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Happy 5th Birthday, Jackson!

Happy Birthday Jackson!

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Today, Jackson turns 5! I can’t believe my little pup is 5 years old – I can’t believe we have been together for 5 whole years now! Time sure flies when you are in love with your pup!

Today will be filled with lots of treats!

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And even more squeaky toys!

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Let’s take a little look back at pictures of Jackson’s first year:

When we first met.

Bonnie's Blue Male

Charles and Jackson are both from New Jersey so they immediately bonded over their roots!

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Jackson hard at work.

Jackson was so small as a puppy, he fit into my sweatshirt!

Jackson is ALWAYS up for puppy play time, but he also knows how to nap like a champ!

The little prince on his pillow. I love his little white paw!

Love my Jersey boys!

My faithful little sidekick is another year older today!

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Happy 5th Birthday Jackson!

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Asian Noodle Salad

Tonight I busted out The Brinkley’s Cookbook!

(my new last name, in case you were wondering who the Brinkley’s are! It’s me, Charles & Jackson – our little family!)

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This was one of the amazing gifts I received at my Pennsylvania Bridal Shower from all my friends and family.

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Everyone added a recipe or two for Charles and I to enjoy – some of them even have stories to go along with them. It was such a cute gift!

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The cookbook is broken down into sections and completely personalized. It was made on Tastebook if anyone is looking to create something similar – I highly recommend it, this cookbook is great quality!

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Tonight I was in the mood for an Asian night – so I made Aileen’s Asian Noodle Salad.

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Spicy Soy Dressing:

  • 3/4 inch of ginger root – chopped
  • 2 fresh green chilies- cored, seeded, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves – chopped
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 4 oz soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp peanut oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil

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Prepare the veggies and combine all dressing ingredients in a bowl. Pour soy sauce in last, followed by whisking in the oils so the sauce thickens. Set Aside.

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While the sauce thickens, prepare the salad – boil 8 oz noodles until tender but still chewy.

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Drain noodles and combine with the spicy soy dressing – set aside to marinate.

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While the salad was marinating in the dressing I boiled 6 oz of snow peas until tender but still crisp.

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And chopped up 2.5 oz of roasted, unsalted peanuts to add to the salad.

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Comine everything in a bowl.

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Serve & Enjoy!

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This came out fantastic! The papers gave it a little kick, the snow peas gave it a little crunch – the meal was delicious!

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I can’t wait to try out the rest of the recipe creations from The Brinkley’s Cookbook!

Stay tuned for deliciousness!

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