Tuesday, May 18, 2010

on creativity: my crafting and culinary endeavors

For the last week or so i have been so inspired by all the posts that have showed up in my google reader...
from recipes to fashion choices to photographs, there is no lack of creativity in all its forms on the blogs i follow and it's rubbing off on me which is always a good thing.

On Saturday during a lovely lull in our day, i read {this post} and knew i had to try my hand on a necklace for myself. so i made a trip to the craft store, bought a small bag of wooden beads for $4, cut a sliver of a coordinating fabric from my stash and got to beading.

It was a soothing activity and before i knew it, i had strung all the beads - four necklaces worth, although only one one a fabric string (it's trickier than it looks)

So, what do you think? i think they're kind of cute layered together...(sorry about the nasty tank top i'm wearing, i ran up just now and slipped off my sweatshirt to get a quick shot to show you...)



then last night, i read a blog post (can't find it now- sorry) on a recipe for a cold udon noodle salad.
i used the recipe as inspiration for my own version and after a quick grocery store run for the few ingredients that i didn't have, i whipped it up in no time...


my "recipe" calls for thick udon noodles - boiled and run under cold water to cool
a sauce of some bottled thai peanut sauce (from target) a bit of soy sauce and a dash of sesame oil
cooked chicken, sliced very thin
sprouts, shredded carrot, shredded cabbage and cucumber, cut into little 1-inch sticks

cook pasta, let cool 
cook and cool chicken
mix sauce
mix sauce with noodles and chicken
add veggies, save some for garnish
toss and refrigerate until cold

a cool, light and refreshing twist on a summer salad.
although Curtis did microwave his second portion and said it was different, but just as good.

Here are more pictures of the process for your visual enjoyment!








CitricSugar said...

It's easy to tell the wonderful things in life by how satisfying they are to say slowly. Mmmm.... noooooooodles.... :-D

Amie said...

OH Jess, that recipe is right up my alley! I soooooo can't wait to give it a whirl. I will be sure to let you know what I think.

Cute necklaces by the way!

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