Healthy & Homemade Omelet Pie Five Pizza

As the schedule starts to slow down before summer, I have purposefully headed back to the gym with the intention of not taking a couple months worth of a break ever again. When I work out, my body is not only leaner but is healthier. This time last year, I had lost 30 pounds and regained my female health after going 8 months without a period the year before. My health was declining, and with diligence, my body was more comfortable, more healthy, and more trim than it was in a while.

When I workout, I naturally want to eat right because I work out as hard as I can handle, and you’ve gotta have the right calories and nutrients for your body to keep up. You also need a good night’s rest. It’s bathing suit season already, but don’t let that stop you from starting now and needing a smaller suit by the end of summer.

Now, what you all have been waiting for. THE RECIPE! I seriously have creative streaks where I spontaneously think of a healthier way to eat what I love from my fave restaurants. Pie Five is a new discovery for me. If you haven’t been, it’s a glorious assembly line where you make your own personal pan pizza. It’s glorious. What I put on this omelet version is what I get at Pie Five on the thin crust minus the marinara. It’s a worthy substitute. This recipe was inspired by Kalyn’s Kitchen, but I wanted mine to taste like my fave Pie Five creation.

HEALTHY & HOMEMADE OMELET PIE FIVE PIZZA

Ingredients

2 eggs beaten and set aside
Thin slices of fresh mozzarella, ripped by hand into chunks
Jalapenos
Cherry tomatoes sliced in half
Fresh spinach torn in pieces
Minced garlic (1/4 tsp)
Black olives (not pictured, but if I had them, I would use them)
Diced red onion (also not pictured, but going on the next one)
Oregano
Olive Oil

Instructions
Preheat oven to broil at the last step.
Preheat an 8-inch pan on medium with olive oil.
When the pan and oil is heated, pour in the beaten eggs and sprinkle oregano over them.
When the eggs are half done, start layering all your ingredients.
Cook until the egg is thoroughly done, but the cheese won’t be melted.
Transfer with a spatula to a casserole dish and broil until the cheese is bubbly brown like pizza (about 2-3 minutes).
When this deliciousness is done, the omelet crust will be brown in color like a pizza crust, and it won’t be overdone unless you lost track of time and burned it. It is SO GOOD! Would love to hear if you try it with different variations.

Don’t forget to pin it!

The Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Before I share The Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe, here is a peak of our 10 year old son Peyton next to our new Christmas sign I painted on some scrap wood.  I’ll show the rest of my Christmas porch in another post. This arctic blast has brought things to a much needed halt around here.  It has been a gift for all the responsibilities to stop this weekend so we can enjoy a little Winter Wonderland and time together.

In Texas, we are having what we call the Icepocalypse.  Over 4 inches of ice (that’s 100% ice in the pictures!) has wreaked havoc on our roads and homes which isn’t something that normally happens down here.  In fact, Fort Worth, which is the neighboring city to our rural hometown is shutting down all the major highways tomorrow for clearing the ice.  While this might look weak to northern states, the day before was 80 degrees, and we normally don’t even get half an inch of snow each year.  Only in recent times have we gotten enough snow to cover the yard and build snowmen with that didn’t melt in an hour.  We are even holding church online since people can’t leave their homes.  Sadly, many are without power.  We have been very fortunate.  It’s memorable for sure!

Here is Carter who is 7.  I had to force him to come inside, and he only stayed long enough for me to defrost the frozen snot off his little face.  Sweet adventurous boy!

Now, my husband Sean and I have spent some time cleaning and cooking.  To my surprise, he came up with an AMAZING recipe that he adapted from a traditional recipe.  It’s the kind that you’ll want to make for neighbors and deliver while caroling.  Seriously so proud of his baking skills.  These are the newest Foster Christmas tradition, and I hope yours, too.

 

THE ULTIMATE OATMEAL COOKIE RECIPE

Ingredients (Makes about 5 dozen)

1 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups of uncooked rolled oats

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Mix melted butter and sugars on low until smooth.  Add in eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine and mix flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt.  Next add it into the mixer on low with other ingredients minus the rolled oats until mixed.  After ingredients are creamed together, then pour in the rolled oats.  Don’t over mix!!!!
  4. Drop rounded teaspoons full onto a greased baking sheet.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes.  Watch them closely to make sure your oven/altitude agrees with the bake time.

Imagine my surprise when I was humbly cleaning the third bathroom.  I was tired, cranky, and Sean walked in with a cookie that I couldn’t even smell him baking over the bleach aroma.  It was heaven.  I had to have a second immediately.  He brought some to my neighbors.  My sweet friend ate 5, and her man barely got the last one.  These are REALLY good.  You got it? My husband’s secret is the pumpkin pie spice.  Don’t skip it.  DELISH!!!

What are your baking traditions? Do you bake for your friends and neighbors? I’d love to hear from you.  Don’t forget to pin this recipe so you can find it again!


 

 

Keep up, Honey!

 

Herringbone Dresser

I just refinished this dresser for my son Peyton. It has been handed down 3 times. My mom did her own refinishing on it in the 90s. Hey! People had the Rachel haircut and sponged paint on stuff.

Forgive me for being too anxious to strip off the paint to get a good before pic. HAHA! I watermarked that ugly pic! I used major paint stripping techniques over about 5 hours to get this mess off until it looked like this.

Much better. It just needed a little love in the form of Duck Egg Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and a little taping skills. I am thrilled with how it turned out.

I am working on some art work, but I wanted to try out the Deer Silhouette just for fun.
Stay tuned for a full reveal of his room, including his fun new bed I’m building and his Urban Outfitters bedding that I got on the CHEAP to create a fun tween room.

The Little End Table That Could: 16 Days Until Justin Trade Days

Kick me in the shin! I never would have thought this little end table could be so cute, but it seriously is! I picked it up cheap off my friend Minnie who got all kinds of deals when she went junking in Oklahoma. Minnie also hooked me up with a big load of pallet wood.

Here is the dreadful before. I even staged it sitting next to my guitar make you like the before a little better. I knew I would use ASCP Florence Chalk Paint, but as I worked, I really wanted to add some Old White and Graphite stripes.

I painted the inside Graphite to clean it up a little bit. Don’t you just love the way all the colors pop. This is seriously The Little End Table That Could! As for the rocking chair…

I planned on (take a deep breath) not painting it. What do you think? I have felt really feel pretty strong about it, but then I saw this…

DIY Wedding Gift: Tea Towel Wedding Cake

I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of giving a memorable gift. I am an even BIGGER fan of giving the small items people forget about on the registry. Maybe people feel cheap or like their gift will be unimpressive if they fill a gift bag full of random items. Maybe you already gave a gift at a shower, but you would feel bad if you came to the reception without a gift. The solution to all of these issues is the Tea Towel Wedding Cake.

This gift was about $20, and it took about an hour to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A cardboard box you can cut to serve as a cake base
  • Kitchen utensils (and if they can match, the effect will be better). I used:
  • KitchenAid VPeeler in red
  • Target wooden utensil set
  • Red spatula
  • Red whisk
  • KitchenAid measuring spoons
  • Matching scrapbook paper
  • 2 File folders
  • Binder clips
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • 3 Patterned tea towels, 1 matching solid tea towel

First, you’ll need to make a form for the two tiers of the cake. Cut your file folder so that you have a nice, rectangular shape that can be formed into a cylinder. You’ll want to make sure that you can fold your patterned tea towel around the surface area to form the first tier, and the solid towel for the top tier. Don’t rely on the measurements on my paper trimmer. The measurements you’ll need will depend on the size towel you buy. The picture is here to show you how I trimmed the rounded edges off and cut it while it was folded.

Let’s say you took the smaller portion off the trimmer to make the top tier. You would open it up and connect the ends to form a cylinder and hot glue gun it together. You’ll want to clip it together with binder clips and let it dry well before you start forming the towel around it (maybe duct tape would be better. To make a larger tier for the bottom, you might have to tape or glue another piece of file folder to make it larger than the top tier.

I would imagine these instructions might seem vague, but keep playing with how you can make the right sizes to get the result in the first picture. You’ll see in the picture above that the tea towel is shorter than the folder. That’s because you will be connecting the ends with tape or hot glue, so don’t worry about that.

Once your tier forms are secure cylinders, you can start building the Tea Towel Wedding Cake.

Cut a circle out of your cardboard that is larger than the bottom tier. You might play with oatmeal containers or a plastic bowl to get a proper size and trace it onto the cardboard. Then adhere a same-sized piece of scrapbook paper to the cardboard.

WITHOUT THE TEA TOWEL ON IT, glue the bottom tier form onto the scrapbook paper covered cardboard. Press it firmly to make sure it’s sturdy. Once the glue is dry, form the tea towel around the cylinder and fold over the excess into the center of the cylinder. This will cover the top edge of the cylinder and fill the inside a bit. The ends of the tea towel can be inserted inside of one another to close the gap, or you can use a needle and thread to sew a stitch to keep the tea towel in place. I did both. Sorry, I didn’t get a pic. I was running late! Once you start fiddling with it, you will understand what I mean.

Form the solid tea towel around the smaller top tier the same way. If you don’t feel like you can secure the top tier as is, then roll up one of the patterned tea towels and use it as a cushion.

Next, use the remaining towel(s) to flow out the top tier by folding it/them into a fan (just like you would have done with a piece of notebook paper in elementary school) and stuffing it inside the top tier.

Finally, you can start to add your kitchen goodies. You can either attach a card by hole punching it and tying it on with a ribbon, or you can write a message on the scrapbook paper base.

The bride will love this gift. The fact that it has KitchenAid gear sticking out makes it look like you weren’t going cheap (even if you were). I’d love to see if any of you have made a Tea Towel Wedding Cake.