Thursday, October 29, 2015

Focaccia Bread

Last night, I made a recipe from any earlier post, (Focaccia Bread Veggie Sandwich) but decided to make the Focaccia Bread.


1 3/4 cups warm water
1 package instant yeast
2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
1 tablespoons granulated sugar
5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
1 tablespoon salt, plus coarse sea salt for sprinkling
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil



In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, yeast, 2 teaspoons of the chopped rosemary, sugar, and half the flour. Stir to combine. Fit the mixer with the dough hook and on low speed add in the remaining flour, salt, and 1/2 cup olive oil. Once the dough comes together, increase the speed to medium and knead for 5 to 6 minutes, or until smooth and soft. If the dough is really sticky, add in another tablespoon or two of flour.

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, at least 1 hour.

Coat a 9 x 13 pan with olive oil. Put the dough onto the pan and begin pressing it out with your fingertips to fit the size of the pan. Spread your fingers to make little holes all the way through the dough.

Cover the dough with plastic and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Brush the focaccia with the olive oil on the pan and sprinkle liberally with coarse sea salt and the remaining rosemary leaves. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Featuring Shina Welch Photography

A little over a year ago, I was in search of a photographer for our maternity pictures. As the name Shina Welch was given to me, I decided to make a phone call and schedule an appointment. Shina quickly booked our appointment and had the perfect place in mind for our pictures. After meeting Shina and seeing her amazing talent, I knew I had found my photographer. 

Only a short time later, Giada was born and I was back on the phone scheduling Shina for the newborn pictures. Shina came to our house for the newborn pictures, which was wonderful because Giada was born in November and I was not thrilled about the idea of taking a newborn out during flu season. 

Now that Giada is almost a year old and preping to be a big sister, Shina and I have partnered to share her talent. Shina does all types of photography and below you will see a variety of what she offers. 

Please check out Shina Welch and her beautiful photography.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce


3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup chili powder
2 cups chicken stock
6 ounces tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can black olives
1 cup shredded cheese

Enchilada Sauce

In a medium saucepan heat oil and add flour. Whisk for 1 minute. Add chili powder and cook for 30 seconds. Add stock, tomato paste, oregano, and cumin. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and add olives (chopped). Cook for 15 minutes. The sauce will thicken and smooth out.

Chicken Filling

As the sauce is cooking, heat shredded chicken. (I boiled a whole chicken and used ¼ of it to make four enchiladas). Add shredded cheese (1 cup)  and ¼ - ½ cup of sauce. Mix together and remove from heat.

Dip tortilla in sauce, add chicken filling and roll up the tortilla. Once finished with your desired
amount of enchiladas, add sauce over the top of the enchiladas and shred some cheese for the

Place in 350 degree oven and bake for 20-30 min, or until heated through.

·         I froze the extra sauce.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Featuring Cami&Jo

As I was looking for a big sis onesie for my daughter, I became frustrated when I could only find T-shirts that were far to big! When you can't find what you're looking for where does one go?

Therefore, I'm excited to introduce and share with you Cami&Jo, a wonderful company which I've partnered with on my blog. Cami&Jo began when owner, Reba, made a tutu set for her oldest daughter's first birthday in 2014. With one thing leading to another, she decided to take the risk and start her own Etsy company –  I am sure glad she did! As I've grown to know Reba, she is a loving wife, dedicated mother and a professional business woman. With the ability to be creative and design memorable outfits for precious babies’ birthdays, couples’ pregnancy announcements, and holidays, makes her job exciting every day.

Recently, her company purchased professional equipment enabling them to offer a broader range of personalized products and the ability to speed up production for all customers. In addition, Reba states, “We are looking into donating a percentage of each purchase to public health. There are just so many areas in which we could help, that it’s  hard to decide which direction to take.”

The company currently offers a broad range of products, but you can keep your eyes out for some new merchandise including: little sister outfits and more big sis options, expansion on boy’s birthday items, matching brother shirts/bow ties, Mommy hair clips, and Daddy neck and bow ties.

From my own personal experience, Cami&Jo offers unique outfits you're unable to find in local stores and  be personalized to your own needs. 

It is my pleasure to be partnered with Cami&Jo! Please check out the company on Etsy by selecting the link below!

Featured below you will find one of the beautiful options she offers for big sister outfits.

Monday, October 12, 2015

2015 Central Valley Heart & Stroke Walk

Our good friends, Zach and Hannah, invited us to participate in the 2015 Central Calley Heart & Stroke Walk at Chukchansi Park this past Saturday. Without a thought, we attended to support Zach and the great cause to build a healthier life! In addition, unfortunately, hear disease is familar to my family and I wouldn't miss the opportunity to bring awareness to heart disease. 

We arrived at 8:30 and checked out all the vendors until the event started at 9:30. Next, Zach sang the National Anthem and did a wonderful job! Finally, it was time to walk! Giada hung in there for the majority of the walk, but eventually we headed back home for nap.
 This was the perfect way to start our Saturday!

Attempting to sleep prior to the walk

Obviously, she never fell asleep!!!

Curio Cabinet

Curio Cabinet

With this project, I simply removed the doors and added some paint and sanding for a distressed and rustic look.

Before                              After   

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Giada went to her first Pumpkin Patch this weekend and had a blast. If it was up the her, she would have chewed on all the pumpkins and taken the hay home as a toy!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fresno Fair Opening Ceremony

The Fresno Fair is back! For many reasons, we love the fair and all it has to offer. Over 7 years ago, Anthony and I met during the fair, we have spent endless nights attending concerts (thanks to my father-in-law), always enjoy the horse races and the overall memories we have made each year.

Now that we have Giada, she gets to share in the opening ceremonies with her dad!

Cheers to another year of the Big Fresno Fair!

Cousin Fun!

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