Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Yummy Thai Coconut Soup

The very first time I ate Thai Coconut Soup, I was in complete heaven!  After one bite, I looked at my husband and told him, "WOW! That is the best thing I have ever eaten!"  
And I stand by that statement to this day.  
The thai restaurant that we go to is definitely amazing, and I can in no way match their "magic", 
but I wanted to copy their soup as close as I could for times when I am craving it, but can't go out.  
I scoured the internet, and this is my recipe of what I believe to be close to the great Thai Drift's Galanga Coconut Soup. 
Its warm, delicious, and super healthy!
I love it, and don't have to feel guilty for eating a lot of it. :)

1 lb. chicken breast
4 cans of chicken broth
4 1/2 cups coconut milk
12 slices of ginger (quarter size)
*2 Tblsp. fish sauce
*1 tsp. Roasted Red Pepper Paste
(*these are both found with oriental seasonings and sauces)
2 freshly squeezed limes
1 can of baby corn
1 cup mushrooms
1 large tomato sliced
6 mini red, orange, and yellow bell peppers
1/2 cup cilantro
1/4 cup green onion
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 Tblsp. Real Salt
1/2 drop of lemongrass oil
2 drops of lime oil

Bring chicken, coconut milk, broth, ginger, fish sauce, pepper paste, and lime juice to a boil. Simmer until chicken is cooked through.  Take out chicken and dice. Add back in with corn, mushrooms, tomato, sliced peppers, salt, and oils.
Simmer for an hour or longer on low heat to really let all the flavors marry. During the last 10 minutes, add the diced cilantro, green onions and basil leaves.  
Serve over rice. 

This recipe has more veggies than other recipes I have seen online, but it is what I have come to love over cozy dinners with my hubby and long chats with my BFF.  This is just the way we love it!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Quick Valentine Wreath

February 1st and I had nothing for my door related to Valentine's day. So sad.  I knew I didn't feel like heading into town to buy supplies, so I literally scrounged through things I already had and spent an hour putting together this simple wreath.  Not sure what to call it- Spare parts?? :) LOL
Not as glamorous as some on the wonderful world wide web, but at least my door is feeling a little love now. 
I'm calling it good. :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Embossed Music Note Wreath

I wanted something really special to complement the wall I was working on in my living room.  I knew I wanted something neutral but pretty.  Since I love music so much, I made a paper wreath from an old book of sheet music that was falling apart.  I didn't want it discarded. I wanted it on my wall. :)
Here's a step by step tutorial of my beloved wreath:

 Here's the final product:

I hung it on my grandparents (Mississippi) window inside my (Utah) 
house and I love it!  :)

Thanks for looking! :)

Linking up with:
Oopsey Daisy

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Refinished Bookshelf Tutorial

I wish I had gotten a photo of the bookshelf upright and indoors before I dragged it outside, but at least I took one before photo.
And yes, that's my kitty hoping we were building something for her to explore in. ;)
First, I primed the whole bookshelf with white primer for two reasons.  One- I invisioned a white undercoat and two, this bookshelf is oak, and therefore, very grainy.  I didn't want the wood grain to dominate through the paint.  I knew I wanted a few layers poking through when it was finished so I then painted some of it with dark brown.  I painted this outside by my garage and I am sure my neighbors were wondering if I had lost all sense of style- painting a bookshelf like a cow.  It was very temporary.

After it dried overnight and got a good sun bake, I applied a light brushing of some crackle paint over some of the brown paint.  I didn't want the whole thing crackled.  I just wanted a natural heat and humidity weathered appeal. :)
Then I painted a pretty pale blue- with just a hint of grey.

Next, I sanded all over to reveal my underneath layers of paint.  I varied the intensity of the sanding all over, but most of it is very subtle.  Some of the crackle paint gave me bubbles instead of crackle, and I loved that too.  It sanded beautifully!

 The final step was the glazing.  Again, I wanted it soft and natural, so I mixed Valspar glaze with some walnut dark stain- about 8 to 1 parts.   Then I stirred it all up and painted the whole shelf down.  Before it was too dry (maybe 10-15 minutes), I wiped it down with rag.  I continued applying and wiping until I was satified with the coverage.  Very fun.  But do wear gloves when doing this!

This is the final product:

             I especially loved the school pics of my mom I placed by some of my favorite books. :)  And the shelf below contains a great old photo of my Hubby's Grandpa and his squadron from WWII.  And I also put 3 old cameras on there- all from different eras. 

This has been a nice soft change to my living room. :)
Now I want to paint and panel in here. Any suggestions?