Saturday, August 14, 2010


i was looking for something in the kitchen to cook the other day. i didn't have much, but i didn't want to go to the store (because one mile to drive is just so far away). i found some frozen green beans, but didn't want boring old green beans, so i searched the creative portion of my brain to think of a recipe to doctor these boring GBs up. and i thought of an asian peanut sauce! i had made a peanut sauce for something else before, so i just kinda guessed with what i could remember of the recipe and made sure i didn't overdo it. this is what i came up with and it was SO good that i wanted to share!

green beans with peanut sauce
1 tbs soy sauce (i used la choy brand, which is gluten free)
1/2 tsp garlic powder (or 2 medium garlic cloves, minced)
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tbs peanut butter
1 bag frozen green beans (usually 1 lb)

1. toast the sesame seeds in a frying pan (no oil) until lightly browned, then set aside.
2. cook the green beans as directed.
3. while the beans are cooking, mix together soy sauce, garlic powder, brown sugar, peanut butter, and sesame seeds.
4. fold in the mix with the green beans while beans are still hot. enjoy!

- make sure you mix ingredients before you add the mix to the green beans. you want it covered evenly in order for it to taste optimal!
- if you don't have sesame seeds, don't worry about it. they're fun and good, but not necessary.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

bucket list

i found my bucket list the other day, and there were many things i was able to check off! i wrote it during the first semester of my freshman year in college, then titled "things to do before i die". But since that movie came out, i think the title "bucket list" suffices (and sounds way better).

bailey's bucket list:
  1. skydive (with mark, possibly our "first date"?)
  2. attend a division 1 football game (got to see texas tech get beat by alabama in the cotton would still love to see a UT home game)
  3. attend an english premiere soccer game
  4. make a 4.0 in at least one semester (i did it for more than one...yay!)
  5. visit every national park in the u.s. (8 down, 52 to go...hehe)
  6. own a great dane
  7. sing backup in a band (at camp and with the klentzmans)
  8. visit the louvre
  9. hike the pacific crest trail (or part of it)
  10. host a foreign exchange student
  11. see the 7 wonders of the natural world - mount everest, the great barrier reef, the grand canyon, victoria falls, the harbor of rio de janeiro, paricutin volcano, aurora borealis
  12. see the 7 forgotten wonders of the natural world - angel falls, the bay of fundy, ignacu falls, krakatau island, mount fuji, mount kilimanjaro, niagra falls (canadian side)
  13. cook a whole dinner from scratch
  14. bungee jump
  15. go on a hot-air balloon ride
  16. learn sign language
  17. learn conversational spanish
  18. live in another state (missouri and hawaii)
  19. go on a canopy tour (in jamaica on our honeymoon)
  20. open up my own camp (well, it wasn't my own camp, but i helped start camp blessing, and i'm very proud of that, so it counts...)
  21. mission work in another country
  22. visit the great pyramid of giza
  23. visit stonehenge
  24. walk the great wall of china
  25. see coldplay in concert
  26. learn how to swing dance
  27. adopt a kid from a third world country
  28. kayak in the ocean (now one of my fave things to do!)
  29. learn how to play the drums
  30. decorate a whole room with my own artwork
  31. go to las vegas to ride those three roller coasters on top of that building
  32. get my master's degree
  33. live on a farm
  34. hike/climb a fourteener
  35. go white water rafting

that's it for now. i want to make it to 100 on the list, though. what are some of the things on your bucket list? give me some ideas!