Personal Deep Dish Pizzas

I love this recipe inspiration for making mini deep dish pizzas in muffin tins from Martha Stewart.  It's fun being able to make more than one type of pizza at once.  I used Trader Joe's pre-made plain white pizza dough.  Not only are these fun and versatile, but they are healthier too - they require far less cheese than when making a full size pizza.  I made two of each of the following combinations (listed in order of layers) for a total of 6 mini pizzas:

1.) Creme Fraiche, Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola Cheese, Sliced Pears
2.) Creme Fraiche, Caramelized Onions, Fontina Cheese, Gorgonzola Cheese, Sliced Grapes
3.) Tomato Sauce, Part-Skim Shredded Mozzarella, Diced Fresh Tomatoes, Fresh Basil (after baking)

Bake in a preheated 450 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 12 minutes.


Leopard Kicks

I've been hunting for the perfect pair of leopard print shoes for a while, and I think I've finally got it narrowed down to three pairs I know I would wear all the time...

1. - Sam Edelmen Portney - Leopard Brahma
2. - Madewell - the leopard-print sidewalk skimmer
3. - Steve Madden - Eltonn Loafer Leopard Fabric


Baked Chicken and Rice

This recipe is an easy and healthy weeknight meal that's also delicious!  Health food that doesn't taste "healthy" if you know what I mean... :-)  I decided to omit the orange juice and just use more chicken broth in its place.  I should have payed attention to some of the reviews regarding the rice - it does not fully cook in the oven this way.  Next time I think I will make this in the slow cooker or at least partially cook the rice before combining in the oven.  You could also just prepare on the stove top in a pot.  Despite the disappointment with the rice, the flavors come together really well in this dish...  Not to mention all the awesome health benefits of parsley!


Chain Ring DIY

I couldn't wait to make some of my own delicate gold chain rings based on this tutorial, from the always creative and inspiring a pair & a spare.  You can make these in a quick minute!  I used a larger jump ring than the chain links for added effect with some colorful seed beads thrown in for fun too...



I just received the monogram necklace I ordered a few weeks ago & I'm pretty sure it will never leave my neck; I love it!  I never had a middle name growing up, and it wasn't until I got married, that I (after much debate) changed my last name and adopted my maiden name as a middle name.  What I love most is that my initials spell out the word "SEW".  The convention when it comes to these types of monograms is to have your last name be the center (and largest) initial; I decided to break with convention and have my necklace read "SEW" (instead of "SWE" - just not as fun!).


Matzo Brei

If Oatmeal is an excuse to eat brown sugar in the morning, then Matzo Brei is the equivalent for powdered sugar... Use this recipe for a yummy breakfast treat! 


Chocolate Caramelized Matzo

This recipe is a sweeter take on Matzo; I only made half a batch since it's too hard not to want to scarf it all down at once!


Stone & Honey

Stone & Honey makes some of the most gorgeous delicate gold jewelry.  I wear my honeycomb necklace all the time and have my sights set on their Agate jewelry...


Agate & Amethyst


Agate & gold


Chain Link Bracelet DIY

A chain link bracelet is a classic and timeless accessory...

Max & Chloe
Michael Kors

Making this bracelet is as easy as picking up some pretty chain from your local jewelry supply store (or online).  Start with a piece of chain the approximate length of your desired bracelet.

Attach closures to each end of the adjusted length of chain using jump rings & wear!


Lunchbox Salad

In an effort to be healthier (and avoid the terrible restaurant in my office building), I started bringing my own salads to work.  They only take a few minutes in the morning to throw together now that I have a working system in place.  I make the same salad for an entire week, and come up with new versions every week.  This week I am making a tuna salad.

I have a nice big ceramic container with a lid from Crate & Barrel that is fantastic for this (similar here).  Use a piece of wax paper as a divider to separate the wet and dry ingredients.  I used 1 can of light tuna mixed with vegenaise and relish for the tuna mixture.  No salad dressing needed.

Remove the divider and mix - lunch is served!

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