what i’ve been up to: origami earrings, moving, and food

Hi friends, it’s true – I’ve moved again. It seems like that’s becoming a pattern in my life as of late, doesn’t it? Personally, I’m ok if it stops here πŸ™‚ It’s been wonderful seeing things and traveling, but I’m ready to be in one place for a little while and really focus on LeeMo and myself. I never really realized how exhausting it was to move so much – it’s become so second nature in my life to have to pick everything up and go somewhere new that I never really thought about how draining it all became.

New places are very exciting, yes, but there’s finding work, establishing yourself (business and personal), as well as just getting to know the new place you’re in. So far, I’m loving Bend. When I left Portland, I was convinced that I needed something ridiculously urban like Osaka. After a year in Osaka and being shoulder-to-shoulder with just about everyone in the city… I’m ok with not living in such a crowded place. Vernal, UT…. that was way too few people. And definitely not enough culture or food or creativity for me there. It was a great experience and I met some amazing people, but I think Oregon just keeps calling me back. Even when I was trying to decide where I wanted to go to school while in High School, I knew Oregon was it for me. So much so, in fact, that I only applied to UO. Thank goodness I got in – otherwise where would I be right now??? That’s something fun to think about, but perhaps for another post πŸ˜‰

It’s been a month since I’ve been in Bend, and it’s pretty great so far. I got a job within a couple of days of moving here (www.carstickers.com), I got my earrings into a boutique downtown (Lotus Moon), I’ve met some fabulous people and even went to a bonfire πŸ™‚ All in all, I’d say that’s a pretty good start to my new life here.

Don’t forget – LeeMo is a great gift for the holidays πŸ˜‰ FREE shipping on all domestic orders through Christmas Day with code HOLIDAY2013. Buy multiple pairs and get a discount! Refer 5 people and get a free pair for yourself. I mean, come one, guys….. who can say no??? πŸ™‚

Here’s a fun parting gift… I made an Origami pendant lamp over the weekend (pictures coming soon), but took a quick break for a quick selfie:

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LeeMo and Crave Jewelry Design Trade

So we all have an Instagram account, let’s be honest. Sometimes you “meet” really cool people and sometimes people just like your photos. I was fortunate enough to meet Jaci, of Crave Jewelry DesignΒ through Instagram. I’ve been a fan of her work for some time now, and I finally mustered up the courage to contact her and see if she’d be interested in doing a trade. Luckily, she liked my earrings enough to want to do one – and we communicated and set up a little exchange πŸ™‚

Check out the AWESOME pair that she sent to me – in cute little packaging and everything!

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Thanks for the trade, Crave!

Sriracha Butter

I hope everyone’s memorial day was fabulous! Mine was superbly relaxing and wonderful πŸ™‚ On memorial day, we realized that we hadn’t BBQ’d AT ALL and since it’s the unofficial kickoff of amazing weather, we threw some steaks and corn on the grill. I’d seen somewhere that someone had made sriracha butter, so I decided to make my own πŸ™‚

At first, I half melted the butter and added sriracha until it was the right amount of spice for me, but something was missing and being me (I love garlic), I decided to throw a couple cloves in… PERFECTION. And on the corn….. drool. Literally. Highly recommend πŸ™‚

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LeeMo featured on Smart N Snazzy

I just wanted to say thanks to Lia over at Smart N Snazzy for posting about LeeMo Designs πŸ™‚

 

You can check out her post here.

 

Thanks again for helping me spread the word about my paper diamonds πŸ™‚

Pork Potstickers

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while… I haven’t been cooking anything fun cuz the dude’s been outta town. No sense in cooking up a storm for just yourself, right? Last night, however, I got all excited and decided to make potstickers from scratch (minus the skins). Find the recipeΒ here. It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, lots of stuff working on earrings – you can see what I’ve been posting here. Also, I’ll be in a wedding this summer in Hawai’i, so I’ve been working on some goodies for that πŸ™‚

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these are all the ingredients: ground pork, cilantro, shrimp, bok choy (i’m gonna use onions instead next time), and ginger.

 

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here’s everything all mixed together before they got wrapped up!

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delicious fried potstickers!! I used to make these in Japan all the time with my mom, but since she’s a vegetarian, I’ve never made em with meat before! I love love love pork, so this worked out well for me πŸ™‚

 

Flank Steak with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce and Roasted Cauliflower

I’ve been on a steak kick a bit lately – it’s all I’ve been craving. And when I make steak at home, it has to be flank steak. I love flank steak. All steak, really. I love meat.

Generally, when you buy flank steak you end up with way more than you need, so you get a few meals out of it. This week, I opted for steak with chimichurri sauce, and then I’ll be making Pho at the end of the week since it’s been a wee bit chilly here.

I decided that I wanted to try roasted cauliflower with the steak since I’ve been seeing recipes everywhere recently. They both turned out deliciously!! Couldn’t have been happier with the recipes, which are here:

http://www.sagerecipes.com/2012/04/11/grilled-skirt-steak-with-cilantro-chimichurri-sauce/

http://remcooks.com/2012/02/02/roasted-cauliflower-with-red-chile-cilantro-lime/

For the steak, I broiled it for 8 minutes, flipped em, then broiled for 8 more instead of firing up the grill. Β Although delicious broiled, I’d say it probably would have added another dimension if it had been grilled instead. The crispy fiery taste would have been perfect with the chimichurri sauce (as the original recipe says, duh Leela).

Here’s my finished product

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Pork Chops with Basil-Garlic Rub

Originally, my plan was to make dinners on Sunday’s a little fancier. However, we opted to go out for dinner on Sunday, so these got pushed back to Monday dinner. This rub would be amazing on ANYTHING. Even tofu, for those of you who aren’t prone to the carnivorous lifestyle. I apologize for the lack of after picture – this is a habit that I have to work on. The chops smelled so delicious as I was pulling them out of the oven that I started eating right away and completely forgot to take a picture.

Here’s the recipe:

http://www.porkbeinspired.com/RecipeDetail/2558/Grilled_Pork_Chops_with_Basil-Garlic_Rub.aspx

Instead of grilling, I baked at 375F for 30 mins, then broiled for 5mins. I paired my chops with white rice and butter garlic corn. Roasted broccoli probably would also have been delicious, had we had any πŸ™‚

I would highly recommend this recipe!

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