Friday, February 26, 2010

Save the Dates

Wedding season is fast approaching.
Which means SAVE THE DATES are going out like crazy!

Here are a few that I have been working on lately.
The post card save the date is a great idea. It's economic & a bit more environmentally friendly. (sans the envelope!)

Sally is my sister and Andrew is our soon to be coolest new member of the family.
YAHOO!!!!!!!! But more about them later.


I constantly struggle with figuring out WHAT TO MAKE FOR DINNER. We are not the family who eats the same thing on Mondays, Tacos on Tuesdays, Pot Roast on Wednesdays. Things are just not that scheduled at my casa.

Then I am always looking for new recipes and never seem to hold on to the good ones. How silly is that? Lately I have been trying to keep a simple system of writing down our favorites on an index card and storing them on the shelf so that when it comes time to figure out what to make - we have TONS of ideas.

Then I stumbled up on this fabulous idea:
Over-used Recipes Swap
Isn't this great?!?! I am going to share my BBQ'd Chicken Pizza recipe. It's our go-to on busy nights and makes me feel like we're not eating something out of a box. PHEW!


1 big cooked chicken breast, chopped (I either buy from Whole Foods or use left over grilled chicken)
2 Scallions sliced
Jar BBQ sauce (any kind will do-i tend to change it up)
pizza dough (I usually buy the fresh from Whole Foods, they have whole grain, too)
mozzarella cheese (at least 2 cups)
italian seasoning (1 tblspn)
salt/pepper (to taste)

Preheat oven to 400˚
Roll out pizza dough (use flour so that it doesn't stick)
Place on a pizza sheet & put in oven for 5 min to lightly cook
Remove from oven
Spread BBQ sauce all over the pizza crust (use as much as you want)
Sprinkle the chopped chicken (use as much as you want)
Sprinkle the sliced scallions (use as much as you want)
Sprinkle the cheese (use as much as you want)
Sprinkle the salt/pepper/italian seasonings over the top
Bake for approx 15 -19 min (ovens will vary) till cheese starts to get golden on the edges.

I hope I'm not forgetting anything. You can dial this recipe up & down to your meet your fancy.
I like to serve this w/ a salad of fresh greens, parmasan cheese shavings & balsamic/oil vinagrette. YUM YUM YUM I'm really into arugula right now - I just throw it over the top of my pizza on my plate & eat it all together. I'm probably enjoying a glass of wine with this as well.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Well....I have been toying w/ the idea of creating my own blog. And last night the thought literally kept me up at night. That and the Olympics and my little 6 mos old boy Benson who has a little cough/cold and can't fall asleep because he can't suck on his thumb and breathe at the same time.

I was lying in bed, watching the freestyle skiiers (wow) and a million ideas, thoughts, lists, wishes were flying thru my head. I also realized that I had one more baby burp cloth to sew in the basement for a friend so I hopped out of bed and ran downstairs to finish it. Feels good to complete that as the ingredients with which to make these fun little burp cloths have been sitting in a bag for months. Why do I do that?

When I crawled back into bed my mind was still racing with other projects, long time dreams and annoying to-do's. I wished I had had a piece of paper next to my bed to write them all down. Right then I vowed that I would start up this blog and fill it will all the goings on in my life. My work, my stationery company, my family, my boys, my wish to be a good cook & find the best/easiest recipes, my wish to be this crafty crafterson, my home (renovations!).... shall I go on? I get so inspired when I read other folks blogs who seem to be diving into all these fun situations. Time to get busy. Life is too short.

PS - here is a pic of my middle of the night project. Will get better at having a nicer background setting - but we're remodeling our kitchen ourselves and that's a whole 'nother blog entry! ;)