asian fusion salad recipe
This salad makes me think of that old Skittles motto, “Taste the rainbow.” Except instead of being made up entirely of sugar and artificial colors and flavors, this version is composed of fresh vegetables. I’m not gonna lie, I eat plenty of candy and junk food, but I try to balance it out by eating stuff like this. I’m hoping the math is something like: one bag of Skittles is canceled out by one giant rainbow salad, but I suspect that might be wishful thinking. Anyway, we all know that salad is good for you, but when it tastes this good, you might actually look forward to eating it.
asian fusion salad recipe

Chopped Asian Fusian Salad

Adapted from here.
For the dressing:
1/3 cup grapeseed oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 inch peeled fresh ginger
For the salad:
8 ounces frozen shelled edamame
3 cups mixed greens
2 large carrots
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1 green onion
1/3 cup cashews
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 teaspoon chili garlic paste

Puree all the dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Transfer to a jar and rinse the food processor out for later use.

Cook the edamame by boiling it for 3-5 minutes in a pot of boiling water. Drain and allow it to cool. Meanwhile, slice up the kale, carrots, peppers, cilantro leaves, and green onions into thin strips or shreds, or shred them in the food processor.
Place the cooked edamame in the food processor and pulse 5 times to get a minced texture. Transfer to a bowl and repeat the same process for the cashews. Toss the grees, carrots, peppers, cilantro, green onions, edamame, and cashews together until well combined. Drizzle with the dressing, toss gently a few times, and serve immediately.

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Lace is one of those embellishments that never really goes away. (Sometimes it takes a leave of absence, but then it comes back, refreshed and better than ever.) Although lace appliques have been around for hundreds of years, designers can still find fresh new ways to use them. This season there are some great examples of carefully placed lace embellishments. You can easily sew, glue, or bond lace to a finished garment for a luxurious touch even on something as simple as a t-shirt. Or go all out and add lace accents to a dress for a va-va-voom effect.
DIY inspiration lace
1. Nina Ricci top | 2. Betsey Johnson dress | 3. Diane von Furstenberg sweater 4. Valentino dress | 5. Alice + Olivia top

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faux fur stool with hairpin legs tutorial
Does this faux fur look familiar? It’s the same stuff I used to make a throw pillow recently. Since I had leftovers I decided to make it into a fancy faux fur stool, complete with hairpin legs. It was way easier than I thought it would be, and now I have the perfect glamorous fluffy place to put my feet up. Although I may move it upstairs and sit on it while I put on my makeup. Gotta spread the fluff around between rooms.

faux fur stool with hairpin legs tutorial

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7-19-14 links
1. Would you try your hand at making your own abstract painting?
2. Give your cooler a stylish makeover.
3. This mirrored garden trellis is gorgeous, and this is such a great trick for creating the illusion of more space.
4. Lovely gilded cork coasters
5. Make a fun bead cluster necklace.
6. Cute DIY wall hangers idea, and free printable art to put in them.

These super cute sandals + this maxi dress = the perfect outfit for a lazy summer afternoon.

This bag is beautiful, and socially responsible.


Today I’m debuting a new weekly series, “Photo Finish,” where I’ll share some pictures of my week that might not fit anywhere else. I’m going to slightly cheat this time by starting off with a few from my visit last week to Crater Lake.

As a teenager I had been to Crater Lake, but Steven never had, so last week we went for our wedding anniversary. If you’ve never heard of Crater Lake, it’s a pretty amazing place. It’s in south-central Oregon, about five hours from us, but it’s only accessible for about four months every summer because it gets so much snow.  In fact we drove by plenty of snowbanks that haven’t melted yet, and couldn’t resist stopping by one to have a snowball fight. From looking at it, you might think that the lake was created by a meteor hitting the earth, but a mountain actually erupted and collapsed about 7,700 years ago.
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We took a boat ride out to the island in the middle of the lake (Wizard Island), which is actually another volcano that rose up out of the crater left by the first one. After climbing to the top, we had snacks inside that collapsed cinder cone you can see at the top.
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The incredibly blue water might look perfect for swimming, but it’s all snow melt, and very deep, so the temperature is only about 45 degrees. Steven braved the cold and jumped in. I was a wimp, and didn’t (though now I wish I had). Don’t worry, there was no danger of hitting bottom here, since it’s 200 feet deep in this spot. Which is nothing compared to the maximum depth of 2000 feet in other parts of the lake.
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After we got home it was back to house projects and normal life. A while back I think I mentioned that we painted our office and built shelves, but I haven’t shared photos yet because I’ve been trying to figure out how to style up the shelves so they’re not just entirely covered with books and movies. Here’s an early attempt. This is only about a third of the shelves–they’re huge and take up the whole width of a wall. We built them from reclaimed wood and pipe flanges, and I’m so happy with how they turned out.
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It’s a family tradition to make raspberry jam every summer, and this week I helped my mom with a couple of batches. I couldn’t resist breaking open a jar to make sure it meets our quality standards–it’s sooo good.
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My parents are fostering two orphan barn kittens, so jam-making was interspersed with kitten-cuddling. This is Quinn, who’s only about 3 weeks old. He’s super tiny and scrawny, and has a funny little purr to match, but my mom is fattening him right up. Isn’t he sweet?
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Those are the highlights of my week. We have lots of friends visiting town this weekend, so it should be a fun one. Hope yours is great, too!

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