Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Trip to IKEA makes a Girl Most Happy!

I love IKEA. How do I love IKEA? Let me count the ways... 
don't worry, that's all I'm going to say, except that it's Awesome! 
Okay, so a couple of weeks ago, my mum and I went to IKEA for fun, but I always have a list of new things I've found in the 2013 catalogue. It's always way too easy to spend a bunch of moolah there, and, as always, I spent lots (and got lots!)! I had been needing to redo my apartment, as it was, to quote my mother, "first-apartmenty." To be honest, I was tired of the way I had it, with curtains that made everything too dark, and a black bedspread that was needing to lighten up. I also had a very messy closet that was needing to be reorganized into a fabric holder (for my thousands of yards of fabric!).
I would like to now show you my beautiful results!
Here is my bathroom! I originally had an old shower curtain I bought at the dollar store, and it was in desperate need of something pretty and new. I took black sheer curtains that I had hanging in my living area, bought a new shower rod, a new heavy-duty shower curtain, and voila! New, updated, beautiful bathroom with new towels, too!
On the top, you will find my messy, messy closet with an old entertainment center that needed to go away. So armed with a box of shelving pieces, some storage boxes, some sweat and my version of curse words, I completed the EXPEDIT shelf and KASSETT boxes. These boxes must be a part of Time-Lord technology (sorry, it's  Doctor Who reference), because these boxes are bigger on the inside-they hole SO much-and I was able to transfer so much fabric into them. Oh Happy Day!
I had a super messy refrigerator top, so I bought a couple of shelves to organize it! A few screws, tossing some stuff into the trash, and poof! Organized with everything actually visible (what a concept). Thank goodness for organization!

Now for my favorite part, my sleeping quarters! My bed and I have been in a very long and happy relationship, but my bed was in need of a makeover. I found this wonderful duvet set with pillow slips (for a super good price!), and some new curtains, and presto! Bed Magic! I love toile, so this EMMIE LAND duvet set was the top priority on my shopping list. 
I highly recommend IKEA for your home improvement needs; it's a magical place full of fun and ideas to create a wonderful, comfortable environment you'll enjoy being in!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Entertaining for A Few (Awesome Friends!)...

One of my favorite new magazines that I was introduced to this last year is Kinfolk, a wonderful magazine/book filled with absolute wonder. It's got some fantastic stories, essays, and recipes that make you want to do everything this book contains. So, when I received the latest beautiful issue, I decided it was time to have a couple of my closest friends over for dinner! I always enjoy entertaining people; the cooking, the setting of the table, the wonderful smells of food coking on the stove. The menu was as follows:
~Curried Chicken Spinach Tostadas w/homemade salsa                       
~Mixed Greens Salad w/homemade blackberry red wine vinaigrette 
~Jasmine Limeade (from the Kinfolk Magazine)                                                                      
~Mango Sorbet

The dinner was so good, it disappeared way to quickly, I have to (yes, have to) share the chicken tostada recipe with you!
Chicken Spinach Tostadas
  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • 1/2 pkg. Spinach, chopped into large pieces
  • 1 can Black Eyed Peas
  • Curry Powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Vegetable Broth
  • 1 1/2 TBL. Sesame Oil
Take the chicken, sprinkle salt, pepper, and curry powder on top and rub into the chicken. Heat olive oil in a pan and add the chicken. Cook thoroughly and remove from pan, chop into medium bite-size pieces. Add the spinach and black eyed peas into the pan and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the chicken, cooking for about 5 mins, mixing in the veggie broth and sesame oil. Serve on top of fried (in olive oil) corn tortillas and spoon some salsa on top. Enjoy!
Here are some photos from that fun night!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Hair No Hair No Hair (for my Hairbrush)!

Carole is a great and powerful Cancer Butt-Kicker!
If anyone guessed where that line came from, congratulations! If not, and y'all think I'm weird, it's from a Veggie Tales song. The reason why I'm singing this song lately is because of something fantastic and drastic, such as shaving my head! Why, you may ask? Because of a very special person in my life, my good friend Carole. She is an amazing woman who has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer and is seriously KICKING CANCER BUTT!! After a couple of surgery's, she's now begun chemotherapy.

Carole is not only a friend-more of a cool aunt-but an amazing and confident woman who takes everything in life with a smile on her face! I was very glad to be with her on the day that she shaved her head, and, in solidarity, I shaved mine with her. I have to admit, we are some good-lookin' babes! It is a pleasure and an honor to do this with her, and I look forward in seeing her continue life with that beautiful smile and contagious laughter! Way to go girl!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Good Dinners & Even Better Friends...

     One of my favorite thing to do in the evening is to host a friend or two for dinner. This last Saturday, my friend Camille came over and we enjoyed a lovely evening filled with good food, laughter, and a chick flick. Since both Camille & I are on restricted diets right now, dinner was my own twist of Shared Appetite's Sweet Potato and Kale Hash with a Fried Egg. Here is my own version:
This stuff is really tasty!

Red Potato, Carrot & Kale Hash with a Fried Egg
2 Red Potatoes, chopped into 1/4" pieces
3 Carrots, chopped into 1/2" rounds
1 Bell Pepper, preferably Yellow, chopped into 1/4" pieces
1 package Trader Joe's Organic Crimini Mushrooms
1/4 package Trader Joe's Organic Tuscan Kale, coarsely chopped
1 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Cumin
Salt & Pepper to taste

Cookin' up some Kale!
Heat up 2 Tbl. Olive Oil in a pan, add potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and bell peppers. Add paprika, cumin, salt and pepper and stir, cooking for 10 minutes. Add kale and cook for another 5 minutes.
Fry your egg and place on top of your bowl of deliciousness!

You can swap the reds for sweet potatoes if you so choose, it's delicious either way! I've also found it delicious with a bit of fresh mozzarella cheese right under the egg so it gets all melted. This meal is really good with a Riesling from Chateau Ste. Michelle, or some Pellegrino.

Dinner was a lovely and fun affair filled with laughter and good spirits. It's always a good time when you are enjoy and love who those around you; it makes every occasion that much sweeter! When you know that those that surround you care for you as much as you care for them, it makes each moment with them the most special moment on the world.

After dinner, we started our movie off with some delicious dessert, which consisted of some Trader Joe's Mango Sorbet & their Dark Chocolate Covered Cranberries. Oh my word, it was delicious!
We ended the night with 50 First Dates, sorbet, and chocolate.

I believe it was an excellent way for two best friends to end a Saturday night!