Monday, February 8, 2016

Cook and Craft

Let the countdown begin, until our first tour of the new year, to the southwest! My dance company will be stopping in Forthworth, Lubbock, and Amarillo Texas, Albuquerque New Mexico, and Mesa Arizona. 3 More Days until we head out! And there is still much to be done in preparation! 


I am excited about this upcoming tour because we will be stopping in several states I have never been to before! I will finally get to see for myself, the natural beauty of the west that my old housemate from Arizona would always tell me about! All that I know about the west is of deserts, cactus, and other vegetation that are apparently no taller than myself. It would be so cool to see the Grand Canyon during our time out there, but I know that the chance of that actually happening is slim. I can't be certain that we will have time off for such adventures, but you can be sure that I will tell you all about whatever other escapades take place during our travels out on the road, so stay tuned!

At Ballet Magnificat I am one of the members in charge of managing sales merchandise and fundraising, so aside from the endless hours of rehearsing in preparation for our tours, another responsibility I have is making sure that all the products that we will be selling are packed and ready to go. Then at each performance venue, I am in charge of setting it all up in the lobby. I really enjoy this job! Maybe someday I will go into visual marketing?

Saturday night a fellow Products team member and I got together for a cook and craft night! We wanted to set aside an evening of fun and fellowship, but also make it a productive time where we could work together on making some headbands that we plan on selling for fundraising.  It was so much fun and this is what we made:

Mongolian Beef


  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger (we used ginger paste)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar (the light brown sugar we used worked just fine)
  • 1 pound of beef steak
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 scallions (green parts only), sliced into 1-inch pieces


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in a saucepot over medium-low heat. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce and water, stirring to combine.
  2. Stir in the brown sugar and increase the heat to medium. Bring the sauce to a boil for 3 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and set aside.
  3. Slice the meat against the grain into pieces, then toss them with the cornstarch. Allow the cornstarch coated steak to sit 10 for minutes.
  4. Place a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot (but not smoking), add the beef to the pan and sauté until cooked through.
  5.  Remove the steak from the pan with a slotted spoon and transfer it onto a paper towel-lined plate. Pour any excess oil out of pan.
  6. Place the sauté pan back over medium heat. Add the prepared sauce to the hot pan (it should come to a boil almost immediately), then add the reserved steak and cook at a boil, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Add the sliced scallions, stirring to combine.

This Mongolian Beef recipe was SO delicious! We paired it with some brown rice and it made for a very wholesome meal. 


After cooking, we began working on the headbands! Making these headbands for fundraising can be quite an enjoyable task, so long as we don't wait until the last minute before tour to make them. We made the first headbands of the year that night and though we made quite a number of them, we still have a lot more to go! I am so slow when it comes to crafting and multitasking at the same time, including all the talking I was doing that night as multitasking! Oh well, at least we got the ball rolling!

If you would like to know how to make the little flowers we use to decorate our headbands check out my tutorial HERE. They are so cute and you can use them to decorate anything from hairpieces to clothing, wreaths to gift wrapping! I hope you have fun trying these projects for yourself!

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