Sunday, February 28, 2010

forever 21

Today is my birthday everyone! From now on, every birthday will by my 21st, just not my first 21st. Gives whole new meaning to the store name. (Not that I even really shop there... )

I had an overall great day, and great birthday weekend. (Pictures are at the end... for those of you who do not wish to read my long description of events.)

Yesterday, my bff Trisha took me out for breakfast to The Original Pancake House. I have been there once before, and remember it being unbelievably crowded, so we went early. I mean, early. We were seated around 7:45. I had the Apple Pancakes Jr., which was still large enough to cover me for two meals. Trish had the pecan waffles. It was generally excellent. (PS, the apple pancakes are more of a german pancake, or oven pancake. De.li.cious.)

We then went back to Trisha's house and watched movies while working on making some flower accessories, sold online here and in person here. My special birthday present? I got to feel Trisha's baby kick! What a miraculous thing, and great present. Thank you Trisha!

In the afternoon, A and I took the train to Costco for our weekly sampling. We then took the bus home, an adventure on public transit. We plaid a few games of Uno, then headed to the DI. I spent two (!!) hours there, and came out with nothing. That wasn't so great. (A did some errands while I shopped.) After that we went and said hello to A's brother and his cute wife and two-year-old daughter, who danced to Beyonce's Single Ladies for us, which just about made me die, it was that cute. They live close to our favorite Indian restaurant, India House, so we stopped by there for some delicious food. I ordered the potato saag, and A had the tandoori chicken. We swapped a bit, of course. It was heavenly. (Who knew stew could be so delicious?) So, Saturday was a good day.

Today, I woke up to a delicious breakfast of pull-aparts, and some very thoughtful gifts. First, a kitchen scale (eek!) and the second Glee CD, along with some Almond Joy m&m's. Second, two skeins of beautiful peruvian wool yarn, a set of circular knitting needles (supposedly the cadillac of that variety) and a note saying I am signed up for the Intro. to the Magic Loop Class, all from Blazing Needles. Thank you A! How sweet and thoughtful! A really is SO good at the whole present thing. He is the best.

This afternoon we drove up to Ogden to pick up my birthday cupcakes, and I got some sweet birthday hugs from my niece and nephew. Then it was on to a family party, where I got some more sweet birthday wishes (from kids and adults alike) and had a great dinner. Thank you to Annie for hosting, and to everyone for the food, well wishes, and cards!

Now, onto the pictures.

This is the awesome cupcake taker my cupcakes came in. I need one. They have them at Costco.

My sister is ha-mazing. Not only do these look fantastic, but the taste fantastic!

Dishing up.

Yummy.

They were hummingbird cupcakes, so banana with pineapple and nuts, and cream cheese frosting. So good. Thank you Mary!





Sunday, February 21, 2010

basic black.


basic black.
Originally uploaded by the hipster thrifters
I wore this today, to the homecoming of a friend, and the interfaith concert at the Tabernacle, which was amazing! Still missing A.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

eat cake.

Tonight my family had a little birthday party for my mom and me. She and my dad will be out of town next week for our birthdays, so we celebrated a week early. My sister Mary hosted, and cooked up the most amazing Chicago-style pizza, and these adorable little individual tiered cakes. I also received a beautiful succulent from my brother Mike, and had a generally jolly time celebrating with siblings, parents, a grandmother, and some truly great nieces and a nephew. I love birthdays, and my family. The only thing missing was my favorite person, A, who is on a short business trip. It has been a whole nine hours, and I already miss him very much! Love you A!

Happy Birthday to us!

Mary really outdid herself, these were all so adorable!

The inside was delicious, very moist, made with coconut oil.

So cute!

Friday, February 19, 2010

food, inc.

That's a good movie, you should all watch it. Also, watch The Future of Food. Also, Home. Also, Playing for change. Those are the theme-movies of this semester for me.

That's not what I'm going to post about, though.

I'm going to post a recipe, hooray!

Here's how I made the Thai curry chicken I posted about earlier.

Original Recipe (My adjustments in parens)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 t canola oil (2 t)
1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch wedges (1 large onions)
3/4 c light coconut milk (1 can)
1/2 t red curry paste (2-3 t)
1/8 t black pepper (I just ground some up in there)
1 lb. chicken breast tenders (4 large chicken breasts, cut into strips)
3 T chopped fresh cilantro (half a bunch, chopped)
1 1/2 t fish sauce (3 t fish sauce)
1 7-oz bottle roasted red bell peppers, drained and coarsely chopped (3/4 of a 12-oz. jar)

(Here I would suggest you start some rice! I did 2 c dry jasmine rice with 3 c water. I actually forgot to start it till I was almost done cooking, so there was some rice-caused delay.)

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 4 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently. Stir in coconut milk, curry paste, and black pepper. Add chicken, bring to a simmer. Cook 8 minutes or until chicken is done, stirring frequently. Stir in cilantro (I waited until the very last minute for this, and saved some for garnish) and remaining ingredients; cook 1 minute. Serve over rice.

(Recipe from "the best of Cooking Light everyday favorites.")


90% thrifted

The only non-thrifted things in my outfit today? Pants, necklace, socks.

See the details on flickr.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

this outfit.


this outfit.
Originally uploaded by the hipster thrifters
I wore a sweater that I found in my thrifting on Monday. It is a little itchy in the pits, since it is wool, so I layered it over a creamy tee. See flickr for the details.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

today's outfit.


the outfit.
Originally uploaded by the hipster thrifters
Yesterday I went thrift shopping with my mom and sisters, and found some great deals. I wore two items today, and here's a picture. Go to my flickr to see the fantastic coat!

Monday, February 15, 2010

dinner for two.

So, our dinner party got postponed last night, so I just made some of it tonight.

Here's our table setting: candles, pink depression glass, grapefruit, and flourless chocolate cake (a la Rose Levy Beranbaum in the Cake Bible) with raspberry blueberry sauce.

Here's the main dish: Thai chicken, a la Cooking Light, which has onion, red pepper, red curry, and coconut milk


It was so good, and spicy!





I was very proud.


Recipe post coming soon!

(PS, the cookies posted previously were made by A's amazing mother, and he decorated them. Thanks to them both!)

happy valentine's day to me.

As promised, here's what A did for me on the day of love.... so thoughtful, and sweet, and delicious! (Literally, sweet.) He said that doing all that writing was hard, which makes it mean even more.








A is the best ever!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

funny valentine. (plus a real post!)

Yet another outfit post. (I'm trying to be better about photographing everyday.)

This is what I wore for my Valentine's date with A last night. We went to Macaroni Grill, I know, not super special it would seem, but it has sentimental value. We went there for dessert on our first date, and then for dinner and dessert right after A popped the question, and I said yes! I also need to post a picture of the surprise I got this morning for Valentine's Day. Let's just say I have the sweetest husband, in the whole world.

In other news, I made breakfast pull-aparts again this morning, so good! And stay tuned, I'm making a fantastic dinner tonight and plan on posting pictures and recipes.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

el rey.

Here's A, making fun of me. Little did he know I would actually snap the picture. In a moment of frustration, I told him he either needed to take pictures for me, or leave me alone. This made him laugh real hard.

Isn't he a stud? Notice the detail with his hands. Seriously, he could be a model.

sunday dress.


b&w
Originally uploaded by the hipster thrifters
Here's what I wore today. Look at my flickr for more detail, and color pictures. (I got my hair done on Friday, so you'll want to see the color!)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

saturday's brunch.

The past few Sundays we've been making breakfast pull-aparts. Today A has the day off (hooray!) so we are splurging and having them this morning. Right now they are in the oven, and smell heavenly.
















Here's how you make them:

  • refrigerator biscuits, cut into halves
(You can cram one large package, two small packages, or spread out one small package. They will puff up to fill the spaces. Winco has small ones for like, $.50!)
  • 2 T butter (I use coconut oil.)
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 T orange juice concentrate
  • cinnamon
  • (pecans and lemon juice, which I never have so I omit)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter in either glass square pan, or glass pie pan. Mix in sugar, OJ, and a dash of cinnamon. Spread over bottom of pan. Arrange rolls evenly in pan, and sprinkle with more cinnamon. Bake for 10-20 minutes, or until golden. (My oven cooks quickly.) Let cool for one minute, and no more, then turn out onto a serving plate, and eat immediately.



Friday, February 5, 2010

tight.


tight.
Originally uploaded by the hipster thrifters
Here's what I wore today. Look up my Flickr for the specs.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

long-time no-blog.

It has been awhile. I've been busy (not) doing homework, knitting, and cooking dinners on a regular basis. I also feel sort of at a loss, almost like I have too much to say to actually say it.

Daily I go from one extreme to another: loving school and the classes I'm taking, to feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and SO ready to be done. I try to talk myself into dropping out, but just can't face it. I guess I'll have to finish college, *sigh.

So let me tell you about my two latest obsessions:

I'm getting really into food lately. I always thought organic was silly, now I'm totally on board. Organic should be the rule, carcinogenic pesticides (on most cherries and strawberries) should be the exception, and should be marked as such. (We have the right to know!) Also, Sunflower does not carry grass-fed beef or really anything, and the only organic produce at Winco? Bananas. I may be doing this through Liberty Heights Fresh, which is exciting. Everyone should watch Food Inc. and read The Omnivore's Dilemma. Let's eat ethically, who's with me?

I am still sort of into "fashion." I haven't shopped in awhile, but now that it is a new month that may change. I've decided I could be perfectly happy shopping exclusively at thrift stores, with the exception of jeans and some shoes. I have been so lucky in my recent finds! Lately I just haven't wanted to take the time to photograph outfits, but I have had some darn good ones.

Sunday I wore an awesome wool plaid skirt that includes purple and orange in the color scheme, with a purple turtleneck, as well as a wide grosgrain ribbon as a belt.

Yesterday I borrowed (stole) a vintage Pendelton wool plaid shirt I gave A for Christmas, paired it with some navy leggings, brown riding boots, and a brown belt my mom wore on her mission in Ecuador.

Today, I wore a white peasant shirt with royal blue cross stitching that my grandparents brought back from their mission to Mexico. It has puff sleeves. I tucked it into my jeans and wore a cute blue belt, with some dangly-hoopy earrings.

Tomorrow I have an interview, and will likely wear my bright yellow cardi with a scarf from Spain, a vintage Pendelton blazer in charcoal, and probably dark jeans and some flats. (Is it unprofessional to wear jeans to an interview? I have classes before, so I don't want to be too fancy.)
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