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Monday, May 25, 2015

Chicken & Green Chile Alfredo Pizza Recipe

Today’s recipe inspiration stemmed from being hungry and awake on a late Saturday night watching a food show on TV. They were showcasing a tasty chicken and green chile pizza, and that’s when inspiration struck.

I re-created the same flavor profiles using simple, affordable ingredients found at nearly any grocery store. The foundation for my pizza was a DiGiorno thin & crispy pizza.

Monica created a gourmet pizza using DiGiorno pizza as a canvas. Semi-homemade, easy, and looks tasty!

I chose a thin and crispy pizza because I figured it’d be sturdy enough to accommodate extra toppings, plus the spinach and garlic flavors complement chicken well.

This recipe is perfect for weekend and summer gatherings spent outside on the patio or if you want to have some appetizers before firing up the grill for a BBQ. It’s also a quick weeknight meal—from start to finish this recipe should take about 20 minutes.

Recipe Title:

Chicken & Green Chile Alfredo Pizza

Recipe Description:

Give your dinner some Southwest flair with this filling, bold flavored semi-homemade pizza.

Preparation Time:

10 min.

Cooking Time:

15 min.

Standing Time:

5 mins.


Servings:

Serves 2

Difficulty:

Easy

Ingredients:

1 DiGiorno Thin & Crispy Spinach & Garlic Pizza

Olive oil spray

4 oz. of cooked shredded chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken)

2 oz. of light alfredo sauce

2 oz. of chopped green chiles

1 small avocado, sliced

Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

PREHEAT your oven to 400 degrees. Take a cookie sheet or pizza tray and spray with olive oil.

SHRED four ounces of cooked chicken. Using already cooked rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store will save you time and give you leftovers for later.

MIX alfredo sauce and green chiles together in a small bowl.

BAKE pizza in the oven on a cookie sheet or pizza tray for seven minutes.

Create a gourmet pizza using a DiGiorno pizza as a starting point. This recipe with chicken, avocado and alfredo sauce looks delicious!

REMOVE pizza from oven after seven minutes. Top with shredded chicken, followed by the green chile alfredo mixture.

Create a gourmet pizza using a DiGiorno pizza as a starting point. This recipe with chicken, avocado and alfredo sauce looks delicious! Create a gourmet pizza using a DiGiorno pizza as a starting point. This recipe with chicken, avocado and alfredo sauce looks delicious!

BAKE pizza in the oven for an additional 7-8 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

REMOVE pizza from oven and let cool for 3-5 minutes.

TOP with sliced avocados and fresh ground pepper. Tip—use a knife to carefully slice avocado and then scoop out slices with a spoon.

Avocado is tasty with nearly any dish...especially pizza. Check out this recipe for making a chicken & green chile alfredo pizza (with avocado!)

SLICE pizza into quarters and enjoy.

Semi-homemade recipes are my go-tos during busy work weeks. This chicken & green chile alfredo pizza looks so yummy and takes less than 20 minutes.

The DiGiorno pizza is crispy and salty with the perfect hint of marinara and garlic—the green chile alfredo adds a tiny kick and a lot of flavor. The chicken adds tons of protein to make this a filling meal. And avocado just tastes good on everything and provides even more creamy textures to enjoy in every bite.

Semi-homemade recipes are my go-tos during busy work weeks. This chicken & green chile alfredo pizza looks so yummy and takes less than 20 minutes. 

Using frozen, store bought pizzas is a budget-friendly way to get creative in the kitchen and try new things without having to invest too much time cooking from scratch. Plus, it’s also an easy way to ensure everyone gets the pizza they want since you can customize it.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DIY Picture Frame Gift Wrap Organizer

Gift wrap is a love of mine. I can't get enough of the stuff. It's so versatile for creating DIY artwork (like I did here in the foyer), photo backdrops for small arts/crafts stuff for the blog (like the background in my recent recipe), and of course, wrappings presents. I tend to stay away from anything that pigeon holes me into an occasion or holiday, and as usual my penchant for things black and white leads to buy trendy gift wrap when it's on sale.

I particularly love the gift wrap from Hobby Lobby-- that stuff is STURDY and so cheap. Given how many rolls I have and how often I use it, I thought it'd be good to build something to hold it all.

I must give credit where credit is due. I got this idea from a fellow blogger, In My Own Style, who created a photo studio/craft wall of sorts with some frames she DIY'd. I knew I did not want to create my own frames, so I got to hunting some down at the local junktique store. 

It didn't take me long to find this trio of frames for $30. I thought that was a bargain given that moldings would have probably cost me as much, BUT think of all those miter cuts...oy! No thanks! 

Use thrifted frames to create your own gift wrap or ribbon organizer. Such an inexpensive, yet unique idea!

The smaller ones turned into DIY memo/cork boards, but the big one is now my fancy gift wrap organizer. This project is easy, but it does require some measuring (twice), drilling and being kind of a perfectionist to ensure that it all comes together properly.

Supplies:
-A large frame (mine was a bit bigger than 24x36 inches)
-Rub n' Buff or spray paint
-Cordless Drill w/drill bit
-6 dowels (36 inches long, 1/2 inch thick)
-Level, measuring tape, pencil

Step 1: Paint the Frame

I chose to use Rub n' Buff in Antique Gold for this project, and I love the outcome, but I must be honest...it took FOR. EVER. to rub this stuff on there. I attempted to use a glove and quickly gave up and just used my finger. Spray paint would work faster, but there is a gorgeous, pearly, high end quality to Rub N' Buff that I don't feel comes across in most spray paint finishes.


Here's the color difference of the original finish versus the Rub n' Buff.

Use thrifted frames to create your own gift wrap or ribbon organizer. Such an inexpensive, yet unique idea!

Step 2: Mark & Drill

Roughly place and mark where you want your dowels to rest. Use a level and a measuring tape to mark the same spot straight across both sides of the frame. Once you've measured twice, drill a pilot hole for the c-cup hooks to fit into. Screw the hooks onto the frame.

Use thrifted frames to create your own gift wrap or ribbon organizer. Such an inexpensive, yet unique idea!

This blogger took a big frame from a thrift store and turned it into a chic gold gift wrapping organizer/station. Looks super easy and gorgeous!

I also did use Rub n' Buff on the cup hooks since the gold finish was super different:


Step 3: Dowels & Installation

I used my handy Krylon gold leafing pen to color the edges of the dowels in a pretty gold finish (it's all about the details, y'all). 


After that, I hung the frame using the sawtooth hanger on the back and a sturdy screw to secure it onto the wall into a stud. The gift wrap I have is a smidge heavy, so I wanted this frame to stay on the wall.

This blogger took a big frame from a thrift store and turned it into a chic gold gift wrapping organizer/station. Looks super easy and gorgeous!

Here it is all done and on the wall. I love it oodles! 

This blogger took a big frame from a thrift store and turned it into a chic gold gift wrapping organizer/station. Looks super easy and gorgeous!

I opted to put some of my washi tapes on here, along with some tissue paper I didn't want ruined.

This blogger took a big frame from a thrift store and turned it into a chic gold gift wrapping organizer/station. Looks super easy and gorgeous!

This blogger took a big frame from a thrift store and turned it into a chic gold gift wrapping organizer/station. Looks super easy and gorgeous!

This blogger took a big frame from a thrift store and turned it into a chic gold gift wrapping organizer/station. Looks super easy and gorgeous!

In addition to being functional, it's also a wee-bit of a decor piece on an otherwise blank wall. I want to wrap all the things! 

If you liked this tutorial, it'd mean the world to me if you pinned it on Pinterest or shared the post on social media. I'll thank you in advance for sharing and caring. 

What DIY projects have you been working on lately? Do you have a unique way of storing (hoarding) your gift wrap so it doesn't get ruined? 

Need more storage ideas for your crafts? Check out this $3 craft ribbon storage solution:

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Upcycled DIY Corbel Foyer Table

I really don’t consider myself a hoarder, but I do have this tendency (that may or may not be bothersome to my hubby…sorry, Daniel!) to buy things with the intention of doing something with them later. Case in point—these corbels I bought at a flea market in 2012. Three years later, they finally serve a purpose.

Monica used thrifted corbels and a ready made shelf to create a custom, high-end looking foyer table. Simple, stunning and easy for any DIY maven.

The seller told me at the time that they were taken off a cherry furniture dining set or something, but I always knew I wanted to use them to create a table. The corbels themselves are very light, so my problem was that they couldn’t literally support the table.

Monica used thrifted corbels and a ready made shelf to create a custom, high-end looking foyer table. Simple, stunning and easy for any DIY maven.

Well, one-day inspiration hit and I decided to make a floating table for my foyer. My foyer is narrow and tiny, but I still wanted that beautiful and welcoming vibe when guests come into our home.

That’s when I decided to combine a store bought floating shelf and these corbels—the shelf is entirely supported by the brackets and the corbels serve as a decorative add-on that gives the appearance of structure. Perfection!

This floating table comes together with a cordless drill and my BFF spray paint. I picked up all the supplies at my local True Value, where I am officially known as the “girl who comes in to buy spray paint.” I am totes OK with that!

Supplies:

-Floating shelf with brackets (or make your own with wood + brackets)

-2 Corbels (no luck at thrift stores? Try these!)

-Zinsser Primer

-Rustoleum Spray Paint

-L-Brackets

-Cordless Drill

-Level

-Command Hook Strips

Step 1:

-Prime and paint the corbels (and shelf, if needed): I did two coats of Zinsser primer because these corbels were dark. I figured the extra primer would save me time and spray paint, and I was right. I let the primer dry about 1 hour between coats, and then dry about 2 hours before moving on to the white gloss spray paint.

Monica used thrifted corbels and a ready made shelf to create a custom, high-end looking foyer table. Simple, stunning and easy for any DIY maven.

I wanted a really glossy, flawless finish, so I opted for about 3-4 very, very light coats of spray paint. I let them fully cure for about 2-3 days before moving on.

Step 2:

-To attach the corbels to the shelf, you need some small L-Brackets. They literally look like a little L, and all you’re doing is attaching the corbel to the shelf. Measure the spot twice and drill once—pilot holes are your friend.

Monica used thrifted corbels and a ready made shelf to create a custom, high-end looking foyer table. Simple, stunning and easy for any DIY maven. 

Monica used thrifted corbels and a ready made shelf to create a custom, high-end looking foyer table. Simple, stunning and easy for any DIY maven.

Step 3:

-Now that your corbels are attached to the shelf, go ahead and use the brackets to mount the shelf onto the wall. Use your level and cordless drill to ensure a flawless installation. This step is a lot easier with 2 people so someone can hold the shelf and the other can mark the hole positions on the wall.

Optional—our walls aren’t 100% square anymore, so the bottom of the corbels didn’t naturally sit flush with the wall. Rather than drilling through the corbel, we used some Command Hook Strips (one on each corbel) to get the backs to stick to the wall…problem solved!

Step 4:

-Decorate and enjoy!

The table is small and narrow, but I still fit a few décor pieces on it that are both pretty and functional. A scented candle, a tray for keys, bright flowers and a mirror to bounce light all come together to form a chic vignette.

Monica used thrifted corbels and a ready made shelf to create a custom, high-end looking foyer table. Simple, stunning and easy for any DIY maven.

Monica used thrifted corbels and a ready made shelf to create a custom, high-end looking foyer table. Simple, stunning and easy for any DIY maven.

The view when guests walk in is a million times better than before. I want to walk in and out of my own front door just to enjoy! Eventually I’d like to get a shoe tray or build something functional that fits under the floating shelf to hold bags, umbrellas, etc.

Monica used thrifted corbels and a ready made shelf to create a custom, high-end looking foyer table. Simple, stunning and easy for any DIY maven.

Monica used thrifted corbels and a ready made shelf to create a custom, high-end looking foyer table. Simple, stunning and easy for any DIY maven.

I think our foyer is nearly complete with the exception of a new light fixture. I also recently ordered some new front door hardware, so I think our front door will be getting a java makeover to really highlight the new chrome lockset.

What do you all think? Anyone else addicted to buying chic, thrifted finds to use in a project later?

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DIY Landscaping for Newbies

I'm so proud that the boxwoods we planted last year are still alive and well! Yay! It's been a year since we did our first major landscaping project, and I can safely say that it won't be our last. I'll never be as fabulous as my grandmother who was born with a green thumb, but I've come to value how landscaping can make a house more beautiful. We've added flood lights recently to accent the landscaping, as well as soaker hose under the mulch that I still need to bury some more.



Up until now Daniel and I have focused on landscaping the front of the house because it's the part most visible, and I since I now have a bit more confidence in my gardening abilities I expanded into planting flowers in a planter. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

My go-to product for healthy shrubs and flowers is SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO:



It's what my mom uses on all of her beautiful plants, and it's easy to find here locally. Affordable, easy to use, and foolproof are my criteria when purchasing items for my yard. Daniel is the designated weed eater around here, and he loves Round Up products.

Now that the front yard is off to a great start, I'd like to plant some things in the backyard around the bay window to bring in more color, textures and beauty since our back patio is adjacent to that area.

After a stressful day, I love spending time watering the plants and enjoying the fresh air. It's a mega stress reliever for me, and it also helps me not spend quite so much time in front of the TV. Pee Wee runs around chasing butterflies in the backyard, so hopefully more flowers will attract more cute things for Pee Wee to chase.

My inspiration for the backyard centers around the concept of raised beds. I want to enjoy the flowers outside, but I'd still love for them to be high enough to enjoy the view from the kitchen/breakfast nook area.



Photo credit: My Daily Randomness

I also love this easy DIY window box! I want to make one for every window of our house- how gorgeous is this?



Photo Credit: Jessica N Designs

Daniel and I still haven't decided which direction we'll take just yet, but you can be sure we'll share the before and after on the blog. If you need garden ideas and tips, make sure to visit http://www.mijardinalidad.com.

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