Friday, July 26, 2013

Pizza Puffs

We love pizza in this house so I'm always looking for a way to mix it up. Today, I tell you about Pizza Puffs and all their glory before I race to the doc's office. Raise your hand if you're all too used to this morning rush gig.

For Pizza Puffs, you will need:

1.5c pizza sauce (1c for puffs and .5 c for dipping)
2 containers Grands Original Dinner Rolls
1 package pepperoni
3 cups mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375*

Open rolls and flatten them (separately) on a surface. Top with a teaspoon or more of sauce, some pepperoni, and a pinch of cheese.

Fold in sides and roll into a ball. Place in a greased baking dish. Repeat this for all of the remaining rolls.

Bake for 20 minutes (plus or minus a few) or until they are golden brown and cooked through.

Serve with warm sauce on the side. SO easy and again, husband approved (which he should... if he doesn't want to sleep on the couch. I'm kidding.).

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

DIY Back-To-School Chalkboard reached out to me and asked if I had any ideas for a Back-To-School Mommy Hack and when they did, my mind started reeling! By hacks, they simply mean things that mom can do to get ready for go back to school time for the kids. Things to make life easier.

Now, you all know that my little one is a ways away from starting school, but I find no harm in preparing early. Primarily because I know I am going to be an emotional basket case the day she boards the bus for the first time. Or I pack her lunch for the first time. Or I buy her her first pencil box. Woe is me.

We should probably move on before the waterworks starts.

When I was younger, we took an annual photo on the first day of school so we could see how much we changed over the years. The only problem is: unless there was a time/date stamp on the photo (that is... if your parents could figure out how to SET the date and time) or if you had a drastic change, you didn't really know which school year you were starting!

This chalkboard is really multi-purpose. You can write the kiddo's grade, teacher, and other first-day, photo-necessary details AS WELL AS use it as a magnetic board so you can pin up awards, report cards, and other proud moments. You can display this board multiple ways: on a frame stand, drill holes and hang... really it's up to you and your preference.

This project took about two hours and cost about $20 (but most of the products can be used for other projects as well).

Today I teach you how to make the boards and the magnets. You will need:

12 Clear flat sided marbles
1 large round pizza pan (or any other size/shape metal pan)
Scrapbook paper (enough for 12 small round circles)
1 can spray paint
Frog Tape (masking tape will do)
Chalkboard paint
Magnetic strips with one adhesive side
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Acrylic paint
Sponge brush (for the chalkboard paint)
1 sheet of fine-grit sandpaper
2 Q-tips

Take your pan and rub it down quick with the sandpaper. This will eliminate some of the non-stickiness and help the paint to stay. Wipe it down with a wet washcloth, let dry, and move to the next step.

On your pizza pan, tape a large round circle so you have room for a border that you will paint. This can be as large or as thick as you want. Once taped, you will spray around the outside. Don't worry about getting paint in the middle. You will cover it with chalkboard paint soon enough.

Once dried, use your sponge paint brush to paint on your chalkboard paint in the center of your border. Don't be afraid to do two coats here. Let it dry completely.

Once the paint is dry, you can start to stencil with the acrylic paint. I wrote Kylie's name (you can make one for each kiddo!) so that someday i can hang it in her room and she know that this was made special for her. I also added dots to the border to dress it up a little. Let this dry completely.

While that is drying, you can work on making your magnets. Instructions for that are below!

Finally, when everything is dry, you get to write on the board, take a picture of your kiddo standing next to it, and stick your child's achievements to it! Something you can be proud of now, and they can be proud of later!

My chalkboard writing needs some work...
And for your pinning pleasure, here is the process in pictures:


Evidently this was a self portrait too... :)
Cut your scrapbook paper and magnets into small round circles.

Using a Q-tip, place a dot of mod podge on the colored side of the paper (the side you want exposed) and stick to the bottom of the marble.

Using the Q-tip again, cover the entire piece of paper with mod podge and around the edges to give it a good, secure stick.

Let dry completely and to finish them up, take small circles of your magnet strips, remove the paper, and stick them to the bottom of your marble.

Happy DIY-ing!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Chicken n' Biscuits

When I was younger, my brother always asked for the same thing for supper. I mean, that's what kids do, right? They ask for their favorite thing EVERY night!

Well Chicken n' Biscuits is a family favorite and while I don't remember the exact recipe, I can tell you that this was darn close and totally delicious!

You will need:

4 large chicken breasts cooked and cubed
3 jars of chicken gravy
1 bag of steamed veggies (I used carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli)
1 cup milk
1lb orozo noodles
2 tubes of Biscuits

Preheat oven to 375*. Mix chicken, gravy, milk, and veggies in a large bowl.

Spray a 9x13 baking dish and pour in mixture. Set biscuits on top of the gravy mixture and bake for 30-40 minutes or until Biscuits are cooked.

Serve over cooked orozo noodles.


Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Pesto Chicken Linguini

This year I discovered a love of pesto! While grocery shopping, I decided I wanted to throw something together with my new favorite ingredient and this is what I came up with: Pesto Chicken and Asparagus Linguine!

You will need:

4 chicken breasts, thawed, cubed, and cooked (I simmered mine in about a cup and a half of water)
1lb linguine pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
8 oz of homemade or store-bought pesto
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 c Parmesan cheese
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c milk
1 package of sliced mushrooms
1 lb asparagus, steamed.

Cook chicken, saute mushrooms with 1 tbsp olive oil, and cut asparagus into bite-sized pieces and steam. Set these ingredients aside.

Cook pasta in boiling water with one tbsp olive oil to prevent noodles from sticking together. Strain and set aside.

Mix together pesto, lemon juice, parm, mozzarella, and milk. Add to the pasta and stir (I used tongs to stir) until mixed through. Add veggies and chicken and give one more good stir to coat. Serve hot!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Stuffed Peppers - YUM!

My husband always walks in the house after work and if supper is ready, our conversation goes like this:

Him: Mmmmm smells good. What is it?
Her: Oh, just something new I'm trying.
Him: Where'd you find this recipe?
Her: You don't always need a recipe to have good food, dear.
Him: Ok, Melissa.... *eye roll*

So, until he believes that his wife can cook without a recipe, I will just have to continue rocking his socks with these awesome concoctions. This one even got a "wow, this is really good". As if he was surprised.

For stuffed peppers, you will need:

5 large bell peppers
1lb sausage
1 package sliced mushrooms
1whole diced vadalia onion
8oz can tomato sauce
2tbsp minced garlic
1/2 c parm cheese
1/2c mozzarella.

Preheat your oven to 375* 

Hollow out the  peppers by slicing off the top (you can either dice the top and mix into sausage mixture or discard) and removing all of the seeds/innards. Only the pepper part should remain.

Mix together (I used a rubber spatula) the sausage, mushrooms, onions, sauce, garlic, parm, and half of the mozzarella cheese. A concern here is that the onions and mushrooms don't get cooked through but rest assured, the meat juices make them just tender enough without getting mooshy!

Spoon mixture into the pepper and press down until packed. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella on top and bake for 1 hour or until the internal temp gets to 170*

So so good!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

"BBQ-worthy" recipes {Guest Post}

I am officially out of commission until Monday as I am abandoning my computer. I am separating myself from technology so I can get as much out of this vacation as possible. While I am gone, I have some wonderful ladies guest posting AS WELL AS some scheduled recipes and whatnot. Without further adieu, here is one adorable mama-to-be, Stephanie!


Hello to all of Melissa's lovely followers!  

I'm Stephanie from Never The Same Spice Twice, where I plan my meals, post recipes, and well as share what life is like with my sweet hubs Stephen as we await the arrival of our first child!  I'm excited to be spending the day with you all on After We Tied The Knott!  I'm a big fan of Melissa's, and since I have a little girl of my own on the way...I just know I am going to be looking to her for even more Mommy advice within the next few months!!!  

In honor of BBQ season - I thought it would be fun to share all of my favorite "BBQ-worthy" recipes with you all!

These would either be good to bring to a BBQ....or try to cook ON the BBQ!  
Make sure you pin these!!! :)
Who's hungry now???
Happy BBQ Season!

Don't forget to stop and say hello to Stephanie!! 

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