2.01.2016

Mani Monday #29: White + Sparkles



I was really craving (that can't be the right word...) a white manicure. I usually struggle with white because it always looks streaky, but I decided to go for it. When I was digging through my colors to find white, I found this random no-name bottle of sparkles that I don't think I've ever used. I think I bought it while standing in the checkout line at Loft Outlet (true story). So, I figured white makes a fun base for big, colorful sparkles.

I love how it turned out! My right hand (pictured here) has two accent nails, while my left hand only has one -- the pinky. I used Essie Gel Setter Top Coat, so I hope this lasts at least several days.
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1.27.2016

Another Lesson in Persian Cooking: Khoresht Karafs (Celery Stew)



A long, long time ago, I had my first lesson in Persian cooking when I learned to make Ghormeh Sabzi in a crock pot (IN A CROCK POT, you guys!).

Recently, I had my second lesson. This time I learned how to make Khoresht Karafs, which I affectionately call Celery Stew. It's one of my all-time favorites, and it's so easy to make! At first, I was going to make it in a crock pot, but it's so fast and easy that it made more sense to do it on the stove.

Like just about any Persian dish, this should be served with rice. I gave a rice overview in my Ghormeh Sabzi post, but I'm also hoping to to a dedicated post with a couple ways to make Persian rice. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, back to the celery stew...

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