3.31.2015

{Lately Loving} Harringbone Floors!



I think I need to buy a new home simply so I can install floors like these. No, seriously.  I want herringbone floors.  In our current place we have gorgeous dark hardwood floors & I LOVE them...the problem is with 2 dogs who shed, you can see EVERYTHING.  Yes, I thought about this ahead of time & I just told myself it meant I had to vacuum more. I mean, that's funny if you know me.  Anyways, floors like these, I'm thinking in the bathroom or entry way will happen. Someway, somehow. Hope that's OK with you J!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

3.30.2015

{Recipe} Parmesan Crusted Chicken


Nothing says Monday like a healthy Chicken recipe. Yaaaaay chicken! Has anyone actually ever said that? Well, I know I haven't. However, I know I need more protein in my diet & chicken can be an easy go-to during the week.  I was on the hunt for a new recipe since I was attempting the Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts for a 2nd time.  I turned to my friend Sarah to see if she had any recipes for me to try & I was in luck. She had me at the word Parmesan.  Any time I can add cheese to a recipe, I'm pretty down to try it.  This chicken was actually really good & easy to make! It was tender, juicy & actually had some flavor.  I will definitely be adding this recipe to our chicken rotation. Thank you Sarah for the idea!






Serves: 4
Cook time: approx. 30 mins
How difficult was this for me? Pretty easy!






4 boneless chicken breasts, halved
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp thyme leaves, chopped
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
Kosher salt






Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cover baking sheet in tinfoil & spray with cooking spray.

Mix Dijon mustard, thyme, cayenne, and 1/2 tsp salt in medium bowl.


Place chicken one piece at a time in bowl & coat w/ mix. Set aside.

In a shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs & parmesan cheese.

Dredge chicken in breadcrumb mix & coat evenly & heavily.


Place chicken on baking sheet & bake for 15-20 mins, until no longer pink. I sliced into one piece just to make sure.


Let sit about 5 mins then serve!

















3.27.2015

{Recipe} Southwest Breakfast Quesadillas



I haven't made breakfast in quite some time…I also worked the last two weekends so there's my excuse! Seeing as I worked 17 days in a row, I decided to take a 4 day weekend & let me tell you, it was GLORIOUS! I slept, went to the gym, slept some more, baked, finished updating our gallery wall (reveal coming soon!), gave my couch a pillow makeover (living room reveal soon!) cooked, played with the doggies, watched a LOT of college bball & cleaned.  Knowing I was going to have the time off, I figured it was time I made breakfast again.


I was already planning on updating an old recipe that required tortillas, so I figured, why not just buy one package & save a few pennies? But really, did I need an excuse to make these? Nope. I sort of followed the original recipe from Jo Cooks, but I did make a few healthy substitutions & left some things out. These were pretty easy to make minus the flipping over the stuffed tortillas part. Overall though, I would DEFINITELY make these again!






Serves: 4 medium quesadillas (I was definitely full after 1)
Cook time acc to me: 1 hour
How difficult was this? Not too hard!







8 eggs
1/2 cup skim milk
2 cups ground turkey sausage (I bought the pre-cooked crumbles, I highly suggest you do the same)
1 red pepper, seeded & diced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 avocado, diced
2 cups Mexican cheese blend
8 tortillas
Salt & pepper to taste
Sour cream & salsa optional







In a large frying pan coated in cooking spray (or oil or butter) cook onion over medium heat for approx. 1-2 mins to soften.  


Add in pepper & season w/ salt & pepper.  Cook approx. 3 mins until veggies are soft. Transfer to a bowl or plate & set aside.



In the same pan, cook your turkey sausage, or in my case, heat it up over medium heat.

While sausage is cooking, in a medium mixing bowl, whisk your eggs & milk.


Add eggs to sausage & cook until eggs are fluffy & nicely scrambled. Remove from heat.


In a smaller greased frying pan, over medium heat, place tortilla in pan. Then add a scoop of peppers/onions, eggs/sausage, avocado & sprinkle with cheese. 


Place another tortilla on top & cook approx. 5 mins, until cheese is melted.


Flip over (good luck) & cook an additional 3-4 mins.

Remove from heat, slice & serve!









3.25.2015

{Home} Updated Gallery Wall Reveal


I spend a lot of my free time browsing home decor blogs, sites, Pinterest etc. looking for inspiration for my next project. I've been wanting to update my gallery wall for quite some because I didn't feel like it was exact;y me.  After spending a lot of time trying to decide what exactly I didn't like about my wall, it all came down to the match-y ness of the frames.  I've really tried to steer away from the match-y look lately because personally, I'm drawn more to the the eclectic look. So, in order to achieve said look, I needed to mix up my frames. I also wasn't LOVING every single print & that's just about the opposite of what your gallery wall should be. After a much needed facelift, I am THRILLED with how it turned out! The only thing I don't like? My pictures! Due to the location, it is damn near IMPOSSIBLE to get a good picture.  This wall is right on the landing between our first & second floor & there's a high railing so getting a straight on shot was not happening, plus you can see the reflection in some of the pics. There is also a skylight (damn you natural light :) ) that makes the lighting.  I'm really not happy with any of these photos because I don't think they do the wall justice. So you're just going to have to trust me!

Before:

After:












3.24.2015

{Lately Loving} Pendant Lighting

The other day I went to CB2 to get a new frame for my gallery wall (that sucker is getting a major facelift! Stay tuned for the reveal) & while looking around the store for more things I don't need, I came across these pendant lights...


And fell madly madly madly in love. So in love I almost just bought them even though I have NO PLACE for them to go. Does that matter? Well, when your place is tiny &  already overflowing with crap love, I couldn't justify the purchase. Instead, I got a new throw pillow (or 2) which I also probably did not need...MOVING ON...I began to check out some of my other favorite home stores for more pendant lights that I don't need.  Unfortunately, a pendant light isn't something I can just sneak in the house (like I do pillows)...so for now, I wait.  In the meantime, thought I'd share some of my favorites I've found & maybe you can incorporate them into your home.