Sunday, February 15, 2009

Yellow Dessert for the Revolution

Since I haven't been feeling well, giles has been baking to cheer me up. I have a sweet tooth but as i mentioned earlier in my blog, I am a poor baker because I am bad at following directions. Baking is like science, you have to follow a formula, too much of this can turn into something else, and I was never good in science! When I cook, i can taste along the way, but you can't do that with baking.

For those of you who don't know Giles, you'd be surprised that he is a superb baker! How could someone so grouchy make something so sweet? He is a dessert snob too. All ingredients must be fresh and he bakes from scratch. I used to use duncan hines and betty crocker mixes all the time, but after eating his dessert, i was ruined!

Recently giles baked blondies and brownies and renamed it Yellow Brown dessert for the Revolution. Since I only took a picture of the blondies, i will share with you his recipe.

melt the following in double boiler:
2 cups of brown sugar
10 1/2 tbs butter

mix in:
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

add the following ingredients to mixture:
2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch salt

set in a pan, add white chocolate chips and crushed almonds over mixture. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

City Pooping

The first time I went to Cambodia was when I was 14. I had many new experiences. One of them was the 1st time going to the bathroom outside. In the country, when you "drop the kids off at the pool" you find a secluded place by a mango tree and dig a hole. My little cousin dug a hole for me and I couldn't even aim in the hole. That was when I realized that i much prefer to go to the bathroom in the city instead of the country!

Our latest DIY is our guest bathroom. I forgot to take a before picture so there is nothing to compare the after to.

My husband is a proud Bostonian. I wanted to give him a room that reflects a Boston theme. Since the Red Sox and Paul Revere is out of the question I decided to paint a silhouette of the city of Boston. His favorite room to spend time in is the bathroom so I decided to chose this room as our next DIY project. I proposed the idea to G, and he liked it. Like most projects, I come up with the idea, and he helps to make it happen.

I took a picture of the city skyline and and G photo shopped it. We made a stencil out of the picture. We spray mounted the stencil to the wall and painted over with a custom gray that was specifically mixed for us from Benjamin Moore. We painted the walls and ceiling to get the dark moody atmosphere.

To complete the urban look, we purchased the marimekko hetkia shower curtain-a simple black and white line drawing of people walking on the street.

giles is very pleased that the room he is guaranteed to go everyday is dedicated to him.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

product recommendation

The Tek and Phai families have been devoted users of Dyson vacuums. But me & G were just late to get on the boat.

I've always thought a vacuum was just a vacuum until my parents got us a dyson dc14! it picks up stuff like a tornado! Since we got it, my husband has a fetish for this vacuum. He likes to wear sweatpants and socks pulled up as he clean. I thought he looked adorably dweeby. Since we got the vacuum, the house is always clean. he vacuums twice a week.

I give this product a 5 out of 5 stars rating because i don't have to clean the house anymore.