Thursday, May 2, 2013

cooking: fennel, red pepper, bok choy and brussel sprout salad

 fennel, red pepper, bok choy and brussel sprout salad
 for this salad i whipped out my mandolin to slice fennel, red pepper, and brussel sprouts.
i thinly chopped bok choy greens and added them to my vegs.
i then made a dressing with rice vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper. i tossed the dressing with the vegs and let them soak in all the flavors. this softened the fennel and the pepper which took away some of the crunch.
 fennel, red pepper, bok choy and brussel sprout salad
i served this salad with a salt and pepper seared pork chop since the flavors were robust.
it made a simple up and coming summer meal!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

d.i.y: ribbon dancer

when i was a kid there were so many iconic toys
skip-it. furby. bop-it.
but the one that i remember the most is the ribbon dancer!
if i was going to run around the yard... i was going to do it with a ribbon dancer in hand.
so i decided to share my childhood joy with my kids by making them one of their own.

i used some leftover crafting ribbon and decided to use 4 different colors
i then used a lighter to singe the edges so the ribbon wouldn't fray
i drilled a hole through a dowel and fed the ribbons through the hole 
i double knotted the ribbons to finish it off!
it's not as frilly as the original
it lacks sparkles, glitter and the made-in-china look but i'm cool with that
my ribbon dancer is more like the hippy version- eco friendly, no asbestos and made from sustainable wood- kinda look 
diy ribbon dancer homemade kids toys
either way, the kids had a great time with it. 
they danced their little hearts out which is just what i was going for!