Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fact: Butter Makes Life Better



At the time of posting my hair hasn't been washed in two days, I haven't put on make up for possibly over a week, my leg hair and Andrew's leg hair are almost indistinguishable, and my apartment is in serious need of a scrub down. But I did make perfect looking and tasting croissants. BOOM. It's all about priorities. 


About three months ago I was asked to be the president of my church's youth group. I get to hang out with 6 awesome girls every Tuesday night, Sunday, and occasionally even more often. Today was our church's general conference (check it out at lds.org) where we watch live talks given by church leaders on tons of different subjects. 

Naturally I am looking for any excuse to party so we had a brunch for the youth and all the youth program volunteers. Read: 20 people in my studio apartment chowing down. It was cozy and awesome and I loved it. And I made croissants from the Tartine cookbook. It took 3 days and there was 6 sticks of butter in those things. 

Ain't no thing. 

Ps- it was 70* and sunny all weekend. So dreamy. 







Sunday, March 23, 2014

From Where I Stand

We have lived in San Francisco for almost two years now. I have enjoyed every minute of it and find myself aggressively in love with this city. I think part of why I feel so passionately is because I never know how long we'll be here. We could leave next year, or in ten years. Or... as recent late night chats have developed... maybe we'll stay in the Bay Area forever.

Unfortunately I am bad at documenting my time here but am worried that someday I'll look back and forget what it was that made this city special. So here is a mash up of reasons my heart belongs in San Francisco mainly it's the food, friends, and amazing scenery.




 ^Tobias from Arrested Development^



















All these things I did with my bestie. I have the most fun with him.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Spam Bots

What the what does this even say?


Please prove that you are not a robot? Now you are just mocking me. Prove that you can read this or else you are a robot.

I can never leave my witty comments on friends' blogs due to these government ploys. Seriously. I had a professor who wrote down all of the spambots she ever got because she was convinced they were secret government code or something.

We're on to you, big brother.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Coconut Curry


I really love thai food but had a hard time finding any thai recipes that tasted good when made at home. I finally found a pad thai recipe I loved in the Steamy Kitchen Cookbook. That book is full of all sorts of amazing recipes and I use it all the time. Another gem I found there: coconut curry.

This is a great meal because most the main ingredients come from canned or jarred ingredients (curry paste, coconut milk) meaning I can make it anytime I want. I just throw in whatever veggies are in my fridge, and sometimes chicken if I feel like going all out, and then bang. 30 minutes later I have really awesome curry.

Here's the recipe as The Steamy Kitchen makes it but with my additions and edits also.



Coconut Curry
Ingredients (feeds 4):

  • 4 oz thai red curry paste
  • 4 cups coconut milk, divided
  • 1 TBS fish sauce (I used 1/2 TBS because I think 1 full TBS makes it fishy)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 fresh kaffir lime leaves, torn (I've never used this)
  • 6 oz chicken breast, cut into cubes (I omit this most the time and just make veggie curry)
  • One 8 oz can of sliced bamboo shoots (I'll leave this out about 50 percent of the time)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil (I omit this most the time)
  • My addition: whatever veggies I have on hand, lightly steamed
    • Veggies included in the above photo: carrots, yam, broccoli, asparagus, small potatoes
Directions:

  1. Cook some rice in a rice cooker.
  2. Add the curry paste to a medium pot and turn the heat to medium-low. As the pot heats up, the curry paste will begin to fry. release its oils and become fragrant. It's best to keep the heat fairly low as you are doing this - otherwise the curry paste can burn.
  3. When the paste is fragrant pour in half of the coconut milk and turn the heat to high. Whisk until the curry paste has dissolved into the coconut milk. Pour in the remaining coconut milk, fish sauce, sugar, and kaffir lime leaves. Bring the curry to a gentle boil and then add the chicken, bamboo shoots, and red onion. Let simmer for 5 minutes to cook the chicken. Once the chicken is cooked add in the other steamed veggies. Turn off the heat and add basil.
  4. Serve over steamed rice.

The Side Eye

This just in: the side eye is my new favorite thing of late and I try to use it/drop it into conversation whenever possible.

Urban dictionary defines side eye as, "A facial expression expressing one's criticism, disapproval, animosity, or scorn of varying levels of intensity towards another person. Defined by one person looking at the other out of the corner of their eye(s) with a scowl, as their head is turned in a different direction. Often an invitation for a fight or confrontation of some sort. "

Exhibit A:


Embrace it. Adopt it. Own it. It's the best.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

That Baby Shower Weekend

I threw my friend a baby shower over the weekend which is something I love/hate to do. I stress out because Pintrest is the ruiner of all real-life expectations and sets impossible standards. So the planning makes me a bit nutty but then once it all comes together and is beautiful and everyone has a great time -- well that I love. And then I forget how stressful it was and I offer to throw more! more! more! showers.

And then Andrew rolls over and dies from disgust. Poor guy.

Photos for your viewing pleasure. I forgot to take any pictures once it was completely set up because people were arriving so imagine this with the juice cartons off the table and straws in the glasses.


I couldn't find a table cloth big enough so I bought a 16' drop cloth, cut it and painted it with fabric paint.


Those pumpkins were hallowed out and housed minestrone and butternut squash soup. When you don't own proper serving ware you get creative.


The menu {with links}: minestrone soup, butternut squash soup, homemade bread, honey butter, pumpkin bars, and texas sheet cake.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Gnome Sweet Gnome

For awhile there, back before my job became insane, I got a little crafty. And when one is crafty there is nothing to do except make gnome paraphernalia.
 
See, when Andrew and I were just married we went to Color Me Mine and he painted a gnome and I painted a bowl and we named the Gnome Richard and we threw away the bowl when we moved. Richard has been with us ever since. The guardian of our abode, if you will. But Richard was just kind of standing there and people were confused so I decided he needed something to tie his presence to our home.
 
A door mat.
 
So I made a GNOME SWEET GNOME doormat and now all my neighbors ask if I collect gnomes and offer to give me their discarded lawn gnomes. I politely decline.
 
Here's a step-by-step so you can run out and make your own customized doormat. Don't scoff, this is totally catching on.
 
Supplies: 3" Stencils ($4), tape, a doormat ($7-15), spray paint ($5), paper grocery sacks
 

Step 1: Tape your stencils together so the words are nice and neat.


Step 2: Tape the word to your doormat, tape paper around the word so as to prevent excess spray paint/halo effect.


Step 4: Spray the paint thoroughly, keeping the can perpendicular to the stencil. Let it dry for a few minutes and then pull the lettering off.

Step 5: If you are doing repeat words then spray those at the same time. Saves time. See below for an example.


Step 5: Wait a day and do the middle word so the top and bottom word can dry. The next day I used a 4" stencil for the middle word to make the SWEET pop! Then I covered all the mat with paper and sprayed.

 

Then I put it outside my front door and let the neighbors talk about that crazy gnome family. As it should be.