Argh… Another long and exhausting weekend of plastering, sanding, painting, cleaning. The washer and dryer were working nonstop today. Oh, and our food insinkerator broke this weekend too, so we had to replace it with a new one. It started leaking from the bottom, glad I had my cleaning products in a plastic box underneath the sink, so the water was contained. Long story short, dinner had to be quick today again. So I bought 6 organic chicken breasts, and the items below:
Overall today was a good day. Got a lot accomplished at work, and finally picked up the glass pieces for my saved from the dumpster patio table. “Woo-hoo!”, as Vicky Gunvalson would say (those of you that don’t watch the Real Housewives of OC won’t get it, and that’s probably a good thing!) Like I said, this baby was a dumpster save when we still lived at the apartment so we’ve had it for a while. It’s a pretty solid and a heavy piece, but it was missing the two glass panels (one at the top and one at the bottom) and a certain je ne sais quoin (did you know that translated literally je ne sais quoi means “I don’t know what”, I was hoping it meant spice or flavor, or…). Well, back to the point, how do you add something special to a homeless piece of furniture? That’s right, you paint it! This was literally, the easiest transformation ever!
Sunday is usually our cook day. We try to cook enough to have for dinner and then some to take for lunch at work during the week. Every Sunday we attempt to cook something new, but this weekend we put in a lot of muscle and sweat (thank goodness, no tears this time) into plastering and sanding the walls on the first floor, that I needed a tasty recipe that was quick. “Fish!”, I thought, fish is always tasty, quick and delicious! So we picked up 8 tilapia fillets from Costco and a bag of frozen stir fry veggies. Baked tilapia was on the menu tonight! The whole thing took me about 30 minutes to cook.
What I did:
Pour 1/3 of a small lemon juice bottle into a bowl
Squeeze one fresh lemon in there too
Pour about 2 table spoons of white wine (whatever you have laying around the house works)
Rinse tilapia and blot dry with paper towel, add to the bowl (stir it in there so the fillets soak up all the juices)
Melt 2-3 table spoons of regular butter in a small bowl in a microwave and pour it into the bowl with fish (stir the contents in the bowl again, I use hands as to not damage the fillets with utensils)
Line the baking sheet with foil, lay the tilapia on top and pour all the juices left in the bowl over the fillets
Sprinkle with oregano, paprika, black pepper and other spices to taste
Stick it in the 375 degree oven for 20 minutes (That’s it!)
I’ve been looking for nightstands for over three months. I couldn’t decide what I wanted and then I came across this beauty from Pier 1.
But when I showed it to Dmitry, he wasn’t impressed and at $350 a piece, it was just too much of a risk to order something he might hate. After all, we should both have a say in the way the room looks (key word here is “should”). So I continued to search, but nothing seemed to speak to me. Since we already have a wooden bed and a big wooden dresser and because it is pretty much impossible to match new wooden furniture with existing, 3-4 different tones of wood in the room would look like Pinocchio’s MTV crib. So I continued to look in hopes of finding something that we would both love. It all came together about a week ago. I googled “how to style a dresser” and came across something called “Ikea RAST hack”. I was planning on going to sleep, but couldn’t put my iPad away because there were so many RAST hacks, and they each had unique looks that made them exquisite. Once I finally turned the iPad off I couldn’t fall asleep for hours because I was super excited to try it myself! The best part is that RAST is solid pine wood piece for a bargain price of $35. That’s right, $35! You can’t find a nightstand for that much! So the next day I dragged Dmitry to Ikea (thank goodness there is one close to us) to pick up two of these bad boys!