Thursday, August 12, 2010

Today I Made...

Real[ish] Ramen

In little snippets throughout the day I watched a silly movie called The Ramen Girl.
The film stars the late Brittany Murphy and is about a flighty tourist trying to become a ramen chef after her life goes to crap.

The movie itself is a little crap as well, but there was one shining star - the ramen! It looked so good I was craving it all day.
So when James came home I made us some real live ramen [not the kind in the foam cup].

There are lots of variations on ramen and lots of different ingredients to choose from. The most common being pork, eggs, norim mushrooms or green onions.

I did mine a little different [although I forgot the nori which I already had on hand and meant to use] because I am not much of a meat eater.
My toppings were: Hard boiled egg, shredded fresh spinich, corn, peas, sauteed tofu and imitation crab meat.

Next time I will definitely add the nori, and forgo the crab. It was too sweet. I am considering some red peppers as well.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Holding Off For The BIG Reveal.

So I have been wanting to post photos of my living room for a while. It is sooooo close to be finished and it already looks really good.
I just can't do it until I feel it is complete. I know things are never complete, but there are still boxes in the corner and I just cant take photos like this.

My Bedroom is also coming along! It is painted and I have purchased the dressers [only one is assembled] and I have the materials to make my headboard.

I wish I had more to SHOW, but I just cant bring myself to do it.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Oh For A Chance At This.

Remember when I posted a little while ago about some awesome giveaways on some other blogs?
Well here is a third and its ALSO for a Silhouette cutter!
This giveaway is being offered by Infarrantly Creative.

There is only a day left but hop over now for a chance to win this awesome product and while you're at it browsed around her equally awesome blog.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I Need A Little Motivation!

I looove to do so many things. I love to sew, to paint and to write. I enjoy baking, drawing and jewelry making. I like making my own soaps, slip covers and scented oils.
These are my favorite things to do above all else.

So ask me how often I do these things?
Consider that my full time employment is the care of my husbands elderly grandmother. Remember that I do this from home, and most of it involves simply being here in case she hurts herself.
Contemplate the HOURS of time I have to my own devices and the GORGEOUS light filled [and of course incomplete] studio I have set up downstairs.
I must participate in my favorite activities AT LEAST daily right? No.
I strive pushing and aching and willing myself to create something once a day and I usually fail.

When I was in school I always wanted more time for doing these things. When I was working full time outside the home I yearned for the time and energy to create something on my own.

And now, when I have the perfect situation, I don't do it.
Instead I watch tv, read books, go shopping, organize my closet, organize my kitchen, invite over family, do favors for others. Anything but what I really want to be doing.

I am going to try a new tactic. I am going to give myself deadlines. Just like in school. I am going to give myself projects, with guidelines and criteria. I am going to say "this is what you must create" and then create it.

This is how I am starting.

I got one of these on clearance at the craft store last week.

Starting Saturday [tomorrow I am painting my bedroom] I am going to start painting in it. I want to fill up the pages before the end of the month. This is my first project, my first assignment. Lets see how I do.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I Have To Brag A Little!

I have a good friend from college, James Harte, who is an architect and carpenter.
Years before we were married [or even engaged] my husband and I helped James move and he had the most beautiful trunk.

I asked him about it and he said he built it himself and I said I would take one for Christmas.
He offered to make us one someday as a wedding gift.

He was a little late but brought us our phenomenal trunk last week when he visited for a party I threw.
Look at this thing! Sorry for all the photos, it is just so pretty.

Today I Made...

Caprese Salad Sandwich.

Mmmmmm. Another delicious breakfast.
So good with fresh basil sea salt and olive oil.