Posts Tagged 'HOME PROJECT'

 
August 18
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Bo Luc Lac in Vietnamese basically translates to “shaking beef”.  I posted a bad late night picture of this dish awhile back on my Instagram and I got a lot of questions and requests for the recipe…along with just requests to come over and eat it! So today I finally had the chance to not just make the dish, but also photograph it in nice daylight just before the rain came.

This is a dish I grew up eating. My mom doesn’t make it as often as I’d like, but when she does, it’s a big treat and we’re all over it!  This recipe is adapted from my aunties and mom, and is a standard and really easy recipe that I use very often on a cast iron skillet.

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July 09
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My first ever attempt at hummus was pretty much a fail. Although the consistency was perfect, the color was right, and even the presentation was impressive [check out my scalloped dish for $5 from TJ MAxx!].  What isn’t perfect you ask? The proportion of GARLIC I somehow decided to put into the mix. Blame it on the 2 am decision to make hummus, the recipe I found online calls for 4 cloves of garlic….I put in at least 10-12 cloves after processing and tasting. I don’t know why, I just kept adding more garlic thinking that was what it needed.

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June 06
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Trader Joe’s from beginning to end. The only thing outside of Trader Joes is the fresh basil from my garden. I tried to sit outside to eat…but thunderstorms and rain came upon me and I had to bring it inside. As soon as I finished my plate, the sun came out again. Figures.

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May 10
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I am uber happy [and shocked] to see my herbs not just alive, but thriving!!! I’m  harvesting a lot of these today to make spring rolls. I’m having some trouble with my mint. They are growing like crazy, which is great because I use so much of it, and I contained them into one pot on its own….but it’s getting these tiny flies and slight fungus or mold. I think I’m watering it too much, but does anyone know how to treat this? Should I just let it dry out a bit and see what happens?

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Here is the link and picture of what my herbs looked like when I first got them: Home Project – Planting Flowers

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my harvest on 5/10/14

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April 12
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Now that the leaves and last year’s mulch have been cleared, we pressure washed the cement and deck, pulled as many rocks and weeds out of the dirt and added potting soil to everything….it’s time to plant the flowers and herbs before it’s too late! We have a week of sun right now, so I’m taking advantage of the weather and getting outside. The herbs will all be in pots in case it gets too cold and I have to bring them inside. The flowers will be planted in my pre-made flower bed, and I’m going to buy a baby olive tree at the PCRF [Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund] gala this upcoming weekend. I’m not really sure where to put the olive tree but I know I want one! Plus, it’s bought for charity and peace, so I just have to do it!

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April 03
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Our back yard and balcony looks clean enough, but it’s actually a little hot mess with all the leaves cluttering the yard since last summer. We initially only wanted to put up lights and make a small herb garden on the balcony, but somehow, we managed to take on this huge project of making the backyard and balcony our little private sanctuary. First, we took a trip to Home Depot and looked at all the herbs and plants we may want in our garden. Then we loaded up on recyclable lawn bags to dispose of all the extra leaves, and then we took the pressure washer to the wooden balcony deck and the concrete below. We had a lot of the industrial tools already, so we just picked up a few gardening cultivators, gloves, and herbs from the store to begin our new home project.

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March 08
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As mentioned in my previous post THE SOFA WALL, I was working on decorating that particular wall. I’m also working on the wall right above my desk.  This is the first round of artwork arrangement and I’m really excited to show it although its just on the ground for now. Amine is out, but I wanted it to surprise him when he gets home. That way, it’ll be a fresh unbiased opinion, and what he decides, goes. He’ll also be the one hanging all of these up! 😉  Once it goes on the wall there will be no turning back because I don’t want to poke holes all over my wall nor buy a million Commander sticks! One of the 11 x 14 paintings will go over my office wall, but I’m still undecided which one it will be yet so suggestions are welcome!

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