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