Tuesday, October 27, 2009

spicy shrimp pasta

Jonathan thinks this picture looks like mush. . . but it tastes good! This is SUPER easy and SUPER fast! And yummy. . . I think I originally got the recipe from a magazine, and should credit them, but I don't remember which magazine, and have probably changed it along the way anyways :)

Spicy Shrimp Angel Hair Pasta

Shrimp (I buy it frozen and on sale in the bags and then pour the frozen shrimps in a bowl and run cold water over it for about 3 minutes to thaw and then peel them)
Angel Hair Pasta (I use whole-wheat . . Jonathan can't even tell anymore)
1 T Red Pepper flakes
Olive Oil
Garlic- as much as you like. I use LOTS!
1/2 c White Wine
1/3 sticks Butter
  • Cook pasta :)
  • Saute garlic for about one minute then add the shrimp.
  • Once shrimp is pink, add red pepper flakes, butter and wine.
  • Dump drained pasta in with shrimp and sauce and mix around.

Date Night

So. . . about 2 months ago. . . Jonathan asked me on a date for October 25th. Since planning isn't jav's fav . . . this was a BIG deal. So I've waited and waited. . . and thought maybe he was taking me to see Wicked. . . but what he took me to was even better.

Please excuse the kinda crappy pic. . . it's hard to take pictures of an egg-like stage that keeps being lit in bright neon colors :) Ben Folds is awesome. . . and for the encore, he sang The Luckiest. Defiantly made my top five dates list.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

window coverings and what's next

We finally finished painting the trim and windows in our bedroom. It took forever. . . if you haven't heard me complain about this project you are among the few :) Thanks Holli and Sam for your help painting! So. . once the painting was done up went the shades! Mmmmm. . .I love them! I am so excited to finally have some privacy. . . as well as a buffer between us and the morning sun!

And here is the next project........ the much dreaded closet remodel. I am going to work on the 'demo' today and tomorrow so Jonathan can start repairing the walls. So here's the before so you can look forward to the after! I sure do!

I also put up drapes in the living room. It's gotten cold and I could feel the wind coming in! It was time. We still want to put up blinds, but for now, drapes will do!

Hope you are having a good week. I have two days off in a row this week so I am having a great week!!!! I might even hang plates in the dinning room!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

kansas city plaza art fair

We went a few weeks ago to the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City with my mom. It was fun to walk around and just take it in. We bought no art, but I did buy some plates at different stores for my collection. Pictures of those coming soon!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

friday's finds

No dresser, but check out this sweet bunch of vintage fabric for my quilt! I found it in a box at an estate sale. The sweet lady let me have it all for $10. . . including the pillow cases in the next pic that I will cut up for the quilt too.

I have been saving for comfy brown shoes for work. I bought black ones last year. . . I have to say folks, if you spend your work week on your feet Nurture brand shoes are the way to go. They are the only company I have found that makes shoes I would actually wear (aka not super ugly) and are good for my feet. I heart them.

Jonathan took his lunch break and we went to Planet Sub for lunch. The planet veggie is the best ever.

Friday, October 9, 2009


So far, I love today. I am off work today and after an unexpected wake up call. . . I picked up my fav coffee drink and have sit curled up on the couch checking my favorite blogs and watching President Obama accept his Nobel Peace Prize. Now I am going to get dressed and go check out some garage sales . . . hoping I find a great dresser to make over. I hope you all do some of your favorite things today.

Last night I made this for dinner:

It might not look yummy, but it has great flavor. The recipe is from Real Simple Magazine. Here it is:

gingery pork and cucumber pitas

1/4 c rice vinegar
2 t sugar
kosher salt
2 cucumbers thinly sliced (if this is just for the 2 of us, i only use 1 cucumber)
1 jalepeno thinly sliced
olive oil
1 lb ground pork
1/4 c hoisin sauce
1 T grated ginger
4 pitas, halved

  • In a medium bowl, combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add the cucumbers and jalapeno and let sit.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Cook the pork, break up with a spoon until no longer pink, 5-6 min. Stir in the hosin, ginger, and 2 T water.
  • Fill the pita halves with the pork and cucumber salad.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


My sweet friend Holli gave me an orchid. . . and I really hope I don't kill it. I am pretty confident when it comes to house plants and most things like that. . . except orchids. Jonathan gave me an orchid for Valentines Day in 2007. . . and in attempts to 'take care of it' I killed it. Jonathan wasn't excited. So I am afraid of the orchid. Holli is going to teach me how to take care of it. I would expect myself to fail because of the fear of killing the orchids thing. . . except that Holli was telling me how to get it to bloom . . . and I have 2 new blooms since she gave it to me.

My friend Sam has an orchid and she named it Amelia (you can see Amelia here). So I think I should name mine. So I am going to call my orchid Annie. Here's to hoping I don't kill Annie!

Walk for MS

A few weekends ago Jonathan and Jack went to Oklahoma to walk for MS (I was working). I thought Jonathan was CRaZy for taking Jack--but I was wrong. Jack did great. Here are some fun pictures from their day trip.