projects galore.

Hi friends. As I ran through my daily blogs at lunchtime, my first thought was, “Why has no one updated their blog?!” Then I realized I haven’t updated my blog and now we’re here. Life has been quite busy for me lately! Shane and I have been doing home improvement projects, planning for fun activities (hello, Wicked tickets!), cooking up yummy dishes, and searching for the perfect Christmas decorations. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind to say the least.

Last weekend, I merged two pinterest tutorials into one to create a valance for above the sliding back deck door. We were inspired by this shower curtain tutorial and then I found this tutorial on how to weather wood. Needless to say, Shane was pretty impressed by my pinterest blending skills. He was not impressed, however, by the amount of time it took to get all of those knobs measured and in place. I thought it turned out pretty awesome. We’re just waiting to get our hands on some vintage metal doorknobs his mom found to use as curtain tiebacks. When it’s all done, I’ll post better pictures.

valance

 

Then last night, I was out with a friend on a Target date when I get a phone call saying, “Hey babe, have you left Target? I need chalk.” A strange request, huh? I thought so, too. I got to his house to discover a newly painted chalkboard wall. How fun!

Again, I’ll post pictures soon. My camera is at my parents’ house and my iPhone can only do so much.

Have a lovely Thursday evening!

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halloday weekends.

Last week, I wrote in my journal (and almost wrote a post here) about how everything seems to be a mad dash towards the end of the year the second Halloween is over. As much as I love Thanksgiving and Christmas, it makes me anxious to know that yet another year is behind me. I start getting all existential and wondering what exactly I have accomplished. This weekend cured me of that – well except for my brief terrible mood on Saturday from 1:30-2:30. We won’t talk about that.

Friday, I ran up to Virginia and surprised my mom. We spent 3 hours and $427 in Hobby Lobby purchasing a Christmas tree, ornaments, and every other masculine Christmas thing we could find for Shane’s house. I’m chomping at the bit to get that tree up. Meep.

Friday night, Shane and I passed out candy to a handful of trick-or-treaters. He dressed as a really hairy man wearing pajama overalls, while I put on his big bad wolf mask. It really is unfortunate that we have a huge pumpkin full of candy left. I mean, I really hate that I have the task of eating Twizzlers and Sweetarts for the remainder of this week…

Saturday night, we fixed a pizza since it was a little too cold and rainy to go out or grill. That’s why I’m writing this post. We made a chicken alfredo pizza and it was the best pizza I have ever had. Man, oh man. I kinda want it again tonight.

Cast of characters:

  • 1 homemade pizza crust
  • 1 jar of alfredo sauce (or make your own – I was feeling a bit lazy)
  • 1 package of Sargento Italian Cheese shredded mix
  • 1 jar sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 package chicken tenderloins
  • 1 package of center cut bacon
  • 1 block of parmesan cheese
  • baby spinach leaves
  • lemon pepper spice
  • garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • a couple of cloves of garlic, minced

alfredo pizza(That is a terrible photo of pizza…I’m sorry)

Step 1: Throw the chicken tenderloins in a greased pan. Sprinkle some lemon pepper and garlic salt on them. Remove when cooked through. Slice in thin pieces.

Step 2: Cook bacon in the microwave until almost done. Chop it little pieces.

Step 3: Preheat oven to 475*

Step 4: Roll out dough on pizza pan. Cover dough with a mixture of melted butter and minced garlic

Step 5: Spread out alfredo sauce on dough. Sprinkle some cheese on there. Add chicken, bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach leaves. Cover with more cheese.

Step 6: Bake for 16 minutes.

Step 7: Slice and grate some fresh parmesan cheese on top.

Yum!