18 August 2015

The dogs and I have been left to our own devices the last few days, Blake is on his way back but we have been mildly bored. This means they are eating a lot of people food (I know, bad mom) and I'm eating a lot of frozen meals and drinking a lot of wine. I realized how much of a slob I would be too if I lived alone.. I wish it wasn't the truth but it is. The sheer number of cups left all over the house is ridiculous. 
On the flip side - we have been very productive! The majority of things on my to-do list for the office/sewing room have been crossed off and I can't wait to show you guys! I want Blake to see it first but it's pretty cool. This next weekend we are making a trip down to Denver to hit up IKEA and to snuggle my sweet nephew.

Blake won't ever go to IKEA with me because he thinks it's a trap. He hates the little arrows and that there are so many people but I love all of it! This weekend I need to snag some pillow inserts, this throw, frames, and a faux sheep skin. I also love that all of their plants and pots are so cheap, so I'm definitely going to stock up on those!

Lately I have been killing a lot of time (due to all of the boredom) on Pinterest and I love these IKEA hack articles! I could read them all day. So many people have so many good ideas, that's what I love about blogging and social media. Two of them are pretty popular on Pinterest so you may have seen them but I think they're worth a peek if you haven't. You can find them here and here.

Besides crafting and building, I have spent the rest of my time hanging with my sweet, sweet fur babies and participating in some at-home spa treatments. I got another one of the Que Bella Face Masks and I LOVE them. If you guys haven't tried them yet you definitely should!

Please excuse the dirty mirror - If you need Teddi, Huckleberry or myself we will be here eating bagel bites, pampering ourselves and not cleaning until the last minute!

Happiest of Tuesdays to you all!

Favorite Summer Recipes

12 August 2015

Summer at our house feels so busy and Blake and I are always saying how the days just fly by. We have pretty regular work schedules and when we are gone for so much of the day it just doesn't seem that fun to have to come home and figure out dinner. We use dinner time and our nightly walk with the dogs to catch up and spend time together so its nice when we have a plan and we can just enjoy each others company instead of sit and chop and cook for 45 minutes. 

For a while our dinners were salmon or chicken, baked sweet potatoes and broccoli at least two to three times a week. It's healthy, quick and easy to feel good about eating - especially when I eat my weight in candy everyday during work- but it is SO BORING. I'm not a gourmet chef by any means but I knew we could do better! So a few weeks ago I took about 30 minutes and looked on Pinterest for some new easy weeknight recipes. 

We've been rotating in the new recipes a lot more lately and we both really like it! I know there are so many blogs dedicated to meal planning and recipes so those are definitely great places to look but I thought I would share what has been working for us!

This Mediterranean Orzo Salad was so good and so easy! You can halve the tomatoes, chop the parsley, and make the dressing while the pasta is cooking. We grilled some chicken kabobs too and it made for the perfect meal!

This Mexican Tortellini Salad is fairly similar but if you spread them out in the week you wont even notice - and you will use some of the same ingredients which makes shopping and prep even easier. This one can be made in even less time than the first because it's basically just opening a few cans and dumping everything together! Add some chicken or carnitas to make it even yummier.

This Skinny Shrimp Scampi is delicious and quickly became a favorite! The noodles take a while if you don't have a mandoline but you can get one pretty cheap here or here. I just used a cheese grater - they turned out a little uglier than the ones in the picture but still just as yummy. 

These Chicken Stuffed Peppers are by far my favorite! They aren't quite as fast as the other but definitely worth it! I skipped the roasting step in the recipe.. I was trying to save time and I don't think it made a difference at all. If you try any of these recipes try this one! 

Spaghetti Squash is another easy one to make because you can just pop the whole thing in the oven without even cutting it and leave for 40 minutes. Sometimes when I get home from work Blake is still in the middle of a workout so I'll stick this in the oven and then prep whatever we're having with it while he's finishing up. We really like this recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Bacon, Spinach and Goat Cheese - but there are so many others that you can find here if this one doesn't strike your fancy! 

A few other tips  that we use!

- Cook and shred a package of chicken breasts over the weekend that you can throw into recipes during the week. 
- Use this recipe to make a few batches of whole wheat pizza dough and store in the freezer or refrigerator. You can thaw one the night before and you'll have a healthy homemade pizza in no time. 
- Use Sunday night as an opportunity to make a bigger, more time consuming meal and double it. You can eat the leftovers during the week for a nice treat!
- Lastly, this one is simple and maybe not even worth mentioning, but choosing your meals for the week before you do your weekly grocery shopping is so worth it! Your week seems less stressful when you don't have to make stops at the grocery every night after work. 

What works for you guys? I love to hear other people tips and tricks! 

Happy Cooking! 

Raspberry Margarita Popsicle

03 August 2015

It is too hot guys! 

I know I've complained enough about it lately so I'll stop there, but it does sort of tie into today's topic so it was worth mentioning.

A few years ago we moved away from our college town. We're really only about 30 minutes away but it's far enough that our favorite bars are harder to get home from now. We used to go to this Mexican restaurant on Thursdays for cheap margaritas and I have been missing them- they were cheap but they were delicious!

I'm sure you're thinking "just make yourself a margarita sister" but I think I found a better solution. This one also solves my aforementioned heat problem.

Raspberry Margarita Popsicles!
We got this cool Zoku popsicle maker for a wedding gift and I love it! I really wanted to try a few different recipes but we bought raspberries from Sam's Club without really thinking about it and they were going bad. It is just too many raspberries for a normal person to use. I also had tequila! Sooooo I blended the those up with a can of limeade concentrate and viola'!

These molds took a little bit longer to freeze them than I expected because of the alcohol but they still came out so well.

-1 can limeade concentrate
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1/2 the limeade can full of tequila
Give them a try!

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