Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Crepes

I am a big fan of weekends. Raise your hand if you are too. (I see those hands raised)

It seems like every Saturday I get the urge to make something super healthy and nutritious... oh wait, that's the future better version of Teesha.

Let's try again. It seems like every Saturday I roll myself out of bed simply motivated by the fact that I could combine butter and sugar to make something delicious for Jake and I to devour. There. That sounds more like it.

Last Saturday looked a lot like that. Crepes were on my mind. I was inspired by a picture of banana Nutella crepes, but since Nutella was nowhere to be found in my kitchen, I settled on peanut butter and chocolate sauce.

Here's what you need:

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Peanut butter
3-4 bananas sliced
Hershey's syrup
Powdered Sugar
Cocoa Powder

Here's what you do:
-Make my crepe recipe (If you have your own, you can make that too. However, I don't guarantee that they will taste like the crepes I ate on Saturday).
-Smear peanut butter all over one side of a crepe.
-Lay a handful of banana slices on top.
-Drizzle with Hershey's syrup.
-Roll up the crepe.
-Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
-Sprinkle with cocoa powder.
Repeat with other crepes

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Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden Cheat)

Jake and I went to Olive Garden for lunch last week. Don't you just love their soup, salad, and bread sticks?! After we got home I made our grocery list for the week, and decided I hadn't had enough of their soup. Therefore I not only made this Zuppa Toscana soup, but also Minestrone (I'll share that recipe soon!).

It's really simple and quite fast. You could get in your, drive to your nearest Olive Garden, wait in line for an hour, just to eat one bowl. Or you could spend an hour making a big pot to eat for the rest of the week. It's really up to you.

Recipe from Food.com

Here's what you need:
-1 lb Italian sausage
-16 oz chicken broth {two 8-once cans}
-1 quart water
-2 large russet potatoes {diced}
-1 diced white onion
-2 cloves minced garlic
-2 cups chopped kale
-1 cup heavy whipping cream

Here's what you do:
-Brown the sausage in a large pot.
-Stir in chicken broth and water.
-Add potatoes, onions, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are cooked. {stir occasionally}
-Season with plenty of salt and pepper.
-Allow to simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
-Stir in chopped kale and whipping cream.
-Remove from heat and let sit for about 2 minutes.

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A Stylish Surprise

A Stylish Surprise
ModCloth is doing this promotion called "A Stylish Surprise". You select your size, pay $15, and get a new top, dress, or coat in the mail. The catch: you don't know what you're going to get and have no idea what it looks like. It's a Final Sale item, so you can't return or exchange it.

Would you do it?

It sounds like fun, and the price isn't too bad, but it's also a little risky.
What do you think?


Fabric Strip Banner

When I saw this tutorial on The Lovely Cupboard, I knew it would be a great addition to my boring white dinning room, and would be fun for parties. Bonus: This project only cost $8! You don't need fancy fabric, just great colors!

If you have a rotary cutter, this project is pretty simple and easy. It probably took me about 2 hours total. But if you're watching a movie or the newest episode of The Voice, it will be done in no time!

Fabric Strip Banner (If you want more details/pictures, visit The Lovely Cupboard)

Here's what you need:
-About 1 3/4 yards each of 5 different fabric colors
-Rotary cutter or scissors
-About 6 feet of rope

Here's what you do:
-Cut fabric into 1 1/2" wide strips
-Tie fabric strips onto rope starting in the middle and working out toward the ends.

That's it! It's super simple and makes a great statement.

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Chair Redo

You may remember seeing this chair on my blog a couple months ago. It's charming, unique, and cute, but definitely old, worn-down, and unappealing.

Jake and I covered it with some modern orange and grey fabric from Ikea, but we found that the color scheme didn't fit in with the decor. Luckily this weekend Jake's mom came down to visit and helped us recover it, yet again, to make it an eye catching statement in our entryway.

Here it is now:

I love that it looks more modern yet has a retro feel to it.


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Apple Chips

My Mother-in-Law is coming into town today! It's always fun to visit with her because we don't get to see her all that often since she lives in the great state of Alaska. Because she's gluten and dairy free, I get creative with the snacks we have in our house. It's crazy how many products contain one of those ingredients. I decided that apple chips are a great, healthy snack for the weekend.

Adapted from Delighted Momma

Here's what you need:

Here's what you do:
-Pre-heat oven to 275 F
-Use an apple corer (not slicer) to remove the core.
-Slice apples in half from stem to base.
-Lay halves on the flat sides, then slice into very fine slices.
-Spread apples on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
-Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
-Bake for roughly and hour (check after 45 min).
-Flip after and hour, then bake for another 30+ minutes.

Note: If you slice apples thicker, it will probably take close to 2 hours to bake, but if they are very thin it could take as little as an hour and 20 minutes. Adjust your baking time according to your slices.

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Starbucks Style Hot Chocolate

Can you believe we still have a whole month of winter left? I feel like it has lasted all year. Even though I am counting down the days to nice, warm weather, I can still enjoy the simple pleasures winter brings, like rich hot chocolate.

Are you a Starbucks fan, but can't afford the bill every time you are craving their sugary goodness? Well, I found a recipe that nearly beats Starbucks famous hot chocolate. Add a little peppermint or caramel to this and you'll never pay that $3-4 price again.

Recipe from: Instructables.com

Here's what you need:
1/2 cup water
4 Tbs cocoa powder
4 Tbs sugar
3 cups milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Here's what you do:
-Combine water, cocoa, and sugar in a saucepan. Heat on medium-high and stir until the mixture starts to create steam, but doesn't boil yet.
-Add milk, then vanilla to the pan and stir until everything is mixed and the milk is close to boiling.
-Serve in your favorite mug topped with a generous serving of whipped cream.

Enjoy your last few weeks of winter!
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Dress Envy

Spring will be here before we know it. I've been oohing and aahing over these dresses, just waiting for those warmer days where dresses are common attire.

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Forever 21 via Pinterest
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Anthropology via Pinterest
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Spool 72 via Pinterest
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Tobi via Pinterest
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ModCloth via Pinterest


Peanut Butter Chocolate Popcorn

Jake and I went to Trader Joe's a few days ago and found these de-li-cious mini milk chocolate peanut butter cups. I love them! In my personal opinion, they are better than Reese's. I combined them with popcorn and a little more sugar to create a great party snack.

Recipe slightly altered from Two Peas and Their Pod

Here's what you need:
-5 cups butterless, plain popcorn popped
-1/4 cup honey
-3 Tbs sugar
-1/4 cup peanut butter
-1/4 tsp vanilla extract
-A dark chocolate bar
-3/4 cup Trader Joe's mini milk chocolate peanut butter cups (or mini reese's cups)

Here's what you do:
-Lightly salt the popped popcorn
-In a saucepan, combine honey and sugar. Stir regularly until it comes to a boil, then let simmer for two minutes.
-Add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until well mixed and peanut butter is melted.
-Stir into popcorn while still hot.
-Spread onto wax paper.
-Use a micro-plane to grate dark chocolate on top of the popcorn. (Use as much or as little as you want)
-Allow to cool completely.
-Break popcorn mixture apart into small pieces.
-Place popcorn pieces and peanut butter cups in a bowl and mix well.

I love finding new treats at Trader Joe's. What are your go-to Trader Joe's items?
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Chicken Salad Sandwich

This is one of my favorite sandwiches. It's so fresh and simple to make. Just follow these simple steps:

Servings: 2

Here's what you need:
-1 Cooked chicken breast sliced into thin pieces
-1 Apple chopped into bite-sized pieces
-1/4 c. Mayonnaise
-1-2 tsp vinegar
- A couple handfuls of fresh spinach
-2 Croissants

Here's what you do:
-In a medium bowl, combine chicken, apple pieces, mayo, and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
-Place a handful of spinach and half of the chicken mixture inside a croissant. Repeat with second sandwich.

Just thinking about this meal makes me hungry. You could add walnuts, change the apples to grapes, or add a little mustard to your sandwich to change it up.

I hope you have a wonderful week!
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Cranberry Orange Scones

Some mornings you need to eat something other than boring cereal. 
Some mornings you need to get your patootie out of bed, grab a bag of flour, and make something tasty for breakfast.
One these mornings you should make Cranberry Orange Scones.
You can find the recipe here.
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Happy Valentine's!

I hope you all have a fantastic Valentine's day!

My hubby and I will be going to one of our favorite restaurants, Pastinis!

Don't forget yesterday's challenge. 

Valentine's Treat

It's almost Valentine's day! I'm not a huge Valentine's fan, but I like an excuse to bake something sweet and head out to dinner with my hubby. Tomorrow is the day to be extra nice to your sweetie. Why not make him a simple treat like this to sweeten up his day.

Here's what you do:
-Make a fresh batch of rice krispie treats.
-While still warm, press the mixture into a square pan.
-Place Valentine's M&Ms on top of the treats.
-Cut into squares and serve!

Sometimes I feel like I need to make up for my lack of compliment giving by baking... (It's my love language). Jake's love language is words of affirmation, and he's great at giving me compliments. Here's one of my favorite/funniest compliments he's given me:

I had just finished putting on my makeup and sat down next to Jake. He was about to compliment me on how good it looked, but stopped himself and rephrased it to this:

"Wow, Teesha. Your face makes your makeup look so good!"

He's smart, that man.

My challenge to you this Valentine's is to use your spouse's love language to make his day special. Don't know what your or your spouse's love language is? Try this quiz.

I hope you enjoy your Valentine's Day with your sweetie!

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Pizza Pizza

Jake and I are big time pizza people. We love creating a basic crust then looking through our fridge and pantry to make unique and delicious pizzas. For this recipe we used leftover ingredients from the meals we made this past week and combined our favorites to make this lovely creation.

Have any extra dough from the calzones we made earlier this week? Use it to make this pizza.

Here's what you need:
-Pizza dough (I used about 1/3 of this dough recipe)
-Mozzarella Cheese
-Grape tomatoes
-Green bell pepper
-Kalamata Olives

Here's what you do:
-Pre-heat oven to 400 F.
-Lightly grease a baking sheet.
-Roll out dough into a 1/4 inch thick circle. Place on baking sheet.
-Dice up the bell pepper into small bite-sized chunks.
-Slice grape tomatoes and Kalamata olives in half.
-Spread desired amount of sauce evenly onto pizza dough.
-Top with cheese, tomatoes, peppers, and olives.
-Bake for 20-25 min, or until crust is firm and golden brown on the bottom.

We haven't thought of a name for this pizza. Any ideas?

I hope you all have a great weekend! I'm going to go check out a local vintage sale. They have a lot of cute valentine's decor! What are you up to?
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Chalkboard Paint Jars

SLOM Jar with lid IKEA Transparent; makes it easy to find what you're looking for.
I bought these jars from Ikea for our kitchen when Jake and I were first married. They have 4 different sizes which were perfect for fitting random ingredients for baking. I typically use them for things like sugar, rice, brown sugar, chocolate chips, you name it. They are cute enough by themselves, but I was getting tired of looking at the some old jars every time I was in the kitchen. So, when I bought Martha's chalkboard paint to make some Christmas presents, I saved some paint to spruce up these jars.

This paint comes in different colors. I used a grey because I LOVE grey.

Here's what you need:
-Multi-Surface Chalkboard Paint.
-Painter's tape (optional)
-Acrylic paint for accents (optional)

Here's what you do:
-Wipe down jars so you have a clean surface to work with.
-If you want to have clean rectangles, tape off your jar to make a rectangle.

-Apply the chalkboard paint to your jar in the shape you want (circle, rectangle, triangle, get creative!).
-Allow to dry according to the paint's directions. Reapply 2 to 3 times to create a solid surface.

-Let dry completely before removing tape. 
**While removing the tape, hold a finger over the painted area as you peel off the tape. This will help keep the chalkboard paint on the glass surface.
-Use another acrylic pain to add little accents to the jar (as shown in the photos).

You can even paint the top of the jars to look cute!

There you have it! You too can greatly improve your boring glass jars with just a little chalkboard paint!

Here's a look at each finished jar:

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Make-Your-Own Calzone

When my husband and I got married, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law put together a cookbook with some of their favorite recipes. It is such a great gift because it included recipes Jake ate growing up. 

When we moved a few months ago, I put all my cookbooks in a drawer and completely forgot about them. Luckily when I was wondering what to make for dinner this weekend, Jake remembered this calzone/pizza dough recipe and we pulled that cute red cookbook out of the drawer and got to baking.

This calzone was seriously the best I have ever had. I'm not a big fan of calzone, and probably haven't had any for quite a few years. Now I want to eat this calzone for every meal. Of course I won't, but if you come over for dinner sometime soon, there's a big chance we'll be making this.

Here's what you need:
-2 Packets dry active yeast
-2 c. warm water
-2 tsp Salt
-6 Tbs Olive Oil
-1 tsp sugar
-5 cups of Flour (and a little extra for rolling the dough)

Toppings It's up to you! Get creative. Here are a few suggestions.
-Marinara Sauce
-Mozzarella cheese
-Pepperoni slices
-Canadian Bacon
-Pineapple chunks
-Green pepper chunks

Here's what you do:
-Dissolve yeast in water
- Add olive oil, sugar, and salt. Let sit for about 8 minutes
-Add mixture to the flour in a large mixing bowl. Kneed until smooth. (add more flour if needed)
-Place dough in a greased bowl, cover, and set in a warm place to rise for 1-2 hours. Dough will double in size.
-Preheat oven to 400 F
-Divide dough into 6 equal pieces.
-Roll out each piece on a floured surface until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick.
-Let each person assemble their calzone with the toppings they like.
-Fold calzones in half and fold over the edges to keep the toppings inside.
-Place calzones on a greased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 min.

These are fun to make with a big group of people. Make sure you decorate the top of your calzone so you can pick yours apart from the rest after they bake.



Weekend Recap

I had a whirlwind of a weekend. It was full of family, food, and great music.

My sister and I drove up to Portland to see an Ingrid Michaelson concert put on by Kink.FM. We had a blast! My sister L.O.V.E.S. her music and could not stop smiling while we watched the show. We both loved her new song Blood Brothers. Look it up on YouTube. We ended off the trip with a quick stop at Hot Lips pizza. It is my favorite place to grab a slice of pepperoni alongside their delicious homemade fruit soda. Delish!

My whole family headed to the beach on Superbowl Sunday to celebrate my brother's 19th birthday. I made the strawberry poppy seed cake which turned out even better than I expected (I'll post the recipe soon!). We ended off the night with a bonfire on the beach, then danced the night away to Just Dance 2.

Overall we had a wonderful weekend. Check back for the Strawberry Poppy seed Cake as well as our Homemade Calzones!

Have a wonderful week!


Let Them Eat Cake

Photo by My Mom @ Kimberly Clark Photography

My family came to my house for the first time this past Holiday season. It just so happens that my Uncle's birthday is on December 24th. I wanted to make him a special birthday cake, so I made his favorite: German Chocolate cake.

This weekend is my brother's birthday, so I'm making a family favorite: Strawberry Poppy seed cake! I'm already excited to eat it, and I still have to wait 3 more days.

What is your choice of birthday cake?


Flavorful Salad With Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

I have been wanting to show you this salad for a couple weeks. I've made it probably 4 times in the past few weeks, and have forgotten to take pictures EVERY TIME until yesterday. This is mostly because as soon as it's put together I want to eat it.

I first ate this salad at a restaurant called the Sapphire Hotel (you can read about it in my post about our "Stay-cation"). It was love at first bite. As soon as we got home from our vacation, I ran to the store and bought everything we needed to make it. Jake loves it just as much as I do, and he doesn't even like olives.

Here's what you need:
-Spring Mix Salad
-Focaccia bread (I used a cheesy focaccia which was super tasty. You can definitely use a different type of bread if you'd like)
-Whole Mozzarella Cheese  
-Grape Tomatoes
-Kalamata Olives

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing: (From Emeril @ Food Network)
-1/4 c. Balsamic vinegar
-1 Tbs minced garlic
-3/4 c. Olive Oil

Here's what you do:
-Dish salad onto individual plates
-Chop up focaccia bread into bite-sized pieces. Place them on a baking sheet and cook under broiler until pieces are slightly crispy, but still soft, and golden (roughly 1-2 min). Sprinkle a handful on top of each salad.
-Cut Mozzarella cheese into small bite-sized cubes. Sprinkle a handful on top of each salad.
-Slice grape tomatoes in half. Sprinkle a handful on top of each salad.
-Slice Kalamata olives in half. Sprinkle a handful on top of each salad.

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing:
-Combine all ingredients in a container with a lid; salt and pepper to taste.
-Cover container and shake until all ingredients are mixed.
-Drizzle dressing on salad immediately*. 

*Note: The olive oil tends to separate from the rest of the dressing. When serving the dressing again, make sure to shake/mix it well so the dressing stays together.

This salad is a great side dish to almost any meal. I like to eat a big salad all by itself for dinner... it's that good.


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Rustic Charm

Rustic Charm

Rustic Charm by teebree on polyvore.com

I was really looking forward to showing you how to make one of my favorite salads today, but my internet will not let me upload the pictures. So for now, I'll let you look at this inspiration board for a rustic cabin-type bedroom. Doesn't it make you want to curl up in a cabin nestled in some snowy mountains and read a good book?

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Smoothie Pick Me Up

I have a big sweet tooth. I do the best I can not to keep sweets in the house because I know I will eat them. Jake is much more controlled in this area than I am. If there's good ice cream in the house, I will want a bowl after every meal... Maybe even a bite after breakfast. (But I would never tell anyone that).

This smoothie is a great alternative for my sweet tooth. It's fresh, sweet, and refreshing!

Here's what you need: (roughly 2 smoothies)
-2 cups ice
-A big handful of blueberries
-About 5 whole strawberries
-Half a banana sliced
-1 to 1 1/2 cups yogurt (I used strawberry for this recipe, but vanilla is always good!)

Here's what you do:
-Place everything in a blender.
-Pulse the blender until everything is mixed and the ice is not chunky.
-Serve in cute cups with cute straws.

That's all it takes! You can make your own version by using/adding different fruits or different flavors of yogurt.


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Valentine's Date

Valentine's Date

Valentine's Date by teebree featuring stone rings

I am getting excited about Valentine's Day! I love making fun desserts, giving cute cards to friends, and of course, going on a date with my hubby! If I were to pick out a cute outfit to wear, it would definitely be this one.

What are you wearing for Valentine's Day?

P.S. I haven't finished the tutorial for my pillow quite yet. Look for it at the beginning of next week!


Pear Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Can you tell I'm ready for winter to come to a close? I'm pulling out some of my Spring/Summer meals. I know I should be making soup every night of the week to warm us up, but sometimes my brain is weird. I often crave hot soups in the Summer time, and fresh salads during the Winter months. Anybody with me?

This salad is very refreshing and fresh. It will put you in a state of denial and all of the sudden the dark clouds and rain that have been looming all month will turn into sunshine skies and hot days where flip flops are required.
Ok, maybe I'm just dreaming, but it's nice to pretend.

I had this salad at a tasty restaurant in my hometown called Nibbly's. I took one bite and knew I would be recreating it as soon as I got home.

Here's what you need:

For the Dresssing: (Recipe from Food and Wine)
-3 Tbs Fresh Lime juice
-3 Tbs Fresh Orange juice
-2 Tbs Fresh Grapefruit juice
-1 tsp Dijon
-1 tsp Mayo
-1 tsp Honey
-1/3 cup vegetable oil
-1 1/2 tsp Poppy seeds
- Salt/Pepper

For the Salad:
-Baby Spinach leaves
-1-2 Pears Sliced
-Feta Cheese
-Dried Cranberries

Here's what you do:

Assemble Dressing:
-Whisk the juices, Dijon, mayo, and honey together until well combined.
-Continue to whisk while adding oil and poppy seeds.
-Add a little salt and pepper to taste

Assemble Salad:
-Place spinach on plates
-Sprinkle with desired amounts of walnuts, dried cranberries, and feta.
-Strategically place pears in a way that offers maximum presentation (I mean we all want to eat a salad that's not only fancy, but looks good, right? It's worth the two extra seconds...)
-Drizzle dressing on top.


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Coffee Addiction Anyone?

Unlike many Americans, I am not a lover of coffee. I don't wake up to a fresh roasted pot of coffee in the morning, I don't know if I would want cream or sugar in my coffee, nor have I earned a Starbucks Gold Card. I used to grab a mocha every once in a while when I was in college and wanted something warm, but I soon discovered that my body can't handle that much caffeine and sugar. While I may not drink it, I love the smell of fresh roasted coffee or just loose coffee beans. 

I'm not exactly sure where I found this idea, but as soon as I saw it I knew I would love it. If you enjoy a daily cup of coffee, I'm sure you will love it too!

Here's what you need:
-Whole coffee beans
-Mason jars
-Tea lights

Here's what you do:
-Mason Jar lids are made up of two pieces, a metal lid and the screw-on ring. Unscrew the ring and remove the lid. Leave the lid off and put the screw-on ring back on. (this will create an opening that will allow the smoke from the candle to leave the jar).
-Fill jar half-way with coffee beans.
-Place tea light on top of beans and push it down a little bit to cover the sides of the candle.
-Wrap a piece of twine around the top of the jar, below the ring, and make a little bow.
-Light the candle.

That's it!
You will be amazed at how nice it smells. Even when the candle isn't lit, I can still smell the beans. Doesn't it look so cozy lit up?

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