Kelp Noodle Pad Thai & DIY.

Yesterday wasn’t our typical Sunday… in fact, usually our weekends are all about getting stuff done on Saturday and then relaxing with family on Sunday… this weekend, everything was in reverse.

Saturday, we had a college grad party for Jarid’s cousin Travis.

jaridI made two dishes for the event and will be sharing the recipes in a future post (Three Bean Salad & GF Pasta Salad!)  We had a great time hanging out with everyone and catching up…

fly(I even made a new friend!)

…but boy did it feel nice to be in air conditioning when we got home!

hand

Sunday, as I mentioned, we had a small “to-do list” of things we wanted to accomplish by the time it was over.  We’ve got a closet door right inside the entrance to our house that’s been a pain since we moved it.  It always slides off of the track and it has been driving us both insane.

toolsOur mission was to replace the door, but due to unforeseen circumstances (aka, the previous owners made the door jam an uncommon size), Jarid had a day of chipping away, puttying, and sanding ahead of him.  I wished there was something I could’ve done to help, but I basically tried to stay out of his way and keep myself busy with my own little crafts.

Since we had to go to Lowe’s to buy the new closet door, while Jarid picked it out, I stopped by the paint counter to choose a shade for this cute little piece of furniture that our neighbors set out as trash.

Before:

prepaint

After:

Initially, I wasn’t too pleased with the color… it reminded me of either baby poo or puke (a little harsh, I know), I couldn’t decide which.  But as it dried and became a darker shade, it really grew on me.  I’m excited to see it in the kitchen where we plan to use it as a little coffee bar on the top shelf and a dish display on the bottom shelf.  All we really had to do to prep was sand it down (which Jarid had already taken care of for me) and then I wiped it down with a damp cloth to remove excess dust.

I came upstairs and Mr. Golden Hammer was still knee-deep in closet renovation…

Wayfarers > safety glasses, FYI.

So, I made myself a little craft table in the kitchen and got started on something I’ve been meaning to create for awhile now!

diyDIY Abstract art!  I had pinned this site awhile ago to my CREATE board on Pinterest and just hadn’t gotten the opportunity to set aside time to make it!  I guess I should probably share the fact that I didn’t use canvas…

But not to worry…Shoe box lids work just as well (they’re cheaper too –unless you buy a pair of shoes just for the box ;))  Plus, then you get a variety of sizes to create a collage effect!

shoeboxes
I used three, because that’s how many I had on hand, but you could use more or less depending on your preference!

You’ll need white acrylic paint along with two other colors of your choice
(I picked blue and yellow because of the color scheme in our bedroom) and a sponge brush. You could technically use a paint brush, but the sponge makes life 12904029385 times easier!

Step 1: Paint each of the shoe box lids with the white paint until completely opaque.  You won’t need as many coats if the shoe boxes are white, but all lettering should be covered entirely.  Make sure to paint the sides as well.

plopsStep 2: Drizzle one of your colors + the white paint enough to coat the large surface area of the box top. Since I was going for two different shades of blue as a final product, I made sure to keep that in mind while drizzling my dark blue to white ratio.

Step 3: Spread the paint side to side until covered — it’s alright if you’ve got some streaks.  Just make sure when you’re spreading the other colors you cover it.  I recommend going left to right and then right to left in sweeping motions.

stripe
Step 4: Use one of your accent colors and make a straight line somewhere on the canvas (you could do it right in the center if you really wanted to, but I liked the off-center look better).

Step 5: Take your sponge brush and starting at the top of your line, make one sweep from right to left.  Moving down the line, go every other (one left, one right, one left, one right).

Step 6: Repeat steps 4 & 5, only with white paint this time.

Do this with each of your shoe box tops, and you should get something that resembles this.  Also, a deck is the perfect place to set them to dry because with one rain, any accidental paint will wash right off!

Step 7: Allow the blue & white to dry completely and then repeat steps 1-6 with the second accent color & then with white.

finshes
Voila!  Homemade abstract art for a fraction of the cost.

At this point, I was proud of my work and wanted to cook up something I’d been craving since we had dinner & a movie with our friends Mike & Julie on Friday night.

PAD THAI
(made with kelp noodles) – adapted from this site

Ingredients:

  • 1 container of kelp noodles (approximately 2C.) – You could easily sub this with cooked rice noodles to get a more authentic dish!
  • 2 tbsp. honey or agave
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 tbsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • 1/4 C. peanut flour
  • 1.5 tsp. Sriracha–may use more depending on your hear preference!
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/2 C. peppers & onions
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 4 large eggs, scrambled (optional)
  • ½ C. cilantro (optional)
  • 1 head of broccoli (steamed)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

1- In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high.

2- Add scallions and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 seconds.

3- Add eggs (if using) and cook, until eggs are almost set, about 30 seconds.

4- Transfer egg mixture to a plate.

5- Mix liquid aminos, Sriracha and agave/honey with peanut flour, creating the sauce, in a small bowl.

6- Add noodles and sauce to the skillet; cook and toss about every 2 minutes.

7- Add egg mixture and broccoli, tossing to coat.

8- Serve noodles drizzled with lime juice — other optional garnishes would be cilantro, crushed peanuts, and actual lime wedges.

padthai
I cannot wait to eat the leftovers for lunch today!  So.stinking.yummy.

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6 thoughts on “Kelp Noodle Pad Thai & DIY.

  1. looooove all the DIY here babe!! seriously that’s my favorite part of having my own place…getting creative!!
    And that pad thai sounds awesome, but I cant wait for the other recipes!

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