Monday, June 25, 2018

My Boys Are Keeping Busy and Fresh All Summer

Disclosure: I am writing this #AXETalesByMom post on behalf of Unilever and sponsored by Mirum, but opinions expressed are my own.

Just a few weeks after this school year’s end, my boys are already on the go! Even family summer vacation plans were chucked because my teen boys are loaded with exciting activities already.

My oldest son, Christian, just recently graduated from HS and even with the excitement of getting ready for Northwestern University this Fall, he also accepted an internship at the Lincoln Park Zoo Laboratory. But it’s not just all work, my future wanna-be-doctor filled his whole Summer with lots of play, too!

Then, my 15-year-old, Matthew, who is heading to sophomore this Fall also accepted his very first Summer job. Very first job, EVER! He’ll be busy at the Chinese American Service League assisting and learning about all sort of things in our small Chinatown community. And just like my oldest son, Matthew will also soak up Summer with lots of play.

These boys are going to be very busy this Summer, that's for sure! After work, they hang with their friends, ride their bikes, play basketball, and play as much Tennis as they can. You can imagine loads of laundry after the hundreds of showers they take! On hot Summer days, they jump in the shower at least 2-3x a day! Showers before work, after play, and on some nights, showers take place right before bedtime, too!

Like most teens, they are self-conscious and hyper-aware of themselves. Long gone are the days that I get to choose the kind of soap, shampoo, and deodorant to buy and for them to use. Now, my boys are starting to take over my shopping list and AXE products are always on there! I do see how much more relaxed and confident they are since they started using this brand. Even my husband said so himself! So when I was offered the opportunity to work with AXE, I excitedly jumped on in added it to my list to buy at Walmart.

The new AXE Gold products are scented with Oud Wood and Vanilla. My boys find the scent extremely appealing. I was adamant in the beginning and told my husband that I thought it smelled too "manly" for my teens, but when I look at my boys who are gargantuan compared to now my smaller stature beside them, I chuckled at how silly my statement was. My husband quickly said, “they are not babies anymore, you know?”.  Well, he’s right. Recently I heard compliments from their girl “friends” on how great they smell at the BBQ party, so there. Sigh. My boys are also pleasantly pleased with how long-lasting the deodorant and body sprays are. My oldest son instantly went back to the store to buy two more spray bottles of the Deodorant Body Spray. One for his car, and the other for his gym bag!

Hey, anything to keep my boys smelling fresh all day and creating a positive body image, I’m all over it! So, thank you AXE!

Disclosure: I am writing on behalf of Unilever and sponsored by Mirum, but opinions expressed are my own. #AXETalesByMom #Walmart 

Monday, September 18, 2017

RECIPE: Fast & Easy Japanese Tonkatsu (Pork) Curry

If I have to pick what my family's favorite Japanese dish, it would be this! Once you've tried this recipe, Tonkatsu Curry is one of those comfort food that you will always keep making. I swear!

This recipe is a 2-step process. Each recipe can stand on its own and can be eaten separately. You can eat the curry with either rice or noodle, and the Katsu can be eaten as a sandwich filling, with rice, or noodles.

Make sure to watch the quick video below to help you along with your dish. 

1st Step: Japanese Curry

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Fast & Easy Japanese Curry
This traditional Japanese curry is a popular dish often served over white rice or noodle.
  • 2 tsp. Cooking Oil
  • 4-5 cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1 Medium-Sized Large Diced Onion
  • 2 lbs. Cubed Pork
  • 2 cups Large Cubed Carrots
  • 2 cups Large Cubed Potatoes
  • 4 cups Water
  • 240 grams (1 pack) Golden Curry
1) Heat up cooking Cooking Oil, and sauté pork and then onions. 2) Add potatoes, carrots, and water. Let it boil. 3) Add Golden Curry paste mix. Stir and sauce will slowly thicken. Simmer for 2 minutes. 4) Mix in minced Garlic.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4-6 servings

2nd Step: Pork Katsu

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Tonkatsu (Pork Katsu)
Tonkatsu is also popular as a sandwich filling (katsu sando) or served on Japanese curry (katsu karē). Tonkatsu is sometimes served with egg on a big bowl of rice as katsudon.
  • 2 cups Cooking Oil
  • 4-6 Pork Cutlets
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2-3 cups Panko Breadcrumbs
1) Heat up Oil 2) Salt and pepper pork on both sides. 3 Consecutively coat each Pork Cutlet with Flour, Eggs, and Panko Breadcrumbs. 4) Fry in hot oil for about 5 minutes or until pork is golden and cooked.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4-6 servings
Cut your cooked Pork Cutlet in strips and place on top of white rice, then top it with the delicious Curry Sauce. Enjoy!