Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hello Weekend

Happy Saturday Everyone :)

Okay, this is exactly how I felt at the end of my workday Friday when it was finally time to go home.

It's not that I had big plans for the weekend... I didn't. I just like the idea of sleeping in the next morning and laying around in my pj's with the hubby. I mean, why can't every day be Saturday? Anyway, my normal routine is to make a big breakfast, but hubby and I are trying to increase our fruit and veggie intake and cut back on fatty foods. A few days ago, I ordered a Jack Lalanne juicer for that very reason. Good-bye fattening pancakes and syrup, hello healthy green drinks.

So, this is everything I juiced to make a green drink for breakfast this morning. Spinach, one red apple, one green apple, 1/2 lemon, 2 stalks of celery, 2 carrots, ginger and a tablespoon each of Chia seeds and Barley green.

Okay, I have to be honest with you.This is definitely going to take some getting used to. 
I drank it all, but it sure wasn't easy. I actually had to wash this stuff down with some hot tea and 3 chocolate chip cookies just to get the horrible taste out of my mouth. Okay, I realize that I'll need to tweak this recipe a little... or a lot. Maybe I'll ditch the celery and ginger and add more fruit or something, but I'll have to find a better combination for me and hubby, because he didn't like the way it tasted either.    
So fast forwarding past breakfast, my daughters and I headed to Ikea in Maryland. I've been on the hunt for a new media center and today was finally the day. I didn't plan on choosing anything fancy. I just wanted it to be affordable and big enough to hold the television and our DVD collection. After spending about an hour in this section of the store, this is the one I ended up taking home with me.
And this is darling hubby putting it together. 
In case your wondering, both my daughters and hubby will not allow me to take pictures of them and post them on my blog for the whole wide world to see.
It's okay though. It's their choice and I'm cool with it. My husband must have been in a good mood today though, because for a change, he let me take pictures of his face... well, sort of. It was really more of the left side of his face, then a little part of the right and there's a really good one of the top of his head. It's really too bad too, because he's such a handsome fellow.
It's almost done! He's putting the drawers together now.
Yeah! Here it is. The finished product. Thanks honey! He ended up removing one of the shelves in the center to make room for the radio which the tv is hooked up to. It gives us the surround sound experience without paying the surround sound price. I'm not crazy about those wooden crates that he propped the speakers on, but it'll do for the time being. Also, we swapped the handles with some that were a little smaller. Now, I'll have to stuff it with all my junk. See, there was a reason I picked a unit with doors.
Well, that's how we spent our day. We're about to have movie night. So...
 Until next time...
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Not long ago, my husband and I went to an Italian cooking class for a date night. It was called 'A Taste of Italy' and the food was absolutely delicious. We had so much fun that night learning new recipes and cooking together in the kitchen. I wanted to share our favorite from the class and I'm hoping you will enjoy it just as much as we did. Now, we have stromboli often at our house and I think you'll be surprised at how easy it is to make.



1 lb Turkey Ham - Sliced Thin
3/4 lb Cooked Salami - Sliced Thin
White American Cheese - About 12 Slices
1 - 12oz. Pack Moz. Cheese
1 1/2 lb Ground Turkey Browned in Pan
Mustard (Spicy or Regular)
Oregano, Salt & Pepper
2 loaves Frozen Bread Dough


Brown ground turkey and set aside.

Rub Frozen Bread with Soft Butter
Thaw until soft & able to work with (follow directions on pack for thawing)
Cut loaf in half

Stretch each half about 12 - 14" in length and 5" in width

Lay 2 slices of Turkey Ham down the entire length, follow with 2 slices of Salami
Follow with 2 slices of American cheese and Turkey sausage
Put a line of mustard down middle of the ground turkey and top with Moz. Cheese

Pull one side of dough up and overlap other side - pinching the ends together

Rub soft butter on top and sprinkle with salt, pepper & oregano.
Punch holes in top with fork.

Bake at 400 - 425 in preheated oven on cookie sheet with parchment paper until Brown on top & sizzling (about 15 minutes.)

Cut and serve. ENJOY!!

  Have a great week!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Room Crush

I've been looking at pics and falling in love with so many awesome rooms. Like the picture below. Wow! Now that is a bed fit for a queen. I certainly wouldn't mind having a bed like that to sleep in.
Vintage bed and dress - not my style but looks like you

Yowza! Now that's a shower!!!

Love this bathroom

I am so in love with this kitchen. That bright yellow cabinet looks absolutely stunning.

Hmmm... a mirror as a headboard... nice.
This mirror is already to die for, and how cool is it as a head board!  Gorgeous!
How cute is this nursery?
Adorable Nurseries
Check out the ceiling and that great chandelier.
55 Spectacular and cozy bedroom fireplaces
This would be a very sexy spot for me to have my bowl of cornflakes in the morning... and maybe one of those oranges, too.

Awesome kitchen


New York Apartment by Cara Zolot Interiors

I can honestly say, I'd probably never want to come out of that bathtub if it were in my house.

luxury master bathroom designs.

Dining room
Okay, this isn't a room, but how cool is this stair wall? It's so unique.
stair wall

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

I woke up this morning craving some fresh bread for dinner tonight. I didn't have any raisins around to make cinnamon raisin bread, but I did have plenty of Italian herb seasoning. I threw a few ingredients in the bread maker and started her up, anxious to have some Italian Herb bread.

While waiting for the bread, I was trying to decide what I should make to go with it when I remembered a recipe that I saw on Pinterest. It was for a chicken and spinach pasta bake and it looked so good, I just had to try it. 
10 ounces dry pasta (rotini, penne, farfalle...)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces chive and onion cream cheese
1 cup sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
1 cup whole milk or heavy cream
1/2 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1/2 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
freah basil or parsley, for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Coat a medium casserole dish with non-stick spray.

Cook pasta in salted, boiling water to al dente. Drain and set aside.

While pasta is cooking, heat butter in a medium saute pan set to medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes to slightly soften veggies. Do not brown.
Add in cream cheese and stir to melt. Reduce heat to low. Stir in sour cream, milk, Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, salt and black pepper. Stir until everything is well-combined and melted. Turn off heat.
Combine the pasta, chicken, spinach and tomatoes in a large bowl.

Add in the sauce and gently stir to coat.

Pour into the prepared baking dish.

Top with remaining mozzarella.

 Bake uncovered for about 20-25 minutes... or until casserole is bubbly and beginning to brown. Top with basil or parsley for garnish. 
(Note: In order for the pasta bake to not dry out, place the baking dish on a sheet pan and add 1-2 cups of very hot water to the sheet pan. This will create steam during the baking process and will help to keep everything moist.)
Thankfully, the Italian Herb bread was ready around the same time as the pasta. That worked out pretty good. 

Sorry for the blurry picture. I was really ready to eat once everything was done and I think I just snapped the picture too fast. Dinner turned out great and let me tell you, everybody loved it. My younger daughter even said it tasted like something she'd order in a restaurant. My older daughter gave me a thumbs up and my husband said this recipe was definitely a keeper. Try it, you'll love it. 


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spreading smiles and laughter

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I don't know why this is so funny to me.

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Hopefully at least one of these pictures made you smile. Good... my job here is done... Ta Ta for now.