20140927

Pictionary Chalkboard Art

Did a fun activity with Tim drawing on our chalkboard wall we have in our living room. Played a little Pictionary game where we picked words(from Word Generator) and drew the same thing together. Our goal was to fill in cute drawings in the wall space much as possible.

We're both artists and there still lot of things we just can't draw things properly, but interesting to see how each of us interpret things.

With this lovely backdrop we had a little photo session playing around with lightings. As for the cupcake, Tim got them for me to wish me happy birthday. Thank you!

wall art WIP 1

wall art WIP 2

wall art WIP 3

completed wall art

wall art

night light

night light with birthday cupcake


20140922

Jambalaya

Tried my first attempt to make Jambalaya with sausage and shrimp. It's probably not made correctly but I like how simple it is to make!

Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya
- 2tbsp butter
- 8oz Andouille sausage or other smoky sausage, cut into 1/4'' thick
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup diced tomato
- 1 large freen bell pepper, diced
- 2 rib celery, sliced 1/4'' thick
- 4 green onion, sliced thin
- 1 cup brown rice(pre-made for quick make)
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1. Cook sausage(5min with butter). Add all spices. Saute for 1 min then add tomatoes. Cook until liquid evaporate.
2. Add bell pepper, celery, most of green onion and stir 5min.
3. Stir in tice, mix well. Add stock and bring to simmer.
4. When rice is tender add shrimp and cook for another 5min.


jambalaya

20140825

summer

It's been hard to blog weekly when there are so many things you can do in the summer. I've been enjoying my time making breakfast, trying out new recipes, fishing, crafting, and walking a lot under bright sun.

How's your summer been?

 breakfast3

fishing

breakfast2

light

Hamilton Bay Front

breakfast1

cloud

20140720

crochet socks

I found this adorable idea at LUTTER IDYL's crochet socks for furniture. I recently bought drawer from IKEA that's definitely going to scratch the wooden floor so this is best time to try making them.

So easy to make, I will continue making more for my other furniture that has feet!
I used thicker yarn for this but I will try finer string that will look more elegant like what Lutter Idyl has.

 chair foot socks

chair foot socks

chair foot socks

20140713

Chili

Made chili for the first time!
I like how easy and simple to make. It makes quite a lot so it can lasts few days. You can pretty much put anything you like is what I like the most.

Chili
- 2lb lean ground beef
- 1 box mushroom
- 1-2 onion, sliced
- 1-2 green pepper, chunks
- 2-3 celery, sliced
- 1 28fl oz/796ml tomato sauce
- 1-1.5 tbsp chili season mix
- 1 bottle of your favorite beer
- 1 cup of parsley

-1 green onion, finely slice(for garnish)
-2 large bun, for dipping or make into soup bowl.

1. Cook onion until tender. Add ground beef until fully cooked.
2. Add all veggies/herb with season mix, tomato sauce, and beer. Mix.
3. Simmer until the consistency that you like. (if it gets too thick just add more tomato sauce)

chili

20140630

Noodles with Mushroom & Lemon Ginger Dressing

Made this simple and easy to make noodle that goes very well with anything as side dish. But I love it enough that I had it by itself.

Got it from one of my favorite recipe site Simply Recipe for this refreshing meal. Very simple to make, you just cook noodle and saute the mushrooms. Mix those 2 in large bowl, add the dressing and toss.

Noodles with Mushroom & Lemon Ginger Dressing
Lemon Ginger Dressing:
- 3/4 tsp Chilli powder
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp squeezed lemon juice
- 1 inch section of ginger, grated
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1/3cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp sesami oil
- 3 tbsp olive oil

Noodles
- 9 ounces noodle(used pasta instead of soba)
- 7 ounces mushrooms
- 1 1/2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp minced herbs(parsley, green onion, cilantro, or basil)
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds



Noodles with Mushroom & Lemon Ginger Dressing

Noodles with Mushroom & Lemon Ginger Dressing

20140608

t-shirt drawing

First time using fabric markers to draw on T-shirts. It was a lot flexible to draw on fabric more than I expected. It gives that sketchy look that I like on paper.

I went to 8 years old girl's birthday party where they had craft session to decorate your shirt and make necklaces. The birthday girl has younger sister so I drew their current favorite movie, Frozen characters on extra t-shirt they had for the party.

This gave me an idea to draw anything I like on old tanktops to dash it up so I would wear it more often.

t-shirt drawing with fabric markers

elsa drawing

anna drawing