Monday, February 25, 2013

new music monday

Now that I'm living in Hamtramck, I have the pleasure of hearing CBC Radio when I'm driving. I have a long history of love for Canadian music (think Sloan, not Barenaked Ladies). I heard Dan Mangan performing live the other day and it made me cry.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

loser unplugged

The last week was overwhelming. On Thursday, we picked up the keys for our tiny house. I spent the weekend painting, cleaning, and moving things in. There have been some surprising problems with the house, such as a bathroom light that does not work. But, other than putting on my make-up in the dark, living in our own house seems to diminish those little flaws. 

We haven't had the internet set up yet, so no blogging for me. I went through serious withdrawals. It was sort of an eye opener to see how "plugged in" I have become. I still can't wait to have internet again, but maybe I will look a bit harder at how much my life revolves around it from now on.

On Monday, I started my new job as an interactive graphic designer. I'm finally using the skill set I went to school for. It's exhilarating and scary at the same time. When you're doing something creative for a living, it's difficult to detach yourself from the work you're making. You don't have complete artistic control and you may be asked to do things that aren't aesthetically pleasing to you. It's a challenge every day, in a way that I've never experienced in a job before. 

This weekend, I'm back in Brooklyn, watching my mom's dogs while she's on holiday. We are taking a day trip to Allen, the antique capital of Michigan, to look for some furniture for the tiny house.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

lettuce wraps with peanut sauce

As of today, I'm moving out of my mother's house. There are so many things I'll miss: television, sleeping in, ice skating, playing with my nephews, etc... What I won't miss is all of the junk food. It's been a constant battle between trying to be healthy and eating with the family. I'm looking forward to having complete control over my kitchen again.

For my last lunch with my mom, I made these Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce. They were easy and relatively healthy. 
 Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce 

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
4 teaspoons soy sauce or Braggs
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 package of faux ground beef crumbles
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 thinly sliced green onions
3 tablespoons soy sauce or Braggs
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha 

1 cup matchstick-cut cucumbers
1 cup matchstick-cut carrots

1 cup matchstick-cut red peppers
2 cups hot cooked quinoa
8 lettuce leaves 

To make the sauce, heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add minced shallot and saute for 2 minutes. Add water, peanut butter, soy sauce, and red pepper and whisk until blended. Bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in lime juice.

To make the filling, heat olive oil in a large skillet of medium heat. Add the green onions and saute for 1 minute. Add the faux ground beef and saute until cooked. Add soy sauce, ginger, sugar, and Sriracha and saute for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in cucumbers, carrots, and red peppers.

Fill each lettuce leaf with about 1/4 cup of quinoa. Top with about 1/2 cup of the filling. Drizzle with peanut sauce and serve.

Prepping Vegetables
Prepping Vegetables
Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


I went old media for my Virginia Woolf text + image project. These words break my heart.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

tiny house

I alluded to a lot of changes last week without going into much detail. They are now set in stone, so I can be a bit more specific.

First, I got a job.

Second, I am moving into a tiny house.

We found the tiniest carriage house in Hamtramck and we move in this weekend. I am ecstatic about having my own tiny home, without all the caution and irritation that comes with sharing ceilings and walls with neighboring apartments.

I'm starting to paint the place the minute we get a key. I have already decorated everything in my head. I spent much of my weekend scouring the internet for the perfect paintings and furniture. In the spring, I can have a tiny garden in my tiny yard. My head is swimming with all of possibilities of tiny house renting.

Monday, February 4, 2013

new music monday

It's usually difficult for me to like new music that isn't rap. But, anything that sounds like it's from another time is more likely to win me over. Hence, my new found love for Foxygen. Shout out to Caylee of If You Seek Style for tweeting about them.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

diy embroidered sweatshirt

Embroidered Sweatshirt

I love grey fitted sweatshirts. I buy every one I find when I'm thrifting. I would wear them everyday if I could. Recently, I saw a pin that had a grey sweatshirt with an embroidered collar. I figured it would be a way to spruce up my collection. I am so happy with the results!

Embroidered Sweatshirt