Thursday, January 19, 2012

Snack Attack...Country Club Chicken

Let me just start by saying OMGosh this was AMAZING!!! Like beyond amazing it was delish!!! Of course I found this dish on pinterest (I'm really not on there as much as it seems...I just like to actually do things that I find instead of having them sit there) A girlfriend of mine pinned it first and it sounded good, but when I actually read all the directions i thought "WOW that's killer...Like I mean seriously killer you use the bacon grease and cook with it!" I figured I'm starting the dreaded diet so I better get this out of the way so I marched over to the store all got all my ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 pound spaghetti or whatever pasta you want...I used Linguine
4 chicken breasts
1 large onion
7 oz mushrooms...I love mushrooms so I used the whole 8oz package but wish I had more to use so I will try to remember that next time
1 can concentrated cream of mushroom soup (1 Unox or 2 Campbell’s)
4 or 5 slices bacon
1/4 cup dry white wine...I used about 1/2 cup....Bite me
2/3 cup sharp cheddar...Eye ball it you can never have too much cheese
1 apple
butter
salt & pepper

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Chop the onion, which I hate my eyes pour down every time, and the mushrooms unless your lazy like me and just buy pre-washed and sliced mushrooms set aside. Peel and chop an apple and also set aside. Season your chicken with generous amounts of salt and pepper. In a bigger sized skillet cook your bacon but do not get rid of the fat. As if its not fatty enough add the butter (i used about 2 tablespoons) to the bacon grease and cook your chicken until browned. You just \want to brown them not fully cooking them because you will be placing them in the oven later. Place the chicken  in a baking dish and set aside. Now saute your onion for a few minutes then add the mushrooms for a few minutes and lastly saute the apple with the onions and mushrooms for 4-5 minutes. Add a little salt and pepper for flavoring, then add the crumbled bacon, white wine, cheese and the condensed soup and let heat thoroughly. Pour over the chicken breasts and bake for 25-30 minutes or until your chicken is fully cooked and everything is hot and bubbly. While your yummy goodness is baking cook your pasta until al dente. ALL FINISHED! I just placed my pasta on the bottom of a plate and added a chicken breast and spooned the "gravy" over top of it.

Fresh out of the oven...There's chicken under all the goodness!

 If you place a wooden spoon like above while the pasta is cooking it would boil over...Fun little fact!

AMAZING!!!


This was so wonderful but I'm assuming at least 1000 calories per serving (but so worth it!)...well at least I hadn't started my diet yet.



Orginal Recipe found here

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pinterest Partayy!!!



Okay so were done and it's over! I have finished my Pinterest project, my husband on the other hand is another story. Let's start with him...
So I really really really wanted a white iPhone but my contract wasn't up yet. My loving great husband ordered me a white iPhone conversion kit so I told him that he could join our party and have it done by the 15th! Well let me tell you its 11:28pm and he's going for round 2 on the phone (ahhhh insert scary face). So needless to I don't recommend it unless you have a TON of patients and some really good computer skills...Thankfully Paul has one of the two (he used to own his own computer shop).
What the inside of an iPhone 4 look like!

All the parts and screws....Something like 27 screws!

But on to my project...

So I'm lucky to have two wonderful boys but no girls and my best friend (who's not nearly girly as me) has a sweet little girl and when Serenity needs something Auntie Denise just cannot say no (no matter how painful the task may be like crocheting with carpal tunnel...Totally worth it) So Tiffany found these ABC fabric letters and pinned them under "Serenity needs" (yes she has her own craft folder...Your kids don't? Tiffany even has a "Lucius & Silas needs" folder How awesome of an Aunt is she?!?!)

Chez Beeper Bebe


Now when Tiffany first told me about these I said NO WAY! All those little letters, all that cutting, and not to mention all the sewing in the little corners...Ain't gonna happen captain! But little Serenity's 1st birthday was coming up and how could I resist a little homemade learning toy! It took a little time but not bad at all...The worst part was trying to sew all the little corners of the letters, like a G or Q...ANNOYING! But let me tell you they turned out SO SO SO CUTE!

All your ABC's

I even made a little bag to put them in!

I felt that those alone wouldn't be enough for a gift go I went through the "Serenity Folder" to see what else I wanted to make and let me tell you I found it! Tiffany has been wanting me to make Serenity a little beanie with these HUGE pom poms on it. Well I had the perfect yarn for it so I thought I would give it a try. I just crocheted in the round making it a little smaller then my 2 year old sons head...Now FYI it didn't fit so insert the sad face! But look how cute!

Too Cute!

Look at those HUGE pom poms!






And last little Serentity has some pretty curly hair but oh it is so stinkin cute!!! I found these cute little headbands awhile ago here so I thought I would make her a couple of those too! They turned out better than I imagined and were super easy and only took a little time...I LOVE THEM! I wanna make me one but we will see!

Look how cute!

There reversible too!


I love that the print is the same just different colors!



Okay so those are my Pinterest Partayy projects! Sorry it took so darn long to get this out (as it was due Sunday but who's paying attention!) Head on over to the other crafty ladies and see what they made... What the Graham, Baby Gators Den, Design Build Love, Hernando House, Merrypad, Mrs Priss, and The Stucco Bungalow



Tootles!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Homemade Body Wash

OK so for some unknown reason I'm on this homemade kick. Not sure if its me trying to save money or just wanting to see what works. So on one of my pinning marathons I came across homemade or DIY laundry soap and thought if you can make laundry soap and save a ton of cash what else can you make? Well let me tell you the list goes on and on and on but more on those other things another time if I told you all my secrets findings then what would I blog about then.

So after searching Pinterest there were a few different "recipes" if you will, so I followed this one from Robyn at The Farmer's Nest but changed it a little bit.

First I gathered all my ingredients...One bar of soap, water, and glycerin. I found the glycerin at our local CVS in the skin care isle but some people say its in the band aid isle.


So I also wanted to try face wash too so I just took my recipe and cut it in half for the face wash (which was really watery when it was done) next I used a cheese grater and grated the soap. It doesn't need to be grated fine cause your gonna melt it in the next step anyways.


So I used 1/2 cup (4 oz.) of grated bar soap and put it in with 12 c. water on medium high heat stirring frequently.


Once all your soap flakes are dissolved add two tablespoons of glycerin in being careful to not cause the mixture to boil over like I did...Kinda made a mess but it was a soapy clean mess, does that count? Next just let your new soap or body wash or hand soap, whatever you want to use it for, sit for around 12 hours.

Next is the tricky part...once its cooled it makes a funky snot like consistency like no joke maybe even worse then snot. I just took my hand mixer and mixed it then put it into bottles that I had saved up for stuff like this.

So now the fun part...The money saving break down! I bought a three pack Zest bar soap for $3.90, a 6 oz. CVS brand bottle of Glycerin for $5.99 so for $2.30 I made about 3 bottles of body wash which would normally cost me about $3.50 a bottle! So that's a major savings...Happy face!

Good Luck & Have Fun!

Update: I have not made this again. I did not like the texture as it felt like snot! Yes it was a major savings but i couldnt get iver the texture. If you make it leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Let's Do This!



Man Alive I'm writing my first post! After 7 months of just thinking about writing I'm finally forcing sitting down to write my first post. After being inspired by my good friend and AMAZING blogger Jami at What the Graham?! I finally am doing it. I mean LOOK I'm posting my first post...YEAH!

So also thanks to Jami I am addicted in love with Pinterest and she has challenged me to make something that I actually pin. Now I actually do make a lot of the stuff I pin cause I'm kinda Martha Stuart like that but I decided to take her and the other lovely ladies up on the challenge.


And the special guests are......



Joanna at Baby Gators Den



Ashley from Design Build Love



Cait from Hernando House



Emily from Merrypad



Morgan from Mrs Priss





 So check back here on the January 15th to see the fun crafty things I did. If you feel up to it join our Pinning Party. The rules are simple and easy to follow...

1. Search Pinterest and find something that you love.

2. Get started (quickly there's not much time left because I'm posting this late) and finish it by the 15th!

3. Come back here on the 15th and link it up to this page, the ladies pages (Baby Gators Den, Design Build Love, Hernando House, Merrypad, Mrs Priss, and The Stucco Bungalow), or both!

Good Luck and go get started...Like hurry there's not much time left!