Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Man Behind the Blog!

On quite a few blogs lately I have seen interviews with the men behind the blogs!  Some of them have been so hysterical that I couldn't help but see what my hubby had to say about blogging, makeup, and fashion.  

I love my sweet John so dearly, and I think he had the perfect interview (...and I'm not biased at all!).

 

L: What is the name of my blog?
J: Lisa Loves John.

L: Do you read my blog?
J: Yes.
L: What other blogs do you read?
J: Of Dry Flies and Fat Tires, The Borealist, Red Clay Soul, Arizona Wanderings, Lietzke Letters
L: Are you on Bloglovin'?
J: No.
L: You should get an account... it will help you organize reading your blogs.

L: If you had a blog, what would your blog's name be?
J: "Between Two Pines"  ...Because there is a John Muir quote that I like, "Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world" - it's about exploring.  And part of my banner would be two pines very skinny on either side... like built into the frame.
L: Sounds like you've thought a lot about this! Have you ever considered the blog name John Loves Lisa?
J: Yes, that's a good name too.

L: What is currently your favorite fashion accessory?
J: My new Fish Pond visor - it's tall, but not too tall. I also really like my new Bosch impact driver.

L: What is eyeliner for?
J: To look awake.

L: What is Polyvore?
J: Where you make outfits.
L: Will you create an outfit for me on Polyvore?
J: Okay (See below... he made three!! After I showed him how to do it, he did it all on his own!).
L: That's pretty impressive John!! You should consider blogging!
J: I don't have the time to do an excellent job.





Out to Lunch
Out to Lunch



On the River
On the River





Day Hike
Day Hike


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sugar Cookie Fruit Tacos!

I was recently looking on Pinterest for some sort of Cindo de Mayo themed dessert for my coworkers, and stumbled upon the most adorable sugar cookie fruit tacos - a fun twist on everyone's favorite fruit pizzas.

These little guys are a bit tedious, but if you are able to get the cookie to bend, they are way cute.


What you need:

- Sugar cookie dough
- Frosting
- Diced fruit (I used strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, and blueberries)

       


How to:

1.  Bake the sugar cookies as normal, but remove them from the oven about a minute before you normally would.

2.  As soon as you take the cookies out of the oven, remove them from their baking sheet and place them over a rounded surface (I used a paper towel tube).  If you wait too long, the cookies will not be soft enough to curve… but take care to ensure the cookies don’t break in the middle. 

This part was a little stressful because you have to work quickly and it seems like all of the cookies will either not bend or are breaking in the middle.  Just take your time, and you will be surprised that when the cookies cool they stay together nicely.

3.  Once your rounded cookies fully cool, place frosting on the insides and top with diced fruit.


If you’re more of a candy person, look at this variation that I found on Pinterest.  A bit much candy (I know, I never thought those words would ever come out of my mouth…), but it would be great for a kiddo’s birthday party.


If you’re looking for other tasty Cinco de Mayo eats, you’ve got to try this homemade salsa and this feta guacamole that I blogged about awhile back.  

Let me tell you, I can eat both of those with a spoon.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Quick Weekend Recap & Give Away!

John and I had a lovely weekend! A quick recap below and more details later!

We finished building our coffee table.
 

And TV stand.


And we went for a trail run in the Sandia Mountain foot hills.  (Yes, Scout insisted in being in every picture.)  ;)


 And now for the best part... a giveaway!!






Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life–friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God.

The winner of the giveaway will be announced Monday, May 5th.

All entries will be verified, so make sure to play fair! :)

Good Luck!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Summer Getups!

Okay Spring, you were lovely, but it is time for summer... I can hardly wait to break out some fun shorts, sandals, beach bags, and sunglasses!  It is supposed to be 82 and sunny tomorrow, so here's to hoping that some summer clothes can come out of hiding out soon!

Shorts
Sandals



Beach bags




Sunglasses

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Zucchini Pizza Crust


Ok, so if you didn't get the memo, John and I are obsessed with pizza.  Last week I shared a cauliflower pizza crust recipe, and we enjoyed it so much that we thought we would we try out a zucchini crust.  

Let me tell you, it was a little more work, but it was even better... so don't let the green crust freak you out!!


What you need:
For the crust:
- 2 zucchinis
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup of low-fat mozzarella cheese
For the toppings:
- Pizza sauce
- Cheese
- And any other toppings you would like (we used pepperoni)

How to:
1.  Begin by shredding your zucchini with a cheese grater (or food processor, if you have one).
2.  After shredding all of your zucchini, squeeze out all of the loose water.  This step is important so that your crust will stick together and not be moist (I probably squeezed out about a 1/3 cup of liquid).
3.  Once your zucchini is dry, mix it together with an egg and 1/4 cup of cheese.
4.  Then, form the pizza crusts on wax paper.  Make sure not to make your crusts too thin that they break, but not too thick that they won’t toast (mine were about 1/4 inch thick).
5.  With your baking sheet or pizza stone in the oven, preheat to 450 degrees.  Once the oven is preheated, remove the baking sheet, place the crust and wax paper on it, and return to the oven.
6.  Bake for 20 minutes, flipping the crust half-way through.  Take care not to break your crust while flipping.
7.  Once your crust is toasted to your liking, add your desired toppings, and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until done.


This whole zucchini crust thing got me thinking… squeezing out the excess moisture took some time and was kind of messy.  Has anyone ever juiced zucchini and taken the dry pulp to make a pizza crust? 

I think I will be trying this soon.  I don’t have a garden so I don’t really have anything to do with the leftover fiber after juicing, but this could be a cool option - I see some Googling in my near future.  What do you juicers out there do with your leftover fiber?

Linking up with Tuesday's Table

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekend Snapshots!


ONE   |    Saturday morning I went on a fairly difficult hike with two other girlfriends - Faerl and Marley.  The hike was basically straight up to a signal tower and then back down, but the rocks were quite loose so we really had to pay attention to where we were stepping.  And let me tell you, it was quite the workout!

TWO   |   Scout and Marble (Faerl's doggie) joined us girls on the hike, and they were lovely companions.  They were so tired from the hike and playing together that the slept the whole car ride home (but only after Scout ate Faerl's husband's Maui Jims... Scout clearly has expensive taste).

THREE   |   While we were hiking, John and Faerl's husband, Jared, went fly fishing in Taos.  There was a new hatch that they were pretty excited about.

FOUR   |   John and Jared did not get home until late, so Faerl and I extended the evening post-hike with wine, yummy appetizers, face masks, manis and pedis.  She also introduced me to a new show on PBS called Call the Midwives.  Has anyone heard of this?!! I plan on starting the show from the beginning, but supposedly it is better than Downton Abbey (which is so my jam)!

FIVE   |  My pedi matched my Easter Sunday dress perfectly! The weather was beautiful, and I was so excited to finally rock some sandals!

SIX   |   John and I even got to church 20 minutes early... what?!  Well, actually, we were technically 20 minutes late for the earlier service, but we decided to just wait in the car and go to the later one.

SEVEN   |   John and I don't have any kiddos to make Easter baskets for, and this definitely works to little Scout's favor.  She had a lovely little Easter and enjoyed testing out her new leash from her Easter basket.

EIGHT   |   We were originally going to go on an Easter picnic, but decided against it (we were both pretty tired from Saturday).  So instead, we went to The Grove and had some delicious food.  This place is very quickly becoming my favorite restaurant.

NINE   |  We ended Easter Sunday with a trip to Lowe's to buy some wood to make a new coffee table and TV stand.  We are going to use the same basic plans as our dining room table, but obviously different dimensions.  For some reason they wouldn't cut the wood for us (lameee), so we have to take it home and cut it all ourselves.  We hope to finish them off tomorrow!



Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday!  Linking up with Christina, April, Darci, and Natasha!



ONE  |  Fruit Pizza

My department at work is having a salad and dessert potluck today for Easter, and I signed up to bring a fruit pizza… and boy, oh boy – it is yummy!!  It is a perfect spring treat!

What you need:
-          Sugar cookie dough (16.5oz)
-          1 package (8oz) of cream cheese
-          1/3 cup of sugar
-          1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
-          Enough fruit to cover the pizza
-          1/2 cup of apple jelly

How to:
-          Begin by spreading out your cookie dough on a greased cookie sheet or in a pizza pan.  Since I was making these for a potluck, I used individual cookies.
-          Bake your cookie for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.
-          While your cookie is baking, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.
-          Once your cookie is done baking and fully cooled, frost the cookie with your cream cheese mixture and arrange the sliced fruit on top.
-          Finish by brushing the apple jam on the fruit to preserve, and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.



TWO  |  Easter Picnic

On Wednesday I went on a lunch picnic with a friend.  The weather was absolutely beautiful, and we had quite a tasty spread.  It was so fun, in fact, that John and I decided we were going to have an Easter Sunday picnic.


We haven’t finalized the details yet, but it is supposed to be a beautiful day (75 degrees).

I saw this posted on Facebook, and it perfectly sums up the beauty of Easter… “The cross is the place where Jesus finally fulfilled the one great promise of God; that He would redeem us.  He would satisfy justice by replacing us with an innocent, His Son, and He would then give us what we never deserved… life.”

“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”  John 3:16




THREE  |  Macaron vs. Macaroon

I asked John to pick me up a few “macarons” from Whole Foods for my picnic and he came home with “macaroons” (not nearly as yummy, but still ok).  We laughed for a good 30 minutes when he handed them to me and I asked what they were.

We have since educated ourselves on the differences between “macarons” and “macaroons”.




FOUR  |  What Makes Couples “Hangry”?

John and I often find ourselves “hangry.”  We both have fairly high metabolisms and we can go from feeling great to hangry in a matter of (what seems like) minutes!

I stumbled across this article on NPR and thought it was too great to not share.

To sum up the article in a single sentence, “So something like a protein bar would be a really good thing to have before discussing an important issue with your spouse that you might become angry about.”

Word.




FIVE  |  Hunter Boots Giveaway!

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty jealous of Kate over at Green Fashionista because she was the winner of the Original Tall Hunter Boots!  Congrats girl!



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY: Wedding Hanger

John and I have been married for almost three years, and there is something about weddings that I love, love, love! Some of the best gifts that I received when John and I got married were personalized (hello, monogram!).  If you're going to go off registry, a monogram is the way to go!

One of my favorite personalized wedding gifts was from one of my bridesmaids, Elizabeth, who made me a hanger with my (at that time) soon-to-be name (Mrs. Pray).

Have you seen these hangers for your wedding dress before?  They are super cool, and even better, she DIYed mine! Now, whenever one of my gal pals is getting married, I can't help but gift them one too!

They are easy, inexpensive, and personalized - can't get much better!



What you need:
- Wooden Hanger
- Drill (or a car to drive to Home Depot so they can drill a hole for you)
- 12 or 14 gauge wire (thicker the better)
- Wire cutters
- Glue



How to:
1.  The first step is to form the bride's new name in wire (i.e. Mrs. Chairez). Before you start bending the wire, figure out how you are going to form the letters. I always do a few sketches to start so I know what I am doing once I start making the letters.
When you are forming the letters, make sure that the name will still fit within the width of the hanger (if you have a long last name, you will need to make your letters more narrow). 

Just a tip, but don't bother guestimating how much wire you will need and precut the length.  Form all the letters you need with the extra wire in a roll.


2.  Once your wire is formed with the bride's new name, drill a blind hole in the side of the hanger.  This is a great step to make your hubby feel involved in your DIY. :)

If you don't have a drill, you can go to the Home Depot or Lowe's tool rental department, and they will likely be willing to drill the holes for you.

Side note... it is best to pick a hanger that has dress straps so the dress will hang better.


3.  After the bride's name is formed in wire and the holes in the hanger are drilled, lay the wire between the hanger so you know where you need to cut the wire.

Keep in mind, measure twice and cut once...

4.  Put a little bit of glue in the drilled hanger holes and insert the hanger.

Once the wire is secure and the glue is dry, you will be able to reposition the letters a bit and bend them back into shape if they got a little out of whack.



I made this hanger for my super sweet bloggy friend, Kari.  Her wedding colors are navy and taupe, but, for the life of me (and everyone who works at JoAnn Fabrics), I could not figure out what taupe was, so I just tied a white ribbon around her hanger.


 Side note, make sure the bride is taking the groom's last name... that could be awkward!


Linking up for Whatever Goes WednesdayWhimsy WednesdayWork it WednesdayPretty Wednesday, and Worthwhile Wednesdays.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

John and I eat an absurd amount of pizza... frozen pizza, pizza rolls, Pizza Hut, etc... we don't discriminate - it's terrible, really.  In attempt to health-ify our lives (like that? health-ify? totally just made it up - bet you couldn't tell), we decided to try a cauliflower crust pizza.  

We loved the cauliflower cheese sticks, and quite honestly, the pizza was just as good!

After eating a few slices, John even said that he might prefer the cauliflower crust to the real thing... now if only you could order out and get this (I'm efficient like that)!



What you need:
(For the crust)
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup of reduced fat mozzarella shredded cheese
(For the toppings)
- Pizza sauce
- Cheese (we used mozzarella and a little goat cheese)
- And any other toppings you like (we just used pepperoni)

How to:
1.  Begin by making cauliflower rice.  I used a cheese grater, but if you have a food processor, that is a much faster and cleaner method.  After ricing your cauliflower, put the rice in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 5 minutes.
2.  After microwaving your cauliflower rice, mix in one egg, and 1/4 cup of shredded cheese.
3.  Form the mixture into pizza crusts on wax paper.  Keep in mind that you want the crust to be thin enough to toast all the way through, but thick enough to not fall apart when you're eating a slice (mine was probably 1/4-1/2 inch thick).
4.  Preheat your oven to 450 degrees WITH your pizza stone or baking sheet inside the oven.  Once your oven is preheated, pull out the baking sheet and put the wax paper with the crusts on top and bake for 20 minutes, flipping half-way through.  Be very careful when flipping to not break the crust before it is done baking.
5.  Once your crust is toasted to your liking, add you desired toppings, and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until done.

You'd be surprised how when finished baking the crust holds together like normal pizza!



Linking up with Tuesday's Table

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Tid-bits!




ONE  |  This weekend John and I had a lunch date out at a fun Italian restaurant called Torinos' @ Home.  We had never heard of the restaurant until my mom (who lives in Minneapolis) saw the restaurant on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri.  It was so tasty and we will be going back very soon!

TWO  |  After lunch we did some "man shopping" and at went to Sportsman's Warehouse to pick up a new fly fishing pack for John.  We, of course, looked at all the fly fishing gear - it is so fun to watch John get excited about things (similar to how I get excited about buying a great new pair of shoes or jeans!).

THREE  |  When I bought my iPad Air over the holidays, they gave me a $75 Apple gift card, and I just haven't been able to find anything that I am dying to have.  After holding on to the gift card for a while, I bought this camera lens that attaches to your phone.  There is a macro, wide angle, and fisheye lens.  I have NO idea when I will ever use them, but they are super fun to play around with.

FOUR  |  This weekend was filled with Starbucks... and lots of it!  I am starting to really get into the iced non-fat vanilla macchiato (with light ice).  I like that it has more of a caffeine kick than the normal chai that I usually get.

FIVE  |  See that pile of white stuff?  It's not snow, but it has been flying around in the air like crazy this weekend!! I'm not from New Mexico (or anywhere that I have seen this before), so I have no idea what it is, but it looks like snow and is pretty thick in the air.  I am thankful that I don't have any type of allergies... It's got to be pretty brutal for people that do!

SIX  |  Along with the white stuff flying in the air, it was so windy this weekend.  Although you can't see it, there is a mountain behind all of that gray dust in the picture.  You can see the outline a bit, but it was crazy driving around town with the mountains completely gone from sight.

SEVEN  |  A couple weeks ago I made the best cauliflower cheese sticks, and this weekend John and I decided to make cauliflower pizza.  It was AMAZING!  I swear, I think I like it better than normal pizza... recipe to come tomorrow!!

EIGHT  |  John has been taking Scout and me for walks lately... I say that John walks me too, because he basically has to drag me out of the door!  Once I get outside and moving I have fun, but it is such a pain when I am nice and cozy warm inside.

NINE  |  Miss Scout got to have a play date with her friend Marble this weekend... and let me tell you - they are hooligans together!  John went mountain biking with Marble's dad, Jared, and while they were biking Scout and Marble got to play (under the supervision of Marble's mom, Faerl, of course!). Such fun times for the sweet puppy!



Don't forget to enter the Hunter Boots Giveaway!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five on Friday + Hunter Boots Giveaway

The weather this week has been incredibly beautiful - it makes being cooped up inside for work very difficult… I don’t know how I am going to manage working every day once the weather starts consistently staying this nice!!   

I’m looking forward to a weekend spent outdoors in the sun and warmth... and maybe even watching some of the Masters with the hubby!

Linking up for Five on Friday with Christina, April, Natasha, and Darci!


ONE

I’m pretty sure my dog thinks she’s a person.  Either that, or she thinks that John and I are dogs with her.  Either way, we are definitely all equals in her book.

John and I have started the terrible habit of letting Scout sleep with us in bed.  Since we both work during the day, she stays in her crate until we get home from work (aside from a 30 minute potty break at lunch).  We feel bad having her in the crate all day then back all night to sleep.

Since she has started sleeping with us, she insists on having her head right on the pillow and her body under the blankets.  It's super cute, but maybbbeeeee a bit much (just kidding, we totally love it!). 



TWO

This warmer weather means full-on grill mode, and the only natural addition to some good grilling is a fruity cocktail to sip on.

Here is a must-try! John doesn't care for vodka but he liked this one.


Raspberry Beer Cocktail

- 1/4 cup of raspberries
- 1 bottle of corona (12 oz), chilled
- 1/4 container of frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate
- Vodka to taste

Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon.  Makes 2 servings.



THREE

A Fresh Manicure

Hello, manicure… you were much needed - I feel more alive already! 

And now for a pedicure this weekend, and I will officially be ready for some sandal weather!



FOUR

Ruby Red Juice

This juice is so yummy… lots of carrots and the perfect splash of citrus!  Carrots are definitely my favorite vegetable to juice, so pretty much any recipe with carrots as the base is a win in my book!


- 1 grapefruit
- 1 lemon
- 7 carrots
- 1/2 inch of ginger



FIVE

Hunter Boots Giveaway!

April Showers Bring May Flowers, so along with 7 other girls, we are giving away a pair of “Original Tall” Hunter Boots!









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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Get-Ups!


I absolutely love 77 degree weather (yes, 77 precisely!)… It is officially warm enough to wear summer clothes, but not so hot that the weather is unbearable. 

Spring is great, and it is welcomed with arms wide open (especially after winter), but I find myself not being able to fully rid myself of winter clothes.  I hate being cold, so sometimes at 70 degrees, I still like to throw on a scarf with my shorts!  You know what I mean?

Below you’ll find some of my favorite spring looks… embracing the warmer weather, but still cozied-up enough that you aren’t going to freeze in 60 degree temperatures.




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