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!



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day

This past weekend was one of the best Labor Day weekends I've had in quite some time. My awesome friends drove up to stay with us for a a few days. I was more than thrilled to play hostess with the mostess and show them around this beautiful city I live in. We had lots of late night chats, girl/boy time, and just an overall wonderful time. Not to mention their little girl is the cutest thing!

My adorable friends!
Brunch time!
On Labor Day, my friend Michael decided to run his first marathon. He did such a great job and we loved being able to wait at the finish line. America the Beautiful Park is one of my favorite places in the Springs and it did not disappoint. Being around all those people accomplishing their goals has officially motivated me into wanting to run my first half marathon in the next year.

Overall, it was so great to spend time with them and have close friends around. I had been in desperate need of girl time so I loved having Tiffany around to shop, eat, and drink yummy wine with. They packed up and left this morning so now I am eagerly planning our next time together.