Hooray. I’m too lazy to think of a creative title for this post. But really, how else could I have worded it? The items I have to show you really are sort of a hodge-podge. 🙂 I’ll have a valentine’s craft update coming soon. I’m working on completing gifts (baked goods and papercraft) and cards this weekend, so I’ll try to post them early in the week (of course, having said that, the update probably won’t happen till March…but oh well; I’ve long since ceased to hold myself to any sort of posting schedule).
To start, the most recent item (actually, from today). A bento that I brought for a bring-your-own-lunch date with a friend from church:
[sidecar]: leftover green Thai curry that I’d made for last night’s dinner
[shorter tier]: rice with carrot hearts, mini container of cilantro and lime
[taller tier]: slightly freezer-burned jiao xie, carrots, half a kiwi, piggie full of soy sauce, grape gummies
Comments I hadn’t used this box in a REALLY long time – since at least November, I think. But since I picked up some cute little blue mini containers a few weekends ago when I was in CA for the LTS conference and wanted to inaugurate them (I made a special trip to Trader Joe’s and Daiso one morning), I decided it was about time to break out the red box again. I also decided that since I was using a proper box today, I might as well make a proper bento (hence the carrot hearts). As noted above, I was sad to find out that my jiao xie have gotten freezer-burnt in the last week, even though I store them in an airtight freezer bag (I had some on Sunday and they were fine!). Also – I made the mistake of refrigerating a portion of curry in the sidecar overnight and then microwaving it in the morning. I don’t think the little blue containers are particularly microwave safe, as the plastic got worryingly soft after just 40 seconds. Fortunately, I took it out before it warped. Next time I’ll microwave in a separate container and then transfer the food. Or, just use cold foods in the blue containers. The lunch, except for the dumplings, was satisfying but not overkill, though I was worried about having packed too much food at first. I got compliments on it from both the friend I met for lunch, and one of my roommates, who saw it laid out on the table waiting to be lidded while I was washing my dishes. Her comments were quite sweet. She told me “your food looks like art,” and later admired the little piggie container, saying that “you’re really a poet – you make poetry with your food, too.” ^_^
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Now, onto other things. A homemade cake, flowers, and a handmade card from a joint birthday surprise that 2 of my roommates and I planned for our 3rd roommate M a few weeks ago:
The cake. (A plain chocolate cake, using this recipe – but modified to include a little nutella and some subs of brown sugar and honey since I was short on cocoa and white sugar – filled with a mixture of marmalade and apricot jam, and iced with dark chocolate ganache, fresh whipped cream, and Starburst roses). I’m afraid that my piping skills leave much to be desired.
Purple tulips, and the card. The card was drawn using brown Stabilo marker and prismacolor pencils on ivory cardstock. I missed the bus and had to walk home from the grocery store, so the flowers unfortunately got a little frostbitten on the way home. On the flip side, however, I was pretty proud of myself for coordinating the color schemes of the cake and card. ^_^
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That’s it for now, folks.