Main Takeaway on POPSUGAR Post: Making Sacrifices as a Parent

As a parent, we all make sacrifices on a daily basis. It is also very common for both parents to simultaneously be at their wits end with a feeling of being burnt out at some point. Or perhaps it is a feeling of being overworked and under-appreciated. Whatever the case may be, I can guarantee that raising children has its challenges in any marriage. In the midst of dealing with my own challenges, my sister sent me an article about a mothers Facebook post on making sacrifices that has been shared over 51,000 times. ‏

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Takeaways

There a several wonderful messages I took away from this post.

  • Find every reason to be thankful when you feel thankless.
  • The mom struggle is normal and you are not alone.
  • Social media can be used as an amazing support system.
  • Thank a farmer. 🙂

Main Takeaway

These are all wonderful messages, but there was one extremely important takeaway that everyone can benefit from. It stood out and spoke volumes. Clearly, Katie was tired and at the end of her rope when she reached out to her husband. I frequently do the same. A frustrated, tired or angry text will go out fueled by emotion at the end of a long day with the kids. I may or may not get a response so the hubs will walk through the door greeted with lethargy and resentment. Unfortunately, his hours are not seasonal. They are just long and unpredictable year-round so there is no spousal presence I can count on during the week. I’m sure there are countless others that can relate on so many different levels. So what was so powerful about the message Katie shared?

Husband Response

Katie shared her feelings which must have sounded like complaints to most, but to me it was a plead for help. Regardless of what it sounded like, her husband came home and apologized. He could have shared the struggles of his hardworking day. He could have pointed out so many things his wife should be thankful for. He could have offered advice or even shared the same frustrations about being a father, but he didn’t. He simply apologized for the way she felt. Sometimes when you are at your lowest you just need to vent and feel appreciated without judgement.

Return the Favor

When Katie was at her lowest, her husband sucked up his own struggles to lift her up. It is important to not only accept and cherish the moments of spousal support, but to return the favor when your significant other is down. Maybe something in the workplace is weighing heavy on your spouses mind. Whether it is relatable or not, I urge you to make an honest effort to just listen and empathize. It is an intricate dance of give and take that won’t always be perfect, but keep your heart in the right place and all will work out.

 

 

 

Be Kind

Be kind

Be kind. Two simple words carry so much weight. I received my (bee) kind watercolor print from Happy Hart Co. and the timing was perfect! This month has been a doozy and I just needed this in my life.

My daughter has been on one with the terrible threeness. I am constantly battling tantrum after tantrum, meltdown after meltdown all day everyday. I wake up with the need to instantly dig deep for the strength to get me through the day with her moods all while baby is on hip.

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Speaking of baby, we took the little dude to the doctor and the poor guy is battling the millionth double ear infection. He just can’t catch a break and neither can this momma. It feels like I have gone all month without sleep and, frankly, it’s driving me a bit mad. This is all happening while my dear hubs is truckin’ away at his job with the constant understanding that the evening eta will be up in the air… 6? (Hahahaha) 7? (Perhaps) 8? (Gettin’ closer).

I would like to coin the happenings of  this month, “the perfect storm”. It is hard to keep cool with constant disobedience, uncontrollable meltdowns, sick child, no sleep, full daytime job workload, and spousal absence. This is the one time I can reluctantly admit to being perfect. To walk into this storm is no picnic so you have two choices, 1) be kind or, 2) pretend to be kind.

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To say July has been a struggle is an understatement. I try not to make spilling my woes my style, but decided to share this from the perspective of being real. Kids will have tantrums. Kids will get sick. Spouses will not always be present and you may have a day job to tend to amongst it all. It is easy to slide down that rabbit hole, but a simple message and adorable print such as this can be a step in the right direction.

On the days when I could use a little more kindness, it is important to remind myself to be the kind you want to see. Hoping it rubs off on those around me so this momma can buzz around with a smile on her face.

Additional Information

Happy Hart Co. is doing a brand rep search right now. It ends on 7/24 at 6p.m. PST. See below if interested in entering on their Instagram page.

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The Unexpected Hug

Unexpected hug

Today is National Doughnut Day! While I was very tempted to participate in the consumption of this sugary treat, the day was just destined for a different type of fake energy. The temperature was nearing triple digits, nap-time was not appealing in the least bit for the kids and we were being held hostage in an air conditioned house as a result of the smoldering heat. Whomp-whomp. Oh, and guess who gobbled the last of the icy-icy-ice cream earlier in the week?! Guilty (raising my hand). The situation was getting dire so I loaded everyone up in the car for an ice cream run. I knew I was holding out on doughnuts for a necessary alternative my subconscious was trying to bring to the forefront. So what do hugs and sugary treats have in common? Aside from both being super sweet, nothing! However, the need to haul our booties to the store for ice cream lead to a very unexpected hug.

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I almost thought it was ridiculous to write about, but this hug got me thinking. First, let’s just rewind to the part of gathering my pink cheeked kids out of the car and loading them into a shopping cart. The weather has a way of melting one’s pep so baby is crying, kid is want-want-wanting and mom’s like let’s get this ice cream and blow this joint. Opened the freezer, stood in front with Mr. Pink Cheeks for longer than I probably should have, grabbed my Mint Chocolate Chip and was standing in the self-checkout line with the Jeopardy tune running through my head. Come on people! Okay, so I finally get a station, pay and turn to find a little girl not more than 5 years old coming straight for me with arms out. She wraps her cute, chubby arms all the way around me and my heart melted. It was a real hug with head resting on my chest and everything. Like what did I do to deserve all this good in my life?! I couldn’t help but beam and thank her for the sweet unexpected hug. I look over at her mom and just said, “Wow, she is so friendly!” and went off on my merry way. That little girls hug totally made my day, but it also got me thinking…

  • I am so curious what was going through that brain of hers to want to charge a complete stranger with a hug. I will never know.
  • A hug can be an intimate action and I definitely don’t know if I would get the same joy from a grown person doing that same thang.
  • It was just SO amazing how much it warmed my heart to come from a sweet little stranger. The act left a lingering feeling of happiness.

 

In conclusion, I’m not trying to advocate having your little one give complete strangers hugs. However, I do want my kids to initiate a random moment of hugs on the regular. I’ll cut my 11 month old some slack, but do want my daughter to give mommy, daddy and brother at least one genuine snuggle a day. I know that I’m a constant huggle-monster with these kids so easy peasy on my part. I do need to work on giving my hubs some heartfelt hugs. It’s bound to lead to a happier heart.

 

 

Vacation Pack List to Make Traveling a Tad Easier

Vacation pack list
If you know me, then you know that I am obsessed with lists upon lists. I mean who doesn’t like the illusion of having their “ish” together? Especially if your name starts and ends with an “M” and has a little “o” in the middle. Well this mom here was able to put one of her much needed lists to use this past week when we were gearing up for a beach vacay with the fam. This getaway literally snuck up on me and I was “oh crapping” my way to scramble all the necessities together to prepare for departure. I’m pretty sure we have all been there, done that when it comes to preparing and packing for vacation. Hopefully I can help at least one soul out there with my vacation pack list to make traveling a tad easier.

Beach Getaway

Vacation pack list

We happened to be traveling for a beach getaway that luckily did not require air travel. It was a just a 3 hour road trip south for some R&R– rays and ruckus. If we are being totally honest, vacationing with kids requires a vacation from vacation like every damn time. In any event, the beauty about car travel is that the anxiety over public disturbances in an airplane transforms into annoyance in the family car with screaming children. I would prefer the latter any day even though it can be mind numbing at times. I have zero tolerance for any sort of public outburst that attracts negative attention. Momster alert! Ugly about to come out! Moving on, another thing I can appreciate about car travel is the convenience of being able to cram all the carry-on “no-no’s” in a vehicle within arms reach. Yes, please and thank you! With all this in mind, I present the pack list.

 

Vacation Pack List

I store this list in the notes section of my phone for easy reference and put check marks next to the items once packed. When I am packing to go home from somewhere, I un-check the items in the notes so I make sure I pack up everything I brought. This list may have some “duuuuuuuh” items, but I do not discriminate when it comes to list making. The more the merrier because I do always praise myself for at least one item on there that I would have forgotten otherwise.

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3yo daughter stuff:
  • clothes
  • underwear
  • socks
  • jacket
  • hat
  • swimsuit
  • shoes
  • wash cloths
  • bath soap
  • bath cups/toys
  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • portable potty/potty lid
  • stroller
  • bunny (a.k.a. her er’thang!!)
  • few toys/books
  • birth certificate (air travel)

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10MO OLD SON STUFF:
  • clothes
  • jacket
  • swim trunks
  • swim diapers
  • diapers
  • wipes
  • desitin
  • socks
  • hat
  • carrier
  • bibs
  • spoons
  • bumbo/highchair
  • blankey
  • bottles/nipples
  • pump
  • face cream/lotion
  • travel crib
  • baby monitor
  • medicine bag
  • diaper bag
  • few toys/books
  • birth certificate (air travel)

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mommy stuff:
  • clothes/pjs
  • jacket
  • underwear
  • bra
  • socks
  • shoes
  • swimsuit
  • hat
  • phone/charger
  • earbuds
  • nikon camera
  • ipad
  • glasses
  • makeup
  • toiletries bag
  • brush
  • toothbrush
  • shaver
  • 2 empty laundry bags (whites/colors)
  • pillow

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Daddy Stuff:
  • clothes
  • socks
  • boxers
  • shoes
  • swim trunks
  • hair gel
  • toothbrush
  • laptop/charger
  • advil/tums

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beach stuff:
  • beach bag
  • empty plastic bag for wet items
  • sunblock
  • hats
  • extra set of clothes
  • diapers
  • wipes
  • beach umbrella
  • beach toys
  • beach towel
  • cooler
  • ice pack
Food and Snacks:
  • rice cereal
  • available snacks
  • fruit
  • pancake mix
  • milk
  • beer
  • coffee\creamer
  • any packable leftovers in fridge
  • sippy cups
  • water
Don’t forget:
  1. all windows/doors locked
  2. close blinds
  3. trash out
  4. gates locked
  5. porch light on
  6. AC/heater off
  7. Feed cat

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…aaaaaaaaaaand that’s a wrap! Please let me know what you would add to this list in the comments below. Happy traveling.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher appreciation week

Teacher Appreciation Week seems like one of those low radar things to celebrate, but it is something that I was fortunate enough to prioritize this year. The people that spend time cultivating knowledge in my children’s minds are simply treasured. As a mother, I can only do so much with all the demands of everyday life. When my daughter goes to school I trust that she is gaining very important skills that would otherwise be missed at home with a baby brother and working mom. That being said, I put together a little care package for the four “Sensei’s” at my daughter’s Japanese immersion child care school. It was very simple and I hope it gives you a little motivation to do something for a special teacher in your life.

Teacher Appreciation Week Gift

My daughter’s teachers were quick to show their appreciation. A win all around.image
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Care Box Includes:

Qty 4 Starbucks Double Shot Espresso Beverage

Qty 16 Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies

Printables:

Thanks a Latte For a Great Year

Thanks for turning us into Smart Cookies

“A Teacher…takes a hand, opens a mind, touches a heart” Quote

Lunch :

Spaghetti with marinara sauce topped with Parmesan cheese

Chicken Parmigiana

I would love to hear what you did to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Please email me directly at momster.diaries@gmail.com or add a comment below.

First Dentist Appointment

First dentist visit

I wasn’t sure how Khloe would handle her first dentist appointment. She has pedaled backwards into baby-mode ever since her brother was born about 10 months ago and lived up to the popular label, “terrible two’s”. She recently turned 3 and it was about time for a professional look at her pearly whites.

Setting the Appointment

I set the appointment 6 months ago so I had my appointment first and hers after. I also took the very first appointment when they open at 9a because I have the most energy in the morning and her mood hasn’t been tainted by anything potentially bothersome from the day. I had ample time to prep her for the day. The day before the appointment I was able to remind her about what we were going to do the next morning and let her know what to expect in advance.

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At the Dentist

We got there early and luckily their office is child-friendly so she could play on the “school bus” while I completed the paperwork. She sat right next to me during my cleaning and had the option to watch, The Princess and the Frog, on the ceiling TV, but opted to be laser-focused on what was going on with me. Apparently, nothing was too traumatizing to watch since she didn’t make a peep throughout my appointment. She was able to pick out a princess wand and a rubber ducky as I was finishing up and then it was her turn to hop in the chair. She was a perfect little patient that did exactly what the dentist asked of her. Most of the appointment consisted of brushing her teeth and sucking saliva up out of the straw thinga-ma-jig. According to the dentist, sticky, sugary foods should be followed up with a sip of water and brushing should focus mainly on the molars where the teeth are tight. All notated with a clean bill of teeth.

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Overall, a very successful first dental visit. I was a proud mommy walking out of there that day. I wanted to shower her with lollipops and love, but had to refrain from giving her sugar. Lovin’ on my sweet, sweet girl with a park visit and chilled fruit is what was in store for the day ahead.

Parenting in The Silicon Valley

Parenting in the silicon valley

So today is the day… I have arranged for my husband to go on a “mini-vacation” to his parents so he can catch up on work and sleep. It is honestly no joke working in the Silicon Valley. It is even more brutal trying to parent in the Silicon Valley. I knew what I was getting into with regard to my husband’s work demands when we first met and I have first-hand experience with the crazy work ethic that is pounded into everyone’s head out here. I could deal with his absence from my life, but it is a struggle when he is absent from our kids. I feel like my husband’s set of demands are on a whole different level than most. No need for details of his J-O-B, but man, how is being a parent even possible? Every company will front offering “work-life” balance programs and pretend that they fit the mold of allowing employees to have a life outside of work. I have yet to see these programs in the works when it comes to my family and the others around me.

Truths

I frequently “half-joke” about how my husband comes home after the kids are asleep. Or how our weekends are eaten up with him being on-call. Or how I am a weekday single parent. Or how I don’t eat if I haven’t made my lunch and dinner before he leaves for work. Or how my head itches from not showering in gawd knows how long. Or how my morning coffee is my everythang! Joking aside, these are all simply truths on many days. While my husband gets the ish beaten out of him at work, I am getting the ish beaten out of me at home. Is this what being a parent in the Silicon Valley has come down to or is this the status quo everywhere?

Stay Positive

It makes me sad that I feel the need to send my husband away from his family because work is killing him. I must admit, his absence from our family is killing me softly on so many levels. I guess the one huge difference is when I am getting battered up by the day, I have these two beautiful children that I get to look at as a reminder of why it’s all worth it. While there is a part of me that is sad that my children’s dad is so absent, I constantly remind myself that it is absolutely insane to be sad when there is so much to be grateful for– I sit here with the ability to have a job that allows me to come in a few days a week and work from home the rest. I get to be a strong presence in my kids lives and I was fortunate enough to marry a man that has truly made me a better person. The icing on the cake is that we are surrounded by family that love and support us 150%.

Big Picture

I always try to remind myself of all I am grateful for when I start slipping down the mental slope of how hard it is for my husband to be a father in the Silicon Valley. One day these kids will not need us as much as they do now. They might go away for college. They may move away, distance unknown. I surely hope that one day they both find exceptional life partners. As I think of the big picture, I just want to stay as positive as I can during this challenging time and cherish my time with them. I will try to do it all while supporting the man I married and love wholeheartedly.

2016 Liebster Award

 

2016 liebster award

I got a DM from Lucy (aka “ohthatsmomsense”) asking if I had been nominated for the Liebster Award. The award was as foreign to me as the sound of it. Lucy said that she would post something soon that would explain everything. My first thought was there is no way I can travel anywhere to accept an award of any kind. I have a 9 month old baby and toddler that keep me on lock down. So in other words, I thought this was an academy award of sorts that I had to travel to Germany to receive and write an acceptance speech for, which scared the pants off of me. The anxiety was building up fast and I couldn’t wait any longer. I googled it.

What is the Liebster Award?

The 2016 Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. The award is a way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community. A great idea in promoting your own blog and others. Originally it was given out to blogs with less than 2000 readers but this has slowly lowed as the reward has gained popularity. It is now only 200 readers or less.

The Official Rules for The Liebster Award 2016

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Display the award on your blog — you can save an image from a search and use that.
  • Answer the questions by the blog that nominated you.
  • For the 2016 Liebster Award I will be shaking things up! Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  • Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
  • Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
  • List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  • Notify all nominees via social media

Who nominated me

First of all, I want to thank Lucy for nominating me and sharing this fun award that has allowed me to meet and connect with so many other bloggers. I started following Lucy on instagram and quickly began enjoying her posts. She is relatable on so many levels. She is a working mom, shares yummy recipes, enjoys getting glammed up and does not shield readers from the realness of life. I love that! Head over to her blog at www.ohthatsmomsense.com/ and read a post or two or three… Heck, why don’t you just subscribe? Or you can follow her on Instagram @ohthatsmomsense to get snippets of her adventures as well. I hope you enjoy the moments in her life she shares as much as I do.

Questions from Lucy

What is your “why” for starting this blog?
I tried scrapbooking, journaling and creating online picture albums, but nothing has really “stuck” with regard to documenting this fleeting time in life with toddler and baby. Blogging adds a different layer and allows me to create a diary for my family. Also, I hope to help others along the way.

What advice would you give to fellow newbie bloggers just starting out?
Consistency and clean pictures.

What is your favorite food?
This is a hard one… I’m such a piggie, but anything that fits in one hand while babe is in the other and can be enjoyed warm or cold is my go-to these days so PIZZA!!

What is your favorite music?
My mood dictates my favorites since I always love a good beat, but reggae, rap, R&B, easy listening are all my faves despite Pandora telling me “toddler radio” is my favorite based on the hours I listen.

What are your hobbies?
Blogging, obsessive compulsive IG surfer and being a momma-razzi are currently at the top. Cooking, crafting, sweating, getting glammed up and reading all trail behind.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Anywhere the sun is shining, sand is in my toes, waves crashing before me with my family and caffeine in hand works for me.

What do you hope to achieve from your blogging career?
First and foremost, I want my kids to look back and read my posts one day to see what life was like when they were young and carefree. I also want to add value to the lives of others who stumble across my blog.

What do you love about motherhood?
There is so much to love, but seeing my children in a pure state of happiness can sometimes bring tears of joy to my eyes.

Before you had kids, what is one thing you said you would never do as a parent but ended up doing anyway?
Um…. Everything! Lol. Co-sleeping with my second who is now 9 months has been the most challenging, but try to embrace it and find the good as he will soon be off to college.

What baby item would you recommend to a new mommy?
A temporal thermometer and the Nose Frida.

How do you spend your free time?

I have a two kids under three, a spouse who is an accountant, I am a working mom with many “hats” so this must be a trick question. Any free time I happen to get I am mostly catching up on work, cleaning, cooking, blogging or handling errands.

My Nominees

In lieu of writing about my favorite blog, I simply want to write about these seven amazing ladies. I am new to the blogging scene so naturally I gravitated towards other blogs to scope things out. I never imagined blogging would lead to meeting so many incredible people who motivate me everyday. Meeting these beautiful ladies has been my saving grace on those challenging mommy days. I read their posts when something strikes my fancy and am a loyal follower to all on Instagram. I constantly turn to their content and it has become my personal support group whether they know it or not. Being a mom is not always rainbows and butterflies so it is so refreshing to connect with these ladies to bring the right perspective into my life. Thank you Camille, Kris, Taiba, Breanna, Sarah, Juli and Christy. Check out these bloggers that I nominate below.

Camille – Camille Elena
Kris – Motherhood In Stilettos
Taiba – Lifestyle of a Mom
Breanna – Mom Beyond Mom
Sarah – Mom Facts and Food
Juli and christy – Mom The Day

My Questions

  1. Are you a sweet or savory type of person?
  2. What makes you feel beautiful?
  3. Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
  4. What is the funniest thing your child has said/done?
  5. What is your guilty pleasure?
  6. When do you find time to blog?
  7. What is the most important lesson in your household?
  8. What is your child(s) favorite toy?
  9. What has changed the most after becoming a mother?
  10. How did you come up with your kids names?
  11. You just won a million in the jackpot. What do you do with the money?

I hope everyone has fun with this and I look forward to reading all your posts.

Stuck In The Middle: Loss and Legacy

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My eyes just kinda filled with tears as I listened to “Lukas Graham -7 Years” during my morning commute. An overwhelming feeling of love washed over as I thought of my role as mother, wife and daughter. I also felt great sadness as I thought of the finite nature of life. As my thoughts ping-ponged from my mother to my family I was mentally stuck in the middle of a flood of emotions. These thoughts ultimately snowballed into all the feels of how life is zooming by. I don’t ever want a life without my mom or my family. I just want to be surrounded by all those that I love forever with no expiration.

My Family

One of the main reasons I started this blog is for my kids. My father was torn away from our family due to cancer when I was way too young and I would have loved a written memoir from him dedicated to our family. What I want is now what I give. This is my diary of everyday moments dedicated to my family. I want my kids to be able to look back and get a glimpse of what life was like when they were little and carefree. I want them to know that I do struggle and may have made some mistakes along the way, but I continue to do my very best with each second we are together. It is a constant battle between brain and heart with heart prevailing in most circumstances.

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I look at my daughter and she is just about 3 years old. Where did the time go? I used to sit in the rocking chair at all hours of the night to feed her, play with her and just stare at her peaceful face as she would slip back into a slumber. I prayed she would stay little forever so these moments would not slip away. Now she is a defiant toddler with a big personality. She no longer gives me gummy smiles or cries the second I leave her sight. I wonder how I will fit into her world as these years continue to fly by.

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My son is approaching 9 months now. His teeth are coming in, he is catching on to the whole crawling concept, and I’m smitten with my endless fix of baby snuggles and primitive love. He needs me just as much as I will always need him. However, his need for me will soon evolve.  Just like his sister, he will grow into his independence and he will learn to love other people and things. I may fade into the background, but my kids will constantly remain at the forefront of my heart.

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While my kids are located at the forefront of my heart, my husband is where my heart calls home. Our relationship has grown so much over the course of 11 years. So many momentous chapters have opened with parenthood being the best one so far. We continue to learn so much about each other (good, bad and ugly) during this tumultuous time and I continue to feel like the luckiest girl to have him by my side through it all. I wouldn’t want to share this journey with any other person. He is the main reason we have two beautiful children and I will always be grateful even though our relationship often gets put on the back burner right now. I realize that this chaotic time will pass and I can only hope we are blessed with the chapter where we have those special moments of being able to sit together wrinkled and grey and talk about the story of our life we created. The story of marriage not always being easy. The story of us always staying true to one another and choosing to love each other day in and day out regardless of the struggles we faced.

My Mom

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Ugh! Where do I even start?!? This girl is my everything all wrapped up into a 4’11” Okinawan powerhouse. She raised me with the perfect amount of love, support and discipline needed to make me feel secure and confident. I would say I’m a pretty decent human-being with much thanks to her.

As I listened to this song a recurring morbid thought crept in– how will I manage to live my days once she is gone? She has been with me since my very first breathe in this big world. She has wiped away tears, rocked me back to health, busted out some epic funnies and instilled some of the greatest of life lessons, among countless other things. Clearly, I realize my time can come before hers, but what if the latter occurs? I just can’t imagine my life without her. I want her to tell me something right now that will make it all OK. Some words that I can hold onto tightly to make the pain a little less painful and the hollow inside a little more full. I need this so I don’t just crumble in despair. This song made me go to a place in my head where I realized life is not infinite and how will I deal with a loss so precious? This is an elephant in the room that I want to address. Loss is not an easy subject to candidly discuss and it is crazy to bring up when it hasn’t actually happened, but I love my mom far too much for us to part without this conversation.

I sit here and remain stuck in the middle of two worlds– one of inevitable loss and one of legacy. There is no guarantee where life will take me or the people I love. Right now we have our health, happiness and love. I dread the day that any one of these components in life get disrupted.

If you have a similar sentiment, I welcome you to share this post with those you love to open up the gates to an interesting conversation. I have already sent it to my mom and looking forward to getting her thoughts. In the meantime, I will keep working on creating a legacy that will make my family proud.

 

Taco Rice: An Okinawan Hit

Taco rice

My cousin came to visit from Okinawa, Japan many years ago and I remember him being super excited to make Taco Rice for us when he heard we had never had it. It is like the thing to eat in Okinawa. When we visited family in Okinawa a few years later we were able to visit a Taco Rice stand and it was all it was hyped up to be. This Mex-Oki fusion dish has become a popular meal in our household that we absolutely love. The beautiful part about it is that there is not one specific way to make this dish. You can top it up to any individuals liking. Now get in ma belly “tako-raisu”!

Taco Rice

Ingredients:

Cooked white rice or sushi rice
Pack of ground beef or ground turkey (healthier option)
Small onion
Few cloves of garlic
Shredded lettuce
Shredded cheddar cheese
Salsa
Taco seasoning

Cooking Instructions:

Coat pan with oil and saute diced onions and garlic for a few minutes or until onions are translucent. Add ground meat, generously season with taco seasoning and cook on high until cooked through (about 8 minutes).

Optional Toppings:

Avocado
Sour cream
Lime
Cilantro
Crushed tortilla chips

How to Assemble:

Layer plate with cooked rice, ground taco meat, cheese, lettuce and salsa. Everything else added will be a delicious bonus!

We didn’t have lettuce this time around when making this so please excuse the omittance in the picture. Rest assured, it still tasted oishii!

Itadakimasu!