Friday, September 30, 2011

Cajun Chicken Pasta

My first Dinner post! I took this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. You can find her blog post to it here: Cajun Chicken Pasta

She makes the dish look so creamy and delicious and very neat! So I thought I'd give it a try...

It was delicious and creamy...but goodness do I make a mess! I always make a mess when I cook. I wanted to try to be fancy and take pictures like the pros do and I found 1.) I was going to drop my camera in something or 2.) leave my camera with food stains. So I took a few pictures, more of my favorite products in the Kitchen to share with you all. So here goes:


Next I chopped all the vegetables. I learned to chop from my days of watching Rachael Ray. That is why you'll see my orange knives from her line!

WARNING: When washing your vegetables, please NOTICE the sticker on the pepper or else you'll be fishing for it, like I did...

Next browning the chicken...

And now the vegetables. I wanted to show you one of my favorite utensils, it is my Microplane grater...Rachael Ray turned me on to it. It grates my garlic with ease instead of chopping off my fingers when trying to mince it!

Pasta while we start the sauce

And then you turn around and your AMAZING husband is cleaning up after you....the best part...

Way to recycle my Nordstrom Rack bags honey!!

Mix vegetables, chicken, and sauce....getting close!

Season with Salt and Pepper, these are my favorite containers to keep my S and P. Old Gelato containers...

Add some parsley...notice my Cocina de Heckendorf chopping block. One of my FAVORITE pieces in my Kitchen...thank you Jenna!!

Warm up some delicious garlic pull-aparts from Target

And bam! You are done and I have enough to feed a small army....say hello to Lunch and Dinner for the next three days...

This is only one of the fabulous recipes The Pioneer Woman shares, head on over and check out the others!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hello and Accent Nails!

Hello All!
Welcome to my blog and my first blog post. I am some sort of a late bloomer in the blogging world, but I have recently found about a million blogs that I devour every day. One thing you will learn about me, I will be a short blogger. As much as I love devouring these blogs, I don't have a lot of time, so I need good content and pictures FAST. Google Reader has become my bestie. I invite you to leave comments and share pictures/blogs with me! I love finding new blogs or ideas. The main reason I began this blog is I work within a somewhat "scientific" field and I really needed a "fashionable" outlet. This blog will contain just about everything I love and find "pretty."

So on my agenda for today: Accent nails. Have you tried it?

I didn't know what to think at first. But I received my monthly birchbox (birchbox is one of my all time favorite things in the whole world, I"ll probably save an entire post for it!) and inside they had Incoco Nail Polish Applique. I love painting my own nails, so this didn't overly excite me, nor did the zebra print ones they sent. Could you imagine me walking into work with all zebra nails? No.

However, I got bored this weekend and decided I had to try it, but not "all the way." So Viola! Accent nail." Just added some zebra to my always nude nails. 

And to tell you the truth...I've been loving it all week!
Then I read a blog post from birchbox yesterday, you can find here: Team Birchbox Loves Incoco

And they love it too! Have you tried the accent nail yet? If so, show me pictures!