Date Night and homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

Aslan and I set aside a date night at least once a week.This week we decided to make a homemade pizza together and watch movies. It’s nice to have evenings where we don’t have to THINK about anything and get to just enjoy each other… and fabulous food. Neither of us had made homemade pizza before but a friend of ours gave us a pizza stone and we knew it was time to break it in.

I am happy any chance I get to use my vintagey-pink Kitchen Aid mixer.. so it took no time at all for me to get started making the pizza dough. I recently learned a trick while browsing the internet: setting your oven on its lowest setting, letting it sit for 5 minutes, and then turn it off and put your dough inside. It rises in about 15 minutes! There’s no way I would have the patience to let it sit out on my counter for an hour, let alone letting it sit in the refrigerator over night.

When the dough was ready to be rolled out, both of us attempted to spin the pizza in the air… we had very little success.
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It quickly turned into us playing with it like it was play-doh… trust me, it was SO necessary.
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Followed by our ridiculous fascination with our pizza dough, we cut up some onions…
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Cooked up some chicken…
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And put together our pizza!
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I should have taken pictures after it was cooked, but you can imagine how quickly this little guy disappeared. Image

You MUST try this pizza if you have not already. I would post a recipe, but I can’t, at all, take credit for this! Google “BBQ Chicken Pizza” and several will show πŸ™‚ I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

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Mexican Fiesta

Aslan hates mexican food. I’ve heard it a thousand times and yet every time we’ve eaten it together, he’s told me how much he enjoyed it.

We went to San Jose del Cabo for our honeymoon and ate mexican food just about every day. It was the best mexican food I’ve ever had. Both of us were sure that it would be a long while before we cooked it at home. Less than a month later, we’ve had it three times and we make a new batch of salsa atleast once a week.

I received the Pioneer Woman Cookbook (thanks Summer!) as a bridal shower gift and her mexican food recipes are to die for. Earlier in the week we tried her Pineapple Barbeque Chicken Quesadillas, and tonight we tried Fried Chicken Tacos (we’re clearly going to gain weight). I should’ve taken photos during the cooking process, but I forgot both times. I could’ve photographed the moment Aslan successfully deep friend a chicken filled taco with two forks facing opposite directions (we don’t have tongs)… or the part where we were both fanning our mouths because I “accidently” put too much jalapeno in the salsa… or the part where we were running around opening all of the windows and swinging the door back and forth because the oil that we deep fried the tacos in got so hot that it set our fire alarm off… but I wasn’t thinking. I DID however manage to photograph our pretty candle-lit mexican fiesta with the very last bit of light that just barely creeped through the windows.

And what a handsome husband I’ve got… even with his little “I’m huuuuuuungry” face he’s wearing! πŸ˜‰

A little update on our little life in Omaha

Everything is changing.

It’s very difficult to only have our two friends here. I don’t yet have a job, and while Aslan is at work I’ve been feeling pretty lonely. The time without friends or family or even my husband has really pushed me to evaluate what kind of friends I would like to find, and what kind of friend I want to be. It’s easy to be a little freaked out and discouraged as we interact with different people here. The culture is SO different. A trend that we’ve both noticed is that everyone is so… so… nice? This is especially intimidating for me because, to be honest, I’m so shy. I’m uncomfortable with such friendliness when I don’t know someone. People at the grocery store are talking to me, people at church ask me a thousand questions (and not because they have to, but because they genuinely want to), the woman who works in our apartment complex says hello to me like she knows me and is freakishly excited to see me… it’s very strange. COOL, but strange.

And so, I’ve been gravitating away from people instead of toward people. You know, the opposite of what you’d think a lonely, missing-my-friends kind-of girl would do. I’m working on that. Sidenote: I’ve have never seen anyone demonstrate the way we should be reaching out to new people at church like these girls did this past week. I should’ve wrote an entire blog on it. So freaking cool!

On another note, Aslan and I share a car. Right now, he’s working a job that needs him to be there at 7 am. Since I’ve been job hunting, I need the car. LUCKY ME I get to drive him to work every morning. In the beginning, I had been making his lunches the night before.. but at this point I just wake up a few minutes early. I’ve got to wake up anyway! The challenge I’ve been having: that man eats like NOBODY’S business and wants to be eating somewhat healthy. Every day he comes home and tells me that his lunch was too light.

The past few lunches have been:

  • Β Chicken, broccoli, pasta, string cheese
  • Chicken, broccoli, giant scoop of peanut butter (trying to fill that tummy!), almonds, and string cheese
  • 3 Peanut butter sandwiches (his request) “…but it was still really light”
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chicken, brocolli
  • And today, we tried a chicken, spinach, tomato, honey mustard sandwich with almonds, pineapple, and peanut butter

Does anyone have suggestions on how to fill my husband up at lunch without feeding him our entire weeks worth of groceries?! Help!

I wondered if feeding him a more filling breakfast would do the trick. Last night I made chocolate-coconut granola bars. I got the idea from here for Mocha-Coconut Bars. I modified them a bit. I wasn’t feeling the “coffee” and added almonds instead. I only had to dirty one bowl and a baking sheet… so both cooking and cleanup was fast and easy…. and my husband approved of the taste! We’ll see if today’s breakfast and lunch fills him up. (recipe below)

 

Chocolate-Coconut Granola Bars
Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
-3/4 cup chocolate chips
-2 tbsp cocoa powder
-1/2 cup chopped almonds
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 whole egg, beaten
-4 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 cup coconut oil
-1/2 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Throw all ingredients into a mixer (or mix by hand). Afterwords, take that ooey gooey mixture and spread it across a baking sheet and push down to flatten. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. When they cool, cut and store in refrigerator. Yum, yum!

Dear family, friends, and blog browsers

I can never decide on a “theme” for a blog. I start a blog and then after a couple months of posting about crafts… I’m over it and ready to blog about food… or God… or meaningless rambles.

My husband, Aslan, and I just got married three weeks ago and moved from our homes in Arizona to Omaha, Nebraska. My previous blog was looking a little bare and a friend of mine gave me an idea. So, here it goes: a blog about my new adventures with my new husband in a new state.. my NEW life! This is a way for friends and family to stay updated with our lives in Nebraska… the things were doing, stuff we’re decorating, and food I’m cooking (or… attempting to, anyway).

If you don’t know us, I hope you find our life somewhat interesting. In only three weeks of being a wife, there have been many moments of laughter and I hope I can ATLEAST share that with you.

Feel free to leave comments along the way! πŸ™‚

Andria