Friday, June 16, 2017

Best Clean-Out-the-Fridge Recipes

Near the end of the week, I'm always ready to get rid of the little bits and pieces and leftovers that are sitting around my fridge. You know, the 3 pieces of bacon, the handful of almost-bad spinach, the sprinkling of cheese, the half of tomato, the quarter of an onion. Yeah, all those. As someone who hates to waste food, I've perfected a few go-to clean-out-the-fridge recipes. I thought you guys might like them too, in case you find yourself in one of those moments. And the reason I love these recipes so much is because, really anything goes. You can pretty much make almost anything sitting in your fridge work with a little creativity!

Grilled Naan Bread Pizzas
I love to buy the naan bread from Aldi and keep it in my freezer for these very moments.
They're perfect for making creative pizzas. And you guys know about pizza, you can make almost anything go. Don't have pizza sauce, spice up your tomato/spaghetti sauce. Don't have any sauce? Make a white pizza with garlic and olive oil. I almost always have everything I need to make these happen. I just top them with whatever I have in my fridge, put them on some tin foil and pop them on the grill for a bit. Don't feel like grilling? Just bake them until cheese is melted.

Seen here from top to bottom:
- Cherry tomato, basil, mozzarella, feta with olive oil and garlic and a balsamic glaze
- Mozzarella, wilted spinach, olive oil and garlic topped with bacon
- Goat cheese, caramelized onion, chicken and bbq sauce

Quiche or Frittata
Depending on what I'm wanting to get rid of I usually waffle between classic quiche, crustless quiche or frittata. If I have a lot of potatoes I want to get rid of, I opt for the making the frittata.
You can seriously throw almost any meat or veggie combo in these and the more the merrier is usually my rule of thumb. My favorite is classic quiche because who doesn't love pie crust but if I don't have pie crust or am cutting back on carbs, crustless quiche is the best way to go.

Seen here: spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, goat cheese, onion and eggs

Sausage Hash
This recipe is another good one if you want to use up potatoes before they start sprouting a million eyes. Sautéed sausage and potato is my usually base and then I throw in whatever else is hanging out in my fridge. Usually adding in some combo of, green beans, brussel sprouts, apples, onions, and almost always topped with a fried egg!

Hoped this helped give you a few ideas for when you're ready to clean out your fridge!
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Currently Wearing Vol. II

As spring weather gives way to warm here in the Midwest, I get excited to break out the clothes I haven't seen in awhile.

Currently wearing:

End of Season Sales
I like to buy things on major clearance at the end of a season even if I know I'll have to wait awhile to actually wear it. Like this Anthropologie lace up, ruffle top. I had to tuck it away for awhile but I knew my future self would thank me for it. 

Instagram Closet Sales
I bought these Madewell skinnies from a friend's Instagram closet sale.
But I also have several accounts I like to keep an eye on like @pennythrift and @co_reclaimed 

I'm also shedding a single tear for the end of peony season right now. Until next year, favorite flower.

Summer slides
All I wanted this summer was some cute sandals to slide on as I'm running out the door that go with everything. These Blowfish Ginah slides in linen were just the ticket.

I mean, when the baby is ready for a bike ready, you gotta be ready to go slide something on and go. :)

Sunday Best
I was raised that you get dressed up for church and I just can't shake it. I love
getting out skirts and dresses for me and button downs and suspenders for my boys.

This Noonday Collection necklace makes me feel fancy no matter what 
I'm wearing. And I love the mission behind this company. 
Check it out if you haven't heard of it yet!

What's a favorite item you're pulling out of your closet these days?

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The gift of pictures

The one gift I always know I'm getting on Mother's Day is the gift of pictures.
My husband carves out some time and gets behind our nice camera to take
some non-iPhone pictures of me and the boys. It's such a treasure to me to have these pictures and see us grow and change together every year. 


Me and my babies on Mother's Day 2017

To me, the gift of pictures is a priceless one. 

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Easy as Pie Decorating Tips + Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe

You guys, please don't mistake me for a baker. I am a decorator. 
As a graphic designer I work creatively with my brain a lot and sometimes I just craaaave making something with my hands. This translates into a lot of things but often time into food.
What can I say, it's so satisfying to make pretty things with my hands.

So when it's time to make a pie, I seize the opportunity to make something pretty.

So here are my trusty tools.
1. Rolling pin
2. Circle Cutout
3. Leaf Cookie Cutters (You could win a set via my Instagram @shelbygoodman)
4. Pie Crust. I don't make my own pie crusts. I buy them. 
Remember, I'm here for the decorating part.
And my motto on that stuff is 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.
And if you've ever tasted pre-made crust, you know it ain't broke.
5. A sharp paring knife
6. Pie Plate
7. Crust Saver 

I seem to decorate pies differently based on seasons, but here are my favorite decorating tips!

Pie Roses
As seen per this photo tutorial:

Essential you're just making 4 circles, overlapping them, rolling them into a log, slicing the log in two, making a flat bottom on each rose and then fanning out the 'petals'. And you get two roses per every log you make. Easy as pie. :)

Lattice Crust
(variated sizes)
For a good lattice crust, I like to use a sharp paring knife and just make variated sizes of strips. I think this adds more visual interest. Then just have fun with with. Criss and cross how ever you feel.

Pie Cookie Cutters
These babies make a big impact and make your pie decorating life much easier.
If you wanted to you could just cover the whole pie in cutouts!
My only tip for these is to make the dough thick enough so they don't get crispy. 
If your dough is too thin, these guys will tend to burn. 

For this particular pie, I used all of these decorating tips.

And then the sky's the limit. Just go with whatever you feel looks good!
Next time I might make more of a wreath look with the leaves I think!

And I do have a couple tips on the finishing end to ensure it looks just as pretty baked 
as it does pre-baked.
1. Use egg wash. It gives the perfect browning in my opinion.


2. Use coarse sugar. I mean, look at those roses. You can see the coarse sugar on them like tantalizing dew drops.You could obviously skip this step, I just love the way it looks. 

3. Use a crust saver (as pictured above in tools). Outer crusts notoriously get too browned before the whole pie is done. You can save the crust from getting too browned if you use it correctly. 

And now with out further ado, my favorite Strawberry Rhubarb Pie recipe.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

For filling:
1 1/4 LB sliced rhubarb (about 4 large stalks)
1 1/4 LB strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Egg wash: 1 large egg yolk beaten to blend with 1 teaspoon water 

Make filling:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Toss gently to blend.
Roll out 1 dough disk on floured work surface to 13-inch round. 
Transfer to glass pie dish. 
Roll out second dough disk on lightly floured surface to 13-inch round. Cut lattice strips or cover and leave venting slits.
Brush egg wash over crust. Bake 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake pie until golden and filling thickens, about 1 hour. 

Best served warm with ice cream. :)

Let me know if you make one this weekend for Memorial Day!
And find me on IG and pin an image from this post to enter to win a set of pie cookie cutters!

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