Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Exterior

Our first major project for the house was to paint the exterior. It was a little sad to see the yellow go, just because for months when we were looking at the house we would always fondly refer to it as "the yellow house". But we knew that painting was the first thing we wanted to do! It took about 2 weeks, but it was fun during that time because every day when I came home from work the house looked different! It was fun to see it change, and we are loving the new colors. We painted the exterior, replaced half the windows, replaced some of the shutters, painted the shutters, took off the screen door, purchased blinds, replaced the outdoor lighting with new lanterns, and added some pine straw. Here is how it went...

And then the finished product...

Here are the colors we used. House: Benjamin Moore-Feather Down; Shutters: Benjamin Moore-Kingsport Gray, Front Door: Sherwin Williams-Urbane Bronze. We also used the Urbane Bronze for the garage doors and the exterior of the sunroom.

We are excited to have the first major project finished and now we are turning our attention to the interior! Our list of projects and ideas seems to be growing daily, so it is easy to get overwhelmed! But we are trying to just take it one thing at a time!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

BBQ Chicken

Over the last week I've been adjusting to a new work schedule and have been a bit out of sorts. I knew this week was going to be hard, waking up in the hour of 5 was bound to be an adjustment. So I cooked this chicken on Sunday and we ate it 3 different times in 3 different ways. It was nice to have easy dinners this week since I've been dragging a bit. It actually made so much that we still have more in our refrigerator, but I'm not sure I can eat it 4 times in one week! Even though it was yummy, that is a little over the top. You know how much I love my crock pot, so I loved a reason to break it out during the summer...

The first night we had BBQ Chicken Baked Potatoes...

Night #2 BBQ Chicken Sliders with sweet potatoes and green beans.

Night #3 BBQ Chicken Calzones (just added a little bbq sauce and cheese and put it inside pizza dough). Forgot to photograph this night!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 4 ounce can of chiles, chopped (I didn't do the whole can)
3 Tbsp. Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Paprika
1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
2 and 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 glove carlic, minced

recipe from

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pizza Rolls

Sometimes I think I have the taste buds of a 10 year old, and I think Fletcher probably thinks that even more often then I do (he has much more well rounded taste buds). This is a kid + adult friendly recipe! I was particularly interested in trying this recipe because my friends Leah and Anna use to always make Totinos Pizza Rolls in their Toaster Oven when we lived in the dorm. So Leah, this one is for you!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Divide Pizza Dough in half. Roll each half into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick and 12 inches long. Sprinkle each half with equal amounts of garlic salt, basil, cheeses, and pepperoni. Start on short end and roll dough up tightly to form a log. Slice into 1-inch thick pieces and spread out on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until browned on top. Serve warm with marinara sauce for dipping. The great thing about this recipe is you can really do any sort of toppings you like!

Pizza Rolls:
Pizza Dough (I used Pillsbury)
1 tsp. Garlic Salt
2 tsp. Basil
1 cup sliced peppoeroni (I used turkey pepperoni)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

recipe from the girl who ate everything

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Quick Trip

This weekend we made a last minute trip to Memphis. We got there Saturday afternoon and left Sunday afternoon, so it was quick...but we were so glad we went. My sister and her family moved to Baltimore in June so we jumped at the opportunity to see them while they were in the South. Plus, Fletch hadn't been to Memphis since February, so everyone loved getting to see him. I always love getting to see my family no matter how short the trip!

Sunday we spent some time at the pool before we hit the road.

Can see you why its so hard for me to handle this one living in Baltimore? She is such a sweet baby and we soaked up every minute with her!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

We went to the lake with Fletcher's family for the 4th of July and it seemed like the perfect occasion to try a new recipe...

First, you combine peanut butter and softened butter. Then add powdered sugar and brown sugar and mix. Scoop the peanut butter mixture in between two pretzels. Once you've done that, freeze the pretzel sandwiches for 30 minutes.

Once the sandwiches are firm, you can begin to melt the chocolate chips using a double boiler. I unfortunately heated the chocolate too quickly and had to start over and heat slowly, stirring constantly.

Once the chocolate is melted dip pretzels, then set back on the baking sheet. Put pretzels back in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then refrigerate until serving. I always love the salty + sweet combination and this recipe was a hit!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
1 cup Peanut Butter
2 tbsp softened butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips

recipe from

Friday, July 1, 2011

Trend I'm loving...

I am really in to skirted table these days. It is really making me want to learn how to sew! I even have a sewing machine that Fletcher found on clearance, but it has never made it's way out of the box. What I really need is for my sister to come to Birmingham and teach me, because she has become quite the seamstress over the last year. Maybe if I keep finding pictures I love so much I will bring myself to take the sewing machine out of the box and figure it out! Here are some looks I am loving...

And last but not least, this is the one I really want to recreate. I love the linen skirt and I already have a spot in our house where I want this hypothetical table to go. I also love that print, "I love you, blogs, and coffee."

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