Friday, May 6, 2011

The Dish featuring House Unseen, Life Unscripted

Author's Note: I'm revamping The Dish a bit. I felt like I was getting a little stale and boring with the same three Dish sub-titles each week, so with this feature I'm ditching the rules and seeing where it takes me.

Once upon a time, in a bloggy land not so faraway--Michigan to be exact--there lived a beautiful and witty blogger princess, who entertained her royal court with stories of snakes in the wall and goats and excessively friendly Wal-Mart check boys and other fuzzy and cuddly things. The blogger princess--let's call her Dweej--had an incredible gift, a talent for making people laugh. She was so full of happiness and joy, that just by association her devoted readers would become filled with happiness and joy as well. Well, by association and also by reading her lovable and sarcastic blog posts which chronicled her fascinating life as a blogger princess transported from Southern California to rural Michigan. The more the princess wrote the more she was adored, and she and all of her blogger friends and, oh, yeah, let's not forget That Donkey Guy, all lived happily ever long as she never stopped writing. The End...

...But if you're only just discovering Dwija and House Unseen, Life Unscripted, then it's really only the beginning. You can thank me later. I take checks, cash, or baby goats.

What's In a Name?

Sometimes a title hints at a world untouched and undiscovered. For instance, when I first read the name "House Unseen, Life Unscripted," I remember thinking to myself "Self! There's a story behind this blog. I gua-ran-tee it!" You see I'm very intuitive. You may even say I have a sixth sense when it comes to these things. To give you, reader who hasn't been introduced to Dwija's blog and therefore now owes me a baby goat, an indication of what this mysteriously compelling title means I give you this condensed explanation, aka House Unseen, Life Unscripted, abridged:

Couple purchases home off of internet without setting eyes on it. Couple move themselves and brood of four kids halfway across the country to live in said home. Couple begins to transform fixer-upper into fixed-upper. Couple and brood of four kids grow with addition of dogs and chickens and various other happy things. Couple shares joy with the world via hi-larious web series about an enthusiastic donkey with a sexy Spanish accent and hi-larious blog chronicling the day-to-day adventures of their household joy and fabulosity. (Yes, that just happened.)

The long and short of it? The title gives only a tiny glimpse into the awesome adventure that is Dweej and her family's story. Read this blog. It's like a great book you can't put down. 

The Gift of Dweej

Dweej, the blogger princess behind House Unseen, is a gift that keeps on giving. Her positive attitude and seemingly effortless sense of humor (<---CLICK ME for laughs!) is lovely and endearing and addictive. I only recently discovered Dwija and House Unseen, and yet, I already consider her a friend, and I can honestly say I'm glad to "know" her. Both she and her words uplift me, even when I'm feeling blue. As I was preparing this post last night, I had the pleasure of reading some of her older posts, posts I had previously not had time to catch up on. I took this feature as the opportunity to catch up as much as possible, because I don't want to miss a second of her story or her message. I came across this post, which inspired me in so many ways. In addition to laughs and entertainment, be sure to take away the wisdom that Dwija shares. Her mantra "always wonder, never worry" is one I will hold close to my heart forever.

Dwija really is a princess, and I hope you all will take the time to get to "know" her. You'll love her and House Unseen, Life Unscripted and That Donkey Guy and her four adorable kids and her three cute puppy-wuppies and her darling little chickens and her house that's becoming her castle. I promise. And remember that when you do fall in love with all the above, because you will, you owe me those goats.

And without further ado, a look inside House Unseen's mind and tummy...

Scrumptious Survey: Questions Answered By Dwija at House Unseen, Life Unscripted

What’s your favorite dish/food?
Well, when I was little I ate lots and lots and lots of Indian food, even for breakfast (true story), so curry and spiciness both hold very special places in my heart.  And tomato products.  If there is any such thing as spicy tomato curry, then that is totally my favorite food.

What’s your favorite type of cuisine (Italian, French, etc.)?
I know I just said Indian up there, but if I had to pick one cuisine I'd say Thai.  Probably because it's something we just can't make very well at home so we're "forced" to go to a restaurant where someone else cooks and washes the dishes and sweeps the rice up off the floor.  Doesn't that just sound awful?

What is unique about the cuisine in your part of the world?
My current part of the world is Michigan so you are gonna find some amazing home-cooked Polish food.  Pierogis, kielbasa, delicious soups.  Hearty, comforting and handmade by my awesome aunts!

Sweet or salty?
Salty for sure.  Chips and salsa? Chips and dip?  Chips on a sandwich (try it. delish)?  You just can't go wrong!

What food are you craving right now?
A big bowl of Tom Yum Gai (spicy level 2) and a side of potato chips, naturally :)

Do you like to cook? If so, do you ever share recipes on your blog?
Girl, you best check yo self before you wreck yo self.  No, I cook out of necessity only, and then only occasionally.  My husband is a GENIUS in the kitchen, and for that I am eternally grateful because I am a HUGE fan of eating, but it makes anything I manage to eek out seem...lame.  He can, like, make up his own recipes and stuff.  Meanwhile, I'm wondering what "lukewarm water" means.  Is that something you buy at Whole Foods or what?

Where do you get the recipes you use? From cookbooks, blogs, online directories, etc?
Is this a trick question?  Actually, we do have a cookbook that even I can use.  It's the America's Test Kitchen Family cookbook and it'll knock your socks off.  Not for ethnic foods, but for basic daily cooking and American cuisine it is really fantastic and informative.  Also, when I spill stuff on it, it doesn't get as angry as the computer does.

What food-related word would you use to describe your blog? (i.e. salty, sweet, savory, delicious, yummy…) Get creative!
My blog is like a buffet of all sorts of flavors, but some sort of magical good buffet where the stuff is actually yummy, not those normal buffets with the canned peas.  Those are gross.  No canned peas here, my friend.  Is there a buffet somewhere that has savory bacon-wrapped scallops, wood-fired pizza with spicy jalapenos, and not-too-sweet Viennese torte?  If there is, then that's my blog.  All there just to make you happy.

The House Unseen, Life Unscripted love-fest ends here. I hope you all enjoyed my tribute to one of my very favorite blogs and its truly fabulous blogger princess. 



  1. I love Dweej! She never fails to make me laugh. Thanks for hosting her. And Dweej, thanks for guesting here, as now, I have another blog to follow! (And that'd be you, Katie!)

  2. Aw, thank you Alison! Katie is super awesome. You'll be so happy you followed her :D

  3. Katie, you've done it again...another great feature. Love all around. HI Dwija!

  4. Lovely tribute to a very special lady; Dweej is, well..unique!

    Thank you for featuring her wonderful blog!

    Happy Friday, Happy Dweej Day!


  5. Oh, Katie its great. If I didn't already read her I would want to from your post. You go girl.

    Dweej, you are getting around girl!

  6. I just found her blog the other day and I LOVE IT! So cute - and what a great story...this post is just another testament to it! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Great tribute! Expect a baby goat in the mail :D

  8. Once again, great feature! Dweej is great, and everyone should be reading her :)

  9. Oh my goodness, y'all are gonna make me cry! So stinkin' sweet. I'm gonna need a week in a cave to recharge after all this attention... :)

  10. And Bernie, don't spread rumors like that about me! ;)

  11. Go Dweej! We've all discovered a gem living right up there in Michigan with her brood of children and chickens and goats and a run away dog.

    Katie, you seriously need to go into PR. If I ever get a book deal, will you be my PR person?

  12. I second that. You are incredible, Katie! Made me wanna click on my own dang links. Skillz, girl!

  13. this was awesome today...two of my favorite pals on the same page? How lovley is that?! I am leaving this post with a nice big smile on my face and craving some thai food ( I love it HOT, so I usually order level 3 or 4 depending on the dish) to boot! :)

    happy friday to you Katie and Dwija!

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  15. I love HouseUnseen! I enjoy her writing, her stories and her adventures. Dwija's husband is a great guy too! I never miss a post on the blog! Thanks for the article. I enjoyed it!

  16. I love her blog! So nice of you to feature her. ( :

  17. I'm in total agreement with you. HouseUnseen is a must-read blog for the humor, honesty, happiness.

    Dweej's story style of writing pulls readers into her posts. And once there, they're hooked.

    Great writing. Great reads.


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