Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easy Chicken Quesadillas


A couple weeks ago, I was trying to use some leftover peppers from a veggie tray I made and needed a quick meal that used those vegetables.  With the help of the hubby (who has great ideas on what I should cook us for dinner), we decided to make quesadillas.

This meal works out really well for us since we work opposite schedules, its quick, and at least has some vegetables in it!  I had a request to post the recipe from when I posted this on Instagram, so here you go if you wanted it!


Easy Chicken Quesadillas
Yeild:  2
Ingredients
2 Chicken Breasts
1/2 Green Bell Pepper
1/2 Red Bell Pepper
1/4 Medium Sized Onion
2 Tbs Olive Oil
5 Tbs Butter
4 Tortillas
1 Cup Shredded Cheese (of your choice)




Thaw chicken breasts if needed.  Heat skillet once chicken is thawed with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.



Add one tablespoon of butter. 



When oil and butter are hot, place chicken in pan and cook until crisp and golden brown on medium-high heat.

(I realize those aren't 2 chicken breasts.  We've been buying this bag of organic frozen chicken that comes in strips.  I only had three strips left, otherwise I'd have probably cooked four.  Hooray for running out of food.)



 While chicken is cooking, begin chopping the vegetables.



Don't forget to flip the chicken!



Cut peppers into small thin slices, and dice onion.  



Once chicken has finished cooking, take out of pan and shred with two forks on a separate plate.



Add one more tablespoon of butter to the pan and insert a tortilla.  
Add your choice of cheese to the top of the tortilla.



Next, spread the peppers and onion and across the tortilla and cheese.

Remember to experiment with flavors you like - so if you don't like bell peppers, try jalapenos, just onion, or a different meat if you'd like.



Spread shredded chicken over top of the peppers.



 Add cheese to the top of the mound.


Place another tortilla on top.
Use a spatula to check the underneath side of the tortilla.  Flip when bottom tortilla is golden-brown.



Once tortilla is crisp and brown and cheese inside has melted, remove quesadilla from the skillet.



Use pizza cutter to cut quesadilla into fourths.






This one is perfect for a quick lunch..and we even use it for dinners when we don't have a lot of time!



This has been one of our "go-to" meals recently.

Are there any meals you fall back on frequently?


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Windowsill Herb Garden


Growing up, my family usually planted a garden every spring in the back yard.
My grandpa grew most common plants like corn, okra, tomatoes, green beans, squash, and even strawberries in the Spring.  My mom's garden was never as big, but we usually had enough okra and squash to feed our family every night, plus more to give away to neighbors.

Since going to college, garden food has been a luxury I haven't been able to partake in.  Even my college apartments didn't really have enough light through the windows to grow anything of worth.  

The apartment I've lived in since getting married is great, however, because we have a very large eastern facing window in the living area.  Last summer I kept potted parsley, chives, and basil in the window sill.  It was great being able to use the plants to eat, and they also look wonderful!  The morning sun was never too hot for the plants in the window...even in Oklahoma summers.  



This Spring, I'm doing a little more work on my windowsill garden and thought I would share with each of you!

First off, I am attempting to get the pots to look a little more unified.  I have some nice ceramic pots, but then several plants were in the ugly plastic pots from Walmart.  I've decided to make all my flower pots white or mostly white, but for each of them to be different shapes and designs to give the windowsill an eclectic but pulled-together look.





 Tyler and I went to the thrift store and found these four pots for under $5 to purchase them all!  And what's great is that three of them are white.  The green and blue pot I just liked, and will probably use to store paintbrushes or something else.




 I wanted to transplant some succulents into a new pot (they were still in their original container from the store that we bought the week before our wedding to put on the wedding cake...its been a bit too long for these poor little guys).


I think this little pot is a great size for them!  And I just love the shape.



Next is the basil plant!  My old basil was alive, but just barely holding on through the winter.  It was time for it to go.


This pot didn't have a drain hole, so I stacked rocks in the bottom to allow the water to drain as much as it could.



All my precious plants looking happy!  

Left to right, top to bottom:  Jalapeno, Parsley, Cilantro, Chocolate Mint, Rosemary, Basil, and Succulents.





I think the whites look nice in the window!  It keeps things light and airy feeling.



The jalepeno plant on the left will most likely go on the front porch when it is for sure warm enough.  It is currently in one of my old pots, but probably needs a bigger one.



The little rosemary is cute, and smells great!



Have you ever tasted or smelled Chocolate Mint?  My grandpa always grew Spearmint plants...but oh my.  Chocolate mint is prettier, and much tastier.  :)

I think they'll go great on some chocolate cupcakes, or in a drink this summer!



Did you know that Cilantro is a food category?  Well, it is in my house.  I sometimes just eat cilantro by itself.  I know, that's probably a little weird.

The sad part is I have had a past of not being able to keep it alive...
please stay alive, little plant!



The basil.  I honestly don't cook that often with basil, but I like having it around.



We really have an abundance of these succulent plants.  Three pots, and I've been giving away a bunch of little runners to friends.  So.many.succulents.



Don't they just make the area by the window just feel so awake?







I already know I'm going to love this morning view!



Do you grow any of your own food?  If you're also an apartment dweller, do you try to grow food in the window, or do you leave that for the grocery store?


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

How to Make Beautiful Custom Maps

Do you love maps?
There are many reasons we might choose to have a map of certain places.  
It might be where we live, a place we visited and loved, or a map to use for a project.  You might want to print a picture of the place on the map where you or a friend got married, where you studied abroad, or your favorite vacation spot.  There are lots of reasons maps are cool, not to mention all the nifty map crafts that are popular right now.  
I wanted to show you my favorite website to go to when I want to make a map of something.  It is called maps.stamen.com, and it is a really versatile FREE website where you can choose anywhere on earth to make a map.  It even will create an image that you can save that is up to 2000 pixels.
This website is also perfect if you are designing your own wedding invitations and want to include a map.  (I just kick myself every time for not knowing about this website when I was still making my invitations!)


Okie dokie, are you ready to get started making your own map?!
Go to maps.stamen.com and it will bring you to this page.


Use the search box in the upper left corner to type in the location of which you would like to make a map.  You can change the type of map by clicking the two previews on the right side, or choose from even more map styles by scrolling down.


I chose Oklahoma City, because that's where I live.


It was originally set on terrain, but I decided to switch to toner.  Toner would be the PERFECT way to make maps for wedding invitations.  Literally, it would be just perfect.


You can also zoom in and out using the yellow buttons under the search box.  I decided to get a little closer.
To get rid of the previews for other maps, click the yellow button in the bottom left right beside the current map style you have chosen to get rid of them.  This also opens up the ability for you to make an image of a specific location or embed the map onto a webpage.



I want to create an image, so in the upper right corner I clicked <image>.  


Doing so brings you to this page, where you can set the size and proportions of the picture.  You can also change map styles here.  The yellow box shows you the constraints of your map, and you can drag the map around until you get exactly what you want inside the yellow box.




Once you adjust all your settings, you can click "Make" in the upper right corner.  It will begin to process your map image, which sometimes takes a little while.  When it is done, you can click the map in the top of the queue on the right.  




After you click your map, it will bring you to this page where you can right click and save it.  




Here's how my map of Oklahoma City turned out!  


This map is another one I made of Oklahoma City in the terrain style.


One of my favorite settings to make maps with is the watercolor style.  They are just simply beautiful.  I made a map of the neighborhood I lived in while studying abroad.  I just love the colors, it is so pretty!



 I can't even name all the wonderful possibilities you can do with Stamen Maps, but I have lots of ideas that I'd eventually like to use it for.  


Do you like to use maps in your decorations?  Or are you wedding planning and needing a beautiful way to send a map in your invitations?  I hope this little gem is helpful to anyone else who loves travel, maps, and beautiful images!
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I would like to note that I am not being compensated in any way, nor have I been contacted by Stamen maps.  I just really love their website and want to share!
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