September 30, 2014

How to celebrate being 33

1. Wake up and do a thorough calculation if the years add up. Give up, pretend it’s any other day and sleep for 15 more minutes.

Birthday Brekkie

2. Eat a cupcake for breakfast. Down it with a strong cup of coffee, preferably with Americano. If you feel like spending dough, follow the sirens’ song and grab them from your local coffee shop.

3. Go see your eye doctor. Eyes are precious. Now that you’re over the hill (there…there) you need to take care of them even more. While you’re at it, make it a yearly thing. This way you won’t forget about at least one appointment in the coming years.

New Books

4. If you wanna do something special for yourself, buy some books. Books are excellent gifts for anyone! Even for a special snowflake like you.

5. Go on with your life.

Taco Tuesday

6. Eat tacos for dinner. They are freaking delicious! And you don’t necessarily need a ton of toppings. Bonus points if it’s on a Tuesday.

7. Ponder about life and write a poignant journal/blog entry about your birthday. This may or may not turn into a feeble attempt in satire. If people argue on the topic, declare that you just made a list. Everyone loves list.

8. Scratch that, do whatever you wish- IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY!!

9. Eat another cupcake as post dinner snack. Do not let its size frighten or deter you from your mission.

10. Call it a day.

September 26, 2014

Kitchen Adventures: Asian Rice Bowl

At a very early age, I knew being a homemaker is not my calling. It’s not that I was a terrible cook or anything; I just didn't have much patience or love for routine. To me, meal planning, cooking the same thing every other day sounded awfully boring. I never knew once I grow up, I’ll crave the certainty of routines to avoid epic meltdowns in the kitchen because I ran out of cumin. After many misadventures in the kitchen, I started devising plans. Now I cook almost the same thing every week. Every Tuesday is ‘Chickpea Tuesday’. But that’s another story. The main star of this story is the rice bowl. I cannot say enough good things about rice bowls. Being an Asian, love for rice is probably in my blood. They are amazingly satisfying. No matter if they are Tex-Mex styled or Asian Fusion. Also, cue in the #thisiswhyiamfat.

Asian Rice Bowl

Asian Rice Bowl

So I made this Asian inspired rice bowl the other day. I found this yummiest (and the easiest) Korean beef recipe on Pinterest. And it was a huge hit. Here I made it with ground turkey. It has a great sweet-salty-spicy-smoky flavor. I love ginger in Asian food, so I doubled the amount from the original recipe. The carrot is cooked in Japanese Kinpira style; which is just a fancy way to say it was sautéed and simmered. I found the recipe in Just Bento blog/cookbook, which is one of my favorites. Finally, the spinach is just wilted and sprinkled with a bit of sesame oil. (If you are into Korean or Japanese food you should get some sesame oil for your pantry. It completely changes the flavors of vegetables and makes them extra yummy). All of these topped my bowl of steamed Basmati rice. I used Basmati, because that’s all I have in hand. You can go for either long or short grain rice.

Asian Rice Bowl
The recipes that I used:
Korean Beef
Carrot Kinpira

Are you a rice fan? What is your favorite rice dish to cook? Do share! I love to read your comments.

September 2, 2014

Currently I am...

Froth Galore
...eating Questbars!! I am not a person who is into hypes, specially hyped foods. But I was looking for something to satisfy my sweet tooth, and that did not taste chemically. I finally found them at our local Hyvee (grocery store). These are ridiculously expensive but freaking delicious. Right now I only buy them once or twice a week.

...drinking loads of homemade lattes and cappuccinos, as I practice frothing milk with our new espresso maker. So far I’ve demolished 3 gallons of milk in the process. They say it takes about 5 gallons of milk to master the perfect froth. I am half way there!

...reading 'Divergent', which is taking me ages to finish. Obviously this is not something I am enjoying very much. I’m still trying to stick to it to give it couple more chances to redeem itself before the ending; so that I can finally say ‘yeah, I gave it a try till the end, but it still sucked’. Yes, I have issues.

...listening to comedy channels on Spotify. Sometimes music bores me. I tend to listen to the same thing over and over. So it was kind of refreshing to stumble upon the ‘word’ section on Spotify.

...watching nothing is particular. I’m eagerly waiting for Fall TV to start. Although I’ve been eyeing the final season of 'The Killing' on Netflix. OMG, that show it soooo good‼ If you have Netflix, go watch it now.

...wearing my Sketchers Go Walk shoes everywhere. They look a bit dorky. But they are great for walking (duh). And I am finding myself making excuses to run around the block randomly.

...enjoying our new apartment, specially its proximity to so many fun places. I am thoroughly enjoying walks on the trail that is nearby. It’s quite pretty with a creek and everything.

August 27, 2014

Owl Kindle Cozy

The other day I sat down and asked myself, "Self, what are you doing with your blog lately? It seems abandoned and lonely. Pay attention to it, deary." I have had this weird feelings about my blog for a while. It feels I am not doing much to keep it going and make it more interesting. But writing a craft blog can be unnerving at times. I can only write posts whenever I create something or feel particularly creative. Which hasn't happened in a very long time. Then, we moved across town and I find myself in walking distance to the local Joann store. And my craftiness, once again, peeks through all the gloominess I have been harboring for the last couple of months. So, I sat myself down again, sketch some random thingies and come up with this simple kindle cozy.

Owl Kindle Cozy

Did I ever tell you guys how much I love my Kindle? No? Well, I do. Very much. It's a Kindle Paperwhite (the old version, not the new one). Paper books will always be my first love, but this comes to a very close second. It's lightweight and super portable. I have had it for a while. But it started to get a bit banged up. So I thought - why not make a cozy for it?

Owl Kindle Cozy

Owl Kindle Cozy

I decided on an owl, cause they are my absolute favorite! Some Pinterest browsing later, I came up with a sketch. I did give it a bit amigurumi-esque features. The body is made mostly of different colored felts. I used a pretty patterned fabric to line it and add a bit more interest. For the wings, I lightly stuffed them with poly-fill to give them a more of a cartoonish 3D look. The eyes were couple of 1/4 inch buttons. Finally to keep the flap (forehead & beak) closed, I used some sew-on velcro. Word of the wise, use the stick on velcro instead. It was a nightmare to sew on the velcro with a needle. All in all, I loved how the cozy turned out to be. It's a perfect fit for my Kindle and quite cute (don't mind me if I say so myself :P).

Owl Kindle Cozy

So what do you think of it? If you want to make a similar one, let me know. I will post a pattern with measurements and perhaps a how to post. Have a crafty day!