March 2010

i’ve had this recipe torn out in my recipe binder for probably a year or two, and monday night aric & i decided to try it out! i would definitely recommend this – it’s fantastic!



  • 1 pound boneless pork chops
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 small head napa cabbage, cored and thinly sliced crosswise (about 7 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • One 1-inch piece fresh ginger, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 tablespoons store-bought teriyaki sauce
  • 2 mangoes, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 cups bean sprouts


  • On a work surface, place a pork chop between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and, using a meat mallet, pound 1/4 inch thick; repeat with the remaining chops. Slice into 1/4-inch-thick strips. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the flour and salt; add the pork and toss.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Shake off any excess flour from the pork and arrange in a single layer in the skillet. Cook until browned and crisp on one side, about 3 minutes; turn and cook, stirring, until browned all over, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the cabbage to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage begins to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in the teriyaki sauce, then toss with the pork and mangoes. Top with the bean sprouts.

i think one of our favorite parts was the napa cabbage. we had never had it before! delicious! also, i had a really rough time trying to cut up my mangoes. even though rachel ray had a photo how-to, it still took me awhile!


no post today mpressed bloggers – i’ve got tons of work to do! but don’t worry, this just means fun posts in the future! soon we’ll have the following to show you:

  • a surprise 60th birthday party
  • save the date
  • graduation announcement
  • rehearsal dinner invitation

hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

yeah! it’s friday!! i am so excited because my first moleskine journal just came in the mail yesterday!! yes, funny name, serious notebook! it is so cute and so petite and i can’t wait to start doodling in it. oh the possibilities of design…

  • in the hunt for a daily planner? check this one out
  • i think i need this one to store inspirations in
  • going on a vacation? how cool is this? or this one?

to say i’m obsessed with these journals is a complete understatement. they make my heart so happy! heres’s a bit of history of the moleskin:

For two centuries now Moleskine® (mol-a-skeen’-a) has been the legendary notebook of artists, writers, intellectuals and travelers. From gifted artists Henri Matisse (1869–1954) and Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), to poet and leader of the surrealist movement André Breton (1896-1966) to Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) considered the most influential writer of the last century, to famous travel writer Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989). These notebooks have proven they can withstand the trials of travel and abuses that ensues from normal use. This is the one true trusted travel journal.


all – please welcome back guest blogger miss autumn! autumn just recently moved back to our hometown of norman, oklahoma (BOOMER!) and started working at the Abbott House. here she talks more about it and how you can help out!

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  • April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month.  A month dedicated to the education, advocacy and prevention of child abuse.  The Mary Abbott Children’s House is on the frontlines of this battle.

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Mary Abbott Children’s House is a child-centered program focused on reducing the trauma of victims of abuse through state-of-the-art, comprehensive forensic interviews that allow a child to tell his painful story only once. In laymen terms, that means that we create a safe, child-friendly location for children to tell their story. In traditional systems, children are asked to tell their painful story over and over again to all parties involved (including law enforcement, child welfare services, family advocates, forensic interviewers, etc.). What makes us different, is that we get all of the right people together all at once, and record the interview with state-of-the art equipment. This reduces the trauma they are forced to endure and starts them on their process to healing. Through our program, more offenders are convicted; they serve longer sentences; they are taken off the streets, sparing future children the pain; and the child is directed toward counseling and healing service providers. In other words, the healing starts at Abbott House.

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today i thought i would talk about dogs. i love dogs. i have a 3 1/2 year old chocolate labrador named  finley and she is the most loving dog any girl could ever ask for and i’m so blessed she’s in my life. here are some fun dog links for the day.

i am a sucker for really cute collars. finley is now on her 4th bella bean couture collar. in my opinion, they are the most unique collars i’ve ever seen. bella bean also makes leashes, beds and clothes!

my friend kendall showed me this site when she ordered her boxer, tank, a collar from them. first of all, the website is designed so lovely, i automatically loved it. i really like this leash. maybe fin needs one for her birthday!

what fun pet accessories do you have?

in a couple of months, i will be moving and i’ve got nothing but house decorating on my mind! here’s a couple of boards of stuff i’m loving right now.


i can’t wait to use my first piece of grown up furniture in my new place! i got such a great deal on this armoire at joyful furniture in boulder! i really like the red couch and the yellow walls in the second photo. love the layout of the couch – i think i need something like that! and if anyone has seen my yellow chair i bought on craigslist for $10, then you will know it needs a drastic makeover. i’m thinking something along the lines of the fabric in the bottom 2 pictures.


i love a good home office and am constantly looking for inspiration on how to make the space functional yet gorgeous. i’m thinking the office is going to be one of my favorite rooms in my new place. what a great way to display photos, inspiration and design pieces, in an old frame with chicken wire on the back. this will be one of the first projects i do. and what a great idea of displaying work on clipboards. love it – simple yet beautiful. i have to find some of those white boxes to put scraps, envelopes, pens, etc in. i’m in love with those colored glass vases. if i could keep fresh flowers around all the time, i would!

does anyone have any fun ideas for house stuff?

today i thought i would post about one of my new obsessions – liberty of london! and what’s great is they just opened an inexpensive line at TARGET on march 14, and i of course went on sunday and bought a super cute tunic!

here are some of their fancier items:

love this pink speckle print fitted dress

how fun would this print be in an entry way

this is interesting. has anyone heard of this before?

and here are their items sold at target:

i would for sure garden in these gloves

wear this fun floral scarf on a gorgeous spring day

these journals are so fun – and they come in a nice set of 3! keep one for yourself & give away 2 for friends!

have your morning coffee or tea out of this green print mug

happy shopping!

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