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29th July
2012
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Tonight for dinner, I decided to make enchiladas. They were good, not as good as I think they can be. So I will have to explore different recipes. Oh, and I decided to make a margarita to go with it. 😛

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28th July
2012
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I often read before I go to sleep. However, I never liked how my pillows weren’t really supporting my head while I would sit up and read in bed. At that point, I decided maybe it would be nice to have an upholstered headboard, to give me something soft to lay my head against. I’ve never had a headboard before. And I had a couple concerns. 1) I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a headboard. 2) I didn’t want to have to nail anything into a wall since I live in an apartment.

I tried looking online for various DIY tutorials and found somethings I like and somethings I didn’t. I got an idea of what it would take to make my own headboard, but I ended up making up my own steps.

For the core of the headboard, I used formboard. I wanted something light but something that had a little thickness to it. So I bought 5 boards of 20×30 inches each, 1/2 inches thick. I placed 3 of them next to each other, to make 1 board that was 60×30 inches. Then I cut the fourth one in half, creating 2 boards that were 10×30 inches. And the last one, I’ll talk about later.

To put the three whole boards together, I just used some duct tape. I looped around both sides of the board a few times. Then I took the half boards and placed them over the seams where the whole boards met. I wanted to use the half boards to stabilize the board as a whole, otherwise I was worried that the boards would flop around. Again I duct taped the half-boards down over the seams of the whole boards. This also meant that there was one flat side to the entire headboard, and one side as shown in the image, with the half boards adding some slight width.

My next step was to add the cushioning. I started with some foam. The foam was the 1.5in foam you get from buying a foam mattress bad for a twin bed. My headboard is smaller than a twin bed so I just cut off the excess. To attach the foam, I just used a lot of fabric glue and laid the mattress pad down on the non-flat side of the headboard. (That way, the flat side can be placed against the wall.)

Next, I added the cotton lining to add more cushioning. Again, for this, I just got a cotton pad for a twin size bed and cut off the excess. However, this is a little different than the foam. The foam was cut to be similarly sized to the board, 30×60 inches). The cotton needs to wrap around the board a little. To attach the cotton lining, I used staples, just regular staples. The problem with staples and foam though is that the the regular staples can easily slip out of the foam. So once it was stapled down, I took duct tape to make sure the cotton wouldn’t move.

At this point, all that is left to do is put the fabric on. I had found this nice faux suede upholstery fabric at the fabric store for 50% off! To attach it, I just followed the same methods as the cotton lining. I used staples to start, and then re-enforced them with duct tape.

Now here is where the that fifth foam board comes in. I cut it into four pieces, each was 20×7.5 inches. I took two and taped them together to make two sets of foam that were 1 inch thick. I placed those behind my bed as stands, making sure they were standing 20 inches tall, not 7.5 inches tall. Then I just placed the headboard (which was very light) behind my bed, on top for the foam stands, and pushed my bed against it to hold it in place! And that’s it. I now have an upholstered headboard. I would say it cost about $60 total. I probably could have made it for cheaper if I had waited for a sale on the foam boards.

16th July
2012
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I’ve been wanting to do a slider tasting for a while. So over the weekend I invited some friends over and had different options for people. I had 5 different sliders as options, a classic slider, an asian-style slider, one called the Miami slider, one taco-flavored slider, and finally one called the French Tarragon slider.

The French Tarragon was, by far, the best received. It features a rosemary bun (which is actually a dinner roll that I cut in half to make a bun, a mayo with tarragon, and a burger with salt, pepper, and shallots, and finally fresh mixed greens from my garden!

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8th July
2012
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When I was in Italy (which I still need to make posts for…) I learned to cook! In fact, it was a cooking vacation. I learned how to make allllll sorts of delicious food common to the Amalfi Coast. One dish that I learned to love while I was there was ravioli. At first, I thought it was boring, there was just some pasta, some cheese, and some sauce. But then we made some in a cooking class and I learned what makes it so amazing. The dishes are so simple and in that simplicity you can get amazing, fresh flavors. I learned to appreciate that. Quickly, ravioli became my favorite dish.

Since coming back, I’ve been meaning to make some. So here it is. I used the recipe I learned while in Italy and it was just as amazing as I remember. It took forever, there were a bunch of steps involved in making the pasta from scratch, but spending those hours allowed me to make 27 rather large ravioli. And at that size, it turned out to be 5 meals (which was pretty nice to not have to worry about what I was going to eat for dinner for a few days). To get some protein in there, I grilled my favorite, simple, cumin rubbed grilled chicken, and also grilled some asparagus. And then to round it out, I had a nice cool glass of wine. :)

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