Saturday, January 31, 2015

Heart Exploding....

A few months ago my cousin emailed me that she was pregnant!!! I was so freaking excited for her and her husband to be expecting and for her to become a mom!!! Her friend and them did the most hilarious pregnancy announcement video and I am OBSESSED to say the least!! Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mom Grilling 101: Barbecue Chicken Grilled Pizza

Just because I am the only female in this house, doesn't mean I cant fire up the grill outside and grill up something tasty. Today I am sharing one of my most favorite grill meals ever, Barbecue Chicken Grilled Pizza. I do have to note that my husband did have the help me turn the grill on, other than that, it was all ME! Since we live in Ohio and its snowing boots were a must. Yes, the outfit is very stylish. It's hard to believe this post is not a style piece.  

Alright enough of the funny talk. Time for the details on this tasty pizza.
The monthKraft Barbecue Sauce is celebrating the launch of a newly revamped line of sauces with recipes that feature high-quality ingredients like tomatoes, sweet molasses, cider vinegar and cane sugar. I was beyond estatic to see these sauces also do not include high-fructose corn syrup! That is something we wildly try to avoid in this house so I was pumped! 

Kraft sent over some awesome sauces and grilling supplies and gave me free reign on the recipe so I chose this one, because it was the perfect one for their Sweet Honey Barbecue. 
The new Kraft Barbecue Sauce is available in eight varieties across smoky, sweet and spicy flavors: Original, Hickory Smoke, Sweet Honey, Mesquite Smoke, Sweet Brown Sugar, Sweet & Spicy, Spicy Honey, and Thick & Spicy.

I started inside in the kitchen slicing onions and peppers and also browning up the chicken. I got all my supplies prepared before I hit the frozen tundra. We used to only grill in the summer but there is no way to recreate the taste indoors so I would say our family falls into the category of Evergrillers. Meaning, the pesky snow and cold won't stop this train. 

Feel free to use any veggies you prefer for this recipe. My boys are huge fans of peppers and onions so that is why I chose those! 
 It was now time for the big show. As I said earlier, I had some assistance in lighting the grill! Notice how darn cold he is. I am pretty sure he was in his slippers. Normally he is barefoot so this is a step up for my regular blog followers.
I then took over the Evergriller duties and got to work. 
The first thing you will do is lay the flat bread on the grill. I just prefer to lightly toast it before adding toppings to it. 
Kraft sent over the most amazing grill tool, The Evergriller Grill 'N' Flip Mitt is a specially designed, fire-resistant grilling glove that protects the griller's hands from both the heat of the grill and the chill of the outdoors during winter grilling season. Let's not kid ourselves I need all the protection I can have while grilling and it made my hand nice and toasty!!! I used the spatula which was so perfect for flipping the flat bread over. 
Grillers everywhere can enter for a chance to win an Evergriller Grill ‘N’ Flip Mitt of their own and a year’s supply of Kraft Barbecue Sauce. To enter, grill fans can visit GrillinFools.com between January 19 and January 30. The winner will be randomly selected at the close of the giveaway

Once the bread is warmed I added the toppings. I squirted it on and spread it around with a spoon.
Next load with your toppings. 
The rest is easy as pie. Close the lid and let it grill. I checked every few minutes and re-positioned it on the grill to make sure the bread wasn't burning. I then tended to motherly duties while waiting for the grill because as a mom cooking in peace rarely happens. Children and animals will even follow you outside in the snow! 
Once the cheese is melted you are good to go!! 
I then drizzled with some Barbecue sauce for a pretty addition!
Be sure to turn the grill off and head inside to warm yourself and your belly. 
Each flat bread serves two, so slice it up and get to eating! 
Barbecue Chicken Grilled Pizza
Serves 4.

Ingredients:
2 flat breads
1-2 Chicken breasts- cut in strips (cooked) 
1/2 Red Pepper sliced
1/2 Red Onion sliced
Kraft Sweet Honey Barbecue sauce (about 1/4 cup per pizza)
4-6 Slices of Cheese (Provolone) 

Directions:
1. Chop veggies and gather all your supplies for the grill. Saute your chicken in a pan before heading outside.
2. Light the grill and add the flat bread on it to warm. 
3. After bread is warmed, assemble your pizzas and cover the grill.
4. Check every few minutes and re-position pizza if needed. 
5. When cheese is melted, drizzle with barbecue sauce. 
6. Slice each bread into fours and serve. 
Visit www.KraftRecipes.com/BBQ and https://www.facebook.com/KraftDressing to learn more about Kraft Barbecue Sauce, find delicious barbecue recipes and more.

 I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and provided product samples by Kraft Foods, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gallery Wall on a Dime....

Our living room is my most beloved room in the house but honestly we do not spend much time in there which breaks my heart a little. Its a big room so it's not very cozy and we haven't done much in there except paint the walls so it's pretty blah. We moved the couches and TV for the millionth time after we took the Christmas tree down and I am loving the new cozier placement. I decided to finally add some pictures on one of the walls and warm the place up a tad. So a gallery wall was a must! If you have been in my house you will see that I LOVE PICTURES and also life quotes. Pretty much just stuff that makes me happy is plastered all over the walls. Honestly it cheers me up and makes me smile to be surrounded by happy things. I printed some pictures from this fall for the new wall. 
I use PASS for all my clients so I have a gallery of my personal photos that I print from the site.
Next step is grab some cheap frames. Our frames get knocked off the walls pretty easily so I have learned to buy CHEAP. Insert the Dollar Tree for frames. I could not find a 11x14 frame so I grabbed some canvases from Hobby Lobby and painted the sides black and Mod Podged the photo to it.
I learned after nailing tons of holes into our plaster walls and my husband having a near heart attack, to use command strips! They are amazing and hold so great! PLUS NO HOLES! Jordan gets so annoyed by my hanging tactics because I just start hanging stuff vs measuring. He helped me measure where the "D" would go but the rest I just did a typical "wing it" and I love it!
The "d" and other letters are from Hobby Lobby. Got both on clearance.
Another cheap thing I love to do is frame cute greeting cards. $1 frame $2 card = $3 art. 
I spent the whole weekend in the room. I am not sure if it's because its more cozy or what but I am in love with the wall. Just warms my heart up!
Now the other half of the room is a work in progress. There also lays the broken TV courtesy of Jude a few weeks ago. I am pretty sure we are going to do two chairs with the ottoman in the middle and have a reading area because there is also a fire place on the opposite wall. The big issue is I HATE spending money on furniture while the boys are so young. They are gross monsters haha so I am not sure when we will get around to the other side of the room! haha 
But with one side of the room completed I am a happy camper! Now to hang curtains! 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY Beauty Products

Yesterday I decided to do a vlog on two new things that I have been using on my skin! 
I am by no means a beauty person haha I am probably the furthest thing from understanding make up and having beautiful skin. I legit swear since pregnancies I have the complexion of a teenager. But These products are honestly helping me a ton!!! Peace out over the counter products that did nothing for me! Welcome some easy items you probably have in your house already!
Here is the recipe for the toner. Pretty darn easy! 
Enjoy!! xoxo

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cauliflower Fried Rice

I have been on a crazy Cauliflower kick the past two weeks. A girl in our accountability group posted a cauliflower stirfry dish last week and I was blown away by the taste. It was legit Chinese taste without the crap meat! Because let's be serious I always get creeped by the meat quality at some Chinese places. 

Last night I was going to make the same dish then I started getting creative. I had seen recipes with cauliflower as rice so I figured what the help, let's get fancy up in here! So here is the recipe. Pretty darn easy and holy amazing taste!
You will need:
Head of Cauliflower diced and raw
Coconut Oil
Organic Soy Sauce
Veggies
Garlic minced

I diced the raw cauliflower and tossed it in the blender. I pulsed it really easily so it didn't clump and mixed it so it didn't puree. This was the hardest part of the recipe lol which isn't too hard at all. After it was rice consistency I sautéed it in coconut oil and lime juice until it browned.

I'm a separate pan I sautéed the veggies in lime juice, garlic, and a little soy sauce. I eye ball everything so just taste along the way. The soy sauce is salty so add slow!

And that's it! Serve your veggies over your rice and enjoy!!! You can also add meat to this! Its legit so darn good!!!

Also here is a little update from week one of our group!! I've been updating on my YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/alliej86) every day which keeps me way more accountable but here's my results with week one of the 21 Day Fix. Pretty darn pumped. I lost the big weight (20+ lbs) last year so this year is all about toning and maintaining myself! Hard to believe a year ago I had a one month old baby and was 40+ lbs heavier. Crazy what a year can do!
We still have room in our accountability group if you're interested! Also here is my 21 Day Fix Review I did this weekend!  
Drop your email if you want more info! Happy Tuesday loves! Enjoy the recipe!