Archive | January, 2012

Bourbon Chicken–Recipe of the Week

31 Jan

This recipe?  Definitely a keeper.  The ingredients look a little bit weird together, but it made a darn good sauce.  Overall, it was definitely an easy recipe.

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts–cut into small pieces

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove, crushed

1/4 tsp. ginger

3/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 cup apple juice

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons ketchup

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1tsp. Sriracha sauce

 

 

Heat oil and half of garlic in a large skillet.  We did ours in our electric wok, and it came out perfectly.

Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned.

Remove chicken.

Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium heat until well blended and dissolved.

Add broccoli.  Let simmer for 5 minutes.

Add chicken and bring to a boil.

Turn down heat, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.

We served ours over rice, and it was just delicious!

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Wood Pallet–Pinterest Inspiration

30 Jan

As I pin my evenings away on Pinterest, one item that keeps popping up to inspire me is the wooden pallet.  People are so incredibly creative with what they can do with an old wooden pallet.  And, I’m loving it. Here are a few pieces that are just stunning to me.

 

[Practical Enrichment]

[House and Home]

[Modern Chic Home]

[PBJstories]

[Lindsey Jo]

I think that a pallet–with a sweet quote–would be just perfection over a couch in a cozy living room.  I also think I just added another item to my to-do list. Oops!

Do you have any wooden pieces in your home?

Menu Monday

30 Jan

Last week our favorite dish was definitely the Ravioli Bake.  Unfortunately, we were halfway done before I remembered to take a picture…oops! It was really good.  There was plenty for us to eat leftovers a few nights later…and it was just as delicious!

This week….

Speaking of birthday dinner out, some of our favorite restaurants are of the Here 2 Serve group.  Noche is wonderful.  Their shrimp and grits dish is one of the best I’ve ever had.  We also love Goldfish.  They have some of the freshest sushi around town.  Anyway, their reward program, which is free to sign up for, is called Friends of Tom.  And, in addition to racking up points and getting 10% off every time you eat at one of their restaurants, you get $25 off your check on your birthday!

 

Hope your weekends were fabulous! Happy Monday!

Our gallery wall….

27 Jan

I’m so, so happy with how our gallery wall turned out.  It makes me smile every single time I walk into our apartment.  Here’s a rundown of what we included and where it’s from!

1.  What I Love Most About My Home print…

2.  Fabulous and fun Atlanta artwork.  A wedding gift from Natalie and her sweet husband, James.

3. A picture of our sweet, sweet nephew.

4. Be Filled With Joy print…

5. Rock Me Mama print…

6.  Our favorite wedding picture, taken by the amazing Chrissy Bayless.

7. Our wedding map turned guest book.  By the lovely Natty Michelle.

8.  One of a set of three dish towels given to me at a bridal shower from my mom and sister.  It was just too pretty too dirty up…so I decided to frame it!

There are a few more things I’d like to add, but I couldn’t be happier with how it looks now!

Do you have a gallery wall in your home?  What memories are on yours?

*Apologies for the dark picture.  I just couldn’t get the lighting right in our apartment.  Looks like I just have to buy a big, fancy camera now.  Right?!

A print addiction…

25 Jan

We had lots and lots of personal photographs to choose from for our gallery walls.  So, I went straight for the fun part…art!

Our incredibly amazing and talented friend, Natalie, painted us a fabulous wedding map that we turned into our guest book.  Beautiful and meaningful?  Definitely going on our very first gallery wall!

[Natty Michelle]

Next, I began to scour Pinterest and Etsy to find prints that I loved to include on our gallery wall.  The decision was a hard one, and I’ve ended up with way too many…which means that another gallery wall is obviously on the horizon!  Here are a few of the prints I’ve purchased over the past few months.

[The Wheat Field]

[The Wheat Field]

[n2design]

{our most favorite wedding memory is this song at our reception!}

[eighteen25]

[Asja Boros]

Do you have any artists to recommend?

Making our apartment a home…

25 Jan

In our last apartment, we chose to paint the walls.  For the year we lived there, I adored those red and grey walls.  The day we moved out, I realized I hated nothing more.  I swear my mom and I put 20 coats of paint on between those two walls.  And would you believe the red covered right up.  It was the grey that we couldn’t cover.  It just kept soaking up the paint.

…after that, I swore that I would NEVER paint another apartment.  And that I’d have to be talked into allowing holes in the walls for pictures.

I followed that rule for quite some time in our new place.

Then, along came Pinterest.

And Natalie, over at Natty Michelle, blogged about her amazing Vintage Gallery Wall.

And I realized that, whether we own it or not, we need to work to make wherever we’re living a home.  I want to love walking in to our home every day after work, and I want to love our space.

I still haven’t painted any walls, but I’ve put in quiiiite a few nail holes.  I’ve created two gallery walls in our apartment. One in the living area, and one in our dining area.

At first, I drew inspiration from symmetry.  I love clean, simple lines.

 [Emily A. Clark]

[Brooklyn Limestone]

Then, I began to realize that I was really digging a more ‘controlled chaos’ look.  I like the idea of a gallery wall filled with different types of media–family photos, art prints, etc.

[Blank Haus]

[Splendid Willow]

I feel like it is important that we’re surrounded by things that make us happy.  Maybe it’s a picture of a great memory, and it might be a print that just makes me smile.  After many hours of official research (on Pinterest, obviously), I set out to gather items and began creating our gallery wall.

Menu Monday, ahem, Tuesday!

24 Jan

Thanks to our friends over at A&W Root Here, I’ve decided to do Menu Monday posts.  I love reading what they are cooking up over there, and they always have great ideas.

We are really good at making monthly menus and only going to the grocery store once a month (plus a few other times to get fresh veggies each week).  We know what recipes we’re going to have each month, but I really like Andrew and Whitney’s idea of narrowing that down to a weekly menu.  Once I’m cooking each night, I really enjoy it, but deciding what to eat drives me crazy!

It probably does not bode well for ‘Menu Monday’ that I’m starting on a Tuesday, but we’ll see how it goes.  🙂

This week….

My first try at Brunswick stew a few weeks ago was a total success,

thank to the great recipe at Deep South Dish (we didn’t use the creamed

corn, though!).