So the big reveal will be after this weekend. The infamous "wedding" that I sewed up a bunch of things for (see earlier posts like bow ties, reception aprons, zipper flowers, and ribbon flowers) is finally here. Saturday is the big day and I'm so excited to take pictures of all the things I made in action.
I'll make sure to fill you in.
For now, this is a sneak picture of my dress (simple elegance):
And to wet your appetite...who doesn't love chicken salad! This is seriously one of my favorites. I really do love pizza and I really do love chicken salad.
My favorite CHICKEN SALAD
I chop up the following and mix together:
3 cooked chicken breast, diced and seasoned
3-4 celery stalks, diced
2 cups grapes, halved
1 large can pineapple, tidbits
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1/3 cup mayo - start with this and then ADD more to your liking
salt and pepper to taste
We ate this in whole wheat pita pockets. I ate some by the spoon. I just can't resist.
We really just ate it too fast for me to even think about taking a cute picture of the salad all wrapped up in it's pita. But rest assured, it was cute.
And to keep the suspense going...what is Amy eating that could cause so much joy although it's covered in dirt and ash? Answer to be revealed tomorrow. Dun dun duuuuun....
I love Indian food! If I could go somewhere and learn how to cook authentically, my top choices would be Indian (I need to perfect my naan making and garam masala use), Thai (I want to learn a mango chicken recipe), and Mediterranean food (I just don't make very good falafel). I'm going global everyone! See you in a year! ...I wish that were true. How fun would that be to take of on a cooking adventure. Comment me where you would go. :)
When I lived at my last apartment complex, I was a resident assistant for part of the time. This meant that I organized programs for residents, among other things.
One set of programs that I really enjoyed was cultural cooking. There were people from all over the world surrounding me. Asking them to cook, giving them all the ingredients they needed, helping them prepare, and then enjoying them in their own element teaching other residents - this is my favorite. I think it really gave me a picture of who they were as they told stories about their recipes and home country.
I asked a woman named Aruna to make something and she choose samosa. I will be forever grateful for Aruna's choice because I've probably made them at least 5 times. They are a special treat since they do take a good 2 hours to completion. BUT TOTALLY WORTH IT.
Do NOT get scared away!
Really, it's quite simple, just a little bit of time to get everything together. The 2 hours also includes the time to make our favorite tamarind sauce to go with it.
I'm back and now live in Portland instead of Sacramento! What a change. The packing is done, the loading is done, the driving is done, the unpacking is done, and the house has things in proper places. On top of that, I'm totally spoiled right now.
We've been living in about 600 sq ft and now live in almost 1200 sq ft!! The simplest things are so exciting right now: a bathroom mirror big enough that my husband and I can see ourselves in it AT THE SAME TIME, let alone counter space on either side of the sink. Then there's the dishwasher, the disposal, the washer and dryer, the ice maker in the freezer, and the apartments we live in do valet garbage pick-up if you put it outside your door. Oh, one more thing...there is carpet everywhere! The last place we lived in didn't have carpet, we bought our own rugs. The kids came in and started rolling all over the floor. I guess it passed! :)
So on to the fun stuff. I've been cooking up a storm: samosas, tostadas, salsa, gourmet hot dogs (yum), and chicken salad. Look forward to some recipes.
For tonight I have a NO SEW wall decoration that will look like a million bucks!
I've been anxiously awaiting a time to recover my fabric frames from Ikea and tonight I had my chance. After a quick trip to Ikea, I pulled out my staple gun, and got to work!
Tutorial: Fabric Frame Wall Art
What you need:
Staple Gun and staples (not long ones)
Wood frames (I got mine from Ikea in the frame section. You could easily make some with some 1x2 board)
Fabric of choice (large enough to fit around frame and be stapled onto the back)
So I saw this scrumptious damask fabric and had to have it. I am in love with yellow right now so it was perfect. I also got to other yellows to go with it.
So my world is a little upside down right now. I have a sort-of organized mess in every room as I'm trying to finish packing. We move in exactly one week from today and I'm trying to kick it in gear. I know the next couple of days will just get more intense, and that's okay.
However, I have lots of fun things to show you. So my goal is to get them up, but just have low expectations in case it doesn't happen. :) And if it does, then you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Is there anyone else out there who loves to free-pile! It is one thing I'll miss about living in our current apartments. Everyone treats a laundry room bin as a free-pile for give and takes. I have found quite the steals there and enjoy using the stuff to cut up to make MORE things.
Here are some capris that I made from some old pants. Cute and perfect on-the-run summer wear. (*Thanks Jess for the awesome modeling!)