Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Curry and Naan

I love curry to no end. If I could I would probably eat it every night. I love it so much anything makes me craved it. Take for instance the night I was sitting in my Art History class listening to my teacher who is Indian and she made me in the mood for curry. Weird right? I think so. So that night I made Deek take me out for Indian food. 
Derrik's aunt gave me a curry recipe and I was so excited to try but I knew I had to make Naan bread with it since that is half the reason for my love for Indian food. I found this recipe on allrecipes.com (awesome site) It was so good. Me and Deek were in Heaven. It was such an easy dinner too. This naan recipe is good for many dishes. I made some a few nights ago for some gyros I made. It was delish. 

Chicken Curry
1 Tbs. butter
1/8 cup chopped onion
1 can cream of chicken
1/4 cup coconut milk
1-2 tsp. curry powder
1 cup sour cream
1 Tbs lemon juice

Grilled chicken (I grilled the chicken on my George Foreman grill)
4 cups cooked rice

Saute onion in butter in saucepan. Add soup milk, curry powder, and sour cream. Heat. Serve over grilled chicken and rice.
Add Curry powder and lemon juice to taste

(makes about 14)
2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast (1package)
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
3 Tbs. milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp. salt
4 1/2 cups flour
garlic, minced (optional)
1/4 cup melted butter

In large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water and let sit for about 10 minutes, or until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt and enough flour to make soft dough. Knead for 6-8 minutes on lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in well oiled bowl and coved with damp cloth for 1 hour, or until it doubles in size. 
Punch down dough and pinch off small handfuls, about golfball size. Roll into balls and place on tray. Cover with towel and let rise till dough doubles in size, about 30 minutes.
Roll out dough into a thin circle. Lightly butter one side and place on grill, I use my George Foreman grill this way it cooks both sides at once. Butter other side and spread minced garlic. Close grill, if you are using The Foreman grill, and cook for about 3 minutes. Continue with all the dough.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bridal Invite

My cousin McCall is getting married in a little over a month. I can't believe it. 
I still see her as a little girl, I can't believe she is getting married. But then again I have 
been married for over 2 years and I still cant believe I'm married! 
So I was excited to be able to design the invitations to the shower. I love the 
oh-so-popular chevron stripe, so of course I had to use that. 

This is one of my first projects I have done outside of school and for an actual purpose. 
Let me know what you think.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Season for New Seasons

Im talking about TV shows people! Yesterday I devoted maybe a little too much time to record all the shows that start this week. I had to use my best decision making skills to decide what shows are really that important to me, seeing as a few of the shows I like best air at the same time. In what world is this ok?
Ok guys calm down I don't watch that much TV. I just really cant wait for Howie or more commonly known as How I Met your Mother.

Dont worry my next post won't be all about TV I used this as a diversion because I haven't finished my DIY chair yet, did it work?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Country Living

This summer I started my very first garden. I wasn't able to start it as early as I should have since the garden area itself wasn't quite finished. But I was able to plant tomatoes, raspberries, chives, red peppers and pumpkin (next year I'm planting a ton more pumpkin, I love these suckers) It has been such a fun summer filled with fresh fruits and veggies. After getting a little taste (literally) of the gardening life, I'm hooked! Now all I can think of is owning a bunch of land with huge garden and maybe a few chickens. I recently heard somewhere that if you have a garden and a library you have all you need to survive. I love this since pretty much the day me and Deek met we have been fantasizing about one day having a huge library, Beauty and the Beast style. Ok, maybe not that big but a library fully equipped with a fireplace big cozy chairs and a ladder to reach the top of the huge shelves.
Interior design wise something about the relaxed country feel mixed with the bold lines of industrial have really been tickling my fancy.
Now don't get me wrong I love being close to the city but if there was a place to have a bit more land then the usual home I'd take it.
I found a few pictures that have really got me planning my dream home.

Tell me this house isn't beautiful. 

This garden is gorgeous. I can totally picture me out there 
gathering the veggies I will use for dinner that night.

This is my dream kitchen for sure, those modern subway 
tiles mixed with that vintage stove and the wood island. 
Can you say perfection?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Why Fall is Fabulous

Reasons to L.O.V.E. fall

1. All the new seasons of shows start.
2. Conference weekend- a weekend of lounging in PJ's, big breakfast and crisp weather. Perfect.
3. My Birthday!
4. THE perfect temperature.
5. Cutest clothes. No more of this find-the-least-amount-of-clothes-as-possible-no-matter-how-ugly.
6. Leaves changing colors.
7. Halloween!
8. Thanksgiving.
9. Christmas is just around the corner
10. Shorter school semester. Ok its not really shorter but it sure seems that way.
11. Driving with the windows down.
12. Pumkins- carved, painted, plain? It doesn't matter.
13. Boot shopping- need I say more.
14. Gardner Village- cutest little boutiques and decorated so cute in the fall
15. Fall trips- for some reason all our awesome trips happen at this time of the year. Hawaii here we come!
16. House decorations- 3 months of fun holiday decorations starts now!
17. Did I mention boots?
18. Holiday Parties.
19. Pumkin pie, cookies, and lattes.
20. Sleeping with the windows open and having to snuggle with Deek to keep warm.
21. Did I mention boots?
21. Watching funny Halloween movies. ie. Hocus Pocus and Buffy.
22. Shopping and spending way too much but excusing it with "it can be my Christmas present"

What is your favorite thing about fall?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

V-Card Mint Mojito

This might not actually be considered a "Virgin Mint Mojito" but I'm told it tastes the exact same without all the work. This recipe is super easy and I have gotten a few requests for it so I thought I would share it with you. I made it for my friend Liz's bridal shower and it was a hit. It is now my go-to recipe for a shower or get together with family and friends. It is so refreshing and the mint adds that little something extra. Hope you enjoy!

Before I jump into the recipe let me give you a back story when my first obsession with Mint Mojitos began. 
Me and Deek went on our honeymoon to an all inclusive resort in Mexico. We were eating at a Tepanyaki style restaurant and ordered virgin mint mojitos since they were free we were ordering drinks left and right. We were eating sushi and I was dying of thirst the waiter finally brought out our mint mojitos sans alcohol, so I thought. I took a huge gulp and I felt this burn in my throat so I took another huge gulp and soon realized it was the drink and it was no virgin. We told the waiter the mix up and it took him about an hour to bring out the right drink and all the while that alcoholic mojito was taunting me, not really I was just so thirsty. Ever since then I just can't quench my thirst for this wonderful drink.

Ok back to the recipe.

Alls ya do...(sorry inside joke, I couldn't resist)

2 liters of Sprite/7 Up
1 can frozen concentrate Lime Aid
about a 1/4 c mint leaves

Combine concentrate lime aid and Sprite in pitcher.
Muddle* mint in glasses right before serving.
Pour lime aid sprite mix over the mint.
Top with 2 mint leaves and sliced limes or raspberries

* This is a muddler to muddle your mint leaves, weird that a muddler would muddle. hmm. Or if you don't have a muddler don't panic you can put the leaves in a plastic baggie and roll over them with a rolling pin to release the flavor.

If you have any delicious recipes, or something you want me to make. 
Or if you want to share something you made, email me.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

We'll Leave the Light On

We had this light on our porch when we moved in . It was one of the first things I tried to replace. I went to Lowe's, bought a new light, and brought it home and when Deek tried to install it he realized he needed a mounting plate or something else to mount it (I cant remember, these are things for boys to worry about right?) Anyway being me and always wanting to do the easiest, fastest thing, oh and did I mention cheapest? I just decided to give the old light a good clean and repaint it. So after a good scrub and a fresh coat of black spray paint this is how it turned out. 



So much better right?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy Weekend

Me and Derrik have an exciting weekend planned. First we are heading up to City of Rocks, with his family, for an overnight climbing trip then heading straight to our second home, Bear Lake, with my whole fam. We are so excited to spend the weekend with our families.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 
See you Tuesday!

Side of Mustard

Before me and Deek got married I had a realization that I probably needed to buy some furniture for our apartment. So of course I headed to the DI. I found 2 side tables for $10 each, they had a hideous brown stain but I could see the potential in them, so into my car they went. I brought them home to which my dad, who had no faith in me, thought they were really bad. My sister-in-law Amy had just painted her china cabinet this beautiful mustard yellow color. I new that was the color I wanted. Instead of painting them with perfection we used an "x" motion. We wanted them to have an old look to them. The dark grim garage helped with that too. 
Im so mad I didn't take "before" picture, of course I remember when I'm halfway done. Oh well all you need to know is that they were bad, but now are cute. I was going to add some new handles but I loved the originals so much so I put a fresh paint of black spray paint on and voila!