Chef Yun

Thursday night is usually the only time my whole family and I are together under one roof. We all have different schedules because of work, school, or other obligations so it’s hard sometimes to have dinner together. I thought it’d be nice to cook for my family on Thursday since we were all home.

I went on Pinterest for some inspiration on what to cook. I found this recipe to make pesto pasta with sausage and brussels sprouts. I knew this was a winner immediately because one, I love pesto. Two, it was simple and easy to make.

All you need is:
1 lb brussells sprouts
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 lb (16 oz.) pasta
4 sausage links
1/3 cup pesto
5 cloves garlic
Parmesan cheese, for serving

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Cut your brussells sprouts in half and gently mix them in with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then pop them into the oven for about 20-30 minutes until they are crispy or slightly golden on the outside.

As the brussells sprouts are in the oven, start cooking the pasta according to the instructions. Meanwhile, slice the sausage links into 1/4″ thick coins and cook them on a skillet with olive oil. For more flavor, you can throw in some thinly sliced garlic. Once the pasta and the sausage are cooked, the brussells sprouts should be done around the same time. In a large bowl, mix all of them together with pesto.

Then wah-lah, your masterpiece for the night should look like this:

I ended up making a little more than I should have but it worked out perfectly since I was able to take some to work for lunch! It’s great to eat them when they’re fresh or even when they’re cold!

Pinspired Potluck

I’m kind of in this big phase of being a Pinterest addict. I have no shame about that because there are many people out there who are addicted to it also and have yet to admit that they have a problem. It’s actually not a bad thing at all or is it? Well, we all just want to be creative and innovative with food, fashion, and crafts. What’s wrong with that? There is no problem except that we are hoarding so much online in an organized manner using our boards.

Ok, ok. Pinterest is everything as in it’s good and bad. It’s however you see it. I used my Pinterest addiction in a positive way impacting a community of my friends! One day, I said to myself, “Hey, wouldn’t it be a great idea to gather some friends and have a potluck where we make food from what we’ve pinned on Pinsterest?” Then bam, the phrase ‘Pinspired Potluck’ happened just like that.

I somehow found an app on my iPad called Phoster where you can make posters using quirky templates. You just need to change the content of the poster however you’d like. So I used one of the templates and brought a Pinspiration feel to it and created this:

I created a Facebook event and invited some friends who I had’t seen in awhile since high school. I really wanted to see how everyone was doing since so much has happened for a lot of us whether it’s graduating from college or having a baby! Everyone wrote on the wall what they were bringing to the Pinspired Potluck. But funny thing was that, no one brought what they said they were going to bring! Except for Andrea. Thanks Andrea for following the rules! (I’m guilty!)

I bought some red paper plates and white utensils just to carry out the Pinterest colored theme of red and white. With a homie touch, my friend Connie made name cards for everyone attending.
Name Cards

I used a white porcelain bowl for the strawberries with cool whip and had iced tea in a clear glassed pitcher. I really wanted to carry a simple and subtle theme to my presentation. Luckily, it all worked out without having to buy anything.
Pinspired Potluck

Here is what the menu was for the Pinspired Potluck:
Top left: Tina’s Tea Sandwich ~ cucumber and cream cheese
Top right: Amy’s Zucchini Boats ~ zucchini, topped with tomatoes and melted cheese
Bottom left: Emily’s Mexican Casserole ~ bean, cheese, spicy shredded beef, tortilla made in crock pot
Bottom right: Tina’s Macaroni Pasta ~ homemade three cheese sauce with broccoli and sausage
The Food

Melissa’s main dish: Sausage with homemade smokey peach sauce
Melissa's Dish

We had more than enough food to feed each other for dinner. We all definitely ate a lot of good food that afternoon. After eating all that Pinspired food, we had to end it with dessert, of course. Andrea brought some mouth watering cupcakes.

Dessert: Andrea’s Cupcakes ~ Chocolate cupcake with nutella topped with a Ferrero Rocher
Andrea's Cupcakes

The cupcakes were a great way to sum up the Pinspired Potluck! The cupcakes were sweet and everyone there was sweet too! I really appreciated everyone taking the time from their busy schedule to make some yummy food and spend some time catching up!

Pinspired Potluck is definitely going to happen again next year. Bringing food and friends together can never go wrong! Hopefully, we can do something like this for the Christmas season too! Thank you Amy, Andrea, Emily, and Melissa coming out to the first Pinspired Potluck! Thank you to Kinsey for being such a cute little baby! Also, special thanks to Connie for helping me out with presentation!

Melissa & Kinsey. Emily. Tina. Andrea. Amy.

Melissa & Kinsey. Emily. Tina. Andrea. Amy.

Creative Christmas Cards

I had a bunch of left over decorations from my ugly sweater project. So with all that stuff, I thought it’d be great to use it to make homemade Christmas cards!

Craft Supplies

I had a bunch of stickers so it was easy for the most part to make the cards. I say “for the most part” because it takes me awhile to be creative. I made all the cards simple because I’m pretty simple like that.

Christmas Cards

The top left card was made out of ribbons that I bought for a buck or two on sale at Michael’s. I learned how to make the bow from YouTube! I just typed in how to make bows. Something like that.

Christmas Cards2

This one was made out of wrapping paper and tinsil. The tinsil was actually for wrapping purposes but I used it as decor. The wrapping paper was only of Christmas trees. So what I did was, cut out one tree. Cut the one tree into smaller and funky shapes. Then glued them on awkwardly by only connecting the trunk of the tree. Then wahl-lah. Your Anthropology Christmas card. Originally $35 dollars but made with $2-3 worth of decorations.

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Here are more of the cards that I made:
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If I can make these cards, so can you! I didn’t even use Pinterest for help!