Monday, September 16, 2013

I'm on The CCC!

Did you know? I change curtains almost as often as I change my clothes. I just found that out recently. I am learning so much about myself! It has been about two weeks since we painted our bedroom and we are now on our 6th or 7th set of curtains. I am really not a difficult person and am not very picky but these curtains are either too narrow, too short, too translucent, too dark, too bulky or too ugly.

To all you curtain designers out there, I have a few words for you! Windows are NOT 1 meter wide so curtains should NOT be 1 meter wide! I understand it's a business and you want us to buy more curtains to cover our windows but you know what would be great? Finding more than 2 curtains at the store. You know what else would be GREAT? Finding curtains that are longer than the standard 84 inches! I can't make these curtains grow longer so please, oh please, get back to your drawing tables and rethink a few things, Dear Curtain Designers.

You know what is really time consuming? Folding curtains so that they fit in the package they came in. After about the 4th set of curtains I purchased, I gave up on the idea of covering the whole window. I am unfolding only one curtain, hanging it, not liking it, leaving it there for the night while the other half of the window is "un-curtained", taking down the hanging curtain the next day, folding it meticulously (which is truly an art that I have now mastered. It is also a true test of patience for the rookie curtain folder I was a few curtain sets ago), returning it to the store, buying another one, unfolding only one curtain, and thus continuing my journey on The Chain of Curtain Craze (The CCC)!

My last resort for curtains is Ikea.

The CCC (The Chain of Curtain Craze) meets The IC (The Ikea Craze)

I have been dodging the idea of going to Ikea mainly to avoid a headache. Things could get very crazy there. Maneuvering your way through the store is like driving without any stop signs, lights or speed limits. People just stop in the middle of everything to gaze at bedding, sofa covers and jars to store cotton balls in. Don't get me wrong -- I do it too! That is the whole purpose of Ikea! I mostly gaze at colorful napkins, spatulas, whisks and Tupperware sets. But that chaotic environment is so exhausting. While you try to avoid bumping into the person who is in front of you, the person behind you slams into you. I should just get into my "I'm a fake New Yorker" state of mind and go! (And perhaps treat myself to their frozen yogurt on the way out! )

Have you ever tried to make your own frozen yogurt? It's much easier than making ice cream. Here is a MUST TRY recipe. Here is a video tutorial I found online.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt

- 1 can (14 ounces) non-fat condensed milk
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
In a large metal bowl with an electric mixer, beat together condensed milk, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth. With mixer on low, beat in yogurt, milk, and cocoa powder until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Freeze until firm but (about 4 hours) beating or stirring vigorously every hour. If too hard, let frozen yogurt sit on the counter for about 5-10 minutes before serving.


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