Sacred Fridays

I’ve become very sacred about Fridays, and it’s pretty much my favorite day now (along with quiet Saturday mornings).

Our routine is probably pretty ordinary, but I just love it, so here it is:

8-5-ish: Work work work!

5-ish: Home and immediately change into comfortable house clothes (e.g. yoga pants, tank top, light cotton jacket)

5:15-6pm: bring pizza dough to room temp & make pizza! & pour a glass of wine.

6 – rest of night: eat pizza, drink wine, cuddle with the husband on the couch  and watch latest Netflix movie, chat, go to bed at a reasonable hour of 11-ish.

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Homemade pizza… every Friday

Do you have any special ways you kickoff your weekend?

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

One of my favorite quotes as of late is this one:

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Back in the early winter/spring, it was the help me one. The past few months, it’s been the thank you one.

I honestly feel so thankful it’s as though my heart could burst. Last night I finished reading Me Before You, and was crying because, well, read it and you’ll know why. Next to me was my husband, to which I snuggled up next to once I put the book down, and I kept tearing up a bit, well because he’s just great/amazing/loving/etc.

A lot of times I see other people’s stories and I think perfection. And I think some people may look at us and think the same, but what they haven’t seen is the peaks AND valleys. There’s been some tough days, the no talking fighting days. But now almost a year into marriage, I’m amazed at the beautifulness of it. It’s been both heart breaking and heart bursting. I think the biggest part is knowing this person you’ve committed to see’s all your shit. All the good, wonderful, bad, embarrassing, ugly parts.

Almost a year into marriage, there is no one I’d rather do life with. So when I don’t know what to pray when I’m bursting with thankfulness, I say thank you thank you thank you.

What are you thankful for today?

Books I’m Reading – 9.3.2014

I love reading, and it’s the way I end most days… Lately here’s the books that I’ve been digging this summer:

1. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – such a great, easy read, and so far a wonderful story!

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2. Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lammott – I always love reading faith memoirs, and this memoir has challenged some of my faith views, which is fantastic!

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3. For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn – this has been a great book for the 1st year of marriage that has helped me to understand my husband better.

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What books have you enjoyed this summer?

September Blogging Challenge + Proud Accomplishments

Long time, no blog! I miss it, honestly. Blogging helps me get my creative juices flowing… so figured joining a blog every day for September would help (via Girl Meets Life). Today’s post is about Something I’m Proud of Accomplishing Lately:

There are 2 things that happened this past weekend:

1) Painting: Last weekend my husband was out of town on a man trip, so being home, I figured I would paint our master bedroom & bathroom! I went with a Behr color called Burnished Metal, which let me tell you, was nearly impossible to pick. It is no joke when they say that there are 50 Shades of Grey… I had four colors on the wall for 2 days, and asked about 10 people, and ended up picking the color I liked the most originally. Grey is much trickier than I anticipated since each grey has a hidden hue associated with it. Anyway, upon picking a color, I wrangled up my mom, dad, and sister to torture help me paint (thanks family!). It ended up turning out fantastic, and I love it! Paint is such a great way to transform a room cheaply. Now all that is left for the bedroom is a headboard, bench, and some other minor stuff.

Painted Bedroom

2) Being trusting: Trusting can be hard for me, but I’ve been working on it a lot this year. This past weekend with my husband gone, and it was the first weekend in a long time where I felt fine, calm, and all that jazz. I used to get anxious, not sleep, and let my mind go crazy when he is away. The past 9 months, I’ve spent lots of time in prayer, and really focusing on my thoughts and how I let them shape my actions.  It didn’t hurt that while he was gone, he let me know he was thinking about me in lots of  little ways (he’s winning husband of the year ;) ).  This marriage thing is a lot of give and take, and I’m thankful for a partner that gives a lot. Anywho — yay for learning to be calm, trusting, respectful, and loving (most of all). I kept thinking of a phrase I read out of the book Carry On, Warrior that says: What would love do? It makes a big difference in our thoughts and actions!

What is something you are proud of accomplishing lately? Let’s hear it! 

Arugula and Beet Salad

This salad makes every day better… I’ve been eating variations of it for lunch most days, and still haven’t gotten sick of it (knock on wood). I usually eat it as a “side salad” and have a chicken sausage with it. To me, it’s a winter salad because of the beets and hearts of palms; However, it’s so good that it might transform into my spring, summer, fall, and winter salad. Enjoy!

Arugula and Beet Salad | Tidbits for Today

Arugula and Beet Salad

Ingredients:

  • Arugula
  • Baby Beets
  • Hearts of Palm
  • Goat Cheese Gouda or just regular Goat Cheese
  • Orange Flavored Cranberries
  • Sweet and Spicy Pecans
  • Shredded Cabbage (optional, and not pictured)

*Note: All these ingredients are purchased from Trader Joe’s, with the exception of the pecans, which are homemade. Additionally, I don’t measure much, so add as much or as little as you’d like of each ingredient.

Directions:

Throw as much arugula that you’d like in a bowl (and cabbage if you’re adding that to it as well)

Dice one beet, one heart of palm, and as much goat cheese gouda as you’d like, and put on top of the arugula bed

Top with cranberries and pecans

Put on your dressing — I use cranberry, walnut, and gorgonzola dressing from TJ’s, but most vinaigrette’s should work

Toss salad and serve immediately

Pesto Chicken Pizza

Pesto Chicken Pizza | Tidbits for Today

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have picked up on the fact that we eat pizza pretty much every Friday. Since the wedding and getting some new tools for the kitchen (mixer, pizza stone, pizza peel), I’m loving trying new pizza combinations. This pesto chicken pizza was so delicious, I couldn’t not share!

Pesto Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Homemade or store-bought dough <— I just use regular flour for my homemade dough, but I like this recipe because it has a little bit more water than others I’ve tried.
  • Pesto
  • Mozzarella Ball
  • Diced Rotisserie Chicken
  • Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425, and place pizza stone in the oven as it heats up.

Sprinkle corn meal on to pizza peel.

Roll out or toss pizza dough in air to form a circle the size of your pizza peel or a little bit smaller.  If it ends up being a little larger, that’s ok, just means more of a crust edge.

Transfer dough onto pizza peel.

Spread about 1 TBS (or a little more) of pesto onto dough, covering the dough with a thin layer.

Next, put the diced rotisserie chicken on top of the pesto.

Place mozzarella over top of pesto & chicken. Don’t worry about covering every inch of the pizza if you are using mozzarella ball slices, because the cheese will melt down and cover the whole surface. If you are using shredded mozzarella cheese, then cover it all.

Bake for 12-16 minutes, depending on how brown you like your cheese and crust. We like ours on the more cooked side, so we leave it in closer to 16 minutes.

Take pizza out of oven on the pizza peel and let cool for at least 5 minutes. This helps it to set, and it wont burn your mouth when you take a bite <— muy importante!

Pesto Chicken Pizza | Tidbits for Today

A great weekend and a meal plan.

Welp, the weekend is now behind us, and ours was really productive! I’m glad we got some house stuff done with the start of the new year.

FRIDAY

Homemade Pizza | Tidbits for Today

We had work, then came home to make homemade pizza, watch football (him) and blog (her). I love cooking/baking, and making pizza on Fridays has become a fun tradition in our house. The dough I made this time was awesome, and instead of using my mixer I did it in a bowl. I actually really liked making it in the bowl, and felt like the dough had a great consistency. While the husband watched the cotton bowl, I drank some wine, blogged, and slept! It’s really hard to stay awake past 11pm most nights.

SATURDAY

We did stuff around the house after sleeping in until 930am! I had to drop off stuff at UPS and pick up a few groceries at Harris Teeter. Later in the day, we had a baby shower, which I used this awesome wrapping paper for! I found this at Marshall’s and I love it.

Wrapping Paper | Tidbits for Today

After the shower, we had a crazy night…. I kid, I worked on our 2nd bedroom. I spent about 5 hours total this weekend going through our 2nd bedroom that was full of old paperwork, bins of who knows what, and just stuff that needed to be purged, which I completed Saturday evening. I started a new box for goodwill, organized our paperwork into filing bins, and the room looks 1 million times better in my opinion.

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While finishing the 2nd bedroom, I watched the documentary knife over forks. It was interesting… I find food theories hard though because you can find research that backs up both those who say you should eat meat and those who say you shouldn’t… what is the right way? No idea, but I think you should eat what makes you feel best.

SUNDAY

I also put away our Christmas decorations, and while doing that, reorganized our closet by getting rid of shoes boxes I had kept, so now my shoes are just on shelves vs. in the boxes. Our fridge also stopped producing water on Tuesday, and yesterday we had a technician come look at it. He informed us that a pipe was frozen underneath the fridge, so we could either take everything out of the fridge, turn it off, and let it thaw (free) or have them do something to fix it ($200). We opted for the free route, which took about 10 hours total, and the water is now dispensing again! The bonus, we got to do a deep fridge cleaning! A nice way to start off the year :)

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The rest of Sunday was split an order of hunan chicken + dumplings for dinner, and hung around watching football.

Weekly Meal Plan

I’m trying to start grocery shopping in the middle of the week, which I think will also in turn leave us more prepared for weekend eating. This was our first week, and so far it went well. Here’s what we planned to eat Thursday – Wednesday:

Meal Plan | Tidbits for Today

Hope you have a great full week back to work!

QA: How was your weekend? Do you typically meal plan? Which days do you grocery shop?