Monday, October 5, 2015

One Pot Thai Pasta Bowl

If you like Thai - you will love this dish!  And, it couldn't be simpler.  It's a one pot meal - place all the ingredients together in one pot, cook for 10 minutes, and enjoy.  It's doesn't get much easier than that!  I made this on a Friday night after a long week at work, and it was perfect.

(Recipe adapted from this one at Your Cup of Cake)

One Pot Thai Pasta Bowl
- 12 oz. pasta (spaghetti or linguine; uncooked)
- 4 cups vegetable stock or broth
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2" section of ginger root; cut into 1/2" long pieces
- 1 large carrot, sliced into 2" long slices
- 1 red bell pepper; sliced into 2" long slices
- 6 green onions; sliced lengthwise and into 2" long pieces
- 1/2 cup roasted, salted peanuts, plus additional for garnish
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter (creamy)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon red curry paste (I found this in a tiny jar in the Asian section of my grocery store)
- Juice of 1 lime
- Lime wedges, for garnish
- Fresh cilantro, for garnish

1.  Add all ingredients (except for lime juice, lime wedges, and cilantro) to a medium size stock pot.  Place on stove and bring to a boil over medium / high heat.  Reduce heat to medium / low, and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat.  If all of liquid is not yet absorbed, cover and let sit, about 5 minutes.  Remove ginger pieces and discard.  Stir in lime juice.

2.  Dish out pasta and top with chopped peanuts, lime wedges, and chopped cilantro for garnish.  Enjoy!

I really loved this dish - I'm putting it on my regular meal rotation list.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Fall Tablescape & Centerpiece Box Tutorial

Fall officially begins this week.  I can't remember a summer flying by as quickly as this one did.  I wouldn't mind a bit more summer, but there's no stopping it!  I started Fall decorating last week with the project I worked on with the Home Depot (see it here).  Today I am back with a tutorial on the centerpiece box.  It is so easy and only took an hour to put together. 


Supplies for Centerpiece Box:
- (2) poplar 1 x 6 boards; 30" long (for the sides)
- (2) poplar 1 x 6 boards; 8-3/4" long (for the ends)
- (1) poplar 1 x 8 board; 30" long (for the bottom)
- Finishing nails; 1-1/2" size
- Wood glue
- Stain-able wood filler
- Sandpaper
- Stain of your choice (I used Minwax Classic Gray)

1.  Apply a small amount of wood glue to the end of the bottom piece and attach one side.  Use finishing nails to secure.

2.  Attach other side in the same way.

3.  Attach one end.

4.  Attach other end piece.

5.  Now, use a counter-sink tool and recess each finishing nail (please ignore the glue on my hand in this photo!)

6.  Using a putty knife, fill each recessed nail hole with filler.  After filler has dried, sand entire box.

7.  Now, your box is ready to finish any way you'd like.  I used Mixwax Penetrating Stain in Classic Gray, and then finished of with a touch of DecorArt's Metallic Lustre in color Champagne Ice.

That's it!  I had all my wood cut at Home Depot, so this project was super easy to put together.  Next up, filling the box.  I used floral foam blocks in the bottom of my box (not wet, just dry) to bring up the height a bit.

Then I added candles.

And then a variety of pumpkins, gourds, and squash.

And finally, greenery.  I used lamb's ears and kale, picked from my yard, and ornamental purple kale from a plant I bought at the farmer's market.

Tuck the green in all the bare spots around the box. Just keep adding greens until the box is all filled out.  Of course, if you want this to last all season, just use artificial greenery.

Here are more photos of the finished box and my Fall tablescape.

Have a great week and enjoy the official start of fall!

I've shared this post with:
- The Fall into Fall Party at DIY by Design

Monday, September 14, 2015

Fall Decorating in the Dining Room

{This post is sponsored by the Home Depot}
We are halfway through September already.  Can you believe it?  You know what that means - pumpkins, apple cider, cozy blankets, cooler nights, and Fall decorating!  I kicked off my Fall decorating last weekend with a great DIY project from The Home Depot - A Rustic Pumpkin Stand from their DIH Workshops.  

I love how my stand turned out!  The project involved using a jig saw (my first time using one!) and was super simple to put together.  The fun part was deciding how to finish it off.  I chose to stain it using Minwax's Classic Gray #271 stain.  Then I applied a metallic wax finish to finish it off.
I placed the stand in an area in our dining room and filled it with cut mum stems.  I don't think there is a flower that symbolizes Fall more than the mum!

I think it's pretty cool that The Home Depot offers these workshops.  The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.
There are three types of Workshops offered - Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and kids.  Customers can learn how to build decor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.  Visit The Home Depot to learn more.
The Home Depot's Workshops are designed to provide a mix of associate-led instruction, demonstration, and some hands-on learning.  Materials can be purchased to make your own project.  For more information, contact your local Home Depot Store.

I had so much fun building the pumpkin stand, I decided to also build a box to use as a centerpiece on our dining room table.

I finished it the same way as the pumpkin stand and then filled it up with pumpkins, gourds, candles, and greenery.

The table is set and all ready for Fall.

I kept it simple - pumpkins and squash in white and green (surprise, surprise) to tie in with the pumpkin stand, and just a touch of orange in the napkins.

Here's a close up of the finish on the pumpkin stand.  I really like how it turned out!


Big thanks to The Home Depot for sponsoring this post!  I had a lot of fun working on the pumpkin stand, and now, I think I can say that I am officially ready for Fall.

To locate and sign up for a workshop in your area, visit The Home Depot HERE.

Several wonderful and inspiring bloggers participated in creating their own DIY Rustic Pumpkin Stand. Visit the links below to check out their wonderful ideas for using the pumpkin stand all around the house.
·         Domestically Speaking
·         Redhead Can Decorate
·         My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
·         Setting for Four
·         Little Red Brick House
·         Live Laugh Rowe
·         Thistlewood Farms
·         Little Glass Jar
·         Ella Claire
·         Anderson and Grant
Guest Room
·         All Things Thrifty
·         Over the Big Moon
·         Pretty Providence
·         Lou Lou Girls
Living Room
·         DIY on the Cheap
·         The Frugal Homemaker
·         Dogs Don't Eat Pizza
·         Just a Girl and Her Blog
·         Maison de Pax
Dining Room
·         The Yellow Cape Cod
·         Southern Revivals
·         Meadow Lake Road
·         Inspiring Hearts & Homes
I acknowledge that the Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program (the "Program").  As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot.  All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.  My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.


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