Thursday, January 30, 2014

Game Day Recipe: Grilled Pizza with Prosciutto + Arugula + Basil Pesto + Fresh Mozzarella

I am a huge fan of pizza.  It can come in the form of a calzone, deep dish, thin crust, you name it!  Mr. Domesticated Diva and I have made pizza before, but never have we thought about grilling it.  I mean, you can grill just about anything right?



|what you will need|



+ olive oil
+ grill (we have a propane grill)
+ store bought pizza crust dough (we used the Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust)
+ sauce (either pizza sauce, cream sauce, pesto sauce, etc...we used a pesto sauce)
+ toppings & cheese (we used Prosciutto, Arugula, and Fresh Mozzarella, but the possibilities are endless)

|how to|

{1} Heat grill to about 325 degrees (medium heat).

{2} Prepare your toppings (i.e. wash and cut veggies, cook meats, slice cheese, etc).  We found that having the toppings ready was helpful, especially since the pizza crust cooks very fast.

{3} Open the canister of pizza crust and roll it out.  We decided to cut the pizza in half since it would be easier to handle.  You can also leave it as is. 

{4} Oil each side of the pizza crust with a small amount of olive oil. Place the crusts on either a large cutting board or a cookie sheet.


{5} Place the crust directly on the grill.  Grill one side of the pizza until it is golden brown.  This took about 3-5 minutes.

{6} Once one side is grilled, flip the crust over to the other side.  Top the now grilled side crust with toppings and cheese.

{7} Close the grill and bake on medium low for about another 3-5 minutes.  Bon Appetite!

 


This is a easy, fast, and delicious way to cook (I mean) grill a pizza.  We can't wait to try other combinations of toppings! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Game Day Recipe...Duck Wraps

This is a perfect recipe for watching the game.  Now these are not ordinary duck wraps, these are bacon wrapped duck breast marinated in Italian dressing and stuffed with jalapenos and cream cheese.  Drool!  My brother-in-law made these for us over the Christmas Holiday, and they were gobbled up in a second. 



|what you will need|

-makes about 3 dozen-

+ can of sliced jalapenos
+ package of cream cheese (softened)
+ 2 packages of bacon
+ duck breast (we used 8 duck breast that was marinated in Italian Dressing)
+toothpicks

 
 
|how to|
 
{1} Cut the duck breast into 1 1/4" cubes, cut the bacon slices in half, and cut the cream cheese into 1/2" cubes.


|duck breast...yum|
 
{2} Place half a slice of bacon on the cutting board and put a piece of duck breast in the middle, along with a small cube of cream cheese, and a slice of jalapeno.  Press down the cream cheese slightly to distribute it along the duck piece.
 
 
 
{3} Wrap the bacon around the duck + jalapeno + cream cheese goodness.  Then secure the bacon together with a toothpick.
 

 

{4} Grill the wraps on high for about 10-12 minutes or until bacon is cooked.  Make sure to turn the wraps half way through.





Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas 2013 Recap...Christmas Family Video Included

I can honestly say that this Christmas was one of the best yet.  My family came from San Antonio, TX and Monroe, LA to celebrate Christmas with us at our new house.  It was a great holiday full of laughter, joy, and love <3

If you follow my blog, you know I love making home videos.  I decided to make one for this year's Christmas, since it is rare that all my family is together for Christmas. :)

Here it is...


I decided on the song from the new Apple iphone commerical, which is a great commercial if you haven't seen it.  Warning: you may need tissues; it's a tear jerker.


The song is Cat Power's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", but I thought the Christina Perri's version was a much better so that's the version I used.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Eve!...Domesticated Diva's Christmas Home Tour

I wanted to do a brief post on all the Christmas decor I have scattered around the house.  I summed it up with pictures and two YouTube videos I have created.

 
 
|Stairs and Texas Christmas Tree|
 
 

 {View of the house from the front door}
 
{Stair Details- Ornaments from Dollar Tree + Garland from Hobby Lobby + Burlap Fabric from Paul Michael's}
 
{Our Texas Tree Topper- "I Heart Texas" License Plate from Downtown Mercado Market in San Antonio + Brown Ribbon and Burlap Piece made by me}
 
{Texas Tree Detail- Mini Mariachi Hat from Downtown Mercado Market in San Antonio + Saddle Ornament from Hobby Lobby}
 
{Texas Tree Details- Metal Barn Ornament from Garden Ridge + Texas Shaped Ornament from souvenir store in Austin, TX}
 
{Texas Tree Details- Rooster from Garden Ridge + Welcome To Texas Plate Ornament from Kohl's}
 
 
|Kitchen Decor and Foodie Christmas Tree|
 
 
{View from Family Room}
 


{Kitchen Details- Snowflakes from Dollar Tree + Tabletop Christmas Tree from Kohl's}
 
{Foodie Tree Details- Chef Hat Tree Topper made by me}
 
{Foodie Tree Details- Red Chili Pepper Ornament from Garden Ridge + Sushi Ornament from Hobby Lobby + French Macaron Ornament from Sur la Table}
 
{Foodie Tree Details- Pizza Ornament from Kohl's + Colander Ornament from Sur la Table + Beer Ornament from Kohl's}
 
{Foodie Tree Details- Bacon and Egg Ornament from Michael's + Popcorn Ornament from Kohl's}
 
{Foodie Tree Details- Asian Hot Sauce Bottle Ornament from Sur la Table + Frying Pan Ornament from Sur la Table}
 
{Foodie Tree Details- Eggs on Toast Ornament from Sur la Table + Salami Ornament from Sur la Table}
 
{Foodie Tree Details- Cow Anatomy Ornament from Sur la Table + Pomegranate Ornament from Sur la Table}
 
{Foodie Tree Details- Chinese Take Out Box Ornament from Kohl's + Pretzel Ornament from Garden Ridge}
 
 
|Breakfast Nook|
 
{View from side of kitchen}
 
{Breakfast Nook Centerpiece- Made by me...All I did was fill a glass cylinder vase with leftover ornaments and wrapped it with leftover garland.}
 
{Ornament Wreath on Back Door- Made by me...bought all the gold ornaments from Dollar Tree}
 
 
|Kitchen Counter|
 
{Tall Santa Figure from Fry Electronics}
 
{Christmas House from Home Goods given to my by my mother in law}
 
 
|Family Room|
 
 
{View of Family Room}
 
{Star Centerpiece on Coffee Table...actually an extra tree topper I had lying around}
 
{Christmas Cheer Pillow from the Houston Nutcracker Market}
 
 
|Fireplace Mantel|
 


 
{Fireplace Mantel Details- Prelit Garland from Bed, Bath & Beyond + Red Beaded Garland from Hobby Lobby + Wood Grain Ribbon from Michael's}
 
{Rudolph Word Sign from the Houston Nutcracker Market}
 
{Fireplace Mantel Details- Mariachi Nutcracker from Macy's}
 
{Fireplace Mantel Details- Santa Statue from Fry's Electronics + Metal Christmas Tree Decoration from Home Goods}
 
{Fireplace Mantel Details- Green Vase from Ross + Red Holly Floral from Hobby Lobby + Cowboy Nutcracker from Texas souvenir store + Twig Reindeer from Home Goods}
 
 
|Master Bathroom|
 
 
{Tabletop Christmas Tree from Michael's}
 
 
|Guest Bathroom|
 
 
 
{Christmas Tree from Michael's}
 
{Christmas Welcome Sign from Hobby Lobby}
 
{Sign made by me + Frame from Ikea}
 
 
|Formal Dining|
 
 
{Formal Dining Lighting Decoration- Garland from Dollar Tree + Ribbon from Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree + Ornaments from Bed, Bath & Beyond}
 



{My Christmas House Tour Video 2013}
 
 




Friday, December 20, 2013

DIY Gold Ornament Christmas Wreath

As if I didn't have enough Christmas decorations, I took on another Christmas DIY craft!  I wanted to decorate our back door that leads to our backyard.  I figured a small wreath would be perfect there.  Here's what I came up with...


|what you will need|

+ about 55 ornaments ranging in different sizes and textures (small, medium, and large)
+ 12" wreath frame
+ lots of hot glue
+ ribbon to hang your wreath on


|how to|

{1} Tie your ribbon to the wreath.  I used about 12".  I ended up using a white ribbon (not pictured below) as my ribbon.



{2} Starting from the inner part of the wreath, glue down ornaments around the inner circumference.  Alternate the positions of the ornaments; this will give the wreath more dimension.  I bought all my ornaments at dollar tree, so I saved a ton of money.


{3} Then do the outer circumference of the wreath frame.

{4} Lastly, fill in any missing gaps and holes with the smaller ornaments.

{I hung the wreath using a 3M Command Strip.  Man I love those things}

{all gold everything}

{glitz + sparkle + shine}