Ahh, it's a new day, and so far so good!
Today I will be meeting Erin, Chris's sister, and her kids for lunch at Cherry Cricket for her birthday. In case you haven't noticed, she pretty much has the cutest family - and one more addition is on her way this fall! Happy Birthday Erin - we love you!

Also, on today's agenda: Madre y Padre Blais are coming over for dinner to check out our new digs in the basement. It has been forever since we have seen them and I have MISSED them - even though they are only 30 minutes down the road. I will be serving an awesome (if I do say so myself) pizza, in which I took the original recipe from my friend Steph, and changed things up a bit. The recipe is below....easy, quick and delicious!

Summer Pizza:

- 1 large pre-made Pizza Crust, such as Bobolli

- 1 large bag Spinach

- 1 Can Artichoke Hearts - drained

- 1 package crumbled Feta Cheese

- 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese

- 1/2 cup Dried Apricots or Apricot Preserves

- Seasoned and Grilled Chicken Breast cut into pieces (optional)

- Extra Virgin Olive Oil

- Crushed Red Pepper

- 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

- Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 375. Place Spinach in saute pan with 1 tsp. olive oil and salt & pepper and turn on heat to low. Saute until Spinach has wilted. Cover pizza crust in a very thin layer of Olive Oil. Sprinkle with Crushed Red Pepper to taste, Brown Sugar, Salt & Pepper. Spread the wilted Spinach so that the crust is covered. Top Spinach with Feta, Artichoke Hearts, Apricots and Chicken. Sprinkle Mozzarella on top to hold ingredients in place while baking. Bake at 375 until cheese has melted and crust is Golden Brown. Yum!

Lastly, here is a sneak peek of the basement.

While I think it is much more satisfying to see 'before' pictures, I just can't wait to show off our carpet and my husband's (and father in law's!!) hard work. I am so impressed with how it turned out. For almost 10 months they dry-walled, painted, tiled, applied baseboards, added electrical sockets, added a closet, a storage unit, a bathroom and a laundry room and it has finally paid off. They sucessfully added almost 1,000 square feet of additional living space on to our little bungalow! THANK YOU Dave and Chris!

Now figuring out what to do with the beautiful space is our only dilemma...

NOTE: I wanted the blue accent wall to give an airy/ocean-y/crisp feeling. Unfortunately, I think it just looks more like a nursery. I am not too fond of it. hmm. TBD on what color will I will try next - thoughts?


Russ and Kara said...

Wow! You're basement looks great! They did an awesome job. You married quite a handy man. You will really appreciate having all of that extra space (especially when there are little ones running around)!

I've never had apricot on a pizza. It sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Amanda @ Bits & Pieces said...

Tiff it looks AMAZING, I can't even believe how different- oh my gosh! I can't wait to come see it in person! I hear Bri made an impromptu delivery of some paint to you, today- haha.

Us! said...

Hmmm, nursery? :) just kidding! It looks great, Tiffany! I wish I could have joined you guys for Erin's birthday lunch. Hope you have a great weekend!

Russ and Kara said...

I saw that they have futon covers at Bed Bath and Beyond if you're still looking...There were some funky ones because they are in the college section, but there were also some normal ones too.