Saturday, August 8, 2009

it's a work in progress....

....that is my LIVING ROOM! or better yet, my whole HOUSE!

These two rooms I am particularly loving how the look at the moment.....but I still need a little inspiration......

my dining room. no, still haven't found the perfect gold candles for the glass candle holders on the table. i really love the colors that ended up coming together in the dining room, the brown wood, with accents of gold, and the blue table runner.

one side of the living room, which i really like. it's pretty spiffy already, except maybe a year or so from now i'll probably decide to rearrange it somehow. but, that's just how i do things =)

i like this side too, but i can't decide what to put on that big wall. we have one picture to frame {a batik that stephen's aunt brought us from sri's incredible!} i guess i'll wait until we frame & hang it to see what to put with it. i made the pillows on the couch, but i think i need to make more. projects, projects =)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

On The {healthy} menu tonight....

Upon looking for a healthier way to make gyros, I came across this recipe. It's not exactly a "gyro", but I think it will make a good substitute. I had an out-of-nowhere craving for them, and since the hubby loves gyros {and grilling}, I figured, why not?

As far as health adds up to about 330 calories per serving and 5g of fat. Doesn't sound too bad =)

I will have to come back later and let you know how they came out. =) Here is the recipe, found at

{it was YUMMY!}

Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 cup thinly sliced seeded cucumber
  • 3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or mint
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 6-inch whole-wheat pitas, warmed
  • 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 small or 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

1. Preheat grill to medium-high or position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler. If grilling, oil the grill rack (see Tip). If broiling, coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.

2. Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon garam masala and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place the chicken on the grill rack or prepared pan and cook until no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 4 to 8 minutes per side, depending on the size of the breast. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, combine cucumber, yogurt, cilantro (or mint), lemon juice, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon garam masala and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Thinly slice the chicken. Split open the warm pitas and fill with the chicken, yogurt sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 333 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 64 mg cholesterol; 44 g carbohydrate; 32 g protein; 6 g fiber; 637 mg sodium; 485 mg potassium. Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (35% daily value), Vitamin A (25% dv), Magnesium (21% dv), Iron (20% dv).2 1/2 Carbohydrate ServingsExchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat

What are some good sources {websites, books, mags, etc.} for healthy recipes???

tags: gyro, healthy, diet, low fat, indian, spicy, health, pita bread, recipe, low calorie

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Night on the Town

cb2's Urban Mandala bed linens = hello guest bedroom!!!


Current obsession: modern city skyline prints. That's why I went cattywonkers when I got this in my email. Ah, cb2 goodness.


aykm with this pillow?!?!?!? and how about these for tabletop??....


But oh it doesn't stop there..... how about the bathroom??

If this shower curtain were a skirt, I'd be sporting it.

What do you think? =)

tags: city, skyline, modern, guest bedroom, modern bedding, skyscrapers, modern decor, cb2, ikea, urban mandala, bed linens, urban style, urban decor, urban bathroom, modern bedding, cb2