Weekend Recipes and A Giveaway

 Happy Friday, dear and sweet friends!
Do you have any special plans for the weekend?
I am thinking I need to give my house a good clean before autumn arrives
and what better day to start than today. . .
Or maybe I should just wait until Monday {{smiles}}

I always enjoy grilling over the weekend
or maybe I should say I enjoy preparing the food 
and having my dear husband grill it :)
Since it's the weekend I thought I would share two tasty meal ideas

Cecilia blogs over at 
and she is such a lovely lady.
Her posts are full of vintage charm and shabby delights.

Cecilia also has an Etsy shop where she sells organic herbs
which includes this wonderul Organic Rosemary Sea Salt.

Ever since I received this aromatic sea salt
I have been wanting to put it on everything!
My first dish was grilled chicken in a brown sugar marinade.

For the marinde I combined:

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar

I placed these ingredients in a plastic bag and added the chicken.
You can marinate your chicken for 4 hours or overnight.
Before my hubby put the chicken on the grill 
we rubbed on some of the Rosemary sea salt
and dear friends of mine, it was delicious!
I sprinkled on just a touch more right before I ate my chicken 
and it was perfect.

The next thing I made was some good ol' homemade pizza
and pizza is always good on Friday night, right?

Ingredients for the crust:

1 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1/4 teaspoon rosemary sea salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Whisk warm water and yeast for about 20 seconds.
Add salt, sugar and oil; whisk.
Pour in flour and stir until mixture is combined.
Dust the counter top with flour and place dough on it.
Knead for several minutes.

Place the dough in a well-oiled bowl.
Lightly grease the top of the dough and place waxed paper over the top.
Let rise for about 30 - 45 minutes.

Lightly grease pizza pan with olive oil
and sprinkle some garlic powder, oregano, basil, and rosemary sea salt onto the pan.
Place the ball of dough on the pan and roll it out with a rolling pin.
Roll the edges in to form a crust.

Thanks to Cecilia's post here 
I learned a new tip for making the pizza even better.
She mixed oil with herbs and spread it onto the dough
before adding the marinara.
You can visit her blog to see how she made her whole wheat pizza.

When your dough is ready add marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese,
Parmesan cheese, and your favorite toppings.
I added onions, black olive, banana peppers,and fresh jalapeno slices
to my side of the pizza :)

 Bake in oven at 425 degrees F for 20 - 25 minutes.

Now for the giveaway!

Because I love the Organic Rosemary Sea Salt so much
I want to give one away.
To enter simply leave a comment
telling me what a favorite recipe of yours is using rosemary.

I will announce the winner on Wednesday, August 17th
and will have the Organic Rosemary Sea Salt shipped directly from Cecilia's Etsy shop.

Stop by Cecilia's Etsy shop
to see what else she has.

Her blog is

Before I end I wanted to share with you some new handmade delights
available in my Ety shop Rose Petal Blessings.

These come with a tote bag, zippered pouch, and a tea bag wallet.

Stop by for some weekend browsing, lovely friends

Much love and sweet hugs to you!


Unknown said...

I use rosemary on many of my chicken dishes, I just love that flavor combination. Have a great day!

Lisa said...

You've got a really productive weekend planned! It's going to be a bit cooler this weekend in Texas so I want to get out a bit and enjoy it! That chicken looks so good I might need to get on the grill!

Linda said...

Oh I just love that snowman tote, smiles...I use Rosemary on chicken, hubby uses it also for batter when he makes fried chicken. There is just something about a pinch of rosemary, isn't there? smiles

Kelly-Anne ♥ The Diary of a Country Girl said...

Oh my friend! This herby salt sounds ever so delicious...I love adding herbs to my cooking and sometimes go a bit overboard, much to my sisters' delight...not! {{Smiles}}
I must stop by Cecilia's lovely blog and her Etsy shop too...I just love her packaging!
And hmmm...your pizza looks very appetising, I must say! Hmmmm...
Enjoy your Fall cleaning, dear Stephanie! I also sense that a good, thorough cleaning is on the cards for sometime soon...Spring is just around the corner for us! Oh, I am so happy about that!
And I am just amazed at what your sweet, creative hands have made lately...I looove your pretty Christmas ornaments and methinks they would look very pretty indeed on our Christmas tree!!
I would love to enter your sweet giveaway, if I may...? Thank you for always spreading such love and happiness!
Hugs and love to you...happiest of weekends!

Ashley said...

Hello Stephanie! Thank you so much for telling us about Secret Garden Herbs--and for the giveaway. :) I will be sure to take a look at her shop. I use herbs when I make a meal, but don't believe I've ever used rosemary. There's one particular dish, which is so very yummy, I love to make--we call it dogfood--and I always mix in a lot of herbs. Rosemary would be great to add to it as well. :)

Have a Christ-centered weekend, friend!
Much love in Christ,

Anonymous said...

You've been busy! Cute tote bags! Thanks for the recipe for the chicken ~ that sounds delicious. Enjoy your weekend ♥

June Chapko said...

I love making roasted Rosemary potatoes. I quarter red potatoes and coat with olive oil. I sprinkle Rosemary making sure all sides of the potatoes are covered. Roast at 375 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until browned.

I think the organic Rosemary sea salt would make my favorite potatoes taste even better!

mommar6 said...

I make a slow cooker pork roast with a rosemary and garlic rub. We love it, but I don't really use it for anything else. That's about to change. The pizza crust recipe looks amazing!

Colleen said...

I use Rosemary in making Rosemary sachets as well as making garlic rosemary butter
Thank you for this giveaway opportunity

Debbie Harris said...

Cecilia's herbs sound absolutely delightful! I will certainly take some time to visit with her later today when I can spend some extra time browsing. Rosemary and basil are my ultimate favorite herbs. I would love for you to enter me in your sweet giveaway please.
By the way, you're pizza looks fabulous! I like to use butter and garlic salt on my crust and under the sauce, but oh that rosemary salt would be even better. Yum Yum!!
I have a bow tie pasta salad recipe that I make with rosemary and I Love rosemary with chicken. Your chicken looks delicious.
Thank you for introducing your friend to us.

Love to you~~

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Unknown said...

roasted chicken and i love your blog

Susan said...

Oh Stephanie, your dishes look yummy. I like rosemary with roast pork. I like to stick garlic slices inside the meat, too. The combination makes for a luscious outcome. Susan

Elizabethd said...

Nothing better than leg of lamb studded with rosemary and garlic, then slow roasted!

Unknown said...

Rosemary crab cakes

Cheryl said...

To be honest, rosemary is not an herb I am acquainted with cooking with, but it is one that I would love to try to become more familiar with! There are some wonderful-sounding suggestions here in the comments that I would love to try out! Thank you for your generous spirit and for the chance to win, sweet friend!

Abigail said...

Ummm ... those recipes look oh so delicious! I would love to try a secret garden herb! I love rosemary in meat dishes, and hints of it in certain breads! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Focaccia bread.

camp and cottage living said...

Your dishes look so yummy, Stephanie. I do use rosemary often when cooking.
You have been so busy in your shop! Your cloth bags are especially cute.

Anne Payne said...

Yum, yum and YUM!!! I have a recipe for a Chicken Rosemary Soup that I make in the winter or when someone gets sick. It's super delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipes and links to more good recipes. :-)

Have a blessed weekend...


hobbyloes said...

I have rosemary in my garden and use it in roasted potatoes and grilled chicken, very finely chopped.
Your pizza looks so delicious!!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Don't clean -- it's overrated :)
I love grilling as well although I'M the grill master haha -- hubby usually over cooks things! I love even just the scent of rosemary. Besides adding it to the stuffing at Thanksgiving I love adding it to homemade soap. For cooking I have a smashed potato recipe that I make often that has rosemary and thyme -- yummy! Heading over to see Cecilia's blog!

Anonymous said...

What lovely recipes you shared...Rosemary is a favorite herb of mine, and my sister's (she loves using it in recipes). Our most favorite things to use it in are most chicken recipes and roasted potatoes with olive oil. Oh, are they tasty!

Hope you have a lovely weekend, and have lots of fun cleaning! We'll be doing that soon as well...oh fun!

Much love to you!

My thrift store addiction said...

Stephanie, as always your recipes look so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing my Organic Rosemary Sea Salt. Best wishes in the giveaway, everyone! Blessings, Cecilia

Melanie said...

I just discovered using rosemary with chicken. I definitely will be making that marinade. Thank you!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I am so happy that you posted about Cecilia's herbs. I have not tried them yet but I do follow her blog faithfully and just recently ordered a set of her terra cotta stepping stones with my grandchildren's names on them. They are adorable! I use rosemary in my seasoning when I make roasted chicken. Cecilia's sounds wonderful. I would love to try it. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ang Specht said...

I actually use my rosemary more for medicinal use than cooking, but it is good for meats and such, also. I've found it's very helpful in healing a lot of ailments. :)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

The new items in your shop are so pretty!!

quakerhillfarm said...

The sea salt and rosemary sounds like a delicious combination! I use Rosemary when I fix baked chicken or chicken and noodle soup. Your food looks delicious! I just fixed homemade pizzas last night for our family. Adding the herbs to the dough is a great idea! I tried a new trick with mine last night also. I placed mozerella cheese around the perimeter of the dough then rolled it to form the edge. Thanks for the hints! Have a great weekend!

Christine said...

Your homemade pizza looks so, so good! Thank you for these tips to make it even better!
Enjoy your weekend, dear friend!

Lowcarb team member said...

Your dishes look and sound very nice.

... now I just love mozzarella cheese with tomatoes ... just right for warm summer months.

Enjoy the up-coming weekend

All the best Jan

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Ooh Stephanie, the grilled chicken looks so scrumptious, as does the pizza! I'm sure the rosemary seasoned salt made both dishes extra special. I would love to try both of those recipes! How do I love to use rosemary? My favorite way, and why I grow it, is to use on the top of my Pine Cone Cheese Ball at Christmas. I also like to use sprigs of rosemary as skewers or even for basting meats. Thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful giveaway!
Happy weekend to you and your sweet family.

Anonymous said...

Just last night I sauteed fresh zucchini in olive oil with salt pepper, garlic, onions and tomato. Then to finish it I sprinkled rosemary on. Mmmm-mmm good!
thanks for your great blog!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Your recipes both sound delicious, but oh my goodness... That pizza crust with the Rosemary Sea Salt? YUM! My favorite Rosemary recipe would have to be for my Rosemary Parmesan Bread. It would be even better with this salt!

Laura said...

I love rosemary on chicken-
This is such a nice giveaway and thank you for the recipe.

Enjoyed visiting,


Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi! I have not used Rosemary much but would like to try the Rosemary Sea Salt if I should win! Nancy

Red Rose Alley said...

Stephanie, this pizza looks so Yummy. You make the most wonderful dishes. My son used to be interested in culinary arts, and he would make us homemade pizza once in awhile that was so tasty. I'll have to try the rosemary sea salt sometime. That grilled chicken looks good also. I am looking forward to Autumn as well, dear friend. What lovely goodies you have in your etsy shop.

Thank you for the sweet comment on the wedding post. It turned out to be a beautiful day. Just settling down and resting this week and enjoying my favorite blogs. :)

love, ~Sheri

Joyful said...

Wow! Stephanie you have been very busy with creating your lovely creations for your Etsy shop. I admire your ability to make so many things and do it quickly. Your food looks yummy and the sea salts sound delish.

Barbara Neubeck said...

.. hello Stephanie... I love your chicken recipe .. will be trying this for sure..... I like rosemary with baked lamb, beautiful.. xxxx
.. Barb xxxx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello Stephanie!!!!! PUT ME INTO THAT GIVEAWAY! I love rosemary!

I used to make homemade pizza BEFORE I became a teacher. WOW, it's been 14 years since I made a pizza? How can that be....

I hear ya about cleaning the house. I need to crack on since I go back to school in two weeks. NO!

Have a lovely weekend my friend.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stephanie, what a fabulous giveaway. Your dishes using rosemary sea salt sound so good. I love rosemary on chicken when roasting.
I would love to enter your giveaway. Thanks for sharing your recipes. Have a great weekend sweet friend!! Hugs and blessings. xo

Sandy said...

You are indeed the Martha Stewart of Blogland. Owning some of your homemade goodies, I know just how delightful and beautifully made they are!
The food looks delicious - am definitely saving this post as I want to give that pizza a go!
Sandy xx

Anna said...

Yummy !!!!!
Have a wonderful weekend !

mamasmercantile said...

Loved your new additions to your shop, the Christmas ornaments were a real delight.

Tamago said...

Oh yum! Your recipes ways sound so good! And those photos...make my mouth water :-)
Sea salt and rosemary are such great combination. I love the scent of rosemary! I've had chicken baked with rosemary, and it was pretty good! Have a happy weekend, Stephanie xoxo

Mrs.T said...

What a nice giveaway, Stephanie! Using this salt on pizza as you did sounds wonderful.

One of my favorite recipes using rosemary is a slow cooker recipe for rosemary chicken with carrots and white beans. It's very flavorful and I just love using my slow cooker so dinner cooks while I'm doing other things.

Danielle Carlson said...

Stephanie, this looks absolutely lovely! Thank you so much for sharing. I wanted to stop by and say thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog. Unfortunately I accidentally deleted it and I'm trying to see if i can recover it, but I wanted to be sure you didn't think I overlooked it!

Dani xoxo
a vapor in the wind

Nikki said...

I have made a pork loin rub that uses rosemary and it is absolutely delicious. I would LOVE to win this. Your chicken looked amazing. :) your new Etsy store creations left me drooling.

Tamara said...

Hello Sweet Friend..
I was just coming by to say hello and found your wonderful post! Your recipes look delicious and I'm SO impressed with your lovely creations! You re so talented.. The bag sets that you made are just adorable and the gift bag idea is so creative. They turned out so charming and festive!! I love them.. sigh..
Cecelia does have a lovely blog and her herb salts sound delicious!
I hope you have blessed weekend and thank you for sharing!

Love and hugs...

Anonymous said...

Your recipes look very tasty. Just this a.m., we purchased a loaf of bread with rosemary!
I love the new additions to your etsy shop. The totes are my favorite. It won't be long til I start making a shopping list for friends/relatives.
Wishing you an enjoyable weekend.

Jill said...

Always leave your blog hungry after reading all the great recipes, lol! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


The Victorian Girl said...

I like to make Rosemary Potatoes. I just love the scent of Rosemary. Every time I walk by a bush, I just have to run my fingers through it to get the scent.

annie said...

Rosemary chicken pasta!
Loved the photos, must visit her blog and shop too!

Little Wandering Wren said...

Woo hoo hello from down under I'm going to take a leaf out of your book, dear Stephanie and give the house a good clean before autumn arrives (which for us is nine'ish months away) Yep i can do this!!! Yipes Christmas already, now we do have this at the same time of year... funny that & the countdown is on! :)
Your recipe and giveaway look delicious!
Wren x

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow these look delicious, I will have to admit I don't think I have ever used Rosemary in anything, I am not a very adventurous cook :) Your creations are just beautiful, hope you have enjoyed a nice weekend so far!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Mmmm . . . . the chicken and pizza look delicious! I need to get in the shower and get ready for church!! so I will check out your friend's blog and the shop later :)
But wanted to enter your giveaway ;)
I grow rosemary on my deck and use it liberally on plain chicken and pork, roasted with olive oil and sea salt.


Salinn said...

My favorite recipe that calls for Rosemary is Lemon Garlic Chicken.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Oh a yummy post! Pizza is a favorite in our household. I do cheat though using a bread machine to make the dough perfect. I just made my first Sicilian style pizza last week and it was amazing! Your goodies are beautiful as always. The holiday gift bags are so sweet.

Unknown said...

I like to use rosemary on my chicken recipes

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

I make grilled rosemary balsamic chicken! YUM
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LeighSabey said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love making roasted potatoes with rosemary and olive oil :)

Mrs. W. said...

Dear Stephanie,

Your food looks way too delicious! I did not eat yesterday and plan to not eat today, so you can imagine just what your photos are doing to my mind and tummy. I am always impressed by your photos and what a great cook and baker you are. I would love to be by your side whey you are in the kitchen. You could teach me a thing or two for sure.

Love and hugs,

Mindy said...

I love rosemary with roasted potatoes. I love that her salt is organic. I will have to check out the shop.

Witchcrafted Life said...

Huge yums! Rosemary is one of my favourite herbs ever. I like to include it in everything from cornbread to rice pudding, shortbread cookies to ice creams. At this time of the year, while such are in season, it's also incredible with both peaches and plums.

Many hugs & happy mid-August wishes,
♥ Jessica

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Your recipes make my mouth water. Rosemary is delicious and I love adding it to pretty much everything, especially some savoury biscuits I bake.

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