Roasted Red Pepper, Mozzarella and Basil Stuffed Chicken

If you know the real me then you know that I am not a major fan of cooking.  You would think that with all the Food Network shows I watch I would have a home cooked meal on the table every night, I’m just not that type of woman.  Well after getting bashed and teased about how I’m not a ‘normal’ girl because I don’t like cooking I finally decided to make my man a meal.  Now I’m no Betty Crocker but if you give me a recipe then I can sure as heck follow that recipe to a T and make a great meal.  I was craving chicken that night so I searched and searched and searched for an easy meal because I knew that Ry was gonna be home within the next hour.  I finally found the perfect chicken to try.  It’s a roasted red pepper, mozzarella and basil stuffed chicken.  The picture is what sold me on the recipe, so I put my little invisible chef hat on and headed to Publix.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time:  35 minutes
Total Time:  50 minutes

Ingredients:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced into 8 slices
1 12 oz jar of roasted red peppers sliced into 1 inch pieces (about two whole red peppers if you roast your own)
1 bunch of basil, whole leaves
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan
Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper for seasoning

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a 9×12 casserole dish.  Butterfly chicken breasts by slicing into the long side of the breast, stopping just about 1/4 of an inch from the opposite side.  Lay chicken breast in casserole dish opened up.  Sprinkle the exposed insides of the chicken breast with 1/2 of the Italian seasoning and salt and pepper.  Stack the roasted red pepper, basil, and 1 slice of the mozzarella on the bottom side of the chicken.  Fold the top flap of the chicken over, tucking in the mozzarella, basil and roasted red pepper as necessary.  Sprinkle with the remaining Italian seasoning.  Bake chicken for 30-40 minutes (until chicken is no longer pink).  Pull chicken out of oven and turn the oven to a high broil.  Top chicken with remaining mozzarella slices and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Broil until cheese is browned and bubbly, about 5 minutes.
Now normally if I do attempt to cook Ry doesn’t normally like it (he is a VERY picky eater but won’t admit it), however, I will mark the day that I made this chicken because Ry actually admitted that he liked the chicken and would eat it again.  HALLELUJAH!  This is for all you ladies (or men) that get teased because they don’t cook, you CAN do it.  With Pinterest’s help, ANYTHING is possible.
xoxo, H

Making Marlins

Most of my followers may not know this but last weekend was the Pensacola International Billfish Tournament.  My boyfriend took 2nd place in the Tuna category weighing in a 107.4 pound tuna.  He took home a plaque and some new lures for the boat.
The third place winner we were a wee bit jealous of because they got this amazing piece of artwork that represents what fish they caught and placed with that weekend.

So, my boyfriend woke up and came up with the idea that he was going to start making some of the same artwork for our home (currently we don’t have anything on the walls because we are picky).  Right now he is making a piece of artwork for the man cave.  Below are pictures and step-by-step instructions on how he has made this piece of artwork.

Step 1:
Get a pallet board.  Once you have your pallet board you need to carefully take apart the boards on the outside (for our Marlin he only used 3 pieces of the pallet and we will save the rest for another project.)  After we have the pieces off you are going to want to use the center piece of the pallet to use as your base and nail your 3 pieces (or however many you used) so that way you wont have to worry about messing with wood glue or anything like that.

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Step 2:
For the second step we went ahead and googled an outline of an Marlin.  We printed it out and laid it next to our pallets so we could look at it and place our beer caps, yes that’s right, we used beer caps to outline the Marlin.

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Step 3:
Lastly, once you have your beer caps placed all you need to do is grab a hot glue gun and glue those beer caps down and, BAM, you’re done.  All you need to need to do now is hang it up and wait for all the compliments and questions about how you made it.

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xoxo H

p.s. If you aren’t crafty but you love this item, comment and let me know and we would be able to make one and get you a great deal on it, especially for my fellow bloggers (:

Trying something new.

Happy Sunday Funday readers,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Fourth of July weekend celebrating our wonderful countries birthday.  I know that I did.

Today, I was inspired to do something new and creative.  I was inspired by not only my awesome boyfriend but I was also lounging around this morning (coffee in tow) watching Julia and Julia.  I loved the fact that she decided to blog about her one year of trying out Julia Childs recipe book.
So…I have come to the conclusion that I am going to blog once a week, every Sunday, about either a new recipe that we have tried, new projects that we have decided to make for our new home, new decor (where and how much the item was) for our home, and all sorts of other things.  I will post pictures, links and step by step instructions for anything we do.

I will also be posting some other cool new recipes and ideas that I found on pinterest.

To start it off, I will be posting about a new art project that my boyfriend is working on for his man cave.  I hope that you guys will love it as much as I do.

xoxo H

54 Crazy Thoughts A Girl Has When A Guy Isn’t Texting Her Back

We, as girls, have all had some crazy thoughts to why her man is not texting them back.  Don’t deny it, it happens to the best of us.

1. He’s definitely ignoring me on purpose.
2. Who is he f*cking?!
3. Maybe he didn’t get my message?4. Maybe he lost his phone?
5. Nope, he just like a picture on Instagram – he definitely has his phone.
6. Is it because I’m ugly?
7. I’m better looking than he is, WTF!
8. Maybe he’s playing hard to get?
9. Maybe I should?
10. Nah, where’s the fun in that?
11. What about a Snapchat to get his attention?
12. Why are his three best friends on Snapchat girls?!
13. He’s definitely seeing other people.
14. I wonder which one of these girls he’s slept with.
15. Maybe he’s taking a nap?
16. Should I take a nap?
17. Maybe if I do then I will wake up to a response.
18. Did I come on too strong?
19. …Or not strong enough?
20. He hates me.
21. Why does this always happen?
22. Most people have their phones in their hands 24/7.
23. I know he saw it.
24. It’s 2014 – my message clearly got delivered, it even says it!!!
25. Am I too intimidating?
26. Again – who else is he sleeping with?!
27. Maybe he’s in the shower?
28. Who takes this long to shower?
29. I guess I do… but I’m a girl!
30. Maybe he’s jerking off?
31. But I could be doing that for him.
32. I wonder if he’s thinking of me naked.
33. Doubt it, then he’d definitely be responding.
34. Assh*le!
35. Maybe he’s on the phone?
36. What bitch is he calling?
37. Probably that girl who just wrote on his Facebook.
38. She’s not even that pretty.
39. OK, fine, she’s actually really hot.
40. He could be at the gym.
41. Sh*t, should I go to the gym?
42. Why couldn’t we just work each other out? It’s so much more fun…
43. Who exercises when it’s 28 degrees outside?!
44. Maybe he’s just doing work?
45. Should I call him?
46. Maybe I should do a casual walk-by-his-place-to-see-if-he’s-home?
47. Damn it, it’s raining; screw that.
48. Wow, I sound crazy.
49. Oh well, it happens to the best of us, doesn’t it?
50. WTF is going on?
51. I thought we had a great time the other night?
52. I guess I was the only one who thought so?
53. Whatever, he lost his chance; I’m over it.
54. OMG!! HE JUST RESPONDED!!!

Yes, ladies we all have this thought process.  We can’t deny it for one second.  We’re human though so it is natural.

Experience and Advice on dating older men!

Recently I was caught up in a relationship with a man who is eleven years older than me!  Yes, I know that sounds beyond crazy.   Although I didn’t mind the fact that he was older than me.  It just means that either I am wise beyond my years or that he is in fact still a teenager at heart.  Well the man that I was caught up with was very wise yet he still acted like he was 21 even though he was a month away from being 30 years old (yes, if you do the math that means that I am about to be 19!)  I have always been attracted to men who are older than me, in high school I dated a guy the same age as me one time and that relationship lasted less than two days.  I am a woman who knows what I like, and I like older men who don’t act as if they are older.  The only downfall to our relationship was that we had to hide it.  The only people who knew where Lindsay* and Kevin* my best friend and Edwards* best friend.  Our relationship didn’t last as long as I would have hoped for, but along the way I grew more confident with the woman that I am and I feel as if I learned a lot about men.

Many women are tired of dating guys their own age because the men are only interested in sex, have no clue how to even treat a lady or they are way too busy trying to spend time with their boys and not disappoint their friends.  That’s when you know it is time to start dating an older man.  Even if only for a short time period, the experience you will gain will be none other than helpful.  It will help you realize what you want in life and a relationship.  Once you have been in a relationship with an older man, you may decide to never date people your own age again.  At the very least, you will be better prepared to choose more wisely when it comes to finding your Mr. Right.

Before you head off to the golf course, upscale bar or online dating site, read these tips on how to find the right silver fox for you:

1. Make sure he is a good fit.  Instead of being worried if you’re a good fit for him, make sure that he is a good fit for you.  If you’re not compatible, accept it and move on.  You’re too young to settle for someone who isn’t right for you.
2. Don’t be a trophy.  Some men chase younger women as a way of making themselves feel younger or to stroke their own ego by bagging a young beautiful woman.  Don’t ever assume that older men are different than younger men when it comes to using women as sex objects.  Where do you think the guys your age get it from?  Protect your heart and self-worth ladies.  Don’t jump into sex or accept expensive gifts too quickly, you’ll know when the time is right.
3. Don’t assume he’s going to use you.  Remember what happens when you assume ladies, you make an ass out of you and me!  Although some older men treat their women as trophies, not all do so.  Just as you’d do with a man your own age, choose wisely.  Pay attention to the way that he is treating you and the language that he uses around you.  A real man will treat you in the best way that he can to show his love for you.
4. Know your worth.  You have more to offer than a rocking body.  Just because a man is older and has more experience doesn’t mean he knows everything.  You have life experiences and knowledge of your own that has value.  Don’t be afraid to express your opinions or offer your own advice.
5. Call him out on his bullshit.  BS is still BS no matter what your age.  When your bullshit-ometer goes off, listen to it and call him out on it.  Some men like to date younger women because they can be easier to manipulate, but most men will respect a woman who is confident enough to stand up for herself and not put up with his BS.
6. Make sure he’s NOT the jealous type.  Jealousy needs to be left behind once you’ve graduated High School.  Luckily, for the most part older men are not going to be as insecure as younger men.  They understand that you have a life of your own to live, just as they do.  However, if he is prone to jealousy or possessiveness, this will be a problem.  I suggest that you both sit down and try to work this problem out, or just get out of the relationship all together.
7. Don’t assume he’s settled.  Again, ladies never ever assume.  Just because your man is older doesn’t mean he has settled down.  A real man will show you that he is ready to be with a woman when he is good and ready.  We ladies can’t always assume that we will be able to change a man.  That’s really what makes them act so crazy.  Some men are only good for fun.  If that’s what you are looking for, then go for it and have a blast.  If not, then don’t go past a couple of dates and DO NOT get attached.  You’ll only set yourself up for heartache.
8. Don’t try to be his kids’ mom.  They have a mom, and that isn’t what you signed up for.  You aren’t playing house.  Think of how you would feel if the shoe were on the other foot.  You wouldn’t want some other (younger) woman trying to take the role of mom in your children’s lives.
9. Make sure you’re on the same page.  Know how he feels on commitment and children.  He may be ready to settle down and start a family, while you are just getting started as an adult and have no interest in settling down.  Or, he may be at the stage where he has already been married, has kids and has no interest in ever getting married again.  Get everything out on the table earlier than you normally would.
10. Don’t make jokes about his age.  Men are just as sensitive to this subject as a woman is.  You don’t want him joking that your butt looks fat in your jeans.  So don’t joke around about his first gray hair.
11. Be ready for his baggage.   Know what you are getting yourself into before you get in too deep.
12. Be respectful to his ex.  She is not your competition or your enemy.  He’s been there and done that and so has she.  If this woman is an ongoing part of his life, then you need to be on friendly terms with her.  Not only will she be less likely to make your lives less of a living hell, but she’s the best source for learning who this man is.
13. Don’t assume he’s wealthy or successful.  If you are drawn to older men for the security they bring, don’t judge him by his expensive suits, watch or nice car/truck.  More than likely he wasn’t born into money and he works hard for the nice things that he does have.
14. Don’t piss off his friends’ wives.  For the love of all that’s holy, do not call them ma’am, do not flirt with their husbands and don’t dress too sexy, especially in the beginning.  He wants to know that you will fit into his world.  That includes his friends and their wives.
15. Don’t sacrifice your own goals.  If he has the ability and desire to travel the world with a beautiful, young woman on his arm, that’s great for both of you as long as if doesn’t prevent you from accomplishing your own goals.  If you haven’t finished college or are on a successful career track, you can’t afford to jet across the globe only to face the end of the relationship and find yourself in the same financial state you were in when you graduated High School.
16. Don’t let him be Daddy.  Don’t even call him Daddy! It’s just weird and creepy.  It is perfectly fine to allow him to take care of you to a point, but when he starts sounding like your father; it’s time to get out…and I mean fast.
17. Don’t let your friends make jokes about him.  Your friends will have fun joking about ‘the old guy’, but do your best to nip this behavior in the bud.  If you joke around behind his back, they will think you don’t care if they do it to his face.  It’s rude and disrespectful and it won’t help your relationship.
18. Keep and open line of communication.  Secrets don’t make friends!  If you get into a long-term relationship with an older man, you will need to keep an open line of communication.  The two of you are in different stages of life.  He is already matured and pretty much settled.  However, you are rapidly growing and changing.  You’re coming to your own and finding your place in the world.
19. Have fun learning from each other.  With a larger age gap come completely different life experiences.  Enjoy teaching each other about new, interesting things.
20. Know when to say goodbye.  If you realize in the beginning that you two are not going to be a long-term fit but decided to date anyway, know when it’s time to say goodbye.

Saying that ‘age doesn’t matter’ when you’re dating is ludicrous.  Of course age matters, it’s how you handle the age gap that determines a respectful relationship.  Dating an older man can be a wonderful experience if treated with dignity and mutual respect.  There’s no reason a relationship between a younger woman and an older man can’t work out as long as both people are happy and enjoy each others company.

“Gatsby looked at Daisy the way that every girl dreams of being looked at!”

*Names have been changed to protect the identity of those involved.

20 Reasons your BFF is better than your BF!

  1. You get to share clothes.
  2. She’ll help you when you have a bad hair day, your bf probably won’t even notice.
  3. She’ll help you come up with the perfect text when you don’t know how to reply to his.
  4. She knows make-up, he won’t know the difference between your smokey eye or your all natural look (well hopefully, and if he knows the difference or the names then you should rethink this).
  5. He won’t dance around with you to bat shit crazy music while getting ready to go out like your best friend will.
  6. You don’t always have to look your best when you’re with your BFF.
  7. You don’t have to use manners while with your best friend.
  8. You don’t have to filter your mouth when you’re with your BFF.
  9. He won’t have lipgloss when you need it the most.
  10. You can’t try out new Pinterest make-up and hair ideas on him.
  11. You can’t tell your BF when you think your waiter is cute.
  12. He won’t tell you when you look like crap, but your best friend will.
  13. He probably won’t make a pic collage of your best and worst photos for your birthday and post it on Insta for everyone to see.
  14. He will never understand the power of the monogram.
  15. He will never want to go get his nails done with you.
  16. He will never understand how addicting Target really is for women, especially the dollar section.
  17. He won’t understand the obsession with Victoria Secret’s bathing suits.
  18. He won’t know which designer is which.
  19. Your BFF will never think twice about having a sappy love story movie date with you filled with ice cream, brownie trains, and coffee.
  20. Your BFF will always be there for you, even when your BF is not.

21 Things to Look For in a Boyfriend

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1. Regardless of his height, he is comfortable with the way he looks around you.  You don’t have to date a guy who is taller than most, but he can’t be someone who is threatened to be seen with you.2. He genuinely makes you laugh (because he is funny, not because you think he is attractive and want to flatter him), and not a self-conscious little giggle, either.  He makes you belly laugh and choke on your own laughter and tear up with laughter and laugh so hard you think you’re going to pee yourself.
3. He loves your laugh, even your ‘ugly’ laugh.
4. He remembers little things about you, even things that other people might consider unimportant or too minor.  He knows what your favorite dish at the Thai place is.  He knows what movie you two watched on your first date.  He knows the blanket you love to curl up with when you’re reading.
5. Whether or not he has the same taste in music or movies as you, he is always willing to try something new that you really like, or that neither of you have seen before.
6. He doesn’t put you down for liking what you like.
7. You always feel welcome around his friends, even if they aren’t the people that you would hang out with every day, and they are always friendly and open to you.  There is never a point at which you feel there is ‘your boyfriend’ and then ‘the person he is around his friends.’
8. His family is not perfect, because no one is, but they try their best and are good people and you feel comfortable around them.
9. He does not cheat on you, would never cheat on you, and doesn’t even give the vague, nagging suspicion that he might cheat on you at some point in the future.  Regardless of the problems you may encounter, being betrayed is simply not a possibility.
10. His vision of the future is very similar to yours, or at least is flexible enough to adjust to what you both may end up wanting.  (Wasting time with someone who does not want what you want, and never will, is unfair to both of you.)
11. He has a healthy relationship with going out, drinking, and socializing.  He is neither completely dependent or absolutely uncomfortable with either of those things.
12. With him you are comfortable both going out together and spending time separately with your individual groups of friends – there is no need to be constantly joined at the hip, for fear that he may stray or any other reason.
13. He is willing to consider long-distance if it has to be done for a certain period of time, but at least ultimately has plans to be near you (because no matter how good it is, long-distance can’t last forever).
14. He doesn’t have hang-ups or judgments about your body, and shows all of it affection and attention.  You don’t feel ugly or uncomfortable around him, nor that you are not good enough for him physically.
15. He has similar religious views to you – or lack thereof – or is willing to accept that you’re both different.  Few things manifest in more ugly ways than the small seeds of disagreement over fundamental beliefs like religion.
16. He is open-minded, and not just about things that he doesn’t really care about.  Even for more important subjects like politics or culture, he is able to listen to others and give meaningful responses without being petty or childish.
17. He is mature and comfortable about the human body and all of its weird functions, and doesn’t make a big deal out of things that happen naturally.  Instead of feeling uncomfortable when something weird happens during sex, for example, you both just laugh.
18. He doesn’t make fun of you if you say you are offended or upset by something he says.  He is actually capable of thinking about the consequences of his words and understanding that not all hurt is inflicted physically.
19. He votes, and understands why it’s important.
20. He is attractive (to your own individual standard), but the vast majority of your interest in him stems from things other than what he looks like.
21. He respects himself enough to want all of these things from you, too.