I love peanut sauce, I have no idea if authentic Thai food uses it or not but I love it. I want to try Thai tacos but I haven't found a recipe that is quite what I am looking for so here is what I think will fulfill my needs. It is somewhat inspired by California Pizza Kitchens Thai pizza.
½ Cup smooth peanut butter ¼ Cup soy sauce 2 Tablespoons brown sugar 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 Cup hot water
Place garlic and ginger in food processor until well chopped. Add peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar and red pepper flakes. Pulse until well combined and slowly add hot water until sauce is the consistency you like.
Until today I have not subscribed to the belief that duvet covers are necessary. This morning when I had to throw my down comforter in the wash again due to cat hair it finally dawned on me why you need a duvet cover. I am ready to change my ways and consequently save my comforter.
I think I will get Pottery Barn's essential duvet cover and since it comes with a free monogram I figure I will take them up on it. I was looking at thread colors but since I have a red and white quilt I put on top on my comforter that a subtle white monogram is best.
Also, did you know that a monogram for a married couple is first the initial of the wife, then the last name and then the initial of the husband? I didn't.
As I have searched for the perfect matching nightstands my vision has altered. First, finding matching nightstands within my budget that are not straight from 1982 is virtually impossible. Second, I could potentially gain some dresser drawer space without buying a massive dresser.
As I have scoured the internet for mismatched nightstands I have come across a couple of rules of thumb.
1- The pieces should be the same height, or close enough that you can't tell when standing back.
2- Use matching lamps when mismatching nightstands. I will also be matching the color by painting them the same.
3- Don't pair a bedside table with legs with a bed frame with legs (like a four-poster).
4- The nightstands should have a similar style to each other.
Here is a compilation of mismatched bedside tables.
My sister is finishing up remodeling her bathroom. I convinced her that she should ditch the old white slit vent and put in a more decorative vent. I found that decorative vents are actually hard to find online, particularly ones that are decently priced. These are the best two sites that I found:
It is time for another hair cut. My hair is limp and lack luster and could use a Jennifer Aniston-esque makeover. I am sticking with the long bob, I have loved it, but this version is just slightly choppier along the bottom.
Also, I am still toying with the idea of adding some highlights ala Jessica Biel. I can't decide if it would look good with a long bob. Opinions?
Kate Middleton, or I guess I should say the Duchess of Cambridge, knows how to pick and wear a hat. These are from an outing this week at the Derby (a horse race?). They are estimating that she will have approximately three outfits a day (40+ outfits) for their visits to Canada and the United States next month. I can't wait to see what she has put together because nobody does it better.
Before we moved I sold most of our bedroom set. I am holding off on getting a dresser until we move again (in August, we are subletting for the summer). I don't necessarily care that the bedside tables, headboard and dresser come from the same set so long as they look nice together. Since we kept our headboard it is the starting point for the rest of the furniture. I plan to paint the bedside tables and dresser to complement the dark wood of the headboard. Here are some of my ideal bedside table shapes.
Good thing I have nothing better to do all summer than scour craigslist, garage sales and thrift stores! Maybe I should get a part time job at Pottery Barn so I can get the employee discount....
Texas is hot. In Michigan I could get away wearing jeans and a t-shirt in the summer, that won't fly in Texas. I need an array of shorts and light weight skirts to survive summer. Here are some shorts I am looking at. I have never bought any shorts from any of these companies but I am hoping for some quality shorts from them.
I have been looking up Community Supported Agriculture. My sister participates in a CSA and has loved it. Here is Texas they have year-round CSA's. I think I am going to sign up for a half share. I love the idea of getting fruits and vegetables that are not only locally grown but perhaps not what you would ordinarily buy. Adventurous cooking and consumption, here we come....