Busy weekend = LONG POST!
First up: Tonight’s Dinner.
We headed up to the lakehouse this weekend, and stopped off at a produce stand on the highway for some home-grown okra. I’ve only had okra prepared two ways (other than gumbo): fried, and stewed with tomatoes. The tomato version is my fave… and luckily I found this Alton Brown recipe on foodnetwork.com. Super easy! I substituted ground coriander for the cardamom and sliced the okra into 1/2 inch pieces (instead of halving lengthwise):
We got a coupon in the mail for $10 off seafood at Central Market, so we headed there (and were reminded why we nevereverEVER visit that place on Sundays- CRAZY). They always have great recipes at the seafood counter, and we settled on Seared Coho Salmon with Horseradish Cream Sauce. Brian grilled the salmon AND prepared the sauce- a mixture of plain yogurt, horseradish, lemon juice and dill. It was delicious and definitely cleared the sinuses! Here’s my plate, along with a serving of my mom’s homemade potato salad:
And a glass of this Vinho Verde- dry, sparkly, refreshing and CHEAP (like $6!):
While we were at the lake, we made a trip to Canton. It’s a small town in East TX that features a HUUUUGE flea market around the first Monday of every month. My Mom and I love it; my Dad and Brian do not. But they were really good sports despite the (100+ degree) heat. I found a couple of cute things.
First, this apron- which Chloe is graciously helping me model:
And this tiny print, which is going to be hung in our shabby chic-ish guest bathroom:
While in Canton, I kept seeing these cute decoupaged windows and remembered that we had two old windows just sitting in our garage!
Coincidentally, an awesome new paper store, Paper Source, just opened in our mall and they have a huge wall of paper. I’d visited their location in Georgetown before and could easily spend hours in this store. We headed there today and picked out coordinating sheets of paper- brown and blue prints for the kitchen/den and pink, green and brown for the guest room. I just cut alternating sheets to fit the window panes and then used double-stick tape to affix the paper to the panes. This was a really easy project that took almost no time… and it’s easy to swap out the paper if we get tired of it.
Hanging in the kitchen- a brown damask pattern and a blue japanese cherry blossom print:
Closer of the cherry blossoms, since they’re kind of hard to make out:
For the guest room (soon to be hung)- a graphic pink & green print along with a vintage-y floral:
And since Brian was being so handy hanging stuff, I sweet talked him into putting this one (from World Market!) up in the laundry room, right above the washer & dryer:
Whew! That took a while… off to bed, guys. Hope everyone had a fun weekend!