Archive | February, 2012

A project for your weekend

17 Feb

I’ve always wanted to have an organized pantry.  It just looks so soothing to have all your dry food in matching containers, doesn’t it?  The jars pictured here are the Slom storage containers from IKEA.  The decals in this tutorial are diswasher safe – if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can also design your own labels. Click here for the full tutorial from The Painted Hive.

image source: Kristine from The Painted Hive

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Happy Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

Inspired by all the floral arrangements I’ve been seeing lately,  I decided to try my hand at making one of my own.  These are some lavender and green mums from Trader Joe’s, supplemented by some blooms from the yard.  I found it was easiest to arrange it in my hand first, then trim the stems while they were still held together in the desired position.

Not too bad for a beginner’s attempt, I hope!  Happy Valentine’s day.  Pretend I gave you a real bouquet =)

Cooking for the truly lazy*

9 Feb

Despite being a lover of good food, I myself don’t cook on a regular basis. However, I still have to eat, preferably somewhat healthily and within a reasonable budget. I love to read magazines like Real Simple and Sunset and ogle the beautifully photographed dishes, but the estimated preparation times printed on their recipes are never realistic for a person like me. First of all, I am incredibly knife-challenged. I tend to chop things into big pieces, saying that I’m going for a hearty rustic feel to my dishes (hah), because I really would take forever if I had to chop things any smaller. Second, when I come home from work I am really hungry and just want to eat, not spend an hour making my meal. Finally, although the recipes I see in magazines look delicious, many call for a large number of ingredients I don’t have. As a single person, it doesn’t make sense for me to buy all the ingredients to use only a few times before they go bad. I also don’t have much storage space, so the things I cook need to be simple and require simple tools.  I’ll be sharing with you the simple and quick meals that I make for myself, in case you’re facing some of the same challenges.

Last night I made eggplant parmesan.  In the microwave.  It actually came out pretty well, was also filling, and inspired this mini series.

Instructions for Microwave eggplant parmesan (5-10 min prep time)

1. Slice washed eggplant in 1 inch thick slices (cross section)
2. Spoon on some of your favorite tomato-based pasta sauce
3. Grate Parmesan cheese on top
4. Microwave in covered bowl for 3-4 minutes and serve

*energy efficient individuals

Nice music for creative people

8 Feb

Discovered Lullatone through Amanda’s blog at Wit & Whistle.  This song is from the album “Soundtracks for Everyday Adventures.”  I love the illustration of the bike on the cover too!

Lullatone – “Growing Up” from lullatone on Vimeo.

Watch an artist at work – Riusuke Fukahori

1 Feb

Fish are so lifelike
glowing jewels enrapture
lovely to behold

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