The not so delectable evening of eating healthy.

Face it. Most “healthy” meals are not “I crave” delicious. And none of “you get used to it after a while and you’ve adapted to a healthier lifestyle” shit. One never “craves” kale, carrot juice, squash, potatoes without butter, omelets without cheese, life without bread, pancakes without bacon, a DIET, and I could go on.

Recently at my casa, we have failed attempted to start eating healthier, and one of the veggie meals I made for dinner the other night, while visually pleasing, and wonderful to whip up for: the inlaws, “meeting of the parents,” grandparents, someone trying to watch their weight….it isn’t anything anyone will ever ask for on death row, their birthday, etc.

Here is the original inspiration picture I “re-pinned” on Pinterest and decided to recreate:

1AND my version with a few tweaks:

Ingredients:

  • PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees
  • 1 green zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 red potato
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon of EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • dash of salt & pepper to season

Note to reader: We aren’t fans of tomatoes so they were omitted.  However, the juiciness that comes from those little red sun lovers, was definitely missing in “our vegetable medley”. If made again (probably not), I would add a little butter to the bottom of glass cookware (for flavor) and instead of parmesan, I would opt for mozzarella. The parmesan did not bake as prettily (as I think mozzarella would) or as the cheese in the PINTEREST picture, and was on the slightly crispy side! Lastly, as there are only two of us in la casa…I only used 1 vegetable each, and we had leftovers (which went in the trash), that could have fed another 3 guests. I would suggest adding 1 of each vegetable for 5 or more individuals.

1. Gather all ingredients. Slice & Chop 

 2. In a bowl, take your salt, pepper, rosemary, and 1/2 of garlic measured- tossing your vegetables with EVOO so as to be coated evenly.  Next take sliced zucchini, squash, and red potato along with your chosen cookware. Alternate slices to make for a splendid photo opportunity, to trick the children into thinking its going to be the best vegetable dish they’ll ever eat, or show the in-laws that you really are the ideal American Mrs.

3.  Sprinkle remainder of garlic, all of onions and cheese (of choice) on top of sliced produce. s5Bake at 350, covered, for 20-40 minutes (this depends on your oven temps)

Lastly, IF YOU TRY IT, I am open to suggestions on making this dish more flavorful. Like I mentioned above, we are trying to eat healthier on a daily basis 🙂

DIY Chalkboard Frame

You many have seen pictures of a chalkboard frame at the recent surprise maternity party I helped throw for Mrs. Irvin, and due to many requests…here is how I made it. Supplies: -old frame (already had) – 1/8″ 2×4 temp … Continue reading

A Facelift…

Q: Easiest & Affordable way to change the look of your home?

A: Paint

Here are a few amazing room transformations and furniture makeovers with paint.  FYI, these are not images of my home, as it will be a work in progress for the next couple years.

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Sherwin Williams has a sale about 2 or 3 times a year with their paint being 40% off, and about 3 weeks before we were to move into our new home, I went ahead and bought about 27 cans during their awesome sale! Something people don’t know, is that you can buy their “paint in the can” without having color added. Then, at a later date when you have decided on your colors…. bring the paint back & they will add color (free of course, since its already been paid for at an earlier date.) Also, if you estimated more paint than necessary, you can return it (with receipt), unless of course you have added the color to it. (I believe there is a 60 day return policy, so just figure it out sooner than later.)

Another paint estimated tidbit: Apparently, when you have popcorn removed from ceilings, its likely to need double the amount of ceiling paint you actually think is necessary, because the ceiling will just drink it up.

About a week ago, I mentioned reader, that there would be pictures of my updated laundry room…but guess what? I’m not finished. Between working full time, and driving about 2 and a half hours a day for this job…I am usually exhausted when I finally get home at 6:30 in the evening. My husband and I have been trying to push through our “paint reno”  after work everyday, but the process has been slow going.

Today I just have some progress pictures…but next week I promise, I will have images of our finished “completed for now” master closet & laundry room.

Goal for this week: Finish painting ALL closets & complete laundry room

Ongoing Project: Painting Living Area, Question Room, Kitchen, & all bedrooms

$5.75 Thats Worth Your Time

So, there were 2 trash bags filled with: 1) entryway floor mat, 2) bath mat, 3) set of sheets, 4) mattress protector, & 5) master bed quilt/comforter. For a month these items were chillin’  in their transient home, when 2 days ago, sick of … Continue reading

“Repo”-ing your own lawn!

Inspiring song of my day today: “The Forgotten Overture”, Finding Neverland You will never know the emotions first time homeowners experience until you purchase your first house. Its been one week since we’ve had the keys to our new home. … Continue reading

The BIG move!!

So I haven’t told you readers, but we bought a house. 2 months ago! You could say my excitement has been somewhat delayed because we did a “rent-back” to the previous homeowners, as their new home was in the construction process. But as of today, we will be able to walk inside the house. We are not actually moving in YET because we are having some work take place over the course of this next week, so our big move  will actually be next weekend. If you are a regular reader, you know, I was feeling discouraged for a long time , mostly in part to this crazy Dallas housing market, but, also due to a bad attitude. You see, I suffer from a “want now” mentality when it comes to houses. I “wanted” everything to be already done, or looking exactly how I always envisioned my future house to look, within a couple of weeks. However, I had a “self” attitude adjustment, and thank God alone, got myself out of the “discontent spirit” that had taken hold of me. A house is what you make it, and not everything is going to be the way I want it, right away. Projects take money, and when you first buy a house, its not going to look like that “dream house” you found one night on HGTV. Everyone has different incomes in life, different backgrounds, and stories, and one of the things that I am personally addressing is to be just thankful with what God has blessed me with RIGHT now.  I might not have that “perfect” kitchen right away, or beautiful bed, or amazing backyard like the ones I see in my Southern Living magazine ALL the time…But, I have to remember I have other things that God has blessed me with instead. Like my health, and family.  I am working on not comparing my life (stage) to others, or sinking into the “I need-Must have” pit of despair, but focusing on being patient and appreciative of life and the little moments. I am excited that you get to share in this next big step with me reader, and hope that you too, realize all the things you have to be thankful for.

Ciao!  Till next week!!

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Show Your Stripes!

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I would so wear this…

Not sure what it is about stripes. Perhaps I see them as a “classic”, or safe neutral, but they are my go to on days when I find myself staring at all of the clothes I own, thinking of how I have nothing to wear.

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1) The Kiki, Kate Spade 2) Viva Striped Tote, Tory Burch 3) Dolce & Gabbana 4) Tory Burch phone case 5) FAKE/REAL Forever 21

Stripes don’t have to always be in black and white to be classic. Check out the below examples of stripes in fashion colors. I love how a good navy and white stripe can make any outfit look polished and instantly put together.tumblr_me0ah1ZwlD1rrhfopo1_500

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1) Archival Dress, Anthropologie, 2) atlantic-pacific blog, 3) callmeclassy.tumblr.com 4) tatteredfeather.tumblr.com/post/12579269739

me in stripes

Me, mixing navy/white stripe top with floral skirt, and alligator belt

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Never would have thought to pair with a fur vest, but it works!

Here are some good black and white dresses:

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Some cute top ideas:

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Me in stripes for girl’s night. Dress by Virginia Taylor

Not in the mood to cook

egg4I grew up in a large-ish family. We ate leftovers almost ALWAYS-the next day. My particular husband however, does NOT eat leftovers. As it is hard to cook for just the two of us, I typically end up eating said leftovers for lunch or dinner-which gets old fast! During the summer, Texas heat dissuades me from wanting to cook because of the ovens radiating heat, and  I decided to try a PINTEREST pin, that was described as being easy/fast!

EASY FACTOR: extremely uncomplicated, great for parties, easy dinner, or holiday breakfasts

Ingredients:

-microwave 6 bacon slices (cover with paper towels to prevent splatter and for soaking up grease) for about 5-8 minutes….at least until cooked/yet flexible… it should not be crispy…just barely cooked

-1/2 cup chopped chives

-3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

-5 eggs that have been beaten in bowl

-salt, pepper, garlic salt

-(1) 6 muffin tin sprayed with pam

-3 bread slices

Directions:

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 degress

1. Take a small glass and press the rim into a bread slice. You should be able to get 2 circles out of each slice. Then peel away the excess around the “circles” and toss excess. Put one bread circle in the bottom of each muffin tin.

2. Take your microwaved bacon and shape 1 slice into each of the 6 muffin spots

3. Throw your chives into the whipped egg bowl, along with a pinch of salt, pepper, and 1/2 garlic salt. Mix together. NOTE: you could always add spinach, or feta instead of cheddar, zucchini, switch eggs for whites, etc.

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4. Pour egg mixture evenly into each muffin hole.

5. Top each with cheddar cheese.

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6. Place pan beneath your muffin tin (this is to save you cleanup, in case you put too much into each of the muffin cups)

SET IN OVEN for about 15-20 minutes. It really depends on how accurate/how hot your oven gets.

Enjoy!!

DIY recycled T-shirt top

I’ve recently begun to think of ways for recycling everything! Perhaps its this “Pinterest” or “Etsy” DIY age that we currently live in, but there ARE multiple uses for most items we would typically trash. Here is one example….Bubble wrap   print tablecloth … Continue reading

Quick Mexican Side: Avocado Voila!!!

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What a relaxing few days!! This past Friday-Sunday, I had a wonderful opportunity to just hang with my besties and I jumped at this rare chance where all three of us are together. Mrs. Fincher and I made the drive … Continue reading