Monday, November 5, 2012

Pom Pista

Inspired by... leftovers.
Or well, some frozen broccoli and carrots,
that were very ready to escape our freezer.
And, a pomegranate.

A very pretty pomegranate,
that just happened to catch my eye,
with it's bright red color (and 'on sale' sign).

First Time Buying.

(though next time I'll be doing this under the water
...sorry favorite green t-shirt)

And yes, even eating a fresh pomegranate.  

Something that will be happening again.
And again. And again. And again. 

I liked them so much, all I could talk about at dinner, was what to do with them next.  
And speaking of, you're probably wondering what that was.

 Well, let me tell you:
Stir-fried deliciousness.

Pork, a little cilantro, and everything else listed below:

Pom & Pistachio Stir Fry
Serving size: 2

Olive oil (2 TBS)
1 - small bag of broccoli & carrot slaw (shredded broccoli & carrots); 
located in fresh produce
1/4 - red bell pepper, sliced
1/4 - red onion, diced 
1 - stalk of celery, chopped
1 - handful of fresh pomegranate aerials (pomegranate seeds)
1 - handful of pistachios, shelled & unsalted
Dried basil (1/2 TBS)
Cilantro (optional) - enough to garnish

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Heat olive oil over low/medium heat in a large wok or skillet.
  3. Once oil is warm (not too hot or it will burn!) throw in broccoli & carrot slaw, red bell pepper, and onion.  Let cook for *15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  *If using frozen slaw, cook for 10 minutes (or until water has evaporated), before adding additional vegetables.
  4. Immediately after placing veggies on stove-top, place chopped celery & pistachios (keeping separate) on baking tray & place in oven for 10 minutes, or until slightly browned/toasted.
  5. Remove celery from baking sheet and add to stir fry.  Add dried basil & cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Plate stir fry. Top with pomegranate seeds, pistachios, & cilantro.  Serve hot!

And if you're looking for a drink that's just as decliously easy, may I suggest a spritzer.

Do you have any favorite dishes that call for pomegranate, 
or arils, as the seeds are called?


Thursday, October 11, 2012

One for Me, Two for You.

Hard to believe, 
but Andrew and I just celebrated one year.
Or as Andrew kept saying,
the beginning of our second year.

Two to You.  


One to Me.  


Whatever it be,
another year together.

Smiling, laughing, crying, and trying to figure it all out.
Or better yet, realizing we never will,
and making the best of what's important.

Like what to do with all these apples from Draper Girls... 

 Some soup?  

Really, anything fall-esque is hard to resist.

...and maybe Andrew was right after all:
our calendar has changed.
Happy New Year,
October 8th.
(more to come)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pink & Gold

Wear Your Heart

on your ears.

...or your sleeve.

"Pop! Goes my heart..."

I'd heard of (and tasted) cake pops (YUM!), but I'd never heard of pie pops.  That is, until I stumbled upon them this morning.  They're precious.  Seriously, how loved would these make you feel?

And just as precious, the name of the bakery:

Talk the talk,
cake the walk.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tea oh Me

A couple of weeks ago I took my first attempt at tea staining, anything.
Here's how it went...

4 bags of Lipton Black Tea in 6 cups of boiling water

1 bathtub
3 pre-soaked blank canvases

 Pour on the tea

Add a little spice brown paint

And viola!


"Laugh until we think we'll die,
barefoot on a summer night..."
Edward Sharpe &
The Magnetic Zeros

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Basket Case

So for some time now I've wanted a picnic basket. No, not a cooler, I'm talking the whole big unreasonable wicker of a basket case. I mean, what else could be more nostalgic...or practical? (Ah, if only practicality would leave well enough alone).

Yet luckily for the well being of both design and practicality (...and my bank account), World Market has swooned me once again...

Plus, the top even holds (and comes with!):
2 (reusable) plates, 2 forks, 2 spoons, 2 knives, and 2 cotton napkins.
What a beauty! 

Or, for the wine-o:

or the Vineyard

Yes, I think it's safe to say I'm craving a picnic
...even if it is 40 degrees.

sugar, and spice, and everything nice
and that's what fun picnics are made of...