Monthly Archives: May 2014

Yum: Bread Crust Stuffed Pork Chops (on the cheap!)



This is budget cooking that kicks ramen noodles’ ass(es?). Don’t get me wrong, I love me some instant ramen but this is so much better and still super affordable. See how I combine inexpensive pork chops with leftover bread crusts to make this tasty meal after the jump!

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A Little DIY: Hand Painted Geometric Wall Pattern


I like to keep things simple. This happens to overlap a lot with keeping things lazy. But simple sounds better so we’ll stick with that =)

I knew I wanted to add some personality to my bathroom wall and I already had a can of gray paint, but I didn’t want to get out a tray and roller and painter’s tape and all that. So I got a little creative. Find out what I did with a piece of cardboard, some paint and a single brush after the jump!

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#100HappyDays – Week Eight

Here’s Week Eight of my #100HappyDays challenge! This week, I indulged in some of my favorite comforts and saw inspiring design while out and about.  (If you’re curious, here are Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6 and Week 7).

<<May 20, Tues – My ultimate comfort food: Korean spicy, crunchy, sizzling stone pot rice>>Week 8 1

<<May 21, Wed – Playing Secret of Mana on an SNES emulator and watching Center Stage>>Week 8 2

<<May 22, Thurs – A 2 hour lunch with an old friend capped with the cutest coconut cake>>Week 8 3

<<May 23, Fri – Treating myself to a soothing, meltingly relaxing Thai massage>>Week 8 4

<<May 24, Sat – A bold and playful upholstered built-in bench nook with delicate mobiles>>Week 8 5

<<May 25, Sun – Large scale text installation at the beautiful (and free!) Hammer Museum>>Week 8 6

<<May 26, Mon – A refreshing take on the mounted animal head trend: a 3D printed deer on black canvases with gold washi tape at a super stylish friend’s home>>Week 8 7

A Little DIY: A Clever Use for Flea Market Picture Frames

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When I lived in New York, I loved going to the Brooklyn Flea Market and spending the afternoon browsing and eating freshly-made pupusas and treating myself to dessert at the food trucks. On one trip, I spotted these carved oval frames and knew that a little paint would take them from old fashioned to happy chic. See what I did with them after the jump!

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#100HappyDays – Week Seven

Week Seven of my #100HappyDays challenge was full of sweets, of the literal and emotional kind =)  (If you’re curious, here are Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5 and Week 6).

<<May 14, Tuesday – Gorgeous display of gourmet candies at Sugarfina Beverly Hills>>iPhone 4001 (2)

<<May 15, Wednesday – This is what makes dog ownership worth every bit of the hassle>>iPhone 4001

<<May 16, Thursday – A delicate and delicious strawberry cream puff at Republique>>iPhone 4002

<<May 17, Friday – A night of fun and games at Two-Bit Circus, housed in an old brewery>>iPhone 4003

<<May 18, Saturday – A walk on the beach with my man>>iPhone 4004

<<May 18, Sunday – Butter pecan ice cream in a warm red velvet waffle cone at Sprinkles>>iPhone 4005

<<May 19, Monday – Taking in all the colors and textures at a local fabric store >>iPhone 4018

Yum: Chocolate-Raspberry Crepe Cake with Whipped Cream

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One day I had way too much leftover whipped cream (you know, it happens sometimes..). See my spoon drowning in the excess? My roommate suggested I just throw it away to which I gasped audibly and dramatically. WASTE this heavenly, pillowy goodness?

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Instead, I decided to make a crepe cake – I had been wanting to try one and this was the perfect opportunity. See how I punched up the flavor after the jump!

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The Best Way to Store Fresh Herbs

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My friend came to visit recently with bunches of fresh-cut herbs from her backyard. Instead of hiding them in plastic bags in the fridge like I usually do, she treated them like flowers and put them in a glass containers filled with water.

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They kept fresh for two weeks this way! All I had to do is change the water every few days when it started to get cloudy.

These herbal displays added such a vibrant, natural touch to the kitchen (even the curly parsley looks gorgeous!). And since they were right in front of my eyes, I used them all up instead of letting them go slimy in the fridge.

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This is so perfect for me because I’ve never been a huge fan of cut flowers. They’re beautiful for special occasions but then they die and go in the trash and I can’t help but think about how much land and water it’s taken to cultivate them, just to be looked at for a few days.

But herbs! They’re so wonderfully useful and flavorful and nutritious. They’re key to the culinary identity of so many cultures. I heart them. And I can’t think of a better way to store them than this natural, low energy, beautiful display.

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Small Stylish and Functional Entryway Inspiration

Alright. I’m sick of googling “small functional entryway” and seeing this nonsense:

First of all, that ain’t small. And what magical family has just two pairs of shoes and a ceramic vessel in their entryway?? I’m Korean and my roommate is Vietnamese and our entryway needs to work WAY harder than this. I’m talking Size 13 shoes (his, obviously) and mail and packages and puppy paraphernalia and a mirror and keys. Not to mention it’s tiny (3.5 ft x 6 ft) and the front door swings INTO it and it all leads into a real narrow hallway.

No wonder it looks like this at the moment:082

Sad and random; somehow sparse and cluttered at the same time. In other words, FAIL. After six months of living with this disfunction, this area is next on my DIY list. And since I’ve never been a just-do-it kinda gal, I had to round up some helpful inspiration first.

Lots of shoe storage~~This Ikea piece doesn’t fit in our entryway, but it does hold tons of shoes and the top can stash keys and coupons and such~~via IHeart Organizing 

Organized space for mail~~Mounting Ikea desktop organizers to the wall as small, functional shelves is kind of genius~~via ApartmentTherapy 011409ikea-03.jpg

Customizable, vertical storage~~Installing a shelf or rails like Ikea’s Grundtal kitchen wall storage system would add much needed (albeit inconvenient for 4’11” me) storage~~via Better Homes and Gardensmm-29.jpg

Personalization~~Love the idea of using pictures to assign cubbies to members of your family~~ via Ikea Hackers


EVERYTHING!~~This one has everything: shoe storage, hooks mirror, containers to hold odds and ends, a place to sit and a runner to provide impact~~via Apartment TherapyI need an entryway big enough that I can do this.  Maybe then Derrick won't always drop his keys and stuff on the dining table.

#100HappyDays – Week Six

Almost halfway through the #100HappyDays challenge! This week I watched two very different, but both brilliantly skilled, musicians and got inspired to to get creative.  (If you’re curious, here are Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4 and Week 5).

<<May 6, Tuesday – Rodrigo y Gabriela and their breathtaking, rhythmic guitar music>>iPhone 042

<<May 7, Wednesday – Piles of familiar, yet exotic, produce at the Korean grocery store>>iPhone 045

<<May 8, Thursday – Exquisite piano playing by Lang Lang at the Disney Concert Hall>>iPhone 089

<<May 9, Friday – Meeting old friends from high school over good ale and pub grub>>iPhone 106

<<May 10, Saturday – Channeling my inner child through paint and canvas>>iPhone 108

<<May 11, Sunday – Finding a perfect fallen flower on a long, mid-day hike>>iPhone 115

<<May 12, Monday – My very first try at painting an accent wall>>iPhone 125