26 Pizza, Tacos, and Sandwiches | 03 Asian Chicken Tacos

2014011900103 Asian Chicken Tacos

Tortillas: Small flour tortillas

Filling: Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

Toppings: Asian Slaw– mix together the following ingredients
1 head green cabbage
1/3 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Sauce: Peanut Sauce

These tacos are a bit of work putting together all the different components but so worth it! The chicken is really good on its own but even better on these tacos.

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Abstract Canvas Art

20140430011This was one of those projects. The kind that when the idea pops into my head I have to make it happen right away. I drove straight to the craft store to pick up supplies and bought three canvases, paint brushes, acrylic paints in primary colors, and a paint pallet.20140430018Instead of rushing through this project, I waited until the next morning to get started and in the meantime studied as much abstract art as I could. This one and this one were the most inspiring. Continue reading

Mother’s Day Card | Using watercolors

20140423074Watercolors have been on my list of things to try for a long time. I so was inspired by this project and finally decided to pick up a set and try it out.

Project: Watercolor Mother’s Day Card20140423060What you’ll need: watercolors, paintbrush, white card (I used an A2 card, 4.25x 5.5), cup of water, scrap paper, and some embellishments (I just use whatever I have on hand- more on that below)

Time: 1 hour Continue reading

Hiking in Colorado Springs | My List for Summer 2014

AL phone upload 10-24-13 432With the weather warming up, I’ve been thinking about what hikes I want to do this summer. I put together a list of 10 hikes from around the Colorado Springs area and my goal is to do all of them this summer. The last two on the list we’ve already done but are definitely worth hiking again.

Hopefully the snow is finally gone till fall and we can start working our way through this list.

Seven Bridges Trail

St. Mary’s Falls

Raspberry Mountain

Columbine Trail 

Catamount Trail

Waldo Canyon Loop

Stanley Canyon

Dome Rock Loop– Only open from July 16- Nov 30

Pancake Rocks– We did this hike last October and the views were amazing with the fall foliage.

The Crags– Easy hike/ fun with great views at the top. Perfect hike to do with visitors because its pretty easy but has lots of great Colorado scenery.

Finding Inspiration

20140426020Love these to do lists.

This project is so inspiring. I love learning about how it all started. It encourages me to challenge myself more and to try new things.

Lately I’ve been thinking about how to set up my craft room when we move and this office organization has some awesome ideas.

Its so cool to see a little sneak peek of what goes on behind the scenes at A Beautiful Mess.

I am becoming obsessed with canning and its good to hear that my favorite food blogger is also into canning.

Sometimes it can be so hard to stay productive and I love these great tips.

I loved hearing Elise and Ali talk about creative field trips. I think I need to try this one of these days.

May Goals

20140429025What’s been happening the past few months? We bought a house! We aren’t moving in for a little while, but expect to see lots of projects on here for our new home.

The past couple weeks I’ve been finding my groove again. My craft room has been a constant mess (which means creativity is flowing!). I’ve been working furiously on projects to share over the next month. I’m excited and ready for May.

Personal goals for May:

1. Completely finish the patio set we are building. Right now we have the table ready for staining and  still have to build two benches and possibly two chairs.

2. Prep our townhouse for the move. This means going through all of our stuff and getting rid of anything we don’t love anymore. I’ll tackle one area of the house at a time and reorganize as I go.

3. Focus on healthy habits. Including regular exercise and eating healthy. I need to make meal planning a priority because its so much easier to stay on track when I have a plan. (especially for breakfast, lunch and snacks)

 

Valentine’s Day Recipe Round-Up

20130214035-EditWhat are your plans for Valentine’s Day?? We love staying in and cooking a nice dinner together! So much fun and avoids the crowded restaurants.

Here are few recipes perfect for Valentine’s Day dinner and dessert:

Dinner:
Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs in Cabernet Sauce by eat live run
Cajun Chicken Pasta by the pioneer woman
Baked Salmon with Honey Dijon and Garlic by table for two
Honey Mustard Chicken by foodie crush magazine
Ginger and Garlic Pot Roast by foodie with family
Meatballs and Spaghetti by smitten kitchen
Grilled Ribeye with onion and blue cheese sauce by the pioneer woman

Dessert:

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Squares by eat live run

Chocolate Sugar Cookies by brown eyed baker

Lofthouse Style Soft Sugar Cookies by two peas and their pod

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes by iowa girl eats

Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake by the pioneer woman

Chocolate and Cherry Liqueur Fondue by a beautiful mess

February Goals

IMAG1015I can’t believe the first week of February is almost over! This month is going to go by so fast, especially with the Olympics starting tonight.

This year I have been breaking my monthly goals into two categories: alysia loerch design (etsy shop/ blog) and personal goals. So far that’s been working out pretty well.

Here are my February Goals: Continue reading

My New Favorite Bread Recipe

IMAG1005No- kneed Bread

I first saw this bread recipe when I was looking through Elise’s 40 Loaves project for some bread baking inspiration. It looked so easy that I had to give it a try!

This bread involves a lot of waiting but couldn’t be easier to throw together. I mixed up the dough on 1:00 pm on Sunday, before we left to watch the Superbowl. Because my house is not 70 degrees right now, I let it rise for the full 18 + hours. On Monday morning at 8:00 am I folded over the dough, let it rest for 15 minutes, and then gently formed the dough into a ball. After that I let it rise for 2+ hours.

I preheated my oven with the dutch oven in it to 425 degrees. (I was afraid to put my Dutch oven in a 450 Degree oven so I lowered the temp a little.) The tricky part of the whole recipe is getting the dough into the Dutch Oven. I flipped over the towel it was rising on and dumped it into the Dutch Oven. I didn’t look pretty at first but it baked up just fine!

This is the best and easiest bread I have baked in a while. It’s also the cheapest because the recipe only calls for 1/4 teaspoon of yeast, which means I can bake a bunch of loaves from just one packet of yeast.

It seriously tastes like an artisan loaf from the store! I think am going to get in the habit of baking this bread once a week.