Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fat Tuesday Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Boudin Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Happy Fat Tuesday Y'all!  I can't believe Lent is already here.  Here's a delicious recipe for your Fat Tuesday Potluck!

|what you will need|

+ 2 packages of bacon
+ 15 jalapeno peppers
+ 2 links of boudin sausages (casing removed)
+ toothpicks
+ 1/2 tsp. of salt
+ large container of cream cheese (softened)

|how to|

{1} Wash and slice the jalapeno peppers in half.  Remove the seeds and inner vein.

{2} In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, boudin, and salt.

{3} Fill the jalapeno peppers with the boudin/cream cheese mixture.

{4} Slice the bacon slices in half.  Then wrap the jalapeno with the bacon halves and keep the bacon in place with toothpicks. Place them on a baking sheet on top of a drip screen.

{5} Bake them in a preheated 325 F oven for about 20 minutes or until the bacon is golden brown and crispy.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sesame Asian Citrus Slaw Recipe

For our first date night (post baby), we decided to try a new restaurant out called Dak & Bop.  They are known for their KFC aka Korean Fried Chicken.  The chicken there was out of this world delicious.

KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) at Dak & Bop
One of the sides we ordered was an Asian Citrus Slaw.  It was delicious!  The cool and refreshing slaw went so well with the hot and spicy fried chicken.  This Asian inspired cole slaw would make a great side for a BBQ, potluck, or even a nice evening dinner at home. 
|what you will need|
makes about 4 servings
+ 1 Tsp Sesame Oil
+ Bag of Cole Slaw Mix
+ Can of Mandarin Oranges
+1/4 cup Milk (we used 2% milk)
+1/4 cup Mayonnaise (we used reduce fat olive oil mayo)
+ Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder to taste
|how to|
{1} Open Mandarin Oranges and drain most of the liquid.  Reserve about 4 tbsp. of the liquid.  Cut Mandarin Oranges into 1/2" pieces.  Reserving a couple whole pieces for garnish.
{2} Mix the sesame oil, milk, mayonnaise, mandarin orange liquid, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl.

{3} Open the bag of cole slaw mix and place it in a big bowl.  Pour the mayo-sesame oil mixture over the cole slaw mix.  Toss the slaw until the mayo mixture is well distributed.  Top the coleslaw mixture with a couple whole mandarin orange segments.  You can also top with sesame seeds.

We served the Sesame Asian Citrus Slaw with Sesame Soy Cross Cut Ribs.  Yum!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Francisco Style Garlic Fries

For our yearly trip, Mr. Domesticated Diva and I decided to go to San Francisco!  We had a great time, we especially enjoyed all the wonderful food.  We heard so much about the SF famous garlic fries, but never had a chance to try them.  Even though we never had it in San Francisco, we were able to recreate them at home!

|what you need|
makes 3-4 servings
+ 5-6 russet potatoes (cut to about 1/2" sticks)
+ 3-4 large cloves of garlic (finely minced)
+ 3/4 cup of flat leaf parsley (finely chopped)
+ 3 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese
+ 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
+ salt and pepper to taste
|how to|
{1} Preheat oven to 425 F.  Toss the cut potatoes in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Place fries in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
{2} Bake fries for 20 minutes. 
{3} Remove from oven and toss fries with the garlic, parsley, and parmesan cheese. 
{4} Increase oven temperature to 450 and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until fries are golden brown.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DIY Pottery Barn Knockoff- Chalkboard Pennant

I always knew I wanted to incorporate a pennant banner of some sort in Baby Matthew's nursery.  While shopping at Pottery Barn Kids, we came across this adorable chalkboard pennant...

But the $29 price tag was not appealing at all.  Being the Domesticated Diva, I knew I could replicate this for just a couple of dollars.  Here's my knockoff version of it...

|what you will need|
+ chalkboard paint
+ chipboard pennant pieces (found at Hobby Lobby)
+ chalkboard marker
+ ribbon of your choice

|how to|
{1} Paint the chipboard pennant pieces with the chalkboard paint.  Apply two coats.  Allow the paint to dry an hour between coats.
{2} String your ribbon through the pennant banner.
{3} Write the saying or name of your choice on the pennant using the chalkboard marker.
Here is the pennant used during our couple maternity photo shoot...
photo courtesy of JCI Photography

Monday, October 20, 2014

Baby Matthew's Nursery Decor- Made in Texas String Art

Everyone that follows my blog knows that I absolutely love anything Texas related.  I had to incorporate a little bit of Texas in Baby Matty's nursery.  Here's what I came up with...


I've always wanted to experiment with string art, but never got a good reason to until now.
|what you will need|
+ string (I actually used acrylic crochet thread)
+ wire nails (#18 x 3/4 in.)
+ wood panel (I used a 12 x 12 panel)
+ acrylic paint
+ hammer
|how to|
{1} Paint your wood panel with the acrylic paint of your choice.  Do two coats of paint.  Ensure your paint dries at least 2 hours between coats.  Allow the panel to dry overnight after the second coat.
{2} Print out the image you plan on making your string art.  Tape it to the wood panel.
{3} Draw dots around the outline of the images or letters using a pen or pencil.  These dots are where the nails will be hammered onto the wood panel.
{4} Hammer in the nails to the wood panel.  This is the longest step in making your string art.  Leave at least a 1/4" of the nail protruding out.
{5} Remove the image outline and tape leaving the nails intact.
{6} Now the fun part!  Start by tying the string or thread around one of the nails.  Then zig-zag your thread through the nails until the image or letters is filled in with the thread.  After you fill in the letter or image tie the string or thread to a nail to secure it. 
Here's the final product...



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Baby Matthew's Nursery Decor- "Hello There Handsome" Wall Art

I have been super excited to start on Baby Matthew's nursery!  I had so many ideas floating in my head.  I wanted to do a picture collage above his changing table.  I saw a cute "Hello There Handsome" pillow at Home Goods.  I decide to recreate this saying as a wall art décor. 

|what you will need|
+ blank canvas (I used a 8 x 10 sized canvas)
+ alphabet letter stickers
+ craft paint
+ paint brush or sponge
+ decorative trim cord
+ hot glue gun
|how to|
{1} Stick your alphabet letter stickers to the canvas.  Press hard and make sure the stickers are lying flush to the canvas.
{2} Paint the entire canvas with craft paint.  I did two coats of paint.  Allow the paint to dry at least an hour between coats.
{3} Let the paint dry completely overnight.  Then, gently peel off the alphabet letter stickers.
{4} Then I wrote "hello" in a simple cursive font on regular printer paper.  Place the wording where you want it on the canvas.
{5} With a sharp ball point pen, outline the font.  Make sure you apply a good amount of pressure so the ink goes through to the canvas.
{6} Using a hot glue gun, glue the decorative cord to the canvas following the cursive outline.



Here's the finished product...


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings (No Frying Needed!)

I love crispy chicken wings!  I found this genius way of getting a great crispy skin without all the oil and frying!

|what you will need|

(makes 2-3 servings)
+ 2.5-3 pounds of chicken wings
+ juice of one lemon
+ 3 large cloves of garlic
+ salt and pepper to taste
+ 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

|how to|

{1} Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

{2} Mince your garlic cloves.

{3} Place your chicken wings in a large mixing bowl. 

{4} Add the lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil to the chicken wings.  Mix well.

{5} Place the chicken wings in a aluminum baking sheet.

{6} Bake wings for 40 minutes until crispy and golden brown.