Archive for July, 2007

Birthdays, Numbers, and Birds

Birds and Numbers by Lucas VIdana

Birds and Numbers by Lucas VIdana

Today is my birthday and my sweet husband bought this piece of art for me. It’s called “Birds and Numbers” by Lucas Vidana and I love it. We’re headed out to breakfast, then to pick raspberries at a raspberry farm (Ryan asks, “Why would you want do to that for fun? Isn’t it somebody’s else’s job?), and then dinner! I hope you all have happy days as well.

15 comments July 28th, 2007

Clean Up Giveaway!

Craft Supplies

I’ve been feeling stifled by my fabrics lately. Some of them have been in my stash for a couple of years now and I’m feeling the need to move on and give some away! If you would like a box of goodies in the mail (good-size pieces and scraps), please leave a comment (and any color you would prefer not to have) and I’ll draw three names from a hat and send some new-to-you fabric and trims. I’ll email you if your name pops out and you can send me your address then. Deadline for sign up is August 2.

In other news, I’ve been catching up on some much-missed stories of late. Like I was under a trance, I finished the last installment of Harry Potter (sadness!) in two sittings, and I have now moved on to the second season of “Weeds,” which came out this week. Both are very satisfying and much needed distractions from the lousy weather we’ve been having. It’s very depressing for a summer-lover to have weeks on end of rain, clouds, and 60-degree weather. Ugh. My heart hurts from longing for the beach and picnics and barbecues. Summer, wherefore art thou summer?

73 comments July 26th, 2007

Trips and Fun

Pretty Toes

Fancy Tea

Crab Party Snack

We’ve been running around doing lots of fun things, like going to a Mariner’s game, visiting the Ace Hotel in Portland, having high tea, and the non-vegetarians tried some crab party snack… ewe. Our visit to Portland was much more enjoyable than the last time around. I think the city has redeemed itself, at least the Pearl District was fantastic. We did venture outside of it to the Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar, which was fabulous eating and had a fatty breakfast at Voodoo Donuts. Who wouldn’t love Captain Crunch on a donut? The weather held up at first for our guests, but it’s been downright dreary of late. A whole week solid of gray skies and actual rain, not just a drizzle. The air is starting to feel muggy. I’m hoping for some clear skies soon.

3 comments July 23rd, 2007

More Softie Dresses

Softie Dress

Softie Dress

The last of the dresses for a special package to my little cousins. I cannot believe how cute the polka dots are with that flower print. Both fabrics are Amy Butler, and the fish are left over from my beach blanket. So cute!

3 comments July 18th, 2007

Happy Spring Rolls

Don’t you admire Chinese restaurant menus? It’s happy soy beef, or buddha’s palace, or pearls of gold–it sounds very exciting. I’ve often wondered why foods have such cheery names. Ryan and I have taken to this way of naming, and when appropriate, add happy to our favorite places. Last night, I tried my hands at spring rolls, and they were tasty and surprisingly easy.

Spring Rolls

I decided to use what I had on hand, instead of going to the store and buying rice noodles, bean sprouts, cilantro, tofu, and iceberg lettuce, which would have been tasty with what was already in my fridge–spinach, red peppers, carrots, ginger, and basil. I sliced the red peppers thinly, grated the carrots and ginger.

Spring Rolls

I found the rice spring roll wrappers at my local Asian market (Uwajimaya rocks), and the woman who helped me find them, demonstrated that I was to submerge them repeatedly in hot water (from the tap, not boiled) until they were melty and usable.

Spring Rolls

I then loaded them with goodies, wrapped them up, and served them with Cold Peanut Soba Noodles and jasmine green iced tea. Delicious!

Spring Rolls

Spring Roll Dinner

4 comments July 13th, 2007

Cold Peanut Soba Noodles

1 small package buckwheat soba noodles
1 red pepper, diced

Sauce:
3 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tsp. sriracha (hot sauce)
1 tsp. coriander
1/3 c. coconut milk (optional; it tastes fine without it)
2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. peanut oil
1 tsp. red curry paste

Mix sauce thoroughly. Add a little extra water if it seems too dry. Boil soba noodles per package directions, run cold water over them until cool, drain. In bowl, combine noodles, pepper, and sauce. Top with cilantro if desired.

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