Signature Green Beans

This is one of my favorite things to make! My mom started making them years ago, and I’ve tweaked the recipe just enough to make them my own! My fiance and I love to pair them with any dish even remotely Italian… and sometimes not 🙂
  • Prep time: 2 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 17 minutes
  • Servings: 2
  • 2 cup(s) of Frozen cut green beans
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. of minced garlic
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 1 pinch of season salt
  • 1 tsp. of Italian seasoning
  • 1 pinch of Onion powder OR
  • 1 tsp. of dried minced onion
  • 1 tbsp. of grated Parmesan (like you’d put on pasta)
Steps
  1. heat a skillet to high with the olive oil in the bottom
  2. add the frozen green beans
  3. add the black pepper, season salt, Italian seasoning, and dried minced onion. If you don’t have the minced onion, use the onion powder instead.
  4. cook on high, continuously stirring, until the green beans are cooked through and starting to get a little soft
  5. mix in the minced garlic and the Parmesan. Make sure you don’t do this until close to the end or they’ll burn!
  6. cook a little further until the garlic and parmesan are mixed in well and the green beans are as well-cooked as you like. My fiance likes them almost crispy on the outside, but I prefer them less done, do make them how you like!
  7. serve and enjoy!
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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Hello all!  So sorry that it’s been so long since my last post.  I recently moved from Las Vegas to Pennsylvania, so it’s been a bit crazy!  I’m finally getting settled in, and wanted to share this recipe to help get me back in the blog game!

 

This is a delicious way to make a chicken breast dinner more interesting! My good friend made a version of this for a girls’ night at her house, my fiance and I have made it for dinner many times, and I’ve even made it for my parents! It does take a little preparation, but it’s totally worth it!
  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 55 minutes
  • Servings: 2 +
  • 2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup(s) of breadcrumbs
  • 2 slices of provolone cheese
  • 8 – 12 stalks of asparagus
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 2 pinches of pepper
  • 2 pinches of season salt
  • 2 tsp. of vegetable oil
Steps
  1. Trim the fat from the chicken breasts if there is any (I don’t know about you, but I hate getting a nasty bite of fat!)
  2. Layer each chicken breast between cling wrap or inside a zip top bag. Pound the chicken until it is flat, about 1/8 in to 1/4 in thick. Try to make it as even as possible.
  3. lay out a chicken breast on a flat surface (plate, cutting board, etc). Brush the chicken with vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and season salt.
  4. Place a slice of the provolone in the middle of the chicken breast
  5. put 4-6 stalks of clean asparagus on top of the provolone
  6. roll the chicken breast so that it surrounds the cheese and asparagus and place it “seam” down on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray
  7. Brush more vegetable oil on the top of the rolled chicken breast and sprinkle a bit more seasoning. Cover the top of the rolled chicken breast with breadcrumbs
  8. Repeat these steps for the second chicken breast (and any others depending on how many servings you’d like to make)
  9. Cook in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for a half an hour. At that point, check the chicken to see if it is thoroughly cooked. If not, put it back in for an appropriate amount of time. If so, serve and enjoy!

I hope that you enjoy this recipe.  PLEASE feel free to share any chicken recipes with me!  I am a huge chicken fan, but I get bored eating it the same ways every week!

Photo of the Day: Spa Day

To celebrate my last day at home, my mom took me on a spa day.  It was the perfect way to spend some quality girl time together and to relax after tons of work for the move and before the stress of a cross-country drive.  I took this photo of a waterfall wall in the spa because it was so pretty and tranquil.  I would love to have one of these in my home someday!

The August Break 2011

I just found out about this today through my friend Hannah’s blog!  I think it’s a really fun idea and I’m going to give it a try.  I’m giving you fair warning that I won’t be able to post EVERY day… I’ll be in the process of moving across country as of Friday, so we’ll see how it goes!

If you want to hear more about this, get involved, and get your button please visit Susannah Conway’s website. I was unfamiliar with her blog until now, but it seems pretty good so far!

You can join in anytime you like. The best part is there are NO RULES! Sounds fun to me!

Will you be joining in on the fun?

Crepe Expectations

Recently, my girlfriends and I have stumbled upon a newer restaurant in town.  It’s called Crepe Expectations, and I’ve mentioned it in a couple of previous posts.  We LOVE it there because the staff is extremely friendly, the prices are reasonable, and the food is fresh and delicious!  We like the fact that it’s usually not very crowded, so we can sit around and enjoy girl talk for as long as we’d like as well as feeling chic while ordering crepes, mimosas, and cucumber infused water.  The ambiance is great, the menu is unique, and the service is wonderful.  What more could a bunch of girls ask for?

This delicious little concoction is my variation on the restaurant’s menu item “The Frisco.”  Instead of blueberries, though, I substituted strawberries.  YUM.

One of my favorite things there is their selection of mimosas and their Mimosa Sampler, which I discussed in my recent post Mimosas are Delicious.  These are both from Crepe Expectations…

    

I have yet to order anything at this restaurant that I didn’t like, and as far as I’m aware, none of my friends has found anything, either!  I am extremely impressed because (I’m not a particularly adventurous person when it comes to trying new foods)  I had never really had crepes, and this place has made me completely obsessed! I loved it so much that I decided to have my girls’ night pre-going-away dinner there last weekend!

I also appreciate that crepes are pretty basic, so I feel like their menu is like a little recipe book for me!  If I want to try making crepes at home, I now have tons of ideas because their menu is available on their website (linked above), so I just have to find a basic crepe recipe and then use their menu as a guide for filling ideas!

Sometimes, it’s the local cafes that are the most fun!  I have really enjoyed this one, please feel free to share any of your favorites, especially if they’re in Vegas

Mimosas Are Delicious

Personally, I happen to adore champagne.  Sometimes, though, champagne can use a little something extra.   Mimosas are certainly a favorite way to spruce up some champagne (and somehow make alcohol appropriate for breakfast!).  As it turns out, mimosas can be made with other juices besides orange.  After enjoying one yesterday evening, I thought I’d share some ideas!

Traditional Mimosa:

2 oz orange juice

Pour orange juice into a collins glass over two ice cubes. Fill with chilled champagne, stir very gently, and serve.

Pour grand marnier into a champagne flute. Fill almost to the top with champagne and top off with fresh orange juice.
Pour passion fruit juice into a champagne flute. Fill with chilled champagne, decorate with a strawberry, and serve.
Add all ingredients into a champagne flute and stir. Garnish with a slice of peach
3 ozchilled Champagne
1 oz triple sec
3 oz cranberry juice
Stir ingredients together in a champagne glass, and serve.
(I’ve made this one with just champagne and cranberry, and it’s pretty good!)
Pomegranate Mimosa:
This is the one I had last night that inspired this post…
2 oz pomegranate juice
Champagne
Pour pomegranate fruit juice into a champagne flute. Fill with chilled champagne and serve.
Mimosa Sampler:
One of my new favorite restaurants in town, Crepe Expectations, has a number of mimosas on the menu (this is where I had the pomegranate mimosa last night and where I took both photos in this post).  They also have a Mimosa Sampler, which consists of your choice of three mini mimosas.  This is AWESOME because it allows you to try a couple of new things, enjoy a few flavors, and they are adorable! If you are so inclined, you can visit their website to check out the menu.
I definitely enjoy them at the restaurant, but I was thinking they could also be a great idea for a cocktail party or any other party.  Make a few types of fruit juice available and provide champagne and glasses (and maybe some berries and other fruit for garnish), and people can mix and match to their heart’s desire!  I don’t know about you, but I think that would be really fun!
All in all, I think that mimosas are not only delicious, but a fun and classy way to enjoy a cocktail.  They’re super easy to make because all you really need is some champagne, some fruit juice, and a glass.  Although I included recipes here, you can easily mix and match however you like and mix the proportions to your personal taste.  I hope you enjoyed these ideas and please feel free to share any ideas you may have!

New Nude Heels

They may not be Louboutins, but they’re still cute (and the price tag is certainly more manageable!)

Aldo Croner in “Camel”

I have been desperately searching for the “perfect” pair of nude heels for over a year now.  Many I’ve seen are too brown, too yellow, or too pink, so when I found these I was SUPER excited!  They’re exactly the shade I had nearly given up on finding, and they’re suede, which I was hoping to find.  There are, in my opinion, two types of suede: 1.  the nice suede that stays smooth ans sleek, and 2. the crappy suede that gets messy looking.  I made a bad decision when I purchased my last pair of black pumps and bought the WRONG suede, and I will never do it again!  I’ve only worn them once, and they already look like they’re 10 years old.  Yuck.  These happen to be the nice suede, so I’m quite happy with them!

WARNING: If you have little experience with wearing particularly high heels and/or have been living in flat flip flops for 2-3 months DO NOT wear these without breaking them in and/or bringing shoes to change into!  (Oops… my bad!)

Anyway, they’re worth the pain I suffered through because I was complimented on them tonight (the first time I’ve worn them) while sitting at a table at a restaurant!  Aside from that, I am… well, I’ll just admit it, I’m pretty short.  I’m about 5’4, and I went to dinner tonight with my girlfriends and was as tall as the taller ones!  That may seem silly, but for a girl who’s been stuck at the shorter end, it was a pretty nice change 🙂

Overall, I love them.  I just need a little time to get used to wearing 4+ inch heels… wish me luck!