Friday, August 12, 2011

Rice Pilaf & Ramblings

I made these buttermilk biscuits the other day. Look delicious? They were disgusting. Literally horrible. This was better:

We'll get to that in a minute.

For the last two months, Andrew has been living and working in San Francisco while I have been living and working in Provo, Utah. He definitely got the cooler life. While he's been away I've been eating cereal for dinner, watching tons of Gilmore Girls reruns, and decorating.

See, we live in this apartment that kind of resembles a jail cell. There's a lot of lovely, stark white cinder block. Everywhere. When we moved in we figured we'd live here for a few months because it was great deal, but then we ended up getting lazy and decided that moving sucks and living somewhere that doesn't have mold issues is overrated.

So, since we decided to stay I decided to decorate on the cheap. Mind you that I am putting my husband through school so a lot of what we do is on the cheap. Now if you hate it and think it's awful, humor me because I am kind of in love with the new decor.

I bought black poster board ($.68) and three sheets of stationary ($1.25), printed out some images from the internet, traced them on to the black paper, snip, snip, snipped away, taped them on the stationary and stuck them in frames I bought at Ikea a while back.

It took me approximately 2ish hours and I was dead pleased by the results. I think I spent the next to hours admiring them.

Now featuring the cinder block. I can't hang pictures on the walls because we get fined for making holes and 3M strips don't work on it. So, I finally decided to do this.

It's not going to be featured on Martha Stewart Living anytime soon, but it makes me happy.

And I got ducks. The yellow one is named Cheryl. The red one is unnamed. Any suggestions?

Now about that rice pilaf... it is good and easy and a great addition to any meal.


Mama's Rice Pilaf
  • 1 1/2 cups white rice
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • nickle size bunch of angel hair spaghetti (uncooked)
  • 1/4 an onion, diced
  • 2 tsp butter
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  1. Break up the angel hair pasta into 1/2 inch sections. Place in a skillet with the butter and brown the noodles over medium-high heat (about 4 minutes). Stir occasionally or burning is eminent. 
  2. Place the browned spaghetti, rice, chicken broth, and raw onions into a rice cooker and let cook. Or if you don't have a rice cooker, place browned spaghetti, rice, chicken broth, and raw onions in a large pot with a lid and bring to a boil. As soon as it reaches a boil, turn heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. If rice is too dry when done, add more chicken broth, a tablespoon at a time.
  4. When rice is cooked thoroughly, add in the seasonings in to taste.


  1. okay..

    1. So sorry about your buttermilk biscuits. If you want I have a killer recipe I can bring you on Sunday (it is for buttermilk drop-biscuits... but I think those are better than traditional ones.. but that's just me).

    2. I love your decor! especially your frames! so cute! I am jealous! I might try something similar for the babies room if you don't mind? P.S. if you use the Velcro 3m strips and take the glass out of the frames you can usually get stuff to stick to the cinder block.

    3. I can't wait to try the rice pilaf. It looks so yummy! Thanks for posting all these recipes. I can always count on good ones here.

    Sorry for rambling:)

  2. I would love a good buttermilk biscuit recipe, please! Also, that is genuis about taking the glass out. I will definitely take that suggestion. Annnnnd, please feel free to do the same thing in the baby's room. You could do some really cute stuff!

    Thanks for your ramblings.

  3. um okay you are adorable. and i love your decorations. I want to see them in person. You are so creative. and also I want to try that blueberry syrup stuff. looks delicioso! miss you. xoxo

  4. when do i get the formal invitation to the lovely place?

    and how come i haven't made it in your friends list? is this a hint?

  5. hi. remember when we were friends? ha. i LOVE your decor. LOVE LOVE it. i might be trying it out myself... :) miss you. dinner when your hubs is back?