Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Chicken and Broccoli Pizza

I think I've mentioned this pizza before and I was horrified to find out I hadn't posted the recipe yet! I love this pizza, mostly because it's basically a whole meal on a pizza. I love to overfill my pizza with goodness!



Ingredients:

1 Roll of pizza crust
2 Lemons - (1) zested and (both) juiced
6 tablespoons Olive oil (separated)
3 cloves garlic - minced
2 heads broccoli - cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 cup Italian dressing
1 pound chicken - marinated in Italian dressing, grilled and cut into bite sized pieces
Approximately 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Approximately 1 cup Italian mixed cheeses
Approximately 1 cup Gouda or Gruyere cheese

Preheat oven to 400F.

I start by marinating the chicken, this isn't completely necessary but I like that bit of added flavor. Then I start to grill my chicken. In the mean time I start baking the broccoli a little bit. I wash and dry it then cover it with about 3 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon zest, juice of one lemon and a little salt. I bake that on 400F for about 10 minutes.

Then, I roll out the dough onto a baking sheet and forming to the edges. I mix one lemons worth of juice with the garlic and the remaining olive oil and brush that mixture on the crust and then bake the crust for about 8 minutes.

Usually the chicken is done by this point and I shred it to bite sized pieces, pull the broccoli and crust out of the oven.

Then I top! I start with a base of mozzarella, then add my chicken, then add on the mixed cheeses, add the broccoli, then top with the Gouda or Gruyere. Then I pop it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until your cheese is nice and toasted and it is ready to enjoy! I know it sounds like a ton of cheese and it is but I rarely use all of it.

Depending on the day I will add a little spicy garlic olive oil before I put everything else on there or if I have some pesto I'll add that too. Pizza is definitely something you can make you own and I just love this one and so does Mr. Chris! Enjoy!



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I'm Busy!

Making pies! I'm making my Gruyere apple pies again this year. Chris loves it and so does his family. I've been trying to get things ready for Thanksgiving I've barely had time to have a life! With that said I would like to share my recipe again. I think it is so good and honestly, the crust is the best part. It really isn't that hard to make a crust it just takes some planning and patience. I think crusts might be intimidating to some people but they are just so darn good when they are home made!

Gruyere Apple Pie

Time: 2 Days Yields: 1 - 9-10" pie

Day 1; Crust:
2 ounces Gruyere, grated with a micro-plane grater
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2.5 sticks of cold unsalted butter (20 tbsp.) cut into 1 inch pieces
6-7 tablespoons ice water

Mix Gruyere, flour, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. (You want it to be large since cutting in butter can get very messy in a small bowl.) Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter with no large pieces remaining. It should look like a fine meal. Sprinkle ice water over flour one tablespoon at a time and mix after each addition. You may only need 2 tablespoons depending on how well you mixed your butter in. (Or how melted your butter got in the process) Once dough clumps together when squeezed in your palm, gather dough together into two disks, one approximately 14" in Diameter and the other approximately 12" in diameter. Roll out on floured surface and wrap in plastic wrap to refrigerate overnight.

Day 2; Pie:
Preheat over to 400F, take dough out of fridge.

3 pounds tart red apples (Empires, Haralsons, Romes, or Northern Spy)
.5 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon. Lemon juice
.25 teaspoon cinnamon
5 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 egg beaten

Peel, core and slice apples into thin slices. Place apple slices in large bowl and mix in sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and flour. flip the larger round of dough into your 9" deep dish or 10" glass pie plate and ease dough into plate.
Pile apples into pie plate, scrap in any juice on top of apples.
Place smaller round of dough on top of the apples.
seal the two crusts together, brush with the beaten egg and make three parallel slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.
Place pie on a cookie sheet to catch any drips, put in over and reduce oven temperature to 375F.
Bake 50 minutes to an hour, or until you can see the filling bubbling up between the slits in the crust.

Cool on a wire rack at least 20 minutes before serving with vanilla ice cream!

Enjoy!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Update

This was a definite friends weekend. On Friday we went out with friends to Mez and then Chris and I went our separate ways, Chris to play Smash with the guys and I went with Jillian to have a delicious dessert and a chick flick! A great way to kick off the weekend, just a little chill and easy night.

On Saturday we took it really easy, Chris went to play frisbee, while I thought it was too cold to play I cleaned up the house in preparation for Christmas decorations and the upcoming long weekend away. I also got to really take my time and give myself a ridiculous blowout that is still going strong!


We went our to Firebirds with some friends for some more birthday festivities and then went over to our friends house for some cocktails and a s'mores bar! Seriously how many times have I talked about this and we finally did it! 


Chris and I were talking about how we are terrible at not hosting. We literally just brought everything over to our friends house. She asked if I have anything specific I wanted and my response was oh we already have it all! we're the worst! But it was a great night and we had a blast!


I hope everyone else had a great weekend and has a safe and fun Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

TGIF!

My oh my it's been a week! Busy at work busy at home! I'm ready to relax for a minute.

1. We got to go to Angus Barn last night for the Annual Alumni Meeting. We had a lot of fun, and I ate wayyy too much. So much that I couldn't even eat a s'more around the fire pit! I really wanted one but I really might have burst at the seams! 


2. Speaking of s'mores I think we are going to have a s'mores bar this weekend at some point and I am very excited!

3. Thank goodness I made it to the gym so much this week. I would need to ask for a whole new wardrobe with all this eating! Me and my friend Jillian have been keeping each other accountable and it's worked out really nicely. It's nice to go with someone with the same goals as you.

4. Ugghhh Thanksgiving can't come soon enough! I am SO PUMPED to go home, see the fam, see Heather Lee, snuggle with my sweet nephew and thank everyone for my birthday presents in person.

5. Again, speaking of Thanksgiving I'll probably be making some pies again and I have a request for Brussels sprouts. I love getting to break out my pastry slab

Also, yayyyy!!! I got my pictures to upload! Don't know why it wasn't working before but I'm grateful they work now! Have a great weekend everyone!! :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The flip!

As I said in this post Chris and I flipped our living room and I am in LOVE with our new set up! It feels much bigger and open to me. Of course little Kona wanted to be featured as well! It really opens up our fireplace which will be great since it is getting SO COLD!! We will have plenty of fires and hopefully many night making s'mores!

Before:

After:


Before:

After:

This also lets us get a bigger dinning table which we need since we have just been LOVING having people over for dinner. I wish we had planned ahead enough to do a friends-giving but maybe we will be able to do something really fun for New Years. Maybe a fondue and s'mores party??

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sorry sorry!

My pictures aren't uploading properly! This is very frustrating! Hopefully we will be back in working order tomorrow!! Anyone else having this problem? They are in when I am ready to post but they don't show up when I publish. 

If I could post pics there would be a very frustrated face inserted here. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Wishlist

Coming up with a wishlist can be so hard sometimes! You know you want something but you just can't remember what it is! The best way for me is have a little list throughout the year. The easiest way to keep track of this list? Pinterest! Seriously, I love Pinterest already but being able to keep track of what I want makes my birthday and holiday list so easy! 

You can add the Pin it button to your browsing header and that little addition makes it just that much easier! If I see a blogger with something cute I might want I just pin it! Even if it is something outrageous or totally out of my price range I can at least look for dupes later. This is also how I keep track of gift ideas for my family! I have a secret board with pins for everyone, well mostly everyone in the family. Or something they might want and it is all safely secreted away in my board. 

Chris and I have been using Pinterest as our list of choice for the past couple years and I think it is so helpful. If you want clothes, you just put your size in the description and bam! New clothes without the guessing. The only thing we wish we could change is the ordering of the pins, I would love to be able to move them around within the board but hey, you can't have everything. 


Feel free to follow along with me as I generate more present ideas for myself and others!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Update!

I had a really great weekend! It all kicked off with a delicious dinner made by Mr. Chris. He made an amazing steak with baked potatoes and grilled asparagus. I was so stuffed I was mostly asleep when my parents came in. We caught up a little bit and then headed to bed. I had a serious food coma!

The next day I made Chris and my dad breakfast before heading out to Drake Landing. We invited our friend James to come with us too. I had a lot of fun reintroducing my dad to shooting clays and getting back in the groove myself. It has a really beautiful range and even on what looked like a busy day we only encountered one other pair on the range. 



Afterwards we got some lunch and rested and got ready for our dinner at Nana's with my mom. My mom had been at an art class all day so it was nice to be able to catch up with her while we got ready. Dinner was spectacular. I definitely think we'll keep it in the rotation for when guests come. I had the Cast Iron Roasted Maple Leaf Duck Breast over Creamy Pearled Barley and a Spinach/Ricotta Chili Relleno finished with Foie Gras Sauce and it was so good! My parents both got the Grilled C.A.B. Ribeye over Creamy Stone Ground Grits and Roasted Brussel Sprouts finished with Smoked Bacon Vodka Sauce and Chris got the Pan Roasted Coastal Grouper over Butter Bean Succotash with Sweet Corn and Roasted Peppers finished with NC White Shrimp Sauce. They even brought out a little birthday plate for me! It was really sweet! Again, I think we all went into food comas!

I made breakfast for everyone on Sunday and we had a leisurely morning, getting ready and packing up. After my parents left Chris and I moved all of our furniture around! It all looks so different now! We'll see how long this lasts but so far so good! 

I hope everyone had a great weekend and are all geared up for a new week!

Friday, November 14, 2014

TGIF 28 Things About Being 28

Oh man this is real. For a while I thought I was turning 29 and what a relief it is to be 28. Here are 28 things about me turning 28! 

1. I put on sunscreen everyday

2. Hydrate, all day, everyday

3. Acne, I still get it but I'm starting to try to prevent wrinkles too!

4. Most of my friends are married



5. Some even have kids!

6. While my husband is still in college {10 years of college!}



7. I'm an 'adult' adviser {what?}

8. Taxes have become 'not that bad or hard'

9. If I don't work out for a while it's REALLY hard to get back in shape again

10. Things hurt, why does my knee hurt? why am I getting dizzy? 

11. Furnishing my house has become super fun where it was a chore before

12. I feel the need to take vitamins

13. I still want to go out and dance but the music is too loud and there are too many people!

14. The clothes I wore in college look ridiculous on me now

15. The clothes college kids wear now are ridiculous

16. My parents are the best people ever

17. My parents had two kids  one kid by the time they were my age! My mom had Noelle and then four hours later she turned 28! {Thanks for always fact checking mom! :)}



18. We are entertainers, our house is the place to be and we accept that

19. I just want to be outside

20. Chores matter more

21. I make my bed everyday and it's awesome

22. I think more about the words that come out of my mouth

23. I've become more sensitive and emotional - robot no more!

24. I'm braver - less passive aggressive and more likely to just do it!

25. I bought my own car that I earned all by myself!

26. I'm keeping a super adorable dog and husband alive! {even if he gets on the coffee table while were gone}



27. I have a beyond adorable nephew! 



28. I'm insanely grateful for this life I've been given. I have been bless with an awesome family and found some of the greatest friends to surround myself with. As scary as it is to get older it is the greatest journey and I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for us. 

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Leopard shoes

My sweet little bestie is moving back to the east coast in mere days and I am so pumped! She knows I frikin love to shop so she asked if I saw any leopard flats to give her a shout. Well of course I can't let her down! Plus I love an assignment! Without further adieu here are some awesome and mostly affordable leopard shoes!
{Clockwise, starting at the top left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8}

{Clockwise, starting at the top left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7}

p.s. when did J. Crew start having $350 pairs of shoes?? Holy moly!  What have you been looking for this year? Let me know and I will be on the case!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book Club: Reconstructing Amelia by: Kimberly McCreight

I finished this book right in the nick of time before book club! Honestly I just couldn't put it down so I probably would have finished it while we were there anyway.

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This book is about a single mother, Kate and her daughter Amelia in New York. Kate is on the brink of really huge case and coming into her career and Amelia is in her sophomore year of high school. It all turns around when Kate gets a call right before a huge meeting to hear that her honor roll daughter was caught plagiarizing. While navigating her way through subways and traffic Kate comes to the front of the school only to see a crime scene. It appears Amelia jumped from the roof. We read journal entries, Facebook statuses and texts to puzzle it all together to find out what really happened on the roof.

This book really pulls apart high school and what it means to be popular, how to be a good friend and how simple misunderstandings can lead you down a path you didn't know you were on. It pulls apart the mother daughter relationship, the one you have and the one you think you have.

I know a lot of people compare it to Gone Girl which I don't agree with, it's more of a Gossip Girl thriller. {I mean I loved the Gossip Girl books and the TV show in high school and college!} This book also makes me want to burn any journals I have ever kept. Not only are they mortifying, they show the most emotional parts of my life at the time, which are not always the real story, not that I lied to my journal but I think I tend to either gloss over something or meticulously examine it.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this book. I thought it was well written, thought provoking and I couldn't put it down!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Five Distractions

1. T Swifty - Honestly, I love her new album! It's got a mix of early 90's beats and super catchy lyrics that I just can't stop reaching for it. Plus her new video is hilarious and so on point!

2. Pomegranates - We bought a big pack from Costco and I've been eating them like crazy. I had them out {unpeeled} when we had people over and so many people asked what they were! I find it really relaxing to peel them and get the little arils out.

3. Reconstructing Amelia - The book I'm reading is so consuming! I don't know if I will have time to finish it before book club tonight but I'll try my hardest!

4. Puzzles - I know I'm an old lady but I still like to do puzzles. We used to do them as a family when I was a kid, they always remind me of stormy nights when our power was kicked off and we would all gather in the kitchen and do a puzzle. I don't know if we only ever did that once or more but I have a serious memory of doing puzzles by candle light! Chris and I have one out now and I can't stop myself from trying to solve it when I come home!

5. Birthday Plans - I'm trying to pass all my responsibility on to Chris this year since we have my parents coming in. We are so busy this week I just don't want to think about it. But I think we're going to try to go to Nana's. We've never been and I've hear so much about it, just reading the menu made my mouth water so hopefully we can get a reservation!

This is a crazy week for me! But I like always being kept on my toes! We can get through this!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Taking a page from...

Into the Gloss, 'because it's Monday and we don't want to work yet.'  


And this weekend wasn't really much to write about. Happy Monday!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Five on Friday

What to do with the weekend? I'm excited to go outside while it's still nice out! But if it isn't nice where you are there are a lot of great online shopping options! :)

1. Sephora is having their 20% off VIB sale! Here are a couple things that I think would be awesome! And of course it's even more awesome when it's 20% off! Plus it's 8% back on ebates

2. Nordstrom is having a 40% off Clearance sale! There are some amazing coats available! 
{top row: 1, 2, 3, 4 Bottom Row: 1, 2, 3, 4}

3. Got my eyes checked, and we are all good in the hood and new contacts are on their way! Now there are a couple choices I need to make!

4. My parents are coming next weekend and I'm really excited to see them and spend some time with them. My mom is here for an art class so Chris and I will have some QT with my dad. Were trying to come up with something fun for us to do. Maybe a five stand?

5. ohhhh and Rebecca Minkoff just launched her spring collection and I love so much! AND she's having a 50% off sale too!

Honestly with the window shopping this week. It's out of control. Lets' hope I can hold myself together. 


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Seeing Clearly

I am finally going to the eye doctor and I have been thinking about getting new glasses soon and what kind I want. I have heard so much about Warby Parker and I love what it stands for and there are so many cute choices. The only problem is narrowing it down to 5 pairs to try for my trial period! 



Any thoughts? Have you ever ordered from Warby Parker? 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Book Club: Dark Places by: Gillian Flynn

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Guys, I frikin loved this book, I couldn't put it down! This came out a couple years before Gone Girl and even though I knew there had to be a twist I didn't see it coming and it wasn't what I expected.

This is a story about Libby Day and her life after her two sisters and mother were killed when she was 7 years old and testified against her 15 year old brother putting him in jail for life. 25 years later her brother Ben is still in jail and Libby is floundering in life. She clings to the money that people have sent her through the years after hearing her harrowing story. After finding out she is almost out of money she gets a chance to give more details of her case to people obsessed with the mystery for extra cash. After she joins the Kill Club she starts learning more details she didn't know as a child and reopens the case. Libby's search takes her all over the boarders of Missouri and Oklahoma. As she learns more details she finds herself running from a killer again.

Libby is like Amy in Gone Girl, super unlikable, but her story is so overflowing with juicy details that I just couldn't tear my eyes away from the page. I know I had read so many time jump books lately but I really loved this one, it was easy to follow even with time jumps and juggling characters.

This book is very dark, there is a lot of crude language, gruesome scenes and morbidity and I loved every minute of it. This book is going to be a movie too! I am so excited, however I have no idea how the people slated to be in it will be at becoming these insane dark characters. But if NPH can do it I know the talented actors that are up for these parts can!

Have you read Dark Places? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

October Purchase History

It was pretty quiet on the purchase front since the Jeep. But I couldn't help myself from the Shopbop sale. I've been looking at these 2 items for just about ever! Plus an ebates money back? How can a girl say no?
{mug, tee}
I also have been really looking for new boots to wear into work and these guys from Target fit the bill! I've worn them so much, they are really comfy, not too high and easy to grab and slip on when I'm in a hurry!
Speaking of boots, I just had to get the red cowboy boots for my Marceline costume. Luckily I found these guys on sale at Macy's. Even though it meant a trip to Macy's they were still worth it!
Finally, I think I am done buying stuff online from Forever 21. As much as it pains me I might have to move on. It helps that I am done with all my giftcards from my past returns. I finally am keeping everything in my purchase. 
I really like this vest, it's very warm and comfy, it may not be the most flattering thing I own but it will be great for chilly afternoons in the fall. However, I LOVE this scarf. It's awesome, it's big, its warm, it's soft and it was only $12! I've also gotten a ton of compliments on it which doesn't hurt either!

Did you buy anything awesome this month? Anything I need to ask for my birthday!?!?!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween Update!

On Friday I had Mr. Chris pick me up right from work and we headed over to our friends house so we could hand out candy while they took their adorable daughter trick or treating. 

She was one smart cookie! I got ready and we had a great dinner over there! We saw so many great costumes and luckily a lot of kids knew who we were. We then ran back over to our house and got ready for our Franklin Street Pregame. We had about 20 people over, which pretty much packs our house. At first we weren't sure how it would go since someone dropped a giant cup of booze on our floor but it only got better! We had lots of great costumes over and we had a TON of great costumes on the bus on the way to Franklin. There are a few safe buses to Franklin on certain weekends. 
We had to extract Jason from the party, luckily we had a tooth fairy to help us out. {eh? eh?} And we found another Finn, Fiona and Princess Bubblegum!
The police actually took Chris' sword even though it was made of foam like my ax. Luckily, we got it back at the end of the night, as well as getting home safely. 
On Saturday we hung out and cleaned up after our crazy night. We then decided to throw an impromptu dinner party with 3 couples. Why? Because we just love having people over. Also, steaks were on sale at HT. We had my pumpkin soup and grilled asparagus. Then we celebrated one of our friends birthdays. 
On Sunday we went over to Chris' brothers house for some grilling and football. I was fully ready to relax a bit and have someone else cook for us. We got to relax and I got to look at adorable pictures of my nephew. Man, I'm ready to see that little guy soon!
Hope you had a great weekend!!
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