Special Dinner: March 2014

April 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. For March, we picked one of his Indian cookbooks.

For starters, we had a fish and coconut soup. It was followed by palak murg, a mild chicken and spinach dish, with rice and naan. As dessert Mr. E made a rice pudding.

Mar 2014 Special Dinner

Mar 2014 Naan

I wanted to use paisley on the table as a nod to traditional design on the Indian subcontinent. Apparently I forgot to take a picture of the table setting, though. Well, d’oh! :) You can see the fabric I used as tablecloth in the naan photo. Since the colors were quite riotous, I calmed them down with pale wooden chargers, beige and white plates and white bowls. We also had a candle on the table.

The soup and the main dish tasted very good – mild, yet flavorful. Unfortunately some of the more woody herbs Mr. E used (lemon grass and ginger) didn’t get pureed, and we ended up picking them off our teeth. The naan was very good also, except cooking it set off a smoke alarm. And Mr. E accidentally burned the pudding. Most of it ended up in the compost. It was too bad – some less-than-successes all around; but we got fed, and learned a trick or two. Such is life. :)

Everyday Photo Challenge: 5 of 5

April 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Everyday photo challenge! Photograph and post a detail from your everyday life once a day for five days.
If you want, you can invite a new person to join in every day.

Here’s my day five:

Daily Challenge 5of5

It’s finally warm enough that the heat has *not* turned on during the night. This morning, it was 64 degrees (18 celcius) when we came down.

Previous days: One. Two. Three. Four.

Everyday Photo Challenge: 4 of 5

April 12, 2014 § 1 Comment

Everyday photo challenge! Photograph and post a detail from your everyday life once a day for five days.
If you want, you can invite a new person to join in every day.

Here’s my day four:

Daily Challenge 4of5

Most days our kitchen island is full of computers and snaking cords.

Previous days: One. Two. Three.

Everyday Photo Challenge: 3 of 5

April 11, 2014 § 2 Comments

Everyday photo challenge! Photograph and post a detail from your everyday life once a day for five days.

If you want, you can invite a new person to join in every day.

Here’s my day three:

Daily Challenge 3of5

Previous days: One. Two.

Everyday Photo Challenge: 2 of 5

April 10, 2014 § 3 Comments

Everyday photo challenge! Photograph and post a detail from your everyday life once a day for five days.

If you want, you can invite a new person to join in every day.

Here’s my day two:

Daily Challenge 2of5

A little something on my breakfast Wasa crackers.

Previous days: One.

Everyday Photo Challenge: 1 of 5

April 9, 2014 § 4 Comments

My sister challenged me to take photos of an everyday chore or occurrence every day for five days. We’re doing it on Facebook, but I thought it would be nice to put it here, too, in case someone else wants to play. Here’s the gist of it:

Everyday photo challenge! Photograph and post a detail from your everyday life once a day for five days.
If you want, you can invite a new person to join in every day.

Here’s my day one:

Daily Challenge 1of5

There’s always laundry. On lucky days I get to hang it in the sun!

Bright Interiors to Perk up Early Spring

April 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m so parched for warmer weather and signs of spring I notice myself drinking in pictures of bright and sunny interiors. Here are five that caught my eye most recently.

Megan Price Purple Mantle

Megan Price and Robert Shadbolt.

Purple’s not really my thing, but I really like this purple mantle with the colorful accents. Home of Megan Price and Robert Shadbolt, via design*sponge. (Did you notice the Moomin troll hiding on the mantle?)

Eichler Family Green Bath

Found via Desire to Inspire.

Rubber ducky, you’re the one… Architectural design by yamamar, interior design by Alison Garvey; found via Desire to Inspire.

Rachel Whiting white bedroom

Rachel Whiting.

All white isn’t attractive to me, but when you add colors into the mix, a white space comes alive. By photographer Rachel Whiting.

Elle Interior yellow accents

Photo Idha Lindhag, ELLE Interiör 3/2013.

Ahh, yellow adds such a bright outlook on even the wettest, grayest day! From the Stockholm apartment of Nathaly Salas and Teo Leffs. Photo by Idha Lindhag / ELLE Interiör 3/2013 (Elle Decoration’s Swedish edition).

BHG White Living Color Pops

Better Homes & Gardens.

Lovely light living room with pops of red, yellow and green, not to mention gorgeous wood floors. Better Homes & Gardens; via Get the Look: Pops of Color by Nicole Balch.

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