Daily Archives: December 2, 2011

Balsamic Braised Chicken

I am all about the easy, delicious recipes. My boyfriend and I like to eat homemade meals most days and so finding easy recipes that don’t take too much time is key. The following is a recipe that took a little practice, but now is one of our favorite chicken meals and it goes extremely well with most sides or salads.

Serves: 3-4

Cooktime: 30 minutes

What you need:

  • Skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 1 Red onion
  • Salt & pepper
  • Diced tomatoes (one can)
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic vinaigrette
  • Dried basil
  • 2 tblspns olive oil

Start by chopping the onion into rings and coating the chicken with salt & pepper. Heat the oil on medium-high heat and insert chicken and onions as shown below.

Cook the chicken until lightly browned on all sides. It should look like this:

Next, add the canned tomatoes and lower the heat to medium

Flip all chicken and then add the balsamic.

Allow the chicken to soak the balsamic for 5 minutes on a low heat. Remove and sprinkle with basil.

Bon Appetit!

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Let there be light!

Restoring lampshades is an easy fix you can do to add a pop of color in a room. One of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, inspired me to redo some of my boring lampshades. If you already have an existing lampshade that is plain white dare to be bold. If you are scared of ruining something you paid a lot for, go to Target and pick up one of their cheap shades in a light color. Next, hit the fabric store and buy 1-2 yards of the fabric you would like to use for the new cover. If you don’t already have this at home, make sure you have a 1) glue gun 2) glue sticks 3) measuring tape and 4) sharp scissors.

Start by measuring the top to bottom length of the shade and leave an extra inch of fabric on top and bottom. 

Lay out the fabric and begin gluing on one end The fabric will be crumpled at first, but the next step will take care of that.

Cut a little slit to help flatten the fabric. It will also help fold over the top and bottom to glue inside the shade. Voila!

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