My FBP is one of those guys that loves to have projects to keep him busy. So we came up with an idea to build a dressing table for me to use. We had a small space to work with and we both wanted to upcycle something. So, I went in search of something really cool! I found the top of this dressing table at the Fremont Market. It's antique ceiling tiles that were mounted to a wood frame.
My FBP took it from there! He ordered these really cool hair pin legs that he attached to a board, then attached the board to the antique tiles and to the legs. He also built a drawer to go underneath.
I'm using an antique chair from a 1920's English pub table I bought years ago to go with it. It's not pictured here.
You may remember the last piece of upcycled furniture my FBP built for us out of 1950's milk crates.
Summertime is gonna be sayin' HEY Y'ALL over the next several days. And some parts of the Puget Sound are gonna be smokin' hot and even in the 90's!
I've got a great way to eat healthy and enjoy a juicy, light weight lunch! The best part about this recipe you can eat these and not feel stuffed or weighed down.
Whenever I'm feeling "fluffy", I make my cottage cheese crunch recipe! It's packed with fresh veggies and protein. You can garbage up on these things and not feel ANY guilt!
Cottage Cheese Crunch
4 big scoops of cottage cheese 1 wheat tortilla 2 romaine lettuce leaves
2 lemons 1 red bell pepper 1 green bell pepper 1 yellow bell pepper 2 carrots handful of chopped radishes 1/2 red onion 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 bunch of fresh basil (use a lot - it's yummy) 1 tbsp. onion powder 1/2 tbsp. red pepper salt and pepper
Chop all veggies, onion, and basil and put in a large bowl. Add spices, oil, and lemon. Then mix together.
Spoon 3 or 4 scoops on top of your cottage cheese! Wrap it up and chow down!!
Almost three years ago, I moved to Seattle alone. I left behind a boyfriend, all of my family, and every friend I'd ever known. I was scared, but I was so excited to work for one of the biggest country radio stations in America!
You may already know, but my sweet boyfriend moved here from Nashville in October. I refer to him as my FBP (Favorite Bass Player).
Then, this morning I get the news that my niece Zoe and her family are moving to Seattle in August!!!!! Her step-dad works in the gaming/IT industry, so they will be here in a month! As you can imagine, the water works started! *sniff sniff*
Maybe I'm a little biased, but I think Zoe is beautiful!
Zoe is my brother Terry's daughter! We are all so proud of Zoe, because she just graduated high school! She will be attending community college here in the Pacific Northwest before moving onto a four year college. If you have any suggestions of where she should go, please let me know. Zoe and her family know nothing about the area, so any and all suggestions would be so helpful.
My first thought when this news was confirmed was GOD IS GOOD!
Three years ago, I was alone. Holidays were always so tough. Now I not only have my loving boyfriend living in Seattle, but family is on the way! I can't wait to love on my niece and show her all over the Pacific Northwest! I'm feeling truly blessed today.
Last Friday I taught the Hot New Line Dance that is sweeping the country called "Two Step". It's the new single and dance from Laura Bell Bundy! Everyone really seemed to like it! It's a super simple, FUN dance that people of all skills levels can do! The Dance Y'all troop is on the road with Rascal Flatts and teaching this dance to the crowd at every concert!
So imagine my surprise when the BOSS tells me that Laura Bell was in town to have dinner with us last night!
LBB is just a girl from Kentucky! Her dad raised her on country music, and you can tell she loves it with her whole heart. I can totally relate with that! Plus, Laura Bell had us laughing all the way through dinner. You HAVE to see her impersonation of Reba! Hilarity on a stick y'all!
I love her new song "Two Step" and the dance that goes with it is EASY and FUN! Push your chair back and try it! Then come dance it with us on Friday night at Bourbon Jacks in Kent!
I found these fresh baked basil pesto flatbreads at Central Market in Shoreline, and I got inspired to make my own pizza on the grill.
The best part about these flatbreads...you can use your imagination! Anything you can dream up, you can add it to your flatbread! Do you like BBQ sauce? How about BBQ chicken, pineapple & red onions? Yeah, the options are limitless! Taco flatbread? Triple cheese? Veggie only?
Here's what mine looked like!
Grilled Chicken & Goat Cheese on Basil Pesto Flatbread
1 chicken breast per 2 flatbreads
2 tbsp. goat cheese
sprinkle fresh parsley (happened to have it in the fridge)
3 or 4 grape tomatoes cut in half
sprinkle parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper chicken breast and grill 5 -6 minutes per side. Then cut into small bite size pieces. Coat flatbread with goat cheese, or whatever cheese you love. Then add your toppings! Again, you are only limited by your imagination OR what's in your fridge!
Place pizza stone on grill and let it get hot. Then place flatbreads on grill. Keep a close eye on them. Midway through I sprinkled a little shredded parmesan cheese on mine. It took around 6-10 minutes to get crispy.
Sometimes you just don't feel like cooking, and noshing on a huge salad sounds like summer in your mouth, right? Plus, it's so much easier to throw together a salad instead of getting out a bunch of pots and pans.
This is how I skipped the stove, and threw together a quick, healthy, yummy dinner last night. I had this on the table in less than 15 minutes.
1 package 6oz. pre-cooked roasted chicken breasts in strips
1 bag of pre-washed romaine hearts
1 fresh fennel bulb cored and chopped length wise
2 green apples peeled and chopped
1 cup fresh parsley
10-15 grape tomatoes cut in half
fresh feta for topping
1 - 2 tbps. Lemon dressing (your favorite store bought brand, I used Litehouse)
I took a lot of help from the store on this one. Put all ingredients in a bowl, cover with the dressing and feta cheese and enjoy!
I found this recipe on Pinterest and twisted it up a bit to fit my style of cooking. If you like chicken, you will love this low calorie, full of flavor dinner! I served it with wheat couscous and made a little veggie salad of sorts to mix in with the couscous once it was cooked. You could add ANYTHING you want to the couscous. This is what I happened to have on hand.
Baked Chicken Meatballs w/ Roasted Tomato Sauce
1 lb. ground chicken
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
salt and pepper
1 egg 2 tbsp. homemade roasted tomato sauce
Roasted Tomato Sauce
4 to 5 small tomatoes
3 cloves garlic
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Put tomatoes, onion, and garlic on a cookie sheet. Salt and pepper them and coat with olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes or until they begin to char a little. Pour into blender and blend until smooth. Then pour into pan on the stove and simmer on low while you make the chicken meatballs.
Put chicken, parmesan cheese, basil, egg, tomato sauce, salt and pepper into a bowl and mix gently.
On a greased cookie sheet, form chicken into small meatballs. Put a small spoonful of the roasted tomato sauce on top of the meatball.
Lower oven to 400 degrees. Bake 15 minutes. Serve the chicken meatballs with a little of the tomato sauce on top.
Serve with wheat couscous. I chopped basil, fresh zucchini, and tomato and mixed that with the couscous along with a little parmesan cheese.
I only eat beef once, maybe twice a month. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE BEEF! And these teeth eat meat, but I try to eat healthy most of the time.
But you know sometimes it's gotta be a steak and taters night!
Here's how I rocked steak night at my house:
New York Strip with Rosemary Gremolata, Hasselback Potatoes, & Brown Sugar Bacon Green Beans
2 New York Strip steaks
3-4 cloves garlic
2 rosemary sprigs
1 tsp. red pepper flake
1 tsp. salt
salt and pepper
Put olive oil on both sides of steak and season well with salt and pepper. Then, mince remaining ingredients together and rub on both sides of steaks. Set aside to come to room temperature.
4 large golden potatoes
6-7 cloves garlic
2 tbsp. butter
salt and pepper
Slice potatoes 3/4 of the way through all the way down the potato. Coat with olive oil and salt and pepper the potato. Slice garlic cloves and stuff inside the slits in the potato. Now melt butter and brush it all over the tater!
Roast at 425 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes. Or until golden brown.
Brown Sugar-Bacon Green Beans
1 lb. green beans
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 strips of bacon
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Boil green beans for 2 minutes, then cool in ice bath. Brown bacon in a pan and remove. Add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to the bacon fat and stir well. Remove from heat. Pour mixture over green beans and add crumbled bacon on top!
I always have a jar of Chipotle peppers in the fridge. I buy a jar, and then I only use a few. So I put the rest in a glass jar and keep them in the fridge. They last a really long time. Last night, I wanted to use up what was left. Plus, I already had cilantro. So it made the shopping list pretty small.
Chipotle-Lime Chicken Burgers
1 lb. ground chicken
3-4 chipotle peppers minced
1 lime zested then juiced
1/2 onion minced
4 cloves garlic minced
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup bread crumbs (I smashed Triscuits- it's what I had on hand)
Combine all ingredients and form into patties.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes. OR grill on medium-high heat 7 minutes per side.
Ditch the bun and serve with your favorite veggies, and you've got a low car, low fat meal for the family!
Many of you know that I teach line dancing every Friday night at Bourbon Jacks in Kent! I have a lot of fun with it, and I am constantly choreographing new dances to the Fresh Country songs we play on The Wolf!
My latest dance is called "Stomp-Clap", and it's danced to Kacey Musgraves "Blowin' Smoke". The Wolf Boot Scoot Troop performed "Stomp-Clap" at the Wolf Pre-Party and rocked it! That moment was really cool, because I got to see a team of 19 people bring my dance creations to life in front of a huge crowd that was cheering them on! But the day just kept getting better!
My favorite moment of the No Shoes Nation day was meeting Kacey Musgraves!
A few weeks ago I tweeted that I was teaching a new line dance to Kacey's song, and she RETWEETED me!
When Kacey met me, I told her I was the one who choreographed the line dance to "Blowin' Smoke"! Kacey immediately asked me to teach her the line dance. I said, "really? Right now"? She said, "YES"!!
So I showed it once to Kacey, and she asked me to show her again. THEN, she said would you mind if I filmed it on my iPhone? So now, Stomp-Clap is on Kacey Musgrave's phone! Weeeeee!
Have YOU learned it yet? Push your chair back and try it with me!
This cleaning lady (who is also a struggling mother of 3) showed up to clean this house.... and realized that someone had BOUGHT HER the house!! Truly an awesome story here! Watch below.
(photo-- Collin Anderson/flickr)
Citing Ty Herndon as inspiration yesterday... Billy Gillman filmed a video and uploaded it to YouTube. He is also gay.
Billy claims the fact that he is gay has kept him from signing a major record deal. If that's true, that is sad and...
Ty Herndon has come out of the closet! Read the entire story from People Magazine HERE.
Here's a couple of my favorite Ty Herndon songs from the 90's:
Good for you, Ty. I support your courage and hope you can be a role model...
Meghan Trainor (who sings "All About That Bass") steps up to the mic and belts out an AWESOME version of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"! This is addicting! Check it out.
(photo: carla da souza campos/Flickr)