Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pesto, Chicken, and Mozzarella Panini, or My First Ever Recipe Post

Y'all. I think I may just be a genius. Ever since moving to Montgomery and having a great kitchen I have been experimenting with new recipes. However, I have been eating a lot of sandwiches for lunch because they are quick and easy. I have been trying to spice things up in the lunch department, and I broke out the panini press the other day to try to make a grilled cheese sandwich. Then I started thinking about my time at Auburn and this great place called Bizilia's on College Street where I'm pretty sure I had my first panini ever. They had a ton of different types of paninis, but I ALWAYS got the chicken panini. It was creamy and flavorful and delicious and I knew I had to try to recreate it. I didnt have all the ingredients that they use, but I made my version of a chicken panini. If you want to try out this absolutely fool-proof recipe, check it out below!

Pesto, Chicken, and Mozzarella Panini
Makes 1 Sandwich

Ingredients
*2 slices of sourdough bread (I used sourdough because it's what I had. You can use rye or even fancy ciabatta. That would be super good).
*2 or so tsp store-bought Pesto (You could make your own. It would probably be better. But store-bought was easy).
This is the type of Pesto that I used. They sell it at Publix.
*Mayonnaise
*Half a chicken breast, sliced (you could use more or less, or omit it all together. Making 2 sandwiches would obviously use a whole chicken breast. I just prepared mine in the oven with salt and pepper).
*4 half inch slices of fresh mozzarella (you could use shredded, but the fresh stuff is just so much better and SO gooey!!)
*2 Campari tomatoes, sliced thinly (I used Campari because I bought them for other things. You could use regular tomatoes if you want, but I think the small size worked well for this sandwich.)

Directions
1. Preheat your panini press or griddle.
2.. Spread your bread of choice with mayonnaise.
3. Add half the pesto to one piece of bread and the other half to the other piece of bread. I used a heaping tsp and drained some of the oil off on the side of the jar.

4. Place 2 slices of the mozzarella on your bread.

5. Slice your chicken and place on the bread.
6. Add the tomatoes.

7. Add the other 2 slices of mozzarella. 
8. Place the other piece of bread on the sandwich and put it on your sandwich maker or panini press.

9. Close the lid to your press and cook for roughly 3-5 minutes.
10. Eat and enjoy the melty goodness.
11. Write me a thank you note because this is the best and easiest sandwich ever.
Y'all. So good. And gooey. And yummy. And flavorful. *Please excuse the mess on the table. I'm still learning about this whole food thing!*

Let me know if you try this-it is my new favorite sandwich and you should totally try it!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Week 33 Bumpdate, or Why Maxi Dresses are a Pregnant Girl's Best Friend

How far along? 32 weeks. I realized that I am technically in my 8th month as of today. I always thought it was just 9 months, but apparently it's closer to 10. Whoever made up the 9th month lie is just rude! So ready to meet my buddy!


Dress: (old), Gap-similar; Cardigan: Loft


Weight Gain: 19 pounds

How Big is Baby? Squash

Can we talk about how comfortable this outfit is? I wore it to the Easter music at our church this past Sunday, but didn't take a picture, so I knew I had to document it for today's post. 


Maternity Clothes? Maxi dresses are God's gift to pregnant women. Seriously. So comfy and easy to throw on, and you still look cute. Win win! 

Stretch Marks? Welp. Thomas moved/flipped head down, so I have a few new stretch marks on that side. 

Sleep? I think I may be some kind of pregnancy unicorn. I fall asleep amazingly easily, stay asleep except to get up to pee, MAYBE once, and have been able to fall back asleep until 7:30, 8 ish. I don't know why or how this changed, but I am NOT complaining!

Best Moment of the Week: Feeling Thomas move during the Easter music. Little man loves Gospel and blue grass! 

Movement: Little man has flipped, so I am feeling movement in places I didn't before. It is still the best part of being pregnant!

Food Cravings: Fruit. Fruit. and more Fruit. And absolutely anything sweet. I had chocolate cake from Zoe's this week, and it was MA-GI-CAL. 

Gender: Baby Selman is a BOY!!! We also finally decided on a full name- Thomas Michael Selman

What I Miss: Being able to bend over. Seriously took that one for granted. Being able to breathe through my nose. So underrated.

What I'm looking forward to: Well…the Selman family has moved to Montgomery. It is going to be a big change for us, but we are both so excited about this new opportunity and are taking life by storm! 

Symptoms: Nothing out of the ordinary. 

Emotions: I basically cry all the time now. Happy, sad, no reason. And I am SO grumpy. Sorry everyone. 

Belly Button in or out?  Pretty shallow but still in My doctor says I apparently have a deep belly button so mine may not pop out at all.It continues to get more and more shallow, so we shall see!

Wedding rings on or off?  Off. So depressed.

Things I Need To Do: Well, we are in a temporary living situation, so I will not be setting up a full nursery until after Thomas is born. We are not going to do a house search AND move AND have to unpack and decorate with me being as pregnant as I am. So we will live in our current location for a few months then find somewhere to live. We are excited to have this opportunity to have the time to find a house that is perfect for us!



Ben's shadow in these pictures cracks me up!


Linking up to: Because Shanna Said So, Tucker Up, The Pleated Poppy, and Get Your Pretty On

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bumpdate Week 32

Shirt, Motherhood Maternity- same shirt, solid colors; Skirt (old), Kohls- Similar
How far along? 32 weeks. I realized that I am technically in my 8th month as of today. I always thought it was just 9 months, but apparently it's closer to 10. Whoever made up the 9th month lie is just rude! So ready to meet my buddy!

Weight Gain: 19 pounds

How Big is Baby? Squash

Maternity Clothes? Got a few t-shirts. Wearing one of them in these pictures. Really trying to mix and match with things I already have to get more outfits!

Stretch Marks? Welp. Thomas moved/flipped head down, so I have a few new stretch marks on that side. 

Sleep? I think I may be some kind of pregnancy unicorn. I fall asleep amazingly easily, stay asleep except to get up to pee, MAYBE once, and have been able to fall back asleep until 7:30, 8 ish. I don't know why or how this changed, but I am NOT complaining!

Best Moment of the Week: I switched doctors, and I got to have another ultrasound. It was so exciting to see him and how much he is growing!

Movement: Little man has flipped, so I am feeling movement in places I didn't before. It is still the best part of being pregnant!

Food Cravings: Fruit. Fruit. and more Fruit. And absolutely anything sweet.

Gender: Baby Selman is a BOY!!! We also finally decided on a full name- Thomas Michael Selman

What I Miss: Being able to bend over. Seriously took that one for granted. Being able to breathe through my nose. So underrated.

What I'm looking forward to: Well…the Selman family has moved to Montgomery. It is going to be a big change for us, but we are both so excited about this new opportunity and are taking life by storm! 

Symptoms: Nothing out of the ordinary. 

Emotions: I basically cry all the time now. Happy, sad, no reason.

Belly Button in or out?  Pretty shallow but still in My doctor says I apparently have a deep belly button so mine may not pop out at all.It continues to get more and more shallow, so we shall see!

Wedding rings on or off?  Off. So depressed.

Things I Need To Do: Well, we are in a temporary living situation, so I will not be setting up a full nursery until after Thomas is born. We are not going to do a house search AND move AND have to unpack and decorate with me being as pregnant as I am. So we will live in our current location for a few months then find somewhere to live. We are excited to have this opportunity to have the time to find a house that is perfect for us!
So apparently your nose spreads when you are pregnant. Not a huge fan of that. 







Ellie girl had to join in on the picture taking fun. She is such a diva!
Linking up to Because Shanna Said So and Tucker Up

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bumpdate Week 30

How far along? 30 weeks. That. Is. Crazy. 8-10 weeks left on this little man. I cannot wait to meet him!
Photo by the amazing Chelsea Patricia Photography. More to come of these later!


Weight Gain: 16.5 pounds

How Big is Baby? Large Cabbage

Maternity Clothes? Same as before

Stretch Marks? No new ones to report. My stretch mark creme seems to be working really well at making the ones I do have fade away, so thats good.

Sleep? Well somehow by the grace of God I manage to sleep through the night most nights. But I have been waking up at about 4am and cant go back to sleep...so there's that.

Best Moment of the Week: My baby shower was pretty incredible. I hope to be able to share pictures from that soon! (And thank you to all the ladies who said they actually read this every week...makes me feel so good!) My mom also got to feel Thomas kick (and boy did he kick!) so that was exciting for her.

Movement: I've started having Braxton Hicks. Weird, and not really all that comfortable, but they dont hurt, so there's that.
Food Cravings: Fruit. Fruit. and more Fruit. And absolutely anything sweet.

Gender: Baby Selman is a BOY!!! We also finally decided on a full name- Thomas Michael Selman

What I Miss: Being able to bend over. Seriously took that one for granted. Being able to breathe through my nose. So underrated.

What I'm looking forward to A lot of changes are going to be happening in our lives in the next few weeks. None that I can share at this time, but I am so optimistic about our future as a family!

Symptoms: It's just pee city over here.

Emotions: I basically cry all the time now. Happy, sad, no reason.

Belly Button in or out?  Pretty shallow but still in My doctor says I apparently have a deep belly button so mine may not pop out at all.It continues to get more and more shallow, so we shall see!

Wedding rings on or off?  Off. So depressed.

Things I Need To Do: Oh dont even get me started. 


Me and the hubs after the baby shower. Boy do I love that man!! Photo again by Chelsea Patricia Photography. Isn't she the best??
Linking up to Tucker Up.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bumpdate Week 29

How far along? 29 weeks-almost to 30. Oh my goodness. 

This might be the world's most unflattering series of pictures of me. Oh well. My outift is cute.


Weight Gain: 15 pounds

How Big is Baby? Acorn Squash

Maternity Clothes? Why in the world people tell you to wear normal clothes as long as possible is beyond me. Maternity is where it's at. The clothes I ordered from Old Navy came in and I am IN LOVE. I cannot wait to live in  my dress as soon as I wear it at this shower-it is so comfy!! (Pictures to come!)

Stretch Marks? No new ones to report. My stretch mark creme seems to be working really well at making the ones I do have fade away, so thats good.

Sleep? Well somehow by the grace of God I manage to sleep through the night most nights. But I have been waking up at about 4am and cant go back to sleep...so there's that.

Best Moment of the Week: Nothing really exciting this week. Just every day stuff!

Movement: We have started the hiccups. It's adorable.
Food Cravings: Fruit. Fruit. and more Fruit. And absolutely anything sweet.

Gender: Baby Selman is a BOY!!! We also finally decided on a full name- Thomas Michael Selman

What I Miss: Being able to bend over. Seriously took that one for granted.

What I'm looking forward to: The baby shower at my parent's church is this weekend. Really looking forward to getting to see some ladies that are practically family!

Symptoms: It's just pee city over here.

Emotions: Pretty much the same as they have been the whole time.

Belly Button in or out?  Pretty shallow but still in My doctor says I apparently have a deep belly button so mine may not pop out at all.It continues to get more and more shallow, so we shall see!

Wedding rings on or off?  Off. So depressed.

Things I Need To Do: A lot. My chair came in, so I cant wait to go pick that up!



Linking up Because Shanna Said So and Tucker Up.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bumpdate Weeks 26-28

I am a terrible blogger, I know this. I swear one day I will get it together! The weather has been absolutely insane here in Florida and with that, traveling, then getting sick, I havent been able to get it together to take a good picture. But here I am, attempting to take a picture in the wind just because it has been way too long since I have posted! So here is the bump, y'all!

How far along? 28 weeks-officially into the 3rd semester...yippee!!!

Weight Gain: 13 pounds

How Big is Baby? Eggplant

Maternity Clothes? I have gotten a few more clothing items. I got a cute chambray tunic type top from Target that I will have to model here soon. I also ordered my dress for my baby shower (EEK!!) and a few pairs of shorts and a top from Old Navy. Hopefully those will come in soon. If the shorts go well, I will have to order more because I am so not wearing pants in the Florida heat!

Stretch Marks? No new ones to report. My stretch mark creme seems to be working really well at making the ones I do have fade away, so thats good.

Sleep? Well it goes back and forth. I have been having to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, and this weekend Ben and I went to an archery tournament and had to sleep in a full size bed WITH the dog, so I didn't sleep hardly at all. But since we got back I have been sleeping so hard that I didn't even wake up in the middle of the night to pee!

Best Moment of the Week: My parents came the other weekend and that was awesome. We ordered the chair for the nursery and bought the paint. We did not have time to paint, but that was ok. My mom and I finished the registry and it was so much more fun to do that with her! The absolute best part of the pregnancy so far was Ben feeling Thomas kick for the first time. He has been kicking me for quite a while but we could never get him to kick when Ben could feel it. It was such a cool experience to watch his face when he felt it. We are both getting so excited for him to come!

Movement: It is still my favorite part of being pregnant. I love feeling him move!
Food Cravings: Fruit. Fruit. and more Fruit.  

Gender: Baby Selman is a BOY!!! We also finally decided on a full name- Thomas Michael Selman

What I Miss: Sleep. Normal clothes. Wine. Sushi. Rare steak.

What I'm looking forward to: It is still a week off, but I have a baby shower at my parent's church next weekend and I am really looking forward to that!
Symptoms: It's just pee city over here.

Emotions: Pretty much the same as they have been the whole time.

Belly Button in or out?  Pretty shallow but still in My doctor says I apparently have a deep belly button so mine may not pop out at all.It continues to get more and more shallow, so we shall see!

Wedding rings on or off?  Welp. They are officially off. I had a not really all that scary night this past Sunday. I ended up in Labor and Delivery because of some major swelling-way beyond normal retaining water kind of swelling. My mom and everyone else, including my doctor, wanted me to go in and get checked, just in case my blood pressure was high. Everything was fine, just as I thought it was, but it was good that we went because now we know where to go if something does happen. But because of that, I decided that it would be better to leave them off than have to cut them off!

Things I Need To Do: Paint the nursery. Finish the built ins and paint those. Build the crib. 


 Dress: Gap (old)-similar, maternity option; Sweater: Forever 21 (old)-similar; Flats: Lauren Conrad for Kohls (old)-similar 

Linking up with Because Shanna Said So and Tucker Up

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Oscar Fashion

I'm a day late on this Oscar Fashion review due to technical difficulties, so sorry about that. But here are my thoughts on the fashion from Oscar Sunday!

As usual, I will start with the worst dressed and move on to the best dressed of the night.

Worst Dressed

5. Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel
I just don't understand how she looked in the mirror and thought she looked good. This dress is like 4 bad dresses combined into one really bad dress. The shoes look like they are from David's Bridal and I am honestly not a huge fan of the clutch. Her makeup is pretty, but the hair is kinda sloppy. She can, and HAS done so much better.

4. Anne Hathaway in Gucci

This dress makes her waist/rib cage look super wide. And honestly? I don't think this is dressy enough for the Oscars. Her hair looks good, but the dress is just wrong. It blinded the crap out of me when she was onstage-not cool!

3. Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

Why is Kerry Washington wearing a bed sheet? She even looks like she KNOWS she looks bad in this pic. I don't get what all the fuss is about-I honestly never like what she wears! Her hair is ok-probably looked better before all the rain-but I am not a fan of her dark lipstick, at least with what she is wearing.

2. Elsa Pataky in an ugly green dress
 
Um. Gross. Side boob on a pregger lady? Not.Cool. Her hair and makeup are absolutely gorgeous, but the dress is just bad. It makes her look like her boobs are hanging down to her waist!

1. Pharrell Williams in Lanvin

Why in the you know what is Pharrell shorts? To the Oscars? It is so beyond disrespectful to be that casual at such a formal event. Is it that hard to show up in a tux?

Best Dressed

I have a tie for 5th place. Sue me.

5. Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
I think she looks fab. I love that she wore color, and the dress fits her perfectly. The hair and makeup are flawless. It is a little safe for her, but I guess she is limited in what she can wear since she only wears Dior. Gorgeous, but not her best.

5. Julia Roberts in Givency
I love this dress. And I love her. I wish the top fit a little better-she may have edged JLaw out if it did. Her hair and makeup were my favorite of the night. And her smile just rocks the world. Love it.

4. Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen
 
This color is where it's at for Sandy, and it is a personal favorite of mine as well. I love that she is channeling old Hollywood here-she looks like a true movie star. One of her best, I think.

3. Cate Blanchett in Armani
I didn't want to love this dress. But it grew on me. (haha-it has flowers) It is just so elegant and fresh. I am really loving it. Her hair and makeup are great, but those earrings are really what is making the look for me. I LOVE the subtle hint of blue!

2. Kate Hudson in Versace
Holy. Hotness. I mean. WOW. I wish she would have left the cape on all night because it makes the look for me. There isn't much you can say about this look, other than it is flawless!

1. Lupita Nyong'o in Prada

Didn't we all see that one coming? She is absolutely the darling of Hollywood right now, and for good reason. She has yet to step a foot out of bounds on the red carpet this season. I cannot wait to see where her career goes from here! I just love her!!

Who were your favorites and least favorites? Do you agree with my picks or do you think I am way off base?
 
 
 


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