Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Now I'm Sittin On Top of the World

Tonight I will be painting my living room- what a big task!  I spent all last night watching Weeds and moving the furniture to one side of the room so we could steam clean the carpet, and will be cleaning the other half after we paint and move the furniture to the opposite end of the room.  I'm excited to see how the paint looks!  I'm worried it will turn out too dark, but the only way to know is to just try it out!

I found a rug I love for under our dining table:

In other news, I'm excited for this weekend.  I've got plans with some of my favorite people on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights!  Let's just hope the weather is as nice as last Saturday!  It was heaven lying out on my parent's lawn watching Tim play with the neighbor's little girl and drinking some kombucha tea and eating some delicious olives.

4/27 Playlist
  • Black Keys- Goodbye Babylon
  • Flaming Lips- Do You Realize?
  • Nirvana- Man Who Sold the World
  • Semisonic- Never You Mind
  • Jimmy Eat World- Polaris
  • Jimi Hendrix- If 6 was 9
  • Straight No Chaser- Stand By Me
  • Led Zepplin- Dancing Days
  • Jefferson Airplane- Today
  • T.I.- On Top of the World
  • Electric Light Orchasta- Can't Get it Out of My Head
  • Otis Redding- Sittin On the Dock of the Bay
  • Joni Mitchell- Blue

Friday, April 22, 2011

Living Room Re-Design

To say I am obsessed with decorating is an understatement.  I can't help it!  I need something to keep my brain busy 24/7, and my favorite way to drift away is to image various design options.  More to the point of this post, Tim and I are ready to redo the living room.  While we love the green, we're ready for a more relaxing, less shiny, and most importantly, a more mature space.  

This is the paint color we've picked out- River Reflections from Benjamin Moore:
Blurry, but this is where I fell in love with the color Source

I even made a little drawing of how I want to paint the entry hall wall.  I am in love with it!  It has a touch of French inspired design mixed with my personal style.

With a greige wall color like this, I need to pick accessories to really make the room pop.  I think the most important thing is a rug that will stand out right when you walk in the door.  Either that, or a serene robin egg's blue.  Here's the best option's I've come up with so far (what does everyone think?)


As for the rest of the room, I already have lots of accessories in berry blue, plum, and kelly green.  But here's more of my inspiration:

How perfect would this chair be?  I'm in love with it:

We Did it When We Were Young

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Country Roads, Take Me Home... that place, I belong!

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Rain

One of my all time favorite bands ever, Oasis:

Little bit of trivia- they were originally known as The Rain before changing their name to Oasis (a much cooler name, I think)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pasta Primovera

This recipe is super easy and super yummy!!

Not a great picture but delicious!

2 cups fresh broccoli
1/4 lb sugar snap peas, sliced in half
8 oz spaghetti
1 cup pesto
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (I used sun dried tomatoes instead)
3 medium carrots, grated
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Have a bowl of ice water ready.  Drop the broccoli and peas into the boiling water; cook until bright green and tender, about 1 minute.  Transfer vegetables with a slotted spoon to the ice water to stop cooking.

Stir the pasta into the boiling water.  Cook until tender, drain pasta and transfer to large bowl.  While pasta is still warm, add the pesto and toss until combined. 

While the pasta cooks, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the tomatoes and cook 1 minute.  Add the broccoli and peas, carrots, and a pinch of salt.  Cook veggies until warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes.  Add them to pasta mixture and toss.  Then add cheese, season with salt and pepper and serve. 

I threw together some garlic bread to go with the pasta as well: slice up a French roll, spray with olive oil, take a garlic clove and rub furiously, then broil for a few minutes:


Stuck in my head today... "Gonna be..shining live your life! Ehhh eh eh! Just live your life! Ehhh eh eh!"

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Potato & Chard Enchiladas

This is seriously the best recipe ever. Ever. I used this recipe and just changed it up a little by substituting feta cheese for cojito and using jarred salsa. Here's how I did it:

1/2 pound Swiss chard, rinsed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus as needed
1 teaspoons kosher salt
6 ounces Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch dice
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
Fresh ground pepper
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled, divided
8 corn tortillas
1 jar tomatillo salsa

In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat the 2 tablespoons oil. Add the potatoes and cook until golden brown and tender, about 8 minutes. Season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and pepper, to taste. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Add the onions and garlic, and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the Swiss chard leaves, and remaining salt and pepper, cover, stirring occasionally, until the leaves are wilted, about 5 minutes more. Transfer the mixture to a strainer over a medium bowl, drain off any excess liquid, and cool. Combine the potatoes with 1/2 cup of the cheese and the Swiss chard mixture, and set aside.

Chard stems, if you want to add them- cook for about 4 minutes before adding the leaves 

To assemble the enchiladas: Pour enough vegetables oil into a skillet so it is about a 1/4 deep, and heat over high heat. Fry the tortillas one at a time, until they are soften, about 5 seconds. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pour about a cup of the tomatillo salsa into the bottom of 13 by 9 inch baking dish. Put 2 heaping tablespoon of the Swiss chard mixture in the center each tortilla and roll them up. Place the tortillas, seams side down, on the sauce laying the enchiladas snuggly next to one other. Spoon the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake until the enchiladas are heated through and the cheese is softened, about 20 minutes.


Note: I also added black olives on top of each enchilada just like my grandpa used to- yum yum yum!!

A song to get you inspired :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday, Monday

How was everyone's weekends? Mine was good and long with no work!!! I spent Friday night bouncing from Elysian Fields to Safeco Field to Pyramid with Tim, PJ and Marc. It was lots of fun, and the Macklemore tribute perfomance to Dave Neihaus made both Tim and I tear up!!

I went to this awesome tea house in Bell Town with my mom and her high school friends who are visiting this weekend. It was very neat, we all sat around the tea-stress and she made us any tea we wanted. We were about 12 cups in by the time we were able to pull ourselves away! My mom bought me some cocunut tea that I'm looking forward to as an afternoon pick me up, and a rose tea that is supposed to help you sleep (let's hope it works!)

I also spent my REI dividend on a camp pad to go with the new sleeping bag I got for Christmas. I'm so very anxious for summer to start so I can hit the woods and the rocks and the ocean shores and the moutains!

On another note, I finally found the paint color I want to do in my living room (good bye green!), "River Reflections" by Benjamin Moore- it's a nice griege color that should look great with all the teal and plum accents I already have. I'm very excited to get it going!

Here are some of the songs I'm listening to today with this beautiful sunshine:

LOVE Blind Melon

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

I can't stop listening to this song. It's just amazing. Most people (OK practically everyone) likes music, but for me it's a spiritual experience- the closest I've ever come to feeling truely spiritual has been listening to great songs where you can really hear the artist's emotions and love for their music- like Eric Clapton playing Tears in Heaven or Bell Bottom Blues or Presence of the Lord. Or Elton John's Boarder Song or Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters. And of course my two favorite songs in the world, Let it Be and Music of the Night. All I need to do is turn on one of these songs and I'm taken away. After a long stressful day, I always turn on Pink Floyd and relax. When I am feeling happy and want to hear something good, I turn on Otis Redding or Sam Cooke. There are just so many amazing songs that touch me in ways people must feel like when they experience their own personal version of state of nirvana.

When I listen to more modern music, sure it's got a catchy beat and I enjoy singing Katy Perry and Ke$ha as much as the next girl (or Tim) but then I am reminded that truely wonderful music still exists when I hear the melodies of Sea Wolf or the Black Keys.

However, sixties and seventies will forever touch me more musically than any other era. I was definitely born in the wrong decade, but hey I'm not complaining about the better opoptunities and quality of life I've been provided in exchange :).