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Exploring OKC: The Hall's Pizza Kitchen

11:00 AM

I wanted to start something a little new on here and start introducing people to some of my favorite spots around OKC as well as exploring new ones.

My husband and I love exploring the local food scene and people ask us for suggestions all the time. I don't keep a list of places I love or use any apps that track where I go, so I'm usually digging through my brain to remember what I love. And when you think like that, you think of one of two places you love, suggest those and later think, "Oh! I should've suggested this place!"

What this is not is food/restaurant reviews! I'm not a food critic and I certainly won't be spending time bashing local places because it wasn't up to my taste. If I don't like it, I won't post about it, plain and simple. If I do, then I'll gladly post about what I had and what I loved to give you a feel for it.

It's as simple as that!

My husband won't be the least bit upset when I tell him we need to revisit some of our most loved places so I can chronicle them. Nor will he be sad about exploring new places.

We'll be travelling out of state this fall and I will certainly share what we find and love while we are out on the road. But for now, just local to Oklahoma.

So let's get into it!


For our first edition we decided to go to The Hall's Pizza Kitchen.


Want to skip my post and go straight to them? The Hall's Pizza Kitchen Website


I had seen another business I follow post Insta-Stories about their upcoming grand opening and thought it looked amazing. I kept it on my list the next time a date night came up and with it being pizza, my husband was quick to agree.

We're Ninja Turtles at heart, pizza will always be something we love.

I actually didn't even look at the menu, but he did ahead of time and was already sold on Samwise. I'm not sure if the description sold him or just the name.

Let me break it down like this Samwise = Sean Astin = The Goonies = My Husband is sold.

To quickly tell you about The Hall's Pizza Kitchen, they began as a food truck a few years back and just recently opened a brick and mortar store offering the same, amazing wood fired pizzas.

About our visit.

When we first arrived we instantly liked the feel, while we waited for them to check the patio [making sure there was shade], we went on and on to the hostess about how comfortable their waiting couch was. I wish a took a picture because it's beautiful and surprisingly cush.

We chose to sit on the patio, despite temps being in the uppers 90s and humid, as is typical summer weather in Oklahoma. But we wanted to sit outside and no one else was out there at the time, so we got to sit alone. We have two kids, we're always happy when we get a chance to be alone.


We were greeted quickly and served ice cold water. Shout out to their staff for each person that came out and filled our waters again and again and again and again. It was hot! We had drinks too but the water was obviously much more hydrating.

The view is beautiful, you can see many parts of downtown OKC and they keep the patio green and full of beautiful florals.


As it goes with the two of us, we couldn't decide on one pizza. They offer several pizza's by the slice, but neither of the two we were interested in were on the list for the day. Our server was quick to offer to split the pizza down the middle and all was well.

Before we get into the food, I want to be sure I say how comfortable I felt the entire time we were there. I know that putting us on the patio put us in a spot they weren't really serving yet, but someone picked us up and took good care of us.

Our drinks were never empty, she was able to offer suggestions for drinks and knew the menu very well.

It began to get very busy by the end of our visit, we came in before peak hours, but despite the patio beginning to fill up, no one ever made us feel like we needed to go. I'll admit that Andrew and I can be squatters, if we like a place. We love to sit, chat, and enjoy food or drink for awhile.

If my presence is prolonged in an establishment, that's a sign that I like it.

Now enters that beautiful pizza from above...

The Food


The pizza landed on our table in good time and required a deep inhale of the flavors present. It looked amazing and it smelled amazing.

Our pizza was a split of Samwise, as I already told you my husband was instantly sold on the name, and Beat The Heat because I am instantly drawn to anything with jalapenos on it.



Beat The Heat was my first choice, I didn't realize it had sriracha on it when I ordered, an oversight on my part but a pleasant surprise. Topped with grilled chicken, jalapenos, caramelized onions, bacon and cream cheese with sriracha drizzle, this pizza is the perfect amount of heat. I love spicy food, but there is a fine line between spicy and just over doing it.

If it's too hot to eat, you've over done it.

But this was the perfect balance, spicy but still maintaining flavor. Definitely not too hot to eat! I would, hands down, eat this pizza again.


Samwise was next, gotta try both. I'll admit, I was skeptical about a pizza with potatoes on it. But then again I like a sandwich here with macaroni cheese and pulled pork on it, so obviously, I like it when people think out of the box.

One bite and I was in love. For the record, only one slice of pizza came home with us and it wasn't from this half. Topped with rosemary potatoes, caramelized onions, cream cheese, bacon with a balsamic reduction drizzled on top. It's sweet and savory, with the flavor of the rosemary on the potatoes. An amazing pizza and I would certainly get it again as well.

Now, I mentioned earlier that they did offer pizza by the slice, so out of curiosity my husband decided to order a slice of Lasagna pizza.

I wasn't sure what to expect, was it layered? What exactly is a lasagna pizza?


First, excuse the sad slice, this was my butchering because I wanted to try it but not have a full slice. I stole a slice of my husband's and once I went to photograph it thought, "Why the heck did I do that!?"

So what is lasagna pizza? It's a pizza that captures the flavor and elements on the pizza, sans pasta. And, let me tell you, it is so good. It's topped with meatballs made in house, herb ricotta, basil and a garlic tomato sauce and it really has flavor. It's not the typical tomato-y tasting pizza with meatballs on top, you can really taste the flavor from the basil and the herb ricotta. We only had a slice but we would certainly order a whole pie.


Overall

We loved The Hall's Pizza Kitchen, from the moment we arrived we felt welcomed. They took good care of us and the food was delicious. It's definitely on the list to join our rotation of places we go on a night out.

My only regret is that we went so early, I honestly think dining on the patio when the sun is down would provide a spectacular view of downtown all lit up. Maybe next time, because there certainly will be a next time.

If you love pizza and you're up for something not quite the norm, I highly recommend The Hall's Pizza Kitchen. And if you want to try it but you're not too sure about the pizza's we enjoyed, they can make a good 'ol pepperoni.

They still run the truck as well, you can track it down through they're website, The Hall's Pizza Kitchen.

- Amanda

Meet My Blankets: Zabrina

10:00 AM

The last of my first run of blankets, Zabrina, is a blanket covered in beautiful desert succulents. Succulents are so very popular right now and I am one of those people that just love them. If I can keep them alive, that is.

When naming this blanket, I wanted to find a name that paired well with the design. While searching all around, I stumbled across Zabrina. One of the many meanings of Zabrina is Desert Rose, which was perfect for this little blanket.


When I first launched my social media accounts, we ran a blanket giveaway. Our winner chose this as her blanket and so it was the first blanket out the door! I think it may have even gone to Arizona, what a perfect fit.

Zabrina is cotton print paired with a peachy pink minky with a contrasting minty binding.


If you want to see more of Zabrina or any of my other blankets, click the SHOP button on the top menu.

- Amanda

Meet My Blankets: Robyn

11:00 AM

This is Robyn, a sweet pink blanket covered in bird's nests sprinkled with little eggs.

I absolutely love nature and birds in particular have always fascinated me. It was hard finding a bird print that wasn't too over the top, too mature or straight up baby fabric. I'm trying to tackle things with a more modern vibe and it's hard to cover nature and stay modern.

I felt like this nest pattern from Hawthorne Threads had a wonderful classic but modern feel.


I decided to pick a color from the eggs to cover the backing, the soft blue from the eggs caught my eye and felt like a better pick compared to more pink. The blue serves as a pop of color in a pink palette!

This adorable egg print is paired with a soft blue minky backing and coordinating pink binding.


If you want to see more of Robyn or my other blanket, click the SHOP link in the menu above.

- Amanda

Meet My Blankets: Callisto

2:41 PM

Another one from the roundup, now it's time to meet Callisto, one of my absolute favorite prints. It shows the constellations and then shows what each represents.

My son was enthralled with space, the stars and the moon when he was young. But it was so difficult to find star or space related items without it being covered in bright spaceships or colorful cartoon planets. I wanted something a little more timeless.


When Hawthorne Threads released this collection, I knew I wanted to make something out of it and it was on the top of my list when I began making blankets for the shop. I originally chose another print from this collection, but kept facing an awkward wash out from the fabric, after replacing it and getting the same result, I decided on this print. Which came together with the binding and backing I picked, so perfectly, I love how it turned out.

I named this one Callisto after the second-largest moon of Jupiter. My son doesn't realize his mom was quite to space nerd when she was younger.

This cotton print is paired with a soft black minky backing and contrasting geometric binding.



To see more of Callisto and my other blankets, click SHOP on the menu up above!

- Amanda

Meet My Blankets: Brook

2:43 PM

Continuing to introduce my beloved little blankets. Meet Brook!

A super soft print from Art Gallery Fabrics created by Sarah Watson, with little wildlife dotting the mountain scapes. It has a great palette with navy, blue, beige and a pop of orange.

I picked this print because I wanted to create a blanket with a sense of adventure for the child who receives it. For me, you find adventure in exploring and the scenery in the print draws the eye into the mountains, inviting the viewer to explore the landscape it creates.


It's backed with gray minky, creating a warm, soft blanket and complimented with a matching binding from the same collection.


You can see more of Brook in my shop (click SHOP on the top menu) and browse the rest of my little creations while you're there.

- Amanda

Meet My Blankets: Arizona

2:08 PM

I wanted to take a moment to introduce some of my little works. If you follow my Instagram for Stitch and Flick, then you have certainly seen all of our sweet little prints that are currently available.

But they're all new to my blog, so why not take a peek?

I special ordered this print because I am in love with cactus and I love the colors in this one. This is one of two cactus print blankets I offer, but currently the only one available in the shop.


It's backed with a super soft minky and quilted so it stays together and lasts. Our blanket is two years old now, it's seen multiple washes and still holds together.


Minky blankets come with contrasting binding to complete the look and guarantee everything stays in place.

Want to see more of this blanket or check out my others? Click the shop link in the menu bar!

- Amanda

Introducing My Shop!

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I would like to formally introduce you to my little shop! I've been running it behind the scenes and working on making a social media profile.

But I'm finally ready to go live with it!

Meet Stitch and Flick, my little labor of a love. Currently I'm only offering baby blankets and baby items, but I'll be working at adding in more home items as I grow.

I decided to start the shop after several friends purchased my little minky blankets off of me. I changed up the normal minky blanket formula and added a touch of my quilting experience to the blankets.

I create each blanket here in my home, carefully and lovingly made by hand.

If you want to take a peak, click here or visit anytime by clicking the shop link in the menu bar.

You can follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

I'm so excited to share this little journey with you all!

- Amanda


Simplifying My Wardrobe: Blue and White Stripe Dress from Wren & Ivory

10:30 AM
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This week I managed to find my brush!

Here we are again!

Working on simplifying that wardrobe, which is a painful process when you love clothes.

This is a dress I LOVE, it was my second purchase in my quest to have cute and simple items.

The really dreamy thing about this one, is that it DOESN'T wrinkle.

Oh what a dream.

And it has pockets, that's always a selling point for me with dresses.

I love the pattern, the vertical stripes paired with the horizontal stripes. And it's a nice shade of blue! A lot of places use what I like to call "Scrubs Blue", I'm sure you know the color. It was refreshing to find a shade of blue that wasn't navy or ugly!

I bought it the day it released and it sold out quickly (File under reasons to follow boutiques on Instagram, they usually post when they release new items!). I was excited last week when I checked and they had it back in stock.

Sadly, at the time I wrote this post, it was sold out again.

I love dresses this this kind of cute, they flatter everyone!

Now, I did a little digging and I found it at another boutique... still sold out... but they have another color!

First off, mine came from Wren and Ivory, you can find it here. They haven't removed it from the site and you can sign up to be notified if it restocks. So there is still a chance!

And then here it is in a lighter blue.



Next week I'll be sharing my favorite tee with you! It's soft, bamboo and absolutely amazing.

 - Amanda

Easy Healthy Eating: Zuchinni Spaghetti

10:30 AM
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Whenever you talk about healthy eating, it normally means giving up or at least cutting back on the things you love.

My biggest pitfall is that I'm a carbaholic.

I absolutely love my carbs in bread form, pasta form and so many variations of sweets.

I've been working hard to cut out the bad and work in the good. A step for me has been by finding new ways to eat things I love.

This is one of them, Zucchini Spaghetti.

It doesn't take much work, you do need something to spiralize your vegetable, but otherwise it's as easy as making spaghetti.

You can make it a little work and still use your choice of store bought jarred spaghetti sauce (I do! I still have to feed 3 other people!). Or you can make your own sauce and cut out a lot of extra junk that tags along in the store bought variety. Maybe someday I'll get that achievement, but for now, I buy the jar.

The "noodles" come from simply using a "noodler" or "spiralizer" which you can find in most stores or online on Amazon. You could use your cheese grater, it won't have the same noodle likeness but it's the same idea. I could no longer find the exact one I use, but I found one that looks just the same here.

Now, get one thing out of your mind, these zucchini noodles are NOT like spaghetti noodles at all. Don't expect to bite into it and think, "Oh my gosh! You'd never know this was zucchini!" because you will.

It's a common mistake people makewhen finding a healthy "replacement", it's never the same. It simply simulates the same idea but it's not really the same. In the case of this dish, it's low carb and still very tasty! I've tried some pizza alternatives that were just flat out nasty.

In case you're wondering, I am the only person in my family that eats this. I still have to make normal spaghetti for the food snobs I live with.

But none of them have my cholesterol.


So I hope you find yourself inspired to try this healthy alternative. It's a favorite for me!

- Amanda

Simplfying My Wardrobe: Olive Floral from Jacoy Threads

12:00 PM
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I clearly was missing my hairbrush this day.
My toddler steals it, for reals.

I started a quest this year.

A quest that is very hard for someone like me.

I'm trying to simplify, trying to have less.

And this hits me in a hard place, my closet.

Oh how I love CLOTHES.

I have cleaned out so much, I'm actually a little ashamed of how much I had in there, wasting away.

I'm donating it all, so hopefully it finds new life or helps someone else out. But despite my donations, hoping that my clothes don't just become waste, I know that some of it will inevitably just become trash.

So I am trying to cut down on waste in my life. Wasting money on cheap, junk clothing and adding waste into the system.

Heck, I even saw a friend talking about giving her kids a capsule wardrobe and let's talk about some waste. Kids clothes go fast, especially with my kids. So why spend so much on things they're just going to outgrow? I'm a sucker for cute things for my daughter, but I certainly need to rein it in there. GAP just loves me.

But back to me, ha, in my efforts to be lest wasteful, I'm trying to pick items that I love and will wear a lot. I'm a modest person, so coming across a few shops on Instagram recently has been my dream. Dresses in decent lengths and cute blouses galore. A lot of them are cute items that can be worn easily and comfortably while elevating your wardrobe.

The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to have less clothing, which is certainly a struggle. But with fewer, nicer pieces. The first article I read about it, I near died when they debuted their $100 tee. I'm sure it's nice, but you don't always have to spend big to have nice.

This is my first of two purchases in dresses. I wanted two cute dresses for spring. It has longer sleeves, so it can certainly be worn in the fall as well. I didn't choose a "springy" color but I'm in love with olive. So I went with olive!

Funny expression? That's me, I can't take anything serious.

I love the color and the pattern on the dress, it's a beautiful floral and the colors go with my very black and beige wardrobe. And oh my gosh, is it SOFT. I could live in it, seriously. I've probably slept in it.

Also, I don't really know what was going on with my hair that day. When I uploaded my photos, my first thought was "Couldn't I tell my bangs were in my eyes!?"

Oh well, hazards of taking your own photos.

If you love this dress and want one for yourself, they still have them at Jacoy Threads.

Mine in olive is here - and it ships free!

And they also have it in white.

I'll be talking more on how I'm simplifying my wardrobe every week!

- Amanda
 
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