Grilled pork chops with pineapple mango salsa

Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple-Mango Salsa (and brown sugar glaze.) YUM! |

Barbecue week continues and this next recipe is seriously mouth watering! The smell is amazing and the brown sugar glaze caramelizes while cooking so it tastes as good as it smells! You will love these grilled pork chops with pineapple mango salsa, promise.  Confession: We did not make the salsa from scratch! Gasp! I know. A) We're not really foodie bloggers but are enjoying cooking as of late B) Mangos are not in season here so it was easier to buy it freshly packed. C) It tastes as good as from scratch and we didn't have to do the work. ;) The marinade is all from scratch so you do have a bit of work to do, you know, if you like that sort of thing. (Okay but not much as our … continue reading

Grilled pineapple with cinnamon sugar glaze

Grilled Pineapple with a Cinnamon Sugar Glaze. The perfect side dish for any BBQ- top with ice cream for a real treat! via

We love grilling (can you tell? We've shared 3 other grill recipes this week! Mmm!) but our family has always enjoyed dessert after the meal so we've been on the hunt for sweet foods to grill. This grilled pineapple with a cinnamon sugar glaze dish hit the spot and is sweet with just the right amount of tang! You can buy a pineapple core remover for a few bucks or, you can buy a can of pineapple rings and save yourself the time like these busy mommas did. ;) Including prep + grilling time, we had this recipe from grill to plate in less than 15 minutes. Top with ice cream and your side dish a lá mode now becomes an official dessert. Boom! If you're grilling … continue reading

Chipotle lime chicken skewers

Chipotle Lime Chicken Skewers, perfect for grillin' and chillin' summer nights! via

Summatime and the grillin's easy! ;) We make a chicken dish at least 4x's a week for our families and this delicious Chipotle Lime Chicken Skewers recipe is a way to break up the mundane menu and also gets the kids involved; they love to assemble the ingredients on the skewers and we love to grill. Win win! Using fresh chicken from the butcher + our aaahmazing STOK grill, we made this meal lickity split! With our kabob insert, the grilling process was seriously simple and was cooked through with those pretty charred grill lines in less than 10 minutes. Try this recipe for yourself!  Yumm-o! Check out our grilled corn on the cob or grilled … continue reading

Perfectly grilled corn on the cob

Perfectly grilled corn on the cob. Learn how to grill it with the husks on! via

Arizona, in our opinion, grows the very best corn in the country! We can stop by the corn fields, pick our own then boil, steam or grill it as soon as we get home. How do we know it's the best? Because our cute dad is an agronomist (farmer) and he knows where the sweetest varieties are grown as well as the farmers who grow them. Lucky for us, we live on our dads street and he brings us corn on the cob often. (We're spoiled, we know!) Because it's so fresh, this recipe produces perfectly grilled corn on the cob that is just as tasty as it looks! If you're grilling dinner anyway, toss a few of these bad boys in and the seasoning mixed with … continue reading

Disney giveaway

Maleficent slime recipe!

Remember the Month of Disney Series I was part of?-The one where we shared our fun Maleficent slime?     Well, we all got together with some fabulous shops to end the series with a fun giveaway!!   There will be 2 Winners! Yes 2! Here are some details about each shop and prize they are giving away, so I hope you check them out: 1st Place Prize -Cinderella's Carriage Necklace with Pearl from AOS Design Inc.  -$50 Giftcard to Chameleon Girls - Minnie & Mickey Mouse Mugs(Mrs & Mr. or His & Hers) from Make.Love.Live. - 8x10 UP "Adventure is Out There" Print from The Inked Leaf - $30 Gift Card for Custom Minnie Mouse Ears from Bibbidi Bobbidi … continue reading

15+ DIY outdoor garden ideas

DIY outdoor garden ideas, so cute and clever!!

What's one of the most common arguments spouses have?  I'll tell you one thing I'm constantly on top of my hubby about is our lawn.  We live on 1 1/2 acres.  Of grass.  A lot of grass.  Which is a ton to keep up with.  I get it...I was raised in the house next door with 2  1/2 acres.  And guess what MY weekly job was?-mowing.  As a teen I didn't mind it much because we had a fun riding lawn mower.  I'd hook my walkman up.... Like, totally rad (;  I would put on a tank, hook up my latest punk CD and mow mow and mow some more.  Then I would bust out the weed whacker and clean up the trees.  All 25 of them.  And then I'd blow the driveway off.  And don't forget to bag up the grass and … continue reading

Grilled fruit pizza

BBQing? Why not throw on dessert? This Grilled Fruit Pizza is an easy & yummy way to end a summer meal!

Barbecuing is in full swing around this part of the country (mostly because it's too darn hot to cook inside!) and we are excited to share 6 new recipes with you this week in honor of swapping out my hand-me-down grill for a brand new one. The hubster was thrilled to choose our new STOK® Quattro 4-burner gas grill  and we are thrilled to be a part of the STOK® Revolution's Hall of Flame, featuring celebrity recipes that are downright delicious! Because the 4th of July is right around the corner, we're sharing dessert first with our grilled fruit pizza. Mmmm! STOK®  is know for its popular interchangeable cooking inserts and … continue reading

30+ 4th of July desserts

30+ yummy 4th of July desserts |via

Well the 7th Creative Connection group link party was a success!  We had so many fun 4th of July desserts linked up, we had to share them before the big day arrives.  Kelli will be in Utah for the 4th and Kristi in California...Arizona is an amazing state but it's just too darn hot to actually celebrate the 4th correctly!  We'll be enjoying time with our families and you bet we'll be whipping up a dessert or two as well!  YUM! Red White & Blue Pudding Pops |Like Mother Like Daughter via Lolly Jane Patriotic Sugar Cookies |She's Kinda Crafty Naked Cake |Ooh La Lovely Gluten Free American Pie |Pins & Procrastination American Flag Marshmallow Pops |The Cards We … continue reading

the Creative Collection group link party

The Creative Collection link party! Link up your creativity now! (:

Happy Friday! We've had a busy week here on the blog and in case your week was busy too, here's a little roundup of what we've been up to... our fresh-off-the-stand issue of Creative Spaces, Vol. 3 arrived with our very first 4-page magazine spread! Yay! Kelli revealed her refreshed kissed-by-summer master bedroom update: We had our cute contributor (and new mom) Aimee from LMLD share the perfect summer drink, a mint cherry limeade: And our newest contributor Stephanie from Life Created showed us a mouth watering garden dipping oil: We also have an online photography class giveaway going on from Live Sweet so be sure to enter! (: Now let's party!! Happy weekend, … continue reading

fresh garden dipping oil

Fresh garden Dipping Oil recipe. YUM!! |via

We are super stinkin excited to announce a new foodie contributor to the Lolly Jane team!  Stephanie from Life Created is an AH-MAY-ZING photographer!! We love her so much that we took a food photog class from her and learned a TON!  We threw it out there if she ever wanted to join, she was welcome anytime.  She took us up on our offer and you are oh so lucky to see her gorgeous work.  She rocks! Take it away, Steph! Having spent time growing up in the wine country of Northern California, it was common for our family to eat breads/cheeses/meats with dipping oils as appetizers. I was lucky enough to live a short drive away from Napa, and we visited many wineries that served delectable oils … continue reading

Online Photography Class | Giveaway

sSweet Life Photography Workshop | Free ticket via

Hello and Happy Thursday!  We've had quite the eventful couple of days already!  We're still on a high from our craft room being plastered all over Creative Spaces vol 3 magazine earlier this week!!  Too bad we didn't have the power of photography under our hood, our own shots of the craft room could have been a little better from our perspective.  Lucky us, Lindsey from Live Sweet is having a DIY online photography class.  We just registered and CAN'T WAIT!!  {We took a food class from one of our lovely foodie contributors, Steph from Life Created, earlier this year.}  She definitely helped us up our game but when it comes to taking large scale snap shots of STUFF, we definitely lack the … continue reading

mint cherry limeade

Mint Cherry Limeade, yum!! |via

We're happy to have Aimee from Like Mother Like Daughter back today sharing her delicious mint cherry limeade!  We know you'll love it! Did you all have a happy first day of summer? It's not like its a holiday to celebrate, but summer sure is wonderful, isn't it? Summer to me used to mean no school, which was the best of all. But I still love it - sunshine, laying out, going to the pool, grilling meats, eating lots of watermelon, and drinking lots of refreshing drinks. What does summer mean for you? Like I said, the hot weather of summer time makes it perfect to sit pool side, soak up some rays and sip down on a refreshing drink. This mint cherry limeade is perfectly refreshing and … continue reading

Magazine feature… yay!

Awesome mag full of craft spaces! | via

So you may remember when we were prepping for a professional photo shoot in Kelli's bright & cheery craft room, (and went into panic mode which included tearing out the carpet, sanding down the concrete floors then painting them in chunky yellow stripes. Phew! LOL) Well it all went off without a hitch and that mad rush to finish Lolly Jane's official headquarters once and for all was getting all gussied up for its recent publication in Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking's Creative Spaces magazine, Volume 3 this month: This issue displays over 200 photos of 152 ideas to create an inspiring space that is jam packed with clever craft tool supply organization, storage solutions … continue reading

Master Bedroom Refresh, hello yellow!

Master Bedroom Refresh, hello yellow! Gorgeous duvet + shams! | via

Do you switch out your linens seasonally?  One of my close friends does this and I always thought she was bonkers, who can afford to swap every bed set out when the weather changes?? And she even has four seasons, here in AZ we only have two.  And that second one isn't much different than the first, lol!  Well now that I've refreshed my bedroom for summer...I totally get it!!  My room feels happy and matches the bright sun outside.  I love it!  And all I did was swap some linens around...totally loving my master bedroom refresh, hello yellow! Crane & Canopy supplied this gorgeous duvet, Montgomery Yellow.  I love it.  I chose Euro shams in place of standards and couldn't be happier. … continue reading

Summer Recipe and Ideas

25 summer ideas and recipes!

Happy Weekend! We're still goin' strong during our 7th Creative Collection group link party.  We had so many inspiring link-ups, we had to share a handful today!  We thought these 25 Summer Recipe and Ideas would be just the right thing to get you decked out for summer!  From home tours to cute pillows to yummy food + drinks, we've got you covered to have a great summer! Summer Home Tour |A Home Full of Color via A Stroll Through Life Summer Wood Bunting |The Crafted Sparrow DIY Cork Chalkboard |Lemon Thistle Mini Lemon Tarts |The Casual Craftlete Cottage Style Summer House Tour |The Happy Housie Banana Raspberry Icebox Cake |Just Short of Crazy DIY Outdoor … continue reading

The Creative Collection group link party

The Creative Collection link party! Link up your creativity now! (:

Happy Friday!!  We're happy you're here at The Creative Collection group link party, where you link up your ideas to get exposure on 8 great blogs!  This week at Lolly Jane, Kristi whipped up four gorgeous patriotic mason jar free printables.  Have you downloaded your favorite yet? We shared our experience visiting As You Wish pottery painting, if you're a local. Must check out their Dr Seuss inspired summer classes!  Just Rhonda shared some yummy Double Chunk Chocolate Cookies with us, can't wait to bake 'em ourselves! We built this fun moose head frame, really easy to make!  The diagonal gray stripes are our fav! We also spotlighted YOU!  Loving your 20+ cute Patriotic … continue reading

Patriotic mason jar printables {free!}

Cute (FREE) patriotic mason jar printable perfect for the 4th! via @lollyjaneblog #4thofJuly #printable

I JUST discovered Etsy! I mean, I've known about Etsy for ages but I've just noticed how stinkin' cute the digital graphics are on there and I simply can't get enough! I spied this darling mason jar set (you KNOW we're suckers for anything related to ball jars!) and popped these cute flags inside, added some free fonts and viola! Free patriotic mason jar printables, just perfect for the 4th! Here's a few more styles for you to choose from: Click the text style below to download for free then simply print in 8x10 size and enjoy! Let Freedom Ring Blank (no text) Happy Independence Day God Bless the USA Please pin it for future reference and to share the love with … continue reading

As You Wish pottery |Summer Classes

As You Wish pottery / cake stand

As You Wish pottery so kindly invited my kiddos to experience a sneak peek of their summer classes.  We were excited to go since I took my daughter in March along with three of her cousins for her birthday party.  It was so fun!!  So my other three kiddos were happy to be included this time around and I can't say enough how much fun they had.  I took pottery classes in high school and loved it.  I still have 2 pots that we use for change!  You'll want to sign up your kids for at least one class, it's Dr Seuss themed and so cute! This is the Fingerprint Tree Plate we made for each of my kids.  It's after the book, The Giving Tree, and most of the plate is made from your kids fingerprints. … continue reading

Double Chocolate Chunk cookies

Yummy DOUBLE chocolate chunk cookies!! |via

Hello again Lolly Jane Readers!! I'm glad to be back here sharing something I love...COOKIES!!   I love making cookies. In fact our cookie jar is pretty much always full. Most kids who live by us know that and even will check the cookie jar for cookies when they come over.  I hope you'll just love these double chocolate chunk cookies! One of my favorite things was a summer or two ago someone pulled out a bag of cookies from the store and Eli said to her looking at the bag "Cookies come in a bag???" He had no idea you could buy them. ;) I have cookie recipes that I have gathered from friends and other places that I love when I am looking for a certain kind. I love chocolate chip … continue reading

moose wood framed sign

Fun striped moose head framed sign tutorial |via

Happy Monday!  We are kickin off the week with a fun DIY project, isn't this moose wood framed sign so fun?  We love the animal head trend and thought we should add to the collection.  This mustard moose is the perfect rustic touch to your home.  The gray and white diagonal stripes would match any style since they're neutral but that fun colored moose wood framed sign is a great pop of color.  Keep reading for the free moose head printable if building this frame seems out of your league (; To get an idea of what animal heads were more popular for our latest craft night, we used Bing to search for inspiration, their Rewards Program rocks.  Basically, we can search our DIY obsessive … continue reading