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.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Baby Strong's Pregnancy/Gender Announcement!!!

It has been a very long time since I've been active on DD!  Sorry I've neglected my fellow divas :(  A lot has happened since my last post.  One major change is...Mr. Domesticated Diva and I are proud to announce that we are expecting a bouncing BABY BOY this November!  We are super excited!  We decided to wait until we found out the sex of the baby (at 20 weeks) to make our big announcement.  There are so many great pregnancy and gender announcements floating on the web. 

Here are a few of my favorites...

{So doing this one when my "bump" gets bigger}
{Who doesn't love a cute chalkboard announcement!?!}
{Confetti or a piñata gender reveal is so fun!} 
{For those beer loving daddies out there...this is absolutely adorable}
{Silly String gender reveal is the funniest thing ever!}
|Here's Baby Strong's Pregnancy/Gender Announcement|
We love being original and thought a "movie poster" pregnancy/gender announcement was just that!  Of course we had to have Baby Strong's beautiful face front and center :) 
I created the announcement using Microsoft Publisher.  It really did not take too long to make, and we love the results.  We shared the picture with friends and family on Facebook and Instagram! 
I can't wait to share more baby related post with my fellow divas!  Thanks for all your support!



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)

|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}