-fry!



Just getting home and settling down from an all day photoshoot with San Antonio’s own international artist Rex Hausmann.  This one is going to be BIG! I can’t discuss all the details yet, but I’m very excited about it!

Both my 2 year old mini model River and I shot today for the project, which makes it all the more special to me 🙂

I’ll be uploading BTS (behind the scenes) photos soon and hopefully the full project in the next few weeks!!!!

DIY egg white mask

It is said that Cleopatra and the Empresses of Asian used egg whites as part of their beauty routines. What’s good enough for a queen, is good enough for me!

Egg whites are great for the skin. They’ve been proven to tighten, shrink pores and help rid acne. If you want to do a quick, cheap, easy and effective spa facial treatment at home, then start with the egg.

I kept it simple by just using one egg white.

Whip that to a light froth and then use a clean makeup brush to paint it on your face; I did a few coats on mine.

You can feel it working as it dries, your skin tingles and tightens.

Allow it about 10-15 minutes to fully dry then massage it off with warm water and a wash cloth.

The best part of DIY face masks is that you can tailor it to your own skin needs. If you have dry skin, add in a few drops of olive oil or plain Greek yogurt. To help brighten your skin tone, add in some fresh squeezed lemon juice. If you have sensitive skin, add some honey. Make it to what you need!

This home spa treatment is now a go to treatment for me. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Champagne is delicious, gorgeous shoes are a must, family fun is important, but the piggy bank still has to be fed

DIY manicure of the week: seeing spots

I wanted a quick manicure this week, nothing with too much “art” that’d take up too much time. I settled on an accent nail with polka dots.
Cute, fun and easy!

Tip: wipe off excess polish from your brush and bring the tip straight down on your nail, without smashing it down, to make your perfect polka dots!