Archive | April, 2013

BBQ Chicken Pizza

26 Apr

It’s Friday! Lets celebrate with a delicious pizza recipe! With BBQ sauce on the bottom of the dough and  mozzarella cheese, BBQ chicken, red onions and cilantro on top, this pizza is a real winner. Hubs even declared it his new favorite pizza! It is that good. Bake the pizza until golden brown, let it sit for about 5 minutes before slicing and enjoy.

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DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

24 Apr

This past winter, we moved into our new house. The same day we closed on the house, we began staining the cabinets. We didn’t waste any time. : ) It is an older kitchen with oak cabinets and we really wanted to update it in a cost efficient way.

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This project only ended up costing about $100 and makes the kitchen look a lot better.  The process is not too complicated and it is definitely worth it! Unfortunately, I forgot to take before pictures, so the only picture I have of the kitchen is from before we even moved in.

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If you are looking for a cheap way to improve your bathroom, kitchen or furniture, I would definitely recommend this project!!

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Blackberry Muffins

22 Apr

I am not really a morning person. I don’t like to get up any earlier than I have to. I usually don’t make breakfast on weekdays because of time and I actually like to eat cereal, but weekends call for something a little more extravagant for breakfast.

These muffins are bursting with fresh, plump blackberries. Moist and fluffy with just a hint of warm cinnamon to complement the sweet berries. They don’t take long to make and they help brighten the morning.

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BLT Pizza

18 Apr

I absolutely love pizza. California pizza kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants. I have loved their deliciously thin and creatively adorned pizzas for as long as I can remember. Today I want to share my version of their very popular BLT Pizza.

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Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream Cake

10 Apr

This past weekend we celebrated my dear friend’s birthday. It was a wonderful evening and it reminded me that birthdays really are important.

“Birthdays need to be celebrated.  I think it is more important to celebrate a birthday than a successful exam, a promotion or a victory.  Because to celebrate a birthday means to say to someone ‘thank you for being you’.  Celebrating a birthday is exalting life and being glad for it. On a birthday we do not say ‘thanks for what you did or said or accomplished’ no, we say ‘thank you for being born and being among us’.

On birthdays we celebrate the present.

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We do not complain about what happened or speculate about what will happen but we lift someone up and let everyone say ‘we love you’.  Celebrating a birthday reminds us of the goodness of life and in this spirit we really need to celebrate people’s birthdays every day by showing gratitude, kindness, forgiveness, gentleness and affection.

These are ways of saying ‘it’s good that you are alive’; ‘it’s good that you are walking with me on this earth’, let’s be glad and rejoice.

This is the day that God has made for us to be and to be together.” 

Henri Nouwen

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Sesame-Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

8 Apr
Mondays are the hardest days for me to make dinner. After the weekend it’s hard to get back into the grind. Dinner has to be easy on Mondays. My new favorite easy meal is this sesame pineapple chicken stir-fry. This 25-minute chicken stir-fry gets its sweet and colorful appeal from red peppers, chunky pineapples and sugar snap peas. It is the perfect Monday meal. :  )
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Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins

5 Apr

Happy Friday! I am in an excellent mood and here’s why… I started my day off with the most perfect blueberry muffins.  Straight forward. Simple. Spring. The berries are so plump and juicy and right there in every single bite. The delicious crumb topping is an excellent touch.

We currently have friends from Colorado staying with us and these muffins were a great company treat. There is no doubt I’ll be making this recipe many times to come!

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