..for a full week. I will be leaving this afternoon for New York for one of our textile tradeshows, check it out! :)
Internet is not complimentary in the hotel and really crappy in the convention center, so I assume I will be offline for the week.
Wish me luck that I will survive the cold temperatures New York has to offer right now (30F during the day, 19F during the night) but also that our exhibitors and attendees stay happy and won't give me a hard time.
I can't wait to come back next Thursday with a hopefully full weekend of REST.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
This post is only for meat lovers.
While searching for a butcher shop yesterday, we stumbled into the most incredible international farmers market, which is actually right around the corner from us.
I haven't seen that many veggies, fruits and international goodies in a long time. That store is awesome and for sure The meat and fish department is amazing. They have everything you can even think of cutting up from an amimal. I wouldn't eat most of it, but my interest in seeing all of those weird things, was stronger than anything.
We bought thinly sliced short ribs (which we were not able to find in any grocery stores around here)
Brian's mom introduced me to Korean BBQ - Kal-Bi, it is so delicious, you need to try it! Very easy to make too.
KALBI are short ribs, cut on the cross-section. They are thin 1/2″ slices of ribs that are marinated in soy sauce, brown sugar, pear juice, garlic, ginger and sesame oil, but you can also use the marinade that comes in a jar.
Buy 2.2lbs of thinly sliced short ribs and marinade them in 0.45lbs Korean BBQ sauce for couple hours.
Don't you love raw meat pictures? :)
Put the ribs in a pan and fry each side for 4-5 min. We put ours into the oven to keep warm until all of them were done.
Besides the meat, we made baked potatoes as a side, with cheese and bacon/herb topping and sour cream.
The potatoes were washed, poked with a fork, oiled and salted and then baked in the oven 60min at 375°F.
Korean BBQ - KAL-BI
Monday, January 9, 2012
Lazy Sunday, what not better than relaxing and sewing some pillows.
Some people have cats - we have pillows! :) I'm still working with my New York fabric swatches. I cut 32 black and 32 brown 5" squares and laid them out in one big square. Not really sure what to do with those first, but there was a leftover pillow sitting on the floor... Decision made! The pillow is a 18"x18" (You will only need 32 squares total, if you sew one pillow!)
One row at a time, I sewed four squares together
Put right sides together, sew along the side, attach one more square to it, until there are four.
I ruffled black and brown leftover fabric into 5.5" stripes. Depending on the thickness of the fabric, it will shrink quite a bit. My initial stripes were 18" long and after everything was ruffled up they were about 6".
I laid the ruffled fabric over the square fabric and sewed in a straight line over both.
When all squares were sewed together in fours, I put right sides together and pinned them together
Sewed each row to the next, with alternating the colors.
TADA.. A new decorative Pillow for the bed.
One side has brown ruffles
the other one has black ones.
One pillow done, one to go... Maybe tonight!?
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Our first vacation of the year 2012.
On December 30, after work we drove 4 hours to Montreat NC, were our friends Susan and Josef have an incredible house in the mountains.
On Saturday we toured Montreat and walked around Lake Susan, where apparently they throw fish in, in the spring time for people to fish.
We drove to Asheville which is about 30min by car.
We spent our lunch at The Bier Garden
went to a chocolaterie were I had a date with Santa.
From downtown Asheville we walked all the way to the arts disctrict were we had some beer at the Wedge Brewing Company and enjoyed beautiful weather.
On our way back we passed a lot of really cool buildings and arts.
The New Years eve we spent at home with home made pizza, lots to drink and a nap before 10pm.
Hunter joined us
New Years day we decided on a hike up the mountain.
My new years resolution - MORE CARDIO
We walked all the way from the house, downhill to downtown Montreat, then up the roads. I was done, not even close to the beginning of the trail. I tried to get the thoughts of "I just wait here, till they come down again" out of my head and kept walking.
Had to rest a little on the way up
and some more
But finally on top of the mountain - the view was worth coming all the way up.
After some rest, we headed down hill.
(Unfortunately the hike was so intense that there was no way on taking pictures. Climbing rocks, steps which were higher then my knees..) So the pictures taken are from the more easier part of the trail. Still not that easy - Let me tell you.
EXHAUSTED - but very happy! :)
Happy New Year 2012