Friday, December 15, 2017

Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps

Please tell me it's not just happening in our house, right?  In between Thanksgiving & Christmas there is a lot of gorging going on.  Like,  A LOT.  We were starting to feel really yucky so I had to through this meal in the mix.  I don't think I've shared this one with y'all yet, but I've been meaning to.  No time like the present.  That's what they say anyways (whoever "they" is anyways).  So here goes:Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps- Life with the Hawleys
From the Kitchen of Darby HawleyIngredients:
2 cups carrots, shredded
1 bunch radish, sliced
1 cucumber, shaved thinly
8-12 tbs rice vinegar, to your taste (I lean more towards the 12 tbs)
1 tsp coconut sugar
sea salt
ground black pepper
1/2 cup mayo
1 1/4 tsps sriracha
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/2 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 cups pork tenderloin, sliced thinly
2 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp sriracha
1 head butter lettuce (or french baguette if you're feeling really wild)
pate (optional for serving)
soy sauce (optional for serving)
DSC_0027Directions:
1. Pickle the vegetables by mixing carrots, radishes, cucumbers, rice vinegar, coconut sugar, sea salt & pepper. Let marinate together for a few hours.  The longer they marinate the stronger the flavor.  I like to make these first thing in the morning so that flavor is very strong by dinner.
2. Next you want to prepare the spicy mayo to drizzle on top of your wraps.  Combine mayo, sriracha, sesame oil & rice vinegar, and set aside.
3. Heat skillet, I use cast iron, over medium-high heat.  Add sesame oil and sliced pork tenderloin, and cook until done.  When the meat is cooked, remove from heat & add fish sauce and sriracha. Mix together and get ready to assemble.
4. On top of the lettuce, fill with meat & pickled vegetables.  Then drizzle spicey mayo on top.  If you want more flavor you can add soy sauce or pate.  I usually skip the soy sauce and for the pate (I get this brand of pate).
5. Enjoy!DSC_0029-2 Life with the Hawleys
xoxo Darby

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

One Day....Celebration Will Come

I remember listening to this song on the way to work one morning years ago, with streams of tears pouring down my cheeks.  As much as I love this season, I realize that this is a season of anticipation & with anticipation often comes a lot of heartache.  I was listening to the song "One Day" about how the Israelites waited to hear from God for 400 years; He was silent for FOUR HUNDRED YEARS!!!! At this point in my life I had been waiting for the Lord to bless us with a child for 4 years, and it seemed like God was silent (our story of infertility here).  Struggling with self-doubt, praying, crying, waiting, bitterness, sadness, loneliness.....consumed me.  To me, 4 years seemed like an eternity; what would 400 years feel like?!  But I know that while I felt like God was silent, that did not mean He wasn't at work.  He was not passive in my life, just like He wasn't passive in the lives of the Israelites.The Season of Waiting- Life with the Hawleys
While I'm not trying to compare my situation to the Israelites; I realize that it is very different, but I do use their season of trial as an experience to apply to my life.  Waiting is hard!  It is so easy on the other side to rejoice, like we now do for Christmas, but in the moment waiting to see the fruit of God's work and promises is a huge challenge.  I know that I now have my children and I can look back on that time of struggle & clearly see God's work in our lives, but I'm at a season where I'm waiting again.  Aren't we always waiting for something?  Now I'm waiting for the fruit of the labor of pouring into my children.  I continue to pray for them on my knees that they would come to the Lord, that they would be obedient, that they would be light for others.  Who knows how long I will wait to see that? Well, God knows the answer there too.

I encourage you, if you're waiting on God, He IS listening.  He is NOT far.  He has NOT left you. Cry out to Him and He will cradle you.  One day the curtain will be opened. 

The song that I mentioned can be purchased (here) or you can watch a small clip here (the first minute and a half).  If you are struggling with infertility, loss, or grief, I hope you know that I pray for you on a daily basis that God would fulfill the desires of your heart and fill you with peace and joy while you wait.  You are a very special population that I am proud to be a member of to love on and pray for.
xoxo Darby

Monday, December 11, 2017

Tree Hunting

On the way back into the city after Thanksgiving we always pick up our tree.  I'm one of those people that wants the tree up for as long as possible, so from the Friday after Thanksgiving all the way until the last day in January we have a tree up in our house.  I am always milking the season for as long as I can.  So as we were unloading the truck from Thanksgiving at the ranch (recap here) we were putting up Christmas decorations.  Dutch acted like a pro at picking out the tree & this was the first time Ellis really got to explore the Christmas tree lot.  They both seemed to really enjoy it, and Dutch really liked to teach Ellis all about what a great tree looks like.  We brought home our tree and decorated it that night.  Last year I purchased a collection of red and gold plastic ornaments for the toddler years so that Dutch and Ellis can rearrange the tree as many times as they want to without me worrying about something breaking.  I figure one day I will pull out our fragile ornaments again, but for now these plastic ornaments are working just fine for us.DSC_0540DSC_0547DSC_0550DSC_0563DSC_0560DSC_0564DSC_0579DSC_0585DSC_0587DSC_0604

xoxo Darby

Friday, December 8, 2017

Honestly Hawley {November 2017}

When I was writing this post I was filled with the warm & fuzzies!  This was one of those months were it was just all-round good!  We had fall and Thanksgiving & the transition into Christmas.  It just doesn't get any better than that!

Here are the honest, unedited, unscripted
scenes of our November life :-)
2016: June ~ July ~ August ~ September ~ October ~ November ~ December
2017: January ~ February ~ March ~ April ~ June ~ July ~ August ~ September ~ OctoberHonestly Hawley

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xoxo Darby
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