Tuesday, March 24, 2009

current cravings

Any of these Moda collections would make me so happy. I have been craving these few all day and can't stop thinking about what I would do with them. I'm not sure if I've ever told anyone that I love fabric! All types, textures, and colors. I can't go into fabric stores very often because I make myself sad knowing that I shouldn't buy anything. I probably shouldn't go shopping for fabric anytime soon...I might just have to buy lots and lots of fabric. My stockpile has recently dwindled with the move and trying to get rid of things I wouldn't use. Now that my sewing efforts are no longer focused on projects for my classes at school I need to replenish my stock for things that I want to do. My stock before wasn't that great anyways, there weren't a lot of places to find what I wanted in Rexburg. Now that I have been seeing little shops everywhere I keep stumbling across projects I want to try. One is to reupholster a few things. I told Josh this one day and then he got excited and said "yeah, then you could sell them and make a little extra money". Sell them? No, I just wanted to keep it all for myself! Well, I guess I'm through indulging myself with fabric for the day. I will make my imaginary purchases and dream about my projects tonight. My dream sewing room is almost complete now that I have found some new fabric to stock it with. If I could only find everything that I would like for a cheap price I would be even happier. 

P.S. Kelli, I can't wait to go to Broadbent's! Your mom said if we need to go earlier in the day due to little people schedules she would trust us with our choices :)

Friday, March 20, 2009

crossing my fingers

I really do like jewelry I just don't wear any very often because what I have doesn't match the few outfits I can fit into right now. So I entered this giveaway at Natalie's Sentiments for her Paisley Lane Giveway so that maybe I can add a few new pieces to wear. I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

our fun outing

Last week my long, lost friend Mandy invited Maci and I to go to the Treehouse Museum in Ogden. It was a lot of fun seeing her again and meeting her little girl Millie who is just a month younger than Maci. She and I were roommates our first semester at BYU-I and it was probably one of the best because I had the best roommates anyone could ever have. We hadn't seen each other in about 4 years, but it seemed like we hadn't seen each other in only months. That is one reason I love blogging. I feel like I have a little insight in to everyone's life that I might not otherwise know about because I'm really bad at staying in touch if it were left up to just phone calls. So thanks again Mandy! You provided me with a little bit of sanity I needed. My mom always jokes with me and tells me that play groups and other forms of socializing is really just for the moms. Yeah the kids may have fun too, but we seem to need that one on one time with other adults. I realized I need to get out more often and since the weather has been sooo nice this week it gives me hope that I will get myself out of the basement a little more often now that the weather is getting better. Oh and Kelli if you read this, whenever and wherever you feel like going Maci and I are game! 

 the girls playing in the kitchen area at the museum

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

BBQ+Chicken+Pizza=my favorite!

Here's a recipe for BBQ Chicken Pizza that I made about a month ago. Instead of going out for Valentine's day dinner I decided to make this tasty little pizza instead. This was a pretty tasty recipe. The dough wasn't my favorite so next time I think I'd try a different one. It was pretty thin (I probably rolled it out too thin) so next time I would make it round and use my stone that I know is packed somewhere. Enjoy! I would've included a picture, but it wasn't all that great looking because it was rectangle, sorry!

Original BBQ Pizza (adapted from California Pizza Kitchen)
From: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes

1/3 cup + 1Tbs warm water
3/4 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 Tbs olive oil

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast half (*I used a rotisserie chicken from Costco)
1/2 cup bullseye original bbq sauce
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated gouda cheese (smoked is best)
1/2 cup sliced red onion
2 tsp finely chopped cilantro

Start the dough one day before you plan to serve the pizza. In a small bowl or measuring cup, dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water. let sit for about 5 mins. use a fork to stir the liquid,add the olive oil, gradually adding more flour, until all the ingredients are combined. when you can no longer stir it with a fork, use your hands to form the dough into a ball. Knead for 10 mins. Form the dough back into a ball and coat it lightly with oil, and place in a clean bowl covered with plastic wrap. let the dough rise for two hours. Punch down the dough and place it into your refrigerator overnight. Take the dough out 1-2 hours before you plan to build the pizza so that it gets to room temp. 

Cut the chicken into bite sized cubes and marinate in 1/4 cup of the bbq sauce for two hours in the refrigerator.

When the chicken is marinated, preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Heat a small frying pan with about 1 1/2 tsp of olive oil. Saute the chicken in the pan for about 4 mins. or until no longer pink.

Form the dough into a ball and roll out on a floured surface until thin and 10 inches in diameter. Spread the remaining 1/4 cup bbq sauce over the the crust.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella and all of the gouda cheese over the sauce. 

Add the chicken next, then red onion. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella around the center of the pizza. Bake for 10-12 mins. Top with cilantro

*I saved a lot of time by having the cooked chicken. I just tossed it in some bbq sauce and put it on the pizza.