Friday, July 17, 2015

Five on Friday

It's we know what that means.  I'm linking up again with all sorts of fun people (AprilKarli AmandaTifAndrea, and Rebecca) for Five on Friday!


Tabletop torch from Home Depot (not pictured online),  similar one found HERE
I am seriously sensitive to mosquitos.  It's an issue, especially when you live near a pond.  Muffin and I can stand in the same outdoor area for the same amount of time and I will come inside with 100's of bites and he will remain untouched by my nemesis.  This is one of the main reasons we built our screen porch--because sometimes a girl wants to go outside and not feel like she's on the set of a Twilight movie.  Lately, we've been doing some research on how I can actually go outside and enjoy the outdoors without having to be protected by my screen porch.  We've come up with several ideas and I'm pleased to report that many of them are working.  Phase 1 of the war on Mosquitos was purchasing a tabletop torch to keep them away from me when on our deck.  So far, so good.  Phase 2 is to put up the bat signal--literally.  Bats naturally eat mosquitos and make great neighbors when you live out in the wilderness like we do.  So we are going to put out a bat house and ask them to join our crazy family on the farm.  They keep to themselves, feed themselves (on my enemy), and are entertaining to watch as the sun sets.  I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.  I will keep you all posted!


Sorry the pizza pan is so's well loved :)

We had the most amazing dinner last night--I'm talking a definite repeater--Chicken Enchilada Pizza.  I adapted this recipe by cooking my chicken in the crockpot with chicken stock, taco seasoning, and cilantro.  It gave the chicken the right amounts of Mexican flavor and the crockpot made it super easy to shred.  I didn't have any pizza dough on hand, so I pulled out my handy-dandy bread maker and let it whip up some fresh dough for me.  It couldn't have been easier.  I also opted to use Mexican blend cheese for my topping instead of Monterey Jack (because it was in the fridge) and I loved the flavor it gave the pizza.   I topped my whole creation off with a little taco sauce and was in fusion pizza heaven!


Since I always share my Netflix discoveries with my's my latest:  White Collar.  I cannot stop watching.  It is a serious addiction, and the fact that Matt Bomer is in it doesn't hurt (I mean look at him).  But really, I'm in for the Thomas Crown Affair/Art Thief aspect--the art nerd in me can't get enough.  Speaking of being an art nerd, please check out this Buzzfeed.  It gets me every.single.time.


I'm gonna whine a minute--I've somehow injured my jaw and can't talk that much right now.  I do have some long standing issues with the right side of my jaw (it clicks and pops if I open my mouth too wide--eating burgers drives me insane), but my left side has always been fine.  I woke up on Wednesday night in extreme pain at about 3 am and have been having jaw issues ever since.  This whole "not talking" thing isn't really working out, but here's to hoping it gets better soon!


Don't forget about the awesome giveaway I'm particpating in with some other great ladies!  I would hate for you to miss out on your chance at more than $200 of cash and prizes!

Happy Friday!


  1. That tabletop torch looks awesome! I need to get one. I hope your jaw gets better! I have TMJ in my right side, so anytime I eat something hard it clicks really bad. Sometimes it flares up to the point I can't close my mouth or open all the way. Mine is from RA, but people can have it for other reasons. Maybe that is what you have going on? I hope not though. I hope you have a great weekend!

    Alexis @

  2. That pizza looks soooo good, it would go nicely with a lime beer.