Author Archives: Lisa Ng

Vegetable Fried Rice + Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.

fried rice pork tenderloin

One of my major goals is to cook at home more this year.

I love eating out, but I know cooking can be healthier and save me money as one dinner can turn into leftovers for lunch the next day. My other goal is to cook simple meals ready in 30 minutes or less so I’m not slaving away in the kitchen on a weeknight trying to come up with some sort of gourmet meal.

I’m looking for real flavor, real fast.

I am definitely more leisurely about cooking on the weekend and use that time to tackle more complex recipes or get some meal prepping done. However on weeknights, I’m usually just getting back to gym and I want to eat something fast and healthy so I can have some down time before getting ready for bed. (more…)

This Beautiful Life: Erika Lee Sears

erika lee sears artist

Erika Lee Sears was one of the first people I met when I moved to Portland. I was amazed by the fact that she makes art everyday. No, FOR REAL. She creates a piece of art everyday and posts it to her Instagram account over at @ErikaLeeSears. Her work has also been featured on Portlandia!

Not only was this incredibly exciting, I loved how Erika has been able to carve out a career as an artist. If you’re thinking of doing the same thing and have thought about pursuing a creative career – read how Erika got her start!

What sort of career path led you towards becoming a full-time artist? Did you study art in school?

Well, if you can believe it, I didn’t start out as wanting to become or be an artist. I didn’t go to school for art at all, and I started my professional career working in the finance industry. (more…)

12 Ideas for the Ultimate Staycation Weekend at Home

summer staycation ideas

Summer is here!

I know everyone doesn’t have a budget for a big blowout summer vacation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a staycation in your own city. When I have a weekend at home, I like to planning a whole weekend of activities like a tourist in a new city.

I’m not going to lie.

I’ve been craving just being at home lately. We’ve been going up to our airbnb in Lincoln City almost every weekend for three months, that I don’t even feel like I live in Portland sometimes.  (more…)

Should We Downsize Again?

portland oregon

I recently read this post about a 28 year-old New York woman who retired with a net worth of $2 million dollars thanks to her smart investing, frugal lifestyle and killer paycheque right out of school.

Her biggest piece of advice was to keep your housing, transportation and food expenses low. I think this article really resonated with me because Paul and I have been thinking about whether we should downsize into a smaller place. It’s something that’s crossed our mind since we purchased THIS vacation home on the Oregon Coast. (more…)

The Easy Summer Crab Boil

crab boil

It finally feels like summer and we just finished hosting Paul’s family at our house on the coast last week. We always throw it down with a crab dinner of some sort for our visitors with fresh cooked crab from our local seafood stand in Lincoln City, Oregon – Barnacle Bill’s.

All of the crab is local Oregon Dungeness Crab caught fresh in the Pacific Ocean that is only 5 minutes away from our house. So we hosted a crab boil last week – but without all the fuss and muss.

We bought cooked crab directly from the seafood market and put all the fixin’s together ourselves. I highly recommend doing this if you feel icky about dealing with live crabs OR if you don’t love the smell of seafood taking over your whole house.

Here’s how we accomplished our Easy Summer Crab Boil: (more…)

How To Create A Brunch DIY Avocado Toast Bar

diy avocado toast bar

Avocado toast has been getting a bad rap right now and it shouldn’t, because it’s downright delicious and affordable when you make it at home. Also, a brunch dish cannot be blamed for an entire generation being unable to afford a house in an overpriced city centre.

Don’t even get me started.

I catered a Vegan Baby Shower with Jenni Bost (all photos in this post also by Jenni) last month for our friend Lindsay Ingalls. If you missed it – see my post on this Vegan Cheese Platter I created. Now you’re thinking, what do you serve at a vegan brunch that doesn’t require eggs or meat?

Avocado toast to the rescue! (more…)