Friday, April 27, 2012

Burlap & Twine Letter

Personally, I love using monograms for home decor!
It's a great personal touch that makes your home unique to your family.
I've been looking for something to make to add the "R" to our house, and I thought this would fit in perfectly in our 
living room.
Plus, I could make it myself using materials I already have, so it's cheaper than buying it at the store!
Keep reading if you like it and want to make it for your home!

-cardboard letter
-hot glue

Start by tracing the letter onto the burlap. Trace an outline for both sides of the letter.

Carefully cut out the outlines.
Using your hot glue, paste the burlap outlines onto the sides of the letter. Trim any overhanging fabric.

The twine takes up the majority of the project. Just pick a corner and start pasting the twine to the side. Put on a little hot glue in a small line and attach the twine little by little. You only want to go little by little because if the glue dries before you attach the twine, you'll end up with a really bumpy edge.

Repeat this step over and over until the lines of twine cover the whole side.
Here's a close-up of what the twine looks like when it's finished.

Find a place to perch the letter, and enjoy!

After this project, I enjoyed the twine so much that I also added it to a vase and a candle :)

I think it adds a nice touch, don't you?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chicken Fried Rice

Ever since I was little, whenever my family would order out Chinese, I would always order chicken fried rice.
The other members of my family would order all the interesting things full of shrimp and goodness, but I was happy sticking with my chicken and rice. 
Why? Because I thought it was yummy! It might seem plain for a Chinese dish, but I've always loved it.
Wanna see if you love it too?

(This is based on what Seth and I make for two with plenty leftover for lunches)
-3 boneless chicken breasts
-5 tbsp soy sauce
-3 tbsp peanut butter
-1 1/2 tsp honey
-2 tsp sesame oil
-2 tsp red pepper flakes
-1/4 tsp garlic powder
-dash of pepper
-sesame oil for wok/pan
-1 C frozen peas and carrots (I only had peas for the pictures)
-1 small onion, chopped
-2 tsp minced garlic
-2 eggs, slightly beaten
-1/4 C soy sauce
-rice (Seth and I actually made four bags of boil-in-the-bag rice. I'm not sure the exact measurements)

Mix the first 7 ingredients after the chicken. This will be the seasoning for the chicken before you cook it up. 
Cut the chicken into small, bite-sized pieces and toss them in the sauce.

Heat sesame oil in the wok or pan. Make sure it is HOT!
Toss in the chicken and cook.

Take out the chicken and add a little more oil. Throw in the onion and veggies. Saute. Try to brown and caramelize the veggies just to get the extra flavor!

Here comes the hardest part of this recipe (though not too hard). Move the onions and veggies out of the way. Beat the two eggs and immediately add them to the pan.

Don't let the eggs sit too long before you start scrambling them. You want little pieces of egg, not big chunks.

At this point, throw in the rice and soy sauce. Toss until the rice begins to brown from the heat.