Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Rabbit Hole- Date Night Series

The Rabbit Hole is one of my absolute favorite restaurants ever! The atmosphere is trendy while still being cozy, which makes no sense but trust me. Right from the first moment you see it you know you're in for an experience.

Image from Google images
The door looks like the entrance to a subway station and is on the most random street downtown. It really catches you off guard if you're not expecting to see it. The stairs take you underground, through a curtain, and into a date/girls night paradise.
Image from Google images
The walls are filled with paintings of white rabbits and the Mad Hatter. The menu has everything from delicious sweet, waffle fries with homemade ketchup to wild game. If you are a picky eater, it might not be the best place but you would love anything you try if you venture outside your comfort zone.
And old fashioned and the duchess

After looking over the menu for a half hour, The Husband decided on a steak and I got the pork cordon bleu schnitzel. They were both delicious and filling but I still forced myself to have a slice of cheesecake for dessert.
My ill attempt at a picture

So if you find yourself in Colorado Springs and are looking for a fun and delicious dining experience, I suggest The Rabbit Hole over any other place. Just make sure you make a reservation because it gets pretty packed on the weekends.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dancing Queen

Last night was our company Christmas party and now I am exhausted. I love getting all dressed up, having my hair done, and getting to dance up close and personal with The Husband. My dress and shoes were comfortable enough that they didn't get in my way as I was flailing about the dance floor and it helped that we got a hotel room at the venue so I didn't have to worry about a jacket.

Everyone has officially dubbed me the Dancing Queen because I did not sit a single song out. We wobbled, cupid shuffled, and did the electric slide all over that dance floor. Dancing is one of my favorite things and since I am too old to frequent fraternity parties any longer I don't get to do it too often.

Madison at Veda did an awesome job!
It was a red lip kind of night

My office buddies

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. I love waking up early to star cooking dinner, watch the parade, football, and all the Thanksgiving Friends episodes. However, this year we bought a pre-cooked dinner because we both had to work at the retail stores for Black Friday. It was delicious but I really missed getting my own bird ready.After working so crazy early on Friday, our whole weekend was spent at home decorating for Christmas.

The Husband and I on Thanksgiving
The delicious dinner 
We love our teams
Our rave tree
His gingerbread man was better than mine (right one)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Darling, I'm a Nightmare Dressed Like a Daydream

It has been an extremely cold and snowy week here in the Springs. I am excited for it! The very beginning of November, I was driving around listening to Christmas music (I'm one of THOSE people) and thinking about how annoying it was that I had the windows rolled down because it was so hot. During this last week the city has transformed into a winter wonderland and made me super excited to pull out my scarves, gloves, and hats.

As much as I would like to say that I did something incredible this weekend, I really only did one thing. Besides a little shopping for gym attire, I have been watching Taylor Swift's new video for Blank Space on repeat. I'm not really a fan of hers but for some reason I can't get enough of the song and video. The video is awesome and the wardrobe is absolutely drool worthy.

Below are some my favorite looks from the video. All pictures except for the last one are from ET online.

Oscar de la Renta Lame Bow Embroidered Tulle Dress

Kate Ermillo Tailor Bow Shorts 

Naeem Khan Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear

Waldrip Nectarine Bodysuit and Nectarine Circle Skirt 
Image from google images
If I could only find the mansion to match my new wardrobe.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Chocolate Oreo Pie

My office announced the Halloween potluck a few weeks ago and I spent days looking online for a fun recipe. I wanted to get all into theme but didn't want anything super hard in case I was just over it on a Thursday evening.

This recipe from AllRecipes looked like a winner right off the bat. It was simple and who doesn't love Oreos? The best part was I could add the silly candy eyeballs and theme it out.

Oreo Chocolate Pie
32 Oreos
1/4 cup melted butter
2 cups cold milk (I used skim)
2 packages chocolate instant pudding mix
1 8 ounce tub Cool Whip, thawed

1. Finely crush 24 of the cookies and mix with butter. Press firmly into pie plate.

2. Pour milk into large bowl. Add pudding mixes. Mix until well blended.

3. Spoon 1 1/2 cups of the pudding mix into crust. Stir 1/2 the whipped topping into the remaining pudding mix. Spread over pudding layer in crust. Chop remaining eight cookies and mix into remaining whipped topping. Spread over pie.

4.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

There was nothing left. NOTHING. Not even a crumb.

Lizett for the potluck win.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love cookies. I just do. However, I like simple cookies and don't like when they have eight million things in them. Sunday was the perfect day for some baking. Football was on, we had Monday off of work, and the weather was dreadful. I looked through my Pinterest to find something simple and delicious to make. The Husband saw the oatmeal cookies and insisted I make them. 

The cookies were really easy and they came out great. Shape wise they were the best cookies I have ever made. I always worry about baking new things because of the altitude but these came out awesome and I took the leftovers to work on Tuesday. You can always count on Pinterest and All Recipes to get you through the insane urge to bake. 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup of softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup of white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups of oats
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.

3. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats, and chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls onto cookie sheet.

4. Bake for 11 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Motivation Monday- 4th and Inches

Image from Facebook
I have been going to my trainer since about May. I have reached a point where I no longer fear what she might ask me to do because I have proven to myself that I can do things I thought my body would never allow me to do. However, I was really nervous for my appointment with her this morning.

Why would I be nervous? She already has me planking and lifting weights I was convinced would kill me and rip my arms right out of their socket so what more could I be afraid of? Today was the day she was going to do my measurements again. It worried me that all the confidence I had developed would vanish simply because of some numbers on a tape measurer.

I kept telling myself that I have been working hard, doing things that I never thought I would do, and it didn't matter what the numbers were because I can see and feel changes. I told myself not to focus on the numbers because I know that my clothes have been baggier and other people have noticed as well.

I am beyond ecstatic to report that there have been some pretty big (if I do say so myself) changes. I lost five inches off my waist and 4.5 off my hips. My arms, thighs, chest have also shed some inches. Tears almost came out because it felt like official validation that my hard work is paying off. Eating the same thing Monday-Friday is now worth it (but still not yummy).

Me after my weekly 5K a few weeks ago!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Motivation Monday- Pink Deliciousness

Image from Pinterest

The first step to getting fit is eating right. I love smoothies and find them to be an easy way to stay on track and still feel full. I just tried this pink smoothie recipe and I was shocked at how good it was. It's super easy, full of good stuff, and you will feel more than satisfied afterwards.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Spinach Artichoke Pizza

Sunday was a wonderful day around here. The Cowboys kicked some major butt and I got to make something new. When I pulled the pizza out of the oven, I was a little concerned that I had made two. I don't like wasting food so I was worried I would end up throwing one away.

The Husband came over and took a slice and then spit it into a napkin. I looked at him horrified as he shook his head, worried that I made something so horrible he would never eat anything I made again. "You don't want any of this!" he said. Then he started smiling and grabbed another slice. It was then that I realized he didn't spit anything out.

The pizza was easy, fast, and I did not have to throw anything away. I will have to try it with homemade dip sometime but the store bought was still delicious.

Spinach Artichoke Pizza
2 large tortillas
1 1/2 cups artichoke dip ( I used store bought)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Diced roma tomatoes

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Lightly grease a pan and place tortillas on it

3. Spread artichoke dip over tortillas

4. Sprinkle both cheeses over top

5. Bake for 15 minutes

6. Pull out of oven and top with tomatoes

And the only thing that could make it better...

A gooey chocolate brownie that The Husband baked.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Paravicini's Italian Bistro- Date Night Series

Saturdays are date night around here and I've decided to start a series on where we go. The Husband and I both love trying new restaurants so I am always on google looking for places with good reviews. Although I know not many of you live in the Springs, I think everyone can appreciate knowing a few places just in case you ever end up here.

I will apologize for my pictures. My iPhone is all I have and sometimes the pictures come out great and other times I wonder why it looks like I'm in a cave (like the one below).

Paravicini's is in Old Colorado City, which I love. It's a really cute area with local shops and restaurants and it's fun to just walk up and down the street window shopping. Our reservation was at 07:00 and it was packed when we got there. We requested outside seating because we are still having summer weather here so we did have to wait a few minutes. There is just something about eating outside at night and being surrounded by twinkiling lights that gets me giddy.

The Husband got the Steak Paravicini and just ate it up. As I have said before, I am not a steak person but it looked and smelled delicious. I, of course, got the Fettuccine Gabriella. Scallops and shrimp mixed with pasta is my idea of heaven. I offered The Husband a scallop and he said no because he knows how much I love them (what a guy!). I got mine with a heaping spoon full of parmesan cheese because dammit I can!

Steak Paravicini
Fettuccine Gabriella
The service was great and the food was even better. Everyone around us seemed to enjoy themselves and I heard other customers talking about how wonderful our waitress was. If you are ever in Colorado Springs and in need of some yummy Italian, look no further than Old Colorado City.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Mushroom Pork Chops

TGIF! After an absolutely crazy week of work and The Husband being gone it was so nice to get to Friday, still have my sanity, and have to go to the airport to get his cute face. Earlier in the week, I had decided I wanted to make him pork chops when he got home because he absolutely loves them. With as much traveling as he does, he wants nothing more than a home cooked meal to make him feel at home.

There was just one problem.... I had NEVER cooked pork chops before. I get really intimidated working with food I have never cooked before. Whether it's pork chops or yeast, I just get really worried I will mess up and usually find something else to make. However, I couldn't change the menu this time. The Husband had a pretty terrible week away and I knew pork chops would make him happy.

Luckily, I found this super easy recipe on All Recipes. I had pinned it a few months ago and decided it looked Lizett proof enough that I would become the pork chop queen. It was easy, delicious, and The Husband gave it two thumps up while he chewed it with a look of bliss in his eyes (trust me, he was excited).

Mushroom Pork Chops
3 pork chops (I used boneless)
Salt, pepper, and garlic salt
1 chopped onion
1/2 pound of fresh, sliced mushrooms
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1. Season the chops with salt, pepper, and garlic salt

2. In a skillet, brown the pork chops over medium-high heat

Aren't they pretty?
3. Add mushrooms and onions and sauté for a minute

4. Pour in the cream of mushroom soup

5. Cover and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the pork chops are fully cooked

Drowning in deliciousness
 And the best way to finish up home cooked pork chops? With microwave macaroni and cheese and potatoes because after forty hours a week ain't nobody got time for that. Choose your battles.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mushroom Cap Pizza

Sunday is football day around here. I wasn't always a fan but The Husband has really turned me into one. I look forward to Sunday every week. We always make yummy snacks, tasty drinks, and just cuddle on the couch while yelling at the referees.

As delicious as it all is, I was looking for an alternative to the usual greasy foods. I was browsing Pinterest and saw a mushroom cap pizza recipe on Skinny Mom. They were super easy to make and were very filling. The Husband loved them and requested that we add them to our regular rotation of dinners.

I didn't really follow the recipe and they still turned out great. I feel most of the ingredients depend on what you like and how much. Clearly you want it as neat as possible so that it all stays inside the cap but getting dirty every once in a while is good for your soul.

Shopping up the veggies

Mushroom Cap Pizza
2 portobella mushroom caps
Extra virgin olive oil
Pizza sauce
2 Tbs italian seasoning
2 cups mozzarella cheese
Diced bell peppers
Chopped onions
Turkey pepperoni

Ready to bake
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and place mushroom caps top side down on pan. Brush them lightly with olive oil.

3. Add pizza sauce to each cap and sprinkle with italian seasoning.

4. Sprinkle cheese and add remaining toppings.

5. Bake 15-18 minutes. 

Finished product

Saturday, September 13, 2014

It's Getting Cold In Here

Cooler weather has officially come to Colorado Springs! I am so excited to bust out the boots and darker shades. The outfit below was what I wore Thursday to welcome fall into my life. Cooler months let me play dress up more because you can add scarves, hats, gloves, and so on.

On Friday we woke up to snow! Nothing too crazy, it would hit the ground and melt but it had everyone at work in a panic and definitely served as a warning to get our winter threads prepared.

Snow! Didn't stick but still so exciting.
However, today, in true Colorado fashion, we had an gorgeous, sunny day. The Husband and I decided to spend the afternoon in Denver trying a restaurant that the Travel Channel and a lot of work colleagues have suggested. It is called The Cherry Cricket and was definitely worth the drive. The burger was delicious, they had baskets of frings so that you don't have to decide between fries and onion rings, and was in the cutest neighborhood.

Shopping is good cardio after a meal
We ended up walking over to the Cherry Creek Mall and doing a bit of shopping (just a tiny bit). I am so glad we live close to bigger city that offers so much. Every time we go I think we fall in love with it more. Once we got home, it was dinner time but I was exhausted from all the afternoon fun times. The Husband spoiled me and cooked me a delicious dinner. I am usually not a steak girl but it was the perfect end to the day!