Craving for Asian Food

I am sad to report that my morning trip to get the ingredients for Pad Thai I am craving so much was not succesful. The Asian supermarket nearby has closed down ;((( But I still got the shrimp and still have some wonton wrappers from the last week's dumpling dinner, so I am thinking: Fried Shrimp Wontons! The recipe is from the same website and it looks promising ;)

Both today's images via Use Real Butter

Plans for dinner

Last week I had a really good lunch with a friend at a Thai restaurant, and today I suddenly got this craving for a yummy pad thai. I spotted this recipe from one of my trusty food blogs, and I am off to the store to get missing ingredients! Hopefully I will end up with something like this:


Funny, cute, wow and then some!

Today I have discovered Dump.com  - website with tons of cool, interesting, funny and awesome pictures, here are my favorites today:


Look at the shadows! Cool :)


Definitely a WOW!


Is that a ....?

All pictures taken via Dump.com

Love forever :)

Isn't cute? This reminds me of my kids - so attached to their security blanket! Found here.


Recreate your old photos

This is hilarious! People from all over the country recreate their childhood photos and send them here to display along with a short story. I kept looking at them and thinking that it's kind of cool!
First, its just so much fun to go through the process itself ( imagine all the laughter and inside jokes!), second, how much fun would it be to sit down and compare the pictures?!
If I were to do it, I would select an old group photo with a bunch of relatives/friends and try to recreate in the same spot/ area/ background. And display in the house only :)
What do you think? Would you do it?


Are you a newbie to "Nesting Newbies"?

Have you heard of Nesting Newbies online magazine? If not, you are missing out! I myself have discovered it pretty recently and now devouring every page! It is full of great design ideas, recipes, tips on entertainment and much more. Go and check out the latest issue here!
I also love the fact that it is an ONLINE magazine, which means- greener planet!


Cold Kefir Soup

Looks like the heat and the humidity, New York's two best friends, are still monopolizing the area. Here is another dish to cool yourself off on a hot summer day - Cold, refreshing vegetables soup.

Cold Soup with Kefir

  • Kefir Plain 20oz (Cultured Milk - resembles liquid yogurt) You can find anywhere these days

  • 1 bunch of radishes

  • 4-5 cucumbers ( I use Kirby)

  • 3 potatoes

  • 4 eggs

  • Dill+Cilantro+Scallion - Handful of each

  • Salt 1/2 tbsp

  • Bottled water or Cooled boiled water ( have a few cups on hand)

1. Place potatoes in a pot with water and cook 15 min. At this point, add eggs, and cook for another 9 min. Drain, cool under cold water.
2. While that cooking, make the base for the soup: Mix kefir and 3 cups of water to begin with, stir, salt. The consistency should remind you of heavy cream. Refrigerate while prepping the veggies.
3. Prep veggies: chop finely ( 1/4 inch) radishes, cucumbers, cooled eggs, potatoes, herbs ( even more fine)
4. Now assemble: Pour the base into veggie mix, stop at the consistency you prefer. I do it approx. 50-50 liquid to veggies.
5. Mix well, and taste for salt. The soup will taste pretty bland if under salted, so make sure you add enough and mix well to dissolve all the salt before you add more) Serve cold.
6. Optional additions:
Grated garlic - will remind of Tzatziki Sauce ( I actually never tried this)
Bologna - the soup will be more filling and have an extra layer of texture.


and the Third place goes to....

Me!!!! I came in third in the Spoonflower "Tractors" theme contest! I am thrilled to be on the top 3, among some pretty talented people! Thanks to all who voted for me!
 I think I am getting addicted here!
Send help! Up for sale here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/NewMomDesigns


A bed for the princess

I've decided to purchase a twin size bed for Alina. We sort of skipping the toddler bed, because is already 3 and will outgrow it quickly. Right now she is sleeping on the futon because during the transition from crib I was very pregnant with Alan and was not able to properly prep her for the process. So basically I had to lay down with her and wait until she was asleep, then quietly slip away from her bedroom. This futon was convenient - we both fit comfortably, it is low, in case she was to fall over, and it is very compact when not in use. The best quality - it is SO comfortable to sleep on, and it was very reasonably priced. But... I want a real bed for her, plus the futon is needed when we have my mom stays over. I stumbled upon some good-looking options, but most of them are kind of pricey. I don't want to spend more than $300. Also,still not sure which direction I want to go: modern, vintage or contemporary country. I guess when I see it, I'll know:) Here is everything I found today, including high-priced items:

This is a great modern bed. I love plywood furniture for kids. ( Ecotots)

Another similar bed.

Love the color, and the cottage feel of it. (Young America Furniture)

I am drooling over this one! Color is delicious, Simple clean lines+ panels= beauty!

Another cottage bed. I like the simplicity and clean lines of the bed panels.
This is a great alternative to the bed above it, and it actually fits my budget. Perhaps, I could paint it myself into one of those delicious colors ;)

You going to have to block out the horrible bedding on this picture, I like just the bed + color. This is within my budget
( Hillsdale GreenMolly Bed)

Same bed, in white
( Hillsdale White Molly Bed)

That's all that caught my eye today, I'll keep looking for some more options.