Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna? Classic. Chicken Alfredo Lasagna? Whoa. It's about damn time we reinvent the wheel. Change the game. Bring out the new classics.  

Rolling the lasagna noodles into individual portions make serving a dream. Sloppy plating is a thing of the past and so is maneuvering your way around stringy hot cheese when you move a piece of lasagna from the baking dish to your plate. Just look at how beautiful they are.

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Lemon Pancakes

Bright and cheery lemon pancakes, made with 3 ingredients or less, to help you slay the brunch game amongst your friends and family. Or slay your diet if you plan on keeping them all to yourself. The focus is on the poppy seed sauce; made with more ingredients than the pancakes themselves. Naturally, drool inducing.You'll want extra, so double up on the measurements. 

It brings this recipe together, adds the vibrancy and texture. Do yourself a favor and try it, even if it's not your thing. Experimenting with other ways to crown your pancake stacks with something other than syrup is life-enhancing. Truuuust me!

Zenshin Asian Restaurant - Las Vegas

My first trip out to Vegas this year ended with a dinner at Zenshin. Located inside a locals casino, their prices are unbeatable during their happy hour specials. We were able to order so many different things. Starters included chili garlic flavored Edamame and Salmon Poke. Both really addicting flavors. 

Kobe sliders were the highlight of this meal. I had them with my sushi as an entree and had no regrets. Sliders are my THING. These were really well-made and just so good.  I also had a shrimp tempura roll, which was good. The sauce drizzled onto the sushi was too light, didn't have much flavor to add to the roll. At the time, their sushi roll selections weren't so vast but they have since expanded their menu and it looks appealing.

Overall consensus of the food was good, service was good, atmosphere and presentation of the food was great. I'd go back just for the competitive prices during their happy hour and those sliders. 

Zenshin Asian Restaurant
inside South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa
9777 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89183
(702) 797-8538

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

The perfect Valentine's Day cookie. This is laughable but these two are the only photos I got of these cookies. Once they were baked, they were doomed. Dear boyfriend couldn't even wait until they were fully cooled, he was picking them off one by one from the cooling rack!

Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta

I know I say a lot of recipes are easy on here. But you gotta believe me, this one actually takes the crown for being one of the easiest recipes when in reality it tastes like something you'd get at an amazing Italian restaurant or spent way more time than you did making it. You know, like something fancy.

Blueberry Banana Bread

So the problem that I have with baking breads is that sometimes they can be on the dry side. For this recipe, I cheated. Blueberry Banana bread, Banana bread, Blueberry bread; NONE OF IT WILL EVER BE THE SAME. How?

New Recipe Page!

Our old recipe page gave lots of our readers difficulty when they tried to view it on mobile. So we gave our index a fresh new look with easy to find categories and freakin cute thumbnail photos to give you a nice little preview of what you're lookin for. And mobile viewing is just as fancy. Don't mind if there are a couple things missing here and there, we're still working on trying to get it juuuust right. And we'll also be updating it with more and more recipes weekly. Feel free to browse the new recipe page. The link in the sidebar has been replaced with this new recipe index as well.  


DIY Magnetic Spice Rack

We've got some pretty crafty DIY projects going on around here and I'm freaking excited. Just today we completed this magnetic, chalkboard spice rack! Initially, I wanted a spice rack for the counter. Armed with a $50 gift card to Bed, Bath, & Beyond (I got it for Christmas, weeee!), we searched endlessly for a nice one that was functional aaaand not a clunky eyesore. Most stores carry spice racks that would only hold up to 16 or 20ish spice jars. Which isn't bad. But if I was going to pay $50 or more for a spice rack, it had to be something I was going to be happy with in the long run. Meaning availability of space for adding more spices as the collection grows. And not taking up about a square foot of counter space, dammit.

To the Pinterest! With a quick search result, I found a shit ton of images. All different kinds of magnetic spice racks. All, of course, waaay the hell out of my price range. So I asked a friend of mine if he could cut a steel board according to the measurements of the space above the oven. He totally got it done within a day (I still owe you, Jer! Thanks!) 

It was heavier than I thought, weighing in at 18 pounds. But if you're not lucky enough to have a friend who works in metal fabrication, there are magnetic boards you can buy here (for $17), here (for $40)! I bought a can of chalkboard spray paint from Home Depot for around $4. Gave it 3 coats and let it dry overnight. We bolted this 18 pound baby up the next day using wall anchors and screws. *Note* We accidentally scratched up the top of the stove in the process, so I highly suggest covering your appliances, counter tops, etc in a towel before mounting your board to the wall.

I ordered the jars from Fillmore Containers. The absolute cheapest prices I could find for jars like these, despite them being sold separately from their lids. Lids are .14 cents each anyways, so booyah! No complaints here. You want to get the 1.5 oz jars. For $8 per pack of 24, I went ahead and bought 2 boxes for future uses and 48 black lids. Total plus shipping came to $39!

Now all I needed were the magnets which were $6 per pack of 10. Total for magnets including shipping came to $20. For the final touch, I also ordered the spice labels from Amazon for $9.50 total. You can choose from 50 labels or 100 labels. I affixed the magnets onto the outside of the lids using a hot glue gun that I already had. Let them dry overnight for best results. 

Grand Total for this project: $72.00
More than your conventional spice rack but less than ones of the same style going for upwards of $100. With the ones you buy online, they only give you a set amount of jars and you also have to pay extra to choose which spices your set will come with. I am ridiculously happy with how this project turned out, considering it literally is just a spice rack. I mean, who gets excited over stuff like this? But it brightens up where I spend most of my time and adds a unique honeycomb of color to the wall.

My 30 spice jars don't look like many on such a wide board but you can draw in anything to decorate or add some color. I like the fact that I still have room for way more jars. I hope this answers everyone's questions as far as making your own magnetic spice rack. I'd be happy to help anyone with more details. Happy crafting!

- Vicky, TSJ 

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