Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Little DIY: Use a Shadowbox To Cover the Ugly

Next up in the entryway makeover:  Getting rid of this useless box of ugly right next to the door – it’s a control panel for an old alarm system the previous owner had installed. It’s really on there and we’re kind of afraid to remove it for fear of setting off a screeching alarm we’d be totally powerless to stop. 054a

See how I covered up the ugly after the jump!

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#100HappyDays – Week Twelve

Time for Week Twelve of my #100HappyDays challenge! (If you’re curious, here are Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8 , Week 9Week 10 and Week 11).

 <<June 17, Tues – Lamb wrap and savory muhammara spread for lunch at Momed>>Week 12-1

 <<June 18, Wed – Finally checking out the Pacific Design Center – those colors! that scale!>>Week 12-2

 <<June 19, Thurs – Coffee and a homemade two-bite brownie for breakfast>>Week 12-3

 <<June 20, Fri – Koreatown bars have the most over the top and awesome decor – neon, giant flowers, checkered tile, glittery banquets, disco ball!>>Week 12-4

 <<June 21, Sat – Bougainvillea, palm trees and sun: so very LA>>Week 12-5

 <<June 22, Sun – Warm buttery biscuit with stonefruit preserves at Superba Snack Bar>> Week 12-6

 <<June 23, Mon – Revisiting the delight and endless possibilities of a fresh box of crayons>>Week 12-7

Yum: One-Pot Chicken Thighs with Rice, Tomatoes and Greens

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I’ve always preferred legs to breasts – on chickens, of course 😉   Bone-in chicken thighs especially have so much more character (a.k.a. fat) than chicken breasts. And the price! You just can’t beat it, especially when it’s on sale.

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That’s like 50 cents per thigh! Wowza. With the help of some bright, fresh ingredients, these chicken thighs make a meal that’s balanced, satisfying and deeply flavorful – and you only need to dirty one pot! See how after the jump.

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#100HappyDays – Week Eleven

Week Eleven of my #100HappyDays challenge was full of happy discoveries in the everyday stuff. (If you’re curious, here are Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8 , Week 9 and Week 10).

 <<June 10, Tues – Thai tea with chewy boba, brought home by my thoughtful roomie>>Week 11-1

<<June 11, Wed – This mysterious wooden door, flanked by stone and ivy, discovered on a walk around my old LA neighborhood>>Week 11-3

<<June 12, Thurs – Challenging myself to create a dish with just pantry and freezer staples>>Week 11-7

<<June 13, Fri – Introducing Wally to his new buddy Yoda>>Week 11-2

<<June 14,  Sat – Vintage kitchen tools at an antique shop – a reminder of how much cooking has changed and stayed exactly the same>>Week 11-5

<<June 15, Sun – Father’s Day brunch and just being with my family>>Week 11-6

<<June 16, Mon – A leisurely twilight stroll along the Venice canals with my man>>Week 12-1

Yum: Almost-No-Bake Berries & Cream Cheese Pie

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Summer berries are here, huzzah! To celebrate, I was going to make a typical fruit tart with cream cheese filling. But then I remembered this wonderful berry pie recipe from Cooks Illustrated and decided to combine the two. It takes some time to put together, but if you like berries and the tangy richness of cream cheese, this pie’s for you!

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