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BalletLife, Pork Tenderloin with Honey Garlic Sauce, Better Than Take Out Fried Rice, & Asian Coleslaw

I think most dancers would agree that the art of ballet chooses the dancer, not the other way around.

Kevin Mckenzie

Last week was… A week. Funny enough I went back exactly 4 years ago to this same week and I missed a post then too! 😂 Last week was ALL consumed by 2 things, 1 the American election and 2 HBear’s first official audition!

I’m not going to talk about the election because frankly I don’t want to fight with anybody. Let’s just say I am ecstatic by the results and we will leave it at that… For now 😆.

As for the audition, well HBear decided a few months ago that she would like to try out for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division. Her friend from dance tried out last year and made it! Since then, HBear has realized that if she works hard enough, her goals could actually be a reality!

The night before the audition I printed up the instructions and I messaged my friend whose son was also auditioning the next day. We were chatting about when we should go and how early we need to be there when it occurred to me that CST stood for central standard time! 😳 Even though it was very late at night I had to message HBear's head dance school teacher/owner to let her know I had screwed up the time and that we needed to rent the studio for 10:30 AM and not 1:30 PM! Dance Mom super fail 😂. The morning of the audition, Friday, HBear woke up super nervous! She had no idea what to expect and the not knowing was killing her. Even though the audition was early in the morning she still had to go to school for a big test and for her class librarian job interview. Big day! By the time I picked her up at 10:15 AM she was a pile of nerves.

We talked. She explained to me that she was more excited than nervous. HBear has only been taking ballet for 3 years while the majority of her dancer friends have been taking ballet since they were very young. HBear took ballet when she first began dancing at age 4 but quickly moved into musical theatre and acro because they were more "fun". A couple years ago she wanted to take contemporary and the prerequisite was ballet and from there she found that she loved the rules of ballet. She understood technique. During these times of Covid, her ballet teacher asked us if she wanted to take some extra classes of ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance. She said yes! Since then (July) she has found a new spark for ballet. I can't believe it's only been 4 months of her really practicing ballet!!!!! From there she started pointe! Which she absolutely loves! So although her love of ballet has grown, her experience is pretty thin on a dance resume.

The audition was through Zoom. Once we set up and she was ready to go I looked at my baby with tears of pride in my eyes. As the people on Zoom introduced themselves and explained that they would be taking notes she nodded in agreement. As the instructor began talking, I looked at HBear and I wanted to run out of the room for her! The instructor was using words I had never heard of before and she was speaking so quickly! She told them all the steps and then counted them in to a live pianist! I thought for sure HBear was going to run out of the room in tears, do you know what she did? She danced! And that’s how it continued for the next hour! I was so impressed with her! Of course I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures or record anything during the audition but I did manage to get some during warm-up and after. She looked beautiful. She looked in the mirror and gave herself a silent pep talk and then she danced. Beautifully. I had no idea she could do that stuff!! I was so impressed!

When it was over they told her that she would get an email within 5 business days. When the Zoom call ended she turned to me and said, "I messed up so badly." I thought she was crazy but she said she knew in her heart that she didn't make it. We talked about it and she was OK with it. She was still crazy amped up for doing it! I told her how courageous she was and she just laughed and said, "I don't think it takes courage. Doing it was the easy part!" LOL

On Monday morning right before HBear left for school I got a notification that I received THE email. I gulped. I almost thought I should wait but then I thought, "I will read it and tell her that she didn't make it after school.

So, I read it. 

I said, "HBear. You made it." She started jumping and squealing and it hasn't stopped since that very moment. She is SO excited! She has so much confidence. The kids at dance are feeding off her energy and working harder, just like she did after her friend got accepted! It is a beautiful circle. I am so happy for her.

Oh HoneyBear, Nana would be so very proud of you. I remember how excited she was to take you to the dance store to buy you your first pair of ballet shoes 💕 I remember the first time you wore your little pink bodysuit with that pink skirt, tights, and your beautiful ballet shoes. I didn’t even know how to tie them. 😆 I can hear Nana’s voice as clear as a bell, she clasped her hands together in front of her heart and she said, "oh Baby! You look so beautiful. Dance Baby dance." You pointed your toes and twirled all throughout the house. Watching you dance made her smile. Your very first recital started exactly 24 hours after she died but she got to see you all dressed up for dance pictures and I remember it was one of the only times I saw her cry. She could picture all the recitals she was going to miss. Oh my Love, she would be so proud of you 💛.

Check out How Was Your Week, Honey? Episode #197: I Feel Good! HERE! This week we unwind after the US Election coverage. Topics include: Calm, Election, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, political kids, & a new Speaker.

Dad and J came over on Saturday to celebrate the election results! We had a better than takeout dinner! It was absolutely delicious! Ninja cooked up some yummy pork tenderloin with a honey garlic sauce and I whipped up some amazing fried rice with rice I had made earlier in the week and a Chinese cabbage salad AKA Asian Coleslaw! This was a crazy easy meal with not too much prep and perfect for having guests over! I didn't have to spend too much time in the kitchen but it sure looked like I did!

Pork Tenderloin with Honey Garlic Sauce
Adapted from RecipeTin Eats

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix Sauce ingredients together.

Mix Rub ingredients then sprinkle over the pork.

Heat oil in a large oven proof skillet over high heat. Add pork and sear until golden all over.

When pork is almost seared, push to the side, add garlic and cook until golden.

Pour sauce in. Turn pork once, then immediately transfer to the oven.

Roast 15 - 18 minutes or until the internal temperature is 68C / 155F.

Remove pork onto plate, cover loosely with foil and rest 5 minutes.

Place skillet with sauce on stove over medium high heat, simmer rapidly for 3 minutes until liquid reduces down to thin syrup.

Remove from stove, put pork in and turn to coat in sauce.

Cut pork into thick slices and serve with sauce.

Better Than Take Out Fried Rice
Adapted from Chelsea's Messy Apron

1 tablespoon butter
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup onion, 
2 cloves garlic, 
1/2 tablespoon ginger, 
1/2 cup frozen diced carrots and peas
1/2 cup corn
1 cup assorted veggies (mushrooms, peppers, edamame beans)
2 cups cooked day old cold rice
3/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
tablespoons chicken stock
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/3 cup toasted cashews, chopped

Start by whisking together oyster sauce, chicken stock, soy sauce, pepper, and rice vinegar. Set aside until needed.

Prep all the veggies because the cooking goes FAST.

Add butter to a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. While the butter is melting, add all 4 eggs to a small bowl and whisk together. As soon as the butter is melted, pour all the whisked egg mixture into the skillet. Swirl the skillet to get the eggs in one layer covering the bottom of the pan. Let stand for 30 seconds. Grab a silicone spatula and press one side of the eggs to the other side. Tilt the skillet to get any uncooked eggs to now fill that section of the pan. Continue to press the eggs gently to the other side of the pan and tilting the pan to move any uncooked eggs to touch the hot skillet. Barely break up the eggs with the spatula and then transfer to a plate.

Add the oil to the skillet and increase the heat to high. Add garlic and ginger and stir for about 20 seconds. Add in the rest of the vegetables. Stir around and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until veggies are defrosted and the excess water has evaporated completely. Add in the cooked and cold rice and then the prepared sauce. Cook for 1 and 1/2 - 2 minutes or until the sauce coats all the ingredients.

Add in the cooked and reserved egg and the green onions. Stir together, taste and season with salt if needed and remove from heat. Drizzle the top with sesame oil.

Asian Coleslaw
Adapted from Lauren's Latest

1 bag coleslaw
1 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
3 whole green onion
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1/4 cup almonds, chopped & toasted
1/3 cup red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons oil
salt and pepper to taste

Place all salad ingredients into a large bowl. Set aside.

In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together all ingredients for the dressing. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.

When you are ready to serve, toss dressing together with the salad and serve immediately.

I have SO many pictures from the past 2 weeks! I took the Girls for their annual eye appointment and even one t and had one myself! I have to remind myself that Moms need to look after themselves too! What good am I to anyone if I can't see? I always make sure the kids get their annual everything but always set aside my own health to "another time". Not this time! This time I got a new prescription and I can't wait to get my new glasses!

It was Halloween!!!! We had a wonderful Halloween despite the pandemic raging around us. We hung bags of chips up at the end of our drive way and decorated the yard. Dad and J came with us and we watched the Girls socially distance themselves from the other tricker treaters in the area. People in the neighbourhood were so creative! There were homemade chutes and tongs and tables of candy spread out for kids to take. We didn't know what to expect and it turned out awesome! I was amazed at how ALL the kids maintained space and were so patient! We went for an amazing dinner at Grandma and Grandpa's, Ninja brought home the most beautiful flowers, Starbucks started their holiday cups and election week began. We ate some delish dinners like Mexican Beef and Rice (recipe to come), chicken pad Thai, and Monterey Chicken. We had cuddles, I began sewing our new stockings, taught Bean how to knit and watched more election lol. SBean entertained us with her piano skills, we cheered for Joe and Kamala, we went to school, work and I kicked butt at our Workweek Hustle Step Challenge! And to end the past 2 weeks, Ninja and HBear geeked out with a brand new episode of The Mandalorian. It was a pretty fantastic 2 weeks!











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