March 23, 2011

Album Pre-release!

So the moment Dave and I have been waiting on for months finally is here...the album came!!! We got 4 boxes of CD's on the evening of our anniversary and we couldn't be happier with how they turned out. They look AMAZING! I can't wait for you all to see them.

Since we are having a hard time waiting to share these with you all we are offering a chance to pre-order the CD before it's officially released! If you do, you will get a signed copy of the album...pretty sweet huh?

Here is the link to order the album :) And if you are overseas you can order it here

Home is with You // Dave Owens

March 9, 2011

Homemade Heaven

So the other night Dave and I attempted to make a pizza completely from scratch for the first we've made pizza before but never with homemade dough and sauce. Delicious doesn't even begin to describe how good it turned out! We will definitely be doing this again soon. I had some people ask for the recipe so here it is...

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 package active dry yeast or instant yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot tap water (120 - 125°F)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (canola or olive oil work well too)
1 tablespoon honey

Description: Some people prefer to "pre-bake" the crust for about 3 minutes before adding the toppings. (We accidentally pre-baked ours a bit by having it on top of the hot oven while we finished other things- turned out great this way) Crust will be "crispier" than if not pre-baked.

Directions: Preheat oven to 425°F

In large mixing bowl, combine whole wheat flour, yeast and salt. Blend in water, oil and honey. Stir by hand vigorously until all ingredients are well mixed; about 3 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise to desired size.

Place dough in greased pan. Press dough to cover bottom of pan and up sides to form a rim (to have more of a crust, we opted to do more of a thin crust, dominoes style pizza, so we just rolled ours out really flat)

Add pizza sauce of your choice and your favorite pizza toppings; bake in oven 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and toppings are done.
Servings: Provides 8 servings

Nutrition: One slice of crust only provides approximately: 146 calories, 5 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 37 mcg folate, 2 mg iron and 219 mg sodium.

Source: Wheat Foods Council

For the sauce we used a 29oz can of tomato paste...makes a TON of sauce, but we loved it because now we have tomato soup :) Or you could always freeze it to save for next time you decide to make pizza! Here are the herbs/spices we used, but make it your own...we like things spicy so ours might be too hot for you if you don't care for spicy things...just play with it and make sure to taste as you go!

29oz tomato paste
Half can water
Honey (2tbsp)
Red pepper
cayenne pepper
Bay leaves
Italian seasoning
Garlic salt
Minced garlic

Like it says you can add whatever toppings, but in case your wondering...we added green peppers, onions, a mix of Italian and Mexican cheese, and cucumbers on top...I know what you're thinking, CUCUMBERS ON A PIZZA?! But hey, don't knock it 'till you try it, it was delish!

Home is with You // Homemade pizza

We also made margaritas in our new Ninja we got for Christmas (thanks Dad!) We just followed Bethenny's SkinnyGirl Margarita recipe in the book Naturally Thin (you can also find it on her website Dave made these and they are so much better than pre-made margarita mix, those are way too sugary for me! He just cut out the inside of the limes and put them in the Ninja, along with the tequila, triple sec, ice, and some water (without the water ours was too limey)

Home is with You // Skinnygirl Margarita

Hope you all enjoy it! ~Mal

March 8, 2011

Birthdays, Valentines, and parties...oh my!

So February is a very busy month for Dave and I- we have both of our birthdays (3 days apart), my Dad's birthday, my step-sis' birthday, Dave's great-aunt and both of his grandma's birthdays, my aunt Cheryl's birthday...and of course Valentine's Day! Whew! What a month...between the celebrations, preparing for Dave's album to come out, and planning our next steps in the crazy thing called the music business...I think it's safe to say it's been a whirlwind, but so much fun!

This year for my birthday Dave planned a dinner in Kansas City the Friday before we drove up and met two of my best friends (Jen and Lindsey) at Cheesecake Factory on the plaza (plus Lin's bf Jeff) was a fun night and some great food! I highly recommend the avocado egg rolls, SO GOOD! And the cheesecake of course was fabulous...
Home is with You // Cheesecake Factory

On my actual birthday Dave woke me up with chocolate chip pancakes in bed- they were fabulous! I did my yoga DVD (Body by Bethenny, I'm obsessed) and then we went to lunch with my Dad, Grandma, and cousin Jenny at Granite City...later we stopped by my Mom's house to get my present from them (a chocolate facial- yes please!)...we then headed home and had a marathon of old Grey's Anatomy episodes on Netflix. I had the perfect relaxing day :)

Home is with You // Dad and I

3 days later it was Dave's birthday! His birthday was on a Wed. this year and Mon-Wed that week WSU had snow days (lucky!) I brought him chocolate chip banana muffins in bed. For lunch he wanted to go to Adrian's (a Mediterranean restaurant here in Wichita), but sadly they were we tried the new Cafe Maurice and it was fab.

When we got home Dave played Call of Duty (he was super excited because he never gets to play) and I freaked out while waiting for the back track a little bit, for those of you that don't know, I did a "card shower" for Dave this year. I asked friends/family to send cards/letters with their fav memories/pics/etc. I had been obsessively checking the mail every day for weeks leading up to his birthday and hiding away cards. Since our mailman doesn't come until later in the afternoon and I knew some more cards would be coming that day I was trying to wait until then to give him the stack, but like I said I spent part of the afternoon freaking out and obsessively checking all social medias to make sure no one spoiled the it was a relief when the mailman came and Dave still had NO idea what I was up to.

Thanks again to everyone who sent a card and pics, he loved it and was so surprised! For dinner we made ahi tuna and veggies...I let Dave pick any movie he wanted to watch (there are a few he's been begging me to watch for awhile now and I'm never quite ready) and he chose Superman (Christopher Reeves style.) Besides being uber cheesy in some parts (hey it was the 70's), it was really good, and I agree that Christopher Reeves made the best Superman...

For Valentine's Day we had lunch at Zen Vegetarian, one of our favs here in town, to avoid the dinner rush. Dave and I ended up getting the same card for each other, haha! Guess great minds DO think alike ;) ...we even underlined most of the same words.

For dinner we wanted to make something together, our new twitter friend @Maria_Manning had posted a picture of a nacho casserole she made the night before and it looked so yummy I had to get the recipe...we ended up making that for our Valentine's Day meal and I made mock-a-mole from Bethenny Frankel's book "Naturally Thin" (LOVE her!) They both ended up tasting great and were easy to make. Then I surprised Dave and made a brownie in a heart pan my Mom had let me borrow, MMM! I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate brownie mix and I definitely recommend die for...

Home is with You // be mine
The card my Mom made us :)

Home is with You // Cheese bake

Home is with You // Valentine's Brownies

On the 23rd Dave got to sing the National Anthem at the new Intrust Bank Arena for the Thunder hockey game. They had a middle school color guard go out with him and post the flag (they were so cute), and we got to go up and check out the sound booth (good thing I'm not afraid of heights)...we had fun and are excited he gets the opportunity to do it again the 25th of March!

Home is with You // hockey game

Home is with You // Guard

Home is with You // Thunder mascot

February was a lot of fun, but it's been nice to have more time to relax these past few weeks, and beat Dave at chinese checkers ;) Especially since we know that in a week or two things are going to get crazy again...

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