Friday, April 30, 2010

My Thursday night disaster...

So, yesterday I decided that until I can do my first fun project for my house, I will first find something really fun but challenging to cook and blog about it in the meantime! I spent a lot of time online searching for some good recipes yesterday and decided to make a dinner of fancy appetizers. I found a recipe for sizzling dungeness crab cakes, toasted baguette with an olive tapenade, and a baked artichoke topped with a yummy bread crumb and garlic mixture. Sounds yummy right? I couldn't wait.

I have cooked challenging things before, and sure it doesn't come out exactly as planned but I somehow pull it off to be edible. Last night on the other hand, was a disaster.

After the artichokes were done steaming and I wanted to set them in the glass dish to go in the oven, they were so soft they completely fell apart. So I ended up spreading the leaves around in the dish and dumping the bread crumb mixture over the top and throwing it in the oven anyways. I figured if the other two dishes survived I'd be okay.

Then after the tedious chopping of vegetables and shelling of the fresh crab to make the crab cakes, the mixture would NOT cooporate with me when I tried to roll it into little balls and dip in the egg/flour/and breadcrumbs. At this point I was laughing hysterically at myself on the verge of tears. Michael had to jump in (who may I add is the world's most amazing chef.. so when I cook I usually make a fool of myself) and somehow managed to make the crab mixture into little cakes and started frying them in a pan. My goal for the evening was to for ONCE not need the assistance of Chef Boyardee husband, but at this point I was desperate and could make that my goal for next time.

So I moved on and tried making the olive tapenade. I couldn't get the blender to blend it.. (I had to use it since I don't have a food processor) and so Michael again had to come over and somehow use a spoon to make the mixture go down to the blades and get blended up. Sigh. Meanwhile I am trying to slice french bread very thinly (since the grocery store was out of baguettes) and the bread was crumbling and falling apart. Lol!

So, you can imagine how our dinner turned out. Michael decided to be in charge of frying the crab cakes which is a very good thing, and I went over and sat down and started crying. WHAT a mess. You can't blame a girl for trying I guess.


Now that I look back at it, it's hilarious. That's what life is all about though right? We learn from our mistakes, and when something doesn't turn out the way we'd like it to, we have to keep trying and do it again. Not giving up is key, and I'm a stubborn person so I won't be giving up any time soon on being the next Martha Stewart. In the words of Aaliyah (RIP) "Dust yourself and try again!" Hehe.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Breaking News!

The hubby agreed to getting rid of the table!!! Wow!! That was easier than I thought! So now I am searching for one that I can get for cheap and fix up.

One other project that I am going to do is a head board for our bed. We have a new king mattress being delivered in a couple weeks but no king bed. So, we have the frame, we just need a head board and I've gotten a ton of inspiration from other blogs on how to make one, and plan on doing just that!

Today my husband and I went to Joanne's fabric to find the black and white Damask that I want for the head board, but they didn't have it. So, I'm on the hunt for the right fabric. Once I find it, we will go to Home Depot for the board and get to work. I will post pictures and the before and after when I am finished!

Also this weekend I'm going to hunt at some garage sales and see if I can find something good I can play with... stay tuned.

That's all for now :)

Ooo my first blog post.

Hi! So, here I am, blogging for the first time. :) I'm really excited to get started with this and share with everyone some of my inspirations and ideas I've had lately. Recently I discovered my friend Kelsey's blog called Fabulously Flawed and her projects are AMAZING. She's inspired me to try and start tapping into my creative senses and do some projects. It's also really funny, because last week I was getting frustrated with our home and all I could think about was moving. Then at church on Sunday our pastor was talking about making the most of what we have.... And it made me start thinking. So here I go to try and make the most of what I have!!!

Here is my dilemma #1 - Our dining room table:

It hurts to look at it, I can't stand it. :( The dilemma? My husband LOVES it. His taste is "modern" and I'm more traditional, and even though this table isn't even modern to me (more like 80's or early 90's) he thinks it's modern and cool. Sigh.

Here is an example of something I would LOVE for a dining room table:


So now you have an idea of my kind of style. It doesn't have to be white, I'm not sure if white would even be the right color. But it has to be wood! So, my MISSION is to get my husband to agree to a new table. And with the inspiration of Kelsey, I think I could find an old cheap table off Craigslist, and sand and paint it to be pretty!

Okay, that's all for my first post. I know it was kind of boring, but I had to put something in my new blog until I'm ready for my first real entry. Time to leave work... and possibly stop by a craft store on the way home for ideaaaas....