Cooking, Husband, Marriage

The Orange Chicken Disaster of 2013

Back in October of 2013, I decided to try a Pinterest recipe I found for orange chicken. Nathan and I had recently moved to Poplar Bluff and hadn’t found a Chinese restaurant we liked. As a newly married woman who loves to cook, I took it upon myself to make my favorite Chinese dish. What I didn’t know, was this dish would lead to the first and only time I cried over a meal. Nathan was coaching football at the time and didn’t get home till late. I had a few hours to prepare dinner and decided to try out this dish. Getting out my brand new crockpot and all the ingredients, I started following the directions one step at a time. It wasn’t until the dish was finished cooking, that I realized I had messed up two important steps. First, the crockpot was suppose to be set to low, I had it on high. (New crockpot, never used before. My excuse and I am sticking to it!) Second, the recipe called for 8 oz of frozen orange concentrate and I poured in the entire container. All 16 oz worth! Needless to say, the dish ended up being scorched and the orange flavoring was very, very strong. Still thinking this meal would be the best Chinese food we had ever eaten, I served it to Nathan. If you know my husband, within the first two minutes of eating anything someone has made, he compliments the meal. We were going on five minutes and he hadn’t said anything to me. The dinner was disgusting and I knew he agreed, but he wouldn’t say it out loud. I tried to get him to acknowledge how terrible it was, but as the kind husband he is, he lied to protect my feelings. Of course, that made it worse. I didn’t want him to force himself to eat something that was so disgusting. I picked up both our plates and threw our dinner in the trash and stormed outside. As I went on a walk to calm down, I called my mom and was crying on the phone to her. She was able to help me see the humor in this disastrous dinner and I returned to the house. When I walked in, Nathan was sitting and eating a bowl of cereal. He stopped mid bite and gave me an “oh busted” face. I went into our room and started crying again. I felt so embarrassed and ashamed. Nathan grew up getting these amazing home cooked meals from his mom, and I wanted to do the same for him as his wife. I felt like I had failed him. His dinner ended up being Froot Loops, major fail! He came in to our room, held me and let me cry about my failure at Chinese cuisine. It has now been almost four years and every time I try a new recipe, Nathan likes to tell the story of the Orange Chicken Disaster of 2013. Looking back, the situation is pretty hysterical. Here I am trying to be Betty Homemaker and serve my husband a great dish, and instead of him being honest with me, he eats the scorched mess. Luckily, we are able to look back on this memory and laugh about it. Though, Nathan has made me promise to never attempt another orange chicken recipe again. I have learned a few lessons since that disastrous meal. The first lesson, always read directions carefully. The second and most important lesson, don’t be so hard on yourself. We all make mistakes. As long as you learn from those mistakes, you continue to better yourself! 

Love, 

Molly

P.S. We are going out for Chinese food this weekend. Nathan doesn’t know it yet! 

Fatherhood, Husband, Marriage

Sacrifices 

If you know my husband, you know Nathan is one of the most hardworking men you will ever meet. Whether it is work, college courses or helping out on the farm, he gives 100% every time. He is also the most selfless man I know. His family will always come before himself. Nathan is currently working two jobs, so that I can stay at home with our son. That means his work day starts at 7:30 am and sometimes does not end until 6:30 pm. Most weekends he takes on odd jobs for extra money or is cutting wood to keep our family warm. Not only is this man working two jobs, he is finishing his Masters in Administration. Nathan carries a full load on his shoulders, all for the sake of bettering the lives of our family. He does not complain about how exhausted he is or make excuses to avoid helping me out around the house. No matter how tired he is in the evenings, he always makes time for myself and our son. His love for Aidan is so fierce and strong. 


He makes many sacrifices, so we can live comfortable lives and never go without. I feel so blessed to have married a man that loves unconditionally and will always be there for our family. We are so proud of all he has accomplished and so excited for what his future will hold. 


Sometimes we forget to simply say thank you for all that our significant others do for us. While Nathan and I are not perfect and we both make mistakes in our marriage, we do our best to show appreciation for all the other one does. This post is for you babe! Thank you for being such an amazing husband and father. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made and the dreams you have put on hold. Thank you for always putting us first. Aidan and I can not imagine a world without you in it. We love you to the moon and back! Enjoy a couple hours of playing Xbox, you deserve it!

Aidan, Marriage, Motherhood

Valentine’s Day 

Friends and family always ask me what Nathan and I do to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Every year we have the same tradition. We either cook a meal together or order in, and watch a movie. This year was extra special, because we celebrated with our baby boy. 

Due to Valentine’s landing on a weekday this year, we celebrated this past weekend. Nathan ordered and picked up dinner and we chose the movie Moana. New favorite Disney movie! This movie is all about the celebration of family and finding your roots. It also happens to have a strong, female role model. Nathan was the one to suggest the movie and he did an excellent job. Aidan loved watching and listening to the music. He danced and giggled as he watched. 


As much as I enjoy going out to dinner or to the movies, a night in with my two guys was the best gift I received this Valentine’s Day. For me, this day isn’t about candy and flowers. (Don’t get me wrong, never in my life have I turned down a box of candy or two). Does my husband know me well or does he know me well???


 This day is about celebrating the love of those who show you they care about you on a daily basis. I hope you all had a memorable day. Remember to cherish and love one another each day of the year! Most importantly, hurry to Walmart tomorrow, because Valentine’s candy is 50% off!!!

Love, 

Molly

Aidan, Marriage, Motherhood

New Adventures

It is Sunday morning and I have been up since 5:30 AM with a sick, yet playful baby. Perfect time to cuddle on the couch and work on this blog. It is now almost 9 AM and he is crashed on my chest and snoring like his father. If you haven’t heard Nathan, imagine a fog horn combined with a growling bear. Yesterday, my fabulous in-laws watched Mr. Aidan so I could catch up on some rest. After napping for two hours and feeling rejuvenated, I decided to do some spring cleaning. You would have thought I was nesting again. I cleaned everything from the inside of the oven, to the windowsills and baseboards. Nathan had been away all day working on a side project. He gave me a call and mentioned that he had been talking with his parents about the posts I make on social media. They all apparently get a kick out of the sleep deprived thoughts I have at 2 in the morning. Nathan suggested I should start a blog and post these funny stories and memories down, and share them with the world. Well watch out world, you are about to be bombarded by Molly Wilkerson. I am looking forward to this new blogging adventure. If you know me, you know I like to stay busy and am very social. This blog is the perfect addition to this busy, sleep deprived, yet oh so happy stay-at-home-mommy! Little Bear is starting to wake from his hibernation and Papa Bear is in the shower. Time to get this week started! Have a wonderful Sunday with your families, I know I will!


Love,

Molly