Thursday, September 29, 2011

In the Midst of Hope Behind the Scenes

It's now less than 24 hours until the "In the Midst of Hope" art show. Patrick, Megan and I spent the entire day in the studio setting up as much as we could before the big day. We've still got quite a bit to go, but I'm pretty excited with where it's headed! I am sure it will look further progressed come tomorrow morning, Patrick has been working extremely hard getting all the art hung and on display.

All the hard work came with reward...Megan treated me to a chocolate shake at the nearby Fifty's diner! Mmm!! Isn't she soo sweet! ♥, mK
Art Show Details can be found here! Friday, September 30th, 7-10 PM at 354 Main Street Grand Junction, CO! See you there

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

One Adorable Little Birthday

Recently, Dustin and I attended an adorable little birthday party for a very special little girl. Our friends, LaRae and Amos, yup, the same friends who just hosted the adoption celebration party, invited us to celebrate some more, but this time for their Shyla!

This cupcake themed party was both fun and sweet. Literally! ...The desserts were soo yummy! Each guest got to decorate their own cupcake and then for the birthday girl, LaRae made one giant cupcake. She is so talented. Remember Dustin's keyboard cake?!

And, the cherry on top was the party favors! LaRae put together little jars of cupcake mix for each of us to take home with us! I'm saving ours to make in our new apartment next week in Nashville. That will give it a quick touch of home! ♥, mK

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Chicken Pad Thai

I am a huge fan of Asian food, big big fan! My favorite type of Asian cuisine is by far Japanese. I could eat Japanese food every day of the week and still be one happy camper! However, there are a few dishes from other Asian nations that come dangerously close to my absolute fav, one being Thailand's Pad Thai. The first time I made it was a year ago, we were having Dustin's family over for dinner and I wanted to try something new. I wasn't sure what I thought about it, but Dustin already knew he greatly enjoyed the dish, and knowing this recipe was an A+ in his book, it made me want to make it more. The more times I ate it, the more I grew to love it.

A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law Kenz, asked if we could do a Pad Thai night before our upcoming move. We found a night that worked and went to work. It was fun and super yummy! We thought we made too much, but with three guys participating in our Pad Thai Night....there ended up being nothing left for the next day's lunchbox.

Here's how you can make it!

You'll need >
8 ounces rice noodles (Vietnamese bahn pho or Thai sen-mee), 1/4
cup salted peanuts, finely chopped, 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel, 3 tablespoons fish sauce, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar, 4.5 teaspoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon Asian chile sauce with garlic, 3 tablespoons cooking oil, pound boneless, skinless chicken breast or turkey, cut into bite-sized strips, 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic, 1 egg, lightly beaten,  1 cup fresh bean sprouts, 1/3 cup sliced green onion, and 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro.

Build your meal >
1. Place noodles in a large bowl. Add enough hot tap water to cover; let stand for 10 to 15 minutes or until pliable but not soft. Drain well in a colander. 2. Meanwhile, for peanut topping, combine peanuts and lime peel; set aside. 3. In a small bowl combine fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and chile sauce; stir until smooth. Set aside. 4. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and garlic; cook and stir for 6 minutes until chicken is tender and no pink remains. Transfer to a bowl. 5. Add egg to the hot skillet and cook for 30 seconds. Turn egg with spatula and cook for 30 to 60 seconds more, just until set. Remove and chop egg; set aside. 6. In same skillet heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over high heat for 30 seconds. Add drained noodles and sprouts; stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add fish sauce mixture and chicken; cook 1 to 2 minutes more until heated through. Divide noodle mixture among four plates. Sprinkle each serving with egg and peanut topping. Garnish with green onion and cilantro. Makes 4 servings.  

We served our Pad Thai with a glass of wine and a chocolate-y dessert!  Mmmm! Enjoy! ♥, mK

Monday, September 26, 2011

We'll Miss you Colorado!

I can't believe in one week we will be packed up and on the road to Nashville! I've been thinking a lot about the things I will miss about living in Colorado!

Six things (not really in particular order) that I will really miss is:

1 > FAMILY! Dustin and I were down to just one side of our family...but now we'll be going into a place with no family! Boy will we miss em!!

2 > Colorado terrain, the mountains, the mesa, the monument! Plus, the amazing weather: zero humidity, snow on the mountains around, but not too-too much in town! Nice cool evenings in the summer!

3 > Mountain Biking! Really, Grand Junction has some of the best mountain biking ever!

4 > SNOWBOARDING!!! One of the first things Dustin and I did when we looked into moving to Nashville, was see how close the nearest resort was.....THREE HOURS!!!! Oh my gosh, what are we going to do! Well, I assured Dustin that we will just be that couple that drives to snow, piles it in the car and brings it back, builds a ramp and shreds anyway! Either that or we will be doing quite a few weekend trips! Poor Dustin is not going to have his athletic outlet this winter!! Suggestions from the southern folk??

5 > Working with Light Gives Heat! It has been such an enjoyable past few years working with LGH! I am soo excited about the years to come and how LGH will grow to do even more amazing things! I have loved working with the Hansows and all the great interns that have come through...some of which I hope get hired on in the months to come! If you don't know about LGH, please check it out here! I will always have a little LGH in me and I don't think anyone could shut me up about how much I support the organization and the philosophy behind it! I'm excited for the person that will get to work with LGH next and take my spot! They will surely enjoy it!

6 > FRIENDS!! Dustin and I have been soo blessed with great friends here in GJ (only 2 of which are photo'd above). We will greatly miss being in the every day life of these quality people!

Despite all the things we will miss (which I didn't even name all of them), we are sooo excited for this next chapter of our lives! God has given us overflowing peace about this new adventure and with that, we are soo ready! ♥, mK

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Favorite Spaces > Brew & The Adoption Party

Recently, I was invited to a friend's adoption celebration party. I love their story, it always makes my heart happy to tell it. When my friends LaRae and Amos were married over two years ago, Amos not only started a family with LaRae, he also welcomed in LaRae's 3 year old son as his own. Fast forward 26 months, it was made official and Amos adopted Isaiah! This family of four, oh yes, they had an adorable daughter in the mean time invited us all to Brew, a local coffee shop, to celebrate!

The fun thing about this coffee shop is that it was actually designed and decorated by LaRae and Amos. Between Amos's welding skills and LaRae's creative mind for decor, plus some delegated help from friends, they pulled together to create this amazing atmosphere of a coffee shop. Oh, and one more's located right inside the youth building of one of the local Grand Junction churches. Youth, and all people alike, are invited to hang out here after school, before youth group and pretty much whenever they want a relaxing creative space to spend their free time. LaRae and Amos incorporated a lot of up-cycled materials plus simply some very fun ideas. From hanging giant cranes and airplanes to mason jar'll end up spending half your time gazing around like it's a museum of modern art.

Celebrating adoption and drinking yummy coffee; that's a true winner in my book! Happy Weekend!! ♥, mK

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Prepping for the Big Art Show

Next week, Light Gives Heat is hosting a benefit art show, "In the Midst of Hope" curated by artist, Patrick Maxcy. I've been helping Patrick with whatever he needs in regards to the show and it has been really fun. I've worked and toured with artists before when I lived in Australia, but I've never actually had the opportunity to assist an Artist curating a show.

We were able to find a perfect venue for the show and rented out a former gallery for the month. So, this week, Megan, LGH's "Pictures & Fixtures" girl, and I have been focusing on creating the front window display. We used a giant piece of work from Patrick and incorporated a lot of recycled and re-usable materials such as paper birds, chalk boards, pallets etc. It has been fun to take a pile of things and turn it into something pretty...a work of our own style of art!

The opening night is next Friday, September 30th at 7pm right here in downtown Grand Junction and will continue to be open through October 21st. Check out the video above for details on all the incredible artists that will be part of this show. It's pretty humbling, the artists that have jumped on board.

See what others are saying about the show....
Patrick Maxcy > Scott Hancock > Jedidiah Clothing  > > Light Gives Heat

If you're from around here...hope to see ya there! ♥, mK

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DIY Old Fashioned Photo Corners

Do you remember looking through your grandparents' photo albums? Remember the good old fashioned photo corners that held every photo perfectly in place?

Recently my Aunt Brenda mentioned how she wanted to cover her game room walls with some of her favorite photos using over-sized photo corners. I was so excited to help, I love projects like this! So, we set out to the local craft store and brainstormed and what we came up with was super simple and really cute! Here's how you can do it!

She wanted black colored corners, so we bought large squares of black cardstock paper. First we cut the paper in half so we could get the most use out of each piece. We then folded one side, then the second side to line up with a 90 degree angle. We then trimmed the paper, making an isosceles triangle (remember that grade school math class?)!

On the back side of the triangle, we used one side of the mounting tape to seal the flaps together leaving the second side of the tape to mount on the wall.

Aunt B started her photo collection with a photo of her favorite flowers. She hung it crooked for a fun look!

Super cute, super inexpensive and super easy to make! I'm excited to see her game room when all her photos are mounted! It's gonna look great!

Have a wonderful Tuesday! ♥, mK

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall Favs > The How to of Caramel Apples

Autumn is here! I am so thrilled, I'm still debating, but I think it just might be my favorite time of year! I couldn't have been more eager to take on a task this weekend when my mother in law asked Dustin and I to make caramel apples for Dustin's younger brother's birthday party. Today, I am gonna show you how to make your own September-style snack!

Step One > Gather together, 5 apples, one 14 oz. package of caramel squares and 2 Tablespoons water. If you want to make more, just multiply the recipe. We made ten, so we doubled the recipe!

Step Two > Wash the apples and place one stick into each apple.

Step Three > Prepare toppings. We wanted to add peanuts and chocolate shavings onto our apples, so we chopped each, placed in a bowl and set to the side.

Step Five > Line a cookie sheet or large plate with wax paper. Butter the wax paper. I like to put a big slab of butter on the paper, then take a paper towel to smooth it over the paper. This will help the caramel apples to be removed easily when ready to eat!

Step Six > Unwrap each caramel and place into sauce pan. Add water. Cook on low until completely smooth.

Step Seven > This step really is two steps, but it all needs to happen quickly like it was one step. Roll each apple in the smooth caramel, covering the entire apple. Let the excess drip off, remove with spoon if necessary. I wiped off the bottom of each apple. If using toppings, quickly roll apple into topping. Sit the apple on the wax paper. Once all the apples are finished, place them in the fridge for at least one hour to solidify a bit.

Here comes the best part! Enjoy! Mmm!

Happy Autumn! ♥, mK