Monday Made-It May 2013

It's time for Monday Made-it with Tara!


1. Mongolian Beef

adapted from 

11/4 lb sirloin steak, cut in 1/4 inch strips against the grain
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water, divided
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 scallions, chopped
red pepper to taste

Spray a pan with cooking spray.  On medium high heat, add the garlic and ginger, after 30 seconds add the soy sauce and water. Swirl around pan, add brown sugar.  Cook over medium high heat for 3 minutes, then on low heat until sauce has thickened a little.  Remove to a separate bowl.  While sauce is thickening, shake meat and cornstarch in plastic bag- let set on counter for 5 minutes.  In same pan as sauce, set heat to medium high and brown meat on all sides- if it sticks, it's ok!  Add 1/4 cup of water to meat in pan, let bubble and reduce.  Add soy sauce mixture, toss with meat and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of pan.  Add scallions and red pepper flakes, serve.  

2. Creme Brulee

We used Ina's recipe...check it out here!  The brulee was an experiment in and of itself.  It was delicious, but each pot took about 5 minutes to brulee and it's definitely supposed to be faster.  We found out later that we were putting gas in the torch the wrong way, so we will have to try it again sometime.  Poor us!


State testing was a few weeks ago, and I needed something unique and fun, so I made these: 


A few weeks ago we went to Florida for the weekend, and I wanted a cross-body bag to travel with.  So last-minute me went to Marshall's the night before our flight.

Oh yeah, I did that.  I was so proud of myself I wore that bag for two weeks after our trip just to show it off!

What have you made recently? Link up with Tara!


  1. Creme Brûlée?? Yummy! Oh...they accent marks were automatically added as I typed Brûlée! haha! Putting the gas in the wrong way? That is something I would totally do.
    I can't see the finished product of your cross body purse! The pic is cut off by the sidebar:(
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  2. Wow! Yummy! And you live and learn with the torch! Or at least, I assume so...I would probably burn the house down. ;)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. No I'm starving. And that bag is AWESOME!

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  4. I love that bag! Very nice handy work. I am impressed. The creme brulee looks delicious too!

    Eclectic Educating

  5. Wow! I'm impressed you even had the guts to try creme brûlée! I'm might have to mention this to my hubby . . . .


    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?


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