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common cooking measurementsWhat is your family’s favorite recipe? What’s your go-to meal that is always a crowd pleaser? The comfort food in our home is Spicy Peanut Noodles.

The recipe is embarrassingly easy. The hardest part is remembering to prepare it a few hours ahead of time so the flavors can meld.

spicy peanut noodles on cutting boardSpicy Peanut Noodles are served chilled or at room temperature, so it’s a smart choice for picnics or a buffet. Add leftover chicken and now it’s a main course.

Here’s the recipe. For the record, I don’t bother to measure the garnishes (cilantro, green onions, peanuts and sesame seeds). I have also made this with pretty much any type of spaghetti noodle (from angel hair up to regular thickness) and in quantities ranging from 8 oz. up to 16 oz.

From my home to yours: bon appetit!


(This recipe requires 4 hours to refrigerate)

  • 16 oz. thin spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • ¼ cup corn oil
  • 3 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ c. roasted chopped peanuts
  • ¼ cup green onions, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

In a small saucepan, heat oils and red pepper for two minutes over medium heat.

Remove from heat and stir in honey and soy sauce.

Combine noodles and oil mixture. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Garnish with last four ingredients and serve.

spicy peanut noodles

The Reveal {my home office reorganization}

A few weeks ago, I blogged about my home office re-do. Started by purging everything — even furniture — from the room and rearranged and reorganized to create a more functional and less cluttered environment. 

office montage 3I’m finally ready to show you “the reveal”…a term you’ll know well if you are a fan of HGTV.

One of the biggest changes was moving my desk (a large former drafting table) on an angle looking out the window. I now have a view of the outside world when sitting at my desk (which, these days, means I’m mostly looking at huge piles of snow).

Several of my favorite Asian pieces were brought in including three Korean chestchests and two peasant prints. (My family lived in Asia when I was a teenager and my parents, siblings and I each have a few of these colorful prints in our homes.) Propped atop one of the chests is a fun expression — Do Something Good Today — applied to a framed piece of chalk wall vinyl. The chests have lots of little drawers and cabinets, which are perfect for storing my Uppercase Living catalogs and sample words.

Office montage 2Another favorite expression — In This Home — is featured on a framed black and white photo of my three boys. The Bible shown here is the Benjamin Family Bible that belonged to my great great grandmother in 1903. One of our sons is named Benjamin…and it turns out there is a whole branch of Benjamins (last name) in our family tree. There even used to be a village of Benjaminville in Illinois,  where many of them are buried.

When I look up from my computer, just to the right of the windows, is a custom expression that says: What did  you do for somebody today?

Is your workspace (or living space) a reflection of you? Do you have the words that are important to you right there where you can see them?