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my favorite thai dish to make... 17 Dec 2013

Oh Joy | Thai Green Chicken Curry Recipe

Growing up in a Thai family, people always assume that I can make really great Thai food. But I never really had to learn how to cook since my parents owned a Thai restaurant, and I could just go there and eat any time I wanted. Only since living in LA—where I'm far from the comfort of my parent's home-cooking and where there's an abundance Thai grocery stores—have I started learning how to cook some of my favorite Thai dishes. I recently made this for a friend's birthday dinner, and it came out so great that I wanted to share this recipe with you. This is my favorite Thai dish to make...green chicken curry. It's spicy, sweet, a little tangy, and full of so much flavor. It's my kind of comfort food.

One thing to point out about making this dish is that it tastes so much better when you use all of the ingredients listed (usually from a Thai or Asian grocery store). You can certainly make a simple curry using coconut milk and curry paste, but when you have access to key flavor enhancers like kaffir lime leaves and Thai basil, it makes a world of difference. And, it's still super easy even with the special ingredients. Here's how to make it...

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extra ordinary ornaments... 12 Dec 2013

One of my favorite things to make during the holidays are ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree. Whether you make one to put on a gift or you make a bunch to cover the tree, each ornament is like a little present in itself. This year, I wanted to challenge myself to make ornaments out of everyday materials. So here we have some "extra ordinary" ornaments made from things you'd find around the house or can get at a local discount store. It's fun to see how they transform into something more beautiful...

These would be fun to make with kids, too!

Extra Ordinary Ornaments | Oh Joy

P.S. See more of my favorite DIY ornament ideas right here...

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Video: Modshift
Music: "Happy Christmas" by Handsome & Gretyl
Production assistant: Julia Sir

Hair rollers, shower curtain rings, party streamers: Target stores.
String, wire, and nuts: at local hardware store
Gold Christmas tree: Treetopia

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Target. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy. To see more Oh Joy videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

a cozy winter meal... 6 Dec 2013

Turkey Meatloaf Stuffed Pumpkins | Oh Joy

The last few days have starting feeling like winter here in Los Angeles (well, our version of winter anyway) so I've been craving warm and comforting foods lately. While I'd happily enjoy a chicken pot pie or some baked mac and cheese, I'm trying to make healthier options that are still filling and warm for this chilly time of year. So I asked my friends at Heirloom LA to teach me a fun recipe to share with you all. It's so tasty, comforting, and crazy delicious...Turkey Meatloaf Stuffed Pumpkins! Yes, you heard that right, folks. Click below to see how and also to get the recipe for a vegetarian version, too.

Turkey Meatloaf Stuffed Pumpkins | Oh Joy

Here's the recipe...

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last minute thanksgiving inspiration... 23 Nov 2013


I have a special little weekend post for you guys! With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes, centerpiece DIY's, and decor inspiration I've been collecting this month to inspire merriment, beauty, and lots of good eats with your nearest and dearest this coming Turkey Day. See more from my Thanksgiving Sharing and Caring Pinterest board right here and my own sweet centerpiece right here.

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{Sources: lace pumpkins by Mon Carnet, pumpkins by The Daily Basics, cranberry orange sorbet by The Vintage Mixer, roasted carrots by Cannelle et Vanille, cake by Confetti Pop.} 

a sweet thanksgiving... 13 Nov 2013

Oh Joy | A Sweet Thanksgiving Cone-a-copia

One of my favorite holidays is coming up: Thanksgiving! This holiday brings together family and friends to celebrate all the wonderful things that happened this year over delicious food and lots of merriment. Plus, it jump-starts the holiday season and includes some of my favorite foods to indulge in. This year, we're hosting Thanksgiving at our house, so I wanted to come up with some simple ways to decorate the Thanksgiving table for guests using something sweet and unexpected—ice cream cones!

You can watch the how-to video below on how to make a cone-a-copia, napkin ring, and place card holder all using ice cream cones. This is my favorite video to date, so I hope you guys enjoy it!

Oh Joy | A Sweet Thanksgiving Cone-a-copia

Oh Joy | A Sweet Thanksgiving Napkin Ring

Oh Joy | A Sweet Thanksgiving Placecard

Check out my finished Thanksgiving table in the video above and see all sources for the ingredients used below... 

Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Video: Modshift
Music: "Gotta Have Him" by Emily Hearn
Production assistant: Julia Sir
Hair and makeup: Danielle Walch

Ingredients and sources used: Ice cream cones, test tubes, gold edible spray paintstoneware cake standbamboo skewers. My top is Phillip Lim for Target. Edibles: snap peas, baby carrots, green beans, grapes, and popcorn. Flowers used: dahlias, red hypericum berries, and ranunculus.

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Target. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy. To see more Oh Joy videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

make it a-door-able... 17 Oct 2013

Oh Joy | Metallic Stripe Door DIY

You might know that I have a thing for contact paper. First with my home studio, then Ruby's room, and then my new studio. The thing with contact paper is that when you're using it for its traditional and functional use as drawer liners or cabinet liners, you often have a ton left over because you have to buy a whole roll just to fill a couple drawers. So with my love of decorating with contact paper, I'm going to show you a super easy way to use those leftover scraps of contact paper you might have in your house from other projects and put them to good use in another way...by decorating your door. I'm using gold contact paper because I had a ton leftover from my new studio toe kick project, but you can use any color or pattern contact paper (or a mix of whatever you have)!

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a {little} halloween inspiration... 27 Aug 2013

Real Simple | Ice Cream Sundae Halloween Costume | Oh Joy

Okay, so I know Halloween seems kind of far away...but I had to share this costume cuteness from Real Simple. Ruby was one of the little kiddos that played dress-up in a homemade costume for the magazine's annual feature. She's dressed as her favorite treat...an ice cream sundae! Check out the how-to for Ruby's costume and the other dressed-up cuties right here. Thanks so much to Real Simple for having us join the fun!

P.S. She takes after her mama!

{Photo by Nicole Hill Geralut for Real Simple}

three ways to decorate store-bought cupcakes... 21 Aug 2013


There are so many times that I really want to make a special treat to give a friend or to bring to a potluck dinner, but I simply run out of time or forgot to prep in advance. So I love picking up store-bought cupcakes and decorating them in easy and beautiful ways. It's just like you got them from a fancy bakery! Enjoy!

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Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: Darling by Handsome and Gretyl 
Production assistant: Julia Sir
My dress: Kate Spade Saturday

Cupcakes: Target stores (or your local grocery store)
Edible flowers: Silver Lake Farms (or your local farmer's market)
Candy Dots: Gloria's Baking Supply
Rainbow Sprinkles: Target

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Target. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy.

paper to petal... 12 Aug 2013

Paper to Petal by Thuss Farrell

Paper to Petal by Thuss Farrell

Paper to Petal by Thuss Farrell

I've long been a fan of Thuss + Farrell, an amazing husband and wife duo who design, style, photograph, and art direct. Their their newest book, Paper to Petal, is like eye candy full of the coolest projects showing how to make amazingly gorgeous flowers simply from paper. Here's a peek at some of my favorite projects from their new book which is now available for pre-order...

{Photos by Thuss + Farrell}

my favorite summer salad... 1 Jul 2013

Oh Joy | Farro, Feta, Edamame Salad

Oh Joy | Farro, Feta, Edamame Salad

In last week's summer picnic giveaway with Terrain, I shared a peek at my new favorite summer salad. Today I'm sharing the recipe with you because it really is just so good (I've been eating it for lunch a lot lately!), and it's perfect for the upcoming July 4th holiday. It's so easy and such a great alternative to the pasta and potato salads normally served at summer barbecues. Here's how to make it...

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