Pad Thai and Homemade Bread.

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Well hello there my sweet, little, dearies. How, are, you?

I’m two mugs of coffee in and things are looking peachy.

I have a few eats to share with you, as well as a movie review and an encouraging thought.

Let’s get started, shall we?


This morning I had an extra delicious egg fiesta on homemade honey wheat bread, a grapefruit and the last of my beloved Heart coffee.

Eggy, flaxy, toasty goodness.

Today’s grapefruit was especially sweet, although still difficult to eat despite a new slicing method. I must be citrus challenged.

It’s official, we’re all out of Portland coffee (all 8 bags, gone!) and will soon be resorting to Starbucks. The is the world coming to?! Waaaaaa.


The aforementioned homemade bread was the genius of Kath from KathEatsRealFood. I spotted the recipe on The Runner’s Plate last week and made a batch over the weekend.

I guess you really kind of need a Kitchenaid mixer to make bread properly. Turns out your hand doesn’t double as a bread hook like I thought

Regardless of my equipment shortage, I still managed to make a descent loaf of bread and thus, have become one step closer to being a full on hippie. Success. And no, I’m not cutting my hair, ever. I AM going to own a VW bus someday. And I WILL wear tie dye if I please. So, there.

Not bad for my first try, eh?

Who knew sliced bread could be art? Not I.


Pad thai is unquestionably my favorite Thai dish. I’ve had it at several restaurants and have even tried to make it at home a few times, but without much success.

However, I recently looked up a new recipe on the NY Times Web site and went to an Asian grocery store to and get all of the ingredients I needed to make it as close to authentic as I could. Turns out, you MUST have tamarind to get the pad thai flavor right. I did not know this before.

I also picked up some Siracha hot sauce because I like things that spice my face off.

John and I also adore peanut sauce so I whipped some up for dipping our noodles into. Yes, we’re really into sauces if you couldn’t tell.

I used Tyler Florence’s recipe and made a couple modifications.


1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. chili garlic paste

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 lime, juiced

1/2 cup hot water

1/4 cup chopped peanuts, for garnish

Instructions: Puree the peanut butter, soy sauce, chili paste, brown sugar, and lime juice in a food processor. While the motor is running, drizzle in the hot water to thin out the sauce. Pour the sauce into a nice serving bowl and garnish with the chopped peanuts.

For the Pad Thai I followed this recipe from the NY Times Web site, except I skipped the cabbage, subbed chicken for shrimp, and used a mix of canola oil and sesame oil in place of the peanut oil (and used half the amount of oil it called for).

Just beautiful. The dish turned out really well and the peanut sauce and siracha were nice additions to the overall flavor. I will certainly be making this again.


A less complicated dinner recipe is pesto chicken – one of my week night go-to’s. To prepare this dish, you simply pound a chicken breast to tenderize it, then cut it in half leaving a portion connected on one side, and then smear pesto and feta cheese inside and fold the top back over.

I also season the outside of the breast lightly with salt, pepper, garlic powder and more pesto before baking in a glass dish at 375* covered (with foil) for 25 minutes, and then uncovered for another 5-7 minutes until golden brown.

Easy easy.

I served mine alongside some steamed broccoli seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese. But you could easily serve this alongside (or on top of) pasta, bruschetta or roasted vegetables.

The chicken was so moist, flavorful and delicious. And not to mention filling. I was more than satisfied on this small portion.


John and I watched “Whip It” with Ellen Page last night. Have you seen it?

Ellen Page does a wonderful job acting in this film. I’ve only seen her in one other movie, but I’m definitely a fan. She was so charming and believable in this role. And I loved her punky style and adorable glasses. There are so many colorful, surreal scenes in the movie that had me wanting to recreate them in real life. The best movies do that, in my opinion.

The plot is based on the tension between a mother who wants her daughter to be a beauty pageant winner, and a daughter who wants nothing to do with it. So, she finds an alternative passion: roller derby, and the story develops from there.

Here’s the trailer to give you a better idea of what it’s about.


There is a little language in the film but I didn’t find it too off-putting. I would definitely recommend this movie and will probably end up watching it again sometime. Oh, and now I want to roller skate around Topeka in a girl scout uniform acting ticked off. But that’s another story.


Alright, that’s it all for me. I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and more importantly I hope you’re having a celebration-worthy Wednesday.

In closing, here is a thought I found worthy of sharing from a devotion book I’m reading right now by Jerry Bridges called “Holiness Day by Day”:

“Awareness that faith is the gift of God should arouse a sense of profound gratitude and worship in our hearts. We could not even take advantage of God’s gracious gift of salvation apart from His prior working in our hearts. But God gave us life when we were dead, gave us sight when we were blind, and gave us the faith to trust in Christ for our salvation. If we spend the rest of our lives doing nothing but saying thank you to God, we could still never sufficiently express our gratitude for His gift of salvation, including the gift of faith by which we receive it.”

See you soon,



  1. enjoyed the trailer and now want to go rent it haha
    I’m totally in love with Pad Thai as well and always looking for a way to make a clean version of it. Gonna have to try this one sometime ;)

  2. Three things I love about this post: that you are becoming a hippie, a good pad thai recipe, and that quote about faith being a gift! I will walk the hippie-road with you my friend, except Philip cannot handle the smell of patchouli. :) I have yet to successfully make pad thai, so I’ll have to try your recipe! And what a great quote, might be a new favorite statement of God’s gracious work in our lives. You are more lovely all the time, Dana! Miss you.

    • Emily! I love you. You’re so great. I had to reply and say that I found a solution to toning down the scent of patchouli: mix it with coconut oil! It tones down the patchouli just enough and adds a subtle, sweet, coconutty scent. It’s perfect! You should give it a try sometime. I got mine mixed at a boutique but you could probably order some online…

      And I think YOU are more lovely all the time and I miss you dearly. Oh, and I think your new bangs are lovely.
      I hope all is well with you, Philip and little Evie. You have to the most adorable family I know, seriously.

      Hugs, Dana.

  3. giiirl, I have an obnoxious love for pesto anything. I must try that pesto chicken asap! :)

  4. Thanks for the shout-out! I need to make homemade bread again soon!

  5. i think you eat more egg fiestas and have more breakfast/coffee in bed than anyone i know :).

    and also….we watched whip-it like 2 weekends ago, and while i didn’t find it to be a cinematic masterpiece, it was pretty cute, and craig didn’t want to poke his eyeballs out like he did with paper heart, so that was a plus.

    wishing i was there to mooch some pad thai. seriously. that looks so good!

  6. PS i bet you can buy coffee from heart or stumptown online. just sayin.

    • Yes, we have considered ordering some but plan to wait for now since we know we can’t make that a long-term solution…

      Ughh, why can’t Portland just be CLOSER to Kansas?

  7. You may be in luck Dana. See the following link:

    • Thanks! That’s pretty awesome.

  8. I know this is a totally old post but I had to comment because after watching Whip It, I also wanted to roller skate around town in a cute little outfit acting all pissed off. It probably wouldn’t be as cool as it seemed in the movie though…

    Also, I’ve already eaten dinner and dessert but that pad thai looks so tasty right now!

    • Oh what “Whip It” brings out in us girls. That reminds me, I still want to put on a sassy outfit and skate around all ticked off! Ha ha..


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