Thursday, July 14, 2011


I have been excited for dinner tonight since I left for work around 7:30 a.m. Why? you may ask. Because we are having my world famous BBQ Chicken Pizza.

You have to understand, I'm pretty much a cheese and pepperoni only kind of girl when it comes to pizza. The very thought of chicken on a pizza is usually quite disgusting to me. But this recipe is something I created for Matt, who enjoyed a similar pizza at this restaurant we used to go to in Charlotte. I kept trying to copy the restaurant version until I mastered it (SUPER easy!), and now we are both in LOVE with it! (It's also pretty low-calorie as long as you watch the kind of BBQ sauce and crust you use!)

Want the recipe?

First here's your shopping list:
3-4 Chicken Breasts, cooked and shredded. (See Crockpot Chicken idea!)
1 Red Onion (small) sliced thin
1 SMALL Bunch Fresh Cilantro chopped finely
2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
1 Pizza Crust-I usually use the Pillsbury kind in the can because it's super good and quick!
BBQ Sauce-I ususally use Sweet Baby Rays because it's the best! (not very low-calorie however)

1. Preheat your oven. Grease your pizza pan or cookie sheet and prepare your pizza crust. I'm assuming everyone knows how to do these things. :)
2. Cover the crust with the BBQ sauce. Again, assuming we're all good here.
3. Layer the chicken, onion and cilantro like normal pizza toppings. Cover with Mozzarella. (I also usually do a thin "swirl" of BBQ sauce on top of everything, to make it look pretty.)
4. Bake according to your pizza crust baking directions. Enjoy!

You have to PROMISE ME that if you try it you let me know what you think! It's okay to tell me if you don't like it. I'll know you clearly didn't make it right... ;) Kidding, of course!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sewing Fail.

As I mentioned in my last post, I got a sewing machine for my birthday! I have been SO excited to get all crafty and create beautiful things with it. I talked to a friend of mine who recently started sewing as well, and she told me about her very first project: an adorable duffle bag! So I thought to myself, "I have to have one!!"

On Sunday, I drove over to Joann's to find the pattern and pick out some cute fabric for my new duffle bag. I could already picture in my mind what it would look like. This was so exciting!

I confidently walked over to the table with the catalogs of patterns and flipped through the pages until I found the one I wanted. It was even cuter in the picture than what I had imagined! My mind was racing with thoughts like, "Everyone is going to love my new bag...maybe I could sew them for Christmas presents! Or-even better-I could sell them and make a fortune!" Can't you just hear my mind squealing with excitement???

By this point, I was flipping through the stacks of patterns in the drawer (aren't you impressed I even knew how to locate a pattern?). And finally, there it was in my hands, the pattern I'd been looking for!

Okay, here goes Fail #1:

 The pattern cost $18.95.


It's not that $18.95 is really that much money. I just have a really hard time paying $18.95 for TISSUE PAPER! Guess I needed a reality check about how much sewing costs. I thought it was supposed to be a cheaper alternative to buying things?
I talked myself into getting over the cost of the pattern and turned it over to figure out how much material I would need.

And that was Fail #2:

 Did anyone ever tell you they write the pattern description and instructions in Greek? Seriously! I stood there a good 15 minutes studying it and I couldn't make heads or tails.

Needless to say, I stuffed my pride into the drawer with the pattern and left the store empty handed.

Well, that's not completely true. I picked up a "Learn to Sew With Joann!" brochure on my way out...


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Being Myself

I will admit, I am somewhat EXTREMELY insecure. Recently I had an idea for a business I'd like to start someday, and wouldn't you know a girl I know started a business doing the same thing a couple weeks ago! Naturally my reaction wasn't "Great! Maybe I can pick her brain about what has worked and what hasn't." Instead my reaction was "I'm sure she's better at it than I would have been anyway. I guess it's not even worth my time to try."

Well hello Ms. Pessimistic Pants!

I am just so afraid of people thinking that what I do or say (or write!) is dumb.

Does anyone else do this, or is it just me? I get so excited about something, only to become my own biggest enemy. I suppose this is my biggest weakness as a person. Insecurity.

During the last couple of months, I've been doing some serious soul searching. I've always looked at girls who have natural, obvious talents, and wished I could be more like them. No one has ever specifically told me that I would be really good at cooking, or crafting, or decorating, or sewing, or baking, or etc. etc. etc. I've always assumed that if I had these talents, surely someone would tell me, right?

The truth of the matter is, I've never even tried to figure out what my own talents are. I've always been so worried about what people will think if they found out that I messed up, or did something poorly, or (heaven forbid) cooked something nasty. I mean, wouldn't you laugh at me???

Truthfully, we probably have all the same struggles. What are you insecure about?

I'm so tired of being this way, I think I'm ready to just dive right in and figure out who I am! I already know that (if I may say so) I am a pretty good cook most of the time. I also have recently started crafting some cards and small gifts and am thoroughly enjoying that! My newest adventure started with my birthday present from Matt: a sewing machine!

This will be a new adventure for me: Sharing with you my trials and failures through the world of blogging. But you know what? I'm just going to learn how to be myself and how to be okay with myself. So that means you have to be okay with me too!

I read this quote from E.E. Cummings today: "To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest human battle ever and to never stop fighting."

I'm fighting the fight to be myself. And if I fail at something, it will just give us all something to laugh at, right?