Wednesday, December 22, 2010

holiday postcards

i've been searching for holidays cards for weeks and couldn't find one that i liked so i pieced one together using a couple of printables found through my favorite blogs.

i decided to turn this card by pauline grayson at munfinc into a postcard. for the back i used this design by amy moss at eat drink chic. brush on a ton of rubber cement (with the windows open!) to glue it onto a pearly postcard from paper source, slap a stamp on it, and into the mailbox it goes. i love the design and i save on paper and postage. sweet!

Friday, December 17, 2010

kalbi jeem + mexican pizza

a couple of weeks ago, i went on an asian food kick and we ate nothing but korean food for days. one of the new things i tried was kalbi jeem... braised short ribs cooked with carrots, onions, garlic, radish, and soy sauce until the meat is so tender that it just glides right off of the bones.

i used this recipe by maangchi (who by the way is the master of cooking homestyle korean food) and the recipe found in this book as a guide. easy to make but time consuming. by the time it was finished, i was so tired of standing that i wasn't hungry anymore! but artie really liked it so it was well worth the effort.

after all that asian food, i needed a break and so we had a mexican pizza last night. i saw the pioneer woman's mexican "flatbread" pizza recipe and followed the basic idea. i threw on refried beans, leftover taco meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, green onions and topped it all off with sour cream and taco sauce. being extra lazy, i used a tube of pillsbury pizza dough. so good! i actually got bummed when i got full last night because i wanted to eat more. but that's okay because now i have leftovers for lunch today :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

ami bridal party

a friend of mine from undergrad just got married! as a surprise to her bridesmaids, she requested tiny amis for each of them. i was in a bit of a rush to get them to the post office so my photos aren't the best. i love miss chipmunk's eyelashes and how perfect the koala's nose turned out to be. there's also a little gray otter that belongs in this group but all the photos looked strange since the otter lies on her side instead of sitting upright.

congratulations mrs. k.s.! i hope you had a lovely wedding and that your bridesmaids liked their little amis.!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

chronicle's haul-idays

i heart chronicle books. i always keep an eye out for those little glasses because it's a guarantee that the pages will transport me to a happy place. they're having this amazing contest called haul-idays. bloggers share their chronicle book wish lists (up to $500) and earn a chance to win the whole stack for themselves and a second stack for a lucky commenter! it's too amazing. i almost can't handle it.

Chronicle Book Haul-idays

Print & Pattern: Laurence King Publishing $35.00 : Chronicle Books, $35
Decorate: 1,000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home..., $35
Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe $35.00 :..., $35
Lotta Jansdotter's Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style..., $30
Handmade Weddings: More than 50 Crafts to Style and Personalize Your..., $25
Whip Up Mini Quilts: Patterns and How-to for More Than 20 Contemporary..., $25
Farmers' Market Desserts: Gorgeous Fruit Recipes from First Prize..., $25
Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free: 75 Recipes for Irresistible Gluten-Free..., $25
All Cakes Considered: A Year’s Worth of Weekly Recipes Tested, Tasted,..., $25
Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and..., $25
Quick & Easy Mexican Cooking: More than 80 Everyday Recipes $22.95 :..., $23
Tapas: Sensational Small Plates from Spain $22.95 : Chronicle Books, $23
Wallpaper Projects: More than 50 Craft and Design Ideas for Your Home,..., $23
Cake Pops by Bakerella: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for Irresistible..., $20
Knitting Pretty: Simple Instructions for 30 Fabulous Projects $19.95 :..., $20
Quick and Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes $18.95 : Chronicle Books, $19
Whoopie Pies: Dozens of Mix 'em, Match 'em, Eat 'em Up Recipes! $16.95..., $17
My Milk Toof: The Adventures of ickle and Lardee $15.95 : Chronicle..., $16
Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts! Lacy Crochet!: $14.95 : Chronicle Books, $15
Oh Joy! Mix & Match Stationery: $8.95 : Gifts : Chronicle Books, $8.95

grand total: $499.10

thanks to oh, hello friend for sharing this contest! be sure to visit danni's site for a chance to win her wish list! it's a good one.