Category Archives: Recipes

Homemade Italian Sodas

I recently ordered an italian soda at a local restaurant (which turns out, isn’t italian at all). Then I thought, why can’t I make this at home? The ingredients were ridiculously simple. Ice, flavored simple syrup, sparkling water. That’s it. Combine in whatever order/amounts you wish, and enjoy! I added fresh raspberries since I had some on hand (add a splash of vodka for an evening cocktail).  I bought a small Torani raspberry syrup for a few dollars at World Market and later I realized I could have just made some from my raspberries. Oh well, maybe next time! This drink is perfect for summer evenings and group get-togethers.


italian soda


Healthy Curried Chicken Salad Recipe

IMG_7944If you’re looking for a healthy meal, this is your recipe. I love curried chicken salad not only because it’s delicious, but because you can make a huge bowl of it and eat it over the next few days.  It’s a great dish to make ahead for lunches or a dinner when you know you’ll be tight on time. The plain greek yogurt rather than mayo makes it much healthier than typical chicken salad.

For optimum flavor, I suggest boiling your chicken with chicken broth, curry, and cumin to soak some flavor in. Serve however you wish, and experiment with add-ins.




Summer Quinoa



Summer is a great time to add some quinoa to your life.  Stop by your local farmer’s market and pick up some fresh fruits and veggies – there is a good chance they will pair well with one of the healthiest whole grains out there.

1. Grilled Corn, Black Beans and Quinoa with a Cilantro Lime Dressing – Flourishing Foodie
2. Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette – Iowa Girl Eats
3. Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa – 101 Cookbooks
4. Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad – The Talking Kitchen

Pinterest Stuff I Would Like to Make Someday Soonish

Here are a few of my recent Pinterest craft / recipe  cravings:

I just need an excuse to make this. And not just a normal night, or I will eat it all.

Sweet Paul Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cake


Perfect for a holiday party.

Broadway, Holiday Drink


Front porch garland, perhaps?

Pine Cone Flower Garland


Fun necklaces, that I could paint any color under the sun.

Bauble Necklace


Can someone I know please have a baby girl so I can make you some of these?! I have two nephews and a best friend’s baby boy coming this spring…so no girls.

Painted Onesie


Creative Cooking: Cast Iron Deep Dish Pizza

This deep dish pizza baked in a cast iron skillet is one of our new favorites.  My brother introduced us to making pizza in this unique way during our trip to NC this past spring.  We made this one last night for some friends.  The recipe is simple – be creative and use whatever variety of toppings you wish.

Deep Dish BBQ Chicken Pizza


One refrigerated pizza crust – we buy ours at publix
2 cooked chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken, shredded and mixed with bbq sauce and garlic salt
1-2 cups caramelized onions (we caramelize ours in our small cast iron skillet while prepping the large pan for the pizza)
One large cast iron skillet – ours is about 12 inches wide, prepped with a tiny bit of vegetable oil
BBQ sauce
Cheese – cheddar or colby jack works well with the bbq and onion flavors.

Prep work:

Spread the  crust out in the skillet, slightly bringing it up on the sides.
Cover crust with BBQ sauce. Add chicken, carmelized onions, and cover with cheese.


Bake at 500 degrees (yes, super hot) until crust is golden brown – about 20 minutes or so.
Keep an eye on it or it can easily burn. Cooking time will be different depending on your oven. (ours is conventional electric).
I’ve seen a few other recipes that suggest  cooking the pizza on your stove set to high heat for about 3 minutes to get your pan hot. Then move to a 450 degree oven until browned, about 18 minutes.  I think we will try this version next time.


Turkey Sausage and Veggie Lasagna

This is the lasagna recipe I grew up with, with a few additional twists. As you can see, it makes a HUGE lasagna. Plan to either invite friends over to partake, or freeze for future meals (what I ended up doing since I didn’t realize how huge it would be!).

Turkey Sausage and Veggie Lasagna


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Easy Roasted Veggies with Rosemary

I made this easy side dish to go along with some pork loin on the grill a few nights ago.  Here is how I threw it together:

Cut up some veggies, place in foil.
Cut a few rosemary stalks and arrange around the veggies.
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle a tiny bit of salt over them.
Wrap foil around veggies to make a tight package.




A Few of My Favorite Blogs

Sorry there has been an extreme lack of posts lately.  I am working on several craft projects, but they all happen to be top-secret birthday gifts for my two nephews and niece…tutorial posts will be available in mid-May, after they have all received them.  T and I have also concocted several delicious recipes, but they need some tweaking before sharing.  What I CAN do, is share some of my favorite blogs.  Here are my top 5 (in no particular order):

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess

This blog is written by cutie Elsie Larson.  Even her name is cute.  She writes about outfits, food, beauty, photography, decor, and also creates DIY projects.


Kendi Everyday

Kendi Everyday

Kendi posts creative outfit combinations nearly everyday (thus the name).  They are very inspiring when you are in a “I have no clue what to wear today!!” rut.


How About Orange

How About Orange

I love the color orange.  So does Jessica Jones, the blogger who created How About Orange.  Subjects she writes about include:  DIY tutorials, free downloads, time wasters, and other random things.  She also has designed some very funky fabrics that I would be happy to add to my collection.


Somewhere Splendid

Somewhere Splendid

Somewhere Splendid’s main focus is entertaining.  Party themes, decor, treats and more.  Beautiful pictures showcase parties that I can’t even imagine being invited to.  There are also a decent amount of posts about interesting objects, artwork, and recipes.


Eat Drink Chic

Eat Drink Chic

A very trendy girl named Amy Moss is the author of this blog, which centers around style, DIY, printables, entertaining, weddings, food, and more.  And she’s Australian.  Which is just cool.

That’s it for today, but please feel free to post a comment with any of your favorite blogs.  I’m always looking for more to add to my list.

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