Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Recent Outfit: Pink + Red



















Blouse-hm/Short-F21/Shoes-Varina Salvatore Ferragamo/Watch- Michael Kors Rose Gold/Belt-hm

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Closet-turned-office Reveal

First of all,  today marks the 1 year blog anniversary.  I can't hardly believe its has been a year since I started A Cup of Mai.  And I'm so grateful to you, my readers, especially for your comments and emails.  Without you, this little blog would get a bit lonely.  This is my 144th blog post.  A fact that surprises me, but here I am still writing.  And hopefully here you are, still reading!

About 2 months ago I've convinced my hubby to let me turn the small 10x10 spare bedroom into office/dressing room.  To save space I decided to use the closet  as an office and the rest of the room will be dressing area( which will come in the second part of the reveal).

Here's the before
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Now for the best part, the after pictures. We removed the doors, shelves and painted the wall black chalkboard.  I hope you've enjoyed the tour of my new little space.  Stayed turn for part 2.
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I hung a string of lights above the art but decided to remove it because I thought it look too cluttered.  I like everything to be very clean, simple and minimalist.
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Source List:
Rust-Oleum Chalkboard- Home depot $10
Desk-Target $98 (on sale)
Chair-West Elm $ 70 (on sale)
Clear Tray- Container Store $9
Floating Shelves - Target $ 20
2 Mugs- Anthropologie $ 13
Color Chalk- Target $ 1
4 yards pink satin ribbon- Michael's $ 3 (with coupon)
*Anything else that are not listed on here are previously owned*
Not to shabby for under $250 closet office makeover eh?! :) Pin It

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Details, Details

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pretty things
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A few details of my office+dressing room. Pin It

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Kimchi Fried Rice + My Valentine's Weekend

You may remember this post and you've seen bits and pieces of it...you saw the  ruffle cake and raspberry beer cocktail.  But here are the rest of the pictures for the dinner.  ( WARNING HEAVY PHOTOS AHEAD.)
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Kimchi Fried Rice
Ingredients
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
pinch of coarse salt
1 cup of kimchi, coarsely chopped, plus 1/4 cup kimchi liquid
2 cups day-old cooked rice, at room temperature
Serve 2

Method
Heat the sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and salt.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften and brown, about 2 minutes.  Add the kimchi and cook for 1 minute to combine nicely with onion.  Add the rice and stir thoroughly to combine.  Cook until the rice is warmed through and beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.  Serve hot.

To make sunny-side eggs
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a nonstick pan  over medium heat.  Break open eggs into pan and immediately reduce heat to low.  Cook slowly until the whites are completely set and the yolks begins to thicken, but are not hard.  Serve eggs immediately and enjoy!

This recipe couldn't be simpler.  It's one of the best ways to use leftover rice.

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Pretty tulips from hubby.
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I also made Thai chicken pizza
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Raspbery beer cocktail
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My little gift to hubby :) Pin It

Friday, February 17, 2012

This is where I blog

"This is your life, do what you love and  do it often!"

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My closet office is getting closer to completion, but it's not quite there "yet".  Until then I wanted to give you a peak at one part of the room, but as I'm typing this post on my new desk I already feel this is going to be one of my favorite spots in the house.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend! Pin It

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Raspberry Beer Cocktail

Raspbery beer cocktail
Ingredients
1 cup of fresh raspberries or frozen
4 bottles of corona (12oz) beer, chilled
1 container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed or pink lemonade
1/2 cup good quality vodka
Garnish: lemon slices, or raspberries.
adapted from Southern Living

Method
In a large container stir together the  first 4 ingredients. Serve over ice.
Garnish with raspberries.
To make ahead, stir together lemonade concentrate and vodka in a large container.    Stir in raspberries and beer just before serving. Garnish, if desired.
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This was a huge hit with my husband.   I served it in mason jars with fresh raspberries in each.  Such a pretty and refreshing drink.  Can't wait to make it again  :) Pin It

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Low-Maintenance Breakfast in Bed

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Making a special breakfast doesn't have to be lot of time and effort.  Here are a few quick tips to help you along the way:

Plan Ahead
1. Decide on menu
2. Make a list of everything you need: ingredients, table wear, serving utensils and pans.
3. Even easier, serve bagels, pastries from a nearby bakery or store brought waffles. Like I did here.

All in the Details
Little things that can make a big difference:
If you're serving orange juice, make it fresh squeezed
Use high quality coffee beans or tea
Garnish the plate with fresh fruits
Pull out the linen napkins, and a vase with fresh flowers
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Details
Vietnamese Iced Coffee
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
Love,
Mai

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Tickled Pink

Ahhh, its sweet Monday( dripping with sarcasm!).  I was sad to see this glorious weekend end.  We had a really lovely Valentine's dinner last night at home.  There are so many more adorable ones, but for now, here are a few pretty details to start your day...
Ruffle cake for John
Ruffle cake for my hubby
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With raspberry filling
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Our sweet Milo :)
Thanks for reading and be sure to check back tomorrow for more eye candy! Pin It

Friday, February 10, 2012

Things That Make Me Smile

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M&Ms from target
live laugh print
Framed "Break The Routine" Print
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Colored Chalk
Life is too short
Holstee Manifesto Poster
Good morning sweets! And happy Friday to you all!
Today marks the weekend before Valentine's Day and I'm already super excited for the day.  This year we've decided to keep it low key (as always).  Romantic dinner at home, maybe flowers, a nice bottle of rose wine and something sweet to end the night.  I know not all of you celebrate V-day but for those of you who do, what do you have planned?
Have a delightful weekend everyone!
Happy Valentine's Day
PS: I'll be around to visit everyone's blogs shortly. :) Pin It

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Matcha Souffle

Recipe adapted from Gorden Ramsay's raspberry soufflé

This was my first attempt at making soufflé using matcha as flavor.  Soufflé is one of the most difficult desserts to photograph as it deflates swiftly within a matter of minutes.  Next time I have to make sure to get my camera ready before making this. 

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Have a happy Thursday everyone!
( recipe no longer available on his website. Weird) Pin It

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DIY: Glitter Key w/ Nail Polish

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Hello lovelies! If you ever want something to do, this would be a fun diy project  to pass the time.
All you need is some sparkly nail polish in the shade of your choice and top coat.
1. Place your key on a flat surface with a paper towel or newspaper under it.
2. Paint on two or three coat of the sparkly polish.  Let each coat dry at least 1-2 minutes in between.
3. Apply the top coat and let it dry completely ( around 30 minutes)
4. That's it.
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If you try this out, let me know and post pics of your glitter key (s). Pin It
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