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August 29, 2013

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THIS WEEK

i think this 12 year old girl lillian powers is better at vine than anyone i’ve seen. sorry will sasso. (via gawker)

an artist paints with toxic sludge and toxic sludge turns out to look cooler than it did in robocop (via huffington post)

japanese tv show pranks are so mean. and so fun to watch. (via youtube)

a photographer blends photos of fathers and sons to show genetic similarities (via petapixel)

every saul bass movie poster ever made in one place (via film.com)

a mattress that makes it easier to cuddle … finally. (via npr)

game night with homemade pictionary

August 28, 2013

diy / entertaining

diy pictionary | almost makes perfect

we’ve started doing a game night twice a month with friends – and for our turn hosting, we chose pictionary as the game. then i looked in the closet and realized we didn’t own pictionary. OOPS.

since we had two large teams, we didn’t actually need a physical board. we just needed to draw somewhere big and we had everyone write clues down.

diy pictionary
if you want to host a game night and play pictionary, it’s SUPER easy to DIY.

using a large roll of paper and a dowel, i tied twine to either side of the paper to hang it. i then wrapped a sharpie in washi tape and hung it to the dowel using elastic cord.

pictionary diy

i cut up printer paper and tossed the pieces into a bowl a long with a jar full of pens and we were ready to play.

pens and paper

we made a couple of appetizers.

fig and brie bites

these fig and brie bites are my new go – to snack. they’re super easy to make, look pretty, and taste so good.

bruschetta

i also made mini versions of my bruschetta recipe which surprisingly didn’t make a big mess.
(we also had guacamole and donuts)

diy pictionary happy game night

oh and after all that … our team lost in sudden death.

[ the ice ice baby clue was drawn by gideon. see his illustration work here ]

kitchen makeover on manhattan nest

August 27, 2013

interiors / kitchen

i love daniel’s style and blog so much – but after recently buying an old fixer upper, i had no idea he could make the kitchen this good this fast. i am swooning over every element in this room!

check out the huge transformation.

manhattan nest before

manhattan nest after

manhattan nest

he DIYed the butcher block counters (they’re not really functional to chop on but still look amaze), he did all the subway tiling himself, fixed the ceiling, and used cheap pegs as hardware to save money. oh man i want to own a house and not do anything nearly as good as this. check out the full process here.

 

wood chairs

roundup

i’m really into natural wooden chairs right now. maybe sitting on wood isn’t the most comfortable thing to sit on – but it look real niiiice.

i’ve always loved and wanted the pioneer chair ( # 05 ) and have spent a year telling gideon it’s more comfortable than it looks i’m sure. fingers crossed.

wood chair roundup | via almost makes perfect

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eating this : fried shrimp tacos

August 26, 2013

recipes / seafood

fried shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw | via almost makes perfect

i am really really really into tacos. we eat tacos in our house a few times a week. sometimes a few times a day. i mean, we live near about 45 good taco places. and sometimes, we make tacos at home. and then SOMETIMES… i decide to share my absolute favorite taco recipe with you.

shrimp-tacos

it takes a little time and a lot of mess to make these, you have to bread and pan fry the shrimp, make the cabbage slaw, and make the crema, but you will impress your taco enthusiast or just taco enjoying guests and i SWEAR it.

shrimp tacos

INGREDIENTS

for the crema & slaw
1 ripe avocado
1 cup crema
2 tsp. plus 2 tbs. fresh lime juice
1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. salt, plus more, to taste
2 cups shredded savoy cabbage or green leaf lettuce
1/2 cup diced english cucumber
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 serrano chili, seeded and minced
3 tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbs. minced onion
freshly ground pepper, to taste

for the shrimp
12-16 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp with tails removed
3/4 cup flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp greek seasoning
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp black pepper
2 eggs, beaten
canola oil for frying
flour tortillas
* 1 ripe lime

AVOCADO CREMA
halve and pit the avocado and scoop the flesh into a food processor. add the crema, the 2 tsp. lime juice, 3/4 tsp. of the cumin and 1/4 tsp. of the salt. blend just until smooth. transfer the crema to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

CABBAGE SLAW
in a large bowl, combine the cabbage, cucumber, bell pepper, the 2 tbs. lime juice, 1 tbs. of the olive oil, the chili, cilantro, onion, the remaining 1/2 tsp. cumin and the remaining 1/4 tsp. salt. stir to mix well. cover the slaw and refrigerate for 1 to 6 hours.

SHRIMP TACOS
rinse the shrimp with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. mix the flour and spices together in a shallow bowl.

in a second shallow bowl, beat the eggs. dredge the shrimp in the flour, then in the egg wash, then back into the flour and coat well. place on clean plate.

cook shrimp in batches on a hot skillet with oil over medium high heat. the shrimp take about 1 1/2 – 2 minutes per side.

cook tortillas straight on another burner on medium heat for about 30 – 45 seconds per side, carefully flipping with tongs.

once the shrimp are all cooked, assemble the tacos with 3 – 4 shrimp per tortilla and liberally add the slaw and crema.

* FINAL AND MOST IMPORTANT STEP : squeeze limes on top. i can’t stress this enough, but ANY item of mexican food you eat will be better when it’s covered in lime juice. whether it’s tacos, burritos or tortas – they all taste that much better when limed. my boyfriend taught me this and changed my life. do not forget the lime.

(adapted from honest cooking and williams sonoma)

fried shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw