Tasty Bites: Chipotle Aioli

Jason and I tried this recipe as a dipping sauce for our sweet potato fries and fell in love with it. We use it for fries and on burgers/sandwiches.

Chipotle Aioli:


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped chives
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp. lime juice (I use “generous teaspoons”)
  • 1 tsp. chipotle chili powder (Jason and I couldn’t find chipotle powder at Fred Meyer, so we used “Mexico Arbol Melido “ found with the peppers and spices in the Hispanic food section)
  • Salt to taste


Mix together all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve. Jason and I try to make it a day in advance and chill overnight – this allows the flavors time to blend.

Chipotle Aioli

Defining Moments

I don’t think I need to explain what a “defining moment” is. We all know what they are, probably because they’re something you can’t ignore. If it’s not big enough to make your life stop in its tracks, it’s probably more of an “Aha!” or an “I get it” moment. Defining moments can be unpleasant because something big and extraordinary usually has to happen…sometimes good, but often bad. It reminds me of a toothpaste analogy I heard once – You can see what the tube looks like on the outside and read what it claims is on the inside, but until you squeeze it, you don’t really know what’s inside. In the same way, people can look a certain way and they can boast of their character qualities, but when hard times come and life squeezes you, what person really comes out?

Jason and I have had a tough weekend. The kind that squeezes you and makes you honest about who and what you really are. And what happens when you’re disappointed in the results? What happens when you’re not the person you hoped you were?  I think that when you can recognize the faults, see the need for change, and determine to change, you’ve had a defining moment.

I’m a bit of an optimist so feel free to disagree with me, but defining moments excite me. Even though you’ve had to face your faults and flaws, something better is coming. Nobody likes to see their imperfections, but that’s what challenges us to change. When I’ve been at the pinnacle of a defining moment, I feel like I’m leaving the bad characteristics or habits behind me and pressing on towards what’s ahead.

… So be honest with yourself. What do you see in yourself when life feels like it’s pressing in on you? If you’re not happy with it, you can dwell on your short-comings and be depressed or you can thank God for revealing your faults so that you have the opportunity to change. But enough about me being an optimist… 🙂


Jason’s Awesome First Post

Well, I figured it was about time for me to post something on here. After all, the sites name is JASONandmalorie.com, not malorie.com. Plus, we haven’t posted anything on here in a week (which is my fault), so I thought tonight would be a good night to ramble. 🙂

With that said, I intend to post random information on this site, mostly about cars, along with cool things I do at work, blowing stuff up, and shooting guns. You know, guy stuff.

Shortly I’ll have a website up dedicated to cars that are awesome. It will host cars I’ve had in the past (Supra), along with current cars I own. I suppose I’ll be nice and host cars that are owned by my brothers and friends as well, the wheelin and speed machines that is! The site will host a variety of pictures, videos, how-tos, and tech articles. Ideas are always welcome as well!

Look for updates here as I add more sweet content to both sites!

Ta-Ta for now.


4 year anniversary…

Today was my 4 year anniversary at work. That sounds like a LONG time to me. That is, until I compare it to Jason’s 8 years (and counting) at his company. I think we were both lucky to find good jobs at a young age and have both accrued a lot of work experience at a young age as a result. It makes me feel like we’re an old couple though, since we’re both pretty well established in our jobs and quite a few of our peers are still working on getting through college or just now trying to find a job and getting started with “real life”.

I started wondering how I’ve made it through 4 years already. What keeps me here? Is it the company or the work that I really enjoy? After thinking on this for a little while, I was brought back to a conversation I had recently with a co-worker. We realized that we see the people in our office more than we see our own family and friends (If you include weekends we decided that we do see our family/friends more which makes it a little less depressing). And if I’m going to spend the majority of my life, Monday-Friday, with the people in my office, I sure as heck better like them! My office currently has three occupants, two other ladies and myself, and luckily we all get a long great. When you start a new job, there are no guarantees as to whether you will all get along or even be able to tolerate each other. And since you’ll spend more time with them than any other people (Mon-Fri), isn’t it important to have good co-workers?  I am lucky to spend 8+ hours a day with people that I respect, can talk to, and have a few laughs with along the way.

I’ve never been super career driven. Spending 40+ hours a week at work doesn’t really excite me, but obviously it’s necessary. And I consider myself lucky that more often than not I’m okay with going to work. I rarely dread it at least, which is more than some can say. So after 4 years I can say the company’s not that bad, I get paid well enough to support myself, and I wouldn’t trade my co-workers for anything.

… I don’t think my “4 year anniversary” sounds so bad anymore.


Things that go “SNORE” in the night:

… My neighbor. Now before you all go tell Jason that I’m spending intimate time with my neighbor at night, I’m not. We’ve only passed each other in the parking lot a couple of times. Once, while waxing his car, he commented how much work it is to wax a car, but I didn’t have much to say on the topic since I just don’t wax my car. I’m not even sure what his name is, but based on my impression of him, I’m guessing Philip. “Philip” appears to be your average American male – middle-aged, slightly overweight, working the monotonous Monday-Friday, 9-5 in the office. And he also snores… Loudly. The first night in my new apartment I thought there was a car running very poorly in the parking lot. Over the next few nights, I came to realize that “Philip” seems to be training for a Guinness World Record for the decibel level of his snoring.

I have heard of snoring being associated with sleep apnea and started to wonder if he regularly feels tired. Does he have disturbed sleep? Does he often feel restless?  When a coupon for a sleep apnea clinic came in my ValPak a couple weeks ago, I thought that was exactly what he needed. However, after considering casually leaving it in his mailbox or more noticeably taping it to his front door, I realized that I really shouldn’t do that. I do feel a little bit of responsibility though. After all, maybe the guy doesn’t know he has sleep apnea and snores like a fog horn.

I’m not sure how our whole “neighborly relationship” will work out, but I will do my best to learn to sleep through it. – Wish me luck!

Tasty Bites: Kung Pao Chicken

Jason made this yummy dish over rice for dinner last night. Go Jason!

Kung Pao Chicken

Marinade Ingredients and Chicken:

  • 1lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast – cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp. white wine
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1 tbsp. of water (unless you’re lazy, then you just throw them in separately)

Combine white wine, soy sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch/water and mix to create marinade. Place chicken in ziplock bag or glass dish, toss in marinade, cover and refrigerate for 30 min.

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. white wine
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch dissolved in 2 tbsp. water (see lazy version above)
  • 2 oz. (1/4 cup) hot chili paste (Jason and I used Thai chili paste from the Asian Food Market)
  • 2 tsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 4 tsp. brown sugar
  • 4 green onions
  • 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 (8 oz.) can water chestnuts
  • 4 oz. chopped peanuts

Combine ingredients in saucepan, heat until “aromatic”… (or until chicken is cooked – see below)

Saute chicken with marinade in large skillet until “meat is white and juices run clear” (aka – cook the chicken). Add sauce to chicken and let simmer together until sauce thickens.

Eat and enjoy!