Sunday, December 21, 2014

Poached eggs... in Marinara!!!!!

Zachy ordered something similar to this at a restaurant & I truly thought it was going to be AWFUL, but guess what... it is now my go to food at the time. I am OBSESSED!
The first time I made it {pictured} we made some homemade marinara which I throw in some canned tomatoes, tomato paste, spices, onions & some peppers!
I then brought it to a boil, cracked the eggs in as if I were poaching them in water & watched them cook to perfection! I also threw in some chunks of mozzarella because everything is better loaded with CHEESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Toasted some break & chowed down!!!!

The easy way...
already made marinara sauce

Preheat  the oven to say 415 degrees, crack the eggs in a marinara sauce which should all be in a small glass dish pop them in the oven for about 10 minutes & DONE!!!!!!

I have become OBSESSED!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

time is flying by!

Oh my gosh, I feel like i haven't written a post or taken a photo for the longest time!
Between graduating, getting a job, moving, family emergencies & whatever else life is throwing around I have had ZERO time for a new post!!!
I promise I will have something yummy or an easy peasy DIY up SOON!!!!!!

During my quick trip to Washington last weekend my Grandpa shared some jokes with me! 
I couldn't help but giggle all day at this!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

tasty BBQ chicken & Bacon pizza

I have got a huge crush on the BBQ chicken pizza at California Pizza Kitchen, but they are pretty expensive for a pizza... so, I made my own! MmMMMMmmmmm

pizza dough (Trader Joe's has pre made & it is SO YUMMY)
BBQ Sauce
Chicken Breasts
Parmesan /Gouda cheese mix (if you want)

Cook up those chicken breasts, I popped mine in the oven with olive oil, salt, pepper & some other herbs... however you like your chicken!
Cook up that yummy bacon, cut first... it's A LOT EASIER
Roll out your pizza dough, I had my assistant in the kitchen for this one ;)
spoon over BBQ sauce over dough
Throw all those other toppings on top!
I grated the onion & garlic into little pieces & threw some around... do as much as you like! Some people don't like onion & garlic!
Then top with that yummy cheese & drizzle some BBQ sauce on top!
Follow the pizza dough directions & cook pizza as directed, once it is cooked up top with some fresh cilantro & eat up!!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

fork, wine cork & LABEL

A craft!
I feel like most of my blog has become recipes, which is strange.
Anyhow, how cute & easy are these!?
I combined a few different ideas that I have seen on Pinterest & created these cuties!
What you'll need:
forks, wine corks, hemp string (or yarn, whatever tickles your fancy), hot glue gun (or super glue may work), marker (my mom is one upping me & using a wood burner to write her labels on) & some scissors of course.

Wrap & glue your string or yarn around the forks!!! Tie a cute bow & super glue wherever you would like, first step DONE!
Second, stab your wine cork... I also used a knife to make the holes a little deeper but be SUPER CAREFUL! Don't cut yourself!
Then put your glue on your holes & re insert your forks in!
write whatever you are labeling on your cork...
& you're DONE!

Now hopefully these herbs will grow! Testing my green thumb, yet again!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CureSearch {Phoenix Walk}

One thing about my life that I throughly enjoy & could spend the rest of my life doing is helping people. Young, old, sick, disabled, short, tall & so on... {I know you thought I was going to say crafting}
Thankfully I just graduated & hope to pursue a career where I can spend everyday of the rest of my life doing so.
Luckily some of my life has been dedicated to being apart of the most amazing committee of people as activities & entertainment chair for {CureSearch for Children's Cancer}. In this group of wackos, they have taught me so much more about passion, commitment & pure love... I could make an endless list of what I have learned from them... but I will keep it short for your sake.
They bring their stories along with their passion to even more people to get the word out that these kiddos need our support to get the help they need to say sayonara to the awful thing called cancer... Nobody should have to suffer.
Everyone who is supporting the cause of eliminating Childhood Cancer are incredible beyond words, I am a little biased for my group & would like to brag about their dedication & work they have done over the years to support the cause.

At our walk last year we raised over 25K & this year our goal is $57,500.00 & to have 69 teams registered!!!!!!!! Help us help these kids... If your in the Phoenix area our walk is November 16th 2014
If you can't walk, join/create a team or donate... your voice is the strongest tool you have, get the word out!!!!!!
Follow our journey on:

You only have one life & you should do the most you can with it, I plan on dedicating mine to helping others & having a positive impact where I can, hopefully creating a ripple effect & impacting more than I ever knew I could. I am so thankful to have people in my life who support this goal & help me to move towards it.
If it isn't childhood cancer research or elimination you aren't supporting... find something, find a passion... making an impact & be good. 
There is a lot of good in the world, but there needs to be more. Smile, laugh, go with the flow & pass on that goodness.

Right now & for as long as I need to I will be supporting these beautiful, unbelievable strong little cancer warriors,  my voice will always be as loud as I can make it to help them speak when they can't on their own.

"CureSearch for Children's Cancer accelerates the cure for children's cancer by driving innovation, eliminating research barrier, and solving the field's most challenging problems." We provide funding to scientists addressing questions that challenge the status quo and promote collaboration in order to push the children's cancer research field closer to a cure. And, because clinical trials are the means to saving the lives of infants, children and adolescents with cancer today, CureSearch continues to fund therapeutic clinical trails at hospitals across the country"
To find out more about CureSearch visit their website

Photo: Last years walk, son of Nicole... Event chair & one of the most admirable woman I have ever met, who I will forever look up to.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

graduation {party}

My boyfriend's amazing mother sure knows how to throw a party!!! So thankful for all that she has done!!!!!! The party she threw for Zach & I was the BEST!
She found the cutest little place in Scottsdale for the bash, {Sip} which is a coffee & beer house.
Since the first time she took us there, I have fallen madly in love with the place, I could live there!!!
It was a great party filled with all of our friends & family who could make it! As well as my incredible momma who came from Washington!
After the past week I am feeling beyond lucky & so happy!!!!!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day mini bouquets!

For all the special momma's in my life that I got to see & spend time with yesterday they got some cute little mini bouquets that I crafted up {with Zach & my momma}
Once they were done I realized how cute they would be for some sort of party or dinner... or anything for that matter!!!
All you need is some hot glue, burlap, ribbons, jars & some flowers!!!!
I also go these adorable clippy blackboard tags from {Michaels}to use as well!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

graduation is finally here!

What you get when you hand your friend your camera & force her to take your graduation pictures... after previously forgetting that you weren't beyonce & threw a temper tantrum about how freakin hot it is here in Az!!!!
Anyways I have finally made it to graduation!!!!!!!
Arizona State you have been wonderful!
Time to use this family & human development major & change the world!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

{no fry} fried ice cream!!!!!!

Are you ready to make the most delicious Cinco De Mayo dessert?
EASIEST, soooooooo yummy & did I mention easy?

6 cups corn flakes {crushed}
2 tablespoons white sugar
3 tablespoons butter {melted}
5 table spoons corn syrup
5 table spoons honey
2 teaspoons cinnamon
vanilla ice cream {1 gallon}
any toppings you want {whipped cream, syrup, honey, chocolate, syrup, berry syrup, ANYTHING YOU WANT}

crush corn flakes, I throw them into a big baggie & give them a few punches
combine cereal, sugar, butter, corn syrup, honey & cinnamon!
Shape ice cream into any size ball you want, I did little babies... roll balls in the cereal {press lightly to ensure balls are fully coated}
place ice cream balls into a muffin tin or on a plate... freeze until ready to serve or it appears to have set together!
Top with any of your yuppy toppings & ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

mmmm citrus {& herb} chicken

I have been seeing a lot of these recipes on Pinterest over the last month of so, so I decided to give it a go!
I mixed up a few different recipes using what I liked from each! {you don't always have to follow one specific recipe, be fancy}


1/4 cup olive oil
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons sugar
2 lemons
2 oranges
1 onion, sliced
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon basil
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon parsly
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon rosemary
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt {your choice of amount}
pepper {your choice of amount}
10-12 chicken pieces, I used drumsticks & thighs {at Trader Joe's they have BONELESS thighs!}

Mix together olive oil, garlic, all seasonings, sugar, 1 juiced lemon, 1 juiced orange! I let my chicken marinade in the mix for about an hour in a big zip lock baggie, if you don't have time for that... place chicken in a 13inX9in baking dish & pour mixture over chicken making sure all the chicken parts gets some of that sauce bath!
slice lemon, orange & onion, place around and under chicken then if you want to add some more seasoning over your chicken, go for it! This is when you make your recipe your own.
Bake for an hour or until chicken reaches 160 degrees, uncovered {middle rack, move to top last 10-15 mins for a nice brown color}

I made garlic cheesy bread & garlic green beans, it went together perfectly!!!!!!

Monday, April 28, 2014

How stinkin cute are these?!

I picked these adorable tags up at {Rust and Roses} the last time I went antiquing & I can't get over how adorable they are... I also still have to find the perfect place or use for them!
I wish they had the brand name on them because they had a bunch of other awesome stuff!
I'll have to check next time I am there & give ya an update for some awesome online shopping!
Tag Quotes:
"admit one to dreamland"
"I never met a cupcake I didn't like"
"live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air"
"I can't wait til you see me fly, let your heart soar in new directions"

Friday, April 18, 2014

Where have {I} been!!!!!?????

I am so, so sorry that I have been MIA the past week!!!
I am super busy, about to graduate from ASU in a couple of weeks & I am definitely starting to feel the pressure!
I haven't had much time for new yummy treats or diys... but I promise I will have some new ones coming soon!!!!
I will post some of my old diys or refurbishes to stall until I can find some free time for new ones!
Thank you to all of my new viewers, family & friends who keep interested in what's up on the ol Kaddywhompus blog!

Updates: Lemon water in the mornings... FABULOUS! My face completely cleared up, which could have been luck! But I have been drinking it for about a week or two every morning & I don't crash in the middle of the day, my skin looks fabulous & I am feeling great!
Berry Danish... a definite to do Easter morning!
What else... hmm!!! OH... ohhhh noooooooo
Apparently I lack the green thumb that runs strong through my families blood... I blame it on being in Arizona... but it appears all of my new plants are slowly dying... hopefully they will perk back up soon!!!!
I hope everyone had a perfect holiday weekend & stay tuned for some new fun on Kaddywhompus next week!!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

{Sedona} Saving me from AZ 1 trip at a time

I love, love, love, love, love Sedona... Anyone who has ever been would have to agree with me.
Every time I go I feel so blessed to live so close to such a beautiful place. Thankfully my boyfriend agrees to go with me frequently to help me avoid insanity of the desert in Tempe.
I don't think there are any "bad" places to go in Sedona but fortunately we have found some of our favorite little places each time we go... Last time we hiked up to Devil's Bridge with some friends & it truly took my breath away, probably more so from the actual hike.
We decided to check out the Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park to experience some peace & see this "sacred" place... There was even a Buddha there doing some stuff, I would assume praying but... I don't know much about that! Anyways, it was pretty cool, I was obviously obsessed with the flags & trinkets that were everywhere.
Then we finally did some hiking... {"stomping" - Zach} around Oak Creek and found a perfect rock to lounge on and enjoy the cool water & beautiful day...
Every time I leave I can feel any weight I have had on my shoulders completely disappear & I feel physically & mentally refreshed, it's perfect!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

EASIEST cream cheese & {berry} danish

Yummmm... yum... yum!
Oh my goodness, I am so happy I finally decided to make this because it is SO DELICIOUS, easy & even cheap! 
My taste tester gave it over 20/10 SO that means it is good... then again he's not too picky ;)

1 tube crescent rolls
For the filling:
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup blackberries {or any berry of your choice}
For the icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
4 {or more} tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla & flour.
On an ungreased cookie sheet roll out the crescent rolls and connect them {see photo} it should be able the length of your cookie sheet, smoosh together any open holes. 
Cut diagonal strips up each side of the dough {as pictured} about 1/2 an inch wide.
Once all your strips are cut spread your cream cheese mixture up the center & top with your berries... I mooshed up half of my berries to make it into almost a jelly consistency. 
Fold & braid dough over the mixture & berries, this part could be a little tricky if you are trying to make it look as pretty as can be...
Bake for 20 minutes, let cool... 
Mix icing ingredients, if the icing is too think just add a splash or more cream until it is at your desired consistency & drizzle over that baby!
Then... over indulge & enjoy!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

When life hands you lemons...

I don't know why, it must be the seasons changing but my face & it's recent reoccurring zits & pimples are really trying to give me some sort of strange depression or anxiety BECAUSE IT'S DRIVING ME BONKERS!
I have been trying lots of home remedies, baking soda facials, honey, vinegar & so on... they have all helped in their own ways!
ANYWAYS... as you can tell I have been scouring the internet for all sorts of home remedies & all natural things & I have become rather obsessed!
Especially when I came across LEMONS!
wow, wow, wow! I don't know if I am the only one who did not know all of this, but there are SO MANY great things lemons are good for especially if you drink it in the morning with luke warm water - if you are under 150 pounds a half of a lemon & if you are over a whole lemon {that is what I had found as the most common recommendation}!!!!!
Energy, digestion, acne, detoxing, wrinkles, infections, stinky breath, ph levels, vitamins... I mean seriously, you see? The list is endless!
SO... of course I ran to the store & grabbed as many lemons as I could & this is now going to be apart of my everyday routine!

There were so many great articles & blogs posting about the benefits of drinking lemon water & also applying it to the skin... here is a few of the million I read!!!

{life hack}
{food matters}