Archive | February, 2012

Time for breakfast.

21 Feb

During the week, breakfast for me is usually a Fiber One bar or a bagel.  I’m not what one might call a ‘morning person,’ so I’m definitely not up early enough to make anything fabulous for breakfast.  Over the weekends, though, I do like to make breakfast, but I typically don’t venture far from an omelet or something similar.

I came across this picture on Pinterest, and I thought it looked easy enough to try.

Mine don’t look quiiiite as pretty as that, but they ended up tasting great!  I just sliced a bell pepper (about 1/2 inch thick) and let it cook on one side for about a minute.  Then, I flipped the pepper, cracked the egg into it, and let it cook! I added a dash of cayenne pepper on top for some heat.

Since these were so easy to make, I made some extra so we could taste test and determine which we liked best.  Here’s what I learned…

  • For the first few, I used our stainless cookware.  Not the best idea.  Definitely try this with a cast iron pan or a nonstick pan.  The next few I did with a nonstick pan, and we like those much better.  You lose a layer of the egg with the stainless cookware.
  • There are two ways you can cook the top… 1.  Put a lid on the pan for the last few minutes of cooking.  2.  Flip the egg/pepper for the last few minutes of cooking.  We ended up liking the flipped eggs better, but to each his own!

 

Menu Monday

21 Feb

I was lucky enough to have a four-day weekend, and David had a three-day weekend.  And, honestly, we didn’t do that much. It was nice to lounge around and get caught up on some reading and TV shows.  Plus, no work means time to try out some new breakfast recipes…I’ll be sharing those later!

I ended up switching out the Baked Lemon Herb Chicken from last week with Potato Chorizo Enchiladas.  The recipe just calls for beef, but we had some chorizo that we wanted to try, so we added that in with the beef.  They were delicious!  I’ll be making the Lemon Herb Chicken this week.

This week in the Klein kitchen….

Monday- Dry rubbed slow cooker pulled pork

Tuesday- Baked Lemon Herb Chicken

Wednesday-Fiesta Chicken

Thursday-Bourbon Street Chicken

Friday-out!

Fresh.

14 Feb

I honestly don’t think that anything makes a dish more delicious than fresh cilantro.  It’s a flavor that you just cannot get with dried cilantro.  And, honestly, that goes for pretty much all of them.  Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby.

I’ve determined that I want to grow a few herbs that I can use in the kitchen but living on the third floor of a complex isn’t really conducive to, you know, a garden.  So, I’m trying to find the best way to make it happen.

I know that herbs need lots of sunlight, and, unfortunately, we don’t get much inside our house.  I am not sure of the best way to make this happen on our balcony.

 

{Green Upgrader}

I love this idea of the shoe organizer turned herb garden.  Not sure if I’m crafty enough to pull this off….I would have soil everywhere.

{Apartment Therapy}

 

{Pinterest}

I’m thinking the one pot herb garden might make the most sense for our balcony.  I’m loving the chalkboard markers.  I’ve seen the cutest garden markers around pinterest…that might be another post for another day!

{Southern Restoration}

This is adorable!  A poultry feeder turned planter!  And, for a few extra dollars, they will throw in the seeds for you.  Love this idea.

Do you guys have any tips or tricks for me? Any ideas on the best way to have fresh herbs in an apartment?

 

Menu Monday

13 Feb

Yum.  Last week was a delicious one.  Our favorite new recipe was definitely the Cilantro Lime Chicken, but I changed it up a bit.  I used a conglomeration of recipes to create the dish, and it was fabulous!

I used this chicken recipe, this rice recipe, and the Pioneer Woman’s pico de gallo and guacamole recipe.  Certainly a great combination.

Now, on to this week!

Monday-leftovers!

Tuesday-a romantic dinner at SAGE

Wednesday-Baked Lemon Herb Chicken

Thursday-Pasta with Turkey Sausage and Zucchini

Friday-Homemade Pizza

 

Fabric, finally.

13 Feb

So, I did it.

I finally decided on a fabric, purchased it, and recovered my chairs.

I stressed and struggled over choosing a fabric, and I ultimately ended up choosing something a bit different  from what I expected.  I originally wanted something with much less white.  In fact, the majority of fabrics I looked at did not have a neutral background.  I was also struggling to find something that included all of the colors I wanted (which was, um, all of them).  Because I wanted to include so many colors, many of the fabrics I was looking at were very…intense.  And I knew that wasn’t the look I was going for.  Once I stumbled across this fabric, I felt it was the perfect color combination, and the neutral background didn’t make it seem out of control.  Also, it has a great nubby, burlapy feel to it, and I just love that!

I’m not going to lie.  I didn’t use a tutorial or anything to recover these babies.  If I would have, it probably would have saved me a little stress.  I stapled the fabric too far over the back on my first chair pad.  I didn’t think that would matter…and then I realized I had covered the holes for the chair screws to go into.  Whoops!

My mama gave me a staple gun, and I pretty much just went at it.  I was able to get a few extra yards of this fabric at remnant price, so I had plenty and could afford to be picky about which pattern I wanted to be on each chair.

Honestly, it was an incredibly easy project, and I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

I really had not taken into account how dark my chairs are.  If I had gone with a fabric with a darker background, the chair would have been lost in the dark color.  I really love the contrast between the dark wood and the light, neutral background.


If you’re thinking about recovering any chairs…DO IT!  It’s such a simple task that can really change the look of a room.

Happy Monday!

Menu “Monday”

7 Feb

We had an absolutely wonderful weekend!  Birthday celebrations were plentiful, and I feel so lucky that my family and friends shared in the fun.  Thank you!

We ate at two fabulous restaurants this weekend.  For lunch, we ate at Bone Garden Cantina.  It is some seriously amazing Mexican food, and it’s a really fun atmosphere.  Between all of us, we ordered a variety of dishes, and they were all delicious.  If you go, you must get the hot chocolate and churros for dessert.  So. Good.

For dinner, we ate at Le Petite Maison Bistro.  It was fabulous as well.  David went out on a limb (and, for those of you that know us, you know we don’t go out on limbs when it comes to food…) and ordered FROG LEGS.  He loved them.  I had a nibble, and they were delicious, but I just couldn’t quite get over the fact that I was eating Kermit.  I had shrimp and scallop linguine, and it was wonderful.  We definitely recommend both spots!

And now…for dinner this week…

Happy Tuesday, y’all!