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Foodie Friday

16 Sep


Chris and I both LOVE PF Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps.  They are amazing, and anytime we order them, they are gone pretty quickly.  Since this is something that is relatively easy to make, I decided to try to make a healthier version at home by cutting out the noodles and doubling up on the veggies.

This week I made some lettuce wraps for dinner for Chris, Brad, and their friend Clark.  They were gone pretty quickly!



1/2 head of lettuce

1 lb lean ground turkey

1 T. toasted sesame see oil

1 package broccoli slaw

16-20 oz. frozen stirfry veggies without sauce

1 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts

6 oz. House of Tsang Bankok Padang Peanut Sauce


1. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium high heat.  Add turkey and let cook until brown.

2. Add vegetables.  Cover skillet and reduce heat to low.  The veggies are done when slightly limp.

3. Add peanuts and sauce.  Stir and let simmmer for a few minutes so the flavors can mix.


Serve on lettuce leaf, folded like a taco and enjoy! Refrigerates well.   This is also good on steamed rice.


DIY and Giving Junk a New Life

13 Sep

There’s something rewarding about taking an old object and reinventing it.  Sometimes it’s as simple as painting an end table a new color.  The worn out arm chair from an antique shop suddenly looks modern and chic once recovered in grey burlap with metal rivets.  Suddenly you’re ready to redecorate the whole apartment, metal rivets on everything! 

 Maybe it is a little more involved, maybe you have to actually reinvent the object and upcycle it to give it a new life.  One of my favorites on Pinterest is a picture of a recycled pallet.  Some creative mastermind turned it into a shelf for pictures… it is perfect, and has an earthy but polished look.  I love the black frames, and how different they all are.  Different designs, different shapes.  You could vary your pictures like they do – black and white, colorful, new, old.  What has been created is an easy photo wall that invites guests to look at some treasured photos without pretention. 

Another thing that I love are these bird-shaped gift tags (also found on Pinterest)!  Perfect for gifts and absolutely adorable!  Another use for these would be some homemade ornaments for a tree.  If you have some extra fabric scraps sitting around, this is a great way to use them and will add a little extra festivity to the gift.  Or if you are not a fabric hoarder like me, you can always buy some swatches of fabric for cheap.  With the holidays coming up, I like to keep an eye out for slightly different, interesting wrappings! 


I found this music stand at a yard sale, and bought it for a dollar.  It is now a great cookbook holder in my kitchen!  This wasn’t a huge stretch, since it is meant to hold a book while you do something else with your hands, but I think that makes it all the better.  The stand has placeholders so you can flip back to your recipe if you have to look up another quickly.  It’s lightweight but holds a decently heavy book (although my Julia Child cookbooks are decidedly too large), and the apple adds to a more kitchen-like vibe. 

Now, off for a run and then out to eat fajitas!

Happy Crafting!