5 A Dinner Party, A Recipe, and a Sneak Peek!

This past weekend we hosted our first dinner party with a lovely couple we know. This was probably the first one I hosted since living in California. Well besides a family gathering for father’s day mid-renovation chaos I may add. But I digress. Unfortunately, I cannot show the lovely table setting as it would show some areas of the house which I haven’t posted yet, so someday hope to post some holiday festivities.

Instead, I’ll go over some details. We made Barbecue Chicken Pizza and red velvet truffle cake, and my friends brought the salad. I also threw together a tastefully simple cheese spread.

The barbecue chicken pizza was an idea my boyfriend and I had after visiting Tilted Kilt following a white water rafting trip two summers ago. We made it as our first dinner together (collective awe?) and decided to substitute regular pizza dough for crescent rolls for a flakier texture.  I should mention I really don’t measure things, well besides baking because of all that science-y stuff.

I should warn you, the pizza is sloppy-joe messy because of the crescent rolls.
Barbecue Chicken Pizza 
Recipe Yield: 1 8.5 x 12.5 inch pizza
Adapted from the tastes of Tilted Kilt

1 ½ cans crescent rolls
Barbecue sauce (my current fav is Jack Daniels)
Grated mozzarella cheese
2 chicken breasts
Medium red onion
1 Roma tomato

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 350°F or the temperature listed on the crescent roll package.
2. Grill chicken breasts and cube. Line the pan with tinfoil (optional) and layout crescent rolls to completely cover the pan, pushing the perforated edges together.
3.  Pre-bake the crescent rolls for ¼ the time listed on the package- I baked mine for 3 minutes but I have a tiny convection oven. In the meantime, remove cilantro leaves from their stems and chop the onion and tomato.
4. Remove crescent rolls from the oven and begin topping the pizza: barbecue sauce then cheese and finish with chicken onions and tomatoes. Hold the cilantro.
5. Bake for 1-2 minutes less than the crescent roll packaging- I baked mine for 10 minutes, again things cook faster in my convection oven. Garnish with cilantro.

Our guests came baring thoughtful gifts which were these two lovely frames. I cant wait to print some pics and finish these puppies off.
I should back up and say that we stemmed the dinner party idea from the fact that we had photo sessions back in July when she was preggers and early Sept when her baby was a newborn. It took me forever to edit them for various time constraints and then a short fall of technology including losing the color quality in my main monitor.  Thank goodness for Cyber Monday!! I digress again. The intentions of this party were to deliver the pictures and finally give her the pampered chef goods she ordered in November. Ya, talk about patience and understanding (probably why I love them so much!). So without further ado here’s the sneak peek of this photo session:

I had to make a silhouette (or twenty four):

P.S. It was ridiculously difficult to choose just a few to preview. Once the photography portion of the blog is set up, there will be a lot more eye candy!

And just to be random, it’s been a long time since I’ve used Spotify - boy was I missing out. So much time can be wasted. Check it out if you haven’t already yet, it’s a program kind of like itunes except you don’t have to download anything but the program itself. You can build playlists and listen to a specific song (as opposed to Pandora which is more like a radio tuned to songs based on your taste). It stinks that there is a charge for Spotify mobile. Either way, I love and have both Pandora and Spotify- they’re life savers!


  1. Awww shucks Trisha! You make me feel special! :)

  2. I must say, that is one adorable baby!

    1. I think we need to see some more photography on the blog!!! Advertise lady!!!!!!!! :)

    2. Awe thanks Cortney! I'm working on my website. The coding and stuff is Crazy. Maybe I'll set up a Photography page on FB in the interim. Thanks for being so supportive!


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